LARGO - The redevelopment of Tri-City Plaza continues, though which stores will remain in the longstanding Largo shopping center is still unknown.
Kimco Realty Corporation has owned the plaza at 5110 E. Bay Drive since January 1993. The real estate company, based in New York, intended to update Tri-City Plaza’s “tired” look for some time, said Paul Puma, president of Kimco’s southern region.
“It is a very important shopping center to us. The plans to redevelop this center have been in the works for years,” Puma said. “We had to wait for all the dominoes to fall into place.”
LARGO - Salon West of Largo Inc., owned by Mike and Laura Peters, recently was named to the Salon Today 200 by Salon Today magazine.
The magazine’s 17th annual Salon Today 200 issue profiled the selected salons in its January 2014 edition. The 200 salons were selected for their best business practices from applications submitted by Salon Today readers, who represent the 25,000 top-producing salons and spas in the country.
The magazine honored applicants in 11 different best practice categories, including Advanced Education, Compensation & Benefits, Customer Service, Environmental Sustainability, Philanthropy, Planned Profitability, Recruitment & Training, Retail & Merchandising, Retention & Referral Programs, Technology and Growth. Salon West of Largo Inc. was honored in the following category: Growth.
LARGO - Largo police arrested a 70-year-old man April 14 for sexual battery against a 13-year-old autistic girl.
A neighbor witnessed an elderly man kissing the girl and reported it, Largo police said. Officer Matthew Desjardins went to Largo Middle School to talk with the girl, who told him the man had touched her.
Two detectives were called in to help with the investigation. After the child told police more about what happened, she was given a sexual assault victim examination.
CLEARWATER - Molly, 8, of Largo lives with malignant neoplasm of the eye but recently embarked on a journey from Clearwater Marine Aquarium to San Diego Zoo courtesy of Make-A-Wish and the United Health Foundation.
According to Molly’s wish granters, she chose a San Diego Zoo wish because of her love for animals, specifically Australian animals - koala bears and kangaroos. Molly’s one specific request is to attend the Roar N’ Snore at the San Diego Zoo, which is an overnight camping experience inside the park with the animals. Finally, she would like to spend a day at the beach with her family surfing. Molly is traveling with her parents Ashley and Sean.
LARGO - The city of Largo became the first fire district to officially reject Pinellas County’s proposed budget cuts for EMS funding April 15.
During their meeting, Largo commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to initiate governmental conflict resolution procedures with Pinellas County government. The city cannot afford to lose what Largo Fire Chief Shelby Willis has estimated to be as high as $9 million in funding over the next 10 years if they accepted the county’s contract as written.
“There’s a lot of money at stake for the city,” City Attorney Alan Zimmet said. “We have a statutory right that’s being compromised. That’s a very important issue.”
LARGO - Pinellas Heights, a new 153-unit complex built for low-income seniors, is nearing completion.
The Pinellas County Housing Authority is waiting for the final inspections to be completed to obtain the certificate of occupancy for the building, hopefully this week, said its executive director Debra Johnson. The complex was built at 11411 Ulmerton Road in Largo, next door to the headquarters of the nonprofit.
LARGO - The city of Largo has increased the allowable number of watering days for its reclaimed water customers from two per week to three.
Due to an increase in reclaimed water availability, the Largo City Commission approved a pilot test program on April 1 to allow the three-day-per-week watering schedule for one year. At the end of the pilot year, reclaimed water availability will be reassessed to determine if the three-day schedule will continue.
Allowable watering days are determined by address. Addresses ending in even numbers now can water Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Addresses ending in odd numbers can now water Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
ST. PETERSBURG - A Largo man died at the scene of a one-vehicle crash about 9:25 a.m. Wednesday, April 16.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Jose Quinones, 35, was traveling southbound on I-275 when he exited onto the ramp to 118th Avenue. As he was traversing a right curve on the ramp, he lost control of his 2002 Ford Explorer and traveled onto the inside shoulder.
Troopers say he then overcorrected to the right, traveled back across the single-lane ramp and onto the grassy shoulder on the north side of the road. The vehicle overturned multiple times. Quinones, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected for the vehicle. He died at the scene.
LARGO - Six Largo residents were arrested in a year-old investigation targeting the Young Souljas street gang, according to Largo police.
The investigation began January 2013, in response to growing concerns of violence and drug trafficking associated with the Young Souljas. The investigation focused on the senior members of the organization, Largo police reported.
Boy Scouts Troop 10 meeting
DUNEDIN – Boy Scouts Troop 10 meets Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., between September through June at 927 Louden Ave.
Call Peggy Ross at 641-5074.
Chess Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Chess Club meets Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N.
Everyone is welcome, though they should know the basics of how to play. Chess sets will be provided and there is no charge to play.
Call Alan Bohrer at 748-2522 for more information.
Largo Toastmasters meeting
LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 meets Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo. For more information, call John Rouisse at 488-8010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.
A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in
Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email email@example.com.
Daughters of Italy meeting CLEARWATER – The Daughters of Italy Lodge 2825 will have its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 24, at the Clearwater Community Church, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin, in Room 206 of the education building.
Italian and non-Italian women are invited to attend. Coffee and dessert is served at 6 p.m., followed by a short general meeting. The guest will be a hospice worker, and the cultural program will include Italian regions that celebrate Italian Carnevale.
Extension garden tours LARGO – Vegetable, herb and tropical fruit garden tours will be offered Thursdays, April 10 and 24, 9 a.m., at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road.
The free tours will offer guests the opportunity to explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration areas and learn how to grow food in home gardens.
The tour will include an array of culinary, medicinal and aromatic herbs, trees and flowers in the enclosed herb garden; the Egyptian, Mediterranean, Asian and beverage plantings; and tropical fruits that do well in the Florida climate including many varieties of bananas, figs, papayas, mangoes, avocados, sugar cane and citrus.
Attendees will learn about how featured plants can be in homes and will discover little-known fruits not usually considered by the home gardener including Jackfruit, Carambola, Buddha’s Hand and Pomegranate.
The tours will showcase a diversity of plantings including a wide variety of ground covers, bromeliads, palms and power-line friendly trees that can be used in the home landscape.
Tours are limited to groups of four to 16 people and are recommended for adults.
Free CPR and First Aid classes SEMINOLE – Seminole Fire Rescue is offering free basic CPR and First Aid classes. The next CPR class is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m. and the next Basic First Aid class is set for Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m.
All classes are taught at Fire Station 29, 11195 70th Ave. N.
Designed to help a person gain the confidence to help during an emergency, these classes are easy to understand and focus on the skills required to help save a life. The classes are not intended for professional certifications, but for the average individual.
Call 393-8711, ext. 210 for advance registration and information. Space is limited.
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road.
Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders.
For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org