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LARGO - The Largo Police Department partnered with Largo Recreation summer camps this year to offer the Too Good for Drugs program, designed to reduce risk factors and raise awareness of the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

Each week this summer, campers received weekly lessons with Largo police Officer Justin Zimney.

They learned and practiced setting reachable goals, making responsible decisions and refusing peer pressure and influence through independent, paired and cooperative learning activities and games.
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LARGO - Largo commissioners spoke in favor of proposed increases to next year’s budget during a three-hour discussion Aug. 21, but some expressed misgivings about raising the city property tax rate to make up the revenue.

The budget work session was scheduled to give commissioners the chance to discuss the budget in detail, but they could not vote on anything. The commission will vote on the final tax rate and budget for the new fiscal year, starting Oct. 1, during public hearings Thursday, Sept. 3, and Tuesday, Sept. 15, both at 6 p.m., at Largo City Hall.

The currently proposed budget calls for the city to increase revenue 10 percent over last year - or about $2.1 million - by raising the property tax rate from 5.19 mills to 5.43 mills, or $5.43 per $1,000 of taxable property value. By state law, the tax rate increase would require a “yes” vote from more than a simple majority of the commission.
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Dr. Morrow, D. Kenneth Jr., D.D.S., passed away Aug. 15, 2015. He was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, and he attended Penn Hills High School. He moved to Florida in 1962 after serving in the Navy Dental Corp. in Washington, DC.

He owned and operated his own dental practice in Largo and Belleair Bluffs for 51 years.

He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a member of Psi Omega Dental Fraternity, past President of the Upper Pinellas Dental Society and a member of the West Coast Dental Ethics Committee.
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LARGO - Beth O’Malley, community outreach specialist for Empath Health, was the featured speaker at the Aug. 21 breakfast meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas.

Suncoast Hospice was established in 1977 by a group of volunteers who realized the value of hospice care and wanted to bring it to their community. In order to better reflect the growing range of services for those facing a chronic or advanced illness, the integrated network is now known as Empath Health, O’Malley explained.
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LARGO - The Largo Public Library, one of 3,500 libraries worldwide that subscribe to the Freegal Music Service, is now offering patrons the ability to stream entire albums every day.

The new initiative, part of Freegal 4.0, will allow cardholders of the Largo Public Library increased access to more than 6 million songs from 28,000 recording labels originating from more than 80 different countries. Also included is the complete local catalog of Sony Music Entertainment.

Under the terms of the launch, registered cardholders of the Largo Public Library can download five Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each week and stream three hours each day at no direct cost via LargoPublicLibrary.org. Also, the Freegal Music Service has over 15,000 popular music videos for download in the MP4 format.
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Wednesday, August 19
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LARGO - This week, senior residents of Royal Palms linked arms with children and danced in a circle. They pored over their scripts and practiced lines with their younger counterparts. They sang and learned simple dance steps to new music, mirrored by smaller tapping feet and jazz hands.

They fist-bumped and high-fived a teenaged Red Riding Hood as they practiced conspiring an unaccompanied trip through the proverbial woods. Their efforts this week will culminate in a performance of the original musical “Red Riding Hood” this Saturday, Aug. 22, 1:30 p.m., at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road.
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LARGO - Largo City Manager Mac Craig will receive a percentage raise equivalent to whatever Largo Commission approves for the employees under his watch, despite questions raised Aug. 18 regarding the timing and merits of the salary hike.

Commissioners voted 5-2 to approve the salary increase, effective Oct. 1 and contingent on the overall pay raise approved for employees, not represented by a union, in the upcoming fiscal budget. The current budget proposes a 3 percent pay increase.

Commissioner Samantha Fenger said she voted against the increase because of the timing of approving it, before the commission begins discussing the details of city’s budget. Commissioners are considering an increase to property taxes to pay for more firefighters and police officers. Now is not the time to consider pay increases of any kind, Fenger said.
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LARGO - Five streets in the city of Largo will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 24-25, for emergency road repairs following recent heavy rains.

The closure had been scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21-22.

Largo commissioners approved emergency funds for the project, a total of $197,655, during their commission meeting Aug. 18. The roads were damaged due to heavy hydraulic pumping of groundwater underneath them, which caused the roads’ base material to erupt through the pavement’s surface.
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LARGO - The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce honored five of its members for their contributions to the community in the 2015 Inspire Awards at the Largo Public Library Aug. 11.

The emcee for the seventh annual Inspire Award luncheon, Erica Riggins of Bay News 9, promised attendees that hearing about the accomplishments of the winners would not only inspire, but also make everyone feel better about their day.

“They make you want to be better. They give you ideas on how to help someone else other than yourself,” Riggins said. “They make me want to be a better woman.”
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LARGO - Amy Minkel claimed the top prize in the Largo Central Park Market Salsa Recipe Challenge Aug. 15.

Minkel donated her $50 prize to the Caregivers Support Network, the beneficiary of the contest.

Ten salsa contestants competed for the top prize in the contest, which raised almost $300 for Caregivers Support Network.

The event included music from DJ Timothy O’Leary and beer samples from Barley Mow Brewing Company. Cypress Palms Assisted Living and Royal Palms Assisted Living also were sponsors for the event.
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