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LARGO - Harry Barben was serving with the U.S. Army in Germany when the Allied Forces accepted the Nazis’ unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945. But, while the rest of the U.S. was celebrating Victory in Europe Day, Barben and the rest of his company had endured too much hardship to be able to rejoice.

“You were still a rough soldier, and you took it as it comes,” Barben said. “I don’t think we did too much rousin’.”
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LARGO - Largo officials have said time and time again that improving community feedback, engagement and communication are some of their highest priorities. How to best do it, however, has been the biggest challenge.

Two recent moves show that utilizing social media and the internet may be part of the solution.
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LARGO - For Kapri Hollowell, the third time was the charm at the 2016 Largo Teen Idol Competition.

The ninth grader at Seminole Middle School impressed judges with a compelling performance of “All I Ask” and then with the hit song “Warrior” by Demi Lovato in the final round to capture the top prize in her third try at the competition April 14 at the Largo Cultural Center.

In addition to the grand prize, Hollowell, 14, is offered the opportunity to perform the national anthem at a Dunedin Blue Jays game and at local shows with the city of Largo’s Special Events department.
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Wednesday, April 27
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LARGO - For the ninth straight year, Largo officials reached out to the community for a series of conversations designed to engage residents and help direct city leaders in future decisions.

The results, which were discussed at a recent work session, reinforced what residents have been saying for several years. They want the city to focus on communication, pedestrian and bicycle safety, small business outreach and improving Largo’s image.

“We’ve really evolved over the years from a budget-cut prioritization process, where we asked people to pick what cut they liked the best, or least as it may be, to determining what they actually valued in their community, which helps the City Commission and city leaders make decisions on funding priorities as we move forward,” said Office of Management and Budget Manager Meridy Semones, who helped organize and facilitate the meetings.
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LARGO - A former building inspector who said he was fired in retaliation for filing a complaint with a state agency has filed a lawsuit alleging the city violated the Florida Whistleblower Act.

The lawsuit, which was filed April 14 but has not yet been served to the city, demands a jury trial and seeks damages, attorney’s fees and costs. It also seeks injunctive relief, which is a court order demanding the defendant stop a specified act or behavior.
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LARGO - Tasker Beal Jr., a lifelong Largo resident and community advocate, transitioned April 21, 2016.

Tasker Jr. was born in Clearwater. He graduated from Pinellas High and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bethune Cookman University. He worked as a physicist with GE and Constellation Technologies.
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Wednesday, April 20
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It’s time for a pop quiz. Guess which city in Central Florida was ranked by Forbes recently as one of the top 25 best places in the U.S. to retire?

Clearwater? Nope. St. Pete? Guess again. No, the answer is right here in Largo.

Forbes sorted through data on about 500 communities to identify locations that would provide the best value for retirees in 2016.

“This is a feather in our cap,” Economic Development Manager Teresa Brydon said. “Hopefully this will be the first of many as we continue to move forward.”
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LARGO - Discussions about regulating clothing donation bins that began nearly two years ago will go on a bit longer after the City Commission decided April 19 to amend a proposed ordinance and postpone a vote on it until June.

The ordinance, which was unanimously rejected by the Planning Board on April 7, requires that the bins must be cleaned or serviced once a week and registered with the city. It also states the bins must have a minimum distance separation from other bins and a permanent screening enclosure.
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LARGO - Bayshore Home Care, a home care provider, has been selected as one of Tampa Bay’s Top Workplaces in the midsize category for the sixth consecutive year.

Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback.

The employee survey is conducted by Workplace Dynamics LLC, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement.
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