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LARGO - As of this week, Largo’s tree count is set to increase by 1,700 trees.

Aspiring Eagle Scout Orion Leavy, 15, of St. Petersburg and Mildred Helms Elementary graduate Riley Browne, 11, of Largo have taken on separate projects with similar missions: planting hundreds of trees to beautify and add more green to Largo’s landscape.

Orion’s objective is to organize enough volunteers to plant 700 trees at Largo Central Park Nature Preserve in one day, on Saturday, July 19. If there’s enough manpower, he’ll add the shell path city officials have envisioned through the area populated by the new trees.
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LARGO - The Largo police are currently seeking a suspect in connection with an attempted homicide that occurred about 7:39 p.m. July 20 at Bayhead Action Park, 375 Seminole Blvd.

The shooting occurred in the area of the skate park, police said.

According to a police report, the suspect has been identified as Rion L. Schofield, 23. Police said Schofield is a black male, about 5 foot 5 inches tall, 160 pounds. He wears prescription glasses.
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Wednesday, July 16
LARGO - Largo commissioners unanimously approved a maximum tax rate July 15 that’s slightly less than last year’s rate.

The rate to be published in the property appraiser’s Truth in Millage, or TRIM, notice mailed out to Largo residents will be 5.19 mills, or $5.19 per $1,000 in taxable property value. Commissioners could decide to further decrease the rate when they approve the final tax rate in September, but it can’t be increased.

The maximum tax rate for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 is only a slight decrease from the current year’s rate of 5.22 mills. But city management analyst Allison Broihier explained that Largo might be one of the sole cities to decrease their tax rate.
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LARGO - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating a July 16 crash involving an agency vehicle that occurred on Ulmerton Road and 113th Street in Largo.

According to the sheriff’s report, forensic specialist Linda Scire was traveling eastbound on Ulmerton Road in an agency issued 2006 Ford Econoline about 11:48 a.m. Wednesday. At the same time, Francis Barrett, 90, of Largo was driving a 1999 Saturn westbound on Ulmerton. Barrett turned left in front of the van, causing the vehicles to collide.

Scire was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Barrett was not injured.
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LARGO - Local activist Ernie Bach of Largo is recruiting members to reestablish the Florida Silver Haired Legislature, a senior citizen organization that used to boast chapters throughout the state.

Bach, a former executive director of the organization, has resisted the state nonprofit corporation and is planning a statewide tour to media outlets and senior citizen organizations to spread the word.

The first meeting of the Tampa Bay chapter of the organization will be Monday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m., at Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater.
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LARGO - Join Largo’s Recreation Parks and Art Department for a free back-to-school open house Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Highland and Southwest recreation complexes and Largo Community Center.

Visit one facility or all three for back-to-school giveaways, class demonstrations and more. Learn more about Largo recreation membership. Recreation members enjoy access to all recreation facilities and discounted programming for as little at $10 a year.

Highland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave. Call 518-3016. Southwest Recreation Complex is at 13120 Vonn Road. Call 518-3125. Largo Community Center is at 400 Alt. Keene Road. Call 518-3131.
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Tuesday, July 15
LARGO - Detectives with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Crimes Against Children Unit arrested a 22-year-old July 15 for lewd and lascivious battery on a 14-year-old female.

According to the sheriff’s report, detectives began their investigation June 11 after the victim told her mother that she had engaged in sexual activity with the suspect on or around May 1 at an undisclosed location in the Oldsmar area. The suspect and victim were known to each other, detectives said.

The suspect was identified Matthew A. Lopez of Largo. Detectives met with Lopez on July 15 and he reportedly admitted to the allegations. Lopez was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Bond was set at $10,000.
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Monday, July 14
LARGO - A 20-year-old stabbed and killed his brother during a dispute Monday morning at their Largo home, according to a report from Largo police.

Officers responded to an apartment on South Pines Drive about 8:18 a.m. July 14 on a report about a fight between brothers.

Police say that Matthew Cisco, 20, and his brother, Christopher Cisco, 26, got into a verbal argument in the living room of the apartment, which they shared. The dispute turned physical and the two wrestled onto a loveseat.
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Wednesday, July 9
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LARGO - The Tutterow Dance Academy, based in Largo, sent 56 company dancers to Savannah, Georgia to compete in the Encore Dance Competition Nationals June 21-25.

Competing against 45 studios from across the United States, dancers in the petites, juniors, teens and seniors categories received high gold, platinum and diamond awards. Tutterow’s teen solo, senior small groups, senior large groups, junior and senior production also placed first in the overall high score of their categories.
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LARGO - After months of wrangling on the issue, the city of Largo is close to a consensus with the county on the hotly contended agreement for EMS funding.

“It’s a 180 degrees from where we started. We are definitely more pleased,” said Fire Chief Shelby Willis July 8.

Willis had said that the city was set to lose $9 million in EMS funds over the next 10 years if they had accepted the budget cuts included in the county’s proposed contract. When Pinellas County administrators would not negotiate for more funding, Largo passed a resolution April 15 to initiate governmental conflict resolution procedures.
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LARGO - The city of Largo has published a proposed budget of almost $131.5 million for the 2015 fiscal year as of July 1.

The budget is available for review at Largo City Hall or can be downloaded from the city’s website at www.largo.com. Use the link bit.ly/Lrgbudget to find the “Budget & CIP” page.

The city’s finance advisory board began reviewing the budget July 7. They will meet three more times to discuss the budget, on Mondays, July 14, 21 and 28, 6 p.m., in the community room of City Hall, 201 Highland Ave. The meetings are open to the public.
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• Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations. Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
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MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.  

The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.

To help, contact Karena Morrison at 518-4659.
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Monthly educational series on hemp and cannabis
Witch’s Brew plans series on cannabis PALM HARBOR – The Witch’s Brew Café/Pub will host a monthly educational series on the subject of hemp and cannabis beginning Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.

The eight-month series will be presented second and fourth Tuesdays. It will run through October. Each month will highlight a certain facet of the issue, with topics such as marijuana as medicine, economics of the “cannabusiness industry, politics of getting it legalized, spiritual/recreational/creative uses, current and future laws and the opportunities with hemp. 

Each gathering will showcase a documentary or talk show on the subject to be followed with discussion. One of the presentations each month will be a screening of an episode of “The Captain Cannabis Show,” an Internet talk radio show dedicated to the hemp and cannabis industry in Florida.  

The Witch’s Brew is at 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor.  

Call 483-9210 or email info@thewitchsbrew.com. Visit www.TheWitchsBrew.com.
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Qi Gong meditation classes
ST. PETE BEACH – Weekly Qi Gong moving meditation classes are held Tuesdays, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the Warren Webster Center, 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way. The cost is $10 per class.  

Classes are lead by acupuncture physician Joyce Lockwood who studied Qi Gong in China and is certified as a Qi Gong practice leader in the U.S. through the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates slow graceful movements, breathing techniques and deep relaxation.  

For more information, call 433-9237.
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Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting
SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St.

This personal development program is ideal for supervisors and other leaders, or those aspiring to learn vital leadership and communication skills.

Contact Dennis Hamel at 374-2612 or visit seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org for more information.
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Support group for addicted teens meeting
LARGO – Take a Hand, a new support group for parents and caregivers of teenagers suffering from substance abuse and behavioral issues will meet Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in portable 1A of Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road.  

The first meeting will be Tuesday, March 4.  

The group, started with the support of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, will invite guest speakers to offer advice and support to those caring for addicted teenagers, including information about the judicial system, residential treatment and more. The meetings are designed to be a safe place for parents, relatives and friends.  

For more information, contact Missy Peterson at 214-4527 or takeahandmeeting@gmail.com.
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• Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Financial aid workshop
ST. PETERSBURG – The Eckerd College Program for Experienced Learners plans a workshop Wednesday, July 23 that includes a presentation on how adults looking to finish their college degree can finance for their return to school.  

The free workshop will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Franklin Templeton Building, Room 209, at Eckerd College, 4200 54th St. S.  

College staff will cover the financial aid process and how it can be different from the process for traditional undergraduate students. Other topics will include common mistakes made while completing the process and the different types of federal assistance resources available for adult students.  

The Program for Experienced Learners gives busy adults the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in a classroom-learning environment. Small class sizes and high-quality faculty create a premium college experience, along with the opportunity to network with other professionals. Students can take classes at PEL’s St. Petersburg or Tampa locations.  

For more information, call 864-8226.
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Master Gardener Clinic
PALM HARBOR – A Master Gardener Clinic will be offered Wednesdays in July, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.  

Residents looking for solutions for all types of questions concerning garden, lawn, and landscape care can consult with Master Gardener volunteers during the clinic. The clinic is free

. For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visit www.pinellascounty.org.
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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 tslibrary@pplc.us.
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• Thursday, July 24, 2014
Community memorial service
SEMINOLE – A community memorial service will be presented Thursday, July 24, 6 p.m., at Chapel on the Hill, 12601 Park Blvd.  

Chapel on the Hill will join with Suncoast Hospice to host this service. The service is open to any and all bereaved members of the community and is not grounded to a particular faith. Anyone who has lost a loved one with Suncoast Hospice is invited to attend.

The service will last about 45 minutes and consist of music, inspirational readings, a reflection on a theme and a “reading of names” of those who have died and are being remembered.

Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. Those interested in attending are asked to call the church office at 391-2919 or send an email to doris@coth.org.
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