PALM HARBOR - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue will host a 9/11 memorial service on Sunday, Sept. 11, at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, 1750 Curlew Road.
The event will include guest speakers Gus Bilirakis and State Representative of District 65, Chris Sprowls, as well as keynote speaker Mickey Kross, a retired lieutenant from the Fire Department of New York, Engine 16.
Kross was on the 24th floor of the World Trade Center’s North tower when he was ordered to escape the building, following the news of the collapse of the South Tower.
EAST LAKE - During the Aug. 17 PHCSA meeting at Palm Harbor Library, East Lake Community Library director, Lois Eannel updated the board on the expansion of her library, as well as promising other projects.
“We’ve had a lot of meetings back and forth with the county and the state regarding the expansion,” Eannel said.
The library has decided on using county subcontractor New Vista Construction for the county managed project to save the time and funds necessary for a bidding process.
OLDSMAR - On Oct. 1, Oldsmar will round out the centennial celebration with the Legends of Rock Centennial Concert, and although it’s been a yearlong celebration, the centennial has been a long time coming.
“That was two years ago, it got started in October,” said Centennial Chairman and city councilmember Dan Saracki.
Saracki was looking for a way to get involved in the city of Oldsmar. He was then approached by city staff, which informed him of the centennial celebration. They told him he should head it.
OLDSMAR - During the Aug. 16 Oldsmar city council meeting, Cindy Kakalow of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office received the Council/Manager Award.
Kakalow is a Pinellas County Deputy assigned to Oldsmar’s Community Policing Unit.
Kakalow is a mother of two boys, ages 4 and 6, and previously worked in radiation physics for nine years before deciding to become a police officer.
She then graduated from the police academy in 2007 in Hartford, Connecticut, where she worked for the East Haven Police Department. She moved to Florida in 2011 with her family and began working with the Sheriff’s office in 2014.
EAST LAKE - During the Aug. 20 Tampa Bay Rays baseball game, Danny Weber threw out the first pitch at Tropicana Field.
Weber was named the 2016 Firefighter of the Year and received the Morroni Award as Pinellas County Firefighter of the Year.
These awards came after Weber’s actions on June 12, 2015. A Tampa Bay woman lost control of her car and drove into a pond. After, a witness called 911, and East Lake Fire Rescue arrived at the accident.
Weber jumped into the water and used a glass-breaking tool to pull the woman through the window of her sinking car.
EAST LAKE - The Palm Harbor Women’s Connection will host programming in October and November.
The group will feature Jane McMullian presenting “East and Elegant Holiday Table Décor” on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway. Seating will begin at 11:15 a.m.
PALM HARBOR - At Ozona Blue, a bar located on the boat docks of Palm Harbor, the usual suspects can be found. People dressed in beachwear, enjoying cocktails, pool and summer atmosphere.
At the back bar, a group of older gents drink and talk, but one stands out.
It’s end-of-July hot. Sweat drips off the face of every man sitting there and yet, he wears a heavy coat and boots. His neck and fingers are adorned in baubles and trinkets and jewelry. His hair touches his shoulders where, on one, a brilliant parrot calmly sits. Atop his head sits a pirate hat.