PALM HARBOR - Nationwide Title Clearing brought a special lunch in for its employees on July 25, but there was more than worker appreciation at its core - all proceeds raised contributed to a $1,000 pledge to the Greater Palm Harbor YMCA.
Owner Michael Workman brought the Old Floridian Trolley Café from its location at 530 Alt. U.S. 19 N. to the parking lot of Nationwide Title Clearing, 2100 Alt. U.S. 19 N., where more than 100 employees spent their lunch breaks.
“We wanted to support the community,” said April O’Brien, director of promotion and marketing. “We have a lot of employees here who benefit from going to the YMCA.”
PALM HARBOR - Florida Highway Patrol is looking for an individual involved in an altercation at a club in Palm Harbor just before 3 a.m. Aug. 29.
According to FHP’s report, Douglas Berube, 42, of Palm Harbor, who works as security at Silks, 37100 U.S. 19 N., attempted to “secure” an individual involved in an altercation. The suspect managed to get into a vehicle and “intentionally ran over” Berube in the parking lot before fleeing southbound on U.S. 19.
Berube suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center. Latest information is that he is in serious but stable condition.
PALM HARBOR - The race is on for Palm Harbor’s next honorary mayor. Sponsored by the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, the annual campaign is a long-standing tradition that began in 1982.
Three candidates are running in this year’s race - Nancy Jean Baptiste, Jessica Cleveland and Frank Nabozny - all own local businesses.
Every year, candidates raise money for the chamber’s foundation and for a charity of their choice. Each candidate hosts their own fundraising events where campaign supporters contribute $1 or more per vote. The candidate who raises the most money this year will be announced in early October.
PALM HARBOR - In the coming fiscal year, East Lake Community Library will have an estimated $83,720 more to invest in upgrades for the library, reconfiguring the interior and future capital projects.
The extra revenue is mainly due to increased property values in the East Lake taxing district. The library began to collect funding directly from a special property tax last year, resulting in a budget of $689,100, which included about $13,000 of donated funds the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative contribution of $149,700. The library brought on new staff and increased the number of hours it’s opened.
This year, property tax revenue is estimated to increase almost 15 percent, bringing the overall budget to $772,820. Library director Lois Eannel called the increase “significant.”
PALM HARBOR - Hannah Zazzaro, 21, of Palm Harbor, will make her debut Aug. 21 at 54 Below, New York City’s premier cabaret supper club, where Broadway luminaries can be seen regularly.
Zazzaro was cast as part of Carner & Gregora’s annual Barely Legal Showtune Extravaganza.
She was selected out of over 100 video auditions by judges Natalie Weiss (“Everyday Rapture”), Tituss Burgess (“Little Mermaid,” “Jersey Boys”), casting director and producer Michael Cassara, composer and music director Will Van Dyke (“Kinky Boots”), casting director Jason Najjoum, agent Samantha Stoller and director-choreographer Emily Maltby (“The Lion,” “Under My Skin”).
PALM HARBOR - Florida High Patrol troopers arrested a Palm Harbor man Thursday, Aug. 7, in connection with an Aug. 4 hit and run crash on Belcher Road just north of Alderman Road in Palm Harbor.
Troopers have been looking for Christopher Frank Dohmen, 24, after verifying he was the driver of a 1999 Chrysler 300. The vehicle is registered in his name.
According to FHP’s report, the Chrysler was traveling southbound on Belcher Road “at a high rate of speed,” Aug. 4 when the driver lost control of the vehicle as it passed through the intersection with Alderman Road.
OLDSMAR - Florida Highway Patrol says a bicyclist who crashed into a pickup truck Monday afternoon in Oldsmar has died.
Mark Allen Lustfeldt, 52, of Oldsmar was riding his bicycle eastbound on the north portion of the intersection of McMullen Booth Road and Curlew Road in the crosswalk about 4:45 p.m. July 28. Jeffrey Johnston, 23, of St. Petersburg was driving a 2000 Chevy Silverado pickup truck southbound in the center lane of McMullen Booth Road approaching the intersection with Curlew Road.
Troopers said Lustfeldt rode his bicycle into the path of the truck, which had the green light. The bicycle collided with the left front portion of the truck. Lustfeldt was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital where he later died.
PALM HARBOR - Palm Harbor Community Services Agency board members have begun the process of bringing the East Lake Youth Sports Association, or ELYSA, under their wing.
A month ago, board members of the agency, also known as PHCSA, speculated that the Pinellas County commissioners probably wouldn’t grant ELYSA the new property tax levy it had requested. They joked that they wouldn’t have a choice in the matter if the commissioners decided to give them oversight of the volunteer association, and they questioned how sound the plans were for spending the proposed tax revenue stream.
But on July 16, the board squared with the new reality: as of Oct. 1, ELYSA will become the fourth entity it oversees. And, at least for the first year, the structure of that new entity won’t look anything like that of Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation, commonly referred to as CSA Palm Harbor.
Labor Day poolside picnic LARGO – Bring the family and a blanket and enjoy your own picnic basket by the pool, during an extended three-hour session at Highland Family Aquatic Center Monday, Sept. 1, noon to 3 p.m.
Enjoy a special family and friends discount admission. Do not bring alcohol or glass into the facility. Splash’s Snack Bar will be open.
Madeira Beach Social Club meeting MADEIRA BEACH – Madeira Beach Social Club meets the first Monday each month at 1 p.m. at Madeira Beach City Hall. Everyone is invited to join the festivities, refreshments and entertainment. In addition to its monthly meetings, club members get together for bridge, canasta and trips to local attractions.
Members do not have to live in Madeira Beach. Membership dues are $10 a year. Call Dianne for more information at 397-3434.
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.
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.
SEMINOLE - American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., offers a monthly spaghetti dinner the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol. For more information, call 391-6324.