PALM HARBOR - Mastering the art of motherhood, work and community is no small feat but that’s exactly what one Palm Harbor woman has successfully tackled.
As an active and integral member on the board of directors for several major environmental groups in Pinellas County, Barbara Walker completely combines her three passions - environmentalism, social leadership and the simple joy of bird watching.
It has been said that every woman’s journey is her own and Walker’s first steps to this point began on a very solemn and special day, over a decade ago.
PALM HARBOR - Funding for the East Lake Community Library expansion project is being considered in the Florida Senate.
The current draft of the Senate appropriation bill includes $1 million set aside specifically for East Lake, beyond the $2 million in capital funds requested by the Department of State for the library construction grants. The library’s director, Lois Eannel, said she continues to be cautiously optimistic that East Lake would receive that funding by the end of the legislative session on May 1.
“I’m so hoping,” Eannel said April 15. “It’s so exciting. I think it would be such a terrible letdown if we didn’t get it now.”
PALM HARBOR - Within the next few weeks, the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency is set to hire a new accountant, with hopes of concluding a long chapter of financial confusion and accounting problems.
The agency’s board, which oversees the finances for the libraries and recreation services in Palm Harbor and East Lake, has expressed dissatisfaction with its current accountant, who members believe is responsible for inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the monthly financial reports.
Already, two accounting firms have submitted proposals to PHCSA’s request for a new accountant. The agency’s audit committee has already interviewed one of the firms and is scheduled to interview the other Tuesday, April 21.
PALM HARBOR - The Sophia’s Attic Thrift Shop, located at The Centre, 1500 16th St., is in need of gently used, quality men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, ceramics, glassware, art, books and more. Clothes hangers are also needed.
Proceeds from merchandise sales go to support scholarships for members of the community in need to enable them to participate in the many programs, classes and activities offered by CSA Palm Harbor.
Items for donation may be brought to The Centre during regular business hours. Receipts for tax-deduction purposes are available upon request.
OLDSMAR - Current and former Oldsmar residents are encouraged to contribute a favorite recipe (or more) for the Oldsmar Centennial Cookbook - a special project of the Friends of the Oldsmar Library in honor of Oldsmar’s 2016 Centennial Celebration.
The cookbook will be available for purchase in January, 2016.
Paper recipe forms are available at the Oldsmar Library Circulation desk. Recipes can also be submitted online at tiny.cc/tcoxux.
PALM HARBOR - It can be a tough job telling 200 accomplished businesswomen how to be leaders in their field. However, introduce them to the first female Navy fighter pilot and they sit up and listen.
The women were gathered from all over Tampa Bay at the Innisbrook resort March 10 for Executive Women’s Day, an event held in conjunction with the annual Valspar PGA Golf Tournament.
The woman who stood before them was Carey Lohrenz, who flew the F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet from 1993 to 1999. Her message was clear: know your direction, focus on it and stay the course. Those were lessons learned during her training and years of flying.
PALM HARBOR - It wasn’t long ago that families across the nation were rocked by the nation’s housing crisis.
Banks, businesses and private individuals alike were all affected in the aftermath of the catastrophe and some people are still bearing with the economic burdens that resulted from the national scandal.
But several years have passed since then and many people now wonder where the housing industry has settled and if it’s safe to re-enter the market as a buyer. For those living in or looking at Palm Harbor, there’s already some good news to report.
PALM HARBOR - The East Lake Community Library’s director is championing new efforts at the state and local levels to raise the funds needed to expand both the building itself and its parking lot in the coming months.
“I’m pretty optimistic. The library is in need of it,” Director Lois Eannel said. “Whatever (funds) we get, we will make it work. We will make the library better.”
The first effort is a proposal to expand the library building, submitted to Sen. Jack Latvala and Rep. Chris Sprowls, who both represent the East Lake area in the Florida Legislature. The 2,800-square-foot expansion would include a reconfiguration of the library’s existing layout to create two conference rooms, a new teen room, a separate children’s’ room and office, more storage space, family and staff bathrooms and a larger break room for staff and volunteers.
PALM HARBOR - The Palm Harbor Community Services Agency moved Feb. 18 to hire a new accountant sooner rather than later, authorizing a committee to approve a request for proposal before the board met again in March.
“We need to start moving on this. We’ve been talking about accounting problems for the better part of nine months,” said board member Tom McKone.
Board members have been concerned in the last several meetings that amounts on the balance sheets don’t add up or make sense the way they are shown on the entities’ financials, which the agency approves each month. They have expressed dissatisfaction about the accountant himself, hired in the last fiscal year.
PALM HARBOR - Every community has it’s own unique personality and characteristics. Some display a distinct interest in specific business pursuits based on their location while others can be identified by their distinctive values or religious traditions.
In Palm Harbor, one such person is music instructor Ty Lewis who is known affectionately by his students as “Mr. Ty.”
On the afternoon of Feb. 28, students of all ages gathered with around 50 guests at HarborChase of Palm Harbor assisted living center to participate in a biannual music recital under the direction of instructor Lewis.