PALM HARBOR - Even the rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the vendors and patrons of the first monthly farmer’s market at East Lake Community Library Nov. 2.
“This has already exceeded my expectations, even on the first market,” said library manager Colleen Davis. “The market went extremely well, despite the monsoon. It really didn’t hold a whole lot of people back. They just came with their umbrellas and rain slickers.”
Davis came up with the idea after Palm Harbor Library Director Gene Coppola, then acting director for East Lake, challenged her to come up with a way the library could be used in the community. Amidst the controversy of the outgoing library director, Davis said she wanted to bring “some positive press back into this library again.”
PALM HARBOR - A Clearwater man was critically injured in a crash about 1:40 a.m. Dec. 3 on southbound U.S. 19 at Nebraska Avenue.
According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Daniel Charles Hullett, 29, was driving his 2000 Jeep Wrangler southbound in the center lane of U.S. 19 south of Nebraska Avenue in an area where the two southbound inside lanes on U.S. 19 were closed off using orange traffic cones for roadway construction.
Liduvino Riveron, 40, of Tampa also was traveling in the center lane ahead of Hullett in a construction dump truck. The dump truck began to slow to make a lane change into the center left lane and enter the construction zone.
Hullett failed to notice that the dump truck was slowing and collided with the back of the truck. After the impact, the Wrangler caught fire. Hullett suffered critical injuries and was transported to Bayfront Medical Center.
PALM HARBOR - Nikolas Swierk, a third-grade honor roll student at Cypress Woods Elementary School, was one of two first-place winners in the Clearwater Bar Association’s recent Law Day Poster Exhibition and Contest.
Nikolas made a “quilt” poster that included nine blocks of hand drawn artwork.
“I didn’t do the poster just to win,” Nikolas said. “I used my thoughts. I did it because I love history.”
O’Reilly Auto Parts opens PALM HARBOR - O’Reilly Auto Parts recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate its opening at 34835 U.S. 19 N. The business is located on the east side of U.S. 19 across from Ker’s Wing House, next door to Moss Feaster Funeral Home.
FreightCenter opens new office PALM HARBOR - FreightCenter recently opened a new office at 34125 U.S. 19 N. The company is a full-service freight logistics company that focuses on using web-based tools to help businesses and individuals with shipping needs. According to the company’s website, FreightCenter helps customers compare rates from different carriers, book online, and track paperwork. The company works with more than 100 carriers to obtain shipping discounts LTL to full truckload to specialized freight needs. For more information, call 727-450-7836.
Holiday gift show at Innisbrook PALM HARBOR - A holiday gift show featuring a variety of area vendors is planned Sunday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Edinburgh Ballroom at the Innisbrook Resort, 36750 U.S. 19 N. Vendors will showcase holiday fashions, jewelry, décor and other unique items. The event will benefit the Innisbrook Associate Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 942-5275.
Business counseling offered PALM HARBOR - The Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce and Pinellas County Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development are teaming up to offer business resources and strategic solutions for expansion and growth.
PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a robbery suspect who stole from Radio Shack store in Palm Harbor Monday, Nov. 4.
According to detectives, at approximately 7:20 p.m. the suspect pulled his vehicle up to the Radio Shack located at 770 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor. The suspect was observed exiting the driver’s side of a tan Jeep Liberty and entering the store. Once inside, the suspect ordered all of the employees to the back and demanded money and merchandise. The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of money and multiple cell phones.
OLDSMAR - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating a fatal three-vehicle crash that occurred about 2:47 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the intersection of Tampa Road and St. Petersburg Drive in Oldsmar.
According to investigators, Marie Mikuliza, 65, of Clearwater was traveling westbound on Tampa Road in the left turn lane approaching St. Petersburg Drive. As she made a left turn onto St. Petersburg Drive, her Cadillac DeVille was struck on the passenger side by two vehicles, a Jeep Liberty driven by Arianis Vevero-Pompa, 32, of Tampa and a Ford Fusion driven by Dustin Keithly, 31, of Lutz. The two vehicles were traveling eastbound on Tampa Road, side-by-side.
Deputies said both drivers applied maximum braking to avoid the collision, but were unsuccessful.
The front passenger seat of the Cadillac DeVille, was occupied by Marie’s husband Joseph Mikuliza, 80. Deputies said Mr. Mikuliza became trapped in the vehicle from the impact. It took Oldsmar Fire Rescue approximately 30 minutes to extricate him. Mikuliza was transported by air to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. He was pronounce dead at the hospital at 4:17 p.m.. Mrs. Mikuliza was also transported to St. Joseph’s for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The other drivers were not injured in the crash.
PALM HARBOR - Tarpon Woods will be under construction for slightly longer than expected, and residents aren’t pleased.
At the Oct. 28 Tarpon Woods Island Alliance meeting at the East Lake Fire Station, about 20 residents questioned Pinellas County staff on the status of the flood relief project that began in April. The $1.75 million project will drain heavy rainwater from the Tarpon Woods Golf Club into Brooker Creek and eventually Lake Tarpon.
Clearwater Masonic Lodge No. 127 meeting CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Masonic Lodge No. 127 meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m. at 705 S. Hercules Ave. across from Clearwater High. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Breakfast is served to the public each Saturday, 8 to 10 a.m. at the same location. Call 447-5161 or visit www.clearwaterlodge127.org.
Community Chorus meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Community Chorus meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 County Road, Palm Harbor. No auditions are necessary. For more information, call Anita at 939-2952.
Florida Herb Society meeting
CLEARWATER – The Florida Herb Society will meet Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St., Clearwater. Refreshments and herbal swaps will begin at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. The first meeting is free. Cost to join is $25 a year.
Emily Ruff of Orenda Herbals will discuss gardening with the moon and understanding the best time to plant and harvest and why. Ruff also is director of the Florida School of Holistic Living in Orlando.
The goal of the FHS is to educate members and the general public in the growing and preservation of herbs for use in culinary, medicinal and decorative purposes.
Call Emily Wenzel at 365-8574 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Affordable Care Act presentation
SAFETY HARBOR – A presentation about the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act by Dr. Mark Morris, M.D., is set for Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
Find out more about the law, what is in it, and how it will affect you. Join others in learning about the new benefits offered by the law. Morris is a Tampa Bay pediatrician in private practice and former Chief of Staff of All Children’s Hospital.
Call 724-1525, ext. 4112.
Boy Scouts Troop 10 meeting
DUNEDIN – Boy Scouts Troop 10 meets Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., between September through June at 927 Louden Ave.
Call Peggy Ross at 641-5074.
Chess Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Chess Club meets Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N.
Everyone is welcome, though they should know the basics of how to play. Chess sets will be provided and there is no charge to play.
Call Alan Bohrer at 748-2522 for more information.
Largo Toastmasters meeting
LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 meets Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo. For more information, call John Rouisse at 488-8010 or email email@example.com.
The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.
A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in
Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
Metro Friendly Visitors meeting
ST. PETERSBURG – The Metro Friendly Visitors, a group of LGBT seniors at Metro Community Center in the Kenwood area of St. Petersburg, is making a special outreach to homebound LGBT seniors throughout Pinellas County for communication and socialization.
The Metro Friendly Visitors will meet Wednesday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m., at the Metro Community Center, 3251 Third Ave. N.
Those who participate in the Metro Center senior activities enjoy the good fellowship of regular group discussions and outings. However, members realize that there many in the community who are shut-ins due to ill-health and injury. The M
etro Friendly Visitors program targets shut-ins, those who may be residing alone or in a group care setting.
Metro Friendly Visitors needs help identifying those LGBT homebound seniors in Pinellas County who might welcome some companionship and regular visits from volunteers.
Monthly crafting event
LARGO – Attend a free evening of crafting while taking inspiration from non-fiction books at the Largo Public Library on second Wednesdays, 6 p.m., in the Jenkins Community Wing of the library, 120 Central Park Drive.
Use a variety of materials to create a fun and unique project during this adult program. Families are welcome. The Nov. 13 craft will be a cross-stitch leather cuff.
No registration is required. All materials will be provided. Call 587-6715.