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 - 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 - 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.
TARPON SPRINGS - What better tribute to a life of service than to be honored by those you served?
Roy Warner exemplified what volunteering in the service of your country means. A former “Coastie,” Warner continued to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for over 20 years, holding many different ranks in Division 11 and his local Flotilla 11-9. On Monday, Feb. 9, as human resources staff officer, he attended the Flotilla staff officers meeting at the Auxiliary classroom at Turtle Cove Marina. He was his usual self.
PALM HARBOR - Unless you’re a history buff and have studied the drinking habits of Robin Hood and his merry men or the Nordic Vikings, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of mead.
But that’s something Bob Lasseter hopes to change.
Lasseter, a former corporate accountant now in his late 60s, operates the Black Fox Meadery at 1688 Alt. U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor. It is the only such business in Florida, which puts the former newspaper publisher in a pretty good position to grow quickly.
ABWA fashion show CLEARWATER – The American Business Women’s Association will host its annual fashion show and luncheon, Day at the Races, on Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N.
Cost is $25 for the show and lunch. Proceeds from the event will be used for the organization’s scholarship program.
For information, call 403-6441 or 392-4308.
Author talk PINELLAS PARK – Liane N. Rowe, author of “Love Never Fails,” will speak on Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m., at First United Methodist Church of Pinellas Park, 9025 49th St. N.
Lunch will be served. Cost is $6. Reservations are required. For reservations, call June at 544-4558.
In her book, Rowe takes the reader through “an amazing journey of cancer, loss, and life ever after,” according to a press release promoting the event. The book also explores “an enjoyable discovery of unconditional love through the heartwarming eyes and ears of one beloved pet named Ginger.”
Bayway Bridge rededication ST. PETE BEACH – The city of St. Pete Beach will rededicate the new Bayway Bridge in honor of St. Pete Beach Medal of Honor recipient Gary Littrell Saturday, March 28.
The event, which begins at 10 a.m. on the southeast end of the bridge, will include military demonstrations and a walking parade over the bridge by those attending. All members of the military and first responders are invited to participate.
Everyone taking part in the walking parade will receive a commemorative medal in Lazarillo Park at the completion of the parade.
The city is allowing free parking in metered spaces in Pass-A-Grille until 1 p.m. A shuttle to the event will be available at 15th Avenue and a return shuttle will take participants from Lazarillo Park to 16th Avenue in Pass-A-Grille.
The Veterans of South Pinellas event will follow on Ninth Avenue until 10 p.m.
Casino Night and Texas Hold ‘Em fundraiser PALM HARBOR – The Council of North County Neighborhoods plans its annual Casino Night and Texas Hold ‘Em fundraiser Saturday, March 28, 7 to 10 p.m., at Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd.
Day of the event tickets are $40 for Casino Night and $30 for the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament. Events include blackjack, roulette, craps, a wheel of fortune, and slot-style machines.
Proceeds will benefit the family of slain Tarpon Springs police officer Charles Kondek. There also will be a silent auction and raffles, plus a cash bar with light hors d’oeuvres.
Community yard sale SEMINOLE – The Seminole Recreation Division will hold its annual community yard sale Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex parking lot, 9100 113th St. N.
This event is sponsored by the Seminole Recreation Teen Board, which will be selling coffee, pastries, hot dogs, cold drinks and more. Cub Scout Pack 431 also will be selling items and taking donations for upcoming retreats and merit badges.
Family history conference SEMINOLE – A conference on family history is slated Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9001 106th Ave. N.
Those attending will have an opportunity to learn the basics of starting a family tree and using familysearch.org.
Topics to be covered at the free presentation include how to do basic Internet research, as well as researching African American, Spanish, Russian, Prussian, Austrian, Hungarian and Eastern European connections.
Participants can come for one class or stay all day.
Attendees should bring a lunch or visit one of the many area restaurants.
For information, call Mark Jones at 644-6325 or email email@example.com.
Gluten-Free for Life Expo ST. PETERSBURG – The Gluten-Free for Life Expo will be Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. The event will offer a “gluten-free day filled with food, education and fun.
Hosted by the Gluten-Free in Florida Support Group, the event’s main stage speakers will make presentations on topics such as traveling gluten-free, going and staying gluten-free, and going beyond gluten-free. Attendees will be able to sample or purchase gluten-free products and services from more than 60 local and national vendors.
The requested ticket donation at the door will benefit Camp Weekaneatit, a weeklong kids’ summer camp for gluten intolerant and Celiac kids. Additionally, gluten-free nonperishable food donations will be accepted to restock the gluten free emergency food pantry at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa.
Highland’s egg hunt LARGO – Come meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at Highland’s Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 400 Highland Ave.
Cost is $8 per child. Children under 12 years old will be placed into age groups and let loose to gather eggs and win great prizes. Kids also will enjoy inflatables, a train ride, music, food vendors, DJ games and a picture with the Easter Bunny. Don’t forget your basket.
This year’s Egg Hunt will be held indoors in PlayWorld at Highland Recreation Complex. Wristbands will be on sale at Highland Recreation. Space is limited so sign up today.
For more information, visit LargoEvents.com or call 587-6740, ext. 5014.