PALM HARBOR - Sharon Pikulinski’s mission at Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 annual Awards Dinner was to help promote the Palm Harbor Library’s Raise the Roof campaign.
“We really need to support this,” said chamber President Connie Davis, introducing the topic. “Our hearts are with this, because our library needs us. And where else can I have a captive audience like this - that has money?”
The library’s promotional video played, urging its viewers to buy raffle tickets to help pay for the library’s roof. Pikulinski, taking the lead in the campaign, was featured, explaining the $50 raffle tickets and the $10,000 grand prize.
But then library Director Gene Coppola began to list the other ways Pikulinski has helped her community over the years. The 30-year Palm Harbor resident was the chair for the school advisory council at two of the schools her daughters attended. She served the director of the board for the chamber of commerce and participated as for 20 years in its teacher appreciation breakfast. She was director of the Old Palm Harbor Main Street board. She is the current chair of the Palm Harbor Library Advisory Council, was nominated as the library’s woman of the year and has served on the board for the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency.
PALM HARBOR - Given the addition of the fourth entity overseen by the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency, its board is considering the merits of elevating one of the directors to a “super director” role.
Board member Tom McKone first suggested change during the agency’s September meeting, and it was again discussed Oct. 15. The new responsibilities would come with an increase in pay, he said.
“He or she could nurture the other directors and mentor them, especially in some of the major things we have going on,” McKone said.
PALM HARBOR - A three-person committee will review applications and recommend the best candidate to be the paid director of the tax-funded East Lake Recreation organization.
Rob Posavec sat through his first meeting as a member of the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency board, representing East Lake Youth Sports Association Oct. 15. He also will represent ELYSA on the three-person committee, joined by PHCSA representative Tom McKone and a county employee: Park and Recreation Operations Manager Kathy Swain. Together, the subcommittee will review applications and bring qualified candidates back to the PHCSA board for a vote.
The new director will be the fourth employee hired directly by the PHCSA board, equal to the directors of its other three entities who oversee the Palm Harbor Recreation organization and both the libraries in north Pinellas County. The ELYSA budget has allocated $52,489 to pay for the new director.
Galow Frankenfield, 82, a resident of Palm Harbor, Florida and formerly of Westmont, New Jersey, passed away the evening of Aug. 8, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Joan was born July 5, 1932 in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania to the late Herbert and Helen Hilgert Galow. She was married to the late Charles J. Frankenfield.
Joan had been a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Haddonfield, New Jersey and was a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Tarpon Springs. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of, N.J. Haddonfield Chapter #140.
PALM HARBOR - Residents will have an opportunity to take a chance to win money and help the Palm Harbor Library with the library’s inaugural Raise The Roof campaign.
The library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., is conducting the fundraising initiative to raise money for a new roof and air conditioning units for the library. The estimated cost of the project is $340,000 to $400,000.
Raise The Roof is a cash raffle with 62 percent of the ticket sales going toward cash prizes - the remainder goes to the initiative. Participants must be at least 18 years old to enter and win. The library will sell 1,000 tickets at $50 each. To make it even more affordable, folks can have up to five people share a single ticket.
PALM HARBOR - It is one thing to ride your bike 50 or 60 miles on the weekend. It is quite another to attempt a 1,500-mile bike ride across the country.
Palm Harbor’s Rick Watson is going to try it and he is sure he can do it.
Watson, 61, plans to ride his bike from Washington, D.C., to Lincoln, Nebraska to raise money for a military-related charity. Departure date is Sept. 22. He says he’s doing it out of a sense of thanksgiving.
OLDSMAR - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are asking the public to help identify a male and female who attempted to steal a shopping cart full of merchandise about 6:17 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Oldsmar Walmart, 3801 Tampa Road.
According to detectives, the suspects discarded the full shopping cart after being approached by an employee. They were last seen running to a white Jeep Cherokee, which was waiting in the parking lot. The vehicle quickly left the area. Detectives do not have a tag number.
PALM HARBOR - A Palm Harbor man was arrested Monday morning after hitting a 15-year-old female about 6:40 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at the intersection of Pine Ridge Boulevard and East Lake Road.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Joseph Matthew Darezzo, 20, of Palm Harbor was traveling westbound on Pine Ridge Boulevard. He passed a stopped vehicle at the intersection of East Lake Road and collided with Joseline Ramos Martinez, 15, of Palm Harbor, who was in a crosswalk.
Darezzo fled the scene without stopping. Martinez suffered serious injuries and was transported to Bayfront Medical Center.
TAMPA - An Oldsmar woman was arrested Oct. 1 for DUI and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, reports came in from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office about a wrong-way driver traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of State Road 589 near Gunn Highway.
State Trooper Ron Evans, a 13-year veteran, was patrolling in the area and responded. He arrived near the 16 milepost southbound and pulled over on the shoulder and waited for the wrong-way driver who appeared shortly thereafter.
Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon and Fundraiser CLEARWATER – The public is invited to the Island Estates Woman’s Club annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon and Fundraiser, Pink is Beautiful. Proceeds benefit the Pinellas Mammography Voucher Program for local women who cannot afford mammograms.
The event is set for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Island Way Grill, 20 Island Way. Cost is $22 with a choice of fillet mignon, chicken Rockefeller or fresh catch.
For reservations, call Barbara Blakley at 449-8453.
There will be raffles, a silent auction, a 50/50 cash drawing, pink ribbon gift tree, and more.
Bridge of Blood CLEARWATER – Clearwater Christian College will present “Bridge of Blood,” by David H. Robey, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., on the school’s campus at 3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd.
This will be a reader's theater presentation of the life of missionary-martyr Jim Elliot who, along with Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, and Roger Youderian, paid the ultimate price to reach a tribe deep in the jungles of Equador with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students, military and alumni. For tickets, call 726-1153, ext. 268.
Herbal Rituals CLEARWATER – The Florida Herb Society will present Herbal Rituals on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane.
Kim from Enchanted Earth in Dunedin will be bringing a guest to speak about using herbs in ritual. Come and learn about the ancient traditions of smudging and blessings using herbs and intentions. Attendees are welcome to bring cuttings, seeds and plants to share, and partake at a tasting table.
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.
READ Pinellas community meeting CLEARWATER – READ Pinellas Inc. is holding a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m., at Pinellas Technical College Clearwater Campus, 6100 154th Ave. N. in the GED testing center, building 16.
More than 80,000 adults in Pinellas County lack basic reading skills, and the meeting is a chance to learn about adult literacy resources in the community and how to make a difference.
SPC Job Fair SEMINOLE – St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus will host its Fall 2014 Job Fair Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the conference center located next to the library.
There also will be a “Ready Room,” where SPC students and alumni can brush up on networking skills, make a last-minute appearance check, conduct Internet research on employers attending, and print their résumé.
Tampa Bay Women Speakers Toastmasters Club meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Tampa Bay Women Speakers Toastmasters Club 1427169 meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at The Centre of Palm Harbor, Room A, 1500 16th St., 7 to 8:30 p.m. The upcoming meetings are Dec. 3 and 17.
The group also has a social meeting every second and fourth Tuesday of the of the month at Sea Dogs Brewing Company, 26200 U.S. 19, Clearwater in a private room at 6:30 p.m. Come and mingle, socialize and eat dinner with fellow Toastmasters members and guests. The meeting is 7 to 8:30 p.m. The group will meet Dec. 10 only because the fourth Tuesday is Christmas Eve.