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 - 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.
PALM HARBOR - After noting discrepancies in the balance sheets of the three entities that they oversee, board members of the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency urged the directors to move to accrual accounting.
East Lake Community Library Director Lois Eannel explained to the board June 18 that the agency’s accountant had discovered several inaccuracies in the balance sheets of the East Lake and Palm Harbor libraries as well as that of Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation. She described the entries as “old journal entries that kept coming up,” though they weren’t reflected in the day-to-day budget of the organizations and were already paid in full.
The mistake at the East Lake library amounted to $5,000 worth of expansion expenses that was quickly identified and zeroed out. In Parks and Recreation, it was a $610,000 lighting project from the previous year that was never marked as “paid.”
Dietician seminar ST. PETERSBURG – Bayfront Health St. Petersburg will participate in a dietician seminar Friday, Aug. 29, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Westminster Palms Senior Living Community, 939 Beach Drive NE.
Bayfront Health St. Petersburg dieticians Samantha Nola and Christine Scarcello will host the dietician seminar.
For information or to register to attend, call 895-3627.
GriefShare program ST. PETERSBURG – A GriefShare program will be presented beginning Friday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. to noon, at Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave. N.
The program will run through Nov. 21. Call 343-7747.
Scottish American Society social gatherings Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.
The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.
Aging Well Center safety day CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Aging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road, will host a crime prevention and personal safety day on Saturday, Aug. 30, in collaboration with the Clearwater Police Department.
While the event is targeted toward people age 55 or older, all are encouraged to attend as the information presented applies to everyone.
The free event begins at 10 a.m. and includes speakers from the police department, with a welcome address by former Chief Tony Holloway.
Topics will cover neighborhood crime trends, knowing the difference between burglary and robbery, economic crimes, and pawnshops. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., attendees can visit interactive stations that offer information about common sense prevention tips such as engraving your valuables with a unique identifier, installing floodlights where appropriate and other helpful safety measures.
Digital art class SAFETY HARBOR – A digital art class is set for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. The class will be presented by comic illustrator Krishna Sadasivam and will cover aspects of digital art, how to improve your drawing skills, and discussion of the digital art market.
Sadasivam creates custom comics and illustrations for organizations and magazines and is an advocate for the comic industry as a blogger and author of articles on illustration and sequential arts techniques. His clients include Microsoft, Mashable, Other World Computing, Chai Company, Tau Beta Pi, and EE Times, and his work has been featured on many notable websites, including TechCrunch, Gizmodo and CNET.
Fashions with Flair CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Community Volunteers is hosting its 11th annual Fashions with Flair silent auction and fashion show fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Fort Harrison Hotel, 210 S. Fort Harrison Ave. A gourmet lunch will be served.
Each year, the show features several leading ladies of Tampa Bay on the runway. Some of the models this year include the following:
• Margaret Word Burnside, executive editor of Tampa Bay Magazine
• Cat Coats, wife of former sheriff Jim Coats and co-founder of Beth’s Closet
• Mimi Kintzel, community affairs director for the Church of Scientology in Tampa
• Susan Latvala, Pinellas County Commissioner
• Lauren Collins Medlin, 2014 Ms. Florida
• Cathy O’Brien, program specialist for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
• Kathleen Peters, Florida state representative
• Bahiyyah Sadiki, an educator in the Pinellas County school system for 11 years
• Carolyn Secor, local attorney
• Susan Valdes, Hillsborough County School Board member
Ambria’s of St. Petersburg will provide the clothing for this year’s models.
The silent auction items range from $5 to thousands of dollars, with items including crafts and baked goods to celebrity endorsed goods, children’s items, sports memorabilia, fishing excursions, gift certificates, fine art, gift baskets, and designer jewelry.
CCV is a nonprofit, charitable organization, made up entirely of volunteers and is a community arm of the Church of Scientology.
Regal Cars ECO Center grand opening CLEARWATER – Regal Cars ECO Center, on the corner of Drew Street and Northeast Coachman Road in Clearwater, will host its grand opening Saturday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This hybrid business model, where more than one company operates from the same locations, is the first to offer different types of hybrid transportation.
At the center, shoppers will find an array of factory hybrid cars getting an average of 51 mpg. The selection features many different makes and models.
“Hybrid technology has a long way to go but for now, there’s no better way to get from point A to point B than in a hybrid vehicle,” said owner Garry Wilson in a press release.
For those interested in converting their current vehicle into a hybrid, Barry Hart of Fuel Genie Systems has developed a simple, easy to install hydrogen injection system that has the capability to increase mileage in most cars by 20 to 40 percent on the highway. Don Chamberlain, who handles hybrid bicycles, has the latest models of electric and gasoline assisted power added to the pedals.
The event will feature free hot dogs, Fuel Genie Hybrid demonstrations and music. Attendees also may register to win a free Fuel Genie Hybrid System for their car or truck.
Call 474-5755 or 1-866-209-6682 for more information.
Snake seminar TARPON SPRINGS – A free seminar on snakes will be presented Saturday, Aug. 30, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road.
Snake expert Jim Medenhall will facilitate this reptile identification and safety seminar. Medenhall’s seminar will focus on environmental protection and endangered species. He will also discuss invasive species, the python problem and venom extraction. The program is suitable for all ages. Registration is required.