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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.
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CLEARWATER - Pinellas County Commissioners unanimously approved a change to the structure of the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency Board of Directors Sept. 11, adding a representative from East Lake Youth Sports Association.

Commissioners approved a request from East Lake residents for a 0.25 mill ad valorem assessment to fund the newly created East Lake Recreation Services District, beginning Oct. 1, the start of the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Oversight of the new district, which is served by ELYSA, was given to PHCSA. Membership requirements and voting restrictions for the ELYSA member are the same as for members representing East Lake and Palm Harbor libraries and Palm Harbor recreation.
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Thursday, September 11
PALM HARBOR - A 64-year-old man received life-threatening injuries from smoke inhalation during a Thursday afternoon fire at a Palm Harbor motel.

According to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office, deputies responded to the fire at Kings Inn Motel, 34107 U.S. 19 N. about 3:12 p.m.

The injured man, William Manning, a resident of the motel was in sleeping in a motel room at the time. Detectives assigned to the Arson and Auto Theft said the fire probably started near the door to the room where discarded cigarettes were found.
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PALM HARBOR - The Palm Harbor Community Services Agency, or PHCSA, approved the operating agreement, budget and job description for the director of the newest entity in the agency’s oversight Aug. 20.

The East Lake Youth Sports Association, or ELYSA, will begin receiving property tax revenue from a new East Lake recreation tax levy Oct. 1, per a Pinellas County Board of Commissioners decision in June. Since then, PHCSA representatives have been working with ELYSA leaders to establish the parameters for the new governmental organization, which won’t be run the same as its Palm Harbor equivalent.

“It’s going to be different,” said PHCSA attorney Andy Salzman. “We sat and met with the county many hours on this, discussing these differences and trying to bring them into PHCSA.”
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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.
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PALM HARBOR - Alltrust Insurance, Florida’s largest privately held employee benefits agency, was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in Insurance.

This sixth annual program was created by Business Insurance and Best Companies Group.

"We recognize that as an organization we will only be as good as our employees allow us to be," said Sozon Vatikiotis in a press release. Vatikiotis is CEO of Alltrust. “We do everything we can to recruit and retain employees who are culturally aligned with us. We'll always do things that are above and beyond the typical employer-employee relationship, and we couldn’t be happier to be recognized for the honor of Best Places to Work in Insurance.”
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OLDSMAR - Oldsmar Senior Center offers diverse and interesting year-round programs. Programs are free or cost a minimal fee and can be discounted with a Recreation Center card.

Participants ages 50 and older can participate in OSCARS (Oldsmar Senior Center Art Recreation Social), FAB (Fiber Arts Bunch), woodworking, billiards and tai chi. Senior socials gather people to play games over coffee and refreshments. Day trips take people to places like the Hard Rock Casino, Strawberry Festival and museums.

The Oldsmar Senior Center is located at 127 State St. W. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Friday, September 5
PALM HARBOR - Lightning may be the cause of a Friday afternoon house fire on Timuquana Lane in Palm Harbor.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call about 1:06 p.m. Sept. 5.

According to the sheriff’s report, when deputies arrived, the roof of the home was engulfed in flames and Fire Rescue units from Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor and East Lake were already on scene.
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Wednesday, September 3
PALM HARBOR - Florida Highway Patrol says charges are pending for a man wanted in connection with an incident that occurred in the parking lot of a club Aug. 29 in Palm Harbor.

According to FHP’s initial report, Douglas Berube, 42, of Palm Harbor, who works as security at Silks, 37100 U.S. 19 N., attempted to “secure” an individual involved in an altercation. The suspect managed to get into a vehicle and “intentionally ran over” Berube in the parking lot before fleeing southbound on U.S. 19.

Troopers used surveillance video to confirm that the driver of vehicle was Jacques Ayyub, 29, of Clearwater. Ayyub met with troopers at the Pinellas Park FHP station Sept. 3. According to an updated report, the incident is still under investigation and troopers are coordinating with the State Attorney’s Office. Charges are still pending.
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Friday, August 29
PALM HARBOR - Florida Highway Patrol is looking for an individual involved in an altercation at a club in Palm Harbor just before 3 a.m. Aug. 29.

According to FHP’s report, Douglas Berube, 42, of Palm Harbor, who works as security at Silks, 37100 U.S. 19 N., attempted to “secure” an individual involved in an altercation. The suspect managed to get into a vehicle and “intentionally ran over” Berube in the parking lot before fleeing southbound on U.S. 19.

Berube suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center. Latest information is that he is in serious but stable condition.
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• Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
Aquaponics program
PALM HARBOR – An introduction to aquaponics will be presented Monday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m., at the new Sol Terra Lifestyle Center, 1090 Michigan Ave. The program is free.

The guest speaker will be Gina Cavaliero, from Green Acres Aquaponics in Brooksville. She will present an introduction to aquaponics. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to produce both fish and organic/chemical free fruits and vegetables, in a dynamic, man-made, pond type ecosystem in their own backyard.

If there is enough interest in this class, Cavaliero hopes to return to the area soon to do a full day, hands-on workshop where she will demonstrate how to get started with aquaponics for a no-till, no-weeds, no-irrigation food production system.

Visit www.solterra.guru. Call 348-9435.
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Bone and Joint Lecture Series
ST. PETERSBURG – Two programs are scheduled in the weeks that follow at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, 701 Sixth St. S.

The Bone and Joint Lecture Series will kick off with a presentation by Dr. Brian Burke, Bayfront Health orthopedic surgeon, set for Wednesday, Sept. 24, noon to 1 p.m., in the Sheen Conference Center. This free seminar will include a light lunch.

A Matter of Balance classes will begin Monday, Sept. 22. The eight-week session is designed for adults age 60 and older and will cover how to manage falls and increase activity levels.

For information and to RSVP for a program, call 895-3627. Visit Bayfront.com.
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Candidate forum
PALM HARBOR – The Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce Town Hall Series presents a candidate forum on Monday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library.  

Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith will be the moderator.  

The event will feature the candidates for State Senate District 20, State Representative Districts 64 and 65, County Commission Districts 2 and 4, School Board District 4, and East Lake and Palm Harbor Fire Districts.  

This is an opportunity for citizens to meet the candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot. Supervisor of Elections staff will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. for voter registration.
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Fall prevention programs
ST. PETERSBURG – September is National Falls Prevention Awareness Month. Bayfront Health’s Trauma Center will host several events on site at the hospital, 701 Sixth St. S., St. Petersburg.  

The following events are scheduled:  

• A Matter of Balance – Monday, Sept. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. This is the first program in an eight-week free class designed for older adults to learn fall prevention.  

• National Falls Prevention Awareness Day Lunch and Learn Seminar – Tuesday, Sept. 23, noon to 1 p.m. Carol Bissinger, R.N., and Chastity Rogers-Johnson, R.N., will host a free presentation on fall prevention and stroke awareness. Light lunch will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to wear yellow in honor if National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.  

For information or to RSVP, call 895-3627.
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Florida Silver Haired Legislature meeting
CLEARWATER – The relaunched Florida Silver Haired Legislature invites citizens 55 years and older to join its organizational meeting Monday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m., at the Suncoast Hospice Center, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd.

The group originally was organized in 1978 to advocate in senior, national, state and local issues.

Ernie Bach, a former leader of the group, is opening a new state headquarters in Pinellas County and chapters in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

The group is seeking new officers and members. To register or for more information, call 585-1111.
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Immunization seminar
ST. PETERSBURG – Bayfront Health St. Petersburg will host a seminar on immunization education on Monday, Sept. 22, 7 to 9 p.m., in the Sheen Conference Center, Bayfront Medical Center, 701 Sixth St. S.  

A panel of clinical experts, including Bayfront’s own pediatrician Dr. W. Michael Brown, will be on hand to discuss and help educate attendees on the importance of immunization for children.

Seating is limited. To register, call 895-3627.
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Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at Lin’s K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N.   Guests are welcome.  

The Toastmasters program helps members become better speakers for their jobs, presentations and meetings.   Call Jim Martin at 536-3392 or email jmartin2040@tampabay.rr.com.
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• Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Fall prevention programs
ST. PETERSBURG – September is National Falls Prevention Awareness Month. Bayfront Health’s Trauma Center will host several events on site at the hospital, 701 Sixth St. S., St. Petersburg.  

The following events are scheduled:  

• A Matter of Balance – Monday, Sept. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. This is the first program in an eight-week free class designed for older adults to learn fall prevention.  

• National Falls Prevention Awareness Day Lunch and Learn Seminar – Tuesday, Sept. 23, noon to 1 p.m. Carol Bissinger, R.N., and Chastity Rogers-Johnson, R.N., will host a free presentation on fall prevention and stroke awareness. Light lunch will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to wear yellow in honor if National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.  

For information or to RSVP, call 895-3627.
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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.
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Medicare lunch and learn
BELLEAIR – A lunch and learn session on understanding Medicare options will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, 1501 Indian Rocks Road.  

Karyn Rizzo, director of patient services for Allegiance Care Services, will present the program. To RSVP, call 581-6540 or email gfortino@belleviewbiltmoregolfclub.com.  
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