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.
PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a man who wore a ninja mask when he attacked a woman in her Palm Harbor home early Monday morning.
According to the sheriff’s report, the man entered a private residence, attacked a 52-year-old woman in her bedroom, held her against her will and attempted to sexually batter her. The woman was able to get away from the suspect. She sustained minor bumps and bruises in the attack.
CLEARWATER - With little discussion, Pinellas County Commissioners unanimously approved a 10-year lease agreement with the Palm Harbor Historical Society for the Judge Hartley Homestead.
Pinellas County purchased the Hartley Homestead in 1996 as part of a project to widen the Belcher Road corridor. Not all the land was needed for the road project, so the commission designated the Hartley house located on the property as part of Heritage Village. Palm Harbor Museum was established, and the Palm Harbor Historical Society was granted use of the premises.
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.
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.
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.”
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 - 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.”
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.
Countryside Library book club meeting
CLEARWATER – The Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, is continuing its popular book club that meets the third Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. Titles for the monthly sessions are as follows:
• Feb. 20 – The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott
• March 20 – Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
• April 17 – The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian
• May 15 – Still Foolin‘ ’Em, by Billy Crystal
• June 19 – The Ghost of Hannah Mendes, by Naomi Ragen
• July 17 – My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor
• Aug. 21 – Breakfast at Sally’s, by Richard Le Mieux
• Sept. 18 – Making Rounds with Oscar, by David Dosam
• Oct. 16 – The Story of Beautiful Girl, by Rachel Simon
• Nov. 20 – Luna, by Julie Anne Peters
• Dec. 18 – My Life with Charlie Brown, by Charles Shultz
Garden tour LARGO – Vegetable, herb a tropicals tours will be offered Thursdays, Oct. 2 and 23, 9 to 11 a.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road.
Participants will explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration areas in the Florida Botanical Gardens and learn about growing their own food. Tours are limited to groups of four to 16 people and recommended for adults only.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
Les Mills Body Pump Launch
LARGO – The Les Mills Body Pump Launch will be Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave.
Join the new release of body pump moves and music. The free event includes a raffle, prizes and bottled water. Call 518-3016.
Safety Harbor history presentation SAFETY HARBOR – Local history researchers, Warren Firschein and Laura Kepner, will present a presentation regarding significant events of 20th century Safety Harbor on Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
Fifth years ago, in 1964, William Blackshear was elected as a Safety Harbor City Commissioner and is believed to be the first African-American to hold public office in all of Florida since the end of Reconstruction. Learn about his experience and many other significant events that happened in that century.
St. Petersburg College candidates debate SEMINOLE – To help citizens go to the polls as informed voters, St. Petersburg College is presenting a debate for local candidates seeking public office in the Nov. 4 general election.
The debate, sponsored by SPC’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions and co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Digitorium of the Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N.
Facing off will be candidates for Pinellas County Commission from Districts 2 and 4, and candidates for the eight most highly contested seats in the state Legislature. Also up for debate will be two proposed amendments to the State Constitution.
A distinguished panel of experts will question the candidates and provide background on the issues.
The debates will be split into three one-hour sessions, with the first two combining state legislative races whose district borders are relatively contiguous, for the convenience of voters interested in their home district candidates. A brief discussion of the two constitutional amendments will precede the candidate debates.
The schedule is: 5:30-6 p.m.: Constitutional Amendments 1 and 2
• 6-7 p.m.: House Districts 65, 66 and 67; 7-8 p.m.: Senate District 22, House Districts 68 and 69; 8-9 p.m.: County Commission Districts 2 and 4.
Belleair Women’s Republican Club meeting BELLEAIR – Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, will speak at the next meeting of The Belleair Women’s Republican Club at the Belleair Country Club, 1 County Club Lane, Friday, Oct. 3.
Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The cost is $25. For reservations please call Claudia Thomas at 470-9849 or 813-361-4345 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, this is a new contact for one month only. People who expect to attend also can contact Sherrie Morton at email@example.com.
Movie at Oldsmar library OLDSMAR – The Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E., will present a recently released movie and free popcorn Friday, Oct. 3, 1 to 3 p.m., in TECO Hall.
Admission is free. For the title of the movie, call 813-749-1148.
North Pinellas Community Prayer Breakfast PALM HARBOR – The North Pinellas Community Prayer Breakfast will be presented Friday, Oct. 3, 7:30 a.m., at Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, 36750 U.S. 19 N.
Admission is $25 a person and $200 per table. Call 940-5357.
This will be a morning of prayer to bring about awareness to the issues of poverty, hunger and homelessness in North Pinellas.
Proceeds from The Shepherd Center Prayer Breakfast will support the organization’s mission to feed the hungry, clothe the poor and equip the least among us by providing opportunities and a place for all to give and receive hope.