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.
Connections @ Park Station
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts Connections @ Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Room 101, a free networking event, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 8:30 a.m.
Contact Carl Lucchi at 458-7863 for more information.
Cooters Crab Fest CLEARWATER – To celebrate the opening of stone crab season, Cooters Restaurant & Bar will host its 21st annual Crab Fest Oct. 23-26, at 423 Poinsettia Ave., Clearwater Beach.
The four-day big tent party will kick off Thursday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m., and will run throughout the weekend, while supplies last. Cooters’ special Crab Fest menu will feature fresh off the boat Florida stone crab, king crab, snow crab and Dungeness crab all at special reduced prices.
There also will be live music under the big tent, commemorative merchandise and drink specials.
Cooters’ Crab Fest is a family friendly event and there is no cover charge. Valet parking will be available.
Erica DiCeglie and the Holy Jazz ST. PETERSBURG – Erica DiCeglie and the Holy Jazz will perform Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 301 58th St. S.
Cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 347-3215.
This concert is a fundraiser for the Amigos Center (an outreach for farm workers) in Immokalee.
Erica DiCeglie is a local recording artist. She has cut two albums and currently has a song at No. 4 on the Reverbnation website. Holy Jazz is a fantastic musical journey into the heart of the Gospels combining music, words, and imagery.
Friends of the Clearwater Library book sale CLEARWATER – The Friends of the Clearwater Public Library is having its annual fall book sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave. The books will be of all genres.
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.
Stone Crab Feast INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Keegan’s Seafood Grille will host its seventh annual Stone Crab Feast Oct. 24-26, with special pricing while supplies last.
Live music will be provided by local artists such as BillyD, Pamela Love and Jason Reagle. Keegan’s is at 1519 Gulf Blvd. Hours will be Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunset Market LARGO – Sunset Market is open every Friday through May, 3 to 7 p.m., in Largo Central Park’s parking lot No. 1, at southwest corner of East Bay and Central Park drives.
Vendors will offer vegetables, fruits, raw local honey, herbal teas and wild-caught seafood as well as organic body products, essential oils, arts and crafts. The focus will be on produce and organic products with about 40 percent of the market dedicated to art and craft vendors.
The market offers several ways for commercial business to advertise as well as two free spaces per market reserved for nonprofit entities.
Circus McGurkis ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) will host the 43rd annual Circus McGurkis peace education celebration Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Lake Vista Park, 1401 62nd Ave. S.
Circus McGurkis is a peoples’ fair focusing on peace education and service to the community with special focus on activities for children of all ages and families of all types. It features arts, crafts, music, games, and ideas that celebrate the creativity and activism that makes the community a more beautiful, loving and just place to live.