PALM HARBOR - Fire Chief Craig Maciuba, who recently took over the helm of the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, has been with the organization since he joined as a volunteer almost 30 years ago.
Since that time, Palm Harbor Fire District and its force of firefighters have grown with the community they protect. And Maciuba, who initially thought he might be a police officer instead, grew up along with it. The personnel he now oversees are his family, both in the literal and figurative sense of the word.
“I love this department, love the people, and love the community. I grew up with it, so it’s kind of my baby,” said Maciuba, now 47. “It’s near and dear to me.”
PALM HARBOR - Detectives with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Arson/Auto Theft Unit are investigating two fires at the Frontier Mobile Home Park, 30700 U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor.
Deputies responded to the scene about 2:30 a.m. Friday, March 7, and found the mobile home at lot #103 fully engulfed in flames.
The two residents inside, Animal Kidd, 65, and Marcus Devoto, 63, were able to make it outside safety with the assistance of a neighbor. Kidd and Devoto are being treated for non-life threatening injuries (smoke inhalation) at this time.
PALM HARBOR - A Virginia man was killed Tuesday night when he was hit by a vehicle while crossing Curlew Road in Palm Harbor.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Jonathan Barron, 38, was crossing Curlew Road in the crosswalk on the east side of the intersection of U.S. 19 about 10:15 p.m. Feb. 25. He was crossing from south to north against the traffic control signal when he walked into the path of a 1997 Ford Explorer driven by Cheryl Lynn Hoffman, 46, of Clearwater, who was traveling westbound in the inside lane of Curlew Road approaching U.S. 19.
Barron was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center where he later died. Next of kin notification is pending.
The crash was not alcohol related. Hoffman was not injured. Charges are pending.
PALM HARBOR - A Holiday man was arrested for attempted murder in the second degree Feb. 14 after reportedly stabbing a man who sold him fake cocaine.
According to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, James Jennings, 18, was charged with attempted murder in connection with the incident that occurred about 1:40 a.m. at an apartment in Palm Harbor.
Deputies responded to a call about an individual being stabbed and rendered aid to Francisco Antonio Caraffa, 20, who had been stabbed multiple times. Bayflight arrived at the scene a short time later and took Caraffa to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
PALM HARBOR - Though the Palm Harbor Fire District is getting one of the more favorable deals in Pinellas County’s proposed agreement for emergency medical services funding, its fire commissioners decided not to advocate the plan quite yet.
Fire Chief Craig Maciuba explained to the commissioners Feb. 10 that the recommended plan from the county’s consultant would increase the amount of EMS funding the district receives from the county by about $241,000 annually. The funds are designed to pay for two firefighter positions to staff Squad 65 for a 14-hour shift. The total funds would be frozen for three years, with an increase possible in the fourth year.
OLDSMAR - A memorial service for the late Oldsmar City Councilor Janice Rae Miller is scheduled on March 22, 2 p.m., at Oldsmar Community United Methodist Church, 207 E Buckingham Ave., with a reception to follow at the Oldsmar Senior Center, 127 State St.
Vice-mayor Miller was serving her third term on the City Council when she died Feb. 8, 2014, after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 71.
PALM HARBOR - The Palm Harbor Area Senior Council, in cooperation with CSA Palm Harbor, will present a public forum for candidates seeking the U.S. House 13th District seat on Sunday, Feb. 23 at The Centre of Palm Harbor, 1500 16th St.
Doors open at 10 a.m. and the forum starts at 11 a.m.
Republican candidate David Jolly and Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby are scheduled to appear. The presentations and question-and-answer session will be moderated.
The forum, which is being sponsored by Florida Hospital North Pinellas (formerly Helen Ellis Hospital) is free and open to the public. Free food and drink will be served while quantities last.
Car and Truck Show benefit TREASURE ISLAND – American Legion Post 158 plans its second annual Car and Truck Show benefit Saturday, March 8 on Treasure Island Beach behind Gulf Front Park.
The event will feature about 200 cars and trucks.
To help out with sponsorship or for more information, call Greg Tong at 235-1784.
Indian Rocks Beach Greenfest
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The seventh annual Indian Rocks Beach Greenfest will be Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 200 24th Ave. The festival will feature eco-friendly vendors, art, jewelry, live music, food, beer and wine.
COTI Community Christian School, Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty, CYMplify, Crabby Bills, Tampa Bay Newspapers and Crunchy Mama will sponsor this community event celebrating all things earth friendly.
Lupus support group meeting
LARGO – The Living with Lupus support group meets second Saturdays at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 13255 118th St. N., Largo.
Sponsored by the Lupus Foundation of Florida, this group is a place where attendees can speak freely about the challenges of living with lupus with others who are facing the similar struggles and challenges. Family and friends are welcome.
For information, call 585-7381.
Managing pests in the vegetable garden
ST. PETERSBURG – A program on managing pests in the vegetable garden will be offered Saturday, March 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.
Urban Horticulture agent Theresa Badurek will explain how to manage Florida vegetable gardens in a safe and environmentally friendly way. Attendees will learn about integrated pest management, scouting for garden pests, harmful and beneficial insects and common weeds.
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole will hold its 33rd annual Pancake Day on Saturday, March 8, 7 to 11 a.m., during the city of Seminole’s 46th annual Pow Wow Festival, at the Seminole Recreation Center auditorium, 9100 113th St. N.
Breakfast will include all the pancakes you can eat in two different flavors, a choice of toppings, sausage and beverage (fresh orange juice, coffee or milk).
There will be live entertainment during breakfast. Free books for children of all ages will be distributed.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 5- to 10-years-old. Children 4 and younger eat for free. Tickets can be purchased at First Home Bank in Seminole by contacting Charlene Jasmin 399-5602, or at the door.
Poker night and silent auction
PINELLAS PARK – The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 3451 63rd Ave. N., will host a poker night and silent auction Saturday, March 8, 5 to 11 p.m. Admission is free; $10 per person for the clam/seafood bake.
Funds raised will benefit Alzheimer’s organizations.
Call 527-2896 for more information.
Scrapbookers Anonymous Group meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Scrapbookers Anonymous Group meets second Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at St. Giles Episcopal Church, 8271 52nd St. N.
Attendees will enjoy a “fun day of cropping and sharing,” according to a press release. Everyone is welcome – particularly those who have not been involved in scrapbooking previously. There will be plenty of people sharing information and equipment. Attendees should bring a bag lunch or join the group for a take-out.