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 - A 28-year-old Palm Harbor man died at the scene early Sunday morning after crashing into a truck with a flashing arrow board.
According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, AKCA Paving Company was repairing the road along northbound U.S. 19 north of Bilgore Grove Boulevard. About 3 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, two construction trucks were removing the traffic cones in preparation of reopening the roadway.
One of the trucks had a flashing arrow board that directed traffic to shift right as the inside lane was closed. Stephen Segura, 28, was traveling northbound on U.S. 19 in the inside lane north of Bilgore Grove Boulevard.
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.
Abundance Swap CLEARWATER – The Abundance Swap, an event where anyone can bring a gently used item or one in decent working order to Moccasin Lake Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, on Saturday, Nov. 1, noon to 4 p.m.
Those items will be on tables for display and can be taken home for free. Bring something and take something home.
Organizers hope to have a wide variety of items, including books, CDs, electronics and parts, games, sports equipment, art supplies, clothing, kitchen and other household items available for anyone who wants it. This is a wonderful way to clear out one’s closet, drawer or box in the garage and walk away with some other goodies.
Items not accepted include food, shoes, underwear, things broken beyond repair, stuffed animals that have been drooled on a lot, cleaning products, cosmetics, etc.
Affordable Care Act seminars PINELLAS PARK – Liberty Tax Service, at 7001 66th St. N., will offer free seminar events to educate everyone about the new tax laws surrounding the Affordable Care Act.
There will be three seminars throughout the day on Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. The seminars will be open to the public. There also will be family fun, entertainment and free food, music and the Lady Liberty Wavers.
Liberty Tax Service also will be collecting used cell phones for the nonprofit Cell Phone for Soldiers. Every phone this organization collects provides free talk time for soldiers to call home.
Fall and Christmas Craft Bazaar SEMINOLE – Oakhurst United Methodist Church, located at 13400 Park Blvd., will host its Fall and Christmas Craft Bazaar Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2.
Hours will be Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The event will feature crafts, bake sale, Georgia pecans, handcrafted gifts, decorations, lighted Christmas trees and florals.
Haul it to the Harbor community garage sale PALM HARBOR – Haul it to the Harbor community garage sale Saturday, Nov. 1 in the Harbor Hall/White Chapel parking lot in Downtown Palm Harbor, 1190 Georgia Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The cost is $10 per space. Vendors must supply their own tents, tables and seating. Call 771-6000.
Historical Society fish fry CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Historical Society hosts its annual fall fish fry fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Ross Norton Park Recreation Center, 1426 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Adults will be admitted for $12 and children 12 and under for $6. Servings include fried catfish, hush puppies, grits, cole slaw, iced tea or coffee.
Proceeds will go to the maintenance of the Plumb House Museum.
The fish fry is also a fundraising event for the preservation and restoration of the South Ward School on Harrison Avenue, which is scheduled to house museums of Clearwater, Pinellas County schools, Clearwater Bombers and Florida folk art.
For fish fry tickets, call any society board member or call 804-2073.