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Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis takes a swing at a pitch during the fifth annual Christmas in July Fundraiser Softball Challenge July 12 at Bright House Field in Clearwater.
PALM HARBOR - Palm Harbor Community Services Agency board members have begun the process of bringing the East Lake Youth Sports Association, or ELYSA, under their wing.

A month ago, board members of the agency, also known as PHCSA, speculated that the Pinellas County commissioners probably wouldn’t grant ELYSA the new property tax levy it had requested. They joked that they wouldn’t have a choice in the matter if the commissioners decided to give them oversight of the volunteer association, and they questioned how sound the plans were for spending the proposed tax revenue stream.

But on July 16, the board squared with the new reality: as of Oct. 1, ELYSA will become the fourth entity it oversees. And, at least for the first year, the structure of that new entity won’t look anything like that of Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation, commonly referred to as CSA Palm Harbor.
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CLEARWATER - An overflow crowd got what they asked for June 24 when Pinellas County Commissioners unanimously approved a one-quarter mill tax levy to fund a newly created East Lake Recreation Services District.

After the vote, the day’s final item of business, the large audience rose to its feet and cheered. Many shouted out, thank you!

The only East Lake resident to speak against the new tax was Roger Johnson. He pointed out that residents were already dealing with the stormwater tax, which started last year and cost him an extra $267. Property values also are going up, which drives up property taxes.
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PALM HARBOR - After noting discrepancies in the balance sheets of the three entities that they oversee, board members of the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency urged the directors to move to accrual accounting.

East Lake Community Library Director Lois Eannel explained to the board June 18 that the agency’s accountant had discovered several inaccuracies in the balance sheets of the East Lake and Palm Harbor libraries as well as that of Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation. She described the entries as “old journal entries that kept coming up,” though they weren’t reflected in the day-to-day budget of the organizations and were already paid in full.

The mistake at the East Lake library amounted to $5,000 worth of expansion expenses that was quickly identified and zeroed out. In Parks and Recreation, it was a $610,000 lighting project from the previous year that was never marked as “paid.”
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PALM HARBOR - The race is on again for honorary mayor in Palm Harbor. An unofficial town, Palm Harbor doesn’t have a mayor. So instead, the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce creates a race each year to elect an honorary member who rides in the holiday parade and attends chamber ribbon cuttings.

This year, three candidates will fight it out for the title:

- Frank Nabozny of Green Tech Termite and Pest Control, Inc. Nabozny will raise money for the Suncoast Hospice Foundation.
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Exxon station adds U-Haul
PALM HARBOR - Palm Harbor Exxon, located at 36300 U.S. 19 N., recently added U-Haul products and services to the gas station services it has been offering customers since 1995. The business now offers a variety of moving equipment and supplies including after-hours drop-off, support rental items, trucks and trailers. Business hours are daily, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, or to rent moving equipment, call 475-7378 or visit Palm Harbor Exxon online at uhaul.com.

My Salon Suite opens new site
PALM HARBOR - My Salon Suite has opened its newest location at 30669 U.S. 19 N., adjacent to Salon Centric in the Seabreeze Shopping Center at Curlew Road. My Salon Suite is the latest concept in beauty services bringing together a collection of independent beauty professionals in one luxurious location. For more information, visit www.palmharbor.mysalonsuite.com or call 813-602-1MSS.

Sol Terra Lifestyle Center opens
PALM HARBOR - Bliss Empowerment and Wellness Center is expanding into downtown Palm Harbor with the opening of Sol Terra Lifestyle Center at 1090 Michigan Ave. A group of instructors provides a wide variety of wellness classes designed to improve overall health, enhance well-being and encourage individual growth. Some of the classes include various types of yoga and zumba, belly dancing, journey dancing, drumming, and ballroom dancing. Also offered is an array of personal health educational classes, such as essential oils, meditation, yoga certifications and healing arts. Visit www.SolTerra.guru for more information.
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Friday, July 11
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PALM HARBOR - A Holiday woman died Friday morning after being hit by a car about 6 a.m. on U.S. 19 north of Tampa Road.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Michael Paul Marinin, 38, of Tarpon Springs was traveling northbound on U.S. 19 in a 2006 Toyota Corolla just north of Tampa Road in the outside lane. Rhonda Angelica Dreher, 49, was in the center grass median.

The FHP investigator said Dreher ran eastbound across U.S. 19 and into the path of Marinin’s car. She was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital where she died about 7:30 a.m.
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Tuesday, July 8
PALM HARBOR - A Tampa man died from injuries suffered when his motorcycle was struck by a car about 6:44 p.m. July 8 on County Road One near Countryshire Lane in Palm Harbor.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Ronald D. Hunter, 74, of Dunedin was attempting to cross County Road One in a 2003 Toyota Camry when he traveled into the path of a 2012 Suzuki MC 1000 being driven by Robert Charles Vath, 24.

Vath’s motorcycle struck the passenger side of the Camry. Vath was ejected from the motorcycle. He was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center where he later died. Jerri M. Hunter, 73, of Dunedin, the passenger in Hunter’s car, received serious injuries and was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Charges are pending.
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PALM HARBOR - A Palm Harbor man suffered serious injuries in a three-vehicle crash that occurred about 2:30 p.m. July 8 on Tampa Road east of West Lake Road in Palm Harbor.

According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Edward C. Darden, 76, was traveling westbound in the inside lane of Tampa Road just east of West Lake Road in a 1995 Nissan Sedan. Benjamin Keith Stevenson, 18, of Palm Harbor was driving a 2008 Honda Sedan and Thomas J. Scharf, 49, of Largo was driving a 2007 Ford F150. Both vehicles were stopped in the left turn lane on Tampa Road.

For unknown reasons, Darden’s vehicle drifted into the left turn lane and struck the right rear of Stevenson’s car. The Honda then struck the trailer being towed by the Ford truck. Darden was extricated from his car and transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital. No other injuries were reported. Charges are pending.
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• Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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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MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.  

The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.

To help, contact Karena Morrison at 518-4659.
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Monthly educational series on hemp and cannabis
Witch’s Brew plans series on cannabis PALM HARBOR – The Witch’s Brew Café/Pub will host a monthly educational series on the subject of hemp and cannabis beginning Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.

The eight-month series will be presented second and fourth Tuesdays. It will run through October. Each month will highlight a certain facet of the issue, with topics such as marijuana as medicine, economics of the “cannabusiness industry, politics of getting it legalized, spiritual/recreational/creative uses, current and future laws and the opportunities with hemp. 

Each gathering will showcase a documentary or talk show on the subject to be followed with discussion. One of the presentations each month will be a screening of an episode of “The Captain Cannabis Show,” an Internet talk radio show dedicated to the hemp and cannabis industry in Florida.  

The Witch’s Brew is at 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor.  

Call 483-9210 or email info@thewitchsbrew.com. Visit www.TheWitchsBrew.com.
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Qi Gong meditation classes
ST. PETE BEACH – Weekly Qi Gong moving meditation classes are held Tuesdays, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the Warren Webster Center, 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way. The cost is $10 per class.  

Classes are lead by acupuncture physician Joyce Lockwood who studied Qi Gong in China and is certified as a Qi Gong practice leader in the U.S. through the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates slow graceful movements, breathing techniques and deep relaxation.  

For more information, call 433-9237.
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Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting
SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St.

This personal development program is ideal for supervisors and other leaders, or those aspiring to learn vital leadership and communication skills.

Contact Dennis Hamel at 374-2612 or visit seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org for more information.
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Support group for addicted teens meeting
LARGO – Take a Hand, a new support group for parents and caregivers of teenagers suffering from substance abuse and behavioral issues will meet Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in portable 1A of Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road.  

The first meeting will be Tuesday, March 4.  

The group, started with the support of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, will invite guest speakers to offer advice and support to those caring for addicted teenagers, including information about the judicial system, residential treatment and more. The meetings are designed to be a safe place for parents, relatives and friends.  

For more information, contact Missy Peterson at 214-4527 or takeahandmeeting@gmail.com.
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• Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Financial aid workshop
ST. PETERSBURG – The Eckerd College Program for Experienced Learners plans a workshop Wednesday, July 23 that includes a presentation on how adults looking to finish their college degree can finance for their return to school.  

The free workshop will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Franklin Templeton Building, Room 209, at Eckerd College, 4200 54th St. S.  

College staff will cover the financial aid process and how it can be different from the process for traditional undergraduate students. Other topics will include common mistakes made while completing the process and the different types of federal assistance resources available for adult students.  

The Program for Experienced Learners gives busy adults the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in a classroom-learning environment. Small class sizes and high-quality faculty create a premium college experience, along with the opportunity to network with other professionals. Students can take classes at PEL’s St. Petersburg or Tampa locations.  

For more information, call 864-8226.
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Master Gardener Clinic
PALM HARBOR – A Master Gardener Clinic will be offered Wednesdays in July, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.  

Residents looking for solutions for all types of questions concerning garden, lawn, and landscape care can consult with Master Gardener volunteers during the clinic. The clinic is free

. For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visit www.pinellascounty.org.
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Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and  non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email tslibrary@pplc.us.
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• Thursday, July 24, 2014
Community memorial service
SEMINOLE – A community memorial service will be presented Thursday, July 24, 6 p.m., at Chapel on the Hill, 12601 Park Blvd.  

Chapel on the Hill will join with Suncoast Hospice to host this service. The service is open to any and all bereaved members of the community and is not grounded to a particular faith. Anyone who has lost a loved one with Suncoast Hospice is invited to attend.

The service will last about 45 minutes and consist of music, inspirational readings, a reflection on a theme and a “reading of names” of those who have died and are being remembered.

Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. Those interested in attending are asked to call the church office at 391-2919 or send an email to doris@coth.org.
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