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.
Community Chorus meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Community Chorus meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 County Road, Palm Harbor. No auditions are necessary. For more information, call Anita at 939-2952.
Cooking with fresh herbs
ST. PETERSBURG – The Garden Club of St. Petersburg offers Cooking with fresh herbs Tuesday, March 11, 1 p.m., at the Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Drive S.
Speaker Dennis Gretton of D&D Growers will discuss the subject. There will be a silent plant auction. The public is welcome to attend. For information about any of the programs, call 381-8920 or visit www.gardenclubstpetersburg.org.
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.
Learn how to Mod Podge at the Crafter Dark LARGO – Learn how to Mod Podge at the Crafter Dark at Largo Public Library Tuesday, March 11, 6 p.m., at 120 Central Park Drive
The library has several books detailing the many ways Mod Podge can be used. Join the free program to discover more about this incredibly versatile medium. The Crafter Dark event will teach participants how to melt Mod Podge to make charms to accent a necklace or bracelet.
The Largo Public Library is at 120 Central Park Drive. For more information, call 587-6715.
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.
Red Hatters annual Red Hat Tea Party LARGO – Hundreds of purple blouses and red hats are set to gather at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, for the annual Red Hat Tea Party Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Red Hatters will enjoy live music, dancing, door prizes, contests, vendor shopping and a lunch freshly prepared by the Largo Community Center. Mingle with other chapters, make new friends and wear your best red hat as the group plans to take lots of pictures to commemorate this ever-growing springtime event.
Cost for one day of the event is $10 per person. Spaces are limited; preregistration is required by Friday, March 7.
Purchase tickets by calling 587-6740, ext. 5004 or visiting the Largo Community Center.
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.
Boy Scouts Troop 10 meeting
DUNEDIN – Boy Scouts Troop 10 meets Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., between September through June at 927 Louden Ave.
Call Peggy Ross at 641-5074.
Chess Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Chess Club meets Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N.
Everyone is welcome, though they should know the basics of how to play. Chess sets will be provided and there is no charge to play.
Call Alan Bohrer at 748-2522 for more information.
Free seminar on ageism in hiring
ST. PETERSBURG – Steven Watson, owner of St. Petersburg Resume Services, will offer a free seminar for older workers having difficulty finding work in today’s job market on Wednesday, March 12, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 19, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the conference room at Cross Point Plaza, 3530 First Ave. N.
Major topics will include the need to address negative stereotypes that many employers hold toward older workers and crafting a résumé that reduces the impact of age issues.
This seminar will provide valuable information on several critical topics, such as:
• Identifying ways to reduce the impact of age issues on your résumé and other career materials
• Working harder to find a new job, but also working smart to maximize your efforts
• Taking advantage of positive attributes given to older workers, while addressing negative stereotypes
• Utilizing former/current colleagues, networking contacts, and even friends/family members to attract leads.
Registration is required. To register and for information, call 954-5364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. When emailing, include name, contact phone number and indicate which session is preferred.