OLDSMAR - A string of small-time crimes, including car burglaries, stolen statues and the lights being snipped on the city’s Christmas tree, has plagued Oldsmar in recent weeks, prompting officials to urge residents to be more vigilant and to contact authorities when seeing anything suspicious.
The wave of incidents began in early December when staff members noticed the lights had been cut in the city’s old Christmas tree, which had been set up on the stage at R.E. Olds Park for a holiday performance during the annual Christmas Wonderland event.
“While we were preparing the tree for Christmas Wonderland, someone noticed all the lights had been cut from inside the tree,” Mayor Doug Bevis said at the event on Friday, Dec. 2.
OLDSMAR - Early last year, Oldsmar communications clerk Kris Hannon came up with an idea to re-create the Adirondack-style chairs that were prevalent in town during the early years of the city’s century-old history.
But after having difficulty finding the right person for the job, she was ready to give up hope.
Months later, a fortuitous meeting in a City Hall corridor put her face-to-face with the perfect man for the job in Odessa woodworker Ray Poynor, and the chance encounter led to not just a superior version of her Oldsmar Chair Project, but a deep and lasting friendship as well.
EAST LAKE - The East Lake Fire District posted its annual report for fiscal year 2015-2016. It is available to the public at www.elfr.org. Hard copies of the report are available at Fire Station 57, 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd., Palm Harbor.
The East Lake Fire District encompasses 33 square miles of unincorporated Pinellas County and roughly 33,000 residents.
The district operates three fire stations which are always staffed with professional firefighters and paramedics.
PALM HARBOR - Parents that do CrossFit can now go home and their kids are ready to work out with them, thanks to Palm Harbor CrossFit.
Kids Attack Fitness is a new kids fitness program that takes place once a week on Saturday mornings. Typical CrossFit workouts of the day are scaled down to meet a kid’s level of ability, so now kids can CrossFit too.
“Our goal is to get kids active and out to meet new friends,” said Mandi Fram of Palm Harbor CrossFit. “The workouts are fun, encourage teamwork and help to make the kids feel a sense of accomplishment.”
EAST LAKE - The Palm Harbor Women’s Connection will host their annual guest luncheon program on Feb. 14, at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Everyone from friends, relatives, men and women are invited to the “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” program for a luncheon program treat.
The keynote speaker is the funny, and inspirational Gayle Martin from Summerfield, Florida. Participants also will get to study a special appearance by a fabulous Barbershop Quartet from Tampa’s premier, all-male, A-Capella show chorus, “Heralds of Harmony.”
DUNEDIN - Gregory Nolan has always been a fan of the science fiction world. Movies and books about the supernatural, paranormal and interstellar excited him, but the heart of his passion lies with the environment.
In 2015, under the pen name “Gregg Nolan,” the retired Palm Harbor firefighter released “Sea City, The Third Helix,” a science fiction novel with an environmental conservation slant.
EAST LAKE - East Lake Library played host to the public, local educators and the Council of North County Neighborhoods for an education forum on Nov. 14.
CNCN President Tim Lima kicked off the event with the organizations community updates, but the education forum portion was led by CNCN Treasurer Rob Moore.
The panel consisted of Pinellas County School’s Superintendent Dr. Michael Grego, newly elected school board member Eileen Long, Palm Harbor University High School Principal Christen Gonzalez, East Lake High School 9th Grade Assistant Principal Shawn Anderson, and District Superintendent for Area 1 Ward Kenny.
OLDSMAR - Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals recently filed an opinion in a case that could have wide ranging ramifications for the fledgling red-light camera industry in the state.
The court’s landmark ruling in the City of Oldsmar and Attorney General Pam Biondi v. Tammy Vo Trinh found that municipalities have the right under Mark Wandell Traffic Safety Act to contract with private companies to review potential red-light camera violations and mail violation notices to offenders.
OLDSMAR - Canal Park is already home to one of the finest BMX Supercross tracks in the United States, thanks to a recent rebuild of the existing track that created an Olympic-quality venue in the heart of Oldsmar.
Now, after spending more than $2 million to improve the track, officials are turning their attention to the rest of the 42-acre park with an update of its master plan.
The city hired consulting engineering firm STANTEC in June to oversee Canal Park’s redesign, and, after soliciting feedback from representatives of the youth sports organizations that use the park, the results, in the form of a conceptual design, were presented to the City Council on Nov. 15.