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PINELLAS PARK - Incumbent Pinellas Park Mayor Sandra Bradbury will try to reclaim the role of mayor in the upcoming March 15 City Council election. Also vying for the seat is Keith V. Sabiel.

Two councilors - Rick Butler and Jerry A. Mullins - are running unopposed for the seats they currently hold.

Bradbury was originally elected to council in 2002. She was reelected in 2006 and 2010 before being elected mayor in 2012 and again in 2014.
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PINELLAS PARK - Following the Jan. 19 deadline for the Studios at 5663, a group of city-run affordable artist studios, a committee is currently reviewing applications and holding initial interviews. In the meantime, a second application period is open until Feb. 9.

“We are receiving truly exciting applications, and look forward to the move-in of some very talented artists during February and March,” said Debra Rose, the city’s director of Library and Cultural Affairs. “Additional application periods will be scheduled as needed to fill remaining vacancies.”

The studios range in size from 125 square feet to 325 square feet. Cost, which is determined by square footage, will be between $125 and $320 a month. Additionally, there will be a shared gallery space for the artists to display and market their work.
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PINELLAS PARK - At its Jan. 28 meeting, the Pinellas Park City Council voted to amend the current year budget to include projects that weren’t completed in the previous fiscal year.

“This is the first quarterly amendment for fiscal year, where we bring forward some of the capital projects that we had in process for the prior fiscal year, but didn’t complete,” said Dan Katsiyiannis, Office of Management and Budget administrator. “So that’s all we’re trying to do here.”

He said the “net effect” is approximately $1 million. He said all of these projects will be completed this year.
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The city of Pinellas Park unveils the sign for the Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch as officials break ground on the site at Lurie Park Jan. 11. Pictured are, from left, Pinellas County Commission Chair Charlie Justice, Pinellas Park Councilor Patti Johnson and Mayor Sandy Bradbury, Dr. Edward Lurie, and Mike Delancey, founder of the organization.
Wednesday, January 7
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PINELLAS PARK - The city of Pinellas Park broke ground in December on the Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch, which will be built at the 10-acre Lurie Municipal Park, 5500 62nd Ave. N.

Currently, the park is predominantly used for horseback riding. The ranch will expand the park to include equipment designed to help rehabilitate veterans wounded during service.

The park will include a wetlands pond for fishing, hiking and cycling trails, specially designed ADA workout stations, playground, equestrian path, canine park and a multi-purpose sports court. Additionally, there will be a pavilion with picnic tables and grills for socializing, as well as a Memorial Garden dedicated to fallen soldiers.
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PINELLAS PARK - Applications are now being accepted for 10 affordable artist studios available throughout the city of Pinellas Park.

The Studios are located at 5663 Park Blvd. in the building that formerly housed the Professional Entrepreneurs of Pinellas Park, a small business incubator.

In October, around the time of Better Block, a pop-up urban redevelopment event held within the 5600 and 5700 blocks of Park Boulevard, the city decided to restructure the concept of the building so that it was more in line with the emerging creative arts district it falls within.
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PINELLAS PARK - As a teenager, Gene Graham spent every day after school working in his family’s produce shop.

“Every day after school, that’s where we were,” he said. “It was like something out of Mayberry.”

His parents opened their first shop on Fourth Street in St. Petersburg in 1970.

By the time he was out of high school, at 19, he decided to venture into the family business. He opened Graham’s Produce in Kenneth City in 1976. First he leased the property, then he purchased the land and built out the building.
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Community Calender
• Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
Antique and Treasure Sale
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce will hold an Antique and Treasure Sale Saturday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 100 E. Tarpon Ave.

The sale will be held in the Mother Meres parking lot, at the southeast corner of Tarpon and Pinellas avenues. Hibiscus Street, from Tarpon Avenue to Orange Street, and Court Street, from Pinellas Avenue to the Bayou Cafe, will be closed to traffic during the event.

The event will include concessions as well as vendors selling wares.

For more details, call 937-6109.
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Archery class
CLEARWATER – An archery class will be offered Saturday, Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center, 2750 Park Trail Lane.

Cost is $3.75 with a Clearwater Playpass, $5 with a Clearwater Rec card or $6 with no card. Preregistration is required. To register, call 727-793-2976. Designed for children ages 8 through 18, the class teaches the basics of archery.   
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Bird walk
CLEARWATER – Clearwater Audubon will lead a bird walk on Saturday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m., at Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center, 2750 Park Trail Lane. The free-guided hike will take participants on the park’s nature trail to seek birds by sight and sound. Attendees may bring binoculars and field guides. For information, call 727-793-2976.
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Go kayaking with Oldsmar
OLDSMAR – Experience kayaking in Tampa Bay with the city of Oldsmar Saturdays, Feb. 6 and 20, 9 a.m., launching the boat ramp at National Orange Avenue.

The cost is $12 with a recreation card or $18 without one. This event is for ages 10 and older. No experience is necessary. Kayaks, paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided.

Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. Bring zip lock bag or waterproof case for any electronics. Bring water and sunscreen. Preregistration required by the Thursday before the trip.

For more information, call 813-749-1273.
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Health & Wellness Fair
LARGO – A Health & WellnessFair will take place Saturday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Admission is free.

The Largo Community Center Health & Wellness Fair will include a variety of vendors and service agencies offering information on enhancing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Activities will include healthy cooking demonstrations, free health checks and door prizes.

Visit Largo CommunityCenter.com or call 727-518-3131.
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Heart to Heart fashion show
CLEARWATER – The Pinellas Seminole Womans Club will host its annual fundraising Heart to Heart fashion show Saturday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N.

Colette Fashions will be provided and modeled by club members. Tickets are $35 apiece. Call 581-8745 for tickets.  
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Honeymoon Island guided walks
DUNEDIN – Guided walks will be offered Oct. 14 through April 1 at Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd.

Hikes are offered Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. The hikes are free with paid park admission of $8 per carload. Call 738-2903.

Attendees taking part in Friday beach walks should meet at the South Beach Pavilion at 11 a.m. Those taking part in Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Osprey Trail Walks should meet at the picnic area.

For information, visit www.islandparks.org /naturecenter /programs.htm.
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Largo Central Park Market
LARGO –  Largo Central Park Market’s is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. first and third Saturdays at Ulmer Park on 301 West Bay Drive. Free parking is available behind the park on First Avenue.

For more information, contact Jennifer McCafferty at 813-846-1316 or at jennifer@jens-market.com.
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Misa en Español
SEMINOLE – St. Justin, Martyr Catholic Church recently added a Misa en Español every Saturday at 6 p.m.  Other Masses are presented Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. (in English); and Sunday, 7 p.m. (in Portuguese). Daily Mass is at 8:30 a.m., preceded by the Rosary.

The Rev. Gerald Hendry is the Pastor. St. Justin, Martyr is at 10851 Ridge Road in Seminole. For information, call 397-3312 or visit stjustinmartyr.net.
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Motion State Media opening
CLEARWATER – Cam Simon and Chris Sassouni recently formed Motion State Media, a state-of-the-art, fully equipped film-production and photography studio. The opening of the studio will be Saturday, Feb. 6, 5 p.m., at 614 Grand Central St.

Admission is free. A $10 VIP package includes food, headshots or group photos and a raffle ticket. The celebration will feature live music by Chase Harvey.

Their goal is to bring their client’s vision to life through unique visual storytelling. Simon and Sassouni have a combined experience of more than a decade of film and photography. Motion State Media does anything from family photos to Hollywood sized productions.

Their unique story begins as they were young teens learning their skills through mentors, tutorials, trial and error, study and lots of filming and photography.

“Our dream is to wake up every morning and look forward to going to work and sharing our passion with others”, said Simon in a press release.

Call 727-417-6593 or visit www.motionstatemedia.com.
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