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PINELLAS PARK - After 15 years with Pinellas Park, Tim Caddell, government relations administrator, has retired from his role. His last day was April 29.

“It’s kind of exciting and kind of scary, but I gave a lot of thought to it,” he said.

Caddell, 66, joined city staff in 2001 as public events director. He assisted with events such as Country in the Park and the Harvest Moon Festival organized by the St. Petersburg International Folk Fair.
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PINELLAS PARK - The Pinellas Park Police Department welcomed home one of its officers May 4 as he arrived at Tampa International Airport from his yearlong deployment in the Middle East

Officer Christopher Gibbs is a Senior Chief Master at Arms in the United States Navy. His title is Senior Chief Petty Officer and he has proudly served for 21 years.

Gibbs has been an officer with the Pinellas Park Police Department since 2012. He is currently assigned to uniform patrol with additional responsibilities as a member of the agency's SWAT team.
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Thursday, May 5
PINELLAS PARK - The City Council unanimously approved the construction of 41 detached single-family homes to be built on 6.48 acres at 8021 60th St., the site of a former Salvation Army community center, at its April 14 meeting. This was the second and final public hearing on the issue.

The council also approved numerous variances for the development, including allowing a lot width of 40 feet rather than 75 feet; a lot area of 4,000 square feet rather than 7,500 square feet; a front yard setback of 20 feet rather than 25 feet; a secondary front yard setback of 10 feet rather than 25 feet; a right-of-way width of 40 feet rather than 60 feet; a front yard fence height of 4 feet rather than 6 feet; a T-type turnaround with dead ends in lieu of a cul-de-sac; and maximum lot coverage of 75 percent rather than 60 percent.

The developer, J. Marcus Vernon of Clearwater, said the project “is not creating an unusual impact” on the property. He said there’s “plenty of capacity” for water and sewage usage and “the traffic impact is nearly half of what it was than when the Salvation Army was operational.” Additionally, traffic is nearly 20 percent less than what would be permitted per the density of the project.
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PINELLAS PARK - Book lovers will get a chance to discuss love, sex and writing with a panel of local romance writers Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m., at the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library, 7770 52nd St.

The writers are all included in the new anthology, “Sizzling Florida Heat: A Boxed set of 11 Tropical Romances,” which was released as an e-book only. All stories are set in the Sunshine State. Anyone who attends will receive a free copy of the book for their e-reader.

“But many of the writers have extensive backlists and will have physical books on hand to sell and sign,” said author Tamara Lush. “We will all be available to talk about writing, our books and romance in general.”
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Thursday, April 7
PINELLAS PARK - The Studios at 5663, a city-owned building comprised of a number of affordable artist studios, will hold its grand opening Saturday, April 16, 6 to 9 p.m. The studios are located at 5663 Park Blvd.

The event will feature food and music, and also will introduce the work of the studios’ first six artists: Kim Alderman, Bob Canning, Linda Costa, John Gascot, Loy Khambay-Correa and Isis Navarro.

“It’s a little less like our normal city grand opening and more like an art gallery,” said Debra Rose, the city’s director of Library and Cultural Affairs.
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PINELLAS PARK - Incumbent Mayor Sandra Bradbury was reelected for a third term in the March 15 election.

With 6,448 (56.75 percent) votes, she defeated Keith V. Sabiel to reclaim her seat. Sabiel received 4,915 (43.25 percent) votes.

“I’m honored to have the confidence of the voters in Pinellas Park,” Bradbury said. “Once again, they spoke loud and clear that they like the direction our city is heading and expect leaders to be willing to think outside the box to make our city a better place to live, work and play.”
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PINELLAS PARK - Patti Johnson has become the first Pinellas Park council member to graduate from the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials III: the Leadership Challenge.

The Leadership Challenge was created in 2013 by the Florida League of Cities as a continuation of the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials. The IEMO was established to educate newly elected officials on the intricacies of local government. A second phase - the Advanced Institute - was added in 1994.

Phase III of the IEMO is now offered annually by the League of Cities’ training division, FLC University. It is open to elected officials who have graduated from both the basic course and the Advanced Institute. The two-day Leadership Challenge courses focus on interpersonal relations and the officials’ ability to work effectively with others.
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Thursday, March 17
PINELLAS PARK - The eastbound lane of Park Boulevard from 76th to 78th streets in Pinellas Park will reopen for afternoon rush hour traffic today, Thursday, March 17.

The lane will remain open for morning rush hour traffic tomorrow, but will be closed again during non-peak daytime hours as Pinellas County Utilities crews continue working on repairs. Motorists during the day are advised to use alternate routes.

Pinellas County Utilities crews successfully shut down a hydrant in Pinellas Park that was damaged when a vehicle hit it on Thursday. Water pressure had forced water onto Park Boulevard.
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Community Calender
• Monday, May 30, 2016
Beef ‘O’Brady’s Trivia Night
SEMINOLE – Beef‘O’Brady’s, 1-799 Park Blvd. N., now offers Trivia Night every Monday, 6 to 8 p.m. The winning team receives a $50 gift certificate. There will be a $5.49 burger with fries special every Monday night. To register a team, call Angel or Mike at 393-2880.
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English classes
MADEIRA BEACH – English for students of other languages is being offered by Pinellas County School Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, 591 Tom Stuart Causeway. Cost is $30 a semester.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn and to practice English with a teacher, with computers and with other learners.

For information, call 727-547-7872 or email piolim@pcsb.org.
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Memorial Day Ceremony
LARGO – The 2016 Memorial Day Ceremony will take place Monday, May 30, 7 p.m., in the Military Court of Honor at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive.

This evening will include a color guard presentation, music and a wreath presentation in remembrance of our fallen soldiers. This event is free and open to the public.

For information, visit LargoEvents.com or call 727-587-6740, ext. 5014.
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Poolside Picnic Holiday
LARGO – The Highland Family Aquatic Center will host a poolside picnic holiday from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, May 30. Splash’s Snack Bar will be open, but no alcohol or glass is allowed. The cost for a group of five is $12 for members and $23 for nonmembers. For more information, visit LargoPools.com or call 727-518-3016.
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Speakeasy Toastmasters meeting
PINELLAS PARK – Speakeasy Toastmasters meets Mondays, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., at K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N. in Pinellas Park.

Designed for those who have trouble speaking in public. Toastmasters is an organization that helps participants learn to calm their nerves and be the most confident presenter possible.

For information, call 536-3392 or email jmartin2040@tampabayrr.com.
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• Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Free English lessons
PINELLAS PARK – Free English lessons for adult speakers of other languages are offered Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the parish hall at Sacred Heart Church, 7809 46th Way. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 541-4447.
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English classes
MADEIRA BEACH – English for students of other languages is being offered by Pinellas County School Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, 591 Tom Stuart Causeway. Cost is $30 a semester.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn and to practice English with a teacher, with computers and with other learners.

For information, call 727-547-7872 or email piolim@pcsb.org.
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Mad Beach Strong Eight Run Club
MADEIRA BEACH – The Mad Beach Strong Eight Run Club meets Tuesday nights at 7:30 at Mad Beach Craft Brewing, 12945 Village Blvd. All runners are welcome.
Major League umpire visit
ST. PETERSBURG – Major League Baseball umpire Jerry Layne will tell baseball anecdotes at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., Tuesday, May 31. Call 727-398-6661 for more information.  
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Quit Smoking Workshop
DUNEDIN – A Quit Smoking Workshop will be offered Tuesday, May 31, 7 p.m., at Root Healing Acupuncture, 595 Main St., Suite 201, Dunedin. In honor of World No Smoking Day, the workshop will provide help to people trying to break the cycle of addiction. Reservations are required. To RSVP, call 727-485-5838.
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