PINELLAS PARK - The city of Pinellas Park kicked off its yearlong centennial celebration with a historical reenactment of the city’s founders sending the Articles of Incorporation off to Tallahassee at 7690 59th St. N. on Oct. 17.
The city, which was established on May 15, 1915, started with around 50 families. Today, the city’s population is just over 50,000 residents.
The city will host a variety of events throughout the year celebrating its 100th anniversary, including the Greater Pinellas Country Fair, Nov. 12-16, at England Brothers Park, and a centennial concert in May 2015.
PINELLAS PARK - The city has applied for a $120,000 grant from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program for upgrades at Helen Howarth Park.
If the grant is awarded, the city is committed to matching funds up to $30,000 for the project.
Helen Howarth Park, which is home to the Pinellas Park Equestrian Center, is a favorite for the area’s horse lovers. Improvements will include: the installation of new security lighting, trail upgrades, the installation of a new linear trail connecting the existing trail to Forbes Recreation Center, and planting of at least 30 different native plant species. The city also will place plant identifying signs and fitness markers along the trail for educational and fitness programs.
PINELLAS PARK - Surgical Pathology Laboratories has been honored with the 2014 When Work Works Award for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success.
This award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, recognizes employers of all sizes and types in the state of Florida and across the country.
“We value our employees and appreciate the need for a healthy work/life balance and we’re thrilled to receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” said Dr. Jeffrey Bulson, owner/director of SPL.
PINELLAS PARK - The APPLE Program, or A Pinellas Park Learning Experience, was created by the city of Pinellas Park to teach local community members about Pinellas Park’s city government. Participants in the program will get an inside look at the operations of various city departments, and will learn the skills needed to serve on the city’s volunteer boards and commissions, and may apply those skills when volunteering for city-sponsored projects and events in the future.
The program is offered once a year from February through April, and will be limited to 25 participants. Each year’s APPLE Program will consist of an orientation, nine sessions and a graduation. Sessions will cover the following city departments: City Administration, Library and Recreation, Public Safety, Information Services, Finance, Human Resources, Public Works, and Community Development. Orientation for the first APPLE Program is Saturday, Feb. 7, at City Hall, 5141 78th Ave.
The APPLE Program is free and open to Pinellas Park residents and members of the Pinellas Park business community. To participate in the program, you must complete and submit an APPLE Program application to the Community Development Department.
PINELLAS PARK - A 77-year-old motorcyclist died from his injuries after he collided with a pickup truck about 4:15 a.m. Oct. 31 at the intersection of Park Boulevard and Belcher Road.
According to a report from Pinellas Park police, Carl Biamonte of Seminole was driving a 2009 Honda Shadow motorcycle traveling east on Park Boulevard in the far left lane. He was wearing a helmet and a reflective vest.
Carl Schaneman, 27, of St. Petersburg was driving a 2009 Ford F150. Prior to the crash, the truck had been stopped at a red light for westbound traffic on Park Boulevard. An independent witness told police that the traffic light had turned green before Schaneman began a left turn onto Belcher Road.
PINELLAS PARK - The installation of the Rev. Jennifer Marie Daysa as new pastor for Good Samaritan Church will be Sunday, Nov. 2, 3 p.m., at 6085 Park Blvd.
Officials from both the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and the United Church of Christ will be present to officially welcome Daysa to the church. Daysa was ordained on May 10, 2014 and her first Sunday with the church was June 1.
Daysa previously served as the director of youth and family ministries at the Congregational Church in Exeter, New Hampshire.
PINELLAS PARK - Police say two women struck by a van Saturday night were intoxicated when they crossed the street. One of the women died at the scene. The second is in critical condition at a local hospital.
Pinellas Park police responded to 126th Avenue North and 66th Street North about 9:35 p.m. Oct. 18 after receiving a report that two adult females had been struck by a vehicle and were down in the roadway.
The investigation showed that the females were crossing the roadway from the east to the west side of 66th Street. A 2002 Oldsmobile van, traveling south on 66th Street in the far right lane, struck the females, who were reportedly running across the roadway.