PINELLAS PARK - In 2014, the Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra - the only orchestra of its kind that remains in Pinellas County - celebrates 50 years of making music, with the past two decades spent in Pinellas Park.
The orchestra will close out its 2013-2014 season Sunday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. The program will consist of music selections from light classical, show tunes and pop.
The performance is free, though donations are accepted.
PINELLAS PARK - A 29-year-old St. Petersburg man died in a crash at 118th Avenue North and Belcher Road in Pinellas Park Wednesday night.
Pinellas Park police identified the dead as Dwight Jess Harvey Jr.
Police said Harvey was traveling southbound on Belcher Road on a 1997 Kawasaki motorcycle. A commercial lawn truck towing a large white commercial trailer, driven by Robert Smith, 47, of Seminole was traveling northbound on Belcher Road.
PINELLAS PARK - An 84-year-old Pinellas Park man is recovering from his injuries, and the three teens that attacked him are in custody. Police arrested a fourth suspect Monday afternoon.
Thanks to the generosity of three local businesses, Charles Clark has new locks on his home and his vehicle.
Clark returned home from the store the morning of April 1 and parked on 76th Avenue. When he exited his vehicle, three teenage assailants attacked him from behind. He tried to fight off the attackers, knocking one to the ground. One pulled a knife and he was stabbed more than once in the arm.
PINELLAS PARK - Even before the city began scooping up parcels along the ailing 5600 block of Park Boulevard over the past two years, the City Council eyed the area - which falls within the Community Redevelopment Area - as a potential small-business incubator.
The city held the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Pinellas Park Office Suites, 5663 Park Blvd., which was formerly owned by the Suncoast Haven of Rest Rescue Mission, on March 14. These office suites are home to the Professional Entrepreneurs of Pinellas Park, a city-run business start-up program. Current members of the program are Orange Blossom Landscape and Design, Epiphany Tampa Bay Magazine, Apren2, Evans Computer Consulting, SLS Publications, Colleen McGann Massage Therapy, Simple with Style Events, aDMark Advertising Concepts, Jamiller Ellis Financial Education, and Optimus Prime 7 PC Repair.
PINELLAS PARK - The annual Relay for Life event is set for Saturday, April 12, 2 p.m. until 8 a.m. the next morning, at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave.
This annual overnight fundraising walk, which is held in communities nationwide throughout the spring, is organized by the American Cancer Society to support cancer research, raise money for the cause and to remember those who have died from the disease. Teams will camp out by the track and take turns walking throughout the event.
CLEARWATER - The problem began in 2011 with neighbors complaining about the smell coming from a fat, oil and grease plant at 6660 90th Ave. N. in Pinellas Park.
In August of that year, Pinellas County Utilities Division issued Reliable Septic and M & D a three-year industrial wastewater discharge permit. But, operations began without proper zoning, without the requisite zoning clearance and without an approved site plan.
PINELLAS PARK - Tucked away in Pinellas Park, for the past two years Suncoast PACE has offered seniors an alternative to moving into a nursing home as their health declines.
Designed for individuals 55 and older, this adult day care program offers a variety of classes and activities to keep attendees mentally and physically engaged despite any health issues they might have. Activities include everything from music and the arts to discussions of current events to fitness and games.
Despite protests from parents and students, the Pinellas Park Police Department has decided not to extend current School Resource Officer Harold Behar’s assignment at Pinellas Park High School. Behar will rotate to a new assignment at the end of the school year.
According to Sgt. Brian Unmisig, spokesperson for the PPPD, this rotation is part of a department protocol that rotates officers after five years on one specialized assignment. In certain circumstances, these assignments can be extended for an extra year, and Behar has already has his SRO assignment extended one year.