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PINELLAS PARK - Lifetime Television recently came to the city to enhance the life of a local veteran.

Lance Corporal Devin Kyle was shot in the thigh by an enemy sniper while serving in Afghanistan nearly three years ago. He was working alongside the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Uniformed Police at the time. He underwent five surgeries following the attack and has since earned the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the National Defense Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and more.

This spring, as part of its Military Makeover series, Lifetime’s “Designing Spaces” came to Pinellas Park to remodel Kyle’s home. Kyle owns the home with his wife, Joanna. They also have a three-year-old daughter, Raelyn.
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PINELLAS PARK - The city of Pinellas Park launched its redesigned website May 23. The new look is “much friendlier” for users, said Pam Roberts, public programming coordinator, who designed the site.

“It’s much brighter, easier and friendlier,” she said. “Everything is much easier to find. We changed the whole look of it.”

In addition to making it easier to access information about specific departments, she also added images from the cities many parks and other notable locations.
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Tuesday, May 10
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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
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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.

Before the year was over, the city also gave him duties as public information officer in an effort to improve relationship with local media. Eventually, lobbying to state lawmakers in Tallahassee during a period where the city was seeking funds for Park Boulevard drainage improvements was added to his list of duties.
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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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Community Calender
• Monday, June 27, 2016
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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Graffiti yoga class
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Community Center will host a new class called Graffiti Yoga, on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting June 6 at 7:15 p.m., at 400 S. Walton Ave.

Students will enjoy music that ranges from hip-hop to drum beats to soothe the soul. The fee is $15 per class or $97 per month.
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Memory screenings
DUNEDIN – Free preliminary memory screenings are offered by the Alzheimer's Association fourth Mondays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Dunedin Library, 223 Douglas Ave.

To schedule an appointment, call Amanda at the Alzheimer's Association at 727-5778-2558.

 
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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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Tobacco cessation class
ST. PETERSBURG - The Tobacco Free Florida Area Health Education Center offers cessation class Monday, June 27, 10 a.m. to noon, at Enoch Davis Recreation Center, 1111 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

This in-person option of Tobacco Free Florida's 3 Free & Easy Ways to Quit, can double a participant's success rate of quitting tobacco. The program covers all forms of tobacco and participants learn important strategies and skills for quitting, in a friendly, respectful and supportive group setting.

The group class, called Tools to Quit, is a two-hour session led by trained tobacco cessation facilitators who use an evidence-based methodology to guide the group members toward a successful quit attempt. The facilitator also explains the health risks associated with tobacco use, the benefits of quitting, symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and the triggers that can sabotage the quitting process.

The Free Tools to Quit class includes follow-up support and teaches coping skills to prevent relapse.

Group participants will also learn about Nicotine Replacement Therapy products that can help during the quitting process, and receive free NRT while supplies last and if medically appropriate.

To register for a free tobacco cessation class, call Katie Murphy at 813-929-1000, ext. 208, or email email kmurphy@gnahec.org.

For information on the Tobacco Free Florida AHEC Cessation Program, visit www.ahectobacco.com.
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• Tuesday, June 28, 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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Alzheimer’s support group
LARGO – Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Ruth’s Promise Adult day program are sponsoring a Practical Grace in Alzheimer’s support group, meeting fourth Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., in the Prince of Peace Chapel, 455 Missouri Ave.

The group will next meet Tuesday, April 26.

Practical Grace in Alzheimer’s Care is a support system designed by Dr. Cate McCarty, dementia coach, to close the gap between maintaining meaningful faith membership while navigating Alzheimer’s and related dementias. As a follow-up to the recent Practical Grace seminar at Prince of Peace, Ruth’s Promise has expanded their ministry to offer this support group to Alzheimer’s caregivers.

The adult day program is available for respite during the meeting provided caregivers.

To RSVP, email catemccarty@gmail.com or Terri Zeigler at tmszeigler@gmail.com.
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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.
Rare Plant Network gardening club auction
PINELLAS PARK – The Rare Plant Network gardening club will host an auction on Tuesday, June 28, in Friendship Hall at the Good Samaritan Church, 6082 Park Blvd.

A preview will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the auction set to start at 7 p.m. Up for bid will be rare and unusual plants grown by members and adapted to the local ecosystem. The event also will feature a 50/50 opportunity drawing. This will be a cash-only sale.

The club also will collect donations of nonperishable food items for the food pantry.

Visit www.facebook.com /Therareplantnetwork.
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