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PINELLAS PARK - Like many individuals around the country, a group of several friends in St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park were horrified as they heard the news about the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people and wounded 58 others.

Cici Danielson, Jess Smith, Michael Dacosta, Mick Ferrari and Tristan Weghorn decided they wanted to do something to help those directly affected by the attack and sprung to action.

“We wanted to actually do something,” Dacosta said.
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PINELLAS PARK - Twenty years ago, DJ Sulisufay took over the then-struggling Jessi’s Restaurant, 8331 66th St. N.

It didn’t take long for him to turn the restaurant into a Pinellas Park mainstay offering home-cooked comfort food with a European flair. 

Though DJ passed away in March, his son, Jason Sulisufay, has taken over the reins as manager and part-owner. His goal is to continue his family’s legacy and foster a relationship with the local community.
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Wednesday, September 13
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PINELLAS PARK - While many Pinellas County residents attempted to stay out of Hurricane Irma’s reach by evacuating the area or prepping their homes and remaining indoors, Bottles Pub’s staff opened the bar during the Sept. 10 storm for those with nowhere else to go.

A week before Irma was projected to hit, owner Debi Klenk decided that Bottles, 5619 Park Blvd. N., would stay open on Sunday as a refuge for those who lost power or were simply looking for something to do, she said.
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Thursday, September 7
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PINELLAS PARK - Nearly two years ago, Jason Bergstrom’s mother-in-law moved in with his family so his wife, Kathy, and their kids could help care for her.

“They’d watch TV with grandma and schedule her care around ‘Cupcake Wars,’ ‘Say Yes to the Dress,’” he said. “Then they got into ‘American Ninja Warrior.’”

Each episode of the NBC reality show features different competitors tackling a challenging obstacle course.
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PINELLAS PARK - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Pinellas Park satellite facility with a commemoration event Aug. 22.

U.S. Congressman Charlie Crist, D-FL-13), and other federal, state and local officials joined Lockheed Martin for its 20th anniversary festivities, which included opportunities to fly the F-35 Lightning II cockpit simulator.

The event highlighted the site’s role in the production of the F-35. The facility manufactures canopies and bulkheads for the aircraft, said Andre Trotter, program director and general manager of the Pinellas Park facility, which currently employees around 250 people.
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PINELLAS PARK - Erin Stoy was just 10 years old when her father, Ron Stoy, opened the first Sound Exchange independent record store in Tampa on North Nebraska Avenue in 1987.

Her father was tired of the corporate world, she said, and decided to go into business for himself. Sound Exchange would allow him to focus on two of his biggest passions - music and fiddling with stereo equipment.

Though she was only in elementary school at the time, her father put her to work in the store.
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PINELLAS PARK - The Juniors of Girl Scout Troop 151 of Split Pines Service Unit decided to put their own spin on the Little Free Libraries that have popped up all over the country for their Bronze Award project this summer.

These small libraries, generally enclosed structures in public areas that contain free books, operate under the notion of “take a book, return a book.”

“At first we thought it was hard to decide [what to do,] but then I just said, ‘Swap-a-Book,’” said Abi Dean, 11, of St. Petersburg. “I said, ‘Let’s do Swap-a-Book’ and then we voted on it.”
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PINELLAS PARK - The Pinellas Park Rotary Club has had a long-term relationship with Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Elementary School, predominantly by donating money to teachers for classroom supplies and volunteering at events.

But last year, the club approached the school’s principal Rebecca Moore and told her they’d like to do “something big” for the school as their annual project.

“One of our staff had a brilliant idea to [build a pavilion,]” she said. “I was like, I don’t know’ that’s a big project. But they did say huge, and lo and behold, they came through.”
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PINELLAS PARK - For sports lovers in the Tampa Bay area, the voice of Randy Harris is likely a familiar one.

The host of three radio shows - Talking Sports with Randy Harris, the Players Show and Knockout Radio - he’s easily one of the longest running sports radio personalities in the Tampa Bay area.

Born in Philadelphia, he was raised in St. Petersburg. After graduating from Northeast High School, he joined the Navy.

“Then I came back home to Pinellas Park and I’ve been here,” he said.
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PINELLAS PARK - Mary MacKenzie often refers to herself as “the butterfly lady.”

“Everybody else does,” she said.

For the past five years, the member of the Pinellas Park Garden Club has focused solely on butterfly gardening.

The majority of the garden at her Pinellas Park home is comprised of milkweed. Monarchs can’t survive without milkweed, she said. That’s where they lay their eggs, and their caterpillars only eat milkweed. So the plant dominates her garden in an effort to create a safe habitat for monarchs.
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Thursday, August 3
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PINELLAS PARK - Following a jam-packed summer, staff at Girls Inc. of Pinellas won’t get much of a chance to catch its breath as the school year starts Aug. 10.

That’s when the organization’s after-school program, “Discovering Women of Invention,” kicks off. The program runs through May 24, the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

The organization, designed to empower girls through academic enrichment including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), literacy, creative arts, healthy living and other curriculum, provides programming to young women in Pinellas Park and surrounding areas year-round.
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PINELLAS PARK - For the past 10 years, Stephen Smarowsky has served in various ministry positions at churches in the county.

The Pinellas Park native studied at Trinity College of Florida, an interdenominational Bible college in Pasco County. He went on to earn his master’s degree from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary in Virginia.

Through all of these efforts, he knew one thing for certain: one day he was going to launch a new church in his hometown.
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PINELLAS PARK - In his 30 years of doing hair in Pinellas Park, Mick Ferrari learned early on the importance of embracing and supporting the community around him.

This is a central tenet of Got Split End?, the salon he runs with his business partner and style director, Sarah Jane Collins.

“We like to do our bit and support the community that supports us,” Ferrari said.

Got Split Ends?, located at 4376 Park Blvd. N., does this in a variety of ways.

Recently, the salon hosted Cuts for a Cause July 29. The event focused on individuals donating their hair to children with medical hair loss - hair donated that day went to the Ronald McDonald House and Children with Hair Loss - and also featured a food truck, a DJ and vendors.
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PINELLAS PARK - For nearly 20 years, the City Auditorium, 7690 59th St. N., has helped residents and visitors relive the golden era of film through monthly Wurlitzer pipe organ concerts held every third Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Organized by the Central Florida Theatre Organ Society, these events draw various sized crowds, depending on the time of year. During the summer off-season, between 50 and 70 listeners enjoy the free concert, said the society’s president, Cliff Shaffer, a Pinellas Park resident. In the fall through spring, when snowbirds are in town, the crowd swells to as many as 150.

For years, the organization utilized a donate organ that “had seen better days,” Shaffer said.
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Thursday, July 6
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PINELLAS PARK - The stretch of Park Boulevard just east of the railroad tracks has always been a hub for the city of Pinellas Park, said Debra Rose, director of cultural affairs.

So it’s an ideal spot for an arts district offering a variety of galleries and activities, including a monthly art walk, that draw city residents and visitors to the area.

The city has actively focused on building what’s known as the Pinellas Arts Village, which spans from Park Station through the 5600 and 5700 blocks of Park Boulevard, and located in the Community Redevelopment District, for the past two years.
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PINELLAS PARK - John Lucas learned how to pick from his father at a young age.

At age 6, he’d sift through seeming junk with his father in search of treasure, vintage items they could resell at local flea markets. He’d help carry their finds home.

At first, it was just another chore for him. But this attitude changed when he was 10 years old and was visiting his grandmother in Iowa. He was helping bring her garbage to a local dump when he spied an old Sucrets cough drop box. He opened it up and inside were gold rings, a crucifix and coins.
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Monday, June 5
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PINELLAS PARK - Flooding has always been a major issue for the city of Pinellas Park.

The city was founded in a low-lying area that was practically uninhabitable, said Aaron Peterson, construction services director.

“It was just a wasteland, swamp-like,” he said.

In the early 1900s, before the city was even incorporated, its first residents dug channels to drain the land so they could grow crops, mostly sugar cane.

“So flooding has always been a problem,” he said.
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Community Calender
• Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
Dunedin Garden Club
DUNEDIN – The Dunedin Garden Club will host a plant sale and yard sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Palm Lake Village Club House, 1515 County Road 1, Dunedin.

The sale will feature knickknacks and assorted treasures along with plants available for purchase.

For information, call 727-734-7576 or email dunedingardenclub@yahoo.com.
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Chalk Art Festival
CLEARWATER – Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce recently announced that the sixth annual Chalk Art Festival presented by Opal Sands Resort will run Friday through Sunday, Oct. 20-22, at Beach Walk on Clearwater Beach.

Hours for this family-friendly community event will be Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For three days, more than 40 local and regional artists, students and artistic groups will transform the beach’s sidewalks into spectacular bigger-than-life canvases, allowing the public to get a rare glimpse into the way art is produced in all stages of progress. The public will get to vote for their favorite artist and the "People’s Choice Award" will be announced Sunday at 1 p.m.

The festival also includes a kid’s zone, arts & crafts vendors, music, and more. The event is free and open to the public. 

For information, call 727-447-7600 or visit ClearwaterBeachChalkWalk.com.
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Plant & Yard Art Sale
ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg Garden Club will host its annual Plant & Yard Art Sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 500 Sunset Drive S., St. Petersburg.

Attendees may bring their garden tools to be sharpened. For information, visit www.gardenclubstpetersburg.org.
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• Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
Chalk Art Festival
CLEARWATER – Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce recently announced that the sixth annual Chalk Art Festival presented by Opal Sands Resort will run Friday through Sunday, Oct. 20-22, at Beach Walk on Clearwater Beach.

Hours for this family-friendly community event will be Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For three days, more than 40 local and regional artists, students and artistic groups will transform the beach’s sidewalks into spectacular bigger-than-life canvases, allowing the public to get a rare glimpse into the way art is produced in all stages of progress. The public will get to vote for their favorite artist and the "People’s Choice Award" will be announced Sunday at 1 p.m.

The festival also includes a kid’s zone, arts & crafts vendors, music, and more. The event is free and open to the public. 

For information, call 727-447-7600 or visit ClearwaterBeachChalkWalk.com.
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• Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
Tai Chi and Qigong classes
ST. PETE BEACH – Tai Chi and Qigong classes are presented Mondays, 11 a.m.; and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m., at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach.

This class is designed to reduce stress, inflammation and disease associated with stress, as well as improve postural alignment and flexibility. The class combines specific movements, coordinated breathing and a calm focused mind used in traditional Chinese medicine, Tai Chi and Qigong practices that will improve health, vitality and longevity.

No prior experience is necessary. The cost is $5 for adults or free for SilverSneakers. Visit www.spbrec.com or call 727-363-9245 for more information.
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• Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
Mega Challah Bake
TREASURE ISLAND – The third annual Mega Challah Bake will take place Thursday, Oct. 26, 7 to 9 p.m., at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island.

Beginning with an hors d’oeuvres, sushi and wine social, the Mega Challah Bake will once again draw women from across Pinellas County to enjoy an evening of friendship, inspiration, relaxation, and pouring and mixing.

The Mega Challah Bake is a community event that brings women from all walks of life together, to celebrate all that Jewish women share in common. At the event, women will make Challah together, take it home to bake, and then share Shabbat with others.

The event runs in sync with thousands of women worldwide baking Challah with their communities. With table captains assisting the Challah making process, this is a stress-free, hands-on baking experience. This year will have a few “new twists” for those who have come before, that will surely be a wonderful addition to the program.

Sponsors for the evening include Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg, Chabad Of Pinellas, Hadassah of St. Petersburg, St. Pete Wealth Management group of Raymond James- Marcia Person, and The Club at Treasure Island. Sponsorships are available.

For ticket information and reservations, visit www.MegaChallahFL.com or email Info@ChabadSP.com.
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Tai Chi and Qigong classes
ST. PETE BEACH – Tai Chi and Qigong classes are presented Mondays, 11 a.m.; and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m., at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach.

This class is designed to reduce stress, inflammation and disease associated with stress, as well as improve postural alignment and flexibility. The class combines specific movements, coordinated breathing and a calm focused mind used in traditional Chinese medicine, Tai Chi and Qigong practices that will improve health, vitality and longevity.

No prior experience is necessary. The cost is $5 for adults or free for SilverSneakers. Visit www.spbrec.com or call 727-363-9245 for more information.
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• Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
Antique & Treasure Sale
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Merchants Association will host its Antique & Treasure Sale Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the parking lot on the corner of Pinellas Avenue and Tarpon Avenue.

For a vendor application, email tarponspringsflorida@gmail.com.

For information, call Reggie at 727-543-1593.
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