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PINELLAS PARK - Pair O’ Dice Brewing Company, 4400 118th Ave. N., Suite 208, will launch its Heart of Pinellas Centennial Ale Friday, May 8, 6 to 8 p.m., to celebrate the city of Pinellas Park’s 100th anniversary. The event will also kick off American Craft Beer Week.

The cream ale pays homage to the city’s roots using local Florida ingredients that the area was once known for producing -sugar cane, oranges and orange blossom honey.

“It’s very pale and crisp,” said Julia Rosenthal, who founded Pair O’ Dice with her husband, Ken. “We asked the city what was Pinellas Park before all of the warehouses and everything. So we went with the oranges and sugar cane. It’s going to be very light and refreshing and enjoyable.”

The couple caught the brewing bug in 2004 while they were engineering students at the University of Florida. They were recruited by Anheuser-Busch to work in their breweries.

“They liked to hire engineers because we’re good problem solvers,” Julia said. “Anytime anything breaks down in the brewery and there’s downtime, it’s not good.”
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PINELLAS PARK - Venue Actors Studio is seeking several students, age 16 and older, to act as interns during the studio’s summer programs, running June 8 through Aug. 22.

Applicants should have previous theater experience (acting and/or technical), be Red Cross certified as a babysitter and have one letter of recommendation from a teacher. Interns would assist the instructor with gathering class materials for the groups, supervising breaks and before and after activities, and participating as an actor or stage manager for the final performances weekly.

There may be occasions when the intern might be responsible for opening and closing the studio.
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PINELLAS PARK - The second annual Healthy Family FunFest, organized by the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce’s Pinellas Park Medical District, will take place Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N.

The purpose of this free event is activity-based learning about how to create healthy habits and lead a healthier life, said Dr. Daniel Strauss, the Medical District’s chair.

“Last year we put the first one together with the mindset of this being completely different from any event we’ve done or seen in the past,” he said. “We didn’t want to just be standing there and educating people.”
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PINELLAS PARK - Suesan Sullivan, who joined the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce as executive director in October, has stepped down from the position after seven months.

Starting April 27, she joined Ed4Online as a curriculum designer.

She moved to Clearwater from Wilmington, North Carolina in August, and said she “loved the chamber. I thought we were getting some real traction Being at the chamber gave me the opportunity to meet so many great people.”
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PINELLAS PARK - In 2003, Tom Hamilton saw how the Internet was changing the way business was done and was intrigued.

A longtime mental health professional, he decided to switch gears. So he earned a certificate in Web development and graphic design from PTEC.

“I wanted to develop a skillset that would be good the rest of my life,” he said. “I knew it would involve the Web.”

From there, he created West Bay Media Group.

“The core of my business is building Wordpress websites that create sales online for customers,” Hamilton said.
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PINELLAS PARK - Duke Energy will be switching the city’s streetlights from sodium lights to LED, said Bart Diebold, public works administrator.

The work will be done slowly over time, starting with major corridors such as 66th Street, Park Boulevard and 49th Street before rolling out to residential neighborhoods. The lighting in the City Hall parking lot has already been upgraded. That work was done during renovations to the lot last month.

The new lighting is both energy-efficient and cost-effective, Diebold said.  “It’s about going green.”
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PINELLAS PARK - A time capsule was unearthed March 21 as part of the festivities at the 25th annual Country in the Park event at England Brothers Park in Pinellas Park.

City officials buried the time capsule 50 years prior and it was dug up as part of the city’s yearlong centennial celebration.

The current city council as well as past mayors and staff members, including former mayor Cecil Bradbury, were on hand.

The time capsule was housed in a sealed, 30-gallon drum, which was then placed in a concrete vault before being buried, said Tim Caddell, government relations administrator.
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PINELLAS PARK - Jean Cromwell, who for the past three decades has held the position of city historian, has announced her retirement.

The 89-year-old Cromwell’s tenure ended officially on April 1.

All her many files, photographs and other material will be turned over to the Pinellas Park Historical Society, but her memories and knowledge of the city cannot be transferred to paper or computer files.

“It’s time,” Cromwell said. “I’ll be 90 years old soon and I’m starting to slow down.”
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PINELLAS PARK - Toffee to Go opened its new 16,000 production facility at 7100 56th St. N. in Pinellas Park, March 25, celebrating with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The company, which got its start 14 years ago, outgrew its 3,000-square-foot space in South Tampa and searched the Tampa Bay region for perfect space to cook, cool and package its toffee. The South Tampa location will remain open as a storefront.

Co-owner Lisa Schalk said she and her husband, Jim, originally began making the toffee, which is a recipe passed down from his family, for holiday gifts.
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