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Seminole Fire Rescue’s Engine 29 ladder truck placed the flag on top of the new Village Inn, 10155 Bay Pines Blvd., during a ceremony July 13 to celebrate its construction. The restaurant is set to open Aug. 31.
SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council selected Trask Metz & Daigneault LLP as the new city attorney at its July 14 meeting. The firm will replace John Elias when he retires Aug. 3.

The council chose TMD over Unice Salzman Jensen, PA, the other finalist for the position, in a four to three ballot vote. The council had interviewed each firm prior to the July 14 business meeting. Following the ballot vote, the council unanimously voted to request a letter of engagement with TMD.

TMD, a Clearwater-based firm, specializes in Florida real estate, probate and estate planning, and governmental law. The firm’s start date will immediately follow the next business meeting, which is July 28.
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SEMINOLE - Pinellas County is hosting a neighborhood meeting to provide information about an intersection improvement study in Seminole on Thursday, July 30, 5 to 7 p.m., in the gymnasium of Seminole High School, 8401 131st St. N.

The meeting will include information about the intersection improvement preliminary engineering study, which includes three intersections and the adjoining roads at 131st Street North and 82nd Avenue North; 131st Street North and 86th Avenue North; and 125th Street North and 86th Avenue North.

The adjoining roads provide access to four schools: Bauder Elementary School, Seminole Middle School, Seminole High School and the Career Academies of Seminole.
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SEMINOLE - Bravo Center for the Arts, a non-profit summer and after-school theater programs for children 6 to 17, presents its Let’s Go to the Movies Revue Thursday, July 23, 2 and 7 p.m., at Oakhurst United Methodist Church, 13400 Park Blvd.

The performance include songs from “Frozen,” “High School Musical,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Les Miserables,” “Into the Woods” and more.

Tickets for the 2 p.m. show of the Let’s Go to the Movies Revue are free for ages 10 and under, and $3 for those 11 and older. Tickets for the evening performance range from $6 to $14.
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Tuesday, July 14
SEMINOLE - Guided by Seminole’s founding father Jesse Johnson, more than 800 citizens assembled Nov. 15, 1970 and voted to incorporate the city.

As leaders planned the historic occasion, only one meeting spot came to mind for such an event, said Dr. Edward Lurie: the Seminole Center, today known as the Seminole Mall.

Built in 1965, the mall, located at 11201 Park Blvd., where Seminole and Park boulevards meet, quickly became known as the area’s downtown. Though the mall was still in its infancy - it was just five-years-old when the vote to incorporate occurred - it was already more to local residents than merely a place to shop.
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Tuesday, July 7
SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council unanimously voted for Ann Toney-Deal to replace longtime City Manager Frank Edmunds at a special June 30 meeting. Edmunds, who has held the position for 20 years, is set to retire Aug. 15.

The next step is for a representative of the council to enter into contract negotiations with Toney-Deal. The position was advertised with a salary range of $110,000 to $150,000. The council chose Mayor Leslie Waters, who has an extensive background in human resources management, to handle the negotiations on behalf of the city.
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SEMINOLE - Seminole Fire Rescue graduated its first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class June 27.

Fourteen individuals completed three days of training that prepared them to better manage themselves and their families, and to help others in the event of a disaster.

CERT teams exist to assist first responders in times of catastrophic events. The Seminole team will be utilized to staff the city’s Emergency Operations Center, to assist with evacuation shelter operations and to staff the area’s Point of Distribution for supplies during a disaster.
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SEMINOLE - Simone Bennett DeLoach recently joined DeLoach & Hofstra P.A. as director of marketing.

DeLoach is responsible for planning, development and implementation of all of the law firm’s marketing strategies, marketing communications, and public relations activities. She is an experienced business development and marketing professional with nearly 15 years of experience working with nonprofits in the Tampa Bay area. Most recently she was the social media strategist for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg College of Arts and Sciences.
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• Monday, July 27, 2015
Beef ‘O’Brady’s Trivia Night
SEMINOLE – Beef‘O’Brady’s, 1-799 Park Blvd. N., now offers Trivia Night every Monday, 6 to 8 p.m. The winning team receives a $50 gift certificate. There will be a $5.49 burger with fries special every Monday night. To register a team, call Angel or Mike at 393-2880.
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Boating Skills and Seamanship
DUNEDIN – A “Boating Skills and Seamanship” class conducted by the Dunedin flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary begins July 20 and consists of five two-hour sessions.

Classes are held at the Coast Guard Auxiliary classroom at the Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St. Class times are 7-9 p.m. on weeknights and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Subsequent sessions will be held July 22, 25, 27, and 29.

The class, which is taught twice a year, is designed for both novice and experienced boaters. Basic seamanship topics to be covered include boating emergencies, navigation, safe boat operation and legal requirements.

To receive instructional materials before the beginning of class, register by July 15. The $50 course fee will be discounted $5 for two or more people who sign up together. Participants who complete the course will receive Florida Boater Safety Certification Cards.

For more information, call Brenda Shiffer at 736-1191 or email
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Craft classes at Bay Vista
ST. PETERSBURG – Bay Vista Recreation Center, 7000 Fourth St. S., offers craft classes Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. They include paper crafts, polymer clay sculpting, felting and more The cost is $30 for four classes, plus a craft fee. For more information call 893-7124 or visit
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Democratic Women’s Club of Upper Pinellas meeting
CLEARWATER – The Democratic Women’s Club of Upper Pinellas will welcome environmental activist Cora Kostka July 27 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at CWA Hall, 2165 Sunnydale Blvd. Parking will be available at Queen’s Pizza, 1834 N. Belcher Road, where you will be picked up and driven to the hall and back.

Everyone (including men) is welcome. Cost is $5 and includes pizza for lunch. For more information, contact President Donna Dennis at 447-7380.

Kostka will talk about the importance of moving to clean energy. She claims that Duke Energy bills can be paid while you’re simultaneously funding alternative energy sources. How? Hint: wind power. Questions and discussion will be encouraged so come and bring your interested friends for this unique, fun and educational experience.
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ESOL Conversational Class
TARPON SPRINGS – ESOL Conversational Class, July 27, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E. Lemon St.

The Tarpon Springs Public Library, in conjunction with the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas, is offering free, informal conversational English classes. Activities will be structured so students can stop by whenever convenient during the classes.

No registration is required. Call 943-4922 for more information.
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Senior Singles Friendship Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Senior Singles Friendship Club meets every Monday at 4:30 p.m. for dinner at a local restaurant.

Newcomers welcome.

For more information, email Estella at
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Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at Lin’s K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N.   Guests are welcome.  

The Toastmasters program helps members become better speakers for their jobs, presentations and meetings.   Call Jim Martin at 536-3392 or email
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LARGO – Make a Splash with Largo’s Itty Bitty Splashtime every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Aug. 14, 9:35 to 10:35 a.m., at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave.

Parents can spend quality time with their preschool-aged children in a safe and playful aquatic environment. Enjoy the slides, sprays, zero depth pool area and much more. Moms clubs are welcome.

The cost is $1.50 per person. Children not potty-trained must wear a plastic swim diaper under their bathing suit. For more information, call 518-3016 or visit
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Up Close With Cathy Unruh
The Florida Silver Haired Legislature, headquartered in Pinellas County, is recruiting new members and officers via television and radio statewide in their effort to reorganize this once very influential senior citizen organization in Florida.

CEO and Chairman Ernie Bach will appear as guest on Up Close With Cathy Unruh on local PBS station WEDU on Thursday, July 23, 8:30 p.m. Repeats of the program will air Sunday, July 26, 1 p.m., and Monday, July 27, 2:30 p.m.

Email Bach at
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Wing Madness
LARGO – Sons of the American Legion Post 119 sponsor Wing Madness every Monday, 5 to 8 p.m., at American Legion Post 119, at 130 First Ave. SW. in Largo.

Enjoy chicken wings served hot, mild, BBQ, butter and garlic and spicy BBQ for $4 for six or $7 for 12. French fries and onion rings are available. Bob Swenson donates music from 6 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds benefit All Children’s Hospital, Fisher House and the National Child Welfare Foundation.
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