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SEMINOLE - After being placed on probationary employment status on Aug. 1, former City Clerk Rose Benoit was fired “effective Dec. 6 due to performance issues,” wrote City Manager Frank Edmunds in a Jan. 6, 2015 email.

On Jan. 13, 2014, Benoit received a rating of 2.19 out of 3 on a performance evaluation for 2013 that was prepared by Edmunds. He wrote that Benoit “has a positive attitude,” “is respectful and polite,” and that she “received positive comments from council members regarding her support to the city council.” It also included criticism of her attendance and punctuality, and Edmunds wrote that she “needs to improve her efforts to have meeting minutes completed within 25 hours of a meeting and have the minutes free of errors.”

In a March 31, 2014 memo to Edmunds, Benoit, who had worked for the city since 2010, expressed “concerns in regards to the yearly declining rating on my performance appraisal.”
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SEMINOLE - Though her performance wasn’t televised during the audition rounds of “American Idol,” Seminole High School’s Angela Rodriguez received a coveted golden ticket to move on to the show’s Hollywood round.

The 15-year-old was one of around 200 performers - as well as the youngest - to make it to the next level. Episodes from this portion of the competition will air on Fox during the first week of February.
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Tuesday, January 20
SEMINOLE - Mayor Leslie Waters gave her annual State of the City address at the Seminole City Council’s Jan. 13 meeting.

She said the city’s revenue forecast for fiscal year 2015, which began in October and runs through September of this year, is projected to see a slight increase - 2.5 percent.

She added that she’s “optimistic that fiscal year 2016 will improve our revenue picture” due to several development projects, such as the Bay Pines commercial and residential development, that are underway.
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Tuesday, January 13
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SEMINOLE - Mayor Leslie Waters has proposed a two-part, “red, white and blue” initiative for Seminole in hopes of it becoming “the most patriotic city in the county, maybe even the state,” she said.

In her mission statement, she wrote that the initiative is “a focused, multifaceted and manageable effort toward an enhanced awareness and communications of the display of our nation’s colors, appreciation of veterans, recognition of those who gave their all, and support of the men and women currently in uniform.”
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When Braxton Wacker discovered America’s Got Talent several years ago, he was immediately hooked. Most of all, he loved the magicians, whose showmanship embodied everything that drew him to the show.

So a year-and-a-half ago, Braxton, now 10, decided he’d not only learn magic, but that one day he’d make it onto the reality show himself.

Now, he has the chance to do just that. On Nov. 12, he and his mother joined nearly 2,000 other hopefuls at the Tampa Convention Center to audition for the show. By the end of the day, that number was whittled down to under 200. Braxton moved forward by wowing the producers with his card tricks and by turning five single-dollar bills into hundred-dollar bills. He’ll find out this spring if he’ll head to Las Vegas to perform for the judges on live television.
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SEMINOLE - The city of Seminole’s winter edition of the 2015 community newsletter is available at www.myseminole.com. Once at the website, click on the newsletter icon on the left side.

To have a newsletter emailed to you, email subscribe@myseminole.com.

Sustainability is one of the city’s priorities and one way to demonstrate that is to make the newsletter available online.
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Tuesday, January 6
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SEMINOLE - The 50th annual Mr. and Ms. Seminole awards banquet will take place Saturday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Harbourside’s Key West Center in Indian Rocks Beach.

Other honors presented that evening will include Boss of the Year, Business of the Year and the Merit Award.

“This is an awards banquet and the most prestigious is the Mr. and Ms. Seminole award, which is based on long-term and significant contributions to Seminole proper,” said Gretchen Cain, the chamber’s chief of operations. “They contribute to this community in a way that sets them apart from the things most people do in their every day life.”
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SEMINOLE - When “American Idol” kicks off its 14th season Wednesday, Jan. 7 and Thursday, Jan. 8, Seminole residents will be able to catch a glimpse of a familiar face.

Seminole High School sophomore Angela Rodriguez auditioned for the show this past summer, and her tryout will air at some point during the reality program’s initial auditions weeks.

The teen was last seen on Telemundo’s “La Voz Kids” in 2013. She made it into the show’s top 18 finalists and worked closely with Prince Royce, a Latin pop songwriter, musician and producer.
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Monday, December 29
SEMINOLE - At its Dec. 16 meeting, the Seminole City Council authorized City Manager Frank Edmunds to execute an ALS First Responder Business Associate Agreement with Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services Authority.

The agreement regards use, disclosure and security of protected health information. The PCEMSA asked the city to enter into the business agreement to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Seminole Fire Rescue, in its capacity as an EMS provider, generates and manages protected health information on a regular basis.

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• Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
American Legion cookout
SEMINOLE – American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Saturday and Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Breakfast is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. and the monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol.  

For more information, call 391-6324.
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Chapel-By-The-Sea BeachWalk/Walk
CLEARWATER – The sixth annual Chapel-By-The-Sea BeachWalk/Walk – featuring a walk along Clearwater Beach and a breakfast at the Chapel-By-The-Sea – will be Saturday, Jan. 31, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Palm Pavilion, 18 Bay Esplanade on Clearwater Beach.

This popular event supports the Religious Community Services Food Bank and The Haven Domestic Violence Center. The event begins with coffee and snacks at the Palm Pavilion at 7:30 a.m. prior to the 2-mile walk ending at Chapel-By-The-Sea where breakfast will be served courtesy of Clear Sky Cafe.

In addition, the very popular silent auction will be available during breakfast.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Palm Pavilion. All participants will receive a BeachWalk/Walk T-shirt. Preregis-tration cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 18. Children 5 and younger are free. Visit www.chapelbythesea.net.
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Crop Till You Drop
LARGO – Join fellow scrappers to crop, trim, and embellish at this year’s Crop Till You Drop Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave.

The scrapbook extravaganza begins Friday, Jan. 30, 4 p.m., and will continue until Sunday, Feb. 1, 5 p.m., closing from midnight until 8 a.m. each morning. Scrappers will enjoy prize drawings, giveaways and fresh new ideas from fellow scrapbookers.

The cost is $100 per person for the weekend or $60 for Saturday only for those who register by Jan. 1. After that, the price is $125 for the weekend or $75 for Saturday. The full weekend includes six meals, snacks, drinks and a giveaway.
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Elks flea market
SEMINOLE – Seminole Elks Lodge #2519, 10717 Seminole Blvd., will hold a flea market Saturday, Jan. 31, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vendors are welcome to participate. Indoor space, including two tables, can be rented for $20. Unlimited outdoor booth space is $10. Bring your own tables.

This event will be held rain or shine.

To reserve a space, call 480-5902 or email dfarris4@tampabay.rr.com.
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Evening Extraordinaire
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce will host Evening Extraordinaire 2015: Hollywood Nights, the chamber’s 18th annual gala event, on Saturday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor.

The event – described in a press release as a “red carpet soiree” – will offer attendees an opportunity to enjoy the best of Palm Harbor area restaurants and businesses. Guests also will enjoy wine tasting compliments of B21 Wine.

Tickets are $50 each or two for $90. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Palm Harbor Library Raise the Roof Campaign. For information, call 784-4287.
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Quilting Under the Palms
CLEARWATER – The Quilter’s Crossing Quilt Guild of Palm Harbor will present its 14th Biennial Quilt Show, Quilting Under the Palms, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Palms Drive.

Admission for the event is $7 for one day or $10 for both days.

There will be 200 traditional and contemporary quilts on display. In addition, there will be a small quilt auction, a boutique exhibit, vendors, door prizes, raffle baskets and a drawing for a free sewing machine courtesy of Sue’s Bay Area Sewing.

Opportunity quilt ticket sales proceeds benefit The Wounded Warriors Project. Tickets for the quilt may be purchased at the show for $1 each.

For information on the show, call Evelyn Towns at 785-3743, or visit www.quilterscrossing.net.
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Rainwater harvesting workshop
ST. PETERSBURG – Educators from UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County will host a free, informative workshop on Rainwater Harvesting Saturday, Jan. 31, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.

During this 60-minute program, participants will learn the basics of how to conserve water in their landscape and how to build and care for a rain barrel. Participants also will learn how the collected water may be used for plant beds, potted plants and special plant collections.

Completed rain barrels may be purchased for $35 in advance of the event. If the rain barrel will be transported in a vehicle, it is recommended to bring something to cover the seats to protect them from possible soil or moisture. This program is intended for an adult audience.

Advance registration is requested. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.
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Smart Living Health Fair
ST. PETERSBURG – The Smart Living Health Fair will be presented Saturday, Jan. 31, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Five Towns Magnolia Auditorium, 8141 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

The free event will feature health screenings, seminars and more than 40 vendors providing information on products and services. The fair is sponsored by St. Petersburg General Hospital.
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Tarpon Springs Market
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Market opens Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continues Saturdays through June 27, 2015, rain or shine.

Due to a scheduling conflict with both the primary and alternate locations, the market will be closed on Nov. 22.

The market will feature ethnic food, imports, crafts and a variety of entertainment. Fresh locally grown organic produce and locally caught seafood also will be offered when in season and available. Parking and admission are free.

The primary location is in the downtown shopping district of Tarpon Springs at the corner of Pinellas Avenue (Alt. U.S. 19) and Tarpon Avenue. The alternate location is Craig Park at South Spring Boulevard and Pineapple Street for those weekends with other events scheduled in the Mother Meres lot.  

Visit www.tarponspringsmarket.com.
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Wildflower Garden Club meeting
TARPON SPRINGS – The Wildflower Garden Club will meet Saturday, Jan. 31, 9 to 11 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road.

The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve will be getting their gardening hands dirty in the preserve’s wildflower garden. Participants should bring garden gloves and hat. Morning snacks are usually provided. There is no cost to participate.

Call 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org.
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