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Firefighters from Seminole Fire Rescue Station 31 visit with students from Bauder Elementary Nov. 19 during the Great American Teach-In.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested two suspects for scheme to defraud after they obtained titles to vehicles in a fraudulent manner. Detectives are still looking for a third suspect.

Detectives assigned to the Arson/Auto Theft Unit began their investigation in June 2013 after an internet search conducted by a detective lead them to two of the suspects selling vehicles and major component parts online.

The search also found two of the suspects advertising to purchase vehicles with no titles. The suspects selling and purchasing the vehicles are 36-year-old twin brothers, Andrew and Stuart Moore of Seminole.
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SEMINOLE - The Kiwanis Club of Seminole is sponsoring a car raffle that will benefit the Seminole High School Warhawks marching band.

The winner of the raffle will get to choose between a 2015 Chrysler 200, 2015 Dodge Dart and 2015 Jeep Cherokee Sport, which will be donated by Suncoast Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM. The first runner-up will receive a gold and diamond Rhythm of Love pendant (valued at $1,050) and the second runner-up will receive a week in Cape Cod (valued at $800; accommodations only).

The drawing will be held Friday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m., at the dealership, which is located at 8755 Park Blvd.
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Tuesday, November 18
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SEMINOLE - Rick Siegel’s parents owned and operated a pizzeria in the Detroit suburbs during the 1970s and 1980s. They served the square, deep-dish pizza that’s synonymous with the region, the kind of pizza he could “make a killing” selling today if he could reproduce it, he said.

He grew up working in the eatery alongside them, and by the time he graduated from high school he knew exactly what he didn’t want to do for a living. So he ditched the family business and took a job as a paramedic in Detroit.
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SEMINOLE - Eagle Scout Zachary Robinson of Seminole was presented with an Eagle Scout Certificate of Recognition from the Clearwater Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for outstanding leadership and citizenship as demonstrated by his attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout.

SAR Compatriot Dr. Bob Cundiff presented the certificate at Robinson’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony on Nov. 9 at the Oakhurst United Methodist Church in Seminole, which sponsors Boy Scout Troop 355.
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Monday, November 17
SEMINOLE - Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the driver of a minivan that rear-ended a school bus carrying 31 middle school students about 9:20 a.m. Monday.

According to FHP’s report, the Ford minivan was traveling eastbound in the eastbound lane of County Road 296 (102nd Avenue North) in Seminole. The school bus also was traveling eastbound in the outside lane ahead of the minivan.

As the bus approached 98th Avenue North, it stopped for traffic ahead. The minivan failed to stop and collided with the rear of the bus. The bus driver, Diane Bonadonna, 54, of St. Petersburg was uninjured nor were any of the students.
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Saturday, November 15
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating a Saturday morning crash in Seminole that involved a deputy.

According to the sheriff’s report,

Deputy Charles Blumberg was traveling westbound on Park Boulevard about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 15. Jonathan Roberts, 33, of St. Petersburg was traveling southbound on Johnson Boulevard.
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Wednesday, November 12
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies announced that a missing Seminole man was found about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 12 in Pasco County.

According to the sheriff’s report, James Saksa was lost and entered the Flying J at 29933 State Road 52 in San Antonio. He requested the employees call the police for assistance. Pasco Sheriff's Office deputies responded and made contact with Saksa. He was safe and was returned home to Seminole.

Deputies issued a Silver Alert for Saksa about 9:46 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11.
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Tuesday, November 11
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SEMINOLE - Incumbent Bob Matthews and Roger Edelman, president of the Greater Seminole Chamber of Commerce, topped a group of six candidates vying for City Council seats on Nov. 4.

Matthews received 27 percent of the vote with 2,952 votes, easily winning reelection.
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Tuesday, November 4
SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council approved a plan to build a residential development at 5800 Seminole Blvd., once home to the iconic Orange Blossom Grove, following a public hearing at its Oct. 28 meeting.

Seminole Groves Land Holdings LLC’s contract to purchase the land is still pending, but the developer plans to build 53 detached, single-family homes on the 9.2-acre property. The listing price for the property is $2.2 million.

The council also approved a zoning and land use change for the commercial portion of the property - the 2.34 acres that has been leased by Florida Citrus Country in recent years - from commercial general to residential urban use.
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• Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014
Indian Rocks Beach Library story time
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Story time resumes again at the Indian Rocks Beach Library. The program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Children of all ages are invited.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall. The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project. For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
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Thanksgiving dinner
TREASURE ISLAND – A free Thanksgiving dinner will be served Thursday, Nov. 27, 12:30 p.m., at Paradise Lutheran Church, 10255 Paradise Blvd.

Reservations are required and space is limited. Call 360-5739.

Dinner will feature turkey with all the trimmings as well as side dishes and desserts.

There will be no worship service on Thanksgiving Day. The church’s traditional Thanksgiving service will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 26, at noon.
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Treasure Islettes bingo games
TREASURE ISLAND – The Treasure Islettes conduct bingo games every Thursday evening at the Treasure Island Community Center on 106th Avenue.

Early bird games begin at 6:45 p.m. and regular games at 7:45 p.m. The games benefit fundraising efforts for local scholarships.

Amenities include a snack bar, free coffee and cash prizes. No alcohol is allowed and persons under 18 will not be admitted.
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• Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave.

The cost is $3 and $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.

Call 734-0757  
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Charity gift-wrap fundraiser
CLEARWATER – A free charity gift-wrap fundraiser will be held Friday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Light of Christ Catholic Church, 2176 Marilyn St.

Donations will benefit the Light of Christ life teen/edge programs and the Gracie G. Purdy Foundation Inc.  

For additional information on how to donate to or assist the event, call Michael Baralt at 742-2691.
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Connections @ Park Station
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts Connections @ Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Room 101, a free networking event, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 8:30 a.m. Contact Carl Lucchi at 458-7863 for more information.
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Holiday Lights in the Gardens
LARGO – The 14th annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event will be run Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Parking is available at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road.

The gardens are magically transformed into a star-studded venue of more than 750,000 twinkly LED lights daily from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

A stroll through the shining gardens has become a tradition for visitors from both near and far as they are wowed by colorful lasers, animated figures and entertainers at this festive celebration of the holiday season.

A donation of $4 is requested for visitors 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free. For information, call 582-2147 or visit www.flbg.org.
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Scottish American Society social gatherings
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.  

The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.   

Call 734 0757.
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Sunset Market
LARGO – Sunset Market is open every Friday through May, 3 to 7 p.m., in Largo Central Park’s parking lot No. 1, at southwest corner of East Bay and Central Park drives.

Vendors will offer vegetables, fruits, raw local honey, herbal teas and wild-caught seafood as well as organic body products, essential oils, arts and crafts. The focus will be on produce and organic products with about 40 percent of the market dedicated to art and craft vendors.

The market offers several ways for commercial business to advertise as well as two free spaces per market reserved for nonprofit entities.

For more information, contact Jennifer McCafferty at 813-846-1316 or jennifer@jens-market.com.
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