Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Victims Advocates Bobbie Hodson, left, and Sandra Garcia-Olivares, help Seminole firefighter Tim Makley pack Thanksgiving meals. For more than 18 years, Local 2896 firefighters have purchased turkeys, hams and all the trimmings for families in need. This year 26 families were the recipients of this holiday tradition. The firefighters raised the money for the project by serving hamburgers and hot dogs at Music in the Park.
SEMINOLE - The city of Seminole Fire Rescue has hired a new fire chief.
The city has made a conditional offer of employment to Heather Burford, fire chief for the Ridgefield Fire Department in Connecticut, said City Manager Frank Edmunds. Burford has accepted the offer and her anticipated start date is January 13, 2014. Her starting salary is $91,000.
“Ms. Burford is an enthusiastic mid-career professional who responded well during our selection process,” Edmunds wrote in an email to the members of City Council.
SEMINOLE - At its Nov. 26 meeting, the Seminole City Council voted unanimously to approve the construction of a new Gordon Food Service store in Seminole.
The 10,000-square-foot GFS will be built on approximately 1.81 acres at 5000 Park St., on the northwest corner of Park Street and Sheen Drive and just north of the Kohl’s shopping center. This will be the third GFS in Pinellas County. The other two stores are in Clearwater and St.
Petersburg. GFS provides food service products to restaurants, education, healthcare and similar institutions, though it is also open to the public.
SEMINOLE - The City of Seminole is seeking residents interested in filling a vacant position on the city’s Tree Advisory Committee.
The committee consists of five members who are appointed for three-year terms. This committee is responsible for annually updating and administering a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in public areas. The committee also may be asked to review other related issues and to assist with the planning of the annual Arbor Day celebration.
Interested residents should submit a completed application as well as a résumé to City Clerk Rose Benoit at email@example.com or to the City Clerk’s office, 9199 113th St., FL 33772. The application is available on the City Clerk’s Web page, www.myseminole.com/clerk.htm
SEMINOLE - Celebrate the season at Seminole’s ninth annual Bright Before Your Eyes Holiday Parade Sunday, Dec. 8.
The illuminated nighttime parade proceeds down 113th Street from the Seminole Mall at the intersection of Park Boulevard to the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N., starting at 6:30 p.m.
Around 50 participants from local businesses and community organizations are expected at this annual event co-sponsored by the city and the Seminole Chamber of Commerce.
SEMINOLE - City council members unanimously approved a resolution declaring the Seminole Mall property a blighted and contaminated site at its Nov. 12 meeting.
This was the first in a three-step process for the land to receive a Brownfield designation from the state, which would pave the way for the long-awaited redevelopment of the property, located at the northeast corner of 113th Street North and Park Boulevard. A Brownfield designation will aid the future environmental remediation, rehabilitation and economic development of the Seminole Mall area. Such a designation could lend itself to tax credits and grant money for the mall’s new owners, Seminole Mall, LP, and also protect them from environmental liability during the property’s redevelopment.
SEMINOLE - A year and a half ago, Seminole Chamber of Commerce President Roger Edelman decided he wanted to find a way to get in touch with the needs of local businesses.
So he set out to visit and poll 100 local companies - both big and small - to ask them a series of questions: How do they like the Seminole area? What are some areas where they could improve? What are their views on working with city government?
“I just wanted to get out there and hit the pavement,” Edelman said. “There are a lot of different businesses in the community. I just don’t know enough about the small businesses because I’m not out there.”
SEMINOLE - In October, Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters travelled to Somaliland to provide consulting services to elected local government officials and political party leaders in the East African country.
Mayor Waters was sent by the International Republican Institute and the U.S. Agency for International Development, two international support organizations.
The purpose of this assignment was to work with city councilors and mayors in Somaliland. Her training forums focused on how to be more effective government officials; how to improve communications with the people of Somaliland; how important it is that elected and party officials work together on outreach events; and the significance of the planning and hosting of Town Hall meetings.
SEMINOLE - Five students at Seminole Middle School ended up at a local hospital Monday afternoon after they ingested prescription medications illegally brought to school by a classmate.
Elizabeth Sauls, 14, of Madeira Beach, an eighth grade student at the middle school, 8701 131st St. N., brought the prescription medication hydroxyzine, which she took from her parents, to the school this morning. She distributed the medication to at least four other female eighth graders, and she took the drug herself.
Later in the afternoon, the five teens began to feel ill. They were taken to a local hospital about 2 p.m. as a precaution. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday evening that their condition was non-life threatening.
4-H Horse Show
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas County 4-H Horse Show is set for Sunday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m., at Helen Howarth Park’s Equestrian Center, 6301 94th Ave. N. There is no cost to attend this event as a spectator.
Call 557-7359 for more information.
Youth from all over the Tampa Bay area are welcome to compete in English and Western riding events.
There will be a concession stand and area to re-sell tack and other items.
Proceeds from the show will go toward scholarships for Pinellas County 4-H youth and to assist a local equestrian with medical expenses.
Hope Presbyterian Church Christmas Marketplace
CLEARWATER – The annual Christmas Marketplace will be presented Sunday, Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m., in Hambley Hall, at Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S. Belcher Road. The marketplace funds the mission and ministry of Hope Church. Great gift and bake sale items will be available for purchase. The event also will feature fun, friendship and fellowship.
The entire community is encouraged to come be a part of this holiday shopping event where unique and reasonably priced items will be available for purchase. For information, call 531-3200 or visit www.hopefamily.com.
SEMINOLE – The Friends of the Seminole Library will host its next Sunday Musicale on Sunday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. This performance is free and open to the public.
Philip Tropea, a tenor vocalist, will perform a holiday program. Tropea is an accomplished radio broadcaster, author, stage performer and crusader for romantic vocal music.
Call 394-6905 for more information.
Ageless Grace classes CLEARWATER – Ageless Grace, a fitness and wellness program for seniors, is offered on Mondays, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. The program uses 21 tools to pinpoint and address an aging population such as balance, cognitive function, joint mobility, spinal flexibility, systemic stimulation, left and right brain coordination, and confidence. The class is for any fitness level. Relax in a chair and practice spaghetti spine, juicy joints and rockin’ Rockettes. Cost is $3 with a recreation card or $4 without a card. Call 298-3299.
Optimist Club of St. Petersburg meeting ST. PETERSBURG - The Optimist Club of St. Petersburg meets the second and fourth Mondays of most months, 6:30 p.m. at Denny’s, 4999 34th St. N., St. Petersburg. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit optimistclubofstpetersburg.org or call Terry at 596-1464.
PINELLAS PARK – Senior Solos will meet on the second Monday of the month, 1:30 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Recreation Center, 7625 59th St. N.
Bring a potluck dish to share and pay $2 or pay $5 without a dish.
All singles 55+ are welcome.
Call Pat at 520-8797 for more information.
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 email@example.com.
Urban Farmers Group instruction session
ST. PETERSBURG – The Urban Farmers Group gives instructions to people who want to grow their food every Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Free admission to The Suncoast Haven of Rest Rescue Mission located at 1763 Ninth Ave. N. Enter off Queen Street.
Call 391-9590 or visit Facebook.com/UrbanFarmersGroup.
OLDSMAR – The city of Oldsmar offers high-energy zumba fitness sessions Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center.
The price is $5 per class with a recreation card or $7.50 per class without a card.
Clearwater Masonic Lodge No. 127 meeting CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Masonic Lodge No. 127 meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m. at 705 S. Hercules Ave. across from Clearwater High. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Breakfast is served to the public each Saturday, 8 to 10 a.m. at the same location. Call 447-5161 or visit www.clearwaterlodge127.org.