SEMINOLE - When Sharon Day-Monroe arrived in London for the 2012 summer Olympics, she should have been more excited about earning a spot at the world-class competition.
Instead, the champion heptathlete and high jumper was sad, grieving and preoccupied. Her grandfather had passed away the week before and because she was traveling overseas, she was unable to attend his funeral.
SEMINOLE - The Office Gurus, a global call center provider, has nearly doubled its Seminole staff in the past year by adding more than 50 new jobs.
The Office Gurus expects to see continued growth in the coming year. Driving the organization’s growth is an expanded client roster, which covers a variety of industries including subscription meal services, energy, education and financial services.
SEMINOLE - The City Council honored Dorothy Phillips with a Legacy Proclamation at its July 12 meeting.
This was the first-ever Legacy Proclamation that the council has issued.
Phillips, a longtime resident of Seminole, has been heavily involved in numerous community organizations, most notably the Seminole Community Library and the Seminole Historical Society.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, she and her husband, Bill, moved to Gainesville in 1948. She attended the University of Florida, earning both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education, with a focus on teaching exceptional children.
SEMINOLE - At the City Council’s July 12 meeting, City Manage Ann Toney-Deal announced several new leases have been signed for the Seminole City Center development at the site of the former Seminole Mall.
In addition to Studio Movie Grill, which was announced earlier this month, other retailers and restaurants formally include BurgerFi, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Lucky Dill Deli, Pieology, New York Kitchen and Lounge, Jersey Mike’s, Banfield and Verizon.
LARGO - Police ruled that a July 4 fire that damaged the restroom at the Seminole Junior Warhawks Athletic Association complex, 11500 125th St., was an accident.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office’s report, Santo Sardo, 51, was part of a group setting off fireworks at the athletic complex to celebrate the July 4 holiday. Sardo told police that he and his group cleaned up their mess, throwing the debris in a trashcan. He then moved the trashcan up against the restroom building near the complex’s Western gate. He told police that he was unaware there had been a fire.
SEMINOLE - The Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce will host a presentation on the construction of the Seminole City Center Thursday, Aug. 18, 7 to 8 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., in the conference center.
Dale Johnson, director of development and construction for Primerica Group, will discuss the construction already under way - including Ulta, Stein Mart, Earth Fare and Studio Movie Grill - as well as other new stores scheduled to break ground.
SEMINOLE - This spring, as it does each year at its annual retreat, the Seminole City Council spent several hours brainstorming potential long-term goals to tackle in the 2016 to 2019 fiscal years.
At its June 28 meeting, the council gave the city manager the go-ahead to draft a resolution to adopt these goals. The resolution will be presented to the council at a meeting sometime this summer, said Mayor Leslie Waters.
SEMINOLE - As Earth Fare, a North Carolina-based organic supermarket, readies itself to move into the new Seminole City Center, which is under construction, it’s putting out a call for local vendors.
The grocery chain will hold a Love Local Vendor Fair Wednesday, Aug. 3 to find local suppliers with local goods. Time slots will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the venue for the event is to be determined.
SEMINOLE - Though it’s no secret that the city and developers of Seminole City Center have discussed Studio Movie Grill coming to the retail center, the project’s developers formally announced the addition of the theater as an anchor tenant at the end of June.
Set to open in the spring of 2017, this will be the theater chain’s first location in Pinellas County.
"We are excited to continue our expansion into the Florida market,” said Studio Movie Grill CFO Ted G. Croft, in a press release. “SMG not only transforms the typical cinema experience, but also offers a community gathering place alongside dinner and a movie. We look forward to meeting our new neighbors and introducing them to our concept.”