ST. PETERSBURG - Detectives assigned to the Burglary/Pawn Unit are seeking the public’s assistance to locating two grand theft shoplifting suspects who stole a kayak from a St. Petersburg Walmart store.
According to Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives, the suspects were dropped off in front of the Walmart at 10237 Bay Pines Blvd. in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Sept. 7, at about 1:23 p.m.
SEMINOLE - Edward and Vivian Lurie took the Seminole City Council by surprise at its Sept. 10 meeting by offering the city a $500,000 grant to build a multi-purpose facility to permanently house the Seminole Chamber of Commerce as well as to provide meeting and storage space for major civic organizations, such as the Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions and Women’s clubs.
The stipulation is that the facility would have to be built on city property and managed by city government.
In an interview, Chamber president Roger Edelman said he’s heard the future home of Waterfront Park, an 8-acre lot located at 10400 Park Blvd. next to Home Depot, is tentatively being considered for the project.
SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council gave a tentative green light to the millage rate and various city budgets for fiscal year 2015 at its Sept. 10 meeting, passing separate ordinances regarding budgets and millage rate following their first readings and public hearings.
The millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year is slated to remain at 2.4793 - as it has been for the last eight years.
“The trend started way back in the nineties,” said Harry Kyne, director of administration. “This is the eighth year in the same rate and there hasn’t been a rate increase since 1996.”
SEMINOLE - The Florida League of Cities has appointed Vice Mayor Thom Barnhorn to serve on the 2014-2015 Finance and Taxation and Personnel Legislative Policy Committee.
"Municipal officials are the driving force behind the League’s legislative success. In addition to setting the legislative priorities, the League’s policy committee members help to provide League staff with a better understanding of the real world implications of proposed legislation,” said FLC Legislative Director Scott Dudley. “We appreciate their willingness to serve, as well as the time, energy and dedication that goes into developing a policy direction for our legislative efforts.”
Barnhorn has served on the Seminole City Council for eight years and seven years with the FLC.
ST. PETERSBURG - Detectives assigned to the Burglary/Pawn Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a grand theft-shoplifting suspect who stole merchandise from a St. Petersburg Walmart store.
According to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the theft occurred about 4:47 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Walmart located at 10237 Bay Pines Blvd. in St. Petersburg.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a man Sept. 11 on an Iowa warrant for sexual abuse-child. The victims were a 14-year-old female and 16-year-old female that were known to the suspect.
The crime occurred at undisclosed location in Tama County, Iowa.
Pinellas County detectives began their investigation on Thursday, Sept. 11, after they were contacted by the Tama County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa, requesting assistance with their investigation.
SEMINOLE - On Sept. 5, Brenda Dannewitz, Osceola Middle School’s longtime chorus teacher, and several other teachers sorted through items in the school’s time capsule - old T-shirts with the OMS’ original insignia, decades-old copies of the school newspaper Chief’s Chatter, a locker organizer made by a woodworking student.
“We looked through things and laughed at things and talked about hairdos and music,” Dannewitz said. “It was a lot of fun.”
SEMINOLE - Curves International Inc., a chain of fitness centers for women, recently announced that participating Curves will host an open house the week of Sept. 15-20, and new members can receive 30 days free with enrollment fee, in addition to a free workout. Some restrictions apply.
The open house week provides women with the opportunity to check out their local “all new” Curves and take some important “me time.”
During the open house week, new members will have the opportunity to work out free on the Curves circuit, including experiencing Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels, which are full body workouts that change each month. Those who join that day will receive 30 days free on their membership. In addition, participating Curves locations will offer free health assessments, healthy snacks and other raffles and giveaways in celebration of the open house.
SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council voted unanimously Aug. 26 to execute the 2014 Emergency Medical Services ALS First Responder Agreement with the Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services Authority.
“For a good number of years now Pinellas County has worked with various providers to come to an agreement,” City Manager Frank Edmunds said. “It meets the satisfaction of Pinellas County as well as most, if not all, of the providers.”
Seminole Fire Rescue is currently working under an extension agreement with the EMS Authority. This “long-awaited” three-year contract includes an option to renew it another two years, said Edmunds, and will bring around $187,000 into the city over the three-year period. This is more than the city originally submitted in its fiscal year 2015 budget to the county, “so it’s financially to our benefit,” he added.
SEMINOLE - The city of Seminole is sponsoring a Meet the Candidates forum Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 to 8 p.m., at Seminole City Hall, 9199 113th St. N., in the City Council chambers.
Six candidates are running for two open seats on City Council in the upcoming Nov. 4 municipal election. Those candidates are: Thomas J. Christy, Roger Edelman, Mike Fisher, Joe Haynes, Vincent Trovato and incumbent Bob Matthews.
A representative from the League of Women Voters will moderate this forum. Candidates will be given the opportunity for opening and closing statements, and written questions will be taken from the floor. Questions may also be emailed to the city clerk at email@example.com prior to 4 p.m. the day of the forum.
City Power Toastmasters Club meeting ST. PETERSBURG – The City Power Toastmasters Club, a nonprofit communication and leadership club, meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, One Fourth St. N., Sixth Floor, Room 600.
The club teaches self-confidence and skills to help listen, think, speak and gain leadership qualities. Participants gain poise, positive body language and speak more easily.
Guests are welcome to visit for free with no pressure to join.
Clinical Nutrition & Exercise Guidance SAFETY HARBOR – Clinical Nutrition & Exercise Guidance for Healthy, Happy Bodies is coming to the Safety Harbor Rigsby Recreation Center, 605 Second St. N. on Wednesdays, Sept. 3 through Sept. 24, 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $60 for residents and $90 for nonresidents and is for ages 15 and older.
Over the course of this month-long program, Dr. Erin Flowers will focus on the relationship between nutrition and healthy functions of the body, individualized nutritional counseling, metabolism, supplement education and more. The class also includes individual nutrition counseling and progress evaluations.
Participants must preregister and by calling 724-1545.
Paint the Pub Pink DUNEDIN – Paint the Pub Pink, Hair Factor’s sixth annual Streak for the Cure’s fundraiser launch party is Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m., at Eddie’s Bar and Grill, 1283 Bayshore Blvd. in Dunedin.
All proceeds benefit the mammography voucher program of Morton Plant Mease Health Care.
Attendees who wear “their bedazzled bra” will be entered to win tons of prizes.
Activities also include a silent auction and an opportunity to win a party bucket filled with wine, wheelbarrow of liquor, paddleboard and other gifts.
The Streak for the Cure fundraiser Pink Hair Streak Fundraiser will be held Oct. 1-31, Hair Factor Salon/Day Spa.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Competition Spelling Bee PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its second annual Adult Competition Spelling Bee Thursday, Sept.18, 6 p.m., at Palm Harbor University High School.
Proceeds will benefit the chamber’ efforts toward financial assistance to school programs.
Community sponsorships are available, ranging from $100 to $5,000. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Students will be admitted free.
Food drive reception SEMINOLE – The Interfaith Food Pantry, 9530 Starkey Road, will host a thank you reception on Thursday, Sept. 18, 5 to 6:30 p.m., for donations collected through Mayor Leslie Waters’ 2014 canned food challenge.
Food will continue to be collected at the following drop-off locations through the end of the year at Seminole City Hall, City Park during the 2014 Fall Music in the Park concerts, Seminole Chamber of Commerce, Seminole Gardens Apartments, Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg College-Seminole Student Center, UP192, Freedom Square, Lake Seminole Square and American Woman Fitness Center on Bay Pines Boulevard.
Free afternoon for caregivers LARGO – Princeton Village of Largo, 333 16th Ave. SE, plans a free afternoon for caregivers Thursday, Sept. 18, 2 to 4 p.m.
Caregovers are invited for a free spa afternoon that includes a massage, mini makeover, champagne and more.
Linda Burhans of Harmony Home Health will present a program on how to help yourself so you can help others.
Those planning to attend should RSVP by Sept. 15 to 588-0020.
Gaming Club INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The Seminole Recreation Division now offers an adult Gaming Club that meets the third Thursday of every month, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
This group is open to individuals 16 and older. Various board and card games will be available.
This program is free for members and $3 for nonmembers.