Wayne Witczak of the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch recognizes Councilor Jim Quinn Sept. 22 at the Seminole City Council meeting for his Shoes and Socks drives that he has coordinated over the past three years. Hundreds of shoes, socks and dollars have been collected for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Youth Ranch. Pictured from left are Jean Quinn, Jim Quinn, Witczak, Jamie Giammona and Eleanor Kammerer.
SEMINOLE - The sixth and final concert in city of Seminole’s annual Music in the Park series will feature a performance by Feeling Good, sponsored by Bark Life.
Feeling Good, a tribute to Michael Bublé, is set for Friday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., at Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road, Seminole.
Tampa native Todd Plant is the entertainer behind Feeling Good. Plant has been in the music industry for more than 35 years as a performing vocalist and recording artist. He’s appeared on dozens of CDs and he performed at London’s Astoria Theatre with the band Eyewitness. He toured Europe and recorded three CDs with the band Millennium and worked with former members of the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Chicago, Firefall, Blue Oyster Cult, Rick Derringer, Judas Priest, Al Dimeola percussionist Gumbi Ortiz, Bee Gees, CSNY and Eric Clapton percussionist Joe Lala, Tom Petty and Rascals bassist Charlie Souza and Jimi Hendrix and Santana drummer Buddy Miles.
SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council approved the millage rate and operating budget for fiscal year 2016 at its Sept. 22 meeting following second public hearings on each item.
The millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year has been set at 2.4793, which represents a 4.22 percent increase over the city’s rolled back rate of 2.379. This is the ninth consecutive year of maintaining this millage tax rate.
The council also approved a general operating fund budget of $15,667,090 in addition to three other budgets: the debt service fund ($960,513), the special events fund budget ($99,452) and the tree/landscape mitigation budget ($50,000).
SEMINOLE - The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College will host a debate for candidates for City Council Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to the free forum, which will be held in Room 270 at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N.
Six candidates will be on the Nov. 3 ballot, vying for two open seats. They are incumbent Chris Burke, Thomas Christy, Joe Haynes, David Outlaw, W. Fred Petty and Trish Springer. A second incumbent, Patricia Plantamura, qualified to run for re-election, but later withdrew.
A panel selected by the institute will question the candidates. There also will be a period for questions from the audience, and candidates will have opportunities to make opening and closing statements.
SEMINOLE - Despite the rainy summer, Seminole Assembly of God Church introduced a new program, its Mission Adventure Week, July 13-18.
Throughout the week, more than 30 members of the church worked to spruce up the Greene Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church located near Largo’s Rainbow Village. They took two shifts - 8 a.m. to noon and 5 to 9 p.m. - to assist with painting the church, landscaping and other chores.
“They came and did some repairs and to help out at our church,” said Cassie Taylor, pastor at Greene Chapel. “They were inspired to come help.”
SEMINOLE - In recent months, Seminole has welcomed several women to its managerial ranks. Ann Toney-Deal took over as city manager last month when Frank Edmunds retired and Erica Ottmann came on board as the new human resources director earlier this summer.
This means women hold most of the major leadership roles in the city - including Mayor Leslie Waters and Seminole Fire Rescue Chief Heather Burford.
Waters isn’t surprised by the influx of strong, women leaders, though.
SEMINOLE - The City Council designated Seminole as a dementia-friendly city at its Aug. 25 meeting.
Councilors approved a request by the Florida Caregivers Network, which is based in Seminole, to recognize the city as a Purple City - the color used around the world to raise dementia awareness. It’s the first Purple City in the state and one of only five in the country, said Maria Winer, FCN board president.
“This is going to be good for the city,” Winer said. “This is going to put Seminole on the map as a care city, a city that cares about its residents.”
SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council tentatively approved the millage rate and operating budget for fiscal year 2016 at its Sept. 9 meeting. This tentative approval was given after the first readings and public hearings on each item.
Second public hearings will take place at the Sept. 22 council meeting.
The budget sets a millage rate of 2.4793 for the upcoming fiscal year - a 4.22 percent increase over the city’s rolled back rate of 2.379. This is the ninth consecutive year of maintaining this millage tax rate.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announced that ballot mailings for the Nov. 3 municipal general elections are tentatively scheduled as follows for registered voters residing in Seminole and St. Petersburg.
- Sept. 18 - Mail ballots to absent military and overseas voters who have requested ballots to date. State law requires ballots for absent military and overseas voters to be mailed at least 45 days prior to an election.
- Sept. 29 - Begin mailing ballots to domestic voters who have requested ballots to date. State law requires domestic ballots to be mailed between 35 and 28 days prior to an election.
Michael (Mike) Croce, Sr., 78, born February 20, 1937, died on Saturday, September 5, 2015. Mike is survived by Ann, his wife of 58 years; two brothers; four children; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.