SEMINOLE - Just earlier this year, Bill Miller thought he might not have much longer to live. For two months, he was in and out of the hospital. First, his kidneys failed. Then he had to have his gallbladder removed.
“I almost didn’t make it,” he said. “I get very emotional. I almost passed away in the hospital and the Lord saved me for something. He took care of me.”
SEMINOLE - At its Feb. 14 meeting, the Seminole City Council approved the reallocation of $211,212 from the fiscal year 2016 fund balance to account for encumbrances and unanticipated revenue for the sale of city property.
Following the pending sale of city property at 113th Street, $192,162 will be transferred to the Administration Department’s Interfund Transfer Account. The funds are earmarked to fund the city’s share of construction of a Visitors Center at Waterfront Park.
SEMINOLE - The annual Pow Wow Parade and Festival - one of Seminole’s biggest events of the year - is only weeks away.
This year, the three-day hoopla takes place Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12. The parade will stage at the Seminole Community Library and run south on 113th Street before making a U-turn back to the library at 86th Avenue.
SEMINOLE - As a 17-year-old during World War II, Abraham Beer knew the inevitable was coming.
All around him, his friends were being drafted into the Army. So the New Yorker decided to take matters into his own hands, and enlisted in the Navy, instead. Because he wasn’t yet 18, he needed his father’s signature on the paperwork to enlist. But he knew it was the right decision for him.
“I loved the ocean and I liked sleeping in a clean bed. In the Army, you have to sleep in the streets somewhere,” said Beer, 90, now a resident of Seminole Gardens. “And I just loved the Navy as a child.”
SEMINOLE - Mayor Leslie Waters provided a State of the City address at the Seminole City Council’s Jan. 24 meeting.
It wasn’t a “traditional” State of the City address, she told the council before the presentation. Instead, she created a Powerpoint presentation displaying photographs of commercial, residential and municipal developments throughout the city.
SEMINOLE - Afflicted by lifelong neurological disorders and the aftermath of several strokes, Beverly Plant noticed her speech becoming “ragged” three years ago.
So when she saw a flyer for the Seminole-SPC Toastmasters first-ever Confidence and Communication Bootcamp, she decided to sign up for it, thinking it could help. She was blown away by the progress she made in just six weeks.
“I found confidence and started to be able to put my thoughts and words together so they were able to come out coherently,” she said.
SEMINOLE - Mayor Leslie Waters is known for organizing meet-and-greets to hear the concerns and questions of Seminole residents. Every few months, she’ll set up at a local eatery, Chick-fil-A perhaps, or maybe at a major city event, such as the Music in the Park series.
But not all elected officials around the globe have the luxury of easy access to their constituents or to any of the resources available to community leaders in America. Having trained elected officials in more than a dozen new democracies - such as Mongolia and Moldova - Waters doesn’t take for granted the amenities she has access to in Seminole.
SEMINOLE - For decades, Seminole’s “iconic and historic” water tower has served as a landmark for city residents and visitors, said Mayor Leslie Waters at the Jan. 10 City Council meeting. It’s also located on a popular, “sweet, little park.”
“The city of Seminole is known for the water tower,” she said.
She added, “It gives our city a sense of place, like nothing else in the city, probably because it is the only landmark that can be seen for miles around.”
SEMINOLE - Last spring, the Kiwanis Club of Seminole introduced its Creative Arts Festival to the community. Held at St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus in April, the event featured music, arts and crafts for the family.
While the event filled a void in the community, the event didn’t have the draw that the Kiwanis hoped for, said Jaya Prakash, the club’s president-elect. It was a hot day and the weather might have kept residents inside. Plus, she said, the festival was tucked away on the SPC campus and it was difficult for those trying to attend to find it.
SEMINOLE - It’s that time of year again - the time for the city to honor one of its community-minded residents as the next Mr. or Ms. Seminole.
For more than 50 years, the Seminole Chamber of Commerce has presented the Mr./Ms. Seminole award as a way of honoring those who have committed their lives to giving back to the community.
The chamber is accepting nominations for the award through Friday, Jan. 20. The current Ms. Seminole, Sandy Hartmann, and her committee of past Mr. and Ms. Seminole honorees will select the next winner, who will be announced at a banquet set for Saturday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Harbourside Key West Center, Indian Rocks Beach. Cost is $60 per couple.
SEMINOLE - The Breakfast Station, after a soft launch earlier this month, is now open and serving at its new location at 9342 Oakhurst Road, next to the Publix in the Oakhurst Shopping Plaza.
The restaurant will host a grand opening celebration Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., During the grand opening weekend, 10 percent of all revenue will be donated to The Family Center on Deafness, a Pinellas County charity serving local families.