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SEMINOLE - For nearly two years, city officials, business owners and residents have wondered what Seminole Mall’s new owners had in store for the former retail hub.

Even before the new owners, North American Development Group, came on board, for years the future of the declining mall, located at the high-traffic intersection of 113th Street and Park Boulevard, has been a giant question mark for the city.

NADG, which bought the blighted mall at the end of 2012, and Tampa-based Primerica Group One/Primerica Development, which NADG teamed up with for maintenance, management and redevelopment of the site, finally shared their vision for the property at the July 22 City Council meeting. They plan to transform the rundown retail location into Seminole City Center, a shopping, entertainment and dining destination for the region.
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SEMINOLE - As part of the grand opening ceremonies July 16 of the new Seminole Walmart, at 10237 Bay Pines Blvd., store executives donated $1,000 to city of Seminole Fire Rescue.

The money will be used to purchase smoke alarms for Seminole-area residents in need.

This donation is especially significant as the focus of Fire Safety Month this October is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives - Test Yours Every Month.”
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SEMINOLE - The city of Seminole is considering a proposed budget of $14,769,552 for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins Oct. 1.

This is a slight increase over last year’s budget of $14,646,868.

Mayor Leslie Waters, who joined the City Council in 2009, said the budget during her first year on council was around $18 million.
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SEMINOLE - At its July 8 meeting, the Semionle City Council voted 4-2 to reject an endorsement of Greenlight Pinellas.

Councilors Patricia Plantamura and Jim Quinn voted in favor of the transit plan.

The Greenlight Pinellas plan will expand the county’s bus service and includes building a light-rail system between St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The referendum will be on the Nov. 4 ballot and if approved would increase the county’s sales tax from 7 to 8 cents.
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SEMINOLE - So far, Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters’ yearlong food drive has been a great success, she said.

Her goal is to collect 18,739 items - that represents one item per Seminole resident - by the end of the year. All the food collected will go to the Interfaith Food Pantry. The food drive recently got a boost thanks to a $500 donation and $1,000 from the new Bay Pines Walmart.

“Hundreds of cans and generous contributions are rolling in from east, west, south and north parts of Seminole,” Waters said. “Our local grocers are helping, local business establishments are involved, Chamber members are challenging each other, and schools and churches have taken on this great opportunity to demonstrate Seminole city pride and generosity.”
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Tuesday, July 15
SEMINOLE - Councilor Chris Burke motioned to censure Councilor Patricia Plantamura during the July 8 Seminole City Council meeting.

Vice Mayor Thom Barnhorn asked Burke to clarify what he meant by censure.

“To state your displeasure. That’s all it means,” Burke said.
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Friday, July 11
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SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Seminole woman July 10 on one charge of lewd and lascivious battery.

According to detectives, Julia A. Orca, 50, engaged in sexual activity with a 15 year-old male May 31 while other minors were present in the Seminole home.

One of the minors, who witnessed the crime became upset over the situation and became involved in a physical altercation with the victim, according to deputies who responded to the scene in response to the altercation.
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SEMINOLE - A relocated Walmart is opening Wednesday, July 16, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m.

The new store is located at 10237 Bay Pines Blvd. in Seminole, relocated from 3993 Tyrone Blvd. in St. Petersburg, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The store will provide Seminole residents with low prices on a broad assortment of merchandise and offer Walmart's free Site to Store program, enabling customers to choose from nearly a million additional online items that can be ordered on Walmart.com and picked up at the Seminole store, often as quickly as the same day.
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Tuesday, July 8
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SEMINOLE - Growing up in New York on Long Island, 1978 was a big year for Dr. Adam Bressler.

That’s when his mother remarried and he was adopted by the man he considers his father.

“I call him Dad, though he’s not my biological father,” Dr. Bressler said.

So when his wife, Maureen, and his mother-in-law met representatives of the Sallie House, a safe haven for children in Pinellas County’s foster care system, at a Freedom Square health fair last September, something “clicked” for him.
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• Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Financial aid workshop
ST. PETERSBURG – The Eckerd College Program for Experienced Learners plans a workshop Wednesday, July 23 that includes a presentation on how adults looking to finish their college degree can finance for their return to school.  

The free workshop will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Franklin Templeton Building, Room 209, at Eckerd College, 4200 54th St. S.  

College staff will cover the financial aid process and how it can be different from the process for traditional undergraduate students. Other topics will include common mistakes made while completing the process and the different types of federal assistance resources available for adult students.  

The Program for Experienced Learners gives busy adults the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in a classroom-learning environment. Small class sizes and high-quality faculty create a premium college experience, along with the opportunity to network with other professionals. Students can take classes at PEL’s St. Petersburg or Tampa locations.  

For more information, call 864-8226.
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Master Gardener Clinic
PALM HARBOR – A Master Gardener Clinic will be offered Wednesdays in July, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.  

Residents looking for solutions for all types of questions concerning garden, lawn, and landscape care can consult with Master Gardener volunteers during the clinic. The clinic is free

. For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visit www.pinellascounty.org.
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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 tslibrary@pplc.us.
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• Thursday, July 24, 2014
Community memorial service
SEMINOLE – A community memorial service will be presented Thursday, July 24, 6 p.m., at Chapel on the Hill, 12601 Park Blvd.  

Chapel on the Hill will join with Suncoast Hospice to host this service. The service is open to any and all bereaved members of the community and is not grounded to a particular faith. Anyone who has lost a loved one with Suncoast Hospice is invited to attend.

The service will last about 45 minutes and consist of music, inspirational readings, a reflection on a theme and a “reading of names” of those who have died and are being remembered.

Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. Those interested in attending are asked to call the church office at 391-2919 or send an email to doris@coth.org.
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Garden Help Desk
ST. PETERSBURG – The Weedon Island Lawn and Garden Help Desk will be offered Friday, July 11; and Thursdays, July 17 and 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.  

Aspiring and master gardeners alike can come and get solutions for all types of questions concerning garden, lawn, and landscape care. The help desk is free.  

Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.
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Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall. The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project. For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
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Learn at Lunch forum:The Affordable Care Act and You
SOUTH PASADENA – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce plans a Learn at Lunch forum titled “The Affordable Care Act and You” Thursday, July 24, 11:30 a.m., at the Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, 1255 Pasadena Ave.  

Health Markets Insurance Agency will facilitate the program.  

The cost is $15 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. To reserve a seat, call Jennifer McKenney at 360-6957.
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Overeaters Anonymous
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road. Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders. For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
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Treasure Islettes bingo games
TREASURE ISLAND – The Treasure Islettes conduct bingo games every Thursday evening at the Treasure Island Community Center on 106th Avenue.

Early bird games begin at 6:45 p.m. and regular games at 7:45 p.m. The games benefit fundraising efforts for local scholarships.

Amenities include a snack bar, free coffee and cash prizes. No alcohol is allowed and persons under 18 will not be admitted.
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• Friday, July 25, 2014
Connections @ Park Station
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts Connections @ Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Room 101, a free networking event, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 8:30 a.m. Contact Carl Lucchi at 458-7863 for more information.
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