SEMINOLE - Last year, Seminole Lake Rotary Club introduced the Red Sled initiative to share some holiday cheer with children in the local foster care system.
The brainchild of member Gerry Cachia, who joined the club last year, the initiative was a simple one: the club wanted to collect 2,500 toys and gifts to fill a giant Red Sled it built. These gifts would be donated to Eckerd Youth Alternatives, a nonprofit agency that works with foster care children in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
The group exceeded its original goal, Cachia said, collecting $15,000 worth of toys and monetary donations for the cause. So the group has brought back the Red Sled for the 2016 holiday season. This year, because Eckerd lost a major sponsor, the club is hoping to raise $25,000 in toys, gift cards and monetary donations for the non-profit, Cachia said
SEMINOLE - The annual Holiday Illuminated Night Parade is set for Sunday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, the parade will begin at the staging area at St. Petersburg College, 9200 113th St. N. The parade will then travel south on 113th Street, make a u-turn at 80th Ave. and return to SPC.
This is the second year that attendees will be able to view the parade from both sides of 113th Street, said Gretchen Cain Wells, the chamber’s COO. This is also the second year that staging will take place at the college because of the construction at Seminole City Center.
SEMINOLE - Janet Long, the new chair of the Pinellas County Commission, addressed the Seminole City Council at its Nov. 22 meeting.
Long, a longtime resident of Seminole, assured the council that the commission is “a good partner to the city and will continue to be” despite not allotting any of the $7.1 million in BP funds the county received to Seminole.
SEMINOLE - Following a tight race and a machine recount of ballots cast by Seminole residents, Vice Mayor Jim Quinn and Councilor Thomas Barnhorn have retained their seats on the City Council.
Barnhorn led the pack with 4,549 (34.66 percent) votes, while Quinn eked out a victory over challenger Thomas Christy. Quinn received 4,301 (32.77 percent) votes to narrowly defeat Christy by just 28 votes. Christy received 4,273 votes (32.56 percent).
Because the race was so close, the Supervisor of Elections Canvassing Board counted provisional ballots for Seminole Nov. 11, held a machine recount for the race Nov. 15 and also counted the overseas ballots Nov. 18 before officially calling the race.
SEMINOLE - It's not often that the average person gets to meet one president in their lifetime.
Joseph B. Corbin, a World War II veteran and Seminole resident, has not only met five, but had the honor of serving them as a Presidential motorcycle escort during his career with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. In fact, he's the only person to have ever escorted four presidents within the span of one week.
Having lived through so much American history up close and personal, he knew one day he'd write a book about his experiences. For the past three years he's been working with local ghostwriter Susan Funk to put his stories on paper.
SEMINOLE - When Marion Chamberlain attended last spring’s storytelling festival in Mt. Dora, she joined a group for a ghost stories tour of the city.
She returned home to Seminole inspired to create an event sharing the stories of the city’s pioneers, who are now long deceased.
Chamberlain, circulations supervisor at the Seminole Community Library, brought the idea to the Seminole Historical Society. Since Seminole doesn’t have a proper downtown for such an event, she and the historical society decided to bring the tour to the Seminole Cemetery, where many of the founders are buried.
SEMINOLE - The City Council unanimously voted to upgrade the sound system at the Community Center, which is located at Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Rd., at its Oct. 25 meeting.
The nearly 15,000 square-foot community center officially opened in April 2015. It features three distinct spaces, including a space for the Seminole Historical Society Museum, a community policing office for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and a community space available for rental.