SEMINOLE - Around 200 runners and walkers will flock to Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave., for the Seminole Chamber of Commerce’s 24th annual Seminole Stampede Spring Fling 5K and 1-mile Silly Sock Family Fun Run Saturday, March 25, 8 a.m.
The chamber is adding two new elements to the event this year. Children and families are encouraged to don colorful socks during the 1-mile run, said Gretchen Cain Wells, the chamber’s chief of operations.
SEMINOLE - Phase I construction at Waterfront Park, which will be built on city-owned property adjacent to Home Depot on Park Boulevard, could begin as soon as April, Jeremy Hockenbury, director of Public Works, told the Seminole City Council at its March 14 meeting.
At the meeting, the council approved a declaration of a restrictive covenant with the state Department of Environmental Protection for the park.
The parcel previously had been used as a non-permitted landfill and required the DEP determination that no further assessments were necessary on the property before the park could be built.
SEMINOLE - In recent weeks, there’s been a flurry of activity at Seminole City Center, the new retail development under construction at the intersection of 113th Street and Park Boulevard, the site of the former Seminole Mall.
New structures are going up quickly, said Roger Edelman, Seminole City Councilor and chair of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce. Many tenants were waiting for Studio Movie Grill, an upscale theater, to confirm its spot as the anchor tenant before fully committing to the project over the past six months, he added.
SEMINOLE - Seminole has been the home to the Rev. Dr. David A. Miller and his wife, Leslie, for the past 25 years. This March 26, Miller will give his last sermon at Faith Community Church in Seminole.
Miller has been serving in ministry for more than 40 years as a pastor in Maryland and for the past 25 years as the head pastor at Faith Community Church.
“I will miss all of the amazing people at Faith Church. I loved working with our terrific staff and leadership. I will also miss the weekly process of teaching and preaching,” said Miller.
SEMINOLE - More than two decades ago, when the city and St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus began exploring the possibility of building a joint-use library, a group of volunteers also got to work.
As plans for the new library moved forward, with the help of a $400,000 grant under the Florida Library Construction Act, those volunteers formed the Friends of the Seminole Community Library.
SEMINOLE - Curves International Inc., one of the largest chains of fitness centers for women in the world, recently announced that the 2017 Curves Food Drive will kick off on March 13 and will continue through March 24 at participating Curves centers across the U.S. and Canada.
Curves is inviting both nonmembers and members to take part in the food drive by bringing in a bag of nonperishable food to be donated to a local community food bank. New members who donate one bag of food will pay no enrollment fee to join.
SEMINOLE - Since 1958, the Seminole Water Tower has stood on the northwest corner of 74th Avenue and 113th Street, not far from where the new Seminole City Center is being built.
Towering over nearby homes and buildings, it’s visible from miles away.
For many - residents, snowbirds and tourists - the tower serves as an icon. Not only does it stand at 110-feet-tall, but it also boasts a mural featuring colorful Florida birds in flight against a sky blue backdrop with white, fluffy clouds.
Judy A. Beckett passed away Feb. 23, 2017 at the age of 73 years.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jerry, and beloved mother to her sons Rick (Barb), Jay (Wendy), Gordon (Sonja); her daughters, Laurie (Joe) Kluck and Lynn (Joe) Duenas. She was a caring grandmother to 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She also loved her sister, Barbara Koch; her brother, Robert "Butch,” and her late sister, Nancy Harding.
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.”
Miller, who bought the Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home last year, rallied, though, and he was able to attend the Seminole Chamber of Commerce’s 52nd annual Mr. Seminole awards banquet at Holiday Inn Harbourside Feb. 18.
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.