SEMINOLE - The City Council recognized the Friends of the Seminole Community Library’s 25th anniversary at its Oct. 11 meeting.
Mayor Leslie Waters, whose mother was a librarian in Gulfport, presented the proclamation honoring the group to its president, Jean Cowan, for National Friends of Libraries Week, which takes place this year Oct. 16-22.
The Friends have raised approximately $700,000 during the last 25 years. These funds have “enabled our library to move from good to great - providing supplemental support for programming, library materials and resources, equipment, services, and special events throughout the year,” Waters read from the proclamation.
SEMINOLE - As Halloween approaches, Seminole Recreation staff members are busy getting ready for its annual spooky festivities.
The 12th annual Field of Screams will take place Friday, Oct. 21, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex.
This is a true community event, said Becky Gunter, recreation director, designed for all ages. There will be a costume contest, family photo area, and local businesses and organizations will hand out free candy to trick-or-treaters. There also will be a “Spooky Zone,” with bounce houses, inflatable slides and obstacle courses. While trick-or-treating is free, cost is $5 to enter the “Spooky Zone” and includes unlimited play in the bounce houses.
SEMINOLE - The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole is gearing up for its second annual Field of Honor, a patriotic display of American flags that will be planted on the front lawn of City Hall throughout the month of November.
Residents, business owners and organizations can sponsor flags in honor of active duty soldiers, and retired or deceased veterans.
The club’s president, Wayne McKenney, said he hopes the Field of Honor, which is in line with the city’s Red, White and Blue Initiative, will “become an annual display of patriotism the city’s residents will be proud of.”
SEMINOLE - Seminole Councilor Thomas Barnhorn and Vice Mayor Jim Quinn were recently appointed to serve on Florida League of Cities committees for 2016-2017.
Barnhorn has been appointed to serve as vice chair on the Finance, Taxation and Personnel Committee.
He has served on this committee since 2007, when he first began his advocacy for the city of Seminole, which has resulted in various grants for the city, a free RX program for its residents and the prevention of unfunded mandates that would burden the city.
SEMINOLE - On Sept. 27 Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Anthony Rondolino gave Ryan S. Stratton his oath of attorney.
Stratton is a lifelong Seminole resident and a 2007 graduate of Seminole High School. He then went on to graduate from the University of Florida with an economics degree. Stratton graduated from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, in 2015. The Tripp Law firm of Seminole presently employs him.
SEMINOLE - Earth Fare is the next business to open at the new Seminole City Center. The high-end grocery chain, which is based in Asheville, North Carolina, celebrates its grand opening Sept. 28.
The newest location, which is about 24,000 square feet, brings 116 jobs to the area.
Frank Scorpiniti, CEO, said the company considers itself “a healthcare company that just happens to sell groceries.”
He said the company “highest quality standards” means the stores only sell foods free of added hormones, artificial fats and trans fats, artificial sweeteners, bleached or bromated flour, antibiotics, high fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, and artificial colors or flavors.
SEMINOLE - Chick-fil-A, 10790 Park Blvd., will hold a Seminole Historical Society Spirit Night Thursday, Sept. 29, 5 to 8 p.m.
Fifteen percent of ticketed sales will be donated to the organization.
Those attending must present a flyer to the cashier at the counter or drive-thru. Flyers can be obtained through tSeminole Chamber of Commerce, 7777 131st St. N., Suites 7-8, or by contacting the chamber at 727-392-3245.
They can also be obtained through the historical society. The Seminole Historical Society Museum is located in Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Rd., and is open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SEMINOLE - It was just a little over one year ago that Ann Toney-Deal stepped in to fill the shoes of Frank Edmunds, Seminole’s inaugural city manager, when he retired in August 2015.
“The first year absolutely flew by,” she said. “It’s hard to believe I’ve worked here for an entire year. It’s been a wonderful professional and personal experience.”
Prior to coming to Seminole, Toney-Deal most recently served as director of administration and communications for the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and before that as city manager of Haines City in Polk County for 19 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Florida. She’s also a past president of the Florida City and County Management Association and is a member of the International City and County Management Association.