SEMINOLE - More than a dozen political, business and civic leaders spoke out at the Aug. 12 City Council meeting to encourage City Manager Frank Edmunds to delay his retirement.
Overwhelmed by the support, Edmunds agreed to stay in his position an additional eight months and retire Sept. 1, 2015. At the June 10 City Council meeting, he announced that he’d retire Jan. 16, 2015 to spend more time with his family and with a grandson on the way.
At the Aug. 12 meeting, the City Council voted 6-0 to change Edmunds’ vacation benefits so that he would receive one week of vacation per month until his retirement. The Council also agreed to initiate recruitment for a new city manager by April 1, 2015.
SEMINOLE - Deputies assigned to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating a hit and run crash that occurred in the area of Seminole and Baypines boulevards in Seminole.
About 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, a silver sedan was observed driving southbound on Seminole Boulevard. Randy K. Deane, 55, of Largo was driving a Harley Davidson was northbound on Seminole Boulevard. The driver of the silver sedan made a left hand turn on to Baypines Boulevard in front of the Harley Davidson. The motorcycle struck the rear passenger side of the silver sedan. The sedan then continued driving down Baypines Boulevard.
Deane was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
SEMINOLE - Six years ago, Pat Bearry grew tired of his longtime career in law enforcement.
He’d moved to Seminole from Maryland a year earlier to take a job as a deputy sheriff in Manatee County and to remain close to his son, a football player at the University of South Florida. But the more he thought about it, the more he realized he wanted to do something he truly loved for a living; he wanted to get back to his roots.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Burglary/Pawn Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in locating four grand theft shoplifting suspects who stole merchandise from a Seminole department store.
A child was with the suspects at the time of the theft.
According to detectives, the four suspects entered the Burlington Coat Factory, 7351 113th St. N. in Seminole, at approximately noon on Sunday, June 15. The three female suspects were observed attempting to conceal the stolen items while the male suspect appeared to be a “look out” in the store and in the parking lot. The suspects had a male child with them at the time of the thefts.
SEMINOLE - They are nerds and geeks and they don’t mind telling you.
Thousands of people attended the first annual Mid-Pinellas Comic Con at the Seminole Community Library on Saturday, Aug. 9, and many of them were dressed up like their favorite comic book or sci-fi characters. They say it is all about being yourself.
Rae Johnston, 16, of Largo, dressed as a minstrel, said she intended to spend the entire day at the event because she felt at home.
SEMINOLE - Six candidates qualified to run for two City Council seats in the Nov. 4 election. They are incumbent Bob Matthews, Seminole Chamber of Commerce president Roger Edelman, recent Seminole Charter Review Board Chair Joe Haynes, Thomas Christy, Vincent C. Trovato and Michael Fisher.
The qualification deadline for the election ended at 4 p.m. Aug. 11.
Councilor John Counts, who has sat on the council for over a decade, announced he wouldn’t seek re-election at the July 22 council meeting.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives need help to locate two men wanted in connection with burglaries of unlocked cars in the Seminole area.
According to detectives with the Burglary/Pawn Unit, the burglaries occurred around 3 a.m. on Monday, July 28.
Two suspects were seen walking through a neighborhood just south of 74th Avenue and 125th Street in Seminole.
The suspects also were observed entering the cab of the truck and removing items from inside. The truck was unlocked at the time of the theft. A second unlocked vehicle in the area was also burglarized that evening, according to the sheriff’s report.
Chamber business mixer TREASURE ISLAND – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host a Treasure Island, Madeira Beach and John’s Pass Business Mixer on Thursday, Aug. 21, 5 to 6:30 p.m., at Bazzie’s Beach Bar, at Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd.
Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the chamber’s work in these communities while networking with other businesses. There will be snack and drink specials.
Gaming Club INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The Seminole Recreation Division now offers an adult Gaming Club that meets the third Thursday of every month, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
This group is open to individuals 16 and older. Various board and card games will be available.
This program is free for members and $3 for nonmembers.
Historical Society meeting PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd.
Refreshments will be available.
Call 541-6206 for more information.
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.
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
Pricing for Profit Workshop SAFETY HARBOR – The Pricing for Profit Workshop will be presented Thursday, Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m., at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
The workshop, presented by Larry Hunt of SCORE, will cover the cost of doing business and relating these costs to an understanding of gross profit, margin and markup. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about setting a product at the right price for business success.
The Safety Harbor Public Library partners with SCORE to bring free and confidential small business advice to the community. Hunt has an M.B.A., has owned several businesses, has consulted for more than 50 businesses and has written books on business operations.
Seminole Chamber Business Power Luncheon SEMINOLE – Congressman David Jolly will speak at the Seminole Chamber of Commerce’s Business Power Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 21, 11:30 a.m., at St. Petersburg College’s Library Conference Center, 9200 113th St. N.
Windlass sailing club meeting DUNEDIN – The Windlass women’s sailing club has set its first meeting of the year and sign-up opportunity for new members for Thursday, Aug. 21, 9:30 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 455 Scotland St.
Women are invited to sign up for the group, which spends its Thursdays racing pram and Sunfish, cruising and having fun on the water.
The club meets each Thursday during the school year for racing at the Dunedin Marina, monthly cruises, inter club races with other Florida West Coast women’s sailing clubs and other events.
New members are only accepted in August and September. Members must be able to swim and know basic sailing techniques. Boat ownership is not required. A weekly orientation program will include pram rigging, introduction to racing and racing rules.
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.