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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Democratic Women’s Club of Upper Pinellas meeting SAFETY HARBOR – The Democratic Women’s Club of Upper Pinellas will feature Aaron Darr at its meeting on Thursday, July 28, 11 a.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
Darr will speak on various subjects concerning reproductive health for Florida families. This activist educator will speak on topics such as sex education in public schools and private institutions, teen pregnancy, and the importance of women and men having access to contraceptives and abortion. He travels across the country and abroad to speak about the concern and importance of sex and HIV/AIDS issues.
He also will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Florida State Democratic Women’s Club Convention in St. Augustine.
The meeting itself starts at 11:45 a.m., and lunch is available for a $5 donation. For questions, call Victoria at 744-1101.
Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd.
On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations.
Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.
The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.
Qi Gong meditation classes ST. PETE BEACH – Weekly Qi Gong moving meditation classes are held Tuesdays, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the Warren Webster Center, 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.
The cost is $10 per class.
Classes are lead by acupuncture physician Joyce Lockwood who studied Qi Gong in China and
is certified as a Qi Gong practice leader in the U.S. through the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi.
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates slow graceful movements, breathing techniques and deep relaxation.
Support group for addicted teens meeting
LARGO – Take a Hand, a new support group for parents and caregivers of teenagers suffering from substance abuse and behavioral issues will meet Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in portable 1A of Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road.
The first meeting will be Tuesday, March 4.
The group, started with the support of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, will invite guest speakers to offer advice and support to those caring for addicted teenagers, including information about the judicial system, residential treatment and more. The meetings are designed to be a safe place for parents, relatives and friends.
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 email@example.com.
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.