SEMINOLE - The Seminole Chamber of Commerce honored several of the community’s top business and civic leaders at the city’s most prestigious awards ceremony March 1.
For the first time in several years, the Mr./Ms. Seminole banquet was held separately from the Chamber’s installation event. This year’s event took place at Holiday Inn Harbourside in Indian Rocks Beach.
Joto’s Pizza founder Fred Zinda took home the top award of the evening and was named the 2014 Mr. Seminole.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two Largo men Thursday, March 6, in connection with a stabbing of two residents at a home on Flame Vine Avenue in Seminole.
At about 3 a.m. deputies responded to the home due to reports of two people stabbed in the driveway of their residence.
During the investigation, deputies found out that two men had approached Kenneth Poling, 48, and his sister Kelly, 48, in the driveway of their residence and asked for a ride home. When they refused to provide the ride, the meeting became confrontation, eventually leading to the stabbing of both brother and sister.
SEMINOLE - With the Pow Wow Parade and Festival set for this weekend, Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9, the Seminole City Council handled last-minute agreements and contracts associated with the annual event at its Feb. 25 meeting.
The council approved performer engagement contracts for the musical acts scheduled to take the stage over the three-day weekend. The following acts had contracts approved: Rebekah Reid, $150; Sean and the Riders, $150; the Troy Duncan Band, $600; the Arthur Z Band, $300; Frank Cannon, $200; and Sounds of Soul, $1,500.
Councilor Jim Quinn pointed out that the event’s sponsors fund these performances.
SEMINOLE - Though they lost in the second round of the state playoffs to Northport High School, it’s been the biggest year for Seminole High School boys’ basketball since the 1980s; for the first time in 26 years, the Warhawks brought home the 7A-9 district title.
With a record of 20-4, Coach Josh Walker says the only record better than that was earned in the 1960s, when the team ended the season 21-3.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an apparent accidental shooting in Seminole that occurred at about 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, at a private residence located on 134th Way North in Seminole.
According to detectives, the victim, 14-year-old Andrew Mills and his friend 16-year-old Matthew Emerick came to Matthew’s home after baseball practice on Sunday afternoon. While they were in the house, Matthew came into a room where Andrew was to show him a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle. While Matthew was showing Andrew the rifle, he accidentally shot Andrew in the abdomen. Andrew was transported to a local hospital via Bayflite with non-life threatening injuries.
No adults were home at the time of the incident. No charges will be filed against the teen.
SEMINOLE - Members from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, living in the Seminole Ward, recently received a new Bishopric.
Bishop Alex Patrick, first counselor Richard Flora and second counselor Victor Pavone were sustained by the ward members as the new bishopric.
A bishop is the leader of a local congregation - known as a ward - with duties similar to those of a pastor, priest or rabbi. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this position is unpaid and typically last around five years. Each bishop is assisted by two counselors. Together, this bishopric oversees the spiritual and social needs of their ward members, and helps bring each member of the congregation closer to Jesus Christ.
SEMINOLE - Fashion Seal Healthcare, a brand of Superior Uniform Group, recently announced two promotions. Bruce Riggins has been promoted to vice president of sales. Leslie Kogelmann has been promoted to vice president of operations.
With the promotion, Riggins will lead the management and implementation of uniform apparel programs for health system organizations.
Kogelmann will be responsible for building the support infrastructure needed to keep up with the growing demands of the healthcare industry while continuing to act as director of customer excellence for Superior Uniform Group.
Antique Alley Spring Antique Show
BELLEAIR BLUFFS – The Spring Antique Show will be presented Sunday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Antique Alley, 580 N. Indian Rocks Road.
The alley overflows with more than 50 outside antiques vendors at this annual event, plus several charming and eclectic shops that are open year-round. Admission is free and parking is available in designated areas.
Art show and fresh market
ST. PETE BEACH – The Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., hosts a juried art show and fresh market each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission and parking is free. Call 367-3818 for details.
Corey Fresh Market
ST. PETE BEACH - Corey Fresh Market every Sunday October through May, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the 300 block of Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach. Corey Fresh Market hosts an average of 50 local vendors, offering roduce, flowers/plants, arts/crafts, specialty foods, live music, special appearances. Free admission and parking. Visit www.coreyave.com or call 727-498-8778.
Kiwanis Club annual fire truck pull
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole will hold its annual fire truck pull, Pulling for Kids, Sunday, March 9, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College, 9200 113th St. N., south parking lot.
This fundraiser benefits several of the club’s projects, including the Key Club at Seminole High School, the Builders Club at Seminole Middle School, K-Kids at Bauder Elementary School, Every Child a Swimmer and Horses for the Handicapped.
The club is looking for sponsors and teams to register for the event. Adult and teen teams should have no more than eight members, and kids’ teams should have 10 to 12 members. Cost per team is $150.
For more information, call Steve Zazzaro at 432-3544.
Latin ballroom dance classes
ST. PETE BEACH – The St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, offers Latin ballroom dance class on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., from Feb. 24 to March 17.
The cost is $40. For more information, visit www.spbrec.com or call 363-9245.
Non-Trivial Pursuits CLEARWATER – The next Non-Trivial Pursuits program will be presented Monday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., at Chapel-By-The-Sea, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach.
The event will feature guest speaker Capt. Tyson Wallerstein. Wallerstein will present Better Weather! Better Fishing! He will make recommendations about where to fish in the area and will offer other helpful fishing tips.
Non-Trivial Pursuits is a long-standing program at Chapel-By-The-Sea offering presentations to the public on various topics. There is no charge for the programs and light refreshments are available. Seat reservations are requested so proper arrangements can be made.
PINELLAS PARK – Senior Solos will meet on the second Monday of the month, 1:30 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Recreation Center, 7625 59th St. N.
Bring a potluck dish to share and pay $2 or pay $5 without a dish.
All singles 55+ are welcome.
Call Pat at 520-8797 for more information.
Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at Lin’s K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N.
Guests are welcome.
The Toastmasters program helps members become better speakers for their jobs, presentations and meetings.
Call Jim Martin at 536-3392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OLDSMAR – The city of Oldsmar offers high-energy zumba fitness sessions Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center.
The price is $5 per class with a recreation card or $7.50 per class without a card.
Community Chorus meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Community Chorus meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 County Road, Palm Harbor. No auditions are necessary. For more information, call Anita at 939-2952.