SEMINOLE - For decades, Seminole’s “iconic and historic” water tower has served as a landmark for city residents and visitors, said Mayor Leslie Waters at the Jan. 10 City Council meeting. It’s also located on a popular, “sweet, little park.”
“The city of Seminole is known for the water tower,” she said.
SEMINOLE - Last spring, the Kiwanis Club of Seminole introduced its Creative Arts Festival to the community. Held at St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus in April, the event featured music, arts and crafts for the family.
While the event filled a void in the community, the event didn’t have the draw that the Kiwanis hoped for, said Jaya Prakash, the club’s president-elect. It was a hot day and the weather might have kept residents inside. Plus, she said, the festival was tucked away on the SPC campus and it was difficult for those trying to attend to find it.
SEMINOLE - It’s that time of year again - the time for the city to honor one of its community-minded residents as the next Mr. or Ms. Seminole.
For more than 50 years, the Seminole Chamber of Commerce has presented the Mr./Ms. Seminole award as a way of honoring those who have committed their lives to giving back to the community.
The chamber is accepting nominations for the award through Friday, Jan. 20. The current Ms. Seminole, Sandy Hartmann, and her committee of past Mr. and Ms. Seminole honorees will select the next winner, who will be announced at a banquet set for Saturday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Harbourside Key West Center, Indian Rocks Beach. Cost is $60 per couple.
SEMINOLE - The Breakfast Station, after a soft launch earlier this month, is now open and serving at its new location at 9342 Oakhurst Road, next to the Publix in the Oakhurst Shopping Plaza.
The restaurant will host a grand opening celebration Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., During the grand opening weekend, 10 percent of all revenue will be donated to The Family Center on Deafness, a Pinellas County charity serving local families.
SEMINOLE - A team of off-duty Seminole Fire Rescue employees defeated a team from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office during a hoagie-building contest at the Dec. 8 grand opening of the Wawa located at the intersection of Park Boulevard and Park Street North.
The Fire Rescue team was able to build 35 hoagies in three minutes, compared to 28 made by the Sheriff’s Department, said Fire Chief Heather Burford.
“We whooped them,” she said.
At the Dec. 6 City Council meeting, Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Festa said both teams were trained by the gas station’s staff and “learn[ed] to make [hoagies] the Wawa way.”
SEMINOLE - The Kiwanis Club of Seminole has launched a new initiative, Pie for Education, in partnership with the Village Inn on Bay Pines Boulevard.
Three evenings a year, the Village Inn will donate 10 percent of its proceeds from a three-hour period to the Kiwanis. The money will be used to help fund its many activities, including the Every Child a Swimmer program, its youth leadership programs, and hospital dolls, as well as its scholarship program.
The first event, which was held Oct. 4, yielded $100 for the organization.
SEMINOLE - Seminole Elementary School fifth grade students Graci Tubbs and Ava Spano are trying to make a difference in the world.
Both students are collecting items to send to active military overseas as part of a project for their Seminole Elementary gifted class called Operation: Military Matters. Graci and Ava have had immediate family members serve in the military and helping servicemen and women is something they are passionate about.
SEMINOLE - Last year, Seminole Lake Rotary Club introduced the Red Sled initiative to share some holiday cheer with children in the local foster care system.
The brainchild of member Gerry Cachia, who joined the club last year, the initiative was a simple one: the club wanted to collect 2,500 toys and gifts to fill a giant Red Sled it built. These gifts would be donated to Eckerd Youth Alternatives, a nonprofit agency that works with foster care children in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.