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Harry Kyne, Seminole administration director, accepts the city’s 16th consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association during the Oct. 14 council meeting.
Seminole Municipal Election
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SEMINOLE - Two City Council seats are up for grabs this election season. Six candidates are vying for the seats, and three of them - incumbent Bob Matthews, Roger Edelman and Joe Haynes - participated in an Oct. 2 candidate forum at City Hall.

Candidates Thomas Christy, Michael Fisher and Vincent C. Trovato did not attend.

The forum, organized and hosted by the League of Women Voters, focused on questions from the audience, which addressed a variety of topics and issues of interest to Seminole residents and businesses.
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Tuesday, October 21
SEMINOLE - At its Oct. 14 meeting, the Seminole City Council approved several ordinances amending the city’s Land Development Code following their second public hearings.

Ordinance No. 06-2014 amends Chapter 46, which deals with general provisions in the code. The amendment to this section ensures the code’s consistency with the city’s comprehensive plan as well as county regulations, said City Manager Frank Edmunds. Ordinance No. 07-2014 amends Chapter 50, which deals with administrative responsibilities.

Edmunds said these ordinances were discussed at the council’s April 22 workshop session. A public hearing conducted by the Developmental Review Board on May 19 followed.
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SEMINOLE - Carol J. Perry has always considered herself to be lucky. From escaping the harsh winters of Salem, Massachusetts, and eventually landing in sunny Florida during the 1970s to her successful career as a nonfiction writer and an author for a teen audience, she knows she’s been fortunate.

Now, as the Seminole resident celebrates the release of Caught Dead Handed, the first novel in her Witch City Mystery series published by Kensington, she realizes luck must have been involved yet again.
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SEMINOLE - Former St. Pete Catholic standout Justin Piazza dreamed of playing NCAA Division I football since he was a kid running plays in youth football.

After being accepted to the University of Missouri and taking time off from playing football, he was sure the opportunity would come. But he knew it wasn’t going to be easy.

“I definitely wanted to play again. I just didn’t know how it would work into my plans going to Mizzou,” said Piazza. “With last year, I just didn’t feel ready. I knew I wasn’t physically ready to where I needed to be. Plus trying to get myself established with college, everything was still new to me.”
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SEMINOLE - Brody Patrick, son of the Seminole Ward Bishop Alex Patrick and Edy Patrick, departed to the Missionary Training Center on Oct. 15, to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Like all Latter-day Saint missionaries, Patrick will serve without pay from the Church. His financial support will come from funds he and his parents have saved for that purpose. He will be serving in the Guadalajara, Mexico, Spanish-speaking mission for 24 months. Patrick is from the Seminole Ward, located on 9000 106th Avenue in Largo.

Patrick graduated in 2014 from Seminole High School and was a lifeguard at Clearwater Beach. He joins thousands of other Latter-day Saint missionaries, a handful from Pinellas County, who are serving in locations in North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. They do not choose their area of labor, but go where they are called by the church.
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Sunday, October 19
SEMINOLE - Florida Highway Patrol has identified a Seminole High School student injured when she was struck by a pickup truck about 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, on 86th Avenue North near 131st Street North in Seminole.

Rebeccah S. Black, 16, is listed in stable condition at All Children’s Hospital.

According to FHP’s report, Joseph Michael Lamoureux, 49, of Seminole was driving a 1997 Ford pickup truck southbound on 131st Street north. He had a greenlight when he made a left turn onto eastbound 86th Avenue north.
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Friday, October 17
SEMINOLE - A Seminole High School student was seriously injured after being struck by a pickup truck about 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, on 86th Avenue North near 131st Street North in Seminole.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Joseph Michael Lamoureux, 49, of Seminole was driving a 1997 Ford pickup truck southbound on 131st Street north. He had a greenlight when he made a left turn onto eastbound 86th Avenue north.

A short distance east of the intersection, the truck “encountered” an unidentified pedestrian crossing 86th Avenue North, the FHP report said.
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SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for help to identify a man wanted in connection with the theft of an undisclosed amount of cash from the Dollar General in Seminole.

According to the sheriff’s report, the theft occurred Monday, Sept. 29, at about 8:16 p.m. from the Dollar General at 10720 Park Blvd.

According to detectives, the suspect entered the Dollar General and walked into the back office. He searched the office and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.
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• Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
American Legion cookout
SEMINOLE – American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Saturday and Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Breakfast is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. and the monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol.  

For more information, call 391-6324.
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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.
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Cooters Crab Fest
CLEARWATER – To celebrate the opening of stone crab season, Cooters Restaurant & Bar will host its 21st annual Crab Fest Oct. 23-26, at 423 Poinsettia Ave., Clearwater Beach.

The four-day big tent party will kick off Thursday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m., and will run throughout the weekend, while supplies last. Cooters’ special Crab Fest menu will feature fresh off the boat Florida stone crab, king crab, snow crab and Dungeness crab all at special reduced prices.

There also will be live music under the big tent, commemorative merchandise and drink specials.

Cooters’ Crab Fest is a family friendly event and there is no cover charge. Valet parking will be available.  Visit Cooters.com.
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Monthly Story Swap
PINELLAS PARK – A monthly Story Swap event will take place on the fourth Sunday of each month, 3 to 5 p.m., at Park Station, Room 104, 5851 Park Blvd. Come share a story – fact or fiction, traditional or original. Stories should be no longer than 10 minutes and family-friendly. Listeners welcome as well. For more information, call 647-8057.
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Ostomy support group meeting
ST. PETERSBURG – The United Ostomy Associations of America affiliated support group of St. Petersburg will meet Sunday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m., in the auditorium on the ground floor of St. Anthony’s Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other ostomates, discuss problems or talk about experiences they have had as an ostomate. Meetings offer information and education to help ostomates find the tools they need to get back to an active life.

The group meets last Sundays at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Refreshments are served. There is no cost for the meetings.

For information, call Bill Schmidt at 657-0998 or Millie Parker at 687-7584.
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Stone Crab Feast
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Keegan’s Seafood Grille will host its seventh annual Stone Crab Feast Oct. 24-26, with special pricing while supplies last.

Live music will be provided by local artists such as BillyD, Pamela Love and Jason Reagle. Keegan’s is at 1519 Gulf Blvd. Hours will be Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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• Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
10X Sales & Marketing Workshop
SEMINOLE – The Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce, 7985 113th St. N., will host a 10X Sales & Marketing Workshop Monday, Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m. Call 392-3245 for more information.
Lunch and Learn session
ST. PETERSBURG – A special Lunch and Learn session will be presented Monday, Oct. 27, noon to 1 p.m., in the Sheen Conference Center at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, 70 Sixth St. S.

Dr. Clinton Holder, the medical director for infection control, and Jared Sutton, infection control manager, will present a lecture covering topics related to Ebola, Enterovirus and Flu. The program will include a light lunch.

To RSVP, call 895-3627.
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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 jmartin2040@tampabay.rr.com.
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Village Square’s second series program
SEMINOLE – Hedrick Smith, long-time New York Times reporter who earned his first Pulitzer Prize for the Pentagon Papers in 1971, will headline the Village Square’s second series program on Monday, Oct. 27, at St. Petersburg College.

Smith will discuss his latest book, “Who Stole the American Dream?” and engage in a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The event will be from 6 to 8:15 p.m. in the Conference Center at SPC’s Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N. Advance registration at solutions.spcollege.edu is required for this dinner event. Tickets are $25 for Village Square members and educators, $30 for guests, and $20 for students.

Smith has established himself over the past 50 years as one of America’s leading journalists and writers. In 26 years with The New York Times, he served in Saigon, Cairo, Paris, the American South and as bureau chief in Moscow and Washington. In 1971, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that reported the Pentagon Papers series, which revealed a secret government plan to enlarge the Vietnam War even as President Lyndon Johnson denied such plans existed. In 1974 Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe.

His subsequent book The Russians was a No.1 American best-seller translated into 16 languages. Smith’s next book, The Power Game: How Washington Works, was bedside reading for President Clinton. Many members of Congress used it as a political bible. He has written three other best-sellers.

Smith is also an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer. He has created 26 prime-time specials and mini-series since 1989 on such varied topics as “Inside the Terror Network,” “Is Wal-Mart Good for America?” “The Wall Street Fix,” “Inside Gorbachev’s USSR,” “Can You Afford to Retire?” and “Rediscovering Dave Brubeck.”

He has won most of television’s top awards including two Emmys, two National Public Service awards, and two Dupont-Columbia Gold batons for the best public affairs programs on U.S. television in 1991 and in 2002.  

In his latest book, Smith writes in detail about the policy decisions that he says resulted in an altered landscape of power in Washington and undermined the American dream. Naming Republican and Democratic leaders alike, from presidents to senators and representatives to Supreme Court justices, he asserts that pivotal laws and policies were altered while the public wasn’t looking, leaving many Americans struggling to stay afloat.

For more information, call 394-6251.
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