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 - 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon and Fundraiser CLEARWATER – The public is invited to the Island Estates Woman’s Club annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon and Fundraiser, Pink is Beautiful. Proceeds benefit the Pinellas Mammography Voucher Program for local women who cannot afford mammograms.
The event is set for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Island Way Grill, 20 Island Way. Cost is $22 with a choice of fillet mignon, chicken Rockefeller or fresh catch.
For reservations, call Barbara Blakley at 449-8453.
There will be raffles, a silent auction, a 50/50 cash drawing, pink ribbon gift tree, and more.
Bridge of Blood CLEARWATER – Clearwater Christian College will present “Bridge of Blood,” by David H. Robey, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., on the school’s campus at 3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd.
This will be a reader's theater presentation of the life of missionary-martyr Jim Elliot who, along with Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, and Roger Youderian, paid the ultimate price to reach a tribe deep in the jungles of Equador with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students, military and alumni. For tickets, call 726-1153, ext. 268.
Herbal Rituals CLEARWATER – The Florida Herb Society will present Herbal Rituals on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane.
Kim from Enchanted Earth in Dunedin will be bringing a guest to speak about using herbs in ritual. Come and learn about the ancient traditions of smudging and blessings using herbs and intentions. Attendees are welcome to bring cuttings, seeds and plants to share, and partake at a tasting table.
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.
READ Pinellas community meeting CLEARWATER – READ Pinellas Inc. is holding a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m., at Pinellas Technical College Clearwater Campus, 6100 154th Ave. N. in the GED testing center, building 16.
More than 80,000 adults in Pinellas County lack basic reading skills, and the meeting is a chance to learn about adult literacy resources in the community and how to make a difference.
SPC Job Fair SEMINOLE – St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus will host its Fall 2014 Job Fair Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the conference center located next to the library.
There also will be a “Ready Room,” where SPC students and alumni can brush up on networking skills, make a last-minute appearance check, conduct Internet research on employers attending, and print their résumé.
Tampa Bay Women Speakers Toastmasters Club meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Tampa Bay Women Speakers Toastmasters Club 1427169 meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at The Centre of Palm Harbor, Room A, 1500 16th St., 7 to 8:30 p.m. The upcoming meetings are Dec. 3 and 17.
The group also has a social meeting every second and fourth Tuesday of the of the month at Sea Dogs Brewing Company, 26200 U.S. 19, Clearwater in a private room at 6:30 p.m. Come and mingle, socialize and eat dinner with fellow Toastmasters members and guests. The meeting is 7 to 8:30 p.m. The group will meet Dec. 10 only because the fourth Tuesday is Christmas Eve.