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Seminole Beacon
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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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• Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
AHEC iQUIT sessions
The Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center provides free services to help people quit any form of tobacco.

In October, two IQUIT classes will be presented at these Florida Department of Health in Pinellas (DOH-Pinellas) health departments: • Wednesday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to noon, in Conference Room 109A, at 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg. • Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1 to 3 p.m., in Conference Room 1226, at 8751 Ulmerton Road, Largo.

AHEC’s tobacco training and cessation program, iQUIT, provides services that include in-person classes and free nicotine-replacement patches, gum and lozenges (while supplies last and if medically appropriate). The program is sponsored by AHEC and the Florida Department of Health. To register for these free sessions, call Nicole Kelly at 813-929-1000, ext. 204, or email nkelly@gnahec.org. Visit www.ahectobacco.com.
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Breast Cancer Basics
CLEARWATER – Morton Plant Mease Hospitals will sponsor a lecture on breast cancer detection and treatment to bring focus to breast health during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Breast Cancer Basics will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 22, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at YMCA of the Suncoast, Teen Room, 1005 S. Highland Ave.

Jola Baginski, ARNP, will discuss breast cancer detection and treatment. There is no cost to attend. To register, call 800-BayCare.

Visit www.BayCare.org.
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City Power Toastmasters Club meeting
ST. PETERSBURG – The City Power Toastmasters Club, a nonprofit communication and leadership club, meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, One Fourth St. N., Sixth Floor, Room 600.  

The club teaches self-confidence and skills to help listen, think, speak and gain leadership qualities. Participants gain poise, positive body language and speak more easily.  

Guests are welcome to visit for free with no pressure to join.  

For more details, call 893-7918.
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Fall Fest Open House
LARGO – Pinecrest Place, a Brookdale Senior Living Community located at 1150 Eighth Ave. SW, will host Fall Fest Open House – Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. – Attendees will enjoy seasonal treats such as pumpkin pie and cinnamon ice cream.

During the event, guests will have an opportunity to tour residents’ homes for a firsthand look at the spacious floor plans.

RSVP is required by Oct. 20. To RSVP, call 581-8142.
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Master gardener clinics
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., will present master gardener plant clinics throughout the month of October on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Pinellas County master gardeners provide the free weekly gardening help desk. Residents are invited to bring plant samples and any questions regarding landscaping.

No registration is required. For additional information, call 784-3332, ext. 3006.
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Roger Day performance
SAFETY HARBOR – The award winning children’s performer, Roger Day, will perform at the Safety Harbor Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m., at 101 Second St. N., courtesy of Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Day’s energetic live show incorporates his trademark wit, whimsy and wordplay, all grounded in the joy of a powerful love and respect for children. He creates an imaginary world populated by pachyderms, sherpas, isopods, and mosquito burritos. He urges kids to reach their potential by using their bodies and brains, mind and muscle.

Visit www.rogerday.com.
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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 tslibrary@pplc.us.
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• Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Amendment 2 debate
GULFPORT – A debate on the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, or Amendment 2, is set Thursday, Oct. 23, noon, in Grant Hall at Stetson University College of Law, 4101 61st St. S.  

Attorney John Morgan will argue the merits of the initiative with former State Supreme Court justice Kenneth Bell, who has questioned whether the amendment might result in marijuana getting into the hands of children. Morgan is a proponent of the medical benefits of marijuana.  

The initiative is on the Nov. 4 ballot.  

TO RSVP, email events@law.stetson.edu. For more information, call 562-7381.
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Annual candlelight vigil
LARGO - Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will host the sixth annual candlelight vigil Thursday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 105 Central Park Drive.

The vigil is a time to remember those who have died as a result of drug and alcohol related overdose; help those who are currently living with addiction; and bring hope that the community working together can make a difference for the future.

The vigil will bring together a wide range of groups from the religious, government and private sectors of the community. Pinellas County School students also will attend. Attendees will hear the personal stories from the families of those who have lost loved ones to drug overdose or are struggling with addiction today.

For more information about the vigil, or to add your story and video to the memorial wall, contact Laurie Serra at 727-424-6906 or email nope.pinellas@gmail.com.

The event is being hosted by NOPE, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and Operation PAR in partnership with the LiveFree Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Pinellas County (livefree@operpar.org), among many other community partners.
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Garden tour
LARGO – Vegetable, herb a tropicals tours will be offered Thursdays, Oct. 2 and 23, 9 to 11 a.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road.

Participants will explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration areas in the Florida Botanical Gardens and learn about growing their own food. Tours are limited to groups of four to 16 people and recommended for adults only.

Tours are free but registration is required. Call 582-2100. Visit tinyurl.com /k78n7vq.
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