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The Seminole Chamber of Commerce installed its 2015 Board of Directors at a Jan. 16 luncheon at Freedom Square’s Roskamp Auditorium. Seated: Victor Adamo, immediate past chair; Jessica Price, treasurer; Sandy Hartmann, chair; Standing, from left, Gary Malanowksi, chair-elect; Eva Jones, Paul King, Phil Crow, Don Bates, Dean Doulou, Harold "Doc" Kinsey and Rick Griesheimer. Not pictured: Dr. Jim Olliver.
SEMINOLE - Mayor Leslie Waters gave her annual State of the City address at the Seminole City Council’s Jan. 13 meeting.

She said the city’s revenue forecast for fiscal year 2015, which began in October and runs through September of this year, is projected to see a slight increase - 2.5 percent.

She added that she’s “optimistic that fiscal year 2016 will improve our revenue picture” due to several development projects, such as the Bay Pines commercial and residential development, that are underway.
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Tuesday, January 13
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SEMINOLE - Mayor Leslie Waters has proposed a two-part, “red, white and blue” initiative for Seminole in hopes of it becoming “the most patriotic city in the county, maybe even the state,” she said.

In her mission statement, she wrote that the initiative is “a focused, multifaceted and manageable effort toward an enhanced awareness and communications of the display of our nation’s colors, appreciation of veterans, recognition of those who gave their all, and support of the men and women currently in uniform.”
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When Braxton Wacker discovered America’s Got Talent several years ago, he was immediately hooked. Most of all, he loved the magicians, whose showmanship embodied everything that drew him to the show.

So a year-and-a-half ago, Braxton, now 10, decided he’d not only learn magic, but that one day he’d make it onto the reality show himself.

Now, he has the chance to do just that. On Nov. 12, he and his mother joined nearly 2,000 other hopefuls at the Tampa Convention Center to audition for the show. By the end of the day, that number was whittled down to under 200. Braxton moved forward by wowing the producers with his card tricks and by turning five single-dollar bills into hundred-dollar bills. He’ll find out this spring if he’ll head to Las Vegas to perform for the judges on live television.
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SEMINOLE - The city of Seminole’s winter edition of the 2015 community newsletter is available at www.myseminole.com. Once at the website, click on the newsletter icon on the left side.

To have a newsletter emailed to you, email subscribe@myseminole.com.

Sustainability is one of the city’s priorities and one way to demonstrate that is to make the newsletter available online.
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Tuesday, January 6
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SEMINOLE - The 50th annual Mr. and Ms. Seminole awards banquet will take place Saturday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Harbourside’s Key West Center in Indian Rocks Beach.

Other honors presented that evening will include Boss of the Year, Business of the Year and the Merit Award.

“This is an awards banquet and the most prestigious is the Mr. and Ms. Seminole award, which is based on long-term and significant contributions to Seminole proper,” said Gretchen Cain, the chamber’s chief of operations. “They contribute to this community in a way that sets them apart from the things most people do in their every day life.”
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SEMINOLE - When “American Idol” kicks off its 14th season Wednesday, Jan. 7 and Thursday, Jan. 8, Seminole residents will be able to catch a glimpse of a familiar face.

Seminole High School sophomore Angela Rodriguez auditioned for the show this past summer, and her tryout will air at some point during the reality program’s initial auditions weeks.

The teen was last seen on Telemundo’s “La Voz Kids” in 2013. She made it into the show’s top 18 finalists and worked closely with Prince Royce, a Latin pop songwriter, musician and producer.
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Monday, December 29
SEMINOLE - At its Dec. 16 meeting, the Seminole City Council authorized City Manager Frank Edmunds to execute an ALS First Responder Business Associate Agreement with Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services Authority.

The agreement regards use, disclosure and security of protected health information. The PCEMSA asked the city to enter into the business agreement to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Seminole Fire Rescue, in its capacity as an EMS provider, generates and manages protected health information on a regular basis.

Voter turnout sees increase
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Monday, December 22
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SEMINOLE - When her children were young, Virginia Lydon created treasured family memories by decorating their living room mantle with lighted holiday miniatures.

They looked forward to their home display each year; it was just one more way to make the holiday special.

As her children grew, so did her hobby.

“It just got bigger and bigger,” she said.

Today, more than 30 years later, her holiday miniature collection includes thousands of items, spanning Dickensian, Victorian villages to trailer parks and modern suburbs.
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Florence Michalski, (nee Henry), 97, of Clifton, New Jersey, formerly of Seminole, Florida, passed away Dec. 17, 2014.

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Mrs. Michalski moved to Florida in 1950 and settled in Seminole. She resided there until returning to New Jersey to live with her sister and niece in Clifton.

Before her retirement, Mrs. Michalski was a Registered Nurse. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Carl Michalski, in 1999, and sister, Dolores Henry, in 1937. Survivors include her sister, Helen (Henry) O’Keefe, of Clifton; her niece, Dolores O’Keefe, of Clifton; and her nephew, Jim O’Keefe and his wife, Ann, of Ft. Garland, Colorado.
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• Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
Democratic Women’s Club meeting
SAFETY HARBOR – The Democratic Women’s Club of Upper Pinellas will meet Monday, Jan. 26, at Safety Harbor Library, 102 Second St. Guest speaker will be University of South Florida professor Susan A. MacManus.

Lunch is at 11 a.m., followed by the meeting at 11:45 a.m. Lunch is available for a $5 donation. For information, call Donna Dennis at 447-7380.
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Free Social Security workshop
ST. PETERSBURG – Cummings Financial Organization Inc. will host two free workshops on maximizing Social Security benefits at Azalea Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N. The workshops will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m.; and on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.

The workshops will be hosted by William Cummings CPA and Scott Russell. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to maximize Social Security benefits and how to avoid paying taxes on Social Security benefits.

To register for a workshop, call 866-453-7737. Light refreshments will be served.
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Senior Singles Friendship Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Senior Singles Friendship Club meets every Monday at 4:30 p.m. for dinner at a local restaurant.

Newcomers welcome.

For more information, email Estella at giterdun7571@hotmail.com.
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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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• Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Book signing
Meet New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey at the Safety Harbor Public Library on Jan. 27, 7 p.m., as he kicks off a tour for his latest novel in the Serge Storms saga, “Shark Skin Suite.” The library is located at 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor.

For more information, call 724-1525, ext. 4112.
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Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. 

On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations. 

Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
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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.

To help, contact Karena Morrison at 518-4659.
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Safe boating class
ST. PETE BEACH – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 has a 12-week continuous cycle of Safe Boating Program meetings Tuesdays, 7 p.m., in the Warren Webster Building, at 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.

Attendees can start at their convenience. New participants should arrive for their first class at 6:30 p.m. to register. Included in this program are detailed and illustrated materials that cover a variety of program topics.

The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship 14th edition 400-page manual. All materials will be included in the cost of the program, which is $45 per participant for 12 weeks. Cost is $60 for couples sharing the materials.

For information, call Jim at 360-4846, Warren at 321-7801 or Phil at 865-2226.
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Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting
SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St.

This personal development program is ideal for supervisors and other leaders, or those aspiring to learn vital leadership and communication skills.

Contact Dennis Hamel at 374-2612 or visit seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org for more information.
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Senior Luncheon
SEMINOLE – The city of Seminole will host its “Tropical Getaway” Senior Luncheon Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.

Charlie Morris will entertain the audience. The Clubhouse Restaurant will serve chicken piccata and mashed potatoes.

Tickets are $7 and must be purchased by Friday, Jan. 23. Recreation cards not required. For more information, call Kristyn Sabbag at 391-8345.
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