SEMINOLE - The Seminole Chamber of Commerce honored several of the community’s top business and civic leaders at the city’s most prestigious awards ceremony March 1.
For the first time in several years, the Mr./Ms. Seminole banquet was held separately from the Chamber’s installation event. This year’s event took place at Holiday Inn Harbourside in Indian Rocks Beach.
Joto’s Pizza founder Fred Zinda took home the top award of the evening and was named the 2014 Mr. Seminole.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two Largo men Thursday, March 6, in connection with a stabbing of two residents at a home on Flame Vine Avenue in Seminole.
At about 3 a.m. deputies responded to the home due to reports of two people stabbed in the driveway of their residence.
During the investigation, deputies found out that two men had approached Kenneth Poling, 48, and his sister Kelly, 48, in the driveway of their residence and asked for a ride home. When they refused to provide the ride, the meeting became confrontation, eventually leading to the stabbing of both brother and sister.
SEMINOLE - With the Pow Wow Parade and Festival set for this weekend, Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9, the Seminole City Council handled last-minute agreements and contracts associated with the annual event at its Feb. 25 meeting.
The council approved performer engagement contracts for the musical acts scheduled to take the stage over the three-day weekend. The following acts had contracts approved: Rebekah Reid, $150; Sean and the Riders, $150; the Troy Duncan Band, $600; the Arthur Z Band, $300; Frank Cannon, $200; and Sounds of Soul, $1,500.
Councilor Jim Quinn pointed out that the event’s sponsors fund these performances.
SEMINOLE - Though they lost in the second round of the state playoffs to Northport High School, it’s been the biggest year for Seminole High School boys’ basketball since the 1980s; for the first time in 26 years, the Warhawks brought home the 7A-9 district title.
With a record of 20-4, Coach Josh Walker says the only record better than that was earned in the 1960s, when the team ended the season 21-3.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an apparent accidental shooting in Seminole that occurred at about 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, at a private residence located on 134th Way North in Seminole.
According to detectives, the victim, 14-year-old Andrew Mills and his friend 16-year-old Matthew Emerick came to Matthew’s home after baseball practice on Sunday afternoon. While they were in the house, Matthew came into a room where Andrew was to show him a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle. While Matthew was showing Andrew the rifle, he accidentally shot Andrew in the abdomen. Andrew was transported to a local hospital via Bayflite with non-life threatening injuries.
No adults were home at the time of the incident. No charges will be filed against the teen.
SEMINOLE - Members from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, living in the Seminole Ward, recently received a new Bishopric.
Bishop Alex Patrick, first counselor Richard Flora and second counselor Victor Pavone were sustained by the ward members as the new bishopric.
A bishop is the leader of a local congregation - known as a ward - with duties similar to those of a pastor, priest or rabbi. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this position is unpaid and typically last around five years. Each bishop is assisted by two counselors. Together, this bishopric oversees the spiritual and social needs of their ward members, and helps bring each member of the congregation closer to Jesus Christ.
SEMINOLE - Fashion Seal Healthcare, a brand of Superior Uniform Group, recently announced two promotions. Bruce Riggins has been promoted to vice president of sales. Leslie Kogelmann has been promoted to vice president of operations.
With the promotion, Riggins will lead the management and implementation of uniform apparel programs for health system organizations.
Kogelmann will be responsible for building the support infrastructure needed to keep up with the growing demands of the healthcare industry while continuing to act as director of customer excellence for Superior Uniform Group.
Car and Truck Show benefit TREASURE ISLAND – American Legion Post 158 plans its second annual Car and Truck Show benefit Saturday, March 8 on Treasure Island Beach behind Gulf Front Park.
The event will feature about 200 cars and trucks.
To help out with sponsorship or for more information, call Greg Tong at 235-1784.
Indian Rocks Beach Greenfest
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The seventh annual Indian Rocks Beach Greenfest will be Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 200 24th Ave. The festival will feature eco-friendly vendors, art, jewelry, live music, food, beer and wine.
COTI Community Christian School, Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty, CYMplify, Crabby Bills, Tampa Bay Newspapers and Crunchy Mama will sponsor this community event celebrating all things earth friendly.
Lupus support group meeting
LARGO – The Living with Lupus support group meets second Saturdays at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 13255 118th St. N., Largo.
Sponsored by the Lupus Foundation of Florida, this group is a place where attendees can speak freely about the challenges of living with lupus with others who are facing the similar struggles and challenges. Family and friends are welcome.
For information, call 585-7381.
Managing pests in the vegetable garden
ST. PETERSBURG – A program on managing pests in the vegetable garden will be offered Saturday, March 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.
Urban Horticulture agent Theresa Badurek will explain how to manage Florida vegetable gardens in a safe and environmentally friendly way. Attendees will learn about integrated pest management, scouting for garden pests, harmful and beneficial insects and common weeds.
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole will hold its 33rd annual Pancake Day on Saturday, March 8, 7 to 11 a.m., during the city of Seminole’s 46th annual Pow Wow Festival, at the Seminole Recreation Center auditorium, 9100 113th St. N.
Breakfast will include all the pancakes you can eat in two different flavors, a choice of toppings, sausage and beverage (fresh orange juice, coffee or milk).
There will be live entertainment during breakfast. Free books for children of all ages will be distributed.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 5- to 10-years-old. Children 4 and younger eat for free. Tickets can be purchased at First Home Bank in Seminole by contacting Charlene Jasmin 399-5602, or at the door.
Poker night and silent auction
PINELLAS PARK – The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 3451 63rd Ave. N., will host a poker night and silent auction Saturday, March 8, 5 to 11 p.m. Admission is free; $10 per person for the clam/seafood bake.
Funds raised will benefit Alzheimer’s organizations.
Call 527-2896 for more information.
Scrapbookers Anonymous Group meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Scrapbookers Anonymous Group meets second Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at St. Giles Episcopal Church, 8271 52nd St. N.
Attendees will enjoy a “fun day of cropping and sharing,” according to a press release. Everyone is welcome – particularly those who have not been involved in scrapbooking previously. There will be plenty of people sharing information and equipment. Attendees should bring a bag lunch or join the group for a take-out.