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SEMINOLE - For over a decade, since his retirement, James Swart has regularly met his friends at Seminole Mall.

The group sits in the same spot every day - at a table at the center of the mall, right in front of Stein Mart. Sometimes there are just a handful of them; sometimes their numbers swell to more than a dozen.

“It’s just someplace to sit,” he said. “You don’t have to buy anything, and we can catch up on things, talk about life, what we’re going to eat that night.”
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SEMINOLE - Councilor John Counts, who has served on the City Council for over a decade, has decided he won’t run for re-election this fall. He announced his decision at the July 22 council meeting.

Counts, a regional sales manager at BB&T bank, said his daughter plays competitive softball, which takes up a lot of his free time.

He first ran for City Council 12 years ago, and was unsuccessful in his bid two times in a row.
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SEMINOLE - During the July 22 City Council meeting, Seminole Councilor Patricia Plantamura addressed the council’s 6-1 censure vote against her at the July 8 meeting.

Plantamura called “the act of censure a theatrical distraction” from questions she’s asked City Manager Frank Edmunds that have gone unanswered. She said she sent Edmunds three letters in June and July. Edmunds has yet to respond, she said.
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SEMINOLE - A Passport Fair will be presented Saturday, Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Seminole post office station, 9355 113th St.

Appointments are not required. Customers are encouraged to show up early, as applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.
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Wednesday, July 23
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SEMINOLE - For nearly two years, city officials, business owners and residents have wondered what Seminole Mall’s new owners had in store for the former retail hub.

Even before the new owners, North American Development Group, came on board, for years the future of the declining mall, located at the high-traffic intersection of 113th Street and Park Boulevard, has been a giant question mark for the city.
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Tuesday, July 22
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SEMINOLE - As part of the grand opening ceremonies July 16 of the new Seminole Walmart, at 10237 Bay Pines Blvd., store executives donated $1,000 to city of Seminole Fire Rescue.

The money will be used to purchase smoke alarms for Seminole-area residents in need.

This donation is especially significant as the focus of Fire Safety Month this October is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives - Test Yours Every Month.”
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SEMINOLE - The city of Seminole is considering a proposed budget of $14,769,552 for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins Oct. 1.

This is a slight increase over last year’s budget of $14,646,868.

Mayor Leslie Waters, who joined the City Council in 2009, said the budget during her first year on council was around $18 million.
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SEMINOLE - At its July 8 meeting, the Semionle City Council voted 4-2 to reject an endorsement of Greenlight Pinellas.

Councilors Patricia Plantamura and Jim Quinn voted in favor of the transit plan.

The Greenlight Pinellas plan will expand the county’s bus service and includes building a light-rail system between St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The referendum will be on the Nov. 4 ballot and if approved would increase the county’s sales tax from 7 to 8 cents.
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SEMINOLE - So far, Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters’ yearlong food drive has been a great success, she said.

Her goal is to collect 18,739 items - that represents one item per Seminole resident - by the end of the year. All the food collected will go to the Interfaith Food Pantry. The food drive recently got a boost thanks to a $500 donation and $1,000 from the new Bay Pines Walmart.

“Hundreds of cans and generous contributions are rolling in from east, west, south and north parts of Seminole,” Waters said. “Our local grocers are helping, local business establishments are involved, Chamber members are challenging each other, and schools and churches have taken on this great opportunity to demonstrate Seminole city pride and generosity.”
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• Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Belleair Women’s Republican Club's candidates forum
BELLEAR – A forum for candidates for circuit court judgeships and Pinellas County School Board seats will be held at The Belleair Women’s Republican Club’s monthly meeting Friday, Aug. 1, at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The cost is $22. For reservations by July 29. Please call or email Pat Watts at 595-1791 or email wattsp7@aol.com or Sherrie Morton at sherriemorton@tampabay.rr.com. Attendees can pay at the door with a check or cash. The club does not accept credit cards. A forum featuring opposed 6th District Court judicial candidates and Pinellas County School Board candidates will be there.
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Chili’s Food & A Flick Blood Drive
Select Chili’s restaurants will host the Food & A Flick Blood Drive Friday, Aug. 1, 3 to 8 p.m. Donors receive a $5 Chili’s coupon, plus a voucher for a free movie ticket. For a complete list of locations, call 888-936-6283 or visit www.oneblood.org /chilis.

The following Pinellas locations will participate in the event: 5430 East Bay Drive, Clearwater; 13359 Seminole Blvd., Largo; 7250 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park; 40584 U.S. 19 N., Tarpon Springs; and 6798 Crosswinds Drive, St. Petersburg.

All donors also will receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org.
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Scottish American Society social gatherings
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.  

The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.   

Call 734 0757.
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• Saturday, Aug. 2, 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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Back-to-school blood drives
Select Walmart stores will host Back to School blood drives over the tax free weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card. For a complete list of Florida locations, visit www.oneblood.org /walmart or call 888-936-6283.  

The following Pinellas stores will participate on Aug. 2: 1111 Missouri Ave., Largo; 10238 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg; 23106 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater; 1794 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg;  and 3801 Tampa Road, Oldsmar.  

The following Pinellas stores will participate on Aug. 3: 2677 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater and 23106 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.  

All donors also will receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.  

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.
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Community garage sale
SEMINOLE –The Seminole Warhawk Marching Band Boosters will host a community garage sale, Saturday, Aug. 2, 7 a.m. to noon, in the parking lot of Seminole Middle School, 8701 131st St. This fundraiser supports the band. For more information, email farmerb@pcsb.org.  
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Indian Shores library book sale
INDIAN SHORES – The Indian Shores Library plans a book sale Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, offering books, magazines and puzzles in good condition. The sale will take place outside the Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd.  

To celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, the library staff is giving those who spend $5 an ice cream sandwich. A tall glass of lemonade will also be served to donors.  

For more information, call Alice Lawrence at 542-9742 or email pipers@tampabay.rr.com.
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Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping
ST. PETERSBURG – An Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping will be presented Saturday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.  

During this free two-hour program, UF/IFAS Extension agent Brian Niemann will provide information on the basics of Florida-Friendly Landscaping and composting.  

Registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.
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World Breastfeeding Week Family Picnic
PINELLAS PARK – The World Breastfeeding Week Family Picnic & Big Latch On 2014 will be Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, at Girls Inc. of Pinellas, 7700 61st St. N., Pinellas Park.

La Leche League of Pinellas County will sponsor the free event. The celebration will include a silent auction and raffles. Proceeds will help raise funds for annual LLL leader dues, books and print materials used to help mothers.

La Leche League is a nonprofit organization and all of its leaders are volunteers. The organization’s mission is to provide support, information and education to mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. Call 692-7009.
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• Sunday, Aug. 3, 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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