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SEMINOLE - The city of Seminole has launched Access MySeminole, the official platform for residents to access their government in a single location.

With this new tool, residents can submit, track and view nearby service requests through their smartphones, online, via phone and SMS. Residents can also use the in-app widgets to find information about events, public facilities, other city services and more.

To help the city reach all of its residents, the application supports 17 languages through its One Voice Translation feature. When a resident submits a request in their native language, it is automatically translated into English for elected officials. Subsequent updates on the request are automatically translated back into the resident’s native language to enable a seamless dialogue between the government and residents.
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SEMINOLE - A Clearwater woman was arrested about 4 a.m. Dec. 18 after reportedly slapping a 72-year-old woman who refused her Facebook friend request.

Rachel Anne Hayes, 27, was charged with felony aggravated battery on an elderly person. She was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Bond was set at $10,000.

According to the sheriff’s report, the incident occurred the evening of Dec. 17 at a private residence in Seminole.
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Tuesday, December 16
SEMINOLE - Primerica Group One, representing the owners of Seminole Mall, requested that the Seminole City Council contact the Pinellas County Commission to support the concept of property tax abatement for commercial retail redevelopments in the county.

At its Dec. 9 meeting, the council voted unanimously to take no action on the request.

Dale Johnson, Primerica’s director of development and construction, said the mall’s redevelopment will be “an economic driver for the city and the county” and the developers hoped “to approach all available sources, [including tax exemptions,] to make Seminole City Center all that it can be.”
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SEMINOLE - Mayor Leslie Waters will staff the Salvation Army Red Kettle Friday, Dec. 19, 5 to 7 p.m., at Publix, 7880 113th St.

Students from Indian Rocks Christian School will be ringing with her.

Mayor Waters invites residents to stop by to donate to the Salvation Army.
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Tuesday, December 9
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SEMINOLE - More than 200 people jammed into the one-time food court of the Seminole Mall Dec. 4 to hear about plans for its future. The mall, which is now mostly empty, has been a fixture in Seminole since 1965.

Primerica Group One, a Tampa-based company brought in to help with maintenance, management and redevelopment of the site, hosted the meeting for the mall’s owner, the North American Development Group. The developers hoped to gain support from area residents for plans to replace the indoor mall with Seminole City Center, an upscale outdoor mall, as well as for the property tax abatement they are requesting from Pinellas County.
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Saturday, December 6
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SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Largo man about 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Tripps Diner, 10555 Park Blvd. N. in Seminole.

According to the sheriff’s report, Dracius E. Coley, 36, was charged with kidnapping, two county aggravated assault, domestic battery by strangulation, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $515,150.
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Friday, December 5
SEMINOLE - Four people suffered serious injuries in a three-vehicle crash that occurred about 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, on Bryan Dairy Road near Starkey Road.

Arman H. Mouradian, 20, of Pinellas Park was traveling eastbound in a 2014 Nissan on Bryan Dairy Road, west of Starkey Road, and was making a lane change from the center lane to the inside lane just before the crash.

Frank C. Berni, 20, of Tampa was traveling westbound in a 2004 Toyota on Bryan Dairy Road, west of Starkey Road, in the inside lane. Meghan S. Eveland, 17, of Seminole also was traveling westbound in a 2001 Honda on Bryan Dairy Road, west of Starkey Road in the center lane.
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Tuesday, December 2
SEMINOLE - In a 3-2 vote at its Nov. 25 meeting, the Seminole City Council reappointed Councilor Thomas Barnhorn as vice mayor.

Barnhorn narrowly defeated Councilor Chris Burke, who missed the meeting because he was out of town and therefore was unable to participate in the vote. Councilor Patricia Plantamura left the meeting early because she was ill and also didn’t cast a vote.

Barnhorn and Burke nominated themselves for the position of vice mayor at the council’s Nov. 18 meeting. In a vote at that meeting, Barnhorn won 4-3.
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SEMINOLE - Residents can get in the holiday spirit at the 10th annual Seminole Holiday Illuminated Night Parade Sunday, Dec. 7.

The parade will proceed down 113th Street from the Seminole Mall at the intersection of Park Boulevard to the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N., starting at 6:30 p.m.

More than 50 participants, ranging from local businesses and community organizations to high school marching bands, twirlers and dance troupes are expected at this annual event co-sponsored by the city and the Seminole Chamber of Commerce. An honor guard from American Legion Post 252 will lead the parade. The grand finale will be Santa Claus on the chamber-sponsored float.
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Maxine R. Baker, age 89, passed away on to her heavenly home on Nov. 19, 2014 in Massillon, Ohio.

She was born in Canton, Ohio on March 12, 1925 to Floyd and Della Robinson.

Maxine was a Florida resident for 60 years and loved being a Floridian.
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• Saturday, Dec. 20, 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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Christmas parade
LARGO – Downtown Largo’s fourth annual holiday celebration, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade,” is Saturday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m.

The Greater Largo Merchants Association is hosting the event this year. The parade will end on First Avenue Southwest. The festivities will continue with food from food trucks, hosted by Generation Food Truck.

To participate in this event, contact Commissioner Jamie Robinson at jarobins@largo.com or at 692-1240.
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Clearwater Ostomy Support Group meeting
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Ostomy Support Group Chapter 4 meets third Saturdays, 1:30 p.m., at the Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Building, 455 Pinellas St., Suite 100, Clearwater.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other ostomates, discuss problems or talk about experiences they have encountered with their ostomate. Meetings alternate between speakers and roundtables. Tables are set up according to one’s particular ostomate and the information from one person to another is invaluable.

The group will next meet on Saturday, Jan. 17. There is no cost for meetings.

For information, call Terri at 726-7336.
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Holiday Lights in the Gardens
LARGO – The 14th annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event will be run Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Parking is available at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road.

The gardens are magically transformed into a star-studded venue of more than 750,000 twinkly LED lights daily from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

A stroll through the shining gardens has become a tradition for visitors from both near and far as they are wowed by colorful lasers, animated figures and entertainers at this festive celebration of the holiday season.

A donation of $4 is requested for visitors 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free. For information, call 582-2147 or visit www.flbg.org.
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Socrates Cafés
CLEARWATER – The East Library, 2251 Drew St., is hosting a monthly Socrates Café, which are free forums that are open to the public. Attendees will get a brain workout, which research has shown is as important as exercise is for the body.  

The Cafés are set for Saturdays, Feb. 8, March 15, April 19, May 10, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20, 2 to 4 p.m.  

Participants choose a philosophical topic and then use Socratic dialogue – a question and answer debate technique developed by the Greek philosopher – to examine the topic. There are no prerequisites or additional preparation required.  

Socrates Cafés came into being through writer-philosopher Christopher Phillips who said that people learn more by asking questions in social groups. In his book, “Socrates Café: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy,” he advocates using the Socratic method of philosophical dialogue in open-invitation forums to understand truth.
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Tarpon Springs Market
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Market opens Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continues Saturdays through June 27, 2015, rain or shine.

Due to a scheduling conflict with both the primary and alternate locations, the market will be closed on Nov. 22.

The market will feature ethnic food, imports, crafts and a variety of entertainment. Fresh locally grown organic produce and locally caught seafood also will be offered when in season and available. Parking and admission are free.

The primary location is in the downtown shopping district of Tarpon Springs at the corner of Pinellas Avenue (Alt. U.S. 19) and Tarpon Avenue. The alternate location is Craig Park at South Spring Boulevard and Pineapple Street for those weekends with other events scheduled in the Mother Meres lot.  

Visit www.tarponspringsmarket.com.
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• Sunday, Dec. 21, 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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Farmer’s market
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Farmer’s Market will take place on the first and third Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pop Stansell Park, 797 Florida Ave.

The market will run from November through April.

Featured items will include natural and organic fruits, vegetables, soaps, foods and much more, including a variety of locally produced foods.

Vendor spaces are limited, and can be applied for at www.csapalmharbor.org /market.

CSA Palm Harbor is a part of the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency, the entity providing leisure services to the unincorporated residents of Palm Harbor, East Lake, Ozona and Crystal Beach.
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Holiday Lights in the Gardens
LARGO – The 14th annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event will be run Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Parking is available at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road.

The gardens are magically transformed into a star-studded venue of more than 750,000 twinkly LED lights daily from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

A stroll through the shining gardens has become a tradition for visitors from both near and far as they are wowed by colorful lasers, animated figures and entertainers at this festive celebration of the holiday season.

A donation of $4 is requested for visitors 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free. For information, call 582-2147 or visit www.flbg.org.
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• Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
Holiday Lights in the Gardens
LARGO – The 14th annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event will be run Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Parking is available at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road.

The gardens are magically transformed into a star-studded venue of more than 750,000 twinkly LED lights daily from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

A stroll through the shining gardens has become a tradition for visitors from both near and far as they are wowed by colorful lasers, animated figures and entertainers at this festive celebration of the holiday season.

A donation of $4 is requested for visitors 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free. For information, call 582-2147 or visit www.flbg.org.
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