SEMINOLE - Congressman David Jolly, who represents Pinellas County’s District 13, was the guest speaker at the Seminole Chamber of Commerce’s Aug. 21 Business Power Luncheon at the St. Petersburg College - Seminole library conference center.
Jolly answered questions from attendees and touched upon a number of topics, including events that recently made national and global headlines - the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by ISIS, and the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police in Ferguson, Missouri.
“Regardless of our thoughts, somebody lost their life and another person is dealing with the fact that that life was lost at their own hands,” Jolly said when asked about the Ferguson shooting.
ST. PETERSBURG - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a burglary suspect who recently stole from a diner in unincorporated St. Petersburg.
According to detectives, the suspect was observed pulling into the parking lot of Doe Doe’s Diner, 9395 Bay Pines Blvd. in St. Petersburg, Saturday, Aug. 9, about 3:32 a.m.
The suspect exited the vehicle, took a bicycle from the bike rack and placed it in the bed of the truck, the sheriff’s report said. He then forcibly broke into the rear of the diner, took an undisclosed amount of money from the register and left.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Burglary/Pawn Unit arrested two suspects Aug. 25 in connection to a car burglary that occurred in the area of 74th Avenue and 125th Street in Seminole on Monday, July 28.
According to detectives, the two suspects were observed walking through a neighborhood just south of 74th Avenue and 125th Street in Seminole. The suspects were observed entering the cab of the truck and removing items from inside. The truck was unlocked at the time of the theft.
Detectives were able to identify the two suspects, 17-year-old Lukas Creech, 17, and Ronnie Romeo, 21, both of Seminole. They met with Creech and Romeo on Monday and both reportedly admitted to the allegations.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s Major Accident Team is investigating a fatality crash that occurred just after 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, on Bay Pines Boulevard. just west at 95th Street North in Seminole.
According to deputies, the driver of a 1999 Buick was traveling westbound on Bay Pines Boulevard at a high rate of speed. The driver then attempted to pass a vehicle on the right by driving on the right shoulder and sidewalk, which caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
The Buick then began to slide sideways, crossing the center median and striking a 2014 Toyota Prius, which was traveling eastbound on Bay Pines Boulevard. After hitting the Prius, the Buick came to a rest on the wall bordering the Bay Pines VA Hospital.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Seminole man Thursday, Aug. 21, in connection with a hit and run crash that happened Wednesday night.
About 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, a silver sedan was observed driving southbound on Seminole Boulevard. Randy K. Deane, 55, of Largo was driving a Harley Davidson northbound on Seminole Boulevard. The driver of the silver sedan made a left hand turn on to Baypines Boulevard in front of the Harley Davidson. The motorcycle struck the rear passenger side of the silver sedan. The sedan then continued driving down Baypines Boulevard.
Deane was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
SEMINOLE - Deputies assigned to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating a hit and run crash that occurred in the area of Seminole and Baypines boulevards in Seminole.
About 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, a silver sedan was observed driving southbound on Seminole Boulevard. Randy K. Deane, 55, of Largo was driving a Harley Davidson was northbound on Seminole Boulevard. The driver of the silver sedan made a left hand turn on to Baypines Boulevard in front of the Harley Davidson. The motorcycle struck the rear passenger side of the silver sedan. The sedan then continued driving down Baypines Boulevard.
Deane was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
SEMINOLE - More than a dozen political, business and civic leaders spoke out at the Aug. 12 City Council meeting to encourage City Manager Frank Edmunds to delay his retirement.
Overwhelmed by the support, Edmunds agreed to stay in his position an additional eight months and retire Sept. 1, 2015. At the June 10 City Council meeting, he announced that he’d retire Jan. 16, 2015 to spend more time with his family and with a grandson on the way.
SEMINOLE - Six years ago, Pat Bearry grew tired of his longtime career in law enforcement.
He’d moved to Seminole from Maryland a year earlier to take a job as a deputy sheriff in Manatee County and to remain close to his son, a football player at the University of South Florida. But the more he thought about it, the more he realized he wanted to do something he truly loved for a living; he wanted to get back to his roots.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Burglary/Pawn Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in locating four grand theft shoplifting suspects who stole merchandise from a Seminole department store.
A child was with the suspects at the time of the theft.
According to detectives, the four suspects entered the Burlington Coat Factory, 7351 113th St. N. in Seminole, at approximately noon on Sunday, June 15. The three female suspects were observed attempting to conceal the stolen items while the male suspect appeared to be a “look out” in the store and in the parking lot. The suspects had a male child with them at the time of the thefts.
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.
Qi Gong meditation classes ST. PETE BEACH – Weekly Qi Gong moving meditation classes are held Tuesdays, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the Warren Webster Center, 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.
The cost is $10 per class.
Classes are lead by acupuncture physician Joyce Lockwood who studied Qi Gong in China and
is certified as a Qi Gong practice leader in the U.S. through the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi.
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates slow graceful movements, breathing techniques and deep relaxation.
SEMINOLE - American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., offers a monthly spaghetti dinner 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.
Tampa Bay Women Speakers Toastmasters Club meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Tampa Bay Women Speakers Toastmasters Club 1427169 meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at The Centre of Palm Harbor, Room A, 1500 16th St., 7 to 8:30 p.m. The upcoming meetings are Dec. 3 and 17.
The group also has a social meeting every second and fourth Tuesday of the of the month at Sea Dogs Brewing Company, 26200 U.S. 19, Clearwater in a private room at 6:30 p.m. Come and mingle, socialize and eat dinner with fellow Toastmasters members and guests. The meeting is 7 to 8:30 p.m. The group will meet Dec. 10 only because the fourth Tuesday is Christmas Eve.
Alzheimer’s support group CLEARWATER – Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter will host a new, monthly support group for caregivers with a loved one with dementia who lives at home or in a facility which focuses on intimacy needs and concerns.
Beginning May 7, the group will meet first Wednesdays, 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the conference room at Alzheimer’s Association’s Clearwater office, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 709.
This support group will help caregivers come up with new relationship rituals and healthy alternatives for finding the care, hope, and intimacy every human being needs and deserves.
Heidi Crockett, MSW, will facilitate. Crockett is a geriatric care manager with Aging Care Advocates. She advocates for improved quality of life for seniors specifically on the subject of intimacy and has presented several seminars for professionals and caregivers including, “Sexual Concerns Associated with Dementia,” and “Intimacy as We Age: Loving our Loved Ones Safely.”
Clinical Nutrition & Exercise Guidance SAFETY HARBOR – Clinical Nutrition & Exercise Guidance for Healthy, Happy Bodies is coming to the Safety Harbor Rigsby Recreation Center, 605 Second St. N. on Wednesdays, Sept. 3 through Sept. 24, 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $60 for residents and $90 for nonresidents and is for ages 15 and older.
Over the course of this month-long program, Dr. Erin Flowers will focus on the relationship between nutrition and healthy functions of the body, individualized nutritional counseling, metabolism, supplement education and more. The class also includes individual nutrition counseling and progress evaluations.
Participants must preregister and by calling 724-1545.
GriefShare program SEMINOLE – A 13-week GriefShare program will begin Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Oakhurst United Methodist Church, 13400 Park Blvd.
A morning and evening program will be offered. For additional details, call 391-4767.