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SEMINOLE - Hundreds of bikers turned out for Screwie Louie’s Porpoise Pub’s inaugural Flowers for Phoebe scholarship benefit Feb. 22.

More than $4,000 was raised during the event, which was organized to honor the life of 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck.

On Jan. 8, Phoebe died when her father allegedly threw her from St. Petersburg’s Dick Misener Bridge on the Sunshine Skyway’s northern approach.
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SEMINOLE - At the start of the Feb. 24 Seminole City Council meeting, Mayor Leslie Waters announced that the city has hired a new city clerk.

Patty Beliveau, who previously served as executive assistant to the city manager and the City Council, has filled in as acting city clerk in recent months and has stepped up to fill the position permanently.

“She has great experience with the city,” Waters said. “So we are very pleased that (she) is now our clerk.”
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SEMINOLE - Fans of the Seminole High School Warhawks marching band will be able to support the program while getting a chance to win a new car.

The Kiwanis Club of Seminole is sponsoring a car raffle that will benefit the band. The drawing will be held Sunday, March 15, 4 p.m., at the Pow Wow Festival.

The winner of the raffle will get to choose between a 2015 Chrysler 200, 2015 Dodge Dart and 2015 Jeep Cherokee Sport, which will be provided by Suncoast Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM. The first runner-up will receive a gold and diamond Rhythm of Love pendant (valued at $1,050) and the second runner-up will receive a week in Cape Cod (valued at $800; accommodations only).
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SEMINOLE - The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast will have its 34th annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast during the city of Seminole’s 47th annual Pow Wow Festival on Saturday, March 14.

Since the group started the pancake tradition more than 30,000 pancakes have been served.

Breakfast will include all the pancakes you can eat in two different flavors, a choice of toppings, sausage and beverage (orange juice, coffee or milk). 
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SEMINOLE - The Kiwanis Club of Seminole will offer its 31st annual Every Child A Swimmer program April 10-30 at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex parking lot, 9100 113th St. N.

The program is designed for children ages 5 through 11 (kindergarten through fifth grade). Sign-up and swim evaluation is on Friday, April 10, 4:30 p.m., at the recreation complex. Bring a swimming suit and towel.

Classes will start at 4:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The program is free of charge, and is limited to 40 children (20 per class). Previous participants will not be accepted.
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Tuesday, February 24
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SEMINOLE - Kitson & Partners broke ground on the final retail component of its 60-acre mixed-use development at Bay Pines Feb. 19.

Two leases have already been executed for the 9,100-square-foot building. Starbucks and Jimmy John’s will move into the retail space once construction is completed in the third quarter of this year.

Matt Buehler, the development’s property manager, said Super Cuts is about to sign a lease as well and negotiations are underway with AT&T.
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Tuesday, February 17
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SEMINOLE - Debbie Arnold remembers Jan. 8 all too well. The Largo Police Department dispatcher was on duty, working the graveyard shift, when the calls came in over the radio.

A man being pursued by police had stopped on St. Petersburg’s Dick Misener Bridge, on the Sunshine Skyway’s northern approach, and shortly after midnight dropped a child over the side into the cold, murky water below.
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SEMINOLE - At its Feb. 10 meeting, the Seminole City Council authorized city staff to begin negotiations on a development agreement with the owners of the Seminole Mall for redevelopment of the property.

North American Development Group, which purchased the mall at the end of 2012, and Tampa-based Primerica Group One/Primerica Development, which NADG teamed up with for maintenance and management of the property, presented their plan to turn the once-thriving retail location into Seminole City Center, an outdoor mall, at the July 22 council meeting.

Mall owners recently submitted an official proposal to the city for the property’s redevelopment. After reviewing the proposal, city staff determined that a development agreement would be required to develop the property as proposed.
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Tuesday, February 10
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SEMINOLE - The 50th annual Mr. and Ms. Seminole awards banquet was held Feb. 7 at Holiday Inn Harbourside in Indian Rocks Beach.

Dr. Stephen Nickse, a volunteer with the Seminole Chamber of Commerce who organizes its annual Kids Appreciation Day, was named Mr. Seminole for 2015.

“I was shocked,” he said. “I was surprised and humbled.”

His father, Wally Nickse, is a past Mr. Seminole winner, making the father and son the first legacy of the award.
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• Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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.”  

Call Peggy Macaluso at 578-2558 or email macalusop@alzflgulf.org.
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Belleair Besties meeting
BELLEAIR – Belleair Besties, a new networking group, will meet Wednesday, March 4, 4 p.m., at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, 1501 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair.

The event will feature appetizers, drink specials and networking. To RSVP, email Gerri Fortino at gfortino@belleviewbiltmoregolf.com.
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City Power Toastmasters Club meeting
ST. PETERSBURG – The City Power Toastmasters Club, a nonprofit communication and leadership club, meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, One Fourth St. N., Sixth Floor, Room 600.  

The club teaches self-confidence and skills to help listen, think, speak and gain leadership qualities. Participants gain poise, positive body language and speak more easily.  

Guests are welcome to visit for free with no pressure to join.  

For more details, call 893-7918.
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Florida Native Plant Society meeting
CLEARWATER – The Florida Native Plant Society will meet Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane.

The speaker will be Rosalind Rowe, environmental specialist with Florida Park Service. Rowe will discuss the botany projects in the southwest district of the FPS. She also will offer a tour of the herbaria, discuss highlights of current fieldwork – surveying, monitoring and exotics management – and talk about challenges for conservation.

For information, call 452-3499.
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Good Samaritan Lent experiment
PINELLAS PARK – Good Samaritan Church, 6085 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, will observe Lent this year with a seven-week experiment.

Each week participants go to the church for prayer and discussion, looking at Jesus’ teachings. Each person will choose one seven-day faith experiment, putting one of these teachings into practice. The following week they return to share what was learned and experienced.

There are two opportunities to participate: Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Feb. 18 through April 1; or Thursdays, 10 a.m., Feb. 19 through April 2.

It is not necessary to attend Good Samaritan to participate in this unusual experience. Those interested in giving this spiritual experiment a try should call 544-8558 for additional information and to register.
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Largo Toastmasters meeting
LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 invites new members to its weekly meeting on Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo.

The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.

A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.

For more information, call John Rouisse at 488-8010 or email johnrouisse@yahoo.com.
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• Thursday, March 5, 2015
Good Samaritan Lent experiment
PINELLAS PARK – Good Samaritan Church, 6085 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, will observe Lent this year with a seven-week experiment.

Each week participants go to the church for prayer and discussion, looking at Jesus’ teachings. Each person will choose one seven-day faith experiment, putting one of these teachings into practice. The following week they return to share what was learned and experienced.

There are two opportunities to participate: Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Feb. 18 through April 1; or Thursdays, 10 a.m., Feb. 19 through April 2.

It is not necessary to attend Good Samaritan to participate in this unusual experience. Those interested in giving this spiritual experiment a try should call 544-8558 for additional information and to register.
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Indian Rocks Beach Library story time
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Story time resumes again at the Indian Rocks Beach Library. The program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Children of all ages are invited.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall. The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project. For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
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