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Seminole Beacon
Deontavius Gary and Samantha Redett are crowned Seminole High's Homecoming King and Queen for the 2014-15 school year Sept. 12.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Burglary/Pawn Unit have arrested three shoplifting suspects who stole merchandise from a Seminole department store in June.

According to detectives assigned to the Burglary/Pawn Unit, three women entered the Burlington Coat Factory, 7351 Seminole Blvd. in Seminole, at about noon Sunday, June 15. They were observed attempting to conceal the stolen items while walking out of the store.

Dominuque Adams, 27, was arrested Sept. 10. Ashley Simmons, 22, and Kendra Adams, 28, were arrested Sept. 17. All three have St. Petersburg addresses. They were each charged with one count of grand theft.
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Tuesday, September 16
ST. PETERSBURG - Detectives assigned to the Burglary/Pawn Unit are seeking the public’s assistance to locating two grand theft shoplifting suspects who stole a kayak from a St. Petersburg Walmart store.

According to Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives, the suspects were dropped off in front of the Walmart at 10237 Bay Pines Blvd. in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Sept. 7, at about 1:23 p.m.
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SEMINOLE - Edward and Vivian Lurie took the Seminole City Council by surprise at its Sept. 10 meeting by offering the city a $500,000 grant to build a multi-purpose facility to permanently house the Seminole Chamber of Commerce as well as to provide meeting and storage space for major civic organizations, such as the Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions and Women’s clubs.

The stipulation is that the facility would have to be built on city property and managed by city government.

In an interview, Chamber president Roger Edelman said he’s heard the future home of Waterfront Park, an 8-acre lot located at 10400 Park Blvd. next to Home Depot, is tentatively being considered for the project.
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SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council gave a tentative green light to the millage rate and various city budgets for fiscal year 2015 at its Sept. 10 meeting, passing separate ordinances regarding budgets and millage rate following their first readings and public hearings.

The millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year is slated to remain at 2.4793 - as it has been for the last eight years.

“The trend started way back in the nineties,” said Harry Kyne, director of administration. “This is the eighth year in the same rate and there hasn’t been a rate increase since 1996.”
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SEMINOLE - The Florida League of Cities has appointed Vice Mayor Thom Barnhorn to serve on the 2014-2015 Finance and Taxation and Personnel Legislative Policy Committee.

"Municipal officials are the driving force behind the League’s legislative success. In addition to setting the legislative priorities, the League’s policy committee members help to provide League staff with a better understanding of the real world implications of proposed legislation,” said FLC Legislative Director Scott Dudley. “We appreciate their willingness to serve, as well as the time, energy and dedication that goes into developing a policy direction for our legislative efforts.”

Barnhorn has served on the Seminole City Council for eight years and seven years with the FLC.
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Monday, September 15
ST. PETERSBURG - Detectives assigned to the Burglary/Pawn Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a grand theft-shoplifting suspect who stole merchandise from a St. Petersburg Walmart store.

According to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the theft occurred about 4:47 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Walmart located at 10237 Bay Pines Blvd. in St. Petersburg.
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Friday, September 12
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a man Sept. 11 on an Iowa warrant for sexual abuse-child. The victims were a 14-year-old female and 16-year-old female that were known to the suspect.

The crime occurred at undisclosed location in Tama County, Iowa.

Pinellas County detectives began their investigation on Thursday, Sept. 11, after they were contacted by the Tama County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa, requesting assistance with their investigation.
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Tuesday, September 9
SEMINOLE - On Sept. 5, Brenda Dannewitz, Osceola Middle School’s longtime chorus teacher, and several other teachers sorted through items in the school’s time capsule - old T-shirts with the OMS’ original insignia, decades-old copies of the school newspaper Chief’s Chatter, a locker organizer made by a woodworking student.

“We looked through things and laughed at things and talked about hairdos and music,” Dannewitz said. “It was a lot of fun.”
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SEMINOLE - Curves International Inc., a chain of fitness centers for women, recently announced that participating Curves will host an open house the week of Sept. 15-20, and new members can receive 30 days free with enrollment fee, in addition to a free workout. Some restrictions apply.

The open house week provides women with the opportunity to check out their local “all new” Curves and take some important “me time.”

During the open house week, new members will have the opportunity to work out free on the Curves circuit, including experiencing Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels, which are full body workouts that change each month. Those who join that day will receive 30 days free on their membership. In addition, participating Curves locations will offer free health assessments, healthy snacks and other raffles and giveaways in celebration of the open house.
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Tuesday, September 2
SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council voted unanimously Aug. 26 to execute the 2014 Emergency Medical Services ALS First Responder Agreement with the Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services Authority.

“For a good number of years now Pinellas County has worked with various providers to come to an agreement,” City Manager Frank Edmunds said. “It meets the satisfaction of Pinellas County as well as most, if not all, of the providers.”

Seminole Fire Rescue is currently working under an extension agreement with the EMS Authority. This “long-awaited” three-year contract includes an option to renew it another two years, said Edmunds, and will bring around $187,000 into the city over the three-year period. This is more than the city originally submitted in its fiscal year 2015 budget to the county, “so it’s financially to our benefit,” he added.
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• Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Aging program
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Library, located at 2330 Nebraska Ave., will host a program on Friday, Sept. 19, 1 to 3 p.m., featuring the Advanced Aging Empowerment Gang (AAEG).

A second program is planned Friday, Oct. 17.

The facilitator will be Audrey Lederman, who holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a Master of Education. She has taught gifted students for 31 years.

Registration is required. Please register online at palmharborlibrary.org or call 784-3332, ext. 3006.
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MOAA luncheon meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The St. Petersburg chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet for its next luncheon on Friday, Sept. 19, at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park.

Social hour will start at 11 a.m. followed by lunch and a short program. Military officers that are retired, active duty or former officers and their spouses or widows are invited to attend.

For reservations, call Pauline Edwards at 360-2936.

The group meets for lunch on third Fridays.  
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National POW/MIA Recognition Day
SEMINOLE – National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be observed Friday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m., at Chapel on the Hill, 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole.

There will be a ceremony simulating the hanging dog tags that is in the National Museum in Chicago. Dinner will be catered and a patriotic concert will follow.

Tickets are $20 and must be purchased by Sept. 16 so the caterer can be informed of the final count. For information, call 391-2919.
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Pinellas County Walk Like MADD 5K and MADD Dash 5K Run
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host the 5th annual Pinellas County Walk Like MADD 5K and MADD Dash 5K Run Friday, Sept. 19.  

Sponsored by Bright House Networks, the family-oriented event will be held on Indian Rocks Beach with festivities beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until 9 p.m.  

Event planners hope to raise $35,000 to help further MADD’s mission to eliminate drunk driving, support the victims and families of DUI crashes, and prevent underage drinking. The event also strives to rally support for MADD’s educational programs and victim services in Pinellas and Pasco counties.

All proceeds raised from the event remain in the community to further MADD’s life-saving mission of supporting and educating local families and youth on the tragic effects of drunk driving.

Participation is open to the public, and team participation by corporations, churches, and schools is encouraged. Registration is $15 for participants ages 5 to 21 and $20 for those ages 21 and over and includes a T-shirt and participation in the food, fun, and festivities.

Event guests can expect great food from local restaurants and a musical performance by a surprise guest.  

For more information about the walk, please visit www.walklikemadd.org /pinellas.
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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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Sunset Market
LARGO – Sunset Market is open every Friday through May, 3 to 7 p.m., in Largo Central Park’s parking lot No. 1, at southwest corner of East Bay and Central Park drives.

Vendors will offer vegetables, fruits, raw local honey, herbal teas and wild-caught seafood as well as organic body products, essential oils, arts and crafts. The focus will be on produce and organic products with about 40 percent of the market dedicated to art and craft vendors.

The market offers several ways for commercial business to advertise as well as two free spaces per market reserved for nonprofit entities.

For more information, contact Jennifer McCafferty at 813-846-1316 or jennifer@jens-market.com.
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Tarpon Springs High School homecoming parade
TARPON SPRINGS – Tarpon Springs High School will march through town Friday, Sept. 19, in its annual homecoming parade. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., floats, cars and marching bands will trek down Lemon Street, Levis Avenue, Tarpon Avenue, Pinellas Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

These roads along the parade route will be temporarily closed from 4 to 7 p.m. for set-up and cleanup. The Tarpon Springs Police Department will be on hand for crowd and traffic control.
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• Saturday, Sept. 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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Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Show
LARGO – The Armed Forces History Museum welcomes the First Responders Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Show Saturday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 2050 34th Way N.

First responders from Pinellas and Hillsborough counties will compete to be crowned chili champs. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 12.

The afternoon will be filled with all the chili you can sample, classic cars, a Budweiser beer truck, a cupcake truck, hot dogs and snacks, World War II M8 vehicle rides, virtual simulator rides, museum tours and a live DJ from Rhino Cubes. Event sponsors are Great Bay Distributors/Budweiser, Shasta, Rip It Beverages, Little Greek Restaurants, Let’s Roll Promotions, Q105 and WQYK.

The events acts as a fundraiser for the museum’s community outreach, veteran and youth education programs.

Tickets can be purchased at www.armedforcesmuseum.com, by calling 539-8371 or in person at the museum.
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Daddy-Daughter dance
LARGO – The Largo Community Center will host the 37th annual Daddy Daughter Date Night Saturday, Sept. 20, 5 to 8 p.m., at 400 Alt. Keene Road.

This year’s theme is “Fiesta, Fiesta.” Fathers and daughters of all ages will enjoy a night of dinner, dancing and games. Girls will be able to design maracas and try their hand at a piñata.

This year, the event will cost less: only $39 per couple and $12 for each additional daughter. Tickets for this event are now on sale and can be purchased at any of the city’s recreation facilities.

For more information, visit LargoEvents.com or call 587-6740, ext. 5014.
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