CLEARWATER - The Great Recession has taken a toll on youth sports programs in unincorporated Pinellas. Representatives from Seminole attended the July 21 County Commission meeting to ask for help.
“We used to get maintenance funding and grants, but we’ve received no money in the last seven years,” Arrow Woodard, a volunteer for the Seminole Junior Warhawks, told commissioners. “We have survived with registration fees and sponsorships.”
Her husband, Matt Woodard, is president of the baseball program. Arrow and Matt are not related to County Administrator Mark Woodard.
Hundreds of volunteers, including parents, keep the program going, Arrow Woodard told the seven commissioners. The volunteers serve as coaches, take care of as much maintenance as time and money allows, but it is not enough. For example, the old wood light poles are at the end of their life and not safe, Woodard said. Besides the light poles, there are holes that cause a tripping hazard and they have problems with ants.
Woodard asked commissioners to reinstate the $145,000 that was budgeted for youth sports in unincorporated areas in the past.
SEMINOLE - For the past three years, Seminole Lake Rotarian Dave Buzza has annually donated 50 or more backpacks to children at the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Centre, an orphanage in Belize City, Belize.
Buzza, who obtains the backpacks through his company Leather Medics, delivers them via Belize Hope, a nonprofit that assists needy children in the South American country. He discovered the organization when one of its board members, Beverly Fisher, spoke at a Rotary Club of Seminole Lake meeting three years ago.
SEMINOLE - Wawa has approached the city in hopes of opening a new gas station at 8800 Park Blvd.
The City Council expressed initial approval of the project at its July 14 workshop session. The next step is for the council to vote at a future business meeting whether to allow the city manager to enter into development negotiations with Wawa.
The site, the former Lincoln Tech building, is located on the southeast corner of Park Boulevard and Park Street. To the east of the building are Winn-Dixie, Dogfish Tackle and Subway, while on the other side of the site is a Shell gas station. Two entrances - one from Park Street, the other from Park Boulevard - are planned for the Wawa gas station.
SEMINOLE - Two Cousins Pizzeria recently opened its doors at 9277 Seminole Blvd.
After serving the Largo area from 1981 to 1991 at Giardino Di Italia, from 2007 to 2010 at La Pizza Mia and from 2011 to 2014 at Café Europa, Carlo and Marilena Conti have returned to their roots as owners of Two Cousins Pizzeria. The Conti family will be serving authentic Italian food and pizza.
Hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. Delivery is available.
SEMINOLE - St. Justin, Martyr Catholic Church recently announced the arrival of a new pastor, the Rev. Gerald Hendry.
Hendry is quite pastoral and has an in-depth knowledge of the saints. He was previously assigned to St. Cecelia, St. Patrick and St. Catherine of Siena, in the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
All are invited to meet Hendry after mass. Masses are scheduled for Saturdays, 4 p.m.; Sundays, 8:45 and 10:45 a.m.; and weekdays, 8:30 a.m. The church also presents mass in Portuguese on Sundays, 7 p.m.
SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council selected Trask Metz & Daigneault LLP as the new city attorney at its July 14 meeting. The firm will replace John Elias when he retires Aug. 3.
The council chose TMD over Unice Salzman Jensen, PA, the other finalist for the position, in a four to three ballot vote. The council had interviewed each firm prior to the July 14 business meeting. Following the ballot vote, the council unanimously voted to request a letter of engagement with TMD.
TMD, a Clearwater-based firm, specializes in Florida real estate, probate and estate planning, and governmental law. The firm’s start date will immediately follow the next business meeting, which is July 28.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County is hosting a neighborhood meeting to provide information about an intersection improvement study in Seminole on Thursday, July 30, 5 to 7 p.m., in the gymnasium of Seminole High School, 8401 131st St. N.
The meeting will include information about the intersection improvement preliminary engineering study, which includes three intersections and the adjoining roads at 131st Street North and 82nd Avenue North; 131st Street North and 86th Avenue North; and 125th Street North and 86th Avenue North.
The adjoining roads provide access to four schools: Bauder Elementary School, Seminole Middle School, Seminole High School and the Career Academies of Seminole.
SEMINOLE - Bravo Center for the Arts, a non-profit summer and after-school theater programs for children 6 to 17, presents its Let’s Go to the Movies Revue Thursday, July 23, 2 and 7 p.m., at Oakhurst United Methodist Church, 13400 Park Blvd.
The performance include songs from “Frozen,” “High School Musical,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Les Miserables,” “Into the Woods” and more.
Tickets for the 2 p.m. show of the Let’s Go to the Movies Revue are free for ages 10 and under, and $3 for those 11 and older. Tickets for the evening performance range from $6 to $14.
SEMINOLE - Guided by Seminole’s founding father Jesse Johnson, more than 800 citizens assembled Nov. 15, 1970 and voted to incorporate the city.
As leaders planned the historic occasion, only one meeting spot came to mind for such an event, said Dr. Edward Lurie: the Seminole Center, today known as the Seminole Mall.
Built in 1965, the mall, located at 11201 Park Blvd., where Seminole and Park boulevards meet, quickly became known as the area’s downtown. Though the mall was still in its infancy - it was just five-years-old when the vote to incorporate occurred - it was already more to local residents than merely a place to shop.
Beef ‘O’Brady’s Trivia Night SEMINOLE – Beef‘O’Brady’s, 1-799 Park Blvd. N., now offers Trivia Night every Monday, 6 to 8 p.m. The winning team receives a $50 gift certificate. There will be a $5.49 burger with fries special every Monday night. To register a team, call Angel or Mike at 393-2880.
Craft classes at Bay Vista ST. PETERSBURG – Bay Vista Recreation Center, 7000 Fourth St. S., offers craft classes Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m.
They include paper crafts, polymer clay sculpting, felting and more
The cost is $30 for four classes, plus a craft fee.
For more information call 893-7124 or visit www.stpeteparksrec.org.
Life of Birds video CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Audubon Society will present a program on Monday, Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center, 2750 Park Trail Lane.
Cost is a suggested donation of $1 per person. Call 793-2976.
One of the BBC’s “Life of Birds” video programs with David Attenborough will be shown. Popcorn and sodas will be provided.
Manga Book Club TARPON SPRINGS – Manga Book Club, Aug. 3, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E. Lemon St. Youth Services Program. Ages 12 and up.
If you like manga, graphic novels and anime, then this club is the place for you! Hang out and meet other teens who share your interests. Each month, new titles and series will be selected to read and discuss. Members also will enjoy watching popular anime episodes.
Train Weekend LARGO – Ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad on the first full weekend every month in Largo Central Park. The next weekend is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rides are free, but donations are accepted.
For more information, call 587-6740 ext. 5014 or visit the “Train Weekend” page at LargoEvents.com.
Military Order of the World Wars meeting CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars meets for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane.
Social hour starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and a short program.
Military officers who are retired or are on active duty or former officers and their spouses or widows are invited to attend. The MOWW also welcomes new members.
To make reservations or to inquire about becoming a member, call George Smith at 786-5578.