SEMINOLE -Six candidates are vying for two open seats on the Seminole Council during the Nov. 4 election.
One of the offices is left vacant by Councilor John Counts, who served for over 10 years and announced in July that he wouldn’t run again. The second seat is currently held by Councilor Bob Matthews, who is seeking re-election. Other candidates are Thomas Christy, Roger Edelman, Michael Fisher, Joe Haynes and Vincent C. Trovato.
The two candidates to receive the most votes will be elected to council.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who stole a victim’s credit card and used it to make purchases at two different businesses within Pinellas County.
According to detectives with the Burglary/Pawn Unit, in the overnight hours between Tuesday, Sept. 30, and Wednesday, Oct. 1, the suspect entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and took a credit card belonging to the victim. The victim’s vehicle was parked at a private residence in the area of Bay Lake Drive South and 59th Avenue North in unincorporated Seminole at the time of the theft.
SEMINOLE - City residents will vote on 12 suggested amendments to the Seminole City Charter on Nov. 4. These amendments were proposed by a Charter Review Committee, which is appointed by the City Council every five years to review the City Charter, this spring.
The following is an explanation of each referendum question and how it would amend the charter. This information was provided by the city and each proposed amendment is written below as it appears on the ballot.
No. 1 Elections and Terms - Section 3.02: Shall Section 3.02 of the City Charter of the City of Seminole, pursuant to Ordinance No. 11-2014, be amended to delete the transition schedule from Section 3.02?
Fire Prevention Month, recognized each October, was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.
The fire began on Oct. 8, 1871, but continued into the next day, Oct. 9, when it did most of its damage
According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow - belonging to Mrs. Catherine O’Leary - kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, and then the whole city on fire. Chances are you’ve heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O’Leary for more than 130 years.
SEMINOLE - Irene Rimer, flamenco master instructor, recently relocated to the Tampa Bay area and opened a dance studio at 12037 Seminole Blvd., Seminole.
Rimer owned and operated the Irene Rimer Dance Academy in South Florida as well as Corazon Flamenco in Alabama for the past 15 years. Her studio offers flamenco and belly dance classes for all ages, as well as workshops on flamenco rhythms, and performing opportunities with professional musicians.
As of January 2015, the studio will also offer an after school program for children ages 7 to 12 years old that will include Spanish classes in addition to dancing, as well as summer camps.
SEMINOLE - At its Oct. 14 meeting, the Seminole City Council approved several ordinances amending the city’s Land Development Code following their second public hearings.
Ordinance No. 06-2014 amends Chapter 46, which deals with general provisions in the code. The amendment to this section ensures the code’s consistency with the city’s comprehensive plan as well as county regulations, said City Manager Frank Edmunds. Ordinance No. 07-2014 amends Chapter 50, which deals with administrative responsibilities.
Edmunds said these ordinances were discussed at the council’s April 22 workshop session. A public hearing conducted by the Developmental Review Board on May 19 followed.
SEMINOLE - Carol J. Perry has always considered herself to be lucky. From escaping the harsh winters of Salem, Massachusetts, and eventually landing in sunny Florida during the 1970s to her successful career as a nonfiction writer and an author for a teen audience, she knows she’s been fortunate.
Now, as the Seminole resident celebrates the release of Caught Dead Handed, the first novel in her Witch City Mystery series published by Kensington, she realizes luck must have been involved yet again.
SEMINOLE - Former St. Pete Catholic standout Justin Piazza dreamed of playing NCAA Division I football since he was a kid running plays in youth football.
After being accepted to the University of Missouri and taking time off from playing football, he was sure the opportunity would come. But he knew it wasn’t going to be easy.
“I definitely wanted to play again. I just didn’t know how it would work into my plans going to Mizzou,” said Piazza. “With last year, I just didn’t feel ready. I knew I wasn’t physically ready to where I needed to be. Plus trying to get myself established with college, everything was still new to me.”
SEMINOLE - Brody Patrick, son of the Seminole Ward Bishop Alex Patrick and Edy Patrick, departed to the Missionary Training Center on Oct. 15, to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Like all Latter-day Saint missionaries, Patrick will serve without pay from the Church. His financial support will come from funds he and his parents have saved for that purpose. He will be serving in the Guadalajara, Mexico, Spanish-speaking mission for 24 months. Patrick is from the Seminole Ward, located on 9000 106th Avenue in Largo.
Patrick graduated in 2014 from Seminole High School and was a lifeguard at Clearwater Beach. He joins thousands of other Latter-day Saint missionaries, a handful from Pinellas County, who are serving in locations in North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. They do not choose their area of labor, but go where they are called by the church.
SEMINOLE - Florida Highway Patrol has identified a Seminole High School student injured when she was struck by a pickup truck about 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, on 86th Avenue North near 131st Street North in Seminole.
Rebeccah S. Black, 16, is listed in stable condition at All Children’s Hospital.
According to FHP’s report, Joseph Michael Lamoureux, 49, of Seminole was driving a 1997 Ford pickup truck southbound on 131st Street north. He had a greenlight when he made a left turn onto eastbound 86th Avenue north.
SEMINOLE - A Seminole High School student was seriously injured after being struck by a pickup truck about 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, on 86th Avenue North near 131st Street North in Seminole.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Joseph Michael Lamoureux, 49, of Seminole was driving a 1997 Ford pickup truck southbound on 131st Street north. He had a greenlight when he made a left turn onto eastbound 86th Avenue north.
A short distance east of the intersection, the truck “encountered” an unidentified pedestrian crossing 86th Avenue North, the FHP report said.
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic 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.
The cost is $3 and $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.
Family fun night CLEARWATER – A Family Fun Night sponsored by the Upper Pinellas County Ministerial Alliance is set for Friday, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Buccaneer Field, 905 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Costumes are not necessary but welcomed. Children age 6 and younger must be accompanied by parents at all times.
The free event includes entertainment by the Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet, food, games, treats and additional entertainment. There also will be various vendors and on-site service providers.
Food includes hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, soda, popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy. There will be bounce houses and face painters as well.
The event is partnered with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Clearwater Police Department, Walmart, Publix, Clearwater Parks and Recreation, Greenwood Panthers, PSTA, AIB and GFS.
Postcards from Italy PALM HARBOR – Residents are invited to view the video “Postcards From Italy” on Friday, Oct. 31, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.
This program is a part of the library’s Italian-American Heritage Month celebration.
The video, which was filmed in Sicily, Matera, Irsina, Naples, the island of Procida, Gubbio, Spoleto, Siena, and Rome, shows the uniquely Italian way of life as reflected in its cultural traditions as well as in the stories of its people.
Mildred Cooper, president of Central Gulf Coast Lodge in Florida, Order of the Sons of Italy, will facilitate the discussion for this and each of the Italian/American Heritage programs. Light refreshments will be provided.
For further information, call 784-3332, ext. 3006.
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.
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.
Abundance Swap CLEARWATER – The Abundance Swap, an event where anyone can bring a gently used item or one in decent working order to Moccasin Lake Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, on Saturday, Nov. 1, noon to 4 p.m.
Those items will be on tables for display and can be taken home for free. Bring something and take something home.
Organizers hope to have a wide variety of items, including books, CDs, electronics and parts, games, sports equipment, art supplies, clothing, kitchen and other household items available for anyone who wants it. This is a wonderful way to clear out one’s closet, drawer or box in the garage and walk away with some other goodies.
Items not accepted include food, shoes, underwear, things broken beyond repair, stuffed animals that have been drooled on a lot, cleaning products, cosmetics, etc.
Affordable Care Act seminars PINELLAS PARK – Liberty Tax Service, at 7001 66th St. N., will offer free seminar events to educate everyone about the new tax laws surrounding the Affordable Care Act.
There will be three seminars throughout the day on Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. The seminars will be open to the public. There also will be family fun, entertainment and free food, music and the Lady Liberty Wavers.
Liberty Tax Service also will be collecting used cell phones for the nonprofit Cell Phone for Soldiers. Every phone this organization collects provides free talk time for soldiers to call home.
Fall and Christmas Craft Bazaar SEMINOLE – Oakhurst United Methodist Church, located at 13400 Park Blvd., will host its Fall and Christmas Craft Bazaar Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2.
Hours will be Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The event will feature crafts, bake sale, Georgia pecans, handcrafted gifts, decorations, lighted Christmas trees and florals.