Seminole’s new city manager, Ann Toney-Deal, speaks at the Aug. 20 Seminole Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the new community building in Seminole City Park. Toney-Deal replaces longtime city manager Frank Edmunds, who retired Aug. 15.
SEMINOLE - At the Aug. 25 City Council meeting, Vice Mayor Thomas Barnhorn said Councilor Patricia Plantamura made disparaging comments about the council at the Florida League of Cities annual conference held in Orlando Aug. 13-15.
Barnhorn, who has sat on the league’s Board of Directors for three years, heard about the comments from representatives of Gulfport and South Pasadena. He said such comments not only affect the reputation of individual councilors, but also of the city as a whole. He asked the council if anything could be done to prevent them from being made at future events.
SEMINOLE - Construction of the new Bealls, the first retail store to be built at the planned Seminole City Center, will begin soon, and developers say it could open as early as March 4, 2016.
“We’re on a very tight schedule, but we’re hoping to make it happen. Bealls right now is our focus,” said Dale Johnson, director of development and construction for Tampa-based Primerica Group One. Primerica has teamed up with the property’s owner, North America Development Group, for maintenance, management and redevelopment of the former Seminole Mall site.
The city granted a building permit for the Bealls section of the development Aug. 18. The approximately 45,000-square-foot freestanding storefront will be built where the former Seminole 8 Touchstar Cinema was located on the property’s northeast corner.
SEMINOLE - Mayor Leslie Waters was re-elected to the Florida League of Mayors Board of Directors Aug. 13.
The Florida League of Mayors, a statewide, nonprofit organization, was founded in November 2005. The purpose of the league is to provide educational outreach on civic, community, municipal and government issues, as well as policy guidance to state and national leaders.
“I am very proud to continue to be part of a powerful voice that serves all 411 cities across the State of Florida,” said Mayor Waters. “My voice and input on behalf of the citizens of Seminole is always clearly shared.”
SEMINOLE - Spoto’s Grill 131, 13079 Park Blvd. N., changed hands earlier this month. James Gilbert and his son, Christopher Gilbert, purchased the restaurant from Bob Spoto, who retired.
Spoto is a well-known local restaurateur whose previous eateries included Spoto’s Stockyard Inn and Spoto’s Supper Club in Seminole, Smokey’s Texas Barbeque in Pinellas Park, and Spoto’s Steak Joint in St. Petersburg and Dunedin.
James, who lives in California, has been in the restaurant business for 60 years, and owns several seafood restaurants and steakhouses in Monterey and Santa Cruz.
SEMINOLE - Rotary International recognizes $1,000 donations to The Rotary Charitable Foundation with a plaque and medallion honoring the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris. At the Aug. 14 Rotary Club of Seminole Lake meeting, Lucienne Hastings honored Jean-Philippe Giroud, her nephew visiting from Switzerland, and David Buzza honored Alex and Dana Kern, the owners of the recently burned-down Fireplace Restaurant.
The Kerns purchased the 40-year-old restaurant, located at 12580 Seminole Blvd. in Largo, about a year ago, after they moved to the area from Austria. This fulfilled their dream of owning and operating a restaurant in the United States.
SEMINOLE - The eastbound and westbound lanes of 54th Avenue North between Seminole Boulevard and 100th Way in Seminole are closed as Pinellas County crews repair a leak on a 24-inch sanitary sewer force main in the area.
The county announced Tuesday evening that eastbound and westbound lanes of 54th Avenue North between Seminole Boulevard and 100th Way in Seminole will remain closed for about three weeks.
Drivers are urged to follow the established detour routes or use other alternate routes to avoid the area. Drivers will be able to access Keswick Christian School located at 10101 54th Ave. N. from Tyrone Boulevard through 100th Way only.
Book Time at Brooker TARPON SPRINGS – Book Time at Brooker will be offered Thursday, Sept. 3, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road.
Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this free program connects attendees to the wonders of the natural world. In addition to hearing a great story, children will participate in a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story that is read. Space is limited.
Sunset Beach Music Series TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Recreation Division, Florida Hospital North Pinellas and Sun Toyota New Port Richey present an evening with Slickside Thursday, Sept. 3, 7 to 9 p.m., at Sunset Beach. Slickside specializes in blues, classic rock and country rock.
The Sunset Beach Music Series will be held February through November on the first Thursday of the month.
The event is free. Overflow parking and shuttle will be at Tarpon Springs High School. Refreshments will be available to purchase.
Pets and alcohol are prohibited. Sunset Beach is located 1800 Gulf Rd. For more information, visit TSRDonline.com or call 942-5628.
Aquatic fitness classes ST. PETE BEACH – The St. Pete Beach Recreation Department is again offering aquatic fitness classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 10 to Sept. 22, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.
The cost is $5 for St. Pete Beach residents and $6 for nonresidents.
Silver Sneakers members are welcome.
Aquatic fitness provides muscle toning and a cardio workout with the benefits and support of the water.
Caregiver Coffee Hour SEMINOLE – The Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s Caregiver Coffee Hour meets first Thursdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Maria’s Adult Day Care Center, 7821 Seminole Blvd. in Seminole.
The Caregiver Coffee Hour is an educational, emotional and social support program for family caregivers. Caregivers meet in a comfortable and confidential setting to chat with peers about issues pertinent to their dementia journey.
A Heidi Crockett, licensed clinical social worker with Aging Care Advocates, and volunteer support group facilitator with the Alzheimer’s Association facilitates the program.
Oil painting classes INDIAN SHORES – Oil painting classes are held Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Indian Shores Municipal Building, 19305 Gulf Blvd.
Classes are for both beginners and the more experienced intermediate artists. New students begin with basic fundamentals and move toward working independently from their own photographs or subject matter.
Class time consists of a demo, an instructional time, painting time, and critique time. Instructor Betsy Schoepf works with each student individually.
Students will learn about paints, brushes, color mixing, composition, and all of the basics needed to form a foundation in traditional oil painting. Individual creativity is emphasized.
The class fee is $25 per session. The class is continuous. No membership is necessary.
For more information, call 595-1083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkinson’s Support Group meeting LARGO – The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Thursday, Sept. 3, 2 p.m., at the Heron House, 2050 East Bay Drive. The group meets first Thursdays at Heron House. For information, call 559-7776 or 596-2167.
South Pasadena Community Band’s first rehearsal SOUTH PASADENA – The South Pasadena Community Band’s first rehearsal for its upcoming season will be Thursday, Sept. 3, 7:15, at the South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S.New members are welcome.
The band is made up of volunteers who love to play and share their music with the community. Currently, the band has about 45 members. New members are being recruited. The band is particularly in need of percussionists.
The South Pasadena Community Band’s first rehearsal for its upcoming season will be Thursday, Sept. 3, 7:15, at the South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S.
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.
Friday Night Dinners LARGO – Friday Night Dinners are served 5 to 8 p.m., with music by Karaoke DJ Bill Johnson, 7 to 11 p.m., at American Legion Post 119, at 130 First Ave. SW. in Largo. The cost is $7.25 and includes shrimp, four-piece chicken and all-you-can-eat fried fish served with rolls, french fries and coleslaw.