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City commissions and councils around Pinellas County met for the first time since the Nov. 3 general election this past week, and some new faces made their first appearance with their respective boards. 

This year has been unprecedented and unpredictable, but there’s still time to get your finances on track. We’ve got a few tips to help wrap up this year and prepare for whatever 2021 brings.

PALM HARBOR — With the country still coping with the coronavirus crisis, community leaders have to get creative in hosting special events that are so vital to the local economy during the pandemic.

DUNEDIN — The Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions, Dunedin Council of Organizations and the Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association, will host a virtual candidate forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29.

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DUNEDIN — Though city commissioners said they recognize residents' financial hardships stemming from COVID-19, they unanimously decided to maintain city's current tax rate for the sixth consecutive fiscal year.

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DUNEDIN — After hours of interviews and discussions over several weeks, city commissioners Sept. 15 hired the Tampa law firm of Bryant Miller Olive to provide legal services to the city.

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Plato Academy Palm Harbor, a charter school, has reopened after a brief shutdown after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

OLDSMAR — Post 12186, the first Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Oldsmar’s 104-year history, has been on a fast track to success ever since it was established by Cmdr. Dave Bear in spring 2019.

PALM HARBOR — The Crafty Ladies of Sherwood Forest, a small group of residents of the RV resort at 175 Alt. 19 in Palm Harbor, have been making afghans, quilts and blankets for friends, family members and veterans’ groups for many years.

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“Take that, take it forward, and just one day a year, on 9/11, pay it forward,” said 9/11 survivor Greg Amira of Trinity. “Help a fellow person. I don’t care if it’s a nonprofit for fish and wildlife or disabled children. Give. And if you can’t give your time and effort, give money, give a donation of goods and services, something, but just the one day a year use it to unite.”

DUNEDIN — The city of Dunedin has come together and designated a task force, gathering local nonprofits and business owners, to collaborate on an outreach campaign with a strong grassroots approach. Love Dunedin will share places to visit, eat, drink, play and shop local.

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DUNEDIN — When Steve Olson of Dunedin lost his mother to Alzheimer’s disease in 2018, he became determined to help find a cure. Last year, he hosted the inaugural Paint Dunedin Purple fundraiser, which raised nearly $10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

To many people in Dunedin, July 15, 2020, was just another day of trying to get through the strange events of our world with COVID-19. This month’s story is about an important event that happened on July 15, 1970, more than 50 years ago. For the Dunedin History Museum and several other indiv…

DUNEDIN — The coronavirus pandemic has forced the Scottish American Society and Cultural Center on Louden Avenue to close its doors to all activities and gatherings since March, which effectively cut off all of the center’s relied-upon revenue.

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