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The regional affiliate of Habitat for Humanity — one of the nation’s busiest — recently marked its 700th home build, adding some 100 affordable properties since just 2019 and set to maintain that momentum in the coming year.

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After a long wait because of the coronavirus pandemic, Pinellas County high school seniors finally get the chance to celebrate their graduations.

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I made the call around 6:30 a.m. and the Zumpe family grudgingly tumbled out of bed Jan. 25, with some muffled complaints about having to get up early on a Saturday morning after a full week of school. As usual, I had been awake since before 3 a.m.

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After years of planning, the Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch in Pinellas Park is poised to enter its final phase of construction next year. The WWAR is designed to help rehabilitate veterans wounded during military service.

PINELLAS PARK – Candidates for Pinellas County Commission will speak and answer questions on Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m., in the Mainlands of Tamarac Unit 5 Clubhouse, located at 4275 Mainlands Blvd. 

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For a decade, Bruce To had a dream of building his own soccer complex that would be accessible to players of all ages, financial situations and skill levels. In November, To finally realized that dream when he transformed a former Pinellas Park junkyard into the BT Sports Academy, a state-of-the-art soccer facility that includes four outdoor soccer fields. When he’s done with construction, it will also include two indoor fields, a 4,000-square-foot fitness training center and gym, meeting rooms, and Hat Trick, a restaurant and sports bar.

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Construction of a new Public Works operation center should be completed by mid-January, said Steve Majko, the city’s director of fleet and facilities. The new facility, being built at 6250 82nd Ave. N., will streamline the Public Works department.

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Two decades after its humble beginnings, Emerald City Comics & Collectibles has become a pop culture mega store in the Pinellas Park area known for its events, which include cosplay gatherings, release parties and author and artist meet and greets.

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The following events are scheduled at the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library, 7770 52nd St., in November. Call 727-369-0669 for more information or registration.

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PINELLAS PARK – City councilors passed an ordinance permitting medical marijuana dispensing facilities in zoning districts that allow retail uses and medical marijuana treatment centers at its Oct. 26 meetings. This was the second and final reading of the ordinance.

Like many individuals around the country, a group of several friends in St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park were horrified as they heard the news about the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people and wounded 58 others.

While many Pinellas County residents attempted to stay out of Hurricane Irma’s reach by evacuating the area or prepping their homes and remaining indoors, Bottles Pub’s staff opened the bar during the Sept. 10 storm for those with nowhere else to go.

The Pinellas Park Rotary Club has had a long-term relationship with Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Elementary School, predominantly by donating money to teachers for classroom supplies and volunteering at events.

The Juniors of Girl Scout Troop 151 of Split Pines Service Unit decided to put their own spin on the Little Free Libraries that have popped up all over the country for their Bronze Award project this summer.

For nearly 20 years, the City Auditorium, 7690 59th St. N., has helped residents and visitors relive the golden era of film through monthly Wurlitzer pipe organ concerts held every third Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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