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In the ninja world, Jason and Kathy Bergstrom and their family – nine kids, five of them adopted – are known as the Bergstrom Bunch. The Seminole family operates the Jungle Gym, an obstacle-based facility in Pinellas Park, but three members of the family have taken their passion for competition to another level, excelling on the NBC show "American Ninja Warrior."

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Mayor Leslie Waters has a new title to add to her name — author.

She has released “Good Morning Mayor, What’s Up?” through self-publishing and print-on-demand company Xlibris Book Publishers. This primer on local government explains how city governments are formed, managed and governed.

The Seminole Chamber of Commerce held its 40th annual Kids Appreciation Day May 29 at Seminole City Park. The event coincides with the last day of school and promotes summer integrity for elementary school-aged students in the Seminole area.

After 92 days, and 29 regular and post season games, the Seminole High School Warhawks baseball team finished their 2019 season with a 14-15 record.

With the team’s .248 batting average, 86 RBIs, 26 stolen bases and 169 strikeouts, the Warhawks defied the odds and won the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 8A District 7 championship and became the Class 8A Region 2 championship runner-up.

SEMINOLE — Four proposed amendments to the Seminole city charter moved one step closer to the 2019 ballot during the May 28 Seminole City Council meeting. At the meeting, council members approved four ordinances — one for each amendment — upon their first public reading.

The Florida Recreational Development Assistance Program has awarded two grants totaling $400,000 to the city of Seminole for ADA playground and lighting projects at Waterfront Park and Blossom Lake Park.

It was just five years ago that plans for the Seminole City Center began to take shape.

North American Development Group purchased the former home of the Seminole Mall, a once flourishing shopping center that struggled to draw shoppers and retain retailers during its final years, at the end of 2012. But it wasn’t until the summer of 2014 that NADG and its partner on the project, Primerica Group One, presented their vision for the property, located at the high-traffic intersection of 113th Street and Park Boulevard, to the Seminole City Council.

Today, the 424,000-square-foot mixed-use outdoor center is home to dozens of shops, full-service restaurants, quick-service eateries, Studio Movie Grill, upscale grocer Earth Fare, L.A. Fitness and more.

Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters, Vice Mayor Trish Springer, Councilor Thom Barnhorn and Councilor Jim Quinn were among more than 100 municipal officials recognized by the Florida League of Cities with the 2019 Home Rule Hero Award.

The Seminole Warhawks varsity baseball team is this season’s underdog that no one expected to make a playoff run.

The Warhawks, with a 14-14 record, defied the odds and even defeated their district rival, the East Lake Eagles, in the Florida High School Athletic Association district and regional playoffs.

It didn’t take long for the residents living near Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club, 8001 Cumberland Rd., to activate once they learned the property’s owner, Bayou Golf LLC, intended to sell the property to developers if they were able to successfully appeal to the county to rezone the land. They immediately created Save Bardmoor, an organization dedicated to saving the property from redevelopment.

For nearly five years, owners of Baypointe Golf Course, 9399 Commodore Dr., have neglected the property, said Linda McDowell, founder of the Save Baypointe Golf Club.

“They’ve basically abandoned it,” she said in an interview with the Beacon. “Something needs to be done.”

Bardmoor. Baypointe. Tides. Three Seminole-area golf course properties with uncertain fates. In many ways, their stories are similar. In Pinellas County, the most densely populated county in the state of Florida, large swatches of open green space — undeveloped land — are hard to come by. Developers eye these properties as attractive possibilities, whether they’re active golf courses or not, which has inspired thousands living in nearby homes to step up and speak out against these plans.

CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Commissioners said yes May 7 to a request from the Seminole Jr. Warhawks Athletic Association for $17,495 from the Municipal Services Taxing Unit funds.

The Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce recently held its annual celebration of local educators, Tribute to Teachers, April 17. This year’s honorees include: Mary Bellack, Anona Elementary School; Jessica Reissman, Bardmoor Elementary School; Demetris Dixon, Bauder Elementary School; L…

Firemedic Chris Collins and Izzy Broihier, daughter of the city of Seminole's finance director, Allison Broihier, water a newly planted live oak during the city's April 26 Arbor Day tree planting celebration at Waterfront Park.

For years following the 2008 recession, several storefronts in Seminole’s Portobello Square remained empty. But these days, there’s new life in the plaza, located at 13055 Park Blvd., as several new businesses have opened within the past year.

The city of Seminole will be debt-free by September, auditor Peter Schatzel, a partner in the accounting firm Wells, Houser & Schatzel, P.A., told the city council at its April 23 meeting.

Save Bardmoor and Save the Tides organizations have joined forces to host a Green Space Rally on Saturday along Park Boulevard in front of Waterfront Park. The rally is a protest against “overdevelopment by out-of-state developers and further loss of what little open space we have left in the county.”

Those who remember Shadia Martin from her time at Seminole High School likely recall her as a shy but talented and creative student with a penchant for singing and playing guitar.

Her former classmates might be surprised to learn that the 2012 graduate is living in Los Angeles pursuing a career as an actress.

She was featured in the recently released music video for EDM producer and DJ Marshmello’s song “Here with Me” featuring the Scottish band Chvurches. By press time, the video had amassed more than 5 million views on YouTube.

It’s a staff joke that St. Petersburg College’s Associate Provost Lynda Womer’s office “has a revolving door,” said Mark Strickland, provost of SPC’s Seminole campus.

Seminole campus faculty and staff are in and out of her office, he said, most of them with questions about SPC programs or procedures.

“She’s the go-to person,” Strickland said. “She knows just about everything.”

The city of Seminole is seeking artists and fine crafters to sign up for its fourth annual Art in the Park, which will take place Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Rd.

Bardmoor Elementary School third-grader Veronica Harbage is the type of kid who always lends a hand. So, when the teacher for her gifted class challenged students to find a way to give back to the community, Veronica easily came up with her project. She wanted to support the Blessing Box.

Nearly 30 professional women from throughout Pinellas County and around 100 Seminole Middle School students attended the school’s second annual Women in STEM breakfast March 22.

After retiring early from his role as art director at New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority nearly a decade ago, Clif Militello decided to focus on his own endeavors through his creative moniker, Madfog.

The Seminole Wednesday Market, which launched in November, has ended its season two months early. The market, which set up in the parking lot of the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, was scheduled to run every Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through April.

The city of Seminole recently launched a new website, City Manager Ann Toney-Deal told the Seminole City Council at its March 5 meeting.

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