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Published:   |   Updated: January 9, 2014 at 01:27 PM

Largo seeks to fill vacancies on advisory boards
There are vacancies on four of the city's advisory boards including:
- An alternate position on the Personnel Advisory Board,
- A trustee for the Police Officers' and Firefighters' Retirement Plan Board,
- A member of the Finance Advisory Board,
- A member of the Library Advisory Board.
If you are a resident of Largo and interested in serving on one of these boards, call (727) 587-6702 for a summary of duties and responsibilities and an application.
Largo recreation to offer three-facility open house
The city’s Recreation, Parks and Arts Department will have its first open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Highland Recreation Complex, the Largo Community Center and Southwest Recreation Complex.
Free hot dogs, class demonstrations, tours and other activities are planned. New members registering during the open house will be entered to win a 32-inch, flat-screen television.
For more information, visit or call the Highland Recreation Complex at (727) 518-3016, Southwest Recreation Complex at (727) 518-3125 or the Largo Community Center at (727) 518-3131.
Here are other Largo events this month:
• Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, is the scene of the annual Touch-a-Truck event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25. Children can climb on and play around in fire trucks, dump trucks, motorcycles, buses, an 18-wheeler, and military and other vehicles. Also available are inflatables, train rides, rocket ship car rides and a food court.
In conjunction with the annual Touch-A-Truck event is the second annual outdoor community business expo. Learn about services, products, and programs that local businesses and the City of Largo offer.
Limited onsite parking is available, and a park and walk service will run from Largo middle and high schools. For information, visit or call (727) 587-6740, Ext. 5014.
• Children will learn soccer skills through instruction and games as part of the Highland Recreation Complex’s program. Registration starts Feb. 1 and evaluations will be March 1 at the complex, 400 Highland Ave. N.E. Games begin March 22. A Largo recreation card is not required.
For more information, visit or call (727) 518-3016.
• Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road, will host the annual Health, Wellness and Volunteer Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 30.
Vendors will offer free health services including chair massages, hearing and spinal scans, and blood sugar and eye care screenings. Giveaways also are planned.
For more information, call (727) 518-3131 or visit
Largo recreation staff wants to hear from you
The City of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department is interested in hearing your ideas, comments and suggestions to help improve the recreation facilities and the services they provide.
Now through Monday participants will be asked to fill out a brief survey that will take less than 10 minutes to complete.
To participate or inquiry, visit or call (727) 587-6720.
Tickets for cultural center shows on sale today
Tickets for the following Largo Cultural Center performances are on sale starting at 10 a.m. today by visiting or calling (727) 587-6793.
Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, 8 p.m. March 28, $24.50 to $39.50. Lee performed with Ozzy Osbourne on the heavy metal albums “Bark at the Moon” and “The Ultimate Sin.” He then joined former Black Sabbath singer Ray Gillen to form the band Badlands. Lee and his new band, Red Dragon Cartel, will perform classic Osbourne and Badlands songs, as well as new material from an album to be released Jan. 28.
Largo announces new residential recycling program
Residents soon will have a new curbside program that makes recycling easier and accommodates more materials than ever before.
Colored glass bottles and jars have returned to the program, and plastics No. 3 through 7 have been added, along with paper cartons and metal food cans.
“Residents have often been confused by what they can and can’t recycle,” Solid Waste Manager Michael Gordon said in a news release. “Thanks to the technology of new sorting facilities in the area, we are finally able to recycle so much more.”
Beginning in January, residents with curbside collection will receive blue wheeled carts with lids that easily can be rolled to the roadside on their recycle day. There is no sorting necessary in this new mixed recycling program.
The first collection of mixed recyclables is set to begin Feb. 3. For more information, including a full list of acceptable materials, visit


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