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Largo's Schiller International University lays off 38 employees


Schiller University lays off 38 workers

Schiller International University, 300 E Bay Drive, has announced it has laid off 38 employees. In a news release Friday, Schiller president and CEO Geoffrey Bannister said those losing their jobs held corporate and administrative positions and that students' education won't be impacted. "These reductions will make our administrative structure more effective and efficient," Bannister said in the news release. "This will keep our corporate overhead in line with delivering a quality education at a reasonable cost to our students."

Pharmacy tech accused of stealing drugs

Largo police arrested a Publix pharmacy technician Tuesday they think stole drugs from the store by altering the inventory.

Rebecca L. Ruark, 27, of St. Petersburg faces eight felony charges that range from making false entries on company books and possession of a controlled substance to grand theft. She remained in the Pinellas County Jail on $22,000 bail Wednesday. According to authorities, Ruark admitted after her arrest to taking a significant amount of medications from the store at 5000 East Bay Drive in Largo during the past 10 months and to changing the inventory to "facilitate" the thefts.

The stolen property was valued by police at more than $2,500. During Ruark's arrest, two bottles containing numerous stolen pills were found in her pocket, police said. Among them were hydrocodone and Ambien.

Want to get dirty? Help replant nature park

The city of Largo parks division is looking for volunteers to help replant part of McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N, on Saturday.

The city was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program for the project, made necessary by the invasion of exotic plants. The parks division already has removed the exotic plants, setting the stage for the planting from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels and gloves. Lunch will be provided. The replanting will cleanse the water before it reaches the bay and also help establish a more viable habitat to support wildlife.

For information, call (727) 518-3047.

'Dearly Departed' begins Friday at cultural center

Eight O'Clock Theatre presents Dearly Departed, Friday through May 17 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $21 for adults; $16 for students 19 and under; $19 for groups of 10 or more. For tickets, call (727) 587-6793.

Program to feature father-son koi experts

Jeff's Koi House, 12350 Ridge Road, Largo, will host a program for Florida Koi Club members from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Guest speakers include Mamoru Kodama, author of books on koi identification, characteristics and development. He and his son, Taro Kodama, a renowned koi breeder, will present a program on koi varieties and the life process of these fish that can live to be 100. The family is bringing koi to display from Japan.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, call (727) 520-6399.

Largo's Schiller International University lays off 38 employees 05/02/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 2, 2009 4:31am]
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