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Kona Ice of Safety Harbor donates $4,000 to local charities

Kona Ice of Safety Harbor recently announced it has donated more than $4,000 since opening in July. Its owners, Pam Hoffman and Kevin O’Brien, plan to continue donating to local school groups, teams and community organizations through large-scale events and private bookings.

Nationwide, Kona Ice has donated more than $40 million to community-based organizations since the launch in June 2007.

Clearwater Police honor good samaritan

Clearwater Police honored Megan Andrews with a Samaritan Award for helping officers take care of two children during a DUI investigation. Andrews was driving on McMullen Booth Road last month when she saw a police officer trying to take care of two toddlers on the side of the road. The mother of the two children had been involved in a minor accident and was the focus of a DUI investigation. Andrews stopped and asked the officer if he needed help, and he quickly accepted her offer. Andrews then drove home and got toys, snacks and drinks for the children to occupy them while they waited for their grandmother to come get them.

Former Tarpon Springs resident donates land to charity

Spero Jordanides, former Tarpon Springs resident, and a longtime supporter of the Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center, donated $8,766.15, a portion of his residential property value, to the Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center after he died. The Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center provides basic support and assistance to the elderly, homeless and others in need.

Clearwater native graduates basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jerome Budde graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Budde is the son of Michael H. and Marion Phillips of Clearwater. He is a 2010 graduate of Lakeside Christian High School.