Hometown Pinellas

Published September 5 2018
Updated September 7 2018

Salvation Army receives $1.5 million donation

Trial lawyers Scott Johni, Kent Whittemore and Erin Lohmiller, along with trial lawyer Jeff Liggio and the lead class Plaintiff, Alfred Williams, presented a check representing a $1.5 million cy pres award that will benefit the Salvation Army. A cy pres award is the distribution of money from a class action settlement to a charitable organization. These funds come as a result of 12 years of litigation on behalf of 65,000 Florida consumers. There was a favorable class action verdict against a state-wide propane company that unlawfully charged propane tank rent to its customers. The Salvation Army is a nonprofit organization that was selected to assist the clients they serve in the payment of utility bills and for the Pathways of Hope program.

Creative Pinellas announces finalists for traveling community art project

Five Pinellas County artists will be presenting proposals for the traveling public art project announced by Creative Pinellas earlier this year. They are Carrie Boucher, Kate Helms, Kenny Jensen, Mickett/Stackhouse Studios and Ya La’ford. The project is supported by BP settlement funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. To learn more about the selected finalists, the project’s background and its goal of a connected Pinellas County, visit creativepinellas.org/communityart.

St. Petersburg native promoted to staff sergeant

Elliott Kaelber, a St. Petersburg native, has returned from deployments in Korea and Kuwait, and was recently promoted to staff sergeant at Fort Bliss, Texas after completing an advanced leader course at Fort Benning, Ga.