Hometown Pinellas

Published April 4 2018
Updated April 6 2018

Kiwanis Club of Dunedin hosts event featuring former CIA officer

The Kiwanis Club of Dunedin recently hosted "An Evening with Dunedin Kiwanis" at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. The guest speaker for the event was former CIA Intelligence Officer Andrew Bustamante. Bustamante engaged those in attendance in networking activities.

St. Petersburg native graduates basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Jamar C. Jackson 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. Jackson is the son of Priscilla Lovette and Joe Jackson of St. Petersburg. The airman is a 2017 graduate of Lakewood Senior High School.

Theodore "Ted" Wagner recognized by state for volunteer efforts

Theodore "Ted" Wagner of Music Sweet Music, a nonprofit in South Pasadena, was highlighted as one of 30 volunteers honored by the state as part of Florida Volunteer Month. Wagner has been volunteering in the Tampa Bay community for more than 20 years. In 2001, he founded the non-profit MSM, Inc., which addresses the need of music therapy in Tampa Bay. Wagner volunteers 35 to 40 hours a week. MSM is funding and providing music therapy programs at John Hopkins’ All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, the Shriner’s Children Hospital in Tampa, PARC Cottages in St. Petersburg and other patients’ homes in the Tampa Bay area.

Sunstar Paramedics receives reaccreditation

Sunstar Paramedics in Largo recently achieved reaccreditation as an Accredited Center of Excellence with the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch for its performance in emergency dispatching. This distinction puts the center in elite company among emergency dispatch agencies around the world.

Kriseman designates ‘Trans Day of Visibility’

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman declared March 31 Trans Day of Visibility through a city proclamation to celebrate transgender representation, activism, and equality.