During Clearwater Civitan Club's annual Law Week celebration last month, the club honored Clearwater Police Sgt. Juan Torres with its "Excellent Performance of Police Duties and Service to the Community" award. He was selected by his peers and supervisors.
Torres' duties and volunteer efforts, outlined in a citation read by Clearwater Police Chief Tony Holloway, include oversight of the department's AmeriCorps Clearwater program and a high school internship program. Both expose young individuals to law enforcement, the criminal justice system and the operations of the Clearwater Police Department. He also serves on the Hispanic Leadership Council and supervises the department's Hispanic Outreach Program. He participates in the Paint Your Heart Out program helping low-income families maintain their homes and Safe Kids Coalition to promote bicycle, home and pool safety.
Civitan Club president Richard Fuller presented Torres with a plaque and a check for $150.
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The Order of AHEPA, Pinellas Chapter 356, and the Daughters of Penelope Pelias Chapter 186 hosted their annual AHEPA Family Scholarship Awards Ceremony on June 8 at the Greektown Grille, Clearwater.
The recipients are Kosta Fotopoulos and Steven Tsagaris, both of Countryside High; Asimina Boutzoukas, a graduate of Palm Harbor University High currently attending Florida State University; and Maria Tripodis and Angelique Boutzoukas, both of Palm Harbor University.
All five received $1,000 to further their education.
Since its inception, the AHEPA Family of Clearwater has awarded $97,500 in scholarships to students whose parents are members of AHEPA, the Daughters of Penelope or the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church community.