Monday, May 21, 2018
News Roundup

In club news, AAUW and Sons of the American Revolution

Club news

Cristie Sue Roberson and Alexa Cetta, eighth-graders at Safety Harbor Middle School, have been recognized by the Clearwater branch of the American Association of University Women for their excellent work in math and science.

According to the girls' teacher, Susan Loucks, Roberson was selected for the science award because she is a respectful, hard-working student. She is a member of the Humanities Club and National Honor Society and has received an A every grading period in her honors science class. Roberson balances her schoolwork with more than 10 hours of extracurricular dance classes per week.

Loucks describes Cetta, winner of the math award, as a kind, thoughtful, respectful young lady who is focused on her studies. She was a member of the girls volleyball team and the National Junior Honor Society. She is a certified scuba diver, loves oceanography and enjoys traveling with her family.

The AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Since 1949, the mission of the Clearwater Branch of AAUW has been to encourage and sustain the educational development of all women and girls.

• • •

Eagle Scout Anthony Joseph Morelli, son of Joseph and Lisa Morelli of Palm Harbor, was recently presented with an Eagle Scout Certificate of Recognition for outstanding leadership and citizenship from the Florida Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Clearwater Chapter.

SAR Compatriot Art Hays made the presentation at Morelli's Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Dunedin.

Morelli is a member of Boy Scout Troop 434 in Palm Harbor and belongs to the Timuquan Lodge of the Order of the Arrow.

For his Eagle leadership service project, Morelli and a group of volunteers beautified and created an outdoor picnic area at Garrison Jones Elementary School in Dunedin, his former school. A new maintenance-free vinyl fence was installed as well as mulch, landscaping blocks, three recycled maintenance-free picnic tables and a permanent memorial to his late music teacher, Briana Foley.

The 15-year-old is a freshman and honor roll student at Palm Harbor University High.

Comments
Former Admiral Farragut star Craig Watts leaves USF

Former Admiral Farragut star Craig Watts leaves USF

Bulls redshirt sophomore DB Craig Watts Jr., who practiced behind starting nickel back Ronnie Hoggins this past spring, has transferred to Division II Valdosta State.Watts, deemed a four-star prospect by at least four major recruiting services out of...
Updated: 1 minute ago
Construction poised to begin this week on four-story boutique hotel in Ybor City

Construction poised to begin this week on four-story boutique hotel in Ybor City

TAMPA — A ceremony marking the start of construction on a four-story, $32 million boutique hotel at 1402 E Seventh Avenue has been set for Thursday.The site is now a parking lot, but plans on file with the city of Tampa outline a hotel project with 1...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
What’s next for the Rays’ new pitching strategy

What’s next for the Rays’ new pitching strategy

ST. PETERSBURG — When Kevin Cash called team president Matt Silverman Sunday morning to wish him happy birthday, he expected to get back some form of an "attaboy" for implementing the Rays' latest unorthodox pitching strategy in using reliever ...
Updated: 10 minutes ago

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Editorial: Work on the broad areas where Americans, those who own guns and those who don’t, agree

Editorial: Work on the broad areas where Americans, those who own guns and those who don’t, agree

e_SSLqThe worst school shooting since ... February." The sentence jumps off the page of a news story in the aftermath of the murder of eight students and two teachers at Santa Fe High School in Texas. It has been only three months since a gunman kill...
Updated: 11 minutes ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant As a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant tin rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from my home. It will run 1.4 mile...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
FPL parent wants to expand its Florida footprint with new purchase

FPL parent wants to expand its Florida footprint with new purchase

TALLAHASSEE — The parent company of Florida utility giant Florida Power & Light announced Monday that it will buy the largest electricity producer in Northwest Florida, Gulf Power, in a $6.4 billion deal.Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy Inc. said in a...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Hernando churches offer many options for vacation Bible school

Hernando churches offer many options for vacation Bible school

Will your child find a loose moose, be shipwrecked, travel to outer space or become a world changer? Perhaps he or she would prefer to spend time camping in the great outdoors or play high-energy games and learn what it’s like to become fully alive i...
Updated: 26 minutes ago

Updated: 1 hour ago

Hernando Religion Calendar for May 25

Weeki WacheeUnitarian Universalist Church in the Pines, Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way, is collecting old blankets, towels, dog bowls, dog toys, leashes and harnesses to help low/no income families and individuals care for their pet(s). Do...
Updated: 1 hour ago