Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

Lt. Jason Gennaro named East Lake's 2012 Firefighter of the Year

EAST LAKE

Fire rescue award goes to Jason Gennaro

East Lake Fire Rescue has named Lt. Jason Gennaro its 2012 Firefighter of the Year. Chief Tom Jamison cited Gennaro's dedication to the department's training program. A paramedic, Gennaro has been with the department since 1996. He's currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md., an exclusive postgraduate program that accepts only 200 students nationwide each year.

CLEARWATER

Plaque to honor the Rev. Campbell

Bayview Baptist Church invites the public to a dedication ceremony in memory of the Rev. Walter C. Campbell Sr. at 3 p.m. March 11 at the church, 201 Meadowlark Lane, Clearwater. Campbell founded and led the church for 36 years and was involved in many community events and organizations, including the upper Pinellas branch of the NAACP. He died in December 2010. There will be music and speakers at the dedication ceremony and the unveiling of a plaque to honor Campbell's legacy. For information, call (727) 530-1566.

DUNEDIN

Tax filing help available for free

Need help filing your taxes? Wonder if you're missing out on any tax credits? AARP is offering free tax preparation and filing for low- to moderate-income households with special attention to people 60 and older. Just visit the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. any weekday, except Wednesday. The service is available first-come, first-served. Call the Dunedin Community Center at (727) 812-4530 for more information.

Networking event for young people

The Rotary Club of Dunedin Waterside will host a young professionals mixer with free wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres Wednesday at Sea Sea Riders, 221 Main St. Visit the downtown Dunedin restaurant's patio from 6 to 8 p.m. to network with other up-and-coming leaders in the community. For information, visit dunedinwaterside.com.

PALM HARBOR

Citrus festival looks for a queen

Want to be a queen? Contestants are being sought for the Miss Palm Harbor Citrus Festival Queen, who will be crowned during the 4th Annual Palm Harbor Citrus Festival March 29-April 1 in historic downtown Palm Harbor. Contestants must live in Palm Harbor, Ozona, Crystal Beach or attend Palm Harbor University High School or East Lake High School. They must be in grades 9-12 and ages 14-18. For an application, please call or email the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce at (727) 784-4287 or [email protected]

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