Sunday, May 20, 2018
News Roundup

Pinellas County club news

For his outstanding service to the community, Dunedin Masonic Lodge 192 presented Pinellas County sheriff's Deputy Dennis Komar with its 2012 Deputy of the Year award during a special breakfast meeting of the Dunedin Council of Organizations at Dunedin Golf Club.

Making the presentation was Ken Giesow, the master of Dunedin Lodge. Also in attendance were Capt. Glen Luben of North District Station and Sgt. Komar's supervisor, Capt. Bill Hagen, along with fellow officers from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Komar has been an employee since 1995; prior to that he was a Dunedin police officer for two years. During his tenure with the Sheriff's Office, he has served as a deputy and a corporal in both patrol and, most recently, as part of the agency's field training program, which is responsible for training all the agency's newly hired deputies. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in December 2010.

In his 17 years as a member of the agency, he has used only one week of sick time. And according to the agency, he consistently presents a professional appearance and the image of a trustworthy and competent law enforcement officer to the public.

Throughout 2011, Komar personally responded to more than 900 calls for service and reviewed and approved more than 1,500 reports written by deputies assigned to his squad.

For his efforts, Dunedin Lodge awarded Komar a plaque and a gift of $100, which the sergeant donated to the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch.

"Dunedin Lodge is proud of our long tradition of supporting local law enforcement personnel," said Giesow. "On behalf of the lodge, we congratulate Sgt. Komar and thank him for his years of service and dedication. We are proud of the PCSO."

• • •

At the club level contest Jan. 29, four members of the Donoghue-Dunedin Toastmasters Club won slots to represent the club at an area-wide public speaking and table topics event later this month at the Clearwater Public Library, where they will compete against winners and runners-up of four other clubs in Area 21.

Doug Craft of Palm Harbor and Kate Chamberlin of Clearwater won first and second places respectively in the seven-minute prepared speech contests; Rob Tuttle of Dunedin and Nana Westmark of Clearwater won first and second places respectively in the two-minute table topics competition. Under new rules of the contests this year, both winners and runners-up in each contest advance to the next level of competition.

The contestants are striving to work their way through area, division and district contests for the chance to compete in the international contest in Cincinnati, Ohio, in August.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills to more than 280,000 members through a worldwide network of 13,500 clubs in 116 countries.

• • •

On Feb. 1, the Tarpon Springs Princess Chasco Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented the National Society of the DAR Flag of the USA Certificate of Award to Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home in Tarpon Springs for its proper use, correct display and patriotic presentation of the U.S. flag.

Accepting the award on behalf of the funeral home was funeral director Jerry Carson.

The DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women's service organization, whose mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.

 
Comments
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Angels game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Angels game

* It's always interesting to think of how many amazing plays you see made in a game, then often a simple one — such as the fourth-inning comebacker to Rays RHP Matt Andriese — gets messed up and costs teams heavily, as that led to two run...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays journal: Pitching plan works, until Sergio Romo leaves in second inning

Rays journal: Pitching plan works, until Sergio Romo leaves in second inning

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Doubling down on their innovativeness and starting veteran reliever Sergio Romo for a second straight day worked out fine Sunday for the Rays.It was the less-effective pitchers who followed, plus the ineffectiveness of their h...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Expansion Vegas advances to Stanley Cup final

Expansion Vegas advances to Stanley Cup final

WINNIPEG — The Vegas Golden Knights are going to the Stanley Cup final — with a chip on their shoulder."Everybody on this team has something to prove," forward Ryan Reaves said. "We call ourselves 'The Golden Misfits' for a reason. We're ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
What a long, strange and winning road trip it was for Rays

What a long, strange and winning road trip it was for Rays

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The nearly Yanny-vs.-Laurel level national debate over their latest pitching strategy innovation of starting relievers isn't quite as entertaining today. The In-N-Out burgers in the clubhouse after the game weren't as tasty. T...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Chief US hurricane forecaster: Education key to storm prep

Chief US hurricane forecaster: Education key to storm prep

WEST PALM BEACH — The new U.S. National Hurricane Center director says learning about specific storm hazards is key to preparing for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season. Ken Graham leads the U.S. government’s hurricane forecasting hub in Miami. At...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Unveiling for

Unveiling for "Fortune Taylor Bridge" marker rained out, but celebration continues indoors

TAMPA — There’s a saying that everyone dies twice, Tampa City Council member Guido Maniscalco said Sunday: Once when they take their last breath. And again the last time someone mentions their name.So in this case, he said, the name "Fortune Taylor" ...
Updated: 6 hours ago

TALLAHASSEEFlorida districts fight charter school lawEleven school districts in Florida are refusing to give up their legal battle over an education law that steered more money to charter schools. A Leon County circuit judge in April threw out the la...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Taggart delivers a bolt to area

Taggart delivers a bolt to area

TAMPA — After spending four years as USF’s football coach, Willie Taggart knows what to expect this time of year in the area, so it’s no surprise how he began a chat with reporters Sunday before a booster stop at Armature Works."Go Lightning," he sai...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

TAMPA – After spending four years as USF's football coach, Willie Taggart knows what to expect this time of year in the area, so it's no surprise how he began a chat with reporters Sunday before a booster stop at Armature Works."Go Lightning," ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Venezuela elections draw protests

Venezuela elections draw protests

Photos by Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesMarcos Carbono, center, joins with others in front of the Consulate General of Venezuela in Miami to protest the Venezuelan elections taking place on Sunday. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro seems to be set to win ...
Updated: 6 hours ago