Head of religious services gets United Way job
Religious Community Services Inc. announced Friday that President/CEO Duggan Cooley will step down this winter to accept the position of president/CEO with United Way of Pasco County. Cooley arrived at RCS in 2006 as the agency's first director of development. He was promoted to CEO within his first year. RCS said it will soon launch a nationwide search for a new leader. Meanwhile, Kathleen Griffin, who recently retired as associate provost of St. Petersburg College's Clearwater and Epi-Center campuses, will serve as interim CEO.
Talks to focus on emergency setup
The Pinellas County Legislative Delegation has scheduled a public hearing about the county's emergency medical services system. Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala is proposing that the county change the funding formula for the 18 fire districts that provide the service. LaSala and the county have asked the delegation to pass a law that would give the County Commission free rein in establishing funding levels. Many cities and districts object to LaSala's proposal and have said they are interested in having their firefighters, rather than a private ambulance company, take patients to the hospital. The delegation has another bill before it that would require the county to use firefighters to transport patients. The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. For information or to sign up to speak, contact the office of state Sen. Jack Latvala at (727) 556-6500 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Speaker Request Forms are available on the delegation website at pinellascounty.org/ delegation.
Scholarships for $1,000 offered
Applications for two $1,000 scholarships are available through the Daughters of Italy Lodge #2825, the Clearwater chapter of the Order Sons of Italy in America. The applicant must be a Florida resident and of Italian descent. In addition to high school graduates, returning students as well as continuing students of higher education are also eligible to apply. Also available is a separate application for a $1,000 scholarship offered by the Grand Lodge of Florida, Order Sons of Italy in America. Printable applications can also be found on the Daughters of Italy Lodge website: www.daughtersof italy.com. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is March 26. Contact Floretta Guanciale between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (727) 787-1432 or by email at ggramfl@ tampabay.rr.com.
You could win a visit from Santa
Oldsmar residents who want a personal visit from Santa via Oldsmar Fire Rescue must take part in a lottery system. Families should mail a 3x5 card with their name, address and daytime phone number on it to Oldsmar Fire Rescue, 225 Pine Ave. N, Oldsmar, FL 34677. Cards will be received through Nov. 15. Families will then be contacted by phone about the time and date of the visit. Santa and his elves, riding a fire truck, will visit the children in the evenings from Dec. 13-17. The fire department also participates in Toys for Tots and requests that families bring a small, unwrapped new toy for ages newborn to 14 to the station by Dec. 9. Call (813) 749-1144.