SPC educator, baccalaureate leader to retire
Dr. Thomas E. Furlong Jr. will retire as St. Petersburg College's senior vice president of baccalaureate programs and university partnerships at the end of the month. A lifelong educator who started his career in the 1970s, Furlong joined the college in 2001 and led the effort to establish the college's four-year programs. Under his leadership, the college has graduated nearly 2,200 from its four-year programs. "We turned to Tom to develop the four-year curriculum that has redefined St. Petersburg College," said Carl M. Kuttler Jr., the college's president. "We will greatly miss his vision and his hard work." Furlong was honored with a surprise party Feb. 7 at the Feather Sound Country Club.
Vietnam veterans offer scholarships
Vietnam Veterans of America Pinellas County Chapter 522 is offering three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from any Pinellas County high school, public or private. An essay is required, and the student must have a relative who is a veteran. The deadline is March 30. For guidelines and applications, visit vva522.org/scholarship.html or call (727) 278-4111.
Patchington gives trade-ins to CASA
Beginning Tuesday through March 2, Patchington will hold its semi-annual trade-in event to support women touched by domestic violence. Customers who "trade-in" gently used clothing will receive a discount on comparable articles of apparel. All "trade-ins" will be donated to CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) for sale in its local thrift store. Proceeds will fund programs which provide refuge, crisis intervention, advocacy, professional training and community outreach. Local participating Patchington stores are at 280 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs; and 2520 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call (727) 771-2200, ext. 226.
Sign up for shift at Fine Arts Festival
Volunteers are needed for the Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival. The 35th annual event will be held March 28-29 at Craig Park on the Bayou, 100 Beekman Lane. Helpers are needed to work two- and three-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday. To sign up, call the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce, (727) 937-6109.
Bidding begins for prep arts benefit
Online bidding has begun for the "Celebration of Excellence'' Benefit Concert and Auction in March. Proceeds will be used toward the needs of Tarpon Springs High School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts Magnet, Instrumental Music Department. To check out the offerings, visit www.tarponspringsband.com. and follow the links to the auction. Along with bidding, the program invites you to donate items and sponsorships. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. March 13 at the East Lake Woodlands County Club in Palm Harbor.
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