Tarpon Springs resident wins literary award for thriller: The Florida Writers Association announced that David C. Edmonds of Tarpon Springs won a prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award. His winning entry, Lily of Peru, won first place in the thriller/suspense category. The award was announced at the FWA's four-day annual conference in Altamonte Springs. The competition received 393 submissions in 30 adult genres and 15 youth genres. The Royal Palm Literary Awards recognize excellence in members' published and unpublished works while providing constructive criticism for all entrants.
FSU names former Safety Harbor resident an Askew Award winner: The Florida State University Alumni Association named former Safety Harbor resident James Enos as one of six recipients of the Reubin O'D. Askew Young Alumni Award, one of its highest honors for young alumni. Enos now works at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Enos attended Countryside High School in Clearwater and is a pediatric cardiology fellow at the medical facility. Enos joins a distinguished group of 15 Askew Award winners. Since earning his medical degree in 2011, he has completed medical rotations around the world, including contributing to ongoing efforts to establish a medical center in Tanzania. The Askew Award is named for the former Florida governor, FSU alumnus and educator Reubin Askew. It is the highest honor granted by the university to alumni younger than 30 years old.
AARP honors local volunteer with Andrus Award: AARP Florida selected Susan Traylor of Tarpon Springs to receive the 2015 AARP Florida Andrus Award for Community Service. Traylor was selected for her volunteer service in both Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs. As a registered nurse, she provides medical aid to community members in need. Traylor also works with agencies around the county to help educate the community about financial matters, scams, identity theft and health care. Andrus Award honorees are chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of those around them, their dedication to improving their communities and their ability to inspire others to volunteer.