Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Hometown North Pinellas

Former Clearwater resident wins gold with U.S. Chess Team: Chess Grand Master Ray Robson, 21, is a junior at Webster University who was born in Guam and raised in Clearwater. He is one of five members of the United States Chess Team, which won its first gold medal since 1976 over 180 countries at the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. Robson, who is majoring in international studies and plays tennis for fun, is ranked No. 5 in the United States, No. 7 in all of the Americas and No. 66 in the world, among all active players. He was formerly the U.S. National Chess Champion in the elementary (K-6) division.

Northside Hospital receives quality achievement award: Northside Hospital received the Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation's secondary prevention guidelines. Northside earned the award by meeting measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients including evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled as well as other transition interventions. Northside also received the association's Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll, an initiative that provides hospitals with educational tools, prevention programs and treatment guidelines designed to reduce the risk of heart failure patients ending up back in the hospital.

Rowdies raise funds, PROMOTE National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: During September, National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Tampa Bay Rowdies are working with local survivor Cole Eicher to raise funds and awareness. The Rowdies donated $5 from every ticket sold for their Sept. 17 game to the American Cancer Society. The money will be divided between the American Cancer Society and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.

Ski Club donates to disabled vets: The Clearwater/St. Pete Ski Club recently donated $1,800 to the Bay Pines Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Team to sponsor at least one veteran to attend the National Veterans Winter Sports Clinic "Miracles on a Mountainside" in Snowmass, Colo. The clinic offers veterans from across the country with traumatic brain injuries, orthopedic amputations, vision impairments and other disabilities a chance to participate in adaptive winter sports through a therapeutic clinic program. The Clearwater/St. Pete Ski Club is Pinellas County's only snow ski club and is part of the Florida Ski Council. It meets the second Tuesday of the month from September through May at 6:30 p.m. at Mike's Pizza and Deli Station, 13560 49th St. N, Clearwater. The club has trips to Beaver Creek, Colo.; Crested Butte, Colo.; Snowmass, Colo.; and Costa Rica planned for 2017.

Quilts of Valor: Dr. Louis Kinnard (U.S. Navy-Vietnam, USS Hancock) and David Kitchen (U.S. Navy-Korea) were recently presented with Quilts of Valor at Dunedin's Purple Heart Park in downtown Dunedin. Quilts of Valor is a grass roots group of quilters from across the country whose mission is to honor all combat service members and veterans who have been touched by war with a Quilt of Valor. Since it was founded by Catherine Roberts in 2003 when her son was deployed in Iraq, more than 142,420 quilts have been awarded. Each quilt includes a label and note on it about the quilt's beginnings. The quilts recently presented to Kinnard and Kitchen were made by the CT Quilters from Crafty Threads Quilt Shop in Tampa.

Divya Kumar, Times staff writer

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Two male students arrested for threatening their schools; no weapons found

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