Teachers recognized by University of Chicago: Palm Harbor University High teacher Line Mercier and St. Petersburg High teacher Karen Vann were selected for the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award. Each year, the University of Chicago invites students entering their first year of studies at the university to nominate an educator who has influenced them, challenged them or helped them along the path toward intellectual growth.
Crabby Bill's wins Best of Taste of Indian Rocks Beach: The Original Crabby Bill's Seafood in Indian Rocks Beach won the Best of the Taste of Indian Rocks Beach at the 10th Annual Taste of IRB. With more than 25 percent of the votes, Crabby Bill's all-fresh-from-Florida menu included grilled gulf octopus, stone crab sliders, Port Canaveral royal red shrimp, Baja grouper tacos and buffalo oysters.
Pinellas Community Foundation names new executive director: The Pinellas Community Foundation named Tampa Bay nonprofit leader Mack "Duggan" Cooley III as its new executive director. Cooley will take the reigns from retiring Julie Scales, who led PCF during more than a decade of growth spanning from 2003 to 2016. Despite the downturn in the economy, Scales ensured PCF remained an anchor of stability to the Pinellas County nonprofit agencies that rely on the foundation's support and increased net assets by more than $40 million. Cooley most recently served as the United Way of Pasco County president and CEO where he increased the organization's visibility and spurred fundraising growth. He previously led Religious Community Services to increase private fundraising by more than 70 percent thereby expanding the availability of services to victims of domestic violence, hunger and homelessness by 35 percent during his five-year tenure as president and CEO. Cooley is the former president of Leadership Pinellas. He is also the chairman of the Pasco County Homelessness Coalition and held board positions with the Pasco Economic Development Council and the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger.
, Inner Wheel of Dunedin North Tours Hanger Clinic: The Inner Wheel of Dunedin North took a tour of Hanger Clinic in Clearwater last month. Inner Wheel Foundation provides myoelectric prosthetic upper limbs for children who were born without arms or lost them due to illness or accidents. Inner Wheel of Dunedin North visited Hanger Clinic to see the processes necessary in manufacturing myoelectric prostheses. Hanger Clinic provides all of the prostheses for the Inner Wheel Foundation. Inner Wheel of Dunedin North is a nonprofit group that works to provide funds for many local charitable organizations. The club meets the third Thursday of the month at various locations. For information call Lesley Shaw at (727) 687-6142.
Largo City Commission recognizes new fire rescue personnel and small business month: Nine new Largo Fire Rescue Paramedics and EMTs — Jason Poole, Ian Calderwood, Alana Napier, Carlos Franco, Bernard Aris, Mario Barbara, Thomas Amato, Justin Clarida and Douglas Scott — were recognized and sworn into service earlier this month. November was also proclaimed as Largo Small Business Month in order to increase awareness of the impact local businesses have on the quality of life in Largo.
Divya Kumar, Times staff writer