Wednesday, December 13, 2017
News Roundup

Hometown Pinellas

Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber honored

The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce was the recipient of two awards at the 2015 Florida Association of Chamber Professionals Annual Conference in September. TBBCoC won an award for CVB Communications/Marketing Materials, highlighting their recent 2015 visitor's guide, and another for Audio/Visual/Online Communications for their email initiatives and design. This success follows their 2012 Chamber of the Year Award and Chamber Professional of the Year Award, presented to CEO Robin Sollie.

All Children's celebrates new brain protection center

All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine recently established the Johns Hopkins All Children's Institute for Brain Protection Sciences. The institute is dedicated to treating brain disease, protecting brain health from infancy to adulthood and providing better outcomes. Dr. George Jallo, an international expert in pediatric neurosurgery, joined as director of the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences. He previously spent more than 10 years at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore as a professor of neurosurgery, pediatrics and oncology and head of the division of pediatric neurosurgery. Jallo has performed surgery on patients around the world and is considered a pioneer in the use of minimally invasive keyhole surgery on children — reaching the brain by entering through the nose or eyebrow with extremely small openings.

Pass-a-Grille church welcomes associate pastor

The congregation of Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church introduced to the community the new Rev. Dr. Guillermo Marquez-Sterling, who will serve as the associate pastor.

A son of Cuban exiles, Marquez-Sterling grew up in Puerto Rico. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school and received an honorable discharge after six years of service. He spent eight years as a teacher and youth minister before earning a master's of divinity from South Florida Center Theological Studies and was ordained by the United Church of Christ in 1997. Prior to him joining the Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church, he served at the Coral Gables Congregational UCC. He and his wife, Maria, have been married for 28 years and have three adult children.

St. Petersburg Lions help out at eye camp for the homeless

Cynthia Davis-Griffith and Ann Woodworth were among several St. Petersburg Lions who volunteered at an eye camp for the homeless. The annual event is organized by Dr. Geetha Kamath and the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Tampa Bay. More than 120 homeless persons received complete eye exams. The Lions performed refraction tests and shared the expense for 85 new pairs of prescription glasses. Eye Glass World wrote and filled prescriptions and delivered them to the Lion's Sight Office in St. Petersburg.

Treasure Island Islettes celebrate 60 years of community service

The Treasure Islettes, the women's club of Treasure Island, celebrated its 60th birthday on September 27 with a luncheon at the Bilmar Beach Resort. President Mary Cox's welcome noted that in the past 59 years nearly $1 million was raised by the Islettes.

Some of their notable donations have been funding the community center, donations of equipment and vehicles to the Treasure Island Police and Fire Departments, recreation equipment, city beautification, youth projects, scholarships and donations to national charities. Some members were awarded a red rose pin for more than 40 years of active membership, including Millie Fant, Nell Phillips Keithley, Dottie Bairer, Mildred Nelson, Carol Husky, Jean Budzinski and Bonnie Heath.

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Winter meetings journal: Rays trade for money to sign top international free agent

LAKE BUENA VISTA — While most of the business conducted at the meetings impacts the big-league team one way or another, the Rays are working to finalize a move they hope pays off big sometime in the 2020s.In trading Wednesday to acquire $1 million in...
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Senate race motivated Alabama’s white, black evangelical voters in different ways

Senate race motivated Alabama’s white, black evangelical voters in different ways

Nationally, the word "evangelical" has become in recent years nearly synonymous with "conservative Republican" and Alabama is one of the most evangelical states in the country. But in Alabama, there is a difference: black Christians.While in many par...
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Gators crash volleyball power party, play national semifinal Thursday

Gators crash volleyball power party, play national semifinal Thursday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s difficult to call a volleyball program that has been to the Final Four eight times an underdog, especially the way Florida rallied to beat Southern California and punch its latest ticket. Yet of the four schools descending on ...
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High school scoreboard for Dec. 13

Wednesday’s scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 3, St. Petersburg 1Girls basketballPalm Harbor U. 42, Largo 25
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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken’s Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018...
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Florida Toys for Tots charity raffles off AR-15 rifle. Gun debate ensues.

Florida Toys for Tots charity raffles off AR-15 rifle. Gun debate ensues.

SPRING HILL — Hernando County Commission Vice Chairman Steve Champion wanted to do something to help raise money for the annual Toys for Tots drive. So he donated the grand prize for the Nov. 18 raffle:It was an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.That led to ...
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Thefts from cell towers interrupted service, deputies say

Thefts from cell towers interrupted service, deputies say

Lost cell signal recently? The culprit could be a 40-year-old Ruskin man who deputies said stole thousands of dollars worth of the equipment that powers cell towers. The theft interrupted cell tower signals on at least two occasions, deputies said, i...
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Foot washes ashore in Canada, again; Abbas wants U.S. out as Mideast mediator; 12 sentenced to life for gang-raping kids; more in world news

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