South Pasadena resident celebrates 100 years: Janet Spiegelman celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday with family and friends at a dinner party at Jackie's Bistro. Spiegelman was born in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 1915, graduated from the University of Michigan in 1936 and married her husband after a blind date in 1938. She and her husband, Tunney, moved to St. Petersburg in the 1970s. They traveled the world together, and after he died she went on an African safari as her final trip. Spiegelman is well known for her clock and watch collection, which was a tradition that began with her family. Being an avid theater, movie and concert-goer, she has saved every Playbill and program from every production she attended from 1935 to today. She also keeps a diary to log her activities.
Northside Hospital recognized for heart attack and stroke care: Northside Hospital has been recognized for implementing the latest research-based treatment guidelines for heart attack patients through the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline program. The hospital was also recognized for using the latest treatment guidelines for stroke patients through the Association's Get With the Guidelines improvement program. Northside is among the 341 U.S. hospitals receiving Mission: Lifeline awards this year and among the 915 hospitals receiving the Get With the Guidelines Stroke award this year.
Stetson University receives grant for new forensics program: Stetson University College of Law received a $400,000 grant from the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law to develop a forensic evidence training program for lawyers who work on death penalty cases. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Attorney General as part of the Adjudication and Law Enforcement National Initiatives, will go toward the development of a "Crime Scene to Courtroom Forensics" program. The program will provide training on forensic science evidence and the use of expert testimony.
Masonic Lodge donates to park and youth camp for new trail benches: Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge donated $300 to the Masonic Park and Youth Camp in Wimauma. The money will go toward building benches along the park trails for the comfort of park visitors. In 1969, 17 Masonic lodges from Districts 22 and 23 incorporated the Masonic Park and Youth Camp, Inc. as a nonprofit corporation. The purpose is to own, develop, improve, operate and manage a camp for the primary use of young men, women and families.
St. Pete Lions donate to 5000 Role Models program: Tim Butler, vice president of St. Petersburg Lions, presented a $500 check to Rich Engwall, director of St. Pete's Promise, Pinellas Education Foundation, to go toward the 5000 Role Models program. Butler, a resident of Treasure Island with a 3-year-old son, encouraged the Lions to make the investment in hopes some day the young men will join the Lions Club.