Largo gymnast named to USA TOPS national team: Jordan McIntosh of LaFleur's Gymnastics in Largo was named to the 2015 USA Gymnastics Talent Opportunity Program National A Team. She and coach Kim Marks traveled to the USA Gymnastics National Training Center in Texas last month for the National TOPS qualification competition. McIntosh was one of 307 athletes to qualify. All TOPS athletes performed skills on traditional events of vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. McIntosh's overall adjusted score was 85, positioning her among the top 50 athletes in the nation. Her highest mark, 9.2, was on the beam. In December, McIntosh will attend the National Training Center Camp, which will provide her and her coach an opportunity to work and train with the U.S. National Elite training staff.
Kriseman names top winners at TBBCA Chalk Walk: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman presented awards to the two winners of the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts Chalk Walk at the St. Petersburg Festival. Artist Dani Greif earned the People's Choice Award for her piece showing Salvador Dalí lounging on St. Pete Beach. Greif is 14 years old and has been chalking for several years at events like Gasparilla Festival of the Arts and Suncoast Arts Fest. Julie Graden won the Mayor's Award for her depiction of a classic St. Petersburg postcard. Graden started creating chalk art in 2003 and has completed more than 60 pieces. She is president of the Florida Chalk Artists Association and certified by the organization as a maestro street painter. During SPF15, TBBCA Chalk Walk art transformed the sidewalks along South Straub Park downtown, creating an interactive experience between artists and the public.
Grand Central District names new board of directors: The Grand Central District Association elected a new board of directors for the 2015-16 year at its annual membership meeting in September. Jeff Danner was elected as president for the third consecutive year. He has extensive experience in planning and economic development, served on St. Petersburg's City Council and has been involved with the Grand Central District since its inception.
Officers elected to the executive committee include:
Andy Salyard, vice president
Shannon Kelly, secretary
David Hollowell, treasurer
The board also includes four returning directors: Bill Georgia, Jenn Greacen-Crawford, Terry Thompson and Jon Tallon.
Five new directors were appointed to the board: Mitch Faber, Precious Green, John Kelly, Barbara Lewis and Dal Osterwise.