Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

Hometown South Pinellas

American Heart Association Tampa Bay office wins national award for campaign: The American Heart Association Tampa Bay office was the recipient of the American Stroke Association's national award for Best Integrated Campaign for American Stroke Month among markets with a corporate sponsor. The AHA Tampa Bay and its year-round Together to End Stroke supporter, Frontier Communications, implemented a campaign aimed at raising awareness and promoting public stroke education. Judges commended the campaign for reaching multicultural audiences across the bay area through a stroke awareness event at USF St. Petersburg with American Heart Association spokesperson and renowned hip-hop artist Dee-1; strategic alliances with six hospitals and two medical professional groups; media placements and compelling interviews with radio stations, TV stations and print publications; and the creative use of social media.

St. Petersburg Free Clinic volunteer receives key to city: Retired bicycle mechanic Patrick Ruta, 70, above, volunteers twice a week at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, putting in 80-100 hours a month fixing donated bikes so low-income residents can ride them to work or school. In recognition of Ruta's years of volunteer work, the City Council presented him with a key to the city last month. A bike mechanic by trade for 30 years, Ruta helped revive the Free Clinic's bicycle program in 2010. He cleans and repairs donated bicycles to make sure they're safe and matches each bike to each recipient's height and weight. He outfits every bike with lights. Each rider also gets a bike lock to prevent theft. Individuals are eligible to receive a bicycle if they can show proof of permanent employment or schooling. Those interested should call (727) 821-1200, ext. 115, for eligibility requirements.

Rotary Club Donates $10,000 to Children's Art Programs at Morean Arts Center: The Rotary Club of St. Petersburg presented a check for $10,000 to the Morean Arts Center to benefit scholarships for disadvantaged children to participate in art education programs. The funds came from the club's "Wine for the Arts," wine tasting event held this year. Founded in 1920, The Rotary Club of St. Petersburg is the oldest civic club in St. Petersburg. The club provides financial and volunteer support to community organizations and meets every Friday at noon at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Osteopathic physician awarded with fellowship: Dr. Stacy Chase, Associate Family Medicine Residency Director for St. Petersburg General Hospital, was presented with the Fellowship Award from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. This award is given to those who have shown exemplary, ongoing dedication to the osteopathic profession and community on local, state and national levels. To date, 747 osteopathic family physicians have received this award since the ACOFP was founded in 1950. Chase supports medical education of family practice residents as the Residency Clinic Director at Family Care at Bardmoor. She is the chair of Family Medicine at St. Petersburg General Hospital; Associate Family Medicine Residency Director for St. Petersburg General Hospital family practice residents and interns and an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor for Lake Erie College of Medicine in Bradenton. She is also a board member, treasurer and membership director of the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society; board of director in training for the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Family Physicians.

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Editorial: Six proposals for reasonable gun control

Editorial: Six proposals for reasonable gun control

Enough is enough. The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has renewed conversations about gun control in Washington and Tallahassee. Young people are demanding action, and there are cracks in the National Rifle Association’s solid w...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
She’s taught at the Parkland high school for 14 years. Can she go back?

She’s taught at the Parkland high school for 14 years. Can she go back?

She was afraid of what it would feel like, but she needed to know, so Melissa Falkowski pulled into the faculty parking lot. She took a deep breath in through her nose and climbed out of her car. She was back, in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Hig...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Column: A combat zone, with desks

Column: A combat zone, with desks

For nine months in Kandahar, Afghanistan, I went through the same routine every day.I put on my uniform and tied my boots. I put a magazine in my 9-millimeter handgun and locked it in my hip holster. I put a 30-round magazine in my M-4 and slung it o...
Updated: 24 minutes ago

Column: Billy Graham, the last nonpartisan evangelical?

It’s difficult to overstate the influence of the Rev. Billy Graham — who died at 99 last week — on American public life, and indeed the world, over the past century. It’s estimated that the globe-trotting preacher shared the Christian message with 21...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Girl Scouts camp sold to member of Tampa’s Lykes family

Girl Scouts camp sold to member of Tampa’s Lykes family

ODESSA — The 63-year-old lakeside summer camp had no air conditioning or electricity. Cabin floors were often covered in grime, and cobwebs clung to the windows.But under new ownership, the 18.6 acres of Florida woods known as Camp Scoutcrest to memb...
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Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

Edward Peachey, the leader of Pinellas and Hillsborough career centers under multiple investigations over the way they report job placement figures, says he has no intention of stepping down unless he is paid a severance.In a letter from his attorney...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Pasco foundation battling childhood hunger one school at a time

ZEPHRYHILLS — On a Thursday morning in a small warehouse off Gall Boulevard, a well-oiled machine of goodwill is cranking. At the Thomas Promise Foundation, volunteers Carlos and Robin Clothier, pack boxes of macaroni and cheese, granola bars, apple ...
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Live Coverage: Republican leaders announce school safety proposals

Live Coverage: Republican leaders announce school safety proposals

The Florida Senate’s own polling shows strong support for an assault weapons ban among Florida residents. But Republicans say their proposals won’t include that. What will it include?Follow live.[ TEXT OF SPEECH: Gov. Scott proposes $450 ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
BB&T cites ‘technical issue’ in outage affecting customers

BB&T cites ‘technical issue’ in outage affecting customers

Millions of BB&T customers were unable to access their accounts after a service outage which the bank blames on an equipment malfunction. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based bank posted a statement on its Twitter page saying the problem persiste...
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Top 5 at noon: Gov. Scott’s sweeping school safety changes; follow the Rays’ spring openers live; and more

Top 5 at noon: Gov. Scott’s sweeping school safety changes; follow the Rays’ spring openers live; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:LIVE COVERAGE: RICK SCOTT, REPUBLICAN LEADERS ANNOUNCE SCHOOL SAFETY PROPOSALSFlorida Gov. Rick Scott announced sweeping school safety changes as part of his response to the Feb. 14 mass shoo...
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