Robert J. and Peggy Hubbard of Clearwater celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 28 with dinner at The Wine Cellar in Redington Beach, and look forward to a trip later this year.
The Hubbards were married June 28, 1958, in Benton Harbor, Mich. Mr. Hubbard is an Army veteran. He worked 10 years for Heath Company of Benton Harbor and retired from Honeywell after 25 years. Mrs. Hubbard worked at Romo Photo Labs and at Honeywell for five years.
The couple have two sons, Brian K. Hubbard, deceased, and Robert J. Hubbard Jr.; a granddaughter, Jennifer Dottorelli; and three great-grandchildren.
Elks honor top citizens in four categories
Tarpon Springs Elks Lodge 1719 has announced the winners of their annual awards for citizens who have made outstanding contributions to the city.
Lt. Todd Archer was named Firefighter of the Year for his hard work and commitment to the community. Archer, a Tarpon Springs High graduate, is a paramedic and is taking classes to become a fire inspector. Archer participates in the fire department's annual chili cookoffs, and is active with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
Tarpon Springs police officer Matthew Geer was named Officer of the Year for his work ethic, teamwork and self-initiative. Geer was lauded for his efforts in identifying three burglary suspects during a routine call. Nearly $8,000 in stolen items was returned to the owners.
Joseph Priddy received the Demos Megaloudis Educator of the Year award. Priddy, a Tarpon Springs High math teacher, was honored for his ability to engage his students. Priddy tutors students before and after school, sponsors the school's Mu Alpha Theta math honor society and co-sponsors the Garden Club.
Tarpon Springs native James Dorsett was named Citizen of the Year for his devotion to local youth. Dorsett, a charter member of 5,000 Role Models for Excellence, has mentored more than 150 students. Dorsett founded a scholarship program for outstanding African-American athletes at Tarpon Springs High more than 20 years ago.
Local high school students Leandra Gerena, Erin Jackus and Lindsay Geier were awarded $500 scholarships.
Local student picked for GOP internship
Stephanie Dobies is one of 26 college students selected as interns who will assist in preparations for the Republican National Convention, Sept. 1-4 in St. Paul, Minn.
Convention internships are unpaid positions requiring interns to live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area from June 2 through Sept. 4.
Intern assignments include delegate services, preparing to welcome and house 45,000 people to Minneapolis-St. Paul, convention communications and operations, professional development activities, and community service projects through the convention's American Neighbor Volunteer Program.
Prior to her selection for convention internship, Ms. Dobies interned in Washington, D.C., for Sen. Gordon Smith-R, of Oregon.
Ms. Dobies is the daughter of Tom Dobies of Holiday and Kathy K. Dobies of Palm Harbor.
She is a 2001 graduate of Tarpon Springs High School.
City wins pair of national awards
Two prestigious awards were presented to the city of Clearwater by the Suncoast Chapter of the American Society of Public Administrators at its annual banquet at the University of South Florida on June 28.
Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Dunbar was awarded the Picot B. Floyd Public Service Leadership Award, in recognition of his ability to provide for the effective functioning of a unit or agency, manage conflict with positive outcomes, delegate authority, provide leadership, generate new ideas and set high standards of personal integrity and moral character.
The Public Management Innovation Award was given to the Clearwater Finance Department for its Electronic Payment Processing System and recognizing significant team cooperation, service consolidation, new technology application, cost savings, and increased effectiveness.
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