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From the Pentagon to Safety Harbor and beyond, couple celebrates 50 years

Westlake Christian School students, from left, Andrew Hanis, Gabriella Selby, Katie Christopher and Savannah Jolliffe earned awards for their artwork in local competitions.

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Westlake Christian School students, from left, Andrew Hanis, Gabriella Selby, Katie Christopher and Savannah Jolliffe earned awards for their artwork in local competitions.

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Ernie and Alma Pasquale celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary while on a cruise to Cozumel with family and friends.

The couple met while working at the Pentagon and were married March 3, 1962, in Silver Spring, Md.

He retired in 1980 and the couple moved to Safety Harbor where he keeps busy in a second career as a travel agent.

She recently retired from a job as a tour escort.

They enjoy monthly trips to the Hard Rock Casino and have been on more than 80 cruises.

She is a 30-year volunteer at Ruth Eckerd Hall and has been a Leading Ladies board member since 1991. She's also been a volunteer with the Miss America Pageant since 1962 and is a Miss Tampa Scholarship Pageant board member.

Her hobbies are bowling, bridge, mahjong and reading.

The Pasquales have two children and three grandchildren.

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Friends and family were on hand to help Ray and Shirl Jason of Belleair celebrate 65 years of marriage.

The couple met at age 11 in elementary school. They began dating during World War II while he was home on leave from the Navy.

They married April 5, 1947, in Chicago.

From Hinsdale, Ill., the couple first visited Florida in 1956 and after many visits made Clearwater their permanent home.

He owned a contracting company for more than 50 years, and applied his contracting and business expertise in his position as condominium president.

In addition to being a homemaker, she remains active in their condominium association.

They enjoy going out to dinner and spending time together.

The couple have two children, both of whom are married and live in the area.

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The last week of March was a big one for the students of Westlake Christian School's Visual Arts Department, where its kindergarten through eighth-grade art students competed in both a regional and a local art competition.

On March 22, Westlake students Savannah Jolliffe (second grade) and Andrew Hanis (fifth grade) took home "Best in Show" honors for their works at the 2012 ACSI-Florida Regional Art Festival which was held at Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater.

Savannah's piece, a still-life drawing done in pastels, won the lower elementary division.

Andrew's work, a mixed-media piece titled Wandering Penguin, took top honors in the upper elementary division.

The festival drew students from 16 schools across the state of Florida. This is the third year in a row that a Westlake student has taken home a "Best in Show" award.

On March 24, Katie Christopher (first grade) and Gabriella Selby (fifth grade) took home top honors in their grade level at the 2012 Crystal Beach Art Competition.

After an award presentation March 25, the award-winning art was put on display at the Leepa-Rattner Museum on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College.

Westlake director of visual arts Sandra Franklin said, "I am so proud of our students. They have so much talent, and I am so excited to help them develop their artistic gifts here at Westlake Christian School."

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The Juvenile Welfare Board Children's Services Council of Pinellas County named Caroline Brown, a program coordinator and youth worker at the High Point Neighborhood Family Center, as the winner of the 18th annual Cooperman-Bogue KidsFirst Award.

The Cooperman-Bougue KidsFirst Award honors those who go above and beyond the call of their human services job duties to improve the lives of Pinellas children. Brown accepted the award and a check for $2,000 at a luncheon Thursday.

Brown plans and implements programs to benefit children and families in the High Point community. Among her accomplishments in 2011 were securing a grant to provide a Seeds 2 Soup program where neighborhood families grow their own food at a community garden and then attend free cooking classes at Pinellas Technical Education Center and the organization of a Day of Design for the past two years at which 75 students from the Pinellas County Schools' English for Speakers of Second Languages program learn about careers in fashion, design, cosmetology and culinary arts from professionals in those fields. She also teaches painting to children and adults at the High Point Neighborhood Family Center.

From the Pentagon to Safety Harbor and beyond, couple celebrates 50 years 04/10/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 4:45pm]
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