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Good for you: Couple celebrates 50th wedding anniversary

Al and Peg Pisano of Palm Harbor will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering at Clearwater Beach in August and an Alaskan cruise in September.

The couple married July 1, 1961, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Tuxedo Park, N.Y.

The Pisanos both worked as teachers, coaches and school administrators.

He was employed at the State University of New York College at Cortland; United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; and Pennsylvania's Mercersburg Academy, retiring in August after 27 years with Berkeley Preparatory School, Tampa.

She was a teacher at schools in New York and Pennsylvania and retired seven years ago from Berkeley Preparatory School, where she was a teacher and coach for 19 years.

The couple came to Tampa in 1983 from Mercersburg, and settled in Highland Lakes 12 years ago.

They are communicants at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Palm Harbor, and members of the Highland Lakes Club.

He is an avid golfer and fisherman who enjoys biking, swimming, and the Rays and Gators. She enjoys needlework, swimming, biking, reading, movie-going and traveling.

The Pisanos have three sons and a daughter, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Suncoast Hospice volunteer Robert "Bob" Clarke of Palm Harbor was selected as one of 26 recipients nationwide to be honored with the MetLife Foundation Older Volunteers Enrich America award. He received his award June 17 at the Doubletree Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Clarke, named 2011 Volunteer of the Year by Suncoast Hospice earlier this year, began his volunteer activities with Suncoast more than 10 years ago. He suspended his service for a time to care for his wife. After her death, Clarke returned to volunteer work and has contributed more than 1,900 hours in support of Suncoast Hospice patients and families.

Clarke serves as a mentor to new volunteers, inspires established volunteers and gives comfort to individuals and families served by Suncoast Hospice. He provides respite visits for caregivers, gives rides to those who need a lift to medical appointments or other outings and calls on patients in Suncoast Hospice House Brookside on a regular basis.

The Older Volunteers Enrich America award program, now in its ninth year, is presented by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and MetLife Foundation and was established to honor older volunteers who make exemplary contributions to their communities.

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Peter Ubillos of Clearwater was selected for appointment to the staff of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary District 7. The district covers the entire area from Georgia and South Carolina through Florida, to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Ubillos retired in 1999 after a 40-year career as an electronic circuit designer and engineering manager. He and his wife, Eileen, moved from Boston to Largo to enjoy the water and longer boating season. A sailor for more than 35 years, he had completed all of the U.S. Power Squadrons courses while still employed.

He is an active member of the Clearwater Flotilla, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and has achieved the rating of coxswain.

Ubillos' new appointment is the assistant district staff officer for Navigation Services for the four auxiliary divisions, which cover the area from Naples north to Hudson. He will be the communication interface between the active duty Coast Guard navigation teams and the auxiliary.

He is also responsible for providing educational and motivational materials for the training of the navigation personnel of the area. His qualifications include attending the primary training center at Yorktown, Va., as well as serving in various other navigation services staff positions since 2007.

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The Clearwater Bar Association is pleased to present its Student Legal Intern Program class of 2011. Nine Pinellas County students were selected from 31 applicants to spend six weeks in a paid internship with a judge, local attorney or other legal mentor.

Interns are Natalie Stover, interning with the Clearwater city attorney; Nadia Torres, interning with Judge George Jirotka; Breanna Renaud with Clerk of Court Criminal Records; Ryan Kayler with Guardian ad Litem; Phylicia Nelson with Clerk of Court Civil Records; Lisa Diffendale with Tucker & Ludin; Danielle Price with Judge James Pierce; Megha Patel with Judge Jack Helinger; and Patrick Burke with The Law Firm for Family Law.

The program is in its fifth year and is funded by the Clearwater Bar Foundation; The Florida Bar's City, County and Local Government Law Section; and Clearwater Bar members and firms.

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc. announced that Rachel Daniels, daughter of Marcy and Scott Daniels, sales associates at the company's Clearwater office, has been awarded a $1,000 merit scholarship by the Coldwell Banker College Scholarship Program.

Rachel, a 2011 graduate of Dunedin High, achieved a 3.95 grade point average on a 4-point scale. Her extra-curricular activities included drama, acting and singing classes, local shows and a variety of performances. Her most rewarding accomplishment has been performing in several musicals. She plans to pursue degrees in musical theater and criminology at the University of Alabama.

The merit-based scholarship provides financial assistance to children or grandchildren of Coldwell Banker employees. To be eligible, an applicant must be a high school senior who has maintained a 3.2 GPA and plans to pursue a college degree.

Good for you: Couple celebrates 50th wedding anniversary 06/29/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 5:13pm]
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