Since 1999, Dunedin has recognized senior residents for their outstanding contributions to the city and its residents.
This year's winners, Theresa Cordova O'dea and Dave and Nell Thomas, were announced May 2 at a Dunedin City Commission meeting and honored at a buffet lunch and awards presentation May 15 at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin.
Sharon Williams, Dunedin Citizens on Aging Committee chair, was the guest speaker at this year's event that embraced the theme, "Unleash the Power of Age."
The Thomases are transplants from Pennsylvania who have been strong contributors to the city since 1977 and involved with organizations including Dunedin's Rotary Club, library, historical society, Masonic Lodge, religious institutions and Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics Inc.
Cordova O'dea has been a volunteer in Dunedin since 1980. An elementary school teacher for 20 years, O'dea returned to college to work on her master's degree in counseling. At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, she is a member of the choir, serves as a reader and volunteers wherever she can help. Memberships include the Dunedin Youth Guild, where she serves on the scholarship committee, and the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce. As a volunteer, she has been involved with the Dunedin Council of Organizations and Dunedin Rotary Club.
Photographs of all winners are on view in the Senior Hall of Fame at the Hale Center.
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East Lake High School is committed to training students in STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programs, critical fields in tomorrow's workplace.
As a result, the school's Academy of Engineering has been named a PRIME site by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation. PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) is a prestigious designation signifying the program is one of the top engineering programs in the country. Selection is based on exemplary manufacturing curriculum, skilled and dedicated instructors, engaged and active students and connectivity to the local manufacturing base or an SME membership group.
According to the foundation's website, there are only 15 PRIME sites in the country and none of them are located in Florida.
Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, the academy will receive a total of $35,000 in funding over a three-year term.
The PRIME program was launched in 2011 in an effort to create strong partnerships between organizations, businesses and schools to provide an inclusive, community-based approach to manufacturing education. The goal of the SME Education Foundation is to prepare future engineers and technologists for advanced manufacturing careers.
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In honor of National Emergency Medical Services Week, celebrated nationally each May by the American College of Emergency Physicians, three EMS professionals working for Pinellas County's emergency medical services system were honored for their dedication in providing the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's front line.
Sunstar Operations Supervisor Shawn Tatham, Firefighter/EMT Jim Metevia and 9-1-1 Telecommunicator Alexandra Dolce were named 2013 Emergency Medical Services Professionals of the Year by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners at a May 7 meeting.
"It's not one person that makes the call, it's a team effort," said Tatham, a 23-year EMS veteran named Paramedic of the Year. "I'm very proud of the other agencies that I work with and very happy to be part of the system."
Metevia, an 11-year veteran who normally works out of St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue Station 6, was named Emergency Medical Technician of the Year.
Pinellas County 9-1-1 Telecommunicator Alexandra Dolce, who recently assisted with the delivery of a baby over the phone, was named Emergency Medical Dispatcher of the Year.
The awards are given each year in May in honor of EMS Week, locally commemorating the EMS professionals working for Pinellas County's emergency medical services system.
The award recipients each received a plaque and a cash award from Pinellas Federal Credit Union.
A video profiling the award winners can be viewed online at youtube.com/pcctv1.
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