Hometown North Pinellas for Sept. 19

Published September 11 2014

Dr. Oscar Menendez of Comprehensive Dental Care in Palm Harbor has received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Florida Academy of General Dentistry. As one of the most active state academies in the nation, the nonprofit organization of 1,600 Florida members honored Menendez for his charitable and civic involvements in his community and his consistent commitment to enhance the image of general dentistry through quality care. Menendez donates his time to Gulf Coast Dental Outreach, the Homeless Emergency Project, Give Kids a Smile and the Springtime City Kiwanis Health Fair. He was recognized as the Most Valuable Volunteer for his hours with the Pinellas County Healthy Teeth program and also participated in the Florida Dental Association Mission of Mercy this year. He and his staff worked 16 hours a day for three days to provide free dental care for about 2,000 people in the bay area.

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Harborside Studios in Safety Harbor was recognized in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant Program. Along with Magnolia Court in East Lealman, Harborside Studios was selected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be highlighted in the department's multimedia promotions. Harborside Studios by UPARC is an art studio and gallery that provides a safe environment for developmentally disabled people to pursue their artistic talents.

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Pat St. Germain of Clearwater spent a week competing and winning numerous medals and ribbons at the Fédération Internationale de Natation Senior World Swimming Championship in Montreal. She won third place in the 200- and 100-meter backstroke, sixth place in the 200-meter individual medley and 12th place in the 50-meter butterfly. Because of her records, she is ranked in the Top 10 in the world in the 70-74 age group for four out of five swimming events. Before her trip to Canada, St. Germain earned the top score in her age group at the St. Pete Masters Annual Short Course Championship Meet and won five awards at the Masters National Swimming Championship Meet in May in California.