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North Pinellas good for you: Jolley Trolley driver, recycling contest winners

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Ronald "Benny" Negron says he has always enjoyed meeting and working with the public.

The Florida transplant with a background in the hospitality industry is celebrating more than four years behind the wheel of Clearwater's Jolley Trolley, making him one of its senior-most drivers. He also has the distinction of being the organization's top requested charter driver.

Since joining the Jolley Trolley team in 2009 as a part-time driver, his duties have grown to include assisting with managerial duties and driving charters for weddings, pub crawls and special events.

Negron, who combines professionalism and a fun atmosphere, says his biggest enjoyment is charters because they allow him to communicate with guests and ensure that their experience is a great one. "Through my work with the Jolley Trolley, I've been able to meet people from all walks of life — everyone from local residents to people from the U.K., Canada and Europe," he added.

"Benny has been with us for several years, and I would say that clients request him because of the wonderful experience he gives to them by paying close attention to details and foreseeing all issues that may happen before they arise," said Jolley Trolley executive director Rosemary Longenecker. "Benny's warmth and professionalism assures the client that they will not have to be concerned with their transportation — he's an ideal member of our company."

Negron says that his time with Jolley Trolley has been a positive one in many ways.

"I've seen this company grow and become a backbone of Tampa Bay society," he says, "and I look forward to continuing my work with the Jolley Trolley for many years."

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Largo is so proud of its new mixed recycling program that the city sponsored a billboard contest to promote it.

Two 10-year-olds, Jiliene Bronto from Pinellas Primary Academy and Tiffany Zhou from Ridgecrest Elementary, were selected as the winners out of nearly 200 entries from local schoolchildren in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Kids were challenged to design a billboard that emphasizes their passion for recycling and Largo's new mixed recycling program. Jiliene's winning design is located at the Laredo Car Wash, 8040 Ulmerton Road, and Tiffany's billboard can be found on Starkey Road south of East Bay Drive.

On Dec. 18, both young artists were lifted high in the air by a Largo Fire Rescue truck to sign their winning billboards.

Largo's new program will make recycling easier and accommodate more recyclables than ever before.

Beginning in January, residents with curbside collection will receive wheeled carts that can be easily rolled to the curb on recycle day. No sorting is necessary. The first collection of mixed recyclables is set to begin Feb. 3.

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