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Clearwater ServiceSource donates home to Air Force veteran: The ServiceSource Florida Regional Office in Clearwater, a provider of employment and housing services and resources to Floridians with disabilities, donated a mortgage-free home to U.S. Air Force veteran Robert Slezak last month. Slezak's condominium is at Crestview Villas in Cocoa and was one of five units in the complex that were renovated with grants and labor provided by The Home Depot Foundation. The ceremony included a proclamation and gift of an American flag flown over the Capitol by U.S. Rep. David Jolly, along with the presentation of keys to Slezak by ServiceSource president and CEO Janet Samuelson. Slezak, 58, served from 1979 to 1983.

Clearwater woman's club honors volunteer of the year: The Clearwater Community Woman's Club recently named Sue Meier as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Meier has been a member for 25 years and is currently recording secretary. She previously assumed various responsibilities with CCWC, including the yearbook chair, CSP chair, treasurer and serving on the Daisy Grants Committee and the club's nominating committee. Meier also volunteers with Meals on Wheels, Clearwater Alumnae Panhellenic, Clearwater Civitan and Zeta Tau Alpha.

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