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Stage performer celebrates 100 years

Published Oct. 2, 2005

Neida Hart, Clearwater, celebrated her 100th birthday Oct. 23. She was born in 1897 in Denver, moved to New York City in her teens, and began appearing on stage when she was 15 years old.

Mrs. Hart, who toured as Neida Snow, earned dancing parts in Irene and Going Up and later appeared in Hanky Panky. That Broadway show landed her photograph on the cover of National Police Gazette magazine on Dec. 7, 1912.

In 1932, she married James Hart, a florist. They moved to Farmingdale, N.Y., where Mrs. Hart worked 25 years as a secretary for General Re Corp.

In 1958 Mrs. Hart moved to Bushnell and then St. Petersburg after the death of her husband that same year.

Mrs. Hart was active in St. Peter's Cathedral in St. Petersburg having participated in the sewing guild and church bazaars.

About three years ago, Mrs. Hart moved to the Oaks Nursing Care Center in Clearwater. Some of her nieces and nephews gathered together to celebrate her birthday Sunday with cake and reminiscing.

She has a niece, two nephews, three grandnieces, 10 grandnephews, and several great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

Retirement community

to sponsor guide dog

The residents of Freedom Square, a Freedom Group Retirement Community in Seminole, have raised $1,200 through the raffle of a hand-made quilt and donations to sponsor a guide dog through Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc.

The Palmetto-based company breeds and trains dogs to aid visually impaired individuals.

The sponsorship money covers all of the puppy's medical costs, including routine evaluations, X-rays, inoculations, and neutering. In exchange, the sponsor gets to name the puppy. Freedom Square has chosen to name its puppy Freedom II.

Freedom Square will have to wait about eight to nine months for a puppy to be born. The residents hope to meet the puppy and the foster family that will socialize the animal by taking it to grocery stores, restaurants, churches, and other public areas.

After 12 to 14 months with the foster family the puppy is sent back to Southeastern Guide Dogs. for a four- to six-month formalized training course in guiding the visually impaired.

The only cost visually impaired students are asked to provide is for their transportation to the school.

The students are given a dog and a free 26-day training session. All expenses that Southeastern Guide Dogs incurs are paid for through donations and group sponsorships.


Lee and Phyllis Lyons, Clearwater, celebrated their 50th anniversary with a weeklong trip to the Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World in Orlando with family.

They were married Aug. 10, 1947, in Huntington, W.Va., and moved to Florida in 1952.

Lyons worked 36 years at McNeil Pharmaceuticals. He is a former member of the Tampa Philharmonic, Huntington Symphony, and the Clearwater Symphony. The World War II Army veteran served in the Signal Corps in the South Pacific. Mrs. Lyons was a secretary with a wholesale appliance company.

They are members of Huntington Club of Florida, Johnson and Johnson Retirees Club, and Clearwater Community Church. They have two children and four grandchildren.

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