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Hooper: Leader's vision may lead to new Woodson Museum spot

Premier Eye Care CEO Lorna Taylor received the inaugural Winnie Foster Lifetime Achievement Award at a Carter G. Woodson Museum event Sunday in St. Petersburg.

The award is as much about what she hopes to do as what she's already done for the museum. Taylor, looking to honor the legacy of Foster, considered Pinellas' matriarch of social justice, and others honored at the First Ladies of African-American History dinner, wants to spark an effort to create a building for the Woodson that's more on par with other iconic museums in our community.

Given the dedication of Woodson director Terri Lipsey Scott and the museum's board, expanding its presence is worthy of a serious effort. .?.?.

Seen on a bumper sticker: Purr More, Hiss Less. .?.?.

The Pinellas School District and the Pinellas Education Foundation feted more than 200 high school seniors who will move on to higher education or technical school thanks to the Take Stock in Children program.

The effort identifies and nurtures students who show the potential to reach such lofty goals despite challenged backgrounds. Dreams flourish when the reality seems more viable, the goal more attainable. .?.?.

Family and friends of Queena Phu, who suffered brain damage from a brutal attack while returning books to the Bloomingdale Library, will join her for a celebration of her remarkable perseverance — and her 28th birthday — Sunday at GFWC Tampa Woman's Club at 2901 Bayshore Blvd.

Ten years after she was attacked outside the library and left to die, Queena's drive remains an inspiration. Visit

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