VETERANS MALL SERVES MORE THAN 1,800: The Veterans Mall at ServiceSource in Clearwater, 2735 Whitney Road, celebrated its 1,800th and 1,801st veterans, Joseph Robida and Richard Trumpeter, who visited the Veterans Mall and received home starter kits. The Veterans Mall was founded six years ago by Virginia Meyer and members of the Abilities Guild, who recruit donations to assist wounded veterans.
ST. PETERSBURG NATIVE GRADUATES FROM BASIC TRAINING: U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Treyon Stubbs graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Stubbs is the son of Felicia Kennedy of St. Petersburg and Emanuel Stubbs of Miramar. He is a 2016 graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy.
ST. PETERSBURG ARTIST COMPETES IN S.C. EVENT: The sixth annual ArtFields competition and exhibition, sponsored by the Lake City Creative Alliance, returns to Lake City, S.C., from April 20-28, and will showcase the works of more than 400 Southeastern artists — including Chalet Comellas of St. Petersburg. They will compete for prizes totaling $120,000, including a grand prize of $50,000, which will be awarded on the final day of the event.
NORTH PINELLAS WOMAN'S CLUB PARTICIPATES IN 'READ ACROSS AMERICA': The GFWC North Pinellas Woman's Club recently visited three local elementary schools for "Read Across America" and Dr. Seuss' birthday. Adorned in 'Cat in the Hat' garb, Dr. Seuss stuffed characters and their favorite Seuss literature, club members read to students in several grades at Dunedin, Safety Harbor and Kings Highway elementary schools. The club's "Book Fairy" project also gave out free books to 95 children at the Safety Harbor Market on Main's "Dr. Seuss Day." For information about the project, visit gfwcnpwc.org.
USF ST. PETERSBURG UNVEILS DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF EARLY FLORIDA: The ground-breaking collection, La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas, was unveiled recently in front of dignitaries, international media and the public at receptions in Washington, D.C. Through short videos, interactive maps and digital reconstructions, La Florida brings to life the diverse melting pot of people that made up early Spanish Florida, from Spanish conquistadors and Native Americans to free and enslaved blacks and Europeans from Germany, Ireland and Eastern Europe. La Florida is a collaborative initiative with support from academic and cultural institutions in Spain. Spanish partners include the Spanish Embassy, the Instituto Nauta and EDRIEL Intelligence, which developed the site's innovative technology. Other technology companies, such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft, will participate through EDRIEL, under the direction of its Chief Innovation Officer, Francisco S. Guitard.
ST. PETERSBURG LODGE 1224 HONORS FIRST RESPONDERS: The St. Petersburg Lodge 1224 held its 38th Annual Law and Order Night Dinner and Program, honoring the men and women of law enforcement and fire prevention and protection. The co-chairs for this event were Toni Goodrich and Rudy Masi, Sr. Students from Pinellas Park High School's Criminal Justice Academy served dinners during the event. The lodge presented the academy with a $1,000 check. The following individuals were awarded Top in the Department in their chosen field by their peers and leaders: Officer Jesse Kellington, Gulfport Police Department; Officer Josua Beltran, Kenneth City Police Department; firefighter Jonathon King and firefighter/paramedic Patrick McEntegart, Lealman Fire Control District; Sgt. Jon Tobeck, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office; firefighter Daniel Schultz and paramedic Andrew Hughes, Pinellas Park Fire Department; prosecutor Doneene Bryan Sarabia, Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office; firefighter Terry Perna, St Petersburg Beach Fire Rescue; firefighter Tommy Dorsey and fire officer Lt. Mike Sullivan, St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue; and District 3 Community Service Unit, St. Petersburg Police Department.
Compiled by Divya Kumar, Times staff writer