Seminole youth group spends summer giving back in Philadelphia: Twenty high school students from the Seminole First Baptist Church youth group spent their summer vacation in Philadelphia serving others. The trip was part of World Changers, a faith-based organization dedicated to improving cities through construction projects in low-income areas. In partnership with the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the Salvation Army, the city of Philadelphia and local businesses, the students and leaders from the congregation worked with volunteers from 10 other churches improving ministries, apartment buildings and mission projects. The students helped build wheelchair ramps, apply fresh coats of paint and place new tiles, but the ultimate goal reached beyond physical labor.
Dan DiCicco Foundation awards annual scholarships: Two members of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 900 were awarded scholarships from the Dan DiCicco Memorial Scholarship Foundation. These scholarships are in memory of Pinellas County Deputy Dan DiCicco, who died when he was 29. They are awarded each year to students planning a career in criminal justice. Lauren Paschall and Zoe Gambel each received checks for $1,500 to help with their studies at St. Petersburg College. Paschall has a goal of transferring to a university to major in chemical engineering. She hopes to become a homicide detective. Paschall is a lieutenant in her post and vice president of the honors program at SPC. Gambel is a dual major in strategic communications and behavioral sciences and hopes to become a member of the Crisis Intervention Team. She is a lieutenant in her post and Florida Association of Police Explorers Youth Board.
Navy Lieutenant gives medical support in Dominica: Lt. Cmdr. Denise Neumann, a St. Petersburg native assigned at Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point in North Carolina, also conducts surgical screenings at a medical site established at the Dominica Grammar School in Dominica.
Continuing Promise 2015 offers the medical help and is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil military operations and show U.S. support for Central and South America and the Caribbean.