Students at Guardian Angels Catholic School in Clearwater had a dress down day Sept. 25 to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. Students arrived at school dressed in yellow and blue, and carried banners and balloons. One kindergarten student, Kamryn Padinske, wore a pin in honor of her cousin, who has leukemia. By Sept. 26, which was Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day, students had raised more than $500 for the cause.
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Dorothea Dubs celebrated her 100th birthday Sept. 25 at St. Mark Highlands Village in Palm Harbor. She was born in Derby, Conn., and graduated from high school in 1932. Before the Great Depression, Dubs worked in her father's insurance and real estate office doing clerical work. She then moved in with her aunt in New Jersey to work as a waitress and for a department store. Dubs met her husband, Charles, whom she married in 1937, and they moved to Florida in 1977. Her hobbies include reading, watching TV, crafts, needlework, bingo and social events. She and her husband had three children, and she now has nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
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The Homeless Emergency Project Inc. in Clearwater received the 2014 Top-Rated Award from Great Nonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews for nonprofits. HEP was chosen based on reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. It is part of the inaugural group to qualify for the award this year and will be added to Great Nonprofits' interactive #GivingTuesdayGuide. The HEP is one of the largest and oldest providers of emergency support services in Pinellas County. It provides shelter and support to more than 400 people every day, and offers long-term solutions to ending homelessness in the community.
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Dunedin Blue Jays right-handed pitcher Taylor Cole and hitting coach Stubby Clapp were honored with organizational awards from the Toronto Blue Jays. Cole received the Community Service Award for his involvement in community youth programs. He helped with the team's Bookin' it to the Ballpark reading program and summer Kickball Tour.
He also led a group of teammates on a shopping spree for Toys for Tots. Clapp earned the Bobby Mattick Award for excellence in player development. He has been the hitting coach for the past two seasons, and is a member of Canada's 1999 Pan American Games team, the 2004 Canadian Olympic team and the 2006 World Baseball Classic Club. He spent 11 seasons playing professionally, with 23 games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001. Clapp was influential in the development of several Blue Jays farmhands during his two coaching seasons and is being honored for his dedication to the team.