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Published Aug. 5, 2015

SENIORS INDUCTED INTO ST. PETERSBURG HALL OF FAME: The city of St. Petersburg recognized five senior volunteers with an awards ceremony at the Sunshine Senior Center recently. Each inductee received a "Key to the City," prizes and flowers. Betty Braverman, Claire Mazella, Bunny Mirth and Boo, Gordon Norton and Ed Mooney also were honored with a picture and their names on a plaque.

The Senior Hall of Fame recognizes the contributions of senior volunteers. Nominees were judged on length of service, effectiveness of service, diversity and quality of service.

The volunteers honored serve a variety of organizations. Mazella has been a volunteer for 14 years for organizations, including the Florida Orchestra Guild and Friends of Strays. Mirth, a volunteer for more than 40 years, volunteers with her dog, Boo, at the Dog Training Club of St. Petersburg and the Free Clinic and has served on committees for health. Norton served as an Army dental captain during the Vietnam War. He has been a member of the St. Petersburg Rotary Club for more than 47 years and still participates in various service projects and committees. Braverman received five nominations after 15 years of volunteer work, and her activities include organizing dances at the Coliseum. Mooney has volunteered with Daystar Life Center for 18 years by assisting clients and is involved with the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen and hospices.

To be considered for this honor, nominees must be 65 or older, be a year-round or seasonal resident of Pinellas County and perform outstanding community service benefiting St. Petersburg residents.

Lawyer HONORED BY wildlife federation: St. Petersburg lawyer David J. White became the 27th inductee to the Florida Wildlife Federation Conservation Hall of Fame for his years of dedication to the conservation of Florida's natural resources. He was inducted at the 78th annual Conservation Awards Banquet on June 13 in St. Augustine.

As an environmental lawyer, he spent his career making Florida a more ecologically sustainable and livable place. He earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Florida, a master's degree in wildlife ecology and graduated from the UF College of Law in 1986.

The Ocean Conservancy hired White as its regional director in 2000. He and his staff addressed species and habitat issues in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Ocean. As a dedicated saltwater angler and boater, White coupled his passion for marine aquatic systems with his professional goals.

After the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster of 2010, and the passage of the Restore Act, White became director of the Gulf of Mexico Restoration Campaign for the National Wildlife Federation.

Now in private practice, White serves as president of the Everglades Law Center, a public interest law firm focused on environmental and land use cases.

PINELLAS PARK EDUCATORS RECEIVE GRANT: Mary Footman, a sixth- through 12th-grade behavioral specialist, and co-applicant Shuntial Green of Pinellas Secondary School in Pinellas Park have received a $2,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to start a research-based behavioral skills program called, "Behavior and Management Moments." This program will teach students about real-world issues and stories while providing them with life skills essential to making appropriate behavioral choices.

The NEA Foundation invested $146,000 to fund 49 grants to public school educators in 26 states.

The NEA Foundation's education grants fund $2,000 and $5,000 projects for classroom instruction or professional development. Grantees share knowledge directly with their colleagues and the field at-large by posting lesson plans and curriculum on an open-sourced platform.

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ROTARY CLUB OF ST. PETERSBURG HONORS BOARD MEMBER: Roy Adams has received the Dr. Charlie Martin Rotarian of the Year Award for 2015. Adams joined the St. Petersburg Rotary Club in 2004 and serves on the club's board of directors. He is the public information officer at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The award was presented by Bob Carter at the club's annual meeting June 19 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. The award recognizes a member who has been a longtime member and is regular in Rotary attendance; has not sought or received the limelight; and someone who has placed personal family values high in the order of life.

AIR FORCE NOTES: The following airmen have graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

Yehudah N. Ahmad, the son of Nadeeryah Yehudah-Edward of Petersburg.

Robert Almasi, the son of Aldiko and Ferenc Almasti of St. Petersburg. He is a 2014 graduate of Northeast High School.

Sean M. Brantley, the son of Alice F. Brantley of Kenneth City. He is a 2014 graduate of Dixie Hollins High School.

Camryn S. Eicher, the son of Anne and Steven Eicher of St. Petersburg. He is a graduate of St. Petersburg High School and received an associate degree from St. Petersburg College.

Estefania Gonzalez, the daughter of Maria G. and Santiago Gonzalez of Pinellas Park. She is a 2013 graduate of Pinellas Park High School. She earned an associate degree in 2014 from St. Petersburg College.

Christopher O. Maldonado, the son of Milagros and Anthony O. Maldonado of Seminole. He is a 2014 graduate of Osceola Fundamental High School.

Joshua A. Platt, the son of Chris A. and Aimee A. Platt of Largo. He is a 2014 graduate of Pinellas Park High School.

Timothy J. Snead, the son of Timothy J. Cameron and Monica D. Snead of St. Petersburg.