ST. PETERSBURG SAILOR SUCCEEDS ABROAD: Yeoman 2nd Class Lindsei Spagnola of St. Petersburg records all navigation orders passed through the bridge aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58) as the ship leaves Souda Bay, Greece, in May. The Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, whose home port is Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
COUPLE CELEBRATES 60 YEARS: Alan and Fagel Leiman celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary May 22. They were married in 1955 at Midwood Jewish Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to South Pasadena from Trumbull, Conn., in 2003. Fagel was a homemaker, and Alan was a child psychologist and served in the Army. They have three children and a granddaughter.
They are members of Temple Beth-El and are active in the community.
ALL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL RECOGNIZED BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT: U.S. News & World Report ranked All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine as a best children's hospital in two specialty areas in the 2015-16 rankings. All Children's ranked 26th in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, moving up eight spots from the 2014-15 list, and 48th in pulmonology out of 184 children's hospitals. All Children's was the only children's hospital ranking in the Tampa Bay area and ranked the highest in Florida for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery.
U.S. News introduced the Best Children's Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best care available. Each year, the publication ranks the top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; neonatology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology.
Specialists at All Children's have the opportunity to collaborate on treatment and research with colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, which ranked in all 10 specialty areas on the U.S. News list.
Scores are based on clinical data, patient outcomes, available care-related resources, a clinical questionnaire to 184 pediatric hospitals and a nationwide survey of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each pediatric specialty area asking where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.
PINELLAS PARK RESIDENT TURNS 100: J. Nelson Poirier celebrated his 100th birthday July 1. He was born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1915 and became a champion pole-vaulter in high school, in addition to excelling at skiing, speed skating, tennis, bowling and softball. He left school for a year to assist his family when his father had an accident but continued his studies at Mechanics Institute, now Rochester Institute of Technology, with a focus on drafting.
Introduced to Marjorie (Margie) Barg on a blind date in 1938, both said it was pretty much love at first sight. In May 1941, they married. Within nine years, children Lynne, Larry, Laurie and David arrived. Poirier worked for several companies but settled at Eastman Kodak, where he continued until his retirement in 1977, working on B29 fire control systems and, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, top secret Russian surveillance programs.
Poirier loved puttering and soon turned a one-car garage into a two-car garage, built a swimming pool, remodeled the kitchen and added a room onto their home. But after retirement and tired of winter, they moved to Florida and settled in a Seminole condo near his older sister, Ann.
He passed his driving test at 97 and regularly drives to the store, doctor's appointments and lunch with friends. He enjoys living in his own home on his own terms, solving crosswords and sipping a Manhattan when he feels like it.
Family and friends visited from all over the country for Nelson's centennial, which allowed him to reunite with many of his four children, four grandchildren, seven great- grandchildren, good friends and neighbors.
WALMART DONATES TO LOCAL CHARITY: Walmart and the Walmart Foundation recently presented $100,000 to the nonprofit Religious Community Services as a part of their Statewide Giving Tour. The grant is the single largest one awarded in the state in the foundation's first quarter of giving in 2015.
Through the Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program, organizations that create opportunities so people can live better are supported. The Walmart Foundation program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the country.
A four-star Charity Navigator-rated nonprofit, RCS has provided help and hope for nearly 50 years to people facing hunger, homelessness and domestic violence.