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Olivia Fiss of Tampa was crowned Miss St. Petersburg 2017. (Photo Courtesy Ellen Fiss).
Olivia Fiss of Tampa was crowned Miss St. Petersburg 2017. (Photo Courtesy Ellen Fiss).
Published Mar. 10, 2017

Miss St. Petersburg 2017 winner crowned

Olivia Fiss of Tampa was crowned Miss St. Petersburg 2017. She also won the talent award, performing a Tahitian dance . She was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship and $250 talent award. Fiss is a senior at Plant High School and the daughter of Herb and Ellen Fiss. Fiss will compete in the Miss Florida pageant in June. The winner of Miss Florida will compete for the title of Miss America in September.

Eckerd student wins Bibliophile Society essay contest

Emma Gregory, a student at Eckerd College, was presented with a check for $500 by the Florida Bibliophile Society after winning an essay contest about book collecting.

UnitedHealthcare and PCSO host bike safety rodeo

UnitedHealthcare employees and pro cyclist Jonny Clarke hosted a bike safety rodeo and delivered 50 bicycles with helmets to students in the Pinellas Sheriff's Office Police Athletic League Afterschool Program. They discussed nutrition and fitness and demonstrated how to properly wear the helmets. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Community Policing Unit led a demonstration for third- through fifth-grade students on basic riding skills during the event at Lealman Park.

Xcenda assembles comfort kits for All Children's

About 300 associates of Xcenda, a part of AmerisourceBergen, in partnership with Family Reach, a nonprofit organization that helps families impacted by cancer manage financial barriers, created 1,000 comfort kits that will be distributed to kids and families at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. The comfort kits will go to kids waiting for procedures, families of children receiving inpatient care and children receiving outpatient care, such as chemotherapy. Associates will use supplies provided by Xcenda to assemble activity kits with games, puzzles and other comforting items that help kids be kids while staying at the hospital or waiting for treatment.

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital names new VP of Government and Community Affairs

Kimberly Berfield, a former deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Health and state representative from Clearwater, has been appointed vice president, government and community affairs for Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Following her work for the state, Berfield worked for Primerica and Wellcare Health Plans.. Her duties included developing and implementing multi-year business plans, building and maintaining collaborative relationships and providing strategic counsel in the government relations arena.