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On Aug. 3, members of local nonprofit, The Brian Bill Foundation, participated in the 31Miles for 31Heroes walk in Washington to honor fallen soldiers. [Brian Bill Foundation]
Published Aug. 23
Updated Sep. 16

Local nonprofit walks 31 miles to honor fallen heroes

St. Petersburg residents, Scott and Jennifer Bill, and members of the Brian Bill Foundation recently participated in the 31Miles for 31Heroes walk in Washington to honor to fallen soldiers of Extortion 17. The event honors the 30 active duty military members and one military working dog killed in action when their helicopter was shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011. The couple started the foundation to honor Scott’s Bill’s son, Navy SEAL Brian Bill, who was on the helicopter. The Brian Bill Foundation provides therapeutic support to active-duty and retired U.S. Special Operations warriors dealing with post-traumatic stress, mild, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain. The event spanned 13 hours, and began at The Lincoln Memorial and ended in Arlington National Cemetery. The walk successfully raised $16,198 for the foundation, which offers therapeutic retreats to special operators and their spouses free of charge.

St. Petersburg Elks Lodge #1224 members receive 75th anniversary of D-Day medals

On June 6, six members of St. Petersburg Elks Lodge No. 1224 were apart of a group of Elks who traveled and attended the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy. Florida Elks past state president Frank Palladini presented them with medals on Aug. 3 on behalf of historical programs, France and the first city U.S. forces liberated, Sainte-Mere Eglise. Those recipients included Rudy Masi, Sr., Dolly Masi, Joanne Matos, Robert Matos, Toni Goodrich and Marlene Evans.

St. Petersburg native exemplifies “We Build, We Fight” legacy of U.S. Navy Seabees

Petty Officer 3rd Class Linda Fitzgibbon, a 2016 Boca Ciega High School graduate and native of St. Petersburg, builds and fights around the world as a member of the naval construction battalion center located in Gulfport, Miss. Fitzgibbon serves as a Navy utilitiesman, who is primarily responsible for plumbing and HVAC systems.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Linda Fitzgibbon, a 2016 Boca Ciega High School graduate and native of St. Petersburg, builds and fights around the world as a member of naval construction battalion center located in Gulfport, Miss. Photo courtesy of Navy Office of Community Outreach. [ , NAVY OFFICE OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH | Navy Office of Community Outreach]

St. Petersburg native serves on Navy’s forward deployed aircraft carrier

Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Conner Chambers, from St. Petersburg, serves on the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

Largo City Commission celebrates police and fire rescue personnel

The Largo City Commission celebrated the city’s commitment to public health and safety with three ceremonies at their Aug. 20 meeting. The ceremony honored three new Largo police officers, newly promoted Fire Rescue Lrt. Mark Sherwood and recognized Fire Rescue Division Fire Chief Chris McDonald and Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Manning, for completing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program.

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  1. Dr. Paul McRae was the first black chief of staff at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Dr. McRae died on September 13, 2019. He was photographed here in the Tampa Bay Times photo studio for the 2008 Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum's "Legends Honorees" gala. BOYZELL HOSEY  |  BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times
    ‘His extraordinary example paved the way for so many others.’
  2. Neeld-Gordon Garden Center, open at this location since 1925, is closing on Sept. 28. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times
    The development of Pinellas County and the arrival of the big box stores helped hasten the store’s demise.
  3. Falo Kane, 32, of Clearwater, now faces four counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person and a violation of probation charge, according to police. [CLEARWATER POLICE DEPARTMENT]  |  Clearwater Police Department
    Falo Kane now faces a total of seven counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person.
  4. Tampa has a pilot program underway to test scooters. Clearwater could soon have one of its own. But if it's limited to downtown, who will use it? CHRIS URSO  |   Times
    The city’s plan is coming into focus, but there will be limitations.
  5. A car hangs from a crane after being removed for the water along the Howard Frankland Bridge Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Florida Highway Patrol
    The driver emerged okay but faces charges of driving with a suspended license.
  6. Marquis Scott, 20, is a former Northeast High School football captain who his family says was trying to turn his life around. Then he was fatally shot while riding his bike, according to St. Petersburg police. BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Courtesy of Scott family
    Marquis Scott, 20, was shot while riding his bike. The Northeast High School football captain was turning his life around, his family said.
  7. Rendering of the new Shore Acres Recreation Center that will replace the current structure at 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg Wannemacher Jensen Architects
    The long-desired project is praised, but some neighbors worry about its proposed height and a new entrance and exit on busy 40th Avenue NE
  8. Less than a month after being fired, former St. Petersburg Housing Authority CEO Tony Love wants the agency to give him a job running its development nonprofit at the same $157,000 salary. That offer, part of ongoing negotiations over his severance, was rejected by the agency's board.
    Tony Love’s attorney tells the agency that fired him he wants full salary and benefits through 2020. The board rejects his offer.
  9. John Jonchuck returned to a Pinellas County courtroom last month to attend a hearing about whether he was entitled to a new trial. A judge on Tuesday ruled that he is not. SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
    Jonchuck was convicted of first-degree murder in April. He dropped his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe Jonchuck, off a bridge in 2015.
  10. Falo Kane, 32, of Clearwater, faces four counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person and a violation of probation charge, according to police. [CLEARWATER POLICE DEPARTMENT]  |  Clearwater Police Department
    There were four victims, police said. One was in a wheelchair and another was a disabled stroke patient. The accused wrote a letter of apology.
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