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Claudia Faiola. (Photo Courtesy East Lake Fire Rescue).
Published Jun. 17

St. Petersburg Elks Lodge 1224 Earns National Recognition

St. Petersburg Elks Lodge 1224 was recognized by the Elks Grand Lodge as the winner for the 2018-19 All American Lodge Division V (1101-1500 membership). The lodge has contributed more than $11 million to charitable causes through the city and state since 1911. Among recent donations are donations to Lealman's fire district, Hurricane Michael victims, music therapy programs of Music Sweet Music and several St. Petersburg hospitals.

Pinellas native, relative graduates basic training

U.S. Air Force Airmen 1st Class Eamon Nasr and Ayla Gosselin graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Nasr earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Lindsay Marshall of Largo and Payman Nasr of Aliso Viejo, Calif. and stepson of Thomas Marshall of Largo. Gosselin is a 2014 graduate of Largo High School.

East Lake Fire and Life Safety Educator recognized

Fire and Life Safety educator Claudia Faiola was recognized as the 2019 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year by the Florida Association of Fire and Life Safety Educators. Faiola was recently appointed as the National Fire Protection Association's Public Education Network Representative for Florida. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Safety Administration and is a state-certified Fire and Life Safety Educator, CPR instructor and Child Passenger Safety Technician.


  1. The Pinellas County Commission moved closer Tuesday to granting a total of $20.6 million to three museums: the Salvidor Dali Museum (top), the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center (bottom left), and the St. Petersburg Museum of History. Photos courtesy of Pinellas County
    The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg Museum of History and Tampa Bay Watch are on track to receive bed tax dollars for expansions.
  2. Morton Myers, 40, is an entrepreneur, a lifelong Clearwater resident and now a candidate for mayor who comes from a family of Scientologists. He says he is not a practicing Scientologist and is running to bring change and representation to all residents. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Morton Myers says he’s not an active member. But with family on Scientology’s staff, he says he’s uniquely positioned to find middle ground with the church.
  3. Kasha, Squeeks, Baz and Marshall are up for adoption at Tampa Bay area shelters. Times
    Tampa Bay shelter pets available for adoption
  4. Joseph Erickson, 53, won a foreclosure auction for a condo at Happy Fiddler Condominiums in Indian Rocks Beach last year only to have a man claim he is the true owner of the property and should get the  $350,000 that Erickson has already paid for the condo. JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |  Times
    A Land O’ Lakes man had already spent money on renovations when he got two shocks about his new condo.
  5. St. Petersburg police Assistant Chief Antonio Gilliam is one of three finalists for chief of the Tallahassee Police Department. Gilliam has spent his career in St. Pete but was born and raised in Tallahassee. [Courtesy of Antonio Gilliam] Courtesy of Antonio Gilliam
    Antonio Gilliam, who oversees the department’s investigative services bureau, said he couldn’t ignore an opportunity to lead his hometown police department.
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    One kitten is dead. Police are investigating.
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    An SUV crossed over the center line on S Fort Harrison Avenue and caused a head-on collision. The 70-year-old driver died at the scene.
  8. Northwood Plams Boulevard in Wesley Chapel has been closed for six months for sewer repair, and residents are ready for it to reopen. After a couple delays, Pasco County expects the project to be complete by the end of the week. Times File
    A Wesley Chapel reader wants to know when Northwood Palms Boulevard will reopen.
  9. A special garbage truck services an Underground Refuse System bin in Kissimmee. Clearwater recently bought six bins and a truck to service them, and will install the receptacles at the city's world-famous beach. City of Kissimmee
    “You don’t get to be the number one beach in America without taking care of business like this.”
  10. Shown here are photographs of damaged parking meters along Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. Those responsible for the damage were arrested Friday evening, according to city police. Times
    Three times in two weeks, police found city parking meters damaged with foam. Now a man and woman are in custody on felony charges.