New badges hit the water
Recent graduates of the FWC Academy in Tallahassee will complete their Field Officer Training while patrolling the waters of the Florida Keys.
Pictured, from left: Joshua Greenier, Mike Milillo, Tiffany Davis, and Racquel Daniels.
Photo by FWC Officer Bobby Dube
Suzanne Ryals & Barbara Wright: Zontians of the Year
The Zonta Club of Marathon announced the Zontians of the Year for 2008-2009. The winners, Suzanna Ryals and Barbara Wright, were selected by the membership for their many hours devoted to “advancing the status of children & young women.”
The ladies founded the Z-Club, the Zontian youth arm at Marathon High School. The organization has grown from eight original members to now have 31 students and is now one of the largest service organizations for youth in Marathon. From read-in’s with the children to fundraising to various service projects, the Z-Club was focused on the betterment of the community.
Lower Keys Medical Center recognizes local EMS professionals
On Wednesday, May 20, the Lower Keys Medical Center recognized Key West and Monroe County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals for their outstanding service they provide to our community everyday of the year. Key West Mayor Morgan McPherson awarded each with a Certificate of Appreciation from the hospital during National EMS Week. The EMS professionals then celebrated with a recognition cake, free gifts and a complimentary BBQ lunch from the hospital.
Pictured, from left: Kevin Kopp (Monroe County Fire), McPherson, Steve Simonitis (AMR), Key West Fire Chief David Fraga, Danny Coll (Keys Transport), and Alana Scalia (LifeNet). Also recognized, but not pictured, was TraumaStar Flight Nurse Susie Martenson.
The future of sport…
As the name Phelps surpasses Spitz, a youngster in Key Largo is on his way to Olympic glory. 2 year old Grayden “Aquaboy” Ross is taking swimming lessons at Founder’s Park. Find out how to register your little “fishy” in The Weekly’s community news section or by calling the Park at (305) 853-1685.
Photo courtesy: Colleen Hammon
Bernardin named to Keys Tourism Council
Upper Keys resort owner Jim Bernardin has been named to the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the agency responsible for tourism marketing of the Florida Keys & Key West.
The appointment of Bernardin, owner of Islamorada Leisure Properties Inc. that operates Pines & Palms Resort, was confirmed Wednesday by the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners.
He was nominated by Commissioner Mario Di Gennaro to fulfill the term of Frank Rego, who left the board.
Bernardin spent 16 years in major market radio, television and advertising before becoming a full-time resident of Islamorada 11 years ago. He previously served the tourism council on its fishing umbrella and, from 2000 to 2003, as a member of its District IV advisory committee.
“I am honored to be appointed to the TDC,” Bernardin said, “and look forward to making sure we do our best during these challenging times not only for Islamorada, but for all of the Keys.”
His appointment is to be effective until Feb. 1, 2012.