DAVID FLAHERTY The Pensacola Director of Parks and Recreation has caught the attention of IN readers for his work to resurface the tennis courts at Bayview Park. As one reader wrote, “Bayview Park is a very popular park used by a lot of our citizens, from playing tennis, to the senior center, boat ramps, and the dog beach and park. I would just like to give a big ‘thank you’ to David Flaherty for following through on what he promised.”
CHERYL MCGRUDER Cheryl was selected from among more than 240 co-workers at Azalea Trace, an active adult retirement community located in Pensacola, to receive top distinction as a 2010 ACTS President’s Award Honoree. The ACTS President’s Award is a company-wide annual award whereby employees and supervisors nominate individuals for exemplary service to residents, concern and support for fellow employees, and overall attitude and work performance.
PRECINCT PARTNERS Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David H. Stafford has applauded seven area organizations that participated in the Precinct Partners Program and in turn earned more than $8,200 for their service. The 42 Precinct Partner participants represented the following organizations in the 2010 Primary and/or General Elections: Alpha Delta Kappa Fidelis Nu, B’Nai Israel Congregation, Cantonment Rotary, Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Xi, Old River Optimist Club, Seville Rotary Club and Suburban West Rotary Club.
BRAS ACROSS THE BRIDGE More than 300 breast cancer survivors, their loved ones and community members joined together for the first annual “Bras Across the Bridge” on Saturday, Oct. 23. Over 725 bras of all shapes and sizes were linked together to span the full length of the Bob Sikes Bridge and more than $1,900 was donated to the Baptist Health Care Foundation’s Mammogram Fund.
WEST FLORIDA HISTORIC PRESERVATION, INC. The historical group was honored last month at the 53rd annual Florida Council for the Social Studies Conference. Executive Director, Richard Brosnaham, and Museum Education Coordinator, Dena Bush, received the Community and Civic Award for their longtime support of social studies in Escambia County. Through the vision and support of Brosnaham, along with Bush, an annual regional conference has been established and hosted since 2009 in the Historic Pensacola Village.
ESCAMBIA COUNTY EMERGENCY ORGANIZATIONS When it comes to emergency preparedness, the county is ranked number one. Citizens Emergency Response Teams and the Escambia County Citizen Corps each scored the highest in the state for each of their organizations. The lead agency for both groups is Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies.
DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT BOARD Under their leadership, the Gallery Nights in downtown Pensacola have soared. The Nov. 19 Gallery Night was the best yet. Downtown Pensacola is coming back in a big way.