KEVIN WELCH During the Christmas holidays, the doctor provided complete makeovers for eight residents of Favor House, the safe house for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. This is the second year that Welch and the Welch Skin Care Center at the Medical Center Clinic have provided round-trip transportation and a day for pampering, at no charge, to the women.
UWF SCHOOL OF EDUCATION The University of West Florida School of Education has expanded its Partnership for Professional Innovation program to include Ferry Pass Elementary. The program places student interns in partnering Escambia County schools for an entire school year, expanding the future teachers’ learning experience through mentoring with current teachers in a real classroom setting. Last August, the school adopted Brentwood Elementary.
STEVE CHRISTIE The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) selected the Pensacola Ice Flyers’ goaltender as the SBK Player of the Month for December. Christie went 8-2 with 2.29 goals against average, a save percentage of .923 and one shutout as the Ice Flyers rebounded from a 3-5-2 start and now have the fourth-best winning percentage in the league.
DELUNA FEST Pensacola’s largest outdoor music festival got blasted by the Santa Rosa Island Authority and the daily newspaper for being a few months behind and having a relatively small number of outstanding invoices. The disputed SRIA amount is less than $16,000, but it apparently warranted front-page coverage of Deal Chicken’s parent publication. Others owed much less started piling on. What’s the timetable for dissolving the SRIA?
ESCAMBIA SCHOOL BOARD At its Thursday, Jan. 12 workshop, the school leaders had an opportunity to praise the teachers, administrators and volunteers at A.A. Dixon Charter School of Excellence. Led by Rev. LuTimothy May, the new charter school board has reduced the huge negative fund balance they inherited. Instead of praise, the school was chastised and grilled by board members.
PAM BONDI Florida’s Attorney General filed a brief last week challenging a plan by the federal court to establish a reserve account using six percent of any BP spill awards. The Plaintiff’s Steering Committee and its firms have spent 230,000 hours on the BP case and incurred costs of $11.54 million. Their efforts have kept pressure on the oil giant to live up to its word to “make this right.”