Clearwater Beach chamber presents awards CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce presented awards during its annual holiday breakfast Dec. 3 at the Hilton on Clearwater Beach. Wayne Cathel with Belleair Images was given the Appreciation Award for his photography of Clearwater Beach, and sponsorship awards were presented to Hilton Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Gas System, Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber Restaurant and Bobby’s Bistro & Wine Bar, and Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival.
Each year a Beautification Award is given to a business on Clearwater Beach.
Foster receives USTA award CLEARWATER – Tennis volunteer Judy Foster of Clearwater was recently recognized for a lifetime of supporting, growing and fostering the sport of tennis in the Tampa Bay area. On Dec. 7, she was presented with the USTA Florida Female Merit Award at the 64th annual USTA Florida Annual Meeting and Tennis Celebration Weekend. In 2013, Foster celebrated 10 years as executive director of the Suncoast Tennis Foundation and 14 years serving the USTA Florida Section as a volunteer. She represents the section at both the state and national levels and has been involved in everything from 10 year olds and younger tennis to the USTA pro Circuit events. The Suncoast Tennis Foundation’s annual Tennis Block Party is recognized as one of the largest CTA-run events in the country.
Marine Corps League helps homeless CLEARWATER – The Clearwater-Largo unit of the Marine Corps League, Detachment 54, has been preparing holiday gift bags for the residents of Project Hope. Project Hope is a program designed to provide shelter to the homeless of Pinellas County. Each bag will contain small but helpful items, such as toothbrush, soap, hand lotion or a mini flashlight as well as edible favors like candy bars. The Detachment will assemble the bags and give out 250 of them on Dec. 21. The cost of the bags has been covered by donations from Detachment Commander John Piazza Jr. and his wife, Rosemary and other donors, including Charles Bonham, DDS; the management of a local Walgreens; and the staff of Largo’s Armed Forces Museum.