The Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf opened in 2003. The school, located on Icot Boulevard in Clearwater, gives deaf and hearing-impaired students the opportunity to learn, just as the child who can hear. The school encourages siblings to attend school with their brother or sister who is deaf or hearing impaired. The students participate in Habitat for Humanity home dedications by bringing books for the children of the new homeowner. Today, I was honored to speak at the opening of the Family Fun Day and to be able to visit with the students.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a $100,000 donation to Clearwater for Youth on Tuesday. The funds will be used for a field on the old parking lot of Jack Russell Stadium, the former spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies. The new field, in the North Greenwood neighborhood, will be the home of the Greenwood Panthers. Bryan Glazer, co-chairman of the Bucs, attended along with Bucs Josh Freeman, Connor Barth, Gerald McCoy, and Clearwater native Leonard Johnson. Also in attendance were Congressman Gus Bilirakis, State Representative Ed Hooper, and the entire Clearwater City Council.
This morning the Upper Pinellas County Branch of the Salvation Army sponsored its 7th Annual William E. Hale Memorial Community Prayer Breakfast. The message was delivered by Dr. Jack Stephenson, Senior Pastor of the Anona United Methodist Church. The theme of the breakfast was “Facing the Future with Faith.” Thank you, Salvation Army for your prayers and good works and for allowing me to bring greetings on behalf of the City of Clearwater and our neighboring communities.
Today, a traveling exhibit about the Holocaust was opened at Westfield Countryside Mall. I was honored to participate in the official ribbon-cutting with State Representative Rich Glorioso and others, including St. Petersburg Councilman Karl Nurse and Largo Commissioner Michael Smith. The exhibit, from the Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, will be open to the public through September 27th.
In case you missed it, here is the link to my being interviewed by NPR during the RNC regarding the upcoming November elections –http://www.npr.org/2012/08/28/160155236/swing-county-plays-role-in-fla-elections
After the 2012 Republican National Convention ended, Washington State GOP chairman Kirby Wilbur invited me to join all the Washington delegates in signing the state’s standard. Earlier in the week, I had welcomed the delegates, who were staying at the Holiday Inn and Suites on Clearwater Beach, during a breakfast that featured Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Washington Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
In visiting with the various delegations staying in Clearwater, I hear from every one of them how happy they are to be in Clearwater for the 2012 Republican National Convention, not only because they are in Clearwater, but also because how friendly, polite, and helpful the city’s police, hotel staffs, and RNC volunteers have been. Thanks to all for doing your usual great job!