Honest Manatee County Sheriff's Office employee wins top honor

March 12, 2014 

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Sheriff's employee wins honor

MANATEE -- Clara Bejarano has been named the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Employee of the Month.

Last Christmas holiday, Bejarano was vacationing with her family in Miami at a popular restaurant. After the group at the next table left, she noticed a wallet on the floor.

Bejarano found the man who had been sitting there, but it was not his wallet nor anyone who he was with at the table.

She checked the contents of the wallet and found $500 cash, credit cards and driver license of a man from New Jersey, but no contact information other than the address. Once she was sure the man was no longer in the restaurant, she coordinatedwith her brother who lives in New York to return the wallet.

"For the honesty and diligence shown by her and her family members to return the property to the owner, Clara Bejarano was awarded Employee of the Month," said Sheriff Brad Steube.

Russo Ministry to break ground on ex-offenders site

BRADENTON -- The Jim Russo Ministry and Development Center will celebrate the ground-breaking of the new Development Center/Residential Home for ex-offenders at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 2106 26th Ave. E.

The energy star-qualified home features five bedrooms, three baths and will house 16 men.

Construction of the new home and demolition of the old home is a result of collaborative efforts between Manatee County government, Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department, with funding provided by Federal Community Block Grant and the Office of Housing and Urban Development.

Aging in Paradise Resource Center provides foot care

LONGBOAT KEY -- Drs. Will Sutton and Stephanie Stewart from Advanced Foot and Ankle Care will return to the Aging in Paradise Resource Center to provide toenail clipping and foot care. AIPRC programs and services are open to all local seniors on the second floor of the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

This program qualifies under Medicare. To set an appointment call 941-757-8191 before March 26.

-- Herald staff reports

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