Safe Kids Fair in Bradenton wins state honor

July 16, 2014 

Safe Kids Fair in Bradenton earns state recognition

BRADENTON -- The Bradenton Police Department and West Bradenton Crime Watch were co-recipients of the "Operation Cooperation Award" July 1 at the Florida Police Chiefs Association 62nd annual Summer Training Conference in Boca Raton,

BPD Chief of Police Michael Radzilowski and Tami Spyker, president of the West Bradenton Crime Watch, received the award based upon the Safe Kids Fair of 2013.

The award recognizes outstanding community policing initiatives and partnerships between the police department and private organizations.

The Safe Kids Fair provided safety education to more than 350 children and 150 families in Bradenton. Free bicycle helmets and certified bike helmet fitters were provided by a University of Florida grant.

The Westminster Presbyterian Church opened 11 acres for the event involving 32 civic groups, 50 companies and 65 volunteers who gave more than 900 hours of service.

The second annual Safe Kids Fair will be held Oct. 11 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3011 19th Ave. W., Bradenton.

The free event is open to all children.

Information: Call Spyker at or 941-677-3815.

Sarasota planner named to Florida commission

SARASOTA -- Dr. Clifford Smith, a senior planner in the Sarasota County Neighborhood and Development Services Department, was appointed to the Florida Historical Commission by Gov. Rick Scott.

Smith will fill a seat requirement for a historic archaeologist.

"This is an incredible honor," said Smith. "I look forward to working with the six other board members and recommending policies to Gov. Scott, which will lead to protecting and preserving our vast historical resources throughout Florida."

Smith's term is effective July 11 through Dec. 31, 2016.

He was hired by the city of Sarasota in December 2006 to staff the historic preservation program.

Information: Call Smith, 941-365-2200, ext. 4361.

-- Herald staff reports

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