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Children to be remembered in ‘Ritual of Tears’

There will be an “Ritual of Tears” ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Children’s Memorial Garden of Peace at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton.

The interdenominational service, held twice annually, is to remember children who have died.

The Rev. Heather Robertson will be the guest speaker.

Anyone who has lost a child and would like a “Crystal Tear of Remembrance” placed at the memorial, call Jean St. Nicholas through the church office at 756-3732 or 756-7038.

n Lakewood Ranch High School Marching Mustang trumpet player Zachary Correa is 15.

n Best of luck to Blake Bierman.

The 2008 Southeast grad is looking to get some playing time at wide receiver in Saturday’s spring game at Florida Atlantic University.

Blake, who enrolled at FAU after attending MCC last year, was one of 40 walk-ons, including eight at wide receiver, when spring drills began March 9.

After two weeks of practice, 14 of 40 made the cut, and only one was an offensive player.

It was the former Seminole.

Blake’s folks, Larry and Tracy, will be on hand for the game to be played on FAU’s campus.

n Bravo to the new members of King Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society: Eighth-graders Kayla Aritt, Cody Cole, Courtney Mondo, Margarida Phelan and Mia Stryczny.

Seventh-graders Rebecca Butler, Casey Carson, Morgan Crowell, Dominique DeDona, Lauren Demo, Joshua Fleck, Stephanie Gannett, Kyle Grosser, Abbie James, Charles Johnson, Emilie Jones, Michaela Krebser, Maxwell Moneuse, Hunter Parrish, Logan Paynter, Chelsea Perez, Theresa Polly, Benjamin Reiss, Andrew Robinson, Olivia Roemer, Lean Rothfeld, Andre Sanchez, Jacob Sanchez, Jacob Sprague, Kelly Stewart, Chelsea Stump, Brittany Urban and Clancy Vaughan.

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