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Vin's People: Former NBA ref a busy man these days

For a retiree, Bob Delaney is one busy guy.

The ex-NBA referee, former undercover New Jersey state trooper and current author has been involved for some time with veterans and soldiers, speaking to them in the U.S. as well as in Iraq and Afghanistan about post traumatic stress disorder.

Then last Saturday evening, Delaney addressed Manatee High and Miramar High players at dinner before Sunday's nationally televised game on ESPN2.

On Monday he'll speak to Bayshore Elementary School fifth-graders about the legacy of 9/11 as part of his Bob Delaney Leadership Academy.

For details, call principal Annette Codelia at 941-751-7000

n If you're a fan of Big Daddy, circle Oct. 13 on your calendar.

Clancy's is throwing a bash for the 10th anniversary of Laurie Fetzer and her rocking band.

n After seeing off two of their four children in summer weddings, Carol and Dave Grantham recently sent off son Steven to a decidedly different destination: Marine boot camp in Parris Island, S.C.

The 25-year-old is a Manatee and University of Central Florida alum.

n Speaking of Manatee alums, the Class of 1967 has expanded its 45th reunion to include the classes of 1966 and 1968. The fun begins with a meet-and-greet Sept. 28 at the Courtyard Marriott. On Sept. 29, there's a dinner buffet at the Bradenton Country Club.

Contact Sue Moran Robertson at 941-776-8330. Or Linda Norwood Kinnan at 941-795-6213.

Or visit

n The Rogers Project Hope Inc., Gamma Rho Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Life Link Foundation of Tampa will host a Tissue and Organ Donation Awareness program 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 525 Martin Luther King Ave. E., Bradenton.

The program is free, open to the public and a light lunch will be served.

Call Robert Dunlap, president of Rogers Project Hope, Inc. at 941-779-3598.

n Remember Howie DeCristofaro?

The ex-Manatee High head football coach (2001-2004) debuted as head coach of the Milton High Eagles in Milton, Ga., beating Alpharetta, 35-28, in their regular season opener.

DeCristofaro got the

gig after being an assistant at Pope High in Marietta and at Etowah High in Cherokee.

All three schools are in north Georgia.

He was head coach at New Smyrna Beach for two years after getting fired at Manatee.

n Manatee Elementary's staff and students are collecting canned foods items for the Food Bank of Manatee through Sept. 28. They may be dropped off at the school office, 1609 6th Ave. E., Bradenton.

For details, call Bernadette Pletcher at 741-3319, ext. 2015.

n Sounds like Thursday night's Manatee-Palmetto JV football game was the Cucci Bowl.

Freshman Joey Cucci played guard for the Hurricanes, while dad Anthony, a linebacker on Manatee's 1985 state champs, looked on.

On the Palmetto sideline were Anthony's brother Steve Sr., a volunteer, Steve Jr., the varsity offensive line coach and Patrick Cucci Jr., Palmetto's varsity linebacker coach.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix