by Sandy Fahy
Photo by SANDI FAHY
Kudos to recent high school grads Rebekah Hammond (Clearwater High) and Laura Badraun (Dunedin High). Rebekah will be heading to Florida State University this fall. Laura plans to further her education at the University of Florida ... A tip of the hat to Michael Ralph of the Clearwater Main Library, who was recently named City of Clearwater's "Employee of the Month" for July, and the Parks & Recreation cultural affairs team, which received the city's quarterly team award for July/August ... Congratulations and best wishes to the following couples celebrating wedding anniversaries: Chris and Doreen Paine, Ken and Becky Humphreys (July 12); Phillip and Dawn Doganiero (July 14); Howard and Ann Roome, James and Kathy Rinehart (July 15) ... Belated anniversary congrats go to John and Elizabeth Vogt and Henry and Sharon Halikas. Both couples celebrated their special day in June ... Did you know today is Jill Berry's birthday? Dorothy Olsen, Diana Reta, Vicy Goodwin, Joan Edwards, Laura Nelson, actor/comedian Bill Cosby, fitness guru Richard Simmons and actress Cheryl Ladd are among those who share her July 12 birthdate. It's Cosby's 70th birthday. Simmons and Ladd turn 59 and 56, respectively ... Audrey Robinson, Wendy Armstrong, Jan Tracy, Bobbie Vogt, Bill Burchenal, Scott Torrey, actor Harrison Ford and country singer Louise Mandrell turn a year older tomorrow. It's birthday #53 for Mandrell. Ford will be 65 ... Bring out the cake and ice cream on Saturday for Joan Castaldo, Amy Barnett, Barbara Newman, Reed Brinkman, Joyce Bishop, Barbara Agarwal, Thomas Wassel, Judith Honiker and Rex Nichelson. Celebrities turning a year older that day include actor Matthew Fox of "Lost" (41), actress Polly Bergen (77) and actor Dale Robertson (84) ... Sunday brings the birthdays of Geale Miller, Karyn Enriquez, Julie Ann Zammit, Jay Giordano, Julia Carr, Michele Gant, Grant Hurst, Taylor Mahnke, Kerry Katchuk, Jackie Whitsett, Jessica Collett, singer/songwriter Linda Ronstadt (61) and former pro wrestler and former governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura (56) ... The birthdays of PInellas County commissioner Karen Seel, Bettie Weeden, Jennifer Simoneau, Barbara Smart, John Eppard, Jean Sullivan, Virginia Wright, Elizabeth McClellan, Kathy Cates, actor Randy Dodds, actress Phoebe Cates and dancer Michael Flatley (of "Lord of the Dance" fame) are coming up on Monday ... Be sure to extend all best birthday wishes on Tuesday to George Walters, Donald Daniel, Sandi Marston, Gene Ginn, Bob Jenkins, Christopher Nichelson, Grayson Hinrichs and William Paser. Actor David Hasselhoff will be 55 that day ... You still have times to get cards in the mail by Wednesday to Lois Wharton, Carolyn Leone, Chuck Huey, Susan Londrigan, Rogers Haydon, Carol McGlaughlin, June Clark and Pat Debolt. That's the day Yankee manager Joe Torre turns 67 ... Belated "Happy Birthday" wishes are in order for Karen Koch, Roberta Busbee, Robert Wright, Cassie Stickels, Bob Cottrell, Brad Myers, Michelle Truskey, Rachel Hiers, Margie King, Betty Jane Stroup and Caroline Barnett ... Anna Smith says medical science can add years to our lives, but it's up to us to add life to our years ... Have a great week, everyone.