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Issue 02-17

Issue 02-17

Local Artist Spotlight: Perry deVick

Perry deVick: Rough Around The Edges, Oil on Canvas 30”x24”

Perry has been an artist since she first picked up a crayon. She strengthened her desire to be a working artist in a high school Arts magnet program, before getting a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. She then ran a gallery, Studio 1411, in Village of the Arts, Bradenton.

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From the benchHistoryIssue 02-17

Paying Tribute to Vyrle Davis

In 2013, St. Petersburg High School dedicated the Media Building to Mr. Davis and hung this commemorative plaque in his honor.

Mr. Vyrle Davis was the kind of man teachers learned from. The kind of man who told his students to sit up straight; and everyone listened. The kind of man who told racists, “Bring it on. I’ll be there.” With an undying commitment to enriching the experience of African American students, he did just all this and then some. He touched the lives of everyone he met.

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BusinessHistoric KenwoodIssue 02-17

Keep More of Your Money with the Help of Strategic Tax and Finance Services

David Butt, EA by Kelly Nash Photography

Lately people are divided on so many issues, but one thing we can surely all agree on is that we like to hang on to our money.

With tax season in full swing, David Butt, EA, owner of Strategic Tax and Financial Services, can help people from all types of tax brackets find deductions and create sound strategies that will lower their tax liability, saving them money when April rolls around.

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Issue 02-17

MLK Day – A Day On, Not A Day Off

Volunteers working together to build a food forest to train veteran farmers

For many, Martin Luther King Day is a day free from the worries of work. It is celebrated on a second Sunday, and featured as a day of rest. However, for others, it is a day of service. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Day of Service Project inspires “A Day On, Not A Day Off,” and this is what it has been for much of my life. I must confess that I am not a native of St. Pete. I grew up in Atlanta where MLK Jr. raised a family and leveraged and launched his civil rights platform and movement. In school, we meticulously arranged our day weeks in advance to honor his message of service to community. In high school, we had the privilege of hearing MLK III speak to our student body. In fact, my first published article in the school newspaper recounted an interview I conducted with MLK III. This inspired my love for volunteerism and my dedication to promoting social justice.

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