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Sunday, October 19, 2014

20-year veteran joins Keys bank

Todd Ruggeri has been named as assistant vice president/corporate services manager at First State Bank of the Florida Keys.

Ruggeri has 20 years of banking experience in retail branch management, regional call center sales management and business banking, helping to develop successful sales and customer service cultures in both large and small banks.

Ruggeri holds a bachelor's degrees in Marketing and Management, and in Sociology from Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio.

"We are certain that Todd's experienced background will be invaluable in leading the corporate services and cash management areas of our bank," said Karen Sharp, First State Bank of the Florida Keys president and CEO. "We are excited to have him join our team."

Four named to VNA/Hospice Board

Dr. Perry Arnold, Rick Freeburg, Stuart Kaufman and Richard Klitenick have been appointed to the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Florida Keys board of directors. "We are extremely energized by the leadership and commitment to serve that our new directors have made in support of this agency and its mission of care." said Richard Grusin, board chairman.

Arnold was a volunteer physician for VNA/Hospice in 2005 and 2006 and also serves on the city of Key West's Board of Art in Public Places.

Freeburgh, chief executive officer of Mariners Hospital, is active in many Upper Keys community and business organizations.

Kaufman, who has been involved in Key West since 1985 when he and his partners of Southernmost Beach Ltd. purchased what is now the Southernmost Hotel Collection, is also a member of the Waterfront Playhouse board.

Klitenick has an extensive record of community service including work with AIDS Help, schools and children, government and legal advocacy and the symphony.

New restaurant offers familiar, unique

A Key Largo couple has opened a Mexican restaurant at mile marker 82.7, oceanside. Juan Carlos Diaz Nunoz and Adrianna Correa, both Coral Shores High School grads, have opened Mexicana Morada, which offers a variety of expected menu items, but also a few delicacies from off the beaten path.

The business currently offers beer, wine and sangria. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For information, call 305-735-4565.