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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Jaakkola tapped for expertise

Kelly Jaakkola, research director of the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key, was asked to contribute a chapter about cetaceans, which include dolphins, whales and porpoises, to the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Evolutionary Psychology.

The chapter, entitled "Cetacean Cognitive Specializations" introduces a comprehensive picture of dolphin cognition to the science world, according to a press release from the center.

Walters wins state contract

SWC, an environmental, planning and communications firm in Key West, was awarded a three-year state contract to provide communications services for Monroe County road construction projects.

The company, owned by Sandy Walters, will relay information, questions and answers between the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the public before and during construction projects.

Walters' husband, Dean, will be the face and voice of FDOT for projects throughout the Florida Keys, starting with the North Roosevelt Boulevard overhaul in Key West.

25 years with Sloppy Joe's

Reta MacMackin-Root, a manager at Sloppy Joe's Bar, recently celebrated her 25th year with the company and was honored with a plaque and award ceremony.

Bank thanks Lowe, Hemsoth

First State Bank of the Florida Keys Senior Collections Coordinator Shelley Lowe and Tradewinds Branch Teller Cris Hemsoth recently celebrated milestone anniversaries.

Lowe is in her 10th year after joining the bank as a commercial loan coordinator in 2002 and advancing to senior collections coordinator by 2010. She also was recognized by her fellow employees as the Employee of the Quarter in 2009.

Hemsoth marked her fifth anniversary as a teller and has more than 20 years of banking experience.

Utility appoints Scott

The Key West Utility Board recently appointed Robert Bryan Scott to the Keys Energy Services Advisory Committee. Scott is the quality manager for Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance in Key West and resides in Cudjoe Key. He will represent the utility's District 4 customers from Cudjoe Key to the Torch Keys.