The Bottom Line
Sunday, July 15, 2012

Aqueduct honors Torres

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority recently honored Juliette Torres for 30 years of employment. Torres started her career with the FKAA on Feb. 24, 1982 as a temporary meter book clerk and was soon hired for a permanent position as a file clerk. Torres has worked her way up and is currently the billing and records manager.

Marathon vet achieves accreditation

The Marathon Veterinary Hospital has again received dual accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association as both a general medicine facility and an emergency/referral center and is the only veterinary hospital in Monroe County to meet those standards.

Only 15 percent of all small animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have achieved accreditation by the AAHA.

The Marathon Veterinary Hospital, 11187 Overseas Highway, Marathon, has been an accredited member of the association since 1998.

Ragusea receives ethics award

Key West psychologist Stephen A. Ragusea last month received the Spellman Award for Ethical Contributions to Psychology. Ragusea was recognized in Tampa by the Florida Psychological Association for "maintaining high standards of ethics and service within the profession of psychology."

Bank honored by educators

First State Bank of the Florida Keys recently received the Commissioner's Business Recognition Award from the Monroe County School District and Florida Department of Education.

"Congratulations to First State Bank of the Florida Keys on being selected for your exceptional education partnership program," said Gerard Robinson, Florida's commissioner of education. "Your community service is essential to helping us improve the quality of education."

Ha joins Dolphin Research Center

The Dolphin Research Center recently welcomed research scientist James C. Ha of Seattle, Wash. to its board of directors.

Ha chairs the board's Education and Research Committee. He is a research associate professor at the University of Washington and an animal behaviorist who has published dozens of studies on marine mammals, primates, birds and other animals.

Currently a resident of Washington, Ha and his family also have a home in Key Colony Beach.