Whitney Brooke Turk and Christopher Brian Trentine were united in marriage Jan. 31 at 4 o'clock in the afternoon at San Pedro Catholic Church on Plantation Key. Rev. Henryk Pawelec officiated the celebration of marriage.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. Aquilla Scott Turk and Mrs. Shawn Turk.
The groom is the son of Mrs. Kathy Trentine and the late Mr. Robert "Foot" Trentine.
The bride was attended by childhood friend Miss Katie Marjuerite Ashely.
Mr. Tyrone Bradley was the groom's Best Man.
Bridesmaids were Ashley Nicole Russ, Aubrey Dawn Grooms, Caitlin Mary Simon, Courtney Alexxis Caudle, Jennifer Gamache Nichols, Jessica Jensen, Megan Godfrey, Kristy Marie Lopez and Jamie Lynn Fryer. Junior bridesmaid was Hailey Brooke Turk, niece of the bride. Flower girl was Whitney Brooke Turk, niece of the bride.
Groomsmen were Andrew Joshua Vetter, Jess Michael LeBoeuf, John Benjamin Brownlee, John Fredrick Cullen, Jose Francisco Herrera, Nik Martin Scroth, Samule Whitney Hale, Nathan Bryan Custodio and Vinnie Joseph LaSorsa. Junior groomsmen were Matthew Scott Turk, Aquilla Scott Turk IIII and Evan Scott Turk, nephews of the bride.
Ushers were Aquilla Scott Turk III, Matthew Ian Turk and Adam Scott Turk, brothers of the bride.
A reception followed at the La Playa Estate in Islamorada, where surrounded by family and friends the bride and groom celebrated their new life together and welcomed in the new year.
Chris and Whitney met while attending Florida Atlantic University and are both proud Owl Alumni.
Chris is the owner of CBT Construction and Development Inc. serving South Florida since 2007. The lucky couple will reside in, according to them, paradise, better known as the Florida Keys.
From the left, Samantha Farist, Stephanie Johnson, Sandy Gilbert, Alice Parker and Laura Hamm of the City of Key West's human resources department join for the city commission's February honoring of Human Resources Director Gilbert's retirement after 14 years of dedicated service.
City Attorney Shawn Smith presented her a plaque and talked of the important role she has played with the city. "During her tenure," he said, "she reduced an average of two to three HR complaints a month to less than a dozen over the last 10 years. She has always been diligent and ethical and was instrumental in bringing the code of ethics to the city. She brought not only a hard-nosed work ethic but has fun with her staff."
"One thing you should know," Gilbert told the commissioners after accepting the kudos: "You have a lot of wonderful and hard working people here in the City of Key West."
Detective Sergeant Linda Mixon receives a Distinguished Service medal from Sheriff Rick Ramsay last month for her continuous dedication and hard work in serving the Florida Keys Community.
Key West Police Chief Donie Lee commends Officer Darnell Sealey for saving a man's life. On Jan. 11, Officer Sealey responded to a call from Two Friends Patio Bar on Front Street where a man had collapsed on the floor. An employee had initiated CPR. The man's wife reported that he had a history of heart attacks. Officer Sealey continued CPR until rescue personnel arrived. "Officer Sealey's fast assessment in a critical situation and his quick actions made the difference between life and death that day," said the Chief.
Marine Corps Capt. Rick W. Graham, whose wife, Aimee, is the daughter of Janice Vaughn of Key West, received a Certification of Commendation recently while serving with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, Marine Corps Base, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, forward deployed to Afghanistan.
Graham was recognized for his outstanding achievements as the assistant maintenance material control officer. His planning and attention to detail provided mission-capable aircraft for the daily air tasking order while managing a challenging phase realignment process. He also supervised and managed more than 20, 000 hours of maintenance that supported more than 2, 000 hours throughout the demanding, seven-month deployment.
Marine Corps Pfc. Kenneth J. Gosnell, son of Dawn Gosnell-Adams of Pasadena, Md. and Kenneth Gosnell, of Key West, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina.
For 13 weeks, Gosnell stayed committed during some of the world's most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine. One week prior to graduation, he endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.