Pastor Joe Connolly had a surprise for 4-year-old Davien Martinez and his mom, Diana Lopez. It was a check for $4,500 from their fellow parishioners at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church.
Davien was accidentally shot in the head during a drive-by shooting July 27 and is on a long road to recovery.
While Mom teared up over the money, her resilient son was more interested in the M&Ms in Father Joe’s office.
• Bayshore High 2012 grad Olivia Trevorrow recently met a genuine American hero. Now a third class (sophomore) midshipmen at the Naval Academy, Olivia had her photo taken with Jim Lovell at a Human Space Flight forum.
The Annapolis Class of 1952 grad and former NASA astronaut commanded the dramatic Apollo 13 (“Houston, we have a problem”) mission.
• Palmetto High School’s Class of 1970 will hold its inaugural “Saturday in November” reunion dinner at the Riverhouse Reef & Grill, 995 Riverside Drive, Palmetto, 6:30 p.m. Nov.2. Contact Chris Billeris-Boast at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Read more Friday in Vin's People on Bradenton.com.