Optimists honor PCPD, ALDI returns and local church group makes quilts for those in need.
Optimists honor PCPD
The Plant City Optimist Club held its annual Respect for Law Dinner at the Plant City Police Department on May 21 to honor the 2018 Officer of the Year.
Patrol Officer Paul Tester won the award for PCPD for his “outstanding professionalism and commitment to public service for the department and the community.”
“The Plant City Optimist Club is proud to recognize Officer Tester and to support the Plant City Police Department,” Plant City Optimist Club President Pat Stottlemyer said. “We feel it is important for the youth of our community to understand how these officers help keep our homes and businesses safe.”
Tester and his family, his supervisors, Marshall Middle School and Plant City High School Gentleman’s Quest and Ladies Quest Club members, sponsors and some Optimist Club members and their families were all present at the event.
Plant City’s ALDI, 3021 James L. Redman Parkway, will officially reopen on June 7. The local grocery store was part of the $1.6 billion ALDI investment to remodel more than 1,300 stores across the country by the end of 2020. The company said 25,000 new jobs will also be added in stores, warehouses and offices nationwide by 2022.
The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is at 8:25 a.m. During the event customers can enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a year’s supply of ALDI produce.
“Our remodeled store layout will simplify the shopping experience for customers, so they can get out the door with everything they need,” said Matt Thon, Haines City division vice president for ALDI, in a news release. “We’re excited to unveil these changes in a great market like Plant City, where we already have passionate, loyal customers.”
The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Quilting for the Lord
The ladies of Hope Lutheran Church’s Quilters group made 60 quilts for the Lutheran Church in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The group also made quilts for the sick and shut-in members at Hope Lutheran, 2001 N. Park Road.
The group spent countless hours making the quilts for those in need and Senior Pastor Rev. Dean Pfeffer dedicated and blessed the quilts during a ceremony on May 27.