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NAPLES, Italy — The Naval Support Activity housing office has handed over two dozen apartments to the Navy Lodge at the support site base in Gricignano to help alleviate hotel congestion.

Travelers to Naples now have the option of staying in apartment-style, furnished suites.

An agreement between the Navy and Navy Exchange command permanently transfers 24, two-bedroom family housing apartments to the Navy Lodge. They will be available to anyone who qualifies to stay in Navy lodging, but ideally the suites will be given to large families who likely would be more comfortable all together in an apartment, instead of in separate rooms in the hotel.

Club to award $62,500 in scholarship moneyThe Heidelberg (Germany) Community and Spouses’ Club was to award $62,500 in scholarships Thursday to 48 people in the community.

Among them were 31 high-school seniors and 17 continuing-education students, both military and civilian, according to an e-mail from Nancy Novakoski, a club spokeswoman.

The scholarships are awarded to applicants who are “academically well-rounded students who make a positive contribution to our military community by virtue of their commitment to the ideals of leadership, community involvement and public service,” according to the e-mail.

Italian health-care strike won’t affect U.S. troopsItalian doctors and health-care providers will stage a 24-hour strike Friday to protest a labor contract that expired in 2005 — but have promised the public that emergency services and those recovering in hospitals still will receive care, according to Italian news media reports.

U.S. military medical personnel at bases in Italy say U.S. troops and their families shouldn’t be affected.

“Our patients won’t be compromised by the strike,” said Lt. j.g. Alicia Miller, spokeswoman for the U.S. Naval Hospital in Naples.

While the medical system has a network of Italian medical providers, patients who can’t be seen for routine appointments during the strike can try to be seen by a military doctor at the base hospital if necessary, Miller said

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