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Serious crash not deputy's fault, FHP says

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 23, 2007


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LARGO

A Clearwater man who was critically injured in a car crash Monday on Clearwater-Largo Road appears to have been at fault, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. At 2:28 p.m., Raymond Kimbler, 67, was going south on Myrtle Avenue in his Mercury Capri when he tried to make a left onto Clearwater-Largo Road, troopers said. That put Kimbler in the path of a northbound Toyota Camry driven by Clearwater police Detective Rich Kelly. The result was a crash that sent Kimbler to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. On Tuesday, he was listed in critical condition. Kelly, 37, was treated at Morton Plant Hospital and released.

CLEARWATER

Chat with leader over free breakfast

Here's a chance to meet a city representative and get a meal on him. The City Council each month has a program called "Meet Your Council Member." This month it's newcomer George Cretekos. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Lenny's Restaurant on U.S. 19 N. The city will pick up the tab, but officials limit the list of diners to keep spending down in these tight times. To participate, reservations must be made by calling 727 562-4708.

LARGO

Learn how to be guardian for elders

Ever thought about becoming a guardian for the elderly? Learn about the responsibilities and course work of a professional guardian from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the St. Petersburg College EpiCenter campus, 13805 58th St. Participants will receive a booklet detailing the guardianship profession. A guardianship course will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays starting June 8. Call 341-3184.

Watch 'Flipper' from your floatie

Looking for relaxation? What is better than watching a family movie on a giant screen under the stars while floating on a chair or raft in an Olympic-sized pool? See Flipper during the Flick N' Float movie at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13210 Vonn Road. Free hot dogs and other concessions will be available. Cost is $5 per family with a Largo resident card and $6.25 for a family of five with a nonresident recreation card. Movie viewing on the deck is free. Lifeguards will be on duty. Call 518-3126.

EAST LAKE

Kids will light up at firefly program

Fireflies blinking in the back yard is one of the classic joys of summer. Julie Brinckloe will introduce preschoolers to the wonders of the natural world during "Fireflies!" from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the Brooker Creek Preserve Educational Center, 3940 Keystone Road. The program is on the second and fourth Thursday each month. Call 453-6800.

Note to readers

Commuters, let us hear from you. Pinellas County officials will close McMullen Booth Road at the CSX railroad tracks north of Drew Street on Friday night. And it will stay closed for three weeks. We want to hear how that will affect your commute and quality of life. E-mail your questions, comments and driving tips to jfries@sptimes.com Please include your name and a telephone number.

[Last modified May 23, 2007, 08:11:20]


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