Bicyclist not in crosswalk, officials say
Richard D. Petrdil-Whitney, the 49-year-old bicyclist who was injured Wednesday afternoon when he was struck while crossing Nebraska Avenue, was still listed in critical condition Thursday evening at Bayfront Medical Center. The Florida Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash, said Petrdil-Whitney was not in a crosswalk when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle driven by 17-year-old Dylan C. Tinsley of Palm Harbor. No charges have been filed.
Agency rescinds boil-water notice
A precautionary boil-water notice issued Tuesday has been rescinded, Pinellas County Utilities officials said Thursday. Those affected will be notified. The county told area residents to boil all drinking or cooking water after a contractor hit and damaged a 12-inch water main. The notice affected about 35 addresses near U.S. 19 and Alderman Road. The leak was fixed Tuesday afternoon, but work crews remained at the site to assess the damage, stabilize the pipeline and make repairs. Two consecutive bacteriological results, upstream and downstream of the repair, confirmed that the water is safe to drink and that normal water use can resume. Pinellas County Utilities brought in backfill to cover the pipeline, and the Department of Transportation is working on restoration of damage to U.S. 19. Two southbound lanes are open to accommodate traffic around the work area.
Free workshops to start Sunday
In conjunction with the new exhibition, "The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs," the city of Tarpon Springs will present a series of free workshops in Greek bouzouki for beginners and advanced students. Georgos Soffos, whose repertoire includes folk genres such as rembetika, nisiotika and other regional styles, as well as popular and classical Greek works, will be the instructor. The workshops will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and April 18 at Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave.; and April 25 and May 2 at the Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane. To reserve a place in the workshop and a bouzouki, if needed, call (727) 942-5605.
Pet fair seeks sponsors, vendors
Leash on Life Pet & People Services is looking for sponsors and exhibitors who wish to participate in Loving Care Pet Fair on May 22 at Clearwater's Crest Lake Park. Vendors are invited to rent space to display and sell pet care products or educational materials at this free, family-oriented event. Animal welfare groups will offer pet adoption, animal care tips and expert talks. There also will be pet contests, raffles, live music, refreshments, mounted and canine police, face painting, a caricature artist and more. Proceeds will be split among charities striving to promote pet adoption and proper care of animals. Volunteers are also needed for set up and break down, as well as activities. Call Nancy Barry at (727) 768-5113. Visit LeashOnLifeFLA.com.