Boy, 16, killed in rollover; two others injured
A 16-year-old is dead after losing control of his car early Saturday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Tim Bryant Jr. of Holiday was headed west on Blossom Lake Drive near Normandy Boulevard about 3:50 a.m. when his 1998 Toyota Corolla veered off the road. Bryant's car hit a street sign, flipped into a ditch and hit a tree, FHP said. Bryant died at the scene. His two passengers were injured and taken to Bayfront Medical Center. Christopher Holbrook, 18, is in critical condition and Craig Fowler, 18, is in serious condition. Both teenagers are from Tarpon Springs. Sgt. Steve Gaskins, spokesman for FHP, said the crash investigation continues. Whether or not alcohol or other drugs had a role in the accident is pending. All three teenagers were wearing their seat belts, a report states.
Pediatrician halts 'concierge' idea
For a fee, he promised VIP treatment and a limited number of patients. But in the end, Dr. Jay Harvey said the poor economy forced the Tampa Bay area's first concierge pediatrician back to a traditional business model. "It was never my intention to make this practice exclusive or cost-prohibitive," said Harvey, who charged families an annual fee ranging from $1,200 to $1,800. For the fee, Harvey planned to restrict his practice to a certain number of patients and provide 24/7 access, no wait times and extended visits, among other amenities. Harvey had five families signed up in early April, but never got enough to break even. He even dropped the fees to about $300 per child, but even that failed to lure enough patients. Since he changed his website to reflect the elimination of the membership fees, "they're coming in droves," he said. Harvey, a longtime area pediatrician, left a large group practice last year, saying the 3,000-plus patient loads made him unable to give enough individual attention. He said the families who did sign up were not necessarily wealthy. "There were some blue-collar families," he said.
Veterans' benefits seminar is July 7
A free seminar on veterans' benefits will be held at 10 a.m. July 7 at Regency Residence, 6711 Embassy Blvd. Local veteran advocate Mark Larsen will explain the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Aid and Attendance Pension Program, which provides eligible veterans and surviving spouses $2,582 per month, tax free. The seminar is designed to educate veterans and their families on eligibility and the application process. For information or to RSVP, call (727) 849-9335.
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Hospice store sale set for July 4
Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Red, White and Blue Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4 at the HPH Hospice Thrift Store and More, 6528 Massachusetts Ave. Discounts range from 10 to 25 percent off. The HPH Hospice Thrift Store and More also has planned a Christmas in July sale for July 5-30. The shop is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call (727) 843-7356 or visit hph-hospice.org.