Pedestrian in hospital after car hit him
A 62-year-old pedestrian was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon after he was hit by a car on Main Street, authorities said. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Terrence L. Fitzgerald, of 1834 Pinehurst Road in Dunedin, was hit by a 2008 Nissan Altima driven by Ariele C. Bever, 22, as he tried to cross Main at the intersection of Keene Road about 2:20 p.m. Pinellas deputies said Bever was northbound on Keene when she made a right turn onto Main, striking Fitzgerald, who had just stepped off the curb. Fitzgerald hit his head on the car's windshield and was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. His condition was upgraded later Tuesday and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, the Sheriff's Office said. Bever and her passenger, Aaron M. Bever, 27, of Dunedin were not injured. No charges had been filed Tuesday evening and deputies were still investigating.
Adoption fee $25 for cats on Friday
The Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590, is dedicating Black Friday to black cats with a reduced adoption fee of $25. All black cats will be available for adoption at that rate 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Adoptable pets are current on vaccines, altered, microchipped, come with 45 days of pet insurance, a bag of food and have access to adoption support. Call (727) 797-7722.
Firefighters raising money for kids
Clearwater firefighters are raising money to buy toys and other gifts for local children in state custody who were removed from homes because of neglect or abuse and have not been placed in foster homes. Checks can be made out to Shelter Care Christmas and mailed to Clearwater Fire and Rescue, c/o Asst. Fire Chief Doug Swartz, 610 Franklin St., Clearwater, FL 33756 or dropped off at the same location. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 15.
Veterans program sells Santa Dollars
The Abilities Foundation of Clearwater is partnering with Publix Supermarkets and Marketing Productions Inc. of Palm Harbor during the 2010 holiday season. The partnership encourages Publix customers to purchase Santa Dollars, which include a gift card and an actual dollar bill with a trademarked and registered Santa seal that covers George Washington's face. The seal is removable so the dollar is spendable, or it can be kept as a collectible. Proceeds from Santa Dollars benefit the Abilities Foundation's programs for disabled veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Santa Dollars cost $2.50 plus tax. For more information, visit www.abilitiesfoundation.com.
Nick Watton was pictured in a story Sunday about Dunedin High School's Students Against Bullying Conference. His last name was misspelled in the caption to the photo.