Lockbox gone, but her story stirs kindness
Gretta LaVerne Steinberg hasn't found the lockbox she lost on U.S. 19, but she has new faith in the kindness of strangers. Steinberg, 72, came home Thursday to find a note from the owners of SouthEast Personnel Leasing, who read last week's Pasco Times article about the lost lockbox containing Steinberg's legal papers and $600. Steinberg, who has stage 4 breast cancer, was driving to appointments April 15 to make her final arrangements when the hatchback door of her trunk popped open and her lockbox tumbled onto the busy highway. By the time she circled back to look for the box, it was gone. John and Debbie Porreca of SouthEast Personnel Leasing wanted to help, though, so they delivered a card Thursday containing six $100 bills. Steinberg, whose radical mastectomy is scheduled for Tuesday, was overwhelmed with emotion. "There's a lot of bad going on, but really there's more good, and we need to hear about it," she said.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Cycle passenger dies after crash
A 22-year-old passenger on a motorcycle died days after the driver crashed it into a car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Amanda Mary Clark was treated at Bayfront Medical Center late Sunday for critical injuries, but troopers said late Wednesday that she died. She was a passenger on the 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle of Gregory David Merrill, 38, who rode north on Little Road and ran the red light at River Crossing Boulevard, troopers said. His motorcycle collided with the left side of a 2000 Nissan Pathfinder, and the impact killed him. Javan Cristian Aldridge, 32, the driver of the Nissan, was treated for minor injuries at Community Hospital. Aldridge wore a seat belt. Neither Clark nor Merrill wore helmets.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Starkey bike trail closed for repairs
Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Bike Trail will be closed next week for repairs. For information, call (727) 834-3262.
Dinner to benefit tsunami victims
Regency Residence retirement community is teaming with the local American Veterans post for an all-you-can-eat spaghetti and salad dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 at 6711 Embassy Blvd. The cost is $5 per person, and all proceeds will be donated to the Japan Emergency Network, which is caring for more than 25,000 children in Tokyo after the devastating tsunami. To reserve a place or for information, call Regency Residence at (727) 849-9335.
Letter carriers take part in food drive
The Florida State Association of Letter Carriers plans a food drive for May 14. To participate, leave a bag of nonperishable food at your mailbox.