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New Port Richey woman, 61, killed in car wreck


Woman killed in afternoon car accident

A 61-year-old New Port Richey woman died late Sunday afternoon after a wreck at Little Road and River Crossing Boulevard. About 5:40 p.m., Jennifer L. Brill was traveling west on River Crossing Boulevard in a 2001, four-door Nissan. Theodore R. Hajick, 30, also of New Port Richey, was driving a 1990 Cadillac north on Little Road in the inside lane. According to Florida Highway Patrol, Hajick failed to stop for Brill at the intersection, slamming into the left side of her car. Brill was taken to HCA Community Hospital in New Port Richey and pronounced dead about an hour later. Hajick was hospitalized for minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed.


Hall of Fame tennis coach to retire

Veteran Saint Leo University tennis coach Tim Crosby, a campus fixture for nearly 40 years, announced Monday he is retiring from coaching to devote more time to his family. Crosby, who turned 66 Saturday, coached the Lions men's team for 39 years and the women's for 37. He was a member of Saint Leo's first graduating class as a four-year school in 1967. His interview for the men's tennis job consisted of playing a set against then-athletic director Norm Kaye. Crosby prevailed, 6-1, and was hired on the spot. Two years later, he also began coaching the women. A member of the Saint Leo Hall of Fame, Crosby will remain at the school as an associate professor of physical education. "I truly need to spend more time with my wife of 40 years, Maria, my three children and seven grandchildren," Crosby said.


Hospice celebrates history, new name

Hernando-Pasco Hospice celebrated its 25th anniversary Monday by giving itself a new name: HPH Hospice. When the nonprofit expanded its reach into Citrus County in 2005, the "former name no longer reflected our service area," HPH Hospice president Tom Barb said. The board of directors unanimously approved the new name in January, and it has been accepted by state regulators with the Agency for Health Care Administration. HPH began in 1984 with a handful of volunteers and staff who worked out of the old Gibraltar Bank building on U.S. 19 in Hudson. "Over the past quarter of a century, HPH has emerged as one of the largest not-for-profit hospices in the United States, caring for an average of 1,000 patients daily," Barb said. Hospice provides care for patients with life-limiting illnesses. For information, call toll-free 1-800-486-8784 or visit

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