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Silver Alert Program to host registration event


Register for silver alert at Pinellas event

When someone with a cognitive disorder such as Alzheimer's disease or autism goes missing, a quick response can be the difference between life and death. The National Silver Alert Program, a free online registration program for all individuals with cognitive disorders, will host its first on-site registration event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 in Palm Harbor at Fountains Plaza, 34824 U.S. 19 N. The National Silver Alert Program lets caregivers store vital personal, medical, health and caregiver information that can be easily accessed in an emergency. Neil Arfmann, chief executive officer of National Silver Alert, said, "Wandering is the major reason for missing person alerts, particularly in persons with cognitive disorders. Having this information available to law enforcement officers, hospitals and emergency responders minimizes the time in which a person is missing and reduces the potential health risks." For more information, call (866) 840-3639 or visit


Help honor vets after trip to D.C.

An Honor Flight with 75 World War II veterans will return to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after a day spent visiting Washington, D.C., and the World War II Memorial. The veterans will be greeted by their families and various groups, and the welcome-home celebration is open to the public. (Free parking will be available for those attending.) Honor Flight director Barbara Howard said, "We are giving them a long-overdue day of honor in Washington, D.C., and a welcome home and thank-you on their return."


FHP to keep eye on Halloween drivers

Planning to celebrate this spooky season at Halloween parties? The Florida Highway Patrol wants you to know it is launching a crackdown on impaired drivers starting today and continuing through Nov. 4. To keep safe this Halloween, the FHP has these tips:

• Plan a safe way to get home before the festivities begin.

• Before drinking, designate a sober driver.

• If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation to get home.

Motorists are encouraged to report aggressive or impaired drivers by calling *FHP (*347) on their cellphones.


Ambulance decked out in pink, white

Drivers on Pinellas County roads might see something different when they look to see where that ambulance siren is coming from: Sunstar ambulance No. 52 in a pink and white color scheme. The new paint job is designed to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Nearly one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer.

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