Medical issue leads to crash, driver's death
A 69-year-old Tarpon Springs man died in a traffic accident late Friday. James Fenlon Peterson, of 1402 Kimberly Lane, was driving west in the 3300 block of Fifth Avenue S in St. Petersburg when he apparently suffered a medical emergency and accelerated, police said. The front of his 2002 Acura struck the right rear of a 2002 Ford Windstar that was ahead of him. After the collision, Peterson's car went off the north side of the road, struck a water meter, then drifted back across Fifth Avenue and over the south curb. The car then struck concrete posts and a pair of water meters, and crossed a parking lot before stopping in the northbound lanes of 34th Street S. No charges have been filed in the case. The driver of the Ford and a passenger in that vehicle were not hurt.
Plenty of back- to-school events
The Clearwater Public Library System and a Dunedin dentist are hosting back-to-school events this week. The events:
• A backpack handout will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the North Greenwood Library, 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Backpacks with school supplies will be given out to the first 100 children in attendance. Stay to play back-to-school bingo at 3 p.m.
• Learn how to move, dance and play games with Hula Hoops at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. The programs are free. For more information, call (727) 562-4970.
• Dr. James Pitts is sponsoring a free backpack giveaway for school-age children from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday at his office, 2213 Curlew Road, Dunedin. One hundred backpacks containing school supplies and dental health items will be distributed first-come, first-served. For more information, call (727) 787-4746.
Registration open for awareness race
Online registration is now open for the inaugural Morton Plant Mease Foundation's Prostate Cancer Awareness Race scheduled for Sept. 11 in Clearwater. The 5K will kick off at 7:30 a.m. at the Cheek-Powell Wellness Center and take runners through the Morton Plant Hospital campus and surrounding waterfront neighborhoods. There will also be a Kids Dash starting at 9 a.m. To sign up, visit active.com and search for Morton Plant Mease. Registration fee is $25 until Aug. 31, $30 through Sept. 10 and $35 the day of the race. Registration fee for the Kids Dash is $10 through Sept. 11. Entry fees are nonrefundable. Online registration closes Sept. 10. Registration is limited to 1,000 entries. Proceeds from this race will be used to provide community screenings, education and counseling services. Call (727) 253-4056.
Seabird sanctuary hosts fundraiser
A fundraiser for Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, Rockabilly's for the Birds, will be at 4 p.m. Aug. 29 in downtown Dunedin. The event will take place in the rear parking lots behind Blur, Chica Boom Room and Kelly's Downtown, 325 Main St. Activities will include a vintage car show, a best tattoo competition, live music, raffles and drink specials. Artists will be selling arts, crafts and jewelry. Cost: $10. For more information, call (727) 736-0206.
SPCA offering free neuter surgeries
In recognition of National Homeless Animals Day, SPCA Tampa Bay is offering 25 free cat/spay neuter surgeries at the shelter Saturday for families or individuals on limited income. Up to two family cats can be signed up for the service.
Cat owners must register in person between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. Applicants must bring their IRS Form 1040 to be considered for this free service. It is not necessary to bring your pets to the initial appointment. Call (727) 586-3591 or visit spcatampabay.org.