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Troopers search for pickup driver who hit school bus in Clearwater

CLEARWATER

Pickup driver who hit bus sought by FHP

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are searching for a pickup driver who took off after rear-ending a stopped Pinellas County school bus Friday. The crash happened about 9:40 a.m. on McMullen-Booth Road just south of State Road 590 in Clearwater as the bus stopped at a railroad crossing. After impact, the truck driver exited her newer-model maroon Ford pickup, boarded the bus to ask if everyone was okay, then left the scene. The bus driver, Michael Woods of Largo, was taken to Largo Medical Center with minor injuries. The bus was bound for Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Student Center. Authorities said none of the four passengers — an assistant driver and three children — were hurt. The hit-and-run driver is described as a 50- to 55-year-old blond white woman wearing a nurse's uniform. The pickup has front-end damage. Damage to both vehicles is estimated at $500. Call Trooper J. Bregon at (813) 631-4020 if you have information.

SAFETY HARBOR

Jewish man traced his roots 230 years

The program "Who Do You Think You Are?'' will take place at the next Jewish Women International meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. The host for the evening will be William Israel, a genealogist who has spent 31 years researching his Jewish roots. He has traced 10 generations of his family lines going back 230 years, and has documented more than 1,600 of his relatives. The meeting is open to the public, including spouses and children. For information, call (727) 724-1525.

CLEARWATER

Bazaar to help Japan relief effort

Clearwater Sister Cities Inc. will hold an international bazaar from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to benefit the disaster relief efforts in Japan. The organization is accepting donations from the public including international memorabilia, souvenirs or gifts no longer used. It will be held at the Clearwater Main Library Atrium, 100 N Osceola Ave. Clearwater Cities Sisters Inc. is the nonprofit organization that helps assist the city of Clearwater with the student exchange program with Nagano, Japan. For information, (727) 726-0260

COUNTYWIDE

Want to help mentor a child?

Volunteers are needed throughout the county for the Adults Mentoring Children program. The program, part of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services based in the Icot Center in Clearwater, needs volunteers 30 and older. The adults are matched with children who need a positive role model, and many of the children are living with a single parent who is going to school and working. Volunteers are provided social events and support by agency staff. No experience is necessary. Activities might include reading, baking, fishing, gardening, teaching a craft, visiting a park or just listening to a child. For information, call (727) 479-1841 .

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Troopers search for pickup driver who hit school bus in Clearwater 03/18/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 18, 2011 8:01pm]

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