NEW PORT RICHEY
Man, 60, dies from apparent wasp sting
Jeffrey Carey, a roofing company manager, was found dead in his truck Monday afternoon after an apparent wasp sting. Carey, a quiet, gentle man who brightened when talking of his children and grandchildren, was at a house on Captiva Circle to do a roof estimate. Authorities found a green ladder perched on the side of the home a few feet from a wasp nest, hidden under an overhang. Carey was allergic to wasps. An uncapped EpiPen was found 4 inches from his hand, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. His boss said Carey "never said a bad word about a soul," which is something after years of dealing with customers. "He had no enemies," said Jennita Troxell, who owns Baillie Roofing & Construction, Inc., where Carey worked for 14 years. Troxell said Carey was a private, thoughtful person and an avid hunter who brought homemade deer jerky for the office. "He will be missed," she said. Carey, who lived in Spring Hill, was 60. He died on his birthday.
SR 56 project gets extension to 2011
Drivers will have to wait a little longer for the completion of the last leg of State Road 56 linking Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to Meadow Pointe Boulevard. Commissioners are giving the road builder until August to open SR 56 to the public, and until February 2011 to finish the project, including intersection improvements. That eastern extension was supposed to be finished in March after commissioners granted an extension due to weather delays. But the lawyer for the group in charge of building the road, Meadow Pointe IV Community Development District, asked for a one-year extension because the original contractor on the project, WDG Inc., walked away amid financial problems. The builder has been wrestling with the bonding company to get a new contractor on the job. County officials have said the expansion is critical in order to give drivers on State Road 54 an alternate route when crews begin widening that highway.
Author will sign Hudson book
The Pasco County Historical Society will host local author Jeff Cannon at 7 p.m. Friday for a book signing and presentation of his new book, Hudson, which includes images from the private collections of local residents and tells the story of important figures in Hudson's early years, the community and early institutions of education and religion. The meeting and covered-dish dinner will be at the American Legion Hall, 37745 Church Ave. Call (352) 567-2050 for information.
A detailed list of obituaries is published in Section B.