One of two drivers injured in a crash Saturday has died. Christos Neofotistos, 74, of Dunedin, was struck by Jesse Lee Chitren, 17, of Belleair Beach, after the teenager ran a red light at Belcher Road and Solon Avenue, according to Pinellas County sheriff's officials. Neofotistos, who died about 11 a.m. Thursday, was trying to turn left onto Solon Avenue and was not wearing a seat belt. He was thrown from his Chevrolet van in the collision, which caused both cars to slide into a cement traffic signal pole, investigators said. Chitren, who drove a 2000 Nissan truck and was wearing a seat belt, remained hospitalized Thursday at Bayfront Medical Center, where both drivers were flown with serious injuries after the crash. An investigation is continuing, sheriff's officials said.
Artist to speak at design program
Ulli Kampelmann, a German-born artist who lives in Clearwater, will speak at a Clearwater public art and design program at 4 p.m. Monday at the Municipal Services Building, at 100 S Myrtle Ave. Kampelmann's brilliantly colored glass artwork is currently on display in the Municipal Services Building lobby. Kampelmann, whose techniques in architectural glass art are still relatively unknown in the United States, will speak about the transformative potential of public art when included in the design phase of architectural projects. Call (727) 562-4837.
Auctions to raise funds for surgeries
An evening of silent auctions will be 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road. Find unique pieces of art and handcrafted jewelry and pottery, gift baskets, getaways, collectibles and more just in time for holiday giving. The event seeks to raise money for future surgeries for Danny Gray, 21, a college student paralyzed in an accident. To donate items, call (727) 586-6403. Money can be donated to the Daniel Gray Trust Fund at SunTrust Bank.
Jewish school offers information
The Pinellas County Jewish Day School, 1775 S Highland Ave., Clearwater, will host an information session about the middle school program at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The school offers transitional kindergarten through Grade 8 and is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Florida Kindergarten Council. The school also operates under the charter of the Solomon Schecter Day School Association, a Conservative Jewish day school organization. Call 588-0100 or visit www.edline.net/pages/PCJDS.
Registration starts for new students
Starting today, parents of incoming kindergarten students or other children who will be new to Pinellas County schools in August can register their children at a family education and information center to receive a student identification number. Only registered students will be able to apply during the application period, which is March 5-24, for choice attendance area schools. The family education centers are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and are at 1101 Marshall St. in Clearwater, 298-2858, and 3420 Eighth Ave. S in St. Petersburg, 552-1595.