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Two bicyclists injured in separate accidents on Memorial Causeway Bridge

Published Jan. 16, 2013


Two accidents, two bicyclists are injured

One bicyclist received life-threatening injuries and another was injured less seriously in separate accidents Tuesday when they lost control while descending from the top of the Memorial Causeway Bridge. About 11:45 a.m., a 64-year-old bicyclist was westbound on the north sidewalk of the bridge when he lost control, traveled onto the grass and tumbled several feet onto a sidewalk. He was wearing a helmet but received potentially life-threatening head injuries, according to Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. About 15 minutes later, a second bicyclist also riding westbound but on the south sidewalk of the bridge picked up speed traveling downhill, crashed and broke his arm. Both men were taken to area hospitals. Neither man was identified by authorities. In 2010, a Clearwater man who was walking on the bridge was killed when he was struck by two teenagers speeding down the west side of the bridge on a bicycle.


Learn about Lego Mindstorm

A meet and greet and informational session with tutors and students for the Lego Mindstorm program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. The program has students receiving tutoring while they build robots using Lego Mindstorm. The first class will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 31. It runs for eight weeks ending on March 21. Participating students must be in either middle school or high school, and tutors must have the ability to assist with computer and robotics programming. If you are interested in participating in the Mindstorm program as either a tutor or a student, call (727) 773-2665.


Boating safety course Jan. 26, 27

"About Boating Safely," a course offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunedin Flotilla, will be taught in two sessions Jan. 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary classroom at Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St. The course is designed for both experienced and novice boaters. Some of the topics presented will be boating emergencies, know your boat, getting under way, navigating the waterways, operating your boat safely, and legal requirements. Register by Jan. 21 to receive course materials prior to the class. The fee is $35, with a $5 discount each for two or more signing up at the same time. Florida Boater Safety Certification Cards are given to individuals who successfully complete the course. For more information, call Kristi Mackey at (727) 736-1191, or email

Seminar on digital cameras Jan. 24

If you want to learn more about how to use your digital camera settings and memory card, visit the Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., on Jan. 24 to hear instructor Bill Smith give an overview of the fun things you can do with your digital photos. The free seminar will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (727) 298-3299.


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