Woman killed in crash at Trinity, SR 54
A New Port Richey woman was killed in a crash at State Road 54 and Community Drive Friday afternoon. Helen Kallergis, 64, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:55 p.m. crash, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Troopers said a 13-year-old passenger, Nicholas Kallergis, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Troopers said Kallergis was driving a 1996 Saturn north on Community Drive when she drove onto State Road 54 and was struck by a 2000 Dodge pickup driven by Dustin R. San Martin, 45, of Brooksville. San Martin suffered minor injuries in the crash, troopers said. Troopers did not release any information about potential charges. The investigation is continuing.
Grant to help pay for tax preparation
The United Way of Pasco County has received a $8,625 grant from Wachovia-Wells Fargo. The grant recognizes the success of the United Way's Prosperity Campaign, which offers free income tax preparation to help lower income residents obtain refunds. Last year, about 120 volunteers helped file 6,506 tax returns for Pasco residents, who received more than $1.2 million in Earned Income Tax Credits and over $6 million in total refunds. The grant funds from Wachovia-Wells Fargo will be used for marketing, supplies and other costs associated with the program. The volunteers, who have been trained and certified by the IRS, will prepare taxes by appointment from mid January to April 15. To schedule an appointment, call the United Way help line at 211.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Habitat to show movie about Cuba
West Pasco Habitat for Humanity will show the documentary The Power of Community at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at the organization's Community Center for Learning, 4131 Madison St. The film focuses on the isolated island nation of Cuba, which rebuilt its quality of life after the collapse of cheap oil supplied by the former Soviet Union. The film shows how communities pulled together, created solutions and ultimately thrived in spite of the decreased availability on imported energy. Habitat shows free "Movies on Madison" on the first and third Thursday of each month. For information, call (727) 843-8786 or visit westpascohabitat.com.
Register now for CARES seminars
The CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, at 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, will offer the following seminars next month:
• Write Your Personal History: 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 5. Your descendants probably will want to know your personal history, and there are many ways to write it. This seminar will teach you some of these methods. Bring a notebook and pen.
• Ancient Middle Eastern Treasures and Artifacts: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays from Jan. 10 to 31. Learn some history and enjoy these archaeology and anthropology seminars. Cost is $5 per person per session.
• 101 Ways to be Happy in a Negative Society: 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 18. Psychologist Dr. Gabriella Riddell will help you explore a few of the 101 ways to be happy in a difficult world.
To register for any of the seminars or for information, call the center at (727) 863-6868.