20 people vying to be head of housing agency
The Pasco County Housing Authority has 20 applicants who want to be the agency's executive director. The list includes housing executives in several other states as well as those with experience at public housing agencies across Florida. The agency has been operating with an interim director since Karen Turner resigned in September under accusations of mismanagement. David Lambert, the chairman of the board that oversees the agency, said he hopes to interview the candidates in January and have a new director in place by February. Lambert also said he hopes to receive an overdue audit covering the 2010 fiscal year in April. That missing audit could prompt federal regulators to label the housing authority as a "troubled agency" in an upcoming report.
Donate blood for chance to win car
Donors have a chance to win a new car during a blood drive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Jan. 12 at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson. The event will be at the rear entrance to the shoreline cafeteria at 14000 Fivay Road. Go to www.fbsdonor.org to make an appointment for your donation and use sponsor code 0B034. All donors are entered into a raffle to win a 2012 KIA Soul, courtesy of Friendly Kia. All blood donors will receive a long sleeve T-shirt, a wellness checkup and a cholesterol screening. Identification is required to donate. The minimum age to donate is 16 with parental consent. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds. Call 1-800-68-BLOOD for more information.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Free seminar spotlights co-ops
Anyone interested in learning more about cooperative enterprises, also called co-ops, can come to a free educational seminar hosted by the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation's Division of Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes. The event is free and will focus on cooperative budgets and reserves, financial reporting and the complaint process. The seminar is from 10 a.m. till noon Jan. 9 at the Cotee River Park Homeowners Association Inc., 5611 Oak Ridge Ave., New Port Richey. For more information, contact Jan Shekitka at (850) 717-1482 or send a message to email@example.com.
• The guest musician at Thursday Musicale's Jan. 5 concert is Crystal Rodriguez, whose performance will feature show tunes and opera favorites. A calendar item on Wednesday listed incorrect guest musicians. The concert is at 2 p.m. Jan. 5 at Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Road, New Port Richey.
• John Russell, a no-party candidate in the 2012 5th Congressional District race, is an acute care nurse practitioner. His job title was stated incorrectly in a story published Friday.
Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.