Opinions on Social security, medicare sought
The Land O'Lakes chapter of AARP will host a "listening session" at 10:30 a.m. today to hear what central Pasco residents think of proposals to change Social Security and Medicare. Residents attending will use new AARP audience-response technology that lets them answer multiple-choice questions using handheld devices, providing real-time polling of those at the session. Attendees will also take part in an open dialogue where they will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns about the future of these programs. The session will be at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. AARP will collect participants' responses and share them with members of Congress and candidates for president. To take part and to learn more, visit aarp.cvent.com/LandOLakes or call toll-free 1-877-926-8300.
Pasco EDC wins social media award
The Pasco Economic Development Council has won the 2012 Economic Development Award for "Best Use of Social Media" from Business Facilities magazine. Business Facilities: The Location Advisor is a trade publication source of national and international corporate real estate and site selection news. According to the magazine, the Pasco Economic Development Council "understood that social media marketing is a moving target and took the proper actions to strengthen their efforts (i.e., hiring a social media specialist, creating a campaign around their slogan, and producing their own content)." The social media campaign's objective was to connect with business and community leaders and the extended networks where they spend most of their time — on the computer. You can follow the Pasco Economic Development Council on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn and the agency's website, pascoedc.com.
Weatherford, wife expecting child
He swore he'd never be like his parents, the heads of a household teeming with nine children. But state Rep. Will Weatherford is catching up. This week, Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel and House speaker designate for next year, announced he and his wife, Courtney, are expecting their third child in late October. "It's another election baby," he said, referring to their second child, Molly Marie, who was born shortly after the 2010 race. Weatherford, 32, said he definitely won't have a family as big as his parents'. "We will not be breaking any Weatherford records," he said. He's also not trying to keep up with the Corcorans, as state Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-New Port Richey, and his wife, Anne, are expecting their sixth child this summer. Weatherford, who has two daughters, said the couple will likely find out the baby's gender before the birth. Will they share that news? "Follow me on Twitter," he said.