Martin's letter of resignation is still absent
Cathi Martin announced her plan to resign from the Pasco County School Board a week ago. She hasn't taken the steps needed to make it official, though. "We still have not received Mrs. Martin's resignation letter," Sterling Ivey, spokesman for Gov. Charlie Crist, said Thursday. The governor's staff was curious enough about the letter's whereabouts to call superintendent Heather Fiorentino to see if perhaps she got a copy. Fiorentino didn't have it, and called Martin to see what was the holdup. Martin, who has avoided public comment since early March, told Fiorentino she was "working on it" and that the letter would be done "by Monday." The applicants as of Thursday afternoon were former candidates Michele Chamberlain and Michael Siemion, Fiorentino campaign treasurer Sallie Skipper and former educator Mary Scicchitano.
Bilirakis to host seminar on fraud
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, will host a seminar on consumer fraud and identity theft from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Activity Center on 12417 Clock Tower Parkway. Officials from the U.S. Postal Service, the Federal Trade Commission, the law enforcement community and legal experts will discuss mail and cyber fraud, as well as identity theft crimes against the elderly and consumers. Information will be provided on prevention efforts and steps residents can take to protect themselves. An industrial shredder will also be available for the public to dispose of personal and sensitive documents free of charge. Call Bilirakis' office at (727) 773-2871.
Chorus to perform spring concerts
The Betmar Chorus will present its spring concerts starting with a performance at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Clubhouse 2 at Betmar Acres, 37145 Lakewood Drive in Zephyrhills. Other performances will follow at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The chorus, in its 37th year, has more than 100 members from among the residents and renters at Betmar Acres. This year's shows, directed by Mary Margaret Trice and Linda LaFayette, will include contemporary anthems, gospel hymns and folk songs performed by the men's and women's choruses, concluding with a medley from Oliver. The accompanists are Wilma Klak, Dee Schultz and Bev Pettereli. Tickets are $5. , Call (813) 788-960.
• Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey was omitted from a list of Pasco hospitals Thursday.
• Sen. Mike Fasano recently spoke with Dan Rametta of Citizens for Sanity about the environmental group's challenge of a permit for the proposed T. Rowe Price project. A story Thursday identified another group member.
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