NEW PORT RICHEY
Main Street Holidays ends this weekend
Greater New Port Richey Main Street will show a Christmas movie at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. today in Sims Park to kick off the final weekend of Main Street Holidays. Take chairs or blankets for seating. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus are at Halina's Interiors on Main Street from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, there will be a carnival midway from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., an arts and crafts show, river boat rides, pony rides, live music on stage and festival food in Sims Park. The Genesis School will perform The Holidays Through the Eyes of a Child at 2:30 p.m. on the amphitheater stage. The Bone Yard Dogs band will perform from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The 33rd annual Downtown New Port Richey Holiday Street Parade will be at 7 p.m. Saturday. From 9 to 11 p.m., John Wayne Wilkinson and the Dixie Highway Band will perform. On Sunday, there will be breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m., and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., arts and crafts village, river boat rides, kayak and canoe rentals. From 1 to 5 p.m., there will be entertainment on the main stage in Sims Park; and from noon to 9 p.m., a carnival and midway.
Meetings maintain one 'A' bond rating
In advance of putting out nearly $12 million in construction bonds, Pasco County school officials spent two days this week conferring with rating agencies, hoping to keep their reviews strong and interest payments low. The effort has paid off. The district received word Thursday that Fitch's maintained Pasco's A rating, even as other school districts have seen their ratings dip. Key to Pasco's success has been its willingness to hold its reserves at 5 percent or more, while other districts have dipped into savings to pay bills and give raises. "I'm absolutely delighted," superintendent Heather Fiorentino said. "That speaks volumes for the district, and especially for the finance department. … Having business-minded people on the board has also been very beneficial." The district is expecting its rating from Moody's today.