County offers free swine flu vaccination
The Pasco County Health Department will offer free swine flu vaccines the next two Saturdays for people in "priority groups" — which include pregnant women; caregivers and family of infants 6 months and younger; individuals 6 months to 24 years old; people 25 to 64 years old with chronic medical conditions; and health care and emergency medical personnel. The H1N1 vaccine clinics will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. this Saturday and Nov. 14 at three Health Department locations: 13941 15th St. in Dade City; 4135 Land O'Lakes Blvd. in Land O'Lakes; and 10841 Little Road in New Port Richey. Nasal spray and injectable vaccinations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; tickets will be distributed starting at 9:30 a.m. both days. Officials say patients should be prepared to wait. For additional H1N1 swine flu vaccine clinic information, visit www.myflusafety.com.
New Port Richey
Thief is given 10 years in plea deal
Laurette Philipsen, in the middle of trial on charges she stole from the doctor's office where she worked, took a plea deal Tuesday that will send her to prison for 10 years. Authorities said Philipsen, 54, took out loans in the name of Dr. Louise Wilder, a family practice physician in New Port Richey. Philipsen was the office manager. She also diverted payroll taxes and insurance payments to herself and overpaid herself in salary by about $50,000 from 2002 to 2005, authorities said. Wilder had to close the practice and was left with thousands in tax liabilities and debt. Assistant State Attorney Chip Stanton said Wilder approved the plea deal, in which Philipsen pleaded guilty to scheme to defraud and criminal use of personal identification, both felonies, and must pay $190,000 in restitution. Under Florida law, she must serve at least 85 percent of the prison term.
Citizens staffer to answer questions
Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will hold "office hours" from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the office of state Rep. John Legg, 10014 Grove Drive, Suite B. A senior staff member from Citizens will be available to answer questions and help people who have problems with their policies. Appointments are required. Call Legg's office at (727) 869-8600 to schedule a time.
New Beginnings Ministries is in Holiday. An article Saturday gave the wrong town.
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