Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Hyundai dealership owner in New Port Richey donates $100,000 to Metropolitan Ministries

New Port Richey

Businessman donates $100K for homeless

Scott Fink, president and CEO of Hyundai of New Port Richey, and his wife, Kathleen, recently donated $100,000 to Metropolitan Ministries. The Finks' donation will go toward establishing transitional housing and a resident-operated restaurant that will be open to the public, both in Pasco County. "The facts and figures (on homelessness) are astonishing," Scott Fink said. "It's hard to believe so many people, many of them children, go without shelter each night. As a father of five children and a local business owner, I cannot sit back and do nothing." Metropolitan Ministries is a faith-based, community supported, nonprofit organization that has provided for the needs of poor and homeless families in the Tampa Bay area for 40 years. It receives 95 percent of its $15 million operating budget from donors.

Countywide

Facility to keep up post-disaster help

The Disaster Recovery Center operated by federal officials is closing on Saturday. But the county will open a similar information center at the same location on Monday to help residents affected by Tropical Storm Debby and subsequent rainstorms. The Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be at 4444 Grand Ave., in New Port Richey. It will help citizens with Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Association claims. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through at least Aug. 30. The deadline to apply for federal disaster assistance is Sept. 4. People can apply by calling FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-3362. Residents are encouraged to keep in touch with the agency to monitor their claims. People can also call the county's Resident Information Center at (727) 847-8959. That line is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Zephyrhills

Democratic Club meets Monday

The East Pasco Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the meeting room of the Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road. There will be no featured speaker; instead the club members will discuss plans for the upcoming election. For information call club president Diane Parker at (813) 778-6743.

In today's Times

The New Port Richey man who had a cache of fake IDs and uniforms said he never tried to hurt anybody or use his fake credentials to do anything wrong. In an exclusive interview this week with the Times, Roy Antigua said he was only trying to make himself feel better — by making himself into someone else. "I'm not a bad guy," said Antigua, who said he has struggled with addiction and depression. "I just made wrong decisions and I want to make things right." Story, 1A.

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