Now's the time to request your absentee ballot
If you'd like to vote by absentee ballot in the Aug. 26 primary, now's the time to ask. Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley is accepting requests for the mail-in ballots through Aug. 20. Voters may send a written request to Corley's office with their date of birth, Pasco address and signature; or they can fill out an online form at www.pascovotes.com. Requests are fulfilled immediately. Once you fill out the ballot, be sure to use the right postage (83 cents) to mail the oversized envelope back to the elections office. Absentee ballots may also be returned in person to any election office, but not to any polling place on election day. For information, call toll-free at 1-800-851-8754.
Downtown shops plan festive event
Numerous downtown shops will offer special discounts and goodies on Saturday to celebrate "Christmas in July," sponsored by Downtown Dade City Main Street. The treats include a wine tasting at Ivy Cottage Antiques & Wine Merchant and cheese and crackers at Antiques on the Main Street, both from 2 to 4 p.m.; complimentary cups of Christmas tea and slices of homemade peppermint cake all day at Heavenly Treasures; and live music and giveaways at Beef O'Brady's after 5 p.m. The downtown shops will be open for regular hours.
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Learn more about Citizens policy
Got questions about your Citizens Property Insurance policy? A senior staff member from Citizens will hold office hours from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at the office of state Sen. Mike Fasano, 8217 Massachusetts Ave. "This is a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with a knowledgeable staff member from Citizens who should be prepared to answer or research any questions you may have," Fasano said. To set up an appointment, call Greg Giordano at (727) 848-5885.
Get gun safety kit to protect children
The Port Richey Police Department will provide 1,000 safety kits to residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. Kits include a gun lock, which will keep a child or any unauthorized person from accessing a firearm. Pick up the kits st the Police Department, 6333 Ridge Road. Call (727) 816-1919.
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