Loans available to cope with storm damage
The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting loan applications from Pasco residents whose homes or businesses were damaged during the recent storms. The application filing deadlines are June 6 for physical damage to a home or business, and Jan. 9 for economic damage suffered by a business. The storms that tore through Pasco County on March 31 and April 4 brought high winds and some flooding. People may apply for SBA loans to make the necessary repairs. Information on how to apply may be found at www.sba.gov or by calling 1-800-659-2955. County officials urge residents to use contractors who are licensed, insured and registered with the county. For information, call the county's Contractor Licensing Office at: (727) 847-8009 in west Pasco; (352) 521-4274 ext. 8009 in east Pasco; and (813) 996-7341 ext. 8009 in central Pasco.
Chamber leading Japan aid effort
The Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Students Rebuild, is participating in an effort to make origami cranes to raise money for disaster relief in Japan. According to Japanese lore, anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish — perhaps for long life, health or peace. The Zephyrhills Chamber is launching a community effort to deliver 1,000 paper cranes to Students Rebuild, based in Seattle. That will help trigger a donation from the Bezos Family Foundation — $2 for each crane received — to Architecture for Humanity's efforts to rebuild Japan after last month's earthquake and tsunami. The cranes will be woven into an art installation — a symbolic gift from youth worldwide. For information and a video tutorial on how to fold a paper crane, visit www.zephyrhillschamber.org. The chamber can be reached at (813) 782-1913.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Library to close for improvements
The New Port Richey Public Library will be closed April 22-24 while crews install new flooring and other upgrades. This is part of an ongoing effort to update colors and lighting in the library at 5939 Main St. The library will reopen at 10 a.m. April 25. For information call (727) 853-1279.
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