Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Mike Fasano donates campaign funds after election win

NEW PORT RICHEY

fasano donates leftover funds from campaign

State Rep.-elect Mike Fasano got a chance to play Santa early, thanks to about $50,000 in leftover campaign money. Fasano, a Republican who reached his term limit in the state Senate, was predicted to easily defeat a write-in candidate for state House on Nov. 6, but the law would not allow him to disburse his campaign money to nonprofits until after the election. "So far we've given out about $40,000," he said Tuesday. The top beneficiary was Volunteer Way, which runs a food bank. Fasano gave the group $10,000 to put toward a refrigerator truck or other operating expenses. Another cause close to his heart, AMIKids, got $5,000. The agency, formerly known as the Marine Institute, provides educational programs for at-risk children. It took a huge hit earlier this year when it lost a state contract and has had to cobble together a budget with assistance from the Pasco school district and county government. Other agencies included the Salvation Army, which needs new equipment for its soup kitchen, the YMCA and Boy Scouts. Fasano also gave to People for Haiti, an organization started by Trinity family practice physician Leo Vieira and his wife, Guiga, as well as Lost Angels Big and Small, an animal welfare group, and other agencies. Fasano said having a write-in helped him raise more money for charities. "We didn't ask for money, but people kept making contributions," he said. "I think some of them knew it would be going to a good cause."

NEW PORT RICHEY

Join the movement to quit smoking

The Pasco County Health Department wants to help smokers find their "inner quitter" on Thursday in honor of the Great American Smokeout, an annual event in which smokers are urged to give up their cigarettes for a day — and hopefully put them down for good. Tobacco Free Florida, a free program that offers counseling and nicotine replacement therapy, has three ways to help smokers quit:

• Call the Florida Quitline toll-free at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (822-6669)to speak with a Quit Coach who will help you assess your addiction and help you create a personalized quit plan.

• Enroll in the web coach at quitnow.net/florida, which will help you create your own web-based quit plan.

• Sign up for Quit Smoking Now group classes at your local Area Health Education Center (AHEC) by calling (813) 929-1000, ext. 213 or visiting 17817 State Road 52, Land O'Lakes.

"The most important step a smoker can take for a healthier and longer life is to quit smoking," said state Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "We urge Floridians to take advantage of our resources." For information visit tobaccofreeflorida.com.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Democratic club meets on Monday

The East Pasco Democratic Club will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the meeting room of the Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road. There will be no speaker this month. Club members are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate for a Thanksgiving basket for a student's family at West Zephyrhills Elementary School. For information call club president Diane Parker at (813) 778-6743.

Pasco deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

Mike Fasano donates campaign funds after election win 11/13/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 8:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. How Jameis Winston's turnovers doomed the Bucs again

    Bucs

    The Bucs' rise or fall is based on the play of quarterback Jameis Winston. His failure to take care of the football was arguably the biggest factor in their 34-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday.

    Jameis Winston has turned the football over 25 times in 17 road games. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
  2. Wrenching photos show hurricane battered Puerto Rico on brink of crisis

    Hurricanes

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — As life in Puerto Rico grinds on nearly a week after Hurricane Maria knocked out all the power, most of the water and left people waiting in excruciating lines for fuel, Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló said the island was on the brink of a "humanitarian crisis" and it was up to Congress to …

    Residents bathe in a natural spring in the hill town of Toa Alta, Puerto Rica, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. As life in Puerto Rico grinds on nearly a week after the Category 4 storm knocked out all the power, most of the water and left people waiting in excruciating lines for fuel, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Monday that the island was on the brink of a "humanitarian crisis." [Victor J. Blue | New York Times]
  3. New 'Game of Thrones' concert experience coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

    Blogs

    More music is coming.

    A new, live Game of Thrones concert experience is coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sept. 21, 2018, the venue announced today. That may seem like a long way off, but with no new season on HBO's immediate horizon, that's probably the next taste of Game of Thrones you're going to get for a …

  4. Epilogue: Stu Arnold, founder of Auto Trader magazine

    Human Interest

    From his living room table, Stuart Arnold pasted Polaroid photos and typewritten ads onto pages that became the Auto Trader magazine.

    Stuart Arnold, 82, was the founder of the Auto-Trader magazine, which grew to become one of the largest classified magazines in the country. He died Sept. 11, 2017.
  5. Former Tarpon Springs High principal sues man who called in 2015 death threat

    Civil

    The former principal of Tarpon Springs High has sued a man who threatened to come to the school and kill him in 2015, saying the man started a chain of events that harmed his life and career.

    Tarpon Springs High School was the scene of a 2015 incident where Edward S. Ecker called the school to threaten then-principal James M. Joyer. Joyer has filed a lawsuit saying Ecker set in motion a chain of events that harmed his life and career. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]