NEW PORT RICHEY
Mayor remains in hospital after surgery
Mayor Bob Consalvo will spend this Thanksgiving in the hospital, recovering from emergency surgery for a stomach condition. "I was hoping to get out before that, but it looks like it will be a couple more days," Consalvo told the Times on Wednesday in a telephone interview from his hospital room at the Medical Center of Trinity. Consalvo, 71, underwent surgery Saturday after going to the hospital with intense pain in his stomach. He said his illness was a scare but that he is looking forward to getting back to work. "It was unexpected. I didn't see this coming," he said. "But we're going to get back — that is, if they'll still have me." Deputy Mayor Rob Marlowe ran the City Council meeting Tuesday evening and asked the public to pray for Consalvo's recovery. "It was a big shock to hear" the mayor was in the hospital, Marlowe said after the meeting. "We really miss him and can't wait to get him back."
State parks open usual hours today
Looking to walk off some of that turkey feast? Florida state parks — including the 4,000-acre Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park in west Pasco — are open today for regular hours, from 8 a.m. to sunset. The park entrance at Scenic and Cinema drives includes a half-mile walking trail and a small picnic area. Other parts of the park are accessible by boat. "This is an excellent time to enjoy nature, fresh air and Florida's famous sunshine with family and friends," Florida Park Service director Donald Forgione said in a prepared release. "I encourage Floridians to bring their visiting relatives to their local state park for fun activities and to make unforgettable holiday memories." For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Adopt a pet Friday during SPCA event
Forget the door busters. You can meet the real Buster — the dog, that is — at the SPCA Suncoast's Black Friday adoption event. The shelter, 7734 Congress St., will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Friday with dogs and cats that are ready for adoption. Every adopted pet is spayed or neutered, is microchipped for identification and has received age-appropriate testing and vaccinations. All adoptions also include a free bag of Science Diet food and a training DVD from Animal Planet. The SPCA Suncoast staff will be on hand to answer pet-related questions and help people find the perfect furry friend. The event will also include food and music. For more information, call the SPCA Suncoast at (727) 849-1048 or visit spcasuncoast.org.
Holiday bazaar will be Saturday
Regency Residence will host a Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the retirement community, 6711 Embassy Blvd. Local crafters will display their crafts for holiday gift giving. For more information, call (727) 849-9335.