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Palin might be next VP hopeful to visit Sims Park

NEW PORT RICHEY

Palin might be next VP hopeful at Sims Park

Those barricades that the city put up in Sims Park for Monday's visit by Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden will stay up a little longer. Now officials are prepping for a possible Saturday morning visit by the other vice presidential nominee, Republican Sarah Palin. City Manager Tom O'Neill had two meetings Tuesday with campaign officials interested in bringing Sen. John McCain's running mate to the riverfront park. "It's a possibility," said O'Neill. "It's not a definite thing." Campaign officials are also scouting other locations, he said. And Palin may have a little competition: Calvary Chapel Worship Center has received city permits to host a fall festival at Sims Park on Saturday. O'Neill said Palin's people are talking with the church, to see if they could coordinate the two events.

Help on addiction will be offered

STEPS to Recovery, a nonprofit agency that offers transitional housing for recovering addicts, will have an open house Nov. 8 to celebrate its second anniversary. The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4532 Croton Drive, near Trouble Creek Road and Grand Boulevard. Volunteers and recovering addicts will be available to talk to the public about the disease of addiction and the solutions they have found. For information call STEPS to Recovery at (727) 505-5528 or (727) 505-4885.

COUNTYWIDE

Alstott to assist Hike for Hospice

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott will kick off the second annual Hike for Hospice at two locations Nov. 8 to raise money for Gulfside Regional Hospice. Hikers have their choice of two venues: 9 a.m. at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St. in New Port Richey, or 11 a.m. at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave. in Zephyrhills. Registration and check-in begins an hour and a half before the start time. The 5K walk is for anyone who has lost a loved one, regardless of whether they received hospice care. The registration fee is $35 for adults and $15 for children 10 and younger. To sign up, call Jennifer York toll-free at 1-800-561-4883.

Inside

Barnes & Noble — Pasco's first — opens for a sneak peek tonight before its grand debut Thursday at Wesley Chapel's Shops at Wiregrass. Story, Page 5

Pasco deaths

Guerin, Wanda May

Martell, James F. Sr.

Scheier, George Jr.

Whalen, Lloyd "Chip"

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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