Cold-weather shelters need more blankets
There aren't enough blankets at Pasco's cold-weather shelters for homeless adults and families with children, according to United Way of Pasco County. The agency sent a plea for blankets Tuesday evening, as temperatures dipped to freezing. "Traditionally these shelters housed single adults, but with the difficult economic times they are now also seeing families with children," a United Way release stated. "These shelters are operated by various faith-based and non-profit organizations in the community. Last week the shelters were opened two nights, and this week they will be open at least three." The organization asks for anyone with blankets to spare to drop them off at the United Way of Pasco County at 8040 Washington St. in Port Richey. United Way will ensure the blankets are given to the shelters. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, contact Kristen King at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (727) 835-2028. Visit unitedwaypasco.org.
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Puppies available for adoption
More than 20 rescued puppies will be available for adoption Saturday during a Puppy Palooza event at the SPCA Suncoast. Most of the puppies are Labrador retriever and hound mixed breeds and are between 8 weeks and 4 months old. The SPCA said the puppies came from other rescue organizations in Florida that were overwhelmed with too many dogs. Puppies will be available at two locations Saturday:
•From noon to 4 p.m. at the SPCA Suncoast, at 7734 Congress St. in New Port Richey.
•From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a pet food drive at Harley-Davidson of New Port Richey, 5817 State Road 54 in New Port Richey.
For more information go to spcasuncoast.org or call (727) 849-1048.
Extra money may help infrastructure
Moon Lake, Lacoochee, Kent Grove and Gulf Highlands may end up with some money for infrastructure projects after redevelopment work in Tommytown came in under budget. Pasco officials have $4 million left from a $13 million federal loan used in Tommytown. Federal officials say the money has to be reallocated to other projects. The money is targeted at low-income communities that need such improvements as roadwork. Officials are making a list of projects for those communities.
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