NEW PORT RICHEY
County worker 3 % pay raise in budget draft
Noting that county employees have gone five years with stagnant wages, county commissioners on Tuesday voted to consider across-the-board pay raises of 3 percent as staffers draw up next year's budget. Commissioner Henry Wilson made the proposal and said he wanted to encourage the county's constitutional officers to do the same. The unanimous vote means that staff will figure the raises into the proposed budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. County Administrator John Gallagher said the raises would cost the county about $3 million to $3.5 million. Final approval is far from assured at this point, as commissioners won't take a final vote on the budget until after a series of public hearings later this year.
New Anclote High principal named
Michelle Williams, an assistant principal at Hudson High School for the past six years, is the new principal of Anclote High School. She replaces Monica Ilse, who was recently promoted to a new district position of learning community executive director. Williams said she is excited to move to Anclote, a school that she said gave her a "very special" feeling. "It was just a place I felt I belong," Williams said.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Rec center to close for floor work
The New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center will be closed March 1-3 while crews refinish the gymnasium and birch room floors. Much of the facility, including the lap pool, activity rooms and fitness center, will reopen on March 4. The basketball gym and birch room will be closed from Feb. 28 to March 6. For information call the center at (727) 841-4560.
Baby Share set for March 12
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will present its 14th annual Baby Share from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 at Victorious Life Church, 6224 Old Pasco Road. This free event reaches out to mothers in the Tampa Bay community who are in need, pregnant, or who have a baby up to 6 months old. These women can receive baby items, such as cribs, strollers, high chairs, clothing, diapers and toys. MOPS also provides lunch with a speaker. Preregistration for this event must be completed by March 7. Donations will be accepted until March 11, and can be dropped off at Victorious Life Church. For those interested in attending or volunteering, call (813) 973-2230.
The original St. Rita Catholic Church was built on 14th Street, next to where the current sanctuary stands. Once the new church was built, the old building was moved to Fifth Street, where it now houses the Dade City Garden Club. An article Sunday misstated where the original church was built.