NEW PORT RICHEY
Consultant could be hired by county soon
Pasco County could hire a consultant Tuesday to help it reorganize and improve how it operates and spends money. The County Commission will be asked to approve a $159,000 deal with ICMA Consulting Services of Washington, D.C., for a year's work, plus covering up to $15,000 of travel and other costs. Top county staffers backed hiring the firm because of its national reach as part of the International City-County Management Association. They also negotiated down from the firm's original offer: $347,000 for three years of work.
Groups support tobacco quitters
If you've been looking to quit smoking but need some help, here it is: Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center is offering free smoking cessation support groups starting next month. Meetings are available at:
• Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey, from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 3 to March 10. Call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213, to register.
• Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, cafeteria conference room, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson, from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 3 to March 10. Call (727) 869-5440, option 4, to register.
• Good Samaritan Clinic, conference room, 5334 Aspen St., New Port Richey, from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays from Feb. 5 to March 12. Call (727) 848-7789 to register.
The six-week course is designed to help all kinds of tobacco users modify their behaviors and overcome nicotine addiction. There is education on nicotine replacement therapy and support for those quitting cold turkey. For information, call Veronique Desautels at (813) 929-1000, ext. 213.
Habitat needs families, office
West Pasco Habitat for Humanity needs families who need a good home. The nonprofit group is holding its first open house of the year from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 to provide information on its home ownership program to interested families who are living in substandard conditions. To qualify, a family must have lived in the area for at least a year, have a steady income that is 30 to 50 percent below the median, and be willing to put in volunteer hours toward the construction of their own home. The open house is at 3531 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 859-9038 for information or directions. West Pasco Habitat is also looking for a vacant office or warehouse space — preferably donated — for its office and Re-Store, as the lease is running out on its current location. If you can help, call the number above.
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