Library must plug $500,000 hole in budget
On Friday, Pasco library director Linda Allen was already dreading Monday. That's when she'll start figuring out how to plug a hole that could be as big as half a million dollars in next year's library budget. Legislators late Thursday ended up eliminating all funding for state aid to public libraries, a figure that had been about $32 million in recent years. The elimination of the funding also means the state won't be eligible for federal money for libraries, according to the Florida Library Association. Pasco library officials had been planning for a tough budget year, putting 23 jobs on the cutting block. Allen said she'll have to return to her proposed $6 million budget and figure out what to do now that as much as $500,000 in state and federal money won't be headed this way.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Benefits to help teacher with cancer
A benefit for Connie Duffy, the Bayonet Point Middle School teacher with inoperable cancer, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Kuryliw Chiropractic Rehab Center, 11004 Little Road. The event will feature silent auctions, live music, a dunk-the-principals booth and $1-a-minute massages. The fundraising on Duffy's behalf continues this weekend with a benefit concert from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students. The event includes a talent show featuring school district employees and a concert by the original Knight Sounds band, which is made up of teachers.
Wildlife awareness focus of concert
An environmental activist group will host several musicians today for a concert to raise awareness of wildlife in the Serenova Preserve in central Pasco. Music is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and last six hours at Papa Kibos, 14217 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson Beach. Acts include Donny Simonds Band (Americana), Tom Scudiero, the Dapper Dan Band, the Local Yokuls, Mike Jurgensen and Jim Mason. Admission will be $10 and benefit Citizens for Sanity. For information, call (727) 819-2417 or (727) 367-3592.
In TAMPA BAY
Pulitzer Prize winner recognized
Legendary St. Petersburg Times journalist Lucy Morgan was honored Thursday night as Pasco- Hernando Community College's inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. See Section B.
Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.