NEW PORT RICHEY
Sheriff's office launches WATER safety guide
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has launched a public safety campaign to keep children safe around pools and waterways. A 90-second public service announcement of helpful tips and a child safety checklist for homeowners are available at pascosheriff.com (click on "Summer Safety Tips"). "Most childhood drowning deaths occur when a parent or caregiver becomes distracted," said Cpl. Michael La Roche. "So if you are boating, always make sure you and your children have life jackets on. Around the pool, don't be distracted by the telephone, doorbell or chores." Sheriff Chris Nocco also appears, encouraging parents to make sure their children learn how to swim. "Giving children the tools to survive in the water is a gift parents can give that will last a lifetime and could save their child's life."
NEW PORT RICHEY
Weatherford endorses Starkey
Incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford on Thursday endorsed Kathryn Starkey's campaign for County Commission. A former School Board member, Starkey is one of five candidates in a Republican primary. The winner faces Democrat Matt Murphy in November. "As a former Pasco County School Board member, she was our conservative voice, and as a county commissioner I know she will continue to fight to keep taxes low and bring jobs to Pasco County," he said in a news release. Starkey has also been endorsed by outgoing District 3 Commissioner Ann Hildebrand. She has held the seat since 1984.
Romney opens campaign office
Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is opening a new Wesley Chapel office. A grand opening event, featuring incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford, is at 11 a.m. Saturday. The office is at 27709 State Road 56, Unit 103. It is right in front of Sam's Club. The campaign also has offices in New Port Richey and Hudson. Call (813) 345-8577.
Event to help send packages to troops
A Support the Troops dinner dance will be held from 5 to 9:30 p.m. July 24 in the ballroom at the Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club, 11500 Old Tampa Bay Drive. The event includes live entertainment, silent auctions, 50/50 drawings and guest speakers who are Medal of Honor recipients. Dinner will be available from the country club for $7 to $12. Auction and drawing proceeds and other donations benefit Support the Troops, an organization that sends more than 200 care packages, which weigh an average of 69 pounds each, to military units in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Kyrgyzstan each month. The monthly postage cost is $30,000 or more, depending on the destination. Reservations are required for the fundraiser by July 19. Call (352) 588-5310.