Sheriff's Office needs help with food baskets
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is accepting donations for its annual holiday food drive and applications for families to receive a food basket, which will include a turkey and side dishes. The agency plans to feed 1,000 families this year — doubling its number from last year — and because of that, the food will no longer be brought directly to recipients' homes. Except for a few home-bound residents, all families will need to pick up their baskets at one of two locations — one in east Pasco, one in west, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll. The application form is available at pascosheriffcharities.com and it must be mailed or dropped off by Dec. 6. Donations of money or nonperishable food items — canned vegetables, yams, cranberry sauce, instant mashed potatoes, boxed stuffing, powdered or canned milk, and baby food — will be accepted until Dec. 10. The dropoff locations are:
• District II office, 36409 State Road 52, Dade City; (352) 518-5000.
• District III office, 11530 Trinity Blvd., Trinity; (727) 376-3809.
• Sheriff's Central Support Services, 20101 Central Blvd., Land O'Lakes; (813) 235-6116.
• Sheriff's Administrative Building, 8700 Citizen Drive, New Port Richey; (727) 847-5878.
Call the agency's community office at (727) 834-3376.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Bring your resume to career fair
Representatives from nearly two dozen employers will be on hand for a career fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave. "Florida's 12 percent unemployment rate remains one of the highest in the country, so we must do all we can to connect those who are out of work with employers," said U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, whose office organized the event. "This career fair will serve as an excellent opportunity for those in search of jobs to meet with potential employers in the area." The career fair is free and open to the public. Job-seekers should dress professionally, bring plenty of resumes and prepare for potential interview situations. For information, call Bilirakis' Palm Harbor office at (727) 773-2871.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Reserve your seat at Democratic gala
The deadline is Saturday to make reservations for the West Pasco Democratic Club's Holiday Gala, slated for 11:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Seven Springs Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd. Guests have a choice of lemon crumb cod or chicken marsala. Tickets are $22 per person. To reserve your spot, including your dinner selection, call June Keener at (727) 372-9321 or Doris Rosen at (727) 845-7100.
Libraries to be closed over holiday
All Pasco County libraries will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The branches will reopen Saturday at their regular times.
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