NEW PORT RICHEY
Fire rescue captain out of job after dui
A Pasco Fire Rescue captain who was convicted earlier this month of driving drunk is out of work. David Garofalo, 36, was placed on inactive, unpaid status this week, said Pasco County personnel director Barbara DeSimone. She said Garofalo likely will be officially terminated after being on this status for one year. This process removes Garofalo from duty while keeping him in the system for a year, in case he appeals his conviction and gets it overturned, which could allow him to reclaim his job, DeSimone explained. The DUI happened in May in Indiana, where Garofalo and a woman claiming to be his girlfriend were visiting. At the time, Garofalo was married and a North Port city commissioner. According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Garofalo's car ran off the road and flipped, though he was not injured. He told an officer he'd had "at least five beers," a report states. An Indianapolis judge sentenced Garofalo to one day in jail and nearly $1,000 in fines. Garofalo lost his city commissioner re-election bid last fall. He has been with Pasco Fire Rescue since 1998 and made an annual salary of $70,855, DeSimone said. Florida statute says someone with a DUI conviction cannot drive an ambulance for three years, DeSimone said, and everyone at Pasco Fire Rescue has to be able to drive an ambulance, regardless of rank.
10 boxing bouts on card tonight
To build up fitness and blow off steam, consider lacing up some boxing gloves. That's the pitch from Salvador Jaurequi, founder and president of Dade City Boxing Club, which will host 10 three-round bouts starting at 7 p.m. tonight in the Dan Cannon Auditorium at the Pasco County Fairgrounds. Local boxers will square off against Florida USA boxing amateurs. General admission is $15; VIP seats and table service are $25; a table for eight is $360. The Dade City Boxing Club is a member of USA Boxing and hopes to send members of its team to compete in state, national and Olympic events. "Our passion is to produce the next champions of our age-old sport, which is enjoying resurgence," said Jaurequi, who has been training 14- to 40-year-olds for the past year in his gym. "We hope to attract an audience to enjoy an evening filled with pageantry while watching boxers develop toward Golden Gloves and Olympic competition." For information call (352) 424-2411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your fill at Kumquat Festival
Tens of thousands of people will flock to downtown Dade City today for the Kumquat Festival, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to sample kumquat dishes, visit arts and crafts vendors, enjoy live music and stock up on the tiny, tangy fruit harvested from the hilly groves of St. Joseph. But what do you do with all those kumquats when you get home? You can whip up some kumquat honey cookies, create tomato-kumquat pasta sauce or stir up a batch of kumquat chicken chili in the slow cooker. For all kinds of creative recipes, visit the Kumquat Festival Recipe Contest page on Facebook.
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