Early Learning Coalition is award finalist
The agency that oversees the education of the area's youngest residents is a finalist for a Tampa Bay Business Journal award. The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties is among five organizations in the running to be named the business publication's nonprofit agency of the year in the education category. A total of 29 finalists are up for awards in six categories. Winners will be announced at an awards luncheon June 19. The Early Learning Coalition is one of 31 such groups in Florida. It oversees subsidized child care programs for low-income families and the universal voluntary prekindergarten program in Pasco and Hernando counties.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Speak up about proposed rate hike
Progress Energy customers, mark your calendars: The Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing from 2 to 5 p.m. July 8 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., to hear from customers about the proposed rate hike to pay for nuclear power upgrades. The commission is holding hearings around the state leading up to its vote on the rate hike in September. Progress Energy is requesting $499 million in its base rate increase. Additionally, Progress Energy will be considering a proposed rate increase of $435 million for nuclear advance cost recovery upgrades. "I encourage everyone who is a customer of Progress Energy to come out and express their concern with what could be a systemwide rate increase of nearly half a billion dollars," said state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey. "The impact on each customer is estimated to be in the range of $25 to $30 per month. These are not dollars that can saved by reducing energy consumption; these are dollars that will be added to each monthly bill as a flat charge." For information, call Fasano's office at (727) 848-5885 or toll-free at 1-800-948-5885.
Old TVs, computers accepted at event
The county will accept old computers, monitors and televisions during a free electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 30 at the West Pasco Resource & Recovery Facility, 14230 Hays Road, 2.5 miles north of State Road 52. The event is open to all Pasco County residents. There is a dropoff limit of five items per vehicle. For information, call (727) 847-8041.
Soccer players invited to tryouts
Competitive soccer tryouts for the Central Pasco United Soccer Association will run from May 26 to June at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Center, Collier Parkway Fields at 3032 Collier Parkway in Land O'Lakes. Visit www.cpusasoccer.com for specifics on age groups and times. For questions, e-mail CPUSA at info@cpusa soccer.com or call (813) 948-0320.
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