Local Residents file 1,377 claims from oil spill
Pasco County doesn't have a beach, but plenty of residents reported being harmed by last year's BP oil spill. Figures from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility show 1,377 total claims were filed in Pasco. Of those, 275 residents have received payments totaling $5.6 million. Another 29 people with business interests in Pasco filed claims and have received $372,500. The remaining 1,073 claims have either been denied or are still being processed. The deadline for filing emergency claims came in November, but claims for continued losses may be filed later. In the Tampa Bay area, the fund paid nearly $50 million to 3,288 individuals and businesses. Most of the money went to Pinellas, where residents and businesses received more than $34 million.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Have coffee, chat with city manager
Share your opinions over coffee with City Manager John Schneiger from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. Free. For information, call (727) 841-4560.
AARP meeting to address scams
The Land O'Lakes chapter of the AARP will meet at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Cpl. Allen Wells of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office Citizen Support Unit will speak about the most recent scams targeting area citizens and provide advice about how to recognize and avoid them. The meeting is open to all chapter members and all AARP members who are interested in joining the local chapter for the coming year. Annual dues are $10 per person. The program will be followed by a potluck lunch. Attendees are asked to bring a luncheon dish to share.
Free throw contest is noon Saturday
Boys and girls ages 10-14 are invited to participate in the local level of the 2011 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship at noon Saturday in the indoor basketball courts at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road. Winners at the local level will go on to the district level competition that same afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park. Winners at the district level will proceed to the state level. Participants must provide proof of age and written parental consent. For information and entry forms, call (727) 376-9489.
Community slates blood drive Feb. 16
David Weekley Homes is hosting a blood drive with Florida Blood Services, Inc. in the new home builder's Meadow Pointe community from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16. The event will take place in Weekley's model home, the Surfside, at 2320 Nesslewood Drive. Florida Blood Services supplies whole blood, blood products and services to 38 hospitals and 80 ambulatory care centers in the greater Tampa Bay area. Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can be blood donors. There is no upper age limit. Identification is required prior to donation.