NEW PORT RICHEY
Police: Woman stole thousands from senior
A 46-year-old woman is accused of stealing almost $60,000 from an 82-year-old in a nursing home and renting the woman's house without her knowledge, according to the New Port Richey Police Department. Beverly Widdiss "gained the trust and confidence of the victim" and forged the woman's checks from March 2009 until last month, the report said. The checks totaled $57,906.40 and went to pay for Widdiss' personal expenses, the report said. The elderly woman, whose name was not released, has been in a nursing home since September. Widdiss is also accused of renting the woman's home for $1,000 a month to a Canadian couple. That adds another $2,000 to the total, making it a loss of $59,906.40 for the victim, the report said. Widdiss, of 3608 Murrow St. in the Seven Springs area, was arrested Tuesday and charged with exploitation of the elderly and scheme to defraud. She was released that same day on $20,000 bail.
Meeting to focus on hunting season
Richloam Sportsman Association will host a public meeting from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday to discuss the proposed hunting season date changes in the Richloam Management Area. Representatives from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Division of Forestry will be there. The meeting will be in the Jordan Family meeting room at Dade City Business Center, 14950 U.S. 301. For more information, visit richloamsportsmanassociation.com.
Program honors Holocaust victims
Temple Beth David will host a program at 2 p.m. Sunday in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Holocaust survivor Abe Gold will reflect on his experiences and sufferings in the camps. The service will honor the memory of the Holocaust's victims: 6 million Jews and 5 million Poles, Slavs, Serbs, Czechs, Gypsies, Greeks, Italians, Russians, Spaniards, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, and physically and mentally handicapped people. Rabbi David Levin will officiate, and clergy from several churches will participate. The temple is at 13158 Antelope St. For information call (352) 686-7034.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Monk to talk about compassion
Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist monk and spiritual director of the Ratnashri Sangha, a Buddhist community of Tampa Bay, will host a talk at 7 p.m. Monday on "Learning and Practicing Compassion." The presentation will be in the conference center at Pasco-Hernando Community College's New Port Richey campus, 10230 Ridge Road. Admission is free and open to the public.