Girl, 3, bitten by family pit bull is hospitalized
A 3-year-old girl was seriously injured Wednesday evening when the family pit bull bit her face. The child was lying on the couch at 7410 Buchanan Drive, eating food, when the dog tried to take some of the food, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. The dog bit the girl's lip, and a family member had to pull the dog off the child, authorities said. Authorities were called at 5:45 p.m. and an ambulance took the girl to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa. The dog was quarantined in a bedroom until Pasco County Animal Services could remove it. The girl's name has not been released. Deputies have classified the incident as an accident.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Poker run will help disabled children
The Non-Commissioned Officers Association and Eagles have planned a poker run for Saturday to benefit the Pasco Association for Challenged Kids, which provides a summer camp for children with disabilities. Registration is from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the NCOA, 8624 Broad St. Kickstands will go up at 10:30 a.m., when participants will take a ride, making stops in Sumter, Hernando and Pasco counties. Each stop features rounds of poker, food and raffles. The cost is $10 for riders and $5 for passengers. For information, call Dan Cruser at (727) 856-5061.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Vets to be honored on Memorial Day
A Memorial Day service will be held at 11 a.m. May 28 at the historic West Elfers Cemetery (take Old Baillie's Bluff Road west off U.S. 19 at State Road 54). The event will honor veterans with a presentation of colors and a wreath-laying ceremony. For information, contact the West Elfers Cemetery Preservation Association at (727) 863-1779 or email westelfers firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOP women's group to kick off
A kickoff meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. June 1 to establish a Pasco chapter of the Florida Federation of Republican Women. The luncheon will be held at the Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway. State Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Trinity, will give an overview of activities in the Florida Legislature, and Cindy Graves, president of the Florida Federation of Republican Women, will speak on the organization's mission, history, activities and goals. For reservations, contact Meg Merritt at (727) 264-7915 or email@example.com before May 28. The luncheon is $20, and checks should be made payable to the FFRW and mailed to 2635 Brinley Drive, Trinity, FL 34655.
New Port Richey
Event offers chance to shred old papers
A paper shredding event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon June 2 at A+ Tax & Accounting Service Inc., 6518 U.S. 19. For a fee — $5 per regular copy paper box, $8 per legal box — people may safely dispose of old records. Proceeds will go to Business and Professional Women/Calusa. For information, visit bpwcalusa.org.