Council member to run for state GOP committee
City Council member Nancy Britton announced this week she is running to be Pasco's Republican state committeewoman. She would take over the position that has been held for more than a decade by Lona O'Reilly, who is stepping down. Britton said she has been a Republican since she was 18. She is a member of the Pasco Republican Executive Committee and the West Florida Women's Conservative Network. She is a member of the New Port Richey Rotary and works at the Florida Cancer Affiliates. "I'm just really getting more and more politically involved," she said. Britton is also in a long-term relationship with Pasco Republican Party vice chairman Jim Mathieu. Their relationship caused the council to fire Mathieu as city attorney in 2008, shortly after Britton lost a bid for re-election. She returned to the council in 2010. Florida's 67 counties each elect a committeeman and a committeewoman to the state Republican Party. The position is unpaid but voted on by Pasco's 116,000 registered Republicans.
City challenged to recruit mentors
Winter Haven Mayor J.P. Powell issued the challenge to Dade City officials to see which community can recruit the most mentors for local youth through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Dade City's new mayor, Camille Hernandez, accepted the challenge. "I'm always up for a challenge, especially when it is for a great cause," she said in a prepared statement. The cities have until June 30 to see who can recruit the most volunteers. If Dade City wins the challenge, Powell has promised to send the city some oranges. If Winter Haven prevails, Hernandez will deliver kumquats. Either way, the big winners will be the at-risk kids who get paired up with mentors through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. For information or to volunteer, visit www.bbbsfl.org.
Documentary about the Koch brothers
The Heritage Pines Democratic Club will present Robert Greenwald's famed documentary, Koch Brothers Exposed, at 4 p.m. Thursday in the clubhouse, 11524 Scenic Hills Blvd. (off County Line Road). For information, call Lynn Lindeman at (727) 697-3052.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Nonprofit honors city as 'playful'
For the fourth year in a row, New Port Richey earned recognition from the national nonprofit KaBOOM as a Playful City USA community for its efforts to increase play opportunities for children. The city was one of 213 across the country — and the only Pasco municipality — to make the list. New Port Richey recently built a butterfly garden at the recreation center, thanks to the efforts of an Eagle Scout. The city also renovated its fitness center and uses it for the Iron Kids program to keep kids healthy and active. For information on the Playful City USA program, visit playfulcityusa.org.