New Port Richey
Prescribed burn planned for grey preserve
State and city officials will conduct a 25-acre prescribed burn Friday in the James E. Grey Preserve. The controlled fire will target forest scrub and brush that could threaten the bordering neighborhoods. Winds are forecast to carry the smoke south of the fire, which will be started south of Plathe Road and west of Rowan Road. Residents nearby may want to close their windows to keep the smoke outside. Anyone with questions may call Forest Area supervisor Dave Fogler at (352) 523-5102, or New Port Richey Fire Rescue at (727) 853-1032.
Beckwith no longer with chamber
Nita Beckwith, who served two years as executive director of the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, is no longer with the organization. Neither she nor chamber president Joey Wubbena could be reached for comment. Before Beckwith, 42, served as chamber director, she was executive director for the Pasco Builders Association, which became part of the Tampa Bay Builders Association in 2008. The 470-member Dade City chamber promotes area business and runs several community events.
Political analyst to discuss elections
The Pasco County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the American Legion Hall, 37745 Church Ave. Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida professor and political analyst, will speak about the 2010 elections. Guests are asked to bring a covered dish to share and their own table service and drink. For information, call Eddie Herrmann at (352) 567-2050.