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Free support for smokers trying to quit

Need help with your New Year's resolution to quit smoking? The Partnership for Tobacco-Free Pasco, the Pasco County Health Department and the Florida Department of Health offer free support. A support group meets Mondays from 1-2 p.m. at the health department, 10841 Little Road, Building B, in New Port Richey. Other resources in Pasco include the Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center, which offers "Quit Smoking Now" classes throughout Pasco. For locations and schedules, call (813) 929-1000. Tobacco Free Florida also offers a number of free resources to help smokers quit. Call the Florida Quitline, toll-free, at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (822-6669) to speak with a coach who will help create a personalized plan. Or you may go online and create a Web-based plan for quitting. Visit


Nonprofit raising money for Haiti

People for Haiti, a nonprofit charity that began providing medical care to residents of Haiti following last year's earthquake, is selling reusable bags to help raise money for its continuing efforts. Each bag is $5. All proceeds go toward assistance for Haiti. The organization was founded by Dr. Leo Vieira and his wife, Guiga, and is run by volunteers. Orders may be sent to Please include $2 for shipping if bags need to be mailed. Visit for more information.


Rotary Club lines up 2011 speakers

The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon has announced its speaker lineup for January. The club meets from 12:15-1:15 p.m. each Wednesday at Dempsey's Steakhouse in Saddlebrook Resort on State Road 54. Visitors are welcome. For information, contact Sukhwa Young at (813) 317-3303 or David West at (813) 994-8534.

• Jan. 5: Steve Fiske, publisher of Tampa Bay Woman magazine, speaking on "Bartering In The New Economy."

• Jan. 12: Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat writer, will provide an "Analysis of the Bucs' 2010 Season."

• Jan. 19: Various speakers on "Get To Know Your Fellow Rotarians" Day. Several newer members will tell the club more about themselves.

• Jan. 26: Brian Adams, chief executive of the under-construction Wesley Chapel Medical Center. Adams will familiarize the club with his background and update it on the plans for the new hospital.

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