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Wesley Chapel family, kicked out of home, settling into a new one

Monique Zimmerman-Stein lost her vision three and half years ago.

EDWARD LINSMEIER | Times

Monique Zimmerman-Stein lost her vision three and half years ago.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Family, kicked out of home, finds new one

Monique Zimmerman-Stein and her family got the notice right before New Year's: they had 24 hours to leave their home. The family, first featured in 2009 in the Times because of their struggles with health care and insurance and paying for it all, found out in December they were being kicked out of their home. They had been withholding some of their rent payments to try to get their landlords to fix cracked walls and broken appliances. When the eviction suit came, they tried to fight it in court but lost. So after a hurried and expensive move, they are settling into a new house in Bridgewater off Curley Road, not far from their old home. Zimmerman-Stein, 49, suffers from a genetic condition that causes joint problems and blindness. She has virtually no eyesight left. Her two young daughters are afflicted, too. But the family is persevering. "It's been rough," said husband and father Gary Stein, "but we're landing on our feet."

NEW PORT RICHEY

Veteran firefighter rises in ranks

A 15-year career firefighter has been named assistant fire chief of the New Port Richey Fire Department. Tim Exline began with the department as a reserve firefighter in 1987, was hired in 1995 and was promoted to captain in 2005. He served for several years as a coordinator for the city's emergency medical services, or EMS, and led a task force for the department's Urban Search and Rescue Team. Exline, 48, was promoted Jan. 3. He will serve under fire Chief Alex Onishenko.

Inside

• David West leaves his executive director post at the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce to start a local Church of Christ. Story, Page 3.

• A Saturday car show honors Al and Ida Silver, and continues the couple's mission to bring the Land O'Lakes community together. Story, Page 6.

Correction

To attend seminars at the CARES Musunuru Center on making legal and financial plans, call (727) 862-9291, ext. 2024. An item in Wednesday's Pasco Times gave an incorrect phone number.

Pasco deaths

Detailed obituaries appear in the Tampa Bay section.

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