NEW PORT RICHEY
Sheriff's office banquet honors 'Great citizens'
Cpl. Jesse Coker, one of the officers who dove into a pond in November 2011 to pull an 85-year-old woman out of a submerged car, will be honored today as the Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The agency noted Coker's effectiveness in another life-or-death situation, when he convinced two people to leave their burning house after they had repeatedly refused. Other employees of the year who will be honored today at a banquet at Spartan Manor include:
• Detention Deputy Tim Bullock and Cpl. Ronald Gardner, who created the Juvenile Choice Program, a presentation that informs high school students about life in jail and encourages them to make better choices.
• Sgt. Jim Sessa, co-founder of the Financial Institution Security Coalition, which trains bank employees to be observant witnesses in bank robberies.
• Deputy Rocco Corbino, who changed the format of the agency's charge book to make it more efficient for other deputies to use.
• Nicole Fraking, who will be honored as civilian of the year for several efforts, including the creation of an application that allowed communication supervisors to track flooding and damage in Tropical Storm Debby.
Sheriff Chris Nocco called these employees "great citizens" and said they "make Pasco County a better place to live."
Boy earns spot in Broadway cast
Joshua Colley, the 11-year-old Trinity boy who last year landed a role in the national touring production of the musical Les Miserables, is heading for Broadway. Joshua, who had been a student at Longleaf Elementary, will play the character Les in the Disney musical Newsies at the Nederlander Theater in New York. He is scheduled to start rehearsals with the cast on Feb. 18. Newsies won two Tony awards in 2012 for best original score and best choreography. "We're just over the moon excited for Joshua,'' his father, Brad Colley, said Friday from Kalamazoo, Mich., the latest stop for the Les Mis tour.
Quartet offers singing valentines
Hernando Harmonizers Barbershop Quartet is offering singing valentines — which include a serenade of two love songs, a silk long-stemmed red rose, a personalized valentine card, and a photo of the occasion — for $40. The valentines will be delivered between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14. Residents of Hernando County, northern Pasco County and southern Citrus County may order by calling Gene at (352) 684-7931 or Charles at (352) 686-7559.
For information on the Feb. 16 race "From the Sun to Pluto," call Lisa Campos at (727) 459-7331 or visit investigationstation.net to register. For information on the Feb. 25 "Slice of Life" golf tournament hosted by the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation, call (813) 929-5497 or email Connie Bladon at Connie.Bladon@ahss.org. Due to an editing error, the contact information for those events was unclear in Thursday's Recreation notebook.