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Fire safety class to help the deaf

The Deaf Service Center is offering a fire safety class and a free strobe smoke detector to year-round residents of Pasco County who are hard of hearing or deaf. Appointments required.

Smoke detectors are provided by the Community Development Division with Pasco Community Development Block Grant funds.

There also are a limited number of free baby criers that flash when a baby cries for a caretaker who is deaf or hard of hearing. The same resident requirements also apply.

For information, call (813) 849-1088 V/TTY or (800) 940-3323 V/TTY.

Hospital Foundation announces new officers

The New Port Richey Chapter of Deborah Hospital Foundation announces officers for 1998-99. They are Marge Monticello, president; Bill Nodelman, vice president; Elinore Nodelman, secretary; Connie Tripi, vice president membership; Marge Monticello, treasurer; and Helen Dmitruk, financial secretary.

The chapter's purpose is to raise awareness about the work of the Deborah Heart & Lung Center. Volunteers conduct various fund raising events that benefit heart and lung patients without distinction to race, sex, creed, color, religion or ability to pay. This year, the Deborah Heart and Lung Center, in Browns Mills, N.J., is celebrating 76 years of "never presenting a bill to a patient."

The New Port Richey Chapter meets at 2 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at New Port Richey City Hall. The public is welcome. Refreshments served. For information, call (813) 934-5642.

Free anxiety screenings

to be offered Wednesday

More than 50,000 Americans nationwide are expected to receive free anxiety screenings Wednesday in observance of National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day.

Anxiety disorders include panic disorders, social phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, generalized anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders.

The Senior Adult Counseling Center, Community Hospital of New Port Richey and the Senior Adult Counseling Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point are participating sites.

To schedule a free screening, call (813) 847-6884 or (813) 819-2990. Deadline is Wednesday.

March of Dimes walkers help fight birth defects

For the seventh time, Cheryl Menhennett has been the top individual fund-raiser in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica event in Zephyrhills. At this year's walk on April 25, Menhennett raised $865 to help fight birth defects.

Fay Beuhler, 75, took second place by raising $514 and Sandy Heiden from Saddlebrook took third by raising $300 in donations.

With more than $3,000 raised, SunTrust Bank took top honors in the team competition and NationsBank with $1,800 and Crystal Lake Park with $950 came in second and third, respectively.

The event raised more than $9,100 for the March of Dimes.

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