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PHOTOS WITH SANTA, PARADE COMING THIS AFTERNOON, EVENING

Rotary Club of Holiday will sponsor the Downtown New Port Richey Christmas Parade at 7 tonight.

The parade starts at Gulf Drive and Grand Boulevard, goes north and around Orange Lake, then south on Bank Street, and then west on Main Street to U.S. 19.

Pictures with Santa will be available 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce on Main Street. Food vendors will be along the parade route.

COUNTYWIDE

No changes in local political leadership

It looks like the leaders of the two big parties in Pasco County will stay in charge for the next two years.

Democratic Party chairwoman Alison Morano is the only candidate for the top spot heading into the party's organizational meeting today.

Republican Party chairman Bill Bunting retained his seat on Monday without any opposition, a month after GOP activists gave him a vote of confidence after the November election.

Republicans took most races in the election, but Democrat Michael Cox unseated Republican Steve Simon on the County Commission, sparking criticism from some Republican heavyweights and giving a boost to Morano's rebuilding party.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Still time to apply for aid to pay insurance

Pasco County is taking applications until Dec. 22 for its noninterest loan program to help low-income residents pay their insurance premiums.

Homeowners can receive up to $5,000. The program targets people who are disabled or age 62 or older, and they must have homes assessed at $120,000 or less.

So far, about 25 to 30 people have applied, said George Romagnoli, community development manager. For information, call (727) 834-3445 in west Pasco; (813) 996-7341 , ext. 3445 in central Pasco; or (352) 521-4274 , ext. 3445, in east Pasco.

LAND O'LAKES

Builders group honors Connerton promotions

Connerton won three awards from the Tampa Bay Builders Association last month.

The awards were for Best Developer Brochure, Best Developer Web Site and Best Developer 4-Color Ad.

The 4,800-acre new town is still under construction, eventually to have 8,500 homes and more than 3-million square feet of commercial space.

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