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EX-CITY MANAGER HIRED TO MANAGE GROWTH

PORT RICHEY

The former city manager of Tarpon Springs has been hired to oversee Port Richey's growth management department and redevelopment projects.

Ellen Posivach, 56, began work on Tuesday as assistant city manager to head the Community Redevelopment Agency's projects, such as resurfacing and sidewalk installation, and to take the helm of growth management, formerly known as the city building department.

City Manager Richard Reade hired Posivach on a three-month trial basis, allowing her to keep her options open to pursue other interests. If she stays on a full year, she would earn an annual salary of $60,000. Former building official Ed Winch will provide other services on a contract basis.

Posivach left Tarpon Springs in April amid city commissioners' concerns about her management style.

Academy founder to sign copies of book

Janine Caffrey, founder and head of Renaissance Academy, will sign copies of her new book, Drive: 9 Ways to Motivate Kids to Achieve, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Books-A-Million, 9570 U.S. 19.

The book was published in July by Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books. Caffrey, who has a doctorate in educational leadership, provides advice to parents and anyone who works with the "millennial" generation.

She argues that these young people, born after 1981, share some common traits and need significant assistance in order to be successful in the new, challenging economic reality.

For information visit www.driveinstitute.com.

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