The only remaining obstacle for the funding of two Pasco projects is the governor's veto pen. The state House and Senate have approved a budget that includes $1 million for the Southwest Florida Management District to help fix flooding problems in the Thousand Oaks neighborhood of Trinity, as well as $1.3 million for a transitional housing complex in Holiday to serve homeless families. It will be up to Gov. Rick Scott, who has line item veto power, to decide whether those projects stay in the budget. "The residents of Trinity have suffered long enough with the flooding that has plagued their neighborhoods," said state Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, who put out a joint news release with state Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Trinity, announcing the funding. "I am pleased that my colleagues in the Legislature agree that the state has a responsibility to find a solution for these homeowners." Pasco legislators also lined up funding for the transitional housing complex, which Metropolitan Ministries would operate next to its outreach center on U.S. 19 in Holiday. The complex would be able to house up to 24 families and also would provide help with job training and employment searches. The facility was part of a sweeping 10-year plan developed by the Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County to meet a crucial need and help the county qualify for federal grants.
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NEW PORT RICHEY
Grant funds clinic tests for women
Good news for Good Sam: The Community Foundation of Pasco County is providing another $5,750 grant for the clinic's women's health services. The Good Samaritan Health Clinic, which received a similar grant last year, uses the funding to provide bimonthly women's clinics with annual exams and Pap tests for women who can't afford health care. Each clinic typically draws 30 to 35 women. Patients older than 40 also receive prescriptions for a mammogram. If a patient needs further testing, those services are arranged through the Pasco County Health Department or the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. "We are proud to have the Community Foundation of Pasco County as a partner of the Good Samaritan Health Clinic," said Melissa Fahy, the clinic's CEO. The nonprofit clinic was founded 23 years ago to provide free medical care to people who might otherwise slip through the cracks.
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NEW PORT RICHEY
Roast and toast John Gallagher
Tickets are still available for the roast and toast of County Administrator John Gallagher, who is retiring, at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave. Cost is a $50 per person donation to Pasco County Friends of Animal Services, a nonprofit organization that assists the county's Animal Services Department to shelter animals and provide services, programs and facility improvements. Visit www.johngallagher.eventbrite.com to buy tickets online.
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James Lowy is the attorney representing Sunlake High assistant principal Deborah Lepley. His name was misspelled in the quotes of the week that ran Sunday.