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PHSC CAMPUS GETTING BUS SERVICE, DISCOUNT

WESLEY CHAPEL

Pasco County Public Transportation now offers bus service to the Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus every two hours from 8:07 a.m. through 6:07 p.m.

Students are eligible for discounted fares and passes with a valid PCPT Reduced Fare Photo ID Card.

A bus shelter and stop is located next to the parking garage on the campus.

For more information, call (727) 834-3322, (352) 521-4587 or (813) 235-6073, or visit pascocountyfl.net/Index.aspx?NID=243.

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PORT RICHEY

Tampa police captain to lead port richey's police department

A Tampa Police Department captain has been tabbed as the next police chief in Port Richey.

After 28 years with the Tampa department, Capt. Rob Lovering will take over as head of the Port Richey Police Department Oct. 20, according to a press release.

City Manager Tom O'Neill said he chose Lovering from among dozens of applicants who were whittled down to four finalists because he is the "best overall fit" for the city.

Lovering has 11 years of command experience with the Tampa department, most recently as a strategic investigations bureau commander. He has also commanded the major crimes bureau and patrol sector, according to O'Neill. Lovering holds a bachelor's degree in criminology from Saint Leo University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He takes over for interim Chief James Gabbard, who served several months as the city embarked on its search for a permanent chief. Gabbard, who did not seek the permanent spot, took over for former chief Dave Brown, who retired after a near unanimous "no confidence" vote against him in April by police union members.

At the same, O'Neill also requested an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into the police department's handling of its vehicle impound lot. That inquiry is ongoing.

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WESLEY CHAPEL

Zombie 5K run proceeds to help high school band

Run from zombies in a 5K race at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 at Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road.

Each runner will wear a belt with three flags on it, which zombies will try to take. Make it to the finish line with at least one flag still stuck to your belt, and you're a survivor. Run without flags and the zombies won't bother you.

If you'd prefer to dress as a zombie, join "the Horde" of zombies instead. Zombies who are part of the Horde won't chase runners but will help create a zombie-filled environment.

The cost is $25 to run and $20 to be part of the Horde. Proceeds benefit the Wesley Chapel High School band. Packet pickup starts at 8:30 a.m. the day of the race. To register, visit active.com/wesley-chapel-fl/running/races/wesley-chapel-5k-zombie-run-2014 online.

For information, call (813) 843-9783 or email wczombierun@yahoo.com.

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DADE CITY

Walk, run in support of Pet Pantry on Saturday

Walk 'n' Wag, a 2-mile walk and 5K run to benefit the Pet Pantry established by Dogs' Day in Dade City, is at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hardy Trail on Church Avenue.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. The cost to participate is $17. Preregistration is encouraged at dogsdayindadecity.com online.

For information, call Lucy Avila at (352) 521-5858.

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DADE CITY

Hospice invites grieving adults to meeting

Adults who have experienced the death of a loved one under any circumstance over the past six months are invited to participate in HPH Hospice's eight-week Grief's Journey bereavement group.

Facilitated by an HPH bereavement counselor, the group will meet from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Oct. 7 through Nov. 25 at the HPH Resource Center, 37441 Clinton Ave., Dade City.

It is free, but registration is required. Call toll-free, 1-800-486-8784.

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ST. LEO

Poet Cairns plans reading at Saint Leo University

Poet and essayist Scott Cairns will do a reading at 7 p.m. Thursday in TECO Hall in the School of Business building at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52.

Cairns is a professor of literature at the University of Missouri and is known for exploring spiritual themes in much of his work.

His most recent poetry collection is called Idiot Psalms, and an updated memoir, Slow Pilgrim, is soon to launch.

For more information, call outreach librarian Carol Moon at (352) 588-8261 or email carol.moon@saintleo.edu.

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