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Pasco Briefs for March 23

Published Mar. 19, 2018


NAMI offers ongoing support groups

The Pasco County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers two types of support group meetings each month:

• The NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a structured, closed group, open only to those with a mental illness diagnosis. This group is for individuals ages 18 and older who are interested in the recovery process, sharing coping skills and being with others who understand the challenges of living with a mental illness. It is facilitated by trained peers. Separate groups meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at WellCare in the Southgate Shopping Center, 5113 U.S. 19, New Port Richey; and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.

• The Family Support Group is for family members and caregivers of someone with a mental illness diagnosis. Separate groups meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Medical Center of Trinity's West Campus, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey; and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.

Contact NAMI at (727) 992-9653 or visit


Livestock seminar series offered free

The UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service Livestock Program is offering a free Quality Beef Cattle Seminar Series to help cattle ranchers understand and apply Best Management Practices to ensure the highest quality beef and the highest quality pastures. The series continues with seminars from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 11 and May 17 at the Pasco County Extension Office, 36702 State Road 52. The seminar series is designed for ranchers with operations of all sizes, including those who are new to the industry. The series will cover the following topics: genetics, body condition scoring, culling and proper handling; and vaccinations and parasite control. Classes are free. To register, visit or call (352) 518-0156.


Teen Republican group to host first meeting

The Republican Club of Central Pasco has kicked off a Teenage Republicans group for teens wishing to serve their community and county while learning about the political process. The first meeting will be from 2 to 3 p.m. March 31 at Copperstone Executive Suites, Suite 100, 3632 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Teens interested in attending the TAR meeting, or for additional information, email to


July 4 event committee to meet

A committee planning meeting for the Lutz Fourth of July Parade and Celebration will be at 7 p.m. March 26 at the Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41. Those interested in helping with or volunteering for this community-wide event are encouraged to attend. For information, contact Jennifer Rankin at


Absentee ballots available for election

New Port Richey city residents who wish to participate in the upcoming municipal election but will not be in the city to vote on Election Day (April 10) may vote by absentee ballot at the City Clerk's Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through April 9. The Clerk's office is on the second floor at City Hall, 5919 Main St. Voters must reside within the corporate limits of New Port Richey, and must bring proof of residency.

The New Port Richey Municipal Election will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 10 at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St.