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New Port Richey practice offers free dental care Friday to first 200 people


Free dental care offered Friday to 200 people

Here's a reason to smile: Grand Dentistry of New Port Richey will provide a free cleaning, extraction or filling on Friday to the first 200 people who show up at the practice, located at 4530 Grand Blvd. Doors open at 7 a.m. People may start lining up at 5 a.m. "Our goal is to engage patients and encourage them to adopt an ongoing oral care program and a lifelong regimen of preventative care," said Dr. Anna Kratser of Grand Dentistry of New Port Richey. This is the second year that Grand Dentistry has hosted its Community of Smiles event. Prior to that, Dr. Vincent Monticciolo offered an annual free dentistry day at that same location, before moving his practice to Tampa. Monticciolo will hold his own free dentistry day on Friday at his new office at Monticciolo Family and Sedation Dentistry, 8327 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. Check-in for the Tampa event starts at 7 a.m.


School employee survey to begin

Upon taking office, Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning and his team heard many complaints and compliments about the district's schools and their leadership. Some of the information prompted closer looks at the way things operated at certain locations. Now Browning wants more feedback on the climate within the schools and the district as a whole, so he can address any concerns that rise to the level of needing action. For five days beginning Monday, the district will conduct a survey of all district employees and randomly selected parents and students (grades 4-12) to learn how they feel about certain issues. The primary goal, assistant superintendent Amelia Larson told the Times, is to make the schools positive places to learn and work. "Our profession feels devalued right now," Larson said. "We want to see how do we take care of morale and climate as we go forward."


Center's ribbon cutting postponed

The CARES Elfers Center opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, previously scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed. Volunteers are still needed for the Elfers Center to help with library, reception, telephone reassurance, class instruction, desktop publishing, and the cafe. To volunteer, complete an application online at For information and updates on the opening and ribbon cutting, call Evie Parks, (727) 847-1290.


A Jan. 30 house fire happened at 4150 Woodfield Ave., which is owned by Nanette Ruiz, according to property records. Due to incorrect information provided by Pasco Fire Rescue, an article Thursday gave the wrong address and home-owner.

Pasco deaths

Detailed obituaries can be found in Section B.