Free hepatitis, HIV testing offered
The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County, in conjunction with the Public Defender’s Mobile Medical Unit, is offering free rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing through November. Test results will be available in 20 minutes. Unless otherwise specified, call Rob at (727) 619-0260 for further information.
• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 8, Department of Health, 10841 Little Road, New Port Richey. No appointment needed.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 12, at ACTS Community Resource Center, 12515 U.S. 19, Hudson.
• 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Shady Hills United Methodist Church, 15925 Greenglen Lane, Shady Hills. (Hepatitis A vaccine also available).
• 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14, Farmworkers Self-Help/La Casa de Esperanza Y Salud, 15021 Polk Ave., Dade City; call Alex at (352) 521-1450.
• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18, Volunteer Way, 10002 Moon Lake Road, New Port Richey.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 19, ACTS Community Resource Center (Hepatitis A vaccine also available).
• 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 20, Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes.
• 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21, BayCare Behavioral Health, 8002 King Helie Blvd., New Port Richey (Hepatitis A vaccine also available).
• 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 25, The Rope Center, 14121 Water Tower Drive, Hudson (Hepatitis A vaccine also available).
Buses will collect Thanksgiving food for the needy
Pasco County Public Transportation invites the community to “Stuff the Bus” to help feed Pasco County families in need this Thanksgiving holiday. The transportation department is partnering with The Volunteer Way to collect donations of frozen turkeys, hams and nonperishable foods (such as boxed stuffing, instant mashed potatoes and canned vegetables). Food donations will be collected from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at the following locations:
• Walmart Supercenter, 8745 State Road 54, New Port Richey (at Little Road).
• Walmart Supercenter, 8701 U.S. 19, Port Richey (at Ridge Road).
The Volunteer Way is a non-profit volunteer organization that has been serving Pasco County’s homeless and low-income families for more than 20 years. To learn more about Pasco County Public Transportation, including bus routes, transportation news and schedules, visit the PCPT website at: ridepcpt.com.
Holiday closures for Veterans Day
Pasco County government offices, including the constitutional offices and the courts, will be closed Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. All government offices and the courts will reopen Nov. 12.
The Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources’ Offices, Recreation Complexes and Community Centers will be closed; however, the parks and beaches will stay open from dawn to dusk. Pasco County Animal Services administration office, adoption center, intake/reclaim shelter and field services will be closed; an animal control officer will be available for emergencies only. All Pasco County Library branches will be closed. The Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office will be closed Nov. 9 and Nov. 11.
The Pasco County Resource Recovery Facility, West Pasco Class III and the East Pasco Transfer Station will be closed to the public, but open to Pasco County licensed commercial haulers.
Pasco County Public Transportation will be open and will provide service on all fixed routes and paratransit. Administrative offices will be closed to walk-in customers; however, phone lines will be open.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Prescribed burns continue at preserve
The Southwest Florida Water Management District is conducting prescribed burns through December at Starkey Wilderness Preserve. The preserve is east of New Port Richey, west of the Suncoast Parkway, north of State Road 54 and south of State Road 52. The purpose of setting prescribed fires in controlled settings is to reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control.
The burns help to reduce overgrown plants, decreasing the risk of catastrophic wildfires; promote plant diversity, maintain the character and condition of wildlife habitat and maintain access for public recreation.