Kick ball


seeks teams

HUDSON — Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point invites the public to join with hospital employees for the first Kick Ball Fundraiser to benefit American Heart Association.

The new event will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Veterans Memorial Park, Field No. 3, 14333 Hicks Road. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.

The public is invited to form teams of 11 players per team. Organizations may set up teams of 11 players themselves or may come early to organize teams. The cost for the fundraiser is $10 per player. Those who just want to come and observe the fun are also welcome.

For more information and to register call Melissa 727-375-6638 or Jeanie 727-423-4503.

NPR library


diploma program

NEW PORT RICHEY — People can earn an accredited high school diploma through the New Port Richey Public Library Career Online High School Program available free to residents.

The Career Online High School is a program brought to public libraries by Gale, a Cengage company.

More than 2,000 adults in New Port Richey lack a high school degree or equivalent.

Each student is paired with an academic coach. For more information, call 727-853-1279.

PFAC starts

student class,


NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco Fine Arts Center’s first five-week children’s class with instructor Mary Hensel on “Fun with Fiber Arts” will begin 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept 8 and continue through Oct 6 at the center, 4145 Fairford Drive. Participants must register before Sept 5 online at or calling 727-845-7322 or stop at the center between 9:30 a.m. and noon.

Also, PFAC is having a Summer Art Show in the Gallery to display paintings done by students and instructors. The show will be at the center, from Sept. 4 through Oct. 6.

NPR student

earns doctorate

NEW PORT RICHEY — Drea Kevin Fekety of New Port Richey graduated Aug. 10, from Clemson University with a doctorate in human factors psychology from the South Carolina institution.

Poll samples

school security,

abuse by priests

ST. LEO – A new survey of Florida adults by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute at shows that more than 65 percent of those polled are glad that millions of dollars are being spent on better security and safeguards for the state’s 4,200 K-12 public schools, but people also want more safety improvements for students and school employees.

The survey finds most Floridians accept new spending for public school security but aren’t necessarily satisfied with steps taken so far.

About 13 percent of some 500 respondents believe the spending legislation was unnecessary.

The Legislature acted in its Spring 2018 session to approve the spending following the February shooting deaths of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, outside Miami. New additions such as more secure doors and on-site security guards were evident as students reported back to classes Aug. 10-20.

In another Saint Leo poll, 46.5 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of Pope Francis’ handling of clergy sexual abuse, while an even smaller percentage approved of the Roman Catholic Church’s efforts to deal with the sexual abuse of children by priests.

PHSC teaching


NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco-Hernando State College announced a martial arts and self-defense course for health care professionals.

The course is offered as a series of six two-hour classes 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 9, at the PHSC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, in conference center R151, 6-8 p.m.

The total fee for the course is $72.

Martial Artist Master James Rivera will teach health care professionals how to protect themselves and safeguard their clients in the specialized course. Caregivers and community members are also encouraged to participate.

To register, call 727-816-3123 or email

Deadline set

for youth

art contest

TRINITY — The deadline draws near for Medical Center of Trinity’s Expressions of Thanks youth art contest.

The contest’s entry deadline for student artists is Friday, Sept. 14.

The art competition, open to young people in grades K-12, honors U.S. military personnel, active and former, and their families., hospital spokeswoman Mary Sommise explained in a press release.

Each participant will receive a recognition certificate. Winners will be announced via website and Facebook on Oct. 16.

First-place winners in each grade level will receive $25 gift cards.

The grand prize winner can choose either a bicycle or an iPod Nano.

All artwork will be on display at a reception 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 S.R. 54.

For rules and more information, email or call 727-834-4868.

Kids First gets



NEW PORT RICHEY — Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring has selected Pasco Kids First to receive a $15,000 grant.

The Lutz-based foundation’s CEO, Angela Pottinger, and its development coordinator, Chrissy Bond, toured the Pasco Kids First Children’s Advocacy Center and presented the check to Kelly Plouffe, the trauma treatment team director.

The funds will help provide therapy and case management services for children who have experienced a traumatic event. The trauma treatment team provided therapy services for 343 children and teens last year. Pasco offices are in Dade City and New Port Richey.

The FMC Foundation of Caring was founded in 2005 and has granted more than $2.2 million to local non-profits who met important community needs. To learn more visit

—Suncoast News staff