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Punch line for 'sad' billboard soon to come

Published January 29, 2007


The plot deepens as Connerton New Town's curious ad campaign rolls out. The central Pasco megadevelopment unveiled ads last month, flaunted on billboards across the Tampa Bay area, that featured the faces of depressed-looking children against a white backdrop. No words accompany the ads, not even "Connerton." Recently, the faces appeared to have become slightly more cheerful. But there are still no words to explain what is going on - which led one waggish passerby to quip that maybe the ad campaign is trying to say: "Connerton Cures Chronic Depression." A Connerton spokesman has promised a punch line will be on the way in two weeks, when the second phase of the campaign is revealed.

Arts school to hold open enrollment

Renaissance Academy, a private K-12 school of the arts, is holding open enrollment for the 2007-08 school year in February. All applications received during February are evaluated equally but those received after March 1 will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis and will be subject to late registration fees. For information and a downloadable application packet, go to www.renais

A night of dinner, bad performances

File this under bad acts for a good cause: A Gong Show dinner to benefit the Alzheimer's Family Organization will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 3. Tickets for the dinner and the show are $30. And the deadline for buying tickets is 4 p.m. today. The dinner will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey. Dinner will be catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill. Call 848-8888 in west Pasco; toll-free elsewhere 1-888-496-8004.

Man accused of sex with teenager

Police charged a 32-year-old man with lewd and lascivious battery, alleging he had sex with a 15-year-old girl. The teenager told authorities that Martin Luther Church, who lives in Port St. Lucie, forced her to have sex with him twice on Friday and once on Saturday at a New Port Richey home, the arrest report says. Church told a detective that he had sex with the teenager on two occasions. He "stated that he believed the victim was 16 years old," the report says.

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