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County to look at restrictions on fireworks

By TIMES WIRES
Published February 19, 2007


Fans planning to buy Fourth of July firecrackers take note: Tougher standards on fireworks sales will be introduced at Tuesday's meeting of the County Commission in New Port Richey. The proposal would require sellers to keep records of every buyer for four years. Buyers would have to provide proof to local authorities and a statement at the time of sales that they plan to use the fireworks for one of the few legal purposes, such as mining or shooing birds from fish hatcheries. Sparklers and small fireworks would be exempt from restrictions.

City still undecided on undead request

Don't buy your zombie makeup just yet. The city's Development Review Committee put off a decision last week on a Clearwater filmmaker's request to shoot the final scene of the post-apocalyptic zombie flick Oh, the Horror in downtown New Port Richey. The request would involve temporary closures of Grand Boulevard, Adams Street and Missouri and Nebraska avenues. City Manager Scott Miller said officials from public works and the fire and police departments need to work with the filmmaker, 14K Productions, on a number of important logistical concerns, including liability issues, time length on the requested road closures and crowd control.

Get the facts on financing college

Hoping to encourage more lower-income people to continue their education past high school, Pasco-Hernando Community College will host financial aid workshops at 2 p.m. Sunday at all three of its campuses. The program runs in conjunction with the statewide College Goal Sunday, taking place at 48 sites across Florida. If you're interested, bring your 2006 tax information, your Social Security card and driver's license to any of the three campuses, where advisers will help fill out a free application for federal student aid. The rooms are A-109 in Brooksville, A-240 in Dade City and M-101 in New Port Richey. For information call toll-free at 1-877-879-7422.

Man, 36, charged with lewd behavior

A 36-year-old man was charged Saturday with lewd and lascivious behavior against a minor.

Paul Morris Gilkerson, an X-ray technician who lives on Rutella Drive, has been released on $20,000 bail. Gilkerson knows the child, according to a Pasco County Sheriff Office report.