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Woman, 86, is killed pulling onto SR 54
By Times Staff Writer
Published December 5, 2007
NEW PORT RICHEY
An 86-year-old woman died Tuesday morning in a crash on State Road 54. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Mary Bartow of New Port Richey pulled her 1996 Chrysler sedan out of the Winn-Dixie parking lot east of Madison Street about 11 a.m. She was hit by a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 23-year-old Christina Phettepalace of Port Richey, who was heading west on SR54. The front of the Tahoe hit Bartow's driver's side, and she died on the scene. Phettepalace had minor injuries and did not need treatment. Both women were wearing seat belts, the FHP said. The investigation was continuing.
Jewish Center lights the menorah
The Chabad Jewish Center of West Pasco invites everyone to a public Menorah kindling ceremony at 6 p.m. today at Chelsea Place Shopping Center, 1346 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey. Hot latkes and doughnuts will be served and there will be live music. For information call (727) 376-3366.
Santa and wife to pose for photos
Local families are invited to have pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Connerton's Rose Cottage Welcome Center. Connerton is on U.S. 41, 7.5 miles north of State Road 54. Cookies and refreshments will be served. The event is free to the public. Guests are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. This event is part of Connerton's series of public events. Connerton is a nearly 5,000-acre new town under development in Pasco County.
Elections officials sustain complaints
Two members of a former political action committee could face fines for election law violations stemming from a complaint filed against their organization. A Florida Elections Commission complaint was filed against Stephen Johnston and Robert Goluba, treasurer and chairman of Port Richey Citizens for Lower Taxes, by Samuel Patrick Mullican, a former resident. During a Nov. 14 hearing in Tallahassee, the commission found cause to pursue three actions against Johnston and Goluba for errors on a campaign treasurer's report filed last year. The commission also found cause in a case against both men for having insufficient funds in a campaign account. It won't be determined if fines - which can't exceed $1,000 per count - will be levied until another hearing is scheduled.