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Holidays can be sorrowful for some

Seasonal carols, tinsel-draped trees and jolly Old St. Nick convey a time of merriment and joy, but the holidays can be difficult for those grieving a significant loss. To help people to cope with their sadness, Gulfside Hospice is offering free holiday grief support workshops on Dec. 7 in Zephyrhills and Dec. 12 in New […]

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Legislative forum covers wide spectrum of issues

Dozens of speakers signed up to draw attention to topics they think are important at Pasco County’s annual legislative delegation meeting. The topics ranged from fracking to Medicaid; the opioid epidemic to immigration; medical marijuana to homelessness; and, scores of budget requests. Some requests were for items vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott last year. Pasco […]

Park and Bark is for those who love shopping, and dogs

Tampa Premium Outlets has an extra attraction for shoppers who hate to leave their four-legged companions at home. A new business, Park and Bark, gives shoppers a chance to leave their dogs with a pet sitter at the mall. Park and Bark, which opened in mid-November, operates in a climate-controlled trailer in a parking area […]

New connection being eyed between Mansfield and Kinnan

Pasco County officials aren’t taking a position as yet on tearing away barricades, and connecting Kinnan Street and Mansfield Boulevard. Hillsborough County officials, however, are budgeting $250,000 to get the job done. Hillsborough’s budget decision won’t influence Pasco’s decision, according to Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. Pasco wants to know the results of a study […]

Traditions on the Green attracts hundreds

A crowd estimated at about 400 enjoyed pleasant weather for Traditions on the Green, a concert featuring local music and dance groups. The free family event was presented by the Heritage Park Foundation and the Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary Club Land O’ Lakes Satellite. It was the first time the annual Traditions on the Green […]

Pasco County Commission selects new chairman

Mike Wells Jr., took the helm as chairman of the Pasco County Commission in a vote taken Nov. 28 in New Port Richey. The District 4 county commissioner replaces Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore who served as chairman during the past year. The position typically rotates year-to-year among the commissioners. Duties include leading county commission […]

New Christian academy scheduled to open in fall 2018

The North Tampa Christian Academy, now under construction, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. School officials expect it to open with 250 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, said Dawn McLendon, marketing and enrollment director. It also expects between 50 and 60 in its early childhood program, which will serve students beginning […]

A look at history through vintage clothing

It may not seem apparent, at first, but understanding vintage clothing styles can offer insights into an earlier time. JoAnn (Jo) Hopper and Lana McLaurin share a passion for vintage clothing, and have devoted decades to collecting, studying, displaying and teaching about historical clothing. The pair of dear friends met in 1979, and the Pasco […]

Families can find out more about Pine View Middle IB

Families who want to know more about the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at Pine View Middle School can attend a community information night. The session is planned for Pine View Middle School, 5334 Parkview Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes, on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Students who are interested in the program, but are […]

‘Tis the season to be of good cheer

If you’d like to catch a sighting of Jolly Old St. Nick, or enjoy some holiday lights, watch a parade, nibble on holiday cookies, take in a concert or two, or do a bit of shopping — you have plenty of choices around Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Here’s a look at some local events that […]

Caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients don’t have to go it alone

When someone learns that a loved one is afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, it can seem overwhelming. Phyllis Bross, a retired attorney from Land O’ Lakes, understands the feeling. Her mother and aunt were both Alzheimer’s patients, and she now runs the Alzheimer’s Association/Caregiver Support Group that meets monthly at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, […]

Wrong turn creates a new path for opportunities

Sammy Ortiz was headed to the annual Dade City Kumquat Festival a couple of years ago, but instead of taking the usual turn onto Meridian Avenue, he wound up on Lock Street. The Wesley Chapel man was astounded. He could not believe the difference between the conditions along Lock Street and the Southern charm of […]

Seeking volunteers to help hospice patients’ pets

Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care provides compassionate care for patients on the end-of-life journey. Increasingly, that care means giving people peace of mind when it comes to decisions about their pets. Since 2014, the nonprofit’s Pet Peace of Mind program has taken stress away from patients worried about who will care for their furry […]

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Saddlebrook Prep student-athletes strive for success

Cosette Anderson moved clear across the country from Seattle when she was in seventh grade to attend Saddlebrook Preparatory School — with the hope of developing her golf game. Tennis player Noah Schachter also ventured to the school from the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile other athletes, including Aline Krauter and Sifan He, moved even greater distances […]

This special league puts the focus on fun

Wins and losses don’t matter in this softball league. But having fun does. Every fall and spring, Idlewild Baptist Church (IBC) in Lutz hosts a softball league for the special needs community in Tampa Bay. It’s called the IBC Champions Division. And, together it brings children and adults of all ages, with varying physical and […]

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Steinbrenner athletes sign letters of intent

Six student-athletes from Steinbrenner High School signed letters of intent with various Florida colleges and universities, during National Signing Day on Nov. 8. Baseball Jordan Lala (University of Miami) Noah Luke (Pasco-Hernando State College) Huston Richter (Saint Leo University) Softball Stephanie Balmer (University of Tampa) Jennifer Bryant (Lake Sumter State College) Megan Pierro (University of […]

Other local signings & commitments

Jeremy Handman, a senior lacrosse player at Wiregrass Ranch High School, signed with Southern New Hampshire University, a Division II program in Hooksett, New Hampshire. Handman is just the second lacrosse player in school history to sign a scholarship— his older brother, Jeffrey Handman, being the other. Caitlin Minor, a senior catcher at Gaither High […]

State champs!

Carrollwood Day School volleyball won its first-ever state title, sweeping Palm Beach Gardens Benjamin School in three sets (25-22. 25-19, 25-30) in the 2017 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 4A championship game on Nov. 16. The Patriots, coached by Eric Praetorius, finished the season with a 25-2 record.

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