Efforts resurface in quest to widen Old Pasco Road

The Long Range Transportation Plan now includes a project to widen a 7-mile stretch of Old Pasco Road, from State Road 52 to County Road 54, which is also known as Wesley Chapel Boulevard. The widening had been included in the long-range plan as far back as 2014, but was subsequently dropped. Now, it’s back in. The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization board unanimously approved … [Read more...]

Making sense of choices available in senior care

As a generation of Floridians transition into retirement age, they and their families may have questions regarding what senior care facilities have to offer. Keystone Place at Terra Bella is providing information to help the public find those answers. The Land O’ Lakes senior living facility had several open house sessions in January to explain the different levels of care available in … [Read more...]

United Way of Pasco plans to expand its reach

As he assumes the helm of United Way of Pasco County, Chuck Anderson said he plans to build on the organization’s previous successes. Anderson became president and CEO of the organization on Jan. 14, succeeding Alice Delgardo, who retired. He recently moved to the area from Fort Myers, and he’s well aware of Pasco County’s growing population and increasing demand for services. United … [Read more...]

Paulie Palooza has a new venue

The annual Paulie Palooza will return to liven Downtown Zephyrhills on Feb. 23, but this year, the event has a new venue: Main Street Zephyrhills at 38537 Fifth Ave. The new location was selected to incorporate downtown businesses into the festival, said Leesa Fryer, event planning specialist at Gulf Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care. The festival, now in its seventh year, will be from … [Read more...]

Diverging Diamond aims to ease traffic flow

Construction began on Jan. 7 for a project known as the Diverging Diamond, in Wesley Chapel. The project will redesign the existing diamond-shaped bridge that interchanges Interstate 75 and State Road 56. “All we’re really doing is reconfiguring the diamond,” explained John McShaffrey, community outreach manager for the Florida Department of Transportation. “You still got the diamond, but … [Read more...]

Health challenges don’t dim this boy’s optimism

Eric Piburn’s cheerful demeanor and active nature are not what one would typically expect from someone who has lived the bulk of his life — in and out of hospitals. Though he’s a lively 12-year-old who enjoys running, jumping and playing with toys — he was born with two congenital heart defects. Physicians did not expect him to live beyond infancy. Eric spent his first three years living … [Read more...]

PHSC lecture analyzes Dr. King’s national acclaim

Dr. Derrick White analyzed the evolution of Dr. Martin King Jr.’s rising popularity during a lecture series at Pasco-Hernando State College, to honor the contributions made by the slain civil rights leader. White gave presentations at the college’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, and also spoke at its campuses in New Port Richey and Brooksville. His talk was entitled “Making a King: The … [Read more...]

East Pasco honors Martin Luther King legacy

In ceremonies large and small across the country, the nation paused to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a slain civil rights leader whose birthday is commemorated each year through a federal holiday. Locally, there were various events to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including one at the Lewis Abraham Boys and Girls Club in Lacoochee. Speakers lined up to offer remembrances … [Read more...]

Lutz church offers help in dealing with divorce

The process of divorce, let alone the aftermath, can be challenging, and the St. Timothy Catholic Church offers a program that aims to help. The church’s Surviving Divorce program begins on Feb. 7. The Lutz church began the program more than four years ago when it was suggested by parishioners from Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes. St. Timothy was accustomed to … [Read more...]

Local groups help federal workers

Organizations around the region are stepping up to help, as workers and their families struggle during the nation’s longest partial federal government shutdown. The help has come in various forms. “The key is to take off some of the pressure from these folks (so they can) worry less about where their food is coming from,” explained Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector of Pasco … [Read more...]