Saint Anthony Catholic School celebrates 135 years

Saint Anthony Catholic School, in San Antonio, had a special celebration last week to mark its 135th anniversary. The day began with the Most. Rev. Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg, presiding over a celebration of the Holy Mass. The Rev. Garry Welsh, pastor of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church offered welcoming remarks at the Mass and, throughout the … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel Boulevard expansion plans progress

A construction time frame has been set for Pasco County’s plans to widen Wesley Chapel Boulevard to six lanes. The expansion of the road — also known as County Road 54 – will be broken into two projects. The first project begins just north of the road’s intersection with State Road 56 and extends to the north of its intersection with Magnolia Boulevard. The second project extends from … [Read more...]

Youth vaping a growing concern in Pasco

Health officials in Pasco County are concerned about rising numbers of local teens who are using electronic cigarettes, or vaping. Last year, about 25 percent of Florida high school students reported current use of electronic vaping, according to the Florida Department of Health. That marked a staggering 58 percent increase compared to 2017. The figures might be even higher in Pasco … [Read more...]

Pasco library patrons asked to share their ideas

Pasco County Libraries is remaking its seven branches and wants the public to help guide the way. There will be a series of Community Listening Sessions as the design phase of library remodeling gets underway, according to a news release from the county. Anyone with ideas about the planned use of various spaces within the renovated library branches is invited to attend a session to share … [Read more...]

Holy Name Monastery: A tranquil place on a hill

Funny how a place can be both otherworldly and so much a part of this world. Holy Name Monastery is like that. It’s a peaceful place where Benedictine Sisters of Florida rise before the birds are up to pray quietly in their chapel, then return for daily Mass and more common prayers throughout the day. Then, rather than sit idly enjoying their monastic peacefulness, they head out into the … [Read more...]

Special needs youths have a chance to shine

With stage lights glaring down, Jaden Figueroa enthusiastically runs through his lines during a rehearsal for Aladdin Jr. There’s no hint that this is the 12-year-old’s first experience of acting in a play. The young actor was among a cast of three dozen special needs youth taking part in the play — based on the popular Disney film — at the University Area Cultural Development Center in … [Read more...]

Pasco’s tourism boosts county’s economy

An analysis by Downs & St. Germain Research Inc., consultants to Pasco County, reveals that 965,000 tourists visited Pasco County during 2018, with a $615 million impact on the county’s economy. Downs & St. Germain Research conducted the county’s first-ever visitor tracking study. They completed face-to-face, phone and online surveys with Pasco County visitors. As a result, the … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek Town Center buzzing with activity

If you haven’t been in the area west of Interstate 75, off State Road 56, during the past several months, chances are you’re not aware of the increasing activity happening at Cypress Creek Town Center and in nearby areas. Five Below, at 25609 Sierra Center Blvd., in Lutz, is set to have its grand opening on March 29, according to a banner posted at the store. Five Below sells everything … [Read more...]

Browning talks school safety, other issues

More than a year since the Parkland school shooting claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty members, ensuring school safety remains a forefront priority for Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning. Browning discussed that, and a number of other school issues, as the featured guest speaker at the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce March breakfast meeting at the Pasco-Hernando … [Read more...]

Breaking the cycle of domestic violence

Melissa Dohme Hill was just 20 years old when her ex-boyfriend viciously attacked her. He stabbed her 32 times in the neck, face, arms and hands — as he attempted to murder her. She’d broken up with him three months earlier. The attack occurred when she went outside to fulfill his request for a final goodbye hug. She was rushed to the hospital, where she flatlined four times and suffered … [Read more...]