Pasco tax collector’s office receives ‘Heart of Pasco’ award

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano and the Land O’ Lakes Tax Collector’s Office recently accepted the Heart of Pasco Award for the office’s exemplary customer service and outstanding community outreach efforts. Sandy Graves, the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce’s chairwoman for community affairs, bestowed the award to Fasano, during a Jan. 10 ceremony outside the tax collector’s office in … [Read more...]

Pace of Pasco’s road construction picking up in 2019

It’s no secret that dealing with traffic congestion is a way of life for Pasco County residents. Whether they’re commuting to work, taking the kids to school, going grocery shopping, heading to a doctor’s appointment or taking care of myriad daily needs, there’s good chance motorists will get stuck in traffic and have to wait for traffic lights to cycle at intersections. Getting anywhere … [Read more...]

Addressing each student’s unique needs is her calling

Drop by Holly Mickler’s classroom at Pasco Middle School in Dade City, and ask her students a few questions about their teacher, and you’ll hear some interesting answers. Does she truly deserve to be Pasco County Schools’ teacher of the year? Yes! The class emphatically responds. How would you describe her to someone who doesn’t know her? First, they offer succinct responses: … [Read more...]

Love One Another serves up food, and kindness

It’s not uncommon for generous acts to surface during the holiday, especially charitable gestures for those who are less fortunate. But, when you have a group that guarantees a hot plate every Sunday throughout the year, that’s not such a common thing. That’s precisely what an organization called Love One Another has been doing for 10 years. The ministry serves meals every Sunday at … [Read more...]

Horror film to feature Land O’ Lakes

Ask Land O’ Lakes residents about their hometown and they’ll probably describe it  as friendly, quiet and community-oriented — but not the most likely setting for a horror film. However, filmmaker Chuck Morrongiello, who is a local resident, already has started shooting scenes for his second horror film right in Land O’ Lakes. The Long Island, New York native grew up with an affinity for … [Read more...]

Pasco has new process for school choice program

Pasco County Schools adopted a new approach this year for its school choice program. Now, the district has separate time frames for submission of secondary and elementary school choice applications. Also, all school choice options including International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge, STEM, Collegiate High School and Wendell Krinn Technical High School have been combined into one time … [Read more...]

An atrophied hand offers beauty, inspiration

Finding and creating beauty in spite of life’s obstacles is something Shyama Rangwala knows all too well. She is a professional painter and art instructor with five studios ranging from Land O’ Lakes, Tampa and Brandon. Her birth name is Monali; however, under her adopted artistic name, “Shyama,” she is renowned for her featured work in more than 25 exhibitions in both her native India, … [Read more...]

PHSC seminar aims to help reduce impaired driving

Drunk driving forever changed Brian Rushing’s life. He was just 18 years old when he wrecked his SUV and killed his 21-year-old brother, Nathan. That fateful night on Nov. 18, 2007, Rushing’s blood alcohol content was 0.09, over the legal limit. After a night of partying, the last thing he remembers is seeing his brother at the family’s Land O’ Lakes home. He doesn’t remember getting in his … [Read more...]

Saint Leo presentation sheds light on anti-Semitism

At Saint Leo University’s Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, the date was originally slated to be an enlightening presentation on rabbinical text study, Hassidic tradition and other esoteric Jewish spiritual teachings. Instead, it became a much more somber affair for dozens of university students, faculty and community members. The university organized an interreligious dialogue that explored … [Read more...]

Pasco looks to become sports tourism destination

Pasco County is putting its sports and recreation offerings front and center, in a strategy aimed at boosting tourism. Visit Pasco — the county’s tourism arm — is rebranding its slogan to “Florida’s Sports Coast.” The announcement came at the second annual East Pasco Economic Development Summit. Adam Thomas, who oversees Pasco’s tourism efforts, said the new moniker shows the county is … [Read more...]