Pasco County hosts Disaster Expo to help residents

Pasco County marked the beginning of this year’s hurricane season with an expo aimed at helping residents better prepare for potential disasters. The county’s 2019 Disaster Expo, held at the Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson, gave those attending a chance to learn about myriad ways to better protect themselves, if a disaster should strike. Participants at the June 1 event included the … [Read more...]

This community servant knew how to find life’s silver lining

Rosie Heim — a former Honorary Mayor of Land O’ Lakes, and a former president of the board of the Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club — has succumbed to her battle with cancer. She will be remembered in a celebration of life service on April 13 at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 20735 Leonard Road in Lutz. A reception will follow. Rosie was widely known around Central Pasco for … [Read more...]

Serving the community is Rosie Heim’s motto

When Rosie Heim decided to toss her hat into the ring to run for honorary mayor of Land O’ Lakes, she had a purpose in mind. She wanted to raise the profile of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club in the community of Land O’ Lakes. She wants the club to become “a household name in Land O’ Lakes.” She explained: “We are very well-known in Lutz because we do the parade, we do the … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes festival offers music, car show, food

Things didn’t go exactly as planned. The permanent stage event organizers had hoped to use remains under construction. There were also some pre-event traffic snarls. And, electrical problems threw off the schedule, precluding Stonegrey, the first musical act, from being able to perform. Those at the festival had the chance to hear performances by The Higgins Brothers, Shalyah Fearing, … [Read more...]

Safeguarding seniors against scams

Awareness is key in protecting yourself against scams, according to Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Atwater launched Operation SAFE (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) in 2014 to help protect Florida’s elderly population from financial scams and fraud. An Operation SAFE workshop, presented by the San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union, was held on Jan. 18 at Zephyrhills … [Read more...]

Security expert offers safety pointers at local AARP meeting

While criminals always are looking for ways to take advantage of others, there are plenty of things people can do to reduce their chance of becoming a target. Many crimes occur because people make it easy for criminals, security expert Brian MacNeel told members of the Land O’ Lakes chapter of the AARP at its June 27 meeting. For instance, 38 percent of burglaries occur because someone left a … [Read more...]

AARP launches initiative to help defeat scammers

When it comes to being scammed, virtually everyone is at risk, said Claudette Henry, the featured speaker at a recent Land O’ Lakes AARP chapter meeting. Because identity theft and fraud are so pervasive, the AARP has launched the Fraud Watch Network to combat the problem. Last year, an estimated 12.6 million Americans were the victims of identity theft, Henry said, citing AARP … [Read more...]

Lawmakers propose a little help at the gas pump

There are more than 9,000 gas stations in Florida, but only 350 of them offer any type of help for someone who might not be able to pump their gas on their own. Two lawmakers, however, are looking to change that -- and are using Hillsborough County as a model. State Rep. Mark Danish, D-Tampa, has joined forces with state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, to introduce H.B. 185, which … [Read more...]