Pasco School District adjusting amid COVID-19 pandemic

Whether its drive-thru feeding sites or widespread distance learning, the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created myriad logistical challenges for school districts nationwide. Pasco County Schools is no different — operating as the state’s ninth-largest school district, and 49th largest in the nation. Even so, Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning is maintaining an … [Read more...]

Pasco County Schools hits million-meal mark

Pasco County Schools has delivered more than a million meals to students since school campuses closed. The district has been serving bagged meals at numerous sites and bus stops to provide meals to students who, in many cases, rely on schools for their only reliable source of food. Since March 23, when the district began its remote feeding efforts, the district has served 1,095,537 … [Read more...]

Check out these reopened libraries

Pasco County residents once again can walk into a library and check out a book. Or, spend time on a computer doing online searches. Or, find a magazine to their liking. As of May 18, Pasco County libraries are open for business — with the exception of the Zephyrhills Branch Library, which is offering curbside service only at this time. The county’s reopened libraries do have … [Read more...]

Seminar offers advice on coping amid pandemic

Jesse Varnadoe mostly has kept an optimistic outlook, despite stay-at-home orders and quarantine protocols. It hasn’t been easy, though. Besides claiming lives and flattening the economy, the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in a range of reactions — including loneliness, isolation, cabin fever and other responses. “Being stuck in the house, not being able to … [Read more...]

Virtual orientations offered to ‘Bigs’

Due to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Tampa Bay has had to cancel all in-person community orientations and trainings for adult mentors and role models, or “Bigs.” Virtual orientations now are offered, instead. Throughout the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it is crucial for the organization to maintain … [Read more...]

Locals among top MLB draft prospects

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Baseball (MLB)’s 2020 first-year player draft has been shortened to five rounds, from the usual 40 rounds in previous years. The draft, scheduled for June 10 and June 11, assigns amateur baseball players to MLB teams. Even with the new consolidated format, however, several locals from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area have a solid chance at being … [Read more...]

Mighty Wurlitzer plays on, during pandemic

When the iconic Tampa Theatre opened in downtown Tampa in 1926, it was hailed by The Tampa Daily Times as perhaps the finest achievement of its kind, south of the Mason-Dixon line. John Eberson, who designed the movie palace, was known throughout America, for his atmospheric theaters. Besides laying claim to being Tampa’s first air-conditioned building, the theater, at 711 N. Franklin … [Read more...]

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One of the few positive things about the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) crisis is that most of us have more time on our hands at home and on the job. Having this additional time provides an opportunity to reflect on what is most important to us, and then make changes that will improve our lives personally and professionally. It has allowed me to step back and reflect on what we do … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills OKs alcohol sales at tennis center

At the forthcoming Sarah Vande Berg Tennis & Wellbeing Center, after a sweaty session of volleys and serves, players will be able to slake their thirst with an adult beverage or two. The Zephyrhills City Council unanimously approved the sale of beer and wine — but no liquor —  at the city-owned facility’s indoor restaurant/café. The action came during a virtual council meeting on May … [Read more...]

Chambers adapt to new circumstances

Small businesses are struggling to reopen amid the uncertainties wrought by the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Chambers of commerce are right there with them on the front line. They are dealing with staff layoffs in some cases. They've been working from home. They have fewer resources. And, even as chambers begin reopening their offices, the priority is the economic … [Read more...]