A new home health division at Gulfside

Talk about having a good week. Last Wednesday, after months of organizational work, Gulfside Home Health accepted its first patient. And on Thursday, it celebrated the grand opening of its new Land O’ Lakes office with a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting. “It’s exciting to be growing and offering new services to our community,” said Linda Ward, president and chief executive officer of … [Read more...]

Having fun in downtown Zephyrhills

The seventh annual Paulie Palooza drew hundreds to Fifth Avenue in Downtown Zephyrhills for food, music and fun on Feb. 23 The event, held at Main Street Zephyrhills, featured live music throughout the day, food trucks, vendors, face painters, auctions and drawings for prizes donated by local businesses. Proceeds from the event benefit Gulfside Hospice and help support patient care and bereavement … [Read more...]

Spotlighting Pasco County for a good cause

Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for the holidays? Stop by any Gulfside Hospice thrift shop and pick up a 2019 calendar. The 15-month calendar features photos taken exclusively in Pasco County, a product of the Gulfside’s annual photo contest. More than 300 photos of Pasco events, places, landmarks and wildlife were submitted for judging, and winning photos were chosen to make up the … [Read more...]

2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [Read more...]

Holidays can be sorrowful for some

Seasonal carols, tinsel-draped trees and jolly Old St. Nick convey a time of merriment and joy, but the holidays can be difficult for those grieving a significant loss. To help people to cope with their sadness, Gulfside Hospice is offering free holiday grief support workshops on Dec. 7 in Zephyrhills and Dec. 12 in New Port Richey. Kelly Cavagnetto, a bereavement counselor, will be … [Read more...]

Using the written word to help process grief

While the journey through grief is a singular experience for those who have suffered a loss, there are tools that can help, said Tiffany Kring, a bereavement counselor at Gulfside Hospice. One approach uses the power of the written word to work through the grieving process, said Kring, who will be leading a free workshop called “Journaling Through Grief.” The session is scheduled for March … [Read more...]

Paulie Palooza rocks out at new venue

When people gather this year to check out the music at the fifth annual Paulie Palooza, they’ll be arriving at a new event venue. This year, the bands will be performing at the Zephyrhills Community Event Venue, at 5200 Airport Road. The bands will start playing March 18 at 10 a.m., and performances will continue throughout the day, until 5 p.m. The musical lineup includes: Cold … [Read more...]

Hearts for Hospice 5K keeps legacies alive

Ethel Dunk was known for her endless energy, so it seemed only fitting to her family and friends to honor her memory to form a team called “Ethel’s Energizers” to raise money at the annual Hearts for Hospice 5K. Dunk occupied many roles in life. She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Cindy Walker and Barbara Russell, both of Land O’ Lakes, are Dunk’s … [Read more...]

They’re not ‘just pets.’ They’re family.

A woman sits inside a modest chapel in Zephyrhills, and her voice is shaking. She's describing the loss of a loved one, and the guilt she feels about that loss. A chaplain and a therapist sit with her and listen, then try to comfort her by sharing their own perspectives. Her grief is natural, they say, and a normal part of life. Beginning that afternoon, she takes important steps on her … [Read more...]

Area events honor veterans on special day

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and those who have put on the uniform to serve this country have a full day ahead of them. Saint Leo University and Two Men and a Truck will deliver items to veterans in local shelters throughout the day Tuesday. The donations will be from a collection drive the school hosted last month including items such as soap, shampoo, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, … [Read more...]