Getting up-close and personal with reptiles

A love of dinosaurs at age 5 led Bruce Shwedick into a lifetime of work with reptiles. The Plant City man, who operates Reptiles Discovery, recently brought his traveling reptile show to the Hugh Embry Branch Library in Dade City. Shwedick’s show features  gentle, captive-born reptiles, which he presents in a safe, non-threatening manner to people at his shows. He focuses on educating … [Read more...]

Public input propels playground project forward

The initiative to renovate the playground at John S. Burks Memorial Park in Dade City is pressing forward after the public had the opportunity to offer its input. A session was held on July 10 at the Hugh Embry Branch Library, in Dade City, to solicit public input. Ideas presented – especially by youths – possibly will be implemented into the project, said Angela Fagan, of the 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...]

Pasco readies for big building program

Voter approval of four general obligation bond issues in November has set the stage for a major building program in Pasco County. The bond revenues will go to expand the Pasco County Detention Center; to update and expand fire rescue facilities; to upgrade libraries; and, to spruce up and improve park and recreational facilities. Pasco County staff members briefed commissioners on the timing … [Read more...]

Guardian ad litem volunteers advocate for children

One of the greatest opportunities a child can have is to be raised in a safe, caring foundation, surrounded by those they know they can trust. According to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), there are more than  400,000 children in the United States living in foster care — many without any understanding of what it is to have a permanent home. Abuse and neglect are the primary … [Read more...]

Hugh Embry Branch Library now open again on Mondays

A ribbon-cutting was held at Hugh Embry Branch Library on Oct. 29 to celebrate the fact that, once again, the library is open on Mondays. The facility, at 14215 Fourth St., is one of four libraries across Pasco County where Monday hours have been restored. The others are the Hudson Branch Library in Hudson, the Regency Park Branch in New Port Richey and the Land O’ Lakes Branch in Land O’ … [Read more...]

Library hours restored for patrons

Pasco County Libraries has restored Monday hours at the Hugh Embry and Hudson branches, as of Oct. 15. Patrons will now have four libraries to choose from to visit on Mondays. The restoration of hours at more locations was a priority of the Pasco Board of County Commissioners for the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget. In October 2017, the Regency Park and Land O’ Lakes branches were the first to … [Read more...]

Budget talks look at next two years

As the Pasco County Commission contemplates the county’s budget for fiscal year 2019, it’s also thinking about the budget for 2020. Commissioners are looking ahead, because they know that a referendum on the November ballot could have a sizable impact on the county’s budget. Voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether to expand homestead exemptions by $25,000. If the referendum passes, Pasco County … [Read more...]

Having fun, and learning, at the library

There’s more than just books to check out It won’t be long before school bells ring in a new year, but before they do, there’s still ample opportunity to have fun at local libraries during summer break. There also are plenty of ways — besides books — to learn at local libraries. For instance, people who wanted to learn more about the work that police officers do had a chance to do … [Read more...]

Have a ‘Joyous Kwanzaa’

The holiday season at the end of the year is a time of celebration for many religions around the world. Christians rejoice in the birth of Christ. Jews reflect on the miracle of Hannukah when a single-day of sacred oil for burning candles at a rededicated temple lasted eight days. For many African-Americans the season brings one more celebration, known as Kwanzaa. The holiday’s name is … [Read more...]