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...]

Getting an early taste of the artistic life

Patrons perusing the shelves of the children’s section at the Hugh Embry Branch Library got a bonus over the last several weeks. But they’ve had to look up to see it. On the top ledge of the shelves, there’s an exhibit of artworks created by students from Saint Anthony Catholic School. The works demonstrate the broad range of artistic instruction these young students experience under … [Read more...]

Dade City native is a writing wizard

Wendell Speer is a prolific note-taker. Paper and pen are ready at hand. "You'll get a million ideas wherever you go. If you don't write them down, you'll never remember them all," he said. Notes on slips of paper, written down in quiet moments on walks in the woods or in the hushed quiet of the local library, laid the trail that led to "Simon Peppercorn, Log in to Magic … [Read more...]

County plans meetings highlighting flood issues

What does Pasco County have to do better to help save lives and property in the event of a catastrophic flood? That's what officials want to know as they look to update their local mitigation strategy — an assessment of hazard vulnerabilities faced by property owners and residents. The meetings include discussion on how communities can better mitigate against flooding hazards to not only … [Read more...]