Navigating the choppy waters of divorce

It’s that time of year, when bakeries, florists and jewelers are busy — in the approach to Valentine’s Day. It can be a time of love, affection and euphoria — but also can be a painful trigger for those struggling through the turmoil of divorce. For one Wesley Chapel woman, it’s a time when existing or new clients may feel a particular need to turn to her for support. Hayley Lisa … [Read more...]

Library helps people who want jobs, or to volunteer

The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library recently was a hub — for those seeking opportunities for paying jobs, or to volunteer. In fact, the library has a series of events this month, which is set aside as Career Development Month, focused on helping people find work. On Nov. 7, a  CareerSource Pasco-Hernando bus was parked outside the library, located at 2818 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. … [Read more...]

Sticky fun is popping up everywhere

While some may see bubbles as just soapy pockets of air, Blaise Ryndes uses them to bring smiles to faces nationwide. With his Spheres Bubble Show, the Land O’ Lakes resident creates unique bubble performances. He is a solo entertainer, but his parents, Dave and Nadine, accompany him at each show. “I like to consider my act to be a fusion of art, science and magic,” the 18-year-old … [Read more...]

Bay Area writers display their literary works

The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library had an even larger volume of books stacked up as it held its annual Authors’ Fair on May 18. The event featured 20 writers from the Tampa Bay area showcasing their works across many genres. It was an opportunity for Pasco County residents to discover local literature, speak with the authors and purchase signed books. Deborah Cameron had her booth set … [Read more...]

Help is available for domestic abuse survivors, experts say

There are resources available to help survivors of domestic abuse, according to a panel of speakers who talked on the theme of “Safety and Access” on May 6 at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library. The panel discussion was organized by the Pasco County Commission on the Status of Women, and supported by the Pasco County Commission. It was the third in a series of three seminars aimed at … [Read more...]

Seminars aim to empower Pasco women

The first of a three-part series aimed to advance the interests of Pasco County women took place on March 4 at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, on Collier Parkway. All of the meetings, being presented by the Pasco County Commission on the Status of Women and the Pasco County Commission, are being held at the library, and are free and open to the public. The theme of the first part of the … [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...]