Getting help or helping others

Hurricane Irma is causing some people to turn to others for help, and offering others an opportunity to be of service. Here are some places to turn for help, or to get involved. Donations needed for disaster relief Pasco County and Metropolitan Ministries are accepting donations to assist those affected by Hurricane Irma. Here are the items most needed: Canned proteins (tuna, canned … [Read more...]

She hopes her ‘simple witness’ will help change lives

Emily Busch plans to spend the next year of her life as a full-time missionary in the Life Teen program in northern Georgia. She’s confident about committing a year of her life to missionary work. “I’m not even a little bit nervous,” said the 21-year-old from Wesley Chapel. “There’s so much peace.” Part of that is because she’s familiar with the program, after spending a summer there … [Read more...]

Commission on the Status of Women sets up task forces

The Commission on the Status of Women is ready to begin drilling down into issues that affect women and their families. The task force met on Aug. 7 to finalize appointments to three task forces that will spend the next months on fact-finding and prioritizing issues. The task forces will study health and safety; education; and, economic prosperity and its promotion. Commission members … [Read more...]

Commission on Status of Women elects officers

The Commission on the Status of Women met recently to elect officers and begin exploring issues that they want to pursue in coming months. Pasco County commissioners established the 15-member commission in September 2016 as an advisory board. The commission will make periodic reports and recommendations on matters that promote women’s issues. Amanda Colon, president of the Women Lawyers … [Read more...]

Using the power of music to help others

Emma Skantze was a 9-year-old student at Turner Elementary School when she decided she wanted to get involved to help others. After brainstorming with her mom, she came up with the idea of organizing a concert. The first event featured her and some of her friends. But now, as she prepares for the seventh annual Helping Hands benefit, she’s working out all of the details for having two … [Read more...]

Local businesses are ‘companies to watch’

Three local businesses will be honored on Nov. 3 as being among 50 “companies to watch” in Florida. Gator Cleaning Solutions, RISA and X-Link Medical Software Interfacing will receive their awards at a celebration at Hard Rock Live, Universal CityWalk, in Orlando. These companies were selected from 500 nominees in the annual Florida Companies to Watch annual awards program. The … [Read more...]

Commission on Status of Women approved

The Pasco County Commissioners has approved an ordinance to establish a Commission on the Status of Women. It also has approved a resolution naming 10 organizations that will participate in the 15-member commission. Rosie Paulsen, president-elect of the Hispanic Professional Women’s Association, described the commission’s creation as “a historic moment” during the public comment portion … [Read more...]

New commission on women forms in Pasco

Two years ago Pasco County Chairwoman Kathryn Starkey and attorney Michele Hintson met by chance at a symposium on empowering women in politics and leadership. They were the only two women at WeWill Tampa Bay from Pasco, but quickly bonded around a singular goal: To form a Commission on the Status of Women. Hintson joined county staff members on Aug. 23 in presenting a plan to launch the … [Read more...]

Gluten-free café opens in Lutz

A unique, gluten-free café has sprung up in Lutz. Café Liberty & Bistro, 17695 N. Dale Mabry Highway, opened its doors in April, replacing Hattie’s Café and Beanery. Owned by James and Marni Frank, the breakfast and lunch dine-in restaurant features an all-natural menu, where more than 75 percent of offerings can be prepared gluten-free. The menu, and ingredients used, are a far … [Read more...]

Scott’s veto pen helps, and hurts

Gov. Rick Scott’s veto pen stripped away funds from some projects but spared others, as he cut more than $460 million from the state’s 2015-16 budget. Pasco County lost more than $8 million in anticipated funds for various projects. But some local projects in the $78.6 billion state budget faired especially well. Pasco-Hernando State College will receive $5.5 million for a performing … [Read more...]