Bringing holiday cheer to those in need

A ceremony was held at Keystone Community Church last week to bless the tent where people will be dropping off donations for the holidays. The 9 a.m. event, on Nov. 7, was one of six tent blessings taking place simultaneously across Tampa Bay. About three dozen people gathered at the Lutz event, which kicked off the joint effort of Keystone Community Church and First United Methodist … [Read more...]

Local groups help federal workers

Organizations around the region are stepping up to help, as workers and their families struggle during the nation’s longest partial federal government shutdown. The help has come in various forms. “The key is to take off some of the pressure from these folks (so they can) worry less about where their food is coming from,” explained Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector of Pasco … [Read more...]

Neighbors object, but family housing OK’d

The Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County can move forward with plans to temporarily house homeless families in a building at the former campus of the Boys & Girls Club in Port Richey. The coalition, with support from other social service agencies, also will open the Housing Services Center, which will administratively help families and individuals seeking permanent housing and other … [Read more...]

Women’s commission sets goals

The goals for the Commission on the Status of Women are coming into focus, after nearly a year of research, discussion and goal-setting. The 15-member volunteer group has created committees on health and safety, education and economic prosperity. Issues that will be pursued in coming months include domestic violence, affordable child care, and women’s entrepreneurship, financial … [Read more...]

Homeless Coalition CEO understands tough times

Don Anderson, the new chief executive officer for The Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County, doesn’t have to look far to understand what it’s like to experience poverty. “I come from very humble beginnings. My dad didn’t finish eighth grade. My mom didn’t finish high school. He worked three jobs. “We had a hard time keeping a car going, let alone pay the rent every month. “I … [Read more...]

Academy at the Lakes turns 25

The Academy at the Lakes students came striding off the yellow school bus, ready for action. They’d just arrived at the Old Lutz School, and before long, they were yanking weeds, pushing wheelbarrows and spreading mulch at the historic schoolhouse, an icon in the community of Lutz. They were also picking up branches and sticks, strewn about by Hurricane Irma. This crew was just one of … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Getting help and 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. Free well water testing kits The UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service is offering free, private well water testing kits for owners whose wells flooded due to Hurricane Irma. The water sampling test … [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...]