This guy ‘put out fires,’ literally

Mark Spudie, a former battalion chief for Pasco County Fire Rescue, dedicated 30 years of his life in the work of fighting fires. He hung up his gear on May 30 — walking the corridors of Wesley Chapel’s Fire Station 13 for the last time as part of the county’s team. “I wasn’t ready to go,” Spudie said. “I would have worked a few more years if I could have, and mainly because of the people … [Read more...]

Expo encourages better money management

Offering ways to better manage money was the central theme of Pasco County Schools’ Financial Literacy Expo, held at Wesley Chapel High School. Representatives from various organizations and companies came together to inform students and adults, alike, on how to prioritize their expenses. The Wesley Chapel High session was on April 4. A previous session had been held on April 1 at Marchman … [Read more...]

Pasco lifts ban on dock roofs on freshwater lakes

Debate goes on over allowing dock roofs in coastal communities A longstanding quest to permit roofs on docks on Pasco County’s inland lakes succeeded last week, when the Pasco County Commission voted unanimously to lift the ban. It remains, uncertain though, whether that same privilege will be extended to owners of waterfront property in coastal communities. The issue will be coming back for … [Read more...]

Workshops aim to boost your financial literacy

If you’ve ever wanted to improve your knowledge when it comes to money, a financial literacy expo being offered by Pasco County Schools may help get you started. The school district has assembled a number of financial experts to provide the free information sessions. The first one is scheduled for April 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Marchman Technical College, 7825 Campus Drive in New Port … [Read more...]

Addiction recovery community organization forming in Pasco

New long-term addiction recovery services may soon be headed to Pasco County, by way of what’s called a Recovery Community Organization. A Recovery Community Organization, otherwise known as an RCO, is an independent, nonprofit organization led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery, which organizes recovery-focused policy advocacy activities, carries out … [Read more...]

Central and West Pasco chambers plan to join forces

The boards for the Central Pasco and West Pasco chambers of commerce have voted to become a single chamber, effective July 1, pending due diligence by both chambers’ boards. Leadership from both groups said they’re excited by the prospects. The new chamber — which has yet to be named — will have more than 1,000 members. Its membership will reach from around Interstate 75, to the western edge … [Read more...]

Specialty grocers sprouting up in Pasco

A national trend for smaller, specialty grocery stores is taking hold in Pasco County. Within the next year, Earth Fare, Sprouts Farmers Market, and possibly Lucky’s Market will open grocery stores that specialize in natural, organic and fresh foods. Aldi is planning to open its no-frills, discount grocery stores in Zephyrhills and New Port Richey in 2019. Also, a new store is coming to the … [Read more...]

County continues pursuit of Ridge Road Extension

Pasco County is continuing its pursuit of a project to allow the extension of Ridge Road, and Sam Beneck, the county’s project manager, gave a briefing on the status during a Dec. 12 luncheon meeting of the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. “We are currently in the design and permitting phase,” said Beneck. “We have not started any construction activities,” he told members and guests during … [Read more...]

Pasco County Schools helping Hurricane Michael victims

Pasco County Schools has given 20 school buses to Bay District Schools and is loaning 20 maintenance employees to that district to help it recover from Hurricane Michael. Bay County school bus drivers traveled to New Port Richey on Nov. 1, where they picked up the Pasco school district’s buses to drive them back to Bay County, according to a news release from Pasco County Schools. When the … [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...]