Government responds to COVID-19

A $2 trillion relief package — the largest in U.S. history — has been passed in an attempt to stabilize the economy, in the wake of an economic and medical crisis posed by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). The package includes help for individuals, unemployment benefits, loans for small businesses, help for large industries and other types of assistance. The stimulus includes a $1,200 … [Read more...]

Project provides inclusion for those with sight impairments

The mission of the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind (LVIB) is to educate, empower and employ people who are sight impaired and blind. The organization provides residents of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties with no-cost vision rehabilitation, and opportunities to maintain and increase independence. Recently, LVIB hosted a groundbreaking for its new Sensory Garden and … [Read more...]

Olympic softball legend inspires at Pasco Chamber

To kick off its 27th annual Business Development Week luncheon, The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce brought in a keynote speaker to serve up a different kind of pitch — literally. It was two-time Olympic softball gold medalist and ESPN lead softball analyst Michele Smith, a Treasure Island resident who has family ties to Pasco County. Speaking at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey, the … [Read more...]

SMARTstart helps Pasco entrepreneurs get off the ground

Ever wanted to create your own business or startup? If you do, the Pasco Economic Development Council’s (Pasco EDC) SMARTstart program may be able to lend a hand, or two. Essentially, the program is designed to assist entrepreneurs — through a combination of guidance, collaboration, funding, education and workspace opportunities. SMARTstart program manager Dan Mitchell detailed many … [Read more...]

County marks Ridge Road extension milestone

It was a historic day in Pasco County, as a groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the upcoming construction of the Ridge Road extension. The new stretch of road will give motorists another east-west option through Pasco County, and will provide an additional evacuation route in the event of a disaster. The groundbreaking, held Jan. 13, followed a permit issued in December by the … [Read more...]

Construction crews busy on area road projects

Anyone who drives around Pasco County on a regular basis knows there aren’t many east-west roads that cut through the county’s vast expanse, and that it isn’t   a bit unusual to have to wait in traffic. There are a number of projects, however, that are in the works, on the drawing board, or have been recently completed that are aimed at making life easier for Pasco motorists. Of course, as … [Read more...]

Pasco County ‘hottest county around,’ commission chairman says

When Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore moved to the county in 2007, it was a different place. When he arrived, the State Road 54/56 corridor — with it shopping malls, restaurants, car dealerships, hotels, residential subdivisions, medical offices, state college and industrial development — looked nothing like it does today. The Shops at Wiregrass wasn’t even there yet, recalled … [Read more...]

Own a piece of Florida history

The Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office, at 4720 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey, will be offering historic photos, framed and under glass, for reasonable prices. Each photo represents some aspect of early Florida life. The photos were on display in the Gulf Harbors office for many years prior to its recent renovation. Framed photos 4 feet by 6 feet are $25, and framed photos 4 feet by 8 … [Read more...]

Annie Harris Exhibits At Avalon Park West

Colorful, flowing, impressionist-style paintings by New Port Richey artist Annie Harris are on display at the second art show being presented by the Pasco Fine Arts Council at the master-planned community of Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel. The show, “Energized With Color,” also includes pottery by Denise Philbrook, and is open through Nov. 25 at the East Pasco Fine Art Gallery located inside … [Read more...]

East Pasco to receive new, upgraded veterans clinic

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is in the midst of building a new outpatient clinic in Zephyrhills. As a branch of Tampa’s James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, the facility will be an upgraded replacement to the current Zephyrhills Community Based Outpatient Clinic. It will serve former members of the military. “I’d say accessibility is probably our biggest reason for building a new … [Read more...]