Pasco Sheriff’s Office hone crisis intervention skills

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies recently spent a week learning how to use the power of words to de-escalate situations that have the potential to turn dangerous. In one role-play scenario, Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputies Breanna Chandler and Lindsay Steward intermediated between a mother and her teenage daughter with oppositional defiant disorder. In another scene, deputies Ricardo … [Read more...]

Town hall sheds light on opioid overdose prevention

Cesar Rodriguez spent 17 years of his life as a heroin addict. He overdosed on five separate occasions, only to be saved by first responders who administered him naloxone, or Narcan, an emergency treatment that counteracts the life-threatening effects of opioid overdose. “If I didn’t have Narcan,” he said, “I wouldn’t be able to sit here and share my experience. I would’ve never had a shot … [Read more...]

Awards honor visionary leadership, and local businesses

The late James “Don” Porter received the inaugural Leadership Award from the Pasco Economic Development Council for his visionary role in developing the master-planned community at Wiregrass Ranch. Porter’s family accepted the award at the Pasco EDC 31st Annual Awards and Trade Show on Aug. 31 at Saddlebrook Resort & Spa. The annual event recognizes local businesses, and their … [Read more...]

Honoring Pasco County’s local businesses

The Pasco Economic Development 31st Annual Awards and Trade Show will honor local businesses on Aug. 31 beginning at 5 p.m., at Saddlebrook Resort & Spa, at 5700 Saddlebrook Way in Wesley Chapel. The event will have a new format, with a shortened awards ceremony, a brief report on Pasco County’s economic development progress, and a trade show. Instead of a sit-down dinner, there will … [Read more...]

Stigma poses obstacle to mental health care

People who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder have a 20 percent risk factor for suicide, Dr. Marlene Hart said, during a community seminar at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch. Despite that staggering risk, however, many people refuse to seek treatment for mental health problems. That needs to change, Hart told the audience. A shift in public … [Read more...]

Pasco County’s development ready to take off

Dreams and visions for the redevelopment of Pasco County began more than two decades ago. Today, homes, shops, hotels, offices and medical campuses are coming out of the ground and redrawing the county’s future. On March 1, developers of four of Pasco’s master-planned communities updated more than 100 people who came to the annual Meet the Developers breakfast. The Pasco Economic Development … [Read more...]

Growth continues to transform Wiregrass Ranch

Once known for its cattle and citrus groves, the Wiregrass Ranch area of Wesley Chapel is now being viewed as a place where people can live, work, shop, learn and receive medical care. During the past decade: Pasco-Hernando State College opened Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, giving Wesley Chapel students their first opportunity to seek a four-year college degree in their own backyard. … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch names COO

Scott Sheridan is a familiar face at Wiregrass Ranch. As senior vice president of King Engineering Associates Inc., he has been involved from the start in the master-planned community’s development. Since 2004, he has taken on various roles with the planning, engineering and permitting of the project. Sheridan now is putting on a new hat for the Wiregrass Ranch development company Locust … [Read more...]

Looking for tools to help patients help themselves

When it comes to treating patients with behavioral health issues, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dr. Laura Bajor is always on the lookout for new tools that could help. She sees the potential of emerging technology. But Bajor, who is medical director for the CORE program at North Tampa Behavioral Health, 29910 State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, isn’t into technology for technology’s … [Read more...]

Tackling problems of opioid abuse

A panel of local people working on the frontlines to reduce the problem of opioid drug abuse gained access to the nation’s drug czar last week in a Pasco County roundtable session initiated by Republican Congressman Gus Bilirakis, of Palm Harbor. No certain solutions were offered during the May 3 discussion with for Michael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control … [Read more...]