Help is available for domestic abuse survivors, experts say

There are resources available to help survivors of domestic abuse, according to a panel of speakers who talked on the theme of “Safety and Access” on May 6 at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library. The panel discussion was organized by the Pasco County Commission on the Status of Women, and supported by the Pasco County Commission. It was the third in a series of three seminars aimed at … [Read more...]

Movers for Moms helps survivors of domestic violence

When moms and their children escape from a dangerous situation at home, they may not have a chance to pack clothing or personal care items, or other belongings. This is the 11th year that Two Men and a Truck has organized the Movers for Moms Program, with the goal of giving back to mothers in need each Mother’s Day. During 2018, the program, which operates nationally, collected more than … [Read more...]

Green Dot program teaches violence prevention

Central Pasco Huddle hosted a community discussion and learning session at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library on violence prevention. The huddle is a locally organized group of the Central Gulf Coast chapter of the Women’s March Florida. Its members, who come from Wesley Chapel, Land O’ Lakes, and Lutz, meet monthly in Land O’ Lakes, said huddle member Charity Henesy-Brooks. The goal is to … [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...]

2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [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...]

Candlelight vigil to shine light on domestic violence

Sunrise of Pasco County will take over Agnes Lamb Park in Dade City on Oct. 17 with its annual candlelight vigil. It’s the 17th annual event for the domestic and sexual violence center, but will be the first one with a new chief executive officer, Kelly Sinn. She took over for longtime leader Penny Morrill, who retired in May after 27 years at the helm. There is no other job more … [Read more...]