Disaster expo offers valuable info — and swag, too

Visitors to the Pasco County Disaster Expo could find answers to nearly any question they had about preparing for a disaster, and responding in the aftermath. And, they could also load up on all sorts of freebies. They could pick up a can of Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli and a gallon of water, courtesy of Pasco County Walmart stores. At other expo tables, they could pick up a rain … [Read more...]

Evening serves up belly dancers, the Macarena, food and prizes

The Lutz Senior Center was abuzz with activity during its Spring Fling dance. Members from many of Hillsborough County’s six senior centers put on their dancing shoes and hit the dance floor at the Lutz center on the evening of April 7. And, this wasn’t your stereotypical senior citizen’s dance. There were laser lights projecting on the dance floor, people were getting down to the … [Read more...]

New emergency room services available for local residents

Two new emergency rooms have opened in Pasco County, giving local residents more convenient choices in times of need. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel opened the doors to its new free-standing Florida Hospital Central Pasco ER in Land O’ Lakes, located offsite from the hospital, on State Road 54, just east of the Suncoast Parkway. The hospital expanded its health services in order to serve … [Read more...]

Navigation center gets funds; location upsets residents

Pasco County commissioners agreed to disperse federal funds for a navigation center that will work with the homeless population to find permanent housing, health care and jobs. About $250,000 will be used to remodel the former Boys & Girls Club buildings on Youth Lane in Port Richey. Approximately $70,000 will be used to hire a staff member, possibly a program specialist, for the homeless … [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...]

Shoe Carnival steps into Land O’ Lakes

Shoe Carnival will host a grand opening in the Village Lakes Shopping Center on April 1, real estate officials with the shoe company have announced. That’s no April Fool’s Day joke. The store is planning a soft opening a few days before, on March 27. The new shoe shop will be located in a suite next door to Ross Dress for Less. Construction workers are busy getting the … [Read more...]

Lowe’s collects teddy bears for a good cause

The teddy bear drive at Lowe’s Home Improvement store, at State Road 54 and U.S. 41, started with a big, empty cardboard box, placed by the sliding door entrance. “The empty box first started the conversation,” said Lowe’s store manager Derek Walter. Just why was the box there? A hand-drawn picture of a teddy bear quickly appeared on the side of the box, and employees began dropping … [Read more...]

Helpers needed for Stuff the Bus

Efforts are under way to collect and distribute school supplies to Pasco County teachers through the sixth annual Stuff the Bus campaign. The goal is to provide supplies to fulfill requests by Pasco County teachers. “Over 1,000 teachers have signed up for their supplies,” Melinda Velez, manager of Community Impact Initiatives for the United Way of Pasco, said via email. “We are in need of … [Read more...]

Health care facility coming to Lutz

A Nashville-based hospital system plans to build a healthcare facility on an out parcel at the entrance to Walmart, the discount chain flanked on either side by North Dale Mabry Highway and Land O’ Lakes Boulevard. Mark Cooney – known as “The Land Shark” – closed a deal to sell an approximately 1.6-acre plot to New Port Richey Hospital Inc., for about $1.6 million, according to a news release … [Read more...]

Timing on traffic signals tweaked

Motorists cruising through the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41 might have noticed some differences in the timing of the traffic signals. The intervals between green lights and red lights have changed there and also in front of Lowe’s home improvement store off State Road 54. Not everyone is happy with the change, especially motorists who say they sit through more than one light … [Read more...]