Helping others at the holidays, and all year-long

As the holidays approach — a big holiday meal — can help create a festive feel. But, for some families, those kind of feasts are beyond their financial reach. That’s where The Neighborhood Care Center, in Zephyrhills, comes in. It has been helping families at the holidays — and throughout the year — for more than two decades. During the holidays, the care center seeks to help its … [Read more...]

Community development grants on the way?

Talks are underway in Zephyrhills to offer a greater variety of business grants within the city’s CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) district. At last month’s CRA board meeting, Zephyrhills CRA director Gail Hamilton pushed for a wider range of incentives to help encourage new business investment in the 500-plus acre district. The district encompasses the center spine of the city, … [Read more...]

Remembering the fallen of 9/11

The morning of Sept. 11 was marked by a 9/11 memorial at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. The service featured remarks from members of U.S. Marine Corps Detachment 1124, which bears the name of Sgt. Maj. Michael S. Curtin, a first responder who perished in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on the morning of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Zephyrhills Mayor Gene Whitfield, … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills to remember fallen of 9/11

As commemoration ceremonies take place across America to honor the victims of Sept. 11, Zephyrhills, too, will host its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. The public event will begin at 11 a.m., and is expected to last an hour. Marine Corps League Sgt. Maj. Michael S. Curtin Detachment 1124 will host the event. The league is named after a fallen first responder at the World Trade … [Read more...]

Veterans set to cruise through Zephyrhills

Main Street Zephyrhills Inc., is welcoming all to attend the Veterans Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony to honor the nation’s men and women in uniform — in events planned for Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. The parade will also feature a Classic Car Cruise-In on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at Historic Downtown Zephyrhills. The parade is set to begin at the Main Street Zephyrhills building, at 38537 … [Read more...]

Foundation offers tennis lessons to Pasco youths

Construction has yet to begin on the Sarah Vande Berg Memorial Tennis Center in Zephyrhills — but that hasn’t stopped the community from working to serve up more tennis opportunities to its underserved population. Well before the new $3.5 million, 11-court facility opens off of Simons Road, dozens of underprivileged youth in east Pasco will get opportunities to learn the game through a new … [Read more...]

Local governments share forum

Pasco County has shared interests with city governments, but it’s a rare occasion for county and city officials to meet in a joint public forum. But, that’s exactly what happened on June 26 when staff members and elected officials from Pasco County, the town of St. Leo, San Antonio, Zephyrhills and Dade City sat down at Saint Leo University to discuss topics of mutual interest, and such … [Read more...]

Stroll showcases spirit of patriotism

Walkers took an old-fashioned patriotic stroll during this year’s SummerFest in Zephyrhills. The charity walk was a new element at the festival, but is expected to become an annual event. The walk raised money to benefit hospice patients and families, with suggested donations of $10 for adult walkers and $5 for kids. The walk took place around the lake, shortly before the fireworks … [Read more...]

Making sure kids don’t go hungry during summer break

For some children, the meals they eat during the school day are their only source of nutrition. So, when schools close for the summer, there’s a chance that they could go hungry. The Summer Break Spot takes aim at that issue. The program, also known as the Summer Food Service Program, is a federal nutrition program operated by schools and local nonprofits to make sure that children … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills voters head to the polls

Voters in Zephyrhills will decide the outcome of two city council seats in an election set for April 10. In District 3, Devin J. Alexander, Cory P. Sommers and Jodi Wilkeson are competing for the seat vacated by Kenneth Compton, who chose not to seek re-election. In District 4, incumbent Charles E. Proctor will face challenger William D. Seville. Voters can pick up carry-out absentee … [Read more...]