Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

Pasco Briefs for Nov. 10


County government to close Nov. 10

Pasco County government offices, including the constitutional offices and the courts, will be closed Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans Day. All offices and courts will reopen Nov. 13. Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources offices, recreation complexes and community centers will also be closed. However, parks and beaches will remain open to the public from dawn to dusk. Pasco County Public Transportation will provide service on all fixed routes and paratransit service, but administrative offices will be closed. The Pasco County Animal Services administration office, adoption center, intake/reclaim shelter and field services will be closed. An animal control officer will be available for emergencies only. The adoption center and intake/reclaim will resume regular hours Nov. 11. Pasco County libraries will be open Nov. 10, but will be closed Nov. 11. The Pasco County Resource Recovery Facility, West Pasco Class III and the East Pasco Transfer Station will be closed to the public Nov. 10, but will be opened to Pasco County licensed commercial haulers. Facilities and stations will reopen to the public Nov. 11.

Veterans, military can ride free Nov. 11

Pasco County Public Transportation will offer free bus rides to veterans and active-duty military personnel Nov. 11 in recognition of Veterans Day. To take advantage of the offer on all fixed-service transit routes, veterans can show one of several forms of identification to a PCPT bus driver. For additional information, visit the PCPT website at or call (727) 834-3322.

Tax offices collecting donations for charity

The Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office is collecting donations for the Nourish to Flourish program during November. The program’s mission is to provide food to an estimated 7,000 children in the community. Nourish to Flourish was created as part of the Beth Dillinger Foundation, founded by Bob Dillinger, public defender for Pasco and Pinellas counties, and his wife Kay, in memory of their late daughter, Beth. Nourish to Flourish works with local schools to distribute prepacked food trays to children in need so they can eat on weekends. Donations will be collected at the tax offices in Dade City, Wesley Chapel, Land O’Lakes, New Port Richey and Gulf Harbors. For information about Nourish to Flourish, contact Cassie Hadad at (727) 464-6865 or visit For information about the tax collector’s charitable giving program, contact Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector, at (727) 847-8179 or [email protected], or visit pasco

Volunteers to answer Medicare questions

SHINE volunteers will be at various locations in Pasco County to answer Medicare questions. SHINE is a Florida Department of Elder Affairs program through which volunteers provide free, unbiased, one-on-one insurance counseling and information about Medicare options and prescription drug assistance for elders and their families and caregivers. Volunteers will be available at the following times:
• 11 a.m. Nov. 16, New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills. Call (813) 788-6375.
• 10 a.m. Nov. 18, Land O’Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes. Call (813) 929-1214.
• 2 p.m. Nov. 21, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 861-3069.
Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7. For information or locations of one-on-one counseling sites, visit Those interested in becoming SHINE volunteers may contact Sue Samson at [email protected] or call (727) 570-9696, ext. 234, or visit

Veterans can get free passport photos

To mark Veterans Day, the Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller’s Office is offering military veterans and active-duty personnel a free photo with their passport applications during November. Free passport photos are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the East Pasco Government Center, 14236 Sixth St., Suite 201, Dade City, and at the West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive, Suite 220, New Port Richey. One of the following documentations is needed: DD214, military ID or a valid driver’s license with military insignia. For information, call the Dade City office at (352) 521-4408 or the New Port Richey office at (727) 847-8086.

Big Brothers seeks mentors for youth

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay’s "100 Men in 100 Days Campaign," the purpose of which is to enroll more male mentors, continues through Nov. 25. To be a "big," one must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers are screened and trained before being matched with a child. There are two programs: a school-based mentoring program and a community-based program. Volunteers are asked for a minimum of a 12-month commitment in the school-based program and a 15-month commitment in the community-based program. There is also a Sports Buddies program for men who have a particular interest in sports. The program is supported by the Tampa Bay Rays. Big "couples" are also encouraged to participate. Those interested in becoming a mentor are encouraged to attend an orientation and training session. Upcoming sessions include:
• 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13, WellCare, 5113 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Another session will be offered Dec. 11.
• 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 28, Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd.
• 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 2, New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St.
For a complete list of orientation dates and locations, visit and follow the "volunteer" links. Contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at (813) 997-6881 or [email protected]


Participants sought for Christmas parade

The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce will host the 2017 Magical Night Christmas Parade on Dec. 1 in downtown Dade City. The parade will feature dozens of floats, entertainment, bands, seasonal displays and Santa Claus. Applications to enter a seasonal float, band or walking unit are available at the chamber, 14112 8th St., or online at For information, call the chamber at (352)567-3769.


Boat parade set at Hudson Beach

The Hudson Beach Decorated Boat Parade will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 18. The parade will start at Hudson Beach and continue to Helen Avenue on the main channel of Hudson Beach Estates. The theme will be "America the Beautiful." The parade is organized by the Sea Ranch Civic Association. The cost to enter a boat is $10. Judging and trophies will be awarded at Sam’s Beach Bar after the parade. T-shirts will be available for $12. There is no cost for spectators. For information and entry forms, call John at (727) 967-1526.


Tickets available for Christmas event

The West Pasco Business Association will host its annual "How the Grinch Saved Christmas" event from 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 8 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave. The event will feature music by Shadofax, as well as food, sweets, treats and a cash bar. There also will be a lotto tree, live auctions, raffles, a 50/50 drawing, a spirit table and a Wine and Dine Tree. Contests will include: Ugliest Holiday Sweater, Best Holiday Sox and a Grinch/Whoville Look Alike. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased online at Sponsorships are also available. Proceeds will benefit local families in need. Any business or organization that would like to donate a raffle basket may contact Maria Johnson at (727) 934-0940 or [email protected]

University Women to host minority panel

The Pasco branch of the American Association of University Women will host a racial and religious minorities panel discussion at 11 a.m. Nov. 18 at the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St. The program is the third installment of the AAUW’s "Who is My Neighbor?" series. The panel will provide information on what it is like to live in America today if you are a member of a racial or religious minority, featuring speakers from various minority groups. Panelists include a Muslim university student, a representative of the Jewish Community Center, a retired nurse manager from the African-American Club, a representative from the Latin-American community, a Native American, and an Iranian woman representing the Baha’i religious community. The panel will also explore causes, effects and solutions. For information, call or text (727) 277-1970 or send email to [email protected]


Animal Services plans pet adoption event

A pet adoption event sponsored by Pasco County Animal Services will be from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at Essentials Petcare, in the Port Richey Walmart, 8701 U.S. 19. For details, call Essentials PetCare at (727) 478-0318 or Animal Services at (352) 521-5194.

Singing duo to make tour stop

Cring & Clazzy, the singing duo of Jonathan Richard Cring and Janet Clazzy, will perform 567: Go Tell It from the Mount at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 10337 U.S. 19. Cring is a composer, international blogger and screenwriter who adapted his Broadway-style musical from the biblical Sermon on the Mount. Clazzy is an oboist, composer and expert on the Yamaha WX5 Wind Machine, a horn producing the sounds of 250 instruments. 567: Go Tell It from the Mount is an inter-generational musical with musical styles ranging from Dixieland to Broadway to folk rock, and includes hints of rap. The show combines music, humor, stories and singing. There is no cost to attend; an offering will be collected. Call (727) 868-5744.

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

DENVER — The Lightning left for Las Vegas Saturday for the first of four nights in Sin City.But Tampa Bay’s first regret came before it boarded the charter flight; the Lighting lamented making Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Avalanche much more thrilling...
Updated: 24 minutes ago

Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Monday’s game vs. Falcons

TAMPA — As if containing All-Pro Julio Jones and the Falcons offense isn’t challenging enough, the Bucs will try to do so Monday night without perhaps their top defensive players, tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.On Saturday, Bucs coa...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

WASHINGTON — Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth....
Updated: 5 hours ago
Aquarium reopens to divers

Aquarium reopens to divers

Florida Keys News BureauVisitors to Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters dive with among indigenous Keys fish Friday in Marathon. The attraction reopened Friday after closing just before Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys on Sept. 10. Although tourism f...
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Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas

Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas

MIAMI — With burrowing iguanas showing up in people’s toilets and damaging expensive sewer lines, Florida wildlife managers are stepping up efforts to control the state’s booming population of the wild, invasive reptiles. The Florida Fish and Wildlif...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Fan helps fund Miami Stadium’s historic marker

MIAMI — For thousands of kids who grew up in Miami, going to the old Miami Stadium in the Allapattah neighborhood was a part of coming of age. Opened on Aug. 31, 1949, with a game between the Miami Sun Sox and Havana Cubans, two Class B Florida Inter...
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Florida man sues for $2.8 million fishing tournament prize money

Florida man sues for $2.8 million fishing tournament prize money

OCEAN CITY, Md. — Phil Heasley of Naples caught the fish of his life, but the $2.8 million in tournament prize money got away. Heasley reeled in a 6-foot white marlin last year off Maryland’s coast. But in a sign of how concerned some big money tour...
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Romano: Some bullies survive beyond the schoolyard

Romano: Some bullies survive beyond the schoolyard

Sometime soon, members of the Florida House will be asked to consider a solution for bullying in public schools. It’s a dubious idea based on the premise that students should flee their tormenters, and use voucher funds to attend a private school of ...
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Two die in head-on crash on Gunn Highway in Odessa

ODESSA — Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a head-on crash on Gunn Highway that killed two and sent a child to the hospital Saturday afternoon.About 12: 45 p.m., Terry Lee Bronschidle, 70, of Tampa was driving his Chevy Traverse south on...
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Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

DENVER — There might be one team in hockey hotter than the Lightning.It is Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate, Syracuse.The Crunch has won 10 straight after Friday’s victory over Providence. Why is this important? While the AHL is a developmental league, the ...
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