Boil water alert covers 1,000 customers
Road construction crews hit a water main Wednesday afternoon near State Road 54 and Coats Road, shutting off water service for hours to about 1,000 Pasco County Utilities customers, said Christina Pellegatti, a utility maintenance manager. A boil water notice is now in effect for those customers until tests show the water is safe to drink. The affected customers live in the Sunshine Mobile Home Park; along State Road 54 from Ryals Road east to Allen Road; and from SR 54 south down Coats Road to Chancey Road, then east to U.S. 301 and south on U.S. 301 to the Hillsborough County line. Those customers should boil water for a minute before using it for drinking or cooking, or use bottled water until the notice is lifted. In addition, icemakers should be turned off, and any ice made within the past day should be discarded and the ice tray cleaned. For information call (727) 847-8144.
No school on Friday? Wrong!
It went unnoticed until this week. Student planners for Pasco middle and high schools indicate that there's no school on Friday. Well, that's just plain wrong, according to the district, which just posted a news alert on its website: "To all parents, students, and staff: Questions have arisen over a typographical error in this year's secondary student planner. Please note that school is in session for all students in elementary, middle and high school this Friday, May 7th. We look forward to seeing your student in school on Friday." Anyone with questions may call their child's school.
Commissioner Madden is back
The City Commission has appointed Sharon Madden to finish the term of former Commissioner Jeff Bauroth, who had to resign after moving outside the city. Madden is a former city commissioner who lost her seat last year — to none other than Bauroth. She was one of seven residents asking to be appointed to the vacant seat. That group of potential candidates included retired Pasco County Attorney Robert Sumner. Madden will serve until April 2011. Also at Tuesday's meeting, Roy Pierce was elected mayor and Anthony Lister mayor pro tem.
Old cell phones can be lifesavers
Wondering what to do with that old cell phone that still works? Consider donating it to the Senior Safety Phone Project, which provides free emergency cell phones to seniors in Pasco and Pinellas counties. For a list of the donation and distribution sites, call the Senior Helpline at 1-800-963-5337.
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