NEW PORT RICHEY
Principal of Cypress moved into new job
Cypress Elementary School needs a new principal. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino has transferred Deanna DeCubellis, principal at Cypress since 2009, to a parent involvement coordinator position at the district Title I office effective immediately. DeCubellis, 51, has worked in the district administration before, spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli said, and "the superintendent has confidence she'll do a great job." George Papaemanuel, the school's longtime assistant principal, will be acting principal until Fiorentino fills the job. She will either transfer someone into the post or advertise for candidates. DeCubellis was principal at Calusa Elementary School before moving to Cypress, where she replaced Teresa Love, who left to open Odessa Elementary. DeCubellis has worked in the Pasco school system since 1993.
Dispute leads to school lockdowns
Three Pasco schools were locked down for about an hour Wednesday morning while authorities handled a "domestic" situation in which two people were arrested, said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco Sheriff's Office. The incident was in a park near the three schools — Wesley Chapel High School, Thomas E. Weightman Middle School and Wesley Chapel Elementary School, which are clustered off Curley Road. "They closed down the schools as a precaution," Doll said. A gun might have been involved, although no one was injured with a gun, Doll said. He wouldn't give more information about the incident or the people who were arrested.
See, adopt cats at show this weekend
More than 150 cats will participate this weekend at the Mystical Moon Cat Club's cat show at the Knights of Columbus hall, 5850 K of C Drive (behind the Honda dealership at U.S. 19 and Ridge Road). In addition to the competitions, there will be kittens available for adoption and vendors selling feline supplies and treats. The show will run from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $6 adults, $3 for seniors over 55 and children under 12. Proceeds will benefit the Feline Sanctuary Inc. of Hudson.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Someone has won more than $200K
A winning lottery ticket worth more than $200,000 was sold at the Publix at 11400 Ridge Road. The Florida Lottery said the winning numbers in Tuesday's Fantasy 5 drawing — 07-11-16-26-33 — were a Quick Pick free ticket. One winner gets the $207,174.55 jackpot.
Ridgewood High School's most recent grade was raised to a "C." A story featuring the class of 2011 in Wednesday's Pasco Times was incorrect on that point.
Detailed obituaries appear in the Tampa Bay section.