Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Free Pasco program to quit smoking

NEW PORT RICHEY

Smokers get free help to kick the habit

Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center has partnered with the Pasco County Health Department to offer a free program to help anyone interested in quitting smoking or other tobacco use. The next program will be offered from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pasco County Health Department Education Center, 10841 Little Road. The program includes free nicotine replacement therapy including patches, lozenge or gum. It is sponsored by the Florida Department of Health. For information about the "Tools to Quit" or "Quit Smoking Now" programs, or to find a tobacco cessation program near you, call (813) 929-1000 or visit www.gnahec.org.

PORT RICHEY

Float to light up at cookie party

A generator failure shut off the lights for Farrell Roofing's Sesame Street float during half of the holiday parade last Saturday. So they want to make it up to kids and their families. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Farrell Roofing will host a free Christmas Cookie Party at Tanglewood Learning Center, 8410 Sycamore Drive. The Sesame Street float will be there, complete with working lights and all of the Sesame Street characters. For information, call Regan Weiss at (727) 845-8326.

PORT RICHEY

Jewish center hosts gong show

Tickets are on sale for the Alzheimer's Family Association Gong Show, slated for 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive. Tickets are $25, $30 and $40 (preferred seating). This event is BYOB, with soft drinks provided, and will feature a gong show, door prizes, auctions, raffles and snacks. Dinner will be catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill. Call (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Library presents holiday tales

The New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., will have several holiday events to celebrate the season:

• "Winter Holiday Tales" with Katie Adams will be at 6:30 p.m. today, featuring holiday folk tales from around the globe.

• "Every Christmas Story Ever Told: And Then Some" will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The performance features all the Christmas stories you've heard (and others you've never heard) told in rapid succession by three guys with costumes, funny hats and silly songs. Recommended donation: $10. For information call (727) 853-1279.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Sign up to adopt senior by Dec. 18

Eyeglass World is collecting donations for the third annual Share the Spirit Adopt a Senior for Westbrooke Manor drive. They will provide gifts for 40 senior residents who may not receive anything else this holiday season. All gifts must be in by Tuesday. To sign up to adopt a senior, call (813) 715-0093, or visit Eyeglass World, 6844 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills.

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Sinkhole opens up near Bayfront Health’s Brooksville hospital

BROOKSVILLE — A large sinkhole opened up by Bayfront Health Brooksville hospital in a water retention pond between State Road 50 and the hospital’s parking lot, according to a hospital spokeswoman.The sinkhole poses no threat to hospital buildings, e...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Hillsborough teachers hope to get some, but not all of their raise money

Hillsborough teachers hope to get some, but not all of their raise money

TAMPA — Teachers in Hillsborough County came closer on Wednesday to reaching an agreement with the school district that would give them most, but not all of the pay they expected this past year.The deal, if it happens, will end a year-long conflict t...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
USF posts (mostly) solid APR marks

USF posts (mostly) solid APR marks

For the third consecutive year, all 16 USF sports programs posted Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores of 952 or better, well above the NCAA's minimum standard.But its two most prominent sports showed mild decreases.The 2016-17 APR scores (rolling fou...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

After a prominent Hillsborough County developer died last month in North Carolina, word spread it was a heart attack that claimed his life.But records from that state show the death of William "Bill" Bishop was much more complicated.His 16-year-old s...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Three arrested for street racing after mother fatally struck pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard

Three arrested for street racing after mother fatally struck pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard

TAMPA — An Ohio mother was struck by a speeding car and killed Wednesday while pushing a stroller across Bayshore Boulevard and her 21-month-old daughter was seriously injured, Tampa police said.The two were hit by a northbound car around 11:43 a.m. ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
State softball: Land O’Lakes advances to second straight title game

State softball: Land O’Lakes advances to second straight title game

VERO BEACH — Land O'Lakes had just finished a hard-fought 5-0 victory over Clay in the Class 6A state semifinal. Callie Turner threw a no-hitter. Jolene Bodner had a two-run single.The win was big, clinching the Gators' second straight champion...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Eckerd College student critically injured in campus accident just before graduation

Eckerd College student critically injured in campus accident just before graduation

ST. PETERSBURG — An Eckerd College student fell from a ladder on campus in the hours before her graduation ceremony and remained hospitalized Wednesday with head injuries.Chicago native Rebecca Ryan Lavin-Burgher, known as Becca on campus and RyRy to...
Updated: 1 hour ago
State baseball: Carrollwood Day comes up a run short in semifinals

State baseball: Carrollwood Day comes up a run short in semifinals

FORT MYERS — One swing.That's all it took for Carrollwood Day's historic season to come to an end.With two outs and two runners on in the third inning of the Class 3A state semifinal against Tallahassee North Florida Christian, Patriots starter...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa charter review board recommendations go to City Council

Tampa charter review board recommendations go to City Council

TAMPA —After nine months of meetings, Tampa’s first City Charter review commission has delivered its recommendations.It’s a modest wish list but an important start, commissioners said in advance of today’s City Council workshop.Mostly, the commission...
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Region baseball: Plant’s state bid falters in ninth inning

TAMPA — Sarasota outlasted Plant 2-0 in a nine-inning Class 8A region final on Wednesday to advance to next week's state tournament in Fort Myers.The Sailors will play Strawberry Crest on June 1 at 10 a.m.Scoreless through eight innings Wednesd...
Updated: 1 hour ago