NEW PORT RICHEY
Wiregrass Principal to lead River Ridge
All Pasco County's high schools have principals again. Wiregrass Ranch High assistant principal Maria Swanson won the appointment Monday to lead River Ridge High. She fills the last remaining vacancy after a shuffle that began with the move of Monica Ilse from Land O'Lakes High to the brand new Anclote High, which opens in August. Swanson, who starts on Thursday, called the move a homecoming. She began her education career as a substitute and then a teacher at River Ridge, and her children attended there. "It's my community school," Swanson said. "I've always felt a deep connection there." Barring unforeseen circumstances, the district shouldn't need any more high school principals until the summer, when Zephyrhills High principal Gerri Painter is expected to retire. The district also plans to open another new high school in Hudson in 2010.
Program brings music, message
Pianist-commentator Justin Kolb will give a recital and talk from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, Building H, New Port Richey. Kolb lives in New York's Catskill Mountains and has performed with more than a dozen major orchestras and bands in Germany and the United States. His program is expected to include work by classic and contemporary composers interspersed with inspirational and motivational talk. Admission and parking are free.
Celebrate loved ones with hospice
Hernando-Pasco Hospice this week will conduct remembrance services hosted by the agency's chaplains and bereavement counselors. The interfaith services are intended to recall and celebrate lives. Prior affiliation with Hernando-Pasco Hospice is not necessary to participate and children are welcome. Each service will last about one hour and there is no charge or need to make a reservation. Services will take place as follows: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. today at the agency's east Pasco campus, 37445 Clinton Ave., Dade City; 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday at the west Pasco campus, 6807 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. For information, contact the agency at (727) 863-7971 or visit www.hphospice.org.
Latino music takes center stage tonight at Chasco Fiesta. For a schedule of festivities today and Wednesday, see Page 4.
The Pasco County school district will be hiring 50 teachers for Anclote High School, which opens in August, but the vast majority will be selected through internal transfers from schools that will be losing enrollment to Anclote High. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino said the district does not plan to hire 50 new teachers for the school. A story in Monday's Pasco Times was unclear on this point.