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Kurt Browning uses School District state grade drop to challenge Fiorentino


GRADE DROP to 'c' PROMPTS criticism

The Pasco County School District fell in its state grade to a C from a B in 2012, mirroring the performance of neighboring Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties. Two years ago, the district earned an A. District spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli stressed that Pasco missed a B grade by just two points, and that its total score was higher than that of all adjacent counties but Sumter. Kurt Browning, who is challenging superintendent Heather Fiorentino in the Aug. 14 primary, suggested that the result is indicative of the need for change in the district leadership.


Sweet Tomatoes reopens Monday

Sweet Tomatoes, which was shut down for three weeks because of Tropical Storm Debby, is scheduled to reopen Monday. The restaurant at 10156 U.S. 19 will offer a two-day $6.99 special on Monday and Tuesday to welcome guests back. Restaurant representatives said Debby had a significant impact on Sweet Tomatoes. A nearby retention pond overflowed, sending water inside that reached more than 2 feet high. The flooding affected floor systems, wall bases, wall finishes, door frames, doors and food service equipment. In addition to the building damages, all the food was spoiled and had to be thrown away. The damages from the overflow of the retention pond cost Sweet Tomatoes more than $80,000, representatives said. Sweet Tomatoes is one of the last businesses to reopen after Debby hit west Pasco. Sweet Tomatoes had the building inspected and let the water damage dry out, which took several days prior to restoration efforts. "Our location had more extensive water damage than our community neighbors and we have been working hard to reopen for our patrons in the area," said Joan Scharff, vice president of brand and menu strategy. "We missed our guests and look forward to opening our doors again and welcoming them back into the restaurant." For information, visit


Weightlifting camp is July 17 to 18

River Ridge weightlifting coach Mike DeGennaro and former U.S. coach Daniel Camargo will host a Florida Weightlifting Federation camp next week at Redeemer Community Church, 9230 Ridge Road. The camp runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Cost is $100. For information, contact DeGennaro at (727) 389-0579 or

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Kurt Browning uses School District state grade drop to challenge Fiorentino 07/13/12 [Last modified: Friday, July 13, 2012 8:42pm]
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