Fasano clout helps schools get $4 million
For the second year, Pasco schools have benefited from state Sen. Mike Fasano's key role in making state budgets. Once again, Fasano has helped the district qualify for about $4 million that will help pay for road improvements outside schools. Last year, Fasano created a pilot school infrastructure project with Pasco in mind, and the district received another $4 million — slightly less than half of the money in the pilot project. District planners crafted a list of needs totaling close to $10 million a year ago, and expect this second round of funding to pay for some of the items the district couldn't afford previously. Some of the projects on the list include turn lanes on Shady Hills Drive outside Shady Hills and Giella elementary schools, and expanding Otis Allen Road outside the site where Elementary T will someday be built.
Police: Kid-toting mom was on drugs
A 31-year-old woman is accused of driving under the influence of drugs with her three children, two 5-year-olds and a 7-month-old infant, in the car. When a Zephyrhills police officer spotted Carolanne E. Rosenberg's car at a red light at Eiland Boulevard and Dean Dairy Road at 5 p.m. Thursday, she seemed to be reaching in the backseat to put on the children's seat belts, according to a Pasco Sheriff's Office report. As the light turned green, the officer saw Rosenberg's car weaving in and out of traffic and it crossed the center line and nearly had a head-on collision, the report states. Rosenberg had taken a painkiller and a depressant, according to authorities. She was shaky, lethargic, her eyes could barely open and she had to balance herself on her car when she stepped out of it, the report states. Rosenberg, who is listed on her arrest report as disabled, is charged with three counts of child neglect, DUI and a violation of probation. She is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.
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Drool over boats and seafood
The Cotee River Seafood Festival & Bright House Networks Boat Show continues from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in and around Sims Park and Orange Lake. The festival features $2 million worth of boats, an arts and crafts village, and rides on the Miss Daisy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday, a kayak race at 9 a.m. today, and a car, truck and Corvette show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. There will be live bands in the amphitheater from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. today and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Seafood and festival food vendors will be open during the entire festival. Free.
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