Saturday, April 21, 2018
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New Port Richey woman dies in Wednesday night crash

MOON LAKE

New port Richey woman dies in night crash

A New Port Richey woman died Wednesday night after her car veered into oncoming traffic. The crash happened about 9:20 p.m., as Marzena Misztal, 45, was driving her Chevrolet Impala south on Moon Lake Road near Lakeview Drive. For reasons that remain unclear, Misztal crossed into oncoming traffic, then her car spun sideways, the Florida Highway Patrol said. A Toyota Tundra going north on Moon Lake Road hit the side of her car. Misztal died at the scene, the patrol said. The other driver, 40-year-old Komal Ramcharran of Holiday, and his passenger, Mary E. Welch, 43, of New Port Richey, were taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point with serious injuries. FHP asks that anyone with information about this crash contact Trooper Anthony Palese at [email protected] or (813) 631-4020.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Woman's death under scrutiny

Detectives continue to investigate the death of a woman whose body was found Wednesday evening near a homeless camp by Dayflower and Oakley boulevards. The woman's name has not been released. But there was no sign of foul play, and she may have died from a medical condition, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. The medical examiner will determine her cause of death.

LAND O'LAKES

Group weighs in on specialists

The fight to protect media specialists in Pasco County schools isn't remaining local. The Florida Association for Media in Education has weighed in with a statement criticizing Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning's proposal to eliminate media specialist positions and place those employees back into classrooms to teach. "The proposed move seems to ignore the impact, supported by research, school librarians have on the academic success of students in the school community," wrote group president Cora Dunkley. She noted that school librarians are key collaborators in the move to Common Core State Standards, and urged Browning to reconsider his plan. Pasco schools media specialists and their supporters have launched a Facebook page and reached out to former students and educators in other communities to write letters on their behalf. The opposition continues to mount as the administration prepares to present its recommendation to the School Board, most likely at an April 16 budget workshop. Board members have said they will research the ideas before making a decision.

LAND O'LAKES

Clerk to speak about suffrage

Clerk of Courts Paula O'Neil will present "Women of Courage," an overview of the women's suffrage movement, at a meeting Wednesday of the Republican Club of Central Pasco. O'Neil will also talk about her views of the Republican Party. The club meets at 6 p.m. for refreshments, followed by the meeting, at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O'Lakes Blvd. For information call Steve Graves at (813) 996-3011.

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