United way gives $25,000 toward center
United Way of Pasco County is donating $25,000 to the Lacoochee Area Redevelopment Corporation to help build a community center. The organization will hold a check presentation ceremony at noon Oct. 21 at the Boys & Girls Club in Lacoochee. The community center, to be located in Stanley Park, will be the focal point of the ongoing redevelopment efforts. It will offer after-school care and provide a community meeting place, as well as house basic services such as health care, job training and a library. Construction is expected to begin by January 2013. Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative already has raised $650,000 toward the estimated $1.2 million cost. The Lacoochee Area Redevelopment Corporation was organized in 2008 with a goal of improving the economic, educational, social and health status of Pasco's poorest residents.
Sunlake High gets third bomb threat
Sunlake High School students evacuated their buildings for an hour Tuesday morning after the third bogus bomb threat in two weeks. No credible evidence was found that any of the threats were serious. Still, the school had to take each seriously and react accordingly, district spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli said. That meant an evacuation on Oct. 3 and a lockdown on Sept. 30. "We are trying to get to the bottom of this," Romagnoli said. "It is disruptive." She said the district is cooperating with the Sheriff's Office investigation into the calls. Crime Stoppers has offered a reward for credible information that leads to an arrest.
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Theater to launch teaching sessions
Richey Suncoast Theatre is starting the "RST Glee Club," a series of three-hour teaching sessions for males and females ages 12 and older to be held from noon to 3 p.m. every other Saturday at the theater, 6237 Grand Blvd. Professional teacher/singer Steve Ailing will teach vocal techniques, including projecting the voice in a theatrical setting, harmony, chorale singing and preparing for a show. Assisting Ailing is Tracie Calahan, who played the mother in No, No, Nanette and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. There are no auditions. The fee is $20 a month. Registration is at 11 a.m. Saturday, with a meeting and the first session starting at noon. Participants will be in the Christmas show, present special shows throughout the year, and be eligible to audition for all Richey Suncoast shows.
Democratic Club to meet Monday
The East Pasco Democratic Club will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the meeting room of Bentley Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road (just behind Kmart). Elena McCullough of Organizing for America will be the guest speaker. For information, call club president Diane Parker at (813) 778-6743.