Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

Rockus Maximus: Battle of the Bands is March 23 in Pasco County

SHADY HILLS

eight BANDS BATTLE FOR PRIZES FRIDAY

The 15th annual Rockus Maximus: Battle of the Bands will take the stage from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Rotary Pavilion at the Concourse, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road (off State Road 52, a quarter-mile west of the Suncoast Parkway). Eight local bands will compete for the ultimate prize: a 10-hour recording session at Morrisound Studios and $1,000. Admission is free to the event, which is sponsored by Pasco Libraries. The event also includes concessions, T-shirts, cotton candy, ice cream and a 20-foot inflatable slide. People can also vote online for their favorite band's video. For additional information, visit rockusmaximus15.com or search for Rockus Maximus: Battle of the Bands on Facebook or Twitter.

DADE CITY

Help Big Brothers Big Sisters

If you've been looking for an opportunity to show off your corn toss skills, here's your chance. Big Brothers Big Sisters will host two corn toss tournaments in Pasco County next month to raise money for the program that provides caring adult mentors to children in need. The agency currently has 550 children in Hillsborough, Polk and Pasco counties waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. The first event will be from 2 to 6 p.m. April 21 at Beef 'O' Brady's, 14136 Seventh St., Dade City. Register a team of two for $25. Winner receives $50, a Beef's gift card and entry into the Shops at Wiregrass Corn Toss Tournament, which will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. April 28 at the Brass Tap, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Registration for that event is $40 for a team of two. Winner receives $100. Having a mentor makes it more likely that kids facing adversity will succeed in school and avoid contact with the juvenile justice system. For additional information on the event, contact Jan Roberts: (813) 769-3614; [email protected]

HUDSON

Entertainment at kids' safety event

Bounce Party, a bounce house facility at 16617 U.S. 19 just south of Little Road, will host a free children's safety event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event includes children's fingerprinting, safety tips with McGruff the Crime Dog and play time in the bounce houses (children must wear socks). For information: (727) 857-6969; www. bouncepartyfl.com.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Have coffee with the city manager

Residents are invited to "Coffee With the City Manager" from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 28 in the meeting room of the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. City Manager John Schneiger will discuss issues and listen to residents' questions and concerns. Coffee and snacks have been donated by Starbucks and the Friends of the New Port Richey Library. This free event is open to everyone. For additional information, call (727) 853-1279 or (727) 853-1021.

Comments
Lightning re-signs goaltender Eddie Pasquale to two-way deal

Lightning re-signs goaltender Eddie Pasquale to two-way deal

The Lightning re-signed goaltender Eddie Pasquale to a one-year, two-way contract general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.Pasquale, 27, split this past season between the Syracuse Crunch and Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League. He...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop three of four in New York

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop three of four in New York

The Rays lose three of four games in New York as Rick Stroud says they fail to figure out the Yankees' pitching. With Christian Arroyo injured, they activate Adeiny Hechavarria — one of the stars of Sunday's win — from the disabled list a...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Florida authorities identify remains of man missing 3 years found under backyard concrete slab

Florida authorities identify remains of man missing 3 years found under backyard concrete slab

TAVARES — Florida authorities say they’ve identified the man whose remains were found under a concrete slab in his wife’s backyard.Lake County sheriff’s deputies announced Friday that the remains are those of Michael Shaver, who hadn’t been seen in t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Developer Grady Pridgen buys St. Pete’s shuttered Edward White Hospital

Developer Grady Pridgen buys St. Pete’s shuttered Edward White Hospital

ST. PETERSBURG — Edward White Hospital, closed four years ago because of declining revenues, has been sold to developer Grady Pridgen for $2.7 million.Pridgen is the second developer to see potential in the hospital site at the 2300 block of 9th Aven...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Ethan Hooper steps up with a salute to teachers

Ethan Hooper steps up with a salute to teachers

Editor’s note: Ethan Hooper wrote today’s column to give Ernest Hooper Father’s Day off.In May, I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in elementary education, and I recently secured a job as a first-grade teacher with Orang...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Clearwater and Tampa want to turn flushed water into drinking water. Is it safe?

Clearwater and Tampa want to turn flushed water into drinking water. Is it safe?

Twenty years ago some people called it "Twerp." Others, wrinkling their noses, called it "toilet-to-tap," or something more vulgar.In 1998, Tampa tried to boost its drinking water supply by supplementing it with treated wastewater, calling the progra...
Updated: 2 hours ago
St. Petersburg teen, 16, and unborn child killed in Pasco crash

St. Petersburg teen, 16, and unborn child killed in Pasco crash

A St. Petersburg teen, 16, and her unborn child were killed Sunday night in a crash in Pasco County, according to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol. Emily Pearson was killed on Little Road at 9:11 p.m. She was a passenger in a 1997 Ford Rang...
Updated: 2 hours ago
St. Petersburg teen, 16, and unborn child killed in Pasco crash

St. Petersburg teen, 16, and unborn child killed in Pasco crash

A St. Petersburg teen, 16, and her unborn child were killed Sunday night in a crash in Pasco County, according to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol. Emily Pearson was killed on Little Road at 9:11 p.m. She was a passenger in a 1997 Ford Range...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Forecast: Hot and humid across Tampa Bay, with potentially wet weekend

Forecast: Hot and humid across Tampa Bay, with potentially wet weekend

Summer officially doesn’t start for another three days, but that won’t stop the searing temperatures and stifling humidity from making for a hot and sticky week across Tampa Bay. Temperatures will climb well into the 90s — and feel...
Updated: 3 hours ago
A sports story that we all can love

A sports story that we all can love

When we think of sports — hard-nosed, competitive sports — what words immediately come to mind? Tenacity. Grit. Guts. Perseverance. Courage. Intensity. Determination. You get the idea. Sports are usually cutthroat, give no quarter, sho...
Updated: 4 hours ago