Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

Take your pick of fireworks displays

COUNTYWIDE

Looking for fireworks? Take your pick

If you're looking to celebrate Independence Day with a bang, you've got several good fireworks shows to choose from this year. Main Street Blast will light up Sims Park in New Port Richey on Saturday, along with live music and other attractions. The Angelus House in Hudson also will host a fireworks show Saturday. The Freedom Festival will culminate with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. And the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City will host its annual Sparklebration bash on Wednesday, the Fourth of July proper. For more about these and other patriotic celebrations, see Diversions, page 4.

PORT RICHEY

Recycling gets you extra game time

Got phone books? Stop N Play will hold its seventh annual telephone book recycling campaign throughout July, providing two game tokens for each phone book people bring in. To get the game tokens, drop off your phone books at the front counter of Stop N Play, 10933 U.S. 19, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays or from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through July 31. Phone books can also be dropped off anytime at the Green Fiber recycling bin in the parking lot. Green Fiber recycles paper products into insulation. According to Stop N Play, over the past six years the recycling effort has saved 670 trees, provided insulation for about 40 homes and reduced landfill space by 130 cubic yards. For information, call Stop N Play at (727) 862-6666.

COUNTYWIDE

Get Christmas in July bargains

The Zephyrhills and New Port Richey HPH Hospice Thrift Stores will host Christmas in July sales from July 5 through July 31. Christmas decorations, holiday housewares and gifts will be on sale. The stores are at 4910 Allen Road in Zephyrhills and 6528 Massachusetts Ave. in New Port Richey. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, call (813) 355-4830 or (727) 841-7356 or visit hph-hospice.org.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Hospice offers help to bereaved adults

HPH Hospice invites newly bereaved adults or those who are grieving the death of a loved one to participate in a free, eight-week Grief's Journey group session. The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from July 24 to Sept. 11 at the HPH Hospice Marliere Care Center Board Room, 6801 Rowan Road. A bereavement counselor will help the group understand the grief process and explore coping strategies. Attendance at one of the first two meetings is required to continue with the group. Preregistration is required. To register, call Jill Wiegand at (727) 863-7971.

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High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

Friday’s scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 7, Clearwater 0Osceola 9, Bradenton Bayshore 0Palm Harbor U. 2, Plant 1Boys soccerPalm Harbor U. 0, Plant 0Lennard 4, Armwood 1
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Gators play Nebraska, still seeking elusive volleyball title

Gators play Nebraska, still seeking elusive volleyball title

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There is very little these days that can dampen the mood of Florida volleyball coach Mary Wise, whose Gators knocked off reigning national champion Stanford in Thursday’s NCAA semifinals and face Nebraska tonight for the title. Not...
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Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

LARGO — A Pinellas sheriff’s child protective investigator has been fired and could face criminal charges after an investigation found she made a child custody recommendation to a judge as a favor to a friend.Jayne Johnson, who has worked for the She...
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Festivus 2017: Send us your best grievances

Festivus 2017: Send us your best grievances

Here's your chance. Tell us what annoyed you in 2017, and we'll share it with our readers.
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Experts chart path for Hillsborough to grow smarter before sprawl takes over

Experts chart path for Hillsborough to grow smarter before sprawl takes over

TAMPA — Nearly 600,000 more people will live in Hillsborough County by 2040, and if elected officials and county planners don’t take bold steps now, the population boom will turn the county into the soulless sprawl of Anywhere, U.S.A.That’s the messa...
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Highlights of GOP compromise bill to overhaul tax code

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress have blended separate tax bills passed by the House and Senate into compromise legislation that seeks to achieve a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax code. GOP leaders are looking toward passage of the final pa...
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Tillerson retreats on offer of unconditional N. Korea talks

Tillerson retreats on offer of unconditional N. Korea talks

WASHINGTON — America’s top diplomat stepped back Friday from his offer of unconditional talks with North Korea, telling world powers that the nuclear-armed nation must earn the right to negotiate with the United States. Secretary of State Rex Tillers...
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Judge signals release of ex-Trump chair Paul Manafort to Florida home under curfew and GPS monitoring

Judge signals release of ex-Trump chair Paul Manafort to Florida home under curfew and GPS monitoring

A federal judge Friday said a bail package has been put together that would release former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort from home confinement in his condominium in Virginia and allow him to reside at his house in Palm Beach Gardens, but unde...
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Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

DOVER — Two Plant City men who ran from deputies and shot a dog were captured after a brief pursuit Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.They ditched a stolen car, ran away on foot, crossed through several yards and then tr...
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