Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Wesley Chapel family, kicked out of home, settling into a new one

Monique Zimmerman-Stein lost her vision three and half years ago.


Monique Zimmerman-Stein lost her vision three and half years ago.


Family, kicked out of home, finds new one

Monique Zimmerman-Stein and her family got the notice right before New Year's: they had 24 hours to leave their home. The family, first featured in 2009 in the Times because of their struggles with health care and insurance and paying for it all, found out in December they were being kicked out of their home. They had been withholding some of their rent payments to try to get their landlords to fix cracked walls and broken appliances. When the eviction suit came, they tried to fight it in court but lost. So after a hurried and expensive move, they are settling into a new house in Bridgewater off Curley Road, not far from their old home. Zimmerman-Stein, 49, suffers from a genetic condition that causes joint problems and blindness. She has virtually no eyesight left. Her two young daughters are afflicted, too. But the family is persevering. "It's been rough," said husband and father Gary Stein, "but we're landing on our feet."


Veteran firefighter rises in ranks

A 15-year career firefighter has been named assistant fire chief of the New Port Richey Fire Department. Tim Exline began with the department as a reserve firefighter in 1987, was hired in 1995 and was promoted to captain in 2005. He served for several years as a coordinator for the city's emergency medical services, or EMS, and led a task force for the department's Urban Search and Rescue Team. Exline, 48, was promoted Jan. 3. He will serve under fire Chief Alex Onishenko.


• David West leaves his executive director post at the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce to start a local Church of Christ. Story, Page 3.

• A Saturday car show honors Al and Ida Silver, and continues the couple's mission to bring the Land O'Lakes community together. Story, Page 6.


To attend seminars at the CARES Musunuru Center on making legal and financial plans, call (727) 862-9291, ext. 2024. An item in Wednesday's Pasco Times gave an incorrect phone number.

Pasco deaths

Detailed obituaries appear in the Tampa Bay section.

Wesley Chapel family, kicked out of home, settling into a new one 01/12/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 8:52pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. GOP health bill all but dead; McCain again deals the blow


    WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the program.

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in July.  McCain says he won't vote for the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law. His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week. [Associated Press]
  2. Yankees executive Jessica Steinbrenner seeks restraining order against ex-husband


    TAMPA — Jessica Steinbrenner, a top executive with the New York Yankees and a daughter of the team's late owner George Steinbrenner, is seeking a restraining order against her ex-husband.

    New York Yankees excutive Jessica Steinbrenner, with her then-husband Felix Lopez Jr. in this 2008 photo, filed for a restraining order against Lopez in Hillsborough County last week. 
[Times files]
  3. For starters: Rays at Orioles, with Cobb on hill, Beckham in lineup


    UPDATE, 3:46: After sitting out Thursday in recovering from extraction of a tooth, former Rays SS Tim Beckham is in the Orioles lineup tonight for his first game against his ex-mates, batting leadoff and playing short.

  4. Hurricane evacuations halted for lack of ambulances at VA's Young center


    As many as 30 patients who should have been evacuated from the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center were left behind during Hurricane Irma because the hospital and the county couldn't agree on where they should go.

    Lorraine Johnson-Mitchell, back home in St. Petersburg on Monday, said she watched in disbelief as hospital staff seemed to scramble without a plan to evacuate patients like her from the VA medical center in St. Petersburg before Hurricane Irma. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  5. South Florida poaches debris pickup trucks once slotted for Tampa, officials say


    TAMPA — A week into the job of picking up an estimated 300,000 cubic yards of Hurricane Irma debris from its streets, Tampa City Hall is finding to its dismay that the challenge is more competitive than expected.

    Yard debris from the winds of Hurricane Irma line many yards along Pinellas Point Drive South, St. Petersburg, 9/22/17.