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The Week in Words

North Pasco week in words

Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events , in the words of the newsmakers.

"She knew so many people in Land O'Lakes. If you ever wanted to find out whatever happened to you-know-who, you'd find her because she'd been here for so long.''

Marge Whaley, retired Pasco School Board member regarding Dora Bean, a longtime teacher and community volunteer who died on Christmas Day.

"It was recreational for her. It let her get away. See, with skydiving, it's not about skydiving. It's about hanging out with friends, about making friends, and it was no different with Debbie.''

T.K. Hayes, who owns Skydive City in Zephyrhills. He spoke about Debbie Laws, 48, who was killed while jumping during the Christmas and New Year's Skydive Boogie.

"We'd like more intersections to be monitored, because it helps diminish crashes and saves lives. Is there a monetary incentive for the city? Yes. But we expect you to be a good driver and abide by state law.''

David Brown, Port Richey police chief, after the city agreed to hire a Jacksonville company to take over photographing red-light runners.

"This is a crisis we're in. We don't need to be micromanaging.''

State Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, after meeting with Pasco School Superintendent Heather Fiorentino regarding the financial crisis. Local school officials want the state to ease unfunded mandates and provide more flexibility for spending.

"We always knew that Fritz had the same values and aspirations as we did. He really is a true environmentalist.''

Leslie Neumann, longtime member of the Gulf Coast Conservancy regarding Fritz Musselmann, who retired this week after 33 years of acquiring and managing environmentally sensitive land for the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

"Absolutely, it's a concern. My heart goes out to these people.''

Gabriel Papadopoulos, program manager of Meals on Wheels in Pasco County, where 148 people are on the waiting list.

"I want him to be somebody.''

Crystal Rusaw, 20, above, who gave birth at 8:08 a.m. Thursday to Antonio Rusaw, the first baby of the new year in Pasco County.

North Pasco week in words 01/03/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:09am]
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  1. Estimated 5,000 people marvel at MOSI over solar eclipse

    Human Interest

    Packing pinhole cereal box viewers, cardboard glasses and curiosity, solar gawkers gathered outside Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry on Monday for a show that required no ticket.

    At center, Sophia Butter, 8, and Kristina Butera, both of Valrico, watch the sun through eclipse viewing glasses during a solar eclipse party Monday at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. MOSI will reopen after renovations on November 18. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  2. Florida State sees plenty of upside in Dade City native Jacob Pugh


    TALLAHASSEE — No, Florida State senior Jacob Pugh is not as versatile as teammate Derwin James.

     Florida State Seminoles linebacker Jacob Pugh (16) and Florida State Seminoles defensive end DeMarcus Walker (44) celebrate after sacking the Miami quarterback Saturday October 8, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
  3. Tampa officer treated for knee injury after police truck, police SUV collide


    Times staff

    TAMPA — A Tampa police officer was treated and released for a knee injury when his unmarked police truck collided with a patrol SUV while the officers were tracking a stolen car, a police spokesman said.

  4. Waiting for the eclipse: 'Everyone thinks this is cool'

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Hunter Holland came to school Monday with a NASA space T-shirt and solar viewers in his button-up shirt pocket. But he'd rather be in Missouri.

    Jayda Hebert (front, center), 11, uses her protective glasses to watch Monday's solar eclipse with her cousin, Judah Adams (back left), 11, and her brother Jake Hebert (right), 9, while with their family at St. Petersburg Beach. "We're skipping school for the eclipse," her mom, Sarah Hebert, said. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  5. Second person resigns from Hillsborough diversity council after Confederate activist appointed


    TAMPA — A second person has resigned symbolically from the Hillsborough County Diversity Advisory Council after the appointment of a known activist of Confederate causes to the panel. 

    Two people have resigned from the Hillsborough County Diversity Advisory Council after the inclusion of David McCallister, a leader of the local branch of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.