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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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