Thursday, November 23, 2017
News Roundup

Pasco community news briefs for Dec. 4 and beyond



GOP Club will host Christmas open house

The West Pasco Republican Club will host its eighth annual Christmas open house, featuring a breakfast and brunch buffet, at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway. Tickets are $15 and must be ordered by Thursday. Call Anne Corona at (727) 514-1120.


Post office toy drive to pick up Saturday

The Letters Carriers' Post Office Toy Drive will be Saturday. Residents are asked to leave a new, unwrapped toy next to their mailboxes, and letter carriers will pick them up. The toys will be donated to Toys for Tots.


SHINE to answer Medicare questions

A SHINE representative will be at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., at 11 a.m. today to answer questions about Medicare coverage. For information, call (352) 567-3576. SHINE, which stands for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, is an organization that helps seniors and families navigate health care coverage, including Medicare and others, by providing free, unbiased and confidential services. The organization is seeking volunteers. Training sessions will be conducted Tuesday and Thursday at the Area Agency on Aging, 9549 Koger Blvd., St. Petersburg. For information, contact Sue Samson at (727) 570-9696, ext. 234, or [email protected] For an online volunteer application, visit florida


Workshop to help veterans network

CareerSource Pasco Hernando, 4440 Grand Blvd., will host an interactive workshop from 10 a.m. to noon today for military veterans to network with veterans and hone their job search and interview skills. For more, contact Jim Flaherty at (727) 326-1906 or [email protected]

Christmas craft fair: The craft group at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, will host its Christmas Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Father Farrell Hall, Holiday.

The public is invited to browse or buy handcrafted items and baked goods and participate in raffles. Proceeds will benefit the parish. For information, call (727) 939-9265.

Guided morning park tour: The West Pasco Audubon Society will host a guided morning walk at 8 a.m. Saturday at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Blvd., New Port Richey.

A representative from the Florida Wildlife Corridor will speak about the effort to establish an unbroken trail for wildlife extending the entire length of the state at 3 p.m. at the Starkey Education Center. For information, visit

Holiday photos with pets: East-West Animal Hospital, 1524 Land O'Lakes Blvd. in Lutz, will take holiday photos of pets and their families from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in exchange for donations that will be given to local animal rescue organizations.

A professional photographer will take the photographs. For information, call (813) 948-6534.

Holiday help: Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano's office is sponsoring several events to help the community during the holiday season.

• Toys for Tots: The Tax Collector's Office locations at the West Pasco Government Center in New Port Richey, Gulf Harbors, the Central Pasco Government Center in Land O'Lakes, Wesley Chapel and the East Pasco Government Center in Dade City are drop-off points for the Marine Corps League's annual Toys for Tots program. Toys will be collected until Dec. 14.

• Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive: The Gulf Harbors, Land O'Lakes, Wesley Chapel and Dade City offices will be Red Kettle donation sites from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.

• The Volunteer Way/ Farm Share: Collection jars are on display in each of the five tax collector's offices in the county. Donations made will help purchase fresh food for families in need during the holiday season.

• Be a Santa to a Senior: Residents may pick up a gift tag and purchase a holiday present for a senior. Giving trees are on display in the Tax Collector's Offices at the Central Pasco Government Center in Land O' Lakes and in Wesley Chapel.

For details about each program or information regarding hours and locations, call Greg Giordano at (727) 847-8179.

Holiday drive for girls: The Adult Education Center at the University Campus of Saint Leo University is participating in a holiday drive for the PACE Center for Girls in New Port Richey. The center helps local girls in the areas of academic improvement, social services and transition support.

Donations are sought of personal care items; sets of lotions or other body, bath and hair products; perfumes; makeup and makeup cases; nail polish; nail jewelry; mani/pedi sets; press-on/glue-on nails; hairstyling appliances; hair accessories; fleece throws; pillows; clothing and accessories; pajamas; flip-flops; slippers; leggings; sunglasses; purses; beach towels; gloves; teenager-friendly T-shirts; gift cards (including iTunes); mp3 players and earbuds; CDs and current DVDs; picture frames; journals; candles; posters; games; and arts/crafts sets.

Donations will be accepted through Tuesday at collection boxes in Room 135 of St. Edward Hall at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo; in Room S-103 at Pasco-Hernando State College's West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey; and in Room D-121 at PHSC's Spring Hill campus, 450 Beverly Court.

For information, contact Jennifer Booker at (352) 588-7244 or [email protected] or visit

Holiday drive for students: The Children's Home Society of Florida is hosting its annual holiday toy drive to ensure that the students of Mort Elementary School have a happy holiday season.

The goal is to collect 1,500 new and gently used toys for more than 1,000 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Donations may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays through Wednesday at Joshua House, 1515 Michelin Court, Lutz. Upon entering the administrative building, ask for Rachelle Duroseau.

For information, visit or send email to Rachelle Duroseau at [email protected]

Adult education session: Saint Leo University's Adult Education Center at University Campus offers programs designed for working adults as well as those just starting their college careers.

The university will hold an information session about the center at 6 p.m. Thursday in TECO Hall, which is in the School of Business building at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52.

The session is intended for people who are interested in exploring Saint Leo's programs, which include associate, bachelor's, master's and specialist degrees, on campus and online.

To RSVP or for information, call (352) 588-7544.

Holiday food giveaway: Tax Collector Mike Fasano, state Sen. John Legg, state Rep. Richard Corcoran, state Rep. Amanda Murphy and Sheriff Chris Nocco will host the 21st annual Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway from 9 to 11 a.m. next Friday at Faith Baptist Church, 9230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.

The giveaway is for families in need and will include fresh food donated by Florida farmers, plus donations from Publix, the Volunteer Way and other organizations and individuals.

For information, contact the office of Tax Collector Mike Fasano at (727) 847-8165.

Free hearing aid batteries: The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation, 4443 Rowan Road, New Port Richey, will host a hearing aid battery giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon next Friday. The free batteries will be available while they last in sizes 10, 13, 312 and 675. For information, call (727) 834-5479 or visit

Discounted dog adoption fees: Pasco County Animal Services has an urgent need for homes for an overflow of dogs at the shelter. Throughout December, adoption fees are $20 for dogs older than 8 months. At a special event Dec. 12, all adoption fees will be waived. The shelter is at 19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O'Lakes. For information, call (352) 521-5194.


Motorcyclist, 27, dies in crash with taxi cab in Largo

LARGO — A motorcyclist died after crashing into a taxi cab Thursday morning, police reported.Sydney Pender, 27, was riding a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on 66th Street about 10:30, according to a Largo Police Department release.At the same time...
Updated: 18 minutes ago

Update: Mother, toddler hit by car in critical condition at TGH

TAMPA — A mother and one of her two small children who were hit by a car while trying to cross Dale Mabry Highway on Wednesday were still in the hospital on Thanksgiving, according to Tampa General Hospital.Cassandra Marie Spicola, 29, and 18-month-o...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Pasco County put under immediate tornado warning

The National Weather Service has put out a tornado warning for Pasco County. Thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado and strong winds are expected over Jasmine Estates, New Port Richey and Hudson until 1:15 p.m., according to the NWS warning. Ba...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Thanksgiving forecast: Rain today, but sunny skies this weekend

Thanksgiving forecast: Rain today, but sunny skies this weekend

It’s going to be a wet Thanksgiving across Tampa Bay, but sunny skies are coming during the long weekend, according to WTSP 10Weather meteorologist Ric Kearbey. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Self-proclaimed Nazi banned from University of North Florida — but allowed to remain a student

Self-proclaimed Nazi banned from University of North Florida — but allowed to remain a student

A self-proclaimed Nazi is banned from the University of North Florida’s campus — but will remain a student, university officials said.Ken Parker, a 37-year-old Navy veteran who once served as the grand dragon, or highest-ranking leader, of the Ku Klu...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Days after a high fever, Jon Mott wins his fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

Days after a high fever, Jon Mott wins his fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

CLEARWATER — On Tuesday, Jon Mott had a 103-degree fever. That was not enough to keep him from maintaining his dominance Thursday at the 39th Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot.The former Northeast standout added to his record with his fifth title in the ev...
Updated: 5 hours ago
President Trump presents his report card, passes with flying colors

President Trump presents his report card, passes with flying colors

PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump has a Thanksgiving Day message for the nation: Look at all I’ve done. Trump is telling followers in an early-morning holiday tweet that, "your Country is starting to do really well." He says: Jobs are "coming back,...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Lutz pedestrian dies in accident on U.S. 41

LUTZ — A man is dead after deputies said he walked into the path of a car on U.S. Route 41 Wednesday night.Charles Miller, 69 of Lutz, was walking east across the highway at 7:34 p.m., according to Florida Highway Patrol.Daniel Johnson, 35 and also o...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Tarpon Springs seeking to honor sponger George Billiris

Tarpon Springs seeking to honor sponger George Billiris

TARPON SPRINGS — The city is considering a way to honor the legacy of the late longtime sponge merchant George Billiris at a city building. "We know how he promoted Tarpon Springs," Commissioner David Banther said at a recent City Commission meeting....
Published: 11/23/17
New Weeki Wachee basketball coach transitions from years on college sidelines

New Weeki Wachee basketball coach transitions from years on college sidelines

WEEKI WACHEE — Mark Lee was looking for an accomplished coach to take over Weeki Wachee High’s boys basketball team. Not only did he find what he was searching for, but he may have gone above and beyond with the hiring of Rick Scruggs.The 30-year vet...
Published: 11/23/17