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The River Ridge student section celebrates at the start of last year’s region quarterfinal.BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Ten reasons to love high school football on the North Suncoast

Friday marks the official start to the 2015 football season — one that promises up to 16 weeks of competition. But outside of the X's and O's, playoff favorites and highly touted recruits, there are a lot of fun things that North Suncoast high school football has to offer. Here are some of our favorites: 1. Tailgat …

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  1. Tampa Premium Outlets job fair draws a crowd of 1,000 people

    Retail

    TAMPA — Just finding a place to park at the Tampa Premium Outlets job fair was itself a job worthy of a paycheck.

    People peruse business stations for applications Thursday at the Tampa Premium Outlets job fair hosted by the Embassy Suites in Tampa. CareerSource Pasco Hernando is partnering with the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce to fill more than 800 jobs at the Tampa Premium Outlets in Lutz, which will have a grand opening in late October. [SCOTTY SCHENCK | Times]
  2. Flooded again, owner of popular skating center pledges to reopen by fall

    Weather

    PORT RICHEY

    It was about 9 p.m. Aug. 3, and Jim Balay was in the Bahamas tending to his water sports business when he got a text from his air-conditioning guy back in the States.

    Shane Madak, of Frontier Hardwood Flooring, works on a new rink at SpinNations Skating Center in Port Richey on Tuesday.
  3. Police say report of unwanted visitors at Port Richey mayoral candidate's home was unfounded

    Local Government

    PORT RICHEY — On Aug. 5, former City Council member Dale G. Massad filed prequalifying papers to run for mayor of Port Richey. The next morning, police responded to an alarming call from a woman living at the retired doctor's house.

    Police say Dale Massad refused to fill out a voluntary statement about the incident.
  4. Family movie nights, a 'Night in the Tropics' and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast

    Events

    Art events

    On the wild side: An opening reception for the "Wildlife and Their Natural Landscape" art exhibit will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd. Free. For information, call (727) 848-6500.

  5. Hope Children's Home Choir to perform at New Port Richey church

    Religion

    Children's home choir to perform at church

  6. Class notes

    K12

    Calendar

    • Sept. 7: Labor Day. No school.

    • Sept. 25: Progress reports.

    Open house dates

    R.B. Cox Elementary: 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 3.

  7. New arts council home offers more space for variety of offerings

    Visual Arts

    NEW PORT RICHEY — An "art space" is what board member Jo Baughman calls the Pasco Fine Arts Council's new home.

    Inside the new building hangs an elaborate watercolor rendering of the former Grove Park Community Center, painted by an arts council teacher.