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

New arts council home offers more space for variety of offerings

NEW PORT RICHEY — An "art space" is what board member Jo Baughman calls the Pasco Fine Arts Council's new home. Boasting more than 6,000 square feet of space, the new council facilities, at the former Grove Park Community Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey, include four interconnected buildings, green spa …

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  1. School tells students and their parents it's okay to fail

    K12

    LAND O'LAKES — Preparing to market his new magnet school to parents, Sanders Memorial Elementary principal Jason Petry highlighted four core principles.

    Second-graders, front from left, Karinna Soto, Reese Wilkinson, Addison Patapoff and Grant Davis, all 7, and their classmates at Sanders Memorial Elementary in Land O’Lakes spent part of their first day of school last week watching a video with basketball legend Michael Jordan talking about the many failures he experienced on the path to success.
  2. Woman shot while standing on Holiday street

    Crime

    HOLIDAY — A man fired multiple gunshots down a Pasco County street Saturday night and hit a woman who suffered a non-life-threatening wound, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

  3. Tropical Storm Erika: Here's where to get sandbags in Tampa Bay

    Hurricanes

    With expectations of heavy rain and flooding if Tropical Storm Erika continues to threaten Florida, local governments are making sandbags available to residents. Here are lists of locations:

    HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

  4. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.