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Springstead High School senior Kaylee Ritzenthaler, 18, helped raise $565 at her Nov. 14 event.

Personal connection is impetus for Springstead student's diabetes awareness event

SPRING HILL — Springstead High School senior Kaylee Ritzenthaler has lived with diabetes most of her life, diagnosed at age 2. So it was natural for her to consider that when she began work on her Creativity, Action and Service project, a requirement for the school's International Baccalaureate program, last school …


  1. Show Palace's Christmas production carries religious theme


    HUDSON — Unlike the whimsical, funny, religiously diverse or semineutral holiday shows presented at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in years past, this year's show, "A Show Palace Christmas Spectacular," which opens Saturday, is largely religious and will likely warm the hearts of those who prefer a …

  2. Complaints lead to review of new sign ordinance in Zephyrhills

    Local Government

    ZEPHYRHILLS — Complaints from a local hotel and hospital, plus a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, have Zephyrhills undertaking a review of changes it made to its sign ordinance just a few months ago.

  3. Theater offers classic holiday story of Scrooge with a twist


    NEW PORT RICHEY — Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre celebrates its second holiday season since opening in June 2014 with the musical comedy take on the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, this one named What in the Dickens Happened to Scrooge?

  4. Here's a list of what stores are open in Tampa Bay area on Thanksgiving and Black Friday


    Are you planning to shop on Thanksgiving and Black Friday? Here are opening times for some of the larger stores in the Tampa Bay area.

    Heading out to shop on Thanksgiving or Black Friday? Please snap photos of anything interesting or funny and post them on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #tampabayshops, then follow along at tampabay.com. In this photo, a Walmart worker gets ready for holiday shopping. Joe Raedle | Getty Images
  5. From the trenches of Black Friday: Furbies, flat-screens and falling asleep in the car


    I've never been a Black Friday shopper, though I've reaped the benefits of those doorbuster deals for years.

    Some people really enjoy the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping. Others, not so much. In this photo from Thanksgiving last year, Kelli Flory, of Clearwater, pulled two carts full of gifts for her three kids at Toys R Us on Tyrone Boulevard on Thanksgiving Day. MONICA HERNDON | TIMES
  6. Class notes



    • Dec. 21-Jan. 4: winter break

    Art/Theatre/Music Events

    Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey, (727) 774-7381

    Thanksgiving joy: John Fakiolas, left, Clevanie Davila, Isaac Ryan and Matthew Ziller perform holiday skits after a Thanksgiving feast for students in Exceptional Student Education at Cotee River Elementary School in New Port Richey. Students and their families were also treated to dinner.
  7. Hometown Pasco for Nov. 27

    Human Interest

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    Hometown Pasco is devoted to everyday life in our county. Contact Hometown Pasco news coordinator Jean Hamilton at: PHONE (352) 848-1438, FAX (352) 754-6133, E-MAIL jhamilton@tampabay.com.

    Retired firefighters visit 9/11 memorial:  Members of the Gene O’Kane Division of FDNY Retired recently visited the 9/11 memorial at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. The group is an organization of retired New York City firefighters living on the west coast of Florida in Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Pinellas, Hillsborough counties. Shown from left are Louis Kikis, Nick Scunziaono, Dick Denninger, Joe Baal, Chris Cioffi, Jack D’Andrea, Lenny Deszcz, Mike Nilsson, Paul Ryan, Ann Koster, Jim Schuppol, Rich Miccio and Mike Doyle.