Pasco Times has been good friend
Reading Bill Stevens' column on Sunday, where he broke the news that Pasco Times will not be publishing on Monday or Tuesday staring next week, was unsettling.
How am I going to start my day? The Pasco Times and coffee have been a staple of my day since I moved to Florida and now my habits must change. I will miss my Times; it was like having a friend come to visit and it kept me in touch with all the happenings in my neighborhood, the good and bad. The Times kept me informed about what was going on in my County Commission, my local schools and events that would be of interest in our parks and libraries.
I understand that a lot of the local news will be in the Tampa Bay section, but it won't be the same. I know that this cutback was necessary in this very trying economic time, but that doesn't make it any easier to accept.
Now I will start my week with Tampa Bay and not the Pasco Times. I am sure I will adjust but I will sure miss my friend. Let us all hope that the economy picks up and that Pasco Times comes back full time.
I thank the St. Petersburg Times for being smart; losing two days is tough, but losing Pasco Times altogether would be a real disaster.
Joan Shapiro, Hudson
Helps seniors live independently
We would like to inform the community about a wonderful opportunity available to help seniors stay independently in their own homes. The Musunuru Family has pledged a challenge gift in the amount of $25,000 to match dollar for dollar gifts that individuals or families make to the CARES Agency Endowment Fund.
The fund is administered by the nonprofit Community Foundation of Pasco County, which distributes the investment returns to CARES. It was a start-up gift from the Musunuru family that established the endowment fund in 2008. Now CARES has qualified for the Challenge Grant Program administered by the foundation.
If we can raise $75,000 over the next year, the Community Foundation of Pasco County will deposit a matching $25,000 in the CARES Agency Endowment Fund for a total of $100,000. With your help and the Musunuru family's generous pledge, we will be well on the path to meeting the goal of $75,000.
CARES is a charitable, not-for-profit corporation whose vision is to create "a caring community committed to strengthening lives and creating positive futures." The need for funds to help seniors stay safely and independently in their homes is great. The agency's senior enrichment centers do not receive any operational support from state or federal funds.
Please consider a gift — a contribution of any value is significant. A $55 pledge will provide one senior a full day of adult day services or give six hours of respite to a caregiver. Please take advantage so that your support will double in value for an important cause.
For information, please contact Bill Aycrigg, CEO, CARES, at (727) 862-9291, Ext 224.
Marc Panarisi, chairman, CARES Board of Directors, Port Richey
Celebrate friends' Polish heritage
Since 1981, October has been proclaimed Polish-American heritage month through the United States. Started in Philadelphia as a local celebration of the contribution to America by Poles and Americans of Polish descent, it has evolved into a countrywide observance.
Sponsored now by the Polish American Congress, special programs are held in communities throughout the nation to celebrate more than 1,000 years of Polish culture and customs.
As president of the largest Polish American organization in the west coast of Florida, the Polish American Pulaski Association in Holiday, I invite all Americans to check out the local Polish American Club in your area and join with us as we observe this month of heritage and culture. With combined membership of more than 3,500 active members, the clubs help carry on the traditions of our forefathers and hand them to our children.
We, Poles and Americans of Polish descent, have fought in every war this country has fought, and many gave their lives so our beloved United States could continue to offer freedom and liberty to all, regardless of ancestry,
In our communities, we always like to say it takes a Pole to hold high the American flag.
Ernie Stetz, Holiday