Hernando and Pasco news briefs

News and notes from Hernando and Pasco counties
Published December 3 2018
Updated December 3 2018



Christmas bird counts scheduled

The Hernando Audubon Society organizes two Christmas Bird Counts in Hernando County:

• Brooksville Christmas Bird Count, Dec. 15, will count the quantity and variety of bird species within a circle with a 7.5 mile radius from Bystre Lake. For information or to be assigned to a team, contact Linda at (352) 428-2629 or [email protected]

• Aripeka-Bayport Christmas Bird Count, Dec. 19, will count all the birds from Pine Island to Crews Lake in Pasco County. For information or to be assigned to a team, contact Bev at (3520 686-0460 or [email protected]

The local counts are among the more than 60 Christmas bird counts being planned throughout Florida, and the thousands scheduled throughout the U.S.


Class to cover palms, pest control

Hernando County Utilities Department, through its Water Awareness Series, will offer "Palms for Your Florida landscape and General Household Pest Control for Homeowners" from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at the utilities office, 15365 Cortez Blvd.

Jim Davis, extension director for Hernando and Sumter counties, will discuss which palms to choose for the area and how to properly care for them. Davis also will present ways to prevent and/or control pest insects in and around the home. He will explain the difference between pests and beneficial insects.

There is no cost. To register, visit HernandoWAS2019.eventbrite.com or call (3520 754-4705.

Arts Council to distribute grants

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the council chambers at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

Along with routine business matters, the council will have its election of officers for 2019 and distribution of the 2019 Community Arts Grant. For information, email to [email protected] or call (352) 587-8062.

Ridge Manor

Road closed for railroad work

Railroad construction by CSX has closed State Road 50 east of U.S. 301 through Dec. 14.

The westbound traffic detour will direct traffic southbound on State Road 575 around the closure to northbound U.S. 301, then back to State Road 50. The eastbound traffic detour will direct traffic to southbound U.S. 301 to State Road 575 and back to State Road 50.

Spring Hill

Academia Hernando announces spring lectures

Academia Hernando will present its Spring Lecture Series from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, Jan. 11 to March 8, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

The series subscription is $65; individual lectures are $9 for walk-ins, as space permits. For information, visit academiahernando.org or call (352) 686-4035.

Lectures include:

• Jan. 11 — What's So Special About Special Affects? by Steve Persall

• Jan. 18 — Altruism vs. Evil: Noble Tales from the Holocaust, by Howard Kerner

• Jan. 25 — Cuba's Traditional Music, by Ana Gerlach

• Feb. 1 — Masters of War: Guerilla Terrorists in the 20th and 21st Centuries, by Maj. Chip High

• Feb. 8 — Florida Marine Life and the Mission to Save It, by Kevin Van Dien

• Feb. 15 — bus excursion to the Florida Aquarium (for series subscribers only)

• Feb. 22 — The Camino Counts: At Any Age, by Beryl Biles

• March 1 — The History of Conservation: A Bird's Eye View, by Ann Paul

• March 8 — Shall We Dance? Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, by Jason Fortner

Hospital hosts 'Hops for Hearts' event

Oak Hill Hospital will host a Hops for Hearts Fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 at Tidal Brewing Company, 14311 Spring Hill Drive. The event will include chance drawings and entertainment provided by acoustic guitarist Nathan Allen.

The fundraiser will benefit the hospital's American Heart Association Heart Walk team. Five percent of Tidal's proceeds from the evening will be donated to the American Heart Association. For information, call Katie Stacy at (352) 597-6317.

Temple hosts rummage sale

A rummage sale will be from noon to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St.

Those wishing to drop off donations of sale items can do so from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the temple. For information, call Barb at (352) 345-8315.




Transportation routes now on Google Maps

Pasco County Public Transportation routes and information are now available on the Google Maps app, including departure and arrival times, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation and more.

The feature allows riders to enter their location and create a route to the destination. Schedule times, pick-up locations and transfers will appear, so riders can easily plan a route. Additional benefits include:

• Information accessible by computer or mobile device: Plan a trip with the county transportation website using the trip planner tool, or download the Google Map App for Android or iPhone.

• Customize your route: Google Maps provides point-to-point public transit trip planning, that will include services throughout the Tampa Bay area showing connections between Pasco County Public Transportation, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and The Bus-Hernando County Transit.

• Walking directions: Google Maps offers walking directions, so you can find out exactly how to get to the nearest transit stop or station and how to reach your destination once you leave the bus.

For more information on how to use Google Maps for Transit, visit our How-To Guide or www.ridepcpt.com.

Hospice selling 2019 calendars

Gulfside Hospice's 2019 calendar is now available for purchase

The 15-month calendar, featuring photos taken in Pasco County, is available at all six Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, at locations in Dade City, Hudson, Lutz, New Port Richey and Zephyrhills.

The calendars are $5. For store addresses and phone numbers, visit ghppc.org.

Land O' Lakes

Legislative Delegation to meet Dec. 17

The annual Legislative Delegation meeting will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Pasco County School Board District campus, 7227 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Building 3.

The meeting is an opportunity for residents, elected officials, city and local government, and other civic organizations to address the delegation before the start of the 2019 Legislative Session.

Decisions regarding local legislation for the 2019 session will be made. All proposals for local bills are to be presented and accompanied by a resolution from the local government supporting the proposed legislation. The information must be submitted to Sen. Wilton Simpson's office on or before noon Dec. 12 at 4076 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606.

Those who would like to be placed on the printed agenda should contact Simpson's office by noon Dec. 12 at [email protected] or call (352) 540-6074. Those interested may also complete a speaker's form on the day of the meeting and will be afforded time to speak; bring seven copies of all handouts to the meeting for distribution.

New Port Richey

Farm Share to host food giveaway

The 24th annual Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at Faith Baptist Church, 9230 Ridge Road. The event is provided through a partnership between Florida's farmers with the Pasco County Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections and Sheriff's offices.

The giveaway includes fresh food donated by Florida's farmers, as well as meat and other items needed to make a complete holiday meal. Items such as hams, potatoes, canned goods and candy games are provided through donations from individuals and organizations, including Publix, the Volunteer Way, Bear Creek Nursing and Rehab Center, Dayspring Academy and others.

For information about the giveaway, contact Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector, at (727) 847-8179 or [email protected]


Senior nutrition program reopens

The Pasco County Senior Services Division has renewed its partnership with Saint Elizabeth Episcopal Church to offer nutritious meals and a variety of recreational and educational programs to local seniors. Meals and programming will be available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays at the church, 5855 16th St.

To celebrate the new partnership, Senior Services will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 18.

To register for meal and program services prior to Dec. 10, contact the Dade City Senior Center at (352) 521-5151. Visit the website at pascocountyfl.net/366/Senior-Services.

Contact Phyllis Day at [email protected] or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.