Pasco County news briefs for April 19

News and notes from Pasco County
Published April 15


Drop-off sites set for old medications

As part of the 16th-annual DEA National Take Back Day on April 27, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention will host drop-off locations for residents to discard their unused medications. Locations include:

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gulf View Square mall, 9409 U.S. 19, Port Richey (in overflow parking lot next to Panera Bread).

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel (first floor of the parking garage).

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crews Lake Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills.

For information, visit

Dade City

Turkey Federation to host annual banquet

The Sonny Maggard Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its chapter banquet May 3 at the Dan Cannon Auditorium at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $60 adults, $25 for children, which includes membership. Sponsorships are also available, starting at $275. For details, contact Randy Maggard at (352) 567-6224 or [email protected] Visit


Coast Guard auxiliary hosts boating class

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Hudson Flotilla 11-7, will offer the state-mandated “About Boating Safely” class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at the auxiliary center, 9135 Denton Ave. Successful completion of the course earns the Florida Boating Safety Education Card.

The cost is $40 for the first family member (additional family members pay $20) and includes the class, digital library, and processing. Advance registration is requested. Call (727) 697-8013 or email to [email protected]

Church hosts annual Blueberry jamboree

The ninth-annual Pasco Blueberry Jamboree will be from 3 to 8 p.m. April 26 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Faith United Methodist Church, 12128 State Road 52.

The event will feature arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, entertainment, and a food and bake sale. A chicken dinner will be available for purchase from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 26; and a pancake breakfast will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. April 27.

Admission is free. For information, call (727) 856-5000.

Tutorial topic is diabetes and feet

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will host its next Tuesday Tutorial April 30 at the Rao Musunuru, MD Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive. The topic is “Diabetes and How it Affects Your Feet,” presented by Dr. Alexis Kreplick, a podiatrist.

Registration and a complimentary lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. and the program will start at noon. Dr. Kreplick will review risk factors, food screenings, prevention of podiatric complications and common podiatric conditions related to diabetes.

Admission is free, but seating is limited, and reservations are required. For information or to RSVP, call (727) 869-5498.

New Port Richey

Weather spotter course offered

Pasco County’s Division of Emergency Management will offer the Skywarn Severe Weather Spotter Training program at 6 p.m. April 24 at the Pasco County Emergency Operations Center, 8744 Government Drive.

The program is free, but space is limited and the registration deadline is April 19.

Trained Skywarn spotters learn safety rules and how to identify Florida’s weather threats and visual clues regarding thunderstorm strength. Following the free 90-minute class, participants will receive a Weather Spotter Guidebook. Spotters report weather emergencies such as tornadoes, flooding rains and extreme temperatures.

The class will be taught by Dan Noah, warning and coordination meteorologist for Tampa Bay National Weather Service.

To reserve a seat, email to [email protected] or call (727) 847-8137.

Rubio hosts mobile office hours

The office of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will conduct mobile office hours from 1 to 4 p.m. April 23 at Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road.

Residents can meet local staff and learn about the services Sen. Rubio’s office can offer, including: immigration, Medicare, IRS/banking, military/VA, Social Security and legislative issues.

For information, call Rubio’s Gulf Coast Regional Office at (813) 853-1099 or email to [email protected]

Roadwork to begin on Little Road

The Little Road Pavement Rehabilitation Project is scheduled to begin the week of April 22. The work will include milling and resurfacing, as well as new pavement markings and restriping. The paving project includes both the north and southbound lanes of Little Road, from Fox Hollow Drive north to State Road 52.

Work hours will be from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Single-lane closures should be expected, with message boards directing traffic. The work is expected to be completed by May 31, depending on weather conditions.

This is a job by the Pasco County Public Works Department. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida. A map of the project area is available at

City to hold cleanup day on May 4

The City of New Port Richey will host its Neighborhood Spring Cleanup Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4. Dumpsters will be placed at Frances Avenue Park off Louisiana Avenue, as well as the former Old River Road Church property at 6131 South River Road.

Paper shredding will be available at the River Road location only, limited to four boxes per household. Also, nonworking, undamaged TVs and computer monitors and towers will be accepted at the River Road location only. Both locations will accept fluorescent/CLH bulbs and batteries.

A current Florida driver’s license showing proof of residency within the city limits must be shown to the city employee at the site prior to debris being dropped off. Residents should be aware that not all New Port Richey addresses are within the City of New Port Richey limits. Those who are unsure if their address is within the limits can check the Pasco County Property Appraiser’s website at and click on the parcel ID number; under “Jurisdiction” it must say “City of New Port Richey” to be eligible to participate in the cleanup.

For information, visit or call (727) 841-4536.

Business group hosts cornhole tournament

The West Pasco Business Association will present its third annual WPBA Cornhole Tournament April 26 at Fiddlers Green, 7813 Mitchell Blvd. Practice and check-in starts at 4:30 p.m. and games begin at 5:30 p.m.

The cost is $50 per two-person team, with a three-game guarantee. There will be cash payouts and prizes, as well as a 50/50 drawing. Food and beverages will be available to purchase. The event is free to attend. Sponsorships are available from $150 to $600; a “Just Because” sponsorship is available starting at $25.

Following the tournament, participants and spectators are invited to Dustfest, featuring live music by Shadowfax, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

To register a team, or to be a vendor or sponsor, contact Maria Johnson at (727) 934-0940 or [email protected]

Railroad group hosts open house

The West Pasco Model Railroad Association will host their semi-annual open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 at 4051 Madison St., Unit 9 (Armstrong Plaza).

Visitors can see the group’s progress on their model railroad layout. It includes more than 1,100 feet of main line track, along with yards, industrial sidings, mountains, a large port and cities. The scenery also is advancing. The new passenger station with six tracks and an engine facility is fully operational. There also is an N-scale layout up and running.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For information, contact Thomas Rimos at (727) 849-3977 or [email protected] Visit the website at or find the group on Facebook.

Health fair to feature 30-plus booths

Joining Hands Mission United Methodist Church will host a Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at its new church home at 4204 Thys Road.

The event will feature more than 30 health vendors, wellness businesses and food booths. Health screenings will be available. Admission is free, and there will be giveaways, prizes, food and a variety of health and wellness information.

The church moved to its location in New Port Richey from Holiday in July 2018. For information, contact Tamera Mosier at (727) 264-1288.

Expo returns with reptiles and exotics

Repticon, the reptile and exotic animal expo, will return to New Port Richey from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5 at All Sports Arena, 7716 Rutillio Court.

Visitors can learn about animals not normally seen in local pet stores. Seminars on animal-related topics will be offered by experts in herpetology. Guests also can shop for a new family pet among the hundreds of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals. There will be merchandise, cages, supplies and live and frozen feeders available. Many vendors will allow interaction with some of the pets during visits to their booths.

There will be raffles held throughout both days. Admission is $10, $5 for ages 5-12 and free for ages 4 and younger. VIP and advance tickets are available online at

Survivor to speak about the Holocaust

Holocaust survivor Jaqueline Albin will give live testimony at 5 p.m. April 27 at Beth-El Shalom Synagogue, 6209 Congress St.

All are welcome to come listen to her rescue story. There is no cost to attend.

For information, call (727) 375-7502. Visit


Downtown block party features live music

Main Street Zephyrhills will host Saturday in the Square from 5 to 8 p.m. April 27 in downtown Zephyrhills. The block party will include food and merchandise vendors and live music with the Shane Forrester Band.

Vendors wishing to participate can do so by April 20. Visit

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