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Pasco Briefs for Aug. 17

Published Aug. 13, 2018


Pasco elections chief says system appears secure

In light of possible threats to elections security nationwide, Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley issued a statement Monday saying the county's system appears secure and has back-up systems in place.

"Supervisors of Elections throughout Florida have been working extensively for some time with our state and federal partners, including the Department of Homeland Security," Corley said. "Pasco County has modeled our approach and focus on prevention, mitigation and response to both physical and cyber threats."

If the voter registration system were to go down on Election Day, he said, all polling places have paper copies of their precinct registers. And if poll workers have trouble determining a voter's eligibility, they can use provisional ballots, if necessary.

"We will continue to be hyper vigilant to these real and emerging threats," Corley said.

Gulfside hosts Thrift Shop Day sales

Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes will be participating in National Thrift Shop Day Aug. 17. All store locations will offer 25 percent off storewide, plus double punches on store loyalty cards. Each shop will hold a drawing for store gift certificates and other prizes.

Shops are in Dade City, Hudson, Lutz, New Port Richey and Zephyrhills. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

All purchases made at the Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes go toward the care of patients in Pasco County with life-limiting and chronic illnesses through Gulfside Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care. For details, visit or call toll-free at 1-800-561-4883.

Libraries launch new technology services

The Pasco County Library System has launched four new technology services, including two streaming media services, as well as wireless printing and wi-fi hotspots. New services include:

• Freegal: Free music service offering access to more than 15 million songs. At no cost, library patrons can download up to three songs a week and stream up to three hours of music a day.

• Kanopy: Streaming movie service offering more than 30,000 feature films, independent films, foreign cinema, documentaries and kids' movies. Movies can be streamed at no cost.

• Wireless printing and print-from-anywhere: Print from smart phones and tablets, or from a home computer or laptop. The cost is 10 cents per page for black and white copies, 25 cents for color.

• Internet-on-the-Go: Borrow a wi-fi hotspot for up to three weeks. The 4G LTE device is easy to set up and can connect multiple devices, including laptops, gaming consoles and more.

All library services are available at no cost with a Pasco County Library card, which can be obtained for free at any library branch. For information, visit

Pasco kids need big brothers, sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay has scheduled orientations for those interested in becoming mentors. The organization has more than 50 children in Pasco County on its waiting list for a big brother or big sister. The orientation will provide prospective adult mentors with information on the children the organization serves, the requirements to become a "big," volunteer commitments and expectations, how to handle cultural differences and the variety of programs offered through the organization. Upcoming orientation sessions include:

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• 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 20, WellCare, 5113 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

• 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28, Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd.

• 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 8, New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St.

• 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 17, WellCare, 5113 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

• 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25, Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd.

For a complete list of orientation dates and locations, visit and follow the "volunteer" links. Contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at (813) 997-6881 or

Water quality results now available online

Pasco County Utilities has announced that customers can now view the latest water quality testing results for their service area online in the annual 2017 Consumer Confidence Reports.

Customers can view the CCR specific to their residential area by accessing the direct link provided on their utilities water bill, or by selecting their report at Further details on utility services is available at


Field day to celebrate the pomegranate

The Florida Pomegranate Association will host a Pomegranate Field Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at James Grove and Ranch, 17821 James Road.

Visitors are invited to tour the grove, which was once a citrus grove. There will be a field talk by manager Joseph Alexander, Q&A with researchers and a light lunch. Ali Sarkhosh, an extension specialist at the University of Florida who specializes in tree fruit and viticulture, will speak about 'Fruit Thinning, Harvesting and Packing."

The cost is $5 for association members and $10 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at or at the door. For information, call (863) 604-3778 or email to


SHINE volunteer gives Medicare counseling

The Area Agency on Aging will provide Medicare counseling through the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program on Aug. 21 at Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road.

A SHINE volunteer will answer questions about Medicare, Medicaid, prescription assistance, long-term care planning and other topics. There is no cost.

Counseling will continue to be provided at the library on the third Tuesday of each month. To schedule an appointment, call (727) 570-9696, ext. 273.


New stroke support group to meet

The Neuroscience Center of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will conduct the inaugural meeting of its stroke support group from 3 to 4 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Rao Musunuru, MD Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive.

The meeting will be facilitated by language pathologists Lizabeth Rauckhorst and Amber Lockhart. This first meeting will provide general stroke education and fun activities relating to the possible side effects of stroke.

Those attending will be able to provide input on the proposed name for the group, as well as topics for future meetings.

Meetings will be held on the last Thursday of each month. For further details, call (727) 861-8191.


NAMI 12-week family course starts Aug. 23

NAMI Pasco, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its free family-to-family education program 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 23-Nov. 15, at the Medical Center of Trinity Behavioral Health, 5637 Marine Parkway.

This is a free, 12-week comprehensive course for family, partners, friends and caregivers of individuals with mental illness. The teachers also are family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

The curriculum is designed to help understand and support a loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining one's own well-being. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Contact Gloria Strother at or (727) 992-9653.


Fleet & Transit Facility hosts ground-breaking

Pasco County Public Transportation will host a ground-breaking ceremony for the county's new Fleet and Transit Facility at 10 a.m. Aug. 22 at 9928 McKendree Road (about 1.75 miles south of State Road 52).

The new facility will house operations and administrative offices for Pasco County's transit and fleet departments, to meet the growth and service needs of east Pasco. The project includes a federally-funded bus wash, refueling station and multi-bay maintenance facilities.


Golf tourney benefits Pioneer museum

The Pioneer Florida Museum and Village will host the third annual Robert D. Sumner Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 29 at Silverado Golf and Country Club, 36841 Clubhouse Drive. The event will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Teams, hole sponsors and donations of door prizes are needed.

The cost is $50 per golfer in this four-person scramble (the pro shop can pair individuals to make a team, if needed). Prize packs will be available the morning of the event for $20 each, which include closest to the pin, one long drive, one closest to the line, two mulligans and two drink tickets.

There will be a silent auction, door prizes, 50/50 tickets and more.

Funds from the event will go toward the operation of the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village. Applications are available by stopping in the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, online at, and on the museum's Facebook page. For information, call (352) 567-0262 or (352) 206-8889.


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