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Pasco community news briefs for Aug. 14 and beyond


Service offers advice in flood aftermath

The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service will provide guidance to residents who need assistance in the aftermath of the recent heavy rains and flooding.

Homeowners, farmers, ranchers and other producers who have questions related to lawn, landscape, livestock or production agriculture should call (352) 518-0156.

Sheriff's Office talks about safety, budget

Pasco Sheriff's Office staff members will host public meetings to present the public with information about what the agency needs to maintain a professional level of service.

The meetings will be from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at New Pasco Utility Administration, 19420 Central Blvd., Land O'Lakes.

The Sheriff's Office has lost more than 100 experienced deputies to other Tampa Bay area law enforcement agencies as a result of the higher pay provided by those agencies. As a result, the Sheriff's Office has numerous vacant patrol positions.

For information, visit

Annual photo contest accepting entries

Entries are being sought for Gulfside Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care's annual photo contest.

Photos must have been taken in Pasco County to qualify. They must be an appropriate size for printing at 12 inches wide by 9 inches high and must have a minimum resolution of 300 DPI. Black-and-white, vertical, date-stamped or digitally manipulated pictures or pictures taken with cellphones will not be considered.

Digital photos should be submitted in their original sizes (not to exceed 6MB per photo) to CDs of photos may be mailed to Gulfside's Corporate Resource Center, 2061 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes, FL 34639, to the attention of the Community Relations Department. Include your name, email address, home address and phone number with all submissions. If a person is visible in a photo, he or she is required to sign a release. To obtain a release form, call (727) 845-5707.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Sept. 15. For information, call toll-free, 1-800-561-4883 or send email to


Get free car seat inspections next week

New parents, or those whose children have outgrown their car seats and are upgrading, are invited to a free car seat inspection Wednesday at Pediatric Associates, 10710 State Road 54, Suite 108.

The inspection is being conducted by St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Advocacy and Pediatric Associates of Trinity. Registration is required, and appointments are available at 9:45, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. or at noon or 12:45 p.m.

To register, call toll-free, 1 (855) 269-4777.

Alzheimer's group to give Baker Act facts

The Alzheimer's Family Organization will host a seminar, "What You Need to Know About the Baker Act," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 28 at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54.

Presentations will include "Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia" by James Boone, a board-certified neuropsychologist; "What Is NAMI?" by Grace Maselli, president of the NAMI Pasco board of directors; "Baker Act Basics" by Elizabeth Statzer, director of behavioral health outreach at HCA Behavioral Health Services; "Crisis Intervention Team" by Daniel Cobianco from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office; and "Baker Act in Depth" by Statzer and lawyer Raine Johns from the Public Defender's Office.

The cost is $10 for Alzheimer's Family Organization members and $15 for nonmembers. A continental breakfast and lunch are included. Registration is required. For information, call toll-free 1-888-496-8004.


Council member to discuss new programs

City Council member Bill Phillips will host town hall meetings to discuss and answer questions about new and enhanced city programs on the following dates:

• 7 p.m. Thursday in the Oak Room at the Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St.

• 7 p.m. Aug. 27 in the cafeteria at Gulf High School, 5355 School Road.

For information, call (727) 853-1016.


Gulfside Hospice seeks volunteers

Volunteers are being sought by Gulfside Hospice for its thrift stores and to sit with patients, to provide spiritual care, to care for patients' pets and to help in Gulfside's administrative offices. Musicians, artists and veterans are sought, too, to volunteer to help with hospice programs.

A volunteer orientation session is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Gulfside Thrift Shoppe at 1930 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Lunch and light refreshments will be served. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. Reservations are required.

For information, call Gulfside volunteer manager Tracey Thompson toll-free, at 1 (800) 561-4883.


Support group focuses on adult mental illness

Pasco County's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has organized a new support group for adults who have a mental illness and are in recovery.

The peer-facilitated group, called Connection, meets from 2 to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54. Reservations are not necessary.

For information, call (727) 992-9653 or visit