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Hometown Pasco for Sept. 27

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Dr. Rao Musunuru, MD, received his third “Paul Harris Award.” the highest recognition from the Rotary Club, on Aug. 15. The pin was presented to Dr. Musunuru, a nationally-recognized cardiologist, by Rotary 6950 District Governor Allen Collins in recognition of his humanitarian and philanthropic services to the people of Pasco County and the State of Florida for nearly 40 years. Pictured: Dr. Rao Musunuru, MD, (left) and Rotary 6950 District Governor Allen Collins. [Jemith Rosa/Hudson Rotary Club]
Published Sep. 21
Suncoast Bronze Ringers, a community-based handbell ensemble, announces Michael Lamb as the group's new director. Lamb brings experience in leading musicians on musical journeys, both in the U.S. and touring abroad. He has been a handbell director and ringer since 1983, including directing the handbell program at First Congregational Church in Springfield, Ill., for 30 years. In 1997, he founded the Bells in Motion handbell ensemble. He is an accomplished musician on the tuba, piano, voice and solo handbells. When not involved in music, Lamb works as an accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. [Jackie Kerschbaum]
Eight members of the Pasco Unit of the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County toured the elections center of the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office in August as part of the group's "Tour Authentic Pasco" initiative. Four members of the Elections Office leadership team explained the processes involved with elections, including: Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley; Kristie Crump, chief information officer; Tiffannie Alligood, chief administrative officer; and Jim Endress, director of election systems. Pictured, front row, from left: League members Kass Pilczuk, Chris Conn, Sally Wilson, Gail Parsons and Pat Dwyer. Back row, from left: Elections personnel Kristie Crump, Tiffannie Allgood and Brian Corley; and League members Christine Bright (unit chair), Cindy Donovan and Susan Smith. [Cindy Donovan]
Shown with his Best of Show pastel work, “Sister, Daughter, Mother, Wife,” local winter resident artist Peter Watrous, an active Zephyrhills Art Club member, exhibited this work at the 84th Annual Cooperstown Art Association National Juried Art exhibition. The Zephyrhills Art Club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Zephyrhills. Anyone interested is welcome. [Jo Ann G. Weatherbee]
GFWC Lutz-Land O' Lakes Woman's Club members, led by chair Linda Mitchell (third from left), recently delivered a load of hand-sewn comfort pillows and seatbelt pads, turbans and non-slip socks for women being treated at Moffitt Cancer Center Out-Patient Facility and Advent Health-Fletcher as part of their Home Life service projects. [Patricia Serio]
Organizers for Moms Demand Action established their Chapter in Pasco County, recently gathering interested residents to the Land O’Lakes Branch Library. Approximately 150 attended two sessions. Julie Gehring, the Florida membership leader, discussed coming efforts. A trip to Tallahassee will take place in January to visit Florida legislators. Local leaders Kelly Smith and Heather Young spoke of the impact local mothers can have through an organized Pasco County effort. Julie stressed that the organization was apolitical and invited individuals affiliated with any political party to join the effort for what it called sensible gun policy. Pictured, left to right: the Rev. Clyde E. Carter, president Pasco Chapter NAACP; Julie Gehring, Florida membership leader, Kelly Smith and Heather Young. [Marc J. Yacht, MD]
Edith D. DeMarco celebrated her 102nd birthday on Sept. 18 with her family. She had a second celebration that weekend with family and friends. Edith has five generations of family that love and care for her. She lives with her daughter, Arlene, in Dade City, and is surrounded by grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. [Patty Kushaney]

Foundation donates to feeding children: The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation granted The Thomas Promise Foundation $10,000 to help the organization fulfill its mission of providing meals to food-insecure children. This grant donation will provide more than 20,000 meals. Thomas Promise is a nonprofit organization that provides bags complete with six meals and snacks for Pasco County students over the weekend, when they would otherwise go without. Currently 26 Pasco schools and more than 1,400 children benefit from this program every week of the school year. Suncoast Credit Union is also sponsoring the Arts and Crafts Village at the Rattlesnake Festival being organized by the Thomas Promise Foundation Oct. 19 and 20 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds. The proceeds of the Rattlesnake Festival will go toward the purchase of food and supplies.

“We appreciate Suncoast Credit Union for considering us worthy of a grant for the third time since I’ve been here,” said Joe Simmons, executive director of the Thomas Promise Foundation.

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  1. Zephyrhillls police Officer Timothy Alan Murr II, 22, was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. The police department suspended him with pay pending the completion of the criminal investigation. Pasco County Sheriff's Office
    The officer is accused of grabbing a woman’s wrists. The Zephyrhills Police Department suspended him with pay.
  2. This Mobil Coast gas station at 16055 State Road 52 in Land O Lakes is one of 10 cited in a Florida Department of Environmental Protection lawsuit where inspectors said they found lapses in regularly required tests, maintenance, documentation or other oversight by Brandon-based Automated Petroleum and Energy or its related companies. On Wednesday, the company said the station had already been put back in compliance with state regulations. (Photo via Google street view) Google street view
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection contends Automated Petroleum and Energy Company failed to do required maintenance or testing at 10 gas stations in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.
  3. A deputy's Sig Sauer P320, similar to this Glock 19, discharged in the cafeteria of a Wesley Chapel school April 30. The bullet lodged in the wall behind him. The deputy has been fired.
    Cpl. Jonathan Cross was lifting his pistol up and down out of its holster when it went off, Sheriff Chris Nocco said.
  4. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times Pasco County's long-range transportation plan no longer includes a proposed sales tax increase.
    The federally required plan guides transportation needs and expenses through 2045.
  5. Students in the Gulf High School class of 2023 show their spirit in a float they created for the annual homecoming parade held Oct. 8 in downtown New Port Richey. Michele Miller
    Annual tradition marches on last week down Grand Boulevard.
  6. Representatives from the Pasco County school district and the United School Employees of Pasco discuss salary and benefits during negotiations on Sept. 18, 2019. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff Writer
    The sides have not set a time to resume discussions on teacher pay.
  7. A deputy's body camera recorded the arrest of man suspected of deliberately backing an SUV into the home of a neighbor.
Source: Pasco County Sheriff's Office ho
    Deputies said Timothy Farmer backed his Ford Explorer into the home, then resisted arrest.
  8. Randy Koenigsfeld, right, has retired as Schwettman Education Center principal after a decade in the job. Guidance counselor Mary Jones is with him in this photo from a recent open house. Pasco County school district
    Several staff members have already made a pitch for their assistant principal to take over the alternative school.
  9. The terms of Pasco County School Board members Alison Crumbley and Colleen Beaudoin expire in 2020. Beaudoin recently announced she will seek reelection.
    Two Board seats and the superintendent’s job are up for election in 2020.
  10. The traffic signal for eastbound traffic on Drew Street at McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater. Image by Archive
    A reader wonders why the sign at the end of Bayside Bridge instructs trucks heading north to exit during specified hours rather than stay on the bridge.