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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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  3. The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences - Pasco Extension opened an incubator kitchen on Sept. 23. It's  at 15029 14th Street in Dade City. The goal of the kitchen is to create educational opportunities for food entrepreneurs and help them to start new businesses. Whitney Eleamor (center left) developed the idea for the kitchen. PAIGE FRY  |  Paige Fry
    The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week for the Pasco County Extension Service community kitchen.
  4. Chelsea Tremblay, left, looks on while her husband Mayor Scott Tremblay is congratulated by Sherry Maklary after Pasco legislators table bill from state Rep. Amber Mariano, R-Hudson, calling for election on dissolving Port Richey at the  public hearing held at Pasco-Hernando State College in New Port Richey on Friday. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    Rep. Amber Mariano’s bill requiring a public referendum on the city’s future is tabled until a legislative audit is conducted.
  5. More organizations are using "Tampa Bay" in their names when they don't represent the whole area. (Times | 2010)
    The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. is the latest to claim the Tampa Bay name for itself.
  6. Medicare can be confusing. But there's help from trained counselors for SHINE. Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders is a free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and your local Area Agency on Aging. Michele Miller
    Columnist Michele Miller shares her husband’s journey to get on Medicare and how local volunteers can help seniors navigate the system.
  7. The cast performs 'On The Deck Of A Spanish Sailing Ship, 1492' in the Stage West production of 'Songs for a New World', which will be presented Oct. 17-27. Pictured at top, from left: Paris Seaver, Anthony Agnelli and Nicki Poulis. Standing in front: Jay Garcia. Timothy Rooney
    See ‘Songs for a New World’ and other shows in the north Suncoast
  8. MICHELE MILLER | Times 2018
Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will roll into downtown New Port Richey for the Cotee River Bike Fest held Oct. 11-13. Times (2018)
    The weekend event brings thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to town while benefiting local charities.
  9. Noelle Gibson, 8, guides fabric under the sewing machine needle as she controls speed with a foot pedal. Gail Diederich
    A retired educator intersperses math and vocabulary skills with lessons in sewing.
  10. State Rep. Amber Mariano, R-Hudson. Courtesy of Amber Mariano
    Port Richey officials accused the Hudson Republican of filing a false police report. She said the city’s complaint is "absolute nonsense.''