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Pasco art competitions open for schools

News and notes from Pasco County
Pasco County community news [TMCCARTY80  |  Tara McCarty]
Pasco County community news [TMCCARTY80 | Tara McCarty]
Published Feb. 10


Art competitions open to elementary, middle schools

The Pasco County Fine Arts Council will host two art contests at the council’s facility in New Port Richey:

• A Kids N’ Art Exhibition and Competition for Pasco County elementary schoolchildren will be March 3-15. The competition is open to grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

• “Focus,” a photography exhibition and competition, is open to all Pasco County middle school students. The exhibit will be April 21 through May 1, with a reception on April 26.

The competitions are open to public and private middle school students. Art teachers can obtain further details at For further information, contact the director at (provide a phone number for a callback).


Scholarships available for local students

The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club is accepting applications for its annual scholarships. Applicants must have a Lutz or Land O’ Lakes address, attend a Lutz or Land O’ Lakes high school, or be a member of the GFWC Little Women of Lutz. Erwin, Pasco-Hernando State College or Hillsborough Community College students also may apply, regardless of address. Those who wish to apply for the Lutz Volunteer Fire Association Scholarships, administered by the Woman’s Club, must be residents of Lutz.

Applications are available at local high schools. Scholarship selections are based upon need, personal essay, recommendations and service hours. All applications are due April 1 and should be mailed to the Woman’s Club at the address on the application. For an application or further details, contact Pat at (813) 220-9461. For information about the club, visit


Famed author’s works presented in multimedia show

Author Patrick Smith’s novel, A Land Remembered, as well as his other books, will come to life in a multimedia show at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the council chambers at New Port Richey City Hall, 5919 Main St.

The program, presented by Smith’s son, Rick (Patrick Jr.), explores his father’s colorful life as a writer and how he came to write his books. The presentation includes more than 50 videos, photos, artwork, music and sound effects. There is no cost to attend. For further information, visit


University hosts STEAM conference for women

Saint Leo University will host its second Women in STEAM Conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6 and 7 at the campus at 33701 State Road 52. The conference will provide information and resources for women and girls considering careers or training in the growing fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

The adult portion of the program is geared toward women hoping to transition into STEAM careers or to add to their professional skill sets. Representatives from employers and industry groups are welcome to attend. Workshops and networking will be on both days. The registration fee is $100, which includes lunch both days.

The youth portion of the conference will be on March 7 only, and is open to girls ages 8-18 who can take part in a variety of STEAM activities. Registration is $50 and includes lunch. Scholarships may be available.

For details and registration, visit


African American Club hosts scholarship dance

The African American Club of Pasco County is selling tickets for its seventh-annual Scholarship Dinner Dance, from 6 to 11 p.m. March 21 at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Road.

Tickets are $65 and must be purchased by March 14. Donations, tickets and VIP tables can be purchased at Checks can be made out to AAC of Pasco County Inc., and mailed to the club at P.O. Box 45, Port Richey, FL 34673.

The club’s goal is to raise $20,000 for scholarships in 2020 to support Pasco County youth. For further information, contact Trish Stevenson at (727) 495-3207.


Paulie Palooza event returns

The annual Paulie Palooza Music Festival will return to downtown Zephyrhills from noon to 9 p.m. Feb. 29 along Main Street.

The event is a benefit for Gulfside Hospice and will feature live music from local bands throughout the day. There will be vendors, food trucks, prize drawings and a silent auction. Guests should bring lawn chairs as seating at the event stage will be limited.

Attendees will be encouraged to purchase a wristband for $5, with proceeds donated to Gulfside. For further details, contact Leesa Fryer at (727) 845-5707 or

Parade entries accepted for Founder’s Day

Main Street Zephyrhills will host the 110th Founder’s Day Parade and Heritage Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7 in downtown Zephyrhills. This year’s theme is The Roaring ’20s.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. The cost for entries begins at $35. Merchandise and food vendor applications are available. For details and applications, stop by the office at 38537 Fifth Ave., email to, visit the website at or call (813) 780-1414.


  1. A "for sale" sign beckons Friday along Sixth Avenue N in the Kenwood area of St. Petersburg.
  2. Dale Massad appears in court for a motion hearing on his bond status on March 14 the at West Pasco Judicial Center in New Port Richey. Massad is charged with attempted murder after authorities said he shot at a Pasco County Sheriff's Office SWAT team.
  3. First Lady Casey DeSantis talks with students during the Hope for Healing a mental and substance abuse initiative held Roland Park K-8 School in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said state officials worked closely with DeSantis to craft the new rule. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
  4. A wrong-way driver headed south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Pasco County caused a crash that resulted in the death of a 45-year-old motorcyclist, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.  Over a three-year period ending in 2018, the county averaged 97 traffic fatalities annually. [Florida Highway Patrol]
  5. New Port Richey City Hall
  6. Pasco School District headquarters in Land O' Lakes
  7. The attendance zones for Northwest, Gulf Highlands and Fox Hollow elementary schools would shift under a proposed rezoning that also includes the closing of Hudson Elementary.
  8. Brian Davison is chief executive officer of Equialt, which bought this Safety Harbor home in a tax deed sale. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission contends in a new lawsuit that EquiAlt is a Ponzi scheme, and Davison has diverted investor funds for his own lavish personal spending. Times (2015)
  9. Associate professor of biology Caitlin Gille leads the Pasco-Hernando State College faculty union, which challenged the school's public comment rules.  (Photo Courtesy of Caitlin Gille)
  10. The fields are set for the April municipal elections in Pasco County. Times (2012)
  11. The developers of Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel are planning a $736 million downtown core to accompany nearly 2,700 residences and 355,000 square feet of commercial and office space in a walkable neighborhood. . As part of the deal, Pasco County will consider kicking  in a $33 million 30-year incentive, mostly a tax rebate to help with infrastructure costs.
  12. Pasco County commissioners introduced an ordinance Tuesday governing upkeep of empty property after residents complained about the condition of the Links Golf Club in Hudson, which closed in June 2019.