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Pasco pet owners can receive free spay/neuter surgeries

News and notes from Pasco County
Pasco County community news [TMCCARTY80 | Tara McCarty]


Grant allows free spay/neuter surgeries

Pasco County Animal Services announced, due to a grant from the Petco Foundation, free spay and neuter surgeries will be available for 100 cats and dogs for families who qualify through the SNIP Low Income Spay and Neuter Program.

The SNIP Low Income Program is available to Pasco County residents only. Applications are available on the Animal Services website and must be submitted by March 15. The offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis and includes a pre-operative exam, spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccination. Pet owners are responsible for purchasing a county license for their pet at the time of surgery.

For the application, visit Applications may be returned in person or by mail with the required documentation to Pasco County Animal Services, 19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638.


Hospital appoints new hospice director

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has appointed Joseph Pino, MD, as the program director for hospice and palliative care, and as site director for geriatrics, in the hospital’s Graduate Medical Education Program.

Dr. Pino has been serving the community since 1984, first as a practicing physician. He is board-certified in family medicine, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative medicine. In December 2013, he became the first chief medical officer at Bayonet Point, a position he has held until now.


Orientation set to become a SHINE volunteer

A SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteer orientation will be offered at 10 a.m. March 24 at the Area Agency on Aging SHINE office, 4111 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Suite 302-E (Hap Clark building). Coffee and breakfast bars will be served while there will be discussion on ways to help seniors in Pasco County by becoming a volunteer.

SHINE is a Florida Department of Elder Affairs program through which volunteers provide free, unbiased, one-on-one insurance counseling and information about Medicare options and prescription drug assistance for elders and their families and caregivers.

As the number of Medicare beneficiaries needing assistance increases, the need for volunteers also increases. Bilingual volunteers are greatly needed. Full training is provided.

For further details about volunteering, contact Sue Samson, SHINE program manager, at, or (727) 570-9696, ext. 234. For a volunteer application, visit


Organic market offered weekly at library

A new weekly “Tasty Tuesdays” New Port Richey Community Farmers Market is available from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays outside the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St.

The market includes local farmers selling a variety of organic produce, as well as plants, breads, honey, coffee and more. For details, contact Heather Lauby at the New Port Richey Library at (727) 853-1279.

Artists have until March 17 to join competition

Gateway Gallery and Emporium invites artists to participate in the upcoming “Junque d’ Art” competition held in recognition of Earth Day (April 22), with a focus on climate change.

All art submitted must represent the environment, climate change, green energy, recycling or upcycling. Media considered included paintings, photography, assemblages, found objects, 3D and all other media that represent the current state of the planet or a particular corner of the world.

Cash prizes will be awarded at the opening reception on April 3. Interested artists may submit photos of up to three artworks to by no later than 4 p.m. March 17. The cost for members is $10 for one entry and $5 for each additional. Nonmembers pay $20 for one entry and $10 for each additional.

Gateway Gallery and Emporium is at 6216 Grand Blvd. For information, call (727) 815-1222 or visit

Festival gets new twist

Ordinance One announced it has revamped its Revelry craft beer tasting festival and is combining it with a seafood festival previously held at Sims Park. The Seafood Revelry will be held in downtown New Port Richey from noon to 10 p.m. April 18 in Railroad Square (Nebraska Avenue).

Guests can expect live music, with local and regional bands and the Betty Fox Band headlining. There will be market vendors, a VIP craft beer tasting and, of course, seafood. Food vendors include Frankie’s Raw Bar, Got Lobstah, and Ramen and Waffles. Catches Waterfront Grille is among the early sponsors.

For sponsorship and vendor opportunities, contact Kira Atkinson at or (727) 992-1382. A portion of the profits will benefit Keep Pasco Beautiful.

Families to have a day of fun

The Realtor Resource Network will host a Family Fun Day from noon to 4 p.m. April 18 at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St. The event is free.

There will be food trucks, face painting, a dunk tank, games and music, as well as raffles. Exhibit booths will include contractors, real estate agents, lenders and lawyers who will be available to current and potential homeowners. There will be a speaker to talk about Trinity Hearts Against Trafficking.

Twenty percent of profits from sales, raffles and other goods sold will be donated to Trinity Hearts Against Trafficking. Donations of items will be collected for the nonprofit organization, which aids victims of human trafficking. Items needed (new condition) include shampoo, conditioner and body soap, hair brushes and combs, hair supplies, nail polish, writing supplies, journals, shoes and clothing.

For information, contact Jalen Anderson with Realtor Resource Network, 800-507-1322. Visit

Art competition open to middle schools

The Pasco County Fine Arts Council will host “Focus,” a photography exhibition and competition, April 21 through May 1 at the gallery at 4145 Fairford Drive. The exhibit will be April 21 through May 1, with a reception on April 26.

The competition is open to Pasco County 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).

Chasco’s boat parade taking entries

The New Port Richey Rotary Club is accepting entries for the 2020 Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade on April 4. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at Hooters on Miller’s Bayou in Port Richey and meanders south on the Cotee River, arriving at Sims Park at about 1:45 p.m. The boat parade is open to businesses, schools, nonprofits, organizations, families and individuals.

Boats will be judged for their decorations according to the parade theme, “Roarin’ 20s — Past and Present.” Judging will be based on theme, spirit, originality and use of decorations. Ten cash prizes will be awarded, ranging from $200 to $1,000, and presented to winners at a Rotary awards luncheon April 22 at Spartan Manor.

The entry fee is $25; all entries must be received by March 23. For entry information, contact Amanda at Blackjack Media Group, or (727) 859-6540. Visit

Sunrise breakfast event needs sponsors

Sunrise of Pasco will host its inaugural Sunrise Hope Breakfast at 7 a.m. April 22 at the Verizon Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road.

This will be a giving event in which sponsors and attendees will enjoy a free breakfast to learn about Sunrise and what is happening to stem violence in the community. Speakers include Brown Brown, Shawn Foster and domestic violence survivor Melissa Dohme-Hill.

Those interested in attending, becoming a sponsor, or to book a seat, contact Sunrise director of development Vicki Wiggins at or (352) 521-3358.


Annual NetFest taking sponsors

The Pasco County Economic Development Council will host its NetFest 2020 from 5 to 8 p.m. April 2 at the Epperson Lagoon by Metro Places, 7851 Curley Road.

NetFest is a networking festival that will have a Caribbean cowboy theme and offer exposure to hundreds of business and community leaders. Sponsorship levels vary from $500 to $2,000 and include tickets to the event, various levels of recognition and an opportunity to participate on a sponsor-only chili cook-off.

Individual tickets are $40 for Pasco EDC investors and guests, and $50 for all others. For further details, call (813) 926-0829 or email to