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Childcare available for Pasco essential workers

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Pasco County community news [TMCCARTY80  |  Tara McCarty]
Pasco County community news [TMCCARTY80 | Tara McCarty]


YMCAs offer childcare for essential workers

The YMCAs of Tampa Bay are offering all-day youth relief care for essential workers at YMCA locations throughout Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties to help support the children of healthcare and emergency response professionals, as well as other essential workers, who are playing important roles combating the coronavirus. Together, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, YMCA of the Suncoast and YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg are working to help the Greater Tampa Bay region continue to effectively function as our schools are closed.

• In east Pasco, qualified employees can register at

• In west Pasco, qualified employees can register at

The care will be offered from 6:30 or 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. weekdays, tentatively through May 8. The cost is $125 per week (financial aid available).

The East Pasco Family YMCA is at 37301 Chapel Hill Loop, Zephyrhills; call (813) 780-9622. The James P. Gills Family YMCA is at 8411 Photonics Drive, Trinity; call (727) 375-9622.

The YMCAs of the Tampa Bay otherwise remain temporarily closed through May 8, and that date may change.

Elections office has vote-by-mail ballots available

The Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office announced the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is April 4 for the 2020 Municipal Elections for the cities of Dade City, Zephyrhills and San Antonio. Voted ballots must be returned to the elections office by 7 p.m. pn Election Day, April 14.

Those who plan to mail in their completed ballots must allow enough time for first-class delivery by the U.S. Postal Service, or must hand-deliver ballots to any of the three Supervisor of Elections offices in Pasco County. Voted ballots also are accepted at city halls, but may not be turned in at the polls on Election Day.

Voters wishing to vote in person prior to Election day may vote at Dade City, Zephyrhills and San Antonio city halls during office hours. For a vote-by-mail ballot, call 1-800-851-8754 or use the online request for at

Scholarship deadline nears

Take Stock in Children, a need-based scholarship program with the Pasco Education Foundation, announced the application period for the 2020-21 school year is now open to students in the eighth and ninth grades attending Pasco County Schools.

Eligibility requirements and online applications are posted at and Applications must be submitted no later than April 1. If questions, contact

Since 1997, Take Stock in Children has offered 950 Pasco County students with a financial need the opportunity to receive a college scholarship. Students are provided a college readiness coach, a mentor and college and career readiness services. Take Stock in Children has a 97 percent success rate with 95 percent of the students being first in their families to attend college.

Take Stock in Children, has a mission to break the cycle of generational poverty through education. To learn more about Take Stock in Children or become a mentor or supporter, visit


Doctor joins Access Health Care

Access Health Care Physicians welcomes Rosario Tucci, MD, to its staff. The primary care physician practices at 13235 State Road 52, Suite 102. Contact her office at (727) 378-8503.

Dr. Tucci is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Puerto Rico College of Physicians and Surgeons. She also volunteers her time assisting the underprivileged with Patch Adams, in his holistic medical care international mission, and the Peruvian Medical Society. Dr. Tucci is fluent in both her native Spanish and English, and is conversationally skilled in American Sign Language.

CARES needs donations

CARES (Community Aging and Retirement Services) is in need of donations to help support its vulnerable senior population in Pasco County. With people self-isolating to stop the spread of the coronavirus, CARES needs additional funds to operate its telephone reassurance program that helps get critical information to the senior population and check on them while they are self-isolating. Monetary donations also are needed to help with food, nonperishable items, medication and the inevitable increase in demand for CARES services.

The organization reports that, due to the crisis, many seniors will face a loss of socialization and could turn to CARES as a lifeline and critical information while in isolation.

Donations may be sent to CARES at 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson, FL 34667, Attn: COVID-19; or visit the website at For information, contact Melissa Mathe at (727) 862-9291, ext. 2046.

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