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Church donates pallets of food to Pasco children

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Pasco County community news [ TMCCARTY80 | Tara McCarty ]
Published Mar. 27, 2020


PHSC trustees to review fee adjustments

The Pasco-Hernando State College District Board of Trustees will consider adjusting course-related fees at its April 21 board meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m., online. A a Zoom meeting link will be posted, when available.

Fee adjustment proposals are reviewed and approved for the Board’s consideration by the college Council of Academic Affairs, a committee that includes administrators, deans, academic department chairs, program directors, faculty and staff.

For details regarding proposed fee adjustments, justification for the fees and fee implementation details, visit Questions or concerns about the proposed fees should be directed to the appropriate dean listed on the web page.

State land remains open, campgrounds closed

The Southwest Florida Water Management District will keep district-managed recreation lands open for individual and small-group day use in its 16-county region, to provide the public with a place to get outside and exercise. However, all campgrounds and campsites remain closed.

Recreational users are reminded to follow the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis and to practice social distancing by avoiding gatherings larger than 10 people and distancing themselves a minimum of 6 feet from others.

For more information on District recreation lands, visit


Church donates food to Lacoochee youth club

To ensure local children have healthy meals and snacks, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has donated 15 pallets of food to the Lewis Abraham Boys and Girls Club of Lacoochee, and five pallets to Metropolitan Ministries. This food donation, delivered on March 27, is intended to provide help and hope to the church’s friends and neighbors in Hillsborough and Pasco County.

Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley, chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Lacoochee, helped to connect the church and the Boys and Girls Club for this show of support. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor helped facilitate the donation to Metropolitan Ministries.

Sunrise store open with reduced hours

Sunrise of Pasco County announced that its Solutions Thrift Store, 35535 State Road 52, will remain open with reduced hours. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The donation dock will be closed for general donations. If someone has items specifically for the Sunrise shelter (food, medical supplies or cleaning supplies), the store will accept those items. All proceeds generated by sales are used to support Sunrise programs and services for adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence. For further information, contact the store at (352) 521-3000.


Medical practice welcomes new doctor

Access Health Care Physicians welcomes Maheshkumar Patel, MD, to its medical staff. Dr. Patel is board certified in internal medicine and practices at two locations: 4949 Sixth St. (call 813-788-1940); and 36542 State Road 54 (call 813-815-9976). He accepts adult patients.

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Dr. Patel comes to Access Health Care from Sinai-Grace Hospital, Grace Hospital, and Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit, where he had practiced internal and emergency medicine since 1982. Dr. Patel was voted Teacher of the Year by the emergency medical residents and by the medical students of Wayne State University in 1994. He also was voted Teacher of the Year by medical students at Wayne State University in 1994, 2014 and 2015. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Michigan Association of Physicians from India.


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