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Pasco County news briefs for May 10


Mega pet adoption event planned

Pasco County Animal Services is teaming up with surrounding counties to hold a free, three-day Mega Adoption Event May 17-19 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds. Tampa-area municipal shelters from Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Hernando and Citrus counties will be participating. The event will be noon to 6 p.m. May 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 18 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at the fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville.

There will be approximately 700 cats and dogs available for adoption. All animals will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and ready to go home the day of the event. All adoption fees will be waived, thanks to the sponsorship of Best Friends Animal Society and the Pet Resources Foundation.

Since Pasco County Animal Services will have many of its adoptable pets at the Mega Pet Adoption Event, the Land O' Lakes shelter will be closed on May 18 and will resume regular business hours on May 21. For more information, including a full list of programs and services, please visit our website at:

Two tax offices closed May 11

Due to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle required equipment maintenance and upgrades, the Gulf Harbors and Wesley Chapel branches of the Pasco County Tax Collector Office will be closed on May 11. These offices are typically open on Saturdays.

All services at these and other Pasco Tax Collector office locations will resume on May 13. For information, visit or contact the call center between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at (727) 847-8032.

Leadership Pasco taking applications

Leadership Pasco is accepting applications for the Class of 2020. Emerging and existing community leaders who live or work in Pasco County are invited to apply.

The Class of 2020 will be chosen from a pool of applicants interested in learning about the important issues facing Pasco County and committed to utilizing their leadership abilities for its long-term benefit.

Leadership Pasco, which is about to celebrate it's 30th anniversary, has been offering its intensive 10-month course since 1990. Participants participate in full-day program sessions, tours and candid conversations with community leaders to broaden their local understanding of the ever-changing needs of Pasco County. Topics include criminal justice, healthcare, education, government, infrastructure, media and business industries.

Applications are available online at; applications are due no later than June 1. The applications will be reviewed in mid-June and members selected and contacted by the end of June. The monthly program session begin with an orientation in August and conclude with a graduation ceremony in May 2020.

For information, call or text (727) 534-4280 or visit the website.

Tax office collecting donations for CARES

Community Aging and Retirement Services is the featured charity in May at the offices of the Pasco County Tax Collector. Donations are being accepted at all five tax office locations. CARES provides programs and services that help older adults to stay in their homes by providing support to them, their caregivers and families. The May promotion will benefit CARES programs that ensure area seniors have food to eat, access to health care and support for their caregivers.

For information about CARES, visit the website at or call CARES President/CEO Jemith Rosa at (727) 863-6868. For information on the Pasco County Tax Collector's charitable giving programs, contact Greg Giordano at (727) 847-8179 or visit


Tutorial to discuss trauma center

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's next Tuesday Tutorial will be May 14 at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive. Registration and a complimentary lunch will be at 11:30 p.m. and the program will begin at noon.

The topic is "The Trauma Center and You," presented by Isabella Discepolo, a certified emergency nurse and trauma certified registered nurse. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Call (727) 869-5498.

Democrats to present scholarship

The Heritage Pines Democratic Club will award a $1,000 scholarship to a Hudson High School senior at the "Night of Excellence" program at Hudson High School at 6 p.m. May 16.

The Democratic Club plans to make this a yearly award to help high school seniors with post-secondary educational expenses. To learn more, the club encourages visitors to attend one of its monthly meetings, held at 4 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Heritage Pines Clubhouse, 11524 Scenic Hills Blvd.

Church to host free luncheon

Nature Coast Family Fellowship will host a "Meet the Congregation" luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at the church, 10325 Hudson Ave.

A free box lunch will be provided. There is no cost, but reservations are needed by May 13. RSVP to (727) 271-2078 or stop by the church.

New Port Richey

Walk brings awareness to infection

C Diff Foundation will host the annual Global C.diff. Awareness 2K Walks from 8 a.m. to noon May 18 at various locations throughout the U.S. In Florida, it will be held at Sims Park, 5547 Main St.

The cost is $20 per walker; children 10 and younger walk free. All registered walkers receive T-shirts, giveaways and educational material. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit C Diff Foundation's mission on educating and advocating for C.difficile (clostridioides difficile) infection and prevention, treatments, clinical trials and environmental safety worldwide. For information or to register, visit


Photo entries wanted for city's contest

The City of Tarpon Springs has launched a Explore Tarpon Springs Photo Contest that runs through June 1. Explore Tarpon Springs is a multimedia marketing campaign highlighting all that the city offers.

The contest is open to residents and nonresidents. Photographs will be accepted in six categories: parks and recreation, arts and culture, history, coastal Tarpon Springs, landscapes and wildlife, and drone photos. First-, second- and third-place winners will be identified in each category.

Winners and their photos will be announced at a city board of commissioners meeting, be recognized on social media and a newly-launched website, and will be used in various marketing materials and featured in a public exhibit at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum in July.

For full contest rules and regulations, as well as how to submit photo entries, visit


African American students recognized

Citizens Concerned for Students will host the annual Honor Day awards ceremony at 5 p.m. May 11 at the Pasco Schools Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. Honor Day recognizes public middle and high school African American students who have earned Honor Roll distinction at least once during the current school year. This year's event will celebrate more than 2,000 students who have earned the academic achievement this year.

The keynote speaker is attorney Angel Everett, author of Harvard & Hardship: A Beginner's Guide to College and Law School.

The event will coincide with a college and resource fair tat 3 p.m. in the adjacent Wesley Chapel High School gymnasium. The fair will feature schools and educational resources, including representatives from Florida State University, Full Sail University, Saint Leo University, the University of Florida, Florida Polytechnic University, New College of Florida, National Aviation Academy and others.

For information, visit

Contact Phyllis Day at or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.