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Phyllis Day - Pasco/Hernando Community News Coordinator

Pasco/Hernando Community News Coordinator

Want to get your news into the Pasco Times or Hernando Times sections of the paper? I'm the one to contact. I’ve been writing for the Tampa Bay Times in various capacities since 1995. Currently, I handle all upcoming events and happenings in Hernando and Pasco counties, putting together the Hometown pages, Business Digests and Things-to-Do, as well as brief news items, for both regional sections. I was born and raised on Long Island and moved to Florida after graduating with a journalism degree from SUNY-New Paltz in upstate New York. I have been living in the Spring Lake area for more than 20 years, where my husband and I are happy to be raising our family.

  1. Drew Kelly sets up his vegetable stand at the Brooksville Farmers Market, which has moved temporarily to Marker 48 Brewing at 12147 Cortez Blvd. in Spring Hill. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
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  9. ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times [2017]
Elvis, a 1-year-old Spaniel mix, pauses for a moment to sniff while walking in the dog parade during Dog Days in Dade City event in 2017. The annual event will be March 21 in Agnes Lamb Park, and will include a parade, costume contest and a variety of activities.
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  11. The Richey Community Orchestra's March 15 dinner show at Spartan Manor will feature guest soloists Katt Hefner and Tom Tiratto, who will perform the hits of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. [Richey Community Orchestra]
  12. Artist Peter Gerbert has spent 25 years painting the wildlife and fauna he encounters throughout Florida, including this painting "Spoonbill Lagoon," inspired by a trip to Fort DeSoto Park. Gerbert will be exhibiting and selling his work March 14-15 at the 36th-annual Art in the Park in Brooksville [GEORGE COTT  |  Hand Out]
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  14. King Arthur and his Knights will sing and dance in Monty Python's Spamalot, a musical comedy, which opens this week and continues through March 15 at Stage West Community Playhouse. Pictured from left: Patrick Moran as Sir Robin, Mitchell Gonzalez as King Arthur, Kyle Viveiros as Patsy and Anthony Agnelli as Sir Bedevere. [Carol Ballard]
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  16. Francesca Caropepe, a Swamp Monster contest favorite for a number of years, is now the official mascot of the Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival. This year's festival, which will be March 6-8 at Linda Pedersen Park, will not only include the Swamp Monster contest on Saturday, but also a new Kiddie Swamp Monster contest (for ages 2-6) on Sunday. [Weekie Wachee Swamp Festival]
  17. MICHELE MIILLER | Times (2018) 
Dell deChant and others harvested trees throughout the Tampa Bay area in preparation for the sixth-annual Florida Loquat Festival in New Port Richey.
  18. The annual Paulie Palooza festival in downtown Zephyrhills draws a big crowd to a day filled with eight bands performing on the Main Street Stage, food trucks along Fifth Avenue and a variety of vendors. This year's event will be from noon to 9 p.m. Feb. 29, and is a benefit for Gulfside Hospice. [Kirsty Churchill/Gulfside Hospice]
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  23. Adisa Dzudza-Sunjic, MD, (on left) and Carla J. Danesi, registered and licensed dietitian, have joined Access Health Care Physicians. [Vince Vanni]
  24. The ceremonial groundbreaking of Saint Leo University's Wellness Center was held Feb. 6. Pictured from left: Jon Akvan, project manager, JLL; Troy Powell, project manager, Creative Contractors; Melanie Storms, Saint Leo University senior vice president; Jose Caban, Saint Leo associate vice president of facilities management; Jeffrey D. Senese, Saint Leo president; Celine-Deon Palmer, student government union president; D. Dewey Mitchell, Saint Leo Board of Trustees chair; Alan Bomstein, CEO, Creative Contractors; and Joshua Bomstein, president, Creative Contractors. [Renee Gerstein/Saint Leo University]