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Cyber threats on the rise, expert says By Kevin Weiss
The global impact of cyber crimes is likely to skyrocket over the next several years, Sri Sridharan, a cyber security expert predicts. Sridharan, managing director and chief executive officer of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida, was the keynote speaker during the Cybersecurity Symposium at PascoHernando State College, on Oct. 11. Hacking, he said, continues to be a “serious problem” in the realm of cyber security. “It’s a huge crime that’s taking place on a daily basis,” Sridharan said.“There’s lots of people wanting to steal your personal infor-
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mation, and steal intellectual property.” The latest statistics related to cyber crime are staggering. According to a recent study by Juniper Research, the global impact on cyber crimes was about $400 billion in 2015. By 2019, the market research organization projects the impact will be approximately $2.1 trillion. “In my opinion, that number is going to be even higher,” Sridharan said.“Every second, at least 22 records are breached.That’s about 2 million (records) per day.” Sridharan said hackers often focus on high-value industries — healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services — to access and modify information. See CYBER, page 11A
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Marine Corps League Detachment forms in Land O’ Lakes By B.C. Manion
A new Marine Corps League Detachment has formed in Land O’ Lakes. The Marine Forever Detachment No. 1440 has received its official charter, and the organization now meets on the third Monday of the month, at 7 p.m. at the Beef O’ Brady’s in the Village Lakes Shopping Center, 21539 Village Lakes Shopping Center Drive in Land O’ Lakes. The formal presentation of the detachment’s official charter took place at the Beef O’ Brady’s on Sept. 26. The League detachment is open to active duty, reserve and honorable discharged veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy FMF Corpsmen and Chaplains who live in Land O’ Lakes, Lutz, Odessa,Wesley Chapel and surrounding areas. L. David Kirk, of Lutz, the commandant of the new detachment, led the quest for its formation. He also organized the Marine Forever Veterans Group LLC, a social group of Marine Corps veterans and their wives, that has been meeting at the same Beef O’ Brady’s for dinner for the past four years. That group, which is primarily social in nature, will continue to meet for dinner on Monday evenings at 6 p.m., Kirk said. Unlike the social group, the League detachment will have a 501-c4 status, meaning it can raise money for charitable causes, such as helping veterans in need, providing money for education and other endeavors, Kirk said.
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Members of the newly created Marine Forever Detachment No. 1440, pictured, from left, with Florida Commandant Ron Ashley. Detachment members are Danny Newman, Norm Keith, Jesse Garland, Bill Montgomery, Hal Howard, Henry Foshee, Johanna O’Brien, John Heaney, Sue Kirk, Tom Repetti, Ryan O’Conner, Lester Osteen and David Kirk, detachment commandant.
David Kirk, commandant of the Marine Forever Detachment No. 1440 signs a document to make the new league detachment official.
The Land O’ Lakes detachment was needed because the closest one was 15 miles away, or more, Kirk explained, in a previous story published in The Laker.
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While the committee recommends the boundaries, the Pasco County School Board has the final word on where the lines should be drawn. Elementary B is expected to open in the fall, for the 2017-2018 school year. It will have a capacity of 878 students, and is expected to have 706 students. Oakstead, which had 1,095 enrolled students is expected to have 765 students, under the proposed boundaries. Odessa, which had 1,000 students, is expected to have 780, and Lake Myrtle, which had 587 students, is expected to have 616. A parent meeting has been scheduled for Nov. 1, from6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Oakstead Elementary,11925 Lake Patience Road. At that meeting, staff for Pasco County Schools, will explain the proposed boundaries and will invite those attending to ask questions and provide feedback. While the school district needs to draw boundaries for new schools, the issue is typically controversial. Some parents complain that they deliberately moved into the area because of the school they believed their child would attend. Others are happy with
Tourism in Pasco County is on a launching pad, as county officials prepare for what they hope to be an explosion of visitors — sampling the county’s shops, malls, restaurants, hotels and future sports complexes. County commissioners are reviewing proposals for a sports complex at Wiregrass Ranch, with about an $8.5 million investment. Florida Hospital Center Ice is expected to open in early 2017, and to become a draw for local, state and national sports competitions. Bed tax revenues are estimated to push past the $1 million mark in 2016.And, under a tourism master plan, county officials anticipate the 2 percent bed tax rate to increase to 5 percent by 2019, with revenues reaching nearly $3 million. To tackle upcoming challenges from this record growth, Pasco is looking to reorganize the tourism office, and hire a tourism director. “It’s growing to a pretty big operation,” said Richard Gehring, the county’s strategic policy administrator.“We’re going to be on another plateau as we compete in the Tampa Bay region.This is the next step up.” Two to three candidates were identified and interviewed. County officials now are making an offer, and negotiating salary and benefits. The issue came up at the County Commission’s Oct. 11 meeting. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Wells expressed surprise at the creation of a new
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Besides being more convenient, it’s also less expensive to belong because it doesn’t take as much gas to get to meetings, Kirk said. Now that the new detachment is established, existing league members can transfer their membership. So far, the detachment has 24 members, but Kirk expects about a half-dozen new members to join this month. This isn’t the first time that Kirk has served as commandant. He previously served in that capacity at the Angus R. Goss Detachment in Tampa. The Marine Corps League was founded in 1923 by World War I hero Major Gen. Commandant John A. Lejeune, and its congressional charter was approved by an act of the 75th Congress, which was signed and approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Aug. 4, 1937. The league’s mission calls for its mem-
A boundary committee has recommended boundaries for a new elementary school being built in Bexley, a new subdivision being built in Land O’ Lakes, off of State Road 54. The committee has selected an option that would include Ballantrae, Suncoast Meadows, Suncoast Pointe, Hayman/Fuentes, Meadowbrook/Sierra Pines, and all of Bexley, which are east of the Suncoast Parkway. The new elementary also would include Swan View Townhomes, Ivy Lake Estates and Toscano at Suncoast, which are west of the Suncoast Parkway. The proposed boundaries would reduce crowding at both Odessa and Oakstead elementary schools, and would provide additional students for Lake Myrtle Elementary. Students that would be shifting from Oakstead to Lake Myrtle live in these areas: Morsani, Woodville Palms, Cambridge/Lake Linda, Oakstead Area South, Cypress Cove/Village on the Pond, Meadowview/Country Close and Foxwood/Lake Heron.
Lake Park reopens; sinkhole remains By Kevin Weiss
A popular 589-acre park in Lutz has reopened, despite the existence of a sinkhole that opened about a year ago and remains unfilled. Lake Park, at 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway, officially reopened on Oct. 8. The park, which annually draws about 300,000 users, was closed on Dec. 2 because of a sinkhole that spans 6-feet wide and 90-feet deep. The sinkhole, which formed along a park roadway last October, has since been secured with $4,900 worth of heavy fencing and locked gates. Forest Turbiville, Hillsborough County’s director of conservation and environmental lands management, said there are no immediate plans to fix the sinkhole. “We’re going to continue to monitor it,” he said,“and, if we see there’s a change of conditions in that area, then we’ll potentially revaluate it at that time. He said the area is “more than adequately secured.” A recent geophysical study by Ardaman & Associates Inc., found the overall risk of
future sinkhole activity to be “low” at the park. However, the report did not definitively rule out possible future sinkhole activity. “We’ve monitored the entire park now since December,”Turbiville said,“and there’s been nothing at all that’s popped up. Our park staff is out there on a daily basis, so if we see any change in the area, we’ll get the county’s consultant back out there.” While most normal park activities have resumed, the sinkhole “might potentially affect” the park’s archery range,Turbiville said. As a precaution, the range may be temporarily relocated to the Northwest Equestrian Park, 9400 South Mobley Road in Odessa. Beyond the sinkhole, other issues, too, persist at Lake Park. Recent heavy rains have created high watermarks, which has limited access in some areas of the park, including its central road. The three-quarter-mile stretch of road — which Turbiville said is currently under a few feet of water — links the park’s front and back entrances. “It almost divides the park into two halves,”Turbiville said. To access the park’s front picnic area and main playground, park-goers now have to enter via Dale Mabry Highway.
Connected City gets initial OK By Kathy Steele
Pasco County’s Development Review Committee has given its first stamp of approval to a pilot program to create a futuristic, technology-based network of communities across more than 7,800 acres in northeast Pasco County. But that’s just one step in the review process. State legislators approved the Connected City in 2015, and selected Pasco as the site for the project. The Pasco County Commission also gave the concept for Connected City its OK, via a resolution. The county’s Development Review Committee voted on Oct. 13 to recommend changes to the county’s long-range land use planning and development codes to lay out the legal framework for Connected City. Additional votes by the review committee will be needed on a range of issues, including financial and road plans.Those issues are expected to considered in November.
But those are actions are merely recommendations.The Pasco County Commission has the final word. If Connected City gains needed approvals, it is expected to have considerable impact on the county. It is projected to have about 96,000 employees, and about 37,000 homes and apartments when it is entirely built out, which expected to take about 50 years. “In the long run, this is going to make Pasco a premier county,” said Ernest Monaco, the county’s assistant planning and development director. Not everyone agrees with that vision. Some residents who live within the district worry about losing the rural lifestyle of northeast Pasco to Connected City’s urgan lifestyle. “I’m not willing to give up my slice of ruralness,” said Jennifer McCarthy, who lives on Kenton Road. McCarthy opposes plans to turn Kenton into a four-lane paved roadway, that she says likely will turn a local road into a heavily travelled thoroughfare. There also will be harm done to wildlife in habitats on both
Conversely, users will have to enter off Worley Road in order to access the park’s BMX and radio-controlled car tracks. “We’re basically having two entrances into the park,” said Turbiville. The road—which typically experiences flooding issues most of the year—will eventually have to be repaved and elevated, Turbiville said. That undertaking, he said, may take several years. “That is honestly going to be a long-term project,” said Turbiville.“You can’t just go in and build up the road — you’ve got to have design plans; you have to have permits. Of course, you have to have the money to pay for that work...so it’s not a small project by any means.” Turbiville noted the county wouldn’t repair the main road until another long-term lease agreement is reached with the City of St. Petersburg, the owners of the park. The existing lease agreement for Lake Park expires on June 3, 2019. Under that deal, Hillsborough County pays just $1 per year to the City of St. Petersburg to operate the park. In a third draft of a new 10-year lease agreement, the City of St. Petersburg is re-
questing $3,000 per month, or $36,000 per year from Hillsborough County. If approved, county staff expects to bring a recommendation to the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners sometime in 2017. Meanwhile, Lake Park will operate under the current lease agreement. Based on figures from 2014-2015, the park typically nets about $10,000 per month in revenue from park-goers. Also of note, St. Petersburg is requesting $2,000 per month from the county to lease Lake Rogers Park, 6016 Gunn Hwy in Odessa.The most recent lease agreement expired on Sept. 30, but the city has extended it through Dec. 31, as negotiations continue.
sides of Kenton, she said. “Wildlife is not going to be able to pass through here,” McCarthy said. “It doesn’t make sense to ruin conservation areas to make it a pass through for all the subdivisions to the north.” County officials suggested a willingness to look at the issue. “Let’s explore it and find the answers,” said Pasco County Administrator Michele Baker. Connected City has its fans, too. Margaret Tingley, president of Tingley Systems, Inc. in San Antonio, described Connected City as “a dream come true.” “You’re centrally located to all of Pasco County. It’s a great place to show what you can become,” she said. “Technology is the wave of the future.The new Connected City is the wave of the future.” Efforts to craft a master plan have taken about 17 months. “I’m actually proud we spent 17 months trying to do something different,” said attorney Joel Tew, who represents Metro Development Group.“This was not an accident. We purposely selected Pasco County over competing counties.” Connected City is expected to become the first gigabit community in the nation that is built from the ground up.
Metro Development is partnering with Pasco County on the first neighborhoods that will be built in the Connected City network. Boundaries generally are Interstate 75, State Road 52, Overpass Road and Curley Road. Construction is under way on Metro Development’s first project within Connected City. Developers are building a mixed-use community at Epperson Ranch. An approximately 7-acre, manmade “Crystal Lagoon” will be a centerpiece of the project. Though state lawmakers created a 10year pilot program, build out within the entire special district will take an additional 40 years. The district’s development plans will be locally controlled, with a minimum of state or regional oversight. Estimates are that local review from application to permitting and construction will take only four months to five months. Not everything must be in place before early phases of construction get underway. For example, Monaco said,“Developers won’t have to wait to decide where every shrub goes before beginning mass grading on their sites.This makes us more competitive. It’s a good thing.”
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Riding the Route 54 County Connector By Tom Jackson
hey cut the ribbon on a posh new bus a few weeks ago, signaling optimistic expansion of Pasco County’s two-year-old east-west route linking Zephyrhills and New Port Richey. Assembled under a fan-cooled tent in the parking lot of the Medical Center at Trinity, officials spoke buoyantly about the future of mass transit in Pasco County, with the bus in the background lending physical evidence to their commitment. And, what evidence it is. Sleek. Ocean blue, emblazoned with a green and yellow stripe undulating across the side — a wave below a bright ball of sun and a seagull taking wing. Inside, more blue. Soothing. Welcoming. Comfy, upholstered padded seats that say, sit, rest, stay awhile. Overhead, adjustable air conditioning vents and reading lights, just like on intra-city buses and airliners. Upscale. And, that’s not all. Over the next several months, they’ll add free Wi-Fi, introducing the option of online productivity or entertainment to your ride, while Pasco County Public Transportation drivers get you pretty close to where you need to go. It’s all perfectly splendid. But, so far, it’s also all a dream. Not that the new buses, two of them, aren’t authentic. Or, that Pasco’s commitment to mass transit isn’t both enthusiastic and genuine. But, there’s a reason there’s no mention of “rapid” in the system’s official name, as we shall see. Let’s be clear. If, just now, it serves as nothing more than a symbolic reminder that Pasco is a single, unified entity, and not some geographic hybrid stitched together by whimsical bureaucrats and maintained by stubborn tradition, then the connector serves a valuable purpose.
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Pasco County is using this new bus in an expansion of its east-west route, linking Zephyrhills and New Port Richey.
Still, the additional buses, acquired through a $1.031 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, represent a severe test of the “Field of Dreams” launching instructions. If they drive them, will riders come? Having traveled the line, designated the “Route 54 County Connector,” roundtrip from Zephyrhills to the Trinity hospital recently, I can say without hesitation:Winning converts is going to take time. And, that’s a generous review. The trip, which, even following the bus’ roundabout circuit, could have been accomplished by car in about two hours, took more than twice as long. Possibly because of this snail’s pace, there were long stretches where I was the only passenger aboard.At its most crowded — after a late-afternoon stop at the Wiregrass campus of Pasco-Hernando State College — I shared my ride with five others. Not that you can’t meet pleasant company along the way, among them Jonathan Funnel (pronounced “foo-NELL,” accent on the second syllable), 25, who routinely rides from the Zephyrhills City Hall stop to The Groves for his job at the Cobb cineplex. Funnel, who reports he loves all movies, everything having to do with baseball, plus the NFL’s Packers and Eagles, likes that the bus drops him near the Grove’s Dick’s Sporting Goods store.“It’s heaven,” he says. Among the notes jotted by Funnel’s trav-
eling companion:“We rode together about 25 minutes.A car couldn’t have done much better.” Our driver, Jose Rojas, 62, a retired postal worker from Land O’ Lakes who piloted heavy machinery as a Marine, observes pleasantly, “Today’s been rainy. There’s no traffic. I love it.” About then the radio squawks. The bus out of Zephyrhills goes only as far as The Shops at Wiregrass. There, in the parking garage, westbound passengers switch. But, the connector, bound from Trinity, is caught in a snarl triggered by a crash near Collier Parkway. “Uh-oh,” Rojas murmurs.When we arrive at the mall terminus, the driver apologizes for the delay with a what-are-you-gonna-do shrug, adding “He’ll be along in a while.” He’s seven minutes early, so he gets out and stretches, groaning pleasantly. No passengers board before Rojas makes his on-time departure, half-a-million-dollars of empty bus. “A while” turns out to be most of a half hour, which allows time to strike up a conversation with Odette Rennie, 69, a Virgin Islander who settled in a Land O’ Lakes village along State Road 54 sometime after a nearly catastrophic accident in Los Angeles broke her right arm in three places and convinced her to swear off personal transportation almost completely. She’ll ride if her husband or son are driving. Otherwise, she takes the bus, even
though she concedes — as do many fans of public transportation — managing the last half-mile home presents challenges of its own. Some days it’s brutally hot.Today, near the Ferman new car dealership, she exits into a downpour, lamenting she’d left her big umbrella at home. Worse, because the bus is designed to drop passengers onto raised platforms, Rennie makes a big step onto an unpaved shoulder, punctuating the maneuver, “Ow, wow!” After that, riders come and go singly. One seems to have just finished a shift at Big Lots; he falls asleep immediately.Another, at the Suncoast Parkway, has come from a bike ride. He loads his two-wheeler on the front, drops coins in the slot, slumps into a seat and, buds in ears, studies his smartphone. Farther up, a boarding passenger complains that the bus is late. She doesn’t want to hear about the accident. Nobody does. If the buses are adequate, and this one is more than that, nothing kills ridership quite like blown schedules. On the day they snipped the ribbon, Commissioner Kathryn Starkey conceded as much. “We’ll never get people out of their cars as long as buses can get stuck in traffic. We need real bus rapid transit” — that is, buses traveling in lanes reserved only for buses. Still, if you’re not in a rush, there’s something to be said for riding, especially if you take one of the scenic seats a couple of steps up in the back. Not driving means you can fixate on industrious egrets following a tractor-drawn mower hacking through a pasture. Not driving and sitting up high means you finally see over the reeds to the little lagoon with a small dock framed in lattice west of Keystone Community Church. Being alone, being chauffeured, means your thoughts can wander. I’m thinking, from time to time, riding the bus just might be therapeutic.And, at $3 a roundtrip, it will be cheaper than any shrink. This is the buzz in my head at the end of my four-hour odyssey. It could have been worse. And my mind is oddly at ease. If I’m ever not in a hurry again, I could do this. Tom Jackson, a resident of New Tampa, is interested in your ideas. To reach him, email email@example.com.
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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will host final debates on Oct. 20, prior to election day, at the Performing Arts Center at Pasco-Hernando State College, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey.The candidates for these debates are: • Florida State Rep., District 36:Amber Mariano and Amanda Murphy at 5:45 p.m. • County Commission, District 1: Dimitri Delgado and Ronald Oakley at 6:30 p.m. • County Commission, District 3: Barry Horvath and Kathryn Starkey at 7:15 p.m. • County Property Appraiser: Gary Joiner Jr. and John Sidney Larkin at 8 p.m. • Clerk of the Circuit Court: Roberta Cutting and Paula O’ Neil at 8:45 p.m.
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will host a Halloween Bunco Party on Oct. 23 at the Zephyrhills Woman’s Club, 38549 Fifth Ave., for ages 16 and older. Doors open at 1:45 p.m.Tickets are $20.There will be refreshments, raffles and prizes.All proceeds will benefit local and national charities. Halloween costumes are encouraged. No tickets will be sold at the door. For information, call (813) 997-6211.
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The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Feeding Pasco’s Kids food drive by accepting both monetary and food donations. Proceeds will be given directly to local organizations for homeless children and students. Recipients will include the Pasco school system, Salvation Army, Sunrise Domestic Violence Shelter in Dade City, God’s Food 4 Life in Lacoochee, and The Thomas Promise Foundation in Zephyrhills. Donation boxes are in the lobbies of all Pasco sheriff’s office buildings. For information, or to make a monetary donation, call 727) 844-7759.
BOOK SALE PREVIEW
The Friends of the Library will host a book sale preview at the Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, on Oct. 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For a $5 donation, guests get the first pick of books before the sale itself on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.All proceeds go to support library programming. For information, call (813) 929-1214.
SUKKOT MUSIC AND PIZZA
Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host a “Sukkot Music Program and Pizza in the Sukkah” on Oct. 19.The music program starts at 6 p.m., Sukkot services at 6:30 p.m., and pizza at 7 p.m.The cost for adults is $10, and $5 for children ages 4 to 12. Children age 3 and younger are free.There is a maximum family price of $25.To RSVP, call (813) 962-6338, or email email@example.com.
The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will host a CareerSource Mobile One stop on Oct. 20 from 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.The mobile unit is a selfcontained resource room with 12 computer stations, satellite internet and telecommunications, printing and copying. For information, call (813) 788-6375.
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The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer information session on Oct. 20 at 11 a.m., for adults. Guardians are adults who are legally responsible for protecting the well-being and interests of their wards, usually a minor. For information, call (3542) 567-3576.
FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL
Saint Timothy Catholic Church, 17512 Lakeshore Road in Lutz, will host a Fall Family Festival Oct. 20 to Oct. 23.There will be a “Taste of St.Timothy” on Oct. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with more than 35 restaurants.Tickets are $15 per person. Children age 5 and younger are free. On Oct. 22, there will be a “Beer, Bites & Blues Fest” from 6 p.m. to midnight, featuring craft beers, live entertainment, international food booths, and a live auction.Weekend activities include a Fun Run, a fishing derby, exhibitions, a kids’ train, a video gaming truck, a petting zoo, pony rides and more. The Youth Center also will be open for basketball, air hockey, ping pong, corn hole and more. For information, call (813) 9681077, or visit SaintTims.org.
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Commissioner Kathryn Starkey sponsored the 2016 resolution naming October as Florida Native Plant Month. She presented the resolution at the Nature Coast Chapter meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society on Oct. 11, and spoke about her concern regarding the invasive plant ‘cogan grass.’ At the presentation were, from left, Jonnie Spitler; Commissioner Kathryn Starkey; Gregg Jones, owner of Rainbow's End Nursery; Deborah Tribbey; Karen Watrous, owner of Karen's Wildflower Nursery; Stephen Joyce; and, Sharon Holding. The Nature Coast Chapter will celebrate Florida Native Plant Month with a native plant sale on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The guest speaker will be Craig Huegel, ecologist, author and gardener, on the topic of “Native Plant Landscaping for Florida Wildlife” at 11 a.m. The sale will include free literature and nursery information, native plant books for sale, a master gardener information table, a children’s activity table, and more. For information, call Sandy Vanno at (727) 207-1853, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or isit PascoNativePlants.org.
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The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, will host the Teen Advisory Board on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m., for grades six to 12. Participants can get volunteer hours for scholarships and school clubs by attending the meetings.The members help plan and run teen library programs. For information, call (813) 7886375.
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The 2016 “Hernando Untapped” will take place on Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the American Aviation Flight Academy, 17076 Helicopter Drive in Brooksville.There will be food trucks and vendors, and a live performance by The Bearded Brothers Band. For information, call (352) 796-0697.
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Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger will present the annual Turning Solutions into Action Conference on Oct. 21 at the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida, 11701 USF Maple Drive in Tampa.The keynote speaker will be Craig Gundersen of the University of Illinois, an expert on food insecurity.There also will be panel discussions on life experience, best practices for food pantries, transportation, senior hunger, childhood hunger and more. For information, visit NetworkToEndHunger.org.
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The Arts Council of Hillsborough County will host “Five by Five: Small Art for a Big Cause” on Oct. 21 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa. More than 650 pieces of fiveby-five inch art will be available for sales, for $25 each.There also will be professional musicians, actors and dancers.Admission is free for museum members, and $10 for nonmembers.The admission price benefits the museum. For information, visit FiveByFiveTampaBay.com.
Hillsborough River State Park will host the 24th annual “Haunted Woods” event on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at 15402 U.S. 301 N., in Thonotosassa. Admission is $10 per person. For information, visit FloridaStateParks.org/hillsboroughriver.
The Sisterhood Needle Workers of Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will meet on Oct. 23 from 9:45 a.m. to noon.The group makes fabric quilt wall hangings, and knitting and crocheting squares for quilts.All items are donated to the First Nesters, a group that provides housing for local teens aging out of foster care, as well as other charities.The group is open to anyone who likes to knit. For information, call Kol Ami at (813) 962-6338.
The Republican Club of Central Pasco will have Liz Hittos, chief of staff for Congressman Gus Bilirakis, as its guest speaker on Oct. 24.The club meets at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes.The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and all are welcome. For additional information, call Steve Graves at (813) 996-3011.
The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host “Halloween Tales” with gypsy storyteller Katie Adams on Oct. 22 at 10 a.m.There will be slightly spooky tales with audience participation. For information, call (352) 567-3576.
The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a preteen craft on Oct. 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., for ages 9 to 15.This will be a Star Wars themed project. Completion of a liability waiver is required. For information or to register, call (813) 929-1214.
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San Ann Artisans and Florida Estate Winery will present “Rhino’s Wino Festival,” a celebration of Clayton Verge Jr., on Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the winery, 25241 State Road 52 in Land O’ Lakes.There will be art, music, wine tasting, local artists and musicians.Admission is free. For information, call (813) 996-2113, or visit SanAnnArtisans.com.
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The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a “Play, Make, Discover! Silly Dance Party” on Oct. 22 at 10:30 a.m., for toddlers and preschoolers.This “Tinkering for Tots” program series will include pumpkin patch themed activities. For information, call (813) 929-1214.
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The Tampa chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet on Oct. 22 at Grill One Sixteen, 612 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.A presentation will be made in recognition of outstanding achievements and leadership with local law enforcement and firefighters.The gathering starts at 11:30 a.m. For information, email Bill Floyd at BFloydPres@aol.com.
The St. Petersburg Science Festival will take place on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Poynter Park.This is a free festival with hands-on exhibits and live entertainment, in conjunction with
The Greater Dade City and The Greater Zephyrhills chambers of commerce will host a Candidate Forum on Oct. 24 at East Pasco Adventist Academy, 38434 Centennial Road in Dade City.There will be a Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m., followed by the forum at 7 p.m.All candidates listed on “Pasco Votes” were invited. Moderators will question the candidates on important topics facing Pasco County. Brian Corley, supervisor of elections, will discuss the Amendments.
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The Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth will present “Rockin’ Red Riding Hood” on Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m., and Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m., and at 11:45 a.m., at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa. General admission is $8, or $28 for a family four-pack. For information, visit CarrollwoodCenter.org, or call (813) 9228167.
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The Carrollwood Toastmasters will host a Halloween Open House on Oct. 26 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Tampa.There will be free food, fun and prizes.Wear a costume and bring a friend. For information, visit Carrollwood.ToastmastersClubs.org.
MEET COMMISSIONER BECKNER Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, District 6, will host office hours at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Residents can meet with Beckner, one-on-one, to share ideas and concerns. No appointment necessary.
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Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in October will receive five free crape myrtle trees or 10 free autumn classics selected for your area.The classics include two sugar maples, two red maples, and one each of scarlet oak, sweetgum, northern red oak, silver maple, white flowering dogwood and Washington hawthorn.Trees will be shipped for planting, between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10.To join online, visit ArborDay.org/October.
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The Zephyrhills First Church of the Nazarene, 6151 12th St., will host a Lip Sync Battle on Oct. 22, to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Tickets are $20, which include 10 auction tickets; $10 with five tickets for children ages 3 to 13; and free admission with no tickets for children age 3 and younger. Chips and soda will be available for purchase (proceeds benefit the church). For information and tickets, call (813) 504-6108.
The Baby Place at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd., will host a free class for expectant parents on breast-feeding preparation on Oct. 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Topics will include realistic expectations, latching, truths versus myth, pumping and breast milk storage. There also will be a question-and-answer session. For reservations, call (813) 783-6124.
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The Pasco County Schools’ PLACE afterschool program will host its fifth annual “Lights on Afterschool” event at Fivay High School, 12115 Chicago Ave., in Hudson, on Oct. 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Pasco Learning and Activity Centers of Enrichment (PLACE) celebration will include the River Ridge High School JROTC’s color presentation, a parade of PLACE program students, activities for children and a student art exhibit. The guest speaker will be Florida Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Sharon Carie.There also will be food and refreshments available for purchase to support several school-based organizations. For information, call Maree Marian at (813) 794-2124.
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The High School GGG Boundary Committee has added two additional meetings and a parent information night to its schedule, to review maps and demographics of affected schools and work on potential boundary options for the school under construction on Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel. Committee meetings will be on Oct. 20 and Dec. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A parent meeting will take place on Nov. 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Boundary committee meetings are public meetings. Members of the public may attend as observers only. All meetings are at Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road. To see documents considered by the committee, visit PascoSchools.org, and click on the Rezoning link on the right.
BISHOP MCLAUGHLIN OPEN HOUSE
Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 13651 Hays Road in Spring Hill, will host an admissions open house on Oct. 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m., followed by a program at 2 p.m. For information, call (727) 857-2600, ext. 244.
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Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, in Lewis Hall, in St. Leo, will host its annual bridge-breaking contest on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Students of all ages can watch the competition between other students in physics and engineering classes. Saint Leo students have worked in teams to construct model bridges made with standard-issue kits of lightweight wood sticks and glue.The students bring the bridge entries to the competition, where faculty judges test how much stress and weight the bridges can bear.All the bridges break apart in a dramatic and entertaining testing process. Admission and parking are free. For information, contact Shawn Weatherford at (352) 588-8373 or email@example.com.
RASMUSSEN CAREER FAIR
Rasmussen College, 18600 Fernview St., in Land O’ Lakes, will host a free Community Career Fair on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to students, graduates and community members, and is designed
to help those in attendance advance their career. Job-seekers will have the opportunity to network with potential employers, such as Walgreens, Women’s Care Florida and Access Health Care Physicians. To learn more, visit Rasmussen.edu/student-life/events/careerfair.
Quentin Poteralski, of Lutz, has been named a student-athlete at Union College in New York. Union College athletes are committed to the pursuit of academic and competitive excellence on the field and in the classroom. Poteralski is a member of the football team.
DENHAM OAKS SEEKING PARTNERS
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SPONSOR STUDENT OF THE MONTH PROGRAM
The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce has promoted the Student of the Month program for more than 20 years. Chamber businesses partner with local schools to encourage youth. In most cases, the schools choose one student each month from September to May to be the winner of a trophy and T-shirt recognizing their achievement. The business name is listed on the Tshirt, and the schools typically provide the business with the opportunity to visit the school each month and present the award. The cost of a company to be a sponsor is $250 for the year. Those interested in sponsoring a school or continuing a sponsorship from the previous year, can email the chamber office at office@CentralPascoChamber.com, or fax to (813) 909-0827.
DONATE SHOES AND SOCKS FOR STUDENTS
The Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office is participating in the new shoes and socks collection campaign to assist local students and families in need. A collaborative effort between Pasco County government and the school district, the “Two Good Soles” campaign, is seeking to collect as many new pairs of shoes and socks as possible. All five tax collector’s offices will be collection sites for donations until Oct. 25, and will have a labeled collection box near the door. For information and office locations, call Greg Giordano at (727) 847-8179.
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CYBER, from page 1A “No longer is this a backdoor problem,” he said.“It’s moved to boardrooms of corporations. Boards of directors now have a fiscal responsibility to make sure the information they have is well protected. Otherwise, they can get sued.” Yet, many organizations haven’t put safety measures in place to protect against such threats. A 2016 global economic crime survey by the consulting firm PricewaterHouseCooper (PwC) found that 32 percent of organizations were affected by cyber crime last year. Moreover, the survey found only 37 percent of organizations have a cohesive plan in response to cyber incident, or breach. “Organizations need to have a plan.That’s extremely important,” Sridaran said. That starts with practicing what Sridharan refers to as “good cyber hygiene.” For businesses, that encompasses several steps: use a secure ecommerce platform; deploy SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption; and utilize firewalls, multi-factor authentication and site backups. “Don’t just have (employees) use a password to get into the system. Have them go through one or two more steps to make...it very difficult for the bad guys to penetrate your system,” Sridharan explained. In addition to using lengthy, complex passwords, Sridharan recommends individuals stay away from “unfamiliar websites.” “If it’s not a site that you know, don’t click on it,” he said. “If you’re not careful about the website that you go to, you stand a serious risk of getting breached, or your information stolen.” The same theory applies to suspicious emails. “If you don’t know who it’s from, don’t touch it.” Sridharan noted ransomware — a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid — is currently one of the most pervasive problems in cyber security. A 2016 report by Cisco Systems Inc.
found that approximately 9,500 people pay ransoms to hackers each month. “This is very prevalent these days.The average target pays $300,” said Sridharan. “The most important thing you can do is have backups of your system at all times.” Perhaps a silver lining to the influx of cyber threats is in the job market. According to Sridharan, there’s a significant demand for cyber security professionals. He estimates there will be approximately 2.5 million jobs in cyber security over the next two years. “It’s a hot job market,” he said, “and it’s not going to go away for a long time.” “There is no comprehensive cyber security solution on the horizon for the next ten years,” he added. The symposium also featured a presentation on human trafficking online. Pasco County Sheriff’s Corporal Alan Wilkett, who’s served more than 22 years as a public service official in Indiana, Ohio and Florida, said human trafficking transactions are becoming increasingly prevalent online. Human trafficking encompasses forced labor, involuntary servitude, and commercial sex. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are approximately 20.9 million victims of human trafficking. “Selling and auctions are all taking place online,” said Wilkett, a member of the Tampa Bay Regional Human Trafficking Task Force. The transactions, Wilkett said, are taking place in what’s commonly referred as the dark web, which is only accessible through specific software, called Tor (The Onion Router). “When you get on there, that’s where (traffickers) hold the online markets,” explained Wilkett. “It’s one of the most diabolical things I’ve ever seen.” According to Wilkett, the average price for a human being is going for about $90. “You go to India and you can buy three boys for less than the price of a cow,” he said.“Many of them are bought as child soldiers; some of them are smuggled into the United States and other countries.”
MARINE, from page 1A bers to “join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps and those that have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideas of American freedom and democracy.” The league’s mission also calls for “voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their
BOUNDARIES, from page 1A the school and don’t want their child’s education disruption. Potential issues with childcare, after-school activities and the parents’ ability to be involved at the school are other common complaints. Dave Skanga, area superintendent for Central Pasco schools, said he understands that parents have concerns, especially about the unknown. However, Skanga said, the district will do what it can to reduce parental concerns about having their children zoned to a dif-
TOURISM, from page 1A position of tourism director. Ed Caum currently serves as the tourism manager. Under the new plan, Caum’s title would become program manager and he would report to the tourism director. Gehring said the change is a lateral move for Caum, and not a demotion. Caum agreed, saying he concurred with the decision for the new hire. “I don’t feel it’s a demotion,” he said, adding that he will continue to perform his current duties. Caum didn’t apply for the tourism director position.
widows, and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.” For more information on becoming a charter member of the new detachment and to receive updates on upcoming meetings, email Kirk at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about the Marine Corps League, visit mclnational.org. For more information about Marine Forever Veteran Group, LLC, visit Marine4Ever.com and Facebook.com/MarineForeverVeteransGroup. ferent school. He expects the principal of the new school to be named in November. He also noted that much of the will be coming from schools whose students are being shifted into the new school, Skanga said. “This is going to be a beautiful building,” Skanga said. It will be well equipped, too, he said. “It’s state-of-the-art when we open a new school.” The school board is scheduled to hold its first public hearing on the proposed boundaries on Dec. 20 and its second public hearing on Jan. 17, when it is expected to make the final decision on the issue. He said his next move may be retirement, in two to three years. Wells praised Caum’s efforts in developing and expanding the scope of the tourism council over the years. Wells isn’t convinced about the county’s need for a tourism director at this time. “I think we’re putting the cart before the horse,”Wells said. “I’d like to see us hold off on this until we have a new county administrator. It doesn’t make sense to me,”Wells said. Pasco County Administrator Michele Baker is scheduled to vacate her post in July 2017. Gehring said it makes sense to get someone on board now. “Let’s go ahead and reach out for another horse-power level person,” he said.
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Record 3-point shooter adds new challenges By Kevin Weiss
Justin Dargahi, a record-holding threepoint shooter, has added a few new challenges for 2016 and beyond. First:Turn around the struggling Gaither High girls varsity basketball program. Next: Set the world record for most three pointers made by a pair, in one minute. Dargahi — the Guinness World Record for the most 3s made from NBA range (23 feet, 9 inches) in one minute (26) — first hopes to bring some cache to the Gaither High’s girls basketball program. It won’t be easy for the former Land O’ Lakes High girls head JV (junior varsity) coach. The Cowboys—which went a combined 5-38 the last two seasons—have had six straight losing seasons. Yet, that doesn’t deter Dargahi, who will be the program’s fourth head coach in six years, once tryouts begin Oct. 24. “I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “I love proving people wrong.” He relishes it. “You have room to improve. If you take over a great team, what are you trying to accomplish?” he said. “Hopefully, we can increase our win total a lot just this coming year alone.” It will be tough, he acknowledged, considering Gaither High plays in a highly competitive eight-team district (Class 8A, District 8). It’s one stacked with perennial prep powerhouses in Wiregrass Ranch, Plant, Freedom and Steinbrenner high schools. “It’s hard to win and advance anywhere
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Justin Dargahi broke the Guinness World Record for most 3-pointers made in one minute (26) on Jan. 4. He is now teaming up with ex-Florida Gators star Teddy Dupay, at right, to try and break the world record for most three pointers made by a pair, in one minute (19). They hope to break the record by Thanksgiving (Nov. 24).
when you have four or five great teams out of eight,” said Dargahi. “Luckily, we have a good three weeks of practice before the first game (Nov. 15). His blueprint starts with building around junior Janae Lyle, the team’s top returning player (7.6 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, 1.9 steals per game). “It is a lot of specifying toward your players’ talents,” said Dargahi, a former basketball player at Cambridge Christian School.“I refuse to go into the first game not having specified positions.” It also includes implementing a pressure man-to-man defense to help close out onepossession games. “I love pressing,” he said.“I love getting steals, turnovers. That’s how you score
points,” he said. “I think the best (coaching) aspect is game management,” he added. When not on the sidelines, meanwhile, Dargahi will be spending ample time at the three-point line.The new Gaither coach is teaming up with Teddy Dupay — a former Florida Gators basketball standout (19982001) and current boys basketball coach at Cambridge Christian School — to break the Guinness World Record for most threepointers made by a pair in one minute. The current record is 19, set by Harlem Globetrotters’ Cheese Chisholm and Ant Atkinson.The previous record (15) was set by NBA all-stars Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors) and Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks).
Though Dargahi hasn’t set an official attempt date, he figures it will “definitely be before Thanksgiving (Nov. 24).” Dargahi, who claims he makes anywhere from 75 percent to 80 percent of attempted 3-pointers, said the feat largely boils down to each participant making 10 shots. It’s possible, he said, considering both his and Dupay’s shooting prowess. (Dupay ranks 10th all-time in Florida Gators history for career 3-point field goals made with 188.) “We’re both very confident with our shooting,” Dargahi said.“The good thing about this record — both shooters have to be awesome.You can’t have one guy carry it.” But the difficulty, he said, lies in get enough shots up in 60 seconds. “I don’t even know how many shots we can get up, to be honest. I’m guessing 25 to 30, at the most,” said Dargahi. The strategy, he added, will include court positioning — the wings or the top-of-thekey — and conserving energy across multiple attempts. “I think we’ll at least try it for an hour, or an hour-and-a half,” Dargahi said. Perhaps one aspect working in the duo’s favor: home court advantage. “I’ve shot more balls at Cambridge than any other gym,” he said.“There’s a little bit of a comfort zone.” Additionally, Dargahi has been approved by Guinness to attempt world records for most individual free throws in one minute (51) and most individual three-pointers in two minutes (44). “The free throw one is tough,” Dargahi said.“I just tried it once just to see, and I didn’t even get up 51 shots. I definitely have to speed it up to shoot. If I could get up just 55 (shots), I like my chances.”
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SAINT LEO PLAYER NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN Saint Leo senior basketball standout Marcus Dewberry was named a preseason All-American and Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year by the Division II Bulletin. After the 2015-2016 season, Dewberry was named a D2CCA (Division II Conference Commissioners Association) AllSouth region first team selection and an NABC All-South district first team selection. Dewberry (19.7 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, 4.7 assists per game) helped lead last year’s squad to the NCAA South Region tournament.The Lions’ 20162017 season begins on Nov. 12.
The Wiregrass Ranch High girls golf team won the Pasco County Girls’ High School Golf Conference tournament on Oct. 3. From left: assistant coach Tyler Finn, Alexa Cunningham, Alexis Lane, Morgan Powers, Lexy Frenchko, Loryn Finn, Karlye Finn and head coach Jeremy Calzone.
Wiregrass Ranch High girls golf wins conference tourney The Wiregrass Ranch High girls golf team won the Pasco County Girls’ High School Golf Conference tournament on Oct. 3 at The Groves Golf and Country
Club in Land O’ Lakes. The Bulls shot a combined 343, defeating Land O’ Lakes High by two strokes (345). Pasco High’s Kacie Huber (76) won individual
Golf and Country Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd in Dade City.The run/walk begins at 7 a.m.Advance registration is $35. Cost is $40 after Nov. 18. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. All proceeds benefit the Sunrise of Pasco Domestic & Sexual Violence Center. For more information, contact Kelly Sinn at (352) 521-3358 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUTH CROSSFIT COMPETITION SET FOR DEC. 4
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Pasco-Hernando State College will host a baseball showcase for current high school juniors and seniors on Oct. 23. The camp will be at the PHSC Baseball Complex, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., and workouts for position players will begin at 11 a.m. Pitchers that do not play a position do not need to register until noon.The cost of the one-day camp is $50.To receive the application and showcase consent form, email assistant coach Lyndon Coleman at email@example.com. Forms must be received by Oct. 19.
RUN FOR ZEPHYRHILLS 5K SET FOR OCT. 30
The 5K Run for the Hills race is scheduled for Oct. 30 at 8 a.m.The race will start at the main entrance of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd.The registration fee is $25 for CREATION® Health Wellness Center members and $30 for non-members. Funds raised will help benefit the hospital’s diabetes education program. Participants will receive a Run for the Hills T-shirt, medal and snack.Awards will be given in seven age groups ranging from children and teens to those over 60. For more information, visit RunForZephyrhills.org.
CONNERTON CHALLENGE SET FOR NOV. 5
The third annual Connerton Challenge 10K, 5K and Kids Fun Run is scheduled for Nov. 5 at Connerton Village, 21100 Fountain Garden Road in Land O’ Lakes.The 10K will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K starts at 7:45
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medalist honors; Wiregrass Ranch’s Morgan Powers (77) was the tournament runner-up. Eleven Pasco high schools participated in the event.There were a total of 52 players.
The Freedom High boys varsity golf team won its fourth consecutive district title on Oct. 10. From left: Cooper Smith, Matt Daniello, Cy Storlien, Nick Mitchell, Tyler Bray and Sam Smith.
Freedom High boys golf captures wins districts The Freedom High boys varsity golf team captured its fourth consecutive district title on Oct. 10 at Hunter’s Green Country Club in Tampa.The Patriots, which shot a 309 as a team, were led by junior Cy Storlien (73) a.m. All runners will receive a T-shirt and medal, while top finishers in all age groups will be awarded trophies. Cost is $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. Proceeds will benefit Operation Helping Hand, an organization assisting severely injured and medically retired service members and their families. For information, contact Gregg Svendgard at (813) 996-5800 or Gregg.Svendgard@myconnerton.com.
GULFSIDE HOSPICE SETS ANNUAL 5K SET
Registration is open for Gulfside Hospice’s 10th annual Hearts for Hospice 5K on Nov. 6 at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes. Cost is $25 for adults, $15 for students ages 11 through college, and $10 for kids 10 and under. The race starts at 8:45 a.m., followed by a one-mile fun run. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers and race finishers. All event proceeds will help provide patient care and bereavement services for Pasco County residents facing
who was the crowned individual Class 3ADistrict 10 champ. Freedom’s other tournament qualifiers were:Tyler Bray (77), Cooper Smith (77), Sam Smith (82) and Nick Mitchell (83). life-limiting illness and their families.To register, visit HeartsforHospice5K.org.
WIREGRASS WOBBLE SET FOR NOV. 24
The fourth annual Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run will be held on Nov. 24, at The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel. The 5K Run starts at 7:30 a.m. while the 1-mile Fun Run/Walk starts at 8:15 a.m. Post-race awards and festivities will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Brass Tap, at the Shops at Wiregrass. Pre-registration cost is $25 through Oct. 31. From Nov. 1 to race day, the registration fee is $30.To register, visit wiregrasswobbleturkeytrot.com. Proceeds from the event will support the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation, FITNiche Foundation, and the Rotary Club of New Tampa charities.
REINDEER RUN SET FOR DEC. 3
The 10th annual Lake Jovita Reindeer Run 5K is set for Dec. 3 at the Lake Jovita
CrossFit 14, at 27033 State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, is hosting a kids CrossFit competition on Dec. 4. About 100 children are expected to take part in the event inside CrossFit 14’s new 12,000-square-foot facility. The gym also is hosting a toy drive and donating part of the event’s proceeds to Joshua House in Lutz. For information, call (813)-996-1482 or email Sara Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUE SIGN-UP
The Pasco County Parks & Recreation Department has scheduled its 2016 Spring Adult Softball League registration on Dec. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. To register a team, the cost is $475, plus an additional $25 for an NSA (National Softball Association) sanctioning fee. The price includes an 11-game regular season, and a single elimination tournament. The season begins the week of Feb. 6. Coed games are played on Mondays, while men’s games are played Tuesday through Thursday.
SENIOR GOLF LEAGUE SEEKS MEMBERS
The Pasco Senior Men’s Golf Association is seeking new members age 50 and older to join its organization. Group members play at several golf courses throughout Hillsborough, Hernando, Pinellas and Pasco counties. Rounds are played the first and second Mondays of each month. The play format varies and handicaps are used and maintained. For more information, visit pascoseniorgolf.com.
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The Crabgrass Cowboys perform at the San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival & Run, celebrating the festival’s 50th anniversary.
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Taylor Weiss, of New Port Richey, makes her way up the rock wall.
Rattlesnake fest hits half-century mark By B.C. Manion
T Five-year-old Hailey Rimby, of Brooksville, proudly displays her secondplace medal from the Gopher Turtle Races.
hey weren’t bringing in rattlesnakes that they’d found out in fields or carting in live gopher tortoises to race — but they were having old-fashioned fun at the San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival & Run. Kids scaled up rock walls, people had close encounters with alligators and bands played continuously. The festival, held in San Antonio’s City Park, celebrated its 50th anniversary with a two-day event, on Oct. 15 and Oct. 16. It was a hit. It’s hard to get actual numbers, since there’s no admission charge, but Betty Burke, chairwoman of the organizing committee, estimated attendance at between 7,000 and 8,000 people. “My goodness, it was fantastic,” said Burke, a member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio, which put on the event.
There were lots of kids, she said. And, “there were dogs everywhere.” People seemed to be enjoying themselves, said Burke, noting she was “very happy” with the way things turned out. “Croc Encounters — that was real popular,” the chairwoman said. “Everybody loved the music,” she added. Besides listening to bands, festivalgoers could get a bite to eat, pose for a picture in the pumpkin patch, or do a bit of shopping. There were barrel train rides, a bounce house, a rattlesnake run, and wooden gopher tortoise races — a perennial hit at the event. The festival is the primary fundraiser for the Rotary Club of San Antonio. Proceeds support local scholarships, community projects and international Rotary projects, such as Polio Plus.The event is partially funded by Visit Pasco Tourism and Visit Florida.Area businesses, community members and sponsors, including The Laker/Lutz News, also support the event.
A performer from the M.A.D. Flames Fire entertainment delights the crowd.
A Bay News 9 reporter gets a first-hand feel for this creature at the Croc Encounters’ alligator pen, a popular attraction at the festival. A member of the Beaumont Family Bluegrass Band focuses on making good music and drawing an appreciative crowd.
Melissa Perez, of Spring Hill’s Honey Bunch Face Painters, used her skills to adorn the faces of festivalgoers.
The gopher tortoise races — which use wooden mechanical tortoises, instead of live ones — is always a big hit at the San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival & Run.
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PET PAWS ANIMAL CRUELTY/DOMESTIC ABUSE AWARENESS Pasco County Animal Services and Sunrise of Pasco County will host “Hand in Paw,” an animal cruelty and domestic violence awareness event, on Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Solutions Thrift Shop, 35535 State Road 52 in Dade City.There will be dog and cat adoptions, a kitty corner, a clown, face painting, and free books for kids from the Early Learning Coalition. Also, everything in the store will be 50 percent off.
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The Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central will host “Barktoberfest” on Oct. 22 from noon to 3 p.m., at Rotary Centennial Park, 10375 Sandlor St., in Spring Hill. Scheduled activities include an adoption parade at 12:30 p.m., a look-a-like contest at 1 p.m., a wiener race at 1:30 p.m., a kissing contest at 2 p.m., and a costume contest at 2:20 p.m. The king and queen of “Barktoberfest” will be crowned at 2:45 p.m. The event also will include music, raffles, prizes and pet photos. Hot dogs, burgers, snacks and soft drinks will be available for sale. Admission is free to canines and their owners. Parking is $1, and a contest entry fee is $2 per dog. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Rotary Foundation of Spring Hill Central, which supports the Rotary Centennial Park and other local charities.
Rotary Centennial Park is Hernando County’s only dog park. For information, call (727) 207-9025.
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The annual “Woofstock Family Festival” is set for Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the original Carrollwood Park, 11430 Orange Grove Drive in Tampa.The festival will spotlight the pet rescue community. This family friendly event promotes pet adoption and celebrates four-legged friends. The event will include contests (including a costume contest), dog demonstrations, food trucks, live entertainment, and local businesses and rescue groups. The first 500 families will receive gift bags with specials and goodies from sponsors. Bring an unopened dog/cat food/treat and get a free raffle ticket for Disney passes. Admission is free. For information, visit TampaPets.org.
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Meet Miss Ellie. She has been with the shelter since January. Ellie was adopted by a very nice family for a short time, but unfortunately was returned because they were afraid the family dog was going to hurt her. Her adopters have said that Ellie is good being left alone, gets along with other dogs, walks well on a leash, loves car rides, and seems to get along well with kids. Come and meet this sweet girl. Her adoption fee is only $15 this month.
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Project Highlights - Highway frontage on U.S. 41, one of the busiest roads in Pasco C ty with County ith daily d il traffic t ffi o over 45,000 count of vehiclees
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And in Land O’ Lakes, there’s only one new commercial building underway for businesses and retailers looking for a new home — Black Lake Professional Office Park on U.S. 41, conveniently located next door to the Land O’ Lakes Post Office. Construction is underway on a new 7,800 square foot building that will soon be home to five businesses. Office space is being configured in 1,500 and 1,800 square foot units, and because the building is strategically zoned C-2, it’s appropriate for retail storefronts or professional offices. Next door is the original Black Lake office building, which is home to several long-established Land O’ Lakes businesses, including Chiropractor Michael Craven, Dentist Brian Bernier and Financial Planner Chris Cooper Cooper. The new building’s architectural design will match the upscale Mediterranean style of the original building, with its distinctive look and attractive terra cotta stucco exterior. Both buildings face U.S. 41 and the scenic Land O’ Lakes Recreational Center, with its park setting, open ball fields and community stage. “One of the biggest reasons business are planning to move into Black Lake is because of its excellent highway visibility, with over 45,000 vehicles a day on U.S. 41,” said Realtor Cody Adams. “This drive-by traffic, and its location in the heart of Land O’ Lakes, makes this office building ideal for a variety of businesses.”
- Next door to the Land O’ Lakees Post Office and close tto many surrounding residential communities and businesses Wa W arehouse Buillding Soon to be under construction, and immediately o buildings, is a warehouse buildbehind the two office ing with 20,000 square feet. This space will be divided into seven, 2,,800 square feet units that include 400 square feet of office area. “The warehouse areho se space is very er unique niq e and something we’re getting lots of calls on,” said Adams. “It’s ideal for businesses needing large open areas that want access to a major road, but do not need highway frontage.” Adams is looking at occupancy beginning in early 2017.
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“There is a huge pent-up demand for new office and warehouse space in central Pasco,” said Adams. “Black Lake is much anticipated, and much desired, by the local business community. This will be an excellent property to own or lease for years to come.”
Russell Adams Realty has been central Pa Pasco’’ss most respected commercial and residential real estate company for over 50 years. Please call Cody Adams with questions about the Black Lake development, as well as an ny other real estate inquiries, at (813) 503-6933.
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