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Pasco considers smoker hiring ban

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It’s hard to argue the numbers against smoking: It’s caused 20.8 million deaths since 1965, it’s been linked to 12 kinds of cancer and 17 chronic diseases, and can create similar problems to anyone else exposed to the smoke, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. So for Pasco County, banning cigarette smoking is a no-brainer. However, preventing smokers from being hired by the county? That might be a little more problematic.

Yet Pasco is starting that push, although county performance development director Marc Bellas admits that he’s still not sure exactly how the new program will shake out. “Everyone in this organization knows this is coming, but what we don’t know is what it will look like, when will it happen, and how it will impact each one of them,” Bellas said. Governments have found some success — and failures — when it comes to implementing policies that would ban hir-

Running the Boston Marathon is on Trout’s ‘bucket list’ By B.C. Manion bcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

When Trish Trout runs with thousands of racers at the 118th Boston Marathon in April, she’ll cross an item off her bucket list. “Boston is the crown jewel of running, and coming from a non-elite running status, it always seemed like it was a dream too far out of reach,” the 39-year-old mother of two said. The Wesley Chapel woman couldn’t picture qualifying and she knew the only other way would be to run for a charity, something she couldn’t quite foresee happening. But one of her co-workers encouraged her to see if she could run for a charity. He told her:“If you can get in, I will help you with fundraising.” So,Trout decided to try, and was acB.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTO cepted to run as part of the Trish Trout says she’ll complete the Boston Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge. Marathon even if she has to crawl or roll across Last year’s bombings in Boston did- the finish line. n’t dissuade her from the desire to run the 26.2-mile race. “It motivates me more,”Trout said.“It has through the neighborhoods of Meadow given me a way to show my kids,‘Yes, there Pointe and Plantation Palms. She prefers runare people who do bad things, but if we let ning in the road because the pavement is that stop us, then we let them win.’” easier on her knees and hips than sidewalks. Her daughter Alexa attends Wiregrass She does longer runs on the weekends. Ranch High School, and her son Adam atTrout, who is a quality assurance analyst tends John Long Middle School.They’ll both for a software company, enjoys running for be in Boston to watch their mom run. causes. She ran a Gasparilla 15-kilometer on “People ask me,‘Are you sure you want a team to raise awareness for human trafto take your kids there?’”Trout said.“I say, ficking. She’s running the Boston Marathon ‘Absolutely, there’s no greater sense of ac- to help raise money for cancer research. complishment than seeing your kids in an “I find it easier to go on the long, lonely environment where everyone who is there runs knowing that I’m running for someis there for the same reason, to accomplish body else,”Trout said. something that is greater than themselves.’” She’s running the Boston Marathon as a She knows it’s no easy feat to complete a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon marathon. And she realizes she is not the Challenge. She has pledged to raise at least ideal candidate to make the run. $9,650. “If you look at me, I’m not built to be a So far, she’s raised just over $8,000. runner,”Trout said. But she’s determined to “Everybody knows somebody who has make it happen. dealt with cancer,”Trout said.“And, what I have “I will crawl. I will roll. It doesn’t matter. I done is — each mile, because there’s 26 miles, will cross that finish line on the day that I’m I’ve been asking people if they’d be willing to supposed to,”Trout said. sponsor a mile,”Trout said.“I have the .2, beTrout has run in a half-dozen half- cause the marathon is 26.2 miles. My daughter marathons and began training for the wants that part. I keep telling her she’s got to Boston Marathon around September. up the ante if she wants that part.” Generally, she does her shorter runs on See MARATHON, page 14 weekday evenings — making her way

ing smokers.Temple Terrace made national news more than a decade ago when it tried to control smoking in its workforce, and the negative backlash caused them to change gears. But that was a different time, when Florida’s ban on indoor smoking in most public places was still in its infancy. In 2003, the argument was to help lower health insurance costs. Today, however, the See SMOKER, page 14

Public invited to celebrate opening of Porter Campus By B.C. Manion bcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

Pasco-Hernando State College is having a public celebration to mark the opening of the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel on April 2. The celebration will be from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with the dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m., in the Building B Conference Center. The Porter family of Wesley Chapel, which donated the land for the campus, will be honored during the dedication ceremony. The college also will recognize Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel for the establishment of an endowed scholarship for area residents. Guests will be able to tour the full-service library, Teaching-Learning Center and student development areas, as well as classrooms, science and nursing labs, and enjoy a variety of open house activities, including entertainment provided by local elementary and high school performance groups. “We invite the community to join us as we celebrate this exciting milestone for our college, and look forward to showcasing our new state-of-the-art campus facilities and all that we have to offer— from credit and noncredit courses to new programs,” Stan Giannet, provost of the campus, said in a release. The campus, at 2727 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, is set on 60 acres of land, just off State Road 56 and next to Wiregrass Ranch High School. The new campus opened its doors on Jan. 13 to more than 1,800 students enrolled See PORTER, page 14

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EXPERIENCE vs. NEW BLOOD

Newcomers face longtime incumbents in St. Leo, Dade City By Michael Hinman mhinman@lakerlutznews.com

Two elections, four candidates and two incumbents — all with nearly a half-century of government experience. Voters head to the polls April 8 in Dade

DADE CITY: BLACK VS. HERRERA

When Scott Black first took his seat on the Dade City Commission, Iraq had not yet invaded Kuwait to ignite the first Gulf War, George Bush (the first one) was still president, and spending more than a dollar for a gallon of gas probably meant it was premium. A lot has changed in 24 years, and Angelica Herrera feels Black has not kept up. And that’s why she’s facing off against him next week. “Mr. Black has had his chance,” she said. “But after (more than) 20 years, he has lost touch with the voters.” That was most evident, Herrera said, when Black approved physically expanding a sewage plant into a neighboring athletic field in the Mickens-Harper neighborhood. “This was most insensitive and not necessary, since the city had other options,” she said. However, if Herrera wants any chance to beat Black, she not only faces a commissioner that has strong name recognition in Dade City, but she may need to overcome some of her eyebrow-raising actions, including walking out of a candidate debate last week. This, Black said, has hurt Herrera’s position, because she has not “presented anything of consideration relating to either experience or fresh perspective.” “She has not attended any city commission meetings or public events to make any effort to educate herself on the current is-

City and St. Leo, where they will decide, among other things, whether they want to keep longevity in their government, or find a fresh perspective. Both municipalities faced controversy in recent months. Dade City abruptly turned one high-level government job into two, pushing

BLACK vs. HERRERA, by the numbers

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The number of years Scott has served on the Dade City commission, since April 1990.

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The average years of experience on the commission, led by Black and 21 years of service by Eunice Penix.

sues,” Black said of Herrera. Quoting the late Gov. Lawton Chiles, Black said elected officials can either “grow” or “swell” in their positions, and he chooses to grow. “It is very important to me that I enjoy and embrace the many challenges that come with the position, and continue to grow with it,” Black said.“As well, someone purporting to be only a fresh infusion of energy is usually not the best option, while a knowledgeable proven force is always bet-

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out a longtime employee. St. Leo could see its government shaken up later this year if parts of Lake Jovita successfully de-annex itself, possibly eliminating two commission seats. These two communities have their future in the balance, and every single vote has the potential to be the ultimate decider. ter, and should be preferred.” Dade City’s commission earned some unwanted publicity late last year when Commissioner Jim Shive surprised his colleagues in the middle of a workshop last October, pushing to separate the position of city clerk and city finance — which was then held by longtime city employee Jim Class. Black spoke out against the move, saying a workshop was not the right forum to bring up such an issue unannounced. But his protests fell on deaf ears, and the move later prompted Class to resign. “The process of dividing the position of city clerk and finance director was flawed and misguided from the start,” Black said.“It was deceptively billed as ‘progress’ when there was no present need to make the personnel change in a smoothly running department — especially in the first month of the new tightly constrained budget yet.” Herrera, however, remembers all of it differently, and says Black has misrepresented what happened. “The fact is that numerous city commission meetings document that this matter was discussed publicly,” she said.“It did not just come up at the workshop for the first time as my opponent would like us to believe. It (really) has been overblown.” Black said his primary regret was not speaking out more loudly, and drawing residents into the conversation. “I wish that the community could have been more aware and alarmed, and willing to stand up and question this continued gradual abuse of power, and demand better of us,” Black said. Both Herrera and Black have combined to raise $6,500 in this race, more than any other municipal election in Pasco County this cycle. And it seems both may need every penny.

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How much of Davis’s campaign funds came from Lake Jovita residents.

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the Town of St. Leo,” Davis said.“These Lake Jovita residents have, up to this point, quietly gone along about their lives and paid town taxes knowing they were receiving little or no services in return.” Town taxes, Davis said, are out of line with what Pasco County charges to live in an unincorporated area, and have accumulated more than $1.2 million in cash and reserves because of it. “I believe a more business-type approach would benefit all of the residents, reduce the current tax burden on all of our residents, and still maintain the town on a sound financial basis,” Davis said. DeWitt, however, calls Davis’ candidacy just a continuation of the battle the town has had with some Lake Jovita residents since 2006.While she has heard complaints about taxes, she feels the bigger reasons have to do with Saint Leo University itself, a school that predates Lake Jovita by a century or so. “When we make decisions, we try to be a voice for everybody in the town, not just for Lake Jovita,” said DeWitt, a nun with nearby Holy Name Monastery, who was first elected to the commission in 1997. “They get upset when the university puts up a tree or a light.They knew what was there when they built the community.” Losing part of Lake Jovita won’t hurt St. Leo at all, DeWitt said, except create some changes on the commission itself when two members will be forced to resign. “St. Leo will be fine,” she said.“We did it 100 years without them, we’ll continue to do it without them.”

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Many of PfC’s members are siblings of former members or were invited by friends to give it a try. “My brother was in it, and I started watching it when I was in third grade,” said Cody Coates, 17, who was so eager to join he persuaded Bonanno to let him join in sixth grade. “It’s a blast,” said the Steinbrenner High School student said.“This is the only thing I’ll cancel my friends for. I’ve missed birthday parties. “I like that I can be a Christian while still having fun. You’re spreading God’s word,” Coates added. If the audience hasn’t heard of them, they’re in for a surprise, he said. “No one expects to see a fun, black-light puppet show,” Coates said. Emily Keleher, another PfC member, was surprised the first time she saw a show. “I thought it was going to be a little puppet show, and then I saw it,” the Martinez Middle School student said. She enjoys performing, but she thinks the best part of being involved is hanging out with other members of the group. Jerry Grimes, 13, who is new to the group this year, said he wanted to join after seeing a performance when he was young. “I would come to these puppet shows, and I was like, ‘Oh, wow, that’s really fun.’ Now, I’m doing it,” said the Walker Middle Magnet School student. He gets a kick out of watching children react. “It’s been very fun, just to see the smiles on kids.” As they run through their routines at practice, the kids are clearly enjoying themselves. They seem to have an easy rapport with Bonanno and Graves. As they talk about their upcoming tour, for instance, one kid tosses out an idea:“We could do a flash mob on the metro,” he said. It’s an idea, Bonanno said, that’s worth considering.

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The music is cranked and the kids are clapping, jumping and gliding around in a second-floor room in the education building at Van Dyke Church in Lutz. They are waving flags, raving poi balls and making dance moves, as they practice a routine for a future performance. The middle and high school youths are part of a group called PfC, which stands for Puppets for Christ. If the name imCOURTESY OF SANDY GRAVES plies some kind of sedate The members of the 2013 Puppets for Christ touring team are, in front, kneeling from left, Madison Welch, puppet presentation Preston Keleher, Allison Tsay, Jessica Grimes, Alex Whittington. Standing in back, Sarah Brennan, Sandy laced with staid Bible lesGraves, Zoe Wallace, A.J. Collado, Cody Coates, Meaghan Heveran, Conner Berg, Jaelin Brigner, Becky sons, think again. Bonanno, Lindsey Proulx, Jordan Reineke, Sarah Lucker. This group has a groove on, and the kids are using music and props they created to help share a She and her husband used the puppets and other churches. gospel message through performances that in the ministry, and their son Nick later The troupe meets for an hour and a half both they and their audiences enjoy. asked if he could put together a puppet weekly, gathering on Wednesday nights to Normally, they perform under black team. work on routines and plan out future perlights, wearing black costumes with mesh or Initially, it was intended to just put on formances. Sometimes they have prop cloth hoods that cover their faces.They use puppet shows at the church. But PfC kept parties. neon puppets, signs and other props to get growing and has evolved into an ongoing There’s a storage room at the church that across their message. ministry that now has 21 members, from is chock full of puppets of all shapes and The ministry has won a fair number of various middle schools and high schools. sizes.There are huge elephant puppets and awards at competitions, and recently was Beyond performing locally, the group hits strap-on flamingo puppets. There are all one of the ministries showcased at the 2014 the road once a year on a tour, where they sorts of neon signs and decorations. Real Ideas Conference at Van Dyke Church, perform primarily at other churches in the “It’s so much fun,” Bonanno said, noting which attracted about 650 people from 177 Southeast, said Sandy Graves, the other co-di- she had no idea the direction that PfC churches to learn practical ways to enliven rector. They perform in such places as would take when it began. their churches. Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston and There are stories of parents who did not At the recent practice, PfC volunteer direc- Jacksonville, but they’ve also been as far come to church, but began attending after tor Becky Bonanno recalled that the ministry away as Chicago and Washington, D.C. bringing their children to a puppet show, began about 15 years ago, with two little They also perform locally, generally for Bonanno said.There are stories of kids who green puppets that came in a curriculum kit, vacation Bible schools, inner-city ministries, were on the puppet team that wound up when she used to teach children’s church. children’s homes, domestic abuse shelters getting married when they became adults.

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Browning has concerns about recommended state test By B.C. Manion bcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

Students across Florida will face a new standardized test next year to replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0. Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has selected a replacement test, but not everyone is embracing it. “I don’t agree with the choice that she’s made,” Pasco County Schools superintendent Kurt Browning said. Florida has joined a host of other states in the pursuit of Common Core Standards — now known as the Florida Standards — which define what students should know as they proceed through school in order to graduate from high school fully prepared to enter college and the work force. Browning has been making the rounds for more than a year, talking to parents, teachers, administrators and civic groups about the importance of adopting the more rigorous standards, and also of the importance of being able to measure the district students’ progress

against students across the nation. The test Stewart has selected won’t allow those national comparisons, Browning said. With the FCAT, the district could compare itself to other Florida districts, but that’s where it stopped, Browning notes. “With this new assessment, we still can’t compare ourselves to other states,” he said. The superintendent said he’s also concerned that the field-testing for the new assessment is being done in Utah. “Utah is nothing like Florida,” Browning said.“In addition to that, we find out that it’s not the entire assessment that’s being fieldtested, but just questions that are being field-tested. “Right now, we’re just going in there saying, ‘Well, if it’s good enough for Utah, it’s good enough for Florida.’ I disagree with that.” Stewart selected the not-for-profit American Institutes for Research to provide the new English language arts and mathematics assessment. Browning noted the new assessment is not a done deal until it gains approval from

the state Board of Education. “The Legislature certainly has the opportunity to chime in on what assessment is used,” Browning said.And if state lawmakers do, Browning asks them to approve “an assessment that provides transparency, that truly measures student growth,” and that would allow for comparability with performance by students in other states. Pasco School Board member Cynthia Armstrong agrees with Browning’s objections. Armstrong is concerned the test doesn’t allow comparisons across the nation, and she also is worried about the field-testing being done in Utah, which is much less diverse than Florida. When Stewart announced her selection of the assessment, she posted prepared letters to teachers and parents. In the March 17 letter to teachers, the education commissioner noted she has heard repeatedly from teachers that they want “tests that provide a more authentic assessment of our students’ grasp of Florida Standards. “These assessments will do that,” Stewart

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SmartStart Dade City will host an open house April 4 from noon to 3 p.m. to learn about Pasco County’s first business incubator, and get a tour of the facility. SmartStart is located at 15000 Citrus Country Drive in Dade City. Managed by the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., SmartStart encourages companies to work in a collaborative environment with other small businesses. Tenants have round-the-clock access to office space, as well as co-working space with free Wi-Fi, a mailbox, conference room space, seminars and one-on-one mentoring.

GASSAWAY JOINS PEDC BOARD

B. Patrick Gassaway, president of Heidt Design LLC, has joined the Pasco Economic Development Council’s board of directors. Heidt Design is a local consulting firm providing community planning, land planning, landscape architecture, ecological services, land development engineering, and construction inspection services in the Tampa Bay region. Heidt Design first became an investor of the Pasco EDC in 2012, and has since increased its involvement to the $10,000 corporate council level. “Since 1999, our engineering practice has been solely focused on Pasco County,” Gassaway said, in a release.“We’ve watched the area explode with growth, and we look forward to helping contribute to the planning, development and creation of jobs in this community.” The Pasco EDC board is responsible for governing the organization and providing leadership in the execution of its strategies.

MEADOW POINTE TOWNHOMES BEGIN

Construction has started on Lennar’s Central Florida Division’s newest project at Meadow Pointe. The company is building 62 townhomes just north of New Tampa in southern Pasco

County.The townhomes will have three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, ranging in square feet from 1,636 to 1,853. Prices will begin at around $150,000. Meadow Pointe is a 1,800-acre project with nature preserves and other amenities including swimming pools, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, playgrounds, nature trails and bicycle paths. For information, visit their website at LennarTampaFl.com.

LGBT BILL GETS CORPORATE SUPPORT

More Florida businesses are throwing their support to a bipartisan bill that would ban anti-gay and gender-based discrimination. Joining Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce are Raymond James Financial, Winn-Dixie Stores, On Top of the World Communities in Ocala, and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Other businesses already a part of the coalition include C1 Bank, Carlton Fields, CSX Corp., Darden Restaurants, Florida Blue,Wells Fargo and Home Shopping Network. While it’s illegal to discriminate in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap or marital status, the LGBT community is left out of statewide non-discrimination protections, according to a release. The group instead has supported S.B. 348 and H.B. 239, collectively known as the Florida Competitive Workforce Act. Patrick Geraghty, chief executive of Florida Blue, leads the coalition.

LATINO NETWORKING EVENT

Gaceta Latina is hosting a business networking event April 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Residence Inn Marriott, 2101 Northpoint Parkway in Lutz. Cost is free, but RSVP is required by April 18. For information, email info@gacetalatinanews.com, or call (813) 936-4024.

SOCIAL FOR WOMEN-N-CHARGE

Women-n-Charge will host a social and open house April 17 beginning at 5 p.m., at City Grill, 5429 Village Market in Wesley Chapel. No RSVP or meeting fees are required. For information, call (813) 600-9848, or email admin@women-n-charge.com.

BELLAFIELD COLLECTION OPENS AT SEVEN OAKS

Standard Pacific Homes recently hosted the grand opening of its Bellafield collection of single-family homes in Wesley Chapel’s Seven Oaks community. Two model homes of the collection are now open, which includes “great rooms,” gourmet kitchens and spa-like master bathrooms. House sizes range from 1,945 square feet to 3,866 square feet, and is in both singleand two-story designs. Prices start a little under $300,000. The Bellafield sales center is located at 4527 Scarlet Loop in Wesley Chapel. For information, visit StandardPacificHomes.com.

Florida residents with a hearing loss are eligible to receive a free amplified phone from the non-profit Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. Cordless and corded phones for persons with mild to severe hearing loss are available at 23 distribution centers statewide. Limit one per customer.

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A ribbon cutting that computes The training division of Computers Etc. at the Dade City Business Center recently held a rib-

bon cutting and grand opening, sponsored by the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. Partners Ken Buzzie, Kristin Pelletier and staffer Michael Tauber cut the ribbon for the new center. The new center will help customers with Microsoft Office Suite, Windows 7, Window 8 and Windows 8.1, as well as accounting software.


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2348 Collier Parkway, is hosting Lenten fish fry dinners April 4 and April 11 in the Parish Hall. Dinners are served from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and younger, and $25 for the family special. Take-out is available. For information, call (813) 949-4565.

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Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will host a meet and greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster parents April 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Wesley Chapel Petco, 1231 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. For information, call (813) 971-4732.

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In recognition of National Poetry Month, the Pasco Arts Council will present the exhibit “Expressions”April 1 through April 30 at the art center, 5744 Moog Road in Holiday.The exhibit includes an original haiku and artwork.The center is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call (727) 845-7322.

Gunn Highway Memorial Auxiliary Unit 147, 17383 Gunn Highway in Odessa, will present its third annual All American Comedy Show and Dinner April 5.Tickets are $15 per person, or $25 for a couple, and includes dinner.There will be a cash bar. For time and information, call (813) 476-8118, or email gunnalaunit147@aol.com.

HOSPICE POKER RUN

Cooper Financial Services is hosting a Shopping for Empowerment event to benefit the women of the Sunrise Domestic and Sexual Violence Center April 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.There will be door prizes, light refreshments, and a chance drawing. Cost is $5.The event is at 5420 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Suite 101, in Land O’ Lakes. For information, call (813) 996-6100.

The second annual Hittin’ the Road for Hospice, benefiting Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care, is April 5 starting at Harley-Davidson of New Port Richey, 5817 State Road 54. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m., with the event starting at 10 a.m.A post-run celebration will be at 1 p.m., at Quail Hollow Golf and Country Club, 6225 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel. For information, visit HittinTheRoadForHospice.org.

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HCC JOB FAIR

Hillsborough Community College will host a job fair at its Ybor City Campus, 2112 N. 15th St., in Tampa,April 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, email akeaton@hccfl.edu.

NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet April 8 at 7 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.Adrienne Condon will present “John Bartram: First American Native Plant Expert.” There will light refreshments and a native plant drawing. For information, call (727) 3767663.

NORTH TAMPA GARDEN CLUB

The North Tampa Garden Club will meet April 9 at 10 a.m., at the Forest Hills Park Community Center, 724 W. 109th Ave., in Tampa. Guest speaker will be Debi Donaldson, master gardener. A covered-dish luncheon will follow the program. For information, call (813) 238-0563.

AARP DRIVER CLASS

An AARP Smart Driver Class for drivers age 50 and older will be offered at the Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.The cost for AARP members is $15, and $20 for non-members. Space is limited. Registration is required. For information, call Bev Cogdill at (813) 9073908.

ST. CLEMENT’S FISH FRY

St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 706 W. 113th Ave., in Forest Hills, will host Friday night fish fry dinners and family game nights through April 11. Dinner runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by games until 9 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, and $25 for families of three or more. Children 5 and younger are free. For information, call (813) 932-6204.

TABLE SCRAP GARDENING

The Pasco County Extension Office is offering a free seminar on table scrap gardening April 12 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Learn to start new plants from potatoes, pineapples, celery, garlic and more. For information, call (813) 996-2411.

ECOFEST 2014

EcoFest 2014 will be April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Lowry Park Bandshell, 7525 N. Boulevard in Tampa.The event will feature local green vendors, green living demos, a farmer’s market, kids’ zone and more.This is a free family event. For information, visit LearningGate.org/ecofest.

EASTER EGGS-TRAVAGANZA

Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo, will host its second annual Easter Eggs-travaganza April 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.There will be egg-inspired games, an egg toss and an egg race, egg hunts, and arts and crafts. Radio Disney will be at the event.A food truck will be on-site. For information, call Jennifer Garcia at (352) 588-8499, or email jennifer.garcia@saintleo.edu.

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LIBRARIES Land O’ Lakes Branch Library • Acrylics with Laurie, 10:30 a.m., April 2 • Alzheimer’s Association/Caregiver Support, 11 a.m., April 2 • Baby Storytime, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., every Thursday • Toddler Storytime, 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., April 4, April 11 and April 25 • Preschool Storytime, 11:30 a.m., April 4, April 11 and April 25

• Teen Game Night, 6 p.m., April 4 • Reading Buddies, 10 a.m., every Saturday • Beginner’s Mandarin Chinese, 10 a.m., April 5 and April 19 • CoderDojo Tampa Bay Area, 11 a.m., April 5 and April 19 • Popcorn and a Movie, 2 p.m., April 5 • SCORE: How to Apply for a Business Loan, 5 p.m., April 8 • Teen Advisory Board, 6 p.m. April 8 and April 22 • Computer Skills, 10 a.m., April 9

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• Toddler Time, 10:30 a.m. April 3, April 10, April 17 and April 24 • Storytime, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., every Thursday • Block Party, 3:30 p.m., April 7 • Tai Chi with Bonnie Birdsall, 6:15 p.m., April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28 • Zinio: An Introduction, 3:30 p.m., April 9 • Ask-A-Genealogist, 1 p.m., April 12 • National Library Week Centennial Celebration, 2 p.m., April 15 • Oceans Away: Water World, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., April 16 • Teen Advisory Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m. April 26 • Filmmaking 101, April 26 • Art Program, 3:30 p.m., April 28 • Internet – Malicious PC Software, 6:30 p.m., April 29 The library is located at 17808 Wayne Road in Odessa, and can be reached at (813) 273-3652.

• Story Time, 11:30 a.m., every Tuesday • You Can Manage Diabetes, 6 p.m., every Tuesday • Chair Yoga, 10:30 a.m., April 2 • Computer Tutor, 2 p.m., April 2, April 16 and April 30 • Baby Time, 10:15 a.m., every Thursday • Toddler Time, 11 a.m., every Thursday • Chess Do It at the Lutz Library, 1 p.m., April 5 and April 19 • Online Genealogy, noon, April 7 • Zinio: Digital Magazines, 6:30 p.m., April 7 • Book Discussion: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., April 8 • Knitting at the Depot, 6 p.m., April 8 and April 22 • ABCs and 123s of Yoga, 11 a.m., April 9 • Online Shopping, 2 p.m., April 9 • Saturday Move Matinee, 10:30 a.m., April 12 • Master Gardener: High Color, Low Maintenance Gardening, 6:30 p.m., April 14 • Block Party, 6:30 p.m., April 21

• Jump, Jive and Jam at 10:15 a.m., April 23 • eBooks and eReaders: An Introduction, 2 p.m., April 23 The library is located at 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, and can be reached at (813) 273-3652.

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• All day-Gallery at 2902 James Graves Marking Questions Photography Show, every day in April • Family Center on Deafness Telephone, 10 a.m., April 1 and April 22 • Baby Time, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., every Tuesday • Toddler Time, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., every Wednesday • eBooks and eReaders: An Introduction, 2 p.m., April 3 and April 17 • Teen Advisory Board Meeting, 6 p.m., April 3 and April 17 • Gmail: Messages, 10:15 a.m. April 4 and April 11 • Free Practice SAT Test, 10:15 a.m., April 5

• Storytime, 10:15 a.m., every Monday • English Practice at Conversation Corner, 11 a.m., April 8, April 15, April 22 and April 29 • Master Gardener: Container Gardening, 7 p.m., April 8 • Excel: Formatting, 7 p.m., April 8 • Senior Interest Group, 10:30 a.m., April 9 • Hoopia, 2 p.m., April 10 • Block Party, 6 p.m., April 10 • Mini Journal Charms Workshop, 6 p.m., April 10 • Gmail: Attachments and Address Book, 10:15 a.m., April 11 • Excel: Basic Calculators, 7 p.m., April 15 • Online Photo Editing, 10:15 a.m., April 18 • Excel: Advanced Calculations, 7 p.m., April 22 • Computer and eBook Tutor, 2 p.m., April 24 • Games Galore, 6 p.m., April 24 • Video Sharing, 10:15 a.m., April 25 • Something For Everyone at The New Jimmie B. Keel Library, 12:30 p.m., April 27 • Poetry and Jazz Month Celebration & Lit Wit The library is located at 2902 W. Bearss Ave., and can be reached at (813) 273-3652.

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Life is becoming more and more difficult for tobacco users. Not only is space to light up becoming scarce, but jobs might be more difficult to find as well.

SMOKER, from page 1 carrot being dangled is healthier living. “What they’re looking for is kind of a more environmentally friendly and positive work place,” said county public information officer Doug Tobin.“That includes a smokefree campus, as well as a policy where new employees would be prohibited from smoking.” And the idea is not new in Pasco County. Both the fire department and sheriff’s office already restrict smoking among employees, Tobin said, and the county itself has flirted with the idea for several years now. A smoking policy for the county government is far from complete, Bellas said. However, he brought up some initial ideas to the Pasco County Commission last week to get some of their feedback. In its current form, employees hired after Oct. 1 would be required to sign an affidavit affirming they have not used tobacco products for one year, and agree to submit to a nicotine test if they’re every suspected of smoking. Those who were hired before Oct. 1 would no longer be allowed to use tobacco products while they are on the clock. New hires would not be allowed to smoke or use tobacco products at all, not even at home, or on the weekends. If they are discovered to have violated the policy, they could be disciplined and even fired.

PORTER, from page 1 in classes at what is now the fifth full-service PHSC campus. It offers courses in business administration, nursing, allied health, human services, information technology and other disciplines. The Porters also are being honored at a dinner being hosted by the Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation on April 12 beginning at 6 p.m. The second annual Bash at the Ranch will include a dinner prepared by a chef, live entertainment, wine and beer tastings, a silent auction, and a wine pull. The event

Yet, even Bellas admits that sometimes a plan looks far better on paper than it does in the field. And his goal is to not make it more difficult to compete for good employees with other counties and private industry by having too restrictive of a policy. “We have a few challenges that we can’t ignore,” he said.“Between 24 and 25 percent of our employees right now use tobacco, and a lot of them are in the entry-level positions in roads and bridges, and in utilities. The folks in those departments already have a hard enough time keeping those positions filled. If we take one more thing away, and they believe it’s going to be a problem, then that is not a good choice for us.” That means there’s still a lot of work to do on the policy before it’s completed, Bellas said, and there’s a good chance that what is finally approved to begin next October could be quite different from what’s on the table today. And the talk alone of implementing the policy seems to have had some positive effect already. Commissioner Henry Wilson, who serves on a committee addressing this issue, told commissioners at the recent meeting participation in smoking cessation programs has drastically increased over the past two months. “They know the conversation has started,”Wilson said.“This is nothing else but to create a healthy work environment, and that’s what we’ll try to do.”

will benefit the PHSC Foundation-sponsored endowed scholarships. Ted and Avis Phillips of the 4G+1 Ranch in Land O’ Lakes will host the event on their 5,000-acre cattle and horse ranch. The Musunuru family is the presenting sponsor. Dr. Rao Musunuru is a member and three-time former chair of PHSC’s district board of trustees. Admission is by advance purchase only. Half of the $150 ticket cost is a tax-deductible contribution, organizers said. Tables and tickets may be purchased by calling (727) 816-3410, or by visiting PHSC.edu/foundation/bash.

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Elderly homeowners will have a little help with reverse mortgages through a new program through the Florida Housing Finance Corp. Called the Elderly Mortgage Assistance Program, or “Elmore,” this program is designed to assist homeowners with home equity conversion mortgages, better known as reverse mortgages, who are struggling making property tax and homeowners insurance payments. Because of that, these homeowners could face foreclosure for nonpayment of these required expenses. “There are thousands of reverse mortgages in Florida that are in delinquency,” said Steve Auger, executive director for Florida Housing, in a release.“After implementing other (‘Hardest-Hit Fund’) programs that target the more ‘traditional’ homeowner, it is now time to help homeowners who are in the twilight of their years, on a fixed income, experiencing a hardship, and facing foreclosure.This new program should help them sustain their homes, while they look at ways to free up income to pay their homeowner expenses moving forward.” The program is being conducted in cooperation with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Fannie Mae, and the U.S.

MARATHON, from page 1 Trout said she’s hoping to exceed her pledge and raise at least $13,100 for DanaFarber, which is a cancer institute in Brookline, Mass. She picked that number because “13.1” signifies a half-marathon, the distance she normally runs. If she raises $13,100, she’ll shave her head in a show of solidarity with cancer patients who do not think they have anyone supporting them. Trout said her goal is to complete the marathon in no more than 5 hours and 30 minutes. Initially, she was shooting for 5 hours and 15 minutes, but she’s coming off a slight injury.

Department of the Treasury. Florida has been allotted $25 million to help distressed homeowners with the program. Reverse mortgages offer unique benefits to elderly homeowners, allowing them to access the equity in their homes. However, with a reverse mortgage, homeowners have specific responsibilities that are set by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, which insures most reverse mortgages, including the timely payment of property-related expenses. If the homeowner falls behind on those obligations, the servicer may issue a demand for payment-in-full of the reverse mortgage, or even foreclose on the property. The Elmore program is designed for those who demonstrate they will be able to reasonably recover from the hardship that contributed to the property-related expenses becoming delinquent. Florida homeowners with reverse mortgages who want to see if they qualify for the Elmore program should first contact their reverse mortgage servicer. If the servicer is unable to assist, the homeowner should then call the Elmore application and information line at (800) 601-3534. Additional information is available online at either FloridaElmore.org, or at KnowYourOptions.com/reverse. Trout’s familiar with the course because she drove it in November when she was in Boston for Thanksgiving. “I got goose bumps, and I started to cry when I stood at the starting line. I was in the moment,” she said. She’s anticipating a similar show of emotion on April 21, as she crosses the finish line. Regardless of the time she turns in,Trout said this experience already has taught her a few things about herself. “It reaffirms the fact that, when I make a decision, I’m going to do whatever it takes to stick to it,” she said. “And, I’m a lot stronger than I thought I was.” Anyone interested in donating can visit RunDFMC.org/2014/trish.

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Lutz game company goes mobile with ‘Battle Gems’ By Michael Murillo mmurillo@lakerlutznews.com

Adam Bohn isn’t big on traditional business attire, but his Lutz-based company, Artix Entertainment, is big on video games. Their latest offering, ‘Battle Gems,’ is their first on mobile platforms.

If you’re one of the millions of people who play video games on a computer, cellphone or mobile device, you might imagine that the games come from a giant complex in Silicon Valley, or a high tech company in a foreign country. But sometimes they come from Lutz. “We are a carefully-guarded secret treasure of Lutz, and we love being here,” said Adam Bohn, chief executive of Artix Entertainment. The company began in 2002 in Bohn’s spare bedroom, and today the company employs nearly 50 people and operates out of Northpointe Village. Artix has had great success creating online role-playing games, also known as RPGs, and massively multiplayer online games, or MMOs, that are playable through an Internet browser. The company boasts more than 170 million players who have signed up for the games, which are free to play with upgrades and other in-game advantages available at a price. But with a trend toward mobile-platform gaming,Artix didn’t want players leaving the company’s games at home with their computers. So, after eight months of development, they’ve recently entered the mobile game market with “Battle Gems,” a free game that combines puzzle, fighting and role-playing elements. Players can battle more than 100 different foes, collect items and complete quests, all through their cellphone or tablet.The entire game can be played with no cost to the user, Bohn said, but faster play options and other perks are available for a one-time $10 upgrade. The game currently is available on

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Apple’s iTunes Store, and should be available soon on Google Play as well. Strong user reviews and early adopters are important to making a game successful, and with nearly 80,000 downloads in the first week of release and good word-ofmouth, Bohn said his team’s first attempt at mobile gaming has been a satisfying one. “We’ve put a lot of heart into this game, but we didn’t expect the kind of reaction that our players are giving us,” he said of “Battle Gems.” “Very consistently, from people who know us and people who don’t know us, we’re getting (user grades of) 4.5 out of 5, and 9 out of 10.The reviews have been just overwhelmingly positive.” Bohn acknowledges that “Battle Gems’” flat-fee upgrade option might not produce the most revenue possible, but he believes

that many “free” games end up costing players too much money in the long run. Bypassing time restrictions in some games could cost an additional dollar each time, and individual items might cost anywhere from a few dollars to upwards of $40. While Artix’s games aren’t designed to extract that kind of revenue for the right to keep playing, he believes that providing value is more important, and Bohn wants them designed so players can enjoy it without being asked for extra money at every turn. Instead of focusing just on revenue, Bohn said that his team put extra emphasis on creating a wide variety of monsters and characters the player will face. “We built this game with more monsters than most mobile apps would ever dream of having,” he said. They also made the game larger than originally planned, boosting the

number of levels from 256 to 480. While Artix is enjoying the positive feedback from “Battle Gems” and is looking forward to introducing it on the Google Play store, the future is constantly part of the discussion for a technology-based company. Bohn expects the turnaround time for their next mobile game to be shorter, but he wants the content to be even more creative and outlandish. The company also is looking into bringing versions of their popular browser-based games to the mobile platform. Bohn indicated that original content will always be part of Artix Entertainment’s future projects. “Honestly, we have no shortage of game ideas,” Bohn said. For more information about Artix Entertainment and its games, visit Artix.com, HeroMart.com.

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Celiac support group

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson, hosts the West Pasco celiac support group the first Saturday of every month at 10 a.m.The next meeting is April 5. Meetings are open to the public and include recipe demonstrations of a gluten-free diet. For information, visit RMCHealth.com.

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Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will host a Chatterboxes meeting April 3 at 3 p.m. The support group assists people suffering from communication deficits as a result of a cerebral vascular accident or other neurological disorder. Caregivers and spouses are encouraged to attend. For information, call (727) 834-4445.

OneBlood will host blood drives April 7 at two Walgreens locations, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Each donor will receive a $10 gift card to Walgreens. Donors must be at least 16 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. The stores are: • 22829 State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes • 20741 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., in Tampa For information, visit OneBlood.org.

Chronic disease program

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Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson, will offer the chronic disease self-management program Living Healthy beginning April 3 at 1:30 p.m., and continuing on April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1 and May 8. Topics include dealing with fatigue, appropriate exercise, use of medications, new

The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will host Helping HANDs, a support group for family members and friends impacted by autism,April 9 at 7 p.m. There will be a guest presenter from the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida. For information, call Jonica Chittum at

(813) 402-9442, or email jonica.chittum@hcahealthcare.com.

Heart healthy nutrition

The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, is offering a class called Heart Healthy Nutrition: Eating for a Healthy Lifestyle April 15 at 10 a.m. The class will review heart healthy eating to control blood pressure, weight and protect the heart. Participants will learn dietary balance, good and bad fats, controlling sodium intake, calorie balance, and the importance of dietary fiber. Seating is limited. To make a reservation, call (727) 8345630.

Get copy of advance directive

National Health Care Decision Day is April 16 and HPH Hospice is offering a download of an advance directive at its homepage at HPH-Hospice.org. Those interested can also have a packet mailed to them by calling (866) 940-0962. An HPH staff representative also is available to meet one-on-one for guidance through the preparation of an advance directive. Call Jane Freeman at (727) 863-7971 or (800) 486-8784.

Living will distribution

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Gulfside appoints Suggs

Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care has appointed Dr. Charles L. Suggs III as its new chief medical officer. Suggs started at Gulfside Regional Hospice, now Gulfside Hospice, in August 2006 as a team physician. He also has served as the medical director for both Gulfside Regional Hospice Dr. Charles L. Suggs III and Pasco Palliative Care. He has more than 30 years experience practicing medicine, and is board certified in hospice and palliative care medicine, as well as in obstetrics and gynecology.

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Hillsborough Community College will host several upcoming campus open houses. Each event will have refreshments and giveaways. • Plant City Campus, 1206 N. Park Road: April 8, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests can tour environmental science, advanced water treatment and other programs.Admissions, fi-

nancial aid and career opportunity information will be available. For more information, email shenderson20@hccfl.edu. • SouthShore Campus, 551 24th St., N.E., in Ruskin: April 15, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can pick up program information, tour the campus, view nursing lab demos and more. Financial aid and admissions materials will be available. For more information, email csanchez52@hccfl.edu. • Brandon Campus, 10414 E. Columbus Drive in Tampa: April 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Program, admissions and financial aid information will be available. For more information, email dmccaskill3@hccfl.edu.

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New coach, no problem for Bulls baseball By Michael Murillo mmurillo@lakerlutznews.com

For the past five seasons, the Wiregrass Ranch Bulls boys baseball team has finished the year with a winning record. Last year, they reached the playoffs for the first time in school history and made it all the way to the regional final. But this year, they entered the season with a coach who wasn’t involved in the team’s previous success. Marshall McDougall had not only never coached at Wiregrass Ranch before, he had never coached at the high school level before. For a team on the rise, it might seem like a risky move to put the team’s future in such inexperienced hands. But about halfway through the season, that move looks like a brilliant one. Wiregrass Ranch currently has a 10-4 record, and is in the hunt for the Class 7A District 8 title with a 4-2 record.That mark includes an impressive 12-2 win over district foe Steinbrenner on March 25, and their new coach is pleased with the team’s strong start. “As a whole, our team is pretty solid all the way through,” McDougall said.“It’s a matter of keep pushing the kids, keep improving and keep playing hard, and I think our kids can go a long way.” While he hasn’t spent much time as a coach, McDougall makes up for it in realworld baseball experience. He played professional baseball for more than a dozen years, including a stint with the Texas Rangers.And his baseball days aren’t far be-

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Three win awards at martial arts event The Wesley Chapel Martial Arts Academy participated in the 2014 Florida Tae Kwon Do championships, and several students came away with awards. Malike Campbell earned first place in sparring and second place in forms. Julson St. Charles earned second place in forms and weapons, and Michael Patron earned third place in sparring. Habib Fayiz runs the academy. For information about the Wesley Chapel Martial Arts Academy, call (813) 907-6900, or visit WesleyChapelTKD.com.

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hind him: At 35 and retired from the game for just two years, he’s able to not only instruct the team verbally, but go out on the field and show them exactly what he means. McDougall believes the ability to participate with his team allows them to learn in non-verbal ways and buy into his system since it’s coming from someone who can still play the game at a high level. And his players agree. “Sometimes he’ll go out there and show us we’re not as good as we think we are,” said senior Ryan Girard, who pitches and plays first base for the team.“He’s definitely still got all the skills, and he passes them on

Knights of Columbus golf tourney May 4 The Knights of Columbus will host its 22nd Annual Memorial Golf Tournament May 4 at Quail Hollow Golf Course, 6225 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel. The event, which begins with a four-person scramble at 1 p.m., also includes a putting contest.The entry fee is $100 per golfer, and includes dinner and 15 raffle tickets.Anyone with a team of four pays $80 per golfer. The event benefits homeless children and military support efforts. Hole sponsorships also are available. For information, call Joe Stanziani at (813) 907-6217, or visit KnightsLOL.org.

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The Saint Leo University men’s basketball team will host three basketball camps in June for boys ranging from first grade through high school. A two-day shooting camp will be June 6-7, the camp of champions will be June 9-12, and the Nike overnight camp will be June 15-18. All camps will be at the Marion Bowman Activities Center at the Saint Leo University campus, 33701 State Road 52. For information, call (800) 334-5532, or visit SaintLeoLions.com.

Major League Baseball is offering free administrative kits for coaches, parents or adult volunteers interested in hosting a free MLB Pitch, Hit & Run skills competition for boys and girls ages 7 to 14. Participants will display baseball or softball skills, and qualifiers from around the country will have an opportunity to advance to the national finals at the 2014 All-Star Game. Those who wish to host an event will receive a handbook, banners, posters, awards and other information. The events take place in April or May. For information, email pitchhitrun@website.mlb.com.

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The Rockstar Rebels Travel Ball Academy will have tryouts for its fall baseball teams on April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 13651 Hays Road in Spring Hill. The organization will field six teams for players ages 7 through 14. The tryouts will be structured like a practice, with select players invited to take part in the summer training regimen. For information, call Coach Ryan Pryor at (813) 992-1030, or e-mail ryan@rockstarbaseball.com.

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Adults in the Dade City area are invited to participate in weekly tennis match play. The matches take place Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, and are organized by U.S. Professional Tennis Association coach Jeanette Marcus. The cost is $10 per person for doubles play. For information, email jmarcusddm@gmail.com, or call (813) 417-0061.

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Zachary Drury, one of Wiregrass Ranch’s seniors, said that new coach Marshall McDougall has been a great fit for the Bulls as they build on last year’s success.

to us as best he can.” The team sees that McDougall knows Memorial Golf Outing April 5 at Heritage Harbor Golf and Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway in Lutz. A shotgun start is set for 1 p.m. The cost is $75 per golfer or $300 for a foursome. It includes golf, contests, an awards presentation, dinner and a raffle ticket. Sponsorships are also available. For information, visit LutzLeaguerettes.com.

what he’s doing, Girard said, and they can follow his lead knowing it comes from experience and knowledge of the game. Zachary Drury, a senior who is a pitcher and plays third base for Wiregrass Ranch, also believes that McDougall’s ability to show the team how to execute plays is an advantage. But he said that his coaching style also helps the team succeed by allowing them to grow without over-the-top yelling and unproductive pressure. “He doesn’t really get mad. I mean, he gets mad, but he doesn’t make you afraid to make a mistake,” Drury said. “He’s a really cool guy and we enjoy having him.” And while the Bulls are enjoying a winning record, McDougall doesn’t want them getting complacent.The coach sets up individual competitions in practice so the players get used to trying to win on a regular basis regardless of record. And there are small consequences for losing, such as a few laps or cleaning up after practice. Just enough, McDougall said, to keep them from being OK with losing or not hungry enough to continue improving. While he believes Wiregrass Ranch can go far this year, McDougall is adamant that his goals don’t really matter. It’s the players, not the coaches, who must have the drive to set high objectives and then find the will to achieve them. “My goal is to help them reach their goal. That’s the best way I can put it,” he said.“We (the coaches) are not playing. It’s up to them to decide what they want. My job is to teach them small things and try to make them reach the goal they want.” ble will benefit the Lions Club of Wesley Chapel. Registration and lunch will begin at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. An awards reception follows play. For information, visit WesleyChapelChamber.com.

Cycling Out Autism April 5

Academy at the Lakes will host its 19th annual golf tournament April 6 at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The cost is $125 per player of $500 for a foursome. It includes golf, cocktails, a lunch buffet, dinner, awards and a raffle. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the tournament starts at 1 p.m. For registration and sponsorship information, visit AcademyAtTheLakes.org.

The Interbay Rotary Club will have its Cycling Out Autism event April 5 at the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., in New Port Richey. The event includes rides of 12 miles, 25 miles and 50 miles. Autism programs that will benefit include Sydney’s Academy, the Center For Autism and Related Disabilities, and the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at the University of South Florida. For more information, visit online at CyclingOutAutism.com, or call Allen Keetch at (813) 367-6756.

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Oasis Pregnancy Care Centers will host a golf tournament April 26 at Sherman Hills Golf & Country Club, 31200 Eagle Falls Drive in Brooksville. Oasis is a faith-based nonprofit in Land O’ Lakes that offers support to women and families. Registration is open, and sponsorships are available. For information, call (813) 406-4965. The Slo Pitch Softball League, geared toward players older than 60, will host registration every Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3932 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. Teams will be balanced, and play Friday mornings. For information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211.

Wesley Chapel chamber golf tourney

The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual golf tournament May 2.The four-person scram-

Dade City Little League is looking for businesses to help sponsor its 2014 season. Sponsorships are available on a team basis, with the business name on the back of shirts, as well as website recognition. It’s also available on an individual basis by paying for a child’s registration fees. Sign advertising at games also is available. For information, call (352) 521-3335. Registrations are now being accepted for the 2014 Lax Max Florida Lacrosse Tournament taking place at Lakewood Ranch the weekend of April 6. Lax Max is designed for recreational travel and town team programs within Florida. The event offers a choice of either one-day three-game jamboree, or a two-day tournament. It features boys and girls round-robin competitions at various levels for ages under-10 through under-18. For more information, visit online at USAmateurSports.com, or email usamateursports@aol.com.


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On the upswing: Saint Leo ranked No. 29 in men’s golf By Michael Murillo mmurillo@lakerlutznews.com

The latest polls are out, and for the Saint Leo Lions men’s golf team, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that they’re ranked 29th in the nation among Division II schools in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches’ Poll.The ranking, compiled in a collaboration with Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America, means that the Lions are considered a top program and one of the best in the country. Now the bad news:That 29th-place ranking, while excellent when judging schools around the country, is good for just sixth in their own conference. The Sunshine State Conference is comprised of nine schools, but seven of them received votes in the poll, and five finished in the top 25. The top-ranked team, Barry University, is a member of the SSC.The second-ranked team, Lynn University, is a member as well. Nova, Florida Tech and Florida Southern also are conference schools that are ranked in the top 20, ahead of Saint Leo. So where does that leave the Lions, who are considered a top golf program yet underdogs in their own conference? According to coach Chris Greenwood, it leaves them motivated. “It’s like the old saying,‘If you want to be the best you’ve got to beat the best.’ Competition is a good thing and being in a strong conference is a good thing,” he said. While the rankings show the continuing strength of the SSC, they aren’t much of a surprise to Saint Leo or anyone else. Last year’s NCAA championship was decided in a close match-up, with Barry edging Lynn.

viduals in Ryan Gendron, a golfer who is contributing to the team in just his freshman year. In March, he shot a third-round 69, with a three-round total of 210, and earned medalist honors at the First Federal Southeastern Collegiate in Georgia. Gendron believes the team has the right mentality and work ethic to keep improving. “We’re all very positive, and we all push each other to do our best,” he said. “We practice every weekend when we don’t have scheduled practices.” Gendron acknowledges that playing golf in college is different than when he played for Tampa’s Plant High School. Where his team might have faced off against one or two excellent players, teams are filled with talent at the college level. But he believes that playing against those players, and the well-respected teams in their conference, is part of the fun and provides a good measuring stick for the Lions. Gendron also believes the ranking COURTESY OF MIKE CARLSON shows the progress Saint Leo has Freshman Ryan Gendron, thanks to help from coach Chris Greenwood, has helped the Saint Leo made. Lions reach the No. 29 ranking in the recent coaches’ poll. “I’m extremely happy from where we were in previous years,” he said. And Greenwood has a lot of experience cess to recruit like he could with Lynn — “We’ve made huge improvements, and (No.) with Lynn.While this is his first year coach- but he believes that, with the right person- 29 is not anything to be ashamed of. I think ing Saint Leo, he spent seven successful nel, the team can achieve great things. we’re headed in the right direction.” years at Lynn. He was named conference “As much as I can teach the game, it’s And while Greenwood isn’t ashamed of Coach of the Year twice and led the team to more about what’s inside of them and their the team’s ranking, he’s not satisfied with it, 16 tournament titles and four appearances desire,” Greenwood said.“It’s not all about either. His goal is to see the team finish the at the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National what you’re born with (talent-wise).There year in the top 25, and make the Lions’ turnTournament. has to something inside you and there has around even more impressive. Greenwood said that taking over a strug- to be a drive. If you have the right individu“It’s nice to see us ranked 29, but I think gling Lions program has had some als, it can be done.” we’re even better than that.We just have to challenges — he can’t use a history of sucGreenwood has found one of those indi- get out there and play and show it,” he said.

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DEADLINE HERE FOR MAIL BALLOTS Any voter wishing to avoid having to head to a precinct on election day April 8 has until April 2 to request a vote-by-mail ballot in Pasco County. After that, beginning April 3, voters who wish to vote a paper ballot prior to election day can pick up their ballot at any of the three supervisor of elections offices in the county, or at their respective city halls. Local elections are taking place in three municipalities: Dade City, St. Leo and Zephyrhills. Those picking up ballots on behalf of someone else will need a written request from the voter, designating them as the person authorized to carry out that ballot, the Pasco County elections office said in a release.The designee will be asked to provide photo ID, and to complete an affidavit before the ballot can be released. Designees are limited to picking up two ballots in addition to their own, unless the additional ballots are for immediate family members. Elections office locations locally are at 14236 Sixth St., Suite 200, in Dade City, as well as 4111 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Room 105, in Land O’ Lakes. For information, visit PascoVotes.com.

BURGESS, DIAZ TO SPEAK AT REPUBLICAN CLUB

Republican Florida House candidates Danny Burgess and Minnie Diaz are set to speak at the Wesley Chapel Republican Club April 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Wesley Chapel Hyundai, 27000 Wesley Chapel Blvd. For information, email Mike Moore at wcrepublican@att.net.

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The East Pasco Democratic Club will meet April 21 at 7 p.m. at The Commons,

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Energetic? Service-oriented? Then the Pasco County supervisor of elections may be looking for you. Poll workers are needed for both the primary election Aug. 26 and the general election Nov. 4. Positions are paid, but potential candidates will need to be able to stand, bend, stoop, lift approximately 30 pounds, and have normal vision and manual and physical dexterity. Applicants also need to write and read English, have an email address, and be able to work the entire day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. All positions receive mandatory paid training the month preceding both the primary and general elections. For information, call (800) 851-8754, or visit PascoVotes.com.

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State Rep. Mark Danish, D-Tampa has joined forces with state Sen. Jeff Brandes, RSt. Petersburg, to ensure those with disabilities can get the appropriate help they need at the gas pump. H.B. 185 and S.B. 1184 are modeled after a Hillsborough County ordinance that requires decals on pumps that provide information on how to “call for assistance.” Hillsborough passed its bill in 2012, and other counties have followed suit. “This is a cost-effective option that will assist countless persons with disabilities across the state who struggle to refuel their gas,” Danish said in a release. The bill has received support from several organizations, including the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, Paralyzed Veterans Association, Disabled American Veterans and

AARP, according to a release. Last week, H.B. 185 cleared its last committee hurdle before heading to the floor. Danish is seeking re-election in District 63 against former state Rep. Shawn Harrison, who has outraised Danish just under $72,000 to $61,000 through February, according to state election records.

BURGESS LEADS FEBRUARY FUNDRAISING

Zephyrhills mayor Danny Burgess is $9,000 closer to winning the state House seat currently held by Will Weatherford, RWesley Chapel, after leading fundraising efforts in February. The latest influx of cash brings Burgess to $35,135 for his campaign so far. That’s well ahead of his Republican primary opponent Minerva Diaz, who has a campaign chest of just under $2,500 after pulling in $160 in February. Although she’s nowhere near the level Burgess is, the lone Democrat who has filed to run for the seat so far — Beverly Anne Ledbetter — raised just over $1,600 in February, bringing her total to $4,081. For Burgess, $2,500 of his February haul came from outside his district, including $1,000 from OD-EyePAC, a political action committee representing optometrists. Contributing $500 each were the Committee for an Innovative Florida founded by former Republican State Rep. Shawn Harrison, government relations firm Robert M. Levy & Associates out of Miami, and the Rebuild Florida political action committee, also out of Miami. Burgess also has apparently received an endorsement from the Zephyrhills News, that newspaper taking the unusual step of writing a $500 check to the candidate. Media companies typically avoid financially supporting political candidates. Ledbetter’s largest donation came from out of her district as well. Kim McLaughlin, described in campaign

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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, released his first Web video for the 2014 re-election campaign, featuring footage from his announcement tour Jan. 21. It also highlights the work he has done in Congress over the last three years, as well as his future legislative priorities. “It’s been an honor and privilege to represent my friends and neighbors in Washington these past three years,” Ross said. “I first ran for Congress because Washington was broken. While we have made some progress, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done. I’m asking the people of Hillsborough and Polk counties to send me back to Congress for another term so we can continue working to get our country back on track.” The video also highlights Ross’ work to help cut the federal budget, simplify the tax code, and reduce the size of government to stimulate the economy. So far, Ross is facing Democrat Alan Cohn in the general election, and neither has yet to draw a primary challenger.

BROWNING THROWS SUPPORT BEHIND BURGESS

Pasco County Schools superintendent Kurt Browning endorsed outgoing Zephyrhills mayor Danny Burgess in his run for the Florida House seat currently held by Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel. “Danny grew up in East Pasco like I did, and is a product of the Pasco County school system,” Browning said in a release. “He has an energetic and humble demeanor about him that doesn’t come around too often.” Burgess faces Minerva Diaz in the Republican primary in August, the winner set to run against Democrat Beverly Ledbetter in November.

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The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame is now accepting applications for its inaugural class of inventors whose achievements have advanced the quality of life for Floridians. The deadline for nominations is June 2. Nominations are open to all Florida inventors living and dead who have been residents of the state and completed a substantial amount of their inventive work while living or employed in the state. The nominee must be a named inventor of a U.S. patent issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The impact of the inventor and his or her invention should be significant to society as a whole, and the invention should have

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After years of pain due to endometriosis, Cheri knew she needed a hysterectomy. When she found out it could be done robotically and close to home at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, she decided to have the surgery. She experienced minimal pain and was able to go home the next day. Cheri is grateful for the superior care she received. There are many benefits when you undergo a robotic procedure compared to a traditional, “open” surgery, including: Q Shorter hospital stay Q Shorter recovery Q Smaller scars Q Less pain

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