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Unless you’re a resident, a guest or a vendor, anyone thinking about trying to get into the Plantation Palms community off Collier Parkway should think again. The community is on lockdown, even during the day. And it’s all because the golf course has shut down … again. Nine months after closing for a week, Plantation Palms Golf Club has shuttered its links, and this time there’s no telling when it might reopen. That’s forced the homeowners associa-

tion at Plantation Palms to act swiftly to protect not only its residents, but the private golf course as well. “While not our property and not our legal responsibility, (the golf course) is a critical component of our neighborhood,” the board, led by president David Gunsteens, said in a written statement to The Laker/Lutz News. “Many of our residents purchased their homes here because of the excellent golf course. Not only that, but one of the benefits all of us enjoy in living in a golf course community, whether golf enthuSee GOLF, page 14

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at different locations in the store, with a sprinkling of genres at each table, Brouillard said. “I’ll have a teen book maybe next to If you’re looking for a new recipe, want maybe one of the cooking books and the to make a quilt, are in the mood for a little quilting book, something like that,” he said. dark humor or want to be inspired, a selecSome authors have been there before, tion of books by local authors may appeal to such as Leigh Kenyon, a teenager who you. wrote “The Zebra Riders,” and Seventeen local authors will Madonna Jervis Wise, a retired gather at Barnes & Noble at The educator who has written severShops at Wiregrass May 17 from 2 al books, including “Wildcat p.m. to 4 p.m., to offer their Creek Kids,”“Sam & Company,” works for sale, chat with potential and “Juanita in Blue.” She’s also patrons, and sign books. co-author of “Kachina and the “It’s Barnes & Noble’s way to Bully.” recognize the community,” said Evelyn Johnson-Taylor, a Paul Brouillard, assistant store Check out a selecwomen’s ministry leader, will be manager at the bookstore, which tion from Janet there with her book “A Woman’s is located at 28152 Paseo Drive in Watson’s, “The Call, Living a Life of Purpose.” Wesley Chapel. “Our customers Artist,” on page 14. Those interested in learning are readers. A lot of them aspire to quilt can pick up some pointto be authors and have their ers from Elizabeth Dackson, books for sale in our store. So this is a great author of “Becoming a Confident Quilter.” way to get the authors who are local to our Guy Cote will offer his book “Long Live store.” the King: Book One of the Charlemagne It’s a fun event for the authors, Brouillard Saga.” Milt Harris will have three titles availadded. Besides having a chance to sell their able, a book for young readers called “Foxy work, they get to talk to customers and to Roxy,” a self-help guide titled “Ceilings,” and network with each other. See SHOWCASE, page 14 The store will set the writers up in clusters bcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

Years of filming low-budget shorts in and around Pasco County finally paid off for Christopher Leto when investors offered $250,000 to fund his biggest movie yet, a horror thriller called “The Ritual.” Yet when filming starts later this month, it won’t happen anywhere near his Land O’ Lakes home. Instead, Leto and his crew are heading south to Sarasota County where he can take advantage of film incentives like a 20 percent rebate on certain purchases, and waived costs for government services. “I met with the film commission there, and they were amazing,” Leto said. “Everything I asked them to do, they would bend over backward to help me get what I needed.” But if he had a choice, Leto would’ve much preferred to stay right in Pasco County. “I didn’t want to go to Sarasota to shoot my movie,” he said.“But they have incentives that are really nice.” Pasco has what officials here call a simple permitting process with no fees, and a requirement to carry an insurance rider that costs around $85. But don’t expect too much help beyond that, because Pasco County not only lacks incentives for filmmakers, it lacks an actual film commission. The work instead is handled through Pasco’s Office of Tourism Development, a department led by Ed Caum, who admits he is forced to wear so many hats, the film industry is almost an afterthought. Which is probably why the county’s website still links production companies to the closed mailSee FILMMAKERS, page 14

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Lutz leader: ‘The system, this time, worked’ By B.C. Manion bcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

Towering stands of pine trees and open fields characterize the plot of land at the northeast corner of Van Dyke Road and North Dale Mabry Highway, but that property soon could have an entirely new look. The parcel is part of a 251-acre plan that calls for upscale houses, multifamily units, offices, retail and a congregate care facility. Lutz residents are notorious for battling proposals they believe will disrupt their way of life. But in this case, they turned out en masse to support the proposed project. That’s because of all the work the applicants and community did before the public hearing took place. “They negotiated with our community members in good faith,” said Mike White, the president of the Lutz Citizens Coalition.“The system, this time, worked. And, it worked well.” Attorney Joel Tew and Richard Davis represent Geraci Land Acquisition LLC and Standard Pacific Homes of Florida, who presented their rezoning applications as companion requests. The companies are seeking to change the land from its current agricultural zoning to planned developments (PDs).

Land Use Hearing Officer Steve Luce had two public hearings on April 21, to listen to the evidence that he will use to recommend whether the Hillsborough County Commission should approve or deny the two requests. Much of the testimony heard during the first hearing was carried over to the second hearing, as well, at the request of those testifying. One request incorporates the Landings at Lake Pearl, a previously approved rezoning that includes 650 multifamily units and 70,000 square feet of office. “We agreed, at the county’s request, to essentially roll that old PD into the new PD,” Tew said.“The county preferred to have one consolidated PD that would give easier site plan control, easier enforcement of conditions, easier platting and easier development approval, so we were happy to do that.” Besides the existing entitlements, the application calls for 240 single-family houses. Standard Pacific is planning a gated, highend residential community.Another parcel is planned for 177 multifamily units. The new requests total 417 dwelling units, about 25 percent of what would be allowed under the county’s long-range land-use plan,Tew noted.The retail uses requested in the companion proposal represents about one-third of what would

be allowed under the long-range plan designation. In essence, the requests are substantially less than the major activity center that was designated on the county’s long-range plan, Tew said. The applicants also worked hard with the community and the county’s staff to work out conditions that addressed concerns and will create a quality project,Tew said. “We have had a total of eight meetings with the major community associations that are directly affected by this project,” he said. “We’ve had very valuable, constructive input from them.We’ve listened to their concerns and we’ve made significant changes to the plan.” Both requests received favorable recommendations from the Planning Commission and the county’s land development staff. Ethel Hammer, a professional planning expert working for the applicants, noted that the proposed developments include conditions that exceed the county’s land development code. “There are project enhancements, such as increased setbacks from surrounding properties,” Hammer said.“There are conditions that deal with building orientation, which is somewhat unusual. There’s en-

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Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, as well as the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and New Port Richey. The online application is available at TampaBayWaterWise.org, and should include a brief description and photos of an applicant’s water-efficient landscape. Each entry will be evaluated and scored on-site by a Florida-Friendly Landscaping representative during regular business hours in July,

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Mourners brave rain to remember fallen officers By Michael Hinman mhinman@lakerlutznews.com

It’s said that J. Edgar Hoover himself traveled from Washington, D.C., to Dade City, to remember prohibition agent John Van Waters. The 46-year-old U.S. Department of Justice officer was killed alongside Pasco County constable Arthur Crenshaw on Oct. 4, 1922, in an ambush soon after investigating an illegal distillery near Dade City. They were just the second and third law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty at the time, but would eventually become a part of a list that now totals eight who paid the ultimate price in protecting the people of Pasco County. And those same people who benefit from that protection refuse to let them be forgotten as the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies celebrated their lives during a memorial service May 2 in front of the Historic Dade City Courthouse.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said that the men being honored showed courage, that ‘when there was a fight or flight situation, they did not run in fear, they fought.’

“It is truly a special day for us,” Sheriff Chris Nocco told the crowd of spectators who stood in a steady downpour to honor the officers. “In a world where so many times we get wrapped up in the petty little things of life, this is a moment that we can reflect upon what is most important.” Last year, the death toll for law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty dropped to its lowest numbers in more than 50 years. And while those are statistics that should be celebrated, Dade City Police Chief Ray Officers salute a wreath featuring pictures of law enforcement offiVelboom warned that cers who lost their lives in the line of duty in Pasco County during work to protect offiits long history. cers is still needed.

“While this number is gratifying somewhat, one life is still too many,” he said. “We as leaders continue to work hard to provide our officers with the awareness and training they need to confront the many dangers they are facing. We must strive to create a new culture of safety in law enforcement that addresses the elements of our job that we can control, such as driving habits.” Two of Pasco’s deaths were from automobile accidents, including the most recent, Hernando County Sheriff’s deputy John MICHAEL HINMAN/STAFF PHOTOS Mecklenburg, who was Pasco County sheriff’s deputies salute during ceremonies killed during a high-speed remembering law enforcement officers who were killed in the chase on U.S. 41 in 2011 that line of duty during the last century or so. crossed into Pasco County. Pasco County Sheriff’s deputy John Bradford-Jean Crooks, who was just 23 in McCabe also died on U.S. 41, but in 1948, May 1998 when he was slain by a man who while responding to a call about stolen had earlier killed two Tampa Police grove heaters. Department officers and a young boy. Brad “On this day, let us remember these men Crooks, as he was known by, never had a not by how they died, but how they walked chance to get out of his car, was shot and among us, and whose lives they enriched in killed on the off-ramp of Interstate 75 into a thousand ways by their very existence,” Wesley Chapel. said U.S. Circuit Court judge William Burgess And then there was the first officer ever III, after reading the roll call of the fallen offi- killed in Pasco in the line of duty. Sheldon cers. Nicks was working with his father, Fivay Those officers honored also included Lt. town marshal H. Robert Nicks, to serve a Charles “Bo” Harrison, who was killed warrant. When the man they were serving June 1, 2003, while doing surveillance near a realized he was being arrested, he pulled a Dade City nightclub. A sniper, whose only gun.The younger Nicks jumped in front of goal reportedly was to shoot a police offi- the bullet, saving his father, but died on May cer, hid in the nearby woods, and shot 8, 1909. Harrison in the back. Harrison, who was 56, “None of whom we honor today can be was just 15 days away from retirement after defined by their deaths,” Florida Highway 31 years of service. Patrol Capt. Kristina Quenneville said.“But Also remembered was a member of the by what is forever imprinted on the lives Florida Highway Patrol, Trooper James and hearts of those they have touched.”

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Public schools in Hillsborough County earned nearly $8.5 million and Pasco County $2.7 million in Florida School Recognition Program awards, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Education. Schools eligible to receive the recognition awards include those receiving an A school grade; those improving at least one letter grade from the previous year; those improving more than one school grade and sustaining the improvement the following year; or alternative schools meeting state improvement criteria. Award distributions are based on $100 per full-time equivalent student for each eligible school. Hillsborough schools receiving awards locally were: • Benito Middle, $107,383 • Chiles Elementary, $78,259 • Clark Elementary, $82,957 • Hammond Elementary, $69,710 • Liberty Middle, $110,342 • Lutz Elementary, $58,750 • Maniscalco Elementary, $54,156 • Martinez Middle, $108,800 • Schwarzkopf Elementary: $60,163 • Tampa Palms Elementary, $76,953 • Wharton High, $236,050 • Walker Middle Magnet, $80,066

Pasco schools receiving awards were: • Pasco High, $138,375 • Oakstead Elementary, $107,492 • Double Branch Elementary, $83,617 • Long Middle, $160,838 • Wiregrass Ranch High, $193,549 • Sunlake High, $153,626 • Veterans Elementary, $80,196 • Connerton Elementary, $86,881 • Pine View Middle, $90,207 • Lake Myrtle Elementary, $66,713 • Sand Pine Elementary, $63,254 • Wesley Chapel Elementary, $62,054 • Seven Oaks Elementary, $94,966 • Academy at the Farm, $38,982 • Countryside Montessori, $23,200 • Imagine School at Land O’ Lakes, $63,360 The Florida Lottery provides the program’s funding, and the legislation that created it authorizes the school’s staff and school advisory council to decide how to use the funds. The money can be used for bonuses for the faculty and staff, for educational equipment or materials, or for temporary personnel to help the school maintain or improve student performance. If bonuses are awarded, the staff and advisory team decide who receives them and how much each person receives, according to the state Department of Education’s website.

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here may be about a dozen different cuts of steak, but the ways to prepare it are almost endless. Think about Bubba Blue’s long list of shrimp recipes in the film “Forrest Gump,” and replace all of it with all the types of steak that exist. B.A. Arnot has watched thousands of steaks carried from his kitchen to customers at his LongHorn Steakhouse location on Tampa’s Westshore Boulevard. Rancher’s Sirloin. Outlaw Ribeye. Flo’s Filet. There’s never a shortage of meat. And for the last 20 years,Arnot has dedicated his professional career to making sure hungry customers walk away satisfied from the restaurant chain. But his job as managing partner is not exactly the career Arnot expected to find himself in back in his college days at the University of South Florida. “My degree is in finance,”Arnot said one recent afternoon before the Saturday dinner rush.“I was on the USF golf team, too, and I was even thinking about maybe turning pro.” In fact, if the Super Bowl and a major golfing event ever ended up on the same night,Arnot might have to read about football’s biggest game in the newspaper the next morning.The only reason why he isn’t pursuing that dream is an injury that prevents him from playing as much as he likes. Of course, that does not mean Arnot never plays. Silverado Golf & Country Club

in Zephyrhills is just a short jaunt from his Lake Bernadette home. From time to time, people will find Arnot carrying his clubs, looking to master each hole. Injury explains the change in his golf plans, but what happened to a career in finance? “I don’t think I would’ve ever been good behind a desk,”Arnot said.“I’m used to being on my feet and walking around, because at the end of the day, it all comes down to customer service for me.” But Arnot doesn’t like the word “customer,” however. “’Guest’ is a better word,” he said.“It’s all about the guest, and taking care of the guest.” In 1994, LongHorn was a young restaurant chain that was more “roadhouse” style. The complete menu was found on a chalkboard when customers arrived, and each table offered complimentary peanuts — the shells of which were welcomed on top of the wooden floors, crunching under the servers’ feet. Arnot had worked at a Burger King when he was a teenager, and Bennigan’s in college. But at LongHorn, he was still starting at entry level, first as a host, and then as a server. Yet, the manager at his LongHorn saw something in Arnot. He saw a leader. “After a year-and-a-half here, I got offered a chance to go into management, so I did,” he said. Arnot would continue to work at the LongHorn location on North Dale Mabry Highway, until he became a kitchen manager at a new location in Citrus Park in 1999. Just two years later, he was back at the Dale Mabry location, now as its managing partner. Arnot gives back the same way he received nearly two decades ago. He looks for manager material from the staff he hires, and promotes them whenever the opportu-

Getting to know B.A. Arnot What are you watching on TV? There have been tons of shows on that everyone likes, but I tend to only watch TV on Wednesday nights when I’m off. So the shows I’m watching are “Burn Notice” and “Suits.” What music group makes you turn up the radio? Nirvana. Or really anything on 102.5 The Bone. If you could spend a week anywhere? I would go to St. Andrews Links, the golf course in Scotland. It’s the most famous course in the world.

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nity arises. He’s a big believer in hiring from within. During almost all of that time,Arnot has commuted the nearly 40 miles from his home to the restaurant. Even when the Dale Mabry location closed down and moved to nearby Westshore Boulevard, it was still a haul. But he doesn’t let all that travel time and long hours at the restaurant interfere with making time for his wife — a manager at a Fifth Third Bank — and three daughters, ages 16, 14, and 8. He takes turns getting his kids around to their various activities, and making sure he’s home for dinner the nights

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Saint Leo University has launched a new Communication-Marketing-Multimedia Industry Advisory Council, with Summer Martin from the Pasco Economic Development Council, elected as chairwoman. The council’s mission is to serve as an advisory body, working collaboratively with the instructional faculty and students by providing ideas and opinions on matters concerning the industry, and to help advance the department’s strategic plan. “Talent is always No. 1 on a company’s wish list when choosing a location for its business,” said Martin, in a release.“This is a great opportunity for industry professionals to weigh in on the skills they would like to see future graduates have as it relates to their business and the field of marketing, communication and multimedia.” Martin joined the PEDC in 2012, and has since helped the organization win four awards recognizing its marketing efforts. She also serves on the Tampa Bay Partnership’s Regional Marketing Council, and in 2012, participated as a member of the Communications Action Group for the Tampa Bay Host Committee. “Saint Leo University is preparing students for future jobs, and we want to stay on the cutting edge,” said Michael Nastanski, dean of Saint Leo’s Donald R.Tapia School of Business, in a release.“We look forward to working with industry professionals to develop the Tampa Bay region’s talent.”

North East Tampa Women in Business will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser May 17 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Lexington Oaks Golf Club, 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. The cost is $10 per person, and includes raffles. Money raised will help fund two $500 scholarships the organization gives in December. For information, email debholley@netzero.net, or call (813) 451-8023.

MORE APARTMENTS COMING TO ZEPHYRHILLS

A developer that wanted to add another recreational vehicle park to State Road 54 just west of Zephyrhills, has been convinced to build a new apartment complex instead. Terrace Investors LLC were scheduled to appear in front of the Pasco County Commission May 6 seeking a rezoning of a 14-acre piece of property on New River Road next to Terrace Park Mobile Home Park, so that it could build a 228-unit project. Terrace Investors bought the vacant land in 1999 for $240,000, according to the Pasco County Property Appraiser. Steve McConihay owns the company, and in 2012 also proposed to replace a 138-lot RV park with a 230-unit apartment complex in Largo, according to published reports. His new project there, called Boulevard Apartments, secured $30 million in financing just last month. The commission’s decision on the rezoning request was not available by the time The Laker/Lutz News went to press.

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Cathy Burke, center, is retiring from the Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office after 11 years of service. Tax Collector Mike Fasano, left, and Dade City office manager Michelle VanCuren, honored her.

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GRANDSON TO INTERN WITH CESSNA

Joshua Cherok, the grandson of Leon and Shirley Cherok of Land O’ Lakes, has accepted a summer internship with Cessna Aircraft Co., in Wichita, Kansas. He will work as a customer support representative with the engine events management team. Cherok will graduate in December from Kent State University in Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics.

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Women-n-Charge will have its next meeting June 6 at 11:30 a.m., at Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive in Tampa. Guest speaker is business strategist and author Tammy Levent, who will talk about how to create successful strategic partnerships in this economy.

The Pasco Economic Development Council is seeking sponsors for its annual appreciation banquet. The 28-year-old event allows the organization to recognize those who help keep the Pasco County economy strong and growing, and is typically attended by more than 600 business and community leaders

each year, according to a release. The banquet is set for Sept. 2 at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel. Sponsorships range from $500 to $7,500. For information, call (813) 926-0827, ext. 226, or email suzanne@pascoedc.com, by July 1.

MORE JOBS COMING TO REGION

The Tampa Bay market gained 30,000 new jobs in March, while the unemployment rate locally dropped by 1 percentage point to 7.5 percent. The numbers were released by Gov. Rick Scott’s office, and included gains in areas like professional and business services with 9,000 new jobs, and trade and transportation with 6,400 new jobs. Manufacturing had 4,100 new jobs. The region was first among the state metropolitan areas when it came to online job demand with 41,076 openings.That included nearly 10,500 openings in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — STEM jobs that are considered high wage and high skill. The unemployment rate statewide in March was 6.3 percent.

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tionally involved because that makes them more vulnerable, Henry said. When it comes to being One common ploy inscammed, virtually everyone is volves an email or a call at risk, said Claudette Henry, the that claims to be from a featured speaker at a recent relative needing help. It’s Land O’ Lakes AARP chapter best to hang up the meeting. phone and verify that inBecause identity theft and formation from another fraud are so pervasive, the AARP source. has launched the Fraud Watch There are other Network to combat the probscams that claim to offer lem. Last year, an estimated 12.6 investment opportunimillion Americans were the victies, such as oil and gas tims of identity theft, Henry stock options, she said. said, citing AARP materials. One victim lost $40,000. AARP’s Fraud Watch “It can happen to Network aims to help people of Claudette Henry anyone,” Henry said. all ages, not only members of Some criminals use the AARP, Henry said. threats and intimidation to try to get what “We’re trying to protect you against they want.“The latest scam involves calls or phone, email and mail scams,” Henry said. emails that claim they’re from the IRS,” she “If you receive a phone call or email from said. “They’re not going to call or email. anyone saying that your checking account They’re going to send you a letter. Don’t be or bank account or credit card or PayPal, or fooled.” anything that you do has been comproA caller attempted the IRS scam on mised, and you need to respond, do not.” Steve Dierking of Lutz, who was at the Instead, contact the company that sent AARP meeting. the communication to make sure it is legiti“I had the IRS call me a month ago and mate, she said. they said they had audited me over the last “If it is from the bank, they’ll address seven years. I owed $3,400,” Dierking said. you by name, not just your email account, “I had one hour to give it to them.And, if I or say,‘Dear Member,’ or anything like that,” didn’t, they were sending the sheriff out to Henry said.“If you receive a phone call and pick me up. it says,‘To verify your account, press 1.’ Do “So, I said,‘I have to get back to you, benot do it.” cause I don’t have that cash.’ I called the Another common scam involves mes- sheriff,” Dierking told the crowd. sages that say someone won a lottery. There are persistent scammers, who use “Anytime you receive information that harassment to try to get their way. you’ve won a lottery, you’ve won a prize — “The best thing you can do is get on the if you have to pay taxes up front, or a quali- phone with the authorities,” Henry said. fication fee, or a document fee — it’s a “Put an answering machine on your phone scam. Don’t fall for it,” Henry said. or block your phone calls. If all else fails, Con artists attempt to get people emo- change your phone number. Don’t let this

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happen to you.” Keep your credit cards and Social Security number in a place where others can’t get to them, she added. Check your credit reports to be sure they are accurate. “Be real careful about your mail and how you handle your mail.You don’t want to throw stuff out in the trash with information from credit card companies, offers or even your name and address,” Henry said. “Shred the information. Don’t put it out there. People go through your trash trying to get information.” Also, be careful in returning calls when you don’t recognize the numbers, she said. “If you don’t know who’s calling you, don’t call them,” Henry advised. Ginny Sibley, a bank officer for American Momentum Bank, offered this advice: “When you’re traveling, please use a credit card, not your debit card.” Scammers can do serious damage once they get someone’s checking account number, Sibley said. “What they do, is they set up an exact time throughout the whole United States and they compromise your number,” she said.“At that moment, they use the cards, the plastic into the machine. You could have five, six transactions at the same time.” When buying gas, be sure to click the clear button after your transaction, Sibley added. Robert Brown took that advice a step farther. “Any time I use my debit or credit card when I get gas, I go inside and swipe it,” said Brown, a independent associate of LegalShield.“I always go inside.” The Land O’ Lakes chapter of the AARP welcomes new members.Annual dues are $10 per person.Anyone interested in learning more can email Phyllis E. Bross, chapter president, at pebross@verizon.net, or leave a voicemail at (813) 996-1361.

Protect yourself with these tips from AARP • Don’t carry your Social Security card • Shred sensitive information • Limit the number of credit cards you carry • Keep copies of your credit cards, front and back, in case they are stolen • Watch for missing bills • Monitor your accounts carefully • Do your homework before making investments • Review your free credit report once a year • Do not carry your check card codes or passwords • Do not choose obvious passwords, such as a birthdate, phone number, consecutive numbers or the like • If you receive a suspicious email, do not respond to it • Avoid conducting personal or financial business on shared or public computers or over wireless hotspots • Protect your mail • Do not give out personal information to telemarketers • Check out a charity before donating by going to CharityWatch.org or CharityNavigator.org

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PACA MEETING

The Pasco Alliance of Community Associations will meet May 8 at 7 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Guest speaker is Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley. For information, call Ron Litts at (813) 475-4561.

SOUNDS OF SPRING AT OLOR

The Christ Renew His Parish group at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, will present the Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble in a “Sensational Sounds of Spring” concert May 9 at 7:30 p.m., in Rosary Hall. Admission is a canned food item for the church’s pantry. For information, call (813) 949-4565.

LUTZ GUV’NA DEBATE

Candidates for the next honorary Lutz Guv’na will tell their tall tales at a debate May 10 at 2 p.m. at the Old Lutz School, 18819 N. U.S. 41.This year’s candidates are Susan Gulash from Gulash Graphics, Jerome Smalls from Soccer Gemz, Cindy Perkins from Back in Health, Liane Caruso from Limelight Marketing Consultants, and Jay Muffly, whose candidacy is being sponsored by the Lutz-Land O' Lakes Woman's Club. The annual race raises money for local organizations and charitable causes.

USPS FOOD DRIVE

The U.S. Postal Service will have its annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive May 10.To donate, place a box or can of nonperishable food next to the mailbox before mail arrives May 10. Carriers will collect food donations, and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters.

LAWN INSECT SEMINAR

Pasco Cooperative Extension Service will offer a free seminar on getting rid of lawn insects May 10 at 9 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Participants can discover how to identify and control what’s bugging their lawn. For information, call (813) 996-2411.

WINE FESTIVAL

Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52 near Land O’ Lakes, will host a wine festival May 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.The event is pet-friendly and will include vendors, live entertainment and sample wine offerings. For information, call (813) 996-2113.

POPS IN THE PARK

The Florida Orchestra will present its “Pops in the Park” picnic under the stars at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N.Ashley Drive in Tampa, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. Guests should bring canned goods for Tampa Bay Harvest’s food drive.Admission to the concert is free. For information, visit FloridaOrchestra.org.

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Join a Girls Night Out Mother’s Day Celebration Pajama Party May 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. There will be free dinner, cake, champagne, coffee, massages, music, and gift card giveaways. Participants can don their pajamas for a contest. To RSVP, call Lisa Rogers at (813) 458-9672, or email nurseprima@hotmail.com.

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Water’s Edge Community Church, 30200 Overpass Road in Wesley Chapel, will host “Mothers and Mentors for Christ” May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be guest speakers and a complimentary lunch. For reservations or directions, call Patty Fitzpatrick at (813) 528-8565.

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The Museum of Science & Industry will grant mothers free general admission, with the purchase of a child’s admission, May 10 and May 11. The promotion is limited to one offer per household. Other restrictions may apply. For information, call (813) 987-6000, or visit MOSI.org.

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The youth ministry Puppets for Christ will perform a Mother’s Day show “Wildfire” May 11 at 6:30 p.m., at Van Dyke United Methodist, 17030 Lakeshore Road in Lutz. This is a musical black light performance. Admission is free, however donations will be accepted. Dessert will follow the show. For information, call (813) 968-3983.

SENIOR RESOURCE FAIR IN ZEPHYRHILLS

U.S Rep Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor will host a free senior resource fair May 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Alice Hall Community Center, 38116 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. Senior citizens will be able to pick up information on a number of issues including health and wellness, nutrition, home health services, and identity protection tips.

NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY PROGRAM

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will host “A Journey from ‘My Wildflower Garden’ and Back into the Woods” by Jeanne Parks May 13 at 7 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.There will be light refreshments and a native plant drawing. For information, call (727) 3767663.

EMBROIDERS’ GUILD POTLUCK

The Gulfview Chapter of the Embroiders’ Guild of America will host a potluck luncheon May 14 at The Lakeside Club, 12606 Shadow Ridge Road in Hudson. There will be a variety of Mother’s Day stitching projects shown. For information, call Betty Brandt at (727) 856-3643.

GARDEN FEST AT CONNERTON

Connerton Assisted Living and Memory Care, 21021 Betel Palm Lane in Land O’ Lakes, will host its Garden Fest May 15 at 2 p.m.There will be a release of 30

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PINNING CEREMONY FOR VETERANS

Gulfside Hospice will host a community veterans pinning ceremony in honor of Armed Forces Day and as part of the We Honor Veterans program May 17 at 9:30 a.m., at Harley-Davidson of New Port Richey, 5817 State Road 54.Veterans will be presented with a flag pin and certificate of recognition. This is a free event. For information, call Kelly Milner at (800) 561-4883.

MASS OF HEALING

New Tampa Players is hosting auditions for “Seussical:The Musical” May 17 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., May 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and May 19 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at CrossPointe Church of the Nazarene, 919 Dubuel Road in Lutz. Performances are in August. For information and character descriptions, email production@newtampaplayers.org, or visit NewTampaPlayers.org.

PASCO FIASCO RALLY

Pasco Fiasco, the activist group that opposes the proposed elevated toll road along the State Road 54/56 corridor, is staging a rally May 19 beginning at 7 p.m. at Sunlake High School, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. For information, visit PascoFiasco.com.

FREE SCRAPBOOK DAY

Myrtle Lake Baptist Church, 2017 Reigler Road in Land O’ Lakes, will be the site for a free scrapbook day May 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their own supplies, lunch and snacks. Space is limited. For information, call Jo Anne Shaffer at (813) 996-1185, or Penny Benitez at (813) 323-1867.

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Knights of Columbus Assembly 2741 and Council 8104 will present their inaugural Memorial Day parade May 26 starting at 8 a.m.The route will start at Dupree Lakes Boulevard off Collier Parkway, and end at the Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home on Parkway Boulevard, in Land O’ Lakes. For information on participation, call Bob Barbero at (813) 9952736, or Ed Aguila at (813) 995-0973.

GOODWILL AND DINOSAURS

St. James the Apostle Church Chapel, 8400 Monarch Drive in Port Richey, will host a Morning of Hope and Healing & Mass of Remembrance May 17 at 10 a.m., for those who have suffered a pregnancy loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth, early infant death, invitro loss or abortion. Participants will receive a flower to represent each loss. To register, call (813) 924-4173 or (727) 534-5729.

Donors who drop off clothing or household items at any Goodwill Industries-Suncoast donation site before May 31 will receive a coupon good for two free children’s tickets to Dinosaur World, 5145 Harvey Tew Road in Plant City, with paid adult admissions, while supplies last. Coupons can be redeemed through July 31. For a list of donation sites, visit Goodwill-Suncoast.org.

STEINBRENNER RELAY FOR LIFE

Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron of Civil Air Patrol, located at the North Tampa Aero Park just off State Road 54, meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., next to the airport hangar. Cadets range from 12 to 21 years old, and senior members are 18 and older. For information and a schedule of activities, visit WesleyChapelCAP.com.

Steinbrenner High School, 5575 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road in Lutz, will host the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life May 17-18, beginning with opening ceremonies on the first day at 2 p.m. to form a team or to volunteer, email melody.bancroft@cancer.org. To register as

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Pasco County has added a new early voting location for the upcoming Aug. 26 primary and the regular Nov. 4 general election, finding room at The Grove at Wesley Chapel. The location, on the west side of Interstate 75 and north of State Road 54, will join other locations that include the Land O’ Lakes Library, New River Library and East Pasco Government Center in Dade City. “The need for an additional location reflects the growth and economic upswing of that area in recent years,� said Pasco elections supervisor Brian Corley, in a release. “We are grateful to Genesis Real Estate for providing this location to serve Wesley Chapel voters at no cost to the taxpayers of Pasco County.� Expansion of early voting sites was made possible by the passing of H.B. 7013 last year, Corley said.

RAULERSON, CRUZ HAVE OPPOSITEFEELING CAMPAIGN MONTHS

State Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City, didn’t raise any money for his unopposed re-election campaign in March, but he did spend a lot of it. Raulerson paid out more than $12,500 in March — well above his monthly average of $900 — with more than half of it going to

Strategic Image Management in Jensen Beach for what was described as “design, print, mail pre-session survey.� He spent another $2,300 on a telephone town hall, according to state election records, and $3,125 with Capitol Consulting out of Odessa. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, kept pace with her fundraising despite drawing an opponent, raising $6,750 in March. She now has accumulated $76,300, with $43,000 of it in the bank.

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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.

DANISH GAINS FUNDRAISING GROUND ON HARRISON

Former state Rep. Shawn Harrison is doing what he can to regain a seat in

Tallahassee, but it appears the man holding that seat right now — state Rep. Mark Danish, D-Tampa — is starting to gain some ground. Harrison raised $5,950 in March, down slightly from his $6,500 average, according to state election records. Danish, however, pulled in $5,750 of his own, topping his $4,700 average. Yet, Harrison still leads the fundraising battle with just under $78,000 compared to Danish’s $66,750. But when it comes to who has the most money available right now, that would be Danish with $52,000 in the bank, compared to Harrison’s $37,500.

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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, will host mobile office hours May 13 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Lutz Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road in Lutz. Other dates in Lutz include June 10, July 8,Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14 and Dec. 9. For more information, call (863) 6448215, or (813) 752-4790.

WILSON TAKING WELLS CHALLENGE SERIOUSLY

Pasco County Commissioner Henry Wilson is taking advantage of the fact that he announced his re-election plans early, especially now that his challenger is a candidate with strong name recognition in Mike Wells Jr. Wilson raised $1,910 in March, bringing his total campaign war chest to a little over $19,000. Wells, who announced his candidate earlier this month, would not have any

fundraising to report. Wilson has spent just $350, leaving him a lot of room to mount a financial defense of his seat. But he will have only until the August primary to do it, since both he and Wells are Republicans.

BURGESS DOMINATES HOUSE FUNDRAISING

Former Zephyrhills mayor Danny Burgess is showing he can raise money for bigger campaigns as he continues to pound his opponents when it comes to fundraising. Burgess, a Republican who wants to replace House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, in Tallahassee, raised $5,600 in March to bring his total to nearly $40,750. His primary challenger, Minnie Diaz, pulled in $365 in donations during the same time, bringing her campaign a total of $2,860, and only a few hundred dollars in the bank. Burgess received checks from the likes of Oakley Transport executive vice president Ronald Oakley and Wesley Chapel Dentistry on State Road 54. However, most of the money Burgess raised in March — some $3,000 worth — came from political action committees, supported by companies and organizations like AT&T and United States Sugar Corp. Beverly Ledbetter, the only Democrat in the race so far, raised $1,850 in March, bringing her total to just under $6,000. Barring anyone else entering the race, she’ll face the winner of the August primary between Burgess and Diaz in November.

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State Sen. Wilton Simpson, right, is pushing for a convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and did his part to get Florida on board the nationwide push. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joined in his efforts by former Tallahassee lobbyist W. Spider Webb Jr., center, and Florida Senate president Don Gaetz.

should start making travel plans.At least 33 other states will have to pass similar or identical memorials before such a convention could be scheduled. A convention is just one way to propose amendments to the Constitution, but one

that is typically not used. In fact, the last time a convention was called this way, it was 1787, and that was to write the U.S. Constitution itself in Philadelphia. Congress can propose Constitutional amendments, and then have them ratified

by the states. However, if Congress doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t introduce such an amendment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which supporters of this movement believe Congress wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then the fallback position is to have states call for the convention directly. The passage of the memorial was great news for W. Spider Webb Jr., a former Tallahassee lobbyist who founded the activist group Single Subject Amendment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both parties are guilty about the use of riders,â&#x20AC;?Webb said in January.â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not trying to give Congress a black eye. We are trying to improve the way Americans view Congress.â&#x20AC;? Webb now plans to take the newly approved memorial to the national stage as he tries to convince other states to do the same thing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Florida passes this, then other states will take a more serious look at this,â&#x20AC;? Simpson said earlier this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doing a Constitutional amendment is such a large task, I think it will pick up momentum as more states pass it.â&#x20AC;? Many state governments already prevent riders on bills, either by requiring bills to be single-subject, or giving governors the power to veto specific portions of a bill, and approving the rest. President Bill Clinton tried to accomplish this at the federal level with a line-item veto act introduced by Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Dole in 1996. However, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that law unconstitutional in 1998.

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box of Eric Keaton, who hasn’t been with the county since last year. “I’m not making any excuses, but I’m probably one of the only people on my staff trained to” update the website, Caum said. “And I’m always sitting in on meetings and doing other work, that I can’t seem to get to it.” Pasco has never been ignored by filmmakers, which can offer a little bit of everything when it comes to locales. It has beaches on the west side of the county. It has historic structures throughout Dade City. It has virtually untouched forests. However, it’s been a long time since a major production dug in roots in Pasco County … almost 25 years, when a rather unknown director named Tim Burton brought Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder here to film “Edward Scissorhands.” And it could be even longer before something else follows, especially after the Florida Legislature last week decided not to renew statewide incentives to attract major productions. That leaves smaller, independent productions. But even they may be endangered, as the infrastructure for busy filmmaking markets will likely migrate to states that offer financial incentives to lure major films. That could be troublesome for Kelly Mikes, an independent film producer who lives in Lutz. She worked with writer R. Presley Stephens to film “You Will Love Me,” which included some exterior shots in Pasco.Without the skilled crews available to work on set or location, filming here could become difficult, if not impossible. “There aren’t a lot of outside resources in this area, because there just isn’t any competition,” Mikes said.“Those who are here are charging exorbitant amounts, and not everyone can afford to pay that.” Keeping film production locally cannot only keep jobs in the area, but can also provide a much-needed boost to the economy. The Motion Picture Association of America claims that for every dollar in incentives offered by government officials to attract film, the return on investment is, at the very minimum, $5.60. Sometimes, that return could be as high as $20. That means even $5,000 in incentives

siasts or not, is the strength in property value. “So when the golf course is impacted negatively, it has a detrimental effect on all of us.” The golf course is not maintained by the HOA, but instead by a private group, MJS Golf Club LLC, which has struggled to keep the 156-acre course open. Golf swings stopped for a week last August in what one of the owners, Jason Ray, described at the time as a perfect storm of bad luck. “It was just a culmination of a lot of things that led up to the closing, but mostly the economy,” Ray said at the time.“It’s been too hot, and it’s been raining, and the culmination of all that just resulted in not a lot of people playing golf. Summertime is always tough for all the golf courses.” But it’s not summertime now, and what happened this time, no one is sharing. Ray, who is part of MJS Golf Club with Mitch Osceola and Steve McDonald, did not return calls on Monday before The Laker/Lutz News went to press. One thing is for certain: Bills were racking up for the golf course. Several liens against Plantation Palms have been filed in recent months, according to county records, including a $2,915 claim from Omega Field Enterprises for trimming 83 palm trees. Pasco County filed two liens of its own last month totaling $5,300 for solid waste disposal, and Lake Masters Aquatic Weed

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could generate an economic boost of between $28,000 and $100,000. Incentive packages generate revenue for businesses like retail outlets and hotels.They provide paychecks for workers who make their home here. But that can’t help Pasco quite yet, Caum said. Implementing such a program, maintaining it, and getting the word out to filmmakers it exists, requires a full-time commissioner.And there’s no money for one of those. “That is a sophistication level we need to get to,” Caum said. He hopes he can start sharing some ideas with Pasco County commissioners about promoting film production around September. However, the tourism department will still have to find revenue sources to pay for it. Still, even without statewide incentives, there’s no reason why Pasco couldn’t eventually find its legs in the film industry to keep up with Hillsborough County for now, and maybe even someday reach the levels of Pinellas County, which has churned out films like “Dolphin Tale” and “Magic Mike,” Caum said. It couldn’t come soon enough for Leto, who would like to keep productions from his Reaper Films company right at home. “It’s a beautiful place to film,” Leto said. “But more importantly, it’s close to home, and I want to stay here.”

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The play may be called “Oklahoma!” but some of its cast members call Lutz home. The Patel Conservatory is presenting the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical from May 1 through May 10 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Art’s Teco Theater, 1010 N. MacInnes Place in Tampa. The production features students in grades five through 12, as well as some professional actors. “Oklahoma!” is the story of Curly McLain, his love interest Laurey Williams, and his rival, Jud Fry. Set in the territory of Oklahoma in 1906 as the area approaches statehood, those characters and others resolve their romantic relationships with a social dance as a backdrop. It has enjoyed several runs on Broadway and London’s West End, as well as national tours, film and audio recordings since its first run in 1943. Among the 60 performers in the play are siblings Ryan and Victoria Santello of Lutz. Ryan plays Curly McLain, the show’s leading man.Victoria is a featured dancer. They’re both excited to be part of the production. “I love doing it because it’s a rush of energy. So many people are watching you, and they’re all enjoying it,” 15-year-old Victoria said. After opening night, she offered this assessment:“It went well.” Her performance requires a considerable amount of enthusiastic dancing, so it’s important that she has the right mindset going on stage each night. Since she doesn’t play a specific character, Victoria created one in her mind so she would have a role to play while dancing. The character has a flirty, bubbly personality, and she uses that identity to get the most out of her dancing and help convey the story. For his part, 17-year-old Ryan had to chal-

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Lutz resident Ryan Santello takes on the lead role of Curly in ‘Oklahoma!’ which wraps up its run this week at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. His sister, Victoria, is a featured dancer in the play.

lenge himself to take on the lead role. He watched Hugh Jackman’s take on Curly from the 1999 film around 30 times, revisiting certain scenes over and over.That was in addition to the hours of rehearsals each week in the months leading up to opening night. Both Santellos attend Steinbrenner High. Victoria said she appreciates being able to perform with her brother and watch him grow as an actor. She admits she was unsure how Ryan would fare in his first leading role, but was happy to see him grow into the part successfully. “When we were in rehearsal, I would always be nervous for him,”Victoria said.“He’s

doing really well. He’s come a long way from the first rehearsal.” Ryan also is impressed with his sister’s performance. Since dancing takes so much work and energy, he didn’t want her getting hurt or struggling with the dances. But those concerns were put to rest once he saw her on stage. “She’s doing awesome. Before the show, I didn’t know she could dance like that,” he said. For Ryan, the hardest part wasn’t the singing or learning all the necessary lines. It was the way he had to say them. “It’s the accent. It’s easy to get, but it’s hard to keep for a two-and-a-half hour

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Mike Shumate, the county’s animal services manager, in a release. The dogs, he said, have been spayed or neutered, micro chipped, and have all their vaccinations. The shelter is looking both for adoptive families and foster homes for dogs.Although not as widely known as adopting, fostering can help save the lives of two animals —

Pasco County Animal Services say their shelter is now bursting at the seams with adoptable dogs, and they need some caring individuals and families to help find them a home. “The shelter is currently over capacity for dogs, and we need help right now,” said

the one with the temporary home, and the new dog that would take his place at the shelter. The county continues to work toward saving 90 percent of its population, a far cry from the 46 percent euthanizing rate in 2012 before the program was implemented. Since the program started, more than 2,300 animals have been saved from being

put down, county officials said. The adoption center is located at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes. It is open from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and on Thursday from noon until 6:30 p.m. For information, visit online at PascoCountyFl.net/PAS, or call (813) 9291212.

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weekly breast cancer support group every other Thursday at the New Port Richey center, 5500 Little Road. The next meeting is May 8 at 6 p.m. The group will offer open discussion on a variety of topics. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call (727) 372-9159.

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Diane Ricca recipient of humanitarian award

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently presented Diane Ricca with the 2013 Frist Volunteer Humanitarian Award. Ricca has volunteered at Bayonet Point since July 2006, accumulating more Diane Ricca than 20,000 merit hours. Her work includes the gift shop as well as the volunteer board of directors at large. Ricca also volunteers with the Sun Coast Health and Education Foundation, All Around Kids Foundation, and various other charities.

CoDA meets in Trinity

The Medical Center of Trinity hosts the Co-Dependence Anonymous group every Thursday at 7 p.m., at 5637 Marine Parkway in New Port Richey. Upcoming meetings are May 8, May 15, May 22 and May 29. This group focuses on the common purpose of developing healthy relationships. For information, call (727) 816-8678 or (727) 858-3013.

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The obstetrics program at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, is offering a six-week prepared childbirth class beginning May 14. The class will meet one night per week at 7 p.m. Cost is $70. For information, call (727) 834-5630.

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Public weighs in on Pasco’s future parks and rec plan By B.C. Manion bcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

When residents consider the future of Pasco County’s parks and recreation’s programs and facilities, they have plenty of suggestions for the county to consider. Some want to see more opportunities — such as pathways — to enjoy the beauty of natural areas owned by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Others want to create a “blue way,” providing water access to coastal areas. Some think more should be done to encourage gatherings on large green spaces, to foster a greater sense of community. And, some want to do a better job of marketing the county’s gems, such as the rolling hills of Dade City. These were just a few thoughts that popped up during a discussion last week at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, where David Barth, of AECOM Technology Corp., asked those gathered to help define what steps could be taken to help Pasco County become a premier county where people want to live, work and locate their business. The county hired AECOM, a professional consulting firm, for $125,000 to develop a 10-year comprehensive parks and recreation system master plan.The plan must be considered in a broad sense, Barth told the crowd of about two dozen. “It’s important to understand lifestyle and demographics,” Barth said. For instance, park planning in urban areas is different than it is in suburban or rural places. Since Pasco is a mix, different considerations must be made for different areas. The planning also must consider existing facilities and programs — not only those which belong to the county, but also those which are part of the public realm, including schools, museums and libraries, Barth said.

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Pasco County has a broad array of parks and recreational facilities, including nature trails. The county is in the midst of creating a new master plan.

“We need to understand what’s happening today,” he said.“What are the priorities in 2014?” But it’s also important to consider whether plans made before are still relevant, and whether there are emerging forms of recreation that the county may want to consider. The May 1 workshop was one of three public sessions, but is just a small part of the planning effort.A steering committee made up of various stakeholders also weighed in and there will be a random survey conducted to collect more information. Gathering input from people is just one part of the process.The work also involves evaluating current conditions, using demographic information, considering trends, and

looking at current and desired levels of service. The work also will include a random survey to solicit public sentiment. One issue that didn’t even come up at the public session is the shortage of athletic fields for youth sports, a complaint that has been raised repeatedly in recent years. As the county puts together a plan, it must consider the costs of implementation and various funding options for carrying out the plan, county parks and recreation director Rick Buckman said. Essentially, there are two payment plans. One involves using existing revenues to “pay as you go.” The other involves coming up with additional revenues, which could include additional taxes, Barth said. Planning efforts are expected to contin-

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Two games, two wins, no hits for Saint Leo junior By Michael Murillo

no-hit ball, pitching 8-1/3 innings before the Moccasins finally registered a couple of hits. With the game still a scoreless tie in the 10th inning, Saint Leo went back to Ehlers for some extra work and she responded with another inning without giving up any hits.That proved to be enough, as the Lions broke through in the bottom of the 10th inning to claim a second 1-0 victory, and make

Ehlers the winning pitcher of record in both games. Ehlers had pitched no-hitters in high school, but recording one at the college level was special for her. “I feel like this one means a lot more,” she said. “In high school there are only a couple of girls on every high school team who are going to college (and play softball),

and in college it’s all the dominant players.” As a competitor, Ehlers said earning the victory was more important than preserving the no-hitter. Competing in the tough Sunshine State Conference means every game matters, and conference games are even more important. So taking two from fellow SSC member Florida Southern was particularly satisfying. Her strong junior year campaign is also a source of pride for Ehlers because she comes from a family of softball players. Her younger sister, Aubrey, is a pitcher for Dunedin High School, and was excited to hear about the no-hitter. “She thought it was so awesome,” Ehlers said. “My little sister looks up to me so much. Everything that I do in my success, I want her to see that and know that she can do that as well.” Her older sister,Amber, was also a pitcher when she attended Hillsborough Community College, and was proud to hear about her little sister’s accomplishment. Ehlers said the confidence she gained from the no-hitter would likely carry over into future games, and it did: She earned another victory against Barry University the following weekend. Her own no-hitter aside, Ehlers also was impressed with Tabel’s pitching in the second game, which would have marked another no-hitter if the Lions had scored in regulation. “She threw an awesome game,” Ehlers said. And Conway agrees. “I just think both my pitchers were throwing a good game that day,” he said. “They both were on.”

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Saint Leo University softball coach John Conway was so focused on the score of a recent contest, he wasn’t paying full attention to the game’s stats. It was only after the Lions had secured a tight 1-0 victory over Florida Southern College that he found out something interesting: His pitcher, Ashley Ehlers, hadn’t given up many hits. In fact, she didn’t give up any. “I didn’t know it was a no-hitter until the game was over,” Conway said.“My pitching coach had to tell me it was a no-hitter.” Ehlers struck out two and walked three to give Saint Leo the first game of a doubleheader against the Moccasins on April 19. It also boosted her record to 11-5 on the year. Conway may not have realized what was happening at the time, but he’s not surprised Ehlers, a junior, came through for the Lions when the team needed strong pitching. “She’s one of these pitchers who works very hard,” he said. “She has gotten better every year that she’s been here.” The game’s score probably added some pressure for Ehlers because it was a close contest with little room for error, Conway said. One mistake might not only have cost her the no-hitter, but cost Saint Leo the game as well.That she preserved the no-hitter and the win makes the accomplishment even more impressive. But there were more impressive accomplishments for the Lions and Ehlers that day. In the second game, pitcher Alana Tabel went above and beyond a game’s worth of

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New date for Zephyrhills Scramble The ninth annual Zephyrhills Scramble has been moved to May 16 at 1 p.m. It will still be at the Silverado Golf & Country Club, 36841 Clubhouse Drive in Zephyrhills. The event benefits programs such as ZKids and Student Citizen of the Month.The cost is $100 per golfer, or $500 for a corporate team. Player registration runs through May 15. For information, call (813) 782-1913, or visit ZephyrhillsChamber.org.

5K Foam Fest

The Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road in Dade City, will be the site of the 5K Foam Fest on May 10 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register online or on race day for $85. Spectators are free. Parking is $10 per vehicle. No pets, coolers, outside food or beverages. For information, visit 5KFoamFest.com.

Volleyball camps in June and July

Gaither High School, 16200 N. Dale Mabry Highway, will host volleyball camps twice weekly this summer. The middle school camp runs from June 9 through July 16 on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the high school camp will run from June 10 through July 17 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All camp sessions will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $75 per person. For information, call (813) 975-7340, or email tim.boylan@sdhc.k12.fl.us.

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Saint Leo University junior Ashley Ehlers threw a no-hitter in game one of a doubleheader against Florida Southern College last month. In the second game, she came on in relief to record another victory.

Senior Sports is looking for interested tennis and volleyball players who live in Pasco County. For information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211.

Rotary club looking for bowlers

The Dade City Rotary Club needs two more bowlers for its “Chamber Champs” team. The team will participate in the 2014 Rotary Bowl May 22 at Pin Chasers, 6816 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. The event begins at 6 p.m., and includes a silent auction, pizza and cash prizes. Cost is $40 per bowler. For information, call (352) 567-3769, or email John Moors at juber@dadecitychamber.org.

Soccer camp highlights Spanish style

Ejje Soccer Academy is accepting registrations for its Tiki-Taka Day Camps this summer at 3032 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. The camps are named for Spanish-style soccer that emphasizes short, crisp passing, and ball control. Coaches from Spain’s soccer leagues will be on hand, and select attendees could be chosen to travel and showcase their talents in Spain. The camps will be July 14-18 and July 2125. For information, call (813) 355-6671, or visit ProSoccerSpain.com.

Cheer clinic at Sunlake

The state champion Sunlake High School cheerleading team will host a Little Seahawk Cheer Clinic over four days in July.The event is targeted toward students of Oakstead, Lake Myrtle, Denham Oaks, Odessa and Rushe middle schools. The clinic will be July 21-23 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.The cost is $25 per student and in-

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The Saint Leo baseball team will host a one-day camp May 10 for high school students. Campers will receive one-on-one instruction and evaluation in areas such as hitting, fielding and base running. The cost is $100 per camper, and includes lunch. For information, call Lee Parks at (352) 588-8841, or e-mail lee.parks@saintleo.edu.

Senior Slo Pitch registration

The Slo Pitch Softball League, geared toward players older than 60, hosts 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.

Steinbrenner golf tourney May 17

The Steinbrenner High School football team will have its fifth annual golf tournament May 17 at the Heritage Harbor Golf Course, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway in Lutz. The event, which benefits Warriors football, will include an auction with both live and silent bidding. Registration begins in the clubhouse at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Sponsorships also are available. For information, visit TournEvents.com/2014Warriors.

Doubles tennis players sought

Tennis 4 u/Tennis Para Ti is looking for doubles tennis players for matches in Dade City. The organization also is offering private and group tennis lessons for players of all

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its 28th Annual Golf Tournament May 16 at the Heritage Harbor Golf Course, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway in Lutz.The shotgun start is 1 pm. The cost is $70 for individuals, or $260 for a foursome. It includes greens fees, cart, range balls and a barbecue awards dinner. Sponsorships are still available. For information, call (813) 909-2722, or email office@centralpascochamber.com.

Steinbrenner basketball camps this summer

Steinbrenner High School, 5575 Lutz Lake Fern Road, will host two basketball camps this summer for boys and girls entering first through eighth grade.The first will be June 16-19, and the second will be July 7-10. Campers will receive instruction in fundamentals such as dribbling, passing and defense, and will participate in skill-related games. Awards will be given to group and gender winners during the camp. The cost is $90 per camper, with discounts given for multiple siblings. Same-day registration is $100. For information, call Steinbrenner coach J.R. Allen at (813) 792-5131, or e-mail warriorbasketballcamp@gmail.com.

Drive ‘Fore’ Technology golf tourney

Seven Oaks Elementary School will host its Drive “Fore”Technology golf tournament May 17 at Lexington Oaks Golf Club, 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Proceeds will be used to purchase technology items for the classroom. For information, e-mail Samantha Weitort at sweitort@pasco.k12.fl.us.


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LOL’s Poore closes out track career with trip to state By Michael Murillo mmurillo@lakerlutznews.com

Land O’ Lakes High School senior Jake Poore added several titles to his track and field resume this past season: Conference champion. District champion. Regional champion. State qualifier and sixth-place finisher for Class 3A for the two-mile run. But a late-season injury almost prevented it from happening. “I hyper-extended my knee, and that was five days before the district meet. I couldn’t even walk after the race,” Poore said.“The doctor was saying that I might not be able to run, and I was telling her,‘I’m going up to the starting line no matter what because if I don’t, my season is over.’” His knee improved, and he went on to win district and regional competitions and compete in his individual category as well as the 4-x-800 relay. That Poore was able to recover so quickly is a testament to his work ethic and rigorous training regimen. This season he broke down his workouts into what he labels “easy,”“medium” and “hard” days.

Jake Poore’s hard work has paid off in his senior season, entering state competition as a conference, district and regional champion. His two-mile time at state was good for sixth COURTESY OF TEDD THOMAS place.

A day of gym workouts with cross-training and maybe a light run is what Poore considers “easy.”They only get more difficult from there, with a warm-up, off-track runs, interval workouts with short rests, and another run and cool-down making up a “hard” day. The idea was to make practice so challenging that actual competition seemed easier by comparison, he said. Only once every couple of weeks did he allow himself a day with absolutely nothing on his schedule, and Poore admitted his dedication to

track had consequences outside the sport. “I was working so hard,” he said.“Even on my easy days I was so tired and had to get my sleep in, and made sure I did my schoolwork whenever I had a chance. I lost some friends, I guess, because I couldn’t go hang out.” But he said the results in competition made the sacrifice worth it. Those results included a strong showing in state competition. Although he finished sixth, that ranking is deceiving due to the caliber of competition in Class 3A. If Poore had been in one of the other divisions, he would have been state champion. And while the 4-x-800 team finished 15th, he was thrilled with his time of 1 minute, 57 seconds. Another motivator for his successful year — and for the entire team, which enjoyed conference and district titles — was the memory of Bill Schmitz, a track coach at Land O’ Lakes High School, who died last year. Poore and his friends wore “We Run For Schmitz”T-shirts during the year, and followed through on team goals the coach set before he died. As captain, Poore used the coach’s ex-

pectations to help motivate his teammates, and he would reference Schmitz during his regular prayers before meets. He credits the coach with helping him improve his abilities and become a more successful athlete. He wasn’t the best track runner earlier in his track career, Poore admits. But his hard work and dedication paid off, and he’ll leave Land O’ Lakes a conference, district and regional champion. But that’s not the end of his running career: He’ll attend the University of Tampa in the fall with an athletic scholarship, a new challenge in collegiate-level track, and a desire to reach the Olympic Games in 2016, held in Rio de Janeiro. Away from meets, he’ll take a pre-med course load with a goal of becoming an anesthesiologist when he graduates. And since college doesn’t start until later this year, he’s looking forward to a long break from his regular regimen before his summer training — long by his standards, anyway. “I have two weeks off, and then I start working out for college,” he said.“I’m going to get right back in it. It’s just another day at work for me.”

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Pasco County’s annual survey now open The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report

It’s survey time in Pasco County again, as government officials look to get feedback from residents and businesses about the future of the county. The 2014 Citizen Survey includes questions about quality of life, speed of growth, crime and safety, public transit, recycling, and general services, according to a release from the county. It also asks questions about the State Road 54/56 corridor, where an unsolicited bid to build an estimated $2.2 billion elevated toll road has been proposed.

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Joint Replacement Surgery Community Education Seminar

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