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Mary Maldonado stepped into a driveway in Dade City on Nov. 7 expecting to take a few photos in front of a home she was preparing to buy. She got a lot more than she bargained for. Maldonado arrived with her infant son, Leonni, and was greeted by Warrick Dunn, former NFL player and philanthropist. His charity, Homes for the Holidays, helps single parents realize their dreams of owning a home. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco County, who helped Maldonado through the home-buying process and set her up with an advantageous loan, Dunn wel-
comed her into a fully furnished home with a well-stocked kitchen. From living room furniture to a bedroom set for Leonni, the home was move-in ready. She signed the ownership paperwork, received her keys, and accepted a ceremonial check for $5,000, which went toward her mortgage, courtesy of Homes for the Holidays. Not bad for a Friday morning. “Seeing the house and everything, it definitely paid off,” Maldonado said. “It’s very exciting.” It also was Maldonado’s hard work that paid off to get to this MICHAEL MURILLO/STAFF PHOTO point. As part of Habitat for Humanity’s homebuyer program, Warrick Dunn greeted Mary Maldonado and her son, Leonni, at she had to put in 400 hours of vol- the driveway of the house she was preparing to buy. He surprised her with a fully furnished home, a fully stocked kitchen,
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The four men came to Lutz Cemetery on a Saturday morning, with a cool breeze stirring the trees, and the sun shining brightly in the clear blue sky. They got to work quickly, each grabbing a supply of American flags and staking out a segment of the cemetery.
The men — Bill Garrison, Ray Mason, Richard Fernandez and Jim Evans — worked their way through the rows of gravestones, looking for those marking the final resting place of men and women who served to protect American freedom. While Garrison, Mason and Fernandez surveyed areas closer to U.S. 41, Evans checked out the rear section of the cemetery. Each time they found a veteran’s
gravestone, they solemnly planted a flag at the edge of the gravestone. Marking the grave with a flag is an act of remembrance, and of respect. It’s something members of American Legion Post 108 do at Lutz Cemetery every Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day. The flags remain until a day after Veterans Day, when the men come back to recover them. The flags honor veterans from World War I,World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War.There’s even a grave of a Civil War soldier and another of a Spanish-American War soldier a soldier, Mason said. See FLAGS, page 7A
Politicians talk local, but don’t spend local By Michael Hinman
County. However, when it came to total dollars, new Pasco County commissioner Mike Ever wonder how much Moore sent the most money $324,000 can buy? outside the county — nearly It could supply ribs and sides $109,000, or 66 percent of his Pasco County Commission-District 2 Local Spend %Local for 25 families at Hungry Harry’s expenditures. Mike Moore $55,348 33.8 Family Bar-B-Que for an entire “Our campaign bought local Erika Remsberg $4,076 38.6 year. services when available, such as It could feed a complete some printing supplies and maPasco County Commission-District 4 Thanksgiving dinner from Publix terials,” Ledbetter told The Mike Wells Jr. $22,127 28.7 to nearly every person living in Laker/Lutz News in an email.“I Henry Wilson Jr. $11,637 29.1 Wesley Chapel and Land O’ used a local Dade City printer Lakes. for some work, and a local comFlorida House-District 38 It could hire 15 people for an pany for the T-shirts. Danny Burgess $35,382 26.9 entire year at $10 an hour, with Unfortunately, East Pasco — inBeverly Ledbetter $3,049 9.5 enough money left over to add a cluding Wesley Chapel — does part-timer at the same rate. not have any commercial mail* Since Nov. 1, 2013 In three local political races ing operation that I was aware that ended Nov. 4, six candidates of, and that comprises the bulk spent $324,000 — to people and businesses it stayed local. of my out-of-district purchases.” outside of Pasco County. In fact, of the more Beverly Ledbetter, who ran as a Since the end of the primary, Ledbetter than $455,000 these Pasco County Democrat for Florida House District 38, had spent just $1,800 of the more than $28,000 Commission and state House candidates the worst local campaign spending, with See LOCAL, page 7A spent since Nov. 1, 2013, only 29 percent of less than 10 percent remaining in Pasco email@example.com
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He showed up around 6:30 a.m., just as the sun was starting to rise above the horizon. His place was in a side parking lot at Bridgeway Church, located on Wells Road in Wesley Chapel, and he came ready for the day. Nick Burgess put signs up around his pickup truck, touting his older brother Danny Burgess, who was running for Florida House District 38. Nick was staying until polls closed at 7 p.m., and he had brought enough food to tide him over until then, and a restroom just inside the church to help get him through the long day. Burgess was happy to be there, however. He wanted to show support for his brother, who was facing Beverly Ledbetter in the race to replace Will Weatherford in Tallahassee.And he has supported him from the beginning, especially when Danny told his family for the first time that he was going to run. “I’m behind you 100 percent,” Nick told Danny.“The whole family is.That’s what it takes.” The community was behind Danny Burgess as well, giving him 60 percent of the vote and a rather seamless journey from when he was an 18-year-old Zephyrhills City Council member, to the 28-year-old man he is now representing eastern Pasco County in the state House.To do that, however, he had to get past retired educator Beverly Ledbetter, who felt there was a lot she could
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Nick Burgess promoted his older brother Danny to voters all day Election Day from the bed of his pickup truck at Bridgeway Church in Wesley Chapel. Danny Burgess won his first state House election with 60 percent of the vote.
do in the Legislature. But if nothing else, she wanted to make sure voters had a choice. “I was excited by the fact that many people, for the first time, were getting involved in the political process,” Ledbetter said. “They were walking neighborhoods, putting up signs, and making phone calls.That is an accomplishment.” While Ledbetter felt she had local support from a dedicated group of people, one place she didn’t get much help from was the Democratic Party — at either the state or local level. Burgess picked up more than $23,000 in support from the Republican
machine, while the other major party chipped in just a little more than $2,000 to Ledbetter’s campaign. “You have to have money to actually get your message out,” Ledbetter said.“Besides your newspaper, none of the other major newspapers covered any of the local races, so people didn’t really get a great deal of information.” She is still trying to figure out why the party virtually ignored this race, which she feels could’ve made a huge statement if Democrats claimed a seat currently held by the Republican House Speaker, Will Weatherford.
“That is part of the problem with people wanting to run, is that the state party gives you absolutely no support,” Ledbetter added. Burgess took 60 percent of the vote, and another Republican — Mike Moore — had about the same success in his race to replace Pasco County commissioner Pat Mulieri. Despite not picking up endorsements from regional news outlets, or Mulieri herself, Moore spent a lot of money to beat Erika Remsberg in the District 2 race. Moore finished with more than 91,000 votes in the race, and paid about $1.82 per vote received. Remsberg had a little more than 63,500 votes, paying out just 17 cents per vote, which shows the rather large gap between fundraising. Remsberg won just 11 percent of the precincts voting by an average of 46 votes, according to unofficial results from the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections office. Her biggest margin was the precinct at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Port Richey, one of the few precincts in the county that has more Democrats than Republicans. Early in her race, Remsberg knew her chances against a well-financed candidate in a Republican-leaning county were not the greatest, but the Land O’ Lakes social worker looked forward to the opportunity to run. “I love going for the underdog,” Remsberg told The Laker/Lutz News back in July. “It’s just that this time it’s me, which is a new experience for me. But I’m good with grassroots efforts and community organization, and I’m getting out wherever I can to share a message of how we all need to work together.”
Election 2014: Voters speak out on issues, candidates By B.C. Manion firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s a success, at least that’s what Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley is calling the Nov. 4 election. More than 162,000 people turned out to vote in the mid-term elections, representing more than 53 percent of registered voters. That beat the 47 percent turnout in the 2010 mid-term election. While votes were still out, and election officials were anxiously waiting to start counting, some voters shared their voting experience, and what issues brought them to the polls. Tommy Seal, 40, of Zephyrhills, accompanied his 18-year-old son, Isaiah Seal, to Alice Hall Community Center in Zephyrhills to cast their ballots. For Isaiah, this was his first
time at the ballot box. Both said they were supporting Rick Scott for governor. “He’s done some good things for the state,” the older Seal said.“He’s helped improve the economy.” However, the two were in disagreement with Amendment 2, the constitutional amendment that would legalize medicinal marijuana — but not in the way one might think. Tommy Seal voted for it. His son didn’t. “Honestly, if you’re in pain, every opportunity to help you, I think, should be available to help you,” the older Seal said. “There’s already problems with drug dealing in Florida,” his son said.“I thought it wouldn’t be wise to support it.” David Sanchez, 59, of Wesley Chapel, took his parents to Alice Hall so they could
vote. He’d already voted earlier himself. Unlike the Seals, Sanchez cast his vote for Charlie Crist, and threw his support behind Amendment 2. “I’m a lifelong Democrat,” Sanchez said. “The Republicans never did anything for me.” His reasons for supporting medical marijuana were personal. “I have two sisters that died from cancer,” he said,“They both suffered.They both looked like concentration camp survivors.” Lauren Butts, 28, of Zephyrhills, went to the polling place to show her support for Danny Burgess, who was running for the state House District 38 seat. “I’ve known him my whole life,” she said. “I wouldn’t trust any candidate more than I trust him.” Dani Stoughtenger, 19, of Zephyrhills, wanted to be sure to make her voice heard. “I’m liberal,” she said.“I voted for Charlie Crist. I voted yes on Amendment 2. I voted for Danny Burgess.” Burgess, however, identifies as a conservative Republican. “He is in the community,” Stoughtenger added.“He’s always been a part of the community. They’re a great family here in the Zephyrhills area. My family is actually friends with the Burgess family.” J.J. Battle, 43, of Wesley Chapel, said he came out to support Crist. “I haven’t been pleased with Rick Scott,” he said. Scott’s refusal to accept federal funds for projects like high-speed rail and other services led to job cuts and reduced services, he said. “I’ve got clients that need help, and I can’t give it to them,” Battle said. He also voted against medical marijuana.
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When Wesley Chapel High School decided to launch an auto mechanics class just for girls, instructor Jeff Corliss thought that maybe 10 to 20 girls would sign up. Instead, so many females expressed an interest that the school set up two sections of the class. “It kind of spread like wildfire through word of mouth,” said Corliss, who leads the school’s Academy of Automotive Technology. He and Brad Odell, the school’s other automotive instructor, teach the two all-female auto mechanics classes. “I’m teaching the same things as I would teach the boys in auto I, but I put a different spin on it,” Corliss said. The emphasis of the class, also known as the Lady Wildcat Pit Crew, is on how to handle roadside emergencies, how to maintain a car at home, and how to choose a new or used car, he said. The girls recently learned how to do an oil change. On Nov. 5, they practiced what they had learned by doing an oil change on a car that belongs to Corliss’ wife. As the students prepared to do the oil change, the girls did the routine checks that are done at a garage when a car comes in for an oil change. They checked the fluid levels, the belts, the tire pressure and tread. As they went along, Corliss stopped them occasionally to share some tips.When filling a coolant reservoir, for instance, Corliss recommends turning the coolant bottle sideways, instead of tilting it forward, to prevent unwanted spills. He also offered reminders about signs of wear on belts and tire tread. The girls appeared to be taking everything in. They weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, either. Corliss hopes the class will give the girls information they can use for life. He wants them to know what to do if they wind up stranded by the side of the road. He also wants to equip them with knowledge to help them when they’re having their car repaired, or they’re purchasing a new or used car. “I was young the first time I went to a
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Students in the auto I at Wesley Chapel High School say that enjoy learning about the basic maintenance of cars because they want to be better equipped when they shop for cars or have one repaired. Some taking part in the class are, from left, Bridget Robinson, Rayah Reitnauer, Caitlyn Gaffney, Brittany Buchanan, Savannah Sweet and Clarissa Hagen.
car dealership, and I probably got taken advantage of just as much as anybody else,” Corliss said. To help counter that, he plans to invite a used car manager and a new car manager to come to the school to present lessons on the ins and outs of buying a car. “What should you be looking at? What kind of repairs will this car need? Is it worth the asking price?” Corliss said.“When I go looking at a used car, I already know what it’s going to cost to fix it. I’ve got that as a bargaining chip. I want to give that to the kids, too.” At a repair shop, he said, it’s easy to be intimidated by a lack of knowledge. He offers this advice:“I would ask to see the part and have them explain to you why you need to spend that money. Don’t just take their
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“If they want to use this as jumping-off point they can,” Corliss said.“They can move on through the rest of the academy.” Rebecca Jarke, the assistant principal who oversees the academy, said she’s happy that the school has launched this class. “On so many levels, it’s just empowering for girls,” Jarke said. After taking the class, the girls will be better equipped to go to a repair garage or a car dealership and “talk the talk,” Jarke said, because they’ve had a chance to develop knowledge. “It’s a safe learning environment,” she said.“It levels the playing field for them to be able to ask questions, and learn the skills necessary to be able to talk about cars and have those conversations without feeling intimidated.” The class also may enable some students to discover a career path they may not have otherwise considered, Jarke said. Students give the class good marks. Caitlyn Gaffney, 16, said she wanted to take the class to learn basic car knowledge skills. “I figured I could come here and learn the skills I needed, in case I were to break down on the side of the road,” she said. She feels confident she’ll learn that in her class. “Mr. Corliss, he’s a pretty good teacher,” Gaffney said. Brianna Proctor, 16, said she’s learned quite a bit in the class, and is gaining confidence in her knowledge. “I didn’t know about cars before,” she said. People always think boys know more about cars than girls, Proctor said.With what she is learning, however, she thinks she may be able to work on her own car one day. Freshman Abigail Monticco said her grandfather used to work for Ford, so she had a natural interest in the class.The class was appealing, she said, because she wants to know the basics. She also likes the idea of being able to know whether someone is trying to rip her off. Beyond all that, the 14-year-old said she enjoys the other students in the class and the feeling of family they share. “It’s fun,” Monticco said. “We all love Corliss.”
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Tech Guy To Go will host a Family Internet Safety class Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m., at 18125 U.S. 41, Suite 101, in Lutz.This is a hands-on class with web filtering and activity monitoring tools.Admission is free.There are only eight seats available. For information or to register, call Mike Sawyer at (813) 909-9253.
‘SHREK: THE MUSICAL’
Arts in Motion Community Youth Theatre & Art Education will present “Shrek:The Musical” Nov. 14 through Nov. 16 at Pasco Middle School, 13925 14th St., in Dade City. The performance will feature 50 local children in kindergarten through 12th grade.Tickets are $7 for students, $12 for seniors, and $15 for adults. For information and tickets, visit ArtsInMotionPasco.org.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Christian Social Services, 5514 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes is hosting a holiday open house Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.There will be treats, sales, and a free drawing for a hot air balloon ride. For information, call (813) 995-0088.
Pasco County Extension Service will have a compost workshop Nov. 15 at 10 a.m., at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Blvd., in New Port Richey.The cost is $25 and covers classroom instruction and a composting bin.There is a parking fee of $2. For information, call (352) 518-0470.
SPOTLIGHT ON PASCO
Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care is hosting its annual Spotlight on Pasco Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Gulf View Square Mall, 9409 U.S. 19 in Port Richey. There will be musical tributes, a karate demonstration, cheerleading performances, a Home Depot workshop, vendors, door prizes and more.Admission is free. For information, call (727) 992-7449.
SYMPHONY IN LIGHTS
The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel, will premiere Symphony in Lights Nov. 15 at 5 p.m., with the tree lighting, Santa’s arrival and snow. Shows will run nightly on the hour, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through Dec. 31. For information, visit TheShopsAtWiregrass.com.
BIG CLAYS FOR KIDS
Big Brothers Big Sisters will have a Big Clays for Kids fundraiser Nov. 15 at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff in Land O’ Lakes. Registration is at 9 a.m.The cost is $100 per individual. For information or to register, visit BBBSFl.org.
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MODEL TRAIN SHOW, SALE
Regal Railways will host a Model Train Show & Sale Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 5850 K of C Drive in Port Richey.There will be more than 60 vendors and a model train layout. Lunch will be available for purchase.Admission is $5 for adults. Children 12 and younger are free. For information, call (727) 244-1341, or visit RegalRailways.com.
Holiday bazaar Club Connerton, 21100 Fountain Garden Way in Land O’ Lakes, will host a holiday bazaar Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be local crafters, artists and vendors. Admission is free. For information, call (813) 996-5800.
hosting a wine tasting party Nov. 15 at Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52 in Land O’ Lakes. For information, call Wanda Burnside at (727) 364-6441.
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Bay City Flyers will host “Fighter Town USA” Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Area 52 Flying Field, 22500 State Road 52 in Land O’ Lakes.The show is open to all warbird and military remote control aircraft.The landing fee is $10.The kitchen opens for lunch at 11 a.m.The cost for spectators is $3 per car. For information, call Bruce Horvath at (727) 669-9012 or (813) 495-9012.
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Metropolitan Ministries’ Central Pasco donation tent, 21010 State Road 54 in Lutz, will open Nov. 17 to accept donations of nonperishable food, new toys and monetary gifts to help the poor and homeless in Pasco and neighboring counties.There will be a tent blessing Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. For information, call (813) 9484522.
LOL GARDEN CLUB MEETS
The Land O’ Lakes Garden Club will meet Nov. 18 at 10:30 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.The guest speaker will be Jonnie Spitler, Pasco County master gardener, on the topic of “Backyard Bird Habitat, Gardening for Birds.” For information, call Marie Woody at (813) 961-2697.
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White Dove Farm Garden Connect will meet Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m.The topic will be winter vegetable gardening. Guests should bring a cutting from a plant and a snack. For information, location or to RSVP, call Steve or Jeanne Wolfe at (813) 991-9786.
The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer the AARP Smart Driver class Nov. 18 for drivers ages 50 and older. The cost is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members. Registration is required. For information and class time, call Bev Cogdill at (813) 907-3908.
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The Pasco Arts Council will present “Selected Florida Wildflowers,” by photographer Anne-Marie Prokopiak at the Pasco County Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive in New Port Richey, through Nov. 21. Prints of the photos will be available for purchase. For information, call (727) 845-7322.
Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O’ Lakes, will have a fall craft fair Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the ballroom. There will also be a Corvette car show. For fair information, call Donna Hartwick at (813) 996-3470. For car show information, call Rich Unger at (813) 996-2832.
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Cobb Grove 16 & CineBistro, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, is offering CineClassics 2014. Upcoming shows include “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” Nov. 18 and “Pulp Fiction” Dec. 2.All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Guests should arrive 30 minutes prior for in-theatre CineBistro service.Tickets are $5 and are available at the concierge or CobbTheatres/CobbCinebistro.com. For information, call (813) 948-5444.
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Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars will perform Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 at Lakeland Sun ‘n Fun, 4175 Medulla Road. Performances are at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., both days.Advance tickets start at $16.Admission is free for children younger than 13. For information and tickets, call (800) 796-5672, or visit GoToTheCircus.com.
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The Florida Orchestra will offer free classical kids tickets for children 18 years and younger to attend the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks concerts, with the purchase of one-full price adult ticket. New World Symphony is scheduled for Dec. 5 through Dec. 7. For information, locations and tickets, call (727) 892-3337.
The Gulfview Chapter of The Embroiders’ Guild of America will have an embroidery exhibit through Dec. 16 at Rao Musunuru Art Gallery, at the Pasco-Hernando State College campus, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information, call Betty Brandt at (727) 8563643.
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While Habitat for Humanity provides a no-down payment, interest-free loan, applicants need to meet certain criteria to be eligible. They must have a need for affordable housing and have been at their current employer for at least one year. And while they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need perfect credit or a specific credit score, applicants must demonstrate that they have a history of taking responsibility for their debts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not everyone qualifies,â&#x20AC;? explained Stephanie Black, director of development and public relations at Habitat for Humanity.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not doing them any favors by putting them into a home that they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford.â&#x20AC;? As a result of the screening process, volunteer work and classes, default rates are very low. This was the 140th event for Homes for
the Holidays, and Dunn â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a former Tampa Bay Buccaneer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been to almost all of them in the charityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17 years. For Maldonadoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration, he had to drive in from Atlanta. But he believes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to attend each one while he can. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the experience,â&#x20AC;? Dunn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting those expressions and how they react.â&#x20AC;? Sometimes the reactions come later, after the presentation and when the new homeowner can sit in their house and realize it really belongs to them. While he often has to travel to attend the events â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Homes for the Holidays has helped families in a dozen cities and plans to keep growing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dunn pays for all his travel expenses out of his own pocket. Dunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charity honors his mother, Betty Smothers, who died before realizing her
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FLAGS, from page 1A The ritual of remembering men and women who served has been going on for close to 30 years, said Mason, the postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adjutant. Each time, they post about 200 flags.â&#x20AC;&#x153;We used to do more cemeteries, but membership dwindled,â&#x20AC;? said Garrison, the post commander. As World War II veterans die, the postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s membership has declined. Now, the post â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which draws its members from Lutz and Land Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lakes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has 97 members, Garrison said. There are around 200 veterans buried in Lutz Cemetery, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of sacrifice here,â&#x20AC;? said Garrison, who served in the U.S.Air Force as a code breaker. Fernandez, a past commander and the current financial officer for the post who served in the U.S. Coast Guard, said he takes part in the flag postings to honor those who have courageously served this country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the honor and respect that they deserve,â&#x20AC;? Fernandez said. Respect for veterans has improved, however, said Mason, who served in the U.S. Navy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every once in awhile I wear my hat out, and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe the number of people who come up and say,â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thank you for your service,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a far different response than the one he received when he first finished military service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I got out in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;65, everybody was against the war, all of that anti-Vietnam stuff,â&#x20AC;? said Mason, who did not serve in Vietnam. He was surprised by the negative reception.
LOCAL, from page 1A she received locally, according to an analysis of campaign finance records by The Laker/Lutz News. She paid nearly $15,600 to Sonic Print in Tampa in the last reporting period alone, for what were described as mailers. Another $440 went to a company called Parkway Strategies in Tallahassee for what the campaign said was â&#x20AC;&#x153;strategic communications.â&#x20AC;? Although his local spending was much better than Ledbetterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Danny Burgess â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who eventually would win the House seat â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was still behind all four county commission candidates tracked. He spent more than $35,000 locally, but sent $96,000 away. Not having services available locally shows the need for such services to be de-
Jim Evans posts flags along a trio of gravestones of military veterans at Lutz Cemetery. He cares deeply about honoring the men and women who have fought to preserve the freedoms that Americans enjoy.
Ray Mason says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to honor veterans who made sacrifices in their personal lives to protect American freedoms. Members of American Legion Post 108 carry numerous flags around, and post them near the gravestones of men and women who served in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s armed forces.
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was taken back,â&#x20AC;? Mason said. Evans, who served in the U.S. How to help Army during Vietnam and during the The American Legion Post 108 meets at 2 p.m., first Gulf War, said posting the flags at every third Wednesday at the Land Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lakes the cemetery provides a sense of satCommunity Center at 5401 Land Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lakes Blvd. If isfaction. you would like to get involved in a future flag postâ&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives you a nice feeling to have ing or contribute funds to purchase additional them remembered,â&#x20AC;? he said. flags, email Bill Garrison at firstname.lastname@example.org The men do the best they can to ensure they honor each veteran buried there.They look at the gravestones â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hate to miss one,â&#x20AC;? Evans said.â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really for any indication of military service. hurts me if I miss a veteran.We always make â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes it is just a little notation on an extra sweep, and we always find some there,â&#x20AC;? Evans said. that we missed.â&#x20AC;? To make sure he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss any, Evans estimates heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s posted flags at the Garrison kicks leaves off of graves, and cemetery about 20 times. Sometimes, the scrapes off dirt.The other men made close work is easier than others. During the reinspections, too. cent posting, conditions were pleasant.
But the heat can be brutal during the Memorial Day and Fourth of July postings, or sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pouring rain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There have been times after a heavy rain where you almost sink,â&#x20AC;? Garrison said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We slop through the mess.â&#x20AC;? On the upside, though,â&#x20AC;&#x153;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no problem with putting them (the flags) in,â&#x20AC;? he added. After they post the flags and complete their sweep, the men conclude by playing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taps,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a final tribute for those who served.
veloped, Ledbetter said. But there are still many services available locally which candidates looked outside of Pasco for, especially printing.And companies like Point to Point Printing in Land Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lakes feel it when money isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spent here. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are plenty of people here,â&#x20AC;? said Point to Pointâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner Denny Esber. He saw about $10,000 worth of work this election cycle from candidates like Moore and former county commissioner Henry Wilson Jr. But there was still more he and other business owners missed out on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With jobs like this, the money comes back and then I can re-spend that money in this community,â&#x20AC;? Esber said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just keeps going and going and going and going.â&#x20AC;? A lot of money leaves the county for advertising and consulting. In the last two weeks of his campaign, Burgess spent $61,500. However, just $4,000 of that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; less
ing amount was so low,â&#x20AC;? Remsberg said in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Must be because the Tarpon union printer I used was just over the border. Secondly, I think reporting the amounts donated is more important than the percentages. Given the vast difference in amounts donated to our contributions, I think percentages do not paint the picture as well as the dollar amount does.â&#x20AC;? Twice in October, Moore spent more than $20,000, but less than 6 percent remained local. Instead, he spent $37,323 with Majority Strategies in Ponte Vedra for advertising, and nearly $3,000 with Allegra Marketing in Tampa for printing. Even food preparation was not something Moore could find locally, spending $2,224 for food at a fundraiser supplied by Catering by the Family in Tampa. Moore did not respond to a request for comment.
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New LEAPS Academy in Wesley Chapel will host its first Fall Harvest Fundraiser Gala Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., at Quail Hollow Golf & Country Club, 6225 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel. There will be food, entertainment, door prizes, raffles and a cash bar.Tickets are $50. For information and tickets, call Sam Natale at (813) 469-6936, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOOL TEAMS WITH MISSION GROUP TO SEND CARE PACKAGES
Throughout the month of October, families and staff of Land O’ Lakes Christian School and First Baptist Church of Land O’ Lakes donated supplies and grocery items to be sent to military men and women serving overseas for Christmas. Coordinating with the Military Matthew 5 Missions organization and founder Leslie Futch, more than 130 care packages will be shipped out through GTE Financial Nov. 12 to troops serving in Afghanistan.
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CONCEPT COLLEGE RECEIVES GRANT
The Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation recently received a $10,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support its Concept College program. Concept College is an outreach program for high school students who are economically disadvantaged, minorities, teen parents, disabled, migrant, retrieved dropouts, or otherwise non-traditional. The program is coordinated with Pasco and Hernando County school districts to identify at-risk students. For information on the PHSC Foundation or Concept College, call (727) 816-3410, or visit PHSC.edu/foundation.
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The Library of Congress is offering students a set of free interactive e-books for tablets. The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents in a range of topics from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in for close examination, draw to highlight interesting details, and make notes about what they discover. The first six Student Discovery Sets are available now for iPad, and can be downloaded for free on iBooks.These sets cover the U.S. Constitution, Symbols of the United States, Immigration, the Dust Bowl, the Harlem Renaissance, and Understanding the Cosmos. For information, visit the website at LOC.gov/teachers/student-discovery-sets/.
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Trinity Memorial Gardens, 12609 Memorial Drive in Trinity, will host a One Blood blood drive Nov. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.The first 10 donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card.
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The Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will present “Ebola: Facts & Fiction” Nov. 17 at 3 p.m., at the back campus of the hospital, 14100 Yosemite Drive in Hudson. The guest speaker is Dr. K.V. Sundaresh. To make a reservation, call (727) 8695498.
LUNG CANCER SEMINAR
The Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2700 Healing Way, will host Dr. Martin Britos-Bay on the topic of new tests for detecting lung cancer Nov. 18 at noon. Topics will include information on lowdose computed tomography screening. A free lunch will be provided. To make a reservation, call (813) 9295432, or visit FHWesleyChapel.org.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will host a presentation on “Osteoarthritis: New Advances from Supplements to Surgery” Nov. 18 at 3 p.m., at the Rao Musunuru M.D. Conference Center, 14100 Fivay Road in Hudson. Dr. Juan Raposo will discuss current treatments. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For information or reservations, call (727) 869-5498.
INFANT CARE CLASS
The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer an infant care class Nov. 18 and Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. The course consists of two classes on two consecutive weeks. The cost is $40. For information or to RSVP, call (727) 8345630.
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‘LOOK GOOD…FEEL BETTER’
The Medical Center of Trinity will offer the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good…Feel Better” program Nov. 19 at 2 p.m., at its Medical Arts building, 9332 State Road 54, Suite 402. The program includes educational information as well as wigs, hats, turbans and prostheses. For information or to RSVP, call (727) 8345630.
VETERAN HOTLINE LAUNCHES
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has launched a toll-free help line to provide emotional support and resource referral to veterans in a five-county area. The service covers Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Manatee counties. The hotline is staffed by veterans. Any veteran needing help or information can call (844) 693-5838 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. After-hours and weekend calls will be answered by crisis specialists in the Crisis Center’s 2-1-1 call center.
FREE COPIES OF FIVE WISHES
Throughout the month of November, Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care will offer free copies of Five Wishes, an easy-touse tool with advance directives and planning information, while supplies last. Copies can be picked up at any of the Gulfside thrift shops. There is a limit of one per person. Spanish versions are available by calling Gulfside Hospice. For information, call Kirsty Churchill at (727) 845-5707, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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J.F. Swartsel Lodge, 3309 Lutz Lake Fern Road in Lutz, offers the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) program every Wednesday. Weigh-in is at 9 a.m., following by a meeting at 9:45 a.m. For information, call Mary Clark at (813) 908-3587.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY FROM ADDICTIONS
Victorious Life Church, 6224 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel, offers a Celebrate Recovery group on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. The group is a recovery resource for healing from addictions. Participants will discuss hurts, hang-ups and habits. For information, call (813) 973-2230.
SENIOR STRENGTH CLASSES
The Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O’ Lakes, offers a Silver Sneakers Strength & Balance program on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. These are low-impact classes to improve flexibility and balance. Classes are free to Silver Sneakers members, and $5 for non-members. For information, call Tom Marbell at (352) 409-2984, or you can email him at email@example.com.
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Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church Family Cancer Network meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month in Rosary Hall, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, beginning at 7 p.m. Cancer survivors and caregivers are invited to attend. For information, call (813) 949-4565.
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When the Steinbrenner High School band isn’t performing, they’re practicing. And when they’re not practicing, they’re raising money for their trip to the Liberty Bowl later this year.
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The Steinbrenner High School Band is planning a trip to perform at a college bowl game later this year.To get there, they’ll need hard work and determination. They’ll also need more than $70,000. That’s the cost to accommodate more than 90 people traveling to Memphis, Tennessee, for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, on Dec. 29. “It is a lot of money,” admitted band director Nicole Conte. “We’ve done some smaller trips that have cost about half that, but this is a pretty big one.” It’s so big that the band is getting creative about raising funds. They’ll host a casino night on Nov. 8 at Cheval Golf and Country Club, 4312 Cheval Blvd., in Lutz, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. On Nov. 16, they’ll have a mattress sale at the school’s gymnasium from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Current fundraising and early payments have helped the band get close to half of their goal, leaving plenty more money that needs to be raised. But from personal experience, Conte feels it’s worth it. “We did several things like that when I was in high school band, too, and those are memories that I’ve carried with me all my life, and some of the most exciting things I’ve ever done,” she said. When Conte was going to school in Naples, her high school band performed at a Miami Dolphins game. She was excited to play in front of such a large group, and wants her band to share that kind of experience. That doesn’t mean the entire trip will simply be a vacation for the band.There are competitive elements to the event as well. In addition to participating in the halftime show with other bands from different states, they’ll also be part of a field competition before the event. The winning band gets to perform solo as part of the pre-game ceremony. Conte wants to win that competition,
and continue the tradition of success she’s established at Steinbrenner. She’s been with the school since it opened in 2009, and has 17 years of experience leading bands.They consistently earn a rating of “superior” in their assessments, and they won their division at the Lion’s Pride band competition this year at King High School in Temple Terrace. Three years ago, Steinbrenner also was named grand champion of that event. To stay focused for their upcoming performance and prepare to face some tough competition, Conte is putting the band through their paces in practices and going over segments of their musical routines repeatedly to ensure their playing is sharp and their timing is right. In her experience, that’s the only way to achieve the kind of success she wants. “It’s practice and hard work. I think talent really has little to do with success,” she said.“It really boils down to determination and willingness to work hard to get the job done.” Band members have displayed a willingness to work hard because of Conte’s leadership. Sam Goldstein, who plays tuba among other instruments, said the band has seen Conte’s experience in action, and knows that her decisions lead to good outcomes. “She’s done it for 17 years, and she doesn’t have to think about anything that she does,” he said of Conte.“She tells us what to do and somehow everything works out. I look up to her as a third parent, almost.” As a result, band members believe Conte when she says the practices and the fundraising will be worth the effort once they set foot in Tennessee for the school’s first band trip to a college bowl game. “This is our first one,” Conte said. “I’ve never done one before, either. I’m very excited, and the kids are very excited.” For more information about the Steinbrenner High School Band and its fundraising efforts, call Steinbrenner at (813) 792-5131, or visit SteinbrennerBand.com.
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Playoff foe awaits district champ Sunlake By Michael Murillo
Each year, high school football teams enter the season with specific goals. Some achieve them, and others fall short. For Sunlake High School, the goal since the school’s inception has been to claim a district title. And every year they’ve fallen short of that goal. Until this year. The Seahawks survived a three-way tiebreaker on Nov. 3 that had teams playing one quarter of football against each other to determine a winner.As a result, they’ll enter the playoffs with the title of district champion of Class 6A-District 6, an accomplishment that’s not lost on head coach Bill Browning. “It’s very gratifying.The kids worked very hard for it,” said Browning, who has been with the school since it opened in 2007. Back then, the team was essentially a junior varsity squad, he said, and were out-matched at every turn. But over the years, Browning and his staff have built a successful program, finally claiming that elusive district title this season. As a result, Browning let himself enjoy the moment. For a few hours, anyway. By the next morning, it was on to game preparations, and getting his team prepared for the games in front of them. “You meet one challenge and then you go on to the next challenge,” he said.“That’s the competitive nature.” The challenge in the playoffs will be a home tilt against Vanguard High School on Nov. 14. Located in Ocala, the Knights don’t seem too formidable on paper.They’re just 4-5 on the season, and claimed a playoff spot as runner-up in District 5 with a 2-2 record. They were 1-4 on the road, and gave up an average of nearly 47 points in their five losses. But Browning and the Seahawks won’t make any assumptions with regard to Vanguard.They’ve faced them in the playoffs before, winning a close contest, and know that any team that makes the postseason has talent. To be successful, Sunlake will rely on the players like Naejaun Jackson, a running back and receiver who has given the offense a spark in the second half of the season. Browning described Jackson as the “lightning” to running back Nathan Johnson’s “thunder.” While the experience of entering the playoffs as a district champion is a new experience for Sunlake, it’s nothing new for Browning.A high school coach for 25 years,
Nov. 14 • Vanguard at Sunlake, 7:30 p.m. • Zephyrhills at Suwannee, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 If Sunlake (8-2) wins, Seahawks take on winner of Mitchell (6-4) at Gainesville (5-5). If Zephyrhills (8-2) wins, Bulldogs take on winner of North Marion (8-2) at South Sumter (10-0).
Sunlake High School junior Nick Valdes, left, and the rest of the Seahawks hope to make the most of their first playoff berth as district champions.
he also earned district titles for Springstead High School and Hernando High School before taking the job to start the Seahawks’ program from scratch. But this one is special, in part because his biggest fan isn’t here to watch the games anymore. His father, Maurice, passed away this past summer at age 95. During his son’s tenure the older Browning attended every Sunlake football game. In the last contest he saw, the spring classic game, Browning’s father saw the team that would eventually earn the school its first district title. And his assessment of his son’s team at the time? “After the classic, his words to me were, ‘You’ve got your work cut out for you,’” Browning recalled. After a lot of hard work, Sunlake is not only a district champion for the first time, but a playoff host as well. Browning hopes those advantages will help the team go farther this year than during previous campaigns. “The farthest we’ve gotten is the second
round in the playoffs,” Browning said.‘That’s our goal now, to go farther than any Sunlake team has.” While Sunlake has been able to console themselves with playoff runs while they sought a district title, it was a different story for Zephyrhills High School. But they snapped an eight-year playoff drought with their own tie-breaker game, and will head to the playoffs as the Class 5A-District 7 runner-up. While the Bulldogs can be proud of accomplishing a major goal for 2014, there’s just one problem:The actual playoffs haven’t even started yet. So now what? “You feel really good for a short time, but you know you’ve got to get back to work and start over,” Zephyrhills coach Reggie Roberts said.“Our objective is not just to get there. It’s to perform once we get to the playoffs.” Soon after he was drenched in a celebratory bath from the water cooler, Roberts already was thinking of the Bulldogs’ playoff strategy.
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7A-7 FOOTBALL STANDINGS Team W L T ySickles 7 3 0 Gaither 7 3 0 Freedom 6 4 0 zTampa Bay Tech 5 5 0 Steinbrenner 3 6 1 Wiregrass Ranch 4 6 0
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6A-6 FOOTBALL STANDINGS Team W L T ySunlake 8 2 0 zMitchell 6 4 0 Springstead 6 4 0 Land O’ Lakes 4 6 0 Fivay 2 8 0
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5A-7 FOOTBALL STANDINGS Team W L T yRiver Ridge 9 1 0 zGulf 8 2 0 Hudson 6 4 0 Wesley Chapel 2 8 0 Ridgewood 2 8 0 Anclote 0 10 0
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5A-6 FOOTBALL STANDINGS Team W L T ySouth Sumter 10 0 0 zZephyrhills 8 2 0 Pasco 6 4 0 Nature Coast Tech 6 4 0 Central 2 8 0 Hernando 3 6 0 Weeki Wachee 1 9 0
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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5 Boys Soccer Mitchell 3, Pasco 1 Sunlake 9, Ridgewood 1 THURSDAY, NOV. 6 Boys Soccer Sunlake 8, Zephyrhills 0 Freedom 3, King 2
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FRIDAY, NOV. 7 Football Freedom 18, Riverview 13 Jefferson 33, Steinbrenner 19 Lecanto 32, Land O’ Lakes 27 River Ridge 28, Pasco 25 Wiregrass Ranch 13, Wesley Chapel 10 Zephyrhills 22, Sunlake 7 MONDAY, NOV. 10 Boys Soccer Gaither at Steinbrenner, 6 p.m. Girls Soccer Gaither at Steinbrenner, 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12 Girls Basketball Steinbrenner at Riverview, 7 p.m. Boys Soccer Anclote at Pasco, 6 p.m. Sickles at Freedom, 6 p.m. Steinbrenner at Durant, 7 p.m. Sunlake at Wesley Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Wiregrass Ranch at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30 p.m. THURSDAY, NOV. 13 Boys Soccer Citrus Park Christian at Sunlake, 6 p.m. Jefferson at Steinbrenner, 6 p.m. Wiregrass Ranch at Gaither, 6 p.m. Girls Soccer Jefferson at Steinbrenner, 8 p.m. FRIDAY, NOV. 14 Football Gulf at Lakewood, 7:30 p.m. Mitchell at Gainesville, 7:30 p.m. North Marion at South Sumter, 7:30 p.m. Plant City at Sickles, 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Tech at Durant, 7:30 p.m. Tarpon Springs at River Ridge, 7:30 p.m. Vanguard at Sunlake, 7:30 p.m. Zephyrhills at Suwannee, 7:30 p.m. Jefferson at Steinbrenner, 7 p.m.
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SUNLAKE VOLLEYBALL WINS REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
The Sunlake Seahawks volleyball team made the playoffs for the first time in school history, but they didn’t stop there. Their first regional tournament was a success, defeating Weeki Wachee and Hernando to reach the finals.There, they defeated Bellevue in a tough five-set match on Nov. 8 to claim the regional title and move on to the state semifinals. The Seahawks (25-5) face Merritt Island (23-7) on Nov. 13. If they win, it’s on to the Class 5A state championship the next day, where they’d face the winner of Jacksonville’s Bishop Kenny and Tampa’s Robinson.
CLAY SHOOTING, HOCKEY FUNDRAISERS IN NOVEMBER
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay will host two fundraisers in November. There will be a clay shooting competition Nov. 15 at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff in Land O’ Lakes. The event begins at 9 a.m., and the cost is $100 per individual or $400 for a team of four.To register, visit BBBSFl.org. There will be a hockey tournament Nov. 28 to Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay Skating Academy, 255 Forest Lakes Blvd., in Oldsmar. Goalies must be at least 45 years old and other players must be at least 50 years old. The cost is $75 per player. To register, visit GoalsForCause.Kintera.org.
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And Zephyrhills isn’t expecting a warm welcome in their return to the postseason. Their first match-up will be Nov. 14 at Live Oak to face Suwannee High School, a team that didn’t need any tiebreakers to qualify for the playoffs. With a perfect 9-0 overall record headed into their final regular season game, Suwannee dominated District 5 with a 6-0 mark.The Bulldogs finished at 9-1 after a 42-14 loss to Columbia High School from Lake City. The team — also nicknamed the Bulldogs — has held opponents to seven points or less four separate times, while being held under 30 themselves just once. The key to the Zephyrhills’ success, according to Roberts, will be not changing things just because it’s the playoffs. From coaching to practice to execution, he wants his team to utilize the same strengths that helped them reach the postseason. “We have to go with what got us there, and we have to do what we’ve done all year long,” he said. “We have to play consistent football on both sides of the ball.” Roberts knows first-hand the importance of ending the season strong. As an all-state linebacker for Zephyrhills, he made the playoffs in his senior season back in 1989. His defensive coordinator, Booker Pickett, also was on that team. But they lost their playoff game, a match-up Roberts still remembers well and thinks they could have won. He doesn’t want his team ending their year with a feeling that they could have done more in the postseason, and his focus is on getting them as prepared as possible to be successful. But Roberts also wants them to enjoy the moment the way he did when he played in the postseason, and appreciate the special atmosphere. “The crowd, it was so packed there was no room to sit,” Roberts recalled. “It was tremendous. It was like a college atmosphere. It was great small-town football. “That’s why you want to get there. To create those memories.” winter soccer league. The league is open to boys and girls in north Hillsborough and Pasco counties from ages 5-19. Each team will have one practice day per week, and a game on Saturdays. Practices and games will be at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway. To register, visit GTBFC.com. For information, call Frank Coorey at (727) 423-8886, or email email@example.com.
YOUTH TENNIS CLASSES AT LAKE PADGETT ESTATES
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ZEPHYRHILLS SWIM TEAM GOLF TOURNEY
The Zephyrhills High School swim team will host a golf tournament Nov. 15 at the Silverado Golf & Country Club, 36841 Clubhouse Drive in Zephyrhills. The event will benefit the team and the Taylor Sanders Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Sanders is a Zephyrhills swimmer with the disease. The cost is $65 per person, or a foursome for $240.The cost includes golf, cart and a barbecue lunch. Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. For information, call Vanessa Sanders at (813) 546-2756, email email@example.com or visit GolfSilverado.com.
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Honorary Land O’ Lakes mayor Terri Dusek, left, had the honor of painting the window shutters as others worked on painting the exterior of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce building at 2810 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Joining them were six employees from a local Home Depot store, who assisted with carpentry, painting and landscaping tasks.
True (tropical) blue Helen Rodriguez prepares to dab on the new color paint for the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce road sign. Beige was replaced with a tropical blue.
olunteers, including several people from Home Depot on North Dale Mabry Highway, came out to the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce recently to help spruce up their headquarters along Land O’ Lakes Boulevard.
The biggest change people will see is a new color.The beige, which caused a lot of people to overlook the office over the years, was replaced with a tropical blue. Even some of the landscaping was touched up a bit to add some more color, creating a vibrant new look for the chamber.
It took teamwork by volunteers who participated in the work party at the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce building on Land O’ Lakes Boulevard.
Volunteers like Pasco County Schools staff member Helen Rodriguez of Land O’ Lakes, top, and Home Depot employee Larry Andrews of Tampa, helped to not only give the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce’s sign a new coat of paint, but also to complement it with flowers and mulch.
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PASCO HOME SALES DROP IN OCTOBER Home sales in Pasco County were down quite a bit in October, but median sales are on the rise. An unofficial analysis of home sales by The Laker/Lutz News through the Pasco County Property Appraiser’s office showed 771 residential properties changing hands through the traditional warranty deed method last month, totaling $100.1 million. That was down from 1,016 properties sold the year before for $121.1 million. Yet, both the medial price and the average square foot price were on the rise for homes in Pasco. The median grew from $90,000 last year to $105,000 this year, while home prices themselves rose from $71 per square foot, to $81. Distressed sales, typically created by foreclosures, also rose from the previous year by 43 percent, with $16.7 million changing hands through the certificate of title process, compared to $8.9 million in 2013. However, the median price of those sales also rose from $32,100 to $43,050. Square foot prices expanded from $35 to $44. Pasco sold 79 mobile homes in October at a median price of $36,500, or $39 per square foot.At the same time, 28 condominiums were sold at a median price of $44,000, or $52 per square foot. Both are down from October 2013 numbers where 101 mobile homes and 64 condos sold. The mobile homes had a median price then of $44,750, or $39 per square foot, while the median price for the condos were $45,000, or $54 per square foot.
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CAREERSOURCE JOB FAIR ATTRACTS 315 PEOPLE
More than 300 people decided to “race to work,” taking part in a job fair through CareerSource Pasco Hernando. RACE to Work — the Reemployment Assistance Community Event — attracted 315 job-seekers and 50 employers according to a release. It took place at three sites in Dade City, New Port Richey and Spring Hill, and was designed to help pair people who have received or exhausted unemployment benefits, with employers with job openings. Employers taking part included Target, Alumni Guard, Toys R Us, Communication Concepts and Sparton Electronics, as well as the county’s largest employer, Pasco County Schools.
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DADE CITY BUSINESS EXPO
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The East Pasco Networking Group has scheduled several speakers for the coming months.The group meets every other week at the Village Inn at 5214 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. Networking begins at 8 a.m., with the meeting starting at 8:30 a.m. Upcoming speakers include: • Vicki Jones, manager of Palm Tree Acres, and author Madonna Wise, Nov. 25 • Scott Lindner, pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church, Dec. 9 • Michael Smith, pastor of Fair Haven Baptist Church and principal of Zephyrhills Christian Academy
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November 12, 2014
TIF – An Incisionless Surgery for Reflux Community Education Seminar
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Monday, November 17, 12pm FREE SEMINAR | FREE PARKING LIGHT LUNCH PROVIDED
Quan Tran, MD General Surgery
St. Joseph’s Hospital-North Garden Lobby Classroom 4211 Van Dyke Road | Lutz To register: (813) 644-6772 BayCareEvents.org
November 12, 2014