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Pasco tourism ‘booming,’ officials say By Kevin Weiss email@example.com
Tourism is “booming” in Pasco County and shows little signs of slowing down. That was the message delivered by Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore and Pasco County Tourism Director Adam Thomas during a recent appearance at a Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce meeting. “We’re at the highest (tourism) levels
ever,” said Moore, who joined Smith, as the featured speakers at the chamber’s September breakfast at the Golden Corral in Zephyrhills. While Pasco County is not Orlando, Moore said it has much to offer. Besides being a great place to live, to work and to play, it’s also a great place to visit, Moore said. The speakers shared a number of tourism-related figures from January through June of this year.The figures were
compiled with the help of Tallahassee firm Downs & St. Germain Research, which conducts the county’s quarterly and annual visitor profiles. Here are some findings from that sixmonth period: • 451,000 people visited Pasco County, spending a combined $234 million • The stays represented 487,000 room nights See TOURISM, page 11A
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Stitching together a bit of camaraderie Members of the Knitting Plus More group come together on Tuesday afternoons at the Hugh Embry Library in Dade City to work on their personal projects, chit chat, discuss ideas and share useful information. Occasionally, they work on projects together, such as making hats for infants in the hospital. There is no cost to join and people of all skill levels — even those with no experience —are welcome. Above, Rita Noble, of Dade City, left, knits a baby blanket for her niece in Tennessee, while the ‘unofficial leader’ of the group, Mary Pearson, of Dade City, knits a green dish scrubby.
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Using a pattern called ‘Teal Gingham,’ Carol St. Amour, of Zephyrhills, uses an aluminum crochet hook to crochet her yarn into what will eventually become a blanket. She is a member of Knitting Plus More, a group that meets on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m., at the Hugh Embry Branch Library, at 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City.
State Rep. Burgess Despite neighbors’ concerns, offers overview of commissioners OK subdivision legislative session By B.C. Manion
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Lori Cooper, of Zephyrhills, works on her ‘Siamese Kittens’ needlepoint pattern by designer Jean Day during a recent meeting of her group Knitting Plus More. Members bring in whatever project they are working on and share in conversation while they stitch.
This past legislative session — and money flowing into Pasco County from the state’s record $88.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2019 — was the topic du jour for State Rep. Danny Burgess, during a recent appearance at a North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce meeting. Burgess, who represents the House District 38 seat covering east Pasco and portions of central Pasco, highlighted a number of local projects that received state funding: • $15 million for the Overpass Road interchange at Interstate 75 • $4.3 million for the Thomas Varnadoe See BURGESS, page 11A
The Pasco County Commission has approved a 145-home subdivision on the west side of Fort King Road, south of State Road 52 and north of Roberts Road, despite opposition by neighbors. Attorney Barbara Wilhite, representing the applicant, Dade City Fifty LLC, noted that the county’s future land use designation allows a potential of 284 units on the 50acre property. Wilhite also noted that flooding historically has been an issue in the area, and that this project will actually help improve drainage. Neighbors expressed concerns about flooding back in 2005 when the property originally was rezoned to allow 100 homes, Wilhite said. “The board heard these neighbors’ concerns and put stricter requirements,”Wilhite said, noting that a study of Tank Lake was done and the board adopted a Drainage Basin of Special Concern ordinance in the summer of 2005.
“So, as we come forward now in 2018, this project has to comply with those (stricter) standards,”Wilhite said. Jeremy Couch, with Tampa Civil Design in Lutz, said he understands neighbors’ concerns. “We’re higher than them, their fear is that we’re going to dump more water on them. “We’re going to keep it (the water) there. We’re not going to let it go downstream,” Couch said. Twenty-nine percent of the property is going to be used for ponds and drainage, Wilhite said. “One 50-acre project is not going to fix the flooding that happens downstream. But, we are going to do our little part,” Couch said. “And, our little part is to put in infrastructure, trap the water and keep the volume. We are not going to slow-release. We’re just going to hold it.” Still, neighbors were skeptical. Once the retention pond fills up, the water will flow downhill, they said. “What they’re going to do — I can guarSee SUBDIVISION, page 11A
Wesley Chapel Girl Scouts empower other youths By Brian Fernandes
Ask members of Girl Scout Troop 473 what they’ve been up to this past year, and they’ll tell you — they’ve been putting smiles on other kids’ faces. The Wesley Chapel troop, comprised of eight girls, has been working toward getting its Silver Project Award since August of 2017. The award requires 50 community service hours, and the young ladies decided to focus on charitable work that was near to their hearts. Initially, the troop chose the theme of childhood reading for its project because of a sense of gratitude for literature. “We all like to read,” said Mia Marasco, adding,“we all realize how lucky we are.” The girls then decided that their efforts would be better spent if they divided into two groups, each group focusing on its own topic. Eighth-grade students Lauren Erwin, Isabel Poholsky, Sofia Marasco and Kate Niehoff remained focused on childhood reading.The girls, who attend Dr. John Long Middle School, partnered with the United Way Children’s Literacy Program. The ninth-graders — Mia Marasco, Adrienne Gammage, Rachel Sutherland and Hailey Krall — turned their attention toward helping foster kids.The four Wiregrass Ranch High School students partnered with the Eckerd Connects Foster Care Organization. Both groups had a bake sale and sold popsicles to raise funds.They took the opportunity to display two presentation boards. Each represented their causes, explaining what they were about and offering interesting facts.
“We also made personalized quotes of inspiration that when they read it, they can feel happy and look at the positive side of a bad situation,” said Mia Marasco, the project communicator. The girls also were sponsored by the Ernst and Young Company, which gave them a platform to bring awareness to foster care. They set up their presentation board and enlightened listeners on the subject at the company’s office. Meanwhile, the eighth-graders strategized the best ways to collect books. The tutoring organization Life Skills in Action sponsored the COURTESY OF GIRL SCOUT TROOP 473 girls, setting up a book donation Members of Troop 473, from left: Sofia Marasco, Lauren bin within its facility. Erwin, Kate Niehoff and Isabel Poholsky stand with their The girls advocated for donapresentation board. tions at local events. They also used their presentation board to “It was really fun to watch them learn inform others about child literacy. something of reality – budgeting and earn“It was just a very eye-opening experiing money,” said Mindy Gammage, who ence to see that other people didn’t know hosts scout sleepovers at her home.“It was our fun facts,” said Isabel Poholsky, social definitely skill-building.” media director. The ninth-grade girls used proceeds from The scouts ended up collecting well their fundraisers to buy supplies to make over 400 books, exceeding their goal of 375. personal care bags.They filled plastic bagIt was an important milestone for the gies with daily essentials such as deodorant, girls who acknowledged that the thought of toothpaste, toothbrushes and hairbrushes kids who are struggling to read makes them for foster kids. feel sad. “With these bags, they can grab it, and it Although they accomplished their donahas everything they need for a week,” said tions to United Way, it didn’t stop there.The Sutherland, a Girl Scout for 10 years. girls took it a step further and became ‘readThe four scouts were able to create care ing pals.’ They volunteered their time in bags for 20 boys and 20 girls, delivered Tampa and Wesley Chapel, sitting down through Eckerd Connects. with children to read to them. Besides hygienic products, each bag in“We realized how lucky we were that we cluded something extra from the heart. had a good school and a good family to help
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us have a good education,” said Erwin, project organizer. “We would have liked to return the favor. Reading and offering Girl Scout cookies to the kids made quite an impact.The children didn’t want their ‘reading pals’ to leave, but to stay and read some more, the girls explained. Aside from their projects, the young ladies enjoy camp-outs, selling cookies and visiting nursing homes.They also have made donations to a pet shelter. They’ve made it a priority, too, to learn the Girl Scout promise in sign language. “They always rise to the occasion - multitasking between school, social activities,” said Elizabeth Poholsky, leader of Troop 473. Now, their attention is set toward achieving the Gold Award. They haven’t settled on a new project yet, but they’re sharing some ideas. Troop member Isabel Poholsky is considering the topic of self-confidence, reasoning that’s something that many people struggle with. Sofia Marasco is focusing on a topic that’s personal to her. “I want to do it on celiac awareness,” she said, as her own mother suffers from the disease. The scouts recognize that with each award comes more responsibilities, but said they’re ready for new challenges. Scout volunteer Alycia Erwin sees the impact that Troop 473 is making — both on the girls personally, and also those they reach out to. “They really are making a difference in the lives of others, which is the Girl Scout way – making the world a better place.” For more information about the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida please visit, GSWCF.org, or call (813) 281-4475.
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Pasco County Commission denies solar farm appeals By B.C. Manion
From the onset, the proposed project has been controversial. Opponents packed the meeting room during the Planning Commission’s hearing, with speakers contending that the solar farm would destroy one of the county’s best assets – its scenic views. At the appeals hearing, Frazer said the solar farm is a major utility that should be located within a master-planned development. Both Schiff and Frazer said the project should be denied because it doesn’t meet the county’s land use regulations and violates the county’s Northeast Rural Protection plan. Wells, representing TECO, said the solar farm will be buffered by trees and shrubs, and will have little impact due to traffic or noise. Charles Lee, director of advocacy for Audubon Florida, who spoke in support of the project during the Planning Commission hearing reiterated that support. Lee said TECO has been generous in protecting wetlands and creating a 660-foot buffer zone for an eagle’s nest in the south-
The Pasco County Commission has denied two appeals seeking to block the construction of a solar farm on pastureland, outside Dade City. Gordon and Kathleen Comer, and Sandra Noble, who live near the proposed solar farm site both challenged the Planning Commission’s approval of a special exception permit for the project. Attorney Gordon Schiff represented the Comers and attorney Rena Frazier represented Noble during the Pasco County Commission’s Sept. 4 hearing on both appeals. Attorney Cate Wells represented Tampa Electric Company (TECO). First Solar Electric, which has a contract with TECO, wants to install about 460,000 photovoltaic solar panels on about 205 of 350 acres of pastureland, on both sides of Blanton Road. Portions of the site are bordered by Frazee Hill and Platt roads. The solar farm, known as the Mountain View Solar Project, would produce power to be fed to TECO’s power grid.
east corner of the site. When the Planning Commission approved the special exception permit for the Mountain View solar farm, the county’s ordinances did not directly address solar farms. County Commissioners subsequently approved an ordinance, in June, relating to the placement of solar farms. Pasco County now allows solar farms as special exceptions in agricultural zones, and as permitted uses in some commercial and industrial zones. Future decisions on permitting are now decided by county staff and the Planning Commission, with the County Commission involved only when there are appeals. During the Sept. 4 appeal hearing, both Schiff and Frazer said that Commissioner Ron Oakley should recuse himself. “There was an article published right after the Planning Commission decision and Commissioner Oakley made a comment, and the comment was substantial enough to show that he exhibits bias in this proceeding,” Schiff said.“He favors approval, in fact he wants approval. “In this case, Commissioner Oakley should recuse himself, and if not, he should
be disqualified,” Schiff added. Elizabeth Blair, senior assistant county attorney, said the issue had been researched and it was determined that Oakley had no bias and should participate. Both Schiff and Frazer said the solar plant should be denied because it is inconsistent with the county’s Comprehensive Plan. Both asked commissioners to reverse the Planning Commission’s decision and deny the application. Frazer noted the solar farm cannot be adequately buffered because of the area’s terrain. “The elevation of the land is such that the panels cannot be hidden,” Frazer said. Wells, representing TECO, cited the County Commission’s June adoption of the ordinance relating to the placement of solar farms. “The ordinance was intended to be remedial in nature, to clarify existing law and, as such, applied retroactively to all applications or appeals pending as of the effective date of this ordinance,”Wells said. Noble has filed an appeal, challenging the county’s June ordinance, relating to the placement of solar farms.
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COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS The Pasco Alliance of Community Associations will meet Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.The guest speakers will be Wendy Anastasiou and Jimmy Adcock, both from TECO. For information, call Wayne Mooney at (352) 467-9808.
VINTAGE MUSIC Dreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd., in Lutz, will present a vintage variety of music from classic Broadway to classic Sinatra, and more. Showtimes are Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 at 8 p.m., and Sept. 16 at 3 p.m.Tickets are $15, and can be bought online at tinyurl.com/y769f9l8 or at the door. For information and questions, call (813) 997-7146.
PLANT SWAP The Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, will host a Plant Swap on Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m. Bring a plant to swap and find a new one to take home. Mary Helen Zopfi, master gardener, will be on hand to answer questions.The event is for adults only. For information, visit HCPLC.org, or call (813) 273-3652.
ART SALE FUNDRAISER Art for Hope, presented by Tammy White Galleries, will take place Sept. 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2155 Northpointe Parkway in Lutz, to benefit the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.There will be art for sale by Tampa Bay artists Neil Adamson, Patrick Stickney,Alex Groppi and more.There also will be a silent auction, Chinese auction, light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and music. Resource information will be available from Pasco AWARE and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.Admission is free. For information on the type of art and details about the foundation, contact Tammy White at (727) 869-9888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garden club butterfly program The Dade City Garden Club, 13630 Fifth St., will meet Sept. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The program will focus on educating the public on the importance of butterflies as pollinators, and how to help the Monarch recover in Florida. The guest speaker will be Anita Camacho, president North American Butterfly Association-Tampa. Topics will include Monarch migration, waystations for Monarchs, selecting milkweed for the region, and how to contribute to saving the Monarch and pollinators in general. There will be light refreshments and beverages. The program is free and open to the public. For information, call (908) 890-4630.
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BIBLE TEACHING SIMULCAST The Beth Moore simulcast,“Living Proof,” will be shown at Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54 in Lutz, Sept. 15. Lunch, snacks and drinks are included in the $35 ticket price. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., followed by the event at 10:30 a.m.To register, call (813) 948-4522.
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The Forest Hills Presbyterian Church crafters will host a garage sale Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 3320 Schefflera Road.The money raised will help purchase materials for the group’s annual holiday bazaar, set for Oct. 20 at the church, 709 W. Linebaugh Ave.The proceeds from the bazaar will be returned to the community with grants to nonprofit organizations. For information, call (813) 932-6149.
The Benedictine Sisters of Florida will host auditions Sept. 15 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., for their annual Charity Show of Talent, in the ballroom at the Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club, 10641 Old Tampa Bay Drive in San Antonio.Auditions for singers is at 3 p.m., musicians at 4 p.m., and dancers at 5 p.m.The annual dinner/dance fundraiser is scheduled for March 2.To audition, call Faith Pridmore or Cheryl Chadick at (352) 588-8443, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Your name must be on the list to pass the guard at the country club gate.
BOOK BAZAAR The Friends of the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will have a book bazaar Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.There will be a diverse selection of books, audio and video media, magazines and other related materials, most for a modest price. For information, call Glen Thompson at (352) 567-7449 or email Bookbollard@icloud.com.
COASTAL CLEANUP Keep Pasco Beautiful needs volunteers to help clean public lands, roads and waterways.The annual International Coastal Cleanup will be Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon.Teams will be cleaning in various locations in Pasco County, including Wesley Chapel, Land O’ Lakes, Dade City, Lacoochee, Hudson Beach,Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, Port Richey, and Anclote Gulf Park and Strauber Memorial
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CHAIR PLANTER DEMO Life’s Treasures Thrift Store, 4910 S.Allen Road in the Westgate Shopping Center, Zephyrhills, will offer a free DIY chair planter demonstration Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. Guests can learn how to transform an old, worn-out chair into an upcycled garden decoration.Those interested can sign up for the workshop at the store or online at ChaptersHealth.org/calendar-chaptershealth. For information, call the store at (813) 355-4830.
customarily go to a body of water and cast their sins into the water during Tashlich services.This year, the congregation will reverse the process, and remove sins from the water and clean up the waterfront.All materials will be provided. Participants should wear close-toed shoes, comfortable clothing and sun protection.To participate, register at repairthesea.org/reverse-tashlich. For information, call the Kol Ami office at (813) 962-6338.
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The new Wesley Chapel Bitcoin Club will meet the third Sunday of every month from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Best Western, 5639 Oakley Blvd., in Wesley Chapel.The next meeting is Sept. 16. Space is limited. Registration is required.To RSVP, text your name to (703) 795-9077.
The West Pasco County Genealogical Society will meet Sept. 19 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the CARES Enrichment Center in the Activity Center Building, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. Participants can learn how to research emigration records from foreign countries and how to find sources for U.S. immigration records.The cost is $7 for nonmembers and $5 for members.After the lecture and presentation, society members will have a meeting, which will also include non-members.To ensure seating and handout material, register by text to (727) 271-0770 or email to email@example.com.
FREE CONCERT The free monthly concerts hosted by the Benedictine Sisters of Florida, St. Leo, will begin Sept. 16 at 2 p.m., with the choir from Piney Grove Baptist Church.The Sisters also will be part of the concert.The presentation will be at the Holy Name Monastery, 12138 Wichers Road, just off State Road 52, in St. Leo. Donations will be accepted.There will be a social after the concert.
DRAWING ACTIVITIES The New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will offer a drawing skills program Sept. 17 at 6 p.m., for adults and teens.There will be a still life station, adult coloring area, inspiration tools, and other resources to tap into creative power. All skill levels can attend.The program is limited to 20 participants.To reserve a seat, guests must pick up a ticket at the information desk starting 30 minutes before the program. For information, visit HCPLC.org, or call (813) 273-3652.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL The GFWC Little Women of Lutz will host an Ice Cream Social Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., at the Lutz Civic Center, 98 First Ave., N.W. The club is for girls ages 12 to 18. Members can earn more than 100 service hours per year, toward the Bright Futures Scholarship, National Honor Society or Key Club. For information, call Jane Mason at (765) 617-7575.
VEGETABLE GARDENING UF/IFAS Extension of Pasco County will offer a free seminar on first-time vegetable gardening Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. Registration is required at Eventbrite.com.
RELAY FOR LIFE KICKOFF The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of East Pasco will host a kickoff Sept. 18 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel.Teams can register for the Relay For Life event scheduled for March. For information, email Bonnie.Gibson@cancer.org. Register at RelayForLife.org/EastPascoFl.
Congregation Kol Ami will host “The Jewish Community Reverse Tashlich” Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Takomah Trail Park, 10099 Takomah Trail in Tampa. On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish people
Deanna Jacobs will host a free class on the “Basics of Essential Oils” Sept. 18 at 3 p.m., at Living Food Bakery & Café, 38201 10th Ave., in Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 479-7724.
Life’s Treasures Thrift Store, 4802 Gunn Highway in Carrollwood, will host a free DIY Personal Care and Household Product Demo on Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants can learn how to make personal care and household products using simple ingredients, as an alternative to costly store products. Signup at the store or online at ChaptersHealth.org/calendarchapters-health. For information, call (813) 969-2049.
GARDEN GATE CLUB The Zephyrhills Garden Gate Garden Club will meet Sept. 20 at the Magnuson Hotel, 5734 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills.Vicky Keffer, club president, will present photos and information on the rainforests and gardens of Australia, Hawaii and Alaska. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Keffer at (813) 782-8004.
WOMEN’S CONFERENCE Spirit FM’s fifth annual Catholic Women’s Conference will be Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 401 in Tampa, in the Special Events Center.There will be guest speakers, including Father Leo Patalinghug, as well as food.Tickets are on sale at MySpiritFM.com/WomensConference or by calling (813) 289-8040, ext. 231.
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CANDIDATE FORUMS SET FOR OCTOBER There are three candidate forums scheduled in October, according to the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections’ website. The scheduled forums, as of now, are: • The American Association of University Women on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.The forum will feature all candidates running for U.S. Congress, the Florida Legislature and Pasco County School Board. • The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 15, at the East Pasco Adventist Academy, 38434 Centennial Road in Dade City.A meet and greet begins at 6 p.m., with the forum starting at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the event and will have the opportunity to submit questions to the moderators for consideration. • The League of Women Voters-Pasco on Oct. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park Community Center, 5401
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Florida Hospital Zephyrhills will offer a healthy cooking demonstration Sept. 17 at 4 p.m., at the CREATION Health Wellness Center, 38233 Daughtery Road, in the Education Room. Vicky Lin, from the Living Food Bakery, will demonstrate how to prepare a vegetable sauté. Reservations are required by calling (813) 779-6476.
Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a lecture entitled,“Those Aching Feet: Common Foot Problems,” Sept. 18 at noon, in the fourth-floor classroom. Dr. Stephen Levin, board-certified foot surgery, will discuss the most common type of foot problems and treatment options available. A light lunch will be provided. Reservations are required. To register, call (844) 504-9378, or visit FHWesleyChapel.org/events.
CANCER PROGRAM The UF/IFAS Extension Office will facilitate a nine-week program on reducing cancer risk, Sept. 18 to Nov. 13, at 2 p.m., every Tuesday.The classes will take place at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, CREATION Health Wellness Center, 38233 Daughtery Road, in the Education Room. Participants can learn how to reduce their cancer risk through healthy lifestyle choices, and get the latest research-based information on the relationship between cancer and nutrition, exercise, early detection, sun exposure and more. Registration is required by calling (813) 779-6476.
HEART DISEASE Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a seminar on “Heart Disease: Awareness and Wellness” Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m., in the Health & Wellness Center classroom,Wellness Plaza, second floor. Participants can learn about the current statistics of heart disease, as well as the signs and symptoms. Reservations are required.To RSVP, visit FHWesleyChapel.org/events, or call (844) 504-9378.
ALZHEIMER’S FUNDRAISER Jaime’s Adult Day Centers, 18950 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz, will host a “Cake Walk to End Alzheimer’s” Sept. 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be door prizes, sweets, and a peanut auction at 5:30 p.m. Pick up your goodies to help fight the disease. All proceeds will benefit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. For information, call (813) 263-6735.
NUTRITION WEBINARS Hillsborough County Extension will offer two nutrition webinars. • Sept. 19 at 3:30 p.m.: “The Recommended Way to Eat.” Participants can learn about the USDA’s My Plate program and the Mediterranean Diet, as well as portion sizes. • Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m.: “Popular Diet Trends.” Participants can learn to decipher fact from fiction, what is healthy, and what works for the longterm. For information and to register, go to the Local Events Calendar at sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/Hillsborough, or call (813) 744-5519.
WOMEN’S HEALTH DAY Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will host a Women’s Health and Wellness Day Sept. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Saddlebrook Resort and Spa, 5700 Saddlebrook Way in Wesley Chapel. Activities will include a women’s health panel, health and wellness presentations, and health screenings. There also will be chair massages, mini makeovers, mini facials, lunch, door prizes and a keynote presentation. Admission is $5, online only at FHWesleyChapel.org/events, which will be donated to the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation.
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St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer a newborn care class Sept. 15 and Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Garden Classroom A. This is an interactive class and will cover various aspects of infant care, including feeding, diapering, bathing safety, signs of illness, and newborn characteristics. The cost is $25, which covers the expectant mother and a support person. To register, call (813) 443-2046.
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Hundreds attended the Pasco Economic Development Council’s 32nd annual Awards and Trade Show on Sept. 6, where Jay B. Starkey Jr., was honored and awards were bestowed in various categories. Nominees were scored based on company growth, leadership in current business issues, and corporate citizenship, according to a Pasco EDC news release. “All 15 Award Finalists made great investments in their businesses and community, and that’s why it’s always so hard for the Award Committee to choose the winners.
The six winners this year are a great representation of the diverse business climate we have in Pasco,” Bill Cronin, president/CEO of Pasco EDC, said in the news release. Starkey, who was honored with the Leadership Award, was recognized for his strong work ethic on the ranch and in his community, where he helped to shape the way for Pasco County. Starkey served on the Pasco County School Board for eight years during the 1970s and sang in Master Chorale, an affiliate of the Florida Orchestra for more than 20 years, according to the release.
The 2018 Pasco EDC Award Winners: • BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – START-UP CATEGORY: Merrell Bros. Inc. What began as a small family operation now offers services in every state. Their Florida division opened in Pasco County in early 2017.
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SAT/ACT BOOT CAMP More than 50 local students can now get help with free SAT/ACT prep. Scholarships are available to students from low-income families. Andrea Catsicas, of Mindworks Prep, is offering the scholarships for eligible students to attend one of her Tampa area boot camps. Local students currently on free or reduced lunch can apply. There will be a one-day boot camp at the University of South Florida Alumni Center on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information and to apply, visit MindworksPrep.com.
EARLY LEARNING ENRICHMENT Tinkergarten, an early learning enrichment program that focuses on nature and community, will host a free trial class Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m., at the Meadow Pointe III Community Clubhouse, 1500 Meadow Pointe Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Tinkergarten’s mission is to elevate childhood and bring families together in a
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FREE HOMECOMING DRESSES AND ACCESSORIES The Belle of the Ball Project will once again provide free homecoming dresses and accessories, to in-need high school girls, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at its boutique at 1210 Holt Ave., in Clearwater. Upcoming dates include Oct. 6 and Oct. 20. Dresses will be available for prom, homecoming and military balls. No referral letter is necessary. No appointment is needed. A small donation of $1 to $5 can be made, but is not required. The project also will accept donations of dresses and accessories. For information, call (877) 772-3553.
CIVIC LITERACY REQUIREMENT Pasco-Hernando State College has implemented the new Civic Literacy requirement for students seeking an Associate in Arts or bachelor degree. First-time-in-college students must satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement prior to submitting an Intent to Graduate form in the term they plan to graduate. The new requirement, Florida Rule 6A10.04213, was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in 2017. The requirement can be met by successfully completing one of the following courses or tests: • POS 2041: a college-level survey course on American government • AMH 2020: U.S. American History (II), since 1865, or • Successfully pass Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government & Politics test, with a passing score of 3; the AP U.S. History test, with a passing score of 4; or the CollegeLevel Examination Program American Government test, with a passing score of 50. To learn more about PHSC graduation requirements, students must contact a PHSC advisor.
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This team cares about students David Weekley Homes hosted its annual companywide CA+RE School Supplies Drive in 17 cities across the country. Locally, supplies were collected for the Hillsborough Education Foundation, which is dedicated to more than 200,000 students in Hillsborough County Public Schools by providing educational resources and financial assistance. Approximately $900 in supplies came from homeowners and business partners, providing more than 1,100 pieces needed for the school year. In addition, the Weekley Family Foundation donated $5,000 to use toward classroom technology. David Weekley team members are shown with bags of supplies for the Foundation.
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TOURISM, from page 1A • Hotel occupancy is up nearly 3 percent in Pasco County compared to last year, with hotels now averaging 75 percent occupancy • Tourism yielded $23 million in taxes, with $15 million in state and federal taxes, $8 million in local taxes • Tourism provided $83 million in income, with 3,645 jobs sustained by tourism in Pasco, representing 5 percent of all income and 7 percent of all jobs in the county • Tourism contributes $250 in state and local taxes, for each Pasco household Those visiting the county apparently had a good experience. Ninety percent of those responding to a survey said they would return, and 99 percent said they were satisfied with the county’s offerings. Moore, who is chairman of the Pasco Tourist Development Council, is bullish that those promising figures will continue, noting that there are several projects and initiatives coming online the next few years. Specifically, Moore mentioned the forthcoming Wiregrass Ranch Sports Complex, a $44 million, 98,000-square-foot facility that broke ground in June. The complex, expected to open in late 2019, will be able to host other sporting events and recreational activities, such as martial arts, wrestling, gymnastics, curling, badminton, soccer, lacrosse and pickleball. It will even play host to “unconventional sports tourism,” such as the World Championship of Cornhole. Besides the indoor facility, the complex will have seven outdoor sports fields, an amphitheater with an event lawn, walking trails, pavilions and a playground. Once complete, the facility will be one of the county’s “great assets,” Moore said. “We’re going to have thousands of people come on the weekends for multiple tournaments, whether it be cheerleading or wrestling or volleyball or gymnastics — people from all over the nation, sometimes maybe even all over the world,” Moore said. “It’s exciting.We’re excited about that.” Meanwhile, other future sports-related endeavors in Pasco include the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis Center in Zephyrhills and the Christopher N. Chiles Aquatic Center in Land O’ Lakes, each of which could become a magnet for hosting regional and national tournaments. Smith said those facilities, plus the
BURGESS, from page 1A Forensic Center for Research and Education located at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center • $1 million for the proposed Sarah Vande Berg Tennis Center in Zephyrhills • $5.9 million for upgrades at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport • $750,000 for a road study on pursuing an additional extension to State Road 56 that would link to State Road 39 “We walked away locally in east Pasco with the most historic levels of funding that we’ve ever had. We were able to do some pretty good things for this area,” said Burgess, the featured guest speaker at the chamber’s September breakfast at the Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel. Overall, the entire state budget was a 7.6 percent increase, or about $6.3 billion more than the 2018 fiscal budget. Burgess noted the considerable surge was due to some “unforeseen things,” including Hurricane Irma, the Parkland shooting and rising health care costs related to Medicaid. Even so, Burgess said the state still came away with a balanced budget and AAA bond rating, which he characterizes as “fantastic news” for areas, including Pasco County, that are “developing and growing and expanding their business base.” Said Burgess: “All of the major publications and research entities in the country are still ranking Florida the top one, or two, in terms of fiscal health and places that people want to be in, and, places that people want to start their business, so that matters. Florida is right there neck and neck with Texas in terms of desirability and enacting the right policies to have a friendly business climate, so those are things that we can continue to foster and build upon as we move forward.” Meanwhile, of the 74 bills signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, Burgess said the “biggest win” of the legislative session was the passage of HB 37, which sets forth parameters
Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, which opened in January 2017, make Pasco an attractive sports tourism destination. “The heartbeat of tourism right now is our sports,” Smith said, noting his office’s target audience is young families with children.“That’s our bread and butter.” Smith, too, suggested the county’s inshore and offshore fishing offerings, as well as hiking, biking and walking trails all help create a bevy of other family friendly activities for those visitors who travel in for various sporting events and tournaments. “We’re an outdoor recreation, ecotourism, adventure travel destination,” Smith said. “We have a lot to offer that a lot of other destinations don’t have, so we want to differentiate our product and sell what’s unique about our destinations.” Another future selling point for Pasco is the return of scalloping, the speakers said. For the first time since 1994, state waters off Pasco County were open to bay scallop harvest for a 10-day trial season in late July. Harvest areas included all state waters south of the Hernando-Pasco county line and north of the Anclote Key Lighthouse in northern Pinellas County, as well as all waters of the Anclote River. Moore said there may be additional scalloping days next year and a full scalloping season by 2020. Moore also noted that without the scallop trial season, families would have otherwise traveled north to Hernando County, all but bypassing Pasco.“I’ve never seen that many boats in the water in Pasco County in my life. It was packed,” the commissioner said of the 10-day trial season. Smith coined the popular family friendly activity “an underwater Easter egg hunt.” “It’s a great opportunity for folks, not only around Florida or the southeast region of the United States, but all across the nation, to get in our waters, to explore our aquatic life and to have this experience to take home with them. …That’s the memories that we’re trying to create here for our guests and families — to come in and experience some of the things that we have on an annual basis,” Smith explained. Aside from sports and outdoor activities, the tourism director said there’s also been a renewed emphasis to lure annual conventions and shows and corporate retreats, taking advantage of large meeting space at Saddlebrook Resort, Hyatt Place Wesley Chapel, and eventually the Wiregrass Ranch Sports Complex. for direct primary care agreements. Under direct primary care agreements, doctors charge patients monthly fees in advance of providing services, with patients then able to access services at no extra charge. The bill amends the state insurance code to make clear that direct primary care agreements do not violate insurance regulations. Primary care providers are defined as physicians, osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, nurses or primary care group practices. Burgess, who sponsored the bill with Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, said there’d been an attempt to pass some variation of the bill over the last four years. He explained the legislation should benefit small businesses who’d like to offer health care options for their employees, but otherwise can’t afford to in the traditional health care marketplace. “This bill is a great way to expand options and access for Floridians everywhere,” the state representative said. “It removes that middleman of bureaucracy of health care and health insurance, and it allows so much more time between the patient and doctor. “I think that it’ll have a big impact for us as we move forward. More doctors are going to start practicing in this arena, which is great,” the state lawmaker said. Elsewhere, Burgess touched on other priorities Florida needs to address going forward — such as expanding opportunities for veterans statewide. The state representative stressed the need to provide more options for soldiers suffering from combat-related illnesses, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. He also mentioned the need to create more workforce opportunities for veterans through equivalency of training programs in careers, including law enforcement, engineering, firefighting, contracting and others. Said Burgess: “Florida needs to be the most veteran-friendly state in the nation. I think that we’re close to being there. “We’ve done a lot to be there, but I think we have a long way to go.”
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Lane, said adding more homes will increase the potential for flooding. “That’s a lot of roof, that’s a lot of cement, that’s a lot of driveways, that’s a lot of sidewalk,” she said. Tomlinson said she was unaware of the area’s flooding problem when she moved into her home in 2004. “Within two months, we had hurricanes come in. “I was the mother of twin daughters. Every day I had to walk with my children on my shoulders in waist-deep water, so we could go to school and work every day for over a month,”Tomlinson said. Jeff Richey, 12509 Green Oak Lane, cited concerns about increased traffic. There are no sidewalks in the area, he said. Plus, “at the wrong time of the day, it’s hard enough to get out of our neighborhood,” Richey added. Wilhite said the applicant hired a traffic consultant to analyze the situation and that there will be no degradation of traffic standards, even with the project’s traffic. Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley, former chairman of the board for the Southwest Florida Water Management District, said the area has been plagued by drainage problems and efforts have been underway for years — and still continue — to address the issue. Meanwhile, Oakley said, “I appreciate this development taking care of as much water as they can going across their property.” Commissioners approved the rezoning, 5-0.
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e’s only been golfing competitively for about two years, but Fab Laude has picked up the sport with relative ease. He made the Wiregrass Ranch boys varsity golf team as a freshman last year, developing into one of the Bulls’ top players — and is now one of the better players in the county. But, before the 15-year-old gets too deep into his sophomore campaign, there’s another golf competition he’s got on his mind. On Sept. 29, Laude will compete in the Drive, Chip & Putt regional championships at TPC (Tournament Players Club) Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach. He qualified for the event after finishing runner-up in the boys 14-15 division at the Drive, Chip & Putt sub-regional qualifier last month at Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs. There, he and Tampa’s Suraj Kollegal (who placed first in the boys 14-15 division) outperformed numerous competitors from Miami, Naples, Sarasota and other areas. Outdueling other top golfers in his age group from the southern half of the state was “very humbling,” Laude said. At the same time, he noted,“it gave me a lot of confidence, like,‘Yeah, I can hang with these guys,’” he said. Unlike traditional golf, a higher score is better in the Drive, Chip & Putt event, where points are accumulated from the three fundamental skills of golf. Driving points are calculated on yardage distance and accuracy — where a shot must finish within a 40-yard-wide fairway. For chipping and putting, points are awarded based on how close a ball is to the hole from a series of different distances (chips from 10 to 15 yards; putts from 6 feet, 15 feet and 30 feet, respectively). The short game is where Laude particularly excelled — something he also takes pride in his regular golf game. “My game inside 100 yards is just on point for me,” said Laude, who grew up in Wesley Chapel. “What I believe is, you get your scoring from your short game, so I try and work on that a lot, because you can hit
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Wiregrass Ranch High School sophomore Fab Laude will compete in the Drive, Chip & Putt regional championships on Sept. 29 at TPC (Tournament Players Club) Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach. He qualified for the event after finishing runner-up in the boys 14-15 division at the Drive, Chip & Putt sub-regional qualifier last month at Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs.
the ball long, but if you’re not good at your short game, you’re not going to really get anywhere. “Even if I hit a bad shot and I know I’m 160, 170 yards out, I know that I’ll make par or at least bogey,” he said. In between high school practices and early season matches this year, Laude has taken extra time to prepare for the upcoming Drive, Chip & Putt competition. He’s also spending his weekends honing skills and working on the different shots at his home course at Pebble Creek Golf Club, in Tampa. Laude’s personal motto: “Train like no one else, so you can play like no one else.” “I’m out there working every day,” Laude said.“Even if I’m doing good or bad, it just gives me momentum for me to play even better. My main goal is to play college golf, so when I see these college players and stuff I’m like,‘I want to get to their level,’ so I try to work as hard as them.” The regional skills tournament is the last step before the 2019 Drive, Chip & Putt
National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, the Sunday before the Masters Tournament. Result notwithstanding, Laude plans to soak in stepping foot on TPC Sawgrass, which is home to the PGA Tour headquarters and hosts The Players Championship, the PGA Tour’s signature event. It is also widely viewed as one of the top golf courses in the United States and the world, ranking No. 10 in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.” Said Laude: “I’d have to say that this is probably like my best career moment, going to a professional course that a lot of pros play at every single year. …It’s going to be a very nice first time, putting on really fast greens, with pretty good rolling fairways, too.” Growing up, Laude’s first love was basketball, with golf always on the backburner. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that he realized his potential for golf, getting lessons from his godfather and other instructors in
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CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT The All-American Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay and “We Honor Veterans,” is set for a noon shotgun start Sept. 15 at The Groves Golf & Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O’ Lakes. The event, which is expected to become an annual tournament, is hosted by the Republican Club of Central Pasco and the Pasco Federated Republican Women’s Club. It will include contests and games, raffles and auction, and an awards dinner. Cost is $65 for single golfers or $240 for a foursome. For information, contact Meg Merritt at (813) 428-6541 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or, Lillian Cucuzza at (954) 520-4555 or email@example.com.
ADULT FALL BASKETBALL LEAGUE REGISTRATION Registration is ongoing for the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center’s Fall Adult Basketball League, open to players of all skills levels age 18 and older. The season begins Oct. 2 and runs through Dec. 20. There will be eight regular season games followed by a playoff tournament. Games will be played Tuesday and Thursday nights, between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Cost is $75 for JCC members and $100 for non-members. To register, visit BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com/Leagues. For information, email Andrew Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (813) 575-5900.
WESLEY CHAPEL YOUTH SOCCER Registration is open until Sept. 21 for the Wesley Chapel Recreational Soccer Fall League, with opportunities available for boys and girls ages 4 to 18. The season is intended to provide players at all skill levels an opportunity to learn and play soccer in a fun, structured format.
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ROLLER DERBY BOUT The Rolling Valkyries women’s roller derby team will skate against Palm Coast Roller Derby on Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m., at SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. Revolution Roller Derby will donate a portion of its proceeds from the bout to benefit the American Cancer Society. Tickets are $12 at the door, or $10 if you bring a canned good or toiletry donation. For information, visit RevolutionRollerDerby.com, or email info@RevolutionRollerDerby.com.
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the Tampa Bay area. Laude was always told he had “a natural swing,” as he’s since worked to fine-tune his alignment and more advanced mechanics. It’s something longtime Wiregrass Ranch boys golf coach Mike Horrigan has noticed, when he observes Laude, who averages in the low 40s per nine holes. “His swing is gorgeous, and he’s very polished on the course,” Horrigan said.“He just goes through the process of a pre-shot routine, and he’s very deliberate in everything that he does, and I suspect he’ll be shooting in the upper 30s before the end of this season.” The coach added: “What impresses me about Fab is he has a very well-rounded game. When you watch him play, he’s improved in all facets of his game.” Horrigan undoubtedly will be rooting for Laude at the Drive, Chip & Putt regional, describing him “as one of the most respectful, nicest kids I’ve ever coached.” “I think the competition he’s gone through is just tremendous, to qualify to go (to TPC Sawgrass), so I’m really happy for him,” Horrigan said.“He loves golf, and he’s worked awful hard to become a very, very good player.”
LIGHTNING FAN FEST SET FOR SEPT. 23 The Tampa Bay Lightning will host its annual Fan Fest Sept. 23, at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive in Tampa. Fan Fest, presented by Florida Blue, will be the first chance for fans to see and interact with the 2018-19 Lightning. As in previous years, fans will have the opportunity to watch practice, and get autographs and selfies with Lightning players in training camp. Those who attend can partake in several other in-arena elements, as well as a complete program featuring interviews with players and other personalities. The event is free and the public is invited.More details, including event time, will be released soon on NHL.com/lightning.
PHSC 5K SET FOR OCT. 21 The annual PHSC Run with the Bobcats 5K is slated for Oct. 21 at 8 a.m., at the Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus,
BayCare, the New York Yankees and Positive Coaching Alliance will host a free youth sports summit for local parents and coaches Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at George M. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive,Tampa. Experts will provide a variety of health and wellness information, on topics ranging from concussions and overuse injuries, to nutrition, strength training and more. Register at BayCareYouthSports.org.
WESTBRIDGE RUN 4 RECOVERY 5K SET SEPT. 22 The fourth annual Westbridge Run 4 Recovery 5K Run/1 Mile Walk is set for 9 a.m., Sept. 22, at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave., in Tampa. All proceeds will support WestBridge’s Recovery Opportunity Fund, which provides extended care for families currently receiving recovery services. Cost is $35 for standard runners and $20 for children (ages 3 to 12 years). To register, visit RunSignup.com/Race/FL/Tampa/Westbridg eRun4Recovery. For information, email race director Addie Pangaro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROBERT D. SUMNER GOLF TOURNAMENT The third annual Robert D. Sumner Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 29 at Silverado Golf & Country Club, 36841 Clubhouse Drive in Zephyrhills. The four-player scramble will begin with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start. Fee is $50 per player, which includes green fees, golf cart and lunch. Prize packs are available, encompassing four closest to the pin, one long drive, one closest to the line, two mulligans and two drink tickets. For information, call Brenda Minton at (352) 206-8889.
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Exhibit proves that ‘selfies’ are not exactly a new thing Worth the Trip Brian Fernandes
he ‘selfie’ trend of the day has revolutionized how photography is consumed. However, the gap between modern-day selfportraits and those spanning more than 150 years ago, may not be so broad. St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is featuring an exhibit that sheds light on how artists have embraced self-portraits long before smartphones and social media became a thing. The MFA is hosting the “This is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection” through Nov. 25. The exhibition, which came from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), features more than 80 photographs created by 66 artists. Three themes — performance, identity and reflection — are the focal point of the exhibit, showing various techniques artists have used to create their images. The gallery is showcasing self-portraiture dating as far back as the 19th century. The oldest piece in the exhibit, by French artist Alphonse-Louis Poitevin, is from 1853. “People always want to express themselves in creative ways,” said Robin O’ Dell, curator of photographic collection at St. Pete MFA.“This exhibition does a good job of showing the breadth and depth of how people do that.” While there are self-portraits taken by the artists themselves, there are others in which artists pose for another photographer. In each image, however, the artist has an agenda - whether it is to entertain or to address social issues, such as family, gender, race or politics. In his 1988 portrait, Robert Mapplethorpe explores the theme of identity, as he faces the camera holding in hand a cane with a skull on top of it. The image, taken several months before his passing, was his way of addressing his own mortality. The reflection theme can be seen through a more modern image, 2004’s “Mirror Ball” by Anne Collier. In this portrait, Collier uses a disco ball to reflect parts of her fingers, clothes and hair around one of her eyes - the window into the soul.
CREATING CONNECTIONS THROUGH ART “This is Not a Selfie” sets out to help newer generations resonate with artwork of past generations and to understand its importance. “One of the things that’s wonderful about this show is it’s incredibly accessible and relatable,” said Kristen Shepherd, execu-
St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts is presenting the exhibition, ‘This is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection,’ through Nov. 25.
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Artist Cindy Sherman poses for the camera in this 1977 portrait.
In this 2004 piece entitled ‘Mirror Ball,’ Anne Collier’s eye becomes the focal point of a disco ball.
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Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura uses his portrait, in this 2001 piece, to recreate a version of late Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.
tive director of St. Pete MFA.“The way we use pixilation and all the different things that artists have done through time, we’re all doing too. We’re all connected in that way.” Three ‘selfie stations’ allow visitors to play an interactive role.A turquoise-colored carpet signals each station’s location. The fun house mirror station is inspired by a 1955 portrait by Imogen Cunningham, where she poses with her granddaughters. Like the image, the mirrors distort the size and shape of whoever stands before it. The 9-foot disco ball station reflects its subjects in glossy and fragmented pieces. This station was inspired by Anne Collier’s portrait. Then, there is the Jonathan Borofsky-inspired station which has three projections
WHEN: The exhibit will be on display daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Thursday, when it is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, when hours are noon to 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through Nov. 25.
on a bare wall.At this station, subjects can stand with their COST: $20 for adults; $15 for those 65 and older, Florida edbacks to a projection so it ucators, college students and military officers; $10 for appears to be tattooed on students age 7 and older, and free for those younger. their bodies, such as in Admission is $5 after 5 p.m., on Thursdays. Borofsky’s 1980 art piece. DETAILS: The exhibition showcases more than 80 self-porVisitors can post their traits spanning a period of 150 years.The museum has a ‘selfies’ onto Instagram with café, open Tuesdays through Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 the hashtag #notaselfieMFA. p.m. Valet parking is available at the entrance; there is meThis hashtag will allow their tered parking on the street. photos to be uploaded onto an image board at St. Pete INFO: Call (727) 896-2667, or visit MFAstpete.org. MFA for the public to view. “We want people to be engaged with art,” O’ Dell said.“They’re so will be making on the East Coast of the inundated with imagery now, that it’s good country. It previously has been showcased to see how professional artists use their cre- at the San Jose Museum of Art and the Alyce ativity to express personal things.” de Roulet Williamson Gallery, both in The MFA is the only stop the exhibition California.
This 2009 portrait shows duplicates of Lisa Anne Auerbach in Nottingham Forest, as she tries to recapture the story of Robin Hood. Here Auerbach, known for her political messages, makes a statement on her concerns regarding wealth distribution and health care.
This image, created around 1863, shows artist Nadar wearing Native American attire.
Cheeto and Pip are inseparable Cheeto (age 14) and Pip (age 9) have been together since Pip was brought home in 2009. The cats hardly leave each other’s side and often times look like an old married couple. One night, Pip followed Cheeto into the chair, and they decided to watch the sunset together, as many couples do. Their proud owner is Elsie Rehberg of Wesley Chapel.
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PET PAWS ADOPTION SPECIAL Pasco County Animal Services, 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes, will offer $20 adoption fees for all available cats and kittens, during the month of September. Adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations. Pasco County residents are required to purchase appropriate licensing for a new pet. Available pets can be viewed at Petango.com. For information, call (813) 929-1212.
NEW DOG PARK OPEN Hillsborough County’s newest dog park has opened, and it offers dogs and their people more than 2 ½ acres to frolic, fetch and socialize. The park is built on a portion of the Bertha and Tony Saladino Park, 1705 Bryan Road in Brandon. It includes 1.8 acres for large dogs and 0.8 acres for smaller dogs. Both areas are fenced, and include shaded seating and water fountains for people and dogs.There’s also canine agility and play equipment, a walking trail and paved parking.
ADOPTION FEES DROPPED TO $5 The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, is over capacity, and the shelter has lowered dog adoption fees during September.
Throughout the month, adoption fees for all ready-to-go dogs will be $5.These dogs have been microchipped, vaccinated, registered, and spayed or neutered. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Tuesday through Sunday. Adoptable pets at the center also can be viewed online at tinyurl.com/y8lpw2tm.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 37015 Orange Valley Lane in Dade City, will host a Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m., to commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. For information, call (352) 567-8424.
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PULTE HELPS FEED HUNGRY PulteGroup’s West Florida division has partnered with Feeding Tampa Bay to help ease the hunger problem in the community. Recently, 30 members of the Pulte team spent several hours putting together enough meals to feed 2,700 people from the Tampa Bay area, according to a news release. “It has always been a top priority for us to give back to the community in which we
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