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Cyber threats on the rise, expert says By Kevin Weiss kweiss@lakerlutznews.com

The global impact of cyber crimes is likely to skyrocket over the next several years, Sri Sridharan, a cyber security expert predicts. Sridharan, managing director and chief executive officer of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida, was the keynote speaker during the Cybersecurity Symposium at PascoHernando State College, on Oct. 11. Hacking, he said, continues to be a “serious problem” in the realm of cyber security. “It’s a huge crime that’s taking place on a daily basis,” Sridharan said.“There’s lots of people wanting to steal your personal infor-

mation, and steal intellectual property.” The latest statistics related to cyber crime are staggering. According to a recent study by Juniper Research, the global impact on cyber crimes was about $400 billion in 2015. By 2019, the market research organization projects the impact will be approximately $2.1 trillion. “In my opinion, that number is going to be even higher,” Sridharan said.“Every second, at least 22 records are breached.That’s about 2 million (records) per day.” Sridharan said hackers often focus on high-value industries — healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services — to access and modify information. See CYBER, page 11A

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By Kevin Weiss rooms, which can flexibly be used kweiss@lakerlutznews.com to ac- too many red flags. commodate public events. “Obviously, we can’t have cost overruns, The council had considered the feasibiliThe city of Zephyrhills is getting a but on an unknown building like brand- ty of housing the city’s that, you headquarters at the just don’t new City Hall after all. know what they’re going to be. 20,000-square-foot SunTrust bank Following several weeks of dialogue, building, That scares me quite a bit,” Smith said durZephyrhills City Council unanimously the at 5435 Gall Blvd. ing the Sept. 26. council meeting. But, council members decided proved a motion to build a new structureapa new Smith added a new at building was the best option the existing City Hall site, at 5335 after cost esti- more likely to “last City Hall building is Eighth St. mates showed the the test of time,” comtwo projects have pared to an The new facility is expected be older, refurbished building. about roughly the same price tag 5,000-square-feet larger than the of $6 million. “I think a civic building should be current Additional costs—including architect some11,000-square-foot building, thing that you build...for a lifetime,” and contractor fees—could bring Smith It likely will have a modernized the entire said.“I think there’s something brick project’s price tag to about to be said for and stone exterior. $7.7 million. Councilman Lance Smith said evaluating having a civic building the community looks The interior may feature more to and has pride in.” open the two options was a “good workspaces and multifunctional exercise,” but meeting noted the 44-year-old SunTrust building had See CITY HALL, page 13A

School shooting threats now a felony charge By Kevin Weiss

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The consequences just got tougher for Florida students who threaten to shoot up a school. The Anti-Terroristic Threat and Public Servant Protection Law.The law, which went into effect Oct. 1, makes false reports about using firearms in a violent manner a seconddegree felony. Bomb threats have carried second-degree felony, but only charges a Pasco County Superintendent KEVIN WEISS/STAFF PHOTO Kurt Browning address the new of Anti-Terroristic Threat Law “disrupting a school function”—a second- during a Sept. 30 press conference. The law, which took effect Oct. 1, makes false reports degree misdemeanor — could have been about using firearms in a violent manner a second-degree felony. brought against someone making a gun threat. with them, to think before posting The law also makes it a first-degree an idle High, said fellow classmates mis- threat on social media, or oftentimes bedemeanor to threaten with death to or serious of verbal threat to carry make any kind come “very scared” when they hear such harm a law enforcement officer, state out a shooting at threats. attorney or assistant state attorney, firefighter, any of our schools.” “We have to go into lockdown, and He added:“When kids and their parents we judge, elected official or any of their don’t learn at all,” Cahoon said “We family see these things the fears have to b d i k

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Nobody disputes that Pasco County’s Extension Office is in serious need of an upgrade. But that’s where the consensus ends. Extension now operates out of space owned by the Pasco County Fair Association, under an annual $17,000 lease, which is currently on a month-to-month basis. But the office is too small and outdated to meet Extension’s needs. The county wants to improve conditions for Extension and has been weighing various options. It held a community stakeholder meeting on Oct. 12 at the Stallings Building, at 15029 14th St., in Dade City. The county owns that building and had been leasing it out, but that lease ended and the building is now vacant. See EXTENSION, page 11A

Automated garbage collection may soon be a reality in Zephyrhills. The city contracted with Kessler Consulting Inc. to perform an operational waste assessment and rate study for the city’s Sanitation Division. Don Ross, director of operations for Kessler, presented the findings to the Zephyrhills City Council on Oct. 10. Ross suggested the city — at some point — should consider moving toward automated trash pickup, which involves equipping city waste trucks with an automated arm to pick up and dump the contents of waste containers into the truck. Cost estimates range from $15,000 to $20,000 for retrofitting two of the city’s existing trucks with automated rear load cart tippers. Additional side load and front load cart tippers may also be purchased. The trash barrels, or standardized solid waste carts, would likely be provided to city residents, costing the city about $50 to $55 apiece. Public works director Shane Leblanc said the city plans on providing 95-gallon solid waste carts and 64-gallon recycling carts to residents in the next fiscal year, once the city adopts a “hybrid” or “semi-automated” waste disposal approach. “Our intent is to outfit some of our existing trucks to pick up the carts,” LeBlanc said.“We’ll have a mechanism on the back of See GARBAGE, page 11A

LeAnne John, president of the Pasco County Fair Assoc., would like to see whether upgrading the fairgrounds to keep the Extension Office there is a viable option.

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It’s a gathering held on the second Sunday of October each year to celebrate Pasco County’s old-time residents. Anyone who has lived in the county for 20 years or more is invited to attend the “Old-Timers Picnic,” organized each year by the Burkett family. They are encouraged to bring old newspaper clippings and photographs, and memories to share. This year’s crowd was smaller than usual, which may have been due to the uncertainty of the weather, according to Diane Jones, who attended the celebration. But, those who did show, enjoyed the delicious fish fry and hushpuppies prepared by the Burkett family and friends. The event took place on Oct. 8 at Clayton Hall, which was tastefully decorated with a fall theme, Jones reported, and old acquaintances were renewed. Those attending brought a dish to share, as well as their own table service. After a covered-dish dinner, an election was held for the Old-Timer’s Picnic Association.The incumbent office holders received a vote of confidence, retaining their positions.Those office holders are:Tim Burkett, president; Cindy Burkett, vice president; and, Pat Gilbert, secretary-treasurer.

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The ‘Old-Timer’s Picnic’ has been an annual tradition for more than 50 years. This is a look at the people who attended the gathering this year.

Local merchants donated gifts, which were presented to the oldest woman present, Leona Hall, who is 101, and the oldest man present, John Richard, who is 89. The youngest attendee was Jase Hutchinson, of Dade City, who is 21 months old.

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The couple married the longest was Mr. and Mrs. Gene Holtzhower of Darby. And, the person who made the longest trip to get there was Laura Smith, of Zephyrhills — which drew a chuckle from the crowd, Jones reported. In previous years, several attendees traveled to the event

from other states, she explained. A prize was also awarded to the family with most members present, which went to Bill and Shirley Burkett. It is because of Bill and Shirley’s efforts that this gathering has been a tradition for more than 50 years.

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It is now October and, as I mentioned in a previous article, things are picking up at Grand Horizons. It seems that as time progresses, more and more activities begin. On Oct. 4, a luncheon was held at Rebecca’s, located in Dade City.This was the Ladies Lunch Bunch that meets the first Tuesday of the month. It is on the same day the men gather at Hooters for an afternoon of fun. So you see, we all can go out on this particular day, if we so desire. The Ladies Lunch Bunch was hosted by Judy Fischer. I spoke to her, and she told me that approximately 28 women showed up for a delightful lunch.There also was an opportunity to go shopping afterward, as Dade City is filled with lots of lovely shops and many antique stores. I have never been to Rebecca’s, but I heard the food is very good, and they have a nice variety to fit everyone’s taste buds. I now have a restaurant to look forward to trying. Water aerobics has been going on all summer, and Rae Rice told me that about 20 ladies joined in on this healthy and fun activity. This is held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and is hosted by Rae. The women perform several aerobic exercises in fairly shallow water, such as a swimming pool.This is a good way to keep in shape and is healthy for you. Rae also mentioned that since cooler weather is coming around, the number of people that are attending may decrease. Every Wednesday, after our coffee hour, paper crafting (now called paper dolls) is going on and hosted by Tina Stritch. Right now there are up to a dozen women participating.The women make all sorts of goodies and, during this time of year, they are working on Christmas cards. I recall that last year they made these beautiful greeting cards for get well, birthday and more. Also, every Wednesday night there is a game of hand and foot hosted by Linda Tutin. I have played this game in the past, and it is a very lively game. It is so much fun when the residents come together and take part in this entertaining activity, and try to win.You also hear comments like,“I’m not

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even on my foot yet” and more. In the meantime, while Marty and I plan to return to our friends at Grand Horizons, we were invited, along with our close friends, Dave and Shirley Smuckler, to the Village Gate that is located in Farmington, Connecticut. It is here that we were treated to an Oktoberfest show (or should I say, Adventure Travel to Germany), on Oct. 9. The entire performance was great and some people were dancing in their seats, while others were clapping to the music.The cast members were terrific and kept us entertained with various songs and several jokes. One such song was “Wooden Heart” where they did a splendid job. They also had “sing-a-longs” with such tunes as “Ring of Fire,”“Country Roads,” and even “Edelweiss.” They did some yodeling, which was fantastic, and they said that it had to be loud to reach from one mountaintop to the next. As you can see, we try to stay busy in Connecticut, but look forward to returning to Florida.


Riding the Route 54 County Connector By Tom Jackson

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hey cut the ribbon on a posh new bus a few weeks ago, signaling optimistic expansion of Pasco County’s two-year-old east-west route linking Zephyrhills and New Port Richey. Assembled under a fan-cooled tent in the parking lot of the Medical Center at Trinity, officials spoke buoyantly about the future of mass transit in Pasco County, with the bus in the background lending physical evidence to their commitment. And, what evidence it is. Sleek. Ocean blue, emblazoned with a green and yellow stripe undulating across the side — a wave below a bright ball of sun and a seagull taking wing. Inside, more blue. Soothing. Welcoming. Comfy, upholstered padded seats that say, sit, rest, stay awhile. Overhead, adjustable air conditioning vents and reading lights, just like on intra-city buses and airliners. Upscale. And, that’s not all. Over the next several months, they’ll add free Wi-Fi, introducing the option of online productivity or entertainment to your ride, while Pasco County Public Transportation drivers get you pretty close to where you need to go. It’s all perfectly splendid. But, so far, it’s also all a dream. Not that the new buses, two of them, aren’t authentic. Or, that Pasco’s commitment to mass transit isn’t both enthusiastic and genuine. But, there’s a reason there’s no mention of “rapid” in the system’s official name, as we shall see. Let’s be clear. If, just now, it serves as nothing more than a symbolic reminder that Pasco is a single, unified entity, and not some geographic hybrid stitched together by whimsical bureaucrats and maintained by stubborn tradition, then the connector serves a valuable purpose.

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Pasco County is using this new bus in an expansion of its east-west route, linking Zephyrhills and New Port Richey.

Still, the additional buses, acquired through a $1.031 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, represent a severe test of the “Field of Dreams” launching instructions. If they drive them, will riders come? Having traveled the line, designated the “Route 54 County Connector,” roundtrip from Zephyrhills to the Trinity hospital recently, I can say without hesitation:Winning converts is going to take time. And, that’s a generous review. The trip, which, even following the bus’ roundabout circuit, could have been accomplished by car in about two hours, took more than twice as long. Possibly because of this snail’s pace, there were long stretches where I was the only passenger aboard.At its most crowded — after a late-afternoon stop at the Wiregrass campus of Pasco-Hernando State College — I shared my ride with five others. Not that you can’t meet pleasant company along the way, among them Jonathan Funnel (pronounced “foo-NELL,” accent on the second syllable), 25, who routinely rides from the Zephyrhills City Hall stop to The Groves for his job at the Cobb cineplex. Funnel, who reports he loves all movies, everything having to do with baseball, plus the NFL’s Packers and Eagles, likes that the bus drops him near the Grove’s Dick’s Sporting Goods store.“It’s heaven,” he says. Among the notes jotted by Funnel’s trav-

eling companion:“We rode together about 25 minutes.A car couldn’t have done much better.” Our driver, Jose Rojas, 62, a retired postal worker from Land O’ Lakes who piloted heavy machinery as a Marine, observes pleasantly, “Today’s been rainy. There’s no traffic. I love it.” About then the radio squawks. The bus out of Zephyrhills goes only as far as The Shops at Wiregrass. There, in the parking garage, westbound passengers switch. But, the connector, bound from Trinity, is caught in a snarl triggered by a crash near Collier Parkway. “Uh-oh,” Rojas murmurs.When we arrive at the mall terminus, the driver apologizes for the delay with a what-are-you-gonna-do shrug, adding “He’ll be along in a while.” He’s seven minutes early, so he gets out and stretches, groaning pleasantly. No passengers board before Rojas makes his on-time departure, half-a-million-dollars of empty bus. “A while” turns out to be most of a half hour, which allows time to strike up a conversation with Odette Rennie, 69, a Virgin Islander who settled in a Land O’ Lakes village along State Road 54 sometime after a nearly catastrophic accident in Los Angeles broke her right arm in three places and convinced her to swear off personal transportation almost completely. She’ll ride if her husband or son are driving. Otherwise, she takes the bus, even

though she concedes — as do many fans of public transportation — managing the last half-mile home presents challenges of its own. Some days it’s brutally hot.Today, near the Ferman new car dealership, she exits into a downpour, lamenting she’d left her big umbrella at home. Worse, because the bus is designed to drop passengers onto raised platforms, Rennie makes a big step onto an unpaved shoulder, punctuating the maneuver, “Ow, wow!” After that, riders come and go singly. One seems to have just finished a shift at Big Lots; he falls asleep immediately.Another, at the Suncoast Parkway, has come from a bike ride. He loads his two-wheeler on the front, drops coins in the slot, slumps into a seat and, buds in ears, studies his smartphone. Farther up, a boarding passenger complains that the bus is late. She doesn’t want to hear about the accident. Nobody does. If the buses are adequate, and this one is more than that, nothing kills ridership quite like blown schedules. On the day they snipped the ribbon, Commissioner Kathryn Starkey conceded as much. “We’ll never get people out of their cars as long as buses can get stuck in traffic. We need real bus rapid transit” — that is, buses traveling in lanes reserved only for buses. Still, if you’re not in a rush, there’s something to be said for riding, especially if you take one of the scenic seats a couple of steps up in the back. Not driving means you can fixate on industrious egrets following a tractor-drawn mower hacking through a pasture. Not driving and sitting up high means you finally see over the reeds to the little lagoon with a small dock framed in lattice west of Keystone Community Church. Being alone, being chauffeured, means your thoughts can wander. I’m thinking, from time to time, riding the bus just might be therapeutic.And, at $3 a roundtrip, it will be cheaper than any shrink. This is the buzz in my head at the end of my four-hour odyssey. It could have been worse. And my mind is oddly at ease. If I’m ever not in a hurry again, I could do this. Tom Jackson, a resident of New Tampa, is interested in your ideas. To reach him, email tjackson@lakerlutznews.com.

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FINAL DEBATES

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will host final debates on Oct. 20, prior to election day, at the Performing Arts Center at Pasco-Hernando State College, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey.The candidates for these debates are: • Florida State Rep., District 36:Amber Mariano and Amanda Murphy at 5:45 p.m. • County Commission, District 1: Dimitri Delgado and Ronald Oakley at 6:30 p.m. • County Commission, District 3: Barry Horvath and Kathryn Starkey at 7:15 p.m. • County Property Appraiser: Gary Joiner Jr. and John Sidney Larkin at 8 p.m. • Clerk of the Circuit Court: Roberta Cutting and Paula O’ Neil at 8:45 p.m.

HALLOWEEN BUNCO

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will host a Halloween Bunco Party on Oct. 23 at the Zephyrhills Woman’s Club, 38549 Fifth Ave., for ages 16 and older. Doors open at 1:45 p.m.Tickets are $20.There will be refreshments, raffles and prizes.All proceeds will benefit local and national charities. Halloween costumes are encouraged. No tickets will be sold at the door. For information, call (813) 997-6211.

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SHERIFF’S FOOD DRIVE

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Feeding Pasco’s Kids food drive by accepting both monetary and food donations. Proceeds will be given directly to local organizations for homeless children and students. Recipients will include the Pasco school system, Salvation Army, Sunrise Domestic Violence Shelter in Dade City, God’s Food 4 Life in Lacoochee, and The Thomas Promise Foundation in Zephyrhills. Donation boxes are in the lobbies of all Pasco sheriff’s office buildings. For information, or to make a monetary donation, call 727) 844-7759.

BOOK SALE PREVIEW

The Friends of the Library will host a book sale preview at the Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, on Oct. 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For a $5 donation, guests get the first pick of books before the sale itself on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.All proceeds go to support library programming. For information, call (813) 929-1214.

SUKKOT MUSIC AND PIZZA

Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host a “Sukkot Music Program and Pizza in the Sukkah” on Oct. 19.The music program starts at 6 p.m., Sukkot services at 6:30 p.m., and pizza at 7 p.m.The cost for adults is $10, and $5 for children ages 4 to 12. Children age 3 and younger are free.There is a maximum family price of $25.To RSVP, call (813) 962-6338, or email execdirector@kolami.org.

CAREERSOURCE STOP

The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will host a CareerSource Mobile One stop on Oct. 20 from 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.The mobile unit is a selfcontained resource room with 12 computer stations, satellite internet and telecommunications, printing and copying. For information, call (813) 788-6375.

VOLUNTEER INFO SESSION

The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer information session on Oct. 20 at 11 a.m., for adults. Guardians are adults who are legally responsible for protecting the well-being and interests of their wards, usually a minor. For information, call (3542) 567-3576.

FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL

Saint Timothy Catholic Church, 17512 Lakeshore Road in Lutz, will host a Fall Family Festival Oct. 20 to Oct. 23.There will be a “Taste of St.Timothy” on Oct. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with more than 35 restaurants.Tickets are $15 per person. Children age 5 and younger are free. On Oct. 22, there will be a “Beer, Bites & Blues Fest” from 6 p.m. to midnight, featuring craft beers, live entertainment, international food booths, and a live auction.Weekend activities include a Fun Run, a fishing derby, exhibitions, a kids’ train, a video gaming truck, a petting zoo, pony rides and more. The Youth Center also will be open for basketball, air hockey, ping pong, corn hole and more. For information, call (813) 9681077, or visit SaintTims.org.

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Commissioner Kathryn Starkey sponsored the 2016 resolution naming October as Florida Native Plant Month. She presented the resolution at the Nature Coast Chapter meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society on Oct. 11, and spoke about her concern regarding the invasive plant ‘cogan grass.’ At the presentation were, from left, Jonnie Spitler; Commissioner Kathryn Starkey; Gregg Jones, owner of Rainbow's End Nursery; Deborah Tribbey; Karen Watrous, owner of Karen's Wildflower Nursery; Stephen Joyce; and, Sharon Holding. The Nature Coast Chapter will celebrate Florida Native Plant Month with a native plant sale on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The guest speaker will be Craig Huegel, ecologist, author and gardener, on the topic of “Native Plant Landscaping for Florida Wildlife” at 11 a.m. The sale will include free literature and nursery information, native plant books for sale, a master gardener information table, a children’s activity table, and more. For information, call Sandy Vanno at (727) 207-1853, email naturecoastfnps@gmail.com, or isit PascoNativePlants.org.

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The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, will host the Teen Advisory Board on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m., for grades six to 12. Participants can get volunteer hours for scholarships and school clubs by attending the meetings.The members help plan and run teen library programs. For information, call (813) 7886375.

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The 2016 “Hernando Untapped” will take place on Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the American Aviation Flight Academy, 17076 Helicopter Drive in Brooksville.There will be food trucks and vendors, and a live performance by The Bearded Brothers Band. For information, call (352) 796-0697.

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Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger will present the annual Turning Solutions into Action Conference on Oct. 21 at the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida, 11701 USF Maple Drive in Tampa.The keynote speaker will be Craig Gundersen of the University of Illinois, an expert on food insecurity.There also will be panel discussions on life experience, best practices for food pantries, transportation, senior hunger, childhood hunger and more. For information, visit NetworkToEndHunger.org.

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The Arts Council of Hillsborough County will host “Five by Five: Small Art for a Big Cause” on Oct. 21 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa. More than 650 pieces of fiveby-five inch art will be available for sales, for $25 each.There also will be professional musicians, actors and dancers.Admission is free for museum members, and $10 for nonmembers.The admission price benefits the museum. For information, visit FiveByFiveTampaBay.com.

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Hillsborough River State Park will host the 24th annual “Haunted Woods” event on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at 15402 U.S. 301 N., in Thonotosassa. Admission is $10 per person. For information, visit FloridaStateParks.org/hillsboroughriver.

The Sisterhood Needle Workers of Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will meet on Oct. 23 from 9:45 a.m. to noon.The group makes fabric quilt wall hangings, and knitting and crocheting squares for quilts.All items are donated to the First Nesters, a group that provides housing for local teens aging out of foster care, as well as other charities.The group is open to anyone who likes to knit. For information, call Kol Ami at (813) 962-6338.

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The Republican Club of Central Pasco will have Liz Hittos, chief of staff for Congressman Gus Bilirakis, as its guest speaker on Oct. 24.The club meets at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes.The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and all are welcome. For additional information, call Steve Graves at (813) 996-3011.

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The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host “Halloween Tales” with gypsy storyteller Katie Adams on Oct. 22 at 10 a.m.There will be slightly spooky tales with audience participation. For information, call (352) 567-3576.

PRETEEN CRAFT

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a preteen craft on Oct. 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., for ages 9 to 15.This will be a Star Wars themed project. Completion of a liability waiver is required. For information or to register, call (813) 929-1214.

RHINO’S WINO FESTIVAL

San Ann Artisans and Florida Estate Winery will present “Rhino’s Wino Festival,” a celebration of Clayton Verge Jr., on Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the winery, 25241 State Road 52 in Land O’ Lakes.There will be art, music, wine tasting, local artists and musicians.Admission is free. For information, call (813) 996-2113, or visit SanAnnArtisans.com.

SILLY DANCE PARTY

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a “Play, Make, Discover! Silly Dance Party” on Oct. 22 at 10:30 a.m., for toddlers and preschoolers.This “Tinkering for Tots” program series will include pumpkin patch themed activities. For information, call (813) 929-1214.

SONS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION

The Tampa chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet on Oct. 22 at Grill One Sixteen, 612 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.A presentation will be made in recognition of outstanding achievements and leadership with local law enforcement and firefighters.The gathering starts at 11:30 a.m. For information, email Bill Floyd at BFloydPres@aol.com.

SCIENCE FESTIVAL

The St. Petersburg Science Festival will take place on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Poynter Park.This is a free festival with hands-on exhibits and live entertainment, in conjunction with

The Greater Dade City and The Greater Zephyrhills chambers of commerce will host a Candidate Forum on Oct. 24 at East Pasco Adventist Academy, 38434 Centennial Road in Dade City.There will be a Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m., followed by the forum at 7 p.m.All candidates listed on “Pasco Votes” were invited. Moderators will question the candidates on important topics facing Pasco County. Brian Corley, supervisor of elections, will discuss the Amendments.

ROCKIN’ RED RIDING HOOD

The Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth will present “Rockin’ Red Riding Hood” on Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m., and Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m., and at 11:45 a.m., at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa. General admission is $8, or $28 for a family four-pack. For information, visit CarrollwoodCenter.org, or call (813) 9228167.

TOASTMASTERS OPEN HOUSE

The Carrollwood Toastmasters will host a Halloween Open House on Oct. 26 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Tampa.There will be free food, fun and prizes.Wear a costume and bring a friend. For information, visit Carrollwood.ToastmastersClubs.org.

MEET COMMISSIONER BECKNER Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, District 6, will host office hours at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Residents can meet with Beckner, one-on-one, to share ideas and concerns. No appointment necessary.

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Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in October will receive five free crape myrtle trees or 10 free autumn classics selected for your area.The classics include two sugar maples, two red maples, and one each of scarlet oak, sweetgum, northern red oak, silver maple, white flowering dogwood and Washington hawthorn.Trees will be shipped for planting, between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10.To join online, visit ArborDay.org/October.

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Angels Senior Living will celebrate the grand opening of The Lodges of Idlewild, 18440 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., in Lutz, on Oct. 22 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The special guest will be Pat Boone. There also will be hors d’oeuvres prepared by the culinary team. To RSVP no later than Oct. 12, call Ralph Fritsch at (813) 951-3933, or email rfritsch@angelsseniorliving.com.

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The Zephyrhills First Church of the Nazarene, 6151 12th St., will host a Lip Sync Battle on Oct. 22, to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Tickets are $20, which include 10 auction tickets; $10 with five tickets for children ages 3 to 13; and free admission with no tickets for children age 3 and younger. Chips and soda will be available for purchase (proceeds benefit the church). For information and tickets, call (813) 504-6108.

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The Baby Place at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd., will host a free class for expectant parents on breast-feeding preparation on Oct. 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Topics will include realistic expectations, latching, truths versus myth, pumping and breast milk storage. There also will be a question-and-answer session. For reservations, call (813) 783-6124.

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., in Spring Hill, will offer a caring for cancer support group, for anyone who is dealing with cancer, cancer survivors, family members and caregivers, on Oct. 25 at 12:30 p.m. Participants will receive educational material about cancer and cancer treatment. For information and reservations, call (352) 597-6333.

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St. Joseph’s John Knox Village will have the Aging Well Physician Lecture Series on Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. It will be held in the Crystal Dining room. Dr. Robert Metnick will speak on the problems and care of “The Geriatric Foot.” Admission is free. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. For information and reservations, call (813) 632-2331.Walk-ins are welcome.

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The annual “Stars, Stripes and Smiles” event will take place at Pasco-Hernando State College,West Pasco Campus, on Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dentists within the community have volunteered to provide urgent dental care to 75 military veterans living in Pasco County who have been suffering with untreated dental pain and infection. Services offered through this event will include professional dental cleanings, root canal therapy, tooth extractions and dental fillings. Veterans in need of dental services should contact Congressman Gus Bilirakis’s office at (727) 232-2921, to sign up for treatment.Veterans will be taken on a firstcome, first-served basis.

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Rasmussen College, 18600 Fernview St., in Land O’ Lakes, will host a free Community Career Fair on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to students, graduates and community members, and is designed

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The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce has promoted the Student of the Month program for more than 20 years. Chamber businesses partner with local schools to encourage youth. In most cases, the schools choose one student each month from September to May to be the winner of a trophy and T-shirt recognizing their achievement. The business name is listed on the Tshirt, and the schools typically provide the business with the opportunity to visit the school each month and present the award. The cost of a company to be a sponsor is $250 for the year. Those interested in sponsoring a school or continuing a sponsorship from the previous year, can email the chamber office at office@CentralPascoChamber.com, or fax to (813) 909-0827.

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CYBER, from page 1A “No longer is this a backdoor problem,” he said.“It’s moved to boardrooms of corporations. Boards of directors now have a fiscal responsibility to make sure the information they have is well protected. Otherwise, they can get sued.” Yet, many organizations haven’t put safety measures in place to protect against such threats. A 2016 global economic crime survey by the consulting firm PricewaterHouseCooper (PwC) found that 32 percent of organizations were affected by cyber crime last year. Moreover, the survey found only 37 percent of organizations have a cohesive plan in response to cyber incident, or breach. “Organizations need to have a plan. That’s extremely important,” Sridaran said. That starts with practicing what Sridharan refers to as “good cyber hygiene.” For businesses, that encompasses several steps: use a secure ecommerce platform; deploy SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption; and utilize firewalls, multi-factor authentication and site backups. “Don’t just have (employees) use a password to get into the system. Have them go through one or two more steps to make...it very difficult for the bad guys to penetrate your system,” Sridharan explained. In addition to using lengthy, complex passwords, Sridharan recommends individuals stay away from “unfamiliar websites.” “If it’s not a site that you know, don’t click on it,” he said. “If you’re not careful about the website that you go to, you stand a serious risk of getting breached, or your information stolen.” The same theory applies to suspicious emails. “If you don’t know who it’s from, don’t touch it.” Sridharan noted ransomware — a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid — is currently one of the most pervasive problems in cyber security. A 2016 report by Cisco Systems Inc.

GARBAGE, from page 1A the truck called a cart tipper, where the collection workers wheel the cart out, hook it up to the cart tipper and the cart tipper does all the manual work.” If approved, city manager Steve Spina said semi-automated waste disposal would be phased in throughout the city. “Some of the subdivisions would probably start with (automation) and then we could move into other areas,” Spina said. During the presentation, Ross said automated collection provides several benefits, including a decreased risk of injury for sanitation workers. “It improves safety, reduces employee injuries, improves collection efficiencies and preserves an aging workforce,” Ross said. The U.S. Department of Labor ranks the solid waste industry as the “fifth-most dangerous occupation,” trailing only loggers, fisherman, pilots and roofers. Last year, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) reported 98 fatalities directly related to municipal solid waste collection, processing and disposal. “This is a very, very dangerous industry,” said Ross, addressing the council. Additionally, a transition to automated waste collection could result in major savings for the city. The city’s annual operational cost for manual garbage collection is nearly $406,000.A cost analysis by the consulting company found the city could save nearly $88,000 per year shifting to automated collection, mostly by eliminating sanitation positions. “The biggest savings is payroll,” said Ross. Council Vice President Alan Knight said he’d first want a guarantee that there would-

found that approximately 9,500 people pay ransoms to hackers each month. “This is very prevalent these days.The average target pays $300,” said Sridharan. “The most important thing you can do is have backups of your system at all times.” Perhaps a silver lining to the influx of cyber threats is in the job market. According to Sridharan, there’s a significant demand for cyber security professionals. He estimates there will be approximately 2.5 million jobs in cyber security over the next two years. “It’s a hot job market,” he said, “and it’s not going to go away for a long time.” “There is no comprehensive cyber security solution on the horizon for the next ten years,” he added. The symposium also featured a presentation on human trafficking online. Pasco County Sheriff’s Corporal Alan Wilkett, who’s served more than 22 years as a public service official in Indiana, Ohio and Florida, said human trafficking transactions are becoming increasingly prevalent online. Human trafficking encompasses forced labor, involuntary servitude, and commercial sex. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are approximately 20.9 million victims of human trafficking. “Selling and auctions are all taking place online,” said Wilkett, a member of the Tampa Bay Regional Human Trafficking Task Force. The transactions,Wilkett said, are taking place in what’s commonly referred as the dark web, which is only accessible through specific software, called Tor (The Onion Router). “When you get on there, that’s where (traffickers) hold the online markets,” explained Wilkett. “It’s one of the most diabolical things I’ve ever seen.” According to Wilkett, the average price for a human being is going for about $90. “You go to India and you can buy three boys for less than the price of a cow,” he said.“Many of them are bought as child soldiers; some of them are smuggled into the United States and other countries.” n’t be any job losses among city employees, before a motion is made. “I don’t want anybody to lose their jobs,” Knight said. LeBlanc reassured the council that there wouldn’t be any job losses related to a transition to automated waste collection. “We have no intent of anybody losing their jobs,” LeBlanc said, adding “we have all kinds of stuff for them to do out there.” Elsewhere, Kessler Consulting’s operational waste assessment found the city’s sanitation division is a “well-run, cohesive operation.” Moreover, the assessment found the sanitation division to have “high employee morale” and all equipment to be in “good working order.” However, the consulting company suggested the city should perform a route and billing audit; focus more on route optimization and planning; and cross train drivers. Kessler Consulting also recommended no additional rate increases for waste disposal service. The city’s residential rate— including Pasco County’s disposal assessment— is $16.33 per household per month while commercial monthly rates (per cubic yard) are $6.49. In other business, the city council unanimously approved the contract for Matthew E. Maggard to become the city attorney for the City of Zephyrhills. The contract requires the city to pay a minimum fee of $700 per month as a retainer.Attorney services are rendered at $125 per hour, and staff services are $50 per hour. Maggard, 31, is an attorney with the law firm of Hersch & Associates, P.A., in Dade City. He’s been serving the city in an interim role since Joseph A. Poblick stepped down from the position in July to serve on the Pasco County Court.

EXTENSION, from page 1A Moving Extension to the Stallings Building is one of the options the county is considering, said Cathy Pearson, an assistant county administrator. The building, constructed in 1991, is in generally good condition and is immediately available. It would cost an estimated $146,000 to renovate and the project would take about 120 days, Pearson said. Some advantages are that it has a kitchen and there’s space to do a community garden center. Another option the county is considering would keep the program at the fairgrounds, with improvements made there. “We’re on hold right now. We want to look and see what it would cost to do some renovations to that,” Pearson said. “We haven’t had a chance to work those figures out.We want facilities to take a hard look at that in the next month or so and come back with some figures.” The county doesn’t own the fairgrounds, Pearson said. The county also considered a third option to move Extension to the county’s old Data Center building, but that option doesn’t appear to be viable, Pearson said. The building, constructed in 1977, would cost an estimated $606,000 to renovate and would take about a year, Pearson said. A fourth option would involve a public/private partnership, but none has materialized so far. “Is there something that we’re not thinking of?” Pearson asked. County staff needs more time to evaluate the fairgrounds option, Pearson said, noting that it just began exploring that idea earlier in the week. She estimated it would take about 90 days to evaluate that option and suggested meeting with the stakeholders again after the holidays. Reaction from the crowd was all over the map. Some support upgrading the fairgrounds building and keeping Extension there. Others want the county to move the program to the Stallings Building because it could serve to help lift up a neighborhood where people struggle to provide opportunities for their children. Some noted potential safety issues, if Extension moves to the Stallings Building. A comparison of police calls shows that the neighborhood had more than twice as many police calls than the fairgrounds location. However, some people in the crowd noted that improved trust in law enforcement has led to a greater number of calls,

Margarita Romo, founder of Farmworkers Self-Help, is urging Pasco County to move the Extension Office to the Stallings Building, to help create better opportunities for children living in the area.

and the Stallings Building is in a more populated area than the fairgrounds, which makes police calls more likely. Others in the crowd questioned how long it would take to upgrade the fairgrounds, how much it would cost and how Extension would operate in the interim. A question also was raised about why the county would want to invest taxpayer money in a property not owned by the county. Other questions included whether the county would continue to pay rent on the fairgrounds property and how the arrangement would affect Extension’s ability to control scheduling and programs. Whitney Elmore, the director of Extension, said the main goal to expand the programming that’s available. “Our existing facilities don’t allow us to expand,” she said. Some speakers suggested relocating Extension temporarily to the Stallings Building, until renovations can be made to the fairgrounds, at which time it would move back. Others suggested the county consider using both sites. Margarita Romo, founder of Farmworkers Self-Help, urged the county to move Extension to the Stallings Building and to keep it there.The community’s children need more opportunities, she said. “Come here, where it’s a challenge,” Romo said.“Take it on.” LeAnne John, president of the Pasco County Fair Assoc., asked for time to determine whether improvements can be made at the fairgrounds to keep Extension there. “I grew up with the fair,” said Cindy Waller, John’s mom, and also a former president of the association. “If you want to showcase your Extension Office, what better place?” she asked. Another meeting with stakeholders is expected after the county has gathered more information.

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Justin Dargahi, a record-holding threepoint shooter, has added a few new challenges for 2016 and beyond. First:Turn around the struggling Gaither High girls varsity basketball program. Next: Set the world record for most three pointers made by a pair, in one minute. Dargahi — the Guinness World Record for the most 3s made from NBA range (23 feet, 9 inches) in one minute (26) — first hopes to bring some cache to the Gaither High’s girls basketball program. It won’t be easy for the former Land O’ Lakes High girls head JV (junior varsity) coach. The Cowboys—which went a combined 5-38 the last two seasons—have had six straight losing seasons. Yet, that doesn’t deter Dargahi, who will be the program’s fourth head coach in six years, once tryouts begin Oct. 24. “I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “I love proving people wrong.” He relishes it. “You have room to improve. If you take over a great team, what are you trying to accomplish?” he said. “Hopefully, we can increase our win total a lot just this coming year alone.” It will be tough, he acknowledged, considering Gaither High plays in a highly competitive eight-team district (Class 8A, District 8). It’s one stacked with perennial prep powerhouses in Wiregrass Ranch, Plant, Freedom and Steinbrenner high schools. “It’s hard to win and advance anywhere

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Justin Dargahi broke the Guinness World Record for most 3-pointers made in one minute (26) on Jan. 4. He is now teaming up with ex-Florida Gators star Teddy Dupay, at right, to try and break the world record for most three pointers made by a pair, in one minute (19). They hope to break the record by Thanksgiving (Nov. 24).

when you have four or five great teams out of eight,” said Dargahi. “Luckily, we have a good three weeks of practice before the first game (Nov. 15). His blueprint starts with building around junior Janae Lyle, the team’s top returning player (7.6 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, 1.9 steals per game). “It is a lot of specifying toward your players’ talents,” said Dargahi, a former basketball player at Cambridge Christian School.“I refuse to go into the first game not having specified positions.” It also includes implementing a pressure man-to-man defense to help close out onepossession games. “I love pressing,” he said.“I love getting steals, turnovers. That’s how you score

points,” he said. “I think the best (coaching) aspect is game management,” he added. When not on the sidelines, meanwhile, Dargahi will be spending ample time at the three-point line.The new Gaither coach is teaming up with Teddy Dupay — a former Florida Gators basketball standout (19982001) and current boys basketball coach at Cambridge Christian School — to break the Guinness World Record for most threepointers made by a pair in one minute. The current record is 19, set by Harlem Globetrotters’ Cheese Chisholm and Ant Atkinson.The previous record (15) was set by NBA all-stars Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors) and Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks).

Though Dargahi hasn’t set an official attempt date, he figures it will “definitely be before Thanksgiving (Nov. 24).” Dargahi, who claims he makes anywhere from 75 percent to 80 percent of attempted 3-pointers, said the feat largely boils down to each participant making 10 shots. It’s possible, he said, considering both his and Dupay’s shooting prowess. (Dupay ranks 10th all-time in Florida Gators history for career 3-point field goals made with 188.) “We’re both very confident with our shooting,” Dargahi said.“The good thing about this record — both shooters have to be awesome.You can’t have one guy carry it.” But the difficulty, he said, lies in get enough shots up in 60 seconds. “I don’t even know how many shots we can get up, to be honest. I’m guessing 25 to 30, at the most,” said Dargahi. The strategy, he added, will include court positioning — the wings or the top-of-thekey — and conserving energy across multiple attempts. “I think we’ll at least try it for an hour, or an hour-and-a half,” Dargahi said. Perhaps one aspect working in the duo’s favor: home court advantage. “I’ve shot more balls at Cambridge than any other gym,” he said.“There’s a little bit of a comfort zone.” Additionally, Dargahi has been approved by Guinness to attempt world records for most individual free throws in one minute (51) and most individual three-pointers in two minutes (44). “The free throw one is tough,” Dargahi said.“I just tried it once just to see, and I didn’t even get up 51 shots. I definitely have to speed it up to shoot. If I could get up just 55 (shots), I like my chances.”

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SAINT LEO PLAYER NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN Saint Leo senior basketball standout Marcus Dewberry was named a preseason All-American and Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year by the Division II Bulletin. After the 2015-2016 season, Dewberry was named a D2CCA (Division II Conference Commissioners Association) AllSouth region first team selection and an NABC All-South district first team selection. Dewberry (19.7 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, 4.7 assists per game) helped lead last year’s squad to the NCAA South Region tournament.The Lions’ 20162017 season begins on Nov. 12.

The Wiregrass Ranch High girls golf team won the Pasco County Girls’ High School Golf Conference tournament on Oct. 3. From left: assistant coach Tyler Finn, Alexa Cunningham, Alexis Lane, Morgan Powers, Lexy Frenchko, Loryn Finn, Karlye Finn and head coach Jeremy Calzone.

Wiregrass Ranch High girls golf wins conference tourney The Wiregrass Ranch High girls golf team won the Pasco County Girls’ High School Golf Conference tournament on Oct. 3 at The Groves Golf and Country

Club in Land O’ Lakes. The Bulls shot a combined 343, defeating Land O’ Lakes High by two strokes (345). Pasco High’s Kacie Huber (76) won individual

Golf and Country Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd in Dade City.The run/walk begins at 7 a.m.Advance registration is $35. Cost is $40 after Nov. 18. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. All proceeds benefit the Sunrise of Pasco Domestic & Sexual Violence Center. For more information, contact Kelly Sinn at (352) 521-3358 or e-mail ksinn@runrisepasco.org.

YOUTH CROSSFIT COMPETITION SET FOR DEC. 4

PHSC BASEBALL SHOWCASE

Pasco-Hernando State College will host a baseball showcase for current high school juniors and seniors on Oct. 23. The camp will be at the PHSC Baseball Complex, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., and workouts for position players will begin at 11 a.m. Pitchers that do not play a position do not need to register until noon.The cost of the one-day camp is $50.To receive the application and showcase consent form, email assistant coach Lyndon Coleman at colemal@phsc.edu. Forms must be received by Oct. 19.

RUN FOR ZEPHYRHILLS 5K SET FOR OCT. 30

The 5K Run for the Hills race is scheduled for Oct. 30 at 8 a.m.The race will start at the main entrance of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd.The registration fee is $25 for CREATION® Health Wellness Center members and $30 for non-members. Funds raised will help benefit the hospital’s diabetes education program. Participants will receive a Run for the Hills T-shirt, medal and snack.Awards will be given in seven age groups ranging from children and teens to those over 60. For more information, visit RunForZephyrhills.org.

CONNERTON CHALLENGE SET FOR NOV. 5

The third annual Connerton Challenge 10K, 5K and Kids Fun Run is scheduled for Nov. 5 at Connerton Village, 21100 Fountain Garden Road in Land O’ Lakes.The 10K will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K starts at 7:45

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medalist honors; Wiregrass Ranch’s Morgan Powers (77) was the tournament runner-up. Eleven Pasco high schools participated in the event.There were a total of 52 players.

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The Freedom High boys varsity golf team won its fourth consecutive district title on Oct. 10. From left: Cooper Smith, Matt Daniello, Cy Storlien, Nick Mitchell, Tyler Bray and Sam Smith.

Freedom High boys golf captures wins districts The Freedom High boys varsity golf team captured its fourth consecutive district title on Oct. 10 at Hunter’s Green Country Club in Tampa.The Patriots, which shot a 309 as a team, were led by junior Cy Storlien (73) a.m. All runners will receive a T-shirt and medal, while top finishers in all age groups will be awarded trophies. Cost is $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. Proceeds will benefit Operation Helping Hand, an organization assisting severely injured and medically retired service members and their families. For information, contact Gregg Svendgard at (813) 996-5800 or Gregg.Svendgard@myconnerton.com.

GULFSIDE HOSPICE SETS ANNUAL 5K SET

Registration is open for Gulfside Hospice’s 10th annual Hearts for Hospice 5K on Nov. 6 at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes. Cost is $25 for adults, $15 for students ages 11 through college, and $10 for kids 10 and under. The race starts at 8:45 a.m., followed by a one-mile fun run. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers and race finishers. All event proceeds will help provide patient care and bereavement services for Pasco County residents facing

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who was the crowned individual Class 3ADistrict 10 champ. Freedom’s other tournament qualifiers were:Tyler Bray (77), Cooper Smith (77), Sam Smith (82) and Nick Mitchell (83). life-limiting illness and their families.To register, visit HeartsforHospice5K.org.

WIREGRASS WOBBLE SET FOR NOV. 24

The fourth annual Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run will be held on Nov. 24, at The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel. The 5K Run starts at 7:30 a.m. while the 1-mile Fun Run/Walk starts at 8:15 a.m. Post-race awards and festivities will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Brass Tap, at the Shops at Wiregrass. Pre-registration cost is $25 through Oct. 31. From Nov. 1 to race day, the registration fee is $30.To register, visit wiregrasswobbleturkeytrot.com. Proceeds from the event will support the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation, FITNiche Foundation, and the Rotary Club of New Tampa charities.

REINDEER RUN SET FOR DEC. 3

The 10th annual Lake Jovita Reindeer Run 5K is set for Dec. 3 at the Lake Jovita

CrossFit 14, at 27033 State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, is hosting a kids CrossFit competition on Dec. 4. About 100 children are expected to take part in the event inside CrossFit 14’s new 12,000-square-foot facility. The gym also is hosting a toy drive and donating part of the event’s proceeds to Joshua House in Lutz. For information, call (813)-996-1482 or email Sara Fitzpatrick at crossfit14kids@gmail.com.

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The Pasco County Parks & Recreation Department has scheduled its 2016 Spring Adult Softball League registration on Dec. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. To register a team, the cost is $475, plus an additional $25 for an NSA (National Softball Association) sanctioning fee. The price includes an 11-game regular season, and a single elimination tournament. The season begins the week of Feb. 6. Coed games are played on Mondays, while men’s games are played Tuesday through Thursday.

SENIOR GOLF LEAGUE SEEKS MEMBERS

The Pasco Senior Men’s Golf Association is seeking new members age 50 and older to join its organization. Group members play at several golf courses throughout Hillsborough, Hernando, Pinellas and Pasco counties. Rounds are played the first and second Mondays of each month. The play format varies and handicaps are used and maintained. For more information, visit pascoseniorgolf.com.


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hey weren’t bringing in rattlesnakes that they’d found out in fields or carting in live gopher tortoises to race — but they were having old-fashioned fun at the San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival & Run. Kids scaled up rock walls, people had close encounters with alligators and bands played continuously. The festival, held in San Antonio’s City Park, celebrated its 50th anniversary with a two-day event, on Oct. 15 and Oct. 16. It was a hit. It’s hard to get actual numbers, since there’s no admission charge, but Betty Burke, chairwoman of the organizing committee, estimated attendance at between 7,000 and 8,000 people. “My goodness, it was fantastic,” said Burke, a member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio, which put on the event.

There were lots of kids, she said. And, “there were dogs everywhere.” People seemed to be enjoying themselves, said Burke, noting she was “very happy” with the way things turned out. “Croc Encounters — that was real popular,” the chairwoman said. “Everybody loved the music,” she added. Besides listening to bands, festivalgoers could get a bite to eat, pose for a picture in the pumpkin patch, or do a bit of shopping. There were barrel train rides, a bounce house, a rattlesnake run, and wooden gopher tortoise races — a perennial hit at the event. The festival is the primary fundraiser for the Rotary Club of San Antonio. Proceeds support local scholarships, community projects and international Rotary projects, such as Polio Plus.The event is partially funded by Visit Pasco Tourism and Visit Florida.Area businesses, community members and sponsors, including The Laker/Lutz News, also support the event.

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A Bay News 9 reporter gets a first-hand feel for this creature at the Croc Encounters’ alligator pen, a popular attraction at the festival. A member of the Beaumont Family Bluegrass Band focuses on making good music and drawing an appreciative crowd.

Melissa Perez, of Spring Hill’s Honey Bunch Face Painters, used her skills to adorn the faces of festivalgoers.

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The Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central will host “Barktoberfest” on Oct. 22 from noon to 3 p.m., at Rotary Centennial Park, 10375 Sandlor St., in Spring Hill. Scheduled activities include an adoption parade at 12:30 p.m., a look-a-like contest at 1 p.m., a wiener race at 1:30 p.m., a kissing contest at 2 p.m., and a costume contest at 2:20 p.m. The king and queen of “Barktoberfest” will be crowned at 2:45 p.m. The event also will include music, raffles, prizes and pet photos. Hot dogs, burgers, snacks and soft drinks will be available for sale. Admission is free to canines and their owners. Parking is $1, and a contest entry fee is $2 per dog. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Rotary Foundation of Spring Hill Central, which supports the Rotary Centennial Park and other local charities.

Rotary Centennial Park is Hernando County’s only dog park. For information, call (727) 207-9025.

WOOFSTOCK FAMILY FESTIVAL

The annual “Woofstock Family Festival” is set for Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the original Carrollwood Park, 11430 Orange Grove Drive in Tampa.The festival will spotlight the pet rescue community. This family friendly event promotes pet adoption and celebrates four-legged friends. The event will include contests (including a costume contest), dog demonstrations, food trucks, live entertainment, and local businesses and rescue groups. The first 500 families will receive gift bags with specials and goodies from sponsors. Bring an unopened dog/cat food/treat and get a free raffle ticket for Disney passes. Admission is free. For information, visit TampaPets.org.

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If you have pet news about adoptions, walks or other events for pet owners and their pets, you can let us know by sending us an email. We just need the basics: who, what, when, where and why. The information should be submitted two weeks prior to the desired publication date.We also need a contact name and number, in case we have questions. There is no guarantee of publication, but we consider each item we receive. If you’d like to make a submission, send it to news@lakerlutznews.com.

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Meet Miss Ellie. She has been with the shelter since January. Ellie was adopted by a very nice family for a short time, but unfortunately was returned because they were afraid the family dog was going to hurt her. Her adopters have said that Ellie is good being left alone, gets along with other dogs, walks well on a leash, loves car rides, and seems to get along well with kids. Come and meet this sweet girl. Her adoption fee is only $15 this month.

If you would like to adopt either Briarpatch or Ellie, be sure to visit Pasco County Animal Services at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes. The adoption center is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6:30 p.m. All adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccines. For more information, email adoptionpartners@pascocountyfl.net.

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Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams are aiding business owners, as well as residents, in the wake of Hurricane Hermine. The teams are made up of disaster specialists from the Florida Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.They are easily identified by their photo identifications, and FDEM and FEMA uniforms. People should ask for photo identification before providing personal information.

Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by Hurricane Hermine from Aug. 31 to Sept. 11 in eight area counties, including Pasco County, are eligible to register for federal assistance. To register, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, or call the FEMA helpline at (800) 6213362. People with hearing disabilities may call TTY (800) 462-7585. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 pm., seven days a week. Assistance is available in multiple languages. Business owners can complete an electronic loan application on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s secure website, DisasterLoan.sba.gov/ela. Questions can be answered by calling the SBA disaster customer service center at (800) 659-2955/TTY (800) 877-8339, or visiting SBA.gov./disaster.

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The North Tampa Chamber of Commerce will have a chamber network luncheon on Oct. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Beef O’ Brady’s, at 8801 Himes Ave.

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Advantage Real Estate will have a grand opening on Oct. 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 3948 Lake Padgett Drive in Land O’ Lakes. A ribbon cutting will be at 5:30 p.m. The event is free. Guests will enjoy food and beverages, including a wine tasting by Land O’ Lakes Winery. For more information, please email office@ CentralPascoChamber.com, or call (813) 909-2722.

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A Lunch N Learn Business Forum is scheduled for Oct. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1

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Project Highlights - Highway frontage on U.S. 41, one of the busiest roads in Pasco C ty with County ith daily d il traffic t ffi o over 45,000 count of vehiclees

Black Lake Proffessional Office Park P

- Just three t miles norrtth of Statte Road 54

CENTRAL, CONVENIENT LOCAT TION IN THE HEA ART OF LAND O’ LAKES - Excellent highway signage and visibility

If yyou’re looking g for centrally-located y office space p e in Pasco County, there’s no place more central than Land O’ Lakes.

- Fast aaccess to Suncoaast Expresswayy,, I-75 annd Norrtth Dale Mabr y Highway

And in Land O’ Lakes, there’s only one new commercial building underway for businesses and retailers looking for a new home — Black Lake Professional Office Park on U.S. 41, conveniently located next door to the Land O’ Lakes Post Office. Construction is underway on a new 7,800 square foot building that will soon be home to five businesses. Office space is being configured in 1,500 and 1,800 square foot units, and because the building is strategically zoned C-2, it’s appropriate for retail storefronts or professional offices. Next door is the original Black Lake office building, which is home to several long-established Land O’ Lakes businesses, including Chiropractor Michael Craven, Dentist Brian Bernier and Financial Planner Chris Cooper Cooper. The new building’s architectural design will match the upscale Mediterranean style of the original building, with its distinctive look and attractive terra cotta stucco exterior. Both buildings face U.S. 41 and the scenic Land O’ Lakes Recreational Center, with its park setting, open ball fields and community stage. “One of the biggest reasons business are planning to move into Black Lake is because of its excellent highway visibility, with over 45,000 vehicles a day on U.S. 41,” said Realtor Cody Adams. “This drive-by traffic, and its location in the heart of Land O’ Lakes, makes this office building ideal for a variety of businesses.”

- Next door to the Land O’ Lakees Post Office and close tto many surrounding residential communities and businesses Wa W arehouse Buillding Soon to be under construction, and immediately o buildings, is a warehouse buildbehind the two office ing with 20,000 square feet. This space will be divided into seven, 2,,800 square feet units that include 400 square feet of office area. “The warehouse areho se space is very er unique niq e and something we’re getting lots of calls on,” said Adams. “It’s ideal for businesses needing large open areas that want access to a major road, but do not need highway frontage.” Adams is looking at occupancy beginning in early 2017.

- Acrosss the street from the Lannd O’ Lakes Recreaational Center, which iis packed ever y day witth family sporrtting activitiees. - Quiett, professional settingg with mature landscaping and ample parkingg

“There is a huge pent-up demand for new office and warehouse space in central Pasco,” said Adams. “Black Lake is much anticipated, and much desired, by the local business community. This will be an excellent property to own or lease for years to come.”

Russell Adams Realty has been central Pa Pasco’’ss most respected commercial and residential real estate company for over 50 years. Please call Cody Adams with questions about the Black Lake development, as well as an ny other real estate inquiries, at (813) 503-6933.

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