Sunday, August 26, 2012
The Land O’ Lakes area will still see bad weather tonight and into tomorrow.
While many Tampa Bay area communities remain under a tropical storm warning despite a further shift to the west in Tropical Storm Isaac’s track, Central Pasco is no longer invited to the party. The National Weather Service decided around 6 tonight, Aug. 26, to lift the tropical storm warning for inland Pasco, including the Land O’ Lakes area, according to forecasters. “Even though it does look like conditions are going to be improving, we still want people to be on the lookout,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jessica Talley. The tropical storm warnings remain in effect for Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Only the coastal area of Pasco County is still under a tropical storm warning. Land O’ Lakes and …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The agency offers awareness training to local business owners and prepares deputies for their roles in the upcoming Republican National Convention.
The sheriff's office is busy preparing deputies and local business owners for the upcoming Republican National Convention, but residents shouldn't worry: Pasco won't see a drop in local presence, Sheriff Chris Nocco said. During the RNC, some Pasco deputies will be in downtown Tampa patroling for civil disturbances, and will assist at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's detention center. The marine unit and dive team also will be dispatched to Tampa for the event, Nocco said. But that doesn't mean Pasco will be open to lawlessness next week. "We're still going to be at full staff in Pasco," Nocco said. The Pasco SWAT Team will be on heightened alert and there will be enforced patrols in shopping centers and areas where delegates are staying…
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The storm’s projected track has forecasters saying RNC planners and Bay area residents should keep their eyes and ears open.
Tropical Depression Nine is now Tropical Storm Isaac. While the storm is currently east of Puerto Rico, the five-day forecast puts it close enough to Florida that residents should be mindful of developments over the next few days, said Jennifer Colson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office. “We’re going to be monitoring it,” she said. “It’s too early to say” where it will go. The storm’s general direction, however, is cause for Tampa Bay area residents to start getting ready – just in case. With the Republican National Convention starting on Sunday with a kick-off party at St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field, residents and convention goers need to be watching for updates. Residents should be “watching it, …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Former Land O' Lakes High Coach John Benedetto ranks the recent honor right up there with marrying his wife and having his son.
A former Land O’ Lakes High School football coach recently put another stamp on the place he made known for victories, district championships and hard work: his name. The Swamp is now John Benedetto Stadium. “It is quite an honor, for me, it really is," Benedetto said. "I would like to thank the parents, the business community, and the entire community of Land O’ Lakes for giving me the opportunity to work their kids. It was a great experience and I’m just overwhelmed by it.” What do you think of the new name? Let us know in the comments section. Benedetto attended high school in New York, then moved to Florida in 1966 to play football at the University of Tampa, where he was a wide receiver for the team. After graduating in 1970, …
Friday, August 10, 2012
An afternoon event is planned for this Saturday, Aug. 11, to raise money to create a custom playground for at-risk children.
Looking for something family friendly to do this weekend? Family Partnerships has an event set for Saturday that might be right up your alley. The group has an afternoon of music, food and games planned to raise money to build a playground for kids who are from troubled families. Family Partnerships is the organization that oversees supervised visits between children and their parents. It serves families from many parts of Pasco County. Money raised during the Aug. 11 event will help fund a playground on the site where the supervised visits take place in West Pasco. The idea is to create an atmosphere that’s more child-friendly for families that are dealing with separation due to divorce, drug abuse and other circumstances. “Beyond this …
Monday, August 6, 2012
You can drop off donations of gently used clothing for kids 8-18—and other items such as toiletries and books— at Walton's Ice Cream & Coffee.
After a weekend of shopping tax-free, your kids' closets may be overflowing with new back-to-school items. If you're looking to make a little space and help out Bay area youth in need, a local teen could use your support. Ellen Kromer, 17, is reaching out to people across the Bay area to help her collect items such as gently used clothing and basic toiletries for Jesus for Juveniles, a nonprofit organization that supports incarcerated and newly released juvenile offenders to help them start over. Ellen, a Steinbrenner High student, is collecting the items as part of an ongoing senior project. He mother, Janet Kromer is a volunteer with the organization, mentoring youth at the Pasco Girls Academy in Land O' Lakes. Walton's Ice Cream & …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Parker Wilkson is entering his freshman year at Sunlake High with a wide range of talents and a dedication to making the most of them.
He’s been called a prodigy, a musical genius blessed with a “rare talent.” But 14-year-old Parker Wilkson of Land O' Lakes is just like any other teen when it comes to summer vacation: “Went to a few parties and hung out with friends. Had a couple of girls stomp on my heart too. You ever notice the ones you like never like you; and the ones that like you ... well you can't seem to figure that out either," Parker wrote in an email. Well, not exactly like any other teen. When he wasn’t getting his heart broken, Parker spent most of his time immersed in several modern rock projects and training at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, he said. He performed with a couple of modern rock bands, including a gig at Raymond James Stadium. “I also …
Friday, July 27, 2012
In its battle against the manufacture and sale of designer drugs, the Pasco Sheriff's Office wants parents and caregivers to be on the lookout.
The sheriff's office has declared war on the manufacture and sale of synthetic drugs in Pasco County, one with multiple fronts. At a press conference to discuss the results of a recent countywide raid, Sheriff Chris Nocco said going after the people who make the products is "chopping off the head of the snake." But it's a snake with many parts, he said. The raid turned up about 440 pounds of raw materials and 100,000 packages of finished product, according to the sherriff's office. Getting that much product off the market is a start, but the battle is far from over. "I promise you there is still more to come," Nocco said. And to anyone who is selling synthetic drug products, "you are part of a conspiracy," Nocco said. "If you're in this …
Want to help local teachers stock up on supplies? Here's a list of their most-requested items.
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Friday, July 27, 2012
The second annual Stuff the Bus donation drive campaign sponsored by the United Way of Pasco is gearing up. The effort, which will position buses at 13 Pasco locations, is an effort to collect school supplies for teachers. The buses will be out from Aug. 3-5, during Florida's sales tax hoilday. Wondering what to donate? Here's a list of top top-requested supplies by teachers: See also: Stuff the Bus to Help Pasco Teachers
The donation drive is planned for Aug. 3-5, during the state's sales tax holiday.
The United Way of Pasco is gearing up for a donation drive that collects school supplies for teachers in the county, and it’s looking for donations and volunteers to assist with operations. The second annual Stuff the Bus for Teachers donation collection event is planned for Aug. 3-5, during the state’s sales tax holiday. According to the United Way, teachers spend $400 out of pocket on classroom expenses each year. “We think that’s a lot to ask of a teacher,” president and CEO of Pasco United Way Duggan Cooley said in a press release. The Stuff the Bus campaign will have buses set up at various locations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during its three-day run. Organizers hope to fill them with folders, pencils, boxes of papers, crayons and more…