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COLOR, CUT & STYLE First time customers only. $ 49.99 By Mi chael H i n m an email@example.com Bob Robertson is a man who has an uncanny ability to pop up almost everywhere. Community meetings, charity events, volunteer drives if it's something that can help others, Robertson is there. That's part of what called him to run for the Pasco County Commission a chance to make a difference. And that, for him, starts with getting people excited about their local government once again. "The bigger issue is that people are totally disengaged, even to the extent that this campaign we're in, we have to try and explain to people the voting process. People feel that government isn't working for them, and I want to change that." Robertson worked to do that during his years on Lake Bernadette's community development district, becoming a steward for the funds residents there pay for the management of their community, especially when it comes to infrastructure. It's not anything like helping to manage a county with nearly a half-million people but it's a tremendous learning experience. Especially when it comes to sorting through all kinds of needs, and then trying to find the money to help pay for it. "Tax revenue has gone down, and property values have gone down. Hard choices have been made, and are still going to be made," Robertson said. "We have to decide between what we need and what we want, and we need to create a vision of that." There has been a lot of talk over whether to raise taxes at the gas pump by a nickel, or even to increase property taxes to help pay for new road construction. Robertson said he's not too interested in raising taxes, but he's also a realist. "Property taxes have been going down pretty considerably since 2007," he said. "Some are down by about 35 percent. And when you then talk about raising the gas tax a nickel, it kind of puts all of that into perspective." However, the county has to be cautious about how they approach any potential gas tax, Robertson said. While the impact to residents might be minimal, the effect it would have on businesses especially those that purchase large amounts of fuel could be devastating. "The business community side is where you get the unintended consequences," Robertson said. "If you making your living in an area like landscaping, for instance, they are running around and buying gasoline for their equipment. They are not necessarily using the roads." Overall, however, the county needs to focus more on mass transit, to help get people around, and get more cars off the roads. While some areas like the southern tier of Pasco is becoming more urbanized, the bus system is not keeping up in making sure transportation options are in place, Robertson said. "We need to look at what our southern neighbors are doing," Robertson said of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. "We need to work in concert with them to figure out what's working and what's not, and to make sure that we can connect everyone to all parts of the region." It also means making sure there are good-paying jobs. Robertson has cited statistics he says are from government research that has the average weekly wage in Pasco at $624. Hillsborough and Pinellas pay about $200 more. "Our residents are not in the economic position to be able to afford many of the wonderful things that we want to be able to offer in the county," Robertson said, referring to generating more tax revenue for services. "Yes, we need these additional residences to be built up around the county to help with the tax base, but we also need to have people moving in that are making enough to boost the value of our property here in Pasco." Robertson has hardly raised the most money among the three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for county commission's District 2. However, he knew from the beginning he would be the underdog. "I see myself, at least, as the quintessential grassroots candidate," he said. "The other two guys are politicians, but I present a different look. And you need to be different if you want to stand out in the crowd." BOB ROBERTSON Republican candidate for Pasco County Commission, District 2 OCCUPATION Owner, The Financial Center ELECTED OFFICE Lake Bernadette Community Development District, 2008-14 FAMILY Cindy Robertson, wife Cassie, daughter Melissa, daughter RESIDENCE Zephyrhills, nine years FUNDRAISING, THROUGH AUG. 8 $13,549 Community service morphs into government service COURTESY OF BOB ROBERTSON Bob Robert s on ha s s tayed clo s ely i nvolved i n the co mm un i ty, and want s to cont i nue be i ng the publ i c advocate Pat M ul i er i wa s on the board. In fact, the Zephyrh i ll s f i nanc i al analy s t earned an endor s e m ent fro m M ul i er i head i ng i nto the Aug. 26 pr im ary.
having this conversation," said Tompkins, who coordinates the annual International Survivors of Suicide Loss Conference. While Williams' death has received worldwide attention and prolonged media coverage, there have been hundreds of suicides around the country that have occurred since Williams died, Tompkins noted. Up to 39,000 people die by suicide in the United States each year, Tompkins said. That works out to more than 100 people a day. Deaths by suicide tend to raise many questions, Tompkins said. "A lot of the questions that I hear in the aftermath of suicide: Why did they do it? How come we couldn't stop them? Didn't they know that we loved them?'" Tompkins said. "Those are the types of questions that, years later sometimes, people wrestle with." Grief is a common reaction to deaths of all kinds, said Grace Terry, founder of Grief Resolution Resources of Tampa. It's not uncommon, either, for people to feel a certain measure of regret for things they should or shouldn't have done before their loved one passed away. Those regrets can be magnified when the death is by suicide. "I believe that friends and families of those who die by suicide have a particularly difficult grief challenge," Terry said. "No matter what the circumstance or situation, people who have loved ones die by suicide have a crushing sense of guilt." People wonder how someone like Williams who was talented, rich and famous could reach a point where he would end his life. "When someone is incredibly depressed, it doesn't matter how wealthy they are or how much fame they have," Terry said. "Really, none of that matters if someone is clinically depressed." There are ways to help people both those who may be considering suicide and those who are coping with the loss of a loved one through suicide the experts said. Treatment is available, Terry said. And in many cases, those who seek professional help can get better. "Depression can be mild, moderate or severe," Terry said. There are times when it becomes life-threatening and life-ending, she added. If you suspect someone needs help, it's important to respond, Terry said. "Express your concern in a loving way," Terry said. Offer to go with them to see a doctor or attend a support group. Be direct, Westuba said. If you suspect someone is suffering through depression, ask, "Are you suicidal? Are you having suicidal thoughts?" Then help them find professional help. There are some actions to avoid, Terry said. "Do not nag. Do not scold. Do not shame people," she said. "Do not tell people, Get a grip. Get over it.' Or, Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.' That does more harm than good." Those who take their own lives generally have impaired judgment, said Terry, who at one point in her life was clinically depressed and considered ending her life. "People who attempt to complete suicide are usually in so much emotional pain that they have no capacity to consider what pain their action might cause someone else," she said. The death of a comic genius that brought so much joy to others illustrates what a pervasive and potentially deadly force depression can be. "What comes out of all of this is that we never know when someone is suffering suicidal thoughts," said Westuba, who facilitates a group called Healing After a Loved One's Suicide. "It's a very complex situation." The group meets at Suncoast Kids Place in Lutz, which is part of Van Dyke Church. Westuba leads a group for adults, but another group for teenagers is expected to begin meeting in September. Such settings can be helpful for people who are coming to terms with their loss and their grief, Tompkins said. Even if there are no easy answers, he added, "It does seem very helpful and beneficial to be able to have a place to ask those questions. 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Students who are disabled, pregnant, or have discipline problems or economic disadvantages, are among those who might qualify. An advisor from the college then visits the high school to provide confidence-building exercises, and those who join the program schedule a visit to either the Dade City or New Port Richey campus that normally lasts more than two hours. On campus, students tour the school, ask questions and take assessment tests. They also learn about the admissions process, degree paths and financial aid. Concept College also helps students take their first steps toward attending college, HIxon said. The program helps them with the application process, including paying their $25 application fee. It's a small amount, but it can make a difference, she said. That's not the only financial assistance, however. Participants can apply for scholarships, which vary each year based on how many students enroll and apply, and how much financial support the program gets. The dollar amount usually ranges between $500 and $1,000 per year, Hixon said. At a school where a 12-credit, full-time schedule costs around $1,100, it can make a transition into college smoother for those who see the cost as a significant obstacle. Over the years, the program has reached every high school in Pasco County and a couple in Hernando County as well. And it's all done on a budget of around $10,000 per year. The program relies on private donations to keep going, Hixon said, with Wells Fargo and the Tampa Bay Rays standing out as major contributors this year. The baseball team presented the school with a $5,000 donation this summer as part of their Rays Baseball Foundation Community Grant Program. "For what it costs, we do a lot with very little, and it yields a lot of impact for the students," Hixon said. "It's a wonderful program." And Rowold agrees. After participating in Concept College, she enrolled at PHSC, and will begin pursuit of her associate's degree in just a couple of weeks. After graduation she plans to enter the medical field. The program was helpful, Rowold said, and could impact even more students by reaching them earlier so they can be motivated to improve their grades and prepare for a chance they didn't know they had. And while she's excited about starting college, she's not really nervous. Rowold said she was prepared well by Concept College, and everything was explained to her before she enrolled. "It answered all my questions," Rowold said. "I always had questions about it, but I didn't know who to ask. I felt like I learned a lot." COLLEGE from page 1A Healing group WHAT: Healing After a Loved One's Suicide WHO: Adults, 18 and older WHEN: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the first and third Wednesday of each month WHERE: 17030 Lakeshore Road, Building G, Lutz COST: Free INFO: Suncoast Kids Place, (813) 990-0216 Warning signs People who die by suicide often show one or more of these warning signs before they take action: Talk about wanting to kill themselves, or say they wish they were dead Look for ways to kill themselves, such as hoarding medicine or buying a gun Talk about a specific suicide plan Feel hopeless or having no reason to live Feel trapped, desperate, or needing to escape from an intolerable situation Feel like they're a burden to others Feel humiliated Have intense anxiety or panic attacks Lose interest in things, or lose the ability to experience pleasure Experience insomnia Become socially isolated and withdrawn from friends, family and others Acting irritable or agitated Show rage or talk about seeking revenge for being victimized or rejected, whether or not the situations seem real Those showing these types of behavior should be evaluated for possible suicide risk by a medical doctor or mental health professional. Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report Pasco County is now accepting applications from the public to attend the second Citizens Academy class. Applications will be accepted throughout August for a class that will begin Sept. 24, and run through December. The first class formed in January, and finished in spring. "We had a wonderful selection of candidates to choose from for the first class, and I'm hopeful we'll have another top list of candidates to choose from for the fall class," said Randy TeBeest, assistant county administrator for public safety and administration, in a release. "We've had applicants from all walks of life, from those currently in the work force to retirees, citizens who want to learn how their county government works." Participants will learn about all aspects of county government as well as Pasco's constitutional offices. 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He is a very wellbehaved boy, knows basic commands, and appears to be housebroken. He also appears to like kids as well. Felix has had some service dog training, and will stop at doors and sit and check for directions before proceeding. He heels very well. To adopt Felix or pets like him, visit Pasco County Animal Services at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O' Lakes. All big, black or brown dogs are available for half off the normal adoption cost in August. The fees are $35 for a dog that includes spay/neuter, heartworm test, vaccines and microchip. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report Mr. McTrouble doesn't exactly live up to his name. In fact, he's a pretty good dog a therapy dog, actually, which recently clocked in 186 hours of volunteer service at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Chuck Andrews owns the threeyear-old Sheltie, who likes to make the rounds at the Hudson hospital, as well as make a weekly visit to Shriner's Hospital in Tampa. Animal visits to a hospital provide positive, lasting memories for patients and their families with an event to be excited about, hospital officials said. Visiting with animals can help people feel less lonely and less depressed. Those who welcome animals to hospitals say that many patients become more active and responsive to treatment both during and after their visit with an animal. Stroking a dog or cat can reduce a person's blood pressure as well. A dog visit offers entertainment as well as a welcome distraction from pain and infirmity. One patient at Bayonet Point had been slowly recovering from a coma when Mr. McTrouble came in. Andrews, the dog's owner, told the patient that if she could get into a wheelchair by their next visit, she could take Mr. McTrouble for a walk down the hall. By the next week, that same patient was sitting in a wheelchair, anxiously awaiting Mr. McTrouble's arrival. Another visit to Shriner's Hospital involved a young girl who was in need of a prosthesis for each of her arms, but she kept refusing them. However, when Mr. McTrouble arrived, she quickly told her therapist to get her those arms so that she could pet the Sheltie. Catapalooza continues on There are just a couple weeks left for the first ever Catapalooza at Pasco County Animal Services, where families can adopt two cats for the price of one. The special runs through Aug. 30, and gives a chance to find homes for two cats for $35. "We typically have an abundance of felines during the summer months, and it is not unusual for us to receive a high number of feline moms with kittens during this time of year," said Mike Shumate, manager of the animal services department, in a release. "It is our goal for as many kittens and cats as possible to find good, loving homes." The adoption fee for both cats includes a health examination, vaccinations, and spaying and neutering. The shelter is located at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O' Lakes. It's open noon to 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6:30 p.m., on Thursday. Blowout sale Aug. 23 Pasco County Animal Services is offering a chance to adopt both cats and dogs for free on Aug. 23. That includes vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and heartworm tests. The animal shelter at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O' Lakes is over capacity, and is in dire need to get animals adopted. For information, visit PascoCountyFl.net/PAS, or call (813) 9291212. Big dogs seeking big-hearted owners They don't usually get a lot of attention compared to small and furry dogs, but black, brown and larger dogs need homes, too. And Pasco County Animal Services has reduced the adoption fee for those kinds of dogs to $35 through Aug. 30. Prospective pet owners often overlook the larger dogs, to the point where some people at the shelter have referred to it as "black, brown dog syndrome." "Many times, the big, black and brown dogs with no markings appear to be a little bit plain, even though they're bursting with personality," Shumate said. "So we at animal services have to accentuate that." The shelter is located at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O' Lakes. One dog helps patients, other animals need homes COURTESY OF VINCE VANNI Mr. McTrouble receives a 100-hour volunteer pin from volunteer services manager Donna Owen during a recent ceremony at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.
AWARENESS SEPTEMBER IS FREE SEMINAR "LEARN ABOUT TREATMENT FOR ATRIAL FIBRILLATION" TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014 AT 3:00 PM Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Rao Musunuru MD Conference Center 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson, FL 34667 (located on back campus of hospital) Luis R. Annoni, MD Board Certied Cardiac Electrophysiologist Michael Wahl, MD Board Certied Cardiac Surgeon Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is the most common heart rhythm problem. Yet, most treatments have been ineffective, and long-term medications often have side effects. We invite you to tour an EP Lab, meet our experienced team, see the Procedural Suite and learn about some of the newest minimally invasive technologies available to treat Atrial Fibrillation. WHEN Monday, September 15, 2014 Tour time: 3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. M NTH Tour Our Electrophysiology Lab Due to limited space, reservations are required and can be made by calling: 727-869-5498 or 1-855-534-4325 FEATURED SPEAKERS WHERE 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson FL 34667 Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Entrance D www.LakerLutzNews.com August 20, 2014 8B