The Laker

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The Laker
Uniform Title:
Laker (Land O'Lakes, Fla.)
Diane Kortus ( publisher )
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Land O'Lakes, FL
Community News Publications, Inc.
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v. : ill. ; 44 cm.


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United States -- Florida -- Pasco -- Land O'Lakes


Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1982.
General Note:
Janet Gillis, publisher.
General Note:
"It's not Wednesday til you read The Laker."

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University of Florida
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Succeed.” By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comThe Pasco County School District has made a major change to its crisis response plan — should an active shooting threat arise on campus. The Active Threat Response Plan has replaced the lockdown plan, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, which started on Aug. 14. The traditional, passive lockdown approach — where students huddle in a dark room — has been the district’s protocol for active threat incidents since safety plans were first implemented decades ago. “We’re realizing in some cases (lockdown) still may be the best option and the best response, but in others, students and staff need to have different options that they can use in that situation,” Pasco County Superintendent Kurt Browning said, during an Aug. 7 press conference. The new procedure, designed with the help of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, is a multitiered, proactive approach that incorporates effective communication, self-evacuation and self-defense techniques — also referred to as the ABCs of surviving an active threat. ‘A’ stands for alert and avoid, where school faculty alerts 911 of an active threat, and then evacuates students — particularly those in common areas like gymnasiums, cafeterias and media rooms. ‘B’ stands for barricade. This method enhances the lockdown option, where students and teachers can pile desks and other heavy items against classroom doors or another secure place. ‘C’ stands for counter. This method empowers students to try to distract and disarm an active threat by throwing items in his or her direction. This is designed as a last resort option, if students are cornered byPasco revamps active threat proceduresSee THREAT, page11A By B.C. 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These events frequently occur after a rainstorm, which is a frequent occurrence in this area.” Hawkes also noted the importance that State Road 54 plays in Pasco County’s transportation network. “State Road 54 is one of the only two exCommission on the Status of Women sets up task forcesBy Kathy The Commission on the Status of Women is ready to begin drilling down into issues that affect women and their families. The task force met on Aug. 7 to finalize appointments to three task forces that will spend the next months on fact-finding and prioritizing issues. The task forces will study health and safety; education; and, economic prosperity and its promotion. Commission members will meet again in October to hear reports from the task forces and decide where to focus their efforts. In its first year, the women’s commission likely will narrow issues to one or two that are manageable. The goal is for the women’s commission to make recommendations to the Pasco County Commission on actions it can take to improve women’s lives. “We have to be realistic about our focus,” said Amanda Colon, chairwoman of the group. “We won’t accomplish much if we spin off into 80 different directions.” Pasco County commissioners created the 15-member Commission on the Status of Women in 2016 as an advisory board. Some issues raised at prior meetings include domestic and sexual violence, mental health, financial literacy, grandparents as caregivers for grandchildren, homelessness, Parents and students stream toward Bexley Elementary School, a school that had its first first day of school on Aug. 14. CSX studying fix for malfunctioning crossing arms KEVIN WEISSDuring an Aug. 7 media conference, Pasco County Superintendent Kurt Browning said the Active Threat Plan is a huge shift in the way we think about school and safety. Ringing in a new school year in Pasco County SchoolsSee CSX, page11A See WOMEN, page11A Send us your First Day photosWe know that you took them, so why don’t you share them? If you would like your photo to be considered for publication in The Laker/Lutz News, please email us a digital copy. Include the name or names of the student, the grade of the student or students, and what school they attend. Also include contact information, in case we need to get back to you. Please submit the photos by Aug. 18 to B.C. MANIONKate and Sean Cancelliere are in line with their son, Maxx, waiting for the first day of school at Bexley Elementary. Maxx was excited to be heading to kindergarten, in a class taught by Sarah Johansen.B.C. MANIONMalfunctioning railroad crossing arms on State Road 54, at the intersection of U.S. 41, pose a public safety hazard and an inconvenience, according to the Pasco County Sheriffs Office and U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis. Efforts have begun to address the problem.


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Work receiving recognition was completed in 2016. Fred Bellet, a regular contributor to the newspaper, received first place for a Photo Series in One Issue for “Cueing up for a good time,” a full page section front photo essay on a pool tournament at the Lutz Senior Center. The judge noted that every photo showed expressions of emotion. “Good photos deserve big play, and the deep page-width shot of the 91-year-old eventual tourney winner bending over to line up his shot qualified for that play. Laughs to grimaces to concentration displayed in the six photos told the story.” Richard Riley, another regular contributor to the newspaper, received top honors for his Feature Photo entry, “Sister Helen Lange turns 103.” “Moment captured. Emotion. Action. The picture is worth at least 10,000 words,” the judge wrote. A column by Tom Jackson, a former contributor to the newspaper, received top honors in the Serious Column category. The judge extolled the quality of Jackson’s entry, “Appreciating Joe Hancock’s Legacy.” “Community columnist Tom Jackson is a master craftsman of the language and the ability to create impactful images,” the judge wrote. “His tribute to a local man killed when his bicycle was struck by a car begins at the burial ceremony at a cemetery, works backwards to show what kind of man the victim was, and concludes with this idea of a tribute to him: ‘And, near the spot of the crash, a suitable plaque, affixed to a German Focus (bicycle). So, we remember, always, and drive, or cycle, accordingly.’” Staff writer Kevin Weiss received second place in the Sports Feature Story category for his entry, “Player returns to soccer, after 17 broken bones.” The story chronicled the impressive battle of Carrollwood Day School soccer player Spencer Peek’s to get back on the field after undergoing four surgeries and extensive rehabilitation following a serious car accident. The judge summed up the entry this way: “Great story of overcoming the odds.” B.C. Manion, the newspaper’s editor, received five second-place awards. She was honored in the Community History category for her entry, “Telling Wesley Chapel’s Story.” The judge wrote: “The black and white pulled me in. The words kept me reading. Good use of photos.” She also was honored in the Faith and Family Reporting category for her entry, “Finding Hope in the Heart of Darkness,” for a story about Immaculee Ilibagiza, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Ilibagiza detailed her ordeal and the power of faith during two talks at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Lutz. The judge remarked: “The details of this subject’s gripping story made for a compelling read.” Manion’s other winning entries were for Education Reporting, “Guiding Pasco Schools is a Big Job;” Local Government Reporting, “Tampa Bay Express Aims to Address Region’s Congestion;” and Feature Story Profile, “Sister Helen’s Secrets to a Good Life: Work Hard, Love People.” Staff writer Kathy Steele received thirdplace in the Business Reporting category for her entry, “Residential Building Momentum in Pasco.” The judge described the entry this way: “Detailed story about a housing boom in Pasco County, with the additional touch of featuring one family who moved from Michigan for sunshine and a small-town feel. And one set of their parents will soon make the move as well. There were 116 homes being built in the subdivision in 2016. Bigger picture reporting showed 1,900 permits to contractors by mid-2016, matching all of 2015. Story contrasts current boom with 2005’s 7,252 permits and 2011’s 884. Story also notes that starter homes are in short supply, so apartments are taking over the market. Good information for those considering if and where to relocate and for those living there to assess the boom and what it might mean to them.” The Laker and Lutz News are free community weekly newspapers delivered every Wednesday to homes and businesses in the suburban north Tampa communities of Lutz, Odessa, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, Dade City and San Antonio. The newspapers are independently owned by Publisher Diane Kortus, a resident of Land O’ Lakes. The Laker has been published in Pasco County since 1981. The Lutz News has been published in Hillsborough County since 1964. FRED BELLETThis image of 91-year-old Pat Caldwell competing in a billiards tournament at the Lutz Senior Citizen was one in a series of photographs that yielded top honors from the Florida Press Association for photographer Fred Bellet. Bellet is a regular contributor to The Laker/Lutz News. RICHARD RILEYThis prize-winning photo by Richard Riley shows paramedic John Ward helping Sister Helen Lange blow out the candles during her 103rd birthday celebration at Heritage Park in Dade City.


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There are two practices and two concerts each month. Practices are on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Pasco County Senior Center, 6801 Wisteria Loop in Land O’ Lakes. Florida residents and seasonal guests can join. There are no auditions and no prior singing experience is required. For information, all Charlotte Kalish at (813) 486-7096 or Joe Berling at (813) 997-1454.CARROLLWOOD TOASTMASTERSThe Carrollwood Toastmasters will meet Aug. 16, Aug. 23 and Aug. 30 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood. For information, visit GAMESThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host Senior Games Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, for adults. There will be card playing, board games and challenging video games. Refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Land O’ Lakes Library. For information, call (813) 929-1214.OPEN HOUSEKeystone Place at Terra Bella, under construction on Livingston Road in Land O’ Lakes, will host an Open House Aug. 17, Aug. 24 and Aug. 31, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The independent living, assisted living and memory care community will welcome guests at its information center, 24140 State Road 54, Suite 104, in Lutz. For information, call (813) 388-2121, or visit’ NIGHT OUTbelle ame Day Spa & Salon, 21758 State Road 54 in Lutz, will host a Girls’ Night Out Aug. 17 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Guests can learn about the spa treatments and services. For information, call (813) 949-8400.BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASHBrooksville Main Street will host a Back-toSchool Bash Aug. 18 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., in Hernando Park in downtown Brooksville. The free event will include games, music, food and a movie in the park, “Monster Trucks,” provided by Friends of the Children Inc. For information, contact Ryan Malloy at (352) 540-6409 or FOR ANNIEArts in Motion will host open auditions for “Annie” Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 at the Alliance Church in Zephyrhills. The show will be performed at Pasco Middle School Nov. 10 to Nov. 12. For information, visit AND POPCORNThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a senior movie and popcorn Aug. 18 at 2 p.m., and a free family movie and popcorn Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. (for kids 12 and younger with a parent or guardian). Call (352) 567-3576 for movie titles.FREE DANCE CLASSESThe Suncoast School of Arts, 16449 U.S. 41 in Spring Hill, will offer free dance classes Aug. 19 from noon to 4 p.m., for all age groups and levels. The school has classes for ages 2 and older. For information, call (352) 544-1001.KIDS CRAFTThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a “Camping Under the Stars” kids craft Aug. 19 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., for kindergarten through fifth grade. For information, call (813) 929-1214.MEET THE ARTISTThe Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood, will present Gallery@2902: Meet the Artist on Aug. 19 at 12:30 p.m. Guests can meet artist Miriam Zimms, and hear stories about the Zentangle art method, India black string art and other artwork she has created. Refreshments will be provided. The program is for adults. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit FRIENDLY FILMCobb Grove 16 Theatres, 6333 Wesley Grove Boulevard in Wesley Chapel, will host a sensory friendly film, “Nut Job 2,” Aug. 19 at 10 a.m., for families with varying abilities. Auditorium lights will be brighter, and the sound level will be turned down. The audience can interact with the movie, and dance and sing. For information, call (813) 948-5444.CHRIST’S CAFChrist’s Caf now serves free hot meals every Saturday at 5 p.m., at Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. For information, call the church between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at (813) 9482311.PICKUP THE PARKAndy Warrener, Independent candidate for Florida House District 64, will host a “Pickup the Park” campaign event Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave., Shelter 312, in Tampa. There will be a meet-and-greet, and a short program with a question-andanswer session, followed by volunteers helping to pick up litter in the park. For information, email SING-ALONGThe Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa, will host a “Grease” singalong Aug. 20 at 3 p.m., as part of its Summer Classics movie series. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for theater members. For information, visit AMI OPEN HOUSECongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host an Open House/Kickoff Event Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to celebrate its 40th birthday. Guests can meet the Kol Ami family and committees, meet Rabbi Howard Siegel, check out the newly renovated school, learn about new curriculum, sign up for youth groups, visit the Kol Ami Kids Corner, and have free hot dogs, fruit and cookies. Steve Turner, owner of Giving Tree Music, will lead an interactive, community-building, drumming workshop. For information, call (813) 9626338.ECLIPSE 2017 PARTYThe Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, will host a free Eclipse 2017 Party Aug. 21 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., for all ages. There will be handson science activities, viewing of the eclipse with specialized telescopes and a space talk. MOSI educators will be on hand to answer questions and ensure safe viewing. If cloudy skies prevent firsthand viewing of the eclipse, MOSI will air a live-stream video of the event from NASA. Tampa residents should be able to experience an eclipse with the moon blocking slightly more than 80 percent of the sun from 1:17 p.m. to 4:14 p.m., with maximum coverage taking place at 2:49 p.m. For information, contact Kenyetta White-Johnson at (813) 987-6304 or IN THE AFTERNOONThe Zephyrhills Library, 5347 Eighth St., will offer “Art in the Afternoon” Aug. 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your own supplies or borrow a few. The group is open to all levels of art enthusiasts, teens to seniors. For information, call (813) 7800064.TAMPA ORCHID CLUBThe Tampa Orchid Club will meet Aug. 22 at 10 a.m., at the Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive in Tampa. The documentary film, “In Search of Florida’s Ghost Orchid,” featuring Stig Dalstrom’s trek in the Fakahatchee, will be shown. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. A potluck lunch will follow the meeting. There also will be a bloom table and a silent auction. For information, call Sharon Hartley at (727) 202-8505, or visit CLUBSThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, offers these clubs:  Knitting Club on the first and third Tuesday; next meeting is Aug. 22 at 12:30 p.m., bring your own supplies and a bag lunch.  Canasta Club Aug. 22 from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., for adults and seniors  Chess Club Aug. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., for all levels. Bring your own time clock if necessary. For information, call (352) 567-3576.LGBT SOCIAL GROUPThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host an LGBT Social Group Aug. 23 at 5 p.m., for allies and anyone in the LGBT community who wish to mingle and get to know others. For information, call (813) 929-1214. Craft workshopsLife’s Treasures Thrift Store will host three free craft workshops Aug. 19 at these locations:  4802 Gunn Highway in Carrollwood from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Guests can make a recycled sweater throw pillow. To sign up, call (813) 969-2049, or visit the store.  4910 S. Allen Road in Zephyrhills from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The craft will be thumbprint art, for kids and adults. To sign up, call (813) 355-4830, or visit the store.  6528 Massachusetts Ave., in New Port Richey from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can turn an old picture frame into a decorated frame using scrap jewelry, bric-a-brac, beads, stones and other craft supplies. To sign up, call (727) 841-7356, or visit the store. Life’s Treasures operates in support of LifePath Hospice and HPH Hospice. For information on either organization, visit trainingLife’s Treasures Thrift Store, operated in support of LifePath Hospice and HPH Hospice, conducts orientation sessions for prospective thrift store volunteers. Adults and teens (age 14 and older) can join the team. Teens can earn community service hours required by the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. For information or to register for a session, contact Anne Ferrell at (813) 357-5321 or


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Ducret, Frances representative to MacDill Air Force Bases Central Command International Coalition, was just one of several high-ranking military officers at the event, she said. O Connell graduated from Brown University after his stint in the U.S. Army, and then rejoined in 1949, going on to have a lengthy military career. The Lutz man was astounded when he heard the French government wanted to honor him. Like so many others during World War II, O Connell joined the Army in 1943, right after graduating from high school in Cranston, Rhode Island. It was the thing to do, said O Connell, the youngest in a family of six boys four of whom served in the Army. After enlisting, O Connell trained at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and then was shipped to Casablanca where he joined Company F in the 179th Infantry, the 45th Division. From there, his division went by ship to Sicily to be part of an amphibious assault landing. O Connell worked as a forward observer scouting out enemy locations and reporting the targets he found.After Sicily, the 45th Infantry moved into Salerno for another assault. His unit then was pulled offline briefly before heading to Anzio for another amphibious assault landing.The Battle of Anzio was a bitter campaign with fighting nearly all of the way to Rome. After a brief rest period, the unit was shipped to Southern France, where it went ashore at St. Tropez and fought its way inland to Meximieux. In the heat of the battle, his unit relieved another forward observer group and got too far ahead of the battalion. They were captured. Despite being a prisoner of war, O Connell considers himself fortunate. Twothirds of the regimen were killed, he said, noting there are 1,800 in a regimen. After he was captured, he and the other prisoners were moved in boxcars from Frankfurt Germany, over to Munich. And, while that was happening, he said, our own (American) aircraft would bomb and strafe everywhere the Germans moved. They were taken to a prisoner of war camp in a town called Moosburg, about 40 some-odd miles north of Munich, he said. In the morning, he and other prisoners would be trucked to Munich to fill in bomb craters in the railroads, he said. The Germans would make sure the American prisoners saw the civilian casualties of war. They had their bodies lined up on either side of the street. Then they would march us through the streets to see them, O Connell said. He said he caught a lucky break when he and group of men were chosen to go to a work camp at Vilshofen, a small town in northern Germany, near the port town of Passau. We worked in a forest, cutting down trees, O Connell said. The prisoners slept on straw-lined mattresses in a barn, and there wasnt much to eat. We ate boiled cabbage and potato dumplings. It was just two meals a day, he said. He was at the work camp for several months before the Germans forced the prisoners to begin marching toward Austria. They knew the Americans were coming, O Connell said. They were trying to clear us out of there and bring us somewhere else. They were liberated during that forced march. We were freed by the 16th armored division, OConnell said. They were coming through southwest Germany. After being freed, O Connell and the other soldiers walked to Bremerhaven where they were processed at a tent city before catching a ship back to the United States. At the time, O Connell weighed 80 pounds. He was sent to a country club that had been converted to a medical facility, to recuperate. It was three months before the Army would allow his family to see him. Reuniting with his mother is a moment that O Connell will never forget. You wont believe how happy it was, he said. She almost fell over, when I put my arms around her. B C MANION


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GRIEF SUPPORTOur Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, will offer “GriefShare,” a grief support group Aug. 16, Aug. 23 and Aug. 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in Immaculata Hall, Room D. For information, call (813) 949-4565.MEDICARE 101The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will host a SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) representative Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to answer Medicare enrollment questions. For information, call (813) 788-6375.LUNCH & LEARNPremier Community Healthcare and Moffitt Cancer Center will host a Lunch & Learn health session on “How Medications Are Developed for Us” Aug 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Library, 5347 Eighth St.A community education specialist from Moffitt will lead the discussion. A light lunch will be served. Registration is required. For information, call (813) 780-0064.DISCUSSION ON STRESSFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills will present “Stress: The Underestimated Assassin” Aug. 17 at 1 p.m., at the CREATION Health Wellness Center, 38233 Daughtery Road in Zephyrhills. The discussion will be on the impact stress has on the body and techniques to minimize it. Reservations are required. For information, call (813) 779-6476.CAR SEAT INSPECTIONSSt. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital will sponsor car seat inspections Aug. 17 starting at 9 a.m., at the AAA Auto Club, 14755 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. Inspections are free, but reservations must be made for a time slot. For information, call (813) 443-2046.MEDICARE ASSISTANCEThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer SHINE Turning 65: Medicare Assistance on Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon, to educate elders regarding Medicare insurance. 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YOUTH ART CONTESTThe Medical Center of Trinity announced its sixth annual Expressions of Thanks youth art contest, which started Aug. 14. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are asked to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans, those who currently serve our great nation and their families, by submitting artwork, poetry or an essay, by Sept. 15. Each participant will receive a recognition certificate. First-place winners in each grade level will receive a $25 gift card. The grand-prize winner will have a choice of a bicycle or iPod nano. Participants and their families can attend a reception Nov. 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., when prizes will be awarded and all artwork will be on display. For complete details and rules, visit For information, call (727) 834-4868.FREE VPK PROGRAMPrimrose School at Collier Parkway, 23021 Weeks Blvd., in Land O Lakes, will offer Fall VPK (voluntary prekindergarten) programs for eligible families and their children. The program is free for children who have not yet used a VPK voucher and turned 4 or 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2017. There are three time options available: VPK Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; VPK Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m.; and, VPK (K4) and VPK (K5) Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information or to enroll your child, call Angella Hart at (813) 242-7800. BE A BEST BUDDIES SPONSORStudents at Dr. John Long Middle School in Wesley Chapel have been volunteering as part of Best Buddies, a club that provides students with and without disabilities the opportunity to be part of a global volunteer movement, which positively impacts the school and the Wesley Chapel community. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to create opportunities for oneto-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During the 2016-2017 school year, John Long Middle student volunteers and leaders inaugurated the Best Buddies Chapter at the school. The chapter members formed friendships, hosted a Special Olympics Holiday Party, attended the Friendship Ball, attended legislative week to advocate for inclusion, and participated and raised funds for the Friendship Walk. To support the schools mission for the 2017-2018 school year, John Long Middle is looking for sponsors for its Best Buddies chapter. To find out how to make a tax-deductible donation before Sept. 1, call Andi Walker at (813) 346-6200.SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS ONLINEParents from local schools can access their schools supply lists online at, and find the exact supply list and click over to pre-filled shopping carts on Target, Walmart, or Amazon to purchase their list, and have it shipped right to their home. Target and Walmart also offer in-store pickup. More than 50,000 schools now have lists posted on TeacherLists. 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Browning noted: Although it is very unlikely that were faced with a violent attack in one of our schools such as an active shooter we must be prepared in a way that we will save lives and prevent serious injury to our students. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said the plan puts the district on the cutting edge for preparation and school safety. Its sad that in the world we live in we have to do this, but we do, Nocco said. God forbid if that worst-case scenario happens...the first response from people will be, What did you do to prepare? Meantime, a separate, Stranger Danger video package has been designed for elementary students, in the case of an active threat. The softer video approach contains a friendly animated lion and Cpl. Jennifer Rongo, a school resource officer at Fivay High School, explaining what to do in case of Stranger Danger situations. We all understand this is a little uncomfortable for some parents out there, Nocco said. But...we have to be realistic; we have to have that plan in place. Browning stressed self-defense techniques will not be taught to elementary students or special needs students, who may not possess the physical abilities to defend themselves. For older students, Browning said the decision to defend oneself or counter will not be required as part of the active threat response training. (We) wont require anybody to do anything if theyre not capable of doing anything, or if they choose not to do it, Browning said. Nationwide there have been 233 cases of gun violence on school campuses since 2013, according to gun control advocates Everytown for Gun Safety. About 40 of those incidents, however, meet the common perception of a school shooting, where someone comes to a school campus to shoot faculty, staff or students. Besides active threat situations, the school districts 12-point crisis response plan outlines various protocols for medical emergencies, fires, hazardous materials, bomb threats, fights and violence, and missing and endangered students, among others. The Active Threat Response Plan comes on the heels of a new state law stiffening penalties for students who threaten to shoot up a school. The Anti-Terroristic Threat and Public Servant Protection Law, which went into effect last October, makes false reports about using firearms in a violent manner a seconddegree felony. The Pasco County School District experienced three incidents of students making gun threats in the first six weeks of the 2016-2017 school year, before the law went into effect. affordable housing, and the epidemic of drugs, pills and alcohol. County commissioners appointed five of the womens commission members, with 10 selected from area agencies, schools and nonprofits. They are African-American Club of Pasco County Inc., Hispanic Professional Womens Association Inc., Metropolitan Ministries, Pasco Economic Development Council, Pasco-Hernando State College, Saint Leo University, Sunrise of Pasco County Inc., the United Way of Pasco County Inc., Pasco County Sheriffs Office, and Women Lawyers of Pasco Inc. Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 2 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the countys Utilities Administration Office, at 19420 Central Blvd., off U.S. 41, in Land O Lakes. For information on the womens commission, visit isting east-west arterials traversing Pasco County, he wrote. State Road 54 also provides connections to several major regional north-south routes, including U.S. Highway 19, the Suncoast Parkway, U.S. Highway 41, U.S. Highway 301 and U.S. Highway 98. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, who represents Floridas 12th congressional district, weighed in on the issue in a July 19 letter to Cindy Sandborn, chief operating officer of CSX Corporation. These roads (State Road 54 and U.S. 41) serve as an important hub for commuters with approximately 100,000 vehicles traversing the intersection on a daily basis, Bilirakis wrote. He also noted that State Road 54 serves as one of only two existing east-west evacuation routes that carry the countys over 218,000 coastal evacuation area residents to I-75 in the event of an emergency. Bilirakis also noted, if these crossing arms were to malfunction during a severe weather threat, tens-of-thousands of Pasco residents could be trapped on the roads during an emergency evacuation. When the malfunctions occur, the sheriffs office must respond to manage traffic until a repair can be made, Hawkes noted. I am sure you agree this is a serious safety concern for citizens traveling through this intersection and the surrounding area, Hawkes added. Both letters urge a swift response to solve the problem. The safety of our residents is of the upmost concern, Bilirakis states. Capt. Eric Seltzer, District 2 field operations commander in the sheriffs office, noted other problems posed by the malfunctioning crossing arms. They prevent the sheriffs office from being able to respond to calls. It could be a crime in progress. It could be a crisis, he said.The malfunctioning arms also block first responders from reaching fires, accident victims and other medical calls, he noted.Our No. 1 priority is the safety of our citizens, Steltzer said. Beyond potential public safety issues, the malfunctioning crossing arms also pose an inconvenience to thousands of motorists who are using the roads, Seltzer said. Garrick Francis, who works in federal affairs for CSX, responded to Bilirakis letter. An internal CSX team coordinated a diagnostic review at the crossing on July 11 to determine what steps could be taken to correct the issues brought to CSXs attention by the Pasco Sheriffs Office letter, Francis wrote. Representatives at that review included representatives from CSX, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Pasco County Sheriffs Office, Pasco Countys Traffic Control, and RW Summers Inc. Railroad Construction. Francis explained that a state project was done in July 2016 to install a new road surface using the TUB system, which is essentially 10-foot-long or 20-foot-long concrete panels that are installed to provide a suitable highway surface. Prior to the installation of the TUBs, there were not false or partial activations of the crossing gates, Francis wrote. The focus of the review was to determine how to correct this crossing as quickly and reliably as possible, but also what could be done to mitigate the occurrences such as these at other locations on future installations, Francis explained. A team is working to find a solution, he wrote. We recognize the inconvenience that this problem has caused and are working collaboratively with the state and other key stakeholders to develop a permanent solution, Francis wrote. Donate A Boatsponsored by boat angel outreach centersSTOP CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN www.boatangel.com2-Night Free Vacation!or Car Today! 800 700 BOAT (2628) COURTESY OF PATRICK BOODY OF HENRY SCHEIN INC. Filling backpacks, and a need


12A One of Pasco Countys top running backs is taking his talents south to Hillsborough County. Senior 1,000-yard rusher Da Da McGee has transferred from Wiregrass Ranch High School to Hillsborough High School, just weeks before the start of the 2017 prep football season. McGee was one of seven tailbacks in Pasco County to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark last season, rushing for 1,063 yards and 11 touchdowns on 180 carries. And, he was one of just three tailbacks in east Pasco to accomplish the feat, joining Wesley Chapels Dexter Leverett (1,249 rush yards, 10 touchdowns) and Bishop McLaughlins Luis Valentin (1,072 rush yards, 11 touchdowns). The 5-foot-9, 180-pound McGee also led Wiregrass Ranch in rushing his sophomore year (333 yards, three touchdowns), despite missing five games with a shoulder injury. Losing McGee, a 2016 SAC (Sunshine Athletic Conference) East All-Conference First-Team Selection, marks a significant and the latest blow to the Wiregrass Ranch football squad. In June, the Bulls saw two other top players cornerback Shamaur McDowell and athlete Raymond Woodie III exit the program. McDowell a three-star prospect and University of Minnesota commit transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, while Woodie III a four-star prospect boasting over 20 scholarship offers moved to Eugene, Oregon, with his family. Yet, Wiregrass Ranch coming off its best season in school history (7-3, District 7A-8 runner-up) still remains a solid team, under third-year coach Mark Kantor. The Bulls return senior cornerback Jordan Miner, a Penn State University commit and four-star prospect regarded as one of the premier players in the Tampa Bay area. The Bulls also appear to have a promising starting quarterback in junior Grant Sessums. With McGees departure, senior fullback Chase Oliver (443 yards, 7 touchdowns in 2016) figures to garner additional carries, as a between-the-tackles power runner. McGee, meanwhile, joins a Hillsborough High program steeped in tradition since head coach Earl Garcia took over in 1993. Garcia, the winningest active coach in Hillsborough County with 236 victories, has produced more than 200 scholarship student-athletes. Hes also coached 15 players who went on to make NFL active rosters. Hillsborough High went 8-2 last season, but lost several key playmakers, including defensive end Zachary Carter (University of Florida signee) and running back Duran Bell Jr. (University of South Florida signee). Besides Bell Jr., Hillsborough High graduated its other top two rushers in Drequan McCullough (494 rush yards, four touchdowns) and Russell Booth (192 rush yards, four touchdowns), giving McGee the inside track to become the teams starting tailback. 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The league is for girls, ages 4 to 18. Six divisions, including t-ball, are being offered. For information, visit, or call (813)-949-9580. Registration is open for the 37th annual Hillsborough County Senior Games. The competition, for participants age 50 or older, the games begin Oct. 2 and run through Oct. 20. The three-weeklong affair, which serves as a qualifier for the Florida Senior Games, typically draws hundreds of participants who compete in more than 40 sports and leisure activities, such as tennis, pickleball, track and field, softball, cycling, powerlifting, golf and more. Entry fee is $30 and includes unlimited participation in most of the games, one ticket to the awards luncheon, opening ceremony breakfast and a T-shirt. The Tampa Bay Senior Games are hosted by the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department, Hillsborough County Aging Services, City of Tampa Recreation Department, The City of Temple Terrace Leisure Services, and Friends of the County Parks and Recreation Inc. To register, visit COURTESY OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTYCOURTESY OF TOM KETCHUM, PASCOCOUNTYFB.COM 2017 Kickoff Classic schedule Schedules for the 2017 Statewide Kickoff Classic preseason football games have been released. All kickoff classics are scheduled for 7 p.m. Heres a list of games involving Pasco County teams in the The Laker/Lutz News coverage area:AUG. 17 Land O Lakes High School at Wesley Chapel High AUG. 18 Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High at Superior Collegiate High Cypress Creek Middle High at Fivay High Mitchell High School at Zephyrhills High Ridgewood High School at Pasco High Wiregrass Ranch High at Clearwater Central Catholic High Gulf High School at Zephyrhills Christian Academy Lakewood High School at Sunlake High COURTESY OF SAMFORD UNIVERSITY COURTESY OF WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL GRIDIRON STANDOUT COMMITS TO TOLEDOA.J. Hampton, a rising senior cornerback at Wharton High School, has verbally committed to play football at the University of Toledo, a Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) program. A consensus threestar prospect, Hampton (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) is ranked among the states top 150 players for the 2018 recruiting class per 247Sports. Hampton also fielded scholarship offers from Marshall University, University of Nebraska, North Dakota State University and University of South Florida, among others. One of Hamptons high school teammates, offensive lineman Lavel Dumont, is also a Toledo commit. Toledo running backs coach Marquell Blackwell was the primary recruiter for the Wharton High duo. Blackwell, a former USF quarterback, coached at Freedom High School in Tampa from 2006 to 2008. Besides football, Hampton is a track star. He finished fourth in the 400 meters at the Class 4A state meet last spring, running a personal-best 48.98.OTHER LOCAL ATHLETE COMMITMENTSCarrollwood Day School senior Jack Pironti has committed to play soccer at Wesleyan University, a Division III program in Middletown, Connecticut. Pironti, a forward, tallied 13 goals and 31 points in nearly 700 minutes of action last season. Hes played varsity soccer since the seventh grade at Carrollwood Day. Pasco High School junior Garrett Hester has committed to play baseball at the University of Alabama, a Division I program. As a sophomore, last season, the 6-foot-1 lefthander posted a 2.45 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 48.2 innings. Also, a standout hitter, Hester batted .361 with three doubles and 12 RBIs. The Saint Leo womens soccer team, the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) defending champions, open the 2017 season up as the 17th ranked program in the United Soccer Coaches Division II preseason poll. The Lions went 13-4-1 last season on their way to capturing both the SSC regular season and tournament titles before hosting the first and second round of the NCAA Division II Womens Soccer South Regional. Saint Leo and Barry (Miami Shores) University (No. 16) are the lone SSC teams in the preseason poll. The Lions kick off the 2017 season with a road trip to Memphis, Tennessee to take on Christian Brothers University on Sept. 1 and University of West Alabama on Sept. 3. Saint Leo returns home on Sept. 16 to Wiregrass Ranch High loses top rusherSenior Games opens registrationopen their home slate and Sunshine State Conference play with Embry-Riddle at 7 p.m. Mario Rincon, a longtime Division I assistant, was named Saint Leos head coach in March. He replaces Ged O Connor, who left for Troy University, a Division I program in Alabama. COURTESY OF HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL FORMER LAND O LAKES PLAYER NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANShaheed Salmon, a former Land O Lakes High School football standout and current Samford (Homewood, Alabama) University senior linebacker, has been named to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team. Salmon, a second-team choice, is one of 97 players selected to the All-America squad. The 6-foot-2, 232-pound Salmon, who earned All-Southern Conference honors last season, is Samfords leading returning tackler with 93, including 50 solo stops. He also had one interception and seven pass breakups in 2016. Salmon had four games in which he tallied 10 or more tackles, including a career-high 18 in a win at Central Arkansas. Salmon graduated from Land O Lakes High in 2014. In his senior prep season, Salmon led the Gators in tackles (117), tackles for loss (21.5) and sacks (8.5). He also competed in basketball and track. The fifth annual Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run is slated for Nov. 23 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 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the start/finish line area. Preregistration cost is $25 through Sept. 30. The cost jumps to $30 from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, and $35 from Nov. 1 to Nov. 22. Race day registration is $40. 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Animal Services is participating and will have the help of NBC and Telemundo at the event. Come out and meet a pup or kitty that needs a home. Adoption fees will be waived for the day. Also, the shelter is in need of linens, and is accepting donations of blankets and towels. For information, call (813) 929-1212.LOW-COST SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAMPasco County Animal Services has introduced the SNIP Program (Spay/Neuter in Pasco) due to the growing stray population. Shelters are struggling to find pets homes, and many are euthanized. The SNIP Program consists of two elements. First is the Low Income Program. The shelter partners with veterinary hospitals in Pasco County to provide low-cost spay/neuter for applicants. To qualify, applicants must reside in Pasco County and meet the income eligibility guidelines or be receiving government assistance from one of the following programs: Medicaid, food stamps, WIC, or SSI (Supplemental Security Income). The cost is $10 per cat or $20 per dog (up to three pets per household.) The second component is TNVR (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return). This is a procedure in which entire colonies of stray and feral cats are humanely trapped, vaccinated for rabies, spayed/neutered by a veterinarian, ear-tipped and returned back to the outdoors. All cats must come from Pasco County, be healthy and dropped off in a humane trap (no carriers). The cost is $10 per cat; a refundable $75 deposit per trap rented is required until traps are returned. To find out more, please visit CITIESWalletHub took an in-depth look at 2017’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities. WalletHub’s analysts compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest cities across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability. 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She is part Jack Russell and part wire-hair terrier. Khaleesi was adopted a little over a year ago from a no-kill shelter called CARE. She is a funny little dog that thinks she is human. Khaleesi tries to talk with little growls and whines, especially around the time she is supposed to get her evening treat. Although she can be quite a pest, she has really found her way into the hearts of her proud owners, Dena Gaeta and family, of Lutz. Buttercup is a happy pup Buttercup is about 2 years old and came to the shelter in May. She was originally very scared and had a rough time adjusting to shelter life. Fortunately, Buttercup was able to take advantage of the decompression room for a few weeks and started to come out of her shell. She likes to play fetch and cuddle. Buttercup can still be a little shy about new people moving toward her too quickly. She is up to date on vaccines, microchipped and is heartworm negative. PET PAWS


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