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Public Safety officials and county engineers are down to three recommendations on the long-term recovery efforts at the sinkhole site on Ocean Pines Drive: Â Option No. 1: Install a 6-foot tall Â“wrought-iron styleÂ” decorative fence and access gate around the sinkhole with deadend signs, at an estimated cost of $65,000 Â Option No. 2: Build the same fence around the sinkhole, with two, 70-foot Â“hammerheadÂ” turn-arounds, at an estimated cost of $242,000 Â Option No. 3: Build the same fence around the sinkhole with a cul-de-sac on each side, at an estimated cost ranging from $1.7 million to $2.2 million Kevin Guthrie, the countyÂ’s assistant administrator for public safety, outlined those possibilities with homeowners at a March 10 community meeting at Land OÂ’ Lakes Heritage Park. Based on conceptual designs, the county would need to purchase three houses to install a cul-de-sac. That option also would likely require renaming a portion of Ocean Pines Drive. For a turn-around option, no additional homeowners would be displaced. The county would need to purchase only the area needed for the turn-arounds from homeowners, not their entire properties. Officials said the main purpose for those two options is to ease access for garbage trucks and emergency vehicles, which presently are forced to drive backwards to exit Ocean Pines Drive. If the county installs just fencing and landscaping Â— the cheapest option Â— Ocean Pines would remain closed off at the site of the sinkhole. Previously discussed options Â— such as connecting the sinkhole to Lake Saxon or rebuilding the roadway with sheet piles driven underground Â— have since been deemed too risky by the countyÂ’s geotechnical consultant, Intertek-PSI. At the meeting, residents were encouraged to provide feedback and jot down comments to be considered by the Pasco See SINKHOLE, page13A Sinkhole solution down to three optionsBy B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comStudents across the nation walked out of classrooms on March 14, in a protest against gun violence and a call for greater action by Congress to keep students safe. In some cities, protests were marked by students leaving their school campuses, carrying signs and chanting for greater legislative action regulating the sale of guns, particularly assault-style rifles, such as the one used to kill 17 people in a ValentineÂ’s Day shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. During the walkout at Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd. in Wesley Chapel, the mood was subdued. A large contingent of students gathered in the schoolÂ’s courtyard, observing a minute of silence for each of the 17 people killed at the high school in Parkland. At Wiregrass Ranch High, before reading the names, 16-year-old Bella Adams, who had organized the walkout, read a statement. By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comA project to build two upscale, premier office buildings will get a $6 million loan from Pasco County. The Pasco County Commission approved the loan agreement with Atlanta-based Land Investment Partners at its March 14 meeting in Dade City. No tenants are pre-signed for the office space. However, if certain performance goals in leasing the buildings are met, the entire loan could be forgiven. It is initially an interest-only loan, with a 10-year term. Each three-story building, described as Class A, will provide 75,000 square feet, for a total of 150,000 square feet of premium office space at the southeast corner of Suncoast Parkway and State Road 54. The site is part of the Suncoast Crossings development property, and is north of Mettler Toledo. The manufacturing company is building a 250,000-square-foot building in Northpointe Village. Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey said she thinks that intersection offers an excellent example of development. Â“I wish all the corners of all our interstates developed this way,Â” she said. County officials estimate the project will produce 400 new jobs, and add about $43 million annually to the countyÂ’s gross product. Jobs from the project are expected to generate nearly $28 million in total salaries from direct and indirect employment.See LOAN, page13A She recalled how Wiregrass Ranch High students celebrated ValentineÂ’s Day that day. At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, however, she said, Â“a former student opened fire with an AR-15, which had been legally obtained, and killed 14 students and three teachers. Â“More were injured, and all were terrified,Â” she said. Students who were lucky enough to get home from school that day Â“went shaking and crying,Â” she said. Adams said the walkout at Wiregrass Ranch was intended to honor those who had died and also to express Â“outrage at the relative inaction of our state and federal governments regarding gun control. Â“This year alone, nearly 2,800 people have died due to gun violence or gun-related violence,Â” she said.Â“This is not a partisan issue, nor is it something limited to adult discussion. Our schools are targets. Our lives are at risk. Nobody will stand up for us, the students of America. Nobody will speak for us, the children with long lives ahead of us. It now falls to us, the youth that are too often pushed aside and overlooked, to bring attention to gun control until our government finally acts. Starting today, we will be the change, and we will not stop until this purpose is fulfilled,Â” Adams said.While Adams read the names of the victims, those in the courtyard remained silent. Some, including Taylor Horvath and Marisa Paul, bowed their heads, signaling their respect for the victims of the shooting rampage. Adams wasnÂ’t the only one with a message that day. A group of several male students stood near the schoolÂ’s flagpole, where two of them held a sign that read: Â“Why punish the responsible gun owner for the governmentÂ’s failure to act?Â” In another part of the crowd, Zachary Bosch held a sign that said Â“Disarming us will not protect us.Â” Bosch said he thinks schools could pre-B.C. MANIONWiregrass Ranch High School students Taylor Horvath, left, and Marisa Paul, bow their heads as a sign of respect, as the 17 nam es are read, of the students and faculty members killed during the ValentineÂs Day shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.Project gets $6 million county loanSee WALKOUT, page13A COURTESY PASCO COUNTYLand Investment Partners plans to build two premier office buildings at Suncoast Parkway and State Road 54. Each of the three-story buildings will be 75,000 square feet.Wiregrass Ranch students join national walkout FILEThe sinkhole opened on July 14, 2017, at 21825 Ocean Pines Drive. It eventually swallowed two houses, a motorcycle and a boat in the Lake Padgett Estates community in Land OÂ Lakes. B INSIDE, PAGE 1B
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After nearly a year of finalizing its conceptual design, construction is slated to begin next month on the new Carrollwood Village Community Park, at 13055 Delwood Road in Tampa. The park replaces the site of the Dale Mabry Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is situated on 50 acres along the west side of North Dale Mabry Highway, just south of West Village Drive. Hillsborough County Public Utilities is presently decommissioning and relocating the existing treatment plant infrastructure, which has been in operation for more than 40 years. Everything associated with the treatment plant will be demolished with the exception of two reclaimed water tanks, pump stations, an administration building structure and fencing. Details about the forthcoming park were unveiled during a March 6 pre-construction open house at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. County parks and recreation officials were on hand to answer questions and gather input from residents. Described as a Â“passiveÂ” community park, the main amenities will include a dog park, multi-use walking trail, splash pad, playground, indoor community space, and picnic shelters. Other features include a pond, an open lawn, restrooms and parking. Each of those aspects were finalized and based on input gathered from Carrollwood residents in a series of community meetings dating back to 2015. Officials say most of the park will be complete by October, with final touches targeted for December. A ribbon cutting is planned sometime this fall. Speaking at the open house, Hillsborough County parks and recreation director Rick Valdez called the park a Â“very important projectÂ” for Carrollwood. Â“WeÂ’ve been meeting on this for months, and I think we have a really good sense of what the community wants to see,Â” Valdez said. Park hours will normally be from sunrise to sunset, with staff on-site to facilitate programming and provide maintenance. Based on renderings, the parkÂ’s main entrance will be off West Village Drive with a secondary entrance to the south, off Delwood Road. The two entrances will not connect, to avoid the potential for becoming a pass-through route. There will also be new pedestrian crossings on West Village Drive and pedestrian park access in the northeast corner of the park. Offsite work includes re-striping West Village Drive, which includes a left-hand turn lane, deceleration lane and addition of the multi-use trail. The Hillsborough County Commission approved the $6.5 million project last May. If more funding becomes available, the county would look to construct an additional playground, an event center, a boardwalk and fishing dock, and a nature center. The items would be part of Phase II and perhaps a Phase III. Eric Denney, a legislative aide to Commissioner Ken Hagan, was at the meeting and said the commissioner is Â“going to work his tail off to get money in the budgetÂ” for Phase II of the park. Hagan is a northwest area resident and longtime supporter of the park project. Â“When everything is said and done, this should be a true community asset Â—something that will improve the standard of living here in Carrollwood,Â” Denney said. The original idea for a new park in Carrollwood became a community-driven, grassroots effort after word spread four years ago about the retirement of the wastewater site. Public comments on the Carrollwood Village Community Park will be accepted through March 20.To provide feedback, visit HCFLGov.formstack.com/forms/public_comment.New community park planned in North TampaBy Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comA proposed bus rapid transit system is under scrutiny as a Â“catalystÂ” project to jumpstart a long-range regional transit vision for residents in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties. It is getting mixed reviews from community leaders and elected officials in the Tampa Bay region. In the next weeks and months, representatives of Jacob Engineering will gather public comments on the plan. The Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area Leadership Group, which includes Pasco County Commissioners Kathryn Starkey and Jack Mariano, will get a finalized plan by October. The group also will consider a second project for an urban rail system running on about 9 miles of CSX rail lines between downtown Tampa and the University of South Florida. In January, a study by Jacobs Engineering singled out the bus rapid transit system, or Â“rubber tires,Â” as a doable starter project that would lay a foundation for a long-range transit plan for the region. Â“ItÂ’s not replacing anything in the vision,Â” said Scott Pringle, of Jacob Engineering. Â“ItÂ’s just to get things started.Â” It also would be something that can be built, if approved, within about five years, Pringle said. The CSX rail project would have a longer timeline of about 10 years, he added. The bus rapid transit system isnÂ’t the usual bus service offered by most local transit agencies, Pringle said. Â“They look like a train,Â” he said. Â“They feel like a train.Â” Pringle has made presentations on the study to the leadership group, and, also recently spoke to the Hillsborough County Young Democrats at their meeting in Ybor City. The projectÂ’s public rollout through spring and summer of 2018 will include online data and surveys, and a speakerÂ’s bureau. The Florida Department of Transportation funded the study, with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) as the studyÂ’s manager. The 41-mile bus route would travel from Wesley Chapel to downtown St. Petersburg, with connections to downtown Tampa, the University of South Florida and the Westshore business district. Routes also would connect to Brandon and Clearwater. Estimated capital costs would be between $380 million and $455 million, with an annual operating cost of about $7 million. Projections are for about 3.3 million trips per year. The estimated cost per trip for the bus option is $8 to $10 per trip; and $11 to $13 for the CSX option. Costs would be shared with federal, state and local governments. A total of 21 bus stations are proposed, with 19 being at ground level and two elevated. Sleek, train-style buses would ride in designated lanes, bypassing other traffic. For a large portion of the route, the lanes would run parallel to Interstate 275, built on widened shoulders of the highway. Placing designated bus lanes in the median would cost more than $2 billion, according to the study. No right-of-way would be needed for lanes on I-275 shoulder. Rightof-way would be needed for bus stations. Starkey said she had seen examples of how transit stations in Miami spurred new development. That can happen here also, she said. Â“We have the ability to start something here that we all can benefit from,Â” said Starkey, speaking at a January leadership meeting. The estimated travel time for a full ride from Wesley Chapel to St. Petersburg would be about 80 minutes to 95 minutes, assuming the bus stops at every station on the route. Two stations would be built in Wesley Chapel, along State Road 54 and State Road 56. Â“They would be geared toward park and ride,Â” said Pringle. At leadership group meetings, Starkey and Mariano have been supportive but have raised questions about the need for additional financial information. They also want future projects to focus on more areas within Pasco, including western Pasco and the CSX rail lines that travel up U.S. 41 into Lutz and Land OÂ’ Lakes. Â“I support starting in Wesley Chapel,Â” said Starkey, but noted that heavily populated west Pasco needs transit, as well. Long-range options in the transit vision include self-driving vehicles, light rail, and water-based ferries. Â“We are certainly leap-frogging in technology,Â” she said. Â“IÂ’m excited to be a part of this.Â” Mariano isnÂ’t convinced it would take as long as 10 years for the rail project to materialize. He also wanted information on land values along the rail line. Â“I think also Hernando County, at some point, needs to come in, especially looking at U.S. 41,Â” Mariano said. Pringle said a dialogue with CSX would be needed. He also stressed that the timelines for the projects are approximate because a lot depends on the final plan and available funding. Â“Both of these (projects) are competitive for federal dollars,Â” he said. The study looked at a range of options, but Pringle said it became clear some were very expensive. Â“The prices kept going up and up,Â” Pringle said. Â“We were pricing ourselves out of a project.Â” Federal agencies like to see projects that cost about $10 a trip, he added. That influenced the decision to focus on the bus rapid transit as a first project, Pringle said. Â“Funding is what kills transit 99 percent of the time,Â” he said.For more information, visit TBRegionalTransit.com.Bus rapid transit could be ride of the future
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MANIONEditor email@example.comKEVIN WEISSStaff Writer firstname.lastname@example.orgMARY RATHMANEditorial Assistantmrathman@lakerlutznews.comEDITORIALDISTRIBUTION: Florida Circ, LLC email@example.com ANNE KIBBEAccount Managerakibbe@lakerlutznews.comCUSTOMER SERVICE CAROLYN BENNETTcbennett@lakerlutznews.com Mr. Bolt was a true staple at Wesley Chapel ElementaryWesley Chapel Elementary School held an open house on March 16 to celebrate the life of Dan Bolt, a 44-year-old behavioral specialist who died suddenly on March 12. Mr. Bolt, as he was known at the elementary school, joined its staff in 2003 as a music teacher. He remained in that role until this school year, when he became a behavioral specialist. Wesley Chapel Elementary Principal Stan Mykita, who joined the schools staff about 18 months ago, said he immediately thought of Mr. Bolt when he had an opening for a behavioral specialist. I knew he was perfect for the job. I knew he had a passion for kids with trauma. Hes done an unbelievable job with those kids, Mykita said. Whatever it took to get kids involved, he was going to get kids involved, Mykita added. The school set aside two hours for the celebration of life open house, to allow those who wanted to honor Bolt to come to the cafeteria, leave cards and letters, console one another and express their sympathy to Mr. Bolts family. A video played on a continuous loop, featuring the many roles of Mr. Bolt. One portion of the video featured him singing a solo, from the musical Newsies, during a performance at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel. Frame after frame in video shows Mr. Bolt smiling surrounded by children, colleagues, family and friends. In one shot, hes wearing a Ghostbusters costume. In another, hes working the book fair. Another frame featured a letter by a former student, Trunk Nguyen. In the handwritten note, she says Mr. Bolt has been part of her life since she was in second grade. She credits him for helping her to build her confidence and for encouraging her to join the Weightman Middle School band. When Mr. Bolt died, she wrote, it truly almost broke all of my heart, seeing a big inspiration to me leave the world. His colleagues describe him as someone who was always helping with something. People didnt realize how much Mr. Bolt did, said Denise Tucker, a fifth-grade teacher. He would organize the kickball game, the fifth-grade picnic, she said. For the end of the year field trip, he would collect the money, purchase the tickets and order the T-shirts, she said. He did all of those things, so we could teach, Tucker said. He took care of the details. Whatever was necessary, he did. School counselor Jennifer Asaro said Mr. Bolt touched so many people. He was always an advocate for the kids, the teachers. Any function that we had here, he was part of whether it was dances, the character parades, the Christmas musicals, chorus. He ran clubs. He just really cared about all of the kids, she said. He also was involved with the schools All Pro Dads club and the school PTA. Cindy Harper, the first principal at Wesley Chapel Elementary, hired him to join the elementary schools staff. She recalls receiving the enthusiastic recommendation he received from his former supervisor, who encouraged her to hire Mr. Bolt. It was a decision she never regretted. He made the music classes fun, said Harper, who drove from Dade City to attend the celebration of life in Wesley Chapel. People of all ages were at the gathering to honor the teacher. They hugged one another. They waited in line to offer condolences to the family. Before the celebration, many wrote notes or signed posters that were on display near the entrance of the cafeteria. A poster, created by students, offered a glimpse of how much he mattered. Thank you for being the best teacher, ever, one student wrote. We miss you, wrote another. You were the best music teacher, another added. Staff members also praised their former colleague. I will always remember your smile and positive energy, one wrote on a poster. You were a great team player, added another. Thanks for all you did for our children, our community, wrote a third. Mr. Bolt was named the teacher of the year at Wesley Chapel Elementary in 2016 and went on to become one of the three district finalists for Pasco County Teacher of the Year. In a video featuring his accomplishments, he was credited with setting up a 21st century music classroom with embedded technology at the school. He also helped institute the schoolwide Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) clubs, and helped to raise $100,000 for technology in the schools classrooms. He was known for his commitment to offering an engaging learning environment, where all children felt welcome. He also was a generous colleague. When Kim Mahoney was named Wesley Chapel Elementarys teacher of the year, she said Mr. Bolt kind of took me under his wing. He helped her prepare her packet for the districts competition, and she like Mr. Bolt was named a district finalist, too. He was an amazing man. He did everything and anything around this place, Mahoney said. He was loyal, positive and passionate. He was a staple to our school, Mahoney said. Mr. Bolt was survived by his spouse, Duane Guy; his sons, Jose Guy-Bolt and Juan Guy-Bolt; his sisters, Sherry Bolt, Carol Sedoris and Robin Bolt; and his brothers, Robert Bolt and Thomas Bolt. COURTESY OF DAN BOLTS FAMILY/WESLEY CHAPEL ELEMENTARY
SANDWICH & SHOWERSThe Church at Chancey Road, 34921 Chancey Road in Zephyrhills, offers Â“Sandwich & ShowersÂ” on Tuesdays at 4 p.m., and Fridays at 10 a.m., for those living in the community that have no running water or no hot water. Anyone needing a hot shower can come: families, women, men, children. Free transportation will be available. For information, call (813) 317-4975.FLORIDA JAZZ EXPRESSThe Florida Jazz Express, an 18-piece band, will play classic and modern big band music from a variety of composers and arrangers, March 22 at 8 p.m., at Dockside Grille, 5015 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey. Admission is free. For information, call (516) 480-8587.WAR HERO LECTUREThe Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood, will present Â“Lt. Baldomero Lopez: Hero of Korean WarÂ” March 22 at 1 p.m., in partnership with the Tampa Bay History Center. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.SAFE DRIVER COURSEThe Land OÂ’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer the AARP Safe Driver Course on March 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required by calling Eugene Pool at (813) 949-8585.RED HAT LUNCHEONThe Red Hat Belles of Lutz will meet March 23 a 12:30 p.m., at the Tampa Premium Outlets, 2300 Grand Cypress Drive in Lutz, at the food court. Anyone interested in joining can attend. For information, email Marsha Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org.SLIME PARTYThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a Preteen Slime Party March 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call (352) 567-3576.BOUTIQUE EVENTThe Cheval WomenÂ’s Club will host a Designer Boutique March 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Cheval Golf Club, in Lutz, in the dining room. There will be designerlabel clothing, handbags, accessories, jewelry, dcor items and more. Proceeds will benefit Operation Helping Hand, Paws for Patriots, and Joshua House. Food discounts also will be available. For information, call (813) 948-3939.A PASSION PLAYSt. CatherineÂ’s Episcopal Church, 502 Druid Hills Road in Temple Terrace, will present Â“The Story Brought by Brigit: A Passion PlayÂ” on March 23 and March 24 at 8 p.m., and on March 24 at 2 p.m. This is a lyrical, folkloretinged telling of the events between Palm Sunday and the Crucifixion. Admission is by donation. Reservations can be made at StoryBroughtByBrigit.eventbrite.com.MAGIC SHOWThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host the Elliott Smith Magic Show March 24 at 2 p.m. For information, call (352) 567-3576.QUILT SHOWThe Southport Springs Silver Needles will host a quilt show March 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 3509 Southport Springs Parkway in Zephyrhills. There will be membersÂ’ quilts, a consignment section, a thrift mart, a quilt raffle, and the Southport Barn Quilt Trail. Admission is $3 at the door. For information, call Patti Rich at (813) 7801982.NATIVE PLANT SALEThe Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will have a native plant sale March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway in Land OÂ’ Lakes. There will be nursery-grown plants, free literature and nursery information, native plant books for sale, carts available for plant transportation, a master gardener information table, and a plant profile for each plant purchased. For information, visit FNPS.org or PascoNativePlants.org.DAY OF PUPPETRYThe New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will host a World Day of Puppetry March 24 at 11 a.m., for ages 3 to 10 and their caregivers. There will be two different puppet shows, a puppet workshop, make-and-take puppet crafts, and strolling puppets. The featured puppeteer will be Bob Nathanson, of Puppets to Go, presenting Â“The Tortoise and the Hare,Â” a hand-puppet show. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.VOLUNTEER TRAININGThe Land OÂ’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway will offer teen volunteer training March 24 at 2 p.m., for ages 13 to 18. Those interested should fill out a form on PascoLibraries.org, and then call the library at (813) 929-1214 to register.HOLOCAUST SPEAKERHarvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway in Land OÂ’ Lakes, will host guest speaker Roslyn Franken March 24 at 1 p.m., on her book, Â“Meant to Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit.Â” The book chronicles her motherÂ’s survival in a concentration camp in Nazi Europe and her fatherÂ’s survival as a prisoner of war in Japan and the Nagasaki atomic bomb. There will be a book signing after the presentation. For information, call (813) 948-2311.TRAIN SHOW & SALERegal Railways will host a Toy Train, Collectible and Hobby Show & Sale March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road in Dover. There will be more than 50 tables of vendors selling model trains, hobbies, collectible, die-cast cars, trading cards and more. There will be two running train layouts. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children age 12 and younger. For information, call (727) 2441341, or visit RegalRailways.com.SPRING BREW FESTThe Spring Brew Fest for Hospice will take place March 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., for ages 21 or older, at The Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road in Spring Hill. There will be local craft beers, live music, vendors, food trucks, games, an auction, and an Easter keg hunt. Tickets include beer sampling and a souvenir glass. For information, contact Carla Armstrong at (727) 845-5707 or Carla.email@example.com.SPRING DAYThe Old Lutz School Spring Day will be March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 18819 U.S. 41 in Lutz. There will be an outdoor vendor market, a planting workshop at 10 a.m., food items for sale, and the Lutz Museum will be open. To register for the workshop, contact Stephanie Ensor at (813) 244-2256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.SPRING BAZAARAtonement Lutheran ChurchÂ’s Women of the ELCA will host a Spring Bazaar March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. Proceeds from the event will benefit Everyday Blessings Inc., Sunrise of Pasco County Inc., and the Bea and Al Bidwell Memorial Scholarship Fund. For information, call (813) 973-2211.MUSIC FESTIVALThe Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will present the third annual Land OÂ’ Lakes Music Festival March 24 from noon to 8 p.m., at Land OÂ’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land OÂ’ Lakes Blvd. Guests should bring blankets and lawn chairs. In addition to music, there will be food and beer/wine sales, kidsÂ’ activities, and craft and vendor booths. No coolers or pets allowed. Admission is free. Parking is $10 to benefit local schools. For information, contact the chamber at (813) 909-2722 or email@example.com.FANTASY FACES WORKSHOPThe Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center will offer a makeup workshop, Â“Behind the Curtain: Fantasy Faces,Â” March 24 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., for fifth grade to adults. This is a hands-on workshop with a basic introduction to makeup and design, an application demonstration, and a questionand-answer session. Students will be provided all materials to create in-class, as well as how-to and material guides to take home. Admission is $25, or free for Patel students. To register, call (813) 222-1040.LOQUAT FESTIVALThe Florida Loquat Festival will take place March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Frances Avenue Park, 6156 Louisiana Ave., in New Port Richey. Programs start at 10 a.m., which include a poetry reading. The festival will have preserves, seeds, recipes, brochures, lectures and fresh fruit. T-shirts also will be available for sale. For information, call Marilyn deChant at (727) 849-1626.TASTE OF NEW TAMPAThe Taste of New Tampa & Wesley Chapel will be March 25 at Florida Hospital Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. There will be up to 50 restaurants represented, celebrity chefs, headline entertainment, a Family Fun area, a 50/50 drawing and more. Doors open at noon. For a complete schedule and tickets, visit TasteOfNewTampa.org.BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERSBig Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay will offer an orientation and training session March 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd. For information, contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at (813) 997-6881 or DebK@bbbstampabay.org.PLANNING MEETINGA planning meeting for Appreciate PascoGood Deeds Day (scheduled for April 15 at Land OÂ’ Lakes Heritage Park) will be March 27 at 3:30 p.m., at the Land OÂ’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. For information, call Elise Mysels at (813) 9568661.VOLUNTEER WAY BREAKFASTThe Volunteer Way will have its 26th annual Anniversary Breakfast March 28 at 8 a.m., at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., in New Port Richey. Admission is free. Sponsorships and donations are welcome. To RSVP, email Nicole Cestaro at Nicole@thevolunteerway.org.ESSENTIAL OILSDeanna Jacobs will host an Essential Oils 101 class March 28 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Living Food Bakery & Caf, 38201 10th Ave., in Zephyrhills. Participants can learn the methods of using oils and the reasons to use them. There will be a free raffle. For information, call Jacobs at (813) 479-7724.CARROLLWOOD TOASTMASTERSThe Carrollwood Toastmasters will meet March 28 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 Carrollwood.toastmastersclubs.org.PRODIGY SHOWCASEThe University Area Community Development Corporation will present a free Prodigy Showcase March 29 at 6 p.m., at the Lacoochee Boys and Girls Club, 38724 Mudcat Grant Blvd., in Lacoochee. Youths in grades one to 12 will perform dance, music and spoken-word presentations. Visual art by Prodigy students also will be on display. 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Registration and a signed liability waiver are required. For information, call (813) 929-1214. Eggstravaganza Village Presbyterian Church, 13115 S. Village Drive in Carrollwood, will host a free Easter Eggstravaganza March 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be free crafts, games, ice cream, face painting and more. Pictures with the Easter bunny will be available at 10:30 a.m., followed by an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Baked goods and drinks will be available for purchase. For information, call (813) 961-4115. Easter celebration Circus, Magic and Music, and the Zephyrhills Little League will present a free community Easter celebration March 25 at 3 p.m., at the Sam Pasco Recreation Complex, 39835 Chancey Road in Zephyrhills. There will be Easter eggs, face painting, a bounce house, petting zoo, games, and free photos with the Easter bunny. Bring your own basket and camera.
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F o t T PLUMBING r s D rain od o n s F ixed T ELE C n Lighting e s d ay! C TRICAL Ne w Winner 2012 2 0 813-9 9 T ate r W AC A AC A a n 0 17 C181 6 #CFC1428982 #CA Lic: O .C 9 0-0561 www AC A e n ce Plan Pu rifi cat i o n st Financing *W AC A 6 647 #EC0001103 Bonded Â€ Insured S ROPONE O RNERST COM. S Pasco SheriffÂ’s Office unveils app to help stressBy Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comPasco Sgt. Matt Rosenbloom has handled countless distressing calls throughout his 12 years in law enforcement. Â“IÂ’ve seen things that people shouldnÂ’t see out there,Â” he said. Sometimes it takes several days for him to get past a particular incident. Witnessing the death of a child, for instance, takes a heavy toll. ItÂ’s something many deputies arenÂ’t mentally prepared for emotionally, the sergeant said. Â“WeÂ’re trained to deal with the physical dangers and to anticipate knowing that thereÂ’s those physical dangers,Â” Rosenbloom said. Â“What we are not often aware of are the long-term emotional health dangers that come along with the job.Â” To help its members cope with those psychological scars, the law enforcement agency has developed a new smartphone app called Pasco SheriffÂ’s Office PTS (PostTraumatic Stress). The app offers resources, including mental health tools and videos for those who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress. The app features a stress assessment questionnaire and also provides contact information to those who can provide help, including community partners such as BayCare and the University of South Florida. Other crisis resources include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the National Law Enforcement Officers Hotline. The tool was developed in-house with help from some outside contractors, as part of a $150,000 pilot program related to post traumatic stress in law enforcement and ways to address the issue. The funding was included in last yearÂ’s state budget that was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, after Rep. Danny Burgess and Sen. Wilton Simpson submitted a budget request on behalf of the Pasco County SheriffÂ’s Office. Along with the app, funding has been spent on several different projects to address the issue from both the member and the family side, including offering training for its members and their families regarding emotional survival and coping techniques. At a March 15 media conference, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said post-traumatic stress is a Â“hidden secretÂ” and Â“never really been spoken aboutÂ” among law enforcement circles. He said the disorder has led to broken families, alcoholism and other problems among deputies, because the issue wasnÂ’t addressed head-on. The current, sometimes volatile climate for law enforcement doesnÂ’t help matters, Nocco said. This year, so far, more than 30 officers nationwide have been killed in the line of duty. The sheriff elaborated: Â“For a law enforcement deputyÂ…youÂ’re going from one personÂ’s worst moment of their life, continuous all day long and then you go home. Â“WeÂ’re called upon during peopleÂ’s worst times, and then whatÂ’s going on more and more in society is Â— no matter what we do, it is never good enough. Â“I can tell you that is overwhelmingly stressing our members now that they know no matter what decisions they make, itÂ’s going to be second-guessed the following day,Â” he said. Pasco Sheriff PTS is now available through the Google Play store and soon will be in the Apple store. Rosenbloom said he has already utilized the tool on a few occasions and has found it helpful.AN APP THATÂ’S EASILY ACCESSIBLEÂ“The quick access is great because I would say for some deputies that immediately after the incident that adrenaline dumps, and now all of a sudden theyÂ’re experiencing these feelings. Â“They could go on the app right then and there, or it may come days later, where they may start reliving that experience and saying, Â‘Is this normal?Â’ and go back on the app,Â” Rosenbloom said. Meanwhile, it provides Â“a good foundationÂ” for deputies unfamiliar with post-traumatic stress and its effects, Rosenbloom added. Â“There may be newer officersÂ…who are not sure whether theyÂ’re feeling the right thing or whether they should still be feeling what theyÂ’re feeling after a critical incident. Â“This app breaks it down, asks questions and, in the end, it gives you an assessment of whether what youÂ’re feeling is correct or not,Â” Rosenbloom explained. The app is also meant for deputiesÂ’ families. RosenbloomÂ’s wife, Lena, has utilized the app to access support for herself and her children. Â“You need just a couple of taps to get you help,Â” Lena said, noting its user-friendly capabilities. Â“When youÂ’re in a crisis, the last thing you want to do is try and find a phone number, pull out a card and (find) the EAP (Employee Assistance Program) number,Â” she said. While mainly geared toward law enforcement and their families, the sheriff encourages anyone to use the tool, if he or she needs guidance or help. The sheriff specifically mentioned the toolÂ’s usefulness for other first responders, such as firefighters, as well as teenagers, parents and teachers. Â“We want everybody to go on here and use this,Â” Nocco said. Â“We want to make sure they see itÂ’s available, because the intent when we asked this of the Legislature was to say, Â‘Look, weÂ’re going to build it, weÂ’ll develop it, but at the same time, itÂ’s not solely for the Pasco SheriffÂ’s Office. ItÂ’s going to be used for everybody.Â’Â” The SheriffÂ’s Office will not use the app to collect data or information on users, Nocco said. The app also will be updated continuously as new strategies come along in dealing with post-traumatic stress. The goal is to provide assistance in time of need, Nocco said. Â“Everybody feels like theyÂ’re swimming out at sea, and thereÂ’s nobody to help them; hereÂ’s another life preserver that weÂ’re throwing out there, to help them get help, to make them feel better and to realize that theyÂ’re not alone,Â” Nocco said. KEVIN WEISSPasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said post-traumatic stress is a Âhidden secretÂ in the law enforcement community. Along with the app, the SheriffÂs Office is working on several different projects to address the issue from both the member and the family side, which includes available training regarding emotional survival and coping techniques. What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.Symptoms of PTSD:Â Reliving the event, or having flashbacks in bad memories or nightmares Â Avoiding situations that remind you of the traumatic event Â Having contant negative beliefs and feelings, such as guilt and shame, or feeling the world is dangerous and canÂ’t trust anyone Â Feeling overly jittery and alert, and always on the lookout for dangerPeople with PTSD may also experience other problems. These include:Â Feelings of hopelessness, shame, or despair Â Depression or anxiety Â Drinking or drug problems Â Physical symptoms or chronic pain Â Employment problems Â Relationship problems, including divorceÂ—Information from the U.S. Department of Veteran AffairsÂ’ National Center for PTSD
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HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTSRegional Medical Center Bayonet Point has appointed Susan Cooper as director of the SICU and Trauma Stepdown Unit. Cooper returns to Regional Medical from her position as vice president of Cardiac Services at Oak Hill Hospital. She has been with HCA for 18 years and served as a nurse for 25 years. Cooper has a Master of Science in nursing leadership from Walden University and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of South Florida. She is board-certified in cardiovascular nursing. Sharon D. Hayes has been appointed CEO for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, replacing Shayne George, who has transitioned to another HCA hospital executive role outside of Florida. Hayes has more than 35 years of experience in numerous health care management settings, including Edward White Hospital in Pinellas County; Chippenham Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia; CJW Medical Center, also in Richmond; and King Fahad Hospital in Saudi Arabia. Hayes degrees include a Master of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Tennessee.TEEN SELF-CAREThe New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will offer Teen Self-Care Saturday March 24 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., for teens that need a break. Participants can learn new ways to relax and take care care of their mental health. For information, call (813) 788-6375.HEALTH FAIRThe Edwinola, 14235 Edwinola Way in Dade City, will host a Community Health Fair March 26 at 9 a.m. There will be health screenings available by select vendors, which include Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Bayfront Health Dade City, Agency on Aging, Florida Medical Clinic, Belton Hearing, The Parkinson Foundation, and local skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, and pharmacies. For information, call (352) 567-6500.ZUMBA CLASSWomen-only Zumba classes will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 10:30 a.m., at Karl & DiMarco North Dance Studio, 19022 Geraci Road in Lutz. No experience necessary. Wear sneakers, and bring a water bottle and towel. The cost is $5 per class.HIV, HEP C TESTINGThe Florida Department of Health in Pasco County, in conjunction with the public defenders Mobile Medical Unit, is offering free rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing at several locations. March 23 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Christian Secure Ministries, 5609 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey; and from noon to 4 p.m., at Department of Health, 5640 Main St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 619-0260. March 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. Call (352) 8346146.COUNSELING SERVICESOur Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O Lakes, provides on-site professional counseling services to children, adults, couples and families, Thursdays and Fridays, by appointment. For information, contact Carmen Anderson, licensed mental health counselor, at (813) 949-4565, ext. 223, or CAnderson@ladyrosary.org.NAMI SUPPORT GROUPSThe Pasco County Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers two types of monthly support group meetings. The NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group, for those living with mental illness, is a structured, closed group for individuals age 18 and older, interested in the recovery process, sharing coping skills, and being with others who understand the daily challenges. This group meets the second and fourth Friday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. The NAMI Family Support Group, for family, friends and caregivers of those with mental illness, meets the first and third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., also at Atonement Lutheran Church in Wesley Chapel. For information, call (727) 992-9653, or visit NAMIPasco.org.STRENGTH AND BALANCESilver Sneakers Flex Strength & Balance Classes are offered Wednesdays at 9 a.m., and Fridays at 10:30 a.m., at The Groves Golf and Country Club Civic Center in Land O Lakes. These are low-impact classes, for men and women, to help improve flexibility and balance. The cost is free to Silver Sneakers members and $5 for non-members. For more information, please contact Tom Marbell at (352) 409-2984 or Trainwithtomm@gmail.com.NUTRITION MONTHThe Florida Department of Health in Pasco County celebrates March as National Nutrition Month, sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This years theme is Go Further with Food.The academy suggests these tips to choose more nutritious food options: Include a variety of healthful foods from all food groups on a regular basis. Consider the foods you have on-hand before buying more. Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days, and plan to use leftovers later in the week. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that is right for you. Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov. Practice food safety. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week. Consider consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist. To learn more about nutrition and National Nutrition month, visit EatRight.org. 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Parent Lisa Conca also has observed the Narcans life-saving effects when her son overdosed on heroin. I had never even heard of Narcan until that day he overdosed and was taken to the hospital, Conca said. Narcan saves lives and gives our kids another chance to help them on the road to recovery. These comments came up during a community discussion on opioid overdose prevention on March 8 at North Tampa Behavioral Health, which is located in Wesley Chapel. The event was organized by the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. The panel discussion was part of a community-wide effort to provide education about opioid overdose and what individuals can do to save the lives of those suffering with the chronic illness of addiction. Much of the panel addressed how to access and administer Narcan. Narcan is the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. The medication helps blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin. Often the reason (over-dosers) end up passing is because the brain does not have oxygen. This medication helps alleviate that, said Szilvia Boos Salmon, a pharmacist with Tampa Poison Control. Along with the nasal spray, naloxone is available in an injectable form. The Pasco County Sheriffs Office is one of a number of growing law enforcement agencies to carry naloxone for possible overdose calls. Pasco Sheriff Cpl. Sherry Johnson-Tandy said the agency has had over 60 deployments of Narcan. Each deployment was successful in preventing an overdose-related death, she said. In addition to reversing overdoses, the medication is also for deputies and first responders who may become exposed or have incidental contact to illicit fentanyl or heroin at a particular crime scene. Johnson-Tandy demonstrated how to safely and effectively administer both the nasal spray and injectable forms of naloxone. Free samples of Narcan were later distributed to the audience. Johnson-Tandy said its onset time is anywhere between 1 minute to 30 minutes. It works almost just like an EpiPen, she said. The best thing about this is, if you give it to someone and they dont need it, it cant hurt them, she said, adding if someone overdosed on cocaine or stopped breathing for another reason, it wont have adverse effects. The Narcan medication might be needed more than ever. Opioid overdoses increased by roughly 30 percent across the U.S., in just 14 months between 2016 and 2017, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The CDC called the data a wake up call to the fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic. It recorded 142,000 overdoses in hospital emergency departments across the nation, between July 2016 and September 2017.The problem is growing locally, too, experts say. There were 165 overdoses in Pasco in 2017 matching numbers from the 2010 and 2011 prescription pill crisis, said Capt. Mike Jenkins, who oversees the narcotics unit for the special investigations division at the Pasco Sheriffs Office. Other topics covered during the session included how to prevent opioid addiction and avenues for long-term treatment of people who are dependent on opioids. Start in the schools early, and educate kids as to how dangerous mom and dads pill bottles are, said New Port Richey-based attorney James Magazine. Rochelle Zwicharowski, a support specialist with the St. Petersburg-based Recovery Epicenter Foundation, said those who have been rehabilitated need to share their experiences, to reduce the stigma.Town hall sheds light on opioid overdose prevention
SAINT LEO NAMES NEW DIRECTORSaint Leo University has named Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Fanny Wright as its director of Military Affairs and Services. Wright served 20 years on active duty in the Air Force in fields such as client systems support, information management, and knowledge/cyber operations; and has had positions as a professional military education instructor and executive administrative assistant. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Park University and is working on a Master of Arts in communication and leadership. Wright also has an associate degree in information system technology and an associate degree in instruction of technology and military science, both from the Community College of Air Force.STUDENT VIGILStudents and staff at Crews Lake Middle School in Spring Hill hosted a vigil March 14 to stand against school violence and honor the lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students discussed why such events are needed to protest school violence, had a moment of silence, sang the song Lean on Me, and gave closing remarks. Students were encouraged to wear orange to represent gun safety. Crews Lake also is collecting donations for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School GoFundMe page at GoFundMe.com/cause/stoneman-douglas. For information, call (727) 246-1600.TRUSTEES APPOINTED BY GOVERNORGov. Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Dr. Rao Musunuru, and the appointments of John Mitten, Raymond Gadd Jr., and David Garcia to the PascoHernando State College District Board of Trustees. Dr. Musunuru is the current chair and has been a member of the board since 1999. He is a practicing board-certified cardiologist affiliated with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Pasco County since 1981, and serves as a member of its board. Mitten has been the owner of Chik-fil-A of Hernando County since 2003. He received his bachelors degree in finance from Florida State University, and is a board member and past chair of The Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce; member of the board and past chair of United Way of Hernando County; and chair of Bible Basics International since 2002. Gadd is deputy superintendent of Pasco County Schools, and oversees administration, operations, teaching and learning, and student support services. Previously he served as president of CEO of Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services. Gadd received his bachelor degree and master degree from the University of South Florida. Garcia has been the lead pastor of Grace World Outreach Church in Brooksville since 1988. He is a missionary in New York City and Zimbabwe, Africa. Garcia received his bachelor degree from International Seminary, and his master degree and Doctor of Ministry from Life Christian University.SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONSHillsborough County Social Services has partnered with the Community Action Board to offer scholarships for up to $5,000 to eligible students who want to continue their education at an institution of higher learning. Scholarship applications for the 20182019 school year will be accepted through March 30. Recipients will be notified, in writing, prior to the start of the fall semester. Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 24, and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent; reside in Hillsborough County; have a minimum GPA of 2.5; and, household income must fall within 125 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Additional criteria used to evaluate applicants will be community service and school involvement; application and letters of recommendation; academic record (transcript); essay response; and, panel interview participation. Application materials and instructions can be found at tinyurl.com/ybnr7fnd.FALL VPK PROGRAM Primrose School at Collier Parkway, 23021 Weeks Blvd., in Land OLakes, will offer free summer and fall VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten) programs for eligible families and their children. Primrose has earned an accreditation with AdvancEd, a Balanced Learning curriculum, and enrichment programs for children to ready themselves for kindergarten. Summer VPK will run Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 4 through Aug. 3. There are various fall sessions to choose from. For information, call Angella Hart, school director, at (813) 242-7800.HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTIONSNova Southeastern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has initiated Ariatna Gonzalez and Michelle Jackson, both of Lutz, into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nations oldest and most-selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.Membership is by invitation only, and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible to be members. Re e Jud i th L. Dr r JE E NNIFER S TEE D DR. e s e D AUDIO 2 LOGISTS! 2 The E e E T T T T e E e E x tise ti ti ti WI WI TW TWI xper Ma b ll al Ca dS dS I E ICE E ICE dS Ser and S h th 8t ch2 rc ar a r 8 t vi i vice i i i E E i i r A 1519D Y ALEMABR OFTH OF THE SUITE1 Y TESTSUPERHE AT LA FREE D l ul du ed he ch sc to Ma y b y h s y c h e d u ll al Ca LUTZ 05, NOLO EARING TECHNOLO D EMO r ur you e le h th 8t ch 2 rc ar a r 8 t l 813 949 OGY! 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Celebrating a century of life Sylvia ÂSylÂ Hardesty will celebrate her 100th birthday in style at the Lexington Oaks Community Center on March 24. Syl moved to Land OÂ Lakes many years ago from Missouri and has been a happy resident ever since. She has enjoyed doing upholstery and delivered Meals on Wheels while getting to know the local people. Her party will be a Centennial Celebration of her life, with family, friends, food and fun. Happy 100th birthday, Syl!PHOTO PROVIDEDvent tragedies, such as the one in Parkland, by arming their teachers. Â“Give them the option to be armed,Â” Bosch said, while noting that those who are armed should be properly trained. Wiregrass Ranch High sanctioned the walkout. Â“I believe that students should have a voice to express their concerns, their opinions,Â” said Wiregrass Ranch High Principal Robyn White. Brenda Hodson, a school volunteer at Lacoochee Elementary in Dade City, made the trek from East Pasco to attend the Wiregrass Ranch High walkout. Â“IÂ’m here to support the students,Â” Hodson said. In the aftermath of the Parkland shootings, Linda Cobbe, spokeswoman for Pasco County Schools, said the district has asked principals to be sure their buildings are as secure as possible, and asks everyone on school campuses to be vigilant. Â“If you see something, say something,Â” Cobbe said. The district also is working with local law enforcement to comply with Senate Bill 7026, signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. That calls for having a school resource officer in every school. The district now has 37 school resource officers and will need 47 more to meet that requirement, Cobbe said. She noted the state did not adequately fund the mandate, so that will mean Â“taking funds from other parts of our education budget, from classroom funds, other operating funds. Â“Finding those qualified people and getting them trained in time to be in schools next year is going to be a huge challenge for the sheriffÂ’s office,Â” Cobbe said. Senate Bill 7026 also gave local school districts the option of arming nonteaching personnel, who meet training requirements. Pasco County Schools wonÂ’t exercise that option, Cobbe said. Â“We donÂ’t plan to arm any of our staff,Â” she said. After the Wiregrass Ranch High walkout, Adams said she was happy that it drew a big crowd. Â“I was very glad that they maintained their silence, and that it was respectful and peaceful,Â” she said, despite the media presence, which had the potential of changing the tone of the gathering. Â“There were some students who came out to protest our protest,Â” Adams said, but that didnÂ’t bother her. Â“I understand that other people have different views, and they are entitled to those views,Â” she said. On the other hand, she said sheÂ’s been somewhat taken aback by some of the comments sheÂ’s read by adults that have been posted on social media. Â“ItÂ’s interesting to see how many of them believe that us, teenagers, only participated in that event to skip class,Â” she said. One comment she saw described protesting youths as being Â“liberal sheep.Â” Â“The backlash of some people Â… is honestly inspiring me to do more,Â” Adams said. Â“ItÂ’s not a discussion limited to adults. This is affecting us as much as anyone else.Â” She said she and other students from Wiregrass Ranch, Wesley Chapel and Wharton high schools all plan to participate in the March for Our Lives event planned for March 24. Marches are planned in different locations, including Washington D.C. The Tampa Bay version includes a rally and march beginning at 10 a.m., at Kiley Garden, the elevated section of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, in downtown Tampa.www.LakerLutzNews.com March 21, 201813A TheKaufmanInstituteisa leaderinFemtosecondLaser CataractSurgery. Â€LaserPrecisionalternative tomanualhand-heldblade. Â€Moreaccurateresults. Â€Nodiscomfort. 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Various concerns were raised, from the countyÂ’s mitigation costs to how it intends to fund whichever solution is chosen. The county already has spent more than $1 million for initial cleanup and stabilization of the sinkhole site. Guthrie said it hasnÂ’t been determined how the county will pay for whichever option, though use of public funds may be a possibility. Some residents questioned why a fence even needs to be installed at the sinkhole site. Guthrie stressed thatÂ’s a matter of public safety as open waterways touched or owned by the county must be cordoned off. He guaranteed permanent fencing, at the very least, will be installed due to potential liability issues for the county. Â“You can take this to the bank: The county commission, 5-0, is going to put a fence around that,Â” he said. Guthrie noted the county is currently in litigation with two homeowners and their insurance companies who havenÂ’t taken responsibility for cleanup and securing the areas of private property affected by the sinkhole Â— an issue that may not be resolved for Â“probably decades.Â” Â“If theyÂ’re not going to take responsibility, the county has to step in. And, we have to ensure the safety for the citizens,Â” Guthrie said. The sinkhole opened on July 14, 2017, at 21825 Ocean Pines Drive. It eventually swallowed two houses, a motorcycle and a boat. Seven additional homes nearby were also condemned as unsafe, based on subsurface conditions and other geologic anomalies. Displaced homeowner Dottie Benschoter was among about 30 people attending one of the two community meetings. The 78-year old and her husband had lived at their Ocean Pines Drive home for more than 40 years Â— before it was condemned in July. The massive sinkhole was a shock for her family and fellow neighbors, forcing them to uproot their lives. Â“Especially at our age, we never dreamed anything like this would happen,Â” she said. Â“ItÂ’s affected my neighbors. WeÂ’re all affected mentally, because one day youÂ’re living your life, and one day it changed completely. We had to move everything in one day,Â” Benschoter said. She continued: Â“(The countyÂ’s) trying their best, but we still donÂ’t have any answers. They still havenÂ’t made their decision with what theyÂ’re doing. They said we have to demolish our homes and pay for it ourselves.Â” Guthrie called the entire sinkhole situation Â“really upsetting and frustrating.Â” He added: Â“I know the homeowners are frustrated,Â” he said, Â“but at the same time, we have remediated this hole to the point that we can.Â” Guthrie and his staff will present their findings to commissioners at their March 27 or April 11 meeting, at which time a final decision is expected.SINKHOLE, from page 1A Â“ItÂ’s nice and window-y and very pretty,Â” said Melanie Kendrick, the countyÂ’s program administrator for the Office of Economic Growth. Under agreement terms, the county will wipe out $3 million of the loan if leases are obtained for 75 percent of the first building. The same terms, and elimination of the last $3 million, will apply to the second building. Land Investment Partners will receive no reduction in principal if the goals arenÂ’t met. For the project to be profitable, developers estimated rents should be in the range of $32 a square foot to $33 a square foot. But, in the current market for that area, the rents realistically would only be $27 a square foot to $28 a square foot, according to attorney Clarke Hobby, who represents the investors. Â“WeÂ’re bridging the gap to make it economically feasible,Â” Hobby said, of the loan. PascoÂ’s Office of Economic Growth is pursuing a strategy of building a more diverse economic base that includes industrial and office projects that are more often seen in urbanized areas. If this project is successful, Hobby said Pasco could Â“get more urbanized projects to come to Pasco.Â” LOAN, from page 1A WALKOUT, from page 1A A large contingent of Wiregrass Ranch High School students walked out of their classrooms on the morning of March 14, as part of a national walkout to protest gun violence and demand greater action by Congress to address the problem. Pasco commissioners approve business parkBy Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comThe Pasco County Commission liked the business park, but couldnÂ’t stand its proposed name. Â“Vibrant Sun (Business Park) would sound like IÂ’m going to a casino,Â” Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said. So, instead of being called the Vibrant Sun Business Park, the new development site will be known as Overpass Business Park. The business park, which will be located on 91 acres at Overpass and Old Pasco roads, has been approved for 2.2 million square feet of office and industrial space. The countyÂ’s Office of Economic Growth submitted the project as part of its efforts to provide Â“site-readyÂ” parcels for industrial and business park developments. Such sites are offered on speculation. By taking care of land use and zoning matters, county officials believe these types of parcels are developed sooner. The site is in an area of northeastern Pasco that is quickly developing with new residential and commercial projects, including the Epperson and Mirada master-planned communities. Advanced manufacturing or a research facility would be an asset to the area, Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano said. Â“It puts us in a tremendous position to create jobs,Â” Mariano added. Some area residents, however, are worried about growth, traffic, loss of property values, and encroachment of industrial into rural neighborhoods. Jean Ann Jakes spoke against the project during the hearing before the Pasco County commissioners on March 14 in Dade City. She also objected to the project previously at the Development Review Committee meeting in January. A handful of other residents also raised concerns. However, the review committee recommended approval of the project. The business park wonÂ’t fit in with the surrounding area, Jakes said. Â“Everybody else is agricultural and residential,Â” she said. Â“ItÂ’s not compatible at all. ItÂ’s going to cause more traffic. There is nothing light industry around us.Â” Traffic will only get worse, Jakes added, noting that school buses pick up and deliver students to area schools. Â“IÂ’m sure Old Pasco Road is going to be widened,Â” said Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley. Â“It should be widened. It needs to be four-laned already.Â” The Florida Department of Transportation is widening State Road 52, east and west of Interstate 75. The state agency also plans to build a new interchange at Overpass Road and I-75. Old Pasco Road intersects State Road 52, west of I-75. That stretch of state highway is being widened from two lanes to six lanes, from west of Old Pasco to east of Corporate Boulevard.There are no immediate plans to widen Old Pasco Road, but county officials said rightof-way for the widening would come from the business park, not from residentsÂ’ home sites. Zachary Bosch held a sign expressing his belief that disarming people will not resolve the problem of gun violence. He thinks teachers should have the option of arming themselves, as long as theyÂre properly trained.
14A www.LakerLutzNews.com March 21, 2018 Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community Sports Community Sports By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comWhenever the Land OÂ’ Lakes Gators needed a score, Sydny Nasello was there to answer the call. And, she delivered often, racking up 120 goals during her four-year varsity soccer career. In this past season alone, the senior tallied 45 goals and 13 assists Â— guiding the Gators to the regional finals, a 23-3 record and undefeated (7-0) district mark. Her skills on the field Â— combined with remarkable statistics Â— have since garnered attention statewide. Earlier this month, Nasello was named Florida Dairy Farmers Class 3A Player of the Year. She was a finalist for the 2018 Miss Soccer award, too, finishing third in voting by coaches and the media in Florida. Locally, Nasello was a shoo-in for the Sunshine Athletic Conference Girls Soccer Player of the Year, also announced this month. The recent accolades recognize NaselloÂ’s commitment. Â“When I first heard about it, it was just like everything IÂ’ve been working for in life and just in soccer Â— like everyone else can see it and itÂ’s paying off,Â” the forward/midfielder said. Nasello added sheÂ’s proud to Â“leave a markÂ” at Land OÂ’ Lakes, and to be an influence to the programÂ’s younger generation. She was one of a trio of Gators seniors, also including Brooke Hannigan and Morghan Craven, who played all four years on varsity. During that time, the Gators went a remarkable 90-10-3 with three Final Four appearances, and captured three district and regional crowns apiece. Â“I donÂ’t think anyone has ever done that at Land OÂ’ Lakes,Â” Nasello said, matter-of-factly. Her role transformed, too. Â“I went from freshman year, being like the little kid Â— super nervous, having all these older role models Â— to being the role model for the freshmen and the sophomores,Â” she said.A University of South Florida signee, Nasello has sights set on a professional career in the National WomenÂ’s Soccer League. Someday she hopes to represent the United States in the Olympic Games, too. She looks to be on the right track for each. She was one of just 24 players to take part in a training camp for the under-18 national teams late last fall in California. The U-18 team provides a transition for a number of players that could possibly make up the core of the team that would attempt to qualify for the following U-20 womenÂ’s World Cup, or even contribute to the current cycle of U-20s, according to the United States Soccer Federation. Â“It was very beneficial,Â” Nasello said of last yearÂ’s tryout. Â“Basically you can compare yourself to the best of the best around the world, see where you stand, see what you need to improve upon, see what these girls are doing better than you, so you know where to start.Â” Lauded for her speed, versatility and flashy attacking on-ball style, Nasello has worked on improving her runs off the ball Â“because thatÂ’s what my college coach wants me to do.Â” She credits Gators head coach Vicky King as a key influence in her development as a player. Â“SheÂ’s never let up,Â” Nasello said of her high school coach. Â“Like, sheÂ’s probably harder on me than she was any other player, and sometimes I would think, Â‘SheÂ’s just being mean or whatever,Â’ but really sheÂ’s just pushing me to do my best in all areas of life, whether itÂ’s on or off the field.Â” King Â— whoÂ’s coached multiple Division I soccer players over the past three decades Â— describes Nasello as an Â“excellent playerÂ” whoÂ’s Â“really matured and grown over the last few years. Â“She can be a difference-maker in the game. She has a nose for the ball and can play anywhere on the field,Â” King said. Â“SheÂ’s really driven to succeed,Â” the coach added. Part of it stems from her familyÂ’s ties to the game. Those familiar with the local high school soccer scene are well aware of the Nasello name. Her two older sisters, Lacey and Holly, both were standouts at Land OÂ’ Lakes and eventually played college ball, at University of Tampa and Point University (Georgia), respectively. Younger sister, Lexy, also plays soccer and her father, Tim, played college soccer. Nasello strived to follow in the footsteps of Lacey Â— now a sophomore at University of Tampa Â— who she was teammates with at Land OÂ’ Lakes for two seasons, in 2015 and 2016. Lacy was regarded as a stellar defenseman, with goal-scoring prowess. Â“(Lacey) was basically the best of the best,Â” Nasello said. Â“She was the big, aggressive one, and I always looked up to her and always wanted to be who she was, what she was on the field, played at what her level was, so we used to work out all the time together in the summer.Â” Being around other skilled, experienced players on the team also helped, her high school coach noted. Â“WeÂ’ve had some other very talented players, and I think her observing them also helped her grow into a better player, as everyone always has someone to grow and improve like that,Â” King said. Nasello is currently playing for the Tampa Bay United club soccer team and gearing up for the Elite Club National League championships in May. Nasello is eager for the next phase of her soccer and academic career. Â“IÂ’m so excited to start college,Â” she said. Her future USF coaches are also eager for her to arrive.Â“Sydny is an amazing talent,Â” USF head coach Denise Schilte-Brown said in a released statement. Â“She is arguably the most creative attacking player to come out of the state in quite some timeÂ…We are tremendously excited to get her here on campus and continue her development at the next level.Â” SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SEND SPORTS NEWS TO KWEISS@LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM CHECKTHIS OUT Saint Leo University athletic director Francis X. Reidy has been named one of 28 Under Armour Athletic Directors of the Year. The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the honor on March 5. Reidy has earned the honor for the third time in the past six years, and is one of four Division II ADÂ’s to be recognized. The others are Josh Berlo of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Dave Marsh of Northwood University, and John Planek of Lewis University. Reidy, who is in his 19th year as Saint Leo athletics director, was a recipient for the award for the 2014-2015 and 20112012 seasons. Under his direction the past two years, Saint Leo athletics won its first individual national champion (menÂ’s golf in 2016) and team national title (menÂ’s golf 2016). It also added the womenÂ’s individual national champion (womenÂ’s golf in 2017). Meanwhile, Reidy has guided the Lions into the top 20 of the Learfield DirectorÂ’s Cup, including the programÂ’s best finish of second place in 2015-16, while overseeing the addition of the newest sport, beach volleyball. Reidy also has directed the growth of success of 25 All-Americans and six total CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. The Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities. Under Armour is in its 10th year of sponsoring the award. During that time, more than 220 different athletics directors have received the award. COURTESY OF SAINT LEO ATHLETICSSaint Leo athletic director Fran ReidyFILELand OÂ Lakes High School senior forward Sydny Nasello was named Class 3A Player of the Year. She tallied 45 goals and 13 assists this season, leading the Gators to a 23-3 mark. ROLLER DERBY BOUTRevolution Roller Derby League is hosting a battle April 29 at 5:30 p.m., between its Valkryies and the Bradenton-based Brandentucky Bombers, at SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., in Port Richey. The bout will benefit Sunrise of Pasco County Domestic & Sexual Violence Center. The league will be collecting donations at the door. All gender clothing, toiletries, childrenÂ’s books and gift card donations are requested. Entry fee is $12 at the door. However, patrons can receive $2 off for bringing a donation. Tickets are also available at RevolutionRollerDerby.com. For information on how to join, ref or volunteer, email info@RevolutionRollerDerby.com.WESLEY CHAPEL YOUTH SOCCERRegistration is ongoing for the Wesley Chapel Soccer Club Spring League, with opportunities available for boys and girls, with birth years between 2004 and 2013. The eight-game season runs through April and May, with games played on Friday nights. Cost is $95 for all players and includes a team T-shirt. The league is designed to provide players of all skill levels an opportunity to learn and play soccer in a fun, structured format. Teams will be divided by gender and age. For information, visit WesleyChapelSC.com/rec-soccer/, or email questions to email@example.com.PARC GOLF TOURNAMENTThe 44th annual PARC (Providing Advocacy & Recognizing Capabilities) Golf Tournament is set for May 5 at the Bayou Club, 7979 Bayou Club Blvd., in Largo. Lunch and registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and is followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start in scramble-style format. A dinner and awards ceremony follows the tournament. The PARC event is regarded as one of the most recognized golf tournaments in the Tampa Bay area. Proceeds help provide opportunities for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For ticket and sponsorship information, visit PARC-fl.org, or call (727) 341-6929.Local soccer player scores prestigious honorSaint Leo athletic director honoredgroup junior golf lessons each Saturday through April 21 at The Groves Golf & Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land OÂ’ Lakes. Classes meet once per week for seven weeks, and are available for boys and girls ages 5 through 18. All levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced players. During small group sessions, First Tee of Tampa Bay instructors will teach participants rules, fundamentals and etiquette of the game. Cost for the program varies, based on family income. Lessons range from $2/class ($14 total) to $12/class ($84 total). First Tee of Tampa Bay will provide all the necessary golf equipment for the classes, but participants are welcome to bring their own clubs, as well. For information, visit TheFirstTeeTampaBay.org, or call (813) 238-7320.CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENTThe eighth annual Eckerd Connects Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for April 21 at 1:30 p.m., at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N., in Palm Harbor. The event is open to anyone and helps fund Eckerd Connects Community Alternatives, which assists foster care children in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Registration is $140 for individual golfers and $500 for a foursome. It includes lunch, awards dinner, cart and goodie bag. For information and to register, visit tinyurl.com/ybv2dz48.SPECIAL NEEDS SPRING SOFTBALLRegistration is ongoing for Idlewild Baptist ChurchÂ’s Champions Division Spring Softball League. Games are played Saturday mornings from March 24 through May 12; all games start at 9:30 a.m. The league is open to all members of the special-needs community, including players with wheelchairs or walkers. All participants must register online and complete a liability waiver at Idlewild.org/recreation. For information, email Deana Troyer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (813) 264-8773.ODESSA SOCCER CLUBRegistration is open for the Odessa Soccer Club spring season, which begins March 24. The club will offer three coed age divisions: 5 through 7, 8 through 9, and 10 through 12. Teams will play a seven-game season on Saturdays, ending with a championship tournament. All Saturday games and practices will be at 18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa. The league offers an open league play platform, where tryouts are not required for players to be on a team, and all teams compete in the championship tournament at the end of the season. For more information and to register, visit OdessaSoccerClub.com, or contact league director Jim Young at info@OdessaSC.com or (813) 920-0505.KUMC GOLF CLASSICThe 13th annual Keystone United Methodist Church Golf Classic is set for April 14 at Silver Dollar Golf Club, 12711 Silver Dollar Drive in Odessa. The four-person scramble will begin with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start. Cost is $60 per player. It includes a cart, green fees, goody bag and lunch. Course contests will be offered, along with raffles and silent auction items. For information, call (813) 920-5153.YOUTH GOLF CLINICSFirst Tee of Tampa Bay, a program of the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, will host
INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & More B Rachel Odhner Longstaffs earliest memory of South Africa is an engine fire and an aborted plane flight near the end of a long journey from Pennsylvania to the city of Durban in the KwaZulu Natal province. I remember being carried from the plane by a huge black man under an umbrella, said Longstaff. I think he was the first African I had seen. She was a 3-year-old. Her father was a Swedenborgian minister sent to South Africa to establish a theological school for Africans. The year was 1948, the year the white South African government voted to establish apartheid. The brutal system institutionalized discrimination against blacks, and the strict separation between the races. For the next 12 years, Longstaff grew up in a divided world one where she enjoyed a happy childhood amid white privileges, but also witnessed the harsh reality of apartheid. As a child, she didnt always understand what was happening. But, as an adult, Longstaff began exploring her feelings of guilt and shame for not being more aware. The result is her book, In the Shadow of the Dragons Back, published in November by Culicidae Press. Its dedication is to the boys and girls of South Africa, and in memory of her older brother, Pehr Odhner. What I wanted to do was show the contrast that had always distinguished my life and Africans under apartheid, Longstaff, a retired librarian, said of the first book shes written. I think I wanted people to know what it was like. It was a unique slice of history, she said. She struggled with how to tell her story. She didnt feel qualified to write as an expert on history and politics. So, she chose to share her experiences in South Africa through a series of personal vignettes not always told in chronological order and through family photographs. Each vignette is followed by excerpts and references to news articles, interviews and commentary on laws and events that give context to the apartheid regime. The books title refers to the Drakensberg, or the Dragon mountains of South Africa, which Longstaff describes as being wild and beautiful. One of the mountains is known as the Dragons Back. To her, a dragon is something to be afraid of and something that portends evil. As I thought about what happened, I grew up in the shadow, and it was apartheid, she said. I grew up in a police state. No wonder I was such a nervous creature. The government wasnt alone in enforcing apartheid. Even neighbors could be watching for missteps. There was a young boy, Victor, who was the grandson of the familys cook, Miriam Nyandu. Longstaff and an older brother often played with Victor. But, a neighbor complained to their mother. You have to go and play with him behind the fence, Longstaff said her mother told them. We thought it was because we made too much noise. She realized later it was because the neighbor was offended that white and black children touched one another. An older sister, Jeanette, walked to a bus stop for a ride on her first day of school. A sign at the bus stops bench said Europeans Only, but her sister didnt think that applied to her, as an American. Another sign, saying Whites Only was written in Afrikaans, a language Jeannette didnt speak. So, she stood off to the side with the black maids, and servants, who traveled daily in and out of Durban. Whites, Africans, Coloureds (mixed raced) and Indians lived in designated residential zones. They had to live outside the town because black people were separated, Longstaff said. Under apartheid, South Africa approved pass laws for nonwhites, requiring them to carry identity cards. They could be arrested for not producing them when asked. The police were pretty brutal, Longstaff said. Longstaffs mother and father at times violated behavioral norms. Her mother would drive an African ministers wife to the hospital, and allow the woman to sit next to her in the front seat. She would be scolded and told that she was giving them ideas, Longstaff wrote. Her father and his African secretary, Billy Khoza, once quietly tried to help someone escape from South Africa. One day the South African secret police showed up at the house to search through her fathers office, looking for evidence of his support for the banned political party, the African National Congress. They said Khoza was a Communist and an ANC party member. Her father reluctantly had to fire Khoza. Years later, Longstaffs mother invited Khoza (then a successful businessman) and his daughter to tea at their Pennsylvania home. It was quite nice, said Longstaff because it would have been forbidden in apartheid South Africa. Longstaff said her father had to learn to navigate through apartheids rigid rules. Otherwise the church and school could be shut down, and the Longstaff family deported, she said. When Longstaff was 16, her family returned to Pennsylvania. It was difficult to adjust to an American culture that felt foreign to her in many ways, after being away for most of her childhood. She is what is known as a third culture child, trying to straddle two separate cultures. She went on to earn an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, and a masters degree in library and information science from Drexel University. For 20 years, she was an academic librarian at the Swedenborg Library in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Later, she and her husband Alan moved to Florida where Longstaff joined the faculty at Saint Leo University. She is now retired. It was an annual event at Saint Leo, Focus the Nation, that in part spurred Longstaff to think about writing a book. She and other faculty members organized the program, which invited students to explore environmental and social justice through art and literature. But, she also reached out to her siblings to write about the familys collective memories of their time in South Africa. One brother had about 300 photo negatives. At that point, I said Im going to write the book myself, Longstaff said. She started her research with newspapers, including the London Times. South African newspapers were so heavily censored they werent useful, Longstaff said. I learned a lot about apartheid that I didnt know, she said. Longstaff hopes her book brings attention to press censorship especially as media reports now often are the targets of fake news charges. Thats an uncomfortable reminder from the past, Longstaff said. In South Africa, they were only allowed to print the party line, she said. Author recounts childhood in apartheid South AfricaCOURTESY RACHEL ODHNER LONGSTAFF COURTESY SUSAN FOSTER
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