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Must present coupon. cannot be coMbined.one per visit. exp 9/30/18.WINNER 2012-2017 Air Conditioning Â€ Plumbing Â€ Electrical B INSIDE,PAGE 1B LAKERLUTZNEWS.COMThe LAKER LAND OÂ’ LAKES EDITION The LAKERFreeSEPTEMBER 12, 2018 By Brian Fernandesbfernandes@lakerlutznews.comIt was just 9 a.m., but the humidity was already oppressive, as Jake Smith and Ralph Rodriguez began unloading their truck filled with supplies. The constant pulling and shifting, however, was not just the sound of a typical construction job, it was also the sound of a generous act. On the morning of Sept. 7, the men were among a number of workers giving back to an organization that gives so much Â– the Lutz Boy Scout Troop 12. The scoutsÂ’ clubhouse was in need of serious roofing repairs. Both of its buildings the main facility and the storage unit had lost many shingles through the years. Â“They (shingles) have a life expectancy of 20 years here in Florida, less maybe,Â” said Dan Romesburg. Â“These have gone beyond that.Â” There also were soft spots along the roofs, and the sheathing beneath the shingles, that had gone bad. Romesburg, the troopÂ’s assistant scoutmaster, along with his colleagues, decided it was time for new roofs to be installed. Earlier this year, the 54-member troop set See SCOUTS, page11A BRIAN FERNANDESTerrell King, left, of Westchase Roofing, and assistant scoutmaster Dan Romesburg were at the site of Troop 12Âs roof installation on Sept. 7. State Rep. Burgess offers overview of legislative sessionPasco projects fare well in 2019 budgetBy Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comThis past legislative session Â— and money flowing into Pasco County from the stateÂ’s record $88.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2019 Â— was the topic du jour for State Rep. Danny Burgess, during a recent appearance at a North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce meeting. Burgess, who represents the House District 38 seat covering east Pasco and portions of central Pasco, highlighted a number of local projects that received state funding: Â $15 million for the Overpass Road interchange at Interstate 75 Â $4.3 million for the Thomas Varnadoe See BURGESS, page11A CHRISTINE HOLTZMAN Hundreds battle it out, using color as their weapon of choice Usually, kids arenÂt encouraged to throw paint at each other, but thatÂs the whole point of the annual Color War at Idlewild Ba ptist Church in Lutz. Hundreds of kids turned out and their enthusiasm for the activity was obvious. Above, covered from head to toe with paint dust, Isaac Cabrera, a student ministry intern from Land OÂ Lakes, takes a moment to pose for a picture while the middle school students en gage in their Color War behind him. Andrew Evans, the churchÂs middle school pastor, said they stage the event to give people a chance to see who they are, what the student ministry is about and to share the gospel Â„ all while having fun. A group of high school freshmen engage in ÂbattleÂ during the Idlewild Student MinistryÂs annual Color War on Sept. 5. This yearÂs event attracted an estimated 750 participants from middle and high schools around the area. By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comTourism is Â“boomingÂ” in Pasco County and shows little signs of slowing down. That was the message delivered by Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore and Pasco County Tourism Director Adam Thomas during a recent appearance at a Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce meeting. Â“WeÂ’re at the highest (tourism) levels ever,Â” said Moore, who joined Smith, as the featured speakers at the chamberÂ’s September breakfast at the Golden Corral in Zephyrhills. While Pasco County is not Orlando, Moore said it has much to offer. Besides being a great place to live, to work and to play, itÂ’s also a great place to visit, Moore said. The speakers shared a number of tourism-related figures from January through June of this year. The figures were compiled with the help of Tallahassee firm Downs & St. Germain Research, which conducts the countyÂ’s quarterly and annual visitor profiles. Here are some findings from that sixmonth period: Â 451,000 people visited Pasco County, spending a combined $234 million Â The stays represented 487,000 room nights See TOURISM, page11A Pasco tourism Â‘booming,Â’ officials say Local companies pitch in to help Boy ScoutsRoman Sercu, of Wesley Chapel, waits his turn to refill his cup with more paint during the Idlewild Baptist ChurchÂs Student MinistryÂs annual Color War on Sept. 5 at the church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., in Lutz. The 12-year-old took part in the Color War with his travel baseball team, the Marauders.
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Â“We all like to read,Â” said Mia Marasco, adding, Â“we all realize how lucky we are.Â” The girls then decided that their efforts would be better spent if they divided into two groups, each group focusing on its own topic. Eighth-grade students Lauren Erwin, Isabel Poholsky, Sofia Marasco and Kate Niehoff remained focused on childhood reading. The girls, who attend Dr. John Long Middle School, partnered with the United Way ChildrenÂ’s Literacy Program. The ninth-graders Â— Mia Marasco, Adrienne Gammage, Rachel Sutherland and Hailey Krall Â— turned their attention toward helping foster kids. The four Wiregrass Ranch High School students partnered with the Eckerd Connects Foster Care Organization. Both groups had a bake sale and sold popsicles to raise funds. They took the opportunity to display two presentation boards. Each represented their causes, explaining what they were about and offering interesting facts. Â“It was really fun to watch them learn something of reality Â– budgeting and earning money,Â” said Mindy Gammage, who hosts scout sleepovers at her home. Â“It was definitely skill-building.Â” The ninth-grade girls used proceeds from their fundraisers to buy supplies to make personal care bags. They filled plastic baggies with daily essentials such as deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes and hairbrushes for foster kids. Â“With these bags, they can grab it, and it has everything they need for a week,Â” said Sutherland, a Girl Scout for 10 years. The four scouts were able to create care bags for 20 boys and 20 girls, delivered through Eckerd Connects. Besides hygienic products, each bag included something extra from the heart. Â“We also made personalized quotes of inspiration that when they read it, they can feel happy and look at the positive side of a bad situation,Â” said Mia Marasco, the project communicator. The girls also were sponsored by the Ernst and Young Company, which gave them a platform to bring awareness to foster care. They set up their presentation board and enlightened listeners on the subject at the companyÂ’s office. Meanwhile, the eighth-graders strategized the best ways to collect books. The tutoring organization Life Skills in Action sponsored the girls, setting up a book donation bin within its facility. The girls advocated for donations at local events. They also used their presentation board to inform others about child literacy. Â“It was just a very eye-opening experience to see that other people didnÂ’t know our fun facts,Â” said Isabel Poholsky, social media director. The scouts ended up collecting well over 400 books, exceeding their goal of 375. It was an important milestone for the girls who acknowledged that the thought of kids who are struggling to read makes them feel sad. Although they accomplished their donations to United Way, it didnÂ’t stop there. The girls took it a step further and became Â‘reading pals.Â’ They volunteered their time in Tampa and Wesley Chapel, sitting down with children to read to them. Â“We realized how lucky we were that we had a good school and a good family to help us have a good education,Â” said Erwin, project organizer. Â“We would have liked to return the favor. Reading and offering Girl Scout cookies to the kids made quite an impact. The children didnÂ’t want their Â‘reading palsÂ’ to leave, but to stay and read some more, the girls explained. Aside from their projects, the young ladies enjoy camp-outs, selling cookies and visiting nursing homes. They also have made donations to a pet shelter. TheyÂ’ve made it a priority, too, to learn the Girl Scout promise in sign language. Â“They always rise to the occasion multitasking between school, social activities,Â” said Elizabeth Poholsky, leader of Troop 473. Now, their attention is set toward achieving the Gold Award. They havenÂ’t settled on a new project yet, but theyÂ’re sharing some ideas. Troop member Isabel Poholsky is considering the topic of self-confidence, reasoning thatÂ’s something that many people struggle with. Sofia Marasco is focusing on a topic thatÂ’s personal to her. Â“I want to do it on celiac awareness,Â” she said, as her own mother suffers from the disease. The scouts recognize that with each award comes more responsibilities, but said theyÂ’re ready for new challenges. Scout volunteer Alycia Erwin sees the impact that Troop 473 is making Â— both on the girls personally, and also those they reach out to. Â“They really are making a difference in the lives of others, which is the Girl Scout way Â– making the world a better place.Â” For more information about the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida please visit, GSWCF.org, or call (813) 281-4475. BRIAN FERNANDESWesley Chapel Girl Scout Troop 473, from left (front row): Sofia Marasco, Lauren Erwin, Kate Niehoff and Isabel Poholsky. From left (back row): Hailey Krall, Mia Marasco, Rachel Sutherland and Adrienne Gammage.
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First Solar Electric, which has a contract with TECO, wants to install about 460,000 photovoltaic solar panels on about 205 of 350 acres of pastureland, on both sides of Blanton Road. Portions of the site are bordered by Frazee Hill and Platt roads. The solar farm, known as the Mountain View Solar Project, would produce power to be fed to TECOs power grid. From the onset, the proposed project has been controversial. Opponents packed the meeting room during the Planning Commissions hearing, with speakers contending that the solar farm would destroy one of the countys best assets its scenic views. At the appeals hearing, Frazer said the solar farm is a major utility that should be located within a master-planned development. Both Schiff and Frazer said the project should be denied because it doesnt meet the countys land use regulations and violates the countys Northeast Rural Protection plan. Wells, representing TECO, said the solar farm will be buffered by trees and shrubs, and will have little impact due to traffic or noise. Charles Lee, director of advocacy for Audubon Florida, who spoke in support of the project during the Planning Commission hearing reiterated that support. Lee said TECO has been generous in protecting wetlands and creating a 660-foot buffer zone for an eagles nest in the southeast corner of the site. When the Planning Commission approved the special exception permit for the Mountain View solar farm, the countys ordinances did not directly address solar farms. County Commissioners subsequently approved an ordinance, in June, relating to the placement of solar farms. Pasco County now allows solar farms as special exceptions in agricultural zones, and as permitted uses in some commercial and industrial zones. Future decisions on permitting are now decided by county staff and the Planning Commission, with the County Commission involved only when there are appeals. During the Sept. 4 appeal hearing, both Schiff and Frazer said that Commissioner Ron Oakley should recuse himself. There was an article published right after the Planning Commission decision and Commissioner Oakley made a comment, and the comment was substantial enough to show that he exhibits bias in this proceeding, Schiff said. He favors approval, in fact he wants approval. In this case, Commissioner Oakley should recuse himself, and if not, he should be disqualified, Schiff added. Elizabeth Blair, senior assistant county attorney, said the issue had been researched and it was determined that Oakley had no bias and should participate. Both Schiff and Frazer said the solar plant should be denied because it is inconsistent with the countys Comprehensive Plan. Both asked commissioners to reverse the Planning Commissions decision and deny the application. Frazer noted the solar farm cannot be adequately buffered because of the areas terrain. The elevation of the land is such that the panels cannot be hidden, Frazer said. Wells, representing TECO, cited the County Commissions June adoption of the ordinance relating to the placement of solar farms. The ordinance was intended to be remedial in nature, to clarify existing law and, as such, applied retroactively to all applications or appeals pending as of the effective date of this ordinance, Wells said. Noble has filed an appeal, challenging the countys June ordinance, relating to the placement of solar farms. 1:00 am 5:00 pm Sunday: 1 Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 am 7:00 pm ednesday: 10:00am 6:00pm Monday to W Store hours TM Pasco County Commission denies solar farm appeals
4A www.LakerLutzNews.com September 12, 2018 Your Community Calendar Â Submit 2 weeks in advance to: firstname.lastname@example.org Â All listings free of charge WhatÂs Happening What Â s Happening COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONSThe Pasco Alliance of Community Associations will meet Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., at Land OÂ’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land OÂ’ Lakes Blvd. The guest speakers will be Wendy Anastasiou and Jimmy Adcock, both from TECO. For information, call Wayne Mooney at (352) 467-9808.VINTAGE MUSICDreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd., in Lutz, will present a vintage variety of music from classic Broadway to classic Sinatra, and more. Showtimes are Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 at 8 p.m., and Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15, and can be bought online at tinyurl.com/y769f9l8 or at the door. For information and questions, call (813) 997-7146.PLANT SWAPThe Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, will host a Plant Swap on Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m. Bring a plant to swap and find a new one to take home. Mary Helen Zopfi, master gardener, will be on hand to answer questions. The event is for adults only. For information, visit HCPLC.org, or call (813) 273-3652.ART SALE FUNDRAISERArt for Hope, presented by Tammy White Galleries, will take place Sept. 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2155 Northpointe Parkway in Lutz, to benefit the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. There will be art for sale by Tampa Bay artists Neil Adamson, Patrick Stickney, Alex Groppi and more. There also will be a silent auction, Chinese auction, light hors dÂ’oeuvres, cash bar and music. Resource information will be available from Pasco AWARE and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Admission is free. For information on the type of art and details about the foundation, contact Tammy White at (727) 869-9888 or email@example.com.GARAGE SALE FUNDRAISERThe Forest Hills Presbyterian Church crafters will host a garage sale Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 3320 Schefflera Road. The money raised will help purchase materials for the groupÂ’s annual holiday bazaar, set for Oct. 20 at the church, 709 W. Linebaugh Ave. The proceeds from the bazaar will be returned to the community with grants to nonprofit organizations. For information, call (813) 932-6149.BOOK BAZAARThe Friends of the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will have a book bazaar Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a diverse selection of books, audio and video media, magazines and other related materials, most for a modest price. For information, call Glen Thompson at (352) 567-7449 or email Bookbollard@icloud.com.COASTAL CLEANUPKeep Pasco Beautiful needs volunteers to help clean public lands, roads and waterways. The annual International Coastal Cleanup will be Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon. Teams will be cleaning in various locations in Pasco County, including Wesley Chapel, Land OÂ’ Lakes, Dade City, Lacoochee, Hudson Beach, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, Port Richey, and Anclote Gulf Park and Strauber Memorial Highway in Holiday. Trash bags and water will be provided. T-shirts will be given out, while supplies last. Anyone interested can contact Kristen King at (727) 856-7252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.BIBLE TEACHING SIMULCASTThe Beth Moore simulcast, Â“Living Proof,Â” will be shown at Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54 in Lutz, Sept. 15. Lunch, snacks and drinks are included in the $35 ticket price. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., followed by the event at 10:30 a.m. To register, call (813) 948-4522.TALENT AUDITIONSThe Benedictine Sisters of Florida will host auditions Sept. 15 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., for their annual Charity Show of Talent, in the ballroom at the Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club, 10641 Old Tampa Bay Drive in San Antonio. Auditions for singers is at 3 p.m., musicians at 4 p.m., and dancers at 5 p.m. The annual dinner/dance fundraiser is scheduled for March 2. To audition, call Faith Pridmore or Cheryl Chadick at (352) 588-8443, or email email@example.com. Your name must be on the list to pass the guard at the country club gate.CHAIR PLANTER DEMOLifeÂ’s Treasures Thrift Store, 4910 S. Allen Road in the Westgate Shopping Center, Zephyrhills, will offer a free DIY chair planter demonstration Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. Guests can learn how to transform an old, worn-out chair into an upcycled garden decoration. Those interested can sign up for the workshop at the store or online at ChaptersHealth.org/calendar-chaptershealth. For information, call the store at (813) 355-4830.WATER CLEANUPCongregation Kol Ami will host Â“The Jewish Community Reverse TashlichÂ” Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Takomah Trail Park, 10099 Takomah Trail in Tampa. On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish people customarily go to a body of water and cast their sins into the water during Tashlich services. This year, the congregation will reverse the process, and remove sins from the water and clean up the waterfront. All materials will be provided. Participants should wear close-toed shoes, comfortable clothing and sun protection. To participate, register at repairthesea.org/reverse-tashlich. For information, call the Kol Ami office at (813) 962-6338.BITCOIN CLUBThe new Wesley Chapel Bitcoin Club will meet the third Sunday of every month from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Best Western, 5639 Oakley Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. The next meeting is Sept. 16. Space is limited. Registration is required. To RSVP, text your name to (703) 795-9077.FREE CONCERTThe free monthly concerts hosted by the Benedictine Sisters of Florida, St. Leo, will begin Sept. 16 at 2 p.m., with the choir from Piney Grove Baptist Church. The Sisters also will be part of the concert. The presentation will be at the Holy Name Monastery, 12138 Wichers Road, just off State Road 52, in St. Leo. Donations will be accepted. There will be a social after the concert.DRAWING ACTIVITIESThe New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will offer a drawing skills program Sept. 17 at 6 p.m., for adults and teens. There will be a still life station, adult coloring area, inspiration tools, and other resources to tap into creative power. All skill levels can attend. The program is limited to 20 participants. To reserve a seat, guests must pick up a ticket at the information desk starting 30 minutes before the program. For information, visit HCPLC.org, or call (813) 273-3652. ICE CREAM SOCIALThe GFWC Little Women of Lutz will host an Ice Cream Social Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., at the Lutz Civic Center, 98 First Ave., N.W. The club is for girls ages 12 to 18. Members can earn more than 100 service hours per year, toward the Bright Futures Scholarship, National Honor Society or Key Club. For information, call Jane Mason at (765) 617-7575.VEGETABLE GARDENINGUF/IFAS Extension of Pasco County will offer a free seminar on first-time vegetable gardening Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. Registration is required at Eventbrite.com.RELAY FOR LIFE KICKOFFThe American Cancer Society Relay For Life of East Pasco will host a kickoff Sept. 18 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. Teams can register for the Relay For Life event scheduled for March. For information, email Bonnie.Gibson@cancer.org. Register at RelayForLife.org/EastPascoFl.ESSENTIAL OILSDeanna Jacobs will host a free class on the Â“Basics of Essential OilsÂ” Sept. 18 at 3 p.m., at Living Food Bakery & Caf, 38201 10th Ave., in Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 479-7724.DIY CARE PRODUCTSLifeÂ’s Treasures Thrift Store, 4802 Gunn Highway in Carrollwood, will host a free DIY Personal Care and Household Product Demo on Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants can learn how to make personal care and household products using simple ingredients, as an alternative to costly store products. Signup at the store or online at ChaptersHealth.org/calendarchapters-health. For information, call (813) 969-2049.GENEALOGY SOCIETYThe West Pasco County Genealogical Society will meet Sept. 19 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the CARES Enrichment Center in the Activity Center Building, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. Participants can learn how to research emigration records from foreign countries and how to find sources for U.S. immigration records. The cost is $7 for nonmembers and $5 for members. After the lecture and presentation, society members will have a meeting, which will also include non-members. To ensure seating and handout material, register by text to (727) 271-0770 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.GARDEN GATE CLUBThe Zephyrhills Garden Gate Garden Club will meet Sept. 20 at the Magnuson Hotel, 5734 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. Vicky Keffer, club president, will present photos and information on the rainforests and gardens of Australia, Hawaii and Alaska. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Keffer at (813) 782-8004.WOMENÂ’S CONFERENCESpirit FMÂ’s fifth annual Catholic WomenÂ’s Conference will be Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 401 in Tampa, in the Special Events Center. There will be guest speakers, including Father Leo Patalinghug, as well as food. Tickets are on sale at MySpiritFM.com/WomensConference or by calling (813) 289-8040, ext. 231.GREAT GATSBY GALAThe Lutz Chiefs will host a Great Gatsby Gala, to celebrate its 40th year as part of the community, Oct. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at the Cheval Country Club in Lutz. There will be an open bar, silent auction, live music, hors dÂ’oeuvres and dinner. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 for a couple. Proceeds will go toward the purchase and installation of shade covers for bleachers. There are three ways to help: be a sponsor, participate with goods or services, or attend the gala. For donations (pickup available) and sponsor information, email email@example.com. For tickets, call Stacy Turk at (813) 732-8170.ACTIVE LIFE GAMESRegistration has begun for the 2018 Tampa Bay Active Life Games, an Olympic-style competition for adults age 50 and older. There will be contests for all skill and fitness levels. Events range from track and field to cycling to pickleball to billiards, dominoes and horseshoes. Registration is $30. There is an additional $25 charge for the golf competition, which includes a cart. Opening day festivities and the awards luncheon are included with registration. To register by Sept. 19, visit HCFLGov.net/ActiveLife. The games run from Oct. 5 to Oct. 9. Garden club butterfly programThe Dade City Garden Club, 13630 Fifth St., will meet Sept. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The program will focus on educating the public on the importance of butterflies as pollinators, and how to help the Monarch recover in Florida. The guest speaker will be Anita Camacho, president North American Butterfly Association-Tampa. Topics will include Monarch migration, waystations for Monarchs, selecting milkweed for the region, and how to contribute to saving the Monarch and pollinators in general. There will be light refreshments and beverages. The program is free and open to the public. For information, call (908) 890-4630.
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Primary winners will be on hand with information on their campaigns and their positions on issues facing Pasco County and the state of Florida. The meeting is open to the public. The club meets at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O Lakes Blvd., in Land O Lakes. The social begins at 6:30 p.m., and business meeting starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call (813) 9963011.CANDIDATE FORUMS SET FOR OCTOBERThere are three candidate forums scheduled in October, according to the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections website. The scheduled forums, as of now, are: The American Association of University Women on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. The forum will feature all candidates running for U.S. Congress, the Florida Legislature and Pasco County School Board. The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 15, at the East Pasco Adventist Academy, 38434 Centennial Road in Dade City. A meet and greet begins at 6 p.m., with the forum starting at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the event and will have the opportunity to submit questions to the moderators for consideration. The League of Women Voters-Pasco on Oct. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Land O Lakes Heritage Park Community Center, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd. The forum will feature all candidates running for U.S. Congress, the Florida State Legislature and Pasco County School Board.ENDORSEMENTPasco County Tax Collector has endorsed U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis in Bilirakis bid for reelection to Floridas 12th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to Bilirakis campaign.Political Agenda is a column that runs only during election years. It gives candidates a place to announce they are seeking political office. 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The tentative budget for the fiscal year is comprised of 69 separate funds, with a total budget of $1,349,683,373, including fund balances, reserves and net assets. Here is a summary of the tentative budgeted expenditures for 2019: General government: $215,650,048 Public safety: $232,689,204 Physical environment: $218,163,923 Transportation: $126,265,565 Economic environment: $26,587,512 Human services: $15,499,611 Culture/recreation: $25,068,689 Other nonoperating: $52,161,676 Court-related expenditures: $3,476,178 Fund balances, reserves, net assets: $433,120,967 The countys taxable assessed values increased 9.51 over last year. Some highlights of the budget include fully funding Pasco Sheriff Chris Noccos 2019 budget request; a 4 percent wage increase for board and constitutional officer employees; $5.4 million for various county initiatives and $6.4 million for infrastructure improvements. 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To register please call: 813-929-1000 For more information, visit us at tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway Is the in-person option of Tobacco Free Florida Quit Your Way services.Class ScheduleFriday, September 14, 2018 / 1:00pm 3:00pmFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills Creation Health Wellness38233 Daughtery Road, ZephyrhillsTuesday, September 18, 2018 / 10:00am 12:00pmPremier Community Healthcare 37944 Pasco Avenue, Dade CityWednesday, September 19, 2018 / 10:00am 12:00pmRegional Medical Center Bayonet Point 14000 Fivay Road, HudsonFriday, September 21, 2018 / 10:00am 12:00pm Medical Center of Trinity 9330 State Road 54, TrinityWednesday, October 3, 2018 / 10:00am 12:00pmMorton Plant, North Bay Hospital 6600 Madison Street, New Port RicheyTuesday, October 9, 2018 / 10:00am 12:00pmFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills Creation Health Wellness38233 Daughtery Road, ZephyrhillsWednesday, October 17, 2018 / 10:00am 12:00pm Good Samaritan Clinic 5334 Aspen Street, New Port RicheyWednesday, October 17, 2018 / 2:00pm 4:00pmRegional Medical Center Bayonet Point 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson LUNCH & LEARNPremier Community Healthcare, 37912 Church Ave., in Dade City, will host a Lunch & Learn Sept. 13 at noon. Topics of discussion will include accessible health care for the community, volunteer opportunities, and community resources. To register, visit tinyurl.com/y9bo88b4.SKIN SEMINARFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a free skin seminar Sept. 13 at 5 p.m., at Inspiration Place, Wellness Plaza, third floor. Lolita Wilczar, medical esthetician, will discuss an advanced approach to skincare, the aging process and effective ways to combat cellular damage. Reservations are required. To register, call (844) 504-9378, or visit FHWesleyChapel.org/events.COMMUNITY EVENTSThe Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer these community events: Lymphedema Support Group, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. Huntingtons Disease Support Group, Sept. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Compassionate Friends Support Group, Sept. 19 from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Chatterboxes, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. Tools to Quit, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon Type 1 Diabetes Support Group, Sept. 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. For information, call (727) 834-5630, or visit MedicalCenterTrinity.com.KNEE ARTHRITISThe Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer a seminar on Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis of the Knee Sept. 14. Dr. Jennifer Cook will discuss the signs and diagnosis of arthritis, and potential conservative and surgical treatment options. Admission is free. A complimentary light lunch will be provided. Reservations are required. To RSVP, call (727) 834-5630, or email MedicalCenterTrinity@hcahealthcare.com.TOBACCO CESSATIONFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills will offer the Tools to Quit tobacco cessation program Sept. 14 at 1 p.m., at the CREATION Health Wellness Center, 38233 Daughtery Road, in the Education Room. Participants can learn to better understand the physical, chemical and behavioral aspects of tobacco addiction, as well as set a quit date and create a plan to kick the habit. Reservations are required by calling (813) 929-1000.NEWBORN CARE CLASSSt. Josephs Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer a newborn care class Sept. 15 and Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Garden Classroom A. This is an interactive class and will cover various aspects of infant care, including feeding, diapering, bathing safety, signs of illness, and newborn characteristics. The cost is $25, which covers the expectant mother and a support person. To register, call (813) 443-2046.HEALTHY COOKINGFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills will offer a healthy cooking demonstration Sept. 17 at 4 p.m., at the CREATION Health Wellness Center, 38233 Daughtery Road, in the Education Room. Vicky Lin, from the Living Food Bakery, will demonstrate how to prepare a vegetable saut. Reservations are required by calling (813) 779-6476.FOOT PROBLEMSFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a lecture entitled, Those Aching Feet: Common Foot Problems, Sept. 18 at noon, in the fourth-floor classroom. Dr. Stephen Levin, board-certified foot surgery, will discuss the most common type of foot problems and treatment options available. A light lunch will be provided. Reservations are required. To register, call (844) 504-9378, or visit FHWesleyChapel.org/events.CANCER PROGRAMThe UF/IFAS Extension Office will facilitate a nine-week program on reducing cancer risk, Sept. 18 to Nov. 13, at 2 p.m., every Tuesday. The classes will take place at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, CREATION Health Wellness Center, 38233 Daughtery Road, in the Education Room. Participants can learn how to reduce their cancer risk through healthy lifestyle choices, and get the latest research-based information on the relationship between cancer and nutrition, exercise, early detection, sun exposure and more. Registration is required by calling (813) 779-6476.HEART DISEASEFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a seminar on Heart Disease: Awareness and Wellness Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m., in the Health & Wellness Center classroom, Wellness Plaza, second floor. Participants can learn about the current statistics of heart disease, as well as the signs and symptoms. Reservations are required. To RSVP, visit FHWesleyChapel.org/events, or call (844) 504-9378.ALZHEIMERS FUNDRAISERJaimes Adult Day Centers, 18950 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz, will host a Cake Walk to End Alzheimers Sept. 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be door prizes, sweets, and a peanut auction at 5:30 p.m. Pick up your goodies to help fight the disease. All proceeds will benefit the Walk to End Alzheimers. For information, call (813) 263-6735.NUTRITION WEBINARSHillsborough County Extension will offer two nutrition webinars. Sept. 19 at 3:30 p.m.: The Recommended Way to Eat. Participants can learn about the USDAs My Plate program and the Mediterranean Diet, as well as portion sizes. Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m.: Popular Diet Trends. Participants can learn to decipher fact from fiction, what is healthy, and what works for the longterm. For information and to register, go to the Local Events Calendar at sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/Hillsborough, or call (813) 744-5519. WOMENS HEALTH DAYFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will host a Womens Health and Wellness Day Sept. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Saddlebrook Resort and Spa, 5700 Saddlebrook Way in Wesley Chapel. Activities will include a womens health panel, health and wellness presentations, and health screenings. There also will be chair massages, mini makeovers, mini facials, lunch, door prizes and a keynote presentation. Admission is $5, online only at FHWesleyChapel.org/events, which will be donated to the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation. Health & Wellness 8A Come Grow With Us! 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PLU# 81223 R eS 9-30-18 O FF $ 0* Pe 21703V Vi illage Lakes 8 Shopping Center Driv e 13.575.9738 e Land O Lakes Pasco Alliance of Community Associations (PACA) 2018 ANNUAL SEMINAR OPEN TO THE PUBLICA Continental Breakfast and a free special PACA gift are provided. $5 for PACA members, $10 for non-members. October 6, 2018. Sign-in at 8:30 AM at Dupree Lakes Clubhouse, Land OLakes Speakers:J.D. Porter, President of Wiregrass Ranch, Inc. Ernie Manaco,Planning & Development Administrator, Pasco County ED McKinney, FDOT "The Latest with Transportation in Pasco County"Breakout Groups: CDD and HOA legal changes and other issues will be discussed after the speakers. Call Dave at (813) 391-2700 or send an e-mail to DavidADomino@YAHOO.COM LIMITED SEATING Visit us at MYPACA.ORG and on Facebook PACA is a community education organization serving the needs of HOA, Condo, and CDD communities in Pasco County. 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Limited time only. *EXPIRES 9/30/18 LOOKING FOR SPONSORSBexley Elementarys PTO (parent-teacher organization) is planning to host a Movie Night on Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m., for all students and their families, and is looking for a local business to help sponsor the event. A donation of $500 will cover the cost of the blow-up screen and projector. The movie will be free, including popcorn, and will be in the schools cafeteria. Families who would like to eat dinner, can buy pizza, a cookie and soda for $3. Bexley also is open to ideas on sponsorship benefits. Some of these ideas include: the business/logo mentioned as a sponsor in all promotions leading up to movie night; a Thank You message with logo displayed on the screen prior to the movie; a table on-site with information about the business; and, the business could provide branded popcorn bags or could provide stickers to put on the bags. For information, email Kathy Hrach at email@example.com.SAT/ACT BOOT CAMPMore than 50 local students can now get help with free SAT/ACT prep. Scholarships are available to students from low-income families. Andrea Catsicas, of Mindworks Prep, is offering the scholarships for eligible students to attend one of her Tampa area boot camps. Local students currently on free or reduced lunch can apply. There will be a one-day boot camp at the University of South Florida Alumni Center on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information and to apply, visit MindworksPrep.com.EARLY LEARNING ENRICHMENTTinkergarten, an early learning enrichment program that focuses on nature and community, will host a free trial class Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m., at the Meadow Pointe III Community Clubhouse, 1500 Meadow Pointe Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Tinkergartens mission is to elevate childhood and bring families together in a natural place in the community for classes, where kids learn through play. Each class will have expert-designed, outdoor play-based activities, and will includecapabilities such as empathy, collaboration, creativity, persistence and problem-solving. The classes are for ages 18 months to 8 years. For information, email Charity HenesyBrooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.FREE HOMECOMING DRESSES AND ACCESSORIESThe Belle of the Ball Project will once again provide free homecoming dresses and accessories, to in-need high school girls, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at its boutique at 1210 Holt Ave., in Clearwater. Upcoming dates include Oct. 6 and Oct. 20. Dresses will be available for prom, homecoming and military balls. No referral letter is necessary. No appointment is needed. A small donation of $1 to $5 can be made, but is not required. The project also will accept donations of dresses and accessories. For information, call (877) 772-3553.CIVIC LITERACY REQUIREMENTPasco-Hernando State College has implemented the new Civic Literacy requirement for students seeking an Associate in Arts or bachelor degree. First-time-in-college students must satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement prior to submitting an Intent to Graduate form in the term they plan to graduate. The new requirement, Florida Rule 6A10.04213, was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in 2017. The requirement can be met by successfully completing one of the following courses or tests: POS 2041: a college-level survey course on American government AMH 2020: U.S. American History (II), since 1865, or Successfully pass Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government & Politics test, with a passing score of 3; the AP U.S. History test, with a passing score of 4; or the CollegeLevel Examination Program American Government test, with a passing score of 50. To learn more about PHSC graduation requirements, students must contact a PHSC advisor. For information on PHSC programs and services, visit PHSC.edu.BEST & WORST SCHOOL SYSTEMSWalletHub, a personal-finance website, released its report on 2018s States with the Best & Worst School Systems, as well as videos. In order to determine the best school systems in the United States, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 25 key measures of quality and safety. The date set ranges from pupil-teacher ratio to dropout rate to median standardized test scores. The quality and safety of schools in Florida were ranked this way (1=Best, 25=Average): 3rd: Bullying Incidence Rate 9th: Reading Test Scores 17th: Math Test Scores 30th: Pupil-Teacher Scores 37th: Dropout Rate 39th: Percentage of threatened/injured high school students 39th: Median ACT Score 46th: Media SAT Score 49th: Percentage of licensed/certified public K-12 teachers Massachusetts is listed as the top-ranked state overall for its school systems. Florida ranked 26th and New Mexico is listed in 51st place. For a full report, please visitWallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-schools/5335. 10A September 12, 2018 Did you know...813-996-1895 3632 Land OLakes Blvd, #105-7 Land OLakes, FL 34639WWW.DUROJAIYELAW.COM*2016 Gallup The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you FREE written information about our qualifications and experience. ONLY 50%*OF AMERICANS HAVE A WILL? 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Locally, supplies were collected for the Hillsborough Education Foundation, which is dedicated to more than 200,000 students in Hillsborough County Public Schools by providing educational resources and financial assistance. Approximately $900 in supplies came from homeowners and business partners, providing more than 1,100 pieces needed for the school year. In addition, the Weekley Family Foundation donated $5,000 to use toward classroom technology. David Weekley team members are shown with bags of supplies for the Foundation. The Laker/Lutz News likes to keep our readers informed about news from our local schools, including upcoming events, photos of events, recognitions and so on. Submissions need to include who, what, where, when, contact information, identifications for individuals in a photo (unless it is a large group), and a photo credit. Please send your information two weeks prior to desired publication date, and email it to email@example.com. 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See the full lineup and download our app at IslandHopperFest.com. 7:30 pm September 12, 201811A Forensic Center for Research and Education located at the Land O Lakes Detention Center $1 million for the proposed Sarah Vande Berg Tennis Center in Zephyrhills $5.9 million for upgrades at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport $750,000 for a road study on pursuing an additional extension to State Road 56 that would link to State Road 39We walked away locally in east Pasco with the most historic levels of funding that weve ever had. We were able to do some pretty good things for this area, said Burgess, the featured guest speaker at the chambers September breakfast at the Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel.Overall, the entire state budget was a 7.6 percent increase, or about $6.3 billion more than the 2018 fiscal budget. Burgess noted the considerable surge was due to some unforeseen things, including Hurricane Irma, the Parkland shooting and rising health care costs related to Medicaid. Even so, Burgess said the state still came away with a balanced budget and AAA bond rating, which he characterizes as fantastic news for areas, including Pasco County, that are developing and growing and expanding their business base. Said Burgess: All of the major publications and research entities in the country are still ranking Florida the top one, or two, in terms of fiscal health and places that people want to be in, and, places that people want to start their business, so that matters. Florida is right there neck and neck with Texas in terms of desirability and enacting the right policies to have a friendly business climate, so those are things that we can continue to foster and build upon as we move forward. Meanwhile, of the 74 bills signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, Burgess said the biggest win of the legislative session was the passage of HB 37, which sets forth parameters for direct primary care agreements. Under direct primary care agreements, doctors charge patients monthly fees in advance of providing services, with patients then able to access services at no extra charge. The bill amends the state insurance code to make clear that direct primary care agreements do not violate insurance regulations. Primary care providers are defined as physicians, osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, nurses or primary care group practices. Burgess, who sponsored the bill with Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, said thered been an attempt to pass some variation of the bill over the last four years. He explained the legislation should benefit small businesses whod like to offer health care options for their employees, but otherwise cant afford to in the traditional health care marketplace. This bill is a great way to expand options and access for Floridians everywhere, the state representative said. It removes that middleman of bureaucracy of health care and health insurance, and it allows so much more time between the patient and doctor. I think that itll have a big impact for us as we move forward. More doctors are going to start practicing in this arena, which is great, the state lawmaker said. Elsewhere, Burgess touched on other priorities Florida needs to address going forward such as expanding opportunities for veterans statewide. The state representative stressed the need to provide more options for soldiers suffering from combat-related illnesses, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. He also mentioned the need to create more workforce opportunities for veterans through equivalency of training programs in careers, including law enforcement, engineering, firefighting, contracting and others. Said Burgess: Florida needs to be the most veteran-friendly state in the nation. I think that were close to being there. Weve done a lot to be there, but I think we have a long way to go.BURGESS, from page 1A Hotel occupancy is up nearly 3 percent in Pasco County compared to last year, with hotels now averaging 75 percent occupancy Tourism yielded $23 million in taxes, with $15 million in state and federal taxes, $8 million in local taxes Tourism provided $83 million in income, with 3,645 jobs sustained by tourism in Pasco, representing 5 percent of all income and 7 percent of all jobs in the county Tourism contributes $250 in state and local taxes, for each Pasco household Those visiting the county apparently had a good experience. Ninety percent of those responding to a survey said they would return, and 99 percent said they were satisfied with the countys offerings. Moore, who is chairman of the Pasco Tourist Development Council, is bullish that those promising figures will continue, noting that there are several projects and initiatives coming online the next few years. Specifically, Moore mentioned the forthcoming Wiregrass Ranch Sports Complex, a $44 million, 98,000-square-foot facility that broke ground in June. The complex, expected to open in late 2019, will be able to host other sporting events and recreational activities, such as martial arts, wrestling, gymnastics, curling, badminton, soccer, lacrosse and pickleball. It will even play host to unconventional sports tourism, such as the World Championship of Cornhole. Besides the indoor facility, the complex will have seven outdoor sports fields, an amphitheater with an event lawn, walking trails, pavilions and a playground. Once complete, the facility will be one of the countys great assets, Moore said. Were going to have thousands of people come on the weekends for multiple tournaments, whether it be cheerleading or wrestling or volleyball or gymnastics people from all over the nation, sometimes maybe even all over the world, Moore said. Its exciting. Were excited about that. Meanwhile, other future sports-related endeavors in Pasco include the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis Center in Zephyrhills and the Christopher N. Chiles Aquatic Center in Land O Lakes, each of which could become a magnet for hosting regional and national tournaments. Smith said those facilities, plus the Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, which opened in January 2017, make Pasco an attractive sports tourism destination. The heartbeat of tourism right now is our sports, Smith said, noting his offices target audience is young families with children. Thats our bread and butter. Smith, too, suggested the countys inshore and offshore fishing offerings, as well as hiking, biking and walking trails all help create a bevy of other family friendly activities for those visitors who travel in for various sporting events and tournaments. Were an outdoor recreation, ecotourism, adventure travel destination, Smith said. We have a lot to offer that a lot of other destinations dont have, so we want to differentiate our product and sell whats unique about our destinations. Another future selling point for Pasco is the return of scalloping, the speakers said. For the first time since 1994, state waters off Pasco County were open to bay scallop harvest for a 10-day trial season in late July. Harvest areas included all state waters south of the Hernando-Pasco county line and north of the Anclote Key Lighthouse in northern Pinellas County, as well as all waters of the Anclote River. Moore said there may be additional scalloping days next year and a full scalloping season by 2020. Moore also noted that without the scallop trial season, families would have otherwise traveled north to Hernando County, all but bypassing Pasco. Ive never seen that many boats in the water in Pasco County in my life. It was packed, the commissioner said of the 10-day trial season. Smith coined the popular family friendly activity an underwater Easter egg hunt. Its a great opportunity for folks, not only around Florida or the southeast region of the United States, but all across the nation, to get in our waters, to explore our aquatic life and to have this experience to take home with them. Thats the memories that were trying to create here for our guests and families to come in and experience some of the things that we have on an annual basis, Smith explained. Aside from sports and outdoor activities, the tourism director said theres also been a renewed emphasis to lure annual conventions and shows and corporate retreats, taking advantage of large meeting space at Saddlebrook Resort, Hyatt Place Wesley Chapel, and eventually the Wiregrass Ranch Sports Complex.TOURISM, from page 1A out with a challenge to collect donations from the community. They reached out to various organizations and finally found two willing participants Gulfeagle Supply and Westchase Roofing. Gulfeagle would provide all necessary roofing material on site and Westchase would install it everything free of charge. With a project that would have typically cost $9,000 to $10,000, Troop 12 now had two companies volunteering their time and service. Theres just not a lot of people these days willing to give up that kind of monetary nut, said Romesburg. Thats a lot for a company to take on. The staff of Gulfeagle and Westchase both worked hand-in-hand to get the project underway. The roof was stripped to bare wood, and its frame was gradually re-layered with new shingles. The job in total took several hours and was completed by afternoon. Despite the intensive labor required, the workers performing the charitable act considered it a simple gesture. I was excited when they told me I was coming here, said Smith, a Gulfeagle associate. Not many people will give out generosity such as this. Terrell King, operations manager for Westchase, was on site to oversee the work. We try to do some community outreach. If somebody needs a little help and we can help, then were going to try, King said. Upon hearing that the companies had stepped forward to handle the job, the scouts were ecstatic. The news also came at an opportune time, as Sept. 15 marks the troops 85th anniversary, and a celebration is planned to mark that occasion. While the volunteer help lifted the boys spirits, Romesburg said he wanted the scouts to take away a deeper lesson from the experience. They need to see as they grow older and become responsible adults, that they need to learn to give back, he said. Thats what its all about.SCOUTS, from page 1A If you goLutz Boy Scout 85th AnniversaryWHERE: 205 Second Ave. S.E., LutzWHEN: Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. COST:Free and open to former scouts, as well as scout sponsorsDETAILS: Celebrating Troop 12s longevity of 85 years. Refreshments will be served.INFO:Contact Paul Evans at (813) 6792195 or email@example.com. Follow @LakerLutzNews on Twitter www.twitter.com/lakerlutznews
12A Faster tter Back to be r. r. sco | W Central Pa We e sley Chapel Hes only been golfing competitively for about two years, but Fab Laude has picked up the sport with relative ease.He made the Wiregrass Ranch boys varsity golf team as a freshman last year, developing into one of the Bulls top players and is now one of the better players in the county. But, before the 15-year-old gets too deep into his sophomore campaign, theres another golf competition hes got on his mind. On Sept. 29, Laude will compete in the Drive, Chip & Putt regional championships at TPC (Tournament Players Club) Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach. He qualified for the event after finishing runner-up in the boys 14-15 division at the Drive, Chip & Putt sub-regional qualifier last month at Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs. There, he and Tampas Suraj Kollegal (who placed first in the boys 14-15 division) outperformed numerous competitors from Miami, Naples, Sarasota and other areas. Outdueling other top golfers in his age group from the southern half of the state was very humbling, Laude said. At the same time, he noted, it gave me a lot of confidence, like, Yeah, I can hang with these guys, he said. Unlike traditional golf, a higher score is better in the Drive, Chip & Putt event, where points are accumulated from the three fundamental skills of golf. Driving points are calculated on yardage distance and accuracy where a shot must finish within a 40-yard-wide fairway. For chipping and putting, points are awarded based on how close a ball is to the hole from a series of different distances (chips from 10 to 15 yards; putts from 6 feet, 15 feet and 30 feet, respectively). The short game is where Laude particularly excelled something he also takes pride in his regular golf game. My game inside 100 yards is just on point for me, said Laude, who grew up in Wesley Chapel. What I believe is, you get your scoring from your short game, so I try and work on that a lot, because you can hit the ball long, but if youre not good at your short game, youre not going to really get anywhere. Even if I hit a bad shot and I know Im 160, 170 yards out, I know that Ill make par or at least bogey, he said. In between high school practices and early season matches this year, Laude has taken extra time to prepare for the upcoming Drive, Chip & Putt competition. Hes also spending his weekends honing skills and working on the different shots at his home course at Pebble Creek Golf Club, in Tampa. Laudes personal motto: Train like no one else, so you can play like no one else. Im out there working every day, Laude said. Even if Im doing good or bad, it just gives me momentum for me to play even better. My main goal is to play college golf, so when I see these college players and stuff Im like, I want to get to their level, so I try to work as hard as them. The regional skills tournament is the last step before the 2019 Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, the Sunday before the Masters Tournament. Result notwithstanding, Laude plans to soak in stepping foot on TPC Sawgrass, which is home to the PGA Tour headquarters and hosts The Players Championship, the PGA Tours signature event. It is also widely viewed as one of the top golf courses in the United States and the world, ranking No. 10 in Golf Digests Americas 100 Greatest Public Courses. Said Laude: Id have to say that this is probably like my best career moment, going to a professional course that a lot of pros play at every single year. Its going to be a very nice first time, putting on really fast greens, with pretty good rolling fairways, too. Growing up, Laudes first love was basketball, with golf always on the backburner. It wasnt until a couple years ago that he realized his potential for golf, getting lessons from his godfather and other instructors in the Tampa Bay area. Laude was always told he had a natural swing, as hes since worked to fine-tune his alignment and more advanced mechanics. Its something longtime Wiregrass Ranch boys golf coach Mike Horrigan has noticed, when he observes Laude, who averages in the low 40s per nine holes. His swing is gorgeous, and hes very polished on the course, Horrigan said. He just goes through the process of a pre-shot routine, and hes very deliberate in everything that he does, and I suspect hell be shooting in the upper 30s before the end of this season. The coach added: What impresses me about Fab is he has a very well-rounded game. When you watch him play, hes improved in all facets of his game. Horrigan undoubtedly will be rooting for Laude at the Drive, Chip & Putt regional, describing him as one of the most respectful, nicest kids Ive ever coached. 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For information, email PHSC womens cross-country head coach Katherine Damstetter at firstname.lastname@example.org.YOUTH SPORTS SUMMITBayCare, the New York Yankees and Positive Coaching Alliance will host a free youth sports summit for local parents and coaches Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at George M. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. Experts will provide a variety of health and wellness information, on topics ranging from concussions and overuse injuries, to nutrition, strength training and more. Register at BayCareYouthSports.org.WESTBRIDGE RUN 4 RECOVERY 5K SET SEPT. 22The fourth annual Westbridge Run 4 Recovery 5K Run/1 Mile Walk is set for 9 a.m., Sept. 22, at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave., in Tampa. All proceeds will support WestBridges Recovery Opportunity Fund, which provides extended care for families currently receiving recovery services. Cost is $35 for standard runners and $20 for children (ages 3 to 12 years). To register, visit RunSignup.com/Race/FL/Tampa/Westbridg eRun4Recovery. For information, email race director Addie Pangaro at email@example.com.ROBERT D. SUMNER GOLF TOURNAMENTThe third annual Robert D. Sumner Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 29 at Silverado Golf & Country Club, 36841 Clubhouse Drive in Zephyrhills. The four-player scramble will begin with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start. Fee is $50 per player, which includes green fees, golf cart and lunch.Prize packs are available, encompassing four closest to the pin, one long drive, one closest to the line, two mulligans and two drink tickets. For information, call Brenda Minton at (352) 206-8889.Local golfer headed to regional championships Teams U6 and above will be divided by gender and age. All teams U6 and above will practice up to twice per week, and all age divisions will have Saturday games. Players will be coached by volunteer coaches and will receive ample playing time.For more information and to register, visit WesleyChapelSC.com/rec-soccer, or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.ROLLER DERBY BOUTThe Rolling Valkyries womens roller derby team will skate against Palm Coast Roller Derby on Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m., at SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. Revolution Roller Derby will donate a portion of its proceeds from the bout to benefit the American Cancer Society. Tickets are $12 at the door, or $10 if you bring a canned good or toiletry donation. For information, visit RevolutionRollerDerby.com, or email info@RevolutionRollerDerby.com.LIGHTNING FAN FEST SET FOR SEPT. 23The Tampa Bay Lightning will host its annual Fan Fest Sept. 23, at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive in Tampa. Fan Fest, presented by Florida Blue, will be the first chance for fans to see and interact with the 2018-19 Lightning. As in previous years, fans will have the opportunity to watch practice, and get autographs and selfies with Lightning players in training camp. Those who attend can partake in several other in-arena elements, as well as a complete program featuring interviews with players and other personalities. The event is free and the public is invited.More details, including event time, will be released soon on NHL.com/lightning.PHSC 5K SET FOR OCT. 21The annual PHSC Run with the Bobcats 5K is slated for Oct. 21 at 8 a.m., at the Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus,CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENTThe All-American Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay and We Honor Veterans, is set for a noon shotgun start Sept. 15 at The Groves Golf & Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O Lakes. The event, which is expected to become an annual tournament, is hosted by the Republican Club of Central Pasco and the Pasco Federated Republican Womens Club. It will include contests and games, raffles and auction, and an awards dinner. Cost is $65 for single golfers or $240 for a foursome. For information, contact Meg Merritt at (813) 428-6541 or email@example.com; or, Lillian Cucuzza at (954) 520-4555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.ADULT FALL BASKETBALL LEAGUE REGISTRATIONRegistration is ongoing for the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Centers Fall Adult Basketball League, open to players of all skills levels age 18 and older. The season begins Oct. 2 and runs through Dec. 20. There will be eight regular season games followed by a playoff tournament. Games will be played Tuesday and Thursday nights, between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Cost is $75 for JCC members and $100 for non-members. To register, visit BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com/Leagues. 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The selfie trend of the day has revolutionized how photography is consumed. However, the gap between modern-day selfportraits and those spanning more than 150 years ago, may not be so broad. St. Petersburgs Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is featuring an exhibit that sheds light on how artists have embraced self-portraits long before smartphones and social media became a thing. The MFA is hosting the This is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection through Nov. 25. The exhibition, which came from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), features more than 80 photographs created by 66 artists. Three themes performance, identity and reflection are the focal point of the exhibit, showing various techniques artists have used to create their images. The gallery is showcasing self-portraiture dating as far back as the 19th century. The oldest piece in the exhibit, by French artist Alphonse-Louis Poitevin, is from 1853. People always want to express themselves in creative ways, said Robin O Dell, curator of photographic collection at St. Pete MFA. This exhibition does a good job of showing the breadth and depth of how people do that. While there are self-portraits taken by the artists themselves, there are others in which artists pose for another photographer. In each image, however, the artist has an agenda whether it is to entertain or to address social issues, such as family, gender, race or politics. In his 1988 portrait, Robert Mapplethorpe explores the theme of identity, as he faces the camera holding in hand a cane with a skull on top of it. The image, taken several months before his passing, was his way of addressing his own mortality. The reflection theme can be seen through a more modern image, 2004s Mirror Ball by Anne Collier. In this portrait, Collier uses a disco ball to reflect parts of her fingers, clothes and hair around one of her eyes the window into the soul.CREATING CONNECTIONS THROUGH ARTThis is Not a Selfie sets out to help newer generations resonate with artwork of past generations and to understand its importance. One of the things thats wonderful about this show is its incredibly accessible and relatable, said Kristen Shepherd, executive director of St. Pete MFA. The way we use pixilation and all the different things that artists have done through time, were all doing too. Were all connected in that way. Three selfie stations allow visitors to play an interactive role. A turquoise-colored carpet signals each stations location. The fun house mirror station is inspired by a 1955 portrait by Imogen Cunningham, where she poses with her granddaughters. Like the image, the mirrors distort the size and shape of whoever stands before it. The 9-foot disco ball station reflects its subjects in glossy and fragmented pieces. This station was inspired by Anne Colliers portrait. Then, there is the Jonathan Borofsky-inspired station which has three projections on a bare wall. At this station, subjects can stand with their backs to a projection so it appears to be tattooed on their bodies, such as in Borofskys 1980 art piece. Visitors can post their selfies onto Instagram with the hashtag #notaselfieMFA. This hashtag will allow their photos to be uploaded onto an image board at St. Pete MFA for the public to view. We want people to be engaged with art, O Dell said. Theyre so inundated with imagery now, that its good to see how professional artists use their creativity to express personal things. The MFA is the only stop the exhibition will be making on the East Coast of the country. It previously has been showcased at the San Jose Museum of Art and the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, both in California. INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & More B Exhibit proves that selfies are not exactly a new thingCOURTESY OF THE AUDREY AND SYDNEY IRMAS COLLECTION If you goThis is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection WHERE: St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. PetersburgWHEN:The exhibit will be on display daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Thursday, when it is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, when hours are noon to 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through Nov. 25.COST: $20 for adults; $15 for those 65 and older, Florida educators, college students and military officers; $10 for students age 7 and older, and free for those younger. Admission is $5 after 5 p.m., on Thursdays.DETAILS:The exhibition showcases more than 80 self-portraits spanning a period of 150 years.The museum has a caf, open Tuesdays through Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Valet parking is available at the entrance; there is metered parking on the street.INFO:Call (727) 896-2667, or visit MFAstpete.org.Worth the Trip BRIAN FERNANDES
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He has only been at the shelter a few weeks, but is ready to find his furever home. Texas likes to socialize Texas is a 1-year-old pup that arrived as a stray in July.He passed his dogto-dog intro, so bring your pup for a meet-and-greet.Texas is a playful boy and loves to run. PET PAWS If you would like to adopt Bolt or Texas, be sure to visit Pasco County Animal Services at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land OÂ Lakes. The adoption center is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6:30 p.m. All adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccines. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.ADOPTION SPECIALPasco County Animal Services, 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land OÂ’ Lakes, will offer $20 adoption fees for all available cats and kittens, during the month of September. Adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations. Pasco County residents are required to purchase appropriate licensing for a new pet. Available pets can be viewed at Petango.com. For information, call (813) 929-1212.NEW DOG PARK OPENHillsborough CountyÂ’s newest dog park has opened, and it offers dogs and their people more than 2 acres to frolic, fetch and socialize. The park is built on a portion of the Bertha and Tony Saladino Park, 1705 Bryan Road in Brandon. It includes 1.8 acres for large dogs and 0.8 acres for smaller dogs. Both areas are fenced, and include shaded seating and water fountains for people and dogs. ThereÂ’s also canine agility and play equipment, a walking trail and paved parking.ADOPTION FEES DROPPED TO $5The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, is over capacity, and the shelter has lowered dog adoption fees during September. Throughout the month, adoption fees for all ready-to-go dogs will be $5. These dogs have been microchipped, vaccinated, registered, and spayed or neutered. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Adoptable pets at the center also can be viewed online at tinyurl.com/y8lpw2tm.BLESSING OF THE ANIMALSShepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 37015 Orange Valley Lane in Dade City, will host a Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m., to commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. For information, call (352) 567-8424.SHARE YOUR PET NEWSIf you have pet news about adoptions, walks or other events for pet owners and their pets, you can let us know by sending us an email. We just need the basics: who, what, when, where and why. The information should be submitted two weeks prior to the desired publication date. We also need a contact name and number, in case we have questions. There is no guarantee of publication, but we consider each item we receive. If youÂ’d like to make a submission, send it to email@example.com. Readers can now find Pets of the Week and Local Wildlife photos on our website at LakerLutznews.com, under the Pets/Wildlife link. 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PULTE HELPS FEED HUNGRYPulteGroups West Florida division has partnered with Feeding Tampa Bay to help ease the hunger problem in the community. Recently, 30 members of the Pulte team spent several hours putting together enough meals to feed 2,700 people from the Tampa Bay area, according to a news release. It has always been a top priority for us to give back to the community in which we live and work, Sean Strickler, president of Pultes West Florida division, said in the release. We support the mission of Feeding Tampa Bay and look forward to a continued partnership that helps support those in our community who are in need. The Pulte team created food packages that included nonperishable items like oatmeal, tuna, and pasta, plus canned fruits and vegetables. Each year, Pultes West Florida division participates in multiple charitable activities. 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