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The Pasco County Commission on July 10 approved an ordinance that revamps an existing two-step process for previewing land use and zoning applications. Commissioners disbanded a long-standing advisory board, known as the Development Review Committee, or DRC. That committee generally reviewed applications and made recommendations to the County Commission. The DRC was made up of county department heads and the county administrator. The countys new ordinance also reduces the size of the Planning Commission from an 11-member board to seven voting members.Six planning commissioners are county appointments, with the seventh member apSee REVIEW, page11A By Kathy SteeleField trips to Rosebud Continuum are a regular, bi-weekly event for students at Academy at the Lakes during the school year. Students learn about gardening and sustainable practices for an environmentally friendly world. Now, Rosebuds staff members are preparing for a future that will expand its outreach to more schools. The Pasco County Planning Commission on July 11 approved a special exception permit that will allow Rosebud to operate as a private school. The expectation is for more students from area schools to come for tours and hands-on-learning. Rosebud also plans to apply to Pasco County Schools for inclusion on a list of approved student support programs and resources. Rosebud will not be a day school, but instead will be a go-to location for other schools interested in environmental programs, said Jerry Comelias, the site and educational director for the Rosebud Continuum, at 22843 Hale Road in Land O Lakes. Teachers also could attend workshops to learn about Rosebud and sustainability, with a goal of being their students tour guides. FILEThe 14-acre Rosebud Continuum features a Florida Native Plant Trail, with a wildflower meadow.Rosebud Continuum approved as a private school in PascoSee ROSEBUD, page11A CHRISTINE HOLTZMAN An evening at the park These children are squeezing in as much fun as they can during the summer break. One recent evening, they had some fun at the p layground at the Land O Lakes Recreation Complex, at 3032 Collier Parkway in Land O Lakes. Above, perched high atop the rock-cli mbing wall, 8-year-old Sienna Domhoff of Odessa, left, and 7-year-old Olivia Swarts of Lutz, become fast friends, while their brothers take part in a nearby soccer camp. Three-year-old Emilio Escamilla, of Lutz, and his 8-year-old sister Jamie, pause briefly after climbing the bright yellow jungle gym. Their mother, Wendy, said it was such a nice evening, it was great to get out so the kids could run around and release some of their high energy.Twelve-year-old McKaila Handfield of Land O Lakes, right, chases her two younger brothers 5-year-old Mason, left, and 4-year-old Morgan during an intense game of Tag. Their mom, Billie, said running around at the playground is the perfect way for the kids to exercise, after indulging in some sugary treats.By Kevin WeissThe Pasco County Sheriffs Office is using a new cyber sting program to combat human sex trafficking. The agency has joined forces with the Tampa-based U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking (USIAHT), to use an approach that attacks the demand-side of sex trafficking by targeting and identifying online sex buyers through the use of intercept bots. Heres how it works: The bots are used to create fake sex ads that are posted online as part of a cyber sting operation. A bot, posing as an individual looking to receive money for sex, communicates directly with all responders to the ad. During communication, the bot collects data from the sex buyers and sends it to law enforcement, eventually ending the conversation by informing the sex buyers that they have been communicating with a robot, that law enforcement has their information, and sends them resources for rehabilitation programs. Data collected about the sex buyer may contain their name, phone, address, cell carrier, place of employment city, zip code and additional information. From there, the sheriffs office will seek to arrest and prosecute known offenders,See BOTS, page11A Bots help fight sex crimes
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The program promotes Irish culture and involves an annual international competition in Ireland, where the Rose of Tralee is selected at a festival held at the town of Tralee in County Kerry. This year, the Land O Lakes teenager was the first recipient of the Cara Loughran Memorial Scholarship, created in honor of the young woman who lost her life during the Valentines Day shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The 17-year-old Finn said one of her goals during the coming year is to raise money to support a second scholarship, to provide the opportunity for another young woman to take part in the leadership camp in Ireland. Finn, who is a member of the Irish Young American Leaders, said her trip to Ireland last year gave her a chance to explore the way of life in another country, and also helped her to become more outgoing. The leadership camp offered the chance to learn about Irish history, sample Irish foods and dip into the countrys culture, she said. During last years travels, she learned about international trade issues involving Ireland and America; she visited EA Games, a company where computer games are produced; and she spent some time doing volunteer work at a mental health home for adults. The group also met the Mayor of Galway and spent time with some high school students who were preparing to compete at the International Science Fair in America.They also visited a farm where they observed how a typical Irish family spends a Sunday afternoon. And, they listened to live music and tasted traditional Irish stew. Other parts of the trip included hiking Croagh Patrick and riding bikes around the Aran Islands. Not only was last years trip the young womans first international foray, it was the first time she boarded an airplane. The airplane trip was just her first encounter with many unfamiliar experiences, but Finn said she wanted the chance to learn new things, and the trip fulfilled that desire. She also had a chance to see some Irish countryside, while traveling down narrow roads. We went up some mountains. They were very narrow. We were in a gigantic bus. It was so scary, she said. We (passengers) were holding onto each other. Her host family provided many American foods, but they also made brown bread and scones every day, Finn said. She also noted that she drank lots of tea, but no coffee. So, she did get a little spoiled because for the first two weeks after she came back, she asked for scones every morning, said Tina Finn, her mom. She said the trip to Ireland was a wonderful experience for her daughter, in many ways. She learned to be on her own and to be assertive in asking for things. Since weve been doing college visits, weve been flying around. I dont have to tell her what to do. She knows what to do, Tina Finn said. After returning from this trip, the teenager, who will be a senior in Pasco eSchool this fall, plans to be busy working on two fundraisers. One would support the trip to Ireland for another young woman. The second is raise $3,000 to support a trip she wants to take back to Ireland, then to India, in the spring. Initially, she would be part of a group learning first-aid skills in Ireland, then they would travel to India where they would work to help children living on the streets and in slums in India, and poor families, too. Its to promote immediate and lasting change in their lives, the young woman said, noting a portion of the time would be spent in a hospital, which would be excellent experience for her because she aspires to become a midwife. To find out more about the Florida Rose of Tralee, visit the groups website at FloridaRoseofTralee.com. B.C. MANION Want to help?If you would like to help Amanda Finn raise money so she can take a trip to Ireland and India in the spring to help the underprivileged in India, or if you would like to help support a scholarship so another young woman can travel to Ireland next summer, please email Amanda Finn at email@example.com. Pine View Middle School has become the first public school in Pasco County to be authorized as an IB Middle Years Programme World School. Principal Jennifer Warren and members of the schools staff recently attended the Pasco County School Boards meeting, where they were congratulated for their accomplishment. The school received a letter dated May 30 from Siva Kumari, director general of International Baccalaureate, informing them that the school had met the requirements to receive the authorization. As an IB World School offering the Middle Years Programme, you are part of a global community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring, young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully, and make contributions resulting in a more harmonious and peaceful world, Kumari wrote. We commend your schools educators, administrators, students and families for their active roles in choosing to offer the Middle Years Programme, he added. An International Baccalaureate team visited Pine View Middle in the spring to determine whether the school should receive the distinction. The team spent two days at the school, interviewing staff, students and parents, and observing classrooms to ensure that the IB framework has been embedded in Pine Views learning environment, Warren said, in an interview following the visit. Becoming an IB Middle Years Programme World School is a lengthy process. Pine View, at 5334 Parkway Blvd., in Land O Lakes, became a candidate school in May of 2015, and began implementing the program at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Pine View Middle also has been designated as a magnet school, which means that students who live outside of the schools attendance zone can apply to attend the school. Those living within its boundaries have first choice, and then remaining slots are opened up to those living outside the boundaries. Pine Views mission is to provide a rigorous, world-class education, which inspires students to become active, compassionate and collaborative lifelong learners who understand and respect other people and their differences, according to the schools website. The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right, according to IBs mission statement, which is posted on Pine Views website.Pine View achieves IB designationA trip to Ireland helps to inspire a 17-year-old
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AV VING S D 10 to 6 Mon-Sat Â€ 12 to 6 Sunday Land OÂ Lakes, FL 34638813-491-4879 BexleyFlorida.com 10to6Mon-SatÂ€12to6Sunday Private quiet lakeside s Perfect for business lun c No waiting for family w e Br ing your laptop and s D iscover Bexle y Âs B S uperb culinary exper i By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comThe millage rate charged to property owners wonÂ’t increase for fiscal year 2019. The Pasco County Commission voted on July 10 to tentatively set the rate for the 2019 draft budget. Commissioners agreed to maintain current rates, which are at 7.6076 for the countyÂ’s operations, and 1.8036 for fire services. Commissioners cannot increase the rates prior to adopting a final budget, but are free to decrease them. Still, county officials said some residents can expect an increase in their personal property tax bill if the value of property went up. The proposed budget will have its first public hearing on Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m., in Dade City. Overall, the countyÂ’s 2019 revenues saw a healthier increase than expected, based on final data on property valuations provided by the Pasco County Property AppraiserÂ’s office. Property values rose from about $24.6 billion in 2018 to about $27 billion for 2019, an increase of about $2.3 billion. That translated to about $11.3 million in additional property tax revenues. That is about $787,000 more than county officials had anticipated based on initial estimates. With the extra revenues, the countyÂ’s budget will fully fund the sheriffÂ’s budget requests and pay for county employee salary increases. The budget also includes expanded library hours and completing some deferred park maintenance. In addition, the budget provides funding for special requests from county commissioners made at a June workshop, which include: Â A contribution of $50,000 to United Way, up from $15,000 Â A contribution of $30,000 to historical museums, up from $20,000 Â An allocation of $250,000 for Safety Town improvements By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comHurricane Irma largely spared Tampa Bay, and Pasco County, from its destructive path in 2017. But, Irma also cast light on a weakness in hurricane preparedness for one of the most vulnerable populations Â– people living in licensed health care facilities. The Pasco County Commission on July 10 approved an ordinance that makes provisions for coordinating evacuation plans between licensed health care facilities and the countyÂ’s emergency operations. The ordinance also provides a fee schedule for licensed facilities, such as nursing homes and hospitals, to pay for county-led training and exercises in emergency management. And, it allows Pasco to hire an emergency management coordinator at an annual salary of about $61,000. The coordinator will oversee the countyÂ’s health care operations program, including annual reviews of emergency plans prepared by licensed health care facilities. There also will be at least six annual training courses, and at least eight staged exercises to prepare for emergencies. Â“The health care industry contacted us about this,Â” said Kevin Guthrie, PascoÂ’s assistant county administrator for public safety. During Irma, some nursing homes evacuated patients to the countyÂ’s shelters. But, issues arose on the patientÂ’s care and how they would be transported back to the nursing homes after Irma passed, county officials said. Pasco County deputies, in some instances, had to step in and provide transportation. Commissioners discussed the matter in a January workshop with local health care officials. Funding for the program will come from annual fees of $250 collected from licensed facilities with 16 or fewer beds; and, $500 from facilities with more than 16 beds. Also, a fee of just under $12 per bed will be collected. At the January workshop, county officials reported estimates of more than 6,200 beds within the county. Most of the beds were at assisted living facilities, nursing homes and hospitals.No increase planned for PascoÂ’s property tax rate Get all your favorite local news stories online www.lakerlutznews.com The Laker / Lutz News Nursing homes and hospitals face new fees Kevin Guthrie COURTESY OF PATRICIA SERIO One nose at a time Members of the GFWC Lutz-Land OÂ Lakes WomanÂs Club, together with a few close pals, recently toured the United Kingdom and while there (whilst in, Brit-speak), celebrated International ÂRed Nose Day.Â Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by Comic Relief USA, and is about making it fun to come together to raise money and awareness for children who need help the most, in America and around the world. Red Nose DayÂs mission is to end child povertyÂ„one nose at a time.
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Expires 7/31/18 SIMPLYElegant Elegant Lay Away & Gift Certificates Available GOPHER TORTOISE WORKSHOPThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will have a free workshop on conserving gopher tortoises on July 19 from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Utilities Administration Building, 19420 Central Blvd., in Land O Lakes. Registration is required by sending your name and organization by email to Alex.Kalfin@MyFWC.com. For information, visit MyFWC.com/GopherTortoise to access the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan.SUMMER SHOWCASENext Generation Ballet at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts will present a Summer Showcase July 20 at 7 p.m., in Ferguson Hall. The show will feature more than 150 students from across the United States and Australia. Students will perform classical ballet, contemporary dance and musical theater. The highlight will be the ballet, A Classic Conundrum. Tickets start at $15 and are available by calling (813) 229-7827 or visiting StrazCenter.org.HISTORICAL SOCIETYThe Pasco County Historical Society will meet July 20 at 7 p.m., at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Road in Dade City. The guest speaker will be Jeff Miller on the topic of Pasco County from the 1800s to today, via the origins of the names of the towns appearing on historical maps. A carry-in dinner precedes the program, so guests should bring a dish to share, as well as cutlery for personal use, plate(s) and a beverage. For information, contact Madonna Jervis Wise at (813) 7820246 or MadonnaJWise@gmail.com. JAZZ PERFORMANCEPatel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts will present a Jazz Intensive Performance on July 20 at 5:30 p.m., in the Morsani Hall lobby. Students will present an evening of jazz styles and improvisation. Tickets start at $10 and are available by calling (813) 229-7827 or visiting StrazCenter.org.BEERFEST FUNDRAISERThe Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa, will host its annual Beerfest fundraiser July 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The theme will be Hop Gun, and guests are invited to don their beer goggles, dress as a favorite Top Gun character, or come in a costume inspired by the movie. There will be craft beers and local brewers, and snacks and samples from area restaurants. Discounted advance tickets are on sale until July 20. For tickets and information, visit TampaTheatre.org.CHOCOLATE OLYMPICSThe New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will host Teen Chocolate Olympics July 23 at 6:30 p.m. Guests can meet the librarys Teen Advisory Board and take part in sweet competition and chocolate fountain fun. There will be relay races, contests and games, with a chocolate twist and prizes. The event is for ages 11 to 18. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.BIBLE DAY CAMPAtonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, will host its annual Vacation Bible School Day Camp July 23 to July 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for ages 5 to 12. The cost is $15 per child, and $10 for each additional child in the family. Payment is nonrefundable. For information, call (813) 215-6001, or email email@example.com.TAMPA ORCHID CLUBTampa Orchid Club will meet July 24 at the Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive in Tampa. Bill Thoms, an expert Bulbophyllum grower/breeder, will present a talk on general orchid culture and will demystify Bulbos, a diverse Florida friendly orchid genus. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., followed by a meeting at 10 a.m. There will be a bloom table where experts discuss orchids brought in by members, plants for sale and a silent auction. For information, call Barbara Barkhurst at (813) 949-7467. THE TALE OF PETER RABBITBits N Pieces Puppet Theatre will present The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit, at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, July 24 at 2 p.m. and at 3:15 p.m., for kindergarten through fifth grade. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.FREE KIDS MOVIESCobb Grove 16 Theatres, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, will show free kids movies on July 24, July 25 and July 26 at 10 a.m. The films will be Emoji Movie and Boss Baby. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Same-day ticketing only. Large groups, schools and camps can attend. For information, call (813) 948-5444, or visit CobbTheatres.com.BREAKFAST MEETINGThe University Area CDC Partners Coalition will meet July 26 at 10:30 a.m., at the University Area Community Center, 14013 N. 22nd St., in Tampa. The meeting is for anyone interested in improving the surrounding neighborhoods of the University of South Florida. There will be a complimentary breakfast, and networking. For information, visit UACDC.org.LAND O LAKES AARPThe Land O Lakes AARP Chapter No. 4764 will meet July 27 at 10:30 a.m., at the community center at Land O Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd. Joining the chapter costs $10 a year. The meeting includes a potluck lunch. For information, email Ileana Santini at firstname.lastname@example.org.HISTORY BUS TOURThe Tampa Bay History Center will host its first Tampa History Bus Tour July 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting at Centro Asturiano Club, 1913 N. Nebraska Ave. Stops will include the Oaklawn Cemetery, University of Tampa (Plant Hotel), Tampa Union Station, Ybor City and Tampa Heights. There also will be an on-your-ownlunch stop at Taste of Boston at the Ballast Point pier. Bring a bag lunch or purchase lunch. Seating is limited. Advanced registration is required. For information, call (813) 675-8983.BILLY THE KIDThe 1885 Train Depot Museum, 70 Russell St., in Brooksville, will present The Adventures & Times of William H. Cox II Billy the Kid July 28 at 7 p.m. Limited seats are available. The cost is $10. For information, call (352) 799-4766.HAMILTON SING-ALONGThe Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood, will host Hamiltunes: An American Singalong July 28 at 1 p.m. The library will play the instrumentals and project the lyrics. The audience will provide the vocals. Hamilton costumes are encouraged. The event is for ages 10 and older. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.BATTLE OF THE BANDS FINALEThe New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will host an Online Battle of the Bands Finale Celebration on July 28 at 2 p.m. The event is the culmination of the summer-long online original music contest. Guests can celebrate the winners and listen to the best tracks. The event is for teens and adults. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.KIDS DAYThe Florida State Fairgrounds will host Kids Day on July 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a question-and-answer session with Nickelodeon stars; take your picture with Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion The Florida Garrison and superheroes from Costumers With a Cause; stop by a photo booth; learn how to train like a firefighter with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue; tour a school bus with Hillsborough County Public Schools; visit radio stations for prizes; enter to win a kids bike; and more. Adult admission is $5. Kids age 17 and younger are free. Parking is $6 per car. Everything inside the Kids Day is free.BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERSBig Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay will host an orientation session July 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd., for anyone interested in becoming a mentor/volunteer. For information, contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at (813) 997-6881 or DebK@bbbstampabay.org.BOWLING FUNDRAISERThe For Her-Strike Out Human Trafficking bowling fundraiser, to benefit Bridging Freedom, will take place Aug. 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., at PinChasers, 484 N. Armenia Ave., in Tampa. Check-in time is noon. The cost for individual players is $20. Corporate teams also can register. Participants receive complimentary lunch, two games of bowling and shoe rental. Sign up by Aug. 1 by emailing Teresa Foss at Teresa@BridgingFreedom.org.DRIVE-THRU PRAYERAtonement Lutheran Church, 29167 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, continues to offer Drive-Thru Prayer under the portico every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Stop by; you can stay in your car. Our Caring Ministry partners are there to share your cares and concerns in prayer. Everyone is welcome.STUFF THE BUS FOR TEACHERSUnited Way of Pasco County is conducting its eighth annual Stuff the Bus for Teachers. The campaign is set for Aug. 3, Aug. 4 and Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Supplies that are collected will be distributed by Pasco County Schools. A school bus will be at these locations: Walmart-Port Richey 8701 U.S. 19 Walmart-New Port Richey 8745 State Road 54 Walmart-Lutz 1575 Land O Lakes Blvd. Walmart-Wesley Chapel 28500 State Road 54 Volunteers will hand out shopping lists andcollect donations. On Aug. 6, volunteers will gather at the The Mike Fasano Hurricane Shelter at 11611 Denton Ave., in Hudson, to sort and pack supplies. Participants are needed at the donation and packing sites. For information, contact Melinda Velez at email@example.com or (727) 8352028.NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY MEETINGThe Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., at Land O Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd. The Aug. 14 meetings topic is, Movie Night, Seashore Eyewitness. Meetings are free, and all interested parties are invited to attend, to bring questions about their yard, and enjoy some light refreshments. There also will be a chance to win a native plant. For information, call (727) 207-1853, or visit PascoNativePlants.org. BBQ chicken benefitThe Dade City Kiwanis Club is firing up the grill to benefit the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village. The club will be serving drive-thru barbecue dinners for pick-up July 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Badcock parking lot at 14009 Seventh St., in downtown Dade City. The cost is $10 per dinner. Tickets are on sale at the Pioneer Florida Museum and the Dade City Chamber of Commerce. For information, call (352) 567-0262.
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This is not just a car wash it's a place where people share stories about kids growing up, about changes in their families and neighborhoods. In addition to its car wash services, Bay Breeze also offers lube services at its Lutz and New Tampa locations. From the time we start working on your car for a lube service, our goal is to have you on your way in 15 minutes or less, Barone said. We keep track of when you come into the facility, and have a system in place to track it. Bay Breeze recently broke ground on a new express wash location in Wesley Chapel at State Road 54 and Vandine Road, located across from Saddlebrook Resort. Barone expects this location to open by the end of the year.Fast, Convenient and Affordable (813) 615-1333www.baybreezecarwash.com Terrance Ramoutar 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. 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The social will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. For more information, call (813) 996-3011.TRINITY DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETINGThe Trinity Democratic Clubs July 25 meeting will feature Chris Hunter, candidate for the district 12 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and Amanda Murphy, candidate in district 16 seat in of the Florida Senate. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., at Fox Hollow Golf Club, at 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway in Trinity. Doors open at 5 p.m., for dinner and happy hour (selfpay) with food and beverages available for purchase throughout the meeting. For more information, call (415) 609-3633.CANDIDATE FORUMS Idlewild Baptist Church, at 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., in Lutz, will host a candidates forum on July 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The East Pasco Democratic Club will host a political forum for all Democrats, Republicans and no party affiliation for local and state offices on Aug. 4 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Alice Hall Community Center, 38116 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. The League of Women Voters will be there to register voters or update voters current registration. Light refreshments will be served.ICE CREAM SOCIALThe Central Pasco Democratic Party will host an ice cream social on Aug. 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Meadow Pointe Community Center, 28245 County Line Road. Those attending can meet other Democrats and talk with local candidates.ENDORSEMENTS The West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association has endorsed Mike Moore, in his re-election bid for the District 2 seat on the Pasco County Commission, according to Moores campaign. The Veterans Caucus; Alex Sink, former chief financial officer of Florida; and, the Democratic Womens Club of Florida, have endorsed Brandi Geoit in the race for District 4 seat on the Pasco County Commission, according to Geoits campaign.Political Agenda is a column that runs only during election years. It gives candidates a place to announce they are seeking political office. It lets voters know of upcoming Meet the Candidate nights or political forums. It is a place where political clubs can announce upcoming meetings, and it will include news that is pertinent to voters for upcoming elections. It will not include political fundraising events. 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ÂIt was a very difficult decision for our judges,ÂŽ said Rob Kr AÂ Âs dir ector of marketing and public relations. ÂMany of the stories of these selfWe e truly wish we could have given every nominee a new A/C system.ÂŽ Th Wi inning Fa amily Judges selected Jason and Cristine Rhodes of Springhill as the first winner of the Neighbor In Need contest. ÂJason was overwhelmed and nearly in tears when I called him with the news,ÂŽ said Kress. ÂTheir central heating and cooling system had stopped working three years ago, and this family of five had endured extreme summer temperatures and sometimes-frigid winter temperatures.ÂŽ The Rhodes are known in central Pasco for their work with The Inspire Foundation, a non-profit music and arts program that uses the arts to help children with autism and other disabilities. Much of the work done by the Inspire Foundation is at no cost. The Rhodes established their foundation after helping their autistic son become verbal by using music to connect and communicate with him. As professional music instructors, the couple wanted to share what they learned by helping their son with other families. ÂThe Rhodes family is constantly raising funds to keep their program going, and have forgone their own personal needs to help others,ÂŽ said Kress. Th he Priz e Grows AÂ r, r, to the Rhodes home to evaluate its existing air conditioning system and to properly size their new equipment. During the inspection, Register noted severe damage to the homeÂs existing ductwork, and saw that animals had gotten into the attic through holes in the roof. Because of the poor condition of existing ductAÂ Â s d eci d e d to a l so d onate a ll materia ls and installation for a complete new duct system. But first the raccoons living in attic had to be removed. Kress r Wi irt, an animal removal expert and owner of A-All Animal Control of T y, who agr eed to help. Wi i rt found t h at critters h ad entered through a severely damaged roof and soffits The problem was so severe that it had to be resolved before the new air conditioning system could be installed. So Kress contacted Matt Housh, owner of ArryÂs Ta arpon Springs, who also agr eed to help and upon inspection, found the roof not reparable. ÂArryÂs Roofing really stepped up,ÂŽ said Kress. A full r oof replacement was the only option, and was a huge task. ArryÂs team worked for three days y. .ÂŽ Wi ith a new r oof in place, Wirt returned to remove critters living in the attic and found that the attic insulation was saturated with animal urine and feces and needed to be replaced. So Wirt r ff feo, owner of Gulfside Insulation, who agreed to donate his services and materials to safely extract and dispose of the contaminated insulation. 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MEDICARE PRESENTATIONSThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a Medicare 101 presentation July 21 at 10 a.m. A SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteer will be available to answer questions. For information, call (813) 929-1214. A SHINE volunteer also will be available July 25 at 1 p.m., at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City. For information, call (352) 567-3576.DIGESTIVE ISSUESFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a seminar called Well Get You Out of Hiding July 24 at noon, in the fourth-floor classroom. Dr. Rajan Narula, gastroenterology, will discuss the causes, symptoms and treatment options of digestive issues. A light lunch will be provided. Registration is required by calling (844) 504-9378 or visiting FHWesleyChapel.org/events.KNEE SEMINARFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a seminar called The Aging Knee July 24 at 6:30 p.m., in its Health & Wellness Center Classroom, Wellness Plaza, second floor. Dr. Barbara Morris will discuss the basic anatomy of the knee, the aging process and treatment activity modifications. Reservations are required by calling (844) 504-9378 or visiting FHWesleyChapel.org/events.INFERTILITY INFO SESSIONFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer an infertility information session July 25 at 5:30 p.m., at Inspiration Place, Wellness Plaza, third floor. Dr. Anthony Imudia, board-certified obstetrics and reproductive endocrinology, will give an educational lecture. There also will be group discussion. Preregistration is required by calling (844) 504-9378 or visiting FHWesleyChapel.org/events.NEW DIRECTOR APPOINTEDRegional Medical Center Bayonet Point has appointed Jennifer Aceituno-Cardona as hospital administrative director of graduate medical education and program support for the hospitals newly ACGME-accredited general surgery residency program. Prior to joining Regional Medical, Aceituno-Cardona recently served as administrative director for graduate medical education at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of Stony Brook University in New York. In addition to her role at Mather, she worked as the graduate medical education specialist in the GME office at Stony Brook and as a fellowship coordinator at Southampton Hospital, giving her experience with both osteopathic and allopathic programs. Aceituno-Cardona has a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Stony Brook University.NEW CHIEF NURSING OFFICERRegional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced the appointment of Melanie Wetmore as chief nursing officer. Wetmore comes to Bayonet Point from Oak Hill Hospital, where she served as assistant chief nursing officer. Prior to Oak Hill, she was employed at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Wetmore has more than 20 years of experience in emergency care and nursing leadership. She began her career in Rochester, New York, and served in emergency nursing in Torrance, California; Tucson, Arizona; and Tampa. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the State University of New York College at Brockport. Wetmore also has a Master of Science degree in nursing leadership from Jacksonville University and is in the process of completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also is a board-certified nurse executive, certified emergency room nurse, and holds certification in advanced cardiac life support, basic life support and pediatric advanced life support. Wetmore also is a trauma nursing course educator. Assisted Living | Memory Care Neighborhoods Assisted Living license number 12384 AmericanHouse.comWe hear it all the time. People wish theyd moved here sooner. 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New Patients WelcomeConvenient to: Odessa Â€ Trinity Â€ Land OÂLakes Â€ Primary care pediatrics for infants, children, and adolescents Â€ Physician owned and locally grown, with 12 neighborhood locations throughout Tampa Bay Â€ Evening & weekend hours open to all patients (select locations)1850 Crossings Blvd. Odessa, FL 33556 Behind shopping plaza at SR 54 and Suncoast Parkway Suncoast Office (813) 475-7100 www.PediAlliance.comMelody Baade, MD Â€ Ignatius Tan, MD Help kids succeed, donate school suppliesBy Mary Rathmanmrathman@lakerlutznews.comEvery year, students are asked to bring supplies from an ever-growing list to school on the first day. Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano is sponsoring a countywide Back-to-School Supply Drive, throughout the month of July, to help alleviate the burden of the families that may not be able to afford the supplies required. Â“Gone are the days when a notebook, a pencil and some book covers, often made out of old shopping bags, were what most kids needed,Â” Fasano said, in a news release. Â“Now in addition to backpacks, earbuds, USB drives and a variety of pens, pencils, tape, crayons and other items, they are expected to buy supplies for the classroom as well.Â” Too many families struggle to provide for their own children, let alone provide towels, wipes and items for other students to use, he said. All five tax collector offices will be collecting donations of school supplies. Cash donations also can be made, at any of the locations. To mail a check, send to Tax Collector Mike Fasano, P.O. Box 276, Dade City, FL 33526. Note on the memo line: Back-toSchool Backpack Promotion. Schools in each community will receive the supplies soon after the promotional campaign ends. For more information about the Pasco Tax CollectorÂ’s Back-to-School Supply Drive, contact Assistant Tax Collector Greg Giordano at (727) 847-8179, or visit PascoTaxes.com. Office locations also can be found at the website. FILEEfforts are underway to help students who need supplies for the 2018-2019 school year. COURTESY OF FAITH PRIDMORE Looking to the future, with hope The Benedictine Sisters of Florida in St. Leo were represented at their annual Federation Chapter in Cullman, Alabama, by Sister Jean Abbott, Sister Eileen Dunbar and Sister Roberta Bailey. The Federation of St. Scholastica was established in 1922, and is comprised of 20 Monasteries of Benedictine Women across the country and Mexico. Delegates meet for a week of discussion and the formulation of direction statements/planning for the next four years. The theme of this yearÂs conference was ÂFacing Our Critical Junctures with Hope.ÂThe Laker/Lutz News Staff ReportKindergarten is supposed to be fun and educational, and allow children an opportunity to blossom. It is usually the first time the tykes are away from their parents for a significant amount of time. While most kindergartens donÂ’t exactly have GPA requirements, for a child to succeed there are a few milestones that should be reached before they toddle through the door, according to Alise McGregor, founder of Little Newtons, an early education center in Minnesota and Illinois. Â“New parents especially can have a hard time understanding that there are actually things their child should know prior to kindergarten,Â” McGregor said, in a news release. Children should know some basics to make kindergarten a better experience, she said. McGregor recommends these typical things a child should know before entering kindergarten: Â Basic shapes. The child should have learned basic shapes like the square, circle, rectangle and triangle in preschool. If not, parents should teach them. In kindergarten, they will likely be introduced to the hexagon, star, heart and octagon. Â The letters of the childÂ’s name. They should at least be able to recognize the letters of their name. In kindergarten, they will learn uppercase letters and begin lowercase letters. They also will begin to learn how to write freehand without tracing. Â Numbers 1 to 10. Some children will be able to count to 100 by the time they reach kindergarten, but all should at least be able to count to 10. Numbers will be used starting the first day of school. Â Social skills. The child should be able to follow directions, to be able to be separated from the caregiver, and be able to use a restroom independently. Children who scream and cry when separated disrupt the rest of the class. Teachers simply do not have time to supervise individual students who cannot independently use a restroom. Getting your child off on the right foot early is important, McGregor says. By teaching basic skills prior to attending kindergarten, success will come easier.Prepare your kindergartener for success METROCREATIVE
HEARING SCREENINGSThe Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida screened more than 17,000 students at more than 60 schools last year and is looking for volunteers to do the same this year when school begins in August. No previous training is required. The screening process is simple and a brief demonstration is provided. The average screening time is two hours to three hours. Volunteers are free to choose which schools they would prefer. All volunteers must pass a background check. Prospective volunteers can fill in an application at Pasco.k12.fl.us, and click on the Volunteer Application at the bottom of the page. Under Â‘Preferences,Â’ choose Sertoma Speech & Hearing.COLLEGE WORKSHOPThe Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library, 1505 Nebraska Ave., in Tampa, will host a College Readiness Workshop for high school students July 21 at 10:15 a.m. Assistance will be provided to help high school students understand resources for researching potential colleges, scholarships and other financial help, as well as how to prepare applications and get ready for the next chapter in life. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.PROGRAM APPLICATIONSPasco-Hernando State College is accepting applications for the Bachelor of Science in nursing online degree program that will start in August. Those interested must complete an application and submit an essay no later than 7:30 p.m., July 24. The BSN program prepares currently licensed RNs who have an Associate in Science in nursing, or diploma graduates of nursing programs, with additional skills in management, leadership, theory and research. For information, visit PHSC.edu.HOPEFESTThe Freedom Center will present Hopefest on July 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Wesley Chapel Elementary School, 30243 Wells Road. There will be free backpacks, school supplies, music, food, carnival games and more. In order to receive a free backpack, each child must present a ticket. To register, visit FreedomIsHere.org. For information, call (813) 414-1664. BACK TO SCHOOL BASHThe Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation will host a Back to School Bash, presented by the Standing Strong Outreach Ministry, on July 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Centro De La Restaurancion, 6541 Orchid Lake Road in New Port Richey. There will be music, face painting, bounce houses, school supplies raffles and more. For information, call (727) 505-0108.SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVEGulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes and the Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco are partnering for a Back to School Supply Drive through July 31. Items needed include backpacks, colored pencils, crayons, erasers, folders, glue sticks, markers, notebooks, paper, pencil cases, pens, scissors and yellow pencils. Donations will be distributed to students in need in Pasco County elementary schools at the start of the school year. Shoppers who donate new school supplies will receive a voucher for 25 percent off a single item in the store. For shop locations, visit GHPPC.org. For information about the drive, call Kirsty Churchill at (727) 845-5707.BACK TO SCHOOL HAIRCUTSMy Salon Suite of New Tampa, 20707 Center Oak Drive, will provide free haircuts, in exchange for school supplies, Aug. 5 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For every $5 to $10 of donated school supplies, a child will receive a free haircut. The donated supplies will be given to Quail Hollow Elementary and Metropolitan Ministries. There also will be free food, face painting and more. For information, call (813) 501-0600.DONATE NEW SUPPLIESDavid Weekley Homes will host its fourth School Supplies Drive through Aug. 6. Donations can be dropped off at the Design Center, 9006 Brittany Way in Tampa, or at any David Weekley model home in the Tampa area. For a complete list of supplies needed, visit tinyurl.com/y7bhpk3w.PASCO SCHOOLS CHILDCARE DEPARTMENT GETS NEW NAMEPasco County Schools has renamed its Place Department to reflect expanded programming. The new name is the Office for After School Enrichment Programs. To learn about the variety of programs the department operates or for enrollment information, parents should contact the school their child attends.SCHOLARSHIP FUNDThe Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce presented a check for $1,500 to The Pasco County Parks Recreation and Natural Resources Residents Scholarship Fund. The fund helps families to attend summer camp programs in the county, and were generated from the chamberÂ’s annual Land OÂ’ Lakes Music Festival.PHSC FOUNDATION NAMES NEW BOARD MEMBERThe Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation has added a new director to its board. Sharon Hayes, BSN, MBA, has been named to fill a vacant seat for a term that ends in 2019. Hayes, of Tierra Verde, is the chief executive officer for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson. The PHSC Foundation is governed by a volunteer board from Pasco and Hernando counties.EIGHTH ANNUAL STUFF THE BUS FOR TEACHERSUnited Way of Pasco County is conducting its eighth annual Stuff the Bus for Teachers. The campaign is set for Aug. 3, Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Supplies that are collected will be distributed by Pasco County Schools. A school bus will be stationed at Walmart shopping centers to collect donations at the following locations: Â Walmart-Port Richey, 8701 U.S. 19 Â Walmart-New Port Richey, 8745 State Road 54 Â Walmart-Lutz 1575 Land OÂ’ Lakes Blvd. Â Walmart-Wesley Chapel 28500 State Road 54 Volunteers at all locations will hand out shopping lists and collect the donations. On Aug. 6, volunteers will gather at the The Mike Fasano Hurricane Shelter, 11611 Denton Ave., in Hudson, to sort and pack the supplies. Volunteers are needed at the donation sites and at the packing sites. For information, contact Melinda Velez at email@example.com or (727) 835-2028.DAY SCHOOL TURNS 50Independent Day School/Corbett Prep is turning 50 and looking for alumni who attended the Independent Day School in Tampa for an anniversary celebration scheduled for Aug. 18. The school is asking for stories and photos from former students who were enrolled anytime between the schoolÂ’s founding in 1968 to the present day. To share memories, help with planning or attend the event, email Lisa Herscovici at firstname.lastname@example.org, or join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/IDS50. Independent Day School changed its name to Corbett Prep in 2012 and is located at 12015 Orange Grove Drive in Carrollwood. For information, call (813) 961-3087.PHSC FALL REGISTRATION UNDERWAYRegistration is underway for fall sessions at Pasco-Hernando State College. The course schedule is available online at Info.PHSC.EDU/Course-Schedule. New students should apply online at PHSC.EDU/Admissions. For information, visit PHSC.edu. 10A www.LakerLutzNews.com July 18, 2018 Send school news to email@example.com COURTESY OF LIGHTHOUSE PRESCHOOL Lighthouse Preschool coming soon Lighthouse Preschool will open its doors in August, but families with 3and 4-year-olds are invited to visit now to learn more about its early childhood programs. The school is at 7017 Boyette Road in Wesley Chapel. For more information, call (813) 994-8678, o r visit LighthousePreK.com or Facebook.com/lighthouseprek. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like The Laker/Lutz News to consider coverage of an event, send a request to the same emai l.
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This year, the club raised more than $46,000 to contribute to deserving organizations. Some of the District Designated Funds will go toward the Rotary International Polio Plus campaign. Other recipients included: Boy Scouts; Brooks Debartalo Interact; Brooks Debartalo Leadership Series; Champions for Children of Hillsborough; Community Stepping Stones; Foot Foundation; Freedom High School Interact; Freedom High Interact Little Library; Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; Hillsborough Literacy Council; New Leaps Academy; Opportunity to Play Inc.; Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; Pasco Sheriff Charities Inc.-Sophias Lemonade Stand; Relay For Life of New Tampa-Fun Friends Footin it for a Cure; Rotary Club of Harare Zimbabwe Mukambe Orphanage; Rotary Foundation; Meals of Hope; Feeding America Tampa Bay; Fisher House JAHVA Hospital; Helping Hands Food Pantry; Rotarys Camp Florida; Rotary Youth Exchange; Seminar for Tomorrows Leaders (S4TL); Speech Contest; USF Diabetes Care; USF Rotaract; USF Womens Leadership in Philanthropy; VSA Florida; and, YMCA of New Tampa. The Rotary Club meets every Friday morning at 7:15 a.m., at Tampa Palms Country Club.pointed by the Pasco County School District. While the configuration has changed, five of the countys appointees were members of the outgoing board. They are: Michael Cox, Jaime Girardi, Charles Grey, Peter Hanzel and Kevin Ryman. Roberto Saez is the only new face on the board. He formerly was Pascos senior construction project manager for Pasco. Chris Williams, the school districts planning director, has been approved by the school district to fill the seventh slot. He, too, served on the outgoing board. The new planning commission will have its inaugural meeting on July 26. It will be the only board making decisions and recommendations to county commissioners on development-related issues. County commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance and new appointees. The streamlined approach, which took years to become reality, initially was recommended by a study conducted by The Urban Land Institute in 2008. Pasco staff members culled through 29 applications for the new planning commission, including seven current members. They presented county commissioners with a list of 15 applicants, from which six candidates emerged with sufficient votes to make the final cut. County commissioners also initially approved Dennis Smith a current planning commission member as an alternate in the event that Cox had to decline his appointment. Cox was waiting to hear if he would be appointed to a state ethics commission, which would make him ineligible to also serve on the planning commission. The ethics commission appointment didnt happen, so Cox will serve on the planning commission. And, the appointment of Smith as alternate became moot.particularly those that search out underage victims for sex. The new program was introduced at a recent news conference. Were going to know who you are, said Pasco Sheriff Cpl. Alan Wilkett, referring to the potential sex buyers. If youre going to buy sex in Pasco, this is your buyer-beware warning. Instead of engaging a victim and preying upon their vulnerabilities, you might be talking to us, said Wilkett, who heads up Pascos human trafficking task force. The bot program officially launched countywide July 9. The Pasco Sheriffs Office is believed to be the first agency in Florida to utilize the technology to combat human sex trafficking. It is being funded privately by the USIAHT through donations from a group of foundations and individual donors. The USIAHT approached the sheriffs office nine months ago about implementing the program. The Microsoft-developed bot technology was first introduced on the west coast by an anti-trafficking organization called Seattle Against Slavery. Officials with USIAT suggest the bots can communicate with thousands of buyers simultaneously. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said the technology should save his agency time, money and other resources. Deputies no longer will have to spend the time to set up fake sex ads and communicate with buyers through cyber sting operations. It makes us much more effective to go after people, the sheriff said, adding cyber sex stings are intensive operations for law enforcement agencies.SEX TRAFFICKING AN ISSUE IN PASCO, TAMPA BAYBefore the program was implemented, the USIAHT performed a case study in Pasco and Tampa to determine the scope of sex trafficking and prostitution. The findings were staggering. Stephanie Costolo, USIAHTs regional manager for Florida, said her team discovered more than 32,000 local ads on sex-selling sites across a two-month period. The organization also counted hundreds of websites, apps and secret social media groups dedicated to the purchase and sale of sex. We have a lot of sex buyers here in Pasco County, said Costolo. For the next 45 days to 60 days, the USIAHT will deploy the bots to collect even more information on the landscape of human sex trafficking in Pasco. They hope to get better estimates on the number of sex buyers in the county and to determine how aggressively they pursue minors for sex, among other data. Many of the bot profiles, at least initially, will be set up as minors looking to sell sex allowing the sheriffs office to better target the worst of the worst offenders. Were looking for repeat callers. Were looking for people who are continuing to hit these ads, Wilkett said. Florida typically ranks third in the nation for calls about incidents of human trafficking, behind California and Texas, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Tampa Bay usually ranks fourth in the state for the number of such calls. Officials say the regions attraction as a tourism destination, along with having international airports and deep-water seaports, increase vulnerabilities for human sex trafficking. Hosting large sporting events and conventions also lends to the problem: We have a lot of potential (sex) buyers that come in when those kinds of things happen, Wilkett said of major events. Meanwhile, the intercept bot technology is part of a larger initiative through the USIAHT called the Trafficking Free Zone program. In addition to trying to reduce the demand for sex trafficking by arresting and prosecuting sex buyers, the program also focuses on educating the community on sex trafficking and offering resources for victims, as well as those struggling with sex and/or porn addiction. We have to get educated to understand what sex trafficking looks like in our community, Costolo said. We have to get enraged that this is happening to our children and we have to get engaged.BOTS, from page 1A REVIEW, from page 1A We want to train the trainers, said Comelias. We want to make the world a better place. In addition to Academy at the Lakes, Blake High School students, from Hillsborough County, were among those making trips to Rosebud in recent months. Students arent the only groups that tour Rosebud. Visitors from Haiti came earlier this year to learn natural growing practices that they can use at home. Comelias is a graduate of the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida. Rosebud Continuum is a partnership between the Patel College, and Sonny and Maryann Bishop, who own the 14-acre site. Sonny Bishop is a former National Football League player, and a Lakota Sioux. Rosebud reflects the Bishop familys philosophy of preserving and advocating for ancient traditions of sustainability, once commonly used in Florida. The site features a sustainability farm, a wildflower meadow, goats, aquaponics, hydroponics, Florida native plants, beekeeping, and biodigesters that convert food waste into fuel and fertilizer. The site also has a two-story brick home, a brick garage, a basketball and volleyball court, a hoop-house and a shed. The metal shed will be designated as a classroom, and the hoop-house will be a greenhouse classroom. No new structures are planned. Summer months are mostly about maintenance and cleaning up, and getting geared up for the coming school year, Comelias said. Tours through the Florida Native Plant Trail, with the wildflower meadow, though, are available on request, he said.For information, call (813) 331-7170, or email Rosebudcontinuum@gmail.com. ROSEBUD, from page 1A Donate A Boatsponsored by boat angel outreach centersSTOP CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN www.boatangel.com2-Night Free Vacation!or Car Today! 800 700 BOAT (2628)
12A image courtesy of Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute in season now!WilD Alaskan Salmon^WilD Alaskan Salmon After spending the past year with the D.C. United Academy, Adam Hassan is back for more resigning with the Major League Soccer club for the 2018-2019 season, to compete on its U-19 developmental squad. The 5-foot-10 midfielder/defender bypassed his junior year at Steinbrenner High School last August, to enter the D.C. United Academy U-17 program. The Lutz resident earned that opportunity after his game film and a tryout caught the eye of D.C. United staff. In May, the Washington D.C.-based club formally invited Hassan back for another season. In a recent interview with The Laker/Lutz News, Hassan called it an honor and very cool to again don the pro teams badge. For him and others, re-upping with the MLS development academy creates a more systematic route to play in college, and perhaps, the pro ranks someday. He is among a rare group of a few dozen players chosen to join the Academy, which scouts regionally and internationally for young talent exhibiting professional potential. Through it, Hassan and others have received access to top-caliber coaching and advanced training methods, and have the opportunity to play in arguably the most competitive league in North America, the United States Soccer Developmental Academy (USSDA). Stepping into a program and league with such prestige was initially surreal for Hassan, who also played club soccer with the Lutz-based Tampa Rangers for several years. He explained: Id definitely say at first, it was a bit intimidating. I mean, youre walking in with kids over on the (U.S.) national team, or just on their way. I like the challenge. Its fun, so I was a bit excited as well a mixture of nervous and excited. The uptick in competition wasnt the only adjustment he had to make. It was also leaving behind family and friends in Lutz, and gaining familiarity with new coaches and teammates. Its just a completely new environment, Hassan said, noting it took about a month to really feel comfortable with his surroundings. Part of that new environment is more structured soccer training, at a higher frequency than high schoolers typically receive. It often means practice sessions twice a day, plus more instruction, more drills, more workouts and more competitive matches.The development teams practice just like the pros, using the same training facilities at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.Its almost like a full-time job, he said. I definitely had to improve my time management skills, added Hassan, who will also manage his soccer schedule with his Florida Virtual School course load. Its a complete, professional environment, he said. He added: Theyre molding us to be the professionals, so they give us the same environment, so we can become the best that we can. So far, the move up north appears to be paying off. By training regularly with Academy coaches, including Ryan Martin and Nate Kishboth experienced former Division I college assistants Hassan said hes made definite strides in his overall skill level and touch. His ability to think quickly in game action has improved, too. Everything has sharpened, he said. My mind has sped up, because you have to play quickly to compete. Hassan also said he straightened out his long-ball an attempt to move the ball a long distance down the field via a long aerial kick to an attacking player which, at times, had a tendency to curve away from his intended target. I finally was able to fix it and drive it down the line. I was able to get it right where I want it to go, and still at a high pace, Hassan said. One noted difference between high school ball and his new team is playing time, where it comes at a premium in development academies. Back in 2016, Hassan was the only sophomore in Steinbrenners starting lineup, playing a total of 1,350 minutes more than any 10th-grader in school history. With the D.C. United Academy, however, Hassan has had to grind his way to more action. He began the 20172018 season playing about 5 minutes per game. He eventually worked his way up to playing halves after improving his skills during the course of the season. You have to inch your way in by slowly working harder and harder, and, correcting all (your) flaws, he said. This summer, Hassan has been soaking up his time back in Lutz. But, hes also been focused on getting right back into shape through an offseason workout and training regimen prescribed by D.C. United Academy staff. Hassan is set to return to Washington D.C., on Aug. 5. Hes looking forward to continuing to develop his soccer skills and reconnecting with teammates. Earning more playing time and making the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs are a couple of his goals for the 2018-2019 campaign. I always want to get better, he said. Hassan, too, hopes to get on the radar college soccer programs this season and earn some college scholarship offers. He also wants to play professionally some day, either in the U.S. or overseas. Hes seems to be in the right place to do so. In 2016, D.C. United sent 16 players to Division I soccer programs. Additionally, eight Academy players have gone on to professional homegrown contracts since its inception in 2005. 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 COURTESY OF MELISSA HASSAN Lutz resident re-ups with D.C. UnitedGIRLS BASKETBALL LEAGUERegistration is ongoing for the inaugural GO (Girls Only) Fall Basketball League, which runs from July 28 to Sept. 15 and is open to girls ages 6 to 13. The league, operated by Sunlake High School varsity girls basketball coach Reesa Pledge and former Division I basketball player Christina Watlington, will focus on fundamentals and skill development. All games will be played on Saturdays, while league practices will take place Monday or Wednesdays nights at the Sunlake High School gymnasium, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., in Land O Lakes. Cost is $100 per player. For more information, visit Facebook.com/GoBsketballnow, or email the coaching staff at email@example.com. To register, visit 123formbuilder.com/form3733826/Event-Registration-Form.RED SNAPPER FISHING SEASON OPEN THROUGH JULY 21The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced the recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters will remain open until July 21. Anglers fishing from private recreational boats will need to have their recreational saltwater fishing license (unless exempt) and will need to have Gulf Reef Fish Angler on their license (includes those that are exempt) to target red snapper or other certain reef fish in Gulf state and federal waters (excluding Monroe County). You can get this printed on a license at no cost at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or by visiting any location where you can purchase a license. FILE For-hire operations that do not have a federal reef fish permit may also participate in this season, but are limited to fishing for red snapper in state waters only. These operations must have State Gulf Reef Fish Charter on their license to target red snapper and other reef fish in Gulf state waters (excluding Monroe County). This can be done at no cost at a local tax collectors office. To learn more about the recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters, including season size and bag limits, visit MyFWC.com/Snappers.SPECIAL OLYMPICS PASCO SWIM MEET JULY 21Special Olympics Pasco student-athletes will put their talents on display at the County Aquatics Meet July 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St. The aquatic athletes will compete in a variety of swimming strokes and relays, ranging from 25-meter to 100-meter races. The event also will prepare them for the Area Games in Dunedin on Aug. 11. Competing athletes registered prior to the meet and participated in training at a Special Olympics Pasco Site. To become a volunteer for the event, call Valerie Lundin at (813) 299-4433.K-9 CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENTThe inaugural Pasco Sheriffs Office K-9 Classic Golf Tournament is set for 8:30 a.m., Aug 4, at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., in Trinity.Cost is $75 per golfer. Proceeds from the tournament will support the long-term medical needs of Pasco Countys retired K-9s. The event will also feature a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, closest to the pin and long drive contests. To RSVP or for more information, contact Thomas DeLuca Jr., at (813) 7679541 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or, Gail Cooper at (813) 480-0811 or email@example.com.ADULT COED SOFTBALL SIGNUPRegistration is ongoing for Idlewild Baptist Churchs Adult Coed Softball league. The league is open to all adults in the community. The eight-week season runs from Aug. 30 through Oct.18 and concludes with a postseason tournament on Oct. 25. All games are played Thursday nights at Idlewilds Lutz campus, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd. Cost is $35 per player. For information, call (813) 264-8759, or visit Idlewild.org/recreation.FALL YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUERegistration is now open for the Idlewild Baptist Church 2018 Youth Fall Soccer League, which runs from Sept. 4 through Nov. 17. The league is open to all in the community, from age 3 to high school seniors. Games are played on Saturday mornings, while practices are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday at either 5 p.m., 6 p.m., or 7 p.m. For information, call the Idlewild recreation office at (813) 264-8759, or visit Idlewild.org/recreation.ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUE IN LAND O LAKESRegistration is ongoing for the Pasco County Parks & Recreation Departments 2018 Fall Adult Softball League. The softball season begins the week of Aug. 6. Coed games are played on Mondays, while mens games are played Tuesdays through Thursdays. Sign up by visiting PascoCountyFl.net, and clicking on Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources under Land O Lakes Heritage Park. Interested parties must first create an account and profile/username. Cost is $475 per team, plus an additional $25 for an NSA (National Softball Association) sanctioning fee. The season includes an 11-game regular season and a single elimination tournament. For information, email A.J Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (813) 929-1229.SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY ID BASKETBALL CAMPThe Saint Leo University mens basketball program and head coach Vince Alexander will host an Elite ID Camp on Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. The camp, for boys ages 14 to 18, is a high-level camp for high school student-athletes looking to play basketball at the next level. The camp will provide instruction from coaches and current players, to help campers develop their skills. For information or to register online, visit the Saint Leo camps and clinics webpage at SaintLeoCamps.com. For detailed information about the clinic, contact Saint Leo assistant basketball coach Casey McMasters at (352) 588-8230 or email@example.com.CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT SEEKS SPONSORSThe first annual All-American Charity Golf Tournament, benefitting the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay and the We Honor Veterans program at HPH Hospice, is seeking both foursomes and sponsors. The tournament is set for a noon shotgun start on Sept. 15 at The Groves Golf & Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O Lakes. The event, hosted by the Republican Club of Central Pasco and the Pasco Federated Republican Womens Club, will include contests and games, raffles and auction, and an awards dinner. For information, contact Meg Merritt at (813) 428-6541 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or, Lillian Cucuzza at (954) 520-4555 or email@example.com.SEND ALL YOUR SPORTS NEWS TOKWEISS@LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM
INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & More B As many high school teenagers spend their summer break relaxing and having fun, a small group of students used their free time another way dusting fingerprints, analyzing blood spatter patterns and studying forensic clues.These campers were learning how to solve crimes as part of Saint Leo Universitys inaugural Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Summer Camp. The camp gave high school juniors and seniors a hands-on and behind-the-scenes look at evidence collection, documentation and preservation of evidence through a variety of mock crime scenes. About a dozen rising high school juniors and seniors from Texas, Pennsylvania and Georgia, as well as Florida, took part in the weeklong camp at the universitys main campus on State Road 52 in St. Leo. The camp was led by Saint Leo faculty members with extensive experience in the criminal justice system, as well as a host of experts in criminology. The camp offered a realistic glimpse at the hard work and critical thinking needed to locate, preserve and analyze evidence. Activities included casting foot and tire impressions, and learning about the use of insects in crime scene decomposition. Campers also learned how to locate and dig up human remains. And, they learned how to conduct interviews and interrogations, and to present their findings. The camp also included a field trip to the Pasco County Sheriffs Office Forensics Services Section to learn about latent prints and blood spatter, tour an evidence locker, and view a vehicle being processed for evidence by forensic experts. The camp culminated in three mock crime scenes, where students had to apply the knowledge they had learned throughout the week. The exercise included collecting and documenting evidence, and then presenting it to a mock grand jury. One such scenario required students to process a car used in a simulated kidnapping and homicide. Many campers hope to someday work in a crime lab or law enforcement. Alona Beadles, a rising high school senior from Atlanta, wants to be an FBI agent. Leesburgs Amanda Phillips, too, dreams of working for the agency. Others, including Bradentons Vincent Gulbrandsen, want to become a forensic or behavioral analyst. I have always wanted to do something with solving crimes in some way, said Gulbrandsen, wholl be a senior at Lakewood Ranch High School. Learning body decomposition and blood spatter patterns fascinated him most, along with the various techniques used in documenting a crime scene. Said Gulbrandsen, I really enjoyed learning about blood splatterand how you can track which way the killer went with a weapon, or, you can track where the murder takes place, depending on the direction of the spatter. Charlotte Braziel, a Saint Leo criminal justice instructor and retired Tampa FBI agent, is the brainchild behind the CSI camp. At the FBI, Braziel was senior team leader for the Tampa Evidence Response Team and a certified instructor of crime scene management, case management, presentation skills and defensive tactics. As Braziel taught students crime scene techniques, she often referenced her past experience in the field, such as working high-profile cases on John Gotti Jr., and the Gambino organized crime family. To drive home a point in other discussions, Braziel would mention other widely known cases, such as the O.J. Simpson murder case. They like the fingerprints. They like the blood spatter. They like the stuff thats on TV, Braziel said of the experience of teaching the campers. In one midweek lesson, Braziel stressed the importance of crime scene photography, and how investigators and detectives need to take at least four basic photos longrange, medium, close-up and close-up with scale. Two other key takeaways from the photography lesson you can never take too many photos; and, never, ever delete a photo. Every time you go somewhere, you take a photograph, she noted.REAL-LIFE INVESTIGATIONS NOT MUCH LIKE TVIn an adjacent classroom, Dr. Bobby Sullivan, another Saint Leo criminal justice instructor with more than three decades of policing experience with the Pasco Sheriffs Office, pointed out the nuances of rigor mortis and lividity, and how forensic entomologists use maggots from a dead body to establish when a person died, and whether or not a body was moved. Sullivan would certainly know, with his lengthy background as a former detective sergeant and commander of the narcotics, intelligence, street gang, and counter-terrorism units. Establishing the time of death is huge in an investigation, because now we know approximately when this person diedand we can figure out what (our suspect) was doing at 2 oclock yesterday afternoon, Sullivan told the campers. Saint Leo assistant professor Joseph Cillo, meanwhile, gave students a different perspective into the criminal justice system. Cillo, a former Los Angeles defense attorney and an expert on serial killers and mass murderers, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, detailed the importance of forensic evidence collection in building an airtight criminal case. In one demonstration, Cillo scattered handfuls of Milk Duds on a classroom floor telling students to imagine each as a piece of evidence and a piece to a puzzle in crime solving. You have to put them together to make a clearer picture, Cillo said, and you have to do it sufficiently so that defense attorneys cant tear your evidence up. Students discovered pretty quickly that whats shown on TV dramas, like Criminal Minds, NCIS and CSI are, for the most part, embellished and sensationalized. They also come to find out associated jobs within forensics oftentimes include long hours and tedious work, not to mention theyll be placed in the center of unsavory crime scenes. Sullivan explained what forensics work is really like can be a slap in the face to a lot of kids: Theyre watching CSI, and theyre seeing women running around in miniskirts and high heels, carrying guns and interviewing bad guys, and locking up the bad guys. Theyre not seeing that you never see a bad guy, you never see a suspect you are so focused on the crime scene and the evidence that the only time you may see a suspect is at trial when youre testifying. You never talk to him, you dont interview him, you dont get in shootouts with bad guys; most forensics people dont even carry guns, so, thats kind of the wake-up call, he said. Though the assortment of TV crime dramas millions watch arent quite the real thing, campers did observe some likenesses, such as the fingerprinting technology used to nab suspects. Its not like TV, but occasionally youll see something similar, but its not the same, Philips said. But, that realization didnt deter some campers, including Gulbrandsen, who still want to work in criminology. After the camp, the high-schooler is even more sure its the route he wants to take: Im very interested in going into the forensics field, Gulbrandsen said. CSI camp offers insights into solving crimesCOURTESY OF SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY
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VISTRA NEW HIREVistra Communications LLC, a marketing communications firm recently hired Jamie Needham as senior vice president of marketing and communications, according to a news release from the company, which has an office in Lutz. Needham has a masters degree in management and marketing from Rockhurst Universitys Helzberg School of Management, and a bachelors degree in communications from the University of Kansas. She has held positions in marketing and communications at Sprint, H & R Block, American Century Investments, and Assurant. Most recently, she served as vice president of marketing and e-commerce with NASB Financial Inc. Needham has been a featured guest speaker and blogger for public and government engagements, and earned the No. 9 spot on Sports Illustrateds Best of Instagram list. Vistra is a nationally recognized, full-service marketing and community agency headquartered in Tampa. It provides services to corporate, government and nonprofit clients. 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