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The LAKER FREE The LAKER EAST PASCO EDITION JANUARY 8, 2014 AROUNDTHE PARKS PHOTO PROVIDED Picture perfect jump Carol Newvine is fearless as she jumps from 13,500 feet with her tandem partner Randy Lopez at Skydive City in Zephyrhills.More Grand Horizons, page 10 COURTESY OF MARTY RUBENSTEIN Holiday sing-along John Timpanelli entertains the crowd at Grand Horizons’ Christmas show.More Grand Horizons, page 10 COURTESY OF RON GRAHAM A beautiful bench Always ready to help out, Toni Fischer varnishes the park benches at Happy Days.More Happy Days, page 13 COURTESY OF SANDRA GILBERT-ABEL A Christmas feast Harry Hersey, at right, and his crew prepared food for the annual Evie McMann Christmas Tea.More Rainbow Village, page 11By B.C. Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comWhen 77-year-old Jeanette Tatro heard her name being called as the Volunteer of the Year for Gulfside Regional Hospice, the Zephyrhills woman couldn’t believe her ears. After all, she had received the award two other times in the past, and she also is the sole winner of the organization’s Spirit of Hospice Award. It didn’t surprise her when her name was announced as one of the organization’s volunteers who had clocked more than 500 hours of service that year. But when the presenter began describing the winner of the volunteer of the year, the petite, silver-haired woman, Tatro thought the speaker was talking about someone else. “When I heard my name announced, I was actually dumbfounded,” Tatro said. “It was unbelievable. I couldn’t move. I was shocked.” In just a year, Tatro racked up 541 volunteer hours. She cashiered at the organization’s Zephyrhills Thrift Shoppe. She visited hospice patients. She called families through Gulfside’s bereavement program. She helped promote the organization by working at information booths at fairs and festivals throughout Pasco County. Kelly Milner, director of volunteer services, characterized the volunteer as “a very loving and compassionate person” who is always willing to pitch in, wherever needed. Tatro said she became a hospice volunteer 11 years ago, a year after her husband, Edmund, died from lung cancer. “He was actually under hospice care for one week,” Tatro said. Her husband wanted to die at home, but he was a large man and Tatro lacked the strength to manage his care on her own. Tatro also was caring for her ill sister at the same time. So, her husband went to Hospice House for his final days. After he died and Tatro’s sister died, the Zephyrhills woman stepped up to volunteer. “I felt that no one should die alone,” she said. “I felt that I could help the family out in that transition, due to the fact that I had gone through it.” Tatro said another personal loss she experienced also prepared her to help others work through their grief. “I lost a child, and I think that’s another reason that I can relate,” Tatro said. “It was a miscarriage at five-and-a-half months,” she said. “That’s been over 55 years” ago, she B.C. MANION/STAFFJeanette Tatro, Gulfside Regional Hospice’s Volunteer of the Year, has a long record of serving others through the organization.See ANGELS, page8 By Michael Hinmanmhinman@cnewspubs.comLucy Avila got the idea to paint kumquats around Dade City and San Antonio during a visit to Dunedin. That city, becoming known for its annual Dunedin Orange Festival, was sprinkled with small paintings of oranges. And they were everywhere — businesses, homes, even public areas like a seawall. “I was sitting there with my Scottish terrier, and I saw an orange painted on a building,” said Avila, a member of the advisory board for the Dade City Center for the Arts. “And then I looked again, and there was another one, and then another one.” Dunedin might associate itself with oranges, but Dade City and San Antonio have positioned themselves quite solidly with the kumquat, the small orange-like fruit with a sweet rind and sour juicy center the region celebrates with a festival every January. It didn’t take long for Avila to realize such a project would be great for East Pasco County. “We are the largest kumquat growers in America, and we don’t highlight that asMany firsts this year as Pigz in Z’Hills festival gets rebootBy B.C. Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comPigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest got rolling in 2010, spurred by a suggestion from Darrell and Pat Pennington, at the time members of the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce board of directors. The chamber was looking for a fundraiser because it needed a way to support scholarships, chamber programs and local causes, Pat Pennington recalled. The couple had gone to a barbecue in Lakeland, and while they were there, it occurred to them that it was something the chamber could do in Zephyrhills. So, the couple suggested the idea at the next board meeting and the board embraced it. The event has continued to evolve ever since. The first year, it drew 13 barbecue teams. This year, event organizers hope there will be 35 to 40 teams. Those teams will chase after $8,000 in prize money, trophies, bragging rights and the chance to compete at higher-level barbecue competitions. COURTESY OF GREATER DADE CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCEOrganizers behind the Paint the Town Kumquat campaign show off the new kumquat-painted shutters at the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce office. Participating in the project are, in front from left, project coordinator Lucy Avila, incoming chamber president Bonnie Krummen of CenterState Bank, and Dade City mayor Camille Hernandez. In back, Dade City chamber executive director John Moors, and Saint Leo University media coordinator Kim Payne. Dade City to paint the town kumquatSee KUMQUAT, page8 Some angels don’t have wings See FESTIVAL, page8


Support The Troops Needs Your Help . POSTAGE IS NEEDED! for the shipment of items generously donated by our community.WILL YOU HELP? I Want To Help Support The Troops$10 Donation $25 Donation Mail to: S upport The Troop s P.O. B ox 7560 We s ley Chapel, FL 33545 Please make checks payable to Support The Troops, Inc. $50 Donation $100 Donation Send business news to Wellness Center open houseThe Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd., is hosting an open house on Jan. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can learn about preventive health through personal training, group fitness, massage therapy and community education. There will be giveaways and prize drawings. For information, call (813) 783-6123.‘Diabetes 101’ lectureAccess Health Care will offer a Diabetes 101 lecture on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m., at 4270 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill. The lecture is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, and family. Verna Pedersen Runyan, a registered nurse and nurse practitioner, will host the lecture. Runyan has been providing primary care with an emphasis on diabetes, hypertension, obesity and cardiovascular disease for the past 18 years. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. For information, call (352) 597-7249.Gulfside orientationsGulfside Regional Hospice is hosting a new patient care volunteer orientation on Jan. 16 and Jan. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Gulfside’s Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road in Zephyrhills. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Reservations are required. For information, call Jennifer Ball or Tracey Thompson at (813) 780-1235.Be an HPH volunteerHPH Hospice is hosting an orientation for prospective adult volunteers on Jan. 21 and Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., both days, at 37455 Clinton Ave., in Dade City. Volunteers visit patients in their homes, help prepare light meals, or assist with office projects. Hours are flexible, and seasonal residents are welcome. Lunch will be provided both days. Preregistration is required by calling Liz Helms at (813) 780-6797.Walking trail ribbon cuttingFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd., will host a walking trail ribbon cutting on Jan. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. The trail has been repaved and now has distance markers. Refreshments and a light lunch will be served. A new walking club is scheduled to start on Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. For information, call (813) 788-0411.Volunteer at Pasco RegionalPasco Regional Medical Center, 13100 Fort King Road in Dade City, is looking for energetic men and women to join its volunteer team, including junior volunteers between the ages of 14 and 18. Opportunities are available in both clinical and nonclinical areas of the hospital. To learn more about the program, call Amy Fort at (352) 521-1195.CARES programsCARES Enrichment Center, 13906 Fifth St., in Dade City, offers these activities:  Adult Day Care: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants receive breakfast, lunch and a snack, along with organized activities. The program provides social and health services to adults who need supervision in a safe place outside the home. Reservations are required, and veterans are accepted. For costs and available funding, call (352) 519-9300.  Senior Moments Early Memory Loss Program: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations or information, call (727) 862-9291, ext. 2002.Hospital needs volunteersFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks including transporting patients to and from tests, driving the shuttle, distributing mail, cafeteria, clerical/administrative, and more. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. If interested, applications are available online at, or by calling (813) 779-6256.BRENNEMAN RETIRES FROM TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICEDecember capped the end of a 30-year career for Denise “Dee” Brenneman with the Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office, not only serving customers as a member of the service staff, but also as a trainer who helped employees learn the often complex tasks of running a tax collector’s office. “It is with both regret and joy that we see Dee retire from our office,” said Mike Fasano, Pasco’s tax collector, in a release. “We regret that she will no longer be a part of our staff, serving the taxpayers as well as she has done for the past three decades. However, we do feel joy for her as she moves into this new stage of her life.” During a farewell ceremony on Dec. 20,REALTORS TAKE HOME CONNERTON PRIZEBeth Hibben of Exit Realty Bayshore and Linda Roy of Charles Rutenberg Realty were $1,000 winners as part of the Grand Tour for Realtors drawing at Connerton. Hibben resides in Lutz, while Roy makes her home in Land O’ Lakes. Both have sold homes in Connerton in the past. Both Realtors also have military ties. Hibben is a volunteer agent at MacDill Air Force Base, while Roy has both a husband and son who are retired from the U.S. Air Force. All Realtors had an opportunity to enter their names in the drawing by visiting Club Connerton and models from four builders — Ryland Homes, M/I Homes, Taylor Morrison, and Homes by WestBay. Connerton, located on U.S. 41 north of Land O’ Lakes, has had more than 70 sales in the past six months.BUSINESS LINK MEETING AT SAINT LEOSaint Leo University will host the Jan. 8 meeting for Business Link with guest speaker Kevin Riggs, chief executive officer of Renaissance Consulting & Development LLC.The meeting will begin with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Board Room at the Saint Leo Activities Building. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Rebecca Gaddis at (352) 588-2732, ext. 1237, or Brenneman was presented with a plaque commemorating her career with the office.EAST PASCO NETWORKING GROUPThe East Pasco Networking Group has scheduled several speakers for the coming months. The group meets every other week at the Village Inn at 5214 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. Networking begins at 8 a.m., with the meeting starting at 8:30 a.m. Here’s the group’s slate of upcoming speakers:  Jan. 14: Christopher Payne, managing partner of Ryder Payne Capital Inc.  Jan. 28: Carol Johns, president and chief executive of GIM Associates LLC  Feb. 11: Cheryl Pollock, business development director for Premier Community HealthCare Group Inc.  Feb. 25: Regina Etheridge, retired IRS revenue officer  March 11 or March 25: Cathy Bickham, honorary mayor of Wesley Chapel  May 27: Mike Moore, candidate for Pasco County Commission, owner of VR Business SalesTAMPA BAY AREA LEADS IN JOB CREATIONJob creation is up statewide, and a lot of that has to do with the Tampa-St. PetersburgClearwater region, which led all metro areas in job creation over 2013 with 39,300 jobs added. That resulted in a 1.9 percentage point decline in the unemployment rate for the region, bringing the rate to 6.2 compared to 8.1 percent the year before. The top jobs in the region included professional and business services with an additional 12,000 jobs; education and health services with 9,700 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities with 7,100 jobs; and construction with 6,400 jobs.The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey shows Tampa Bay area employers are expected to continue hiring at an active pace, with 21 percent of companies interviewed saying they plan to hire more employees.Statewide, the unemployment rate dropped from 6.7 percent to 6.4 percent. The state has created more than 446,000 private sector jobs since December 2010, according to the governor’s office.SMARTSTART LOOKING FOR BUSINESSES TO HELPThe SmartStart business incubator from the Pasco Economic Development Council is putting a call out to companies from a variety of industries that might be looking for startup assistance in the Tampa Bay area.SmartStart works with new entrepreneurs and scalable startup companies in the incubator to help them build their businesses from the ground up. SmartStart is located in the Dade City Business Center, and has professional office, light manufacturing, and warehouse space available, in addition to mentoring, consulting and educational opportunities.For more information, contact Krista Covey at (352) 437-4861, or by email at SmartStart is located at 15000 Citrus Country Drive, Suite 103, in Dade City. Details on the incubator can be found at ANOTHER HONOR FOR NEW IDENTITIES HAIR STUDIOSNew Identities Hair Studios of Tampa — with locations in both New Tampa and Riverview — was selected as one of the Salon Today 200 top 200 salons in the United States. The annual listing honors the top salons and spas, as judged by the editors of Salon Today magazine in New York. Winners are chosen from thousands of applicants nationwide, according to a release. This is the fourth consecutive year New Identities has won this award. New Identities is located in Tampa Palms, 15307 Amberly Drive in Tampa, as well as in South Shore at 10639 Big Bend Road in Riverview. For more information, visit online COURTESY OF NEW TOWN AT CONNERTON Lewis family wins $1,000 from Connerton Scott Lewis, right, receives a $1,000 prize from Stew Gibbons, after he and his wife Erica won the $1,000 drawing as part of New Town of Connerton’s Grand Tour of Homes contest. Connerton visitors were able to enter a drawing at Club Connerton and the four builders’ models — from Ryland Homes, M/I Homes, Taylor Morrison and Homes by WestBay — giving each visitor five chances to win. HEALTH & WELLNESS January 8, 20142


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ADAMS Workers Compensation Slips and falls Negligent death Auto and motorcycle accidents Amputations and burns Dog bites Injuries to children Facial and sight injuries We will visit you at the hospital or home Starkey Ranch park moves forward while others struggleBy Michael Hinmanmhinman@cnewspubs.comWith 18 sports fields, eight total courts for basketball and tennis, more than a mile of trails, and a library, Starkey Ranch District Park is aiming to become a centralized recreational location for the entire county. And while Pasco County’s financial commitment is minimal compared to that of the school board and the private developer of the project just off State Road 54 past Trinity, commission chairman Jack Mariano wanted to make it clear that his approval comes with conditions: start fully funding the rest of the county parks.“We cut libraries back tremendously, and cut parks back tremendously,” he said, adding that by the time Starkey Ranch District Park moves forward, “if we haven’t addressed getting rid of the park fees and putting more money back into the parks, I am not going to be comfortable moving forward.”The problem, Mariano said, is that the county already is struggling to maintain the recreation areas it already has. Adding the Starkey Ranch project could make it even more difficult for the county, which is already charging $2 parking fees for those who visit various parks in the county. Those fees were designed to stave off further funding cuts from parks following a fall in overall tax revenue after the housing market collapse. If the fees were still in place by the time parts of Starkey Ranch opened up, visitors also would pay the parking fee there, county administrator Michele Baker said. “We cut back parks over 30 percent, and we’re going to add another liability for more parks and libraries,” Mariano said. Starkey Ranch, however, is planned to become much less of a liability. The county would not be responsible for taking over part of the maintenance fees until 2017 when it would take on 15 percent of the costs — estimated at $42,700. The county wouldn’t fully take over maintenance of the park until 2023, where it’s estimated to cost just under $285,000. By then, the existence of the park should spark more residential growth in and around Starkey Ranch, and those additional taxpaying rooftops should more than offset the costs incurred by the county, Baker said. “The developer has stepped forward and he is taking the risk, eating that operation cost, but bringing that quality,” Baker said. “They are stimulating growth in the area, and stimulating property value.” Pasco County Schools will work directly with the developer on most of the district park project, funding its share, and even providing a small loan to the county to help it fund its contribution. The first phase of the project would include five baseball and softball fields, six multi-purpose fields, two concession stands, a pavilion with picnic tables, a playground, a maintenance building and just a little less than a mile of trails. The price tag to build that portion is $9 million. The second phase would be built when the $1.9 million in funds become available, and will include three more large multi-purpose fields, an additional playground and concession stand, and nearly 2,000 feet more of trails. The first phase is expected to open in 2015, carrying an annual operating and maintenance cost of $285,000, which will be fully paid for by the developer over the first two years, before the county responsibility is phased in. The overall project will include a lot more, as well. With the plans to build a three-story elementary and middle school near the project, the developer and the school district also are planning a 20,000square-foot library, a 6,000-square-foot “black box” theater, a gymnasium, four tennis and four basketball courts, and a track among other amenities. The county and school district also have the chance to generate revenue from the park from things like ticket surcharges, rent from private users, facility fees, advertising, and even naming rights.Paying to name something in the park is an experimental concept the county and school board are trying, although no one can buy the rights to name the entire district park or the school. Under the program, the school district would bid out such an offering, and it would need the county’s approval. Any name that is chosen would have to contain the phrase “at Starkey Ranch” at the end. Among the examples the county provided were “Raymond James Theatre at Starkey Ranch” or “Coastal Caisson Field at Starkey Ranch.” Naming rights for major facilities, like Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg generate millions of dollars in revenue. However, naming shared-use facilities at Starkey Park is expected to go for much less. The commission green-lit the project unanimously. Commissioner Kathryn Starkey abstained, citing a conflict of interest. COURTESY OF PASCO COUNTY COMMISSIONDevelopers of the Starkey Ranch District Park showed the proposed layout of its massive recreational offerings within the community just off State Road 54 past Trinity. The first phase of the district park is expected to open in 2015, with the county taking over the full estimated $285,000 in maintenance and operations costs a decade from now.


We wish you a happy, safe and prosperous NEW YEAR! January 8, 20144 Heartland of Zephyrhills 813.788.7114Post-Surgical, Short-Term Rehab Offering: Educate Yourself Before the Need Arises A culture of caring is needed at school, homeBy Kurt BrowningSpecial to The LakerSince becoming Pasco Superintendent of School, I have spoken at length about creating a culture of caring and respect, and the importance of social-emotional learning — giving our students the skills they need to navigate their lives in a healthy, positive way. And that is why I feel compelled to write today. Recently, the Pasco County community lost a 16-year-old in a senseless act of violence committed by another teenager. The District School Board of Pasco County has been working diligently to foster a culture of respect. We started this conversation over the summer at the Together We Stand youth summit, and we now must raise our voices to get the message across. Today, I write this letter to continue the conversation about how we can all help our kids grow into responsible and caring adults, who interact with one another in a civil, respectful way. I don’t have all the answers in our schools, but I know we cannot do this without the community. I know it will take deliberate and tough conversations within families and communities to help kids learn how to deal with conflict and cope with adversity appropriately. We must work together! Whether you’re a Pasco native, or you moved here from somewhere else; whether you’re rich or poor; whether your skin color is red, olive, black or white — this culture of violence is our problem, and we must work together to create the type of community we want for our children. A culture of caring and respect must transcend the school doors and spill over into the community, especially during this holiday season.In the meantime, I call on government, business, community, faith, and especially our youth leaders to resume talking about how we can address the problems our kids are experiencing. I urge parents and caretakers to talk to their children on an ongoing basis about what’s appropriate and not appropriate. Know their friends. Watch their Facebook and Twitter conversations. Set limits and talk to them about your expectations.If you have any thoughts or ideas to help further this dialogue, please do not hesitate to email me at We do not need any more children killing children. We need adults and children to practice respect and to care for each other. Are you with me? Kurt Browning is superintendent of Pasco County Schools. By B.C. Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comWhen Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch opens its doors to students on Jan. 13, it will mark a new chapter in Wesley Chapel history. It will be the first time that students in that community will be able to attend college, without having to commute.Stan Giannet, provost of Pasco-Hernando Community College’s fifth campus, is fired up about the campus’ inaugural day of classes.“We’re ready. We’re poised to open successfully,” he said. Porter Campus will have a beginning enrollment of about 1,300 individual students, which is within the college’s projections, Giannet said. Its inaugural staff consists of 48 full-time positions, including 15 faculty members and 33 staff members. There also will be a large number of adjunct faculty members. Officials theorize students come from Wesley Chapel, choosing the Porter Campus over the college’s East Campus in Dade City and West Campus in New Port Richey. At the same time, the college also expects to pick up some enrollment from nearby counties. “We also know that many students in Wesley Chapel might not have been going to school,” Giannet said. “There’s no doubt that we’ll be bringing in students from Hillsborough, maybe even Polk.” Porter Campus officials won’t be able to pinpoint where the enrollment is coming from, however, until they do a ZIP code analysis, expected to take place after the semester begins, Giannet said. The campus, at 2727 Mansfield Blvd., is situated off State Road 56, about two miles east of Interstate 75, in the heart of Wesley Chapel. It is across the street from the planned Raymond James financial services office park, next to Wiregrass Ranch High School, down the road from The Shops at Wiregrass and around the corner from Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. In addition to offering a two-year degree program, the campus plans to launch two bachelor’s degree programs in the fall. One is a bachelor’s degree in nursing and the other is a bachelor’s in applied science, focusing on supervision and management. In keeping with its new baccalaureate offerings, the Pasco-Hernando Community College board is scheduled to vote on Jan. 21 on a proposal to change the college’s name to Pasco-Hernando State College. As it opens, the Porter Campus is offering about 160 bricks-and-mortar, face-to-face sections and about 15 hybrid sections, which includes online and face-to-face instruction, Giannet said. “That’s not counting our nursing courses. We’ll have several courses in our nursing program, which is a limited access program,” he added. Courses being offered run the gamut from microbiology and human anatomy, to psychology and sociology, to cinema and literature. The campus also will be the only PHCC location to offer two new certification programs. Those programs are for surgery and pharmacy technicians, both fields where workers are in high demand. Porter Campus has six buildings, including a seven-story classroom building — said to be the tallest structure in Pasco County. It consists of a three-story parking deck, topped by four floors of classrooms and labs. The nursing lab on the fifth floor simulates a hospital ward. The equipment is so current that the mannequins there can talk and breathe, officials said during a November preview tour. Porter Campus boasts a beautiful architectural design, Giannet said, but it won’t truly come to life until the students, staff and faculty are using it. “We want to create a milieu, an ambience, that will be conducive to a totally meaningful experience — from the learning perspective and from the working perspective,” Giannet said. He wants the campus’ staff and faculty to enjoy being at the campus, serving students and he wants students to enjoy being there, too. “We have small classes, “ Giannet said, enabling teachers to know students by name. He also plans to have an open-door policy. “Students can come to the provost office at any time,” Giannet said. “If the student perceives that he or she is valued, they feel more invested in their education. The research is unequivocal: The more connected that students feel to the campus, to the faculty, to the events on campus, the greater the likelihood that they’ll be retained and will succeed.” The college will work closely with guidance counselors at Wiregrass Ranch and Wesley Chapel high schools, he said. Besides being able to earn college and high school credits through dual enrollment programs, students also will have a chance to have their questions answered about degree programs available through the college. Giannet said he’s gratified by the warm reception that the new campus has received. “The community has shown a tremendous interest in the campus and in the programs we are going to have,” he said. He expects the college to forge close relationships with businesses and organizations in the community. It already has established a relationship with Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. “We’ve developed a partnership for our students to have their clinicals on that site, for our nursing students and some of the other Allied Health. That’s already in the works,” he said. Work also is under way to create opportunities for Porter students at the North Tampa Behavioral Health center, a new psychiatric hospital on State Road 56. “As a psychologist, I’m very excited about that,” Giannet said. The campus was named to honor the Porter family, which donated more than 60 acres for the facility. It is the same family that sold the land now occupied by The Shops at Wiregrass and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. The family also owns the land expected to become the site for the Raymond James office park.Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch is ready for students


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The law enforcement program, preparing graduates for work in the field as certified police officers, is based on 770 hours of training. In addition to being admitted to the college, prospective students must complete an academy application and meet additional requirements to qualify for these limited access programs. Corrections academy applications must be submitted to the director of public service programs no later than Jan. 21. Applications for the law enforcement academy will be accepted through April 1. The next information session is scheduled for Jan. 16. For more information, call (352) 5181364, or visit ON FLORIDA’S NEW STANDARDS FOR STUDENTSPasco County Public Schools will host two informative meetings on Common Core State Standards to educate parents and the community on the new standards for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Meetings are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. District experts will lead the presentations, and attendees will receive materials explaining what the Common Core State Standards are. There also will be question and answer sessions. Upcoming meetings are:  Jan. 16, Pasco High School, 36850 State Road 52 in Dade City, in the media center  Feb. 20, Zephyrhills High School, 6335 12th St., in Zephyrhills, in the commons area For information, call Linda Cobbe at (813) 794-2717 or (352) 524-2717.ENCORE ACADEMY TO HOST SENIOR EXPOPasco-Hernando Community College’s Encore Academy will host a Winter Senior Expo on Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at its East Campus in Dade City, 36727 Blanton Road.The event is free and participants can learn about services available from area agencies and businesses, and attend miniseminars on topics such as art and painting, beginning computer, digital photography, and more. Seating is limited. Registration begins at 10 a.m. For information, visit ROSA PARKS SHOWPasco-Hernando Community College’s 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture Series will feature a one-woman monologue by Gwendolyn Briley-Strand called “Rosa Parks: Such a Time.” There will two presentations on Jan. 15, one at 10 a.m. at the East Campus, Room E130, 36727 Blanton Road in Dade City; and one at 6:30 p.m. at the North Campus, Room B-104, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., in Brooksville. The performances are free. For information, call (877) 879-7422.PHCC OFFERS CORRECTIONS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMYPasco-Hernando Community College is offering a corrections academy beginning Jan. 28, and a new law enforcement academy beginning in May. 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Practices are every Monday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, 38924 C Ave. The group is for women of all ages. For information, call (813) 782-3935, or (352) 588-4492.LIBRARY ASTRONOMY EVENTThere will be an astronomy event on Jan. 10 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting, at New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. Lawn chairs are welcome. No food and drink allowed. There will be a viewing of Jupiter, the Andromeda galaxy, the Orion Nebula, and star clusters. Another viewing is scheduled for Feb. 7. For information, email Melanie Crowson at LAKE BINGOTimber Lake Estates, 34301 Country Side Drive in Zephyrhills, hosts bingo every Thursday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Food will be served. For information, call (813) 788-6647.SATURDAY NIGHT SHOWS AT SOUTHERN CHARMSouthern Charm RV Resort, 37811 Chancey Road in Zephyrhills, will host Steve Jeffris on Jan. 11, and The Browns on Jan. 25. Both shows are at 7 p.m. Individual show tickets are $8, with the exception of Brian Gurl priced at $9, and are available at Southern Charm’s office. A complete package of show tickets may be purchased for $49. For information and upcoming shows, call the office at (813) 783-3477, or Walt Hershberger at (813) 783-3346.DO YOU LIKE TO SING?The Friendship Singers, a group of volunteers, is looking for new members. There are no auditions and no prior singing experience is required. The group performs in local nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and senior citizen centers in Pasco and Hillsborough counties. For information, call Joyce Ruby at (813) 442-7879, or email, or call Joe Berling at (813) 997-1454, or email EAGLES CLUB EVENTSCentennial Eagles No. 4399 Fraternal Order of Eagles, 15924 U.S. 301 in Dade City, hosts live music on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., steel-tipped darts at 7 p.m. on Monday, euchre at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, nickel bingo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. There is also Texas Hold ‘em poker at 7 p.m. on Thursday, pool tournaments at 7 p.m. on Friday. The club serves dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays, open to the public. Club meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. The Ladies’ Auxiliary meetings are the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m. There will be a district meeting on Jan. 12 at noon with free glasses of Natural Light Draft from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call (352) 567-9755.CLAMBAKE AT ELKS LODGEZephyrhills Elks Lodge 2731, 6851 Wire Road, will host a clambake on Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. Menu includes steamed and raw clams, Manhattan clam chowder, hamburgers, salads, corn on the cob, and more. Draft beer is included in the ticket price. Advance tickets are available at the bar for $30. For information, call (813) 782-9366.ZEPHYRHILLS ART CLUBThe Zephyrhills Art Club will meet on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. Wildlife artist Terry Smith will present a demonstration. There will be member competitions and displays, refreshments and timely discussion. The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at First Christian Church, 6040 Eighth St., directly east of the Post Office. For information, call (813) 782-2723.EMPLOYMENT FAIRThere will be a Career Central Employment Fair on Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Career Central Office, 6038 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. Employers looking for quality employees, and fulland part-time employees, can register for a booth. For information, call Ana Segovia at (352) 2931335, or email ACCORDION ENTHUSIASTSThe group Accordion Adventure meets the third Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. The group is for accordion enthusiasts of all performance levels. On Jan. 16, the club will host “Celebrate the USA” with patriotic music. There is a $2 cover charge, with coffee and cake provided. For information, call (352) 686-0975, or (352) 442-5574.HISTORICAL SOCIETYThe Pasco County Historical Society will meet on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m., at the American Legion Hall Post 15, 37745 Church Ave., in Dade City. The program is “History of the Kumquat Industry in Pasco County.” A covered-dish dinner will precede the program. Guests should bring their own cutlery and a beverage. Visitors are invited. For information, call Glen Thompson at (352) 567-7449.DEMOCRATIC CLUBThe East Pasco Democratic Club will meet Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at The Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road in Zephyrhills. Guest speakers will be Marc Yacht, retired director of the Pasco County Health Department and candidate for the Pasco County School Board; and Beverly Ledbetter, retired Pasco County teacher and candidate for Florida House seat District 38. For information, call Fern Williams at (813) 838-0767.KUMQUAT FEST NEEDS SPONSORSThe 17th annual Kumquat Festival in Dade City will be Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes arts and crafts, a car show, children’s activities, farmer’s market, health and wellness section, live entertainment, and kumquat pies and products. Anyone interested in sponsoring the event or becoming a vendor should call the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce at (352) 567-3769.GOSPEL TRIO AT FIRST CHRISTIANFirst Christian Church, 6040 Eighth St., in Zephyrhills will host the gospel trio Greater Vision on Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. Admission is by donation. For information, call (813) 782-1071.COLONY HILLS STARTS BINGOThe Colony Hills Community, 35144 Wagner Way in Zephyrhills, hosts weekly bingo on Wednesday nights. Early bird bingo is at 6 p.m., and regular bingo will start at 7 p.m. Bingo cards will go on sale at 4 p.m. Snack kitchen will feature homemade cakes, hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. For information, call (315) 271-1051.LADIES AUXILIARY EVENTSThe Ladies Auxiliary of Zephyrhills Eagles 3752, 4149 New River Road, hosts Monday night line-dancing classes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday bar bingo from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and euchre on Fridays at 1 p.m. For information, call (813) 780-1558, or email GENEALOGYThe Genies, a small informal genealogical group, meets every Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, 9016 Fort King Road in Dade City. For information, call (813) 788-8894, or (813) 715-7133.AMVETS EVENTSAMVETS Post 550, 4645 Airport Road in Zephyrhills, offers bingo on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., visitors can enjoy meals ranging in price from $7 to $10. Check out the entertainment schedule at, or on Facebook at AMVETS Post 550. For information, call (813) 780-8180. COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT GALL BOULEVARD WORKSHOPA workshop discussing upcoming changes to Gall Boulevard will be Jan. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Alice Hall Community Center, 38116 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. The workshop will cover design options, establish a corridor vision, outline ways to proceed, and find partners to take part. For information, call Todd Vande Berg at (813) 780-0006, or email

PAGE 7 January 8, 20147 The Laker/Lutz News Staff ReportOngoing work on a reservoir has helped create a water shortage in the Tampa Bay region, meaning anyone who wants to water their lawns will see new restrictions. The Southwest Florida Water Management District, more commonly known as Swiftmud, is limiting watering to just one day a week after reduced river levels and increasing concerns over water supply were noted for the winter.The restrictions would cover Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, beginning Dec. 26. They are expected to last at least through the beginning of March next year.“We are asking residents to be prudent with their water use, especially outdoor irrigation, at this time,” said Swiftmud chairman Carlos Beruff, in a release. “During the winter months, you can often skip a week or more, as most lawns and landscape plants do not need as much water.” Part of the shortage stems from ongoing renovations at the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir, which is currently under renovation. That work has prevented it from storing excess water from the Alafia River during the summer rainy season that could be used in winter. The reservoir, according to Swiftmud, is a major water supply source for Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.Under the new restrictions, not only is watering reduced to once per week, but the allowable watering hours also are reduced. Micro-irrigation and hand watering of nonlawn areas are still allowed any day, if needed.For more information, visit online at leads to reduced lawn wateringThe Laker/Lutz News Staff ReportLater entries into The Laker/Lutz News Winter Wonderland Coloring Contest have earned four local artists two tickets each to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. It’s all part of Wild Wonderland, the holiday celebration during select nights in December at the zoo, located at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., in Tampa. It’s presented by Publix Super Markets Charities. This week’s winners can be found on the newspaper’s Facebook page by visiting They include:  Dante and Julian Mule, both 5, are twins and did their picture together. They attend Faith Baptist Academy of Wesley Chapel. In their free time, they like puzzles, computers, Bible songs from school, and playing with their cousins.  Dominic Delillio, 6, is in the first grade at Sand Pine Elementary School. He likes drawing, coloring and doing puzzles.  Raelynn Alanis, 6, is in first grade at Connerton Elementary School. In her free time, she enjoys cheerleading, dance, drawing and reading.  Carson Dearolf, 4, is in voluntary prekindergarten. He likes being outdoors, playing sports and listening to music.  Sicily Hale, 6, is in first grade at New River Elementary School. She is interested in animals.  Amanda Blanco, 9, is in fourth grade at Double Branch Elementary School. In her free time, she enjoys art, music, dancing and animals.  Wesley Cunningham, 4, is in prekindergarten at Creative Times. He likes BMX and beyblades.  Nina Passaglia, 10, is in fifth grade at McKitrick Elementary School. She likes art, sports, crafts and animals.  Ashlee Scruggs, 12, is in fifth grade at Oakstead Elementary School. In her free time, she likes karate, playing guitar and loom.  Abby Linen, 11, is in fifth grade at Bellamy Elementary School. She likes soccer, football and basketball. Last week’s winners were Malina Young, Olivia Hopkins, Brooke Thomson and Hannah Goserud.  Malina Young, 7, a second-grader at Double Branch Elementary School. She enjoys drawing, and is the daughter of Rebecca Perez of Dade City.  Olivia Hopkins, 8, a third-grader at Wesley Chapel Elementary School. She enjoys art and piano, and is the daughter of Becki Hopkins of Wesley Chapel.  Brooke Thomson, 11, a sixth-grader at Rushe Middle School. She enjoys art, softball and movies, and is the daughter of Tonya Thomson of Lutz.  Hannah Goserud, 10, a fourth-grader at Lake Myrtle Elementary School. She loves to sing, and is the daughter of Doug and Connie Goserud of Land O’ Lakes.More Wild Wonderland coloring winners announced COURTESY OF CHERYL HINTON Alex Lenz heading to the Navy Zephyrhills mayor Danny Burgess commended Alex Lenz, center, on Dec. 11 during the annual Christmas mixer for the East Pasco Networking Group, for choosing to join the U.S. Navy. Joining the two are, from left, Cassie Lenz, Nick Lenz, Brenda Lenz, Nils Lenz, and Cathy Lenz. COURTESY OF RICHARD K. RILEY Hard work recognized at chamber Jimmy Adcock, at left, president of the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, presents past president Cliff Martin of Jarrett Ford with the President’s Award. That award is given to a chamber member who has provided superb assistance to the sitting president during the year. At right, chamber executive director John Moors presents Adcock with an outstanding leadership award for the consistent, balanced and supportive leadership style Adcock has brought to the chamber this year.

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To this day, she feels sad on the anniversary of that baby’s death. Besides having the desire to support others through their grief and loss, Tatro has another motivation for volunteering: “It’s a give back,” she said. “I think I’ve been very blessed by the Lord and I feel I should give back. I can reach out in so many different ways. Not everybody can.” Beyond helping others, volunteering brings her great joy. “It’s very rewarding,” Tatro said. “You meet so many different people. There are so many stories that they have.” Besides suffering through personal losses, Tatro has spent time with many others who have experienced a death in the family. She has been with patients as they took their final breath, and has been with families as they experienced the loss. “Grief is different for each person,” Tatro said. Hospice is there to help — not only during the time of a loved one’s death, but also through ongoing bereavement support. She encourages anyone who wants to be of service to consider becoming a hospice volunteer. “We can do so much for the families,” Tatro said. “We can give them time, either to go to the store or, they might want to go out on an outing for a couple of hours. We can give them a break. They need a break.”Not everyone is able to sit with someone who is facing the final stage of life, Tatro said. But there are plenty of other ways to help. They can volunteer at the thrift store, or help in the kitchen, or deliver meals, or work at information booths at festival and fairs.Donating items to the thrift shop is another way to help, Tatro said. If someone has an interest in volunteering, she encourages them to give it a try. “It is a great experience and the only way they’re going to find out is to experience it for themselves,” Tatro said.ANGELS, from page 1 much as we should,” she said. But now, with its own painting project underway, Dade City and San Antonio can do just that. A collaboration between the DCCA, the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce and Saint Leo University, the Paint the Town Kumquat campaign offers 21 different kumquat designs priced between $50 and $250, depending on the size of the painting. Local artists specially chosen by the DCCA will receive half the proceeds, with the rest going toward art programs in the area. It’s open to businesses, merchants, building owners and even homeowners on the eastern side of the county. So far, two businesses have officially signed up for the paintings, with more ready to commit in the coming weeks, Avila said. They include the Dade City chamber, which had kumquats painted on the shutters of its main offices, located at 14112 Eighth St., in Dade City. “The kumquat festival has become an event of regional importance,” said John Moors, executive director of the Dade City chamber. “It’s becoming so well-known across the Tampa Bay region, and it’s really quite remarkable. People are moving back toward more authentic and family-friendly fun sort of activities.” The Kumquat Festival, which runs Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Dade City’s historic downtown, is an example of those events with the slower, more rural easier pace that people in the area have come to enjoy, Moors said. And showing pride in the area’s biggest agricultural export — similar to what Plant City has with strawberries — can only grow through projects like the one organized by Avila. Yet, the festival draws some 45,000 people each year — six times the size of Dade City, Moors said. “When you think of the logistics of it, that’s quite a feat,” he said. “It’s basically a volunteer-run situation because we don’t have a professional management company running the festival for us. With the help of the county and the city and the state, we are able to pull this off, and certainly painting the kumquats on buildings year-round can help sustain that.” The kumquat painting project won’t end with the festival, Avila said. It’s likely to continue straight through until November when plans are made to conduct a scavenger hunt involving businesses that receive the works of art on their exteriors. It’s a way to bring the community back to the businesses, many who work hard to support the arts and the annual festivities in the area. “They’ll have to go by clues to find out where each and every one of the kumquats are,” Avila said. “And with that, we’ll only be closer to the next kumquat festival.” For more information on how to participate in the project, contact Avila at (352) 521-5858, or Diana Murcar at (813) 9663704.KUMQUAT, from page 1 This year’s event also will introduce a number of new elements, said Vonnie Mikkelsen, executive director of the Zephyrhills chamber. For one thing, the venue has changed. The new home for the event is Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave., in Zephyrhills. By hosting the event, the city will have a chance to showcase its airport, airport manager Michael Handrahan said. Besides being able to buy tasty barbecue and listen to bands, patrons will have a chance to check out interesting aircraft, listen to a talk by a teenage glider pilot, and tour the Zephyrhills Museum of Military History, Handrahan said.Patrons won’t have access to the airfield itself and there won’t be any flying events, the airport manager said. But there’s a chance some pilots will fly in for the day. That’s because the airport is encouraging pilots to fly in to enjoy some barbecue and music.Since its inception, Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues, has been a fundraiser, providing thousands of dollars for local youth and education programs, including the YMCA of East Pasco, Zephyrhills Fire Rescue Explorers, Zephyrhills Police Athletic League, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Charities, the Zephyrhills Army JROTC, Zephyrhills High School athletics and clubs, and the chamber scholarship fund. The event is designed to be a fun day for families, while providing a legitimate contest for barbecue aficionados. The annual contest has been sanctioned by the Florida Barbecue Association since 2011, and has been designated as a state championship contest since 2012. The grand champion of the professional division qualifies to compete at the American Royal Nationals in Kansas City, Mo., and gets in the draw from the state for the Jack Daniel’s World Championship in Lynchburg, Tenn. The contest is open to professional and backyard teams. Entry fees are $300 for the pros and $200 for the backyard teams. Besides lip-smacking barbecue, the festival offers music from four live blues bands, a classic car and motorcycle show and a kids’ fun zone, featuring bounce houses and field games, as well as arts and crafts. Another change this year is the admission charge. In previous years, event-goers paid $5 to get in, with free admission for children under 12. This year, there is no charge to get in, but parking is $10. Also different from before is the timing. In the past, the barbecue contest was in October. Now it’s in January, and changing the date has many benefits, Mikkelsen said. For one thing, it allows the community to welcome a group of residents who were unable to attend the event in previous years, she said. “We found that a lot of our seasonal residents who come down in November and December were always disappointed to find out that they had missed it,” Mikkelsen said. Pennington thinks the snowbirds will enjoy being able to eat some barbecue and take their time on the airport grounds, strolling around to take a look at the aircraft and to visit the museum. The barbecue meals are affordable, too, Pennington said, selling for as little $7 and sandwiches for around $3. Much of the success of the event hinges on the help that the chamber gets from community partners, Mikkelsen said. Some sponsors have been there from the beginning, like CenterState Bank. “We sell Pig Bucks. That’s the event currency,” Mikkelsen said. “We have to print up so many Pig Bucks and have them counted, bundled and prepared — just like a bank — for the vendors.” The Pasco County Sheriff’s Posse also has been there since the beginning, Pennington said, managing the event parking. If you goWHAT: Fourth Annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest, and Zephyrhills Municipal Airport Aviation ExpoWHEN: Jan. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.WHERE:Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave., ZephyrhillsMUSIC: Cold Iron, 11 a.m.; Ellie Lee & Blues Fury, 12:30 p.m.; Charlie Morris Band, 2 p.m.; Selwyn Birchwood, 3:30 p.m. COST: Free admission with $10 parking, tour bus rates availableINFO: (813) 782-1913, or ZephyrhillsChamber.orgFESTIVAL, from page 1


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PLEASE CONTACTUS IF YOUR COMMUNITY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ARECYCLING BIN! January 8, 20149 By Michael Hinmanmhinman@cnewspubs.comGroans, interruptions, occasional applause. That was the scene in the New Port Richey city council chambers last week when federal, state and local officials — led by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis — pulled homeowners together to talk about what’s been a painful subject in recent months: flood insurance. Premiums under the National Flood Insurance Program, a federal insurance plan administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have skyrocketed since October when a federal law went into effect designed to help the program make up for losses from major disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Implementation was designed to slowly ramp up increases for affected policyholders, but what has actually happened has been much different. One homeowner on the west side of Pasco County got a rude awakening soon after purchasing his waterfront property in April. “I have a $2,500 monthly mortgage, and now we’re talking about $2,000 a month more to pay for our insurance, and that’s not going to happen,” the resident said. “If we don’t get a fix, they are going to foreclose on my property. I cannot physically make my payment.” For some NFIP policyholders, what were once annual premium amounts became their monthly payments, in many cases, creating situations where some homeowners would pay the entire value of their property in a little more than a decade, before turning around to start the process all over again. Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, says he’s demanding immediate relief for those affected, especially in Florida which has traditionally paid out three times more than they’ve ever received in the program. “We’re not going to rest until we get results,” said Bilirakis, who introduced what he calls the Homeowners Flood Insurance Relief Act last October. It’s expected to cap premiums at the value of a home at the time it was purchased, divided by 30 — the typical timeframe of a mortgage — and would cap annual premium increases the first 10 years at 10 percent. “I think we have a real good chance of passing a version of the bill,” Bilirakis said. “I don’t care if it passes with my name on it or not, you guys need relief.” Bilirakis, who sternly questioned a FEMA representative flown in from Atlanta to talk about the rates, had to answer some questions of his own, however. For one, why he voted for a 2012 bill widely blamed for current increases in flood insurance. The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 passed Congress and was signed by President Obama last year. The bill phases out government subsidies for premiums in long-standing policies, but caps the annual increases at 25 percent. It was part of an overall transportation bill that overwhelmingly passed both the House and the Senate.“We voted for the bill to save the program, but it has not been properly implemented,” Bilirakis said. “We need an NFIP until we get a viable private flood insurance.”The bill instructed FEMA to, in part, conduct an affordability study for its proposed premiums before implementing the bill, Bilirakis said. Susan Wilson, chief of the Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch of FEMA, admitted the study had not been done, but only because there was no money to fund it. Although the insurance program has been self-sustaining for decades, storms like Hurricane Katrina and later Hurricane Sandy threw the program into debt of more than $24 billion. “Hurricane Katrina was anything but an average loss year, and everyone can agree with that,” Wilson said. “I spent many months in Mississippi, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and there were a lot of losses paid out for claims.” Before Biggert-Waters, the NFIP was different from private insurance companies as it was not allowed to maintain a reserve fund. With a reserve fund, the organization would have extra cash on hand in case more claims were paid than premiums received — like when Katrina or Sandy hit. Otherwise, the program has to borrow to pay claims, and premiums would have to rise to pay not only the additional money, but the interest for the loans, as well. State Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, said Florida is looking to help policyholders, as well. The bill he is co-sponsoring would allow private insurers to help with flood insurance in the state. “This is the backstop to give homeowners options,” Simpson said. “Since this has become such a big issue for the state of Florida, we have started working on legislative solutions in Tallahassee.” That bill is set to go in front of the state senate’s banking and insurance committee on Jan. 8. Lawmakers promise to fix broken flood insurance program MICHAEL HINMAN/STAFFThe city council chambers at New Port Richey’s city hall were overflowing last week for U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, and representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, addressing skyrocketing flood insurance rates.


By Helene RubensteinGrand HorizonsOn Dec. 13, we had a Christmas show performed in the community center and more than 200 people were in attendance. The ticket takers and other helpers were dressed in Christmas attire to greet the people. Before the show even started, the “elves” passed out tickets for door prizes. The many helpers included Tom Carter, Bill and Karen Donlon, Brian Heidman, Ron and Joyce Bell, Rosie Semian, and Chuck and Barbara Sullins. Also, there were many helpers who set up before the show and after the show. They sure pitched in, and our thanks go out to all. Several people went home with a memento of the show as winners of the door prizes. We had seen John Timpanelli perform earlier in the year, and this time he had some more entertainers who certainly added to the show. It was completely different than his last performance, and the show had us participating in song from our seats. The show consisted of many Christmas songs and a few showtunes. Several of the tunes that had us clapping and singing were “We Need A Little Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” For most of the songs that John performed, he related a little story. One song that he performed was called “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” that was recorded originally by Nat King Cole and written by Mel Torme. He did a marvelous job of singing this song. Another song that stood out was “The Lady is a Tramp,” originally sung by Frank Sinatra, but John changed the wording somewhat, and it was cute the way it was done. He then introduced Mikki Taylor-Behner, and she performed several songs and added some humor to the show. She performed “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and several others. She did a skit with Bingo (a large monkey) and had everyone in stitches. She was a very good ventriloquist and very funny. The banter between the two was so lifelike and when Bingo sang, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,” the audience got quite a kick from this. After this performance, her husband, Jim Behner, performed several hits like “That’s Amore,” “Sweet Caroline” and several others. Earlier in the show he did a fine rendition of “Feliz Navidad” that had the entire audience singing and clapping. Jim also performed a song by Elvis Presley called “Blue Christmas” with much shaking and grooving. Jim and Mikki’s daughter also got in on the act and she was so sweet as she sang “Happy Birthday Jesus.” Jim Timpanelli ended the show singing “This is My Grown-Up Christmas List,” and then his son, Jonathan Timpanelli, came out as Santa Claus. This was the end of a two-hour show, and everyone went home happy. On Dec. 19, 20 women enjoyed a holiday luncheon at Manolo’s. They had greetings at each place-setting, plus a small gift from their hosts. In addition to this, each woman brought a present for a gift exchange that proved delightful. Barb Sullins and I hosted the luncheon. Marie Paolantonio donated six poinsettias for six lucky winners. Our thanks go out to Marie for this nice gesture. All who attended had a very nice time. I spoke to Dudley Newvine and he mentioned that his wife Carol recently accomplished something that she had on her bucket list: a tandem sky jump. And it looks like it was quite thrilling. “Before the jump, Carol had no fear of jumping out of an airplane at 13,500 feet,” Dudley told us. “After landing on the ground safely, she said she wanted to go again. She also said that she had taken rollercoaster rides that scared her more than the jump.” He added that he was sure she would attempt another jump in the future. Phone : (813) 909-2800  E m a i l : m rath m an@cnew s pub s .co m ATTENTION: We know youre back in town, and were sure you have stories to share. East Pasco Park Residents Spread the good news about your community, neighbors and friends.News from around the senior parks in East Pasco is accepted YEAR-ROUND for The Laker-East Pasco edition, published every other week.Send your photos and submissions to Mary Rathman at or P.O. Box 479, Lutz, FL 33548. Submissions can also be dropped off at our office, 3632 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Suite 102, in the Copperstone Executive Suites, Land O’ Lakes. Publ i cat i on Date Deadl i ne Date Dec. 11 Dec. 3 Dec. 25 Dec. 16 Jan. 8, 2014 Dec. 30, 2013 Jan. 22 Jan. 14 Feb. 5 Jan. 28 Feb. 19 Feb. 11 March 5 Feb. 25 March 19 March 11 April 2 March 25 April 16 April 8 Upcoming publication dates and deadlines are as follows: TheLAKER FREE TheLAKER EAST PASCO EDITION January 8, 201410 AROUNDTHE PARKS Holiday season ends on a high note at Grand Horizons COURTESY OF MARTY RUBENSTEINBrian Heidman, and Barb and Chuck Sullins wore their Christmas spirit at the Christmas show on Dec. 13. COURTESY OF MARTY RUBENSTEINJohn Timpanelli leads everyone in song during the Christmas show at Grand Horizons on Dec. 13. COURTESY OF MARTY RUBENSTEINSanta Claus made an appearance at the Grand Horizons’ Christmas show. COURTESY OF TITA MAUKLynn Green and Helene Rubenstein take a moment to smile for the camera at the ladies’ Christmas luncheon. COURTESY OF HELENE RUBENSTEINCarol George, Judy Ellsworth, Carla Jones and Jenny Molinek at the Christmas luncheon, for ladies only. COURTESY OF MARTY RUBENSTEINMikki Taylor-Behner kept everyone in stitches with her performance with Bingo the monkey.

PAGE 11 January 8, 201411 AROUNDTHE PARKS By Sandra Gilbert-AbelRainbow VillageIf you wanted to get in the mood for Christmas, you just had to walk up and down our streets and look at the beautiful lights on our residents’ homes. Something new this year was the flashing red and green lights that sparkled on the big trees and houses. You just stopped and admired the sights. The winners of our Christmas lighting contest were Merle and Pat Chapman in first place, and Judy Hersey-Phillips in second place. In the RV division, Robert and Donna Moore won first place. Congratulations to all the winners. At a recent Sunday night of entertainment, David Teague played his banjo and acoustic guitar and sang a wide variety of music from country to bluegrass. We always enjoy David. We also enjoyed the motorcycle parade through RV parks that collected toys and bikes for needy children in Zephyrhills. Our association, church and resident donations provided enough money to buy 18 big bicycles. We also collected lots of toys, games and dolls for this cause. Thank you for all who participated. Our park manager, Sue Flynn, chaired our annual Evie McMann Christmas Tea. This year we supported the homeless in Zephyrhills by bringing small cans of food, toiletries, hats, gloves, sweatshirts and many other items. Our ladies were very generous. We were greeted by our host, Sue Flynn, and Nancy Pollock dressed in the original dress that Evie wore to serve her tea. Then we were escorted to our seats by some of the men in our park. We were served our food prepared by Harry Hersey and his committee. Delicious! Rosie Meyers had a program about aprons. Ten ladies shared their memories of their aprons that they wore and told memories about their mothers or grandmothers wearing aprons. The Rainbow Village church choir entertained us with Christmas songs. Thanks to all for a perfect day of helping the homeless and the fellowship that was felt at Evie’s tea. Our Christmas caroling through our resort streets was so much fun. Delmar Baker pulled a decorated trailer with 18 carolers singing carols in his shiny red truck. Thanks to Ben and Hermina Docter, and Dick and Sandy Abel, for decorating the wagon. After Christmas caroling, we headed to the Christmas Eve service. We had a very nice service with Mary and Joseph, shepherds, an angel, the three kings, and the Rainbow Village choir presenting the Christmas story. This was the first time we had a real baby portray Jesus. He was the hit of the night, just watching God’s creation. It was a very moving Christmas Eve service. A big thanks goes to Bev Were, Joanne Peet, Mary Jo Gorsch and Sandy Abel for a great program. On Christmas Eve, a beautiful sight to behold was all the luminaries that lined our streets. Each house had one in front of it. A lot of work goes into preparing the luminaries. First, residents must drink lots of milk, water or tea so we can use the empty bottles. The next step is to cut a hole in the side, place some sand and a candle in it. Then, they are delivered to each resident’s lot. Chuck Henning and Dick Elliott started this project many years ago. After Chuck got sick, Dick continued it with many helpers over the years. Dick says this is his last year, and Rich Abbott will continue the tradition next year. His helpers this year were Mick Liggitt and Rich Abbott. Thank you, Dick, for your faithful service to this project. As we walked closer to our social hall you could smell the ham that was going to be served at our Christmas dinner. Each person brought a dish to share, and everything was tasty. It was a great day to celebrate Christmas away from home. Thanks to Harry Hersey and his committee for another great meal. To finish out 2013, we had our New Year’s Eve dance. Co-chairs Dave and Carol Halliday, and Del and Sue Larkin, did a great job of organizing the dance. We had a large crowd celebrate the incoming year. Jimmy Smith provided the music for us to dance to. We love Jimmy at Rainbow Village. Mary Sawyer won the free tickets to an upcoming dance by winning the card game. It was a great way to celebrate the incoming 2014. On Jan. 22, Joe Wright will play the steel guitar and present a funny comedy show. Steve Jeffris’ one-man band variety show will appear Feb. 5. On Feb. 19, Sarah Getto — singer, musician and songwriter — will perform. On March 5, Jimmy Smith’s Remembering the Legends and Gospel Show will perform. These shows all start at 7 p.m., and the ticket price is $8 each. Call Sue Flynn at (813) 782-5075. All of us at Rainbow Village wish you a blessed Happy New Year, and we all look forward to a great 2014. A season for compassion at Rainbow Village YOUR EMERGENCY IS OUR EXPERTISE In an emergency, minutes matter. Thats why our No Wait ER at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills strives to give you quicker, higher-quality care. We have 25 state-of-the-art, fully monitored treatment rooms where we treat 34,000 patients every year. Our skilled and certi“ ed doctors and nurses are specially trained in life-threatening situations, such as heart attacks, minor trauma and major illnesses. Our ERs Chest Pain Center features the only open-heart program in east and central Pasco. And our Comprehensive Stroke Center „ the only one in Pasco County „ combines expert care with leading-edge technology to quickly treat stroke patients and minimize the damage. So when minutes matter, trust the fast, expert emergency care thats just minutes away at our No Wait ER.FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DETAILED DIRECTIONS, VISIT 7050 Gall Blvd. | Zephyrhills, FL 33541 COURTESY OF SANDRA GILBERT-ABELSue Flynn and her Christmas tea committee played a big part in the Evie McMann Christmas Tea, where guests brought canned goods and other items in support of the homeless.


By Millie LeBaronPalm View GardensHappy and Healthy New Year to All from Palm View Gardens! The Christmas dance was well attended. Food, fun and great music were the highlights of the evening. There was a Christmas golf cart parade on Dec. 22 with about 35 vehicles all decorated for the parade. Music was provided by several of our talented residents. There was even an accordion player. The Fellowship Club presented Gary and Liz Patterson with the fellowship plaque for the best decorations to signify the “Reason for the Season” theme. Many homes were decorated for the holiday season. Paul and Ann Fortter were presented the Best Decorated Home award. Second place went to Hazel Steiger. Third place was awarded to Walt and Brenda Brown. Wilder Resort and RV provided these awards. Our manager, Gloria, presented the awards. Many residents and guests dined together for a holiday meal. Everyone enjoyed a bit of wonderful fellowship and delicious food. Until next time, have a safe and happy holiday. Best wishes for 2014! Our Board Certi“ ed Dermatologist offers: € Complete skin exams € Skin cancer diagnosis and treatment € Mohs Surgery and reconstruction € Cosmetic (Botox/Xeomin/Juvderm/Belotero)813-406-4835Aparna Ambay, M.D., FAAD Board Certi“ ed Dermatologistwww.360DermatologyTampa.comAccepting Medicare & Most Insurances Belotero $450 / Juvderm Ultra $525 Juvderm Ultra Plus $575 /2nd syringe $50 off*Facial Fillers holiday pricing expires 1/15/14 J.R. FARMS quality fruits and vegetables atFarm grown in Zephyrhills € Beautiful to look at and delicious to eat WE SELL OUR PRODUCE TO RESTAURANTS AND SANDWICH SHOPS! Support Your Local Farmer NO FARMER NO FOODOnly 15 minutes from Wesley Chapel Open: Mon Sat 8 to 6 € Sun 9 to 5 (813) 783-1500  36530 Chancey Road Fre s h S queezed Orange Ju i ce....$2.99 1/2 gallon Pole B ean s ....................................................89¢ lb. Ru s k i nTo m atoe s ..........................................99¢ lb. All Apple s .....................................................99¢ lb. Yellow S qua s h or Zucch i n i .........................99¢ lb. Green B ean s .........................................2 lb s ./$1.00 Flor i da Naval Orange s ................................4/$1.00 Collard, M u s tard and Turn i p Green s .........2/$3.00 Pecan s .......................................................$2.99 lb. NOW PICKING S TRAW B ERRIE S!$2.99 qt. or 2/$5.00 $1.00 OFFa $10 or more purchaseEXPIRES 1-31-14 January 8, 201412 FEB 5-8, 2014 Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg 888.974.3698 | 727.248.0115 Presented by Florida Falun Dafa Association, Inc. ALL-NEW 2014 SHOW with live orchestra AROUNDTHE PARKS COURTESY OF MILLIE LEBARONSanta Claus waves from one of the many golf carts in the Christmas golf cart parade at Palm View Gardens. Food and fellowship round out the season COURTESY OF MILLIE LEBARONThe hall was packed with hungry residents for a holiday meal at Palm View Gardens.


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