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Pasco Co. school board approves massive budget cuts

Pasco Co. school board approves massive budget cuts

Land O' Lakes, Florida - For the first time in school district history, hundreds of Pasco County school employees are being laid off due to the largest single year budget cut in district history.

Around 8:30 p.m., school board members voted unanimously to approve the cuts. Chairman of the school board Joanne Hurley said principals will call teachers to their offices in the next few days to deliver the news that they've been fired.

Georgiann Jones, a teacher at Sunray Elementary School in Holiday, addressed the board during the public comment section of the meeting and said, "We understand the absolute devastation with our budget, however, we are really concerned about the environments of our schools when we are already being asked to do so much, and we will, but we don't have any money coming in that will help us out."

Soma Intimates Now Open at The Shops at Wiregrass

Soma Intimates Now Open at The Shops at Wiregrass

Soma Intimates is pleased to announce the grand opening of a new boutique at The Shops at Wiregrass, complete with 'bra fit stylists.'  Located at 28330 Paseo Drive, Soma Intimates opened on May 18, 2011, offering luxurious and sensual lingerie, loungewear, sleepwear and beauty.

Each and every garment that Soma creates is distinguished by the “Soma Kiss” and the “Soma Touch” – thoughtful design details, a supremely soft feel and a superior fit that’s stylish, comfortable and gorgeous.  Soma offers warm, personal service and each associate is highly-trained to provide individual fittings and recommendations on what works best for every body type. 

Some highlights of the Soma Intimates boutique include:

County offices to close for Memorial Day

County offices to close for Memorial Day

Pasco County Government offices, including the constitutional offices and the courts, will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2011, in observance of Memorial Day.  All government offices, and the courts will reopen on Tuesday, May 31.

The Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office will be closed on Saturday, May 28 and Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, May 31.

All Pasco County Libraries will reopen at their regularly-scheduled times on Tuesday, May 31.

The Pasco County Recreation Complexes will be closed to the general public, however, the parks and beaches will be open from dawn to dusk and the pools will be open from 11:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m.

Investment firm to discuss local expansion with Pasco homeowners

Investment firm to discuss local expansion with Pasco homeowners

Two vice presidents from T. Rowe Price will discuss the company’s plans to expand in Pasco County when they address the Pasco Alliance of Community Associations on Thursday, May 12.

The company purchased 72 acres at SR 54 and Sunlake Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes and is expected to eventually employ approximately 1,600 workers with an average annual salary of nearly $50,000 at the site.

The public is invited to attend the PACA meeting. It begins at 7 p.m. at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, located at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. (US 41), three miles north of SR 54.

Non-profits to gather for pro tips on 'Organizational Focus'

Non-profits to gather for pro tips on 'Organizational Focus'

The Association for Fundraising Professionals’s monthly luncheon meeting in May will present information on “Designing Organizational Focus" presented by Jay Goulart, Director of Advancement at the Academy at the Lakes.

The meeting, on May 24 at Carrabba’s Restaurant (6525 Pointe Village Drive, Lutz), will begin with registration at 11:45 a.m., with the program to follow from 12 – 1 p.m.  

Goulart is nationally known for building advancement models that are innovative, dynamic, fun and focused. His strategic and creative approaches have attracted international attention from all non-profit segments. This presentation will focus on taking all the responsibilities facing any fundraising effort and laying them out with clarity and purpose to insure that we can navigate these choppy waters while continuing to build a long term successful effort.

New pet adoption center celebrates Grand Opening

New pet adoption center celebrates Grand Opening

Land O' Lakes, FL -- Come out and celebrate with Pasco County the Grand Opening of the new Animal Services Adoption Center on Friday, May 6, at 11:30 a.m.

The 12,650 square foot Adoption Center, prominently located on the current Animal Services site, can house up to 60 large dogs, 20 small dogs and up to 100 cats available for adoption. 

The building includes a two-table spay-and-neuter surgery suite and a medical triage area. 

The focal point of the lobby is the “Giving Tree”, a wall sculpture featuring leaves and acorns that can be purchased to honor a loved one or beloved pet.

Enjoy Macy's Mother's Day beauty event

Enjoy Macy's Mother's Day beauty event

Port Richey, FL -- Gulf View Square Mall invites you to spend Saturday, May 7 with them at Macy's Health, Wealth & Wise Inner & Outer Beauty Event.

Macy's will have beauty specialists, local community practitioners and vendors on hand to teach helpful tips on how to enhance your inner and outer beauty and experience the magic.

Attendees can enjoy door prizes, giveaways and useful information.