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Large brush fire burning in Pasco County

Large brush fire burning in Pasco County

Dade City, FL -- Pasco Fire Rescue is on the scene of a large brush fire near Dade City.


Rescue crews say the fire is over 50 acres and is not under control.


Responders say no homes or buildings are currently in danger.


Photo Gallery: Brush Fire Near Dade City

Lutz 6th graders plant marsh grass to help wildlife

Lutz 6th graders plant marsh grass to help wildlife

Lutz, FL -- Students from Learning Gate Community School in Lutz went to the Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve in Manatee County to plant marsh grass they grew.

The six graders used little trays with slots in them to plant seeds in them, and over the past year they started growing.

The project took place under the guidance of Tampa Bay Watch, an organization that partners with area schools to restore salt marsh ecosystems and help students to learn about the environment.

The marsh grass will help protect birds, fish and other wildlife from the erosive effects of tropical weather systems.

 

 

'Art of Recycling' has Pasco students getting creative

'Art of Recycling' has Pasco students getting creative

Pasco County, Florida -- The Pasco County website has announced the return of a beloved community art exhibit coming up next month. Keep reading the official press release to find out more:

High School students will be delivering their creations made from at least 70% used materials to the West Pasco Government Center the first Saturday in February. Over $2,000 in cash prizes are awarded to the winners in ten categories and participating seniors have the opportunity to compete for a $1,000 art scholarship.

The art is judged on many different themes like Best Use of Newspaper, Most Innovative, Best Environmental Concept and much more.

The exhibition opens to the public on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 8 a.m. The public may vote for their favorite piece of art in the “People’s Choice” for five days. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the West Pasco Government Center commission chambers, 7530 Little Road in New Port Richey.

The art will remain on exhibit at the Government Center through March 2. From there the winning art pieces will be transferred to the District School Board of Pasco County where they will be displayed through March 30.

New Port Richey has boil water order

New Port Richey has boil water order

 New Port Richey, FL -- After Tampa Bay Construction & Engineering, Inc. made water line connections to the new water lines on Tuesday night, an "EMERGENCY BOIL WATER" notice will remain in effect until further notice. 


This is according to the city website.


The area affected is along US Hwy 19 from Trouble Creek to Marine Pkwy, including  Irene Loop, Lones Ln, Wilton Row, Gaznia St, Naftis Ln, Salvia St, Needle Palm Dr, Fenton Way, & Ontario Dr.


On Tuesday, the water was shut off between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. on US 19 from Trouble Creek to Marine Parkway.


 If residents have any questions, they are asked to please contact the following people:

Do you "Nixle" in Pasco County?

Do you "Nixle" in Pasco County?


New Port Richey, Florida - First of all, what the heck is Nixle, and how do you do it?

Nixle is a new community information service created to deliver important and timely information to residents of New Port Richey.

The information also goes to water and sewer customers that live outside the city's corporate limits.

Partial closure of Cypress Creek Nature Preserve

Partial closure of Cypress Creek Nature Preserve

TAMPA, Florida -- The Cypress Creek Nature Preserve, 18998 Lizard Tail Lane in Tampa, is partially closed to the public due to construction of a gas pipeline.

This closure covers the area just west of I-75 on Lizard's Tail Road. The entrances on Robertson Trail and Livingston Ave. will remain open.

Construction is expected to take two months, and this section of the nature preserve will remain closed until construction has been completed and the area is safe for visitors.

The Cypress Creek Nature Preserve functions as a wildlife corridor, and is an essential connection point for several publicly-owned preserves.

The focal point of the 2,456-acre preserve is Cypress Creek, a tributary of the Hillsborough River.  Natural plant communities are varied within the preserve. Pine flatwoods, hardwood forests, freshwater marsh, hardwood swamp, and cypress stands all contribute to the numerous plant and animal species that thrive in the preserve.

Pasco County teachers awarded grants

Pasco County teachers awarded grants

PASCO COUNTY, Florida -- Nineteen Pasco County teachers are among the 206 educators across the District's 16-county region awarded Splash! school grants on Dec. 20 through the Southwest Florida Water Management District. 

The goal of the Splash! school grant program is to provide hands-on learning opportunities that teach students about their local watersheds and the freshwater resources within them. Splash! school grants provide up to $5,000 per school on a reimbursement basis only and are available to public, private and homeschool teachers.

Mary Margaret Hull, lead communications coordinator, attributed the effectiveness of the grant program in Pasco County to the strong partnership with Pasco County Schools, which helped get the word out to teachers. Laura Hill, an instructional supervisor for Pasco County Schools, serves as the District’s liaison to teachers.