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Pasco’s former commissioner, Young, dies

Sylvia Young, one of the first women on the Pasco County Commission, has died, according to an email from commission spokesman Ryan Hughes.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former County Commissioner Sylvia Young,” said Hughes. “Commissioner Young was a real leader – she was a Commissioner for 20 years before retiring in 2000.”

She served from November 18, 1980 to November 21, 2000.

Young worked tirelessly to preserve Pasco County’s historic courthouse in Dade City, where the Board of Directors continues to meet each month. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

“We are grateful for Commissioner Young’s leadership and will forever remember her lasting impact and dedicated service to Pasco County,” Hughes said.

Libraries launch summer reading challenge

Take part in Pasco County Libraries’ Oceans of Possibility Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme focuses on the vast knowledge that you can learn through the rewards of reading.

The event runs until July 30th.

Visit Requirements include 600 minutes of reading, four online activities, and records in the Beanstack app.

For more information about Pasco County Libraries, including the library catalog, e-content, programs, events and links to all Pasco County Library branches, visit

Boosters keep Penny for Pasco event

LUTZ – The Penny for Pasco Renewal Kickoff Event will be held on Thursday, June 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Edison Suncoast Building, 1675 Northpointe Parkway in Lutz.

The committee will be there, and officials from the county, school board, and city will also be present. Learn what the Penny Renewal will do for the county.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

RSVP to [email protected] or call Diane Jones at (727) 992-6928.

Sheriff warns about unlicensed contractors

Citizens should review tips to avoid unlicensed contractors, the Sheriff’s Office said, especially as preparations for hurricane season progress.

This crime is dangerous and puts citizens at potential risk for poor quality work and non-compliance with building codes. In addition, property owners are liable for any injuries, have limited resources in the event of a claim, and can be victims of fraud.

Request licenses and confirm a contractor’s credentials before agreeing to a project. You should never feel pressured into a contract or work that you are not comfortable with. It’s also good to get several written estimates before you start the remodel and wait until the job is complete before making full payment.

Bell Lake Road improvements completed

LAND O’ LAKES – Pasco County Public Works and Engineering Services has announced the completion of a 16-month project to significantly improve a mile-long stretch of Bell Lake Road in Land O’Lakes, making the area safer for both drivers and pedestrians make.

Improvements include better stormwater drainage with replaced ditches; curb, gutter and inlets; a closed pipe system; and 5 foot wide sidewalks.

“This project was completed on time and under budget,” said Margaret Smith, Director of Engineering Services. “We’re proud of these important pavement updates that help improve safety for those who drive on the road and walk the new sidewalks.”

Pasco County also helped with road construction leading to a new convenience store and gas station at US 41 and Bell Lake Road.

Tax collectors collect donations for CARES

The five county tax collection agencies named CARES (Community Aging & Retirement Services) as their nonprofit for May, raising $10,000. All funds benefit the CARES campaign “We Help”.

CARES provides services to at-risk seniors who need meals, home health care, housekeeping, and help with pet care. Without the help of CARES, many seniors would be unnecessarily placed in nursing homes or could even perish on their own.

“Your kindness will help families in Pasco County who need home health services, adult day care and support for family members who need a break from the stressful demands of care,” said Jemith Rosa, President and Chief Executive of CARES.

A check for $10,000 was presented to CARES at its annual event for celebrity waiters on June 2nd. The local doctor Dr. Rao Musunuru pledged to match dollar for dollar donations raised during this campaign.

For more information about CARES and the various services available to seniors and their families, contact Rosa at 727-863-6868 or visit For more information about this promotion and the Tax Collection Agency’s charitable programs, please contact Assistant Tax Collector Greg Giordano at 727-847-8179 or visit

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