Prescribed burns set within Green Swamp
The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be conducting prescribed burns during the next 12 months within the Green Swamp, including the Green Swamp East, Green Swamp west, Hampton and Upper Hillsborough properties.
These properties are located in eastern Pasco, southeastern Sumter, southwestern Lake and northern Polk counties. Approximately 20,000 acres will be burned in small, manageable units. The purpose of the burns is to reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control.
The practice also reduces overgrown plants, promotes growth of new plants, and maintains the character and condition of wildlife habitat. Call (352) 796-7211.
Tax offices taking donations for charities
The Pasco County Tax Collector's Office is collecting donations throughout December to benefit several organizations:
• Marine Corps League's Toys for Tots. All five tax collector offices are collecting donations of new toys through Dec. 16.
• Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive — The Gulf Harbors, Land O'Lakes, and Wesley Chapel offices will be Red Kettle donation sites from 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 9 and 16.
•The Volunteer Way/ Farm Share — Collection jars are on display in each of the five tax collector offices. Donations made will help purchase fresh food for families in need this holiday season and into 2018.
The Pasco County Tax Collector has offices in Dade City, Wesley Chapel, Land O'Lakes, New Port Richey and Gulf Harbors. For information about the tax collector's charitable giving program, contact Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector, at (727) 847-8179 or email@example.com, or visit pascotaxes.com.
Gingerbread house contest to award $600
Vitis Realty is hosting a gingerbread house contest with proceeds to benefit East Pasco Meals on Wheels. There are two categories for entries, including household and business. In the household category, prizes will be awarded in Visa gift cards, and include $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. It is free for individuals to enter in the household category. Businesses are asked to donate a minimum of $25 for Meals on Wheels. Sponsorships are also available. Entries will be accepted between 9 a.m. and noon Dec. 9 and 11 at the Vitis office at 37915 Heather Place. For details and rules, visit vitisrealty.com/gingerbread or call (352) 437-5673.
LAND O' LAKES
Animal Services offers specials on adoptions
Pasco County Animal Services will be waiving adoption fees on dogs and cats on Dec. 9 with a donation of food, treats and toys. Also, adoption fees are half off throughout December for dogs and cats (does not apply to puppies and kittens younger than 6 months and dogs under 25 pounds). Spay/neuter, microchipping and vaccinations are included with all adoptions. Animal Services is at 19640 Dogpatch Lane. Call (813) 929-1212. Animal Services' Tail Wagon will have pets available for adoption from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at Pet Supplies Plus at 21703 Village Lakes Shopping Center Drive; and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd.
PACA invites public to special workshop
The Pasco Alliance of Community Associations will host a special workshop at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss and decide on the 2018 program schedule, as well as any changes in PACA's mission to community development districts, homeowner associations, condos and co-ops in Pasco County. PACA is a nonprofit organization whose members include 70 of Pasco County's homeowner associations, community development districts and condominium associations, as well as individual residents. For information, call (352) 467-9808 or visit mypaca.org.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Roadwork continues in Schwettman Oaks
Sections of High and Maple streets in the Schwettman Oaks Subdivision have been closed as the City of New Port Richey Public Works Department continues work on the intersection of the two streets.
High Street, between George and Beach streets, and Maple Street, between Pine Street and School Road, will be closed to vehicular traffic through Dec. 15. Residents will have full access to their homes, but should expect delays. Contact Martin Field, construction project manager at (727) 841-4543.
Residents can dispose their hazardous waste
Pasco County Utilities will collect household hazardous waste and unwanted electronics from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Pasco County Public Works, 7536 State St. (on the West Pasco Government Center campus). For a full list of household hazardous waste items that can be dropped off during the collection event, visit bit.ly/2mx7K0h. Call (813) 929-2755, ext. 6896.