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Jim Kovaleski, 55, a self-proclaimed urban farmer, harvests fresh produce from his mother’s front yard recently in New Port Richey.

Urban farming takes root in New Port Richey front yards

NEW PORT RICHEY -- "That's Broccoli George's. He started his in 2010," Jim Kovaleski says, walking by 5649 Virginia Ave. At 5705 Virginia: "This one has only been here a year. It's my ex-wife's house," he said. When he leaves in May, he plants a cover crop of black-eyed peas and sweet potatoes, and "when I come hom …

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  1. Ridgewood High students teach French language to Calusa Elementary kids

    K12

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Bonjour!

    That's a new greeting for first-grade students in Jennifer Daly's classroom, one they are warming to nicely courtesy of the new French Foreign Language Experience program.

    Each week, Ridgewood High students make the short trek to nearby Calusa Elementary to help first-graders learn some basic French, through a new program called French Foreign Language Experience. Lately, they have been working on colors and numbers. Here, working on a coloring worksheet, are, from left, Maliyah Simon, 7; Ricky Kernon, 18; Jeremiah Jaros, 7, and Journee Prim, 7.
  2. Local artist has put finishing touches on long-forgotten piece of work

    Visual Arts

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Fran McLean didn't quite know what she was getting into when she agreed to complete a painting that had been tucked away for decades in the back of another person's closet.

    The late artist Tom Burrichter started the painting "Unfinished ... Finished." The painting, which was discovered in the back of a closet, was recently completed by local artist Fran McLean, the featured artist for April at the Gateway Galley & Emporium in downtown New Port Richey.
  3. Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting March 31

    Events

    Festivals

    It's a party downtown: The annual Chasco Fiesta continues through April 1 in downtown New Port Richey, in and around Sims Park, 5547 Main St. Festivities include a carnival with midway from 5 to 11 p.m. March 31 and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 1; ride wristbands are available for …

  4. Greater unity a must to keep Rays' home in region

    Human Interest

    Anything is possible, and the Rays might end up moving to another city.

  5. FHP: Dade City three-car crash kills one, hospitalizes four

    Accidents

    DADE CITY — A 28-year-old man was killed and four people hospitalized in a three-car crash Saturday evening, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  6. Tampa man dies in Pasco County crash

    Accidents

    DADE CITY — A 73-year-old Tampa man driving a motorcycle died Saturday morning after a crash on State Road 52 east of Ehren Cutoff.

  7. Pasco sheriff: 17-year-old New Port Richey teen shoots 15-year-old in face, back

    Crime

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A dispute over money led a 17-year-old to shoot a 15-year-old boy in the face and back on Thursday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

    Jerry Chiarella, 17, of New Port Richey, faces attempted murder charges after investigators say he shot a 15-year-old boy in the face and back Thursday. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]