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The 2019 Taste of Trinity Fundraiser will get underway at 11 a.m. on May 18.

{Editor's note: The Window on Pasco column published in May 15 print editions of the Suncoast News included an incorrect start time for the 2019 Taste of Trinity. The correct start time, as noted below, is 11 a.m.}

TRINITY — The 2019 edition of the Taste of Trinity will be held May 18 at Seven Springs Middle School.

Organized by the middle school’s Parent-Teacher Organization and the West Pasco Business Association, Taste of Trinity offers family-oriented fun, such as stage music, performances and food samplings, including desserts.

In addition, the Taste of Trinity, now in its 10th year, is a fundraiser for Seven Springs Middle School.

“We are so pleased to be partnering with Seven Springs Middle School to host this event and through it we help support the students and their education,” said Maria Johnson, director of operations for the West Pasco Business Association.

The 2019 Taste of Trinity will be presented Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Seven Springs Middle School is at 2441 Little Road.

General admission is $5 per person or $15 for a Family Four Pack.

This year’s presenting sponsors are Williams, Ristoff & Proper, Attorneys at Law and Chase DeCubellis of Beyond Bones Chiropractic & Wellness.

The West Pasco Business Association is a nonprofit organization that is community based and focuses on helping business members find effective ways of bringing the community together.

Pasco senior centers closed May 17

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County Senior Services will temporarily close its six senior centers to the public May 17 for an annual team training.

Meals will be furnished in advance for homebound Senior Services clients and registered congregate seniors, the agency said in a May 9 news release.

Food worker infected with hepatitis A

HUDSON — The Florida Department of Health in Pasco was urging people who consumed food or drinks at an area men’s club in late April to get tested for hepatitis A.

The public health unit issued the recommendation May 8, after a food service worker at ICON Gentleman’s Club, was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, pale white stools and jaundice, which can cause yellow skin and eyes. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention promptly.

An injection of the hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin can protect people against the hepatitis A if received within two weeks of a possible exposure to the someone infected with the virus, the public health unit said in a news release. It was urging people who ate or drank at ICON Men’s Club from April 24 until May to receive an anti-hepatitis A injection.

People who were at the club who were already vaccinated against the hepatitis A virus did not need another injection, the health unit said.

In West Pasco, the Department of Health offers the hepatitis A vaccine at its New Port Richey clinic, at 10841 Little Road.

For more information about hepatitis A, contact the Florida Department of Health in Pasco at 727-619-0400.

The public health unit is urging hepatis A vaccination for:

• All children at age 1 year.

• People who are experiencing homelessness.

• Users of injected and non-injected recreational drugs.

• Men who have sexual encounters with other men.

• People with direct contact with others who have hepatitis A.

• Travelers to countries where hepatitis A is common.

• People with chronic or long-term liver disease, including hepatitis B or

hepatitis C.

• People with clotting-factor disorders.

• Family and caregivers of adoptees from countries where hepatitis A is common.

Building inspections go virtual

NEW PORT RICHEY — Saying it is striving to improve its customer services, the Pasco County Development Services Department has rolled out an app intended to make the building inspection process quicker and less expensive.

The app, VuSpex, allows the county to conduct virtual building inspections via smartphone or tablet.

With VuSpex, county inspectors can direct onsite contractors remotely as they record videos, photos and notes at the jobsite, that are stored in a database. A geo-locator ensures the inspection location is the same as the permit address.

“VuSpex saves us valuable staff time and resources,” said Assistant County Administrator for Development Services Don Rosenthal. “It’s a safe, efficient alternative for our inspectors to deliver thorough, documented results, while increasing contractor productivity, as well.”

Initially, the VuSpex app can be used for by contractors requesting an inspection for air conditioning change-outs. Future remote inspection offerings will include water heater and water softener change-outs, and select re-inspections for cases with few violations.

The VuSpex app is available from both the Apple App Store and Google Play, for Android devices.

To schedule a virtual inspection with Pasco County, email: inspectionschedulers@pascocountyfl.net or call 727.847.8126.

NPR mayor honored

NEW PORT RICHEY — Mayor Rob Marlowe was one of more than 100 municipal officials to receive a 2019 Home Rule Hero Award from the Florida League of Cities.

The FLC said Marlowe and the other officials earned the award for their tireless efforts to protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and advance the League’s legislative agenda.

“The dedication and effort of these local officials during the 2019 legislative session was extraordinary,” said FLC Legislative Director Scott Dudley. “These are some of our biggest advocates for municipal issues, and they’re shining examples of local advocacy in action. On behalf of the League and its legislative team, we’re proud to recognize each and every one of them and thank them for their service.”

In recent years, Florida cities and counties have been complaining that the legislature has been encroaching on their ability to handle local problems with local solutions, including issues such as land use and development regulations.

Regional water wholesaler relaunches website

CLEARWATER — Tampa Bay Water has a new online look.

The regional wholesale drinking water utility, went live on May 1 with its overhauled website, which has been designed to be easier to use by people with mobile devices. The revamped website now meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, following an audit by an independent website and technology accessibility experts, Tampa Bay Water said.

“Every day Tampa Bay Water provides clean, safe drinking water to the people who live in this region. We want our website to be easily accessible to everyone and to serve as a reliable source of information about the public’s drinking water. This new website achieves both,” said Michelle Stom, chief communications officer for Tampa Bay Water.

In addition to Pasco County and New Port Richey, the member-customers of Tampa Bay Water are Pinellas and Hillsborough counties and Tampa and St. Petersburg.