Window on Pasco

Seaman Richard Cabral of Port Richey stands watch as a phone talker on the bridge of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown. Germantown, part of America Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serves as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Church to give away free backpacks

NEW PORT RICHEY — New Birth Church will be hosting its Backpack Blast-Off Giveaway drive-thru event Saturday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free backpacks with school supplies will be distributed while supplies last. School-aged children must be present at the event.

Free snacks and beverages will be handed out.  

The church is located at 7425 Orchid Lake Drive, New Port Richey.

For more information, call 727-484-6682.

County breaks ground on new rec center

WESLEY CHAPEL — Construction is underway on a new recreation center at Wesley Chapel District Park. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new center was held virtually July 15.

The state-of-the-art, 17,800-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in the summer of 2021.

Numerous sports and activities will be offered at the center at 7727 Boyette Road in Wesley Chapel.

College president earns high praise in review

NEW PORT RICHEY — For the third year in a row, Pasco-Hernando State College president Timothy Beard earned near-perfect scores on his annual review by the college’s District Board of Trustees. 

The nine-member College Board of Trustees gave him an overall average score of 4.90 out of 5, noting his excellent communications with trustees, community stakeholders, and administrators on the college’s administrative leadership team. 

Beard recently completed the second year of a two-year contract awarded in 2018 by the college trustees after demonstrating his ability to grow as a leader, embracing a style of leadership that promotes transparency, collaboration and clear communication, according to a press release. The board also approved a three-year contract for Beard to run through June 30, 2023.