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Thanks to cabbie who came to couple's aid

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 29, 2000


Editor: Recently, while going to a doctor, our car stopped at U.S. 19 and Grand Boulevard for a traffic light. It would not start up when we had the green light. Nothing! Not even the horn worked. My 88-year-old husband tried to get out to lift the hood of the car up when an angel, a Yellow Cab driver, came up to us and told him to get back in the car, put it in neutral, and he would push it out of traffic. He did this and before we could thank him, he took off, but he must have called the police, as a squad car drove up and helped us call AAA and let us wait in his air-conditioned car until the tow truck showed up.

We appreciate this young, slim, dark-haired driver. God bless him. There are some helpful people in Port Richey.
-- Mrs. Milton "Jack" Edwards, Port Richey

Cleanup volunteers making a difference

Editor: Public roads and waterways throughout the county are looking a little cleaner lately thanks to volunteers for Keep Pasco Beautiful, a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate. At least 515 local citizens, ages 5 to 65, joined thousands of volunteers nationwide in the Great American Cleanup to make a difference here in the appearance of Pasco County.

Approximately 17,612 pounds of litter and debris were removed from 16 sites around the county from Nicks Park on the coast to as far east as the remote natural area of the environmentally-significant Green Swamp. Cleanup sites were selected on the basis of need, as well as accessibility to volunteers. Several businesses, including Lowe's, Ogden Martin, Pasco-Hernando Community College and the Southwest Florida Water Management District encouraged their employees' participation in this community service event. Other groups represented included the city of San Antonio, the Farmworker's Self-Help Bureau, Dade City Chamber of Commerce, Land O'Lakes Women's Club, Pasco County Parks and Recreation, the city of New Port Richey Recreation and Public Health Departments, River Ridge, Gulf, and Ridgewood high schools, Royal Oaks Nursing Home, Eckerd Youth Challenge and the Boy and Girl Scouts of America.

Maintaining an attractive environment is a critical element of sustainable economic prosperity. If you would like to be part of the solution, call Keep Pasco Beautiful at (727) 379-9200 or (888) 654-8837. Their next countywide cleanup is the Florida Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 16th.
-- Denise Tenuto, president Keep Pasco Beautiful

Bowling alley offered graduation night fun

Editor: I am writing you today so that you might print our thank you to an event Hudson Bowl held on June 2, graduation night. My son graduated from Hudson High and was given free bowling privileges as were all the other graduates of 2000. This included those graduating, as well as anyone they brought with them. The owner of Hudson Bowl and their wonderful staff are to be commended for their act of kindness to our community.

I hope you print my letter so Hudson Bowl gets the recognition they so deserve.
-- Diana Hohimer, Aripeka

Kind community gives young musician hope

Editor: How about some good news for a change! This letter is to thank a community that came to our support when we needed help for our son. Too often we hear of the abuse and neglect of youth in today's society. Rarely do we hear of a community rallying around a young person to support and encourage his/her efforts.

Our son, Nicholas, will be a ninth-grader attending Gulf High School this year. His passion is music, and he plays the flute very well. For the past two years he has had the privilege of being selected for the All County Band. This year Nick had the honor of being a section leader for the All County Band. He also performs with the Tampa Bay Youth Orchestra's Junior Symphony. With the exception of his music, Nick is an average student and a typical teenage boy.

This year we discovered that the Florida State University has a Summer Music Camp in Tallahassee. The cost of a two-week stay is approximately $600.

Since I had recently undergone two operations and my husband was starting a new business, camp was entirely out of our reach. It was suggested that Nick write some letters and perhaps he could get some scholarship money to go.

Nick started a letter-writing campaign, and the result was overwhelming. When people heard about Nick's desire to attend band camp, they rallied around his efforts and offered all kinds of support and encouragement. One person bought Nick the white shirts and black socks he needs for the performances at band camp. Many gave money so Nick could go. Other people called different organizations and asked for assistance. One person took Nick to several concerts of the Florida Symphony. Others assisted in helping Nick's purchase of a secondhand flute. Some would stop by the music store and put down a payment anonymously. When one person noticed Nick's music bag was tattered, a new bag was donated.

If it wasn't for this community effort, Nick would be staying home this summer. The support of non-family members has had a tremendous impact on our son.

This type of encouragement has instilled a sense of community pride in him. Nick has doubled his efforts with his practice -- he wants to make these people proud of him.

Gratitude and appreciation do not adequately express the deep feelings and thanks we have for all the dear friends and community leaders who want to see Nick further his music career.

I know that those who helped us aren't looking for thanks. Many would prefer to remain anonymous. To avoid embarrassment to these people, I'm going to leave our last names. However, it is important that those involved in helping our son attend camp and who assisted in other ways with his music understand how much we love them and appreciate their efforts. I also want the residents of Pasco County to see what a wonderful community this is and what great, caring individuals live here.

I don't think people realize what a small amount of kindness can do for a youth. I see the pride in my son when he sees how much people care about him. It really doesn't take much -- an encouraging word sometimes makes all the difference. I think the phrase "It takes a village to raise a child" rings true. At least, in our case it does.
Joel and Trish Demasky, Port Richey

Pediatric Foundation members are angels

Editor: The A.A.C. of West Pasco would like to thank the angels, better known as the members and officers of the Pasco Pediatric Foundation.

They have been and continue to be a tremendous help to our children of the after-school youth program.

Their foundation has been of the utmost help to our program only second to our volunteers in the success of our after-school program. We thank them for their generosity.

Their support is a vote of confidence that they believe that our program can change the lives of young people in a positive way.

Our kids, volunteers and board members cannot thank them enough for their help and support.
Eugene Scott, president, A.A.C.

Many letters to the editor we receive at the Pasco Times are expressions of gratitude and do not belong on the editorial page, where our goal is to foster discussion of issues and news events. Letters of thanks is an occasional column to accommodate such letters. Please mail to 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668, or e-mail to Pasco@sptimes.com.
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