So Local Pasco Podcast, May 31st, 2016. Upcoming New Port Richey Events Edition

Welcome back to business as usual…Or as usual as it gets!

Here are links to three important historic preservation resources in our community:

FIVAY.ORG is a massive and well organized collection of articles, photos, videos, and even audio files documenting the history of Pasco County, curated by Jeff Miller, who also does that work for:

The West Pasco Historical Society and Museum, which is located in Sims Park…

The museum is located in Sims Park...Yet another great reason to visit "New Port Really"
The museum is located in Sims Park…Yet another great reason to visit “New Port Really”

FRIENDS OF THE HACIENDA & HISTORIC NEW PORT RICHEY has the preservation of historic place in the city of New Port Richey as its focus…They are involved in the current plans to restore the hotel.  Here are members on the roof, during a recent tour:
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Here are information flyers for some of the upcoming New Port Richey events mentioned in the podcast…Info courtesy of Newsportrichey.org, Jon Tietz’s excellent local online newspaper.

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Finally, BIG applause for our friend Alex Centeno! Alex began performing here in Pasco County early this year…And things have really taken off.

He was chosen to perform at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa’s J.A.M. Event…A live acoustic music showcase, taking place later in June (I’ll be attending, and I hope you’ll make the drive, as well!)…He’ll receive a professional photo shoot, a Dean guitar, and an excellent shot at some BIG bookings…When you play the Hard Rock, good things happen!

Great work, Alex!

Lens flare makes everything better! This kid is AMAZING, and you should see him right away. Watch for his newly renamed "Alex Centeno Band" around town!
Lens flare makes everything better! This kid is AMAZING, and you should see him right away. Watch for his newly renamed “Alex Centeno Band” around town!
Alex will get a forty five minute set to show off his AMAZING vocal and guitar skills.
Alex will get a forty five minute set to show off his AMAZING vocal and guitar skills.

 


Don’t forget!  Tickets are available for the So Local Pasco Marine Science Camp Boat Day for Grownups (with BEER!), by clicking the poster image below!  I’m really looking forward to a day on the Gulf with a bunch of my rowdy listeners!

Date is SUNDAY, July 17th! Click to buy your tickets, they are going fast!
Date is SUNDAY, July 17th! Click to buy your tickets, they are going fast!

 

~Greg

 

So Local Pasco Podcast, Monday, May 30th, 2016. Memorial Day Edition

A very short blog entry today, I promise.  It is almost 4am, and I am about to put the show to bed…We are planning an afternoon of boating on the gulf, so I need to get some sleep.

The Memorial Day rant…I think it’s important that we understand, accurately, what the holiday is for:  To honor and show our respect to those who died in military service to our country.  Two things you can do, today, to help maintain continuity in remembrance:

1) Pause, whatever your family activities, today, at 3pm.  Ask your family and friends to join you in a moment of silent contemplation of the true cost of being a democracy…For those that serve in our military.  Consider the crushing burden of losing a son, or a daughter, in defense of freedom.  Remember our brave and honored dead.

2) Post this poem…Perhaps explain it to your kids.  Remind them that the poet, a young soldier himself, was killed in battle before the war he wrote about ended.

Flanders-Fields-poem


Wrap up on Bonnie:

Bonnie was downgraded to a depression shortly before landfall, Sunday.  The remnants will now move slowly NORTH along the Atlantic Seaboard, so the biggest continuing risk is heavy rain.

Let that be our signal to be vigilant, and be prepared, for tropical weather HERE…The Atlantic Hurricane Season starts  Wednesday.

Expected track of Bonnie remnants.
Expected track of Bonnie remnants.

Excellent current radar mosaic of Bonnie remnants can be found

HERE

And, as always…Jay’s Hurricane Page is my ‘go to’ for weather links, and radar and satellite imagery.

~Greg

So Local Pasco Podcast, May 27th, 2016. Tropical Weather and Memorial Day Edition

First things first:  Today is May 27th, and we are a WEEK from the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.  However, as we know, sometimes things kick off a little early.  In fact, they kicked off EXTREMELY early, in 2016…There was actually a hurricane named ALEX in January of this year!

Today, we expect Invest 91L, near the Bahamas, to become a tropical cyclone…meaning it will likely be upgraded to a depression, or even a named storm.  Since Alex happened in January, this storm will be named Bonnie, if it develops that far…And there is an 80% likelihood that it WILL become a named storm.  The path predicted is looking like a landfall somewhere between Georgia and North Carolina, along the southeast coast.  While no IMMEDIATE threat, the forecast modelling does indicate that the remnants could be pushed south over the Florida peninsula…And THEN we could have some adverse effects…Namely very heavy rain.  It’s ALSO possible for storms to re-generate if they reach open water, again.  So this story bears watching.

Check out the white thread at the center of this model...
Check out the white thread at the center of this model…that could indicate the remnants making it BACK to Florida in the next five to seven days.

I took this opportunity to provide links to some important information…NOW is the time to make a disaster plan.  Don’t wait til there’s a need.

Click the image above, and download and print this EXCELLENT guide!  You can also get copies at local libraries and post offices, or at the Pasco County Office of Emergency Management.
Click the image above, and download and print this EXCELLENT guide! You can also get copies at local libraries and post offices, or at the Pasco County Office of Emergency Management.

My FIRST stop when seeking weather info is always  http://www.tropicwx.com,  also known as “Jay’s Page O’ Hurricane Links“.  Jay keeps up to date links to over a DOZEN weather graphics, as well as the four best tropical weather websites around…The Weather Channel site, The National Hurrican Center site, Weather Underground, and Accuweather.com.

This is a great resource, and you’d do well to visit and support it!  With the website open on your desktop, you will look like a full blown meteorology nerd!

Oh, yeah.  All images link to more info...and it's animated in place!
Oh, yeah. All images link to more info…and it’s animated in place!

Now, I’m going to rant softly…Memorial Day is when we remember and honor our service personnel that died in service to our country.  Let’s respect ALL our veterans enough to remember that…Thank living vets, and those that died after serving, on Veteran’s Day…Let’s save THIS weekend for reflection and remembrance of those who gave “The last full measure of their strength” in service to our country.

The Origin and Meaning of Memorial Day

Wikipedia Entry on Memorial Day

Originally called "Decoration Day", Memorial Day has its origins in remembrance of Civil War dead, both Union and Confederate.
Originally called “Decoration Day”, Memorial Day has its origins in remembrance of Civil War dead, both Union and Confederate.
Red Poppies came to represent the war dead of World War 1, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields", by John McCrae.
Red Poppies came to represent the war dead of World War 1, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields”, by John McCrae.
Graves are decorated at many MANY cemeteries, all around the United States, on Memorial Day.
Graves are decorated at many MANY cemeteries, all around the United States, on Memorial Day.  These graves are at Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

In humble gratitude to all who died serving our country.

~Greg

So Local Pasco Podcast, May 26th, 2016. Westside Deli LIVE Podcast Edition.

We took our show on the road, today (yesterday, actually), and recorded live at the Westside Deli on Little Road.  We broke our “20 minute barrier”, too!

Deb apparently sometimes laces up and skates around the deli.  I DID see the skates, did NOT see the skatING.
Deb apparently sometimes laces up and skates around the deli. I DID see the skates, did NOT see the skatING.

That’s because so many people wanted to talk to us about the Westside Deli.  I was actually only able to include ONE of the customer interviews, but a number of people stopped by the table to talk about how much they love Westside, and the food, and the people that work there, and the food.  Also, they all say the FOOD is great!

I was introduced to Westside Willie, the mascot that gets taken all around the world by Westside Deli regulars:

Westside Willie somewhere between Blarney and Killarney, Ireland.
Westside Willie somewhere between Blarney and Killarney, Ireland.
Willie visiting the stilt houses in Port Richey
Willie visiting the stilt houses in Port Richey

I met a TON of folks today who eat at the Westside Deli multiple times per week…And it isn’t JUST the location…A following this dedicated happens because you care, and you work your ASS off, and you make good stuff!

The deli is frenetic (as it SHOULD be), and the owners and employees all thrive on that hectic rush action…Most good food people do.

Jacob is graduating high school this week.
Jacob is graduating high school this week.
We had a great time at the Westside Deli, and the current plan is to spend MORE time there, recording podcast interviews.
We had a great time at the Westside Deli, and the current plan is to spend MORE time there, recording podcast interviews.

Oh, and again…I am an OLD deli hand, and I don’t miss many sandwiches.  I have been to the Westside Deli three times, and hit three home runs:  The Reuben is fantastic, as are the Moose and the Bite, which I had today…Boar’s Head roast beef with cheese and horseradish sauce, on pumpernickel…YOWSAH!

I am living a pretty sweet life, right now!
I am living a pretty sweet life, right now!

So…Give the show a listen.  Then, get in your car, and go have a great breakfast OR lunch at the Westside Deli!  It reminds me of the Lucky Dill, back in the day:  Small, friendly, fun, and a great spot for deli action.

The Westside Deli is located at 7611 Little Road, directly across the street from the Pasco County Government Center.  They are open Monday thru Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm.

You can find them on Facebook HERE.  You can find Westside Willie’s page HERE.

You can also reach them by phone at (727) 845-3354.

Oh, and also…The Westside Deli will be providing our box lunches for the Marine Science Camp Boat Day for Grownups!  Don’t miss it!

~Greg