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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.MICHELE MILLER | TIMES

Ridgewood High students teach French language to Calusa Elementary kids

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. Since early February, Ridgewood High School students have been making a trek each Thursday morning to Calusa Elementa …

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  1. Broadway's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' includes a little local flavor

    Human Interest

    It's a magical world for Ryan Sell, who has landed his golden ticket to Broadway.

    The three actors who will take turns creating the role of Charlie Bucket in the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's best selling novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" meet the press with two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle, who stars as Willie Wonka in the show, which previewed on March 28 at the the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway. From left: Ryan Foust, Jake Ryan Flynn, Christian Borle and Ryan Sell. [Photo courtesy of Shanna Sell]
  2. Bowen: Cheering for New Port Richey is mayoral candidates' job

    Local Government

    Ed Beckman is applying to be head cheerleader.

  3. Police: Man flees Pasco traffic stop, attempts to ram patrol vehicle in stolen SUV containing drugs before crashing

    Crime

    A Pasco County man faces gun and drug trafficking charges after New Port Richey police say he attempted to ram a patrol vehicle Tuesday night in a stolen SUV while fleeing a traffic stop before crashing into a car and running from the scene.

    Lionell Bates, 27, faces gun and drug trafficking charges after New Port Richey police say he attempted to ram a patrol vehicle Tuesday night in a stolen SUV while fleeing a traffic stop before crashing into a car and running from the scene. [New Port Richey Police Department]
  4. Birds of a feather, the gilded rich are flocking to Florida and its lack of state income tax

    Personal Finance

    Sure, we know Florida has regained its status as a hot spot for retirees. Just look at all the boomers pouring into the state by the thousands.

    President Donald Trump, on the front steps of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, saw his wealth drop by $1 billion to $3.5 billion in the 2017 Forbes billionaires survey. [Kevin D. Liles/The New York Times]
  5. Pasco preserves 97 acres; Crews Lake Park expansion could follow

    Environment

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County is buying environmentally sensitive land from the Gills family.

    Pasco County's purchase of nearly 97 acres through its Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program could pave the way for the future expansion of Crews Lake Wilderness Park, shown here. TIMES files (2016)
  6. Motorcyclist killed, two others injured, in crash near Zephyrhills

    Accidents

    A Zephyrhills motorcyclist was killed in a Tuesday morning crash that left two others injured when another vehicle involved in a separate collision careened into their path, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  7. New Pasco administrator to begin May 1

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco commissioners made it official Tuesday, hiring Dan Biles of Alabama as the next county administrator.

    A unanimous Pasco County Commission selected Dan Biles, 48,  of Jefferson County, Ala., as their top choice to be the next Pasco County administrator. Biles is scheduled to begin work in Pasco on May 1.