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The Sugarwood toll plaza on the Veterans Expressway is undergoing construction as tollbooths are removed and electronic sensors read the vehicle’s prepaid SunPass.
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An era ends: Cash tolls go extinct on Veterans

Toll roads have been a part of American life since the first such paths opened for business in Pennsylvania and New York in the late 18th century. From the very beginning, passage on these roads required horse riders — and later vehicle drivers — to come face-to-face with a toll collector. But not anymore. Last week, the […]

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With around 20 years experience, Jonathan Fudge isn’t afraid to tackle any balloon project.

Blowing up: Jonathan Fudge’s business vision takes shape

As a balloon artist, Jonathan Fudge has to be able to field all kinds of requests like dogs, swords and hearts. And recently, a fire alarm. “I said, ‘Tell me what’s important about a fire alarm to you,’” recalled Fudge. And after hearing what elements clients wanted to see — a round shape, place for […]

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Club Mom offers women and kids a chance to relax, socialize

When Megan Hendricks moved to Land O’ Lakes from Tampa, she was looking for a place to meet new friends and mingle with other mothers. She decided to check out a meeting of Club Mom of Lutz/Land O’ Lakes. And now, just a few years later, she’s president of the group. “I didn’t know anybody,” […]

A look at some cyclists involved in another ride organized by DRC Sports, the organizers of the inaugural Spin the Suncoast Ride, set for Sept. 21.

Cyclists gear up to Spin the Suncoast in inaugural ride

Cyclists looking for a new challenge may enjoy an event that’s debuting on Sept. 21 on the Suncoast Trail. Spin the Suncoast is presented by DRC Sports and sponsored by Suncoast Trailside Bicycles, Pasco County Parks and Recreation and Southwest Florida Watershed Management District. It aims to appeal to all sorts of cyclists, said Chris […]

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Local student finds trip to China enlightening

When Darin Kilfoyl found out about the possibility of traveling to China to learn more about its language and culture, he seized the chance. The 15-year-old, who attends Academy at the Lakes, is deeply interested in expanding his knowledge about the country and its language. His teacher, Wei Wang, told him about the two-week program […]

Some activity on a site where some individual retail stores may be located in the future had some residents thinking the proposed outlet mall work was finally beginning. However, that project — across State Road 56 near Wesley Chapel Boulevard — is wrapping up site plan approvals now.
(Michael Hinman/Staff Photo)

Outlet mall not ready to spring up quite yet

Site work has begun on the Cypress Creek Town Center site near the intersection of State Road 56 and Wesley Chapel Boulevard. It’s just not for the proposed outlet mall in that area. Instead, dirt has begun to move across the street from the planned 482,000-square-foot mall, where some outparcel retail stores will eventually be […]

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County warns residents to stay away from mosquitoes

It’s called “drain and cover,” and it’s the Florida Department of Health’s way to emphasize the importance of protecting against mosquito-borne illness. “Drain and cover” basically is emptying, removing or covering any containers that will allow mosquitoes to develop, said Dennis Moore with the Pasco County Mosquito Control District. By draining standing water, it will […]

Tax holiday for Energy Star, WaterSense products

This weekend might be the perfect time to get that appliance you’ve been waiting for. This year’s tax holiday on appliances certified by Energy Star or WaterSense begins just after midnight Sept. 19, and run through the end of the day Sept. 21. During the period, no sales tax or local option taxes will be […]

SBA introduces new online course for young entrepreneurs … in Spanish

The Small Business Administration is reaching out to young, Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs with what it’s calling a new tool to determine whether they’re ready for business ownership, and to help get them started. The free, self-paced online course will be offered in Spanish, giving an overview of basic business principles, and introduce resources available from the […]

Tax collector raises $4,000 for traffic safety group

Yet another focus on a nonprofit has helped raise thousands of dollars from the community. The Pasco County Tax Collector’s office raised nearly $4,000 for the Florida AAA Traffic Safety Foundation. The fundraising was part of the office’s August promotion, which will be used for life-saving bicycle and automobile equipment, as well as educational training […]

Gas prices fall in Zephyrhills, Dade City

Gas prices have now dropped for six weeks in a row. And those prices could fall even lower yet, especially after the price of oil is at its lowest point since May 2013. “Motorists should continue to see a discount at the pump,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins, in a release. “High domestic oil supplies, […]

Expect some lane closures on Veterans, Suncoast

For the first time in weeks, drivers along the Veterans Expressway won’t have to worry about lane closures between Linebaugh Avenue and Gunn Highway. But go a little further south, and construction crews will need a little extra space. Waters Avenue, in the area underneath the Veterans overpass there, will be closed completely between 9 […]

‘Novel’ treats at this year’s Halloween Howl

Halloween is all about tricks and treats, but treats don’t always have to be candy corn, lollipops and chocolate bars. This year’s annual Main Street Zephyrhills Halloween Howl on Fifth Avenue will give out what organizers are calling a “novel” treat … an actual novel. As part of a local reading initiative started by Bee […]

Super snacks coming to select Pasco schools

Pasco County is getting the chance to test a new after-school meals pilot program with the new offering of a “super snack” at select schools in the district. A component of the Child Care Food program, it’s designed to provide nutritious snacks and meals to children in after-school programs. It’s funded through the U.S. Department of […]

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