Jwan Al Brwe will never forget the death that surrounded her family's escape to the United States. But now she focuses on life, including dancing the Argentine tango and documenting it in her art.
(Michael Murillo/Staff Photo)

Fear, flight and faith

Author relives escape from Iraq For most people, Iraq is a faraway place on a glowing computer or television screen. It’s a place where we send soldiers and spouses and sisters, and pray for their safe return. It’s somewhere we forget as our work, softball practice, income taxes or other things absorb our attention, until […]

This Week

Cars and trucks attempting to make a left-hand turn off of State Road 54 into the Village Lakes Shopping Center, east of the intersection of U.S. 41, will find it much easier once a new set of traffic signals are activated. The lights have been installed near the Lowe’s store, on State Road 54, expected to open in April.
(B.C. Manion/Staff Photo)

Traffic signals by Lowe’s ready for action

Traffic signals outside the new Lowe’s Home Improvement store on State Road 54 are expected to be operational within two to three weeks, according to officials with the Florida Department of Transportation. The addition of stop lights and turn lanes that will help get motorists in and out of Lowe’s and the Village Lakes Shopping […]

Ruth Gimpel Stables is next door to a proposed charter school in Lutz. Ruth Gimpel said the proposed school could destroy her livelihood.
(B.C. Manion/Staff Photo)

Competing interests at Sunlake and Lutz Lake Fern

James Scarola is deliberating the future of a parcel at the southwest corner of Lutz Lake Fern Road and Sunlake Boulevard. Applicants for a special use permit want to use a 7.4-acre parcel to become the new home of the Tampa Academy of Math and Science, a charter school specializing in science, technology, engineering and […]

The poolside area at Avalon Park West becomes an outdoor movie theater once a month.
(Courtesy of Avalon Park West)

See an animated movie for free!

An outside movie event can be a great idea, but it depends on when you do it. If it’s too early in the year, you might catch one of our really cold weekends. If it’s closer to summer, you risk rain, sweltering heat and more rain. Did I mention the rain? You have to time […]

Timothy Beard has been selected to become the fourth president of Pasco-Hernando State College. In choosing Beard, the college’s board went with someone who already knows the college and is ready to build on its strengths
(Courtesy of Pasco-Hernando State College)

Pasco-Hernando State College chooses new president

Timothy Beard has been selected to become Pasco-Hernando State College’s fourth president. The PHSC District Board of Trustees announced its choice at the conclusion of its presidential search, on March 18. Beard, vice president of student development and enrollment management at PHSC in New Port Richey, was among a field of four finalists. The other […]

Amanda Jones (in ball cap) talks with a shopper who is checking out Jones’ array of homemade clutch bags, potholders and accessories.
(Kathy Steele/Staff Photo)

Farmers market offers fruits, vegetables — and a dance

June Wentworth went looking for a pleasant walk around the lake on a sunny morning at Zephyr Park and before she knew it, the 83-year-old found herself in the arms of a dance partner who glided her through the bittersweet memories of Garth Brooks’ “The Dance.” Gospel singer Kris Pierce had just sold a copy […]

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If you like politics, you may enjoy this speaker

Walter E. Andrusyszyn, of the University of South Florida, is slated to speak about current political scene, both nationally and internationally on the evening of March 23 in Land O’ Lakes. Andrusyszyn has worked inside the White House with all of administrations from President Ronald Reagan to President Barack Obama. He served as the Director […]

Telephone town hall on transportation

Go Hillsborough, a public engagement initiative on transportation, will hold a telephone town hall meeting from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 19, according to a Hillsborough County news release. This telephone town hall meeting is among the workshops being held  to give Hillsborough County residents an opportunity to voice their opinions on how […]

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Local Sports

At 21-5, coach Sean O'Connor has the Lions off to their best start in his three years with the team. He also played for Saint Leo in the early 1980s.
(Courtesy of Saint Leo University)

Hot bats, hot start for Saint Leo

Saint Leo University’s baseball team is off to a 21-5 start. While the Lions have had strong records the last two years under coach Sean O’ Connor, his third season at the helm has produced the best results so far. They won 17 out of their first 18 games, and currently lead the nation in […]

Connor Spencer and the rest of the Sunlake Seahawks had a great season, claiming a regional title and reaching the state semifinals for the third straight year. 
(Fred Bellet/Photo)

Sunlake soccer success is no fluke

When a team finishes in the exact same spot for three years in a row, you might think that’s cause for concern. Unless, of course, that “spot” is the state semifinals. Then, that consistency is a cause for celebration. The Sunlake Seahawks boys’ soccer team didn’t feel like celebrating immediately after last month’s 2-0 loss […]

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Scramble Fore the Greyhounds, an event benefiting Greyhound Pets of America — Tampa Bay, will be April 17 at the Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club, 8001 Cumberland Road in Seminole. Participants can play golf or tennis. Golf costs $95 for a single player and includes practice ball, cart, lunch and dinner. Check-in begins at 11 a.m., […]


A comedy show on March 28 at Side Splitters Comedy Club will benefit athletics at Wiregrass Ranch High School. A portion of the proceeds at the 6 p.m. show will benefit the school’s baseball program. The headliner is Orlando-based comedian Pedro Lima. Tickets are $15. For information, call (813) 960-1197, or visit SideSplittersComedy.com. Post expires at 12:00am on […]


The Pasco Police Athletic League is accepting registrations for football and cheerleading. Football is for children ages 5 through 13, and cheerleading is for children ages 3 through 14. Volunteers are needed, too. The football season runs from July through November, but leagues are beginning to train coaches. PPAL states that they conduct a complete and […]

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