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Voters could decide on four bond issues in 2018

Pasco County voters could be asked to support as many as four bond referendums in November to pay for upgrades to public safety, fire rescue, parks and libraries. County officials presented information on the bonds at a Feb. 13 workshop in New Port Richey. At a previous workshop, Pasco County commissioners had considered a single […]

This Week

‘Mr. Don’ provides safety and encouragement

On weekday mornings and afternoons, Don Niles ushers students to safety at Double Branch Elementary School in Wesley Chapel. Officially, Niles is the school’s crossing guard. But, the 76-year-old is much, much more to students and faculty. Known as ‘Mr. Don’ to the Double Branch community, Niles is known for going the extra mile to […]

Jon’s Gourmet Nutrition dishes healthy meals

Life and retirement don’t always work out as expected. John Richardson packed his belongings and left behind more than 20 years as a firefighter in New Rochelle, New York, and headed for the warm paradise of Florida “I thought I was going to come down here and go to the beach every day,” he said. […]

If you enjoy eating and reading, this club is for you

They came in carrying plates, casserole dishes and plastic containers holding an assortment of food — inspired by books they had read. One brought in a chocolate cake, inspired by “The Help.” Another brought a platter of corn dogs and a bottle of lemonade — an homage to “State Fair.” A third had a plate […]

Pasco crafting conservative 2019 budget

It’s still early in 2018, but Pasco County is taking the first steps toward planning its fiscal year budget for 2019. Pasco County officials are looking to hold the line on expenses, even as property values are expected to increase between 7 percent and 8 percent. Essentially, they want a flat balanced budget that has […]

‘An Evening in Paris’ offers tender moments

Whether they were rocking it out, slow dancing, or shuffling to “The Cupid Shuffle,” the daughters and dads at “An Evening in Paris” Father/Daughter Dance were sharing some special moments. Six-year-old Daniella Rodrigues, of Land O’ Lakes, received her first corsage. Scott Hancock and his 4-year-old daughter, Amelie, shared a slow dance. Zoli Summerville and […]

Jewish temple forms in Land O’ Lakes

A new Jewish place of worship has formed in Land O’ Lakes, to welcome people of all ages. Alan Stern and his wife, Nayda, saw the need to start their own conservative congregation that accepted families with young children. So, in December, they formed the Family Friendly Temple of Pasco County at their Land O’ […]

Health initiative encourages more movement

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County and the “Get Healthy Pasco!” coalition, are encouraging residents to “Move More!” at Pasco County parks through April 30. A Community Needs Assessment was completed by Pasco’s health department in 2017, determining four areas of priority in the county, one of which was overall health and well-being. […]

Partial closure of Suncoast Trail for repairs

Part of the Suncoast Trail will be closed from Feb. 27 through March 9 for repairs and resurfacing, according to a news release from Pasco County. The 42-mile trail winds through Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties. The largest segment of nearly 22 miles is in Pasco. The closure includes trail access south of State Road […]

Pasco wants you, to fight illegal dumping

Pasco County is turning to a state law against littering — coupled with the help of its citizens — to get tougher on illegal dumping. The targets of the get tough campaign are illegal dumping by individuals and blighted commercial properties. Pasco County citizens will be enlisted in a social media blitz, dubbed #PascoProud, aimed […]

Learning how to ‘crisscross’ cookies with Grandma

I am delighted that this column about love is being published on Valentine’s Day. Let me begin by wishing you and all of your loved ones a lovely day. When I was a young woman, I thought Valentine’s Day was just for couples. And, when there wasn’t someone special in my life, I pretty much […]

Land O’ Lakes students strive for ‘green’ community

For several years the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library has been plagued with massive energy consumption and a sizable electric bill. A group of high schoolers is looking to change that. The Land O’ Lakes High School Green Club, which addresses environmental issues in the community, wants to help the library achieve LEED (Leadership in […]

Housing demand on rise in Florida, Pasco

Construction sites along Pasco County’s major corridors are part of everyday landscape. Bulldozers clear land and work crews move in with hammer and nails. Pasco is awash in new single-family homes under construction, and to a lesser degree, apartment complexes. But, market trends show that the supply of new homes is lagging behind demand. That’s […]

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Local Sports

New Land O’ Lakes football coach embraces program’s traditions

Chad Walker, a veteran college football assistant, is bringing his experience to Land O’ Lakes High as its new head varsity football coach. He is replacing Brian Wachtel, who resigned in November after a combined 25-42 mark in seven seasons. His only winning season was in 2013, when the team went 8-3. Walker, was among […]

Sunlake, Pasco impress at wrestling championships

Sunlake High School’s wrestling team can now lay claim as best in Pasco County. The Seahawks outlasted 13 other schools and about 200 wrestlers to win its first-ever Sunshine Athletic Championship on Feb. 10 at Pasco High School. For the Seahawks, depth won out. Sunlake (189 points) claimed three individual champions — Ross Jennings (106 […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Pasco Special Olympics Summer Games

The annual Pasco County Special Olympics Summer Games schedule is set. West Pasco athletes will compete Feb. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road in New Port Richey. East Pasco and Central Pasco athletes will compete Feb. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Wesley […]

Special Olympics 5K Fun Run

The 5th annual Special Olympics 5K Fun Run is set for March 17 at 8 a.m., at the New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St., in New Port Richey. Pre-registration cost for the 5K race is $25 for adults and $15 for Pasco County students. Participants receive a finisher medal, event […]

Local athletes sign with colleges

Several local high school athletes signed their letters of intent (LOI) on Feb. 7 to various colleges and universities as part of National Signing Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in February. Here’s a roundup of known high school athlete signings in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Land O’ Lakes Football Matt Geiger — […]

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