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Little authors are celebrated in a big way

It’s not every day that someone becomes a published writer — and that’s especially true of second-graders. So, staff members at Land O’ Lakes Christian School weren’t about to let the moment pass by without a good bit of fanfare. The children in Christy Hoynoski’s class were celebrated in a big way at a party […]

This Week

Donate new shoes and skate onto the Center Ice rink

San Antonio resident Janet Chubinsky is skating her nonprofit Shoes4Schools onto the ice rink at Florida Hospital Center Ice. The skating rink will be hosting a “SkateForShoes” fundraiser for the charity on June 1. The charity collects donations of new shoes every year to give to Pasco County schoolchildren who need them. From 3 p.m. […]

Lutz teen named state winner for Doodle 4 Google contest

An inspiration from nature — and a passion for learning — helped Lutz teenager Mark Thivierge craft an award-winning drawing. Thivierge, 16, was recently named the Florida State Winner of the 2018 Doodle 4 Google competition — one of 53 state and territory winners whose work is displayed in an online gallery on the Doodle […]

Proposed homeless shelter for families stirs passions

Efforts to aid Pasco County’s homeless population are shifting from a homeless shelter for single adults to a shelter for families only. The goal is to place homeless families in permanent housing as soon as possible. That is a significant change from the initial focus one year ago on a “navigation center” with wraparound services […]

Turning dirty trash bins into a thriving business

Jennifer Trudel takes her work seriously. If that means crawling inside a trash bin to scrape off that last bit of grunge, she’s there. In fact, on first-time service calls, that extra scrubbing is a take-it-to-the-bank guarantee. “I just want to get it clean,” she said. “I’m an A-type personality.” She also is an entrepreneur […]

Cancer survivor wins scholarships, offers prevention advice

Cailyn Ruff was a senior at Sunlake High School, in Land O’ Lakes, when she felt an odd bump on her head. That was about a year-and-a-half ago. “It was like a big mole,” the 19-year-old said. “I saw it through my part line. It looked funny. It would bleed.” As it grew, she became […]

Public meeting set on roadway connection study

The city of Tampa, Hillsborough County and Pasco County remain at odds over whether Kinnan Street in New Tampa should connect to Mansfield Boulevard in Wesley Chapel. A 450-page draft report, known as the Wesley Chapel Roadway Connection Study, looks at that road project, as well as two other potential intra-county road connections in the […]

Making a difference through Special Olympics

For these teachers, Special Olympics is a longtime passion. With nearly 15 years combined as volunteer coaches, Connerton Elementary’s Jean Howey and Jenna Moore have experienced the positives of the world’s largest sports organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities, and strives to “transform lives through the joy of sport, training and competition.” Together, the […]

Pasco County’s outlook is bright, panel says

Panelists speaking at a real estate conference in Wesley Chapel last week said Pasco County has been making strides and is expected to continue to do so. For decades, Pasco County has been considered a bedroom community — with residents making a daily commute to jobs in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. That picture is changing, […]

Ending one chapter, starting a new one

They are members of the Class of 2018, and they will be marching — by the thousands — into their futures. Students from across Lutz, Odessa, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, San Antonio and Saint Leo are donning caps and gowns, and are leaving their high schools behind. These are students who have grown […]

Pasco schools adopt new safety measures

An initiative to place school safety guards into Pasco County’s elementary schools attracted 125 applicants for 53 job slots. Training for the safety guards is scheduled to begin in June, with a goal of having the guards prepared for duties by August. Some applicants were retired law enforcement officers. “We’re excited about the level of […]

Cost rules out U.S. 41 underpass

Even dropping the cost from more than half a billion to $250 million, an underpass at U.S. 41 and State Road 54 would be too pricey. Members of the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization have opted not to add the underpass – also called a tunnel – to a list of recommended road designs to […]

Solar farm approval recommended

Despite opposition from area residents, a proposed solar farm of Blanton Road in northeast Pasco County is a step closer to approval. Pasco County’s Development Review Committee has recommended approval of an amended ordinance that opens the way for the project’s development. Committee members agreed with the county’s planning department that the solar farm, located […]

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Local Sports

CDS baseball reaches first state final four, seeks title

It’s been a season of milestones for the Carrollwood Day School varsity baseball program. First 20-win season. First district title. First regional win. First regional title. First final four. And, they’re seeking yet another this week — a state championship. The Patriots (24-3) will face Tallahassee North Florida Christian (24-3) in the FHSAA (Florida High […]

Local sprinter wins state title, has promising future

It took an injury playing football for Evan Miller to unleash his potential at the track. Miller, from Zephyrhills Christian Academy, recently captured the Class 1A boys 100-meter dash title in a blistering 10.75 seconds at the Florida High School Athletic Association Track & Field 2018 Championships at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville. […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Local athlete signings

The national spring signing period opened in April for athletes to sign their national letters of intent to respective colleges and university. Here is a list of athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area who participated in the spring signing period, making their college commitments official: Saddlebrook Preparatory School Golf Kevin Lin — Webber International […]

Saint Leo women’s basketball camp

The Saint Leo University women’s basketball program will host a team camp on June 30 for varsity, junior varsity and travel teams, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Marion Bowman Activities Center at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. The camp guarantees three games for each team participating. Cost per […]

Tampa Catholic Cheer Camp

Tampa Catholic High Cheerleading team is sponsoring a three-day cheer camp June 6 to June 8, at the Tampa Catholic gymnasium, 4630 N. Rome Ave., in Tampa. The camp is open to children ages 5 to 14. Each camp day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $75 and includes a T-shirt. Lunch […]

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