Initiatives aim to help veterans

Veterans statewide could soon see a slew of new and expanded benefits and services, if the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs gets its way in the 2020 legislative session and beyond. The agency is enrolling 17 legislative bills for the upcoming 60-day session, which begins in January, Al Carter, the department’s chief of staff, reported […]

This Week

Library helps people who want jobs, or to volunteer

The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library recently was a hub — for those seeking opportunities for paying jobs, or to volunteer. In fact, the library has a series of events this month, which is set aside as Career Development Month, focused on helping people find work. On Nov. 7, a  CareerSource Pasco-Hernando bus was parked […]

School boundary proposals draw opposition

Compared to school boundary hearings in recent years, the crowd was relatively small at a public hearing last week on proposed boundary changes for Pasco County Schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Still, concerns expressed by parents were similar to the types of concerns generally raised at school boundary meetings. Boundary changes planned for next […]

Community development grants on the way?

Talks are underway in Zephyrhills to offer a greater variety of business grants within the city’s CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) district. At last month’s CRA board meeting, Zephyrhills CRA director Gail Hamilton pushed for a wider range of incentives to help encourage new business investment in the 500-plus acre district. The district encompasses the center […]

Wesley Chapel color guards receive national acclaim

While the Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron is affiliated with aviation, its their performance on ground that has granted them national accolades. The squadron’s color guard team, known as The Wesley Chapel Knights, has won two consecutive national championships in 2018 and 2019. 1st Lt. Cesar Alayon is one of the commanding officers who helps oversee […]

Improvements continue on State Road 54 in East Pasco

A project to widen a stretch of State Road 54 in East Pasco, and to improve the road’s intersection with Eiland Boulevard and Morris Bridge Road, is making progress. The improvement calls for two left-turn lanes on State Road 54 onto Eiland Boulevard and two through lanes heading east. A right-turn lane, also heading eastbound, […]

Zen Den strives to increase inclusion

Anna Melgaard couldn’t help but smile as she watched her son, Wayde, play in the Zen Den at Maniscalco K-8 School, a room designed for children who have sensory issues. The first-grader has autism and found a place to have fun, while other students were out in the cafeteria celebrating the Lutz school’s Fall Ball […]

Expansion addresses need to serve critically ill patients

AdventHealth Connerton has been addressing the needs for critically ill patients for a decade — but it also has had to turn patients away because its beds were full. An expansion expected to open later this month, will increase the hospital’s ability to serve patients and families in need. AdventHealth officials had a ribbon cutting […]

Bringing holiday cheer to those in need

A ceremony was held at Keystone Community Church last week to bless the tent where people will be dropping off donations for the holidays. The 9 a.m. event, on Nov. 7, was one of six tent blessings taking place simultaneously across Tampa Bay. About three dozen people gathered at the Lutz event, which kicked off […]

Swamp Fest enjoys nice weather, good crowds

It wasn’t just fun and games at the 11th annual Swamp Fest in Land O’ Lakes. There was music, food, rides and entertainment, too. “It was incredible weather. We had good crowds,” said Doug Hutchinson, festival coordinator. “Friday night and Saturday night were incredibly busy, and Sunday was very busy,” he said. The crowds were […]

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Having fun at Swamp Fest

The 11th annual Swamp Fest enjoyed beautiful weather and big crowds. There was plenty to see, eat and do at the festival, held at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Here, 9-year-old Kahlen Ruby, of Land O’ Lakes, an early arrival at the festival, had a bird’s eye view of the […]

Saluting Vietnam veterans

Dignitaries, veterans and members of the community gathered for a tribute to Vietnam-era veterans at the 2019 Swamp Fest at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park on Nov. 2. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis was among those gathered to honor the veterans at the event, which included a video of various phases of the Vietnam War. It […]

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This Week (cont)

Jewish scholar talk: Early rabbis, ancient synagogues

How did the Jewish faith go from all but destroyed in its structures by the Roman Empire nearly 2,000 years ago, to the modern world religion as we know it today? To Rabbi Dr. Ruth Langer, that’s the “billion dollar question.” The internationally recognized Jewish studies scholar visited Saint Leo University on Nov. 5 to […]

Two Good Soles drive smashes record

Pasco County government and its constitutional offices collected more than 3,000 pairs of shoes for local students — smashing a previous record for the annual Two Good Soles Shoes and Socks Drive. The drive, now in its fourth year, yielded 3,057 pairs of shoes and 13,285 pairs of socks. The items will be donated to […]

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Local Sports

Zephyrhills tennis center buzzing along

The forthcoming Sarah Vande Berg Tennis & Wellness Center could be an even bigger deal than originally anticipated. A standing-room only crowd of more than 100 gathered at a recent Zephyrhills City Council meeting to hear the latest details on the facility and to get a first look at a 3D video presentation highlighting its […]

Pasco County all-star football rosters announced

High school football in December? It’s becoming a tradition in Pasco County. Some of the county’s top senior high football players will get to experience Friday night lights one final time, at the 2019 Pasco County East-West Classic. The fifth annual all-star showcase is slated for Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., at Sunlake Field, 3023 […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Special Olympics basketball events

Special Olympics Florida-Pasco County will host a unified senior basketball competition on Nov. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes High School, 20325 Gator Lane. There also will be a Special Olympics individual basketball skills event on Dec. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes High. For […]

Adult kickball league

Registration is ongoing for Idlewild Baptist Church’s Adult Coed Kickball league. The league runs from Jan. 6 to Feb. 10 and is open to all adults in the community. Games are played on Tuesday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per player. Register online at Idlewild.org/recreation. For more information, contact Amanda Carrow at […]

Youth flag football league

Registration is ongoing for the Idlewild Baptist Church Youth Flag Football league. The league runs from Jan. 9 through March 5 and is open to all community youth, from kindergartners to high schoolers. Practices and games will be on Thursday evenings. Cost is $90 per participant. Register online at Idlewild.org/recreation. For more information, contact Amanda Carrow […]

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