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One of the few positive things about the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) crisis is that most of us have more time on our hands at home and on the job. Having this additional time provides an opportunity to reflect on what is most important to us, and then make changes that will improve our lives personally and professionally. It has allowed me to step back and reflect on what we do well … [Read more...]

Share your thoughts to help improve The Laker/Lutz News

One of the few positive things about the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) crisis is that most of us have more time on our hands at home and on the job. Having this additional time provides an opportunity to reflect on what is most important to us, and then make changes that will improve our lives personally and professionally. It has allowed me to step back and reflect on what we do … [Read more...]

Helping one another

Coronavirus disease 2019, otherwise known as COVID-19 has upended life as we know it. It remains unclear how bad it’s going to get, or how long it’s going to last — and that’s causing stress and anxiety. Still, in the midst of the illness and deaths, shutdowns, cancellations and lay-offs — we know that our communities are filled with good-hearted people. We have witnessed, for years, how … [Read more...]

Automotive section launches today

This week The Laker/Lutz News is expanding our business coverage with a new automotive section that we’re calling “autoMOTIVES.” We emphasize the word “MOTIVES” because we believe this section’s outstanding content will educate and motivate you to keep up with the latest automotive trends, and help you decide what is the best vehicle for you and your loved ones. Our editor is Nitish Rele, an … [Read more...]

Asturia’s Uniquely Smaller Size

More of a neighborhood than a sprawling development Asturia, a new home community in Odessa, stands out among other planned developments along State Road 54 in Pasco County because of its uniquely smaller size. At build out in the next few years, Asturia will be a community of just 670 homes, while nearby master-planned communities have between 1,500 and 6,500 homes planned over several … [Read more...]

Honoring our local graduates

The Laker/Lutz News is once again honoring our local high school graduates by publishing their names in today’s newspaper. Beginning on page 7A, we are recognizing more than 3,500 students from the 11 high schools in our distribution area. This is the 11th consecutive year we’ve published this edition, a popular keepsake for the families we serve. It is an honor to acknowledge our … [Read more...]

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 ignored Feb. 14. I hadn’t yet figured out that romantic love is often the most tentative of all loves, … [Read more...]

2017 was a good year; we expect 2018 to be even better!

One of the pleasures of getting older is that during the holidays, I no longer fret about finding the “perfect” gift for those I love, or worry about which relative I’m obligated to spend Christmas with, or stress about hosting holiday parties. This year, I celebrated Christmas with my daughter and Florida family over New Year’s, and will open presents in mid-January with my son’s family in … [Read more...]

Why we printed your newspaper early

As I write this column, it is Friday morning — two days before Irma arrives in Florida, and at least a full day before we know what kind of impact the hurricane will have on Tampa Bay. In the aftermath of Harvey, everyone is on edge because of the stress getting ready for the storm, and the uncertainty of when and where Irma will make landfall. In anticipation of Irma, one way we coped here … [Read more...]

A good week to be a newspaper publisher

Some weeks being the publisher of a weekly newspaper is more fun than others. And, the past week was one of them. Let’s begin with the recognition we received at the annual meeting of the Florida Press Association. Led by editor B.C. Manion, our news department received 10 statewide awards for outstanding photography, news stories and feature writing. These awards convey the quality of work … [Read more...]