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 at the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce’s November … [Read more...]

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 spine of the city, … [Read more...]

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 present a free lecture titled “Rabbis and the Ancient … [Read more...]

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 amenities. Most who were gathered are supporters or partners … [Read more...]

Iron Sharpeners 5K

The third annual Iron Sharpeners “Run for the Dream” 5K is set for Nov. 16, at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave., in Tampa. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with a 9:30 a.m. start time. Cost is $45 for the 5K. A free fun run also will be offered to children 12 years old and under. The event, presented by Grace Family Church in Lutz, will include food, music, games, prizes and more. … [Read more...]

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 more information, or an interest in volunteering, contact Val Lundin at (727) … [Read more...]

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 For more information, contact Amanda Carrow at (813) 264-8759 or . … [Read more...]

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 For more information, contact Amanda Carrow at (813) 264-8759 or … [Read more...]

Saint Leo baseball camp

The Saint Leo University baseball program will host a winter prospect camp on Dec. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Thomas B. Southard Stadium, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo. The camp is open to ages 14 to 18, and will feature instruction on proper fundamentals and a showcase game for all those in attendance. Campers are encouraged to bring their own lunch, as they will be given a break midway … [Read more...]

Light Up the Night 5K

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office Light Up the Night Tampa Bay 5K Run/1-Mile Walk is scheduled for Jan. 26 at 8 a.m., at Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Cost for the 5K run is $35; the 1-mile walk is $25. Runners will receive a water bottle, T-shirt and medal. An awards ceremony will follow the race. Additional awards will be … [Read more...]