Old Pasco Road restructure to enhance safety

Construction is underway to reconstruct Old Pasco Road’s intersections with Quail Hollow Boulevard, Oakley Boulevard and Boom Boom Drive, in Wesley Chapel. The improvements are in response to a route study that concluded upgrades are needed to improve safety and increase traffic capacity. Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore said he has heard concerns from motorists who travel on … [Read more...]

State senator offers helping hand for seniors

When Jemith Rosa approached State Sen. Wilton Simpson seeking some assistance for a project to help senior citizens, she came away with more than she expected. Rosa went to Simpson to see if he could help her with her quest for a new, and larger senior center in Dade City. Simpson, of Trilby, responded to her request by donating 1.7 acres, behind the existing center in downtown Dade … [Read more...]

Kumquat Festival ushers in a new decade

It’s time to indulge in a tiny, tart fruit called the kumquat. After all, the fruit is considered to be the centerpiece of the Kumquat Festival, now celebrating its 23rd year. Besides offering fun family activities, the festival showcases downtown Dade City, offering visitors a chance to sample a taste of Old Florida and some Southern hospitality, too. The free event is set for Jan. … [Read more...]

Construction crews busy on area road projects

Anyone who drives around Pasco County on a regular basis knows there aren’t many east-west roads that cut through the county’s vast expanse, and that it isn’t   a bit unusual to have to wait in traffic. There are a number of projects, however, that are in the works, on the drawing board, or have been recently completed that are aimed at making life easier for Pasco motorists. Of course, as … [Read more...]

Starting a new year, with a home of their own

It was a momentous day when Carla and Dwayne Gude were able to enter a home of their own, in Dade City. The house dedication ceremony marked the culmination of a collaboration between the couple and Habitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco County. The event also marked the branch’s 150th house project. On the morning of Dec. 19, Crystal Lazar, president and chief executive … [Read more...]

New online program encourages creativity

A new online program available through Pasco County libraries, offers tutorials to help people explore their creativity. Creativebug, introduced in November, walks patrons through video tutorials on trying out such activities as crafts, sewing, quilting, knitting, home décor and jewelry. “We love Creativebug, our newest database, on our website,” said Angelo Liranzo of Pasco County … [Read more...]

Ridge Road extension gets green light

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted Pasco County’s permit request to allow the extension of Ridge Road. The approval marked a major milestone in a process that’s been two decades in the making. As it stands now, motorists use State Road 52 or State Road 54, if they want to head east or west in Pasco County. The extension of Ridge Road will give them a third option. “It’s a … [Read more...]

There are strategies to manage stuttering

Stuttering isn’t a speech impediment that can be cured — but it is one that can be managed, according to Robin Fisher, a speech pathologist in Pasco County Schools. The condition affects an estimated 70 million people, worldwide, according to the Stuttering Foundation of America. And, help is available in the public school system, for students who qualify. Fisher works with … [Read more...]

Options abound to make 2020 memorable

It has become a tradition of The Laker/Lutz News to give our readers a preview of what’s in store for the year ahead in terms of fun family outings, affordable entertainment and opportunities to add more color to their lives. Here’s our look ahead for 2020. January  Raising Cane, A Sweet & Spicy Event When: Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, … [Read more...]

2045 roadway plan officially pushes forward

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board has approved the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan that includes numerous projects that are expected to be pursued within a 20-year time frame. “The goal is to develop [a] cost-affordable plan that covers a minimum of 20 years through the planning process,” Wally Blain, of Tindale Oliver, told the MPO board during a Dec. 11 … [Read more...]