New and renovated schools planned

The Pasco County School Board received an overview last week on projects planned to construct, renovate, expand and repair schools across the district. They also heard a wrap-up on projects in progress or finished this year. The presentation, by Chris Williams, director of planning services and Olga Swinson, chief finance officer, came as the district prepares to vote on a final capital … [Read more...]

Love of community, and chamber, inspires honorary mayor

When Judi Fisher decided to run for the title of honorary mayor of Land O’ Lakes she realized she was making a sizable commitment. That’s because she knew it would require a considerable amount of time and energy to conduct and attend fundraisers to win the title. And, if she won, she knew she would be spending an entire year attending ribbon cuttings, celebrating milestones and showing her … [Read more...]

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North undergoing $75 million expansion

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North is the midst of a $75 million expansion that will double the hospital’s capacity and support additional services. Crews are currently working to build out four additional operating suites, in shelled spaces that were included during the original construction in anticipation of future need. The operating suites are expected to be completed in September, said … [Read more...]

Spreading a gospel of love through brown-bag lunches

Sharing food with those in need has been part of the Father and Son Love Ministries since its inception, but now the Lutz church has branched out to create a free summer lunch program — with no strings attached. The church is tucked away in a commercial office plaza, just off State Road 54, at 24156 Foggy Ridge Parkway. All families and children are welcome to come by the church on Mondays … [Read more...]

Candidates qualify, political groups have meetings

Candidates have qualified for the upcoming election, giving voters plenty to consider. Here are candidates in key races during the 2018 election cycle. Primary voters could decide the outcome for three Pasco County School Board seats. School board races are nonpartisan. Although candidates must live within specific districts, voters countywide select the winners. If a candidate does not receive … [Read more...]

Raises unlikely this year in Pasco County Schools

Pasco County School Board members have expressed a desire to give teachers a raise, but according to Superintendent Kurt Browning, there’s no money available to make that happen. Browning’s remarks came during a budget workshop last week in the board room at the district’s headquarters in Land O’ Lakes. Olga Swinson, the district’s chief financial officer, provided a run-through of budget … [Read more...]

Region gears up to celebrate nation’s Independence Day

If you’re looking for some fun and patriotic ways to celebrate the nation’s birthday, you’ll find lots of options nearby. The master-planned community of Connerton is hosting its fifth annual “Nation Celebration” on July 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at 21100 Fountain Garden Way in Land O’ Lakes. The event will be an old-fashioned neighborhood party, open to the public, featuring a rock wall, … [Read more...]

Park once again may be a place to make memories

When Peterson Park originally opened, it was a place where motorists traveling down U.S. 98 could pull over to a wayside rest area to take a break. But, it was more than that. The small park, south of the Lacoochee River, became a popular place with locals — and was the setting where people made memories that have lasted for decades. When Scott Black, a Dade City commissioner, shared … [Read more...]

Making sure kids don’t go hungry during summer break

For some children, the meals they eat during the school day are their only source of nutrition. So, when schools close for the summer, there’s a chance that they could go hungry. The Summer Break Spot takes aim at that issue. The program, also known as the Summer Food Service Program, is a federal nutrition program operated by schools and local nonprofits to make sure that children … [Read more...]

Creativity rules at Lutz Preparatory summer camp

Camp Invention isn’t your typical summer camp. It’s a camp where kids are encouraged to strap on their creative thinking caps and let their imaginations run wild. And, that’s exactly what was going on at Lutz Preparatory School last week. This year’s curriculum tested a variety of the young students’ skills. In one challenge, campers designed their own Optibot, a small driving … [Read more...]