Holiday happenings abound: Prepare to have fun

Whether it’s a stroll along Christmas Card Lane in Lutz, tree lighting festivities in Zephyrhills, synchronized tree lights and music at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, or a magical Christmas parade in Dade City — there are plenty of holiday events in coming weeks to put on your calendars. Several events are planned in anticipation of the holidays in Lutz. Shoppers looking for a … [Read more...]

First Class: Support the Troops remembers those serving overseas

Mark Van Trees received the Champion of Service Award presented by Gov. Rick Scott on Nov. 12 for his work with Support the Troops. And it would be a good story — except Van Trees doesn’t like talking about it. “It’s certainly not deserved,” the Wesley Chapel organization’s director said. Instead, Van Trees prefers to talk about the dozens of volunteers who stock, store and pack the … [Read more...]

Trinity hospital planning $15M newborn services expansion

The population growth in Pasco County is not expected to end anytime soon, and Medical Center of Trinity is getting ready now — even if the hospital is just three years old. HCA West Florida, which owns both the Trinity hospital as well as Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, is having its initial meetings with Pasco County officials ahead of a proposed $15 million expansion that … [Read more...]

New luxury apartment complex coming to Land O’ Lakes

Wood Partners is stepping in where another developer left off, resurrecting a 311-unit apartment complex that could add even more residents along State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes. The Atlanta-based company announced the new project — called Alta Terra Bella — just off 20 Mile Level Road Monday, following a report on The Laker/Lutz News’ website, “As the Tampa Bay area … [Read more...]

Community meeting set to discuss Quail Hollow boundaries

A committee working on proposed boundaries for Quail Hollow Elementary School has recommended changes that also would affect the boundaries of Veterans and Wesley Chapel elementary schools. Quail Hollow is set to reopen next fall following a massive overhaul that included adding walls and doors to its formerly “open” school design. Besides having a more traditional setting for learning, … [Read more...]

Sophomore chosen for national medical leadership conference

Kristen Kova isn’t even sure how she was selected. But when she got the chance to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders convention in Washington, D.C., the 15-year-old didn’t look back. The Land O’ Lakes teenager traveled by car with her mother Jennie, and her brother Ryan, to the conference, over the weekend of Nov. 14, and found a packed agenda at the conference. “They had a … [Read more...]

PHSC gets creative with writing classes

Suzanne Baginskie knows what it’s like to sign up for a writing class at a local college and be disappointed. “Whenever they would put a course like that up, nobody would take it, and I’d get my money back,” she said. Baginskie eventually found a course that stayed open. And now, years later, she’s involved with more of them. But she’s not taking them this time. She’s teaching … [Read more...]

Military museum remembers Pearl Harbor Dec. 7

History is filled with dates schoolteachers want their students to remember. But there is one that no one can forget — Dec. 7, 1941. That’s when Japanese forces conducted a surprise air raid on American military installations at Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor. At the time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said the date would live in infamy, and 73 years later, it’s still being remembered, including Dec. … [Read more...]

Sheffield’s $3M pledge buys more time for baseball complex

Late-game heroics are something Gary Sheffield became accustomed to during his 21-year professional athletic career. But his plans to build a massive baseball complex in Wesley Chapel is now in the bottom of the ninth, and the retired outfielder is going to need a grand slam to make it a reality. Pasco County commissioners gave Sheffield and business partner James Talton until January to … [Read more...]

Lutz pushes proposed urban service area south

Lutz has survived more than a century with no municipal water or sewer. And it might end up going another century without it as well. In a workshop Dec. 8, members of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission will hear something they may not like: Lutz residents are turning their backs on a proposed plan to extend the county’s urban service area up U.S. 41. Getting an urban … [Read more...]