Lutz resident receives ‘Community Champion’ award

It’s not all that uncommon for Freddy Barton to spend part of his weekend working — heading out to talk to people in the community. If he’s headed out from his Lutz residence on his motorcycle, chances are he’s going to go hang out with some kids — to find out what’s on their minds. “I’m talking to kids. I’m trying to probe their mind, to figure out, ‘What does it take to make you feel that … [Read more...]

Hiking Spree showcases regional parks, trails

Take a hike — that’s what the Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation wants you to do this winter. The county’s Hiking Spree program returns for its second year, with a new set of diverse trails for residents and visitors to explore. The program began in November and runs through March 31. Here’s how it works: People may walk any of 20 designated trails on their own, with friends, … [Read more...]

Shoppers had choices galore at Lutz Arts & Crafts Show

The 38th annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Show attracted large crowds, during its two-day run Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at Keystone Prep High School in Odessa. The event featured more than 300 vendors, selling items ranging from photographs to shawls, metal and glass sculptures to gourmet sauces, local honey to kettle corn. There were plenty of home décor items for sale, as well as holiday decorations … [Read more...]

It’s that time again for the Lutz Arts & Crafts Show

Christmas at the Old Lutz School is coming up, too Preparations are underway for the 38th annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Show, which is being held for the second year on the campus of Keystone Prep High School, 18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa. “We’re going to have over 300 vendors. And, there’s a larger expanded food court,” said Faith Sincich, co-chair of the event. She marvels at the … [Read more...]

Interim steps planned to improve 54/41 traffic flow

Construction on a project to improve traffic flow through the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41 is expected to begin in 2018, according to Florida Department of Transportation officials. The project, which will lengthen some turn lanes, currently is in design. The construction cost is about $752,000 and is included in the transportation department’s fiscal year 2019 budget, according to … [Read more...]

Denham Oaks offers patriotic welcome to veterans

Denham Oaks Elementary School was awash in red, white and blue as children and staff offered a warm welcome to about 75 area veterans at a Nov. 10 celebration. As they arrived, a series of signs posted outside the school honored the men and women who have served in the nation’s military. There were posters and other artworks all over campus carrying the same message of … [Read more...]

New retailers open at Tampa Premium Outlets

Tampa Premium Outlets has added four new retailers, and four more will open in time for holiday shopping season, according to an announcement from Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations. The four new recently opened retailers are Volcom, Pop Cult, Green Mango and Happy Dough. Volcom designs, markets and distributes board sports-oriented items, including clothing, footwear, accessories … [Read more...]

The Ice Dreammm Shop scoops ice cream and nostalgia

Ice cream dreams bring back sweet memories to Joe Schembri. There were family trips to what he remembers as “Roger’s Place” on State Road 52. Later on, ice creamy treats came from a shop near a Home Depot, known affectionately as the “Home Depot” ice cream. “All we did was ice cream every week,” said Schembri, who lives in Land O’ Lakes. “That was family time and we loved it.” Nearly three … [Read more...]

It’s time for the Autumn Market at the Old Lutz School

Organizers of Autumn Market Day at the Old Lutz School hope that motorists passing by on busy U.S. 41 will decide to stop and shop for awhile. This year’s Autumn Market Day is set for Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the school grounds at 18819 N. U.S. 41. The event seeks to raise money for upkeep and improvements at a school that is on the National Register of Historic Places and where … [Read more...]

Building the community, one check at a time

After the race for the Lutz Guv’na wraps up every year, the money raised is doled out to local groups and causes. This year the race drew candidates Greg Gilbert of Beef O' Brady's Lutz, Jessica Sherman with Pinch A Penny, and Kori Rankin, of Kori Rankin Photography. Ultimately, Rankin won the Guv’na’s sash. Her stepmother, Jennifer Rankin, won the sash in 2015. The 2017 campaign for the … [Read more...]