Five Business Join IERNA’s Neighbors In Need Give-Away

A local air conditioning company’s idea of giving a free air conditioning system to a deserving family resulted in a group of five local businesses coming together to make a huge difference in one family’s life. It began last December when IERNA’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing launched its newest charity, Neighbor In Need Give-Away, and asked local residents to nominate a person or family who … [Read more...]

Lutz Independence Day has tradition, flair

The atmosphere was festive as thousands converged on the community of Lutz to celebrate the Fourth of July, on a bright, sunshiny day. The event included a 5-K, a 1-mile fun run, a baking contest, a flag-raising ceremony, a baking contest and, the main attraction — a parade.   This Independence Day marked the nation’s 242 birthday, and was the 74th time that Lutz to … [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...]

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...]

North Tampa Aero Park airport up for sale

North Tampa Aero Park is on the market. The sales price for the licensed public airport is $4 million, according to brokers with CBRE. The company’s airport specialist group is in charge of marketing and selling the airport, located at 4241 Birdsong Blvd. “We’ve had quite a bit of interest,” said Gary Bauler, broker and first vice president for industrial properties at CBRE in … [Read more...]

Lutz Guv’na hopefuls face off in amusing debate

The afternoon was hot and sizzling — and so was the 2018 Lutz Guv’na Debate at the Old Lutz School. So much so that the May 19 event ended in a tie, a first in the debate’s long history. Kandy Sinquefield of American BellyDance Studio and returning candidate Jessica Sherman of Pinch A Penny each earned the same number of “votes” (most guests in the audience)— earning a split of a $100 … [Read more...]

Lutz girl making TV show debut in ‘Kid Stew’ airing on WEDU

Twelve-year-old Madison Maxwell has done hundreds of commercials, beginning when she was just 4. But, the sixth-grader at Academy at the Lakes in Land O’ Lakes has never been involved in a television show. Until now. She’s one of nine cast members in a new series called “Kid Stew.” The show was created by James Patterson, an internationally known author of books written for young … [Read more...]

Lutz teen named state winner for Doodle 4 Google contest

An inspiration from nature — and a passion for learning — helped Lutz teenager Mark Thivierge craft an award-winning drawing. Thivierge, 16, was recently named the Florida State Winner of the 2018 Doodle 4 Google competition — one of 53 state and territory winners whose work is displayed in an online gallery on the Doodle 4 Google website. The Doodle 4 Google competition, in its 10th … [Read more...]

Cancer survivor wins scholarships, offers prevention advice

Cailyn Ruff was a senior at Sunlake High School, in Land O’ Lakes, when she felt an odd bump on her head. That was about a year-and-a-half ago. “It was like a big mole,” the 19-year-old said. “I saw it through my part line. It looked funny. It would bleed.” As it grew, she became concerned and brought it to the attention of her dermatologist. Next, came a biopsy. “It was a good … [Read more...]

Cost rules out U.S. 41 underpass

Even dropping the cost from more than half a billion to $250 million, an underpass at U.S. 41 and State Road 54 would be too pricey. Members of the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization have opted not to add the underpass - also called a tunnel - to a list of recommended road designs to ease traffic congestion at U.S. 41 and State Road 54. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said … [Read more...]