Opponents cite access concerns in Wesley Chapel rezoning

Questions are being raised about the safety of entering Wesley Chapel Boulevard from Hay Road, in a rezoning case seeking to allow 35 single-family attached townhomes on Hay Road. The applicant, Lawrence P. Martinez, represented by Attorney Barbara Wilhite, is seeking to change the zoning on about 6 acres from agricultural use to medium density, multiple family. The Pasco County Planning … [Read more...]

‘It’s been a great ride,’ celebrated horsewoman says

Millions of Americans are gearing up to watch the Kentucky Derby, which is set for its 145th running on May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a race steeped in tradition: Kentucky Derby Hats, mint juleps, the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” and the garland of roses at the Winner’s Circle. It’s also the first race in the Triple Crown, a title awarded to the 3-year-old … [Read more...]

Tracing ancestral photos with modern technology

People who are interested in learning how to trace their own ancestral history have a chance to learn how to go about that, through a series of lectures being offered at the Lutz Branch Library, in Lutz. During a recent lecture on April 8, those attending had a chance to learn about piecing together their heritage through the use of photography. The presentation, “Genealogy: Photo … [Read more...]

Playing a little B-I-N-G-O to benefit a school

Maniscalco Elementary School, 939 Debuel Road in Lutz, had its  first Family Bingo Night to benefit the school. Dozens of students, their families and supporters joined together in the cafeteria for a fun-filled evening playing bingo for prizes. Besides winning bingo games, there were also chance drawings for gift baskets, games, gift cards and prizes. All proceeds earned from the event will … [Read more...]

An energetic performance enchants young minds

The Hillsborough County Public Library and the Creative Arts Theatre Company presented a live action performance of ‘Wake Up, Brother Bear’ on April 11 at the Keystone Recreation Center, 17928 Gunn Highway in Odessa. The interactive play featured the adventures of Brother Bear and Sister Bear told through stories, songs and dance. Children in attendance were given a prop bag filled with items that … [Read more...]

This community servant knew how to find life’s silver lining

Rosie Heim — a former Honorary Mayor of Land O’ Lakes, and a former president of the board of the Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club — has succumbed to her battle with cancer. She will be remembered in a celebration of life service on April 13 at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 20735 Leonard Road in Lutz. A reception will follow. Rosie was widely known around Central Pasco for … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby opens at Cypress Creek Town Center

About two dozen shoppers were waiting when the Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., held its grand-opening celebration of its newest store, in Lutz. They joined store employees and members of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce for the 9 a.m., ribbon cutting ceremony on March 18. The store, at 25675 Sierra Center Drive, is Hobby Lobby’s 865th store. It is located in the Cypress Creek Town Center, … [Read more...]

Century-old bell stolen from Lutz church

Members of Christ Cumberland Presbyterian Church are in disbelief as part of their identity has been stolen – a signature bell that has accompanied the church, throughout its history, as it moved from one location to the next. The Lutz church became aware the bell was missing in mid-February, and officials still don’t know exactly which day the theft occurred. “We were stunned,” said … [Read more...]

Lutz Elementary prepares to add seventh grade

Lutz Elementary launched a middle school program at the beginning of the school year and, now, it is gearing up to add seventh grade in the fall. The school, at 202 Fifth Ave., S.E., in Lutz, began by adding sixth grade in the fall of 2018, and will add seventh grade in the fall of 2019. It will add eighth grade in 2020. Each class has space for 110 students. Its inaugural sixth-grade … [Read more...]

Marilyn Wannamaker leaves a legacy of service

She was a fixture for years at Independence Day celebrations in Lutz, overseeing the annual Cake Bake Contest. She was a regular, too,  at the Christmas House at the Old Lutz School, serving up hot chocolate and doling out cookies. But, those are just a couple of the many, many ways that Marilyn Wannamaker served the community of Lutz. She was deeply involved in the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ … [Read more...]