Lutz Guv’na candidates face off in lively debate

It was a landslide for one first-time Lutz Guv’na hopeful. Jessica Sherman of Pinch A Penny was voted the winner of the Lutz Guv’na Debate, at the Old Lutz School on May 20. She also claimed the debate’s talent contest, appealing to “voters” with her dancing skills (and baked goods). And,  she earned a $100 campaign donation for bringing the most guests — by far— to the fun-filled … [Read more...]

Putting on a show that’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

A group of second- through eighth-graders at Lutz Learning Center have been rehearsing their lines, and now they’re ready to present Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” The school, located at 621 Sunset Lane, will be presenting a free community performance of the play at Nye Park, 630 Sunset Lane in Lutz, on May 11 at 1 p.m. Those attending the event should bring blankets or chairs … [Read more...]

Lutz Guv’na race debate set for May 20

It’s campaign season again — in Lutz, that is. The annual Lutz Guv’na Race is underway. And, it kicks off with the 2017 Guv’na Debate on May 20 at the Old Lutz School, 18819 N. U.S. 41. The event — which runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — is free and open to the public. This year, three candidates will vie to raise the most money for their “campaigns,” with proceeds benefitting local … [Read more...]

Woman unleashes creativity through soaps

Step in Melissa Brown’s workshop, and you’ll see a woman focused on creating handmade soaps at her home business in Lutz. Brown launched her business —Nautilus Soap Company LLC — more than a year ago, and hopes one day to open her own storefront. Besides making scented and unscented soaps, she also makes bath bombs and shampoo bars. She sells her products at local markets, such as the … [Read more...]

‘Welcome to Lutz’ sign goes missing

Jay Muffly, who serves on the Lutz Civic Association, is trying to unravel a mystery, and he’s hoping someone from the public can help. He’s trying to figure out what happened to the “Welcome to Lutz” sign that, until recently, greeted motorists as they entered the community near County Line Road. “My daughter says she thinks it was there, Saturday (on April 22). She thinks. She’s not … [Read more...]

A church finds its permanent dwelling place

North Pointe Church, which has seen much change since forming more than a dozen years ago, finally is getting a permanent home. The church, which most recently has been meeting at Sunlake High School, plans a soft opening for its new location in early May. It plans a free community getting-to-know-you barbecue on May 20, followed by its official grand opening services on May 21. The church … [Read more...]

La Yuma dishes Cuban cuisine in Lutz

Chef Pepe Diaz keeps a close eye on what goes on in his kitchen. The Cuban dishes that pass from the kitchen to the dining room at La Yuma restaurant are authentic to his native country. But, Diaz also has recipes uniquely his own. His back story in itself is not the typical path to culinary success. As a political prisoner of Fidel Castro, his job in jail was to take scant food … [Read more...]

Task force on traffic issues starts up again

A 17-member volunteer task force will pick up where two previous task forces left off — drilling down into the details of tackling traffic issues along State Road 54/State Road 56. Much of the discussion is expected to center on traffic issues at State Road 54 and Little Road, and at State Road 54 and U.S. 41. Little Road is seen as more typical of congested intersections in the … [Read more...]

Gaither High wind ensemble to perform at Carnegie Hall

A group of Gaither High School band students are gearing up this week to perform in a major music festival at one of the world’s most historic venues. The Gaither High Wind Ensemble, which consists of 50 students, is one of a select group of school band programs invited to the National Band and Orchestra Festival on April 15, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The adjudicated, unranked … [Read more...]

Tour a $1.9 million home, enjoy a party, raise money for charity

You don’t have to be among the rich and famous to dip into the lifestyle during the Party at Bella Lago, a charity event set for this weekend. Waterford Designs is hosting a benefit for the American Cancer Society and breast cancer research on April 8, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The party will be at the Bella Largo Model Home, 18707 Cypress Shores Drive in Lutz. Party-goers will see … [Read more...]