Scout project creates fun options for dogs at park

When Sean Monahan brainstormed ideas to gain the rank of Eagle Scout, he finally settled on a way to help man’s best friend. The scout decided to incorporate new accessories for dogs at the Carolyn Meeker Dog Park in Lutz. The member of Boy Scout Troop 12 – also in Lutz - had to tackle a project that betters his community as one of his requirements to earn the rank of Eagle … [Read more...]

This entrepreneur is bullish on Pasco

When Thomas Giella Jr., launched his business, he was a one-man operation — and he wasn’t sure how to get it where he wanted it to go. So, he took advantage of various programs offered through the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., and began learning more about the ins and outs of being an entrepreneur. That helped get his business rolling, and now, six years later, he still uses what … [Read more...]

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North expands

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North has completed a $75 million expansion, and began welcoming patients to its more spacious facility this week. The project doubled the hospital’s capacity — increasing it from 108 beds to 216 beds. The hospital also has upped its intensive care unit beds from 12 to 24. And, has more room to deliver services, accommodate visitors and enhance employee work … [Read more...]

Bargain-hunters flock to the annual Lutz flea market

The Fabulous Flea Market, hosted by the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, will offer patrons plenty of choices. The event will be held at the Old Lutz School at 18819 U.S. 41 in Lutz, and is set for March 6 and March 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Classrooms will be stocked with items, including home décor, books, clothing, jewelry, linens, kitchen ware and … [Read more...]

U.S. 41 getting new look and feel

Portions of U.S. 41 soon will be repaved, or will have new landscaping, on the corridor, which runs through Lutz and Land O’ Lakes. In Land O’ Lakes, resurfacing will be done on U.S. 41, to give motorists a smoother ride between Ehren Cutoff and Caliente Boulevard. Repaving began last summer and includes both sides of the four-lane stretch – divided by a median. The $2.5-million … [Read more...]

Learning to live with Lewy Body

Although Lewy Body Dementia has no known cure, identifying its symptoms and employing specific techniques can heighten a patient’s safety. Gary Joseph LeBlanc, a public speaker for the Dementia Spotlight Foundation, provided an educational presentation on Feb. 5 about the disease at Atria Lutz, an assisted living facility. Lewy Body Dementia is one of several diseases that inflicts dementia … [Read more...]

Bay Area singer shows opera in a different light

As a singer, Tatiana Kallmann embraces a not-so-mainstream music genre – pop- opera. Known also as crossover music, this style fuses modern-day pop songs with classical opera pieces dating back hundreds of years. The soprano will share this type of music at the Unity North Tampa, on Dec. 23, a church which she has attended, and where she has performed previously. Kallmann, a Colombia … [Read more...]

Lutz Arts & Crafts Show offers unique gift selections

The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club has been busy prepping for the 40th annual Juried Arts & Crafts Holiday Show, which features hundreds of vendors offering gift selections. The annual event draws vendors from all over the country, and is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year. It also draws shoppers who make the event an annual tradition, in their quest to find just the right … [Read more...]

Drop by the Old Lutz School for holiday fun

Workers were as busy as Santa’s elves on a recent weekend morning getting everything ready for the 23rd annual Christmas at the Old Lutz School. Members of The Citizens for the Old Lutz School Building organize volunteers who dress up the iconic community building for the holidays each year. Then, the organization hosts several evenings each holiday season — inviting both young and old … [Read more...]

A ‘peanut’ roundabout on Van Dyke Road?

Hillsborough County is proposing a $40 million project to ease traffic congestion on Van Dyke Road in Lutz. The project is expected to begin construction in late 2022, and be completed by late 2024. Now in its planning phase, the proposed project calls for widening Van Dyke Road from two lanes to four lanes, in a 2-mile stretch from Whirley Road to the Suncoast Parkway. The plan also … [Read more...]