Lutz shows off its Fourth of July spirit

It may be three-quarters of a century old, but the Lutz Fourth of July Parade showed no signs of slowing down last week. Scores of people came out to this community, north of Tampa, to celebrate the nation’s birthday. Runners endured the morning’s humidity, as they completed the 5K and 1-mile races while being cheered by onlookers. By 8 a.m., pop music blared from the speakers as … [Read more...]

Lutz school hosts nationally recognized STEM camp

Lutz Preparatory School recently was the site for Camp Invention, a nationally recognized summer STEM camp, open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The camp is a program of the Nation Inventors Hall of Fame, in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Campers learn about the importance of intellectual property. They also explore and design, and take part in … [Read more...]

Music group aims to bolster local artists

Nomi Webb, of Lutz, is calling out to local Christian music artists interested in showcasing their work through her organization. Her faith-based group, Tumbleweed Music Ministry, will present a platform for artists trying to break into the music industry. They’ll be producing their own records to be uploaded to the group’s website. “I’m really about bridging the gap and bringing people … [Read more...]

Lutz students strive to protect wildlife

Diminishing waste in local oceans is an important mission for third-grader Lilly Kate Paban. In fact, she has been motivated to start an afterschool program at her Learning Gate Community School, in Lutz, to both educate fellow students and to get them to go outdoors to take action. She was first inspired when her then-science teacher, Christopher Bell, explained to the class the plight … [Read more...]

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...]