Lutz families will have more middle school options

Lutz, Maniscalco and Pizzo elementary schools will begin converting to pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade schools beginning this fall. The change will start with each of the elementary schools adding sixth grade in the fall. The following year, seventh grade will be added, and the following year, eighth grade. The idea is to make the transition gradually. Students living in those … [Read more...]

This flea market — a woman’s club tradition — has bargains galore

The Old Lutz School, at 18819 N. U.S. 41, was abuzz with activity on Feb. 26, as scores of volunteers prepared for the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club annual flea market. “It’s our second largest fundraiser of the year,” said Pat Serio, a club member, as she consulted with other club members about where to put various donations. “It’s always much anticipated by the community because … [Read more...]

New Sienna Village office park approved

Sienna Village, a small office park off State Road 54, is about to get a companion - Sienna Village II. Pasco County commissioners approved a rezoning for the new office park, which will be on the southwest corner of State Road 54 and Sofia Drive. It is east of the existing Sienna Village, and about one-third mile from the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41. The rezoning allows up to … [Read more...]

Mother of twins dies after casino boat fire; donations sought

A GoFundMe account has been set up to aid the children of Carrie Dempsey. The 42-year-old woman, who lived in Lutz, died Jan. 14, hours after a fire engulfed a casino shuttle boat ferrying about 50 passengers to a casino ship in the Gulf of Mexico. She was the sole fatality among about 15 passengers who needed medical attention, according to news reports. Dempsey leaves behind … [Read more...]

An underpass for U.S. 41/State Road 54?

Talk of solving traffic jams at U.S. 41 and State Road 54 often centers on building elevated lanes to ease massive numbers of vehicles through the intersection. But now, Pasco County’s Metro Planning Organization wants to toss in a new solution – an underpass that would tunnel under the intersection. Consultants with Tindale-Oliver will complete a $15,000 study to determine if the … [Read more...]

Lutz resident receives ‘Community Champion’ award

It’s not all that uncommon for Freddy Barton to spend part of his weekend working — heading out to talk to people in the community. If he’s headed out from his Lutz residence on his motorcycle, chances are he’s going to go hang out with some kids — to find out what’s on their minds. “I’m talking to kids. I’m trying to probe their mind, to figure out, ‘What does it take to make you feel that … [Read more...]

Hiking Spree showcases regional parks, trails

Take a hike — that’s what the Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation wants you to do this winter. The county’s Hiking Spree program returns for its second year, with a new set of diverse trails for residents and visitors to explore. The program began in November and runs through March 31. Here’s how it works: People may walk any of 20 designated trails on their own, with friends, … [Read more...]

Shoppers had choices galore at Lutz Arts & Crafts Show

The 38th annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Show attracted large crowds, during its two-day run Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at Keystone Prep High School in Odessa. The event featured more than 300 vendors, selling items ranging from photographs to shawls, metal and glass sculptures to gourmet sauces, local honey to kettle corn. There were plenty of home décor items for sale, as well as holiday decorations … [Read more...]

It’s that time again for the Lutz Arts & Crafts Show

Christmas at the Old Lutz School is coming up, too Preparations are underway for the 38th annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Show, which is being held for the second year on the campus of Keystone Prep High School, 18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa. “We’re going to have over 300 vendors. And, there’s a larger expanded food court,” said Faith Sincich, co-chair of the event. She marvels at the … [Read more...]

Interim steps planned to improve 54/41 traffic flow

Construction on a project to improve traffic flow through the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41 is expected to begin in 2018, according to Florida Department of Transportation officials. The project, which will lengthen some turn lanes, currently is in design. The construction cost is about $752,000 and is included in the transportation department’s fiscal year 2019 budget, according to … [Read more...]