High school fair offers diverse career paths

While parents and students had an opportunity to learn about post-high school options — representatives from colleges, technical schools, military branches and other programs had a chance to make their pitch at the College and Career Fair recently at Wesley Chapel High School. Those attending the March 11 event could pose questions to representatives from more than 40 organizations, and could … [Read more...]

School board eyes 104-acre site near Connected City

The Pasco County School Board has approved the acquisition of a 104-acre site near the Connected City area of Wesley Chapel. The school district anticipates there will a need for future schools as more residents move into Connected City, which includes Epperson Ranch and other future developments. The site is at the southeast corner of Curley and Kiefer roads, directly across the street … [Read more...]

If you enjoy sampling foods, this event is for you

The Taste of New Tampa and Wesley Chapel offers event-goers a chance to dine on foods from nearly 50 Bay Area restaurants in one place. The event is set for March 24 from noon to 4 p.m., at AdventHealth Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Offerings will include chicken and waffles from Noble Crust; Buttermilk Provisions’ famous donuts and peanut butter balls; … [Read more...]

Celebrating diversity through literature

As Kaila McAlpine spoke, her passionate tone filled the gymnasium, captivating the audience. She was among a host of students and faculty members taking part in the Wiregrass Ranch High School’s Poetry Slam on Feb. 22. With “Diversity Rules” as the theme, participants could share a poet’s work, or deliver their own literary creation, on stage. The school’s Black History Club … [Read more...]

Baseball school strikes out on permit

The Pasco County Planning Commission has denied a special exception request by Ryan A. and Elizabeth J. Prior for a private baseball and softball school in Wesley Chapel. The request was to allow the private school on a 5-acre property, 320 feet south of the intersection of Hadlock Drive and Elkmont Lane. It is surrounded by several agricultural uses, which include boarding stables, several … [Read more...]

Summit addresses mental health challenges

Overcoming mental health and substance abuse issues in local communities seems a daunting undertaking — but offering a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on may be a good place to start. At least that’s what a group of educators and faith-based leaders asserted at a recent mental health summit at Pasco-Hernando State College’s (PHSC) Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, in Wesley … [Read more...]

Heart defect doesn’t stop local teen

Samuel Mazzeo’s life changed forever, during a P.E. class at Cypress Creek Middle High. He was playing football with classmates on the school’s field when, suddenly, he collapsed. The teenager had gone into cardiac arrest. School officials, luckily, were on hand to quickly come to his aid. He was revived with CPR and a defibrillator. He received medical care at John Hopkins All … [Read more...]

Efforts resurface in quest to widen Old Pasco Road

The Long Range Transportation Plan now includes a project to widen a 7-mile stretch of Old Pasco Road, from State Road 52 to County Road 54, which is also known as Wesley Chapel Boulevard. The widening had been included in the long-range plan as far back as 2014, but was subsequently dropped. Now, it’s back in. The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization board unanimously approved … [Read more...]

BayCare continues quest for Wesley Chapel hospital

BayCare Health Systems is pushing forward in its quest to open a new hospital in Wesley Chapel, despite a challenge filed by AdventHealth’s hospitals in Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills and Dade City. Speaking on BayCare’s behalf, Todd Jones recently outlined the health care system’s plans for a 60-bed hospital that would be built on a 111-acre site at the northeast quadrant of Interstate 75 and … [Read more...]

Architect selected for $48 million technical education center

The Pasco County School Board has selected Hepner Architects Inc., to provide architectural services for the design of the new east-central Pasco technical center the district plans to build. The facility, which has a construction budget of $48 million, is planned for the northeast corner of Handcart Road and Fairview Heights Road, in Wesley Chapel. Hepner’s fee includes architectural … [Read more...]