Wesley Chapel library to be remodeled this fall

Community locals gathered at the New River Branch Library to learn of Pasco County’s plans to renovate the building’s interior and exterior. The April 25 meeting was also an opportunity for the public to voice any questions, concerns or ideas regarding the project. The library is one of seven branches that will undergo makeovers with funding provided by a general obligation bond … [Read more...]

Attend a Kentucky Derby party, and help local groups

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby and raise money for area rotary clubs and the Pasco Education Foundation. The event, which is open to the public, is set for May 4 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will have a chance to roll cigars and dance to music by the Strictly Bizness band. Those who enjoy donning fancy attire can also compete for awards for the best hat or best dressed … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel plays host to disabled hockey festival

More than 1,000 athletes representing more than 100 teams from dozens of states recently converged on Wesley Chapel, testing their mettle in the world’s largest indoor disabled ice sporting event. AdventHealth Center Ice played host to the 15th annual USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival, marking the second straight year the event has called home the multi-rink Wesley Chapel hockey … [Read more...]

Survey asks for input on Wesley Chapel road connections

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization is asking for the public’s input as it evaluates three potential roadway connections between Wesley Chapel and Hillsborough County. Residents are encouraged to review the proposed options, and to provide feedback through an online survey, according to a news release from Pasco County. The three potential connections are: Between … [Read more...]

Grieving parents want to offer comfort to others

Months after losing their infant son, Alissa Rodriguez and Ryan Mellor have donated to AdventHealth Zephyrhills the same kind of device that helped provide them comfort in the hours immediately following Collin’s death. During a March 26 ceremony at the hospital, the Wesley Chapel couple provided a CuddleCot to be used by other families that are going through the same tragic circumstances that … [Read more...]

Pasco youth to perform in ‘Aladdin’ musical

Get ready to experience the theatrical version of an iconic film, as the New Tampa Players host the performance of “Aladdin Jr.” In addition to being an adaptation of the motion picture “Aladdin,” the play also draws from the Broadway musical. The performances are set for April 5 at 8 p.m.; April 6 at 7 p.m.; and April 7 at 3 p.m. New Tampa Players has worked with the Penguin Project … [Read more...]

International music composer calls Wesley Chapel home

When it comes to music, Wesley Chapel’s Nick Coetzee does a little bit of everything. He’s a songwriter. He’s a composer. He’s a producer. He’s a worship leader. “I love being creative,” Coetzee said. “I love doing something different every day.” An ear for melodies has led to a lasting 30-year career that’s taken him pretty far — literally. Born and raised in South Africa, … [Read more...]

Club encourages a love for reading

The GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman's Club was looking for a way to support the GFWC Florida Director Project, ‘Book Heroes,’ and decided to make a Little Free Library, a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange, for the community. Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, book exchanges number more than 80,000 around the world in 91 countries, according to … [Read more...]

State Road 56 extension to Zephyrhills is progressing

Pasco County’s efforts to extend State Road 56 from Meadow Pointe Boulevard to U.S. 301 are advancing, as construction is now in the latter phases of development. “The main thing is the local connection between Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel,” stated Gregory Deese, resident engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation. The project, which began two years ago, will offer motorists a … [Read more...]

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...]