Artistic couple opens home gallery in Wesley Chapel

Upon entering the front door, various colors seem to emanate from all directions. The living room and dining room walls are covered with diverse paintings. The tables are decked with sculptures of different shapes and proportions. More artworks can be found in the bedrooms, too. This is the Wesley Chapel home of Bernard and Gwendolyn Brooks, who moved to the area a year ago from Washington … [Read more...]

Fighting child hunger in Pasco, one backpack at a time

When Amber Chancey and her husband, Paul, moved to Wesley Chapel in 2016, the couple had no idea the impact they would have on their new community. They did know that they wanted the best education for their children, and they also knew that a healthy, balanced meal played a vital role in this. Meanwhile, Susan Coffey, a third-grade teacher, and several colleagues at Double Branch Elementary … [Read more...]

Sharing joy through Operation Christmas Child

Jennifer Hernandez is in the business of spreading love – not just locally, but globally. For the past two years, she and Bridgeway Church, where she attends in Wesley Chapel, have been coordinating their efforts to help kids worldwide in what is known as “Operation Christmas Child.” The nondenominational Christian project was first established in 1993 and is based in North Carolina under the … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel Episcopal Church makes ‘house calls’

When the Rev. Adrienne Hymes was considering ways to reach out into the community surrounding the new Wesley Chapel Episcopal Church, she hit upon an idea that literally involves making house calls. She has made herself available, by appointment, to visit a house or apartment — or business or other gathering space, for that matter, to lead a ceremony to bless the space. Recently, she visited … [Read more...]

Festival offers Halloween fun for all ages in Wesley Chapel

The Wesley Chapel Fall Festival is back again for its 14th year, ready to offer festival-goers a variety of ways to have seasonal fun. Festivities will include a Glow Party, where participants wear glow bracelets and necklaces, while dancing to a live DJ performance. On Oct. 27 at 4 p.m., children are encouraged to come out with their Halloween costumes for Trunk-or-Treat, where they can … [Read more...]

Ten-year-old uses home décor business to pursue Olympic dreams

In the age of GoFundMe campaigns and other fundraisers — where someone is always seemingly always asking for a handout — 10-year-old Hailey Henderson is using her own hands to try to make her dreams come true. The Wesley Chapel youth has launched a home decor business — Hailey Brooke Designs  — stamping personalized books for nearly every occasion. Each sale helps pay for her figure skating … [Read more...]

New fire district a first in Pasco in nearly a decade

Pasco County firefighters, county officials and first responders gathered on Sept. 17 to mark the beginning of construction for a new Wesley Chapel fire station. The groundbreaking ceremony for Station 38, which began at 8 a.m., was held at the fire station’s future location on Overpass Road. The ceremony marked the first addition of a new fire coverage area in Pasco County since … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel schools earn national PTA distinction

Wesley Chapel’s Double Branch Elementary School and Dr. John Long Middle School each have been named a 2018-2020 National PTA School of Excellence. The National PTA organization has a program with specific criteria, allowing schools around the country to be acknowledged for their service to students. The year-long process includes choosing one of three areas of focus: education, health and … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel Girl Scouts empower other youths

Ask members of Girl Scout Troop 473 what they’ve been up to this past year, and they’ll tell you — they’ve been putting smiles on other kids’ faces. The Wesley Chapel troop, comprised of eight girls, has been working toward getting its Silver Project Award since August of 2017. The award requires 50 community service hours, and the young ladies decided to focus on charitable work that was … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel church aims to extend God’s grace to others

If there’s one thing that Jeff Olsen, pastor of Grace Community Church, knows for certain it’s this — the church that he leads is physical proof that God is “able to do exceedingly, abundantly, beyond all that we ask or imagine.” Indeed, that’s part of a Bible verse that Olsen said summarizes the church’s entire quest to build a permanent home at 7107 Boyette Road in Wesley Chapel. “This … [Read more...]