Pantry provides food for those in need

The Helping Hands Choice Food Pantry at Atonement Lutheran Church of Wesley Chapel began more than a decade ago with a simple goal — to feed the hungry. Carl Haberland came up with the idea. “He had this dream that he was supposed to feed people in need,” said Carla Haberland, who has led the church’s food pantry efforts since her husband’s death in 2011. “It started out with a … [Read more...]

Decision delayed on Quail Hollow

Pasco County commissioners, for a second time, pushed off a decision on the fate of the Quail Hollow Golf Course. In a 3-2 vote, they opted to continue the issue until June 6 at 1:30 p.m. in Dade City. The intent is to give the golf course owner and Quail Hollow homeowners more time to settle differences. But, there is a wide gulf between an owner who wants to redevelop his unprofitable … [Read more...]

Age 55-and-older community gets private road

Developers and residents often clash when it comes to land issues. But, on two issues involving roads relating to a proposed 55-and-older, gated community — there was a rare moment when both sides agreed. And, the developers and residents got the response they wanted from Pasco County commissioners, too. One issue involved eliminating the extension of Five Farms Avenue, that would connect … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel team ready to take on the world

They’re just in elementary school, but these children are already learning about the trade-offs in life. They’re also getting a firsthand experience regarding the importance of preparation, and they’re finding out that even the smallest of details can alter the outcome in a competition. These seven children are members of Wesley Chapel Elementary School’s “Catch Us If You Can” team, and … [Read more...]

Students vie in entrepreneurial competition

Timothy Hernandez noticed a problem, and he set about to solve it. Not too long ago, the 17-year-old Zephyrhills High School senior was undergoing safety training as a YMCA pool lifeguard. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) masks kept falling off during tutorials. “It was a real inconvenience,” he said. Strap-based CPR masks didn’t fare much better, said Hernandez, who currently … [Read more...]

Redevelopment project teed up for a vote

Residents of Quail Hollow subdivision packed the boardroom at the Historic Pasco County Courthouse seeking to persuade county commissioners not to allow a developer to swap a golf course for houses. “It betrays the existing residents who have expectations of a golf course remaining. It (houses) would change the character and sense of place of our neighborhood,” said Edward Glime, who lives in … [Read more...]

Solutions sought for Pasco’s congestion

A task force that will help decide the future of State Road 54 and State Road 56 has taken preliminary steps to set up a schedule and agree on a list of potential road designs meant to improve traffic along the busy corridors. The 17-member task force will serve as advisory board to the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization. It held an organizational meeting on April 20 at Rasmussen … [Read more...]

Seeking connections between counties

Pasco County planners hope a study will point the way to consensus on whether to open more north/south roads that link Pasco and Hillsborough counties. More than 100 people attended a public meeting on the topic on April 18 at Pasco-Hernando State College, off Mansfield Boulevard. The boulevard dead-ends at the county line, just before reaching Kinnan Street, a two-lane, divided roadway in … [Read more...]

It’s prom time at the Spring Fling Buddy Ball

Octavia Frost sat patiently through make-up and hair styling, as her Best Buddies’ student volunteer, Zyandria Vega, created just the right look for a special occasion - the Spring Fling Buddy Ball. She wore a dark blue gown of her choosing for the annual prom at Wesley Chapel High School. And, when she walked into the school's gymnasium, Frost, 18, was no wallflower. She and dozens of … [Read more...]

Sports complex wins crucial approval

Pasco County commissioners agreed to push ahead with a proposal from RADD Sports to build a $25 million sports complex at Wiregrass Ranch. About $15 million in funding would be from a bank loan, secured with a proposed 2 percent increase in the county’s tourism tax. Nearly $11 million would come from previously pledged tourism dollars, and sales tax revenues. County commissioners … [Read more...]