Turning dirty trash bins into a thriving business

Jennifer Trudel takes her work seriously. If that means crawling inside a trash bin to scrape off that last bit of grunge, she’s there. In fact, on first-time service calls, that extra scrubbing is a take-it-to-the-bank guarantee. “I just want to get it clean,” she said. “I’m an A-type personality.” She also is an entrepreneur in a cleaning service that’s so new that many people … [Read more...]

Public meeting set on roadway connection study

The city of Tampa, Hillsborough County and Pasco County remain at odds over whether Kinnan Street in New Tampa should connect to Mansfield Boulevard in Wesley Chapel. A 450-page draft report, known as the Wesley Chapel Roadway Connection Study, looks at that road project, as well as two other potential intra-county road connections in the Wesley Chapel and State Road 56 area. The study says … [Read more...]

Calls being made to widen Old Pasco Road

Some Pasco County commissioners are now calling for the widening of Old Pasco Road before a proposed business park is built on the road. “I don’t want to see anything built until the road is widened,” Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said during the board’s May 8 meeting. “We need to make sure the entire road is widened. It will be a nightmare for a lot of residents who live across from … [Read more...]

Proposed road connection remains controversial

A proposed 700-home addition to K-Bar Ranch is reopening arguments on the long-debated road connection of Kinnan Street in Hillsborough County and Mansfield Boulevard in Pasco County. Hillsborough and Pasco officials have disagreed over the connector for at least a decade. And, Kinnan and Mansfield remain dead-end roadways separated by a weedy plot of land — about 30 feet to 40 feet … [Read more...]

Three Wesley Chapel teams competing at world finals

Three teams from Wesley Chapel are heading to Iowa State University to compete at the 2018 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, in Ames, Iowa. Some competitors from all three teams already know what it’s like to compete on the world stage. That’s because they were members of Wesley Chapel Elementary, which brought home the top prize. The students on last year’s Wesley Chapel Elementary … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch still practices patient approach to growth

Since the outset of the development of Wiregrass Ranch, the Porter family has used a patient approach to assembling the building blocks of a community. Over time, land once occupied by cattle and orange groves has been transformed. Developments including The Shops at Wiregrass, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, North Tampa Bay … [Read more...]

Wiregrass sports complex will be hurricane-ready

Pasco County received a $2 million federal grant to make the future Wiregrass Sports Arena hurricane-resistant, according to a news release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Pasco’s emergency management department applied for the grant, which will pay for 75 percent of the approximately $2.7 million total cost of hurricane preparedness. “We’re very excited for this opportunity,” … [Read more...]

Charter school offers tech-rich, nontraditional approach

A new charter public school is under construction in the Union Park subdivision, in Wesley Chapel, that will offer a nontraditional approach to education. For one thing, it will be technology rich. For another, it won’t have traditional classroom spaces or furniture. And, even though it encourages the use of technology, students won’t be allowed to bring cellphones to school. Union … [Read more...]

Seeking a sensory room to serve students with autism

Dan Reyes has often witnessed the benefits of a sensory environment for his 13-year-old son, Jacob, who has autism. Each Sunday, his family attends LifePoint Church in New Tampa, which has a sensory room devoted to children with special needs. “He absolutely loves going into that room,” Reyes said. “He’s happy in there. He’s active, and it’s a very engaging room when sometimes other … [Read more...]

Commissioners side with developer in road dispute

The Pasco County Commission has sided with Wiregrass Ranch developers in a dispute with Pasco County Schools over covering the cost for a future road connection to Chancey Road. Commissioners heard an appeal filed by the school district regarding a decision by the county’s Development Review Committee. The committee had approved a new master road plan for Wiregrass that shifts Chancey Road … [Read more...]