Woman’s club forming in Wesley Chapel

When Marie Ambrosino moved to Wesley Chapel last year, she wanted to join a woman’s club for her surrounding community. After all, she had been involved with GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs) organizations for nearly four decades — most recently with the GFWC Woman’s Club of West Broward in South Florida. With the help of social media, word-of-mouth and some other GFWC … [Read more...]

Project aims to improve emergency access

Construction is underway to make it easier for emergency services to get between New Tampa and Wesley Chapel. Mansfield Boulevard is in Wesley Chapel. Kinnan Street is in New Tampa. An improvement will connect the streets, but will be accessible only to first responders. The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board approved the connection last June. It was one … [Read more...]

East Pasco land donated for fire station

The Pasco County Commission passed a resolution at its March 10 meeting recognizing Schikedanz Bros.-Hammock Pines Ltd., for its donation of 3.8 acres for a fire station to improve fire rescue services in East Pasco County. Scott Cassin, fire chief for Pasco County Fire Rescue, expressed appreciation for the gift. The site is just east of Fox Ridge Boulevard, on the south side of State Road … [Read more...]

Students take a stand on the power of voting

Wiregrass Ranch High School’s annual Poetry Slam, for Black History Month, focused on the importance of voting. With the theme “Let Your Voice Be Heard: Vote,” the event also was a tribute to the late Denise Goodridge – the school’s former principal’s secretary. Goodridge passed away last year due to health complications. The Feb. 21 gathering took place in Wiregrass’s … [Read more...]

Spreading smiles, through mini horse therapy

Senior living residents and staff at Beach House at Wiregrass recently welcomed some special guests — a pair of miniature horses and their handlers. The 3-foot-tall ponies, Honey and Belle, stopped by the facility’s memory care center on Feb. 18, to provide therapeutic interaction with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, in the form of comfort, love and smiles. It’s a visit the horses … [Read more...]

inPrep charter school to open this fall

When Innovation Preparatory Academy, a new charter school in Wesley Chapel, opens this fall, it will usher in new opportunities in technology and innovation for students, according to officials at the groundbreaking ceremony last week for the school. “It would be easy just to throw another school building up here. That’s not what you’re going to see,” said Jonathan Hage, the founder, chairman, … [Read more...]

‘Downtown’ coming to Wesley Chapel

Pasco County and Avalon Park Group/sitEX have reached an agreement on a package of incentives aimed at encouraging the development of a new downtown in Wesley Chapel. The plan calls for a new mixed-use, urban-scale development on 215 acres, off State Road 54, in a community now being called Avalon Park Wesley Chapel. Avalon Park Group/sitEX proposes to spend more than $800 million to … [Read more...]

New East Pasco school gets a name

A new high school that will focus on technology, STEM and business programs on the east side of Pasco County will be called the Kirkland Ranch Academy of Innovation. The Pasco County School Board approved that name unanimously during the board’s Feb. 18 meeting. The school is located at Curley Road and Keifer Road in Wesley Chapel on the former Kirkland Ranch property. Program plans for … [Read more...]

Denial recommended on senior care site in Wesley Chapel

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended denial of a request for a conditional use permit to allow a residential treatment facility for up to 30 residents on Pomello Trace in Wesley Chapel. Planning commissioners voted 5-0 against the request by Jordanes Hippolite, who is seeking permission to create an elderly care center, on a site at 29436 Pomella Trace, that’s smaller than a … [Read more...]

Big changes coming to The Grove

The Grove at Wesley Chapel shopping center is in store for a major makeover — something being hyped as a future downtown entertainment district for the growing Pasco County community. Owner and developer Mark Gold unveiled his vision for the property during a North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce luncheon last month. He has sweeping plans for the large, but rather traditional strip mall, which … [Read more...]