Suncoast Arts Fest getting ready for really, really big show

Fine Arts of the Suncoast Inc., is getting ready for this 13th annual Suncoast Arts Fest — featuring 110 artists from across the country and Canada. The event, held at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, is scheduled for Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. When the weather is good, the two-day event has drawn up to 80,000 visitors, said Jennifer Douglas, the festival manager. She noted that … [Read more...]

Meadow Pointe residents rally against 7-Eleven

A proposal to build a 7-Eleven at the intersection of Mansfield Boulevard and County Line Road is on hold while developers decide their next step. Pasco County commissioners on Jan. 9, and members of the county’s Development Review Committee, on Jan. 11, both voted to continue public hearings on the matter until “a time uncertain.” Area residents of Meadow Pointe II hope the project won’t … [Read more...]

Chambers on the move

The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce each now have new homes. The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce is settling into its new location at 1868 Highland Oaks Blvd., Suite A. The office is in the Highland Oaks Medical Center, off State Road 54, in Lutz. The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce has a new address in Harbour Village, at … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff’s Office expands youth Explorer program

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Explorer program, which teaches local youth different aspects of law enforcement, is expanding its reach to include middle-schoolers between the ages of 11 to 13. The Junior Explorer Unit— referred to as Explorer Post 915—builds on the agency’s original Explorer Post 916. Chartered by the Boy Scouts of America, these original Explorers are young adults, ages 14 to 21, … [Read more...]

Homeless Coalition CEO understands tough times

Don Anderson, the new chief executive officer for The Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County, doesn’t have to look far to understand what it’s like to experience poverty. “I come from very humble beginnings. My dad didn’t finish eighth grade. My mom didn’t finish high school. He worked three jobs. “We had a hard time keeping a car going, let alone pay the rent every month. “I … [Read more...]

Celebrating a day to honor trees

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. As a formal holiday, it was first observed in 1872, in Nebraska, but tree planting festivals are as old as civilization. The tree has appeared throughout history and literature as the symbol of life. The idea for Arbor Day in the United States originated in Nebraska City, … [Read more...]

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dade City held festivities over the weekend to commemorate the birthday and honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The city had a parade, followed by a unity prayer on the steps of Historic Pasco County Courthouse. That evening there was a banquet, with proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund. Other festivities planned included an MLK Commemorative … [Read more...]

Cedar Key offers healing balm, restful calm

Some say the watery views make Cedar Key a comforting place to visit. Others credit the shorebirds - great blue herons, snowy egrets, white pelicans and roseate spoonbills - for creating a calm now rare in so much of Florida. Some claim the trees - giant, moss-draped live oaks, gnarly cedars, cabbage palms and junipers - promote peacefulness. Others attribute the serenity to the fact … [Read more...]

Local man reaches ‘Hall of Fame’ status with relief charity

When Mike Mira headed to the Noon Rotary Club Zephyrhills meeting nearly six years ago, he didn’t know it was going to change his life. But, when the Zephyrhills man heard the presentation from ShelterBoxUSA representatives, he knew he wanted to get involved. The presentation came about 18 months after the earthquake in Haiti, Mira said. ShelterBox, which is an international … [Read more...]

Keystone Park slated for upgrades

Major upgrades are on tap for the Keystone Park & Recreation Center in Odessa. A renovated community center, expanded playground, resurfaced tennis courts and the creation of a walking trail with exercise stations are some of the higher priorities for a $2.5 million improvement project. Additional parking, along with drainage and lighting improvements, are also expected from the … [Read more...]