Thousands get emergency food assistance in Pasco

Thousands of residents from about 14 counties came to the Pasco County Fairgrounds to qualify for emergency assistance in replacing food lost during Hurricane Irma’s power outage. From Nov. 5 through Nov. 8, Pasco County deputies monitored an orderly progression of vehicles that stacked up in both directions along State Road 52, outside Dade City. Traffic moved slowly, but the … [Read more...]

FDOT budgeting future land purchases for 54/41 project

A local task force is expected to make recommendations next year on a traffic fix for the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41, but the Florida Department of Transportation already is budgeting about $32 million for land purchases connected to the project. The funding is slated for fiscal year 2023, as part of the agency’s five-year work plan. The funding for the rights of way for … [Read more...]

Denham Oaks offers patriotic welcome to veterans

Denham Oaks Elementary School was awash in red, white and blue as children and staff offered a warm welcome to about 75 area veterans at a Nov. 10 celebration. As they arrived, a series of signs posted outside the school honored the men and women who have served in the nation’s military. There were posters and other artworks all over campus carrying the same message of … [Read more...]

‘Stocking Stuffers’ spread holiday cheer

They don’t look like elves, but a quartet of International Baccalaureate students from Land O’ Lakes High School has set off on a mission to make the holidays merrier for preschoolers in foster care. The IB students — Deah Bhojani, Geanna Alamares, Ariana Rao and Angelina Rodriguez — dreamed up the idea for an operation they’ve dubbed “Stocking Stuffers.” It’s a simple concept, but the … [Read more...]

Looking for sinkhole solutions

Remedying a massive sinkhole in Land O’ Lakes has taken a minor step forward, four months after it opened and swallowed two homes on Ocean Pines Drive in Lake Padgett. Residents of the Lake Padgett community were presented several preliminary solutions for fixing the sinkhole long-term, during a Nov. 8 meeting at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center. The audience also had the opportunity to … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes park and community center have a new name

The Pasco County Commission has renamed the community center and park in Land O’ Lakes as the Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park. Commissioners adopted the new name on Nov. 7, at the request of Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore. “They are trying to have more of an identity in that area,” said Moore. “I think they’ll be excited by this.” Moore said he consulted with members of the … [Read more...]

The Samaritan Project appoints new leadership

Roxanne Geisenheimer is the new executive director of The Samaritan Project of Zephyrhills, according to a news release from the nonprofit organization. The Samaritan Project is a one-stop program that helps people in Zephyrhills who need help with rent, housing, food and utility bills. Local business owners and the Zephyrhills-Wesley Chapel Ministerial Association started the project in … [Read more...]

It’s the holidays: Time for yummy traditional Southern pies

When it comes to Southern pies, Florida has its famous Key Lime pie. Georgia has a classic Buttermilk Custard pie. And, North Carolina has its Chocolate Chess pie. But when it comes to the fall, seasonal favorites are apple, pecan, pumpkin and sweet potato — in alphabetical order. That’s because the ingredients needed for the seasonal pies are at their peak. And, it turns out that … [Read more...]

Avalon Park West signs first commercial tenant

Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel announced its first commercial tenant for the master-planned community’s “town center.” Power Martial Arts signed a five-year lease for about 2,500 square feet of retail space in Downtown Avalon Park West, according to a news release from Avalon Park Group. A groundbreaking is expected in 2018, with a grand opening in 2019. Power Martial Arts currently … [Read more...]

Get close to the animals at ‘Barnyard Bash’

Families looking for a close encounter with animals may want to check out the “Barnyard Bash” at the Home Sweet Home Animal Rescue in Wesley Chapel. Children and adults, alike, can meet Arnold the Pig, Ollie the Goose, Effie the Goat and other animals at the event on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the rescue, 4129 Fox Ridge Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Besides getting a chance to meet … [Read more...]