Little authors are celebrated in a big way

It’s not every day that someone becomes a published writer — and that’s especially true of second-graders. So, staff members at Land O’ Lakes Christian School weren’t about to let the moment pass by without a good bit of fanfare. The children in Christy Hoynoski’s class were celebrated in a big way at a party in the school’s lunchroom on the day their book, “If I Were An Animal,” arrived … [Read more...]

Continued growth expected for Pasco’s housing market, expert says

Pasco County is in a rapidly growing region, so more growth is expected, a national real estate expert said last week at an event organized by the Central Pasco Association of Realtors. Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research for the National Association of Realtors, made his first visit to Pasco County, to address more than 150 real estate professionals gathered at … [Read more...]

Dr. Susan A. MacManus retires from USF

When Dr. Susan A. MacManus recently headed to the front of Room 128, in the Social Science Building on the University of South Florida campus — it was to deliver the final lecture of her 47-year teaching career. Her regular students were there, but there were visitors, too — former students who wanted to be there to share the moment. MacManus offered her thoughts about the coming Mid-Terms, … [Read more...]

Corley discusses voting system reliability, security

With primary and general elections on tap later this year — and the recent completion of the municipal election — Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley wants local residents to know their vote always counts. His message: “Sleep well at night; we’ve got it covered.” Corley was the featured speaker at the Republican Club of Central Pasco’s recent monthly meeting, where he spoke … [Read more...]

Browning reports on school issues

Practically no education-related topic was off limits during Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning’s recent visit with The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. At a recent breakfast meeting at the The Edwinola, Browning touched on everything from teacher pay and performance standards, to acceleration programs and school safety. “We live in a crazy day and time in education,” … [Read more...]

Helping a community to lift itself up

Drive up to Life Community Center and you’ll find a crowded parking lot. That’s because there’s a lot going on in the modular building, at 6542 Applewood Drive in Wesley Chapel, which is affiliated with Life Community Church, formerly known as Victorious Life Church. For instance, there’s a weekly community luncheon on Tuesdays in the modular building, and anyone is welcome to drop in … [Read more...]

State Road 54 West booming with development

State Road 54, east of U.S. 41, tends to hog the spotlight on new development. After all, it is home to premium commercial shopping meccas, including Tampa Premium Outlets and the now-rising star of Cypress Creek Town Center. Brightworks Crossing, an apartment and retail project, is going up at Wesley Chapel Boulevard and State Road 54. And, other area development includes Florida Hospital … [Read more...]

Crocheting kindness

When nurse Doris Michel put the bunny ears cap on 1 ½-day-old Maksim Damjanovich’s head, the baby looked adorable, and the nurse beamed with joy. This is the third time that a member of the Damjanovich family has received a crocheted cap after being born at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, at 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz. “We think it’s really special,” said Alison Damjanovich, of Tampa … [Read more...]

Renowned hiker to share his stories in Tampa

Twenty years after he hiked the Appalachian Trail, Jeff Alt’s expedition lives on. Alt hiked an average of 17 miles a day, for nearly five months in 1998, to walk 2,160 miles, from Springer Mountain, in Georgia, to Mount Kadahdin, in Maine. Hiking the Appalachian Trail was not only a personal goal but also a way to support people with developmental disabilities, including Alt’s brother, … [Read more...]

Author recounts childhood in apartheid South Africa

Rachel Odhner Longstaff’s earliest memory of South Africa is an engine fire and an aborted plane flight near the end of a long journey from Pennsylvania to the city of Durban in the KwaZulu Natal province. “I remember being carried from the plane by a huge black man under an umbrella,” said Longstaff. “I think he was the first African I had seen.” She was a 3-year-old. Her father was … [Read more...]