Additional money sought for new library project

Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey is pushing Pasco County to increase funding for a new library, which is part of a collaborative project between the county and Pasco County Schools. The project is to be built in the Starkey Ranch development, located on the ranch formerly owned by Starkey’s family. The project includes a kindergarten through eighth grade school expected to open in … [Read more...]

New community park planned in North Tampa

A new family friendly county park is coming this fall to the Greater Carrollwood area. After nearly a year of finalizing its conceptual design, construction is slated to begin next month on the new Carrollwood Village Community Park, at 13055 Delwood Road in Tampa. The park replaces the site of the Dale Mabry Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is situated on 50 acres along the west side of … [Read more...]

Carrollwood Village park project pushes forward

With funding secured for a new community park in Carrollwood Village, the next step is finalizing the project’s conceptual design. The 50-acre Carrollwood Village Community Park is set to replace the Dale Mabry Wastewater Treatment Plant once it goes offline, and the land is converted to a green space. The property is situated west of North Dale Mabry Highway, south of West Village Drive … [Read more...]

Band has big dreams and bold ambitions

They haven’t had many big gigs yet, but the band that calls itself Beyond Chaotic hopes that will change soon. In fact, the six-member band is planning to travel to Orlando next month to audition for “America’s Got Talent.” Band members say they know it’s a big stage, and they admit they’re a bit nervous, but they want to go for it. After all, they’re trying to build their fan … [Read more...]

There’s plenty of cheer to spread around this season

If you’re looking for a way to get into a festive mood, you won’t have to look very far. There are loads of celebrations planned throughout The Laker/Lutz News’ coverage area. A familiar community landmark will be decked out again for the holidays for the 19th annual Christmas at the Old Lutz School. Rooms are dressed up with holiday décor and community groups provide … [Read more...]

Art quilts show off Tampa Bay history

Joanne Rodriguez knew immediately which historical Tampa landmark she wanted to create on her appliqued quilt – the image of the iconic minarets at the University of Tampa. “When I came down to Florida in the 1980s, I just thought they were so beautiful,” said the Wisconsin native. “It’s very Tampa.” Her quilt is one of several on display through June at an art exhibit – “Memories of … [Read more...]

Speakers shed light on health care challenges

Patients and providers offered insights into obstacles relating to the treatment of people living with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis during a recent roundtable hosted by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis. Bilirakis, who is a member of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health, hosted a roundtable focusing on neurological conditions on May 6 at the Carrollwood Cultural … [Read more...]

Club offers venue for artistic growth

Artists always need venues to display their art and kindle their passion for creativity. The Zephyrhills Art Club has been a friend to the local art scene for nearly 40 years, encouraging both budding and professional artists. “It’s hard to find a place to show your work,” said Gainor Roberts, art instructor and retired art curator for the Carrollwood Cultural Center. “(The club) is great … [Read more...]

Funny business: Local graduate returns to headline comedy show

Working comedians — the ones who aren’t famous yet — tend to take whatever gigs they can get. Sometimes that means half-empty bars, or coffee shops or off-nights in a tiny comedy club. In Steven Lolli’s case, it meant a clothing-optional resort in Land O’ Lakes 10 years ago. “It was one of the worst shows I’ve ever had in my life,” he said, recalling the scene at Caliente Resorts off … [Read more...]