Figure skating heats up in Wesley Chapel

As Tampa Bay becomes synonymous with hockey this time of year, another ice-based sport is heating up in the region. For the first time, the Florida Sports Foundation selected Pasco County to be the host community for the annual Sunshine State Games Figure Skating Championships. The competition took place at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, from May 18 through May 20. The … [Read more...]

Two Unique Pulte Communities Designed For Families

Pulte Homes offers two distinct communities for families wanting a new home in the areas most desirable north of Tampa. Birchwood Preserve in Lutz and Starkey Ranch in Odessa offer multiple floor plans designed for the way families live today, with Pulte’s unique Life Tested® home designs. Plus, both communities provide lifestyle amenities from everything to swimming pools with cabana seating … [Read more...]

Light rail is top Tampa Bay choice for transit

A light rail system running beside Interstate 275 is the top choice for transit in a study that identifies potential projects in the Tampa Bay region, according to rankings from the Regional Transit Feasibility Plan. The route would link Wesley Chapel to Tampa and St. Petersburg, with a stop at the University of South Florida. The second choice would follow the same route but rely on “rubber … [Read more...]

Local athlete relishes national team experience

Alexis Kilfoyl has had a busy summer, as a member of the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Training Team. The Academy at the Lakes pitching sensation is one of just 24 athletes on the prestigious roster, which features some of the nation’s top players under 19 years old. After a weeklong training camp in mid-June, Kilfoyl and her Team USA comrades participated in a round of … [Read more...]

Nudist tourism needs more exposure

Pasco County is the nudist capital of Florida. The state of Florida is the nudist capital of North America. But, the clothing-optional lifestyle is an often overlooked tourism market that contributes $7.4 billion to the state’s economy annually, according to a report from the American Association of Nudist Recreation. The association wants to put the spotlight on missed economic … [Read more...]

Enjoying a free concert with mom

Mother's Day is coming up. That probably means flowers and a card for your mom, your spouse or someone you know who is a mom. And that sounds like a nice way to recognize them: Flowers and a card. Not very creative, of course. Maybe a little boring when you think about it. But nice, I guess. The question is, do you want to be boring, or do you want mom to know she's special? Does she really … [Read more...]

Swimming against all odds

Thomas Casey will be making his 16th swim this year to raise money for people battling cancer. Casey, 57, flies to his hometown of Bridgeport, Connecticut each summer to participate in the annual SWIM Across the Sound — a 15.5-mile swim marathon stretching from Port Jefferson, New York to Bridgeport — helping to raise $2.5 million each year. It wasn’t until 2012, though, that he found out … [Read more...]

Former Lutz Guv’na is now Saucy Queen

It all began with a carrot. Well, a basket of carrots, actually. Carrots were the vegetable of the week at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz, and everyone was encouraged to come up with an idea to make vegetables more enticing for kids. Michele Northrup, who works at the charter school, decided to combine the sweetness of carrots with the heat of peppers to concoct a gourmet hot … [Read more...]

Russian politics played a role in San Antonio train depot

The history of a train depot building in San Antonio is rooted in political uncertainty in Russia roughly 135 years ago. On Feb. 17, 1880, a second assassination attempt on Emperor Alexander II occurred in the imperial dining room of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Terrorists blew up the dining room, killing or maiming 67 people – but the emperor wasn’t present during the … [Read more...]

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North turns five

When St. Joseph’s Hospital-North opened its doors five years ago, it was the first new hospital built in Hillsborough County in 30 years. “Our goal was to provide a health care alternative in this community because there really weren’t many alternatives,” said Paula McGuiness, president of the hospital, at 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz.. “It was an underdeveloped medical infrastructure, if you … [Read more...]