Teen’s mobile app aids in communication

Fourteen-year-old Bradley Rothbaum has already created a mobile app that has attracted national recognition. He didn’t have to go far for the source that inspired this achievement. He developed the app in response to his own health dilemma. Bradley was diagnosed with cancer in March 2017. The condition affected  the chewing muscles in his mouth, and within weeks he began … [Read more...]

Pasco library patrons asked to share their ideas

Pasco County Libraries is remaking its seven branches and wants the public to help guide the way. There will be a series of Community Listening Sessions as the design phase of library remodeling gets underway, according to a news release from the county. Anyone with ideas about the planned use of various spaces within the renovated library branches is invited to attend a session to share … [Read more...]

Easter events offer religious observances and family fun

Whether they want to celebrate their faith, take the kids for an egg hunt, or just enjoy some fellowship with church friends — there are plenty of seasonal options throughout The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Check out the listings below. LUTZ What: While We Wait Where: Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54, Lutz When: April 19 at 7 p.m. Cost: Free Details: The musical and … [Read more...]

Painting rocks with a spring theme

The Land O’Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, recently hosted a rock painting event where participants were encouraged to channel their inner artist by painting rocks with a spring theme, in honor of Earth Day. Acrylic paints were used to design bumble bees, ladybugs and garden flowers. The library hosts a rock painting class one Wednesday a month. Earth Day is on April 22. … [Read more...]

Central Pasco changes being considered

A number of land-use and zoning changes are being considered on properties within Central Pasco County. The proposals were considered by the Pasco County Commission and its advisory body, the Pasco County Planning Commission last week. The County Commission: Transmitted to the state Department of Economic Opportunity and reviewing agencies a request to amend the county’s land-use plan … [Read more...]

‘Out & About 2019’ offers fun for the whole family

The Out & About 2019 Expo invites families to find out more about what’s happening locally, and give kids a chance to have some Easter fun. The event, presented by The Laker/Lutz News, is set for April 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. “The No. 1 reason why people read The Laker/Lutz News is because they’re looking … [Read more...]

Seminars aim to empower Pasco women

The first of a three-part series aimed to advance the interests of Pasco County women took place on March 4 at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, on Collier Parkway. All of the meetings, being presented by the Pasco County Commission on the Status of Women and the Pasco County Commission, are being held at the library, and are free and open to the public. The theme of the first part of the … [Read more...]

Pasco readies for big building program

Voter approval of four general obligation bond issues in November has set the stage for a major building program in Pasco County. The bond revenues will go to expand the Pasco County Detention Center; to update and expand fire rescue facilities; to upgrade libraries; and, to spruce up and improve park and recreational facilities. Pasco County staff members briefed commissioners on the timing … [Read more...]

Specialty grocers sprouting up in Pasco

A national trend for smaller, specialty grocery stores is taking hold in Pasco County. Within the next year, Earth Fare, Sprouts Farmers Market, and possibly Lucky’s Market will open grocery stores that specialize in natural, organic and fresh foods. Aldi is planning to open its no-frills, discount grocery stores in Zephyrhills and New Port Richey in 2019. Also, a new store is coming to the … [Read more...]

District park to get recreational center

Back when plans were originally developed for the Wesley Chapel District Park, the intention was to build an indoor recreation center as part of the complex, said Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. “Over time, with the downturn and people were saving money — cutting budget, it never happened,” Moore said. Now, plans for the indoor center are again proceeding for the district park at 7727 … [Read more...]