Study continues on Wesley Chapel congestion

The Metropolitan Planning Organization heard a report about the Wesley Chapel Roadway Connection project — along with pros and cons on various aspects of potential roadway connections during the board’s Dec. 13 meeting. The presentation was for information only, with no action taken by the board. Meghan McKinney, of the AECOM organization, has been collaborating with the MPO to conduct … [Read more...]

New connection being eyed between Mansfield and Kinnan

Pasco County officials aren’t taking a position as yet on tearing away barricades, and connecting Kinnan Street and Mansfield Boulevard. Hillsborough County officials, however, are budgeting $250,000 to get the job done. Hillsborough’s budget decision won’t influence Pasco’s decision, according to Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. Pasco wants to know the results of a study that it … [Read more...]

Check out information, and fun, at local libraries

A new year always offers a fresh chance to become more disciplined, learn new things, explore new hobbies and have more fun. All that, and more, awaits visitors to local libraries. Besides a vast collection of books, CDs, DVDs and digital offerings, libraries host scores of events every month. So, depending on your interests or your needs, you can often find just what you’re seeking … [Read more...]

A new fire station is coming to New Tampa

Residents of New Tampa will get a new fire station in 2017, amid a boom in development and population growth. Other proposed capital improvement projects include upgrading playground equipment at New Tampa Recreation Center and installing CCTV cameras along Cross Creek Boulevard to help regulate traffic signals and ease congestion. “The growth here has been tremendous,” said Tampa City … [Read more...]

Having fun, and learning, at the library

There’s more than just books to check out It won’t be long before school bells ring in a new year, but before they do, there’s still ample opportunity to have fun at local libraries during summer break. There also are plenty of ways — besides books — to learn at local libraries. For instance, people who wanted to learn more about the work that police officers do had a chance to do … [Read more...]

Walking soccer league begins in New Tampa

Colin Eke was fed up with playing soccer. The 60-year-old was tired of the nagging injuries and the over-aggressiveness of “younger lads” he regularly played against. After undergoing several operations — including Achilles and knee surgeries, plus a hip replacement — Eke decided about four years ago that it was best to stop playing the game he still loves. “I hung my boots up,” said Eke, … [Read more...]

Hillsborough libraries offer summer fun

Families looking for ways to help occupy their children during the summer may want to check out the events offered through Hillsborough County’s public libraries in north Hillsborough County. Some events scheduled in coming weeks include puppet shows, art programs and robotics. One coming attraction, offered through the Lutz Branch Library, is “Wild Florida, Alive,” a show that will be … [Read more...]

This coffee shop serves more than coffee

  The coffee shop at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch calls itself a Dash of Salt ‘n Pepper, but its customers say the foods this shop offers go far beyond those basic spices. Tawnika Green, a 20-year-old full-time student at the Porter Campus, set to graduate May 6, said she has enjoyed the convenience of being able to grab a meal on campus. She … [Read more...]

HART wants public input on Route 51X changes

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority is hosting two community meetings and a public hearing about changes the organization expects to make to a popular bus route that links Pasco County to downtown Tampa. HART has three options that it's considering for its Route 51X. The first would be to continue morning and afternoon express service between Pasco and downtown Tampa, providing hourly … [Read more...]