Families find out about options at Summer Camp Expo

Parents dropped by information booths to learn about all sorts of summer options for their kids at the second annual Family Friendly Summer Camp Expo on March 24. While parents found out more about potential summer camps and activities for their kids, the kids took advantage of the event, too. Children could get an Easter egg from the Easter bunny, pick up treats at various booths, or … [Read more...]

Expo offers families summer options for kids

It’s a perennial challenge for families: Finding the best way to keep their child, or children, occupied during the summer months. That’s why Miriam Cook, founder of Family Friendly Tampa Bay, organized an expo that aims to bring parents and providers of summer camps, and other activities, together. “My whole goal is to arm people with information, with resources, so that they can make … [Read more...]

Searching for a superstar in Tampa Bay

American Idol is a cultural phenomenon. The reality television show is known for launching major singing careers for Idol winners, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. And, even reaching the top 10 can be life-changing. Jennifer Hudson, for instance, finished seventh in 2004, but went on to win an Oscar for the movie musical, “Dream Girls,” and remains a superstar. So, future singing … [Read more...]

Expo offers summer camp lowdown

The season of summer camps is just around the corner. That means parents are facing a daunting task of sifting through dozens of options to settle on the summer camps that work best for them and their children. This year, Family-Friendly Tampa Bay is launching its first Family-Friendly Camp Expo on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event will be at Florida Hospital Center Ice, at 3173 … [Read more...]

Ice arena offers plenty of room, action

There’s no shortage of activities — or room— at the newly minted Florida Hospital Center Ice. From learning to skate, to playing hockey and curling, there’s plenty to do at the much-ballyhooed facility, which measures 150,500 square feet. On Jan. 28, during the facility’s opening weekend, hundreds of youth and adults packed into what has been described as “the largest ice sports facility in … [Read more...]

Hockey complex making progress

After a few setbacks, the Florida Hospital Center Ice complex may open sometime before Labor Day. Initially, the opening for the $20 million project, at 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., had been slated for last October. However, weather and installation of the refrigeration system pushed back the timetable for the 150,000-square foot complex. Developer Gordie Zimmerman, of Z Mitch, said the … [Read more...]

Hockey complex to open in spring

An anticipated opening for the Florida Hospital Center Ice complex will be delayed until spring 2016, largely due to a slower than expected wait on permitting. Gordie Zimmermann, a partner in Z Mitch, said he expects construction to resume in the next weeks, with a scheduled completion in the first quarter of 2016. “We’re in good shape,” Zimmermann said. Initially, the opening for the … [Read more...]

Priority highway projects focus on growth spots

Growth is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to building, widening and re-aligning highways that crisscross Pasco County’s landscape. Most highways in the county move north and south. It is the east to west connections that are often missing or out-of-date. The recently approved 2015 Priority List of Highway Projects tapped into that scenario. The Florida Department of … [Read more...]

Restaurant wings into Wesley Chapel

Buffalo Wild Wings will open its doors in time for the Fourth of July celebrations. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for July 3, with the first full week of operation kicking off July 6, said Dana Balch, the restaurant’s general manager. “We are super excited,” he said. “It’s been a long time in the making.” Residents have come up to Balch and his staff for weeks when they have been … [Read more...]

Florida Hospital Center Ice skates into view

A naming contest for the ice rink complex under construction in Wesley Chapel drew some 200 suggestions. And, the winner is: Florida Hospital Center Ice. The name and logo were unveiled May 14 by Florida Hospital representatives and Gordie Zimmermann whose company, Z Mitch, is building the 150,000-square-foot ice rink and sports complex. The name is fitting, said Zimmermann, because … [Read more...]