New emergency room services available for local residents

Two new emergency rooms have opened in Pasco County, giving local residents more convenient choices in times of need. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel opened the doors to its new free-standing Florida Hospital Central Pasco ER in Land O’ Lakes, located offsite from the hospital, on State Road 54, just east of the Suncoast Parkway. The hospital expanded its health services in order to serve … [Read more...]

The Lutz Depot, by design

Those wishing to escape the oppressive heat during the Fourth of July festivities in Lutz may have decided to check out a train show inside the Lutz Branch Library. If I they did, they could have seen an exhibit presented by the Suncoast American Flyer Enthusiasts. And, perhaps they would have had a chance to chat with Eugene Vrooman, one of the club’s members. If they did, Vrooman … [Read more...]

Lake Park closed until further notice

Lake Park, a popular park in Lutz, has been closed until further notice because of a sinkhole. At this time, the sinkhole is 6 feet across and approximately 90 feet deep, according to Michelle Van Dyke, a spokeswoman for Hillsborough County. The county has closed the park, at 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway, in an abundance of caution to protect public safety, Van Dyke said. The county … [Read more...]

Hanukkah combines history and Jewish holiday spirit

Most people don't know a lot about Hanukkah. They know it's a Jewish holiday. They know that there are candles, and that it goes on for several days. They know it involves presents and usually occurs around Christmas. But, it’s a lot more than that, said Mitchell Weiss, executive director for Congregation Kol Ami. "It's a story of miracle. It's a story of survival," he said. It's a story … [Read more...]

Jewish community reflects, atones on Yom Kippur

Congregation Mekor Shalom, 14005A N. Dale Mabry Highway, has grown to more than 100 households since it was founded a little more than two years ago. Members come from Lutz, from Land O' Lakes, from Wesley Chapel, from Zephyrhills, and many other parts of Tampa Bay. And most of those households, if not all, will be stopping in on Wednesday, during the one time on the calendar where everyone … [Read more...]

Fourth of July sparkles with patriotism

Patriotism was on full display at the Independence Day festivities in Lutz. Whether they were part of the parade, or on the sidelines watching, people came wearing red, white and blue — and were ready to celebrate. The nation’s colors showed up everywhere. They were on flags, in hair ribbons, on cowboy boots and emblazoned on the front of semi-trucks. The parade, a community … [Read more...]

Real swings on computer courses

When Jeff Sproat was offered a chance to play a golf simulator a few years ago, he wasn't interested. He was a real golfer who played real courses. What interest could he have in a simulation of the game he loved? Then, he tried it. "I ended up spending about three hours in there. I got hooked," Sproat recalled. Years later, it's become more than his hobby. It's his … [Read more...]

Rankin hopes a lifetime in Lutz means a Guv’na win

Jennifer Rankin was supposed to be a Lutz Guv'na candidate in 2014, but something came up. It was her daughter, Abigail. "I wanted to do it last year, and I got pregnant. She was born in August," Rankin explained. "In July, I would have been eight months pregnant at the Fourth of July parade." Since she would have spent her entire campaign in the latter stages of pregnancy, Rankin decided to … [Read more...]

Famous Tate plans new store in Lutz

The Tampa-based appliance and mattress store Famous Tate is looking to build its 10th location in central Pasco County, within arm's reach of Walmart along U.S. 41. Executives of the small retail chain are scheduled to meet with county officials Dec. 16 to discuss opening a 14,000-square-foot store on Land O' Lakes Boulevard, in an outparcel just south of Walmart, not far from where Dale Mabry … [Read more...]

Holiday happenings abound: Prepare to have fun

Whether it’s a stroll along Christmas Card Lane in Lutz, tree lighting festivities in Zephyrhills, synchronized tree lights and music at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, or a magical Christmas parade in Dade City — there are plenty of holiday events in coming weeks to put on your calendars. Several events are planned in anticipation of the holidays in Lutz. Shoppers looking for a … [Read more...]