Rosebud Continuum approved as a private school

Field trips to Rosebud Continuum are a regular, bi-weekly event for students at Academy at the Lakes during the school year. Students learn about gardening and sustainable practices for an environmentally friendly world. Now, Rosebud’s staff members are preparing for a future that will expand its outreach to more schools. The Pasco County Planning Commission on July 11 approved a … [Read more...]

Take a free garden tour, learn about sustainability

People who enjoy learning more about gardening and getting a better understanding about sustainable practices may want to check out the Rosebud Continuum open house. The free event is set for May 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 22843 Hale Road in Land O’ Lakes. Jerry Comelias, site and educational director for the 14-acre Rosebud Continuum, said the open house is the first full-fledged … [Read more...]

Female firefighter inspires superhero comic

Larry Jarrell was so captivated when he learned of Stephanie Sorensen’s story that he created a web comic heroine based on the Wesley Chapel woman’s life. This isn’t the first time that Sorensen has attracted attention. The volunteer at Fire Station 28 in Land O’ Lakes, placed second in a national campaign to raise awareness of the need for volunteer firefighters. Besides volunteering at … [Read more...]

Volunteer firefighter up for national award

Stephanie Sorenson always had a desire to become a firefighter. But, she was initially hesitant to join the force. Being a female, the Wesley Chapel resident was unsure how she would be accepted within the Pasco County Fire Rescue fraternity. She, too, was unaware of how to become a volunteer firefighter— until she attended a fire safety event at The Shops at Wiregrass more than four years … [Read more...]

Bell Lake and Collier to get turn lanes

Road crews will start work within the next month to construct new turn lanes at Bell Lake Road and Collier Parkway. County officials say the redesign will ease traffic congestion. But, area residents are more than a little skeptical that anything short of a traffic light will solve congestion problems. About 50 people brought their concerns to an Aug. 25 public meeting at the Land O’ … [Read more...]

Circle K buys the Land O’ Lakes Plaza

  Circle K is the new owner of the Land O’ Lakes Plaza, a nearly 50-year-old shopping center along the busy commercial corridor of U.S. 41, at Hale Road. The plaza, built in 1966, is considered to be Land O’ Lakes’ first shopping center. Today, the approximately 2.4-acre plaza is occupied mostly by mom-and-pop enterprises including a barbershop, a liquor store, a café, a nail salon and … [Read more...]

It’s here! $3 gas arrives in Wesley Chapel

It's been years since Florida has seen its average gas prices drop below the $3 mark. And while the state average is not there quite yet, two gas stations in Wesley Chapel was selling gas at $2.99 this past weekend. Those gas stations — the Hess at State Road 54 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, and the cash buyers at Citgo at State Road 54 and Boyette Road — were the lowest in the area, and … [Read more...]