Pasco County adding two street hockey rinks

Pasco County and the Lightning Foundation have partnered on a project that will result in two street hockey rinks in the county, including one in Wesley Chapel. The Pasco County Commission approved the agreement at its Jan. 7 meeting. As part of the deal, the county will spend an estimated $240,000 to build concrete pads and associated infrastructure, which will be turned into street hockey … [Read more...]

Dipping into serenity, beauty and fun

Science tells us if you want to live a longer, healthier life, get out into nature. Take a walk, watch birds fly, reduce your stress by kayaking in tranquil waters - and leave your phone at home. Kayaking, even more so than walking, helps you escape, takes you into watery worlds - worlds far away from highways, noise and worries. Take a kayak trip around here and you’ll likely see … [Read more...]

Collecting litter to help keep Pasco clean

About 340 volunteers fanned out across Land O’ Lakes to pick up litter and trash along the area’s roads, public lands and waterways. They were among the thousands who took part in Pasco County, as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup event on Sept. 21. Volunteers in Dade City, Lacoochee, New Port Richey, Port Richey, Hudson and Holiday also joined in the efforts that were … [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...]

Digital billboard lights up Land O’ Lakes

The digital age of outdoor advertising is coming to central Pasco. Motorists may be familiar with a two-sided “Tri-Vision” billboard on U.S. 41, north of State Road 54. The Champion Outdoor billboard flips through a trio of advertisements on each side, as slats rotate and marketing messages change. But, the area’s first digital billboard is being installed on the west side of the apex where … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes library is open on Mondays again

Pasco County is experiencing rosier days for its 2018 budget, which began Oct. 1. So, the good old days when Pasco County libraries were open on Mondays are on the way back. Two libraries, including the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, had ribbon cuttings on Oct. 16 to celebrate a return to the tradition of Monday library hours. “We’ve been advocating and advocating,” said Elayne Bassinger, … [Read more...]

Urban food park could sprout in Pasco

A St. Petersburg-based entrepreneur is hoping to persuade Pasco County planners that an urban food park would be a boon to the county’s economy and its tourism. Emmanuel Roux, a longtime restaurateur, and his business partners, presented their concept to members of Pasco County’s Citizens Advisory Food Policy Council. They have met with the county’s planners, as well. The project, which … [Read more...]

New Walk celebrates a new church home

When New Walk Church began offering services in 2006, it was located at the YMCA building in Zephyrhills, and had about 120 regular attenders. Now, the church has three locations, totaling roughly 2,000 members, and it is planning to host the grand opening for its new Zephyrhills home at an evening service on Aug. 29 and two morning services on Aug. 30. The new Zephyrhills location is at … [Read more...]

Holy Week ushers in celebrations

Churches across Pasco and Hillsborough counties are gearing up for a wide array of Holy Week events and Easter celebrations. Some churches will do re-enactments of the Last Supper and Good Friday, while others will include egg hunts, pancake breakfasts, barbecue meals and other festivities. Whatever they’re doing, churches are ready to greet regulars and visitors alike, as they … [Read more...]

Local computer whiz spins success

Friends and family knew about his geeky side long before he took the leap into computers and web design as a full-time job. As a teenager, Thomas Giella Jr., built his own computer. “I always helped out people on the side with their computer issues,” he said. He launched his web design and marketing business, Gear Spinners, more than a year ago. Now he has two offshoot companies, … [Read more...]