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...]

Pine View achieves IB designation

Pine View Middle School has become the first public school in Pasco County to be authorized as an IB Middle Years Programme World School. Principal Jennifer Warren and members of the school’s staff recently attended the Pasco County School Board’s meeting, where they were congratulated for their accomplishment. The school received a letter dated May 30 from Siva Kumari, director general of … [Read more...]

A trip to Ireland helps to inspire a 17-year-old in Land O’ Lakes

Amanda Finn would be the first to admit she’s more than a wee bit shy. But, the young woman from Land O’ Lakes said that a trip to Ireland last summer has helped to build her confidence, and now, the teenager is off on her second trip to the Emerald Isle. She won scholarships both last year and this year for the summer leadership camp in Galway through her participation in the Florida Junior … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel couple launches tourism-themed podcast

Wesley Chapel’s Andy and Shannon Herbon love exploring Florida — then sharing those experiences with anybody who’ll listen. As often as they can, the Herbons and their two young children venture across the state to visit theme parks and state parks, beaches, springs and waterfalls, hidden gems and other attractions. From the Florida Panhandle, to St. Augustine, to Miami — they’ll go just … [Read more...]

More programs, initiatives, on tap at PHSC, provost says

Pasco-Hernando State College — which recently has been recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for its return on educational investment — continues to add new programs and initiatives. That was the message that Dr. Stan Giannet, the college’s provost, delivered to a crowd at a recent Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Golden Corral. The state college … [Read more...]

Love of community, and chamber, inspires honorary mayor

When Judi Fisher decided to run for the title of honorary mayor of Land O’ Lakes she realized she was making a sizable commitment. That’s because she knew it would require a considerable amount of time and energy to conduct and attend fundraisers to win the title. And, if she won, she knew she would be spending an entire year attending ribbon cuttings, celebrating milestones and showing her … [Read more...]

Training underway for Pasco school safety guards

Bang. Bang. Bang. The echoing sound of simulated rounds of ammunition permeate throughout Rushe Middle School in Land O’ Lakes on a recent late June afternoon. One by one, school safety guard trainees, with 9mm pistols drawn, carefully and methodically traverse stairwells and hallways, checking classrooms, searching to take out a fake assailant armed with an AR-15. As each active … [Read more...]

Empty Nesters Find Bexley a Hidden Gem

With their children grown, Monique and Monty Trice were looking for a dream home that both they and their visiting families could enjoy. After months of searching in communities south of Tampa, they decided to focus on finding a place closer to their existing townhome in Westchase. Their search led them to Bexley in Land O’ Lakes.  After exploring the new Pasco County community, just off State … [Read more...]

Baby Boomers Await Del Webb Bexley

If you’re a baby boomer looking to retire in the next few years, imagine a 55-plus community that offers an active lifestyle located within one of Tampa Bay’s most desirable master-planned communities, where your children and grandchildren live just minutes away. This is the vision Del Webb is bringing to Pasco County, in the Land O’ Lakes’ community of Bexley — a 1,825-acre development by … [Read more...]

You’re Invited to Independence Day – Connerton Style!

Connerton is extending an invitation for Tuesday, July 3, to all who want to join in an Old-Fashioned Independence Day celebration. The community is kicking off the biggest holiday of the summer with its fifth annual Nation Celebration. The festivities are free and take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you’re looking for some good, old-fashioned fun, then gather family and friends and head to … [Read more...]