Bringing holiday cheer to those in need

A ceremony was held at Keystone Community Church last week to bless the tent where people will be dropping off donations for the holidays. The 9 a.m. event, on Nov. 7, was one of six tent blessings taking place simultaneously across Tampa Bay. About three dozen people gathered at the Lutz event, which kicked off the joint effort of Keystone Community Church and First United Methodist … [Read more...]

Swamp Fest enjoys nice weather, good crowds

It wasn’t just fun and games at the 11th annual Swamp Fest in Land O’ Lakes. There was music, food, rides and entertainment, too. “It was incredible weather. We had good crowds,” said Doug Hutchinson, festival coordinator. “Friday night and Saturday night were incredibly busy, and Sunday was very busy,” he said. The crowds were so large, the main parking area was filled at Land O’ … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss ICI Homes’ Statewide Open Houses This Sunday

Visit Asturia, Bexley or FishHawk Ranch to Win $500 Area residents looking for a new home are fortunate to have one of Florida’s most unique semi-custom builders, ICI Homes of Daytona Beach, building in Tampa Bay’s most in-demand communities — Asturia in Odessa, Bexley in Land O’ Lakes and FishHawk Ranch in Lithia. And now, for the first time ever, move-in ready ICI homes in these … [Read more...]

Pasco County all-star football rosters announced

High school football in December? It’s becoming a tradition in Pasco County. Some of the county’s top senior high football players will get to experience Friday night lights one final time, at the 2019 Pasco County East-West Classic. The fifth annual all-star showcase is slated for Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., at Sunlake Field, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The game, organized by the … [Read more...]

Be Wary of Companies That Don’t Specialize In Plumbing

Knowing who to call when one of your home’s primary mechanical systems needs repair —plumbing, electrical and air conditioning — can be overwhelming with so many businesses advertising their services. Complicating your decision is that many A/C companies also offer limited plumbing services to install hot water heaters, a faucet or toilet. Unfortunately, most of these businesses only specialize … [Read more...]

Halloween traditions have an ancient past

It’s that time again this year when many pumpkins are mutilated into grotesque-looking faces. It’s the season of black cats, bats and skeleton decorations. And, it’s that time when little kids, and some adults, too, get dressed in costumes to go trick-or-treating in neighborhoods, or go trunk-or-treating at Halloween events. It’s a night of monsters and princesses, athletes and … [Read more...]

Pasco County School is redrawing boundaries

Turnout was light for a public workshop regarding school boundaries held last week at Wiregrass Ranch High School. Thousands of students will be affected by the proposed changes, but the vast majority of changes relate to Cypress Creek Middle School, which is set to open in the fall of 2020. The school district initially had planned to open both a high school and a middle school on the … [Read more...]

Under Construction 10/16/2019

Tidal Wave car wash Tidal Wave Auto Spa will offer motorists a new car wash, at 3893 Atmore Grove Drive, off North Dale Mabry Highway, in Lutz. It will feature a drive-through lane, free vacuuming service, two payment kiosks, and monthly membership plans. The project is set to be completed and opened later this year.       UF/IFAS Pasco Extension The University of … [Read more...]

Cruise-in for a trip back in time

Strolling through this Dairy Queen parking lot is like journeying back to a bygone era. Here, you can take a trip down Nostalgia Lane to a time when AM radio ruled the airwaves, and fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview mirror were all the rage. That’s because dozens of cars, most of them American classics, are on display every Thursday evening at the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes route to lose bus stop, weekend service

Bus Route 41, in Land O’ Lakes, no longer will be making a stop on Collier Parkway — and also will discontinue operating on Saturdays. Those changes were approved by the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board on Sept. 12. The changes were prompted by a recommendation from Pasco County Public Transportation based on its research and public feedback. “We received … [Read more...]