New donation drive set to help foster families

George Agovino and Josh Gaulden have launched a new initiative aimed at helping foster children. The pair has established the Fostering Change Foster Closet, in what was formerly a vacant house, at 10207 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The 501 (c)(3) nonprofit is a hub for foster families to pick out free necessities that they otherwise could not afford. It also will serve … [Read more...]

Benefit to support Lutz cancer patient

Bill Myers, of Lutz, has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer — and the community has come together to try to help him. A benefit has been planned for Nov. 23 from noon to 6 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. There’s no admission charge for the event, which will feature musical performances, a variety of vendors and food … [Read more...]

Political season is beginning to heat up

It’s not 2020 yet, but the political season is underway, and candidates are beginning to make their intentions known. This Political Agenda column is The Laker/Lutz News’ way to keep our readers informed of candidates who have filed, political party meetings, political forums and endorsements. This column also includes information that’s pertinent for upcoming elections, such as deadlines … [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...]

Swamp Fest returns with new rides, family fun

The idea of bringing a community together to have fun, while raising money, is nothing new. Swamp Fest, an annual event, has been doing that for 11 years, in Land O’ Lakes. Festivities begin with a preview evening on Oct. 31. The festival runs through Nov. 3. The event raises money for area schools, nonprofits and community, as well as benefiting businesses. It is hosted by the Land … [Read more...]

A community steps up to lend its support

Pasco County firefighter Hunter Garcia, his wife, Kayla, and their 5-month-old daughter, Clara, were traveling down Van Dyke Road on Sept. 13, when they were involved in a multi-car accident. A total of four cars were affected, with five people transported to the hospital, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office news release. All three Garcias were taken to the hospital. Hunter … [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...]

School boundary workshop set

Thousands of Pasco County Schools students will be affected by proposed boundary changes for the 2020-2021 school year. Most of the boundary changes are related to the opening of Cypress Creek Middle School, which is scheduled to open next fall. But there are also some changes being proposed that will affect schools in Central Pasco — but would not affect any current students in those … [Read more...]

Under Construction 09/18/2019

The Watermark at Trinity The Watermark at Trinity is constructing an independent living facility adjacent to the company’s assisted living and memory care units. Located at 1900 Blue Fox Way in Trinity, the five-floor building will consist of 117 residences. Amenities include a pool in the courtyard, a gym, salon, spa, dining and therapy rooms, as well as a theater. Construction began in February … [Read more...]

Motorists soon to have smoother ride on Willow Bend Parkway

Willow Bend Parkway in Lutz is set to undergo repaving starting the week of Sept. 9. Pasco County chose the modification as its program maintenance project, which will stretch from the road’s intersections with U.S. 41, also known as Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, to Collier Parkway. Willow Bend Parkway’s eastbound and westbound lanes will be milled and resurfaced. The road also will be … [Read more...]