Protect Your Family If Your Power Goes Out

With almost daily afternoon thunderstorms, and the busiest months of the hurricane season upon us, many local households are installing whole-house generators to keep their family comfortable, safe and secure if their power goes out. “Families of all sizes and incomes are installing generators in their homes in case their power goes out,” said Miguel Silva, plumbing manager for Cornerstone Pros … [Read more...]

Optimum Plumbing’s Personal Approach to Plumbing

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News When people think of an American success story, they may very well be thinking of Vladimir Breton and Optimum Plumbing. After earning a civil engineering degree in his native Dominican Republic, Breton immigrated to the United States and took a job as a plumber’s assistant in New York.  He did not speak English, but he had a plan  — to one … [Read more...]

ICI Homes Ready For The Parade at Asturia and Bexley

Just in time for the 2018 Parade of Homes, ICI Homes has two beautifully furnished models and four move-in-ready homes for tour in Bexley and Asturia, two of Pasco County’s most prestigious communities along the in-demand State Road 54 corridor in Land O’ Lakes and Odessa. ICI Homes has been building in Bexley since the community opened in the fall of 2016. It addition to its beautifully … [Read more...]

ICI Homes Opens New Model In Asturia

Here’s a great way to win a $500 gift card and tour a brand new model home. Come out to Asturia this weekend for the grand opening of its latest model — the four-bedroom, three-bath Serena built by ICI Homes, the community’s newest builder. The grand opening celebration of the Serena model is Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. (Jan. 27 and Jan 28), at 15134 Aviles Parkway. … [Read more...]

Asturia is a Neighborhood — Not Another Sprawling Community

Asturia’s uniquely small size makes it stand out among other new home developments along the in-demand State Road 54 corridor in Odessa and Land O’ Lakes. While nearby planned communities have between 3,000 to over 5,000 homes in their master plan, and are looking at several years of construction, Asturia is building just 550 homes and will complete construction in just a few years. “Asturia … [Read more...]

Caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients don’t have to go it alone

When someone learns that a loved one is afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, it can seem overwhelming. Phyllis Bross, a retired attorney from Land O’ Lakes, understands the feeling. Her mother and aunt were both Alzheimer’s patients, and she now runs the Alzheimer’s Association/Caregiver Support Group that meets monthly at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. Based on her … [Read more...]

Not All Communities are Created Equal

It’s been such an exciting year at Connerton that visitors and residents continue to be amazed by “The Community of More.” The year began with Connerton being named the 2017 Showcase Community for the Parade of Homes sponsored by the Tampa Bay Builders Association. The month-long Parade brought hundreds of people to the Land O’ Lakes community for the first time in April, and many became new … [Read more...]

Opening day a hit

Shoppers flock to Tampa Premium Outlets Margie Hamman was one of the earliest birds to land at the Tampa Premium Outlets. Almost too early. Her 5:30 a.m. arrival at the fog-shrouded parking lot, off State Road 56, surprised one parking lot attendant who said she should come back later. As she began driving off, a man “in a suit and tie” flagged her down and ushered her back to the … [Read more...]

Citizens Academy connects the dots

The class kicked off with a “show-and-tell” display of Pasco County’s firefighting and rescue vehicles in the parking lot outside of the county’s Emergency Operations Center. It ended with an up-close look inside the command center of the county’s 911 operations. “It was fascinating,” said Nancy Menendez. The Land O’ Lakes resident expressed surprise that the 911 center wasn’t larger. Blinking … [Read more...]

Politicians talk local, but don’t spend local

Ever wonder how much $324,000 can buy? It could supply ribs and sides for 25 families at Hungry Harry’s Family Bar-B-Que for an entire year. It could feed a complete Thanksgiving dinner from Publix to nearly every person living in Wesley Chapel and Land O’ Lakes. It could hire 15 people for an entire year at $10 an hour, with enough money left over to add a part-timer at the same … [Read more...]