North Tampa Aero Park airport up for sale

North Tampa Aero Park is on the market. The sales price for the licensed public airport is $4 million, according to brokers with CBRE. The company’s airport specialist group is in charge of marketing and selling the airport, located at 4241 Birdsong Blvd. “We’ve had quite a bit of interest,” said Gary Bauler, broker and first vice president for industrial properties at CBRE in … [Read more...]

Locals well-represented in 2018 MLB Draft

Becoming a professional baseball player will soon be a reality for a handful of athletes with ties to The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. The 2018 Major League Baseball Draft ran from June 4 to June 6 — whereby four locals had their names called. University of North Florida junior right-hander Frank German, who grew up in Lutz and graduated from Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, … [Read more...]

Lutz girl making TV show debut in ‘Kid Stew’ airing on WEDU

Twelve-year-old Madison Maxwell has done hundreds of commercials, beginning when she was just 4. But, the sixth-grader at Academy at the Lakes in Land O’ Lakes has never been involved in a television show. Until now. She’s one of nine cast members in a new series called “Kid Stew.” The show was created by James Patterson, an internationally known author of books written for young … [Read more...]

Birchwood Preserve in Lutz Opens Phase II

It has only been a year since Pulte Homes opened Birchwood Preserve in Lutz, and there has been so much demand that the community’s second phase is opening ahead of schedule this summer. “Since we opened our sales center last May, we’ve sold close to 80 homes out of 120 available in our first phase,” said Vince Kuntz, Pulte’s sales consultant in the community. “The demand has been so good, that … [Read more...]

Lutz teen named state winner for Doodle 4 Google contest

An inspiration from nature — and a passion for learning — helped Lutz teenager Mark Thivierge craft an award-winning drawing. Thivierge, 16, was recently named the Florida State Winner of the 2018 Doodle 4 Google competition — one of 53 state and territory winners whose work is displayed in an online gallery on the Doodle 4 Google website. The Doodle 4 Google competition, in its 10th … [Read more...]

Cancer survivor wins scholarships, offers prevention advice

Cailyn Ruff was a senior at Sunlake High School, in Land O’ Lakes, when she felt an odd bump on her head. That was about a year-and-a-half ago. “It was like a big mole,” the 19-year-old said. “I saw it through my part line. It looked funny. It would bleed.” As it grew, she became concerned and brought it to the attention of her dermatologist. Next, came a biopsy. “It was a good … [Read more...]

Local man is named minority business person of the year

Brian Butler was the only employee of his company — Vistra Communications — when he launched the business out of his home in Lutz in 2007. It wasn’t exactly the best time to launch an ambitious plan. The real estate market crashed and the nation’s economy cratered. “I started my business in the toughest economy we’d seen in 30 years,” he recalled. There were days when he considered … [Read more...]

Upcoming events on the political scene

Club meetings The Land O Lakes Democratic Club will meet May 2 at 6:30 p.m., at the Brick City Eatery, 16540 Pointe Village Drive, Suite 198, in Lutz. Noemi McGregor, president of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida, is the guest speaker. The Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida — Pasco Chapter will meet May 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the community center at Land O’ Lakes … [Read more...]

Mettler Toledo brings jobs to Pasco County

Mettler Toledo celebrated the grand opening of its 270,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Northpointe Village, with tours, refreshments and a ribbon cutting. The Swiss-based company is a global supplier of precision scales and services used in research, and the packaging and production of food and pharmaceuticals. Mettler Toledo announced plans in 2017 to relocate its Town ‘n Country … [Read more...]

Crocheting kindness

When nurse Doris Michel put the bunny ears cap on 1 ½-day-old Maksim Damjanovich’s head, the baby looked adorable, and the nurse beamed with joy. This is the third time that a member of the Damjanovich family has received a crocheted cap after being born at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, at 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz. “We think it’s really special,” said Alison Damjanovich, of Tampa … [Read more...]