Flu can be deadly; use precautions to avoid it

Sick people are showing up in doctor’s offices and emergency rooms seeking treatment for the flu. Both in Florida and across the United States, flu activity is on the rise, according to Mara Gambineri, communications director for the Florida Department of Health. “We’re seeing more activity across all age groups this year than we’ve seen in previous seasons at this time, which may be an … [Read more...]

Chambers on the move

The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce each now have new homes. The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce is settling into its new location at 1868 Highland Oaks Blvd., Suite A. The office is in the Highland Oaks Medical Center, off State Road 54, in Lutz. The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce has a new address in Harbour Village, at … [Read more...]

Compark 75 sold to Atlanta investors

Compark 75, a Class A industrial park off Wesley Chapel Boulevard, is under new ownership, according to a news release from Cushman & Wakefield. The real estate services company negotiated the sale of five buildings at the park to MDH Atlantic Acquisitions LLC. The Atlanta-based real estate investment company has more than 11 million square feet of properties in the southeastern United … [Read more...]

Lutz resident receives ‘Community Champion’ award

It’s not all that uncommon for Freddy Barton to spend part of his weekend working — heading out to talk to people in the community. If he’s headed out from his Lutz residence on his motorcycle, chances are he’s going to go hang out with some kids — to find out what’s on their minds. “I’m talking to kids. I’m trying to probe their mind, to figure out, ‘What does it take to make you feel that … [Read more...]

Local dancer gets big break in ‘The Greatest Showman’

When Chelsea Caso recently went to watch “The Greatest Showman” at Cobb Grove 16 in Wesley Chapel, she wasn’t going to watch just any movie. She was going to watch a movie that she is in. And, the young woman who grew up in Lutz, didn’t go to the viewing alone. She joined 115 of her favorite people for a private screening. Her family was there. Her neighbors were there. Dancing … [Read more...]

2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [Read more...]

Recalling some top moments in sports for 2017

Coaches were celebrated, state titles acquired and local athletes turned in outstanding performances. The past year brought countless moments and lasting memories in sports, from Lutz and Land O’ Lakes, across to Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills. Here’s a look back at some of the top sports happenings from 2017: Florida Hospital Center Ice opens Hockey and ice-skating enthusiasts rejoiced … [Read more...]

Park and Bark is for those who love shopping, and dogs

Tampa Premium Outlets has an extra attraction for shoppers who hate to leave their four-legged companions at home. A new business, Park and Bark, gives shoppers a chance to leave their dogs with a pet sitter at the mall. Park and Bark, which opened in mid-November, operates in a climate-controlled trailer in a parking area across from the McDonald’s restaurant. Owner Laura Vinogradov … [Read more...]

Superb Location and Lutz Schools at Lakeshore Preserve

Close to the Veterans and St. Joseph’s North  Lakeshore Preserve by Mattamy Homes is a new townhome community in Lutz that is ideal for homebuyers looking for affordable new construction, maintenance-free living, excellent neighborhood schools and fast access to the Veterans Expressway. Sales have excelled at the community of 102 homes, located on Van Dyke Road and Lakeshore Road, less … [Read more...]

This special league puts the focus on fun

Wins and losses don’t matter in this softball league. But having fun does. Every fall and spring, Idlewild Baptist Church (IBC) in Lutz hosts a softball league for the special needs community in Tampa Bay. It’s called the IBC Champions Division. And, together it brings children and adults of all ages, with varying physical and mental disabilities. Some players have autism. … [Read more...]