Having fun and helping others, at the same time

Laughter echoes throughout the Lutz Community Center, as women — some donning purple spray paint in their hair — settle in for some friendly games. These women have come to a benefit, organized by the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, to support Sunrise of Pasco County, Inc., a domestic and sexual violence center. Sunrise provides free counseling, advocacy, and support services to … [Read more...]

Lutz shows off its Fourth of July spirit

It may be three-quarters of a century old, but the Lutz Fourth of July Parade showed no signs of slowing down last week. Scores of people came out to this community, north of Tampa, to celebrate the nation’s birthday. Runners endured the morning’s humidity, as they completed the 5K and 1-mile races while being cheered by onlookers. By 8 a.m., pop music blared from the speakers as … [Read more...]

Region gears up to celebrate nation’s Independence Day

If you’re looking for some fun and patriotic ways to celebrate the nation’s birthday, you’ll find lots of options nearby. The master-planned community of Connerton is hosting its fifth annual “Nation Celebration” on July 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at 21100 Fountain Garden Way in Land O’ Lakes. The event will be an old-fashioned neighborhood party, open to the public, featuring a rock wall, … [Read more...]

Election results defy pollsters and pundits

Donald J. Trump is next president Pasco County voters joined the nation in selecting Donald J. Trump as the United States’ next president in the 2016 general election, while a majority of Hillsborough County voters selected Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had sought to become America’s first female president. Scores of voters took advantage of early voting, but hordes turned out on Nov. 8, … [Read more...]

Election Day brings out voter passions

The line of voters stretched down the sidewalk at The Groves in Land O’ Lakes, as people waited patiently for the doors to open at 7 a.m. Even after voting began, the line continued to swell. Long lines also formed at Lexington Oaks, off Wesley Chapel Boulevard. By 9 a.m., the line in Lexington Oaks was gone, replaced by a late morning trickle of people coming and going. Wesley Chapel … [Read more...]

Lutz is gearing up for the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is just weeks away, and Lutz is gearing up for its annual festivities. This is a place that enjoys its Independence Day traditions, and it likes the community to join in on the fun. So, if you’re thinking about being in the Fourth of July Parade, it’s a good idea to let Cheryl Benton know. She’s the one that makes sure you get your form filled out, so she can reserve you a … [Read more...]

Hillsborough libraries offer summer fun

Families looking for ways to help occupy their children during the summer may want to check out the events offered through Hillsborough County’s public libraries in north Hillsborough County. Some events scheduled in coming weeks include puppet shows, art programs and robotics. One coming attraction, offered through the Lutz Branch Library, is “Wild Florida, Alive,” a show that will be … [Read more...]

Serving up fried chicken, nostalgia

They come to the Old Lutz School, on U.S. 41, bearing casserole dishes and memories to share. These are men and women who have deep roots in Lutz and Land O’ Lakes. Their families helped settle the area, and every year they come to celebrate the connections they feel to the community and each other. The size of the annual gathering has diminished over time, as people have died or can no … [Read more...]

Final fundraisers keep Lutz Guv’na hopefuls busy

The race for Lutz Guv'na is wrapping up, but the candidates aren't ready to pack it in. All three hopefuls are prepping for last-minute fundraising, with some big events in the final days of the race. All the money goes to Lutz organizations, and the candidate who raises the most earns the ceremonial title. So they're pulling out all the stops to grab as much cash as possible. According … [Read more...]

KarenSue Molis makes fundraising an art form in Guv’na race

KarenSue Molis didn't come up with the idea of running for Lutz Guv'na on her own. The seed was planted by someone who knew a little something about the ceremonial title and the fundraising race that goes with it. She was recruited by a previous Guv'na. "Karen is enthusiastic, she is creative, and she appeals to just about everybody," said Edwina Kraemer, who was Guv'na in 2006. "You … [Read more...]