Community mourns couple’s passing

The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club was already grieving the death of its former president, Edwina Kraemer, when the club received word that Edwina’s husband, David, had died a day later. Those who knew Edwina describe her as capable, dynamic, organized and giving. They said she was a woman who held leadership roles in the woman’s club, was passionate about raising money for Canine … [Read more...]

Last Chance To Buy At Lakeshore Preserve

If you’re looking for a beautiful, maintenance-free townhome in Lutz close to the Veterans Expressway, you need to move fast. In less than a year, the Mattamy Homes community of Lakeshore Preserve has sold 75 percent of its townhomes in the 102-home community, located on Van Dyke Road and Lakeshore Road, just west of Dale Mabry Highway. “We’re down to our last 25 homes, and expect all to … [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...]

Take a walk on the wild side during American Wetlands month

Nature-lovers can explore four of Hillsborough County’s most scenic wetlands areas during free tours being offered as part of American Wetlands Month. The guided tours are being offered by the wetlands division of the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, and the Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department of Hillsborough County. Guides will give … [Read more...]

Region offers Easter festivities

Easter events are scheduled across the region this week, offering ways for families to have affordable fun, and opportunities for spiritual reflection and celebration. There are also a number of Passover events scheduled, which are included in an accompanying story. Many churches offer Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday services, which is March 29 this year, as well as Good Friday … [Read more...]

Lutz draws a crowd on July Fourth

Whether they were competing in the Cake Bake competition, driving a float in the parade, or checking out the entertainment at the old Lutz Depot — Lutz was a popular place to be on the Fourth of July. Once again, the annual event was a showcase for patriotism — from a rendition of the national anthem, to the traditional raising of the American flag, to a parade which wound its way down Lutz … [Read more...]

Check out information, and fun, at local libraries

A new year always offers a fresh chance to become more disciplined, learn new things, explore new hobbies and have more fun. All that, and more, awaits visitors to local libraries. Besides a vast collection of books, CDs, DVDs and digital offerings, libraries host scores of events every month. So, depending on your interests or your needs, you can often find just what you’re seeking … [Read more...]

Lutz library display honors 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

One day after the Japanese bombed the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress and announced a declaration of war against the Empire of Japan. The surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941, was a “date which will live in infamy,” said Roosevelt in one of the most remembered speeches in the nation’s history. This year marks the 75th … [Read more...]

Learning Gate dishes up a garden party

Learning Gate Community School threw a garden party and invited its friends. More than 80 parents, local garden club members and community leaders shared a luncheon feast in a glade beneath the branches of an ancient oak tree. A short stroll away, fifth-graders guided lunch guests on a tour of the school's working garden. Kindergarteners through fifth-graders also entertained at the … [Read more...]

Tracing the development of early Lutz

Once one of the most active stops for wood-burning locomotives, Lutz was settled with just a handful of homesteaders. There was a store and a couple of houses there in 1907, and once the Tampa Northern Railroad was extended from Brooksville to Tampa that same year, the Concord Stagecoach Line went out of business. But, that news didn’t discourage two brothers from West Virginia — William … [Read more...]