Working around the threat of COVID-19

The spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) — and efforts to stay out of harm’s way  — have sparked creativity and ingenuity across The Laker/Lutz News region. When plans to celebrate Kynlee Kuberski’s 11th birthday at Universal Studios were canceled because of COVID-19, dozens of people came by her Connerton home, to wish her a happy birthday. They came on foot, on bikes, in cars … [Read more...]

Festivities set to honor Earth Day

Finding ways to celebrate Mother Earth and to recycle, upcycle and preserve its precious resources are the themes of Earth Day celebrations planned around the region. One of the largest area events planned for Earth Day, known as Earth Day Tampa Bay, got its start as EcoFest at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz. Now, in its eighth year, the event has become Tampa’s signature Earth … [Read more...]

Former Lutz Guv’na is now Saucy Queen

It all began with a carrot. Well, a basket of carrots, actually. Carrots were the vegetable of the week at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz, and everyone was encouraged to come up with an idea to make vegetables more enticing for kids. Michele Northrup, who works at the charter school, decided to combine the sweetness of carrots with the heat of peppers to concoct a gourmet hot … [Read more...]

EcoFest offers fun, and food for thought

Thousands turned out for the sixth annual EcoFest at the picturesque setting of Lowry Park. This year’s event had the feel of a farmer’s market and that was intentional, said Michele Northrup, an event organizer from Learning Gate Community School. The charter school, located in Lutz, has spearheaded the event since its inception. As its name implies, the festival celebrates efforts … [Read more...]

Learning Gate wins national award

Learning Gate Community School in Lutz is one of the 2014 Best of Green Schools award recipients, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. The school received word of the recognition last month, and it is just one of the honors that the charter school located in Lutz has received for its focus on environmental education. The award is based on the school’s annual EcoFest, which … [Read more...]