Saint Leo instructor competes on Jeopardy

Frank Orlando, a political science instructor at Saint Leo University, has wanted to compete on Jeopardy ever since he was a little boy — and last month, his episode aired. It all began by passing the contestant exam in March, then proceeding to the in-person interview in Tampa in May. After that, he was included in the potential contestant pool. “At the end of October, I got a call from Los … [Read more...]

Making a case for higher learning

Dr. Jeffrey Senese, the president of Saint Leo University, talked about the role and importance of higher education in today’s society during a breakfast meeting of the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. The leader of one of the nation’s largest Catholic universities tackled what he called public misperceptions regarding the words “liberal arts.” “They’re ‘bad’ words today,” Senese said, … [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...]

They took on the world — and they won

Wesley Chapel Elementary’s “Catch Us If You Can” team has returned as champions from the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, which took place at Michigan State University. The victory thrilled the team’s members — Jake Piller, Sam Cappelluti, Isabell Barrios, Mina Melaika, Rowan Heyman, Jason Sherman and Justin Acosta, and the team’s coaches — Janet Heyman and Veronica Acosta. Before … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel team ready to take on the world

They’re just in elementary school, but these children are already learning about the trade-offs in life. They’re also getting a firsthand experience regarding the importance of preparation, and they’re finding out that even the smallest of details can alter the outcome in a competition. These seven children are members of Wesley Chapel Elementary School’s “Catch Us If You Can” team, and … [Read more...]

Pet Point Animal Hospital: Where pet love and human compassion meet

Pet Point Animal Hospital is the newest veterinarian clinic in central Pasco, opening its doors in late March in a retail center at SR 54 and Oak Grove Boulevard, directly across from Ferman Auto. The hospital’s staff is experienced and compassionate, so much that it has adopted as its slogan, “Where pet love and human compassion meet.” “We are very focused on providing top quality pet … [Read more...]

Scotch Institute in Wesley Chapel offers expertise in ENT, hearing and sleep medicine

In an era when many physicians are joining large multi-specialty groups, Dr. Brett Scotch remains independent as the solo physician of Scotch Institute of Ear Nose & Throat in Wesley Chapel. A board certified physician in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Scotch values the independence that comes with operating his own practice. “I can provide … [Read more...]