Dade City picnic offers a taste of New York

About 80 people packed the clubhouse at Country Aire Manor recently for the annual Otsego County picnic. Besides catching up with friends and making new acquaintances, those gathering enjoyed a potluck lunch, had a chance to reminisce, and share their East Coast and Southern cultures. Sally Harrington, of Cooperstown, New York, said she was happy to run into old friends. “I’ve seen a … [Read more...]

Incentive money brings more jobs to Pasco

Pasco County commissioners approved an incentive payment of $141,000 to Meopta U.S.A, an optics manufacturer bringing nearly 50 new jobs to the county. The company is relocating its headquarters from Long Island, New York, to 7826 Photonics Drive, in Trinity. Meopta officials plan to renovate a building formerly occupied by another optics manufacturer, VLOC, Inc. That company closed in … [Read more...]

The Shops at Wiregrass sold to QIC

The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel is among 10 regional malls that will be sold by Forest City Realty Trust, Inc., for a total of about $3.2 billion, according to an announcement by Forest City. The buyer is Australia-based QIC, an investment partner of Forest City. QIC currently owns about 49 percent of the Wiregrass mall, with Forest City holding 51 percent ownership, according to Greg … [Read more...]

Ice arena offers plenty of room, action

There’s no shortage of activities — or room— at the newly minted Florida Hospital Center Ice. From learning to skate, to playing hockey and curling, there’s plenty to do at the much-ballyhooed facility, which measures 150,500 square feet. On Jan. 28, during the facility’s opening weekend, hundreds of youth and adults packed into what has been described as “the largest ice sports facility in … [Read more...]

Heroes for Hire playing the right tunes

Being a boy band with a first release on iTunes is heady stuff. But, Heroes for Hire is getting used to the attention, playing their brand of edgy, alternative rock at venues such as Skipper’s Smokehouse, New World Brewery and Buckets. Louis Mittens, 15; Ben Hense, 13; Ryan Romero, 15; Corey Fox, 15; and, Josh Morin, 14, came together as a band at Jim Chambers Music Box. Chambers is … [Read more...]

Swimming against all odds

Thomas Casey will be making his 16th swim this year to raise money for people battling cancer. Casey, 57, flies to his hometown of Bridgeport, Connecticut each summer to participate in the annual SWIM Across the Sound — a 15.5-mile swim marathon stretching from Port Jefferson, New York to Bridgeport — helping to raise $2.5 million each year. It wasn’t until 2012, though, that he found out … [Read more...]

Solemn service marks 9/11

Sept. 11, 2001 is a day people remember for the ordinary details of life — and then the shattering horror of two hijacked planes flying into the World Trade Center in New York. Hijacked planes also struck the Pentagon building, and crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Those acts of terror cost 2,606 people their lives in the Twin Towers. Another 246 died in the four planes, … [Read more...]

Home flipping down nationally, but not locally

Observers are happy with some of the positive indicators they are seeing in the housing market on a national scale, but the greater Tampa Bay area — including Pasco and Hillsborough counties — continues to struggle to keep up. House flipping — homes that are bought and resold within 12 months — dropped to 4 percent of all national single-family home sales in the third quarter, according to a … [Read more...]

Ross pushing forward controversial Ebola bill

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is against it, but that's not stopping U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross from introducing legislation that would curb flights from countries with outbreaks of the Ebola virus. Ross introduced his bill Wednesday known as the Contain Ebola and Stop the Epidemic — or CEASE — Act of 2014, which would prohibit certain flights from landing in the United … [Read more...]

Tuffy, Arby’s properties sell locally

The end of the year is approaching, meaning it's time for some commercial landowners to rethink their holdings. So recent sales of property currently occupied by companies like Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center of Land O' Lakes and Arby's in Lutz probably won't be the last Pasco County sees before Christmas. 3A LLC, the owner of the Tuffy property at 3530 Land O' Lakes Blvd., sold the … [Read more...]