Former radio programmer launches new musical venture

In his former days as a music radio program director, Rick Schmidt helped launched the careers of such hit bands as Sister Hazel, Creed, and Shinedown. His next venture: A music school in Lutz. Schmidt is the new franchise owner of Bach to Rock, which offers a progressive music education for all ages. The school, slated to open in October, will be located in the Van Dyke Commons shopping … [Read more...]

Lake Park: It’s a go-to place for fun

The common lament — ‘there’s nothing to do,’ could not be farther from the truth at Lake Park, a one-stop shop for solitary getaways and fun family activities at 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz. For $2 per car, visitors to the 589-acre park will find themselves surrounded by recreational options. There are pavilions and grills for those wanting to picnic, plus nearby playgrounds for … [Read more...]

Renowned hiker to share his stories in Tampa

Twenty years after he hiked the Appalachian Trail, Jeff Alt’s expedition lives on. Alt hiked an average of 17 miles a day, for nearly five months in 1998, to walk 2,160 miles, from Springer Mountain, in Georgia, to Mount Kadahdin, in Maine. Hiking the Appalachian Trail was not only a personal goal but also a way to support people with developmental disabilities, including Alt’s brother, … [Read more...]

Passover begins March 30

The holiday of Pesach, or Passover, is an eight-day festival celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. This year, it runs from March 30 to April 7. Passover commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Following its rituals allows the Jewish community to relive and experience the freedom of their … [Read more...]

New community park planned in North Tampa

A new family friendly county park is coming this fall to the Greater Carrollwood area. After nearly a year of finalizing its conceptual design, construction is slated to begin next month on the new Carrollwood Village Community Park, at 13055 Delwood Road in Tampa. The park replaces the site of the Dale Mabry Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is situated on 50 acres along the west side of … [Read more...]

Garden yields lessons on math, science, conservation

Children at Hammond Elementary School are learning all about water conservation, and honing their mathematics and science skills, too, in a class that uses a hydroponics garden to help bring the lessons home. The school, at 8008 N. Mobley Road in Odessa, used a Splash! grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District to cover the costs of creating the hydroponics garden. The grant … [Read more...]

Jewish community gears up for Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, considered to the most important holiday in the Jewish faith, this year runs from sunset on Sept. 29 through nightfall on Sept. 30. Yom Kippur, meaning “Day of Atonement,” marks the culmination of the 10 Days of Awe, a period of introspection and repentance that follows Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Both are part of Judaism’s “High Holy Days.” Yom Kippur is observed … [Read more...]

Hurricane Irma leaves behind stories to tell

A day after Hurricane Irma stormed through Tampa Bay, residents ventured out for ice, gas and cleaning supplies. Some had a ray of hope that somewhere they would find an open restaurant. They tooled along the busier corridors spying telltale signs of life – cars and the people in them. Bagging ice A Twice the Ice machine on Land O’ Lakes Boulevard had a steady line of residents waiting to … [Read more...]

Roads, beautification among legislative priorities

Funds for the Interstate 75/Overpass Road project and the Land O’ Lakes Boulevard Beautification Plan are among priority requests for the 2018 legislative session. Pasco County commissioners agreed to a wish list for the upcoming session at their Aug. 29 meeting in Dade City. The $15 million sought for I-75 and a new interchange at Overpass Road made it into the state’s 2017 budget. But, … [Read more...]

New townhomes popping up in Lutz

Construction is underway on Sylvan Crossing Townhomes, a CalAtlantic Homes project that is expected to open in December. The gated community will feature three different floor plans, according to CalAtlantic’s website. Each plan has three bedrooms, and all come with either a one-car or two-car garage. Sylvan Crossing also will have an amenity center, with a community pool for its … [Read more...]