Parks Ford Unveils New Dealership Building

There’s been a lot of speculation about what is going on at Parks Ford in Wesley Chapel, with its main building behind a curtain of construction since last summer, and large modular buildings put in place next door. “We’ve gutted our old building and are completely rebuilding all major customer touch points, so that we can better accommodate our customers and employees,” said Ron Parks at his … [Read more...]


The competition among pickups is fierce, like in the SUV segment, but the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 keeps on trudging ahead. For 2019, the popular pickup has been totally revamped. Where do we begin? The list is endless. There’s the wheelbase, which sees an uptick of 3.9 inches. So does the length increase by 1.6 inches. Available as a 5’ 8” or 6’.6” box, there are now 12 fixed tie-downs that can … [Read more...]


Numerous three-row SUVs compete vigorously in the market, but among the standouts is the Chevrolet Traverse, which went through a major overhaul this year. It’s like the rebirth of an all-new vehicle, with a total revamping inside and out. Sharing its design with the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, the body-frame integral structure of the Traverse will boost the confidence of any driver. Lighter … [Read more...]

Duke Energy is planning a project in Lutz-Land O’ Lakes

Duke Energy plans to install a new substation and transmission lines to meet the electrical demands of the growing population and businesses in Lutz and Land O’ Lakes. The energy company had a public open house at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lutz to share its plans. Those attending could drop by multiple booths, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., to learn the particular’s about the project’s … [Read more...]

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...]