Central Pasco project calls for 280 Class A apartments

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a project that includes 280 apartments and 49,500 square feet of commercial, on the north side of State Road 54, between Wesley Chapel Boulevard and Collier Parkway. The site, approximately 25.4 acres, is about 2 miles west of the interchange of State Road 56 and Interstate 75. The request received a recommendation for approval … [Read more...]

Denham Oaks offers patriotic welcome to veterans

Denham Oaks Elementary School was awash in red, white and blue as children and staff offered a warm welcome to about 75 area veterans at a Nov. 10 celebration. As they arrived, a series of signs posted outside the school honored the men and women who have served in the nation’s military. There were posters and other artworks all over campus carrying the same message of … [Read more...]

Egg hunts and services planned to celebrate Easter

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Easter season, you’ll find plenty of options across the region. There are fun events, such as Easter crafts and egg hunts, solemn Good Friday events and Easter service celebrations. Here are few highlights from around the area covered by The Laker/Lutz News. They are presented here, in chronological order. The Pioneer Florida Museum & … [Read more...]

Pasco prepping to ring in a new school year

Teachers headed back to Pasco County Schools this week to prepare for the first day of school on Aug. 15. Opening day is a big deal on every campus every year, but it will be especially meaningful at Wiregrass Elementary School, at 29732 Wiregrass School Road in Wesley Chapel because that school is having its “first” first day. The mood across campus during a teacher move-in day last … [Read more...]

Hillsborough heads back to school this week

Hillsborough County public school students are heading back to school this week, and their counterparts in Pasco County public schools begin next week. Whether they’re streaming to Lutz Elementary School, Steinbrenner High, Liberty Middle, an area charter school or to a private school — the beginning of a new school is a time that’s always marked with fresh starts and new … [Read more...]

There’s plenty of cheer to spread around this season

If you’re looking for a way to get into a festive mood, you won’t have to look very far. There are loads of celebrations planned throughout The Laker/Lutz News’ coverage area. A familiar community landmark will be decked out again for the holidays for the 19th annual Christmas at the Old Lutz School. Rooms are dressed up with holiday décor and community groups provide … [Read more...]

Elementary W causes boundary shifts

The sight of a new elementary school under construction would seem to be a cause for celebration. But, even when students can attend a new school, and even when the new school will reduce crowding at other area schools, the prospect of boundary changes for existing schools is often fraught with controversy. “Folks don’t want to move. I can understand. Folks are loyal to their school,” said … [Read more...]

Denham Oaks is celebrating 20 years

The year was 1995. Bill Clinton was in the White House. Forrest Gump won Best Picture. The San Francisco 49ers won the Super Bowl. And, Denham Oaks Elementary School opened in Lutz. The school, which will celebrate its 20th birthday on Oct. 30, has been the home of thousands of school children over the years — and has had six staff members since the beginning. They stayed because … [Read more...]

Holiday happenings abound: Prepare to have fun

Whether it’s a stroll along Christmas Card Lane in Lutz, tree lighting festivities in Zephyrhills, synchronized tree lights and music at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, or a magical Christmas parade in Dade City — there are plenty of holiday events in coming weeks to put on your calendars. Several events are planned in anticipation of the holidays in Lutz. Shoppers looking for a … [Read more...]

Area prepares for National Day of Prayer on May 1

Former Zephyrhills mayor and current state House candidate Danny Burgess will lead National Day of Prayer activities in his town as part of several events taking place locally on May 1. Burgess will open the Zephyrhills ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. with a prayer for the city as well as the state from Zephyrhills City Hall, 5335 Eighth St. The theme is "One Voice United in Prayer, based on the … [Read more...]