Collaboration creates connectivity

The opening of the State Road 56 Extension between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills has a personal benefit for Alora Butler, a student at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch. She said the new road segment will cut her 30-minute commute to school in half. It also reduces the time that the Zephyrhills resident spends on the road, to get to leisure activities or do … [Read more...]

Hundreds walk for a meaningful cause

Hundreds gathered at The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel, for the March of Dimes’ biggest annual fundraiser event on May 11. The Suncoast March for Babies, a 3-mile walk through The Shops at Wiregrass, raised more than $40,000 for the March of Dimes. This year’s ambassador was Chloe Rose Gray, a 4-year-old Tampa Bay girl who was born prematurely at 28 weeks, and spent 96 … [Read more...]

Lego builds community and a family business at Wiregrass

Adam Smyk liked the sense of community he found in his 20-year career in the Navy. But, he often had to leave his family for six-month tours of duty at sea. When he came home, he had to re-introduce himself to his young sons. One lasting bond between them was Lego. They could spend hours together snapping Lego bricks into space ships or create their own special projects. “It was … [Read more...]

Resolve to have fun in 2017

Maybe 2017 is the year that you’re going to have more fun. But, perhaps you want to improve planning your activities, and to get a better handle on your spending, too. The Laker/Lutz News is here to help. Whether you’re new to area, or have lived here for decades, this guide is intended to help you plan fun activities for you and your family, without breaking the bank. January Raising … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights coincides with the Christmas week this year. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins on the evening of Dec. 24, and ends on the evening of Jan. 1. The eight-day celebration commemorates the “miracle” of the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C., when Israel was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who massacred thousands of … [Read more...]

Check out these local authors

If you enjoy learning about local history, love to solve mysteries or are in the mood for a bit of romance, a selection of books by local authors may be right up your alley. More than 20 local authors will gather at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at The Shops at Wiregrass on May 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., to sell their books, field questions on writing and chat with patrons. The … [Read more...]

Hanukkah combines history and Jewish holiday spirit

Most people don't know a lot about Hanukkah. They know it's a Jewish holiday. They know that there are candles, and that it goes on for several days. They know it involves presents and usually occurs around Christmas. But, it’s a lot more than that, said Mitchell Weiss, executive director for Congregation Kol Ami. "It's a story of miracle. It's a story of survival," he said. It's a story … [Read more...]

Freedom Fest entertains and delights

The fourth annual Wesley Chapel Freedom Festival drew thousands to The Shops at Wiregrass on July 3. Kids and adults face-planted in watermelon during the watermelon-eating contest. Competitors put their creativity on display for the bike-decorating contest. Little boys and little girls did their best to charm the judges and the crowd during the Little Miss & Mr. Firecracker … [Read more...]

Read-a-thon celebrates literary event

When Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” was published in 1960, it captured the Pulitzer Prize, became an American classic in literature and was made into an Oscar-winning film, starring Gregory Peck. Now, the sequel to that book is scheduled for release on July 14 and Barnes & Noble bookstores throughout the United States are celebrating the literary event by staging read-a-thons of … [Read more...]

Fun on (and before) the Fourth

How do you celebrate the Fourth of July? Do you prefer an early event with food and a parade? How about a later celebration, complete with music and fireworks? Or maybe something family friendly, with activities geared specifically toward children? And even though July 4 falls on a Saturday, would you like to get a head start on the celebration? If you answered "yes" to any of those … [Read more...]