Lifting spirits in all sorts of ways

Spreading joy through bubbles Blaise Ryndes, of Land O’ Lakes, attracted national attention when he took his bubble-making skills to America’s Got Talent. Now, during a time of a global pandemic, the performer decided to take to his neighborhood streets, to help spread joy during a time of social isolation. He recently put on a one-car bubble parade for his neighbors. “To abide by social … [Read more...]

Measure intended to improve flow on Bruce B. Downs

Pasco County is making improvements on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, at the intersection of State Road 54, in Wesley Chapel, to enhance traffic flow and safety. The county is extending the length of the farthest left-hand turning lane, to accommodate more cars waiting to turn west onto State Road 54. The county also will be adding a traffic signal at Eagleston and Bruce B. Downs boulevards. … [Read more...]

Helping others at the holidays, and all year-long

As the holidays approach — a big holiday meal — can help create a festive feel. But, for some families, those kind of feasts are beyond their financial reach. That’s where The Neighborhood Care Center, in Zephyrhills, comes in. It has been helping families at the holidays — and throughout the year — for more than two decades. During the holidays, the care center seeks to help its … [Read more...]

Under Construction 10/02/19

AutoZone shop Motorists will have another convenient spot to pick up automobile parts and accessories with the soon-to-come AutoZone shop. The 6,815-square-foot facility will be located at 12090 State Road 54 in Odessa. Construction began in September. The store is expected to open in November.             Checkers restaurant A Checkers … [Read more...]

Church adds food pantry to help those in need

When Father and Son Love Ministries launched a summertime lunch program last year, its only aim was to share food with those needing it — with no strings attached. Now, the church — tucked away in a commercial office plaza at 24156 Foggy Ridge Parkway, in Lutz — has branched out. In addition to serving free bag lunches, it also has a free food pantry. Again, no strings … [Read more...]

Local business gives hope to ‘special needs’ employee

When April Dean was only 6 months old, her mother Amy noticed she wasn’t sitting upright. Two months later, doctors told Amy and her husband, Rick, that April had cerebral palsy, with little chance of ever walking. It was also discovered that she had a developmental disability that would affect her speech and learning. “He told us she would never drive a car or go to college,” said … [Read more...]

Spreading a gospel of love through brown-bag lunches

Sharing food with those in need has been part of the Father and Son Love Ministries since its inception, but now the Lutz church has branched out to create a free summer lunch program — with no strings attached. The church is tucked away in a commercial office plaza, just off State Road 54, at 24156 Foggy Ridge Parkway. All families and children are welcome to come by the church on Mondays … [Read more...]

Evening serves up belly dancers, the Macarena, food and prizes

The Lutz Senior Center was abuzz with activity during its Spring Fling dance. Members from many of Hillsborough County’s six senior centers put on their dancing shoes and hit the dance floor at the Lutz center on the evening of April 7. And, this wasn’t your stereotypical senior citizen’s dance. There were laser lights projecting on the dance floor, people were getting down to the … [Read more...]

State Road 54 West booming with development

State Road 54, east of U.S. 41, tends to hog the spotlight on new development. After all, it is home to premium commercial shopping meccas, including Tampa Premium Outlets and the now-rising star of Cypress Creek Town Center. Brightworks Crossing, an apartment and retail project, is going up at Wesley Chapel Boulevard and State Road 54. And, other area development includes Florida Hospital … [Read more...]

An ‘unsung hero’ seeks to help others to grow tasty food

When a crowd gathered in January to celebrate the dedication of the Watson Park Community Garden in Dade City, there was a man standing quietly in the background — as the festivities progressed. That man, Brightman Logan, played a vital role in providing the support to help make the garden happen, Whitney C. Elmore, who leads the Pasco County Extension Office, told the crowd — characterizing … [Read more...]