Sunlake High teacher lands geography fellowship

In her AP Human Geography classes, Sunlake High School teacher Anne Cullison strives to “lift the veil” on what the world is really like. She often tells her students: “Everything is geography, and geography is everything.” The local educator soon will get a chance to broaden her knowledge and add to her kit of tools for teaching. She is one of just 50 teachers nationwide selected as a … [Read more...]

Helping Puerto Rico, one click at a time

As the island of Puerto Rico tries to pick up the pieces after the devastating landfall of Hurricane Maria, a group of students at Sunlake High School offered their help in the recovery efforts — via classroom computers nearly 1,200 miles away. On Oct. 2 and Oct. 3, students in teacher Anne Cullison’s Advanced Placement (AP) Geography class participated in a collaborative project called The … [Read more...]

Lessons learned from Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria left a trail of death and destruction and continues to impose extreme hardships to those living in its path — and it also offered the Zloty family of Land O’ Lakes, dramatic reminders of the power of faith, the fragile nature of life, and the importance of gratitude. Hurricane Maria’s impact on Colleen and Martin Zloty’s family began on Sept. 18 when they heard a hurricane … [Read more...]

Mortgage company closes doors in Wesley Chapel

A corporate decision to leave the mortgage services business has put 10 people out of a job in Wesley Chapel. Springleaf Financial has filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, saying it plans to cut those jobs beginning in October. The office, according to the notice, is located at 2533 Windguard Circle, Unit 101, in … [Read more...]

Marshalls grand opening set for May 15

Marshalls is set to open its newest store in Land O' Lakes May 15 at the Village Lakes Shopping Center. The 24,000-square-foot store will be one of more than 900 in 43 states and Puerto Rico. The first day, which runs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., will include giveaways and gift card prizes, according to a release. The regular hours for the store will run Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to … [Read more...]

Union helps Pasco County employees ratify first contract

The Teamsters Local 79 union in Tampa is celebrating its first Teamster contract with Pasco County public employees the group says will represent 1,100 public sector jobs across the county. A one-year contract was ratified by those employees late last week, according to the Teamsters, and covers workers ranging from road and bridge maintenance, to librarians. "We fought to win a strong first … [Read more...]

Big hair leads to big dreams in Las Vegas for artistic family

The 1960s may have been the era of big hair, but one local stylist team is ready to bring it into the 21st century. And that team is family — like father and daughter family. Ben De Cordova and his daughter Portia will be on their way to Las Vegas in October to compete in the Battle of the Strands. The career hairstylist and the young up-and-coming makeup artist will join another … [Read more...]

First retailer announced for potential outlet mall in Wesley Chapel

Plans are apparently moving forward on an outlet mall development in Wesley Chapel, according to a recent announcement posted on Simon Property Group Inc.’s website. Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th plans to open a new location at Tampa Premium Outlets in Wesley Chapel, in 2014, according to the posting. The announcement signals the first retailer to announce plans to locate at the potential … [Read more...]