Baldomero Lopez was more than a local hero

When motorists drive past the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, chances are they won’t know much about the history of the man for whom the facility is named. That’s where Bill Dotterer comes in. He’s a volunteer with the Tampa Bay History Center and he shared the story of 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez’s life and his heroic actions during a talk earlier this year at … [Read more...]

Create your own indoor garden, using houseplants

A popular trend from Victorian times is making a comeback: Growing houseplants. If you look online at image-sharing websites, apps, and boards and you’ll find that indoor plants are very popular. In fact, a new term called “jungalow style” incorporates the use of plants inside homes and offices. Jungalow style brings the beauty and life of plants indoors by integrating them in living … [Read more...]

Sowing new seeds of inspiration

For gardeners who are looking for some new ideas, the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden in Seffner provides inspiration — and information. The garden, at the Hillsborough County Extension office, gives growing enthusiasts a chance to see the variety of plants that will thrive in a Florida landscape. It also showcases the various ways plants will grow — in raised beds, on trellises, in … [Read more...]

Stuff your recycling cart for the holidays

The morning celebration is over, but now there's a lot of trash. So what do you do? Hillsborough County officials are reminding residents that many traditional trash items created during the holidays can actually be recycled. That includes: • Clean paperboard boxes, like cereal and food boxes • Mail, magazines, newspapers and advertising • Writing papers, pads and notes • Flattened … [Read more...]

Spaghetti dinner to help Molina family

A Wesley Chapel family is still grieving after a single-vehicle car crash over the weekend on Interstate 4 in Seffner killed a mother and her infant daughter. But now members of a youth sports team some of the injured brothers in the crash played on wants to help. The Wesley Chapel Bulls, a Pasco Police Athletic League youth football team and cheerleading squad, is hosting a fundraising … [Read more...]