John Gant settles into major leagues

At least one Major League Baseball player calls Wesley Chapel home during the offseason. With pleasant weather and local ties, it’s a no-brainer for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Gant. After all, the 26-year-old Gant spent half his childhood being raised in the area — moving there with his family from Savannah, Georgia, when he was 11 years old. The major leaguer has been back in town … [Read more...]

Region gears up to celebrate nation’s Independence Day

If you’re looking for some fun and patriotic ways to celebrate the nation’s birthday, you’ll find lots of options nearby. The master-planned community of Connerton is hosting its fifth annual “Nation Celebration” on July 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at 21100 Fountain Garden Way in Land O’ Lakes. The event will be an old-fashioned neighborhood party, open to the public, featuring a rock wall, … [Read more...]

Boundaries approved for new schools

The Pasco County School Board has approved boundaries for the new Cypress Creek Middle/High School, despite considerable controversy. The board also adopted boundaries for Bexley Elementary School, without any opposition from the public. Cypress Creek Middle/High School, being built off Old Pasco Road, is scheduled to open in fall 2017. Initially, it will be for students in grades six … [Read more...]

Boundary proposals draw fire

The Pasco County School Board is in for a long meeting on Dec. 20, if parent meetings on proposed school boundaries are any indication. Board members are scheduled to hold public meetings on school boundaries proposed for Bexley Elementary School, Cypress Creek Middle/High School and on rezoning changes affecting schools in West Pasco County. The board meets at the school district’s … [Read more...]

Kids share kindness, through cookies, around Tampa Bay

Eleven-year-old Angel Rosas and her 6-year-old brother, Ronaldo engaged in a somewhat unusual project over the summer. They baked 1,500 cookies and delivered them around the Tampa Bay area. It was their way of spreading kindness, and unconditional love, to those they encountered. Their mom, Christine, came up with the idea for the project. But, the kids were involved in everything … [Read more...]

Seven Oaks Pet Hospital expands

Boxes still are being unpacked in his new home, but that doesn’t faze Duncan, the in-house cat at Seven Oaks Pet Hospital. He’s content to catnap in his bed, atop a desk, while others do the heavy lifting. For veterinarian Sree Reddy, the new location for Seven Oaks is a dream more than three years in the making. Physically, the animal clinic is just about a half-mile from its … [Read more...]

Economic recovery slow, but steady

The national economy is recovering from one of the worst downturns in the nation’s history, but it is a recovery that is just “muddling along,” according to Sean Snaith, director of the Institute of Economic Competitiveness at the University of Central Florida. “It was the worst recession since the Great Depression,” he said. “The recovery is also historical. It’s historically weak.” The … [Read more...]

Pasco school growth expected to continue

Pasco County is expected to add a total of 1,673 students in public and charter schools next year, based on projections compiled by Pasco County Schools. That’s an increase over last year’s growth, which was 1,517, and brings the figure to nearly 3,200 in two years. The bulk of the growth is coming in the State Road 54/State Road 56 corridor, said Chris Williams, director of planning for … [Read more...]

A gift for shoppers: Two malls within 2 miles

As Black Friday approaches, shoppers will scour advertisements for deals and map out a strategy to make the most of savings. And this year, for the first time in Pasco County history, consumers will be able to shop at an outlet mall and a traditional mall within 2 miles of each other. There was a time when the prospect of having a new mall so nearby would have been a cause for concern, … [Read more...]

Chapel Crossings could bring new rooftops to Wesley Chapel

Crown Community Development got the go-ahead from the Pasco County Commission to build Chapel Crossings, a mixed-use development that will be located north of State Road 54 and east of Curley Road. More than 1,000 single-family homes and apartments are planned. There also would be about 175,000 square feet of retail and about 50,000 square feet of office space. “This is a great project,” … [Read more...]