Chamber’s goal: Being there to meet members’ needs

When the North Tampa Bay Chamber began two decades ago, it was known as the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce. In the beginning, it had 65 members and met in a garage. Now, it has 734 members — with some based as far away as Brooksville and St. Petersburg. It attracts a wide range of political and business leaders to speak at, and attend its monthly breakfasts and luncheons. The … [Read more...]

Election results defy pollsters and pundits

Donald J. Trump is next president Pasco County voters joined the nation in selecting Donald J. Trump as the United States’ next president in the 2016 general election, while a majority of Hillsborough County voters selected Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had sought to become America’s first female president. Scores of voters took advantage of early voting, but hordes turned out on Nov. 8, … [Read more...]

Halloween tricks, treats and traditions on tap

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Halloween, you’ll find plenty of options across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, at 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., is hosting a Family Fun Festival that it’s calling “Light the Night.” The event will be from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Oct. 31. Cars will be decorated with favorite kid-friendly themes and will line … [Read more...]

Lacrosse tournament to stay in Wesley Chapel

Lacrosse players from across the nation will compete in Wesley Chapel at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions for at least the next two years. Pasco County and NDP (National Development Program) Lacrosse have entered into an agreement that covers the tournament for 2016 and 2017. Last year’s tournament had a $2.1 million economic impact on Pasco and Hillsborough counties, said … [Read more...]

Bank branch to open in Land O’ Lakes

First National Bank of Pasco is expanding into the growing markets of central Pasco County. Bank officials filed an application to open their first Land O’ Lakes branch at the northeast corner of State Road 54 and Livingston Road, according to records filed with the Office of Comptroller of the Currency. It will be the fourth office for First National, which opened in Dade City in 1986. Two … [Read more...]

Halloween happenings fill upcoming calendar

Many people call it Halloween. For others, it's a fall festival. Whatever you call it, it's a time for special events and things to do in your area. Some are a bit frightening and geared toward adults. Others are fun and feature activities for children. There might be games, treats and maybe a few scares, but there's something for everyone. And while Halloween is at the end of October, … [Read more...]

New bus stop at Porter campus adds transportation options

A new bus stop at Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch has provided another transportation option for students attending the Pasco-Hernando State College, and staff members working there. Pasco County Public Transportation added the stop, effective Sept. 29, in a loop near the college’s parking garage. The satellite campus opened in Wesley Chapel last January. The bus route runs along the … [Read more...]

Bus service now including PHSC’s Porter Campus

The bus schedule for Route 54 has been adjusted, allowing it to now include Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch. Pasco County Public Transportation started offering the bus service Sept. 29, and will come to the campus every two hours beginning at 8:07 a.m., and ending at 6:07 p.m. Students are eligible for discount fares and passes with a valid PCPT reduced fare … [Read more...]

New tax collector’s office doing brisk business in opening weeks

Any time you open a new location, you wonder if people will like the decisions you’ve made, and if the hard work will pay off. That happens if you’re a business owner or a general manager. Or even the Pasco County Tax Collector. “You’re always concerned about ‘If you build it, will they come?’” said Tax Collector Mike Fasano, referencing the iconic line from the movie “Field of … [Read more...]