Festival offers Halloween fun for all ages in Wesley Chapel

The Wesley Chapel Fall Festival is back again for its 14th year, ready to offer festival-goers a variety of ways to have seasonal fun. Festivities will include a Glow Party, where participants wear glow bracelets and necklaces, while dancing to a live DJ performance. On Oct. 27 at 4 p.m., children are encouraged to come out with their Halloween costumes for Trunk-or-Treat, where they can … [Read more...]

Let the good times roll

Part of the secret to having fun is knowing where to find it. And, then once you have figured out some options, it’s good to know early enough so you can do what you need to do, to maximize your enjoyment. That’s the idea behind this master calendar: It’s a list of fun stuff to do in 2018 — giving readers plenty of time to consider their choices and make some plans. So, as New Year gets … [Read more...]

Strong early voter turnout so far in Pasco

Brian Corley likes what he's seeing for the 2014 election so far. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, more than 21 percent of registered voters in Pasco County have dropped a ballot in the voting box, and there's still two full days of early voting left. "We're on pace to beat 2010, and we're doing that with less than a 10-minute wait" at early voting locations around the county, said Corley, Pasco's … [Read more...]

Growth at The Grove may depend on traffic light

Hiring has begun at a Chuck E. Cheese’s store now under construction at The Grove at Wesley Chapel, a shopping center opened at the height of the recent housing boom, which is now growing again. How much the shopping center bordering Interstate 75 will expand, however, depends on the cooperation developers get from Pasco County officials. “The challenge we have with all the major future … [Read more...]

In Print: Growth at The Grove could get red light

It takes a lot to stand in the way of progress, but a popular shopping center just off Interstate 75 in Wesley Chapel may have finally found its Achilles heel: A traffic light. The Grove at Wesley Chapel has the room to grow, however new tenants are shying away from the complex because they say another traffic light is needed where Oakley Boulevard meets County Road 54. "The challenge we … [Read more...]

More than 5,000 show up for first day of early voting

A lot of people are heading to the polls, and it's not even Election Day yet. Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley says more than 5,000 people turned out to vote on Saturday, as early voting started in various locations around the county. By lunchtime on Monday, the number of early voters quickly approached 9,000, joining more than 38,000 mail-in ballots already received for the … [Read more...]

In Print: There’s only one way, the Keppel Way

Kris Keppel is the last person who feels he deserves all the accolades he's received lately. While he had to retire as both a cross-country coach and a teacher for Land O' Lakes High School earlier this year because of his battle with pancreatic cancer, Keppel still has to admit, what he's done — and always has done — is inspire. And that's what he wants to keep on doing. "It's pretty … [Read more...]

Vote by mail already has 10 percent turnout

Early voting doesn't start until this weekend. But in the meantime, Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley continues to collect mail-in votes — by the thousands. As of late Monday, Corley has received more than 30,000 ballots for the upcoming midterm election. Of those ballots, 35 percent of them are from Democrats, 45 percent are from Republicans, and 20 percent were from other … [Read more...]

Doing spiritual work, using talent and a pair of shears

Mayra Santiago has devoted more than half her lifetime styling people’s hair to help them look good. Normally, she uses her expertise to tend to customers at Ulta Beauty, a products retailer with salon services in The Grove at Wesley Chapel. But over the summer, Santiago joined a group from Vida Community Church on a mission trip to Colombia to cut hair for people living in a rural … [Read more...]

In Print: This is not your typical Amazon summertime excursion

Missionary work, especially the kind that takes you around the world, is very important. And that could include all kinds of jobs — educators, builders, doctors, you name it. But what about hairstylists? Mayra Santiago helps many customers at Ulta Beauty at The Grove at Wesley Chapel. But this past summer, she traveled to Colombia, where the 43-year-old made sure the people living in the … [Read more...]