La Yuma dishes Cuban cuisine in Lutz

Chef Pepe Diaz keeps a close eye on what goes on in his kitchen. The Cuban dishes that pass from the kitchen to the dining room at La Yuma restaurant are authentic to his native country. But, Diaz also has recipes uniquely his own. His back story in itself is not the typical path to culinary success. As a political prisoner of Fidel Castro, his job in jail was to take scant food … [Read more...]

A time-honored tradition to remember those who served

The four men came to Lutz Cemetery on a Saturday morning, with a cool breeze stirring the trees, and the sun shining brightly in the clear blue sky. They got to work quickly, each grabbing a supply of American flags and staking out a segment of the cemetery. The men — Bill Garrison, Ray Mason, Richard Fernandez and Jim Evans — worked their way through the rows of gravestones, looking for … [Read more...]

In Print: Playoffs kick off Friday for Sunlake, Zephyrhills

Are you ready for the playoffs? Are the Sunlake Seahawks, or the Zephyrhills Bulldogs? Well, someone needs to be, because the state football playoffs begin Friday, with Zephyrhills on the road to the Panhandle area, while Sunlake is hosting a tough team from Ocala. "The farthest we've gotten is the second round in the playoffs," Seahawks coach Bill Browning told reporter Michael Murillo. … [Read more...]

Florida nation’s most veteran-friendly state?

What does it take to become the most veteran-friendly state in the nation? Just follow Florida's example. At least that's what Florida TaxWatch, a nonpartisan advocacy group on how taxpayer money is spent, is sharing as the state honors its veterans. "Florida is proud of the brave servicemen and women who have chosen to build their lives and raise their families in the Sunshine State," … [Read more...]

Pasco Schools to honor veterans Tuesday

Pasco County Schools are hosting a variety of events on Veterans Day Tuesday to honor those who risked or gave their lives for America's freedoms. The day starts off at Wesley Chapel Center for the Arts with a Veterans Day presentation beginning at 8:30 a.m. It will include Superintendent Kurt Browning as well as Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley, and will honor and celebrate … [Read more...]

Free admission July 4 for military personnel

The Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, is offering free admission for all military personnel on July 4. It's open to active duty, veteran and retired military personnel for them and up to five family members. Open exhibits on Independence Day include Disasterville, The Amazing You, as well as the BioWorks Butterfly Garden. Visitors also have a chance to check … [Read more...]