An atrophied hand offers beauty, inspiration

Finding and creating beauty in spite of life’s obstacles is something Shyama Rangwala knows all too well. She is a professional painter and art instructor with five studios ranging from Land O’ Lakes, Tampa and Brandon. Her birth name is Monali; however, under her adopted artistic name, “Shyama,” she is renowned for her featured work in more than 25 exhibitions in both her native India, … [Read more...]

Carballa appointed assistant county administrator

The Pasco County Commission has confirmed the appointment of Mike Carballa to serve as the assistant county administrator for public infrastructure. Carballa’s confirmation became effective on Oct. 14. County Administrator Dan Biles recommended Carballa for the position after a nationwide search, which attracted more than 40 applicants. Carballa joined the county’s staff in April 2014 as … [Read more...]

Efforts underway to help Hurricane Michael victims

In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, some local efforts are underway to help the storm’s victims. Hurricane Michael was monstrous, clocking winds at 155 mph and becoming the first Category 4 storm to slam into Florida’s Panhandle. Its fierce winds and storm surge have reduced coastal communities to rubble, and after wreaking its havoc on the Panhandle, the destructive storm made its way … [Read more...]

Forensics research center expected to break new ground

Construction is now underway in Land O’ Lakes on a forensics and training facility that will offer a collaborative resource for universities, forensic scientists and law enforcement. Ground was broken during a Sept. 19 ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Florida’s Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics, or F.I.R.S.T for short. The complex will be next to the Adam Kennedy … [Read more...]

Judson was a trailblazer

The Pasco-Hernando State College community is mourning the recent death of Dr. Robert Judson Jr., the college’s second president. The educator began his career at Pasco-Hernando State College in 1972, when the college was a community college — known as the college without walls — and was in the process of opening its doors to Pasco and Hernando county communities, according to a news release … [Read more...]

Keep an eye on these locals in college football

The college football season is just underway, and dozens of players from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area can be seen showcasing their skills on Saturdays in the fall. Well over 100 players from the area are a part of various programs at the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Series (FCS) levels, as well as Division II, Division III and the National Association … [Read more...]

Local astronomy club promotes stargazing

A group of amateur astronomers have gathered at New Port Richey’s Starkey Park for 15 years, toting their telescopes to help the public get an intimate glimpse at planets, star clusters, meteors and galaxies. The space enthusiasts’ latest gathering held particular meaning. The Pasco Astronomers celebrated its 15th anniversary on Aug. 11 with a free public stargazing event the park. It … [Read more...]

Local entrepreneur creates healthy desserts

After tiring of drinking the same old protein shakes, James Doyle decided to brainstorm some new ideas. He figured there was a way to turn his protein powder into a dessert. So, the 29-year-old Wesley Chapel man began experimenting. Inspired by how Jell-O works, Doyle developed FREEZINda, a liquid and dry mix product that transforms any whey protein powder into an ice cream-like, frozen … [Read more...]

Bus express service links Wesley Chapel and Tampa

A new express bus service running from Wesley Chapel to downtown Tampa could potentially carry about 200,000 passengers annually, according to calculations by officials at the Hillsborough Area Transit Authority, also known as HART. The 275LX bus route, which launched July 1, was among the topics discussed at the monthly economic development briefing luncheon sponsored by the North Tampa Bay … [Read more...]

Rosebud Continuum approved as a private school

Field trips to Rosebud Continuum are a regular, bi-weekly event for students at Academy at the Lakes during the school year. Students learn about gardening and sustainable practices for an environmentally friendly world. Now, Rosebud’s staff members are preparing for a future that will expand its outreach to more schools. The Pasco County Planning Commission on July 11 approved a … [Read more...]