Meritage Homes’ Ashcroft Offers Affordable Homes In Watergrass

Join the fun Saturday, June 8, when Meritage Homes celebrates the grand opening of its newest community in Tampa — Ashcroft at Watergrass. Located off Curley Road in highly desired Wesley Chapel, Ashcroft is a community of 120 homesites, with move-in ready homes for families looking to get settled in before the next school year begins. “We have six very livable plans to choose from, all … [Read more...]

Changes afoot, as school bells ring in a new year

School bells are summoning students back to classes in Hillsborough and Pasco counties — and some students will be attending classes on entirely new campuses. Sunlake Academy of Math and Science, a new public charter school in Hillsborough County, begins its inaugural school year on Aug. 10. It is located at 18681 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz. Meanwhile, Pasco County is opening Bexley … [Read more...]

Pasco students showcase their talents

The talent was endless. The applause was, too. Special needs students from seven Pasco County schools displayed their unique skills on May 17 before more than 100 parents, peers and school faculty. The eighth annual Showcase for Exceptional Talent was held at the Wesley Chapel High School Center for the Arts auditorium. From dancing and singing/duets, to lip-syncing and comedy … [Read more...]

Higher school impact fees coming to Pasco?

A discussion has begun in Pasco County that could lead to higher impact fees paid by new residential development to address growing demands for school construction. Increased school impact fees might provide a source of revenue that could help plug the growing gap between the revenue the district receives and its construction needs, according to district officials. But the idea of an … [Read more...]

Wiregrass, Pasco high schools chart big enrollment gains

Hordes of Wiregrass Ranch High School students head to portable classrooms each morning, as the school copes with an enrollment of 2,255. The school now has 30 portable classrooms, and must have four lunch periods to accommodate its swelling enrollment, said its principal, Robyn White. The high school, at 2909 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, had 165 more students this year than last, as … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel Walmart opens Aug. 13

A new store and 300 new jobs are coming to Wesley Chapel on Wednesday when the new Walmart at 28500 State Road 54 opens its doors. The store will feature a number of amenities, including its Site to Store program, that allows customers to choose items online and then pick them up at the store. Stephanie White will manage the Wesley Chapel location. She has worked at Walmart since 1988 when … [Read more...]

Hair emergencies are not a problem for Rebecca

Rebecca Weeks, owner of Rebecca Does Hair in Wesley Chapel, schedules appointments to meet the clients needs. “If a client needs a midnight appointment, then I’ll be here,” says Rebecca. “Hair emergencies are not a problem. If something comes up and you need your hair styled at the last minute, I’ll make time for you.” She started out working in a large salon in 2010 after graduating from the … [Read more...]

Pasco schools get good news in reading, science

Florida schools are transitioning into the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and some proof of the success of that move already is showing up in the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores. Pasco County schools showed improvement in reading and science, but has room for improvement when it comes to math, based on test details released by Pasco County Schools on Friday. "We are … [Read more...]