Eiland Boulevard undergoing improvements

Eiland Boulevard is undergoing repaving between its intersections with Handcart Road and Fort King Road in Zephyrhills. The project, which began the week of May 13, is a result of studies showing the road’s need for resurfacing because of crevices. “We evaluated the condition of the pavement,” stated Ainsley Caldwell, chief project manager of Pasco County. “We did some ratings on [a] number … [Read more...]

Iconic Zephyrhills business lost to fire

A sadness looms over 5707 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. Caution tape, and charred debris litter the empty, dirt parking lot. A pungent smell of burnt wood lingers in the air. Such is the aftermath of a May 2 two-alarm fire that destroyed the Crystal Bar and Package store, a Zephyrhills landmark, which has operated at the location since 1954. Zephyrhills Fire Rescue received a call … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel library to be remodeled this fall

Community locals gathered at the New River Branch Library to learn of Pasco County’s plans to renovate the building’s interior and exterior. The April 25 meeting was also an opportunity for the public to voice any questions, concerns or ideas regarding the project. The library is one of seven branches that will undergo makeovers with funding provided by a general obligation bond … [Read more...]

Local YMCA hosts Healthy Kids Day

There were loads of activities offered at the East Pasco Family YMCA Healthy Kids Day on April 27. The YMCA facility, at 37301 Chapel Hill Loop in Zephyrhills, was among YMCAs across the country participating in the national initiative. The event focused on improving the health and well-being of kids and their families. Activities geared toward keeping young minds and bodies active … [Read more...]

Fun in the sun — plus exercise, too

Some residents of Betmar Acres, in Zephyrhills, hit the pool three times a week to work out and have fun at the same time. Laughter, cheers and good-natured teasing fill the air at the heated pool, while the players hit large colorful balls around, in water volleyball games. About two dozen players jump, dive, swing and swat — in friendly games that give participants a nice workout, … [Read more...]

A fond farewell to the snowbirds

The time has come where the snowbirds are leaving their Florida homes to go back to where they reside in the summer. I guess all good things must come to an end, eventually. Before the end of the season, we had a potluck on March 31, and over 122 residents and guests attended. This potluck was hosted by Ilene Nutting and several helpers, and what a superb job they did. The helpers consisted … [Read more...]

Easter events offer religious observances and family fun

Whether they want to celebrate their faith, take the kids for an egg hunt, or just enjoy some fellowship with church friends — there are plenty of seasonal options throughout The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Check out the listings below. LUTZ What: While We Wait Where: Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54, Lutz When: April 19 at 7 p.m. Cost: Free Details: The musical and … [Read more...]

Grand Horizons thanks its volunteers

There was the first annual Old Tyme Gospel Jamboree at Zephyr Park on March 16. They had several performers and, from what I was told, they were all very good. Paul and Freda Williams, from our park, were there performing, plus several others.  We had other commitments that day so we had to miss it, but we do hope to make it next year. On March 22, we had karaoke, which was started several … [Read more...]

Old State Road 54 widening will ease East Pasco congestion

Work is underway to widen Old State Road 54, from Wesley Chapel to Zephyrhills, from a two-lane road to four lanes. The 4.5-mile widening, which started in November 2017, will ease congestion between Curley and Morris Bridge roads. The project will create a more consistent flow of traffic, as Old State Road 54 is a six-lane road, west of Curley Road. “You have multiple lanes, multiple … [Read more...]

State Road 56 extension to Zephyrhills is progressing

Pasco County’s efforts to extend State Road 56 from Meadow Pointe Boulevard to U.S. 301 are advancing, as construction is now in the latter phases of development. “The main thing is the local connection between Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel,” stated Gregory Deese, resident engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation. The project, which began two years ago, will offer motorists a … [Read more...]