Academy at the Lakes turns 25

The Academy at the Lakes students came striding off the yellow school bus, ready for action. They’d just arrived at the Old Lutz School, and before long, they were yanking weeds, pushing wheelbarrows and spreading mulch at the historic schoolhouse, an icon in the community of Lutz. They were also picking up branches and sticks, strewn about by Hurricane Irma. This crew was just one of … [Read more...]

First Class: Support the Troops remembers those serving overseas

Mark Van Trees received the Champion of Service Award presented by Gov. Rick Scott on Nov. 12 for his work with Support the Troops. And it would be a good story — except Van Trees doesn’t like talking about it. “It’s certainly not deserved,” the Wesley Chapel organization’s director said. Instead, Van Trees prefers to talk about the dozens of volunteers who stock, store and pack the … [Read more...]