Summer camp offers ‘real-world’ look at forensics

Some local high schoolers will get a chance to get an up-close look at the many components of forensic investigations — via a weeklong summer camp in Land O’ Lakes hosted by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office and FIRST (Florida’s Forensic Institute for Research, Security & Tactics). The FIRST Forensic Summer Camp is scheduled for July 20 through July 24. Each camp day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 … [Read more...]

Dade City teen is heading to West Point

It began as an errant wish, then slowly evolved into a burning desire. Now, it’s reality. Aiden Hopping, a 17-year-old home-schooled student from Dade City, has been accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, completing the rigorous entrance requirements and receiving an appointment nomination from U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis. “It will be a huge change. But, I’m not nervous. … [Read more...]

Ridge Road construction moves forward

By summer, motorists could take their first spins along the initial segment of the Ridge Road extension from Moon Lake Road/DeCubellis Road to Town Center Boulevard. “We’re hoping we open that leg by the start of August, for the start of the school year,” said Sam Beneck, Pasco County’s property manager. “They are pulling out all the stops to get it done. It’s going to be a real … [Read more...]

Top Parade of Homes Awards For ICI Homes

It’s always exciting for a builder to be recognized in a community’s Parade of Homes competition, but this year ICI Homes outdid itself by winning two of the most prestigious awards in Tampa Bay. In early March, a total of 79 homes were entered in the Parade of Homes from a variety of builders and developers, in the competition organized by the Tampa Bay Builders Association. And, once again, … [Read more...]

Keep Your Family Cool and Safe With A New A/C and Generator

Florida’s hot and humid summer is in full force, and with it comes the dangers of thunderstorms and hurricanes. If your family is spending more time than ever at home because of COVID-19, it may be smart to consider updating or replacing you’re A/C system, and look into installing a portable or permanent all-home generator. "The only thing worse than having you’re A/C go out on the hottest … [Read more...]

Daisy Scouts give the gift of books

Girl Scouts deliver much more than delicious cookies. They’re also leaders in delivering community services. For example, some Daisy Girl Scouts from Land O’ Lakes Troop 50128 recently donated about 650 gently used books to BookWorks, a literacy program sponsored by Goodwill Industries-Suncoast Inc. Ken Karbowski greeted the Scouts and their troop leaders as they dropped off box after … [Read more...]

A sweet send-off for Sunlake band seniors

When it became clear that the Sunlake High School music program wouldn’t be able to have its traditional end-of-the-year banquet — Miriam’s Cakes stepped up to do something special for the seniors who would be graduating. “We’ve been a band family for 10 years. That’s a very special group for us,” said Ed DelValle, who owns the Land O’ Lakes bakery along with his wife, Miriam Ruiz. “Every … [Read more...]

New Daikin Fit HVAC System Offers Maximum Comfort

With the beginning of Florida’s hot summer months, and so many people working from home these days, there has never been more of a need for a dependable and efficient air conditioning system. “Many families are upgrading their A/C system, either because their existing unit is unreliable and costing too much to maintain, or their unit is so inefficient that it uses an increasing amount of … [Read more...]

Pasco County Schools hits million-meal mark

Pasco County Schools has delivered more than a million meals to students since school campuses closed. The district has been serving bagged meals at numerous sites and bus stops to provide meals to students who, in many cases, rely on schools for their only reliable source of food. Since March 23, when the district began its remote feeding efforts, the district has served 1,095,537 … [Read more...]

Sharing the beauty of organ music is this man’s quest

He’s 74 now, but Dave Cucuzza recalls a moment from decades ago — as if it was yesterday. He was 8 years old at the time, living in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and his family was heading out to church. Their car was buried in snow, though, so they had to dig it out. By the time they arrived at church, it was the High Mass. “The organist was up in the balcony in the back, and it was a … [Read more...]