Busy hurricane season expected

As if COVID-19, an economic meltdown and soaring unemployment aren’t enough — Floridians need to brace for an above-normal hurricane season, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Just days into the season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, Tropical Storm Cristobal swept into the Gulf Coast, triggering a storm surge of almost 6 feet along parts of the northern … [Read more...]

Charities hit hard

It was a gorgeous day on March 7, as patrons streamed into the annual Fabulous Flea Market  hosted by the GFWC Lutz Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, at the Old Lutz School. Crowds were lined up on both sides of the school, on U.S. 41, waiting for the sale to start. Elaine Pittman, affectionately known as “The Plant Lady,” said she sold more plants in a single day than on all but one other day … [Read more...]

Enjoy Land O’ Lakes music jams

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park will be the gathering place for the annual Land O’ Lakes Music Festival. A lineup of bands is set to perform on the stage at the park, at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce is hosting the concert, set for March 21, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The gate opens at 3:30 p.m. Patrons … [Read more...]

Planting the seeds of sustainable living

Pasco County is pursuing a vision that’s aimed at giving people more opportunities to grow their own food, to learn the ins and outs of gardening, and to bring young and old together for a variety of activities. A celebration was held recently at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., to unveil a new “Food for All” mural and to offer tours of a new community garden. Dr. … [Read more...]

Under Construction 02/19/2020

Furniture store in Wesley Chapel A La-Z-Boy Furniture gallery will be another outlet for those looking for the right home décor. The building is at 25960 Sierra Center Blvd., in Lutz, and is 13,650 square feet. As part of the Cypress Creek Town Center, the structure is near the intersection of State Road 56 and Interstate 75. No completion or open date has been announced … [Read more...]

Tax Refund Is A Great Way To Fund Home Improvements

You may already be thinking about how to best use your tax refund, which most people get in February and March, a few weeks after filing their 2019 tax returns. Tax refunds are substantial income for many families. The IRS reports that 90 percent of American taxpayers receive a refund, with $2,725 being the average refund in 2018. And, while it’s fun to fantasize about blowing your refund on … [Read more...]

New donation drive set to help foster families

George Agovino and Josh Gaulden have launched a new initiative aimed at helping foster children. The pair has established the Fostering Change Foster Closet, in what was formerly a vacant house, at 10207 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The 501 (c)(3) nonprofit is a hub for foster families to pick out free necessities that they otherwise could not afford. It also will serve … [Read more...]

Benefit to support Lutz cancer patient

Bill Myers, of Lutz, has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer — and the community has come together to try to help him. A benefit has been planned for Nov. 23 from noon to 6 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. There’s no admission charge for the event, which will feature musical performances, a variety of vendors and food … [Read more...]

Political season is beginning to heat up

It’s not 2020 yet, but the political season is underway, and candidates are beginning to make their intentions known. This Political Agenda column is The Laker/Lutz News’ way to keep our readers informed of candidates who have filed, political party meetings, political forums and endorsements. This column also includes information that’s pertinent for upcoming elections, such as deadlines … [Read more...]

Be Wary of Companies That Don’t Specialize In Plumbing

Knowing who to call when one of your home’s primary mechanical systems needs repair —plumbing, electrical and air conditioning — can be overwhelming with so many businesses advertising their services. Complicating your decision is that many A/C companies also offer limited plumbing services to install hot water heaters, a faucet or toilet. Unfortunately, most of these businesses only specialize … [Read more...]