Finding new ways to celebrate, amid COVID-19

COVID-19 may have delayed graduations for the Class 2020, but it couldn’t curb the enthusiasm of graduates, and their loved ones, to celebrate their achievements. Drive-by celebrations were held at The Grove in Wesley Chapel for members of the Class of 2020 from Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel and Cypress Creek high schools. Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore read the list of graduates’ … [Read more...]

Feeding the hungry through ‘pop-up’ food drive

When Idlewild Baptist Church decided to hold a food drive recently — it had no idea the response would be so great that it would essentially create a traffic jam because so many church members showed up to drop off contributions. Typically, the church takes weeks to plan big events. In this case, it sprang into action. As medical and economic impacts of coronavirus disease-2019 … [Read more...]

Lutz video game studio offers virtual concerts

As coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) is keeping most stuck inside home, a Lutz-based video game studio is discovering novel ways to keep users together and entertained. For years, Artix Entertainment has been creating free online fantasy-based video games filled with monsters, magic and storytelling. Among the most popular iterations is the AdventureQuest3D series, which takes … [Read more...]

Keystone Community Church delivers Easter joy

Members of the Keystone Community Church delivered Easter baskets and food to 26 families on April 1. The food boxes contained dairy, meat, bread from Publix, fruit, veggies and nonperishable items. The Easter baskets were made by the church’s women’s group, along with Emma Wasson, a volunteer’s granddaughter. The church, which is on State Road 54 just west of the U.S. 41 … [Read more...]

Local businesses getting hit with COVID-19 impacts

Drive around the region and the impacts of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) are obvious. Grocery store parking lots are full — with people lining up before the stores open to get their hands on toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and other scarce items. There’s less traffic on the road because many people are working remotely, and that number may climb if ‘stay at home’ mandates are … [Read more...]

Under Construction 03/18/2020

Addition to office plaza The Lutz Stonewood Professional Park is currently adding two new buildings to its site. This comes as its first building was erected last year. The structures will both stand at over 3,600 square feet, serving as medical and office space along State Road 54. There are plans to incorporate 10 buildings, in all, within the plaza.       Office … [Read more...]

This entrepreneur is bullish on Pasco

When Thomas Giella Jr., launched his business, he was a one-man operation — and he wasn’t sure how to get it where he wanted it to go. So, he took advantage of various programs offered through the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., and began learning more about the ins and outs of being an entrepreneur. That helped get his business rolling, and now, six years later, he still uses what … [Read more...]

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North expands

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North has completed a $75 million expansion, and began welcoming patients to its more spacious facility this week. The project doubled the hospital’s capacity — increasing it from 108 beds to 216 beds. The hospital also has upped its intensive care unit beds from 12 to 24. And, has more room to deliver services, accommodate visitors and enhance employee work … [Read more...]

Simulation teaches a real-life history lesson

Second-graders at McKitrick Elementary School had a chance to gain a greater understanding of what life was like for immigrants arriving at Ellis Island during the early 1900s. The school, at 5503 Lutz Lake Fern Road, created an event that allowed children the chance to walk through the paces that immigrants faced when they arrived in America. The Feb. 27 simulation involved 180 … [Read more...]

Edward Scissorhands’ screening coming soon

If you’re a local and a fan of the movie, “Edward Scissorhands,” you may already know that much of the movie was filmed in the Carpenters Run neighborhood of Lutz. Of course, Carpenters Run no longer boasts the bright pastel-colored homes or topiaries featured in the film, but Kenny Caperton, of On Set Cinema, plans to bring elements of the movie to life in a special event planned for the … [Read more...]