Giving thanks with a grateful heart

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a time to reflect on the blessings in our lives. This past year has been particularly joyful for me, both professionally and personally. Since this newspaper is such a big part of my life, I want to share with you the top 10 reasons Thanksgiving is especially meaningful to me this year. Our readers I want to thank all of the readers of The Laker/Lutz News for … [Read more...]

Simon: Outlet mall construction has started

Crews were out this week clearing the land near the intersection of State Road 56 and Interstate 75 for a new outlet mall, and it looks like come this time next year, there will be a new place for residents to shop. Simon Property Group told investors in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday, that construction has started on Tampa Premium Outlets, a … [Read more...]

Fact Check: Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s campaign visit to Zephyrhills

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera made a campaign stop on behalf of Gov. Rick Scott in Zephyrhills Sept. 22, speaking in front of the Conservative Club of East Pasco. Throughout his stump speech, Lopez-Cantera attacked Scott’s Democratic opponent, former Gov. Charlie Crist, but also made some other claims as well.  For the complete story of Lopez-Cantera's campaign stop, read the Oct. 1 edition … [Read more...]

Saint Leo abbot discusses the art of spirituality

For thousands of years before Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, books were printed and illustrated by hand — a painstaking process often completed within the confines of monastery walls. The St. John’s Bible, a modern version of that ancient practice commissioned by St. John’s Abbey and University, depicts the first handwritten illuminated Bible of a monumental size … [Read more...]

MOSI wins national award from Noyce Foundation

The Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa has been selected as one of just seven museums in the country to receive the Bright Lights Community Engagement Award from the Noyce Foundation. The award recognizes science centers, children's museums and natural history museums that have done what it considers to be an outstanding job of engaging with their local communities, especially in areas … [Read more...]

Cindy Perkins ‘elected’ Lutz Guv’na for 2014

In the end, Cindy Perkins proved she could win an office — for a price. The Lutz chiropractor topped four other candidates in charity fundraising efforts over the Fourth of July weekend, to succeed Suzin Carr as the new Lutz Guv'na. Perkins, who originally hails from a small town in Minnesota, told the Lutz News last month she enjoys the small-town feel that Lutz provides. The … [Read more...]

Passing the baton to my future daughter-in-law

When my son Andy announced his engagement recently, I had flashbacks to his childhood at the same time I was offering congratulations and best wishes. When Andy was born 25 years ago, I believed no one could ever love him as much as I did. From the time he was an adorable tow-headed baby to a defiant teenager to an honorable man, I have loved Andy unconditionally. In good times and bad, no … [Read more...]

Husband and Wife Team Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Open Clinic in Wesley Chapel

Women have many choices when it comes to cosmetic surgery and skin care. Board-certified plastic surgeons and board-certified dermatologists are uniquely trained to provide these services. Together, Drs. Raj and Aparna Ambay provide Tampa’s first center for coordinated care. “Quality and safety should always be a priority,” Dr. Raj Ambay, a board-certified plastic surgeon, recommends … [Read more...]