‘He had lots of ideas and wanted to do things’

Seventy-three-year-old Ray Mason died suddenly after a medical emergency during a vacation. Mason’s death was “a terrible shock,” said Lyle Watson, who came to know Mason during their time together as members of the Lutz/Land O' Lakes American Legion Post 108. “He bought into the Legion 150 percent,” Watson said. “He very quickly made a name for himself and made everybody take … [Read more...]

Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest draws record crowd

About 8,000 people attended the fifth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest, breaking another record for the event founded in 2010 by the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. Besides attracting thousands to enjoy the barbecue and bands, the event on Jan. 17 at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, also lured 51 teams to compete to see who makes the best barbecue. Thirty-nine teams … [Read more...]

Buffalo Wild Wings planned for State Road 56

Land is getting pretty expensive along State Road 56, which is exactly what the owner of the Buffalo Wild Wings chain found out late last month. AMC Wesley Chapel Real Estate Inc., a company affiliated with Buffalo Wild Wings owner Diversified Restaurant Holdings Inc., purchased a little more than 2.5 acres of land along State Road 56 just east of Cypress Ridge Boulevard for $2.3 million. … [Read more...]

Kauffman Tire planning new store in Wesley Chapel

Central Pasco County is set to get its first Kauffman Tire location with plans to build a 7,600-square-foot location on vacant land along Wesley Chapel Boulevard. Developers are eyeing a 2.3-acre parcel around the area of 28225 Wesley Chapel Boulevard, located next to the Walgreens near where Wesley Chapel Boulevard connects with the northern portion of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The land was … [Read more...]

How much will it cost this year to pay taxes?

Taxpayers looking to hire a professional to complete their 2013 tax return can expect to pay an average of $261 for an itemized Form 1040 with Schedule A, according to a new report from the National Society of Accountants. “The IRS says it takes an average of four hours just to complete and submit a Form 1040,” said John Ams, executive vice president of NSA, in a release. “You have to ask, ‘How … [Read more...]

Great Location and Unique Services at Compass Self Storage

You will never think of the storage industry as mundane ever again after meeting the local managers of Compass Self Storage on Bruce B Downs in north Tampa. Its trio of managers, Jeremy Jones, Gus Maragliano and Christina Jacome, excitedly spout all the reasons why Compass is the best place to securely store your items and the best place to work. “We’re a different kind of storage place … [Read more...]

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with great Mexican Food at Elsa’s

Folks looking for Tex-Mex cuisine can get their fix of hot peppers and tantalizing south-of-the-border spices at Elsa’s 41 Tex-Mex Sports Grill. This upscale, yet affordable neighborhood restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Lutz at US 41 and Sunset Boulevard. Tucked into a retail center behind McDonald’s, Elsa’s caters to business people for lunch, families for dinners and … [Read more...]