Stepping forward to help, in time of need

These are not normal times and the community is responding to surging needs in light of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel and Firefighters Charities of Pasco joined together to purchase $10,000 of nonperishable food items, as well as toilet paper, tissues and paper towels — to help Pasco County seniors. The two groups collaborated with … [Read more...]

Stepping up to help

Whether it’s sewing protective masks, printing free coloring books, holding prayer services, giving away pizzas or providing pallets of food — people across The Laker/Lutz News are stepping up to help others, in response to the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Linda Mitchell, of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, has organized a group of seamstresses who are using their … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff’s Office warns of coronavirus scams

As coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) dominates attention globally, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office warns that cybercriminals are seeking to capitalize on the public’s desire to know more about the outbreak. There are nationwide reports of phishing scams that attempt to steal personal information or to infect devices with malware, and ads that peddle false information or scam products, the … [Read more...]

Pasco County steps closer to rental registry

Pasco County is taking aim at a problem that crops up when a Pasco County Sheriff’s deputy arrives at a scene, and isn’t able to determine who owns the property, or who is authorized to be there. The problem also occurs when the county can’t pin down a way to locate who’s responsible for code violations at a specific site. To address those issues, the Pasco County Commission is considering a … [Read more...]

Movers for Moms helps survivors of domestic violence

When moms and their children escape from a dangerous situation at home, they may not have a chance to pack clothing or personal care items, or other belongings. This is the 11th year that Two Men and a Truck has organized the Movers for Moms Program, with the goal of giving back to mothers in need each Mother’s Day. During 2018, the program, which operates nationally, collected more than … [Read more...]

Dade City remembers Chief Raymond Velboom

It was standing-room only at the Army National Guard building in Dade City, as police officers in dress uniform and members of the community turned out to honor the life of the community’s Police Chief Raymond E. Velboom, who passed away on Oct. 27. Velboom’s death, at age 67,  followed a lengthy battle with throat cancer. The celebration of Velboom’s life began with the solemn presentation of … [Read more...]

Pasco County Schools helping Hurricane Michael victims

Pasco County Schools has given 20 school buses to Bay District Schools and is loaning 20 maintenance employees to that district to help it recover from Hurricane Michael. Bay County school bus drivers traveled to New Port Richey on Nov. 1, where they picked up the Pasco school district’s buses to drive them back to Bay County, according to a news release from Pasco County Schools. When the … [Read more...]

Citizens’ survey offers praise, concerns

About 60 percent of residents who responded to an annual National Citizens Survey rated Pasco County’s quality of life as good. Similarly, residents gave good marks to the overall quality of county services and customer services. But, the survey results weren’t entirely rosy. The growth in housing is happening faster than infrastructure, including roads and schools, according to residents … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel to get a new fire rescue station

A new fire station in Wesley Chapel will replace an aging facility that has become inadequate to handle the needs of a growing population. Pasco County’s Fire Rescue Station No. 13, off Old Pasco Road, is expected to open in January 2019. A groundbreaking was held in mid-March on the same day the Pasco County commissioners approved the construction contract of about $2.6 million. Funding is … [Read more...]

This summer camp offers insights into solving crimes

As many high school teenagers spend their summer break relaxing and having fun, a small group of students used their free time another way — dusting fingerprints, analyzing blood spatter patterns and studying forensic clues. These campers were learning how to solve crimes as part of Saint Leo University’s inaugural Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Summer Camp. The camp gave high school … [Read more...]