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The number of people who depend on HART’s Route 51X connecting Pasco County to downtown Tampa is dwindling. And so is the organization’s money. So it’s probably no surprise to some of the remaining riders that officials with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit want to make some significant changes to the route, possibly removing the express route altogether. But at the very least, adding some local stops to finally bring such mass transit service to the New Tampa area. “It is important as an agency that we consider the needs of the current riders,” HART interim chief operating officer Ruthie Reyes Burckard told concerned riders dur-
ing a recent meeting at the New Tampa Library. “There is no transportation along Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. We have been looking at this area, and are trying to get some service into this area, whether it’s local or some kind of hybrid option” of both express and local service. Right now, the express bus takes workers from Pasco County and New Tampa into downtown Tampa early workday mornings, and returns them late in the afternoon. HART is looking at three options to change its service, all of them at least coming with a name change for the route: 51LX. All the new options include local stops along Bruce B. Downs in places like County Line Road,Tampa Palms Boulevard, and even See EXPRESS, page 12
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When Steve Azzoli pulls his bright blue car into an auto parts store and pops open his hood, he invariably draws a crowd. That’s because the retired Land O’ Lakes man is tooling around in an all-electric car, and people want to take a look. Azzoli got the car for his project in 2011, and didn’t get the parts to convert it into an electric vehicle until the middle of 2012. It took six months to restore the car and another 18 months to convert it. Rebirth Auto of St. Petersburg helped Azzoli get the right battery system and motor controller, while Diamond Auto Works Inc., in Lutz did the bodywork, welding and fabrication work, and car painting. Diamond Auto’s Bobby Boles said when Azzoli first told him what he was planning to do, he thought he was crazy. But Boles figured if Azzoli was willing to invest so much in the electric car project,Azzoli must know what he was talking about. The bodywork made the car more aerodynamic,Azzoli said. Since completing the project,Azzoli has driven 5,700 miles without using a drop of gas. He estimates he saves about $300 a month with his electric car. Beyond saving money on fuel, he’s also spending less on maintenance.
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The project cost about $23,000, but Azzoli said that is less than what it would cost for a Chevrolet Volt, a popular gas and electric hybrid car. He also notes his car gets more mileage per charge than a Nissan Leaf, another popular electric car. Before a recent upgrade that reduced the weight of his car,Azzoli said he was getting
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For nearly 30 years, Mark Ballard had a routine when it came to the Land O’ Lakes Flapjack Festival. “The kids would go to eat the pancakes in the morning, then we would go and spend pretty much all day on the rides,” he said. “Then we could go home and come back again at night.” Ballard lives on what was once the festival’s parade route, and he would take his children — and later his grandchildren — outside with chairs to see it every year. For more than three decades, even be-
fore Ballard moved to Land O’ Lakes, the Flapjack Festival was a community event that included a parade, pageant and rides. Businesses had booths, food trucks served customers, and children played games. And everyone ate flapjacks. Over the years it became an annual staple in the community and was a popular destination for area residents. In a way, it was too popular: The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce decided to move the festival from the Land O’ Lakes Community Center on U.S. 41 instead to a place that could accommodate its growth and parking needs. In 2008, the Flapjack Festival flipped over to the Pasco County
Fairgrounds in Dade City. But the public didn’t support the festival at the new location.A year later, it shut down for good.And Ballard still isn’t happy about the move that ended an annual tradition. “If somebody came down there and took the Gasparilla parade away from Tampa and said they were going to move it to New Orleans, people would say ‘what’s going on there?’“ he said. The Flapjack Festival was more than a community event. It was a community fundraiser, with local schools and churches benefiting financially. See FLAPJACK, page 12
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Sarah Robison took a prize-winning photo last fall when she was visiting a park in Rochester, New York. The 11-year-old was admiring some Canada geese when she noticed a young deer just a few feet away.The young shutterbug knew that she had only an instant to react, and she took advantage of that moment. She took out her iPad and captured the shot. The result was a prize-winning image in Ranger Rick magazine’s “Your Best Shots” photo competition.As a winner, her photograph captured one of six spots in a photo display in the August issue of the children’s magazine, published by the National Wildlife Federation. Other photos in the spread include a swamp scene in the Everglades, a polar bear taking a plunge at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, a hummingbird in a backyard garden in California, some wild mushrooms in the woods, and a giant mola fish off the coast of New Hampshire. Robison is thrilled that her photo was selected. “I love taking photos.That’s my hobby,” she said. Her parents, Randy and Deborah of Lutz, are delighted by Sarah’s achievement, and couldn’t be more proud. Her grandmother, Gloria Russell of Land O’ Lakes, said Sarah has been interested in photography for years. “Even when she was small, she used to take pictures with my camera,” Russell said. She’s also had an interest in nature since she was quite young, said Deborah Robison, who homeschools Sarah. Sarah Robison recalls her mother reading her Ranger Rick stories when she was small. Now that she’s older, Robison thumbs through the magazine herself, learning facts
lifetime hobby. Robison takes her iPad wherever she goes, in case she sees a good photo opportunity.The iPad has its limitations because she can’t zoom in and get clear shots. That’s why capturing the photo of the deer was so special, she said. “I really couldn’t believe he was standing right there,” Robison said. She kept thinking the deer would run away. But he didn’t, she said. The photo competition is an ongoing contest, with winners selected three times a year from hundreds of entries, said Mary Dalheim, editorial director of children’s publications for the wildlife group.The judges B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTO select photos that fill the frame well and don’t have Sarah Robison, 11, of Lutz, is one of six national winners in a photo competition sponsored by a cluttered background. They also seek out im- Ranger Rick magazine. ages that are interesting and use the proper lighting, takes a village to raise a child?’” Dalheim she said. said. “We’re also looking for an “At National Wildlife Federation we say,‘It interesting perspective,” takes a backyard, or a playground or a park.’” COURTESY OF RANGER RICK Dalheim said. “If you look at Being outdoors has many benefits, This photo helped Sarah Robison claim one of the top six spots the picture of this deer, she’s Dalheim said, noting studies show it helps in a national photography competition sponsored by Ranger got him head-on. It’s sort of children grow lean and strong, enhances Rick magazine, a publication of the National Wildlife Federation. as if she met eye-to-eye with their imagination and attention span, and this deer. We were amused improves their classroom performance. about animals. by that.” It also helps them to become better Robison loves animals and wants to beThe photo contest is intended to encour- stewards of the environment, Dalheim said. come a veterinarian when she grows up. age children to get outdoors and to observe Any child younger than 13 is eligible to She also plans to continue pursuing photog- nature. enter the contest. For more information, raphy, which she intends to keep as a “You know how some people say, ‘It visit tinyurl.com/RangerRickPhoto.
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The State Road 56 corridor between Land O’ Lakes and New Tampa continues to grow, with a third major gas station getting ready to set up shop … this time to help eastbound travelers. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., out of Atlanta, purchased 4.6 acres of vacant land along State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel where it intersects with Northwood Palms Road last month for $1.4 million, according to county property records. It will be located across the street from Colonial Grand at Seven Oaks. A RaceTrac spokeswoman told The Laker
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Connie Whittington is the new owner of Our Little Lambs Children’s Consignment Shop, located at 1532 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Lutz. The shop will host a back-to-school sale from Aug. 1-3. For more information, call (813) 9091881.
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In what officials are calling a surprise announcement, Florida High Tech Corridor Council president Randy Berridge announced his organization is offering a $50,000 sponsorship for the SmartStart Business Incubator program. The announcement was made last week at the opening of the second incubator location in New Port Richey, joining the existing one in Dade City. The council and the University of South Florida back “numerous initiatives that support small and growing companies, and the SmartStart program is a terrific program that
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The 7-Eleven store located at 2400 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes, has been sold to a New York-based property manager for $4.2 million, according to county property records. Lakes Pooh LLC bought the property from Commercial Net Lease Realty, now known as National Retail Properties, which had originally purchased the vacant land at the corner of State Road 54 and Land O’ Lakes Boulevard for $965,000 in 1998. Lakes Pooh is associated with Manhattan Skyline Management Corp., according to state corporate records, which manages “several thousand luxury apartments in New York City’s most desirable neighborhoods,” according to the company’s website. The company did not release plans for any possible changes at the 7-Eleven location, and a request for comment had not been returned.
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Ever thought of pizza as a fast food? A retired professional baseball player raising his family just south of Lutz is bringing such a concept to the Tampa Bay area beginning early next year. And it won’t be long before he has his eye on some potential sites in Pasco County. Matt LaPorta, a star prospect from the University of Florida baseball team who went on to play for the Cleveland Indians, has joined a group of investors to open 18 Pie Five Pizza stores throughout the region — nearly doubling the number of locations the chain already has across the country. The concept is to serve made-to-order pizza … in less than five minutes. “I was playing baseball down in Mexico, and I was talking to one of my business partners Josh Fields, who told me there was this pizza thing I needed to look at,” LaPorta said. “We flew out to Dallas, and met with everyone at Pie Five, and I was sold.” LaPorta has only spent a few years in Major League Baseball, and despite a little bit of spring ball across the border, it looks like past hip injuries have most likely ended his career. Not even 30 yet, the former first baseman and left fielder is looking at life beyond the diamond. While retirement might mean more time with his kids, and more regular trips to Grace Family Church in Lutz — where his father-in-law, Craig Altman, is the lead pastor — LaPorta was looking for something that could support his family for years to come, while also trying to make his mark in a crowded restaurant market. The fast casual concept of Pie Five is more akin to places like Pei Wei and Chipotle, than it is to somewhere like McDonald’s or Wendy’s.The chain is an offshoot of Pizza Inn Holdings, which operates
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White Sox and Kansas City Royals. He’s also working with former Baltimore Ravens tight end Billy Bajema to open Pie Five restaurants in the Oklahoma City area. The franchise area LaPorta bought stretches from Sarasota to Pasco. Where a store might end up, however, is still on the drawing board.The initial plan is to open in the heart of Tampa’s metro area, and then expand out from there. “We want Tampa to be the epicenter of this whole region,” LaPorta said. The idea would be to find prime business plaza-style space in the area, possibly in places like Wesley Chapel or Wiregrass Ranch. “That is a great area for us, it’s a booming area,” LaPorta said.“I go up that way quite a bit, and I can definitely see the potential for a location there.” How quickly a Pasco site happens depends on a number of factors, including
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CONTINUOUS BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, are having a continuous book sale daily during the summer months.There will be hundreds of books for sale Tuesdays through Saturdays. Donations of gently used books also are accepted.The Friends also are looking for new members.Those interested can stop by the library to sign up. For information, call (813) 929-1214.
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Land O’ Lakes AARP Chapter 4764 will meet July 25 at 10:30 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Guest speaker will be Kathy Cornell of Senior Helpline about seeking assistance and safety.A potluck lunch will be hosted. For information, call (813) 9961361, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OLD LUTZ SCHOOL SPRUCE-UP
The Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41, is hosting a spruce-up July 26 from 8 a.m. to noon.Volunteers are needed for indoor cleaning, light yard work, and organizing storage.A general meeting will follow. For information, call Ben Nevel at (813) 3345712, or Suzin Carr at (813) 453-5256.
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Courteous Canine, 3414 Melissa Country Way in Lutz, is hosting a fundraiser for Rosco, a blue heeler mix found roaming in Lutz ill with heartworms, ear infections, broken teeth and a tumor. The event is July 27 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.Admission is free. For a donation, dogs can splash in the pool and use the dock dive. Rosco is looking for a new home. For information, call Beth Livesay at (813) 767-9590.
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The Rotary Club of Lutz will meet July 29 at 7 a.m., at Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway in Lutz. Guest speaker will be nutritionist Kim Thompson.A continental breakfast will be served for $10. For information, call (813) 857-7089.
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The Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, is now offering free admission to all children younger than 5. For information, call (813) 987-6000, or visit MOSI.org.
The Tampa Bay Tango Club and Tampa Downtown Partnership are offering a free weekly tango class at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N.Ashley Drive, in Tampa, on Thursdays at 6 p.m., through next March.All skill levels are invited. For information, call (813) 221-3686.
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Grove 16 Cobb Theatres, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, is hosting its free summer kids shows at 10 a.m., every Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday.
Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54 in Lutz, is hosting a free vacation Bible school Aug. 1-2 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., for children ages 4 to 12. For information, call (813) 948-4522, or visit KeystoneCommunity.org. The Library Anime & Manga Enthusiasts Convention will be Aug. 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.There will be an anime dance night, costume
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Tampapalooza will be at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 in Tampa,Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.The event will include local food, local craft beer, kids activities, farmer’s market, music, raffles, stilt walkers, and an aerial yoga show. Admission is free. For information, call (800) 345-3247, or visit Tampapalooza.com.
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Charles Visalli of Time For Wine is hosting the wine workshop “Passport to Italy Teach and Taste Event”Aug. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Dash of Salt N’ Pepper, 10353 Cross Creek Blvd., in New Tampa.There will be food and wine pairings of Italy, appetizer samples with recipes, and a cruise presentation. Class size is limited to 30 guests. Cost is $15 per person, or $25 per couple.To reserve a spot, call (813) 664-1430.
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Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive in Tampa, will host free fireworks shows every Saturday through August.The festivities run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with food trucks, live music and weekly entertainment.A Labor Day event is scheduled for Aug. 31. For information, visit TampasDowntown.com.
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AMF University Lanes, 13109 N. 56th St., in Temple Terrace, is offering free bowling for kids this summer when their parents register them online. Kids can bowl three free games every weekday from opening to 6 p.m., until Labor Day. For information or to register, visit AMF.com/university-lanes-fl.
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Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is seeking troop leaders, both men and women older than 18, to volunteer. Other opportunities include becoming a program or camp facilitator. For information, visit GSWCF.org/volunteer.
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The U.S. Supreme Court recently wrapped its annual session, but a new poll by Saint Leo University suggests some Americans are still skeptical if the court truly uses the U.S. Constitution as a guide in making decisions. A majority of those surveyed, 53 percent, believes the court is influenced by political considerations when it hears and decides cases, the university said. Only 30 percent said the court decides cases strictly on its interpretation of the Constitution. The survey was based on 802 people who identified themselves as “likely voters,” and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent. The participants were asked, “Which comes closest to your view about how the United States Supreme Court hears and decides cases?” Independent voters were adamant the Supreme Court is too political, with 63 percent supporting that notion. More than 53 percent of Republicans believed that, but just 43 percent of Democrats. On the other side, 41 percent of Democrats believed the Supreme Court did rely on the Constitution, while only 26 percent of Republicans and 22 percent of independents supported that notion.
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The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is joining forces with the Trinity-Odessa Chamber of Commerce to sponsor a candidate forum for both the Pasco County Commission and the Pasco County school board July 30 beginning at 6 p.m. It will take place at Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54 in Lutz. Anyone wishing to ask questions of those running for the District 2 county commission race or the District 5 school board race can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. District 2, which would replace the retiring Pat Mulieri, is a Republican race involving former state Rep. Ken Littlefield, Wesley Chapel entrepreneur Mike Moore, and Zephyrhills financial analyst Bob Robertson. The District 5 school board race is between Steve Luikart and Marc Yacht. For information, visit online at CentralPascoChamber.com.
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The School of Education and Social Services at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo, is offering a free Beginning Teacher Boot Camp for first-time teachers in Pasco and Hillsborough county school districts. The camp is July 25 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Student Community Center. New teachers are invited whether they graduated from Saint Leo or another institution. Topics will include classroom management strategies, contract rights and responsibilities, workplace acronyms, and how to work with school support personnel and fellow teachers. To attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org, with the phrase “Beginning Teacher Boot Camp 2014” in the subject line.
Double Branch Elementary School, 31500 Chancey Road in Wesley Chapel, will host a kindergarten camp July 29-31 from 9 a.m. to noon. Incoming kindergarteners will have an opportunity to meet teachers and become familiar with the school. Cost is $40. For information, call (813) 346-0402.
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The Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco is having a school supply drive through Aug. 5. Gulfside Hospice thrift shops will be collecting donations at its five sites, including 1930 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Lutz, and 6117 State Road 54 in New Port Richey. Anyone who donates to the drive will receive a voucher for 25 percent off a single item (excluding sale items and furniture) valid for up to one week after the donation is made. For information and shop locations, visit GHPPC.org.
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Through Aug. 14, Florida certified teachers for kindergarten through 12th grade will be treated to a free ticket to Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., in Tampa. County teachers in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Manatee and Sarasota are eligible. Teachers must present valid professional or temporary teaching certification, pay stub and Florida ID to receive the offer. Eligible teachers can purchase up to two additional one-day companion tickets at a discounted rate. For information, call (813) 935-8552.
PASCO COUNTY SCHOOLS REOPEN AUG. 18 Students in Pasco County will return to school for the 2014-15 school year Aug. 18. Notable dates on the calendar are: • Possible hurricane makeup days are Nov. 24-25, and Feb. 16 • Veterans Day will be a school day • Thanksgiving holiday is Nov. 24-28 • Winter break is Dec. 22 through Jan. 2 • Spring break is March 16-20 • Last day of school is June 3 For complete calendar information, visit Pasco.k12.fl.us.
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ELECTRIC, from page 1 Azzoli’s next project will be to change the 14-inch tires to 16-inch tires, improving highway mileage, he said. The Land O’ Lakes man isn’t the only one drawn to electric vehicles. Jose Barriga of New Tampa said he became fascinated with the notion of converting a gasoline-powered car into an electric vehicle once he found out it was possible. He has converted a 2004 Nissan Sentra into an electric car. At first, he was able to get 50 miles per charge. However, he’s in the midst of upgrading the batteries and expects to be able to get 80 miles per charge once that project is done. Barriga is sold on the concept of electric cars. He likes the idea of using a car that doesn’t use gasoline or oil, and which doesn’t directly cause pollution. His second car is a hybrid, which requires him to fill his gas tank about twice a month. Barriga said he’d like to do another car conversion project, but simply doesn’t have the time. Steve Messerschmidt, who’s associated with two vehicle companies in St. Petersburg — Rebirth Auto and Evnetics — sells electric vehicle conversion kits to customers around the globe. There’s a big demand to convert gasoline-powered cars into electric cars, Messerschmidt said. Some people want to save money on gas. Others enjoy do-it-yourself projects. Some people want to reduce the carbon footprint. Some people like to show off their
FLAPJACK, from page 1 The year after the festival left Land O’ Lakes, one of the recipients of those funds decided to fill that gap in the schedule.The Land O’ Lakes High School Athletic Booster Club began an event that’s now known as the Land O’ Lakes Swamp Fest, held at the same location and also with rides, games and an opportunity for local organizations to make some money. But there’s no parade and no flapjack theme. It’s a smaller event as well. But according to coordinator Doug Hutchinson, that’s the way they want it. “Swamp Fest is more like a community fair, more so than the Flapjack Festival,” he said. Hutchinson believes that a smaller event can still be a fun destination for residents, but not get so big that it might grow out of its current location. Hutchinson, a member of the booster club for decades, was also a coordinator with the Flapjack Festival during its heyday. And like Ballard and others, he didn’t want to see it moved to Dade City back in 2008. “In my opinion, you can’t have a community event and not have it in the
cars and they want to have a unique vehicle. Others want electric cars, but don’t want to be limited to what’s available commercially. They want to choose the make and model of their electric car. And there are those who want to make a business out of it, Messerschmidt said.“They want to do conversions for other people,” he added. Edward R. Monfort, chief executive and president of electric driveshaft manufacturer Adomani Inc., is one of those people. He’s looking to convert school buses and trucks into electric vehicles to make money for his company and to save money for school districts and private businesses. The Tampa man said he’s also exploring the possibility of working with the U.S. Postal Service to provide a fleet of vehicles for its use. Monfort drives around a Ford F-150 truck that’s been converted to an electric vehicle. His interest in electric vehicles began in 2008 when he was getting into the car business and built an all-electric Mustang. The car was popular at car shows, but never developed a strong market, Monfort said. Now, he’s focusing his efforts on finding customers in the fleet market for trucks and buses. Electric vehicles offer a wise economic choice, Monfort said, noting they can cost less than half as much as a gasoline-powered vehicle over 10 years, considering the purchasing and operating costs. “There’s a demand for the product,” Messerschmidt said.“Municipalities, as time goes on, they’re going to demand that the carbon footprint go down.This business, in general, is really in its infancy.”
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They were out there just making things happen,” Owen said. “It was pure joy as far as the coaches being able to sit there and watch that.” But nobody was sitting when the team finally won the title.The players were elated, Owen said.“They were jumping for joy.” “I’m not sure who was more happy, the parents or the kids,” he said. The parents were the key to the team’s success this year. Even with good coaching and talented players, the families are necessary to provide support, encourage and show patience with the young athletes, and foster a healthy environment for the team. Cinnante’s mother, Leslie Cinnante, said that healthy environment was a positive experience for players and parents. “This group of people is absolutely wonderful,” she said. “Everybody gets along, everybody is encouraging, everyone is positive, everybody helps each other.The All-Star team was a wonderful team.” While winning the state championship was a special accomplishment, Owen said the team earned another title during the state tournament that was equally impressive.Wesley Chapel received the sportsmanship award. The team organized group photos with their opponents to remember the fun times they had at the tournament, for example. And Owen was told that, unlike the t-ball championship, there wasn’t as much competition for that particular title.The people who came in contact with Wesley Chapel saw them as respectful and good sports throughout the tournament, he said. “I did not expect that or anything,” Owen said.“That’s something to be proud of.” The young Cinnante, who claims Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist as one of his favorites, will move up to a higher level of t-ball next year. But as much as he loves baseball and playing t-ball, there’s one thing he doesn’t like about the game: Having to wait until the next season starts to get back to practice. “It should start like next week,” he said.
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The Tri-County Tennis League is looking for individuals, teams and facilities to begin league play. It will include age divisions from 40s and older. League play also will feature ratingsonly play regardless of age. For information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211.
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July 23, 2014
LAKER XL Extra news in an EXTRA LARGE format
WE'RE GETTING BIGGER AND WE'RE EXCITED! BEGINNING
August 6 The Laker/Lutz News will be six inches taller than the current newspaper you’re holding. We will be the same size as many daily newspapers. WHY THE CHANGE? 1. Credible newspaper; serious local news A traditional size communicates even more that we’re credible newspapers committed to reporting serious local news.
2. More and bigger photos Photos help us better tell stories about our community.
3. Two Sections A new B Section becomes a second front page to give more prominence to feature stories. It also lets us use the back page of the A Section for a high-profile sports section.
4. Easy-To-Find Classifieds Our new B Section will house all classified pages, including our popular Best In Small Business Directory.
5. More advertising circulars The larger format allows us to accept more advertising circulars — important to readers as more national retailers open stores in our community.
6. Bigger ads Ad sizes will be 25% bigger than current sizes. And bigger ads mean advertisers can add more offers and have more space to promote their business or service.
The LAKER / Lutz NEWS mailing address: P.O. Box 479, Lutz, FL 33548 physical address: 3632 Land O’ Lakes Blvd, Suite 102, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639 phone: 813.909.2800 • fax: 813.909.2802 web: www.lakerlutznews.com • facebook: www.facebook.com/lakerlutznews
July 23, 2014
Express route downtown in jeopardy; Interest sparks in electric car conversion; Land O' Lakes resident wants return of Flapjack Festival
Published on Jul 23, 2014
Express route downtown in jeopardy; Interest sparks in electric car conversion; Land O' Lakes resident wants return of Flapjack Festival