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One will have food trucks, while another is encouraging carpooling. One plans a lakeside “Sonrise” service, while another will have water baptisms following its early morning services. And those are just a few of the variations on the theme of Easter expressed through planned celebrations at area churches. Exciting Idlewild Baptist Church has five celebrations planned this Easter, including food trucks on April 19 and special performances by the orchestra and choir the next day, on Easter morning. The church’s website poses the question: “Hunting for something more this Easter?”And then it answers that query with an invitation to come and discover more at the Lutz megachurch at 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd. The church plans “to celebrate the glorious meaning of the Resurrection” with services set for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on April 19, its website says. Food trucks will be there from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., that day for anyone who wants to grab a bite to eat. On Easter morning, services are planned at 8, 9:30 and 11, with the orchestra and choir prompting worship. Breakfast treats
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Now that developers of a proposed outlet mall just off Interstate 75 took a big step forward last week with revised site plans for their 57-acre project, one question remains on the minds of local businesses: Will the new mall include “Wesley Chapel” in its name? “I think on one hand, we would love to have our local identity,” said John Hagen, president and chief executive of Pasco Economic Development Council Inc. “We would love to see that be more prominent,
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The expansion of State Road 56 into Zephyrhills could be key to a major economic boom for Pasco County, and two candidates seeking to replace state Rep.Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, in Tallahassee agree state-level leadership must be in place to make sure it happens. Danny Burgess and Minnie Diaz both shared their visions for House District 38 during a meeting last week of the Wesley Chapel Republican Club.The two are seeking the Republican nomination to face Democrat Beverly Ledbetter in the November election, and both flexed their conservative values in front of the small crowd in the training room at Hyundai of Wesley Chapel. “To have State Road 56 coming all the way to Zephyrhills with our municipal airport sitting right here, we are going to benefit so much as a community, as a district and as an area,” said Burgess, who up until last Monday was mayor of Zephyrhills.“That is such an asset for this area.” Yet, proposed projects like the private elevated toll road could disrupt plans to start that expansion in the next two to three years, with the Florida Department of Transportation likely going to “hold back” until a final decision can be made on the controversial 33-mile project. “All they are looking for is a green light or red light by the county to see whether or not they are going to approve it,” Burgess said. But for the elevated road itself? “It is not what we want.” Diaz said the developers behind the elevated road project, International Infrastructure Partners, have far too many unanswered questions surrounding them for her to support the project. “We need to look, as a county, at other alternatives,” she said.“Sure, we want to go all
House District 38 candidates Danny Burgess and Minnie Diaz were asked during a recent Wesley Chapel Republican Club forum to identify their favorite U.S. Supreme Court justice. It’s definitely not Elena Kagan or Sonia Sotomayor, two justices appointed by President Obama, Diaz said. Instead, she likes Clarence Thomas. “He had to go through those (sexual harassment) hearings unfortunately, and I think his time is coming up now,” Diaz said. “He needs to step up and confront the current judges and be more vocal and create more advocacy for conservatism.” Burgess, himself a lawyer, says he prefers Antonin Scalia. “You become fascinated by this man’s legal opinions, the way he words his opinions,” Burgess said.“He is really an asset to the Supreme Court, and I just hope that he can stick around for as long as he can muster.”
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out of law school. Diaz acknowledges she has not held elective office before, but that hasn’t stopped her from trying to make a difference when it comes to making laws. A bill she helped craft was in committee late last week, she said, and is designed to provide funding to jails to help train officials on how to provide services to the mentally ill. “It will not have cost us any money as taxpayers,” Diaz said.“The initiative was written in such a way that it requires funding from other sources like gambling and lottery. It would not create an increase on our community burden.” The primary election for House District 38 is Aug. 26, with the winner heading to the general election Nov. 4.
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LEVY JOINS GULFSHORE BANK Jonathan Levy of Lutz has joined the board of directors for Tampa-based GulfShore Bank. Levy is co-founder and managing partner of Redstone Investments, having been involved in the real estate and construction industry for more than 30 years. He started his career with Burdman Bros., a familyowned real estate construction and property management company. Levy started Redstone in 1987 as JLB Investments with cousin Lee Burdman. Based on Youngstown, Ohio, Redstone is a development, management and acquisitions company with a focus on shopping center development.
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The official launch of The Seed Library will take place April 22 beginning at 10:30 a.m., at Morning Star Fisherman, 33336 Old St. Joe Road in Dade City. There will be an open house with free facility tours until 1:30 p.m.A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., hosted by the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce.
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It used to be the location of a shipping and printing company. But if all goes as planned, 3901 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., will soon be a place to find merlot, not mailing supplies. Land O’ Lakes Winery is making final plans to move into the location this week, and should be up and running in a few months. And after about a year of planning and permits, the owners are excited to start filling bottles. “We’re pretty psyched,” said Sue Hardy, who owns the new winery with her business partner, Corey Kempton. “We’re getting so much positive feedback.The buzz is getting out there. I think it’s just one of those things where people want something like this, and there’s just nothing like it out here.” More than just a place to purchase adult beverages, Land O’ Lakes Winery will feature do-it-yourself services where friends or families can come in and actually make their own wines under professional supervision and guidance. The company also will create several wines under its own label, and offer an area onsite where people can socialize and have a glass of wine or beer along with some food pairings. The goal is to make the location a
place where people can make, buy and try different wines while supporting a local business. While Hardy is pleased with the company’s progress and eager to get the doors open, she admits that the business wasn’t automatically a shoo-in to get approved. Starting a business that includes the manufacture of wine and consumption of alcoholic beverages on-site meant getting conditional use approval from the Pasco County Commission, which they picked up late last year. That decision clears the way for the company to offer what Hardy believes will be a unique and fun experience for area residents who might want to make wine, then gather for a wine tasting. Creating their own wine might not be a common activity for wine lovers, but Hardy, who enjoys making her own, said it’s a rewarding one. Utilizing a community room, the kits provided will allow a group to make approximately 30 bottles of wine from a process that takes between six to eight weeks. And the wine they’ll create will not only be cost-effective when compared to buying similar quality from a traditional retailer, but should have a more prominent taste than they might find in store-bought wine. “The quality of the wine you make is so much better. There are
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There are supporters and detractors of the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare — but no matter where you stand on the issue, unless you qualify for a subsidy, you’ll pay higher insurance rates. That’s what Jason Greif, an insurance agent with U.S. Health Group, told members of a health insurance reform class at the SmartStart Dade City incubator April 8. The insurance agent, who has been in the industry for eight years, explained changes in health care law, talking about the pros and cons of the new requirements, and the different kinds of insurance coverage that are available in the health care marketplace. Greif also explained the penalty for not purchasing health insurance, which is now mandatory, and he talked about the risks that people face when they don’t have insurance. “A lot of people are misinformed,” Greif said. Part of Obamacare took effect on March 23, 2010, he said, noting that’s when insurance companies had to begin covering what has been defined as essential health benefits. “There are 10 of them,” Greif said.They include services ranging from child immunizations to maternity care, mammograms to colonoscopies. “What do you guys think is going to happen to the rates if the insurance companies have to cover everybody’s colonoscopy? They go up,” he said. “I actually am for Obamacare for a lot of different reasons. But it has increased the rates.” Another big change happened on Jan. 1. That’s when insurance companies could no longer deny coverage. “No matter what, anybody can get health insurance,” Greif said.
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The Department of English, Fine Arts and Humanities at Saint Leo University will present a jazz ensemble concert “Funk in Your Face”April 17 at 6 p.m., in Selby Auditorium, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo. Admission is free. For information, call Allyson Marino at (352) 588-8662, or email email@example.com.
The Wesley Chapel Merrymakers will perform April 18 at 7 p.m., in the Publix Café by The Shops at Wiregrass.They will perform Easter and spring songs, along with dance routines.The group is made up of children ages 7 through 12. For information, call Edith Ledee-Finnerty at (813) 929-7403.
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The Spirit People Intertribal Family Inc. and USA Flea Market will host a Spring Pow Wow April 18-20 at the flea market on U.S. 19 in Port Richey.There will be drumming, dancers, entertainers, food, vendors, demonstrators, door prizes, auctions and raffles. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.Admission is $3 for adults, with children younger than 12 free. For information, call Robert Langlais at (727) 277-4770, or Lee Ann Graf at (727) 8560405.
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Volkswagen of New Port Richey, 3102 U.S. 19 in Holiday, will host a pet adoption event April 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.There will be free barbecue, classic car and truck show, vendors, and adoptable pets. For information, call (727) 534-7481.
KIWANIS CLUB WINE FUNDRAISER
The Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco is hosting a wine tasting fundraiser April 19 at 1 p.m., at Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52 in Land O’ Lakes.All proceeds will benefit needy children of Pasco County.There will be a silent auction, raffles and vendors.Admission is $20.To RSVP, call Tom Burke at (727) 842-
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Gulfside Hospice thrift shops will have an “eggstraordinary” sale April 19. Customers get to pick a prize-filled egg for a chance to receive up to 50 percent off their total purchase. Shops are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.The Lutz Thrift Shoppe is at 1930 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., and the New Port Richey Thrift Shoppe is at 6117 State Road 54.
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The Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41, will host a springtime event April 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.The event will feature a museum, yard sale, food and drink, and an autograph session by Susan MacManus, coauthor of “Citrus, Sawmills, Critters and Crackers: Life in Early Lutz and Central Pasco County.”The book also will be for sale. For information, call Suzin Carr at (813) 453-5256.
WOMAN’S CLUB MEETING
The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club will meet April 24 at 9:30 a.m., at the Lutz Community Center.There will be coffee and fellowship, a business meeting, and a guest speaker. For information, visit GFWCLutzLandOLakesWomansClub.org.
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The Land O’ Lakes AARP Chapter 4764 will meet April 25 at 10:30 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.The Fraud Watch Program will be featured.A potluck lunch will be
The Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., will host a Food Truck Madness event featuring “Mythbusters After Dark”April 25 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission to Food Truck Madness is free. Additional fees apply for Mythbusters and Sky Trail. General exhibits will be available for $5. For advance tickets, call (813) 9876000. For information, visit MOSI.org.
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Community School of the Arts will present “Urinetown:The Musical” at 7 p.m. on April 25 and April 26, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on April 27.Tickets are $15 at the door. Performances are at Corbett Prep, 12015 Orange Grove Drive in Tampa. Parental guidance for the show is suggested. For information, call Kim Rostick at (813) 961-3087.
In recognition of National Poetry Month, the Pasco Arts Council will present the exhibit “Expressions” through April 30 at the art center, 5744 Moog Road in Holiday. The exhibit includes an original haiku and artwork.The center is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call (727) 845-7322.
CRAFT, SALE VENDORS NEEDED
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, is looking for craft and yard sale vendors for its parking lot sale May 3 from 8 a.m. to noon. Spaces are $10 each. Proceeds will go to the youth building fund.Vendors must bring their own tables and chairs. For information, call Coleen Ward at (813) 9970917, or Doreen Ward at (813) 997-1045.
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Feeding America Tampa Bay-Suncoast Branch, 5829 Ehren Cutoff in Land O’ Lakes, is looking for volunteers. Parents must accompany volunteers younger than 16.Volunteer hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as two Saturdays per month.After-school hours are offered for students to acquire Bright Future credits. For information, call (813) 929-0200.
There have been so many changes in how dentistry is practiced since we opened our dental office 25 years ago in Land O’ Lakes. We want to use this dedicated space in The Laker and Lutz News to answer questions we are frequently asked and to share with you information about new innovations that make dentistry pain free and affordable.
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MOORE ADDS ANOTHER $6K TO CAMPAIGN
Mike Moore continues to prove he can raise lots of money in a short period of time, pulling in more cash than all of his challengers in his run for the Pasco County Commission. In March, Moore raised $6,261, bringing his total to $50,561 in his efforts to replace Pat Mulieri on the commission. Only former state Rep. Ken Littlefield was close with $1,200 over the same time period, bringing his total to $2,200. Moore remains committed to raising money from builders and developers, including $1,000 from the Alfonso family in Tampa, $500 from rancher and developer Don Porter, and $500 from the commercial land broker Eshenbaugh Land Co. In all, those connected with real estate, development and construction accounted for $4,400 of Moore’s totally monthly haul, while only $2,800 of it came from Pasco County residents. Littlefield had just one major donor in March, Hodges Family Funeral Home, which donated $1,000.The third Republican in the race, Bob Robertson, raised $238 in March, bringing his overall total to $10,860. The lone Democrat in the race so far, Erika Remsberg, raised just $50 – small donations from Pasco County residents. She has raised just $450, but so far, she has not drawn a primary challenger. Moore still has $37,000 in the bank based on money he hasn’t spent, while Robertson still has $4,900 to work with. Littlefield has $1,600, and Remsberg $140 available. Moore, Littlefield and Robertson will face off in the Aug. 26 primary, the winner set to face Remsberg in November.
The East Pasco Democratic Club will meet April 21 at 7 p.m., at The Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road in Zephyrhills. The speaker will be Lynn Providence of Legal Shield talking about identity theft. For information, call (813) 838-0767.
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Energetic? Service-oriented? Then the Pasco County supervisor of elections may be looking for you. Poll workers are needed for both the primary election Aug. 26 and the general election Nov. 4. Positions are paid, but potential candidates will need to be able to stand, bend, stoop, lift approximately 30 pounds, and have normal vision and manual and physical dexterity. All positions receive mandatory paid training the month preceding both the primary and general elections. For information, call (800) 851-8754, or visit PascoVotes.com.
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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, will host mobile office hours May 13 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Lutz Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road in Lutz. Other dates in Lutz include June 10, July 8,Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14 and Dec. 9.
LIBRARIES LAND O’ LAKES BRANCH LIBRARY • Baby Storytime, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., every Thursday • Toddler Storytime, 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., April 25 • Preschool Storytime, 11:30 a.m., April 25 • Reading Buddies, 10 a.m., every Saturday • Beginner’s Mandarin Chinese, 10 a.m., April 19 • CoderDojo Tampa Bay Area, 11 a.m., April 19 • Teen Advisory Board, 6 p.m., April 22 • Chess Club, 2 p.m., April 12 and April 26 • Japanese Class, 3 p.m., April 26 • Land O’ Lakes Book Club, 1:30 p.m., April 16 • Friends of the Land O’ Lakes Library, 2:30 p.m., April 16 • A Taste of Sunshine, 5 p.m., April 16
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PRESIDENTâ€™S LIST WELCOMES SMITH Robert Ellis Smith of Land Oâ€™ Lakes, was named to the Presidentâ€™s List at Pensacola Christian College for academic achievement during the fall semester. Pensacola Christian College is a liberal arts college with an enrollment of 4,500 students. Robert played baseball, basketball and football at Academy at the Lakes, is an advanced pianist, and obtained his Florida insurance license just shy of the age of 18. He is the son of Robert and Sheri Ellis Smith of Land Oâ€™ Lakes.
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LINDO ON DEANâ€™S LIST Michael Lindo Jr., of Lutz, was named to the Deanâ€™s List at Berklee College of Music for the fall semester. The Berklee curriculum focuses on practical career preparation for the music industry, and has campuses in Boston and Valencia, Spain.
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Five students at Hillel Academy, 2020 W. Fletcher Ave., in Tampa, were honored at the 19th Annual Rembrandt Youth Art Competition. More than 120 entries were part of the Hillsborough countywide show. The student winners were:
Audrey Kervin of Lutz was named to the Honor List of Oxford College, a two-year liberal arts division of Emory University in Oxford, Ga., for the fall semester. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher to receive the honor.
Pasco-Hernando State College has announced its recipients of the annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards. The 2014 honorees include Rene Brioso, assistant professor of information technology programs; Shirley Cherry, associate professor of mathematics; Patricia Garcia, assistant professor of nursing; and Burt Harres, vice president of instruction and provost, West Campus. NISODâ€™s Excellence Awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. PHSCâ€™s NISOD Excellence Award recipients are invited to attend the 2014 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence May 25-28 in Austin, Texas.They will be honored during a ceremony that has become the largest gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators and staff.
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