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Lutz has survived more than a century with no municipal water or sewer. And it might end up going another century without it as well. In a workshop Dec. 8, members of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission will hear something they may not like: Lutz residents are turning their backs on a proposed plan to extend the county’s urban service area up U.S. 41. Getting an urban service area designa-
tion is a significant step in helping to bring more business — and even more residents — to an area, planners say. In fact, 80 percent of all county growth would take place in those areas, countywide planning team leader Stephen Griffin told a small group of Lutz residents Nov. 18. “When you are inside that service area, you are going to see growth and development,” Griffin said. “But being in an urban service area doesn’t mean you can’t have other uses like agriculture.That would still be permitted inside the urban service area.” For decades, Lutz has maintained its inde-
pendence from the high population growth taking place in the rest of Hillsborough. Although six lanes of U.S. 41 were laid right through the heart of the downtown Lutz, existing water and sewer infrastructure along the way requires septic tanks and well access — both undesirable and even outright impossible for larger businesses to move in. But that’s exactly what many of the residents want there, said Mike White, president of the Lutz Citizens Coalition. See URBAN, page 11A
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Bob Loring isn’t Santa Claus.Yet he has some 250 elves at his disposal, and he seems pretty jolly about his job. “I’m the head elf,” Loring said.“It’s a thrill. Personally it’s so rewarding. I get to work with and be around the neatest people in Pasco County.” The retired Marine doesn’t look like Kris
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Kringle, either, but he does share a common goal with the Christmas character.With the help of elves (volunteers), he distributes toys to boys and girls during the holiday season. The difference is that Loring does it in real life. Loring heads up the local Toys For Tots chapter, part of a national program that distributes toys to needy children run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for more than 65
years. He took the helm back in 1999, and in his first year, the group distributed toys for nearly 400 children in the Dade City area. But he knew it wasn’t enough. To expand,Toys For Tots would have to increase the number of communities it serves. Most people who donate want the recipients to live in their area, Loring said.As a result, they’ve broadened their efforts to provide a happy holiday to children in Zephyrhills, Land O’ Lakes and Wesley Chapel, as well. The donations have gone up, too. Loring expects to distribute toys to around 4,000 children this year.And the method of distributing them is almost as important as the donations themselves. See TOYS, page 11A
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The population growth in Pasco County is not expected to end anytime soon, and Medical Center of Trinity is getting ready now — even if the hospital is just three years old. HCA West Florida, which owns both the Trinity hospital as well as Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, is having its initial meetings with Pasco County officials ahead of a proposed $15 million expansion that could add or shift at least 50 beds. The primary target of the renovations is the hospital’s post-partum department as well as its neonatal intensive care unit, according to documents the hospital has filed with the county.The goal is to add 36 beds, relocate 17 beds in the post-partum unit, and renovate the NICU. Later phases would include building out an additional elevator shell as well as expand the suite for patients undergoing cesarean sections. Hospital spokeswoman Mary Sommise wouldn’t elaborate on those plans. But acSee EXPANSION, page 11A
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Holiday happenings abound: Prepare to have fun By B.C. Manion email@example.com
Whether it’s a stroll along Christmas Card Lane in Lutz, tree lighting festivities in Zephyrhills, synchronized tree lights and music at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, or a magical Christmas parade in Dade City — there are plenty of holiday events in coming weeks to put on your calendars. Several events are planned in anticipation of the holidays in Lutz. Shoppers looking for a unique gift may want to check out the 2014 Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival at Lake Park, 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway, on the weekend of Dec. 67. The annual event attracts more than 250 vendors, offering a wide array of items including paintings, photography, jewelry, woodcarvings, ceramics and pottery, and stained glass. The juried art show awards cash prizes as the year’s biggest fundraiser for the GFWC Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, and supports a multitude of community organizations and activities.The event also features various food selections, including the woman’s club’s famous peach cobbler. The event’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 7. There is no admission charge, but parking costs $2. The Lutz community also is planning a couple other events likely to appeal to those who enjoy old-fashioned holiday festivities. At the 18th annual Christmas at the Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41 N., visitors can walk through rooms to enjoy holiday displays, listen to musical presentations, sip a cup of hot chocolate, and nibble on a cookie. There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted. Proceeds are used for the Old Lutz School. Canned foods and new toys also are accepted to provide for those less fortunate. It’s open this year from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, Dec. 13, Dec. 14, Dec. 16, Dec. 18, Dec. 20, Dec. 21, Dec. 26, Dec. 27 and Dec. 28. For a nominal fee, children can enjoy breakfast with Santa from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 13. For those who like entertainment, the heartwarming Christmas musical, “3 Wise Men and a Baby” may be just the ticket. Heritage Church, 1854 Oak Grove Blvd., in Lutz, is presenting free performances of the play at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13, and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14. Lutz also is planning another community event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16, when it will showcase its Christmas Card Lane.
The seventh annual Symphony of Lights at The Shops at Wiregrass gives spectators a chance to see a 55-foot tree in a holiday display of more than 250,000 lights, synchronized with music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
The event features the displays of fourby-eight-foot illuminated holiday cards, along with performances by children from local schools, a visit by Santa, hot chocolate and cookies. The event takes place at the corner of U.S. 41 and Lutz Lake Fern Road in the vicinity of the Lutz Train Depot near the library. Those who enjoy holiday concerts may want to plan on attending one of two presentations of “A Saint Leo Christmas,” at Saint Leo University in the town of St. Leo. The free presentations are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the GreenfelderDenlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center, 33701 State Road 52. Although admission is free, those attending the 7 p.m. show must call to reserve tickets to be assured seating. To reserve a seat, call Tamra Hunt at (352) 588-8294. The Founders Garden Club of San Antonio also is gearing up for its annual “Christmas in the Park,” held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 in the city park. The event includes lighted Christmas cards placed around the park by area businesses and families. After the lighting, the Rev. Santiago Huron and his musical family from Heritage Bible Church of San Antonio will present a Christmas concert. The event also includes refreshments, carol singing, and a Nativity blessing by the Rev. Edwin Palka. Those who enjoy watching parades may want to mark their calendars for the 2014 Magical Night of Christmas Parade in Dade City at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5, and the parade planned for 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 during the
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Visitors to the Old Lutz School last year had a chance to see a miniature train display. There’s always plenty to see at the popular holiday attraction.
Festival of Lights in Zephyrhills. The Dade City parade, organized by the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, will feature bands, floats and walking units. In addition to the parade, the Festival of Lights, presented by Main Street Zephyrhills, has a theme this year of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Another event likely to draw a big crowd is the 30th annual Lighting of the Trees, hosted by Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, on the front lawn of the hospital, 7050 Gall Blvd. The event includes decorating trees, entertainment, a live Nativity, Santa’s arrival, skydivers, and of course the tree lighting and some fireworks. Forest Lake Estates, 6429 Forest Lake Drive in Zephyrhills, has its annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 6. It will feature handcrafted items including jewelry, jams, decorations and other goods. Those who enjoy a lively Christmas lights show can swing by The Shops at Wiregrass to take in its seventh annual Symphony of Lights.The holiday light show features a 55-foot tall tree and more than 250,000 lights, synchronized to music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Shows run nightly, on the hour, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through Dec. 31 at 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel. Wesley Chapel also has a new performing arts company presenting O. Henry’s heartwarming story “The Gift of the Magi.” Dreamhouse Theatre will present the play at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Bridgeway Church, 30660 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel. Tickets at the door are $22 for adults, and
Children from local schools provide entertainment during the Christmas Card Lane celebration in Lutz.
$17 for students and kids 12 and younger. Tickets also are available at a discounted rate online at DreamhouseTheatre.com. For those who don’t mind venturing out of the area to take in some holiday sights and sounds, there are a host of offerings that they may find enticing. The Celebration of Lights is a new attraction in Tampa Bay, which features a mile-long route that motorists can drive along to see a dazzling display of animated lights. The event was the vision of Dave Parrish, a community leader in West Pasco who died before his vision could come to life. The event is open at dusk on Nov. 27-30, and Dec. 5-Jan. 4 at 15325 Alric Pottberg Road in Spring Hill. Entry fees are $20 per car and $40 for a 14-passenger van.
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Wood Partners is stepping in where another developer left off, resurrecting a 311-unit apartment complex that could add even more residents along State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes. The Atlanta-based company announced the new project — called Alta Terra Bella — just off 20 Mile Level Road Monday, following a report on The Laker/Lutz News’ website, LakerLutzNews.com. “As the Tampa Bay area continues to experience robust employment and income growth — especially in the hospitality, financial and business service industries — Pasco County will continue to grow,” said David Thompson,Wood Partners’ Florida development director, in a release.“Alta Terra Bella is ideally located near top schools, and provides convenient interstate access to employers throughout the Tampa area.” Wood Partners closed on 52 acres of land through a subsidiary,Alta Terra Bella LP, last week. It’s located between Via Bella Boulevard and 20 Mile Level, just north of State Road 54.The developer paid Capstone Resdev LLC $4.2 million for the vacant land, according to county property records, using part of a $30 million mortgage the company received early last week from Synovus Bank. Pasco County officials met with representatives from Wood Partners last June, where the developer shared plans to build 311 apartment units in 14 buildings.Also on the plans are a freestanding clubhouse and freestanding parking garages, with a complete build-out of more than 452,000 square feet. The project was originally known as Viento at Terra Bella Apartments, according to documents filed with the county, with units averaging about 1,200 square feet.The parking garages would be individual, one-story units, each with six bays for vehicles or storage. Wood Partners is not expected to waste much time in breaking ground and getting construction started.The company expects
1. $36.1 million, Arlington at Northwood in Wesley Chapel BES Northwood Fund IX LLC of Chicago purchased this 312-unit apartment complex in May and renamed it Enclave at Wiregrass. 2. $16 million, Wiregrass Ranch development in Wesley Chapel Pasco County Associates II LLLP picked up more than 332 acres in May for a 550home subdivision along the southern portion of State Road 56, not far from Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter at Wiregrass Ranch campus.
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to start leasing next September through its Wood Residential Services subsidiary, according to a release, with a full completion date scheduled for May 2016. A community like this could inject as much as $24.5 million into the local economy — including $2.5 million in taxes — that would ultimately create nearly 380 jobs,Wood Partners officials said, using a formula offered by the National Association of Home Builders. The population within a five-mile radius of the proposed Land O’ Lakes development has exploded by 114 percent since 2000, compared to a smaller but still strong 20 percent for the rest of the Tampa Bay region, the developer said. At the same time, household incomes have risen 37 percent, with 64 percent of households generating income of more than $50,000 not far from the proposed complex. The land for Alta Terra Bella was originally purchased in 2007 for $6.8 million by BSP/Pasco LLC, a company associated with
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3. $10.2 million, West Winds Assisted Living Facility in Zephyrhills Sabra Health Care Holdings III purchased the 75-bed nursing home on Eiland Boulevard in October. 4. $4.7 million, Creative World School in Land O’ Lakes Emerald Holding and Investments LLC bought the 7-year-old building and 2 acres of land on Mentmore Boulevard from Ballantrae LLC in July. 5. $4.2 million, Alta Terra Bella in Land O’ Lakes Alta Terra Bella LP, a subsidiary of Wood Partners, purchased 52 acres of land off State Road 54 to build a new 311-unit apartment complex.
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Caroline Contractors is hosting its annual Christmas Bike Drive to help less fortunate children this holiday. Donations of new bicycles can be dropped off at Caroline Contractors, 19003 Apian Way in Lutz, or at the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce, 2810 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The goal is 1,000 bicycles. If a bicycle cannot be dropped off, pickup is available. Monetary donations are also being accepted for the purchase of bicycles. For information and deadline, call (813) 9314611.
TREE OF LIFE FUNDRAISER
HPH Hospice is hosting its annual Tree of Life fundraiser starting Nov. 28. Eight different ornaments are available for purchase to remember and honor someone living or deceased.To ensure an ornament is hung on the tree of choice, orders must be in by Dec. 16.Tree of Life locations are: • Marliere Hospice Care Center, 6801 Rowan Road, New Port Richey • West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, 5443 Main St., New Port Richey • Gulf View Square Mall, 9409 U.S. 19, Port Richey For information, call (800) 486-8784, or visit HPH-Hospice.org.
DONATE TO HELP POOR, HOMELESS
Metropolitan Ministries’ Central Pasco donation tent, 21010 State Road 54 in Lutz, is now accepting donations of nonperishable food, new toys and monetary gifts to help the poor and homeless in Pasco and neighboring counties. For information, call (813) 948-4522.
TOYS FOR TOTS DONATIONS
During November, donations for Toys For Tots can be made at these Pasco County tax collector locations: • Central Pasco Government Center, 4111 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes • Compark 75, 4610 Pet Lane, Suite C101, Lutz • East Pasco Government Center, 14236 Sixth St., Room 100, Dade City
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The Land O’ Lakes Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery office, 5420 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Suite 103, will host a Festive Food Drive and collect donations for Toys For Tots through Dec. 12.All food donations will go to Feeding America. For information, call (813) 528-8999.
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‘A Saint Leo Christmas’
Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, will present “A Saint Leo Christmas” concert Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., in the Greenfelder-Denlinger boardrooms of the Student Community Center. Admission is free. Guests who prefer the 7 p.m. show must call to reserve tickets. Seating is open for the 4 p.m. show. An outdoor tree lighting and blessing of the campus manger will follow the 7 p.m. performance. For information, call Tamra Hunt at (352) 588-8294. TEDDY BEAR ROUNDUP
The Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, is collecting new teddy bears Dec. 1 through Dec. 26 to donate to the Rough Riders Teddy Bear Roundup.The bears will be distributed to children in hospitals and foster care. Donate a new teddy bear to MOSI and receive a free child’s general admission ticket. For information, visit MOSI.org.
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The Guardian ad Litem program, which advocates for abused, abandoned and neglected children in the child welfare system, is looking for volunteers.There will be a seminar Dec. 2 at 6 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. For information, call (727) 464-6528, or visit GuardianAdLitem6.org.
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The 2014 Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run will be Nov. 27 at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel.The 5kilometer run starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 1-mile fun run at 8:15 a.m.The registration fee is $30.The proceeds will benefit New Tampa YMCA, Feeding America Tampa Bay and the Rotary Club of New Tampa.To register, visit WiregrassWobbleTurkeyTrot.com.
Cobb Grove 16 & CineBistro, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, is offering CineClassics 2014. Upcoming shows include “Pulp Fiction” Dec. 2, and “A Christmas Story” Dec. 9.All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Guests should arrive 30 minutes prior for in-theatre CineBistro service. Tickets are $5 and are available at the concierge or CobbTheatres/CobbCinebistro.com. For information, call (813) 948-5444.
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Gulfside Hospice will host Black Friday shopping Nov. 28 at all five of its thrift shops, by offering 25 percent off storewide.All stores are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on that day. For shop locations, visit Facebook.com/ghthriftshoppes.
Melanie Crowson will host a sidewalk astronomy event Nov. 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills. Guests can view the moon, the visible planets, galaxies and nebulae. Lawn chairs are welcome. Food and drinks are not allowed.Admission is free. For information, email email@example.com.
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Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in Tampa, will show “Miracle on 34th Street” Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. Prior to the film, Santa will be in the lobby for family photos at 2 p.m., and will share a story immediately before the film.Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for children and theater members. For information, visit TampaTheatre.org.
DEFENSIVE DRIVING FOR SENIORS
Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano’s office is hosting a AAA Senior Defensive Driver Program Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive in New Port Richey.The class is for drivers 55 years of age and older.The cost is $15 per person. Advance registration is required. For information, call Patti Armstrong at (727) 375-2404, ext. 3226.
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Thursday Musicale will perform its annual Christmas concert Dec. 4 at 2 p.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road in New Port Richey.The concert will feature holiday music along with guest artist soprano Ruthie Vaughn Nelson.Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to benefit the scholarship program for graduating high school seniors entering musical careers. For information, call (727) 807-3023.
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FARM SHARE FOOD GIVEAWAY
Families that receive government assistance or who qualify for it are invited to receive fresh food at the Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 6 at the front parking lot of the Dade City Business Center, 15000 Citrus Country Drive in Dade City. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, State Sen.Wilton Simpson, State Rep. Richard Corcoran, State Rep. Danny Burgess and the Dade City Kiwanis Foundation will be distributing the food to help brighten the holiday season for those in need.
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classical kids tickets for those18 years and younger to attend the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks concerts, with the purchase of one-full price adult ticket. New World Symphony is scheduled for Dec. 5 through Dec. 7, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is slated for Jan. 16 to Jan. 18. For information, locations and tickets, call (727) 892-3337.
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A holiday shopping and wine extravaganza is planned for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 7. The event will be at Lexington Oaks Clubhouse, 26304 Lexington Oaks Blvd. in Wesley Chapel.
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The second Annual Charlie Daniels Sporting Clay Shootout to benefit The Angelus is Dec. 6 at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff in Land O’ Lakes. Registration starts at 8 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. clay shoot start. For entry and sponsorship information, call Tammy Williams at (727) 243-8293.
FRIENDSHIP SINGERS BANQUET
The Friendship Singers will celebrate 20 years of community service with a banquet Dec. 6 at 11:30 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Senior Center, 6801 Wisteria Loop.The group is made up of volunteers who entertain residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Pasco and Hillsborough counties. For information, call Joe Berling at (813) 997-1454, or Joyce Ruby at (813) 442-7879.
LAKE PARK ARTS FESTIVAL
The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club will host its 35th annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Lake Park, 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz.There will be more than 250 vendors, and food will be available for purchase.Admission is free, but parking is $2 per car. For information, call Phyllis Hoedt at (813) 949-1937 or Shirley Simmons at (813) 949-7060.
The Gulfview Chapter of The Embroiders’ Guild of America will have an embroidery exhibit through Dec. 16 at Rao Musunuru Art Gallery, at the Pasco-Hernando State College campus, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information, call Betty Brandt at (727) 8563643.
FlavaFitness, 23600 State Road 54 in Lutz, will offer Zumba Gold classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m., and on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. No dance experience is necessary.This is a slower, gentler Zumba fitness class. Classes are $4. For information, call Emma Fulco at (813) 235-3944.
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Momcierge is hosting a Family Faire Feb. 28 from noon to 4 p.m., at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29671 State Road 54 in
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Mentmore Running Group is seeking local runners of all levels to join.The free group runs Monday through Friday at 5 a.m., and 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. It starts and finishes behind Wells Fargo, 18975 State Road 54 in Lutz, at Mentmore Boulevard.There will be monthly field trips, couch-to-5-kilometer training, fitness and camaraderie. Strollers are welcome. For information, email Monica Del Re at email@example.com.
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Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron of Civil Air Patrol, located at the North Tampa Aero Park just off Wesley Chapel Boulevard, meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., next to the airport hangar. Cadets range from 12 to 21 years old. For information and a schedule of activities, visit WesleyChapelCAP.com.
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Girl Scouts of West Central Florida needs adult volunteers, including troop leaders. Various positions are available to work behind the scenes to support troop leaders, to train other volunteers, and work with girls as program facilitators or camp facilitators at Girl Scout camps.Volunteers also are needed for the Girl Scout Cookie program. For information, call (800) 8814475, or visit GSWCF.org.
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The Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, now provides free admission to all children younger than 5. For information, call (813) 987-6000, or visit MOSI.org.
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Victorious Life Church, 6224 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel, hosts the ministry “Buddy Break” the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.The program pairs a special needs child with a “buddy” to give the child’s caregiver a break. For information, call Tom or Susan Coleman at (813) 997-2233, or email email@example.com.
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The Tampa Bay Tango Club and Tampa Downtown Partnership offer 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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Late-game heroics are something Gary Sheffield became accustomed to during his 21-year professional athletic career. But his plans to build a massive baseball complex in Wesley Chapel is now in the bottom of the ninth, and the retired outfielder is going to need a grand slam to make it a reality. Pasco County commissioners gave Sheffield and business partner James Talton until January to secure enough seed money to help Pasco Sports LLC build a 19-field complex not far from Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel in the Wiregrass Ranch area. Commissioners like new chair Ted Schrader was reluctant to give the developers the extra time, that is until Sheffield pledged $3 million of his own money to make sure it happens. “I talked to my bankers, and at the end of the day when all this is said and done, if nobody comes in and does this, I’m going to use $3 million myself to take care of that note,” Sheffield told commissioners. Sheffield and Talton have struggled to get financing for what has become a $34 million project to attract up-and-coming youth baseball players from around the country. One of the biggest sticking points is the land, Sheffield said, which would remain under the county’s control. Not having the more than 100 acres as collateral has made the overall project less attractive to investors. Also complicating matters is the fact that Pasco Sports can only talk to one investor at a time, Sheffield said. Being forced to wait until an investor comes to a decision before Pasco Sports can approach someone else has pushed the project back for months. It also has put the county’s $11 million in
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Ted Schrader is back in a familiar seat with the Pasco County Commission after being elected chair of the county’s governing body. Schrader, based in District 1 covering large parts of the eastern side of the county, was chair of the commission in the 2012-13 session, and then stepped aside this past year for fellow commissioner Jack Mariano. The chair position typically rotates among the commissioners, leading meetings and representing the board as a whole to the public. Henry Wilson Jr., was in line to become the next chair, but lost his re-election bid to
James Talton, right, shares his plans with business leaders last month to build a 19-diamond baseball complex in the heart of Wesley Chapel’s Wiregrass Ranch area as his business partner, retired baseball star Gary Sheffield, listens in.
tourist tax money in jeopardy. “It’s a fantastic location and a great concept,” Schrader said during a meeting in Dade City last week.“We just have to make sure that we have the right partner.” Commissioners had hoped to get the proof of financing they requested to give the baseball complex their blessing. However, without initial funding secured, nothing is concrete just yet. Making the situation more difficult now are the holidays. “In the financial world, if you don’t have a deal struck now, you’re not going to get anything done until the end of the year,” Schrader said.“Delaying this to the end of January is something I don’t have a problem with. I am concerned with the money they are going to be obligated to put forward,
that those bills be paid for in an expedited manner when necessary.” Pasco Sports would have until the beginning of December to turn over the necessary paperwork to show proof of financing. From there, the county will review the paperwork so that commissioners can act on it by the time the new year rolls around. Commissioner Jack Mariano was concerned with high interest rates attached to the $3 million seed money — some 20 percent — fearing annual expenses to pay it could climb as high as $600,000. “This was thrown together just to put something in front of us, and it’s very unstable,” he said. Talton, however, assured Mariano that he’s not looking to pull out $3 million up-
Mike Wells Jr. during an open primary in August.That had opened the door to a possible chairmanship by Kathryn Starkey. However, she immediately nominated Schrader for the job Nov. 18 in Dade City, and her motion won unanimous approval. Starkey was elected the vice chair, officially making her a top contender for the position next year. The commission also swore in its two new members, Wells and Mike Moore. Wells will take over District 4 previously served by Wilson, while Moore will represent District 2, which Pat Mulieri served for 20 years.
Saturday before. The Pasco County Tax Collector’s office, however, will also be closed Nov. 29, and not reopen until Dec. 1. The Pasco County libraries, however, will reopen that Saturday. Although parks and recreation centers will be closed Thursday and Friday, parks and beaches will be open both days from dawn to dusk. The shelter at Pasco County Animal Services will be closed Nov. 27 and Nov. 28, however an animal control officer will be available for emergencies.The shelter will reopen Nov. 29 at noon, and stay open until 6:30 p.m. Buses will not run on Thursday or Friday, but will resume on Nov. 29. The Pasco County Resource Recovery Facility as well as the East Pasco Transfer Station will be closed to both the public and
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Most Pasco County government offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 27, as well as the Friday afterward on Nov. 28. Most will reopen on Dec. 1, if not the
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Community meeting set to discuss Quail Hollow boundaries By B.C. Manion
WHAT: Quail Hollow Elementary School boundaries parent meeting WHY: To discuss potential changes to boundaries of Wesley Chapel and Veterans elementary schools WHEN: Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. WHERE: Wesley Chapel Elementary School cafeteria, 30243 Wells Road
A committee working on proposed boundaries for Quail Hollow Elementary School has recommended changes that also would affect the boundaries of Veterans and Wesley Chapel elementary schools. Quail Hollow is set to reopen next fall following a massive overhaul that included adding walls and doors to its formerly “open” school design. Besides having a more traditional setting for learning, the school will accommodate more students and feature the same technology found in other Pasco County schools. The students who attended Quail Hollow before it closed will be assigned to the school, said district planning director Chris Williams. After that will depend on what’s decided on the new boundaries for Veterans and Wesley Chapel schools, slated to be discussed at a community meeting Dec. 8 at 6 p.m., in the Wesley Chapel Elementary cafeteria. The Pasco County School Board is expected to consider boundaries for Quail Hollow at its Jan. 20 meeting, and make a final decision Feb. 3. The area that would shift from Veterans to Quail Hollow is bordered by Old Pasco Road on the west, Interstate 75 on the east, and Wesley Chapel Boulevard on the south, Williams said. For Wesley Chapel Elementary, the affected area is bordered by I-75 on the east, State Road 54 on the south, and Boyette Road on the west. There are 62 students living in the area that would be reassigned from Veterans to Quail Hollow,Williams said, and another 100 living in the area that would be reassigned from Wesley Chapel.
Buses will line up once again next school year when the massively remodeled Quail Hollow Elementary School reopens its doors. It was closed to create more traditional classroom spaces to replace its former ‘open’ design.
Veterans Elementary already is over-capacity with 828 students in a school that is supposed to hold 762.Wesley Chapel has a capacity of 613 students,Williams said, and will have far fewer when children who attended Quail Hollow return to their school. However, Quail Hollow has space to accommodate a greater number of children, he said, so the decision was made to reassign students from Wesley Chapel to Quail Hollow to provide room for growth that is expected from the development of Epperson Ranch South. When school begins next year, Quail Hollow is expected to have an enrollment ranging from 500 to 540, depending on school choice, Williams said. After its improvements are completed, Quail Hollow’s
capacity is expected to be 682. That compares to a previous capacity of 554. In addition to changes at Quail Hollow, the school district continues to search for property along U.S. 41 as well as the State Road 54 corridor,Williams said. Officials are hoping to sign a contract on some land in the northern part of Land O’ Lakes for a new elementary school site which would accommodate children living in the housing developments on the west side of U.S. 41. Typically, the district seeks sites of approximately 22 acres for its new elementary schools, Williams said. But officials also are looking for high school sites, since Land O’ Lakes High School is full, and Sunlake High School is almost full, despite future development expected in larger communities like
Connerton and Bexley Ranch. The district wants one or two high school sites between 60 acres and 70 acres each. “We’re working with a couple of other developers to secure at least one of those,” Williams said. He also keeps his eye out and occasionally talks to real estate agents on possible properties. When Land O’ Lakes and Zephyrhills high schools are remodeled or reconstructed, the district will likely increase their capacity, Williams said. Work on those two schools likely won’t begin for another five to 10 years, however, and when it does, it’s likely to be complicated. Whether they build from scratch or remodel the schools, the district will need to figure out how to house the students during construction. “We’re definitely going to have to get creative,”Williams said.“We’re hoping to meet with those principals in the near future and start talking about a timeline.” Another challenge, Williams said, is that while the schools have current needs, the question becomes how much money the district should spend if it is just going to tear out the improvements within a few years anyway.
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With Katherine Johnson set to retire next June, the Pasco-Hernando State College trustees board has launched a national search for who would become the fourth president of the 42-year-old institution. During a September meeting, the board contracted with Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting of Macon, Georgia, to help in the search. Ed Blommel, a trustee at the college, is leading the search committee. Blommel hosted the first president search screening committee meeting Oct. 28 in New Port Richey, telling the committee and Myers McRae that “we have an incredibly important job to do.” “We’ve hit home runs with our first three presidents,” Blommel said, according to a release. “Now we want to hit a grand slam. We need a president to build on the
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Suzanne Baginskie knows what it’s like to sign up for a writing class at a local college and be disappointed. “Whenever they would put a course like that up, nobody would take it, and I’d get my money back,” she said. Baginskie eventually found a course that stayed open. And now, years later, she’s involved with more of them. But she’s not taking them this time. She’s teaching them. Baginskie leads creative writing classes for Pasco-Hernando State College’s Encore Academy, a program that provides education opportunities for people 50 and older. The Introduction to Creative Writing class wrapped up Nov. 24, a Write Your Life Story class is in progress, and a Writing Children’s Stories class begins Dec. 1. All classes are held at the college’s Spring Hill campus, 450 Beverly Court. Baginskie, 68, has become the right kind of person to lead writing classes.After nearly 30 years as a law office manager and paralegal, she turned her attention to something she loved for years, but never had enough time to pursue seriously. And she’s made up for lost time. Baginskie sold her first story in 1999, and since then has sold more than 40 short stories to publishers. Her work has appeared more than two dozen times in the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, which feature inspirational and motivational stories. She’s also written horror, non-fiction and mystery stories, and her current projects include a legal thriller novel. Of course, another ongoing project is teaching creative writing at PHSC. Baginskie didn’t want a lack of classroom opportunities to discourage writers from pursuing their passion. “That was my goal,” she said.“When I finally got to where I could teach it, and I was multi-published, I did a proposal and PHSC accepted me.That’s why I continue to do this.” She helps others by getting them started on a project and guiding them through the creative process.That might include writing exercises, providing informative handouts, or offering encouragement for someone try-
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URBAN, from page 1A “I’ve polled our members, and the resounding answer that has come back is that we don’t want water and septic,”White said. “We like our wells.We don’t want to take a chance of losing control of the rural character of Lutz.” Community resistance means when the urban service area is expanded, it will stay south of the Lutz apex where U.S. 41 and North Florida Avenue split near the entrance to the Avila subdivision. “We will conclude our expansion opportunity and leave it to that little area on the south,” Griffin said.“That is what we’re going to move forward with.We are going to leave it the way that it is.”
TOYS, from page 1A Toys For Tots relies on school counselors to identify needy children and families. Then, instead of simply distributing bags of gifts based on age and gender, a parent or guardian will go to a local center where one of the elves helps them choose from the available toys for each child in the family. Every recipient receives a couple of bigger gifts as well as some stocking stuffers to make sure they have a few things to open. Someone who knows them handpicks them all. This method ensures the right gift goes to the right recipient, Loring said, because the parent or guardian has a good idea what each child would like. Some children might be more or less advanced for their age, and finding suitable gifts requires more than guesswork based on how old they are.
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cording to what the company told county officials,Trinity would begin its bed expansion on the hospital’s fifth floor as well as its C-section suite work. Once that’s done, the post-partum unit would shift from the hospital’s east wing to the west. When all that work is completed, the hospital would then focus on its NICU, making that renovation the final phase. Medical Center of Trinity opened in 2011 on 55 acres of land along State Road 54, just east of Little Road. It cost $200 million, and replaced the aging Community Hospital the company ran in New Port Richey. The five-story main campus opened with 400,000 square feet of usable space, as well as a 90,000-square-foot office building. The Trinity hospital gave itself plenty of
That’s not what one land and business owner in Lutz was hoping to hear. William Payne, the owner of the engineering firm WSP Consultants in Lutz, says it’s time the area moves forward and embraces some of the amenities their neighboring communities have. “It is a real shame that the comments from non-commercial parcel owners could so easily sway the planning commission,” Payne said in an email to community planner Yeneka Mills before last week’s meeting. “I hope this decision is not final, and the planning commission will reconsider expanding the (urban service area) further north by meeting directly with commercial parcel owners.” Payne owns two 1950s-era commercial buildings at 19006 N. U.S. 41 and 19008 N. U.S. 41 he purchased through his company,
William & Mary Investment Group LLC, for $585,000 in 2006. He said he was the only person who attended an August meeting with planning commission officials who actually owned commercial property in the potential expansion area. However, part of the appeal of Lutz is its unchanging nature, White said, despite the suburban growth that’s occurring around it, including Pasco County to the north. The fear is that Lutz would turn into another Dale Mabry Highway, with high commercial density and a lost community spirit. “There are a lot of people whose kids move, and they will be gone for five or six years,” he said.“And then they come back. My daughter has been gone for 10 years, and she can’t wait to move out here.” Upgrading infrastructure to help support
a more suburban community does not mean it has to be developed that way, Griffin said. “The county does not force you to hook into the system,” he said.“We wanted to help precipitate improvements so that more local and small businesses have the ability to tap into the water and sewer lines, if that is available.” However, one older resident who didn’t identify himself felt it was still too much. “The risk of changing to an urban service area far outweighs any benefits from it,” he said. Once the planning commission decides how it wants to pursue an urban service area, it will hold another public meeting to discuss that plan with affected residents and business owners in the spring.
Letting a parent or guardian choose the gifts themselves provides another benefit: dignity. “I want the parent, first of all, to be treated with kindness, to be brought into the Christmas spirit,” Loring said.“We’re not here to make people feel uncomfortable that they’re asking us to help them.” By playing a role in deciding what their children receive, the experience is more in line with traditional gift giving. While the organization has provided toys for decades,Toys For Tots had to adjust with the times.They still have collection boxes at various locations and businesses where people can donate new, unwrapped toys. And they still have their annual toy drive with the National Association of Letter Carriers, where residents leave toys by their mailboxes and the letter carriers pick them up on their postal routes.
The problem is that fewer people know about it. The U.S. Postal Service previously allowed Toys For Tots distribute free mailers to each resident, letting them know when the drive would take place. But a few years ago they stopped providing that benefit due to costs, Loring said, so his organization has had to get more creative in getting the word out on when to leave toys for their letter carriers. He admits that current donations would be even higher if not for the mailer setback, because many residents don’t know exactly when it occurs. Still, with some assistance from the national Toys For Tots organization and mostly local donations, the chapter provides presents for thousands of local children each year. And with some help from other groups, Loring has built a network of add-
ons to accompany the holiday presents. For example, faith-based organizations and Rotary Club sponsor Food For Tots and Skivvies For Tots, offering food and clothing for those in need. And down the road, Loring would like to add Shoes For Tots as well. But for now, Loring will settle for another successful toy drive for needy area families. And in doing so, it also will translate into a happier holiday for those volunteers who find it can be better to give than to receive. “My elves get more out of this than the families we help.That is true,” Loring said. “They come away with the Christmas spirit and they take it home. It’s magnificent.” The Letter Carriers’ toy drive is set for Dec. 6. For more information about local Toys For Tots efforts, contact Loring at (352) 5884230, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
room to expand, something Community Hospital didn’t have. Combined with the Bayonet Point facility, both hospitals saw nearly 157,000 patients in 2013, according to HCA West’s annual report, including nearly 86,000 emergency room visits — half of them going to Trinity. Both hospitals have a combined economic impact of more than $290 million to Pasco County, officials said. More than $163 million of that comes from salaries and benefits paid to employees, while another $35 million is dedicated to charity or uncompensated care. The Trinity and Bayonet Point hospitals also contribute more than $16.5 million in taxes to the county each year, and redirects $27 million to local vendors. The 282-bed hospital has a little more than 1,200 employees earning an average annual salary of $63,600 a year, according to
the hospital. The Trinity hospital is not alone in wanting to expand services to newborns and mothers. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills spent last summer expanding its obstetrics unit after the number of babies born were more than dou-
ble initial projections going into the year. Officials did not share any timelines on when renovations might begin, but when it does start, Matt Nitch of Earl Swensson Associates Inc. out of Nashville,Tennessee, will manage it.
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J.F. Swartsel Lodge, 3309 Lutz Lake Fern Road in Lutz, offers the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) program every Wednesday. Weigh-in is at 9 a.m., following by a meeting at 9:45 a.m. For information, call Mary Clark at (813) 908-3587.
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Victorious Life Church, 6224 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel, offers a Celebrate Recovery group on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. The group is a recovery resource for healing from addictions. Participants will discuss hurts, hang-ups and habits. For information, call (813) 973-2230.
SENIOR CITIZEN STRENGTH CLASSES
The Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O’ Lakes, offers a Silver Sneakers Strength & Balance program on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. These are low-impact classes to improve flexibility and balance. Classes are free to Silver Sneakers members, and $5 for non-members. For information, call Tom Marbell at (352) 409-2984, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT
The Alzheimer’s Association hosts a meeting at the Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, the first Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. The group is for caregivers who have a loved one with dementia. For information, call Phyllis Bross at (813) 996-1361, or send an email to email@example.com.
The Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2700 Healing Way, will present “Staying Fit Through the Holidays” Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Those attending can learn fitness and nutrition strategies for the holiday season. Admission is free for center members, and $5 for non-members. For information, call (813) 929-5432.
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The Medical Center of Trinity will offer the Co-Dependence Anonymous group every Thursday at 7 p.m., at its West Pasco Campus, 5637 Marine Parkway in New Port Richey. Upcoming meetings are Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. For information, call (727) 816-8678 or (727) 858-3013.
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church Family Cancer Network meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month in Rosary Hall, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, beginning at 7 p.m. Cancer survivors and caregivers are invited to attend. For information, call (813) 949-4565. LifeChoices Women’s Care, 1527 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 101 in Lutz, offers free pregnancy testing and limited obstetrical ultrasounds to teenagers, women and couples facing an unplanned pregnancy. The center is open Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are recommended.
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November 26, 2014
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Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently named the recipients of the volunteer Five Star Awards for the third quarter. At the presentation were, from left, Elliott Lorenzi, Volunteer Association president; honorees Karen Vinecour, Lorainne Salzano and Elizabeth Arcari; and Donna Owen, Volunteer Services manager.
Giving thanks with a grateful heart By Diane Kortus Publisher
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.
1. OUR READERS
I want to thank all of the readers of The Laker/Lutz News for embracing our new, bigger size. We took a leap of faith in August, changing our format to match the size of most daily newspapers. Besides becoming 30 percent bigger overnight, we added a B section to give us a second front page, and to organize our classified products. I confess I was more than a bit nervous about making such a significant change and taking on the additional expenses that came along with it. But taking risks comes with ownership, and it’s the only way to grow. Four months into this change, we continue to receive positive comments — almost daily — about our new size.
2. MY STAFF A huge thank you goes to my staff of 12. I am ever so thankful to this group of professionals who meet challenging deadlines every week. Think about it: How many business owners ask their staff to create a brand new product every week? But this is what my staff does — writing stories, taking pictures, selling and creating ads, and then putting it all together to fill typically 24 very big pages of stories and advertisements. This requires an unbelievable amount of talent, commitment and hard work. Our staff box on Page 3A does not begin to give my employees enough recognition for the work they to do to bring you one of the best community newspapers in the state.
3. OUR ADVERTISERS
The newspaper we produce each week is possible because of the support we receive from our advertisers. They recognize that we offer an excellent vehicle to let patrons know about the services and products they offer.
4. MY SON ANDY’S SAFE RETURN
My son, Andrew Mathes, a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, returned home at the end of May after seven months in Afghanistan.There is no greater gratitude that a mother can have than knowing her child is away from harm’s way.
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5. ANDY AND ERIN’S RENEWED WEDDING VOWS Andy and his wife Erin, who were married a week before Andy’s deployment last November, renewed their wedding vows a year later — on Nov. 8 — at the church where Erin grew up in Appleton,Wisconsin. Only nine family members were present when Andy and Erin married in a military chapel in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.When they renewed their vows, more than 150 family and friends traveled from across the country to be there.
6. MY NINE SIBLINGS
When Rachel was born I felt so blessed to have a daughter, and that gratitude deepens with each passing year. I only wish that Jacksonville was closer to Land O’ Lakes so we could see each other more often.
8. MY FATHER, DON KORTUS
Dad will be 86 in February, and his love for his family — which consists of more than 45 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren — holds us all together. I am thankful for Dad’s wisdom, good health, sharp mind, and unwavering support for me.
I am grateful, always, for my nine brothers and sisters. But it was especially touching to see all of them at Andy’s and Erin’s renewal of vows. Most of my family lives in Minnesota — a five- to six-hour drive to Appleton. But they were all there, as were many of Andy’s cousins, despite an approaching winter storm and the fact that the wedding was on the same day as opening of deer hunting season in Minnesota.
7. MY DAUGHTER RACHEL’S GRADUATION AND NEW JOB
10. VIC ANTHONY
My beautiful daughter, Rachel Mathes, graduated from Stetson University in May and is working as an art teacher in Jacksonville. It’s hard to say whether I’m more grateful for Rachel graduating from college in four years and landing a job in her field, or for the fact that I am no longer paying tuition.
Jonas, my 9-year-Airedale terrier, is a cancer survivor, and I am thankful he will be my companion for many more years. After being diagnosed with cancer in August 2013, his prognosis was poor because dogs with his type of cancer rarely live longer than a few months. But after having a tumor on his spleen removed, he recovered so well that he underwent chemotherapy and is now in remission. Finally, I am thankful for finding love the second time around. When I opened my heart to love again, I met Vic Anthony, who has had my back these past three years. Sharing with Vic the pleasures and challenges of my family, my business, and my dog Jonas, has renewed my spirit and brought me much happiness.
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Bulldogs look past loss to promising future By Michael Murillo
Zephyrhills Bulldog junior linebacker Kevin Lee swats down a pass from Sunlake quarterback Dayton Feiden during the final game of the season that Zephyrhills won 22-7. The Bulldogs would lose a heartbreaking first-round playoff game, while the Seahawks would move to the next round after beating Ocala’s Vanguard High FRED BELLET/PHOTO School.
The Zephyrhills Bulldogs played approximately 540 minutes of football this season — but it was the final two minutes that were the most disappointing. The team came up short on a fourth-andone that would have sealed a victory in their first playoff game in eight seasons. Instead, their opponent — Suwannee High School from Live Oak — drove down the field quickly and scored a touchdown. Suwannee then recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff for another score. And just like that, Zephyrhills’ season was gone. But not forgotten. “We’re a little disappointed about the loss, not getting the win up in Live Oak, especially being ahead most of the game,” Bulldogs head coach Reggie Roberts said. “But we played good football to get there, and we played good football when we got there. But we just have to finish at that level.” As the sting of not finishing a winnable playoff loss subsides — the team led 24-9 at the half — it will be replaced by memories of the good football that brought them to that point in the first place. Their 8-3 final record is the best of Roberts’ tenure, which began in 2010. It was their fourth straight year with a winning record, and the playoff appearance snapped an eight-year drought without postseason play.The Bulldogs took the field for that game ready to play their brand of football, not like a team that was just happy to be there or wanted to play conservatively. For his part, Roberts has no regrets about going for it on that critical fourth down at the end of the game. Converting that yard would have meant a victory, he said, and the circumstances at that time and the field position dictated it was the best move for the team. But that decision was made and the playoff game is over. And Roberts, like all successful coaches, doesn’t like to dwell in the past. He’s already looking ahead to 2015, and he likes what he sees.
While he admits that replacing offensive cogs like quarterback Ty Tanner, receiver Tyler Kirby and running back Jaylen Pickett won’t be easy, Roberts believes the team’s depth will step up and fill the gaps. “Our seniors will be missed, but by the same token, we have a lot of young players that know how to play football,” he said. The Bulldogs will welcome back known talent like receiver Jackie Tucker and running back Antwione Sims, who distinguished himself this season and in the playoff game. They also have a number of junior varsity players who are ready to graduate to varsity and contribute immediately. If there’s an early area of concern, it’s the kicking game. Somebody will need to fill punter and kicker Zach Gleaton’s spot, but there’s time to find a replacement. But from
offensive line to other skill positions, the coach feels good about the talent he’ll carry into 2015. “I like what we have coming back,” Roberts said. He also likes the renewed community interest in Zephyrhills football, and the fact that coaches are now coming to him asking for advice on how to build and maintain a successful program. The returning players will bring a renewed desire to win and a lot of pride in what they’re building, but they’ll also carry some bitterness about the way the season ended. After the playoff loss, he found the younger players hurting after the game, even if they didn’t get on the field much. They were upset at the way things ended for the team, and the coach wants them to
Sunlake eliminated from playoffs The rivalry between Sunlake and Land O’ Lakes high schools is obvious because of the close proximity of the two schools. But the Seahwaks may have found a new rival in the Gainesville Hurricanes, which for the second year in a row, knocked them out of
the state playoffs. Gainesville used two quick scores at the start of the game to cement what would become a 27-19 win Friday night in front of its home crowd.That finishes Sunlake’s season at 9-3, with the Class 6A-District 6 title.
Mitchell High School, the 6A-6 runnerup, also lost to Gainesville the previous week, giving the Hurricanes a clean sweep of the district as they ready for a tough regional finals matchup against Armwood High School.
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7A-7 FOOTBALL STANDINGS Team W L T ySickles 7 3 0 Gaither 7 3 0 Freedom 6 4 0 zTampa Bay Tech 5 5 0 Steinbrenner 3 6 1 Wiregrass Ranch 4 6 0
PF 258 245 166 187 174 192
PA 187 167 128 250 199 268
6A-6 FOOTBALL STANDINGS Team W L T ySunlake 8 2 0 zMitchell 6 4 0 Springstead 6 4 0 Land O’ Lakes 4 6 0 Fivay 2 8 0
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PA 62 196 95 269 322
5A-7 FOOTBALL STANDINGS Team W L T yRiver Ridge 9 1 0 zGulf 8 2 0 Hudson 6 4 0 Wesley Chapel 2 8 0 Ridgewood 2 8 0 Anclote 0 10 0
PF 336 330 288 151 157 113
PA 143 275 273 309 317 351
5A-6 FOOTBALL STANDINGS Team W L T ySouth Sumter 10 0 0 zZephyrhills 8 2 0 Pasco 6 4 0 Nature Coast Tech 6 4 0 Central 2 8 0 Hernando 3 6 0 Weeki Wachee 1 9 0
PF 404 388 255 282 92 155 126
PA 79 196 165 184 303 243 361
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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19 Boys Soccer Wiregrass Ranch 8, Anclote 0 Sunlake 1, Pasco 0 Girls Soccer Wiregrass Ranch 8, Anclote 0 THURSDAY, NOV. 20 Boys Soccer Sunlake 6, Land O' Lakes 0
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FRIDAY, NOV. 21 Football Lakewood 26, River Ridge 3 Tampa Bay Tech 20, Sickles 16 Gainesville 27, Sunlake 19 Suwannee 24, South Sumter 22 Boys Basketball Wiregrass Ranch 93, Steinbrenner 70 Girls Basketball Wiregrass Ranch 57, Steinbrenner 20 FRIDAY, NOV. 28 Football Tampa Bay Tech at Osceola, 7:30 p.m. MONDAY, DEC. 1 Boys Soccer Land O’ Lakes at Pasco, 7:30 p.m. Sunlake at Zephyrhills, 7:30 p.m. TUESDAY, DEC. 2 Boys Basketball Sickles at Steinbrenner, 6:30 p.m. Girls Basketball Sickles at Steinbrenner, 8 p.m. Boys Soccer Leto at Wiregrass Ranch, 6 p.m. Berkeley Prep at Sunlake, 7:30 p.m. Countryside at Steinbrenner, 8 p.m. Freedom at Gaither, 8 p.m. Girls Soccer Countryside at Steinbrenner, 6 p.m. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3 Boys Basketball Steinbrenner at Wharton, 6:30 p.m. Girls Basketball Steinbrenner at Wharton, 8 p.m. Boys Soccer Pasco at Wesley Chapel, 7:30 p.m. River Ridge at Sunlake, 7:30 p.m. Girls Soccer Zephyrhills at Land O’ Lakes, 7:45 p.m. Source: MaxPreps.com, various
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use that frustration as fuel for next season. “They’re going to remember that pain,” Roberts said. “They’re going to remember this experience.They’re going to remember it takes blood, and hopefully that’s going to just energize them and motivate them to get back there (to the playoffs) every year.” If Roberts is looking for indications that the team will learn from this year’s lessons, he’s already seen some positive signs as the long off-season gets underway. The players aren’t interested in taking extended breaks, even when offered by the coach at the end of a hard-fought playoff game and a successful 2014 campaign. “I gave the kids two weeks off, and the kids were in the weight room” four days after the playoff game, he said.“If that doesn’t tell you anything, it tells me a lot.” In other games, Sickles fell to Tampa Bay Tech 20-16 in Class 7A, allowing the Titans a chance to face Osceola in the regional finals.That team out of Kissimmee beat Lakeland 35-28 in overtime to get there. Lakewood topped River Ridge 26-3 in Class 5A action, while Suwannee — which beat Zephyrhills in a come-from-behind win last week — upset South Sumter 24-22. for residents of Lake Padgett Estates, and $45 to $50 for non-residents. For information, call coach Jeanette Marcus at (813) 417-0061, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FLAPJACK 5K DEC. 14 The 21st Annual Flapjack 5K & Family Fun Walk will be held Dec. 21 at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, in Land O’ Lakes. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. The 5kilometer run begins at 8 a.m., with the fun run beginning at 8:45 a.m.A flapjack breakfast will be served after each race. The run costs $22 for adults and $15 for students.The fun run costs $15. For information, visit CentralPascoChamber.com.
5K RUN BENEFITS UNITED WAY
World Champion Center is hosting a 5kilometer run and family festival to benefit the center and the United Way of Pasco County. The event is slated for Dec. 6 beginning at 8:30 a.m., at Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. The cost is $30, and all participants receive a T-shirt and award medal. For information and to register, visit RunSignUp.com/WCC5K.
YOUTH TENNIS CLASSES AT LAKE PADGETT ESTATES
Tennis 4 u/Tennis Para Ti will begin new youth entry-level tennis classes starting in November. The classes are in addition to the group’s existing ranked junior and adults training, and will be at Lake Padgett Estates Athletic Complex, 4533 Savannah Way in Land O’ Lakes. The classes will be Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m., for ages 5-7, and at 5 p.m., for ages 810.The four-week schedule costs $35 to $40
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 ratings-only play, regardless of age. For information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211.
T-SHIRTS SUPPORT CROSS-COUNTRY COACH
“I Run For Keppel”T-shirts are available to help support Land O’ Lakes High School cross-country coach Kris Keppel, who is battling pancreatic cancer. The shirts are $15 each, with all proceeds going to Keppel. For information or to make a donation, call (813) 406-5730, or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPORT ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE FOR SENIORS
Senior Sports is seeking players older than 60 for a number of regular co-ed sporting events, including Slo-Pitch softball for fall and winter competition. Senior Sports has participants who play golf every Wednesday and bowling every Thursday. It also has added tennis and indoor volleyball. For information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211.
GIRLS SOFTBALL REGISTRATION
Lutz Leaguerettes, a slow-pitch softball league for girls ages 6-18, is now accepting registrations for its spring schedule.They play at the Oscar Cooler Sports Complex, 766 Lutz Lake Fern Road.The fee is $180 through Dec. 1. For information, visit LutzSoftball.com.
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November 26, 2014
The LAKER /Lutz NEWS INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & More
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ince its introduction to the United States just after World War II, people have had a fascination with the Volkswagen Beetle — or more affectionately known as the Bug. So much, many people still think Volkswagen only ever made the Beetle or the popular bus of the 1970s. Even when VW stopped producing the Beetle for a short time in the early 2000s, excitement about the German car company continued with the annual Pasco Bug Jam. Now in its 26th year, it brought hundreds of VWs and thousands of people to the Pasco County Fairgrounds earlier this month. Here’s a look at what drove in.
Lydia Childress, 5, of Fort Myers, was right at home among the Volkswagen buses and Bugs at the recent Pasco Bug Jam. Lydia’s mom and dad, Tanya and Mike Childress, were busy with customers at their vendor’s booth, Foreign Policy VW Parts & Restoration.
This 1999 Volkswagen Beetle owned by Jackie Miller and its offspring caught the eye of Regan Loomis, 13, of Umatilla, as she, her mom Bonnie Loomis, and friend Traci Bogle of Deland toured the many rows of VW show cars at the Pasco Bug Jam. Here, the well-known insignia on the front end of Chris Bachtel’s 1967 VW Bus was parked next to the colorful Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club 1972 Volkswagen Bus owned by Mike Ham. George Gharib of Palm Beach swiftly makes his way to the next row of VW Bugs, where he was looking for some customizing ideas.
Sitting in his 1967 VW Bus, David Baigent’s reflection is caught in a vanity mirror inside the bus, which also has a toilet, fold-out bed, sink, refrigerator, closet space, and a hammock for two above the driver’s cabin. It sleeps four. David and his wife Tracey are originally from England, but now reside in Longwood.
Frank Force of Riverview was on hand to talk about how he rebuilt the engine of his 1961 Volkswagen Beetle while dressed as ‘Joliet’ Jake E. Blues of The Blues Brothers. Force decked out the interior and added a group of 10-inch speakers that really smoke. ON PAGE 1A: The shiny chrome surface on the hubcap of Larry Franklin’s 1966 Beetle reflects a 1972 version of the famous Volkswagen car owned by James Suydam of Kissimmee. VW enthusiast Eric Werbelow of Sarasota is caught in the reflection as he looks for customizing idea and parts for the four Volkswagens in his family.
There were some Zzzzzs emanating from behind a trailered Volkswagen owned by Steve LeBlanc of New Port Richey. Michelle Wertz of New Port Richey attended the Pasco Bug Jan with LeBlanc, who was waiting for someone to buy his 1971 pink Bug. Steve’s mom, Dominique LeBlanc, was the original owner, and it had been sitting in the garage a while.
Here’s all you need to adopt a pet Special to The Laker/Lutz News
Thinking about getting a pet? Not sure you are ready for the responsibility? While pets require time, money and care, they also are a shoulder to cry on, an alarm clock during the week (and weekend), and a reason to skip the gym. In fact, the benefits that pets offer us — body, mind and soul — may far outweigh the cost and obligation of owning one. Recent studies have shown that pets not only offer companionships, but also improve the health and well-being of their owners. • No need to hit the gym. Pets, dogs in particular, get people up and moving. Whether it is a long walk around the neighborhood, or a rambunctious romp in the park, a dog will surely get its owner heart rate up and keep them moving.The result is a fitter, healthier owner. • Happy heart. Studies published in Frontiers in Psychology have shown that getting a pet actually can lead to healthier triglycerides and blood pressure levels. Cats may offer protection against severe heart disease, while having a dog may help lower heart rate and blood pressure. • Less sneezy, breathe easy. Some research, like that published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy, indicates that having a cat or dog at home may actually reduce the risk of allergies. Cats can actually reduce wheezing, a symptom of allergies, in toddlers and infants, according to the study. • Compassion and responsibility. What better way to teach a child or teen responsibility? While younger kids cannot care for a pet alone, they can help with
feeding, grooming and walking. Middle and high school kids may be able to take on some solo family pet chores, such as changing the litter box. • Pick up a date. Step away from social media and matchmaker websites. Today, there are so many places that allow dogs like some restaurants and shopping centers, along with beaches and parks, that they also are great places to meet people. Dogs make great icebreakers. The conversation that began about a loyal, beloved mutt might just end with dinner and drinks. Although there are many benefits to owning a pet, it is not something that should be jumped into.The time, care, love and money spent on pet ownership are priceless for many people, but not for all. Please consider carefully before bringing an animal into a home. For those who decide that a pet is right for them, don’t forget to check out the local animal shelter. The biggest and best reward of pet ownership is the knowledge that someone made a difference and saved the life of an animal.
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PET PAWS HOME BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS IN HILLSBOROUGH The First Saturday Celebration this month with Hillsborough County’s Pet Resource Center will be for pets to go “Home Before the Holidays” on Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the facility, located at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa. The event will include holiday music, adoptable pets, kids activities, exhibitors and food trucks along with real snow at the shelter. The shelter also will collect items like pet food, low-cost spay and neuter options, training aids and more through its Safety Net Program, designed to aid the community’s neediest pets. For information that program, visit their website at HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets. The shelter there is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For details, call (813) 7445660.
ADOPTION FEES WAIVED FOR DOGS Pasco County’s animal shelter is over capacity with dogs, and is looking for more families to give the pets homes. Because of that, Pasco County Animal Services is waiving adoption fees on selected animals for the remainder of November. Dogs that have been abandoned by their owners, as well as stray dogs, continue to drive up intake numbers at animal shelters across Florida. Animal intake seems to be the highest during summer months, and then tapers off toward the fall and winter months. But this year, the animal shelter hasn’t experienced that trend. The shelter is now open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6:30 p.m., and closed Sundays and Mondays. It’s located at 19460 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes. For more information, call (813) 9291212, or visit PascoCountyFl.net.
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WOMEN-N-CHARGE TO MEET IN DECEMBER Women-n-Charge will meet Dec. 5 at 11:30 a.m., at Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive in Tampa. The meeting will include a feature speaker and networking. Cost is $15 for members who pre-register, and $18 for guests. For information, visit Women-nCharge.com, or call (813) 600-9848.
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The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Zephyrhills are offering a kickoff breakfast to celebrate small business Nov. 29 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Abbott Station Restaurant, 5327 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. Breakfast will be available for free to the first 50 customers. For information, call (813) 782-1913, or visit ZephyrhillsChamber.org.
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now offering shoppers the chance to use Apply Pay at the checkout. The service, which is available to Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, create a contact-less payment method for merchandise in the stores. Winn-Dixie has six locations on this side of Pasco and Hillsborough counties, including 27301 Wesley Chapel Blvd. and 27303 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel; 2126 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes; 6427 County Line Road in Tampa; 18407 U.S. 41 in Lutz; and 36348 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills. For information, visit Apple.com/apple-pay.
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The East Pasco Networking Group has scheduled several speakers for the coming months. The group meets every other week at the Village Inn at 5214 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. Networking begins at 8 a.m., with the meeting starting at 8:30 a.m. Upcoming speakers include: • Scott Lindner, pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church, Dec. 9 • Michael Smith, pastor of Fair Haven Baptist Church and principal of Zephyrhills Christian Academy The group will have its Christmas mixer Dec. 1 at 6 p.m., at Village Inn, 5214 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. For information, call Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491, or send him an email at email@example.com.
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