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WESLEY CHAPEL/NEW TAMPA EDITION L L O O C C A A L L W W I I L L D D L L I I F F E E D D D D D L L L L L I I I I W W W W W L L L L L A A A A A C C C C C O O O O O L L L L L L O O A C A A C A L W I L D E E E E E F F F F F I I I I L L L L L D D D D D L I F E ANIE BURLINGAM FA STEF J RXU\003LPD YH\003WR\003 V KDUH\003 \)Tj ET Q BT 0.0278 Tw 9.1018 0 0 10 32.5301 346.911 Tm [(G\003OR ZH\267 G\003RU\003ZL OG\003F DQ\003 L QWHUHVWL QJ\003ELU YH\003FDSWXUHG\003D\003SKRWRJ RX\267 ,I\003\)]TJ 0.4 g /T1_1 1 Tf 0 Tc 0.0309 Tw 20.004 0 0 20 19.0374 388.911 Tm (wildlife ph o our Share y AFF PHOTO M E/ST o tos Auto Accident? Slip and Fall? FREE CONSULTATIONNo Fees Or Costs Unless You Win Walk-Ins 18920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101 Lutz, FL (Corner of Sunlake & Dale Mabry) HOLLIDAY KARATINOSLAW FIRM, P.L. 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FREE CONSULTATIONN o F ees O r C os ts U n le ss Y ou W in Walk-Ins WelcomeH e l p i n g I n j u r e d P e o p l e c o mCall AttorneyJ IM H O L L ID A Y8 1 3 8 6 8 1 8 8 7 1 8 9 2 0 N D a l e M a b r y H w y S t e 1 0 1 L u t z F L ( C o r n e r o f S u n l a k e & D a l e M a b r y )I Will Aggressively Fight T o Protec t Y our Lega l Rights H O L LID A Y K A R A T IN O SLAW FIRM, P.L. FLOR IDA STR AW B ER R Y FESTIVA L K AT HY ST E E LE/S T A F F P H OT O S O wner s of A mici Pizza & D eli ar e planning t o build a ne w st and-alone r estaurant, w ith additio nal r eta il s pace, on Wesle y C hapel Boulev ard. The ne w resta ur an t i s a shor t dista nc e from th e e xistin g Am ici r estauran t in G r and Oa ks Sq uar e, at Wesle y C hap el and P et L ane Andr ea and J osephi ne M an nino are h eading to ward a construction sta r t of Am ici Plaz a in sp r ing with a n opening likel y by the e nd o f 2 016. Pasco C oun ty r e cor ds sh o w a co nceptual plan wi th a b out 3,000 squ ar e f eet for the re staur ant, an d a bo ut 1,8 00 squar e feet f or reta il. Wed like to have our own bu ilding an d a bigger k itc hen, said Andr ea M annino. No decisions h av e been m ade on the additio nal r etail space he said. The site is located a t the cor ner o f M a gnolia Bou le v ard and Wesle y C hapel Boulev ard, w hic h is also k no w n a s Cou nty Roa d 54. Pasco Coun ty is mo vin g f orward with acq uisition o f r ight-o f-w ay al ong Co unty R oad 54 to pr epar e for the e xpan sion of the tw ol ane r o ad into a f ou r-lane r oad at the ju nction of State Road 56 and State Road 54Amici Pizza plans stand-alone location Ith The LAKER WESLEY CHAPEL/NEW T AMPA EDITION The LAKERFree Auto Ac cid ent? Slip and Fall? FREE CONSULTATIONNo Fees Or Costs Unless You Win Walk-Ins W elcom eH e l p in g I n ju r e d P e o p le c o mC a l l A t to r n e yJI M H O L L I D A Y813 -86 8-1887 1 8 9 2 0 N D a l e M a b r y H w y S t e 1 0 1 L u tz F L ( C o r n e r o f S u n la k e & D a le M a b r y )I Will Aggressiv ely Fight T o P ro te ct Your Lega l R igh ts HOLLIDAY KARATINOSLAW FIR M P.L. S a tu r d a y J a n u a ry 3 0 2 0 1 6 9 A M 5 P M H is to ri c D o w n t o w n D a d e C it y The first kum quat tr ee in St. Josep h took root more than 100 years ago, when C.J Nathe planted it in his bac kyard. He ad ded a f ew more, and soon he had a smal l grove on an acr e of fertile ground. The kumquat king, as Nathe was later dubbed, trans f ormed a quiet bac k road community into the Kumquat Capital of the World. An open hou se wi ll take place on J an. 28 and Jan. 29 at the Kumquat Growers pac kih d KATHY STE ELE/ST AFFPHOTOKumquats reign supreme at area festival Pasco County Administr ator Mic hele Baker expects to be very busy over the ne xt year and a half Shell be crossing off a to-do list, one b y one, before leaving in 2017 to go on a length y road trip with her husband. The couple will hit the road with their recreational v ehic le and their motor cycles, on a tour of as man y baseball parks and national parks as they can squeeze into a y ear. That s been our dr eam, Baker said, so letting her contr act lapse in J uly 2017 makes sense. But, don t e xpect a lame duc k administr ator. Ther es no kicking back h er e, Baker said. This isnt me slo wing down. Baker has told Pasco County commissioner s she wont seek renewal of her current two-year contr act, which makes her last d a y July 9, 2017. B y then, Baker will have worked 35 y ears in pub lic service, 24 of those years with Pasco County Her to-do list, in shor t form, includes: Completing m aster plans and updates for storm water, solid waste and tour ism Funding and building a diverging diamond r oad design to ease traffic cong estion at State Road 56 and Interstate 75 Completing the State Road 56 e xtension Nurtur ing SunWest Park, the county s fledgling aqua par k Replacing and r epair ing aging infrastructur e and roads damaged by the summer f looding Making progress on the expansion of the jail and constr uction of ne w fir e stations Relocating more government offices to central Pasco Baker also plans to fill v acancies for a few ke y leader ship positions that r emain, including an assistant cou nty administr ator f or public safety and administr ation. Progress has been made, Baker said, but government ser vices still c ould be mor e customer-friendly. A culture that w as decades in the makin g is being c hang ed, she said. You dont get to turn a canoe. Youre turning a ship. Public service w asnt Baker s first career choice. Over the years she worked as a w aitress, flight attendant a nd a theater mana ger. She also served in the U.S. Air Force Reser ve. Her underg raduate deg ree was in business administr ation. It wasnt until she acce pted a secr etarialPasco administrator to r etir e in 2017 DONT MISS A SINGLE ISSUE! B.C MANION INSIDE, PAGE 1B As Pasco County stocks up on sports and recreation facilities, one local sports tourism expert envisions the growing area as a regional asset and an enticement for attracting more big-ticket sporting events to Tampa Bay.Jason Aughey, senior director at the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, was the featured guest speaker on March 22 at an economic development briefing hosted by the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce at Hunters Green Golf & Country Club. While much of the talk focused on the Tampa Bay region as a whole, Aughey touched on Pasco Countys current impact and potential as a sports destination. The future is extremely bright, said Aughey, who is bullish on the countys renewed focus on sports tourism. He specifically mentioned the worldclass Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, which opened in early 2017 as the largest hockey complex in the southeastern United States. People come here and see that theyre blown away, Aughey said. He said another feather in the countys cap is the construction of a $44 million, 98,000-square-foot, multi-use indoor sports complex being built in the Wiregrass area. The Wiregrass sports complex set to open by spring 2019 could be used as an ancillary site for large indoor volleyball tournaments, such as the Gasparilla VolleyballSpor ts tourism exper t praises Pasco COURTESY OF NORTH TAMPA CHAMB ER OF COMMERCE Commissioners side with developer in road disputeThe Pasco County Commission has sided with Wiregrass Ranch developers in a dispute with Pasco County Schools over covering the cost for a future road connection to Chancey Road. Commissioners heard an appeal filed by the school district regarding a decision by the countys Development Review Committee. The committee had approved a new master road plan for Wiregrass that shifts Chancey Road to the south, and away from the anticipated access onto a proposed school site that is at least five years away from construction. The site isnt within the borders of Wiregrass, but school district officials say construction costs would increase by $1 million, if the school board has to pay to build a road to link to Chancey Road. The plan that was approved by the development review committee includes a compromise that would mean either the school district or developers would pay for the road work depending on what comes first, the school or the Wiregrass development. School officials said they had counted on the Chancey Road extension, within the original master road plan. Everybody liked it. It was a great plan, said Ray Gadd, Pascos deputy school superintendent. Now, were down to two access points, which I dont think the commission will like. I dont think the neighborhoods will like them. In the future, the school district will B Pasco County has selected the solution it plans to pursue regarding the sinkhole that opened last year in Lake Padgett Estates in Land O Lakes. The county plans to build two hammerhead turnarounds on each side of the sinkhole. A six-foot decorative fence and an access gate also will be installed around the sinkhole on Ocean Pines Drive. The estimated cost for the work is $242,000. Construction is expected to begin within six months to eight months, following design work and purchase of right of way. Well move as quickly as possible, said Margaret Smith, the countys engineering services director. The Pasco County Commission approved the turnarounds at its March 27 meeting in New Port Richey. Commissioners also agreed to get more information on the feasibility of linking the sinkhole to Lake Saxon, as a future project. A geological survey deemed that connection to be risky, but Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said the option needs more study. Thats our premier lakefront community in this area, he said. We want to make sure property values stay up. The turnarounds are considered an immediate safety solution for a roadway that was severed when a sinkhole opened up on July 14, 2017. The depression swallowed two houses, a motorcycle and a boat. Seven houses in FILE Sinkhole to get a fence and turnarounds


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Lenz, MBA, RTRPGive me a call.813-782-9491ENROLLED AGENT  QUALIFIED TO PRACTICE B EFORE THE IR S € Tax Planning Preparation € Tax Resolution April 4, 20182A By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comAn open house to preview a proposed solar farm in northeast Pasco County drew an impassioned crowd of residents who mostly panned the project. Tampa Electric, known as TECO, is seeking a special exception permit to build the solar farm on about 350 acres, off Blanton Road in Dade City. The first public hearing for the project will be with the Pasco County Planning Commission at a future date. The solar farm, if built, would produce about 55 megawatts of renewable energy. The project represents a $75 million investment from TECO. It is part of the electric company’s master plan to expand its use of solar power. By 2021, TECO anticipates investing $850 million in 10 solar projects that are expected to generate energy for about 100,000 homes. About 120 residents attended TECO’s open house on March 8 at Pasco-Hernando State College, outside Dade City. The electric company planned the event as a one-on-one exchange between residents and its employees, who stood next to poster boards ready to explain the project. Midway through the event, however, resident Dot Ward climbed aboard a chair with a plea. “I suggest we all leave and tell the county we aren’t happy,” she said. Most appeared to share her opposition to the project, and disappointment with TECO’s event. “This is the jewel in the crown of Pasco County,” said Pat Weaver, in describing the aesthetics and scenic views on what could become a solar farm. “This is agriculturally zoned out here,” said Weaver, who is a former Dade City mayor. “Solar is not agriculture. It’s industrial. This is not something you can grow.” However, Sharon Hanna-West is concerned about future development proposals, if the solar farm is rejected. She hasn’t decided if she is for or against the solar farm, and she wants more information. She worked with other residents on the Northeast Rural Protection Overlay District. The Pasco County Commission adopted the district in 2016 as part of the county’s long-range land use plan. It was a victory for residents, Hanna-West said. But, she said, “I want ya’ll to think long and hard about this blanket opposition. So, be careful what you hope.” The solar farm would be built on two sides of Blanton Road, on the southeast corner of Blanton and Frazee Hill Road; and, on the northwest corner of Blanton and Platt Road. The site also is to the north and west of Pasco-Hernando State College’s East Campus. About 250 acres are owned by State Sen. Wilton Simpson and his wife, Kathryn Simpson. The couple bought the property from Wells Fargo Bank in 2016 for an estimated $1.5 million. Additional acreage is owned by James Gross & Ranch Inc., according to county records. Many expressed concerns about noise and loss of property values. About 464,000 panels would be installed. TECO officials said the panels swivel and follow the sun’s direction, which allows for better energy collection. In height, the project is equivalent to a one-story structure, they said. They also said noise level is “imperceptible.” Alma Coston, who lives near the site, was skeptical. “They say it doesn’t make any noise. That’s a bunch of hooey,” she said. She said people enjoy the scenic views and rolling hills. “We’re on one of the highest ridges in Florida,” said Coston. The regulations set out for the overlay district govern residential development of three houses or more. It also restricts mining operations or other projects that tear up hillsides or impair vistas. Portions of some roads, including State Road 52, Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, Trilby Road and Blanton are designated as “rural-scenic.” New development isn’t prohibited but would need to meet certain standards, including buffering. “This (solar farm) isn’t going to protect our view shed,” said Jill Yelverton, who lives directly across from the site. She also worries about a bald eagle’s nest, located in the southeast corner of the property near Ramsey Road and Blanton. She said she has seen eaglets. TECO officials said the nest will be protected. Design plans include a 660-foot radius as a buffer. There are no plans to ever develop that area of the property, they said. Area residents in the past have opposed two housing developments at the site – Berry Hill Estates and College Hill. “We don’t mind residential, at least, if it’s on one, five or 10 acres,” Yelverton said. “That would be acceptable.” That’s the current housing pattern in the area, she said. For more information about TECO’s proposal, visit Proposed solar farm sparks controversy COURTESY OF TAMPA ELECTRICTampa Electric operates a solar farm at Big Bend at Apollo Beach, in Hillsborough County. The same technology will be used at a proposed solar farm in Pasco County, if approved. KATHY STEELETampa Electric (TECO) had an open house at Pasco-Hernando State College to explain a project to build a solar farm on vacant land near the college. KATHY STEELEA large tract of vacant land at Blanton and Platt roads is proposed by Tampa Electric for a solar farm.

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His 1965 win/loss record for the Minnesota Twins was 21-7. Grant, now age 82, lives in California. He won two World Series games, also in 1965, pitching for the Twins against the Los Angeles Dodgers. During one of those wins, he powered a three-run homer over the fence. He was named The Sporting News American League Pitcher of the Year. Grant’s career began in 1958 with the Cleveland Indians, about a decade after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball. He pitched his last game in 1971, pitching for the Oakland Athletics and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mudcat is a name given to Grant by another ballplayer who reportedly thought he was from Mississippi, and Mudcat fit. Grant’s star quality as an athlete is now on view at the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City. His career is part of the Smithsonian Museum’s traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America,” which runs through April 28. Baseball, and Grant’s achievements, are just one of the highlights of the exhibit, which covers every sport imaginable. There are interactive videos and trivia on baseball, football, bowling, soccer, cheerleading, roller blading, basketball, surfing and much more. “There are all different sports,” said Stephanie Black, the museum’s executive director. “Everybody can come in here and see something different.” The interactive nature of the exhibit is meant to get conversations going about the impact of sports in American culture. Items on display include a Wheaties box with soccer star Brandi Chastain; videos with marching bands and mascots; a mockup of bleachers with seat cushions that reveal answers to baseball trivia; photographs; trophies; sports magazines; and, audio of athletes and fans talking about their favorite memories.A LECTURE SERIES IS PLANNED, TOOOn April 14 at 2 p.m., University of Florida history professor Steve Noll will be the featured speaker. Anyone wearing a sports team’s jersey or T-shirt will get a 25 percent discount on the museum’s fee. Other lectures are tentative, but information can be found at It’s a true traveling exhibit. Once “Hometown Teams” leaves Dade City, it heads to the Dunedin Historic Museum, among other stops in Florida. This is only the second Smithsonian exhibit for the Florida Pioneer Museum. The first was last year when the museum featured “The Way We Worked,” a look at the working life of Americans from the mid19th century to the late 20th century. The exhibits are part of the Museum on Main Street series, sponsored by the Smithsonian in partnership with state and local organizations. The Florida Humanities Council selected the Pioneer museum to host Hometown Teams, and awarded a $5,000 grant. A portion of the grant will help sponsor a Dade City Little League team. Host sites are encouraged to reach out locally for athletes who can be featured in the exhibit.IT WAS SPECIAL TO SEE MUDCAT PLAYMost of the memorabilia from Grant’s career came from family members who still live in the area. “We were fortunate that they were able to be so involved,” Black said. A few items also are from the collection of artifacts on loan to the museum from KATHY STEELEThe Smithsonian traveling exhibit, ‘Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America,’ is the second Smithsonian exhibit to visit the Pioneer Florida Museum.alumni of Moore Academy, and the later schools bearing the names of MooreMickens. “We’ve had a tremendous response from the community,” Black said. “Everybody is so excited about this.” Grant’s twin sister, Johnnie Mae Lopey, remembers her first time watching her brother pitch professionally in Cleveland. She went there with their mother, Viola Grant. A scoreboard announcement splashed her name onto the screen as Grant’s twin sister. “That was special to see him play,” she recalled. Through the years, Grant has left memorabilia with her, including a life-size cutout, which is part of the exhibit. His nephew, Jamie Lopey, described Grant as a “family guy” who always encourages youth to play sports, especially baseball. Grant is co-author of “The Black Aces,” a book that chronicles 15 black pitchers who had 20-game winning seasons in the majors. He also includes some who played in the Negro League. Johnnie Mae Lopey said her brother had challenges even a decade after Robinson began playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. On one trip through Georgia, team members stopped for lunch, and Grant was told to go to the back door. “His teammates said if he has to go to the back door, we’ll all go to the back door,” she said. Grant has been back to Lacoochee on several occasions. Mudcat Grant Boulevard, near the entrance to Stanley Park, is named for him. Local businessman Jesse Stanley, for whom the park is named, was an early booster of Grant when he played baseball at mini-camps, and was signed by the Cleveland Indians. Johnnie Mae Lopey said her brother never let being from a small town hold him back. And, she said, that’s his message to youngsters still. “Keep on practicing and try to be somebody,” she said. If you goSmithsonian Exhibit, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America.” WHERE: Pioneer Florida Museum, 15622 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade CityWHEN:Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibit ends April 28.COST:$10, adults; $8, seniors; $5, students including college students with valid school identification. No charge for children under age 5, and for active duty military with identification (with immediate family).INFO:(352) 567-0262 or PioneerFloridaMuseum.orgSmithsonian’s sports exhibit stops at local museum Stephanie Black, executive director of Pioneer Florida Museum, shows off the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, ‘Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America.’ A life-size cutout of Jim ‘Mudcat’ Grant is featured in a display highlighting Grant’s career in major league baseball. Grant grew up in Lacoochee.


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For information, call (813) 929-1214.DINOSAUR ZOO LIVETampa Theatre, Erth Visual & Physical, and Red Tail Entertainment will present Erths Dinosaur Zoo Live April 5 at 7 p.m., at the Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids age 17 and younger. This live performance is appropriate for ages 5 and older. For tickets, visit For information about the show, visit SENIOR CENTERThe Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W., will host these upcoming events: April 6 a 2:30 p.m.: Dancercise April 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Spring Fling Dance (butterfly themed, food, door prizes) Call to RSVP. For information, call (813) 264-3804.SPRING TEAAngel of Hope Memorial Garden-Tampa Bay will host its 12th annual Spring Tea April 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore, 700 N. Westshore Blvd. There will be raffles, silent auctions, and entertainment. Tickets are $35. For information, visit CAMP EXPOThe Family Friendly Summer Camp ExpoTampa edition will take place April 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Admission includes the Tampa Tarpons home opener at 6:30 p.m., with free fireworks after the game. The expo will feature more than 50 summer camp/activities exhibitors, including special-needs camps; a kids throwing practice; a Fun Zone; face painting; live entertainment with Mr. Tommy; character visits; giveaways; educational workshops; and free swag bags for the first 250 kids. To preregister for $1 admission, visit For information, call (813) 331-5579.AN AMERICAN TAILThe Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa, will present the animated film, An American Tail, as part of its Family Favorites Film Series, April 8 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for age 12 and younger. For information, visit SEMINARThe Lutz Branch Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road, will present Genealogy: United States Church Records & Immigration April 9 at 12:15 p.m. The guest speaker will be Kelly Whitelock of Tampa Bay Roots. For information, call (813) 2733652.MAKE A WOODEN VASEThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a woodworking class April 10 and April 17 at 5 p.m. Participants can make a wooden vase using a scroll saw. Only three students per session. Registration and a signed liability waiver are required. For information, call (813) 929-1214. PLANNING MEETINGThere will be an Appreciate Pasco planning meeting April 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, to discuss the Good Deeds Day Festival scheduled for April 15. For information, call Elise Mysels at (813) 9568661.TEEN TOASTMASTERSThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host Teen Toastmasters April 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a cooking class, and participants will delve into the world of toasted breads. The first class will be gourmet grilled cheese, using a hot plate and a frying pan. Guests can choose the ingredients, but there will be no vegan or non-dairy options. For information, call (813) 929-1214.TINKERING TUESDAYThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a Tinkering Tuesday program, How Does Your Garden Grow? April 10 at 6:30 p.m., for kindergarten through fifth grade. There will be gardenthemed crafts and activities. For information, call (813) 929-1214.ART IN THE AFTERNOONThe Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host Art in the Afternoon April 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., for teens to seniors. Bring your own supplies or borrow a few. The group is open to all levels of art enthusiasts. For information, call (813) 7800064.EARTH DAYPasco-Hernando State College will host Earth Day events at Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. On April 10 at 1 p.m., PHSC students will present Earth Day topics with guest panel reflections. The impact of climate change will be discussed April 11 at 2:30 p.m., with Eckerd College professor David Hastings; and, at 5 p.m., there will be an Earth Festival/Build-A-Buddy, featuring the art of recycling. Admission is free. For information, visit A VINYL DECALThe Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood, will offer Marketing Materials with the Cameo Cutter April 11 at 6 p.m. Participants can learn how to use a Cameo Cutter and Silhouette software to make a personalized vinyl decal to promote their business. Information about other marketing resources also will be available. Admission is free. For information, call Chris Sturgeon at (813) 204-2612.CHESS CLUBThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a Chess Club April 11 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on the main floor. Beginners and advanced can attend. Bring your own time clock, if needed. The library has chess sets. For information, call (352) 567-3576.MONEY TALK FOR KIDSThe Lutz Branch Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road, will offer a Money Smart Story Time April 11 at 11 a.m., for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. Pat Brisson will tell the tale of Bennys Pennies, and participants can decorate their own piggy bank. For information, call (813) 273-3652.CODING FOR BEGINNERSThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will offer basic Scratch coding for beginners April 11 at 4 p.m. Participants can learn how to create stories, games and more. For information, call (352) 567-3576.BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERSBig Brothers Big Sisters will host Custard Conversation with the CEO April 12 at 6 p.m., at Culvers, 12538 State Road 54 in Odessa. The guest speaker will be Stephen Koch, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Tampa Bay. Participants can share ideas on how to help more kids in the community. RSVP by April 9 at REMEMBRANCEHillel Academy, 2020 W. Fletcher Ave., in Tampa, will host a Holocaust Remembrance Day April 12 from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students and parents will recognize Yom Hashoah throughout the day. There will be a prayer service at 8:15 a.m.; an opening ceremony with poetry, candle lighting and prayers at 8:30 a.m.; guest speaker Sylvia Richman, Holocaust survivor, will speak at 8:45 a.m.; a reading of names of those who perished in the World War II Holocaust by Nazi rule at 9:15 a.m. (and 2:15 p.m.); and a closing ceremony with fifththrough eighthgraders reading poetry, and prayers. For information, call (813) 963-2242.MAKE A TOADSTOOLThe Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host a class on terra-cotta toadstools April 13 at 10 a.m. Participants can make a toadstool garden decoration. All supplies are included. The class is limited to 15 participants. Registration is required. Call (813) 780-0064.HERNANDO COUNTY FAIRThe Hernando County Fair & Youth Livestock Show will take place April 13 to April 21 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., in Brooksville. There will be live entertainment and livestock shows daily. There also will be a truck and tractor pull April 14 and a demolition derby April 21. Admission is $8 for age 13 and older, $4 for ages 4 to 12, and free for age 3 and younger. Gates open at 5 pm., during the week and noon on weekends. For information, visit, or call (352) 7964552.PAINTING FUNDRAISERPainting with a Twist, 1924 Oak Grove Blvd., in Lutz, will host a fundraiser April 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $45 per seat, with 50 percent of the proceeds benefiting Sunrise of Pasco. To register and see what participants will paint, visit CENTERThe Land O Lakes Senior Center, 6801 Wisteria Loop in Land O Lakes, offers activities for age 60 and older, such as adult coloring, music, word search, games, karaoke, Wii, bingo, crafts and more. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call (813) 929-1200, or visit, and click on Seniors under the Residents header.GUVNA RACEThe Lutz Civic Association is looking for Guvna Race candidates. Those interested must live or work in Lutz, and have a desire to help community charitable organizations. The race has been part of the Lutz community for almost three decades. The winner is announced at the Lutz Independence Day Parade on July 4. Email & SHOWERSThe Church at Chancey Road, 34921 Chancey Road in Zephyrhills, offers Sandwich & Showers on Tuesdays at 4 p.m., and Fridays at 10 a.m., for those living in the community that have no running water or no hot water. Anyone needing a hot shower can come: families, women, men, children. Free transportation will be available. For information, call (813) 317-4975. Audubon SocietyThe West Pasco Audubon Society will meet April 7 at 11 a.m., at the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park Education Center, 10500 Wilderness Road in New Port Richey. The guest speaker will be Barbara Walker, president of the West Pasco society, coordinator of Eagle Watch, and a member of the Florida Audubon Board. The topic will be Plants for Birds. There also will be a native plant sale. The same day, there will be a nature walk starting at 8 a.m. For information, call Mike Ranck at (813) 455-0588, or visit rosesThe Lutz Branch Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road, will offer a hands-on demonstration of rooting, cutting, and the dos and donts of propagating antique roses April 9 at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Gil Sanchez, master gardener. For information, call (813) 273-3652.Succulents clinicUF/IFAS Extension of Hillsborough County will offer Succulents and Cacti 101 April 10 at 7 p.m., at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. For information and to register, call (813) 744-5519.Native Plant SocietyThe Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet April 10 at 7 p.m., at Land O Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd. The guest speaker will be Tonya Clayton on Sea Level Rise in Florida: News from Our Natural Areas. There will be light refreshments and a native plant drawing. 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For more information, contact Peter Cracchiolo at (813) 360-9813 or CLUB OF CENTRAL PASCOPasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley will speak at Republican Club of Pasco County’s meeting on April 23. The club encourages anyone that seeks to be involved in the political process to attend. It meets at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. A social begins at 6:30 p.m., and the business meeting starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call (813) 996-3011.TRINITY DEMOCRATIC CLUBThe Trinity Democratic Club welcomes Melissa Erickson, co-founder and executive director of the Alliance for Public Schools (, as guest speaker at its April 25 meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. The group meets at Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway in Trinity. Doors open at 5 p.m., for those wish to purchase dinner and/or drinks. For more information, call (415) 609-3633 or email ENDORSEMENTS  #VOTEPROCHOICE has endorsed Kelly Smith, who is running in the District 2 race of the Pasco County Commission. Smith supports reproductive rights in Florida, according to an announcement from her campaign.  The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 29 Labor Unit has endorsed Mike Moore, who is running for re-election in the District 2 race of the Pasco County Commission, according to an announcement from his campaign. Political Agenda is a column that runs only during election years. It gives candidates a place to announce they are seeking political office. It lets voters know of upcoming Meet the Candidate nights or political forums. It is a place where political clubs can announce upcoming meetings, and it will include news that is pertinent to voters for upcoming elections. It will not include political fundraising events. There is never a guarantee of publication, but we do consider each item we receive. 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A national study has shown that an indoor cycling class can decrease Parkinson’s symptoms by 35 percent, which led the Tampa YMCA to offer Pedaling for Parkinson’s at the South Tampa and Bob Sierra North Tampa locations in 2016. “The results we’re seeing are incredible and, thanks to the generosity of the Parkinson’s Foundation, the Y is able to expand this impactful program to the New Tampa and North Brandon Ys,” Healthy Living Director Dawn Kita said, in a release. Driven by fast-paced music, Pedaling for Parkinson’s riders, at every level, are challenged to improve their performance while sharing a common bond in a fun, sociallysupportive environment. “While the program does not cure Parkinson’s, it helps to alleviate some of the complications associated with the disease,” explains Kita. “It’s been proven to improve walking, tremors, flexibility, grip strength, motor coordination, posture and stiffness.” Beginning this month, Pedaling for Parkinson’s will be offered at:  The New Tampa Family YMCA, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m.  The Bob Sierra North Tampa Family YMCA, Tuesdays and Thursday at 11 a.m.  The North Brandon Family YMCA, Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.  The South Tampa Family YMCA, Mondays at 11:30 a.m., and Tuesdays/Thursdays at 10: 15 a.m. The one-hour indoor cycling classes are free with a Y membership and free for the first eight weeks to non-Y members, which includes full access to the Y facility during that time period. Participants, ages 30 to 75, must be diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. A medical provider consent and clearance form also is required to register.Pedaling for Parkinson’s The Laker/Lutz News Staff ReportSeveral libraries are hosting tax preparation services during tax season, including the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, at 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood. If you need help with preparing your taxes, help is available at the Jimmie B. Keel library on Thursdays and Fridays through April 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers from the AARP are providing the assistance, which is given on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for filing your tax return this year is April 17.Free tax help available


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COMMUNITY EVENTSMedical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer these upcoming community events: Chatterboxes: April 5 and April 19 at 3 p.m. Compassionate Friends Support Group: April 18 from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Breast Cancer Support Group: April 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 9332 State Road 54, Suite 402 Lymphedema Support Group: April 19 at 3 p.m. Huntingtons Disease Support Group: April 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For information, call (727) 834-5630, or visit CPRSt. Josephs Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer an infant/child CPR class, according to the American Heart Association guidelines, April 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Garden Classroom A. Learn how to perform CPR and choking rescue techniques. To register, call (813) 443-2046.MEMORY LECTURESKeystone Place at Terra Bella, a new independent living, assisted living and memory care community set to open in Land O Lakes, will host guest speaker Dr. Andrew Budson April 6 at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Budsons talks will be based on his book, Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory. Sessions will take place at Plantation Palms Golf Club. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Register by calling (813) 388-2121 or at CHILDBIRTH CLASSSt. Josephs Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer an Express Prepared Childbirth class April 7 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Garden Classroom A. Expectant mothers can learn how to become active participants in childbirth, and learn breathing techniques, coping strategies, comfort measures, medications and postpartum adjustment. Breast-feeding will not be covered. The cost is $50, which includes light snacks and registration for two. To register, call (813) 443-2046.OBSTETRICS PROGRAMSThe Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer these upcoming programs: Saturday Super Prep Childbirth Class: April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour of Obstetrics: April 10, April 17 and April 24 at 5 p.m. Newborn Care Class: April 18 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Infant CPR: April 25 at 6 p.m. For reservations, call (727) 834-5630, or visit FOR AUTISMThe Tampa Interbay Rotarys ninth annual Cycling for Autism fundraiser will take place April 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. The event begins at Whiskey Joes in Tampa, with 6-mile, 12-mile, 16-mile and 32mile rides. There will be lunch, a cash bar, games, a bike raffle, and music. Children age 12 and younger ride for free.Anyone can participate by being a sponsor, registering to ride, or supporting a rider. The fundraiser will benefit the Applied Behavior Analysis Program and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida. For information, call (813) 258-5835.HOLISTIC MEDICINECongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host What is Holistic Medicine? April 8 at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. Tanya Gold, who will give an overview of the different components and supporting evidence of holistic medicine. There will be an interactive discussion, and include treatments for common ailments, based on the audiences interests. For information, call (813) 962-6338, or email MANAGEMENTRegional Medical Center Bayonet Point will offer diabetes self-management workshops on Mondays, April 9 to May 14, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Rao Musunuru M.D. Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive in Hudson. Each session is 2 hours and will cover topics that include how to work with a health care team, how to manage symptoms and blood-sugar levels, using medication effectively, and more. Admission is free. Reservations are required. For information and to RSVP, call (727) 869-5498.GET UP AND MOVEFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer Well Get You On the Move April 10 at noon, in the fourth-floor classroom. Dr. George Walter Rankin, board certified in family medicine and sports medicine, and physical therapist Gina Tice will discuss symptoms and nonsurgical treatment options for orthopedic conditions. A light lunch will be provided. To RSVP, visit CANCER SUPPORTFlorida Cancer Affiliates, 3611 Little Road in Trinity, will offer a prostate cancer support group April 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Topics will include the importance of early detection, signs and symptoms, prognosis, disease stages, incontinence, impotence, treatment options and more. Reservations are advised by calling Dennis Brown at (727) 203-6713.PELVIC HEALTHFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a Pelvic Health Series, Whats Going on Down There? April 11 at 5:30 p.m., at its Inspiration Place, Wellness Plaza, third floor. Topics will include urinary incontinence and bladder health. To RSVP, please visit DISEASEMorton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., in New Port Richey, will offer a seminar on advances in vein disease treatment, April 11 at 10 a.m. Dr. Brandt Jones, vascular surgeon, will discuss new care options for vein diseases, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. 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Pasco’s department of health also has launched a “Move More” countywide initiative that aims to increase awareness of and access to physical activities throughout the county. The county’s Tobacco Prevention Program works with Tobacco Free Florida and other community partners to promote tobacco-free living by using multiple strategies, including education, implementing smoke-free and tobacco-free policies at work places and colleges, and promoting the “Quit Your Way” campaign.In addition to the aforementioned programs, Pasco also offers the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which gives free or low-cost breast and cervical screenings for eligible women, ages 50 to 64, who reside in Pasco County.And, the Healthy Start program offers free services to all pregnant women, and children ages 0 to 3 years, to educate new moms in everything from preconception and childbirth to parenting skills. For information on all programs and services, visit Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comThe Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is taking a closer look at its policing practices, as a measure to maintain transparency and openness in dealing with citizens. To do so, the agency has appointed general counsel Lindsay Moore as its first constitutional policing advisor. As part of her new role, Moore’s primary duties are to to ensure the agency follows best practices and procedures in the arena of search-and-seizure; use of force; detention operations; profiling issues; citizen contacts; arrests; and, custody operations. She’s also responsible for regularly reviewing agency policies and procedures to ensure they align with constitutional case rulings. If laws and case precedent change, Moore will publish alerts and coordinate trainings with members of the agency. “These are all things that we’re already doing, but this is going to be codifying these things into one cohesive program,” Moore said. Moore is a former associate attorney at a civil litigation law firm specializing in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. She also is a former assistant state’s attorney with the First Judicial Circuit of Florida, where she prosecuted domestic violence cases, crimes against children, and felonies. As an extra measure to enhance constitutional policing efforts, the Sheriff’s Office also appointed Capt. Eric Seltzer to serve as a liaison between other criminal justice system partners, including the county state’s attorney’s office efforts. He’ll also provide oversight for new training measures. The agency is using existing resources to fund the new advisory roles. Originally developed by the Los Angeles Police Department, constitutional policing is a growing trend nationwide where law enforcement agencies proactively work to protect the civil rights of the citizens they police. Also known as “legal policing,” constitutional policing cooperates with the parameters set by the U.S. Constitution, state constitutions, and the many court decisions that have defined in greater detail what the text of the Constitution means in terms of the everyday practices of policing. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said adhering to constitutional policing should yield more prosecutable cases and fewer citizen complaints of possible unlawful discrimination and harassment by deputies. “We have to be by the book in everything we do. We’re not just sitting back and waiting for a complaint to come in. We’re going to proactively look to make sure we’re doing everything the right way, all the time,” Nocco explained. “It’s going to make us better deputies and better people out there serving the community,” he said. Sheriff’s Office adds policing advisor Lindsay Moore


PROPOSED FEE ADJUSTMENTPasco-Hernando State Colleges District Board of Trustees will consider approving a proposed adjusted course-related fee at its meeting on April 17 at 6 p.m., at the West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey. Fee adjustment proposals are reviewed and approved for board consideration by PHSCs Council of Academic Affairs. In this case, one course adjustment will be reviewed: a reduction of fees for Adult Nursing Clinical I for paramedic students from $34 to $0. For information about proposed fee adjustments, justification for the fees and fee implementation dates, you can visit OPPORTUNITYSaint Leo University is offering an academic scholarship opportunity for students who are intent on starting an MBA program this summer, have the undergraduate grades to prove they can do serious work, and the commitment and discipline to study online all the way through to degree completion. For those who qualify and apply by April 20 for admission to the summer semester starting April 30, the MBA tuition per credit hour will be reduced. The per-credit scholarship represents a savings of $6,000 throughout the course of the 36-credit-hour program. For information about the scholarship, visit For additional details, email, or call (800) 707-8846.LUTZ ELEMENTARY GETS EXTRA HELPMembers from the GFWC Lutz-Land O Lakes Womans Club worked at the Lutz Elementary Annual Olden Days Celebration. Each year, the women have registered attendees and assisted the students with numerous crafting projects at the event. Lutz Elementary is just one of the local schools that the womans club supports in various ways. For more information, visit SEMINARRegistration is open until May 31 for the 2018 Florida Student-Athlete Leadership Seminar, which is slated for Aug. 1 at West Port High School in Ocala. The event will include keynote addresses, breakout sessions, a student-athlete panel, and presentations in competition, leadership, social media and other topics. The first session will begin at 8 a.m., and the seminar will last until 2:45 p.m. All registrations take place through GoFan, FHSAAs digital ticketing provider. The cost is $30 per student, and includes a shirt, lunch and a commemorative gift. The seminar is open to the first 100 student applicants. Schools may register students at For more information, please visit TECH COMPETITIONThe Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) announced the launch of the 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition, a worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth. The competition encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy use. It also is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators. This years theme is Solving Climate Change. Teams are challenged to identify and analyze specific problems associated with climate change in detail before designing a clean technology solution to mitigate the negative impacts, help reduce the carbon footprint, and create a solution for overcoming the challenge they identified. Free applications are currently being accepted by CSTL from high schools representing teams of one to three students between the ages of 15 and 18, from the United States and abroad. The final competition will take place July 12 at Stony Brook University in New York. Monetary prizes will be awarded to a total of 10 finalists, with $10,000 to the winner, $7,000 to second place and $5,000 to third place. 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PAGE 13 April 4, 201813A Kickoff Classic, which are currently hosted at the Tampa Convention Center. The Wiregrass facility, developed by RAAD Sports LLC, also can host basketball, soccer, lacrosse and cheerleading events, among others. The speaker lauded existing centers, including Saddlebrook Resort — which hosted the Fed Cup Tennis Semifinals last April. And, he noted the Wesley Chapel District Park and the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, which provide ball fields for youth and amateur sports. Having those places to play at is the first step in in driving a thriving sports tourism market, Aughey said. The community’s location is another advantage because of the relative ease of navigating from Central Pasco and East Pasco, to downtown Tampa and Tampa International Airport. Aughey observed: “While there’s that line that truly does delineate Hillsborough and Pasco County, we see it as nonexistent. When we’re dealing with event organizers and say, ‘Hey, our airport is less than 30 minutes from Wesley Chapel or Land O’ Lakes,’ it’s an attention-getter.” The Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC) is a private, nonprofit, 501c3, charitable corporation that serves the entire Tampa Bay area as the lead organization for bidding on and hosting premier sports, and entertainment events. Aughey said the organization’s partnership with Pasco has evolved significantly during the past decade and has to grow with the county’s new tourism director, Adam Thomas, a former professional baseball player who’s expressed a heavier interest in drawing more sporting events. Aughey stressed the big business of sports in his presentation, noting the Tampa Convention & Visitors Bureau estimates over a third of the region’s visitor nights are sports-related. It not only extends to Super Bowls and national championships, but the youth and amateur realm, too. Aughey explained: “If you think about it, sports really is recession-proof. People aren’t going to cut their child’s opportunity to participate, or potentially with their future if they’re eligible for a scholarship. And, discretionary income, in terms of people going to different sporting events, it’s not going to disappear.”Big-ticket regional events yield significant economic impact by generating thousands of hotel room nights in a short period, he added.For instance, the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship at Raymond James Stadium yielded more than 60,000 hotel visitor nights. Pasco recorded its highest-ever daily hotel room revenue on game night, the second Monday in January, Aughey noted. And, on the three days leading up to the game, the county’s average daily hotel rate increased 25 percent, 60 percent and 57 percent, and the average revenue per available hotel room increased 54 percent, 136 percent and 118 percent compared to same days in previous years. The national championship game fostered a sense of pride with the Tampa Bay community, and its success helped Tampa secure its fifth Super Bowl bid, for February 2021, he said.need the County Commission to approve a school site plan, including its entrances and exits for school buses, and other traffic.Gadd said there are concerns the county might not approve access off Meadow Pointe Boulevard. He also noted that English Turn Way, which is internal to Country Walk subdivision, will not appeal to homeowners. The new school is expected to focus on mathematics and science, with appeal to students living in Wiregrass and other places, Gadd said. The deputy superintendent also offered an unexpected compromise — which had not previously been considered. If Wiregrass would grant the school system exclusive easement for the road segment linking to Chancey Road, the school district would build and pay for the road, Gadd said. But, when developers start building in the area, they would need to negotiate with the school district to buy the road. “We’ll turn this beautiful road over to you, but if it costs us $500,000, we want $500,000,” Gadd said. Scott Sheridan, representing Wiregrass Ranch owners, didn’t go for it. “I’m not going to respond at the podium for some new proposal that popped up,” Sheridan told commissioners. “I think it’s inappropriate.” Sheridan also pointed out that Wiregrass had met its obligations to the school district with plans for five schools within the Wiregrass Ranch community. Three already are open, including an elementary, middle and high school. In the future, two elementary schools also could be built at Wiregrass, Sheridan said. Sheridan agreed that the county’s compromise on who pays for the road wasn’t that appealing. But, he said, “We can figure it out and live with it. We have plenty of time to figure it out.” Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey, who has served on the school board, was conflicted. But, she eventually sided with Wiregrass. “I do hope you (schools) don’t have to build the road. I do hope development comes in first and builds the road,” she said. “But, I think Wiregrass has met their school requirements.” Gadd conceded that the county might eventually approve a site plan with access off Meadow Pointe and English Turn Way. “We feel this is a fait accompli,” he said, of the county commissioners’ vote. “Its’ a done deal, but it’s a matter of the record now.”TOURISM, from page 1A DISPUTE, from page 1A the area also have been condemned. Currently, garbage trucks and emergency vehicles that drive down either end of Ocean Pines must back up to exit or back into private driveways to turn around. “I saw a truck that had to be towed out because it was stuck in a ditch trying to go around another vehicle,” Moore said. County officials held workshops with residents in recent months before they reached a decision. Initially, five options were presented. However, the geological survey recommended against the Lake Saxon connection, and rebuilding Ocean Pines with supportive piles driven underground. The lake connection would cost an estimated $2.5 million. Rebuilding Ocean Pines would be about $750,000. Both were considered to have a risk of causing additional ground disturbances in the area of the sinkhole. An option to only install fencing and a gate would cost about $65,000. Commissioners decided unanimously to build the turnarounds now, but also agreed to discuss the lake connection with the Southwest Florida Water Management District. That’s the state agency that would issue a permit for the work. Plans are to file a pre-application with the state agency, relying on data collected from the geological survey. Pasco County attorney Jeffrey Steinsnyder voiced concerns that even if a permit were approved, there could still be risks to the neighborhood. Moore said, “Let’s at least have more indepth conversations with Swiftmud, and have them give a report.”SINKHOLE, from page 1A Tampa Bay regional sporting events on tap through 2022: 2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Lacrosse Championship  2018 NCAA Division I Track & Field  2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four  2020 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds  2021 NFL Super Bowl LV  2021 NCAA Division II Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Championships  2021 NCAA Division II Men’s & Women’s Soccer Championships  2021 NCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball Championships  2022 Southeastern Conference Basketball TournamentThe Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC) is a private, nonprofit, 501c3, charitable corporation that serves the entire Tampa Bay area as the lead organization for bidding on and hosting premier sports, and entertainment events.COURTESY OF TAMPA BAY SPORTS COMMISSION By Randy UnderhillSpecial to The Laker/Lutz NewsHave you ever wondered how many pounds of rocks a bridge made of 200 Popsicle sticks would support? Students who wanted to find out took part in the Bridge-Breaking Competition held by Saint Leo University’s Department of Mathematics and Science on March 6. The competition includes teams who constructed model bridges from lightweight wooden sticks and glue.Each team relied on their own ideas, and their knowledge of physics and engineering to build the bridge.The bridges had to be 47.2 inches in length and no more than 7.87 inches in height. Each bridge also needed a name. Most of the bridges were built in a truss style of construction, but a few were beam style. Sixteen bridges entered the competition, which was conducted by Leo Ondrovic, professor of biology and physics; Thomas Ricard, professor of engineering and physical sciences, and Dr. Howard Carey, professor of biology. The tone of the evening was lighthearted. Teams watched as rocks were piled on — and ultimately destroyed — their bridges. The strongest bridge supported 75 pounds of rocks. —B.C. Manion contributed to this report.Testing the weight-bearing load of bridges RANDY UNDERHILLThirteen-year-old Alex McILroy, left, of Tampa, looks on as Dr. Howard Carey, professor of biology, pours 25 pounds of rock into the large blue bucket suspended from the bridge. McIlroy, who was competing for his third time, took five days to construct his bridge. Saint Leo University student, Kenneth Wybicracki, a first-timer in the competition, places his bridge, ‘Dumpster Fire,’ on a scale to be weighed as part of the contest’s requirements. Eighteen-year-old Katieri Smith, left, stands by as Thomas Ricard, professor of engineering and physical science, reads the weight of ‘Ann Marie,’ the bridge she constructed. Saint Leo University student Christian Jones carefully places his team’s bridge — 4.7 — on the concrete blocks for the fifth annual bridge building contest at Saint Leo University. Follow @LakerLutzNews on Twitter –


14A High school coaches from the Pasco County School District recently announced the Sunshine Athletic Conference AllConference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2017-2018 winter sports season. Selections were made for both the East and West division. The following high schools from our coverage area were represented in the East: Cypress Creek, Land O Lakes, Pasco, Sunlake, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass Ranch and Zephyrhills. This is a listing of the recipients within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SEND SPORTS NEWS TO KWEISS@LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM CHECKTHIS OUT COURTESY OF PAUL WYRICK Tournament Champs! COURTESY OF JOHN MEDVID Duo reigns at tournament Sunshine Athletic Conference awards announced WINTER SPORTS BOYS 2017-2018 SAC EAST ALL-CONFERENCE BASKETBALL Boys Basketball Coach of the Year: Mike Novak, Zephyrhills Player of the Year: Mekhi Perry, Land O LakesFIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Mekhi Perry, Land O Lakes, sophomore Elijah Ramsey, Wiregrass Ranch, junior Isaiah Ramsey, Wesley Chapel, sophomore Roney Webster, Pasco, senior Kurt Robbins, Zephyrhills, seniorSECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Chase Farmer, Land O Lakes, sophomore Jamal Wright, Sunlake, junior Derico Quiles, Zephyrhills, sophomore Daniel Biglow, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Justin Rush, Wiregrass Ranch, seniorHONORABLE MENTION Trevor Maxwell, Cypress Creek, junior2017-2018 SAC EAST ALL-CONFERENCE SOCCER Boys Soccer Coach of the Year: David Wilson, Wiregrass Ranch High Offensive Player of the Year: Justin Amis, Wiregrass Ranch Defensive Player of the Year: Royce Luedde, Wiregrass RanchFIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Justin Amis. Wiregrass Ranch, freshman Royce Luedde, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Tyler Dueker, Pasco, senior Ethan Sternberg, Sunlake, freshman Ian Flores, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Malcolm Lewis, Wiregrass Ranch, sophomore Grant Dresson, Sunlake, senior Jackson Trudel, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Anthony Rodriguez, Sunlake, senior Ryan Al-Khatib, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Santiago Esparza, Sunlake, seniorSECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Jacob Hill, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Jason Nicolette, Pasco, junior Javier Todd, Sunlake, junior JP Torres, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Jake Rodriguez, Sunlake, sophomore Collin Corrao, Land O Lakes, junior Jake Bierhurst, Wiregrass Ranch, sophomore Adam Mihalek, Wiregrass Ranch, freshman Martin Montoya, Pasco, senior Sebastian Victoria, Sunlake, freshman Carter Corrao, Land O Lakes, sophomoreHONORABLE MENTION Carlos Morales, Zephyrhills, sophomore Tyler Richmond, Wesley Chapel, junior Marco Svolinsky, Cypress Creek, freshman2017-2018 SAC EAST ALL-CONFERENCE WRESTLING Coach of the Year: Sergio Matos, Sunlake Wrestler of the Year: Khaled Khatib, Wiregrass RanchFIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE 106-pound: Ross Jennings, Sunlake, senior 113-pound: Sullivan Harris, Sunlake, sophomore 120-pound: Jacob Thornton, Pasco, sophomore 126-pound: Travis Knowlton, Pasco, sophomore 132-pound: Colson Mullis, Pasco, sophomore 138-pound: Sean Gratten, Land O Lakes, junior 145-pound: Jake Koener, Sunlake, junior 152-pound: Scott Kren, Land O Lakes, junior 160-pound: Khaled Khatib, Wiregrass Ranch, senior 170-pound: Mark Kialer, Wiregrass Ranch, sophomore 182-pound: Tyler Estep, Sunlake, senior 195-pound: Troy Royal, Wesley Chapel, senior 220-pound: Cayman Wiseman, Sunlake, sophomore Heavyweight: Demetrius Wright, Zephyrhills, sophomoreSECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE 106-pound: Morgan Ray, Land O Lakes, freshman 113-pound: Kyle Eldridge, Land O Lakes, sophomore 120-pound: Dante Reese, Land O Lakes, sophomore 126-pound: Alex Alvarez, Wiregrass Ranch, junior 132-pound: Victor Graves-Velez, Sunlake, junior 138-pound: Alex Hall, Sunlake, junior 145-pound: Victor Nelson, Land O Lakes, junior 152-pound: Caleb Dakin, Wesley Chapel, senior 160-pound: Matthew Paduani, Sunlake, junior 170-pound: Greyson Plummer, Land O Lakes, senior 182-pound: Cyrus Baker, Land O Lakes, sophomore 195-pound: Tim Johnson, Pasco, junior 220-pound: Anthony Jay, Land O Lakes Heavyweight: Tevon Davies, Sunlake, juniorHONORABLE MENTION Tyson Gillott, Cypress Creek, junior WINTER SPORTS GIRLS 2017-2018 SAC EAST ALL-CONFERENCE SOCCER Coach of the Year: Mark Leonard, Wesley Chapel Offensive Player of the Year: Sydny Nasello, Land O Lakes Defensive Player of the Year: Abigail Monken, SunlakeFIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Sydny Nasello, Land O Lakes, senior Jordan Kadlub, Pasco, junior Morghan Craven, Land O Lakes, senior Jennifer Luna, Pasco, senior Karissa Olsen, Wesley Chapel, senior Brooke Hannigan, Land O Lakes, senior Abigail Monken, Sunlake, senior Juliana Ponce, Wiregrass, senior Emma Skantze, Land O Lakes, senior Samantha Gasbarro, Wesley Chapel, senior Mackenzie Spurling, Wiregrass Ranch, juniorSECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Isabella Jaramillo, Wesley Chapel, senior Rylind Robinson, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Nathalie Sawczuk, Pasco, senior Jessica Amis, Wiregrass Ranch, junior Avery Wild, Land O Lakes, sophomore Brianna Luna, Pasco, junior Vyctoria Boger, Wesley Chapel, senior Ysa Novak, Wiregrass Ranch, junior Isabella Vazquez, Sunlake, senior RaeAnna Casler, Land O Lakes, juniorHONORABLE MENTION Caitlyn Leavines, Cypress Creek, junior Jaydean Ireland, Zephyrhills, sophomore2017-2018 SAC EAST ALL-CONFERENCE BASKETBALL Coach of the Year: Reesa Pledge, Sunlake Player of the Year: Andrea Wallace, SunlakeFIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Andrea Wallace, Sunlake, senior Kiara Broner, Pasco, senior Kasia Ramirez, Sunlake senior Zoi Evans, Wiregrass Ranch, freshman Niya Darby, Land O Lakes, seniorSECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Alexis Bolden, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Mary Mora, Sunlake, senior Valeria Burbano, Wesley Chapel, senior Alexis Couzens, Wiregrass Ranch, freshman Chelsea Jones, Zephyrhills, juniorHONORABLE MENTION Cassidy Middleton, Cypress Creek, junior2017-2018 SAC EAST ALL-CONFERENCE COMPETITIVE CHEERLEADING Coach of the Year: Karlee Roach, Land O Lakes Cheerleader of the Year: Taylor Watson, Wesley ChapelFIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Mikiah Peeples, Sunlake, senior Juliette Pacheco, Sunlake, sophomore Hannah Kilmer, Sunlake, sophomore Taylor Pudoka, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Emily Weiser, Pasco, senior Hope Wainraich, Land O Lakes, senior Claire Gottermann, Land O Lakes, senior Reagan Steele, Land O Lakes, junior Taylor Watson, Wesley Chapel, senior Ashley Regan, Zephyrhills, juniorSECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Taylor Broderick, Sunlake, senior Hannah Ahonen, Sunlake, senior Brooke Hodge, Sunlake, junior Alyssa Loo, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Alyssa Rodriguez-Urich, Pasco, senior Emma Runkel, Land O Lakes, freshman Emily Bendert, Land O Lakes, senior Chloe Covington, Wesley Chapel, senior Zion Morgan, Wesley Chapel, junior Taryn Clower, Cypress Creek, freshmanHONORABLE MENTION Paige Zimmer, Zephyrhills, junior Olivia Michalski, Pasco, senior2017-2018 SAC EAST ALL-CONFERENCE WEIGHTLIFTING Coach of the Year: Denise Garcia, Sunlake High Weightlifter of the Year: Veronica Salazar, Land O LakesFIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE 101-pound: Prestine Carter, Pasco, junior 110-pound: Madison Burnstein, Land O Lakes, freshman 119-pound: Madison Kaylor, Pasco, senior 129-pound: Loah Castro, Sunlake, junior 139-pound: Gianna Levy, Sunlake, sophomore 154-pound: Paige Berryman, Sunlake, junior 169-pound: Veronica Salazar, Land O Lakes, junior 183-pound: Abigail Schmook, Sunlake, sophomore 199-pound: Jessica Guadarrama, Zephyrhills, senior Unlimited: Abby Shaffer, Zephyrhills, SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE 101-pound: Allison Price, Wiregrass Ranch, senior 110-pound: Savannah Lee, Wesley Chapel, sophomore 119-pound: Maria Espinal, Sunlake, senior 129-pound: Valerie Busot, Sunlake, junior 139-pound: Juliette Pacheco, Sunlake, sophomore 154-pound: Grace Hrenko, Sunlake, senior 169-pound: Abigail Monticco, Wesley Chapel, senior 183-pound: Alyssa Kramer, Land O Lakes, sophomore 199-pound: Antoinette Farmer, Sunlake, sophomore Unlimited: Cynthia Wilkes, Zephyrhills, juniorHONORABLE MENTION Amanda Reyes, Cypress Creek, junior COURTESY OF JENNIFER CRAVEN COURTESY OF KYLE LOJACONO Wharton distance runner sets record So many ways to make every room smile. 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INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & More B Nurses use a personal touch to welcome new babiesWhen nurse Doris Michel put the bunny ears cap on 1 -day-old Maksim Damjanovichs head, the baby looked adorable, and the nurse beamed with joy. This is the third time that a member of the Damjanovich family has received a crocheted cap after being born at St. Josephs Hospital-North, at 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz. We think its really special, said Alison Damjanovich, of Tampa Palms. Her other two daughters, Genevieve, who is nearly 3, and Rosalie, who is about 20 months, also received the crocheted caps when they were born at the hospital. Its nice to have a little keepsake to bring home and keep forever. Its very special, Damjanovich said. Cherish and Travis Drummond were delighted, too, when night charge nurse Kelley Berens bestowed a yellow cap to their 2day-old daughter, Aurora. I think its awesome, Cherish Drummond said. Its very sweet. Travis, agreed: I think its great. I have a disabled aunt. This is part of what she does to be able to active makes hats for babies in her community. The tiny caps are just two of the thousands that nurses Michel, Berens and Fritzie Plaras-Rooney have made for babies under their care in the Mom/Baby Unit at the hospital. Berens and Plaras-Rooney have been at the hospital since it opened in February 2010. Michel joined the staff a year later. The nurses do this project on their own, selecting and paying for the yarn, and making the caps on their own time. Occasionally, though, they do receive donations of yarn or of caps others have made. The idea for crocheting caps for the new arrivals likely came up in a conversation during a break, but it was so long ago she isnt sure, Berens said. She does remember that at another place where she worked, people sent in caps of compassion for premature babies who did not survive. I guess thats what sparked the idea, Berens said. But, she had a variation on that theme: Why not do it for every baby? Before she could start making caps, though, Berens had to watch some YouTube videos to refresh her crocheting skills. The women said they make the caps all over the place. Plaras-Rooney, of Wesley Chapel, likes to make them while watching HGTV programs. Michel, of Spring Hill, gets a lot of crocheting done while waiting at her doctors office. Berens, of Land O Lakes, makes good use of her time as she sits in the car line at her sons school. They also make them during their breaks at work. It typically takes about a half-hour to crochet a cap. They make them in various styles. Theyll do holiday themes. Or, the colors of a favorite football team. Or, in a shade to match the babys nursery. The cool thing is that a lot of us (nurses) do three nights in a row, so well have the same mom and baby, Berens said. That gives them a significant advantage: They know, precisely, how big the babys head is. So, we can really customize it (the cap) to the individual baby, Berens said, While its satisfying to create the caps, the nurses dont always take credit for their work. Plaras-Rooney said she likes to surprise families, by slipping the cap into a drawer where they will be sure to find it. Berens can be stealth, as well. Sometimes, I send it (the babys cap) in with someone else, she said.But, Michel said she enjoys presenting the baby wearing the cap to his or her mom, just before theyre leaving the hospital.Seeing the reactions is the best thing, Michel said. All three women said it feels great to provide a personal touch with the families they serve. We make relationships with people, Berens said, noting some of the moms have already given birth to three or four babies at St. Josephs Hospital-North, even though its a relatively new hospital. For Plaras-Rooney, the joy comes from treating the moms and babies like they were members of her own family. I love my patients, she said. Michel gets a kick out of making the caps. Its fun, she said. Nurse manager Nathalie Fetgatter, of Land O Lakes, is pleased that the nurses give of themselves to create stronger connections with families. I love that they do this, she said. Travis Drummond, baby Auroras dad, is impressed, too. I understand the time and effort that goes into that sort of thing having gone and gotten the yarn for my aunt, he said. At a time when everybody is looking to make a buck, to make something by hand give it away its very special. It does mean a lot, you know, he said. B.C. MANION Crocheting kindness


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