The Laker

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The Laker
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Laker (Land O'Lakes, Fla.)
Diane Kortus ( publisher )
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Land O'Lakes, FL
Community News Publications, Inc.
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v. : ill. ; 44 cm.


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United States -- Florida -- Pasco -- Land O'Lakes


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Began in 1982.
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Janet Gillis, publisher.
General Note:
"It's not Wednesday til you read The Laker."

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University of Florida
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However, the 17-member volunteer task force also looked more broadly at major intersections along the entire corridor from U.S. 19 on the west to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard on the east.The parallel frontage roads are part of a proposal put forth by Jacksonville engineer Greg Parsons. It was a privately presented option at a task force meeting, and not part of the task force’s initial list of 11 highway and transit alternatives and a no-build option.Task force members whittled down the list at a meeting on Nov. 30 in Land O’ Lakes. During the year, the task force had three public meetings, and a workshop. The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization will meet Jan. 11 to consider the recommendations. “The MPO will have to look at these and give the final say,” said Ali Atefi, transportation engineer with the MPO. Once the MPO’s board determines a course of action, additional study on a road design will move forward in 2018. The focus will be only on the U.S. 41 and State Road 54 intersection. The Florida Department of Transportation has money for additional study on that intersection, but no funding is available for the Little Road intersection, Atefi said. Other task force recommendations included:  Elevated express lanes at major intersections, with express lanes at-grade elsewhere, and bus service in the express lanes.  No-build At the U.S. 41 intersection, the task force also recommended an elevated lane combined with dedicated lanes for bus or rail and a continuous flow intersection. The continuous flow intersection relies on turn lanes to keep traffic flowing.Frontage roads in Pasco County?See TRAFFIC, page15A Pasco reviewing lawsuit proposal linked to opioid epidemicBy Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comMore than 15 years ago, a landmark settlement against tobacco companies netted billions of dollars for plaintiffs who sued over smoking-related illnesses. The nation’s opioid epidemic may be headed in that same direction. And, the Pasco County Commission is mulling a proposal to join a growing number of governments that are seeking to recoup public dollars spent battling opioid addictions. At a Dec. 5 workshop in New Port Richey, Pensacola-based attorney Jeff Gaddy laid out a case for why Pasco should join the legal fray. County commissioners made no commitment, but accepted a proposal for review. “We’ll make a decision down the road,”See OPIOID, page15A 2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floodsBut, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too.By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comIt’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared heading straight toward Tampa Bay. The year also was marked by severe flooding and wildfires in Pasco County. It also was a year for the changing of the guard, as Dan Biles was named Pasco County’s administrator to replace Michele Baker, who retired. Scores of headlines during 2017 involved stories about the area’s congested roadways — and projects that are planned, underway or being discussed to improve traffic flow. Major road projects that have begun or are planned include improvements to Interstate 75 and state roads 54 and 52. A four-lane extension of State Road 56, between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills, is also under construction. Another improvement, known as the diverging diamond, is planned to improve traffic flow at I-75 and State Road 56. And, discussions continue over the best ways to reduce congestion at U.S. 41 and State Road 54, an intersection that handles roughly 100,000 vehicles per day. The county also appears to be making progress in its quest to secure a permit for the extension of Ridge Road, a project it has been seeking for nearly two decades. While the project can’t come soon enough for supporters, its detractors remain steadfast in their opposition.INCREASING TRAFFIC IS A SYMPTOM OF PASCO’S ROBUST GROWTHHousing developments, retail projects, restaurants, businesses and medical facilities are sprouting up on land previously occupied by citrus groves, farms and cattle ranches. New schools continue to pop up, or expand, too. In August, Pasco County Schools opened Bexley Elementary, in the Bexley subdivision off State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes and Cypress Creek Middle High School, off Old Pasco Road, in Wesley Chapel. In the coming year, it plans to begin construction of Cypress Creek Middle School. Also, on the same campus, the school district and Pasco-Hernando State College plan to operate a new performing arts center. That center will be built by the college with $15.5 million in state funds, but both the school district and the college will use it as a teaching facility. Meanwhile, the school district continues massive renovation projects at Land O’ Lakes High School and at Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills. More public school projects are expected, as funding for school construction gets a boost from increased school impacts fees adopted by the Pasco County Commission that will begin being phased in on Jan. 1. On the private school front, North Tampa Christian Academy is expected to begin operations in Wesley Chapel in the fall of 2018. See 2017, page15A With its sustained wind speeds of 185 mph, Hurricane Irma was deemed to be one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the Atlantic. By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comDesign work is expected to get underway soon on a Pasco-Hernando State College performing arts center that is planned for the Cypress Creek Middle High School campus, off Old Pasco Road. The $15.5 million project will be built by the state college, but both the college and Pasco County Schools plan to use the facility for educational programming. Additionally, Pasco County Schools is planning to begin construction on Pasco County Middle School, which is scheduled to open in August of 2020. “We’re designing the middle school, with the performing arts in mind,” said Ray Gadd, deputy superintendent of Pasco County Schools. “We’re going to have some dance rooms at the middle school. We’ll have a black box theater at the middle school. We’ll have a chorus room. We’ll have an orchestra room,” he said. “Sometimes the college might be in our middle school at night, using the black box theater, and we might be in the new performing arts center, using the stage,” Gadd said. Harvard Jolly — the architect for the middle school project — also has been selected to do the performing arts center, said Tony Rivas, PHSC’s associate vice president B.C. MANIONRay Gadd, deputy superintendent for Pasco County Schools, sees enormous potential for a planned $15.5 million performing arts center.See ARTS, page15A Design work to start on $15.5 million PHSC performing arts center FILEZephyrhills now has a permanent venue for community events, such as the Z’ Hills BBQ & Blues Fest, a popular event, which features blues bands and tasty barbecue. This is an aerial view of a giant sinkhole that developed in Lake Padgett Estates, swallowing two homes and causing several others to be condemned. Andre Pamplona, general manager for Royal Lanes, said the closing of a bowling alley has an impact on the community. Royal Lanes, which opened in the 1970s turned off the lights for the final time in May.


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the hope is to offer a monthly farm stand or possibly Community Supported Agriculture to benefit the local community, SantiagoGomez said. Numerous gardening techniques will be utilized at this site (from traditional row cropping to permaculture design techniques) as educational demonstrations for county residents during various classes, to be offered in the near future. Both gardens are located in the low-income communities of Dade City, and are aimed at helping local community members learn to grow their own food. This will give local community members access to fresh fruits and vegetables, in what is currently a food desert. Additionally, money saved on grocery bills, by growing much of the produce needed for a family, can be redirected to other areas of everyday life, Elmore said.Citizens can sign up now for a free garden plot at either of these locations and start gardening. Please contact Eden Santiago-Gomez at or (352) 518-0156 to reserve your free plot. 3A ppy ng yo i h s s i s W p Ha s Ex Scam . David F Y NECESSAR ENT ACCEPT E ALK INS W Dr Dr .DavidF Scam r r N ery ouav a r xce llence Inde WIL THE DOCTOR mard, O.D. E D mard,O.D. Independent Do inEye NO APPOINTMENOU NOW Y L SEE octor of Optometr ry y eCareLLC Exce e and Cypr Gr NO APPOINTMOU NOW Y WILL SEE THE DOCTOR llence E PTED e ss D r LOC A in Eye AT T ED I N Me m r. Lu ( Excellen c Y NECESSAR T ACC E ALK INS W equir m bersh ip not r e Care LLCN COSTCO OPTICAL re re e d u tz, Florida 33559 ( 813) 279-7038 c Community gardening coming to Dade CityTwo new community gardens will be coming soon to Dade City. The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Pasco County Extension Office will be establishing community gardens with the help of the City of Dade City, the Pasco County Commission and private donors. Members of the community will be able to grow their own produce in free garden plots, according to Whitney C. Elmore, Pasco County Extension director and urban horticulture agent. The gardens will be located at Watson Park, which is at North and Main avenues, between 17th and 19th streets, and on the land surrounding the Stallings Building, at 15029 14th St. The Dade City Watson Park Community Garden is being made possible with support from Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez, the Dade City Commission and UF/IFAS, Elmore said. This is a new land use agreement model piloted between the University of Florida and a municipality, she added. The Stallings Building Urban Farm has been made possible through the recently passed Pasco County Urban Agriculture Ordinance, the cooperation of Pasco County Commission and the guidance of Assistant County Administrator Cathy Pearson, Elmore added. Many private citizens and companies also donated items and equipment to make these new ventures possible, according to Eden Santiago-Gomez, community gardens program assistant at the extension office. The Dade City Watson Park Community Garden will host more than 30 community plots of varying sizes, including wheelchairaccessible and senior-accessible raised beds. All plots and beds will be available to lease free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis to the surrounding community. Educator plots also will be available, so students on school field trips can engage and interact with all things gardening. Lessons will be taught, on site, by the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension faculty and staff on topics such as gardening 101, good bugs/bad bugs, gardening for nutrition, composting, rain water harvesting, fertilizers, eating on a budget, and making your own healthy snacks, Elmore added. Garden tours also will be available to the public in the future by Pasco Master Gardeners and Horticulture staff.A planting party will be held to commemorate the first community garden in Dade City. The party will be on Jan. 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Dade City Watson Park Community Garden. The public is invited to share the afternoon with Dade City officials, local leaders and members of the community.The Stallings Building Urban Farm will feature more than 50 8-foot-by-8-foot community plots and six raised wheelchair-accessible beds, all available for the community to lease, free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. The rest of the area will be farmed by the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Offices Community Gardens Program. All food grown in that area of the Urban Farm will be donated to local food pantries initially. At some point, COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA/IFAS COURTESY OF EDEN SANTIAGO-GOMEZ, PASCO EXTENSION OFFICE SUBSCRIPTIONS: The Laker/Lutz News is a free newspaper distributed to 44,800 homes and businesses in Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Mail subscriptions are sold to cover postage cost: $40/3 months, $80/6 months, $160/12 months. DELIVERY PROBLEMS: If you do not receive your paper, or want to stop home delivery, email Or, to stop delivery, go to, select About tab and complete Opt Out form. ADDITIONAL COPIES: A listing of boxes and business locations is on our home page at EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS: Suggestions for stories and news coverage are welcome. Please send ideas to, or call our newsroom at 813-909-2800. ADVERTISING ERRORS: Publisher is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the space cost for the first insertion, or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. MEMBER: Central Pasco Chamber, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber, Greater Zephyrhills Chamber, Greater Dade City Chamber, Florida Press Association, Free Community Papers of Florida, Southeast Advertising Publishers Association, Association of Free Community News papers, Independent Free Newspapers of America.Advertising and editorial content by Manatee Media Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden without prior written permission from the publisher. The LAKER/ Lutz NEWS CHERYL MICHELcmichel@lakerlutznews.comAccount ManagerRACHEL THOMPSONrthompson@lakerlutznews.comClassified & Directory Sales DESIGN ACCOUNTINGMATTHEW MISTRETTA Art Directormmistretta@lakerlutznews.comSTEFANIE BURLINGAME Graphic Designersburlingame@lakerlutznews.comMARY LOCATION3632 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Suite 102 Land O Lakes, FL 34639MAIL P O. Box 479 Lutz, FL 33548 PHONE/FAX ph: 813.909.2800 fax: 813.909.2802 IT SUPPORT STEVE MISTRETTA WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: sales@lakerlutznews.comDISTRIBUTION Florida Circ, LLC ken@floridacirc.comADVERTISING LUTZ, ODESSA, LAND O LAKES, WESLEY CHAPEL, NEW TAMPA, ZEPHYRHILLS, DADE CITYServing Pasco since 1981 / Serving Lutz since 1964 TERRI WILLIAMSONtwilliamson@lakerlutznews.comSenior Account Manager ANNE KIBBEakibbe@lakerlutznews.comAccount Manager KATHY STEELE Staff Writerksteele@lakerlutznews.comMARY RATHMAN Editorial EDITORIALB.C. MANION KEVIN WEISS Staff PUBLISHER & OWNER Diane Kortus CAROLYN BENNETTcbennett@lakerlutznews.comCustomer Service CUSTOMER SERVICE Start the new year by growing your gardening knowledgeHeres a slate of upcoming classes aimed at helping people who want to learn more about how to propagate from seeds, and other gardening topics.PROPAGATING FROM SEEDS #101 WHERE:Clayton Hall at Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36702 State Road 52 in Dade CityWHEN: Jan. 6, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.COST:FreeDETAILS:Learn some tricks of the trade to successfully germinate seeds and raise the seedlings to beautiful plants. Registration is required. Call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at (352) 518-0156 for details. COMPOSTING WORKSHOP WHERE: Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road in HolidayWHEN:Jan. 11, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.COST: $35 fee, includes instruction and one composting binDETAILS:Learn how to recycle nutrients into plants and add organic matter to your soil. The workshop covers the dos and donts of composting for Florida flowers and vegetables. Each Pasco household is eligible to receive one compost bin when at least one household member registers and attends this workshop.Call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at (352) 518-0156 for details. VEGETABLE GARDENING BASICS WHERE: Stallings Building, 15029 14th St., in Dade CityWHEN:Jan. 18, 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.COST: FreeDETAILS:Learn how to to choose a location for a garden, what makes good soil, when to plant different vegetables, and how to control common vegetable garden pests. Registration is required. Call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at (352) 518-0156 for details.


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CHECK OUT OUR NEW REWARDS PROGRAM 4A Dece m ber 27, 2017 Your Co mm unity Calendar  S ub m it 2 weeks in advance to : m  All listings free of charge Whats Happening What  s Happening CARD PLAYINGThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will celebrate National Card Playing Day Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., for all ages. For information, call (352) 5673576.SMASH BROTHERS TOURNAMENTThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will offer a Super Smash Brothers Tournament Dec. 28 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., for grades six to 12. For information, call (352) 567-3576.CARD CLUBThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host the LOL Card Club Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon, for adults. Participants can learn the new game Hand and Foot. For information, call (813) 9291214.HAPPY NOON YEARThe Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood, will host a Happy Noon Year Party Dec. 30 at 11:30 a.m., for children. There will be stories, noisemakers, a countdown to the stroke of noon, and a balloon drop. Groups must register in advance. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit 50-plus senior singles club SCIPS will host a New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance Party Dec. 31 from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., at Colreavy Hall, 820 Jasmine Way in Clearwater. There will be live music by the Ray Curtis Band and a buffet. The event is BYOB (bring your own beverage). Tickets are $20 per person, and will not be sold at the door. For information, call (727) 5443735.BOOK DISCUSSIONThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host the Hugh Embry Mystery Book Discussion Group Jan. 2 at 2 p.m., to discuss “Burn” by Nevada Barr. New members can attend. For information, call (352) 567-3576.GARDEN CLUBThe Land O’ Lakes Garden Club will meet Jan. 2 at 10:30 a.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park (formerly Land O’ Lakes Community Center), 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. There will be a small-item white elephant sale as a fundraiser for the club. For information, call Marie Woody at (813) 961-2697, or visit ASSOCIATIONThe Zephyrhills Historical Association will meet Jan. 2 at 5:30 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St. Refreshments will include provided drinks and food brought in by members. For information, call (813) 780-0064.CARROLLWOOD TOASTMASTERSThe Carrollwood Toastmasters will meet Jan. 3 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood, for anyone who wants to improve their public speaking skills. For information, visit GARDEN CLUBThe Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will meet Jan. 3 at 10 a.m., at the Lutz Civic Center, 98 First Ave., N.W., across from the library. Eileen Hart will make a presentation on camellias. Members are asked to bring a small rooted cutting for trade (must be labeled) and a canned good for the food bank. For information, visit Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz, Florida on Facebook.BOTTLE PAINTINGThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a glass bottle painting class Jan. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 9 to 15. Participants can paint a flattened, glass bottle. A proper dress code and a signed liability waiver are required. To register, call (813) 929-1214.TECH TALKThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer “Tech Talk” Jan. 4 at 4 p.m., for a series of talks on technology, for ages 16 and older. For information, call (813) 929-1214.HISTORY LECTUREThe Historic Hernando Preservation Society will present “The Ridge Manor Area: Then & Now,” with a lecture on how the Fort King Military Road affected early and later settlements, Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m., at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. For information, visit ADVISORY BOARDThe New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will host its Teen Advisory Board Jan. 4 at 6 p.m., for grades six to 12. Students can get volunteer hours for scholarships and school clubs by attending the meetings. Members of the board help to plan and to run the teen library programs. For information, call (813) 788-6375.TRIVIA GAMESThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host National Trivia Day games Jan. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for the whole family. Prizes will be awarded. For information, call (352) 567-3576.TEEN MOVIEThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will offer a teen movie, for grades six to 12, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. Call the library for more information at (352) 567-3576.FESTIVAL CONCERT TICKETSTickets for the 83rd annual Strawberry Festival’s headline entertainment shows on the Wish Farms Soundstage are now on sale. Performers include Reba McEntire; Earth, Wind & Fire; Casting Crowns; and the I Love the 90s Tour featuring Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa and Tone Loc. Tickets for each show can be found online or by calling (813) 754-1996. The festival is scheduled for March 1 to March 11 in Plant City. For a complete entertainment lineup and information, visit & HOLLYWOODCongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host Havdallah & Hollywood “The Musical” Jan. 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Havdallah under the stars (weather permitting) will take place at 7 p.m. Then, the feature presentations and snacks will be in the “theatre lobby.” For adults, the film will be “The Jazz Singer” starring Neil Diamond, and for the kids, “The Lion King.” Admission is free, but RSVP by Jan. 3 to MARKET PLACEThe Market Place at Hibiscus Park in Dade City will take place Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be fresh produce from St. Angela’s Farmers Market of San Antonio, specialty wine-tasting by Brookstone Wines of Brooksville, honey by Grandpa Stan’s All Natural of Brooksville, home dcor, Carol Reeves’ garden accessories, goats from Homespun Goods, Jovita Treats’ jams and jellies, the Dade City Soap Company, alpaca products, essential oils, jewelry and more. Pets can attend, but owners must bring bags for cleanup. For information, contact Lucy Avila at (352) 424-4972 or A VOLUNTEERLife’s Treasures Thrift Stores, with locations in Carrollwood and Zephyrhills, needs volunteers and is looking for active retirees, empty-nesters, homemakers, college and high school students, full and part-time workers, as well as those in job or career transition. Schedules are flexible and no retail experience is required. Teens age 14 and older can earn community service hours for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. For all locations and information, contact Anne Ferrell at (813) 357-5321 or WORSHIPSeeking residents in Land O’ Lakes and southern Pasco County who may be interested in forming a family friendly Jewish house of worship for people of all ages and backgrounds. If interested, email Gallery receptionThe Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, will host a Gallery Opening & Artist Reception Jan. 5 at 5 p.m., to celebrate the artists of the student/faculty art show. Participants in the annual show have either taught or taken a class at the center during the last three years. The exhibit will be on display through January. Photographer Billy Joe Hoyle will open his exhibit “From Asia to North America.” Admission is free. For information, visit West performanceThe Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, will present “True West” by Sam Shepard Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 at 8 p.m., and Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. The tale tells the story of a Hollywood screenwriter and his prodigal older brother. Tickets are $20. For information, visit


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sophomore Joseph Pineda, Land O Lakes, junior SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Jericho Cooey, Pasco, senior Adam Hahn, Land O Lakes, junior Josiah Pineda, Land O Lakes, junior Carlos Cruz, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Gavin Kennedy, Sunlake, junior Anthony Dimarco, Wiregrass Ranch, sophomore Abdallah Mbowe, Sunlake, junior HONORABLE MENTION Joseph Hoppe, Zephyrhills, sophomore John Rowsell, Cypress Creek, freshman 2017-2018 SAC EAST ALL-CONFERENCE BOYS GOLF Coach of the Year: Shaun Van Patten, Zephyrhills Golfer of the Year: Jordan Sarhaddi, Sunlake FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Jordan Sarhaddi, Sunlake, junior Damien Rhule, Sunlake, senior Jarrod Smith, Cypress Creek, sophomore Wyatt Pisarski, Zephyrhills, senior Gabriel Fleck, Pasco, senior SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Zach Bauer, Wesley Chapel, senior Cade Darbyshire, Pasco, senior Brendan Schmied, Wiregrass Ranch, junior Roddy Kight, Zephyrhills, sophomore Landon Ogilbee, Zephyrhills, senior HONORABLE MENTION Max Budd, Land O Lakes, senior Zach Holiday, Land O Lakes, senior 2017-2018 SAC EAST ALL-CONFERENCE BOYS SWIMMING & DIVINGCoach of the Year:Brian Vaile, Land O LakesSwimmer of the Year:Jabari Ramsey, Land O LakesDiver of the Year: Mason Gandy, Land O Lakes FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE 200 Medley Relay: (Land O Lakes) Patryk Pilkowski, Jabari Ramsey, Zachary Davis, Zuri Ramsey 200 Freestyle: Douglas Lankton, Wiregrass Ranch, sophomore 200 Individual Medley: Colin Wilkins, Sunlake, sophomore 50 Freestyle: Dominic Ortanez, Sunlake, sophomore 100 Butterfly: Jabari Ramsey, Land O Lakes, senior 100 Freestyle: Patryk Pilkowski, Land O Lakes, junior 500 Freestyle: Douglas Lankton, Wiregrass Ranch, sophomore 200 Freestyle Relay: (Sunlake)Brendon Thai, Dominic Ortanez, Colin Wilkins, Jay Jay Fonnotto 100 Backstroke: Patryk Pilkowski, Land O Lakes, junior 100 Breaststroke: Jabari Ramsey, Land O Lakes, senior 400 Freestyle Relay: (Land O Lakes) Patryk Pilkowski, Jabari Ramsey, Zachary Davis, Zuri Ramsey Diver: Mason Gandy, Land O Lakes, freshman SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE 200 Medley Relay: (Zephyrhills)Julian Jennings, Houston Neal, Peyton Lebron, Zayne Trebour 200 Freestyle: Quinn Crouse, Cypress Creek, freshman 200 Individual Medley: Jack Kaatze, Land O Lakes, sophomore 50 Freestyle: David Garbutt, Wiregrass Ranch, senior 100 Butterfly: David Garbutt, Wiregrass Ranch, senior 100 Freestyle: Danny Amaya, Wesley Chapel, sophomore 500 Freestyle: Quinn Crouse, Cypress Creek, freshman 200 Freestyle Relay: (Wesley Chapel)Daniel Amaya, Brennen Choate, Jayden Rogers, Dominick Slay 100 Backstroke: Ravidu Idipplil-Pathiran, Land O Lakes, sophomore 100 Breaststroke: Griffen Sutek, Land O Lakes, freshman 400 Freestyle Relay: (Sunlake) Nathan Doris, Diego Hernandez, Ryan Juarez, Paul Scavino Diver: Rick Pritchard, Sunlake, junior Honorable Mention Quentin Carren, Pasco, freshman FALL SPORTS (GIRLS) 2017-18 SAC EAST ALL-CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL Coach of the Year: Michelle Davis, Wiregrass Ranch Player of the Year: Rachel Michner, Land O Lakes FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Destanie Aydt, Wiregrass Ranch, junior Sydney Bade, Wesley Chapel, senior Rachel Michner, Land O Lakes, junior Caroline Schoonover, Sunlake, sophomore Shayna Heymann, Land O Lakes, junior Llanek Davis, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Abbie Hindersman, Land O Lakes, sophomore SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Peyton Patterson, Wesley Chapel, senior Jaizah Anderson, Wiregrass Ranch, junior Sydney Hiner, Land O Lakes, senior Elizabeth Spalding, Sunlake, senior Kamea Nash, Sunlake, junior Elanny Breton, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Rebecca Wolff, Pasco, sophomore HONORABLE MENTION Shayla Fleshman, Cypress Creek, sophomore 2017-18 SAC EAST ALL-CONFERENCE GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY Coach of the Year: Randy Reeves, Sunlake Runner of the Year: Natalie Abernathy, Land O Lakes FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Natalie Abernathy, Land O Lakes, junior Liina Winborn, Sunlake, sophomore Estefania Acosta, Land O Lakes, junior Shannon Gordy, Sunlake, freshman Emily Jenkins, Sunlake, sophomore Reis Ehman, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Kylee Ehman, Wiregrass Ranch, sophomore SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Guadalupe Guerra, Wiregrass Ranch, freshman Emma Skantze, Land O Lakes, senior Olivia March, Wesley Chapel, freshman Mariah Morales, Sunlake, junior Brenna Moran, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Anna Moore, Wiregrass Ranch, senior Breanna Preiser, Wiregrass Ranch, freshman HONORABLE MENTION Ashleigh Lacey, Cypress Creek, freshman Madison Kaylor, Pasco, senior Josalyn Wingo, Zephyrhills, junior 2017-18 SAC EAST ALL-CONFERENCE GIRLS GOLF Coach of the Year: Kathleen Dorkowski Golfer of the Year: Norah Catlin, Wiregrass Ranch FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Maggie Schmock, Land O Lakes, senior Emily Alderman, Zephyrhills, junior Kacie Huber, Pasco, senior Norah Catlin, Wiregrass Ranch, freshman Hannah Sullivan, Zephyrhills, junior SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Karlye Finn, Wiregrass Ranch, junior Loryn Finn, Wiregrass Ranch, sophomore Sofia Clark, Sunlake, sophomore Maddie Wagner, Sunlake, sophomore Callisa Kwiat, Cypress Creek, sophomore HONORABLE MENTION Hannah Collin, Wesley Chapel, senior Cydnee Jonas, Wesley Chapel, freshman 2017-18 SAC EAST ALL-CONFERENCE GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING Coach of the Year: Tanner Schmitz, Land O Lakes Swimmer of the Year: Chloe Grimme, Sunlake Diver of the Year: Taylor Watson, Wesley Chapel FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE 200 Medley Relay: (Sunlake)Tori Eurell, Hanna Barton, Elise Ballash, Chloe Grimme 200 Freestyle: Taylor Ward, Land O Lakes, junior 200 Individual Relay: Audrey Ballash, Sunlake, sophomore 50 Freestyle: Chloe Grimme, Sunlake, sophomore 100 Butterfly: Margarita Czupryn, Land O Lakes, sophomore 100 Freestyle: Chloe Grimme, Sunlake, sophomore 500 Freestyle: Taylor Ward, Land O Lakes, junior 200 Freestyle Relay: (Sunlake)Tori Eurell, Chloe Grimme, Audrey Ballash, Hannah Barton 100 Backstroke: Tori Eurell, Sunlake, junior 100 Breaststroke: Elise Ballash, Sunlake, junior 400 Freestyle Relay: (Land O Lakes) Taylor Ward, Romina McCloskey, Margarita Czupryn, Ashley Schrader Diver: Taylor Watson, Wesley Chapel, senior SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE 200 Medley Relay: (Wiregrass Ranch) Daniela LaFlamme, Kieligh Grace, Kyra Johnson, Delaney Smith 200 Freestyle: Alex Sprague, Sunlake, freshman 200 Individual Relay: Alex Sprague, Sunlake, freshman 50 Freestyle: Brooke Duncan, Wesley Chapel, senior 100 Butterfly: Kyra Johnson, Wiregrass Ranch, junior100 Freestyle: Brooke Duncan, Wesley Chapel, senior500 Freestyle: Daniela LaFlamme, Wiregrass Ranch, senior 200 Freestyle Relay: (Land O Lakes)Jessica Adcock, Amaya Henry, Jennifer Zartman, Rowan Rees 100 Backstroke: Jessica Adcock, Land O Lakes, junior 400 Freestyle Relay: (Wiregrass Ranch) Daniela LaFlamme, Delaney Smith, Kieligh Grace, Kyra Johnson Diver: Alexa Scalchunes, Sunlake, junior Honorable Mentions: Gianna Nuguit, Cypress Creek, freshman Mykenzy Neal, Zephyrhills, sophomore Abigail Fisher, Pasco, juniorMORE SPORTS, PAGE 16AAll-Pasco County fall awards announcedHigh school coaches from the Pasco County School District recently announced Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) AllConference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2017-2018 fall sports season. Selections were made for both the East and West Division. The following high schools from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area were represented in the East: Cypress Creek, Land O Lakes, Pasco, Sunlake, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass Ranch and Zephyrhills.


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M T his M onth s s F eatu Realtor & H M Meet JodieMaddalo PURCHASE PRICE! R CONTRA PURCHA SE PRI C u red H ouse o ni a n d O Lakes resident, t e license in 1998 and e garding the local idential real estate in orough counties. o w, contact Jodie a lysis of your home. RCONTRACT IN Jodie Maddalo 813-382-2692jodiemaddaloni@gm a Jodie is a long time La n she obtained her Real Esta t is extremely knowledable r e market. Jodie specializes in res Pasco, Hernando and Hillsb Inventoryisatanalltimelo W 27200 LA JOLLA WA A WESLEY CHAPEL, FL 33544Spacious 2 story home! 4 bedroom/2.5 bath/2 car garage located in Barrington ofNorthwood.InBarringtonya FU LL P T AT 24 HOURS D UNDE R LLP L L ISTE D A ards Y A AY Y, Inventory is at an all time lo today for a Free Market An a AND UNDER of Northwood. In Barrington yards & irrigation systems are maintained, trees are trimmed, grass is fertilized, and garbage is included in low monthly fee.This home features newer ROOF (2 years old),A/C (3 years old), new disposal, and brand new carpeting. Gleaming laminate and ceramic tile downstairs. Family room overlooks large screened in lanai.This home is within walkp r ese n t in g bot h rvices g g e i s a f u ll se r v i ce r ea l estate co m pa n y r ep Real Estate Ser glES ing/biking distance to community amenities. Priced at $225,000 A dvanta g NOW INTERVIEWIN G Land O Lakes F r. contact us for a free market a n If you are thinking about selling you r Hillsborough counties. Inventory is E X property primarily in Pasco, Her n buyers and sellers of residential and sausevceeaestatecopayep 3 948 Lake Pad g ett D r G AGENTS! n alysis. r home, please w. LY n ando and commercial pesetgbot XTREMEL Y low F L 34639 813-996-4747 g I nterior upgrades can make a big impact to the style and comfort of your home. They should also last a long time even for a busy household with lots of foot traffic. After the hectic holidays, its no surprise that many people commit to becoming better organized in the new year. There are plenty of reasons why people obsess over organization and resolve to master it. Organization makes household items easier to find, and rooms suddenly seem bigger and more welcoming. And, when you walk past a tidy linen closet, which was once an avalanche waiting to spill forward, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. Whether youre after new storage solutions, or just looking to cut clutter, successful organization begins with a thoughtful approach. THINK SMALL While its fun to dream about a large-scale organization reset, smaller sustainable actions are key to lasting change. Take it one room, or even one drawer at a time, to keep momentum positive and to avoid feeling overwhelmed. This also allows you to focus, leading to more creative solutions for taking advantage of under-utilized areas. For example, you may find using over-the-door organizers a great way to free up space in home offices and craft rooms. SAY NO TO CLUTTER Everyone has items they keep around that arent particularly meaningful or serve a purpose. Being able to objectively identify these items makes everything easier.Paring down possessions doesnt have to be painful. That cardinalshaped cookie jar that youve always been on the fence about? It would make an incredibly thoughtful just because gift for an ornithology-obsessed aunt. Often, less can literally be more: Consignment shops and eBay make it easy to turn four or five pieces of furniture you kind of like into one piece you absolutely love. STORE DCOR WISELY Everyone loves holiday decorating. Taking down decorations afterward... not so much. Its difficult to preserve items in a haphazard collection of cardboard boxes, plastic bags and mismatched bins, all crammed into the corner of a garage. Stepping up storage containers can make a big difference. For a wide selection of storage solutions specifically designed for holiday dcor, check out, which offers everything from ornament and gift wrap organizers, to wreath and garland storage bags, and more. MAKE A PLAN Create a schedule so nothing is overlooked. Knowing which project is next gives you time to prepare and purchase any storage items you might need. When scheduling, designate specific rooms and spaces for certain seasons. For example, the first warm days of spring are perfect for cleaning out the shed or garage. Successful resolutions are essentially new habits that become part of a lifestyle. Deliberately choosing to incorporate small acts of organization on a daily basis will pay off tremendously throughout the year.Courtesy StatePoint MediaA More Organized Home for the New Year


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NEWBORN CARESt. JosephÂ’s Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer a newborn care class Dec. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon, in Garden Classroom A. The interactive class covers infant care, including feeding, diapering, bathing safety, signs of illness, and newborn characteristics. The cost is $25, which includes the expectant mother and support person. To register, call (813) 443-2046.SAFE SITTER CLASSSt. JosephÂ’s Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer a Safe Sitter with CPR class Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for ages 11 and older, in Garden Classroom A. Participants can learn about minor to emergency situations, infant/child choking rescue, CPR training (non-certifying), safety behavior and entertainment. The cost is $65 per child. Parents must be present for check-in and pickup. A permission slip must be completed and handed in at check-in. Bring a bag lunch and drink to class. To register, call (813) 443-2046, or visit CESSATIONMorton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., in New Port Richey, will offer a two-hour smoking cessation class Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. The class includes four free weeks of patches, gum or lozenges. To preregister, call (727) 953-6877, or visit SESSIONThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a free information session on learning to meditate for health Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, call (352) 567-3576. HOSPITAL APPOINTS COURTNEY STEPHENSONThe Medical Center of Trinity has appointed Courtney Stephenson as assistant chief nursing officer. Stephenson was promoted to the position from her chief nursing officer position at Northside Hospital. Stephenson has been with HCA for almost 11 years, staring her career as a registered nurse at Medical City Fort Worth in 1996. She also has served as a director of risk 12A December 27, 2017 Send health news to Health & Wellness COURTESY OF KETH LUKE Charity show rakes in over $40,000 The inaugural Charity Fashion Show, at Heritage Springs Golf & Country Club in Trinity, benefitting Gulfside Hospice, raised mo re than $40,000 to support patient care in Pasco County. From left: Linda Ward, president and CEO of Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care; Deiah Riley, morning anchor from ABC Action News and event emcee; and, Carla Armstrong, director of philanthro py for GulfsideContinued on next page


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For more info or a sticker call 727-856-4539www.pascocountyutilities.comDo your partRECYCLE!NO PLASTIC BAGS NO STYROFOAM ALUMINUM CANS METAL FOOD CANS CLEAR, G REEN & BROWN GLASS BOTTLES & JARS PAPER CARDBOARD PLASTIC BOTTLES, JARS & SMALL CONTAINERS CODED 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 AND 7 RECYCLE ONLY THESE ITEMS: FOR RESIDENTS LIVING IN UNINCORPORATED PASCO WITH CURBSIDE TRASH SERVICE management and patient safety, vice president of clinical services and interim chief nursing officer during her time in HCA. In 2014, she entered the Executive Development Program and was promoted to associatechief nursing officer at Medical Center of McKinney. Stephenson has a Master of Science in nursing administration from the University of Texas, Arlington, and a bachelors degree in nursing from Texas Christian University.CASINO NIGHT BENEFITS HEARING IMPAIREDSertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation had its annual Las Vegas Casino Night at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club in New Port Richey, to benefit the Childrens Hearing Help Fund. Visitors took part in gaming, auctions, dinner, and music and dancing throughout the event. All proceeds, more than $6,000, will benefit the hearing fund. To contribute to the fund, drivers who are renewing a license or motor vehicle registration also can check the box to CHHF and add a dollar or more to their fee, which will be donated to Sertoma through the Department of Motor Vehicles.HONOR A LOVED ONE WITH A PAPER DOVEGulfside Hospice thrift shops are offering two paper doves, with a place to write the name of a loved one, for $1 donation for anyone who would like to honor a loved ones memory during the holiday season. One ornament can be placed on a decorated tree at the shops, and the second dove is for the donors tree at home. Doves can be purchased at any Gulfside Hospice thrift shop location, as well as the three Gulfside offices. For store locations, visit For information about the ornaments, call Gulfsides Philanthropy Department at (727) 845-5707.TAX COLLECTOR RAISES MONEY FOR BREAST CANCERPasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasanos five offices partnered with the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation to help raise funds and awareness of breast cancer, its symptoms and treatments. The five office branches promoted the sale of the End Breast Cancer specialty license plates, as well as voluntary check-off donations on automobile registrations. Forty-two plates were sold, and combined with the cash donations a total of $7,882.68 was raised to help fight the disease.LIONS CLUB SIGHT PROGRAMThe Zephyrhills Lions Club Sight Program will accept applications at 5827 Dean Dairy Road from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The program is open to all Pasco County residents in need of basic eye care. Applicants must bring required documents which can be found online at For information, call (813) 788-1444.SILVER SNEAKERS PROGRAMSilver Sneakers Strength & Balance Classes take place every Wednesday at 9 a.m., and every Friday at 10:30 a.m., in The Groves Golf and Country Club Civic Center in Land O Lakes. The program is free for Silver Sneakers members and $5 for non-members, per session. These are low-impact classes for men and women designed to improve flexibility and balance, which can help prevent falls, broken hips and more. For more information, please contact Tom Marbell at (352) 409-2984 or SUPPORT GROUPSThe Pasco County Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers two types of support group meetings each month, at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. NAMI Family Support Group, for family and friends of those with mental illness, meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group, for those living with mental illness, meets the second and fourth Friday of each month from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and other locations, call (727) 992-9653, or visit The Laker/Lutz News likes to keep our readers informed about available classes, seminars, lectures and events regarding health and wellness issues. Hospitals, doctors, individual practitioners and anyone related to the health care industry can submit information, at least two weeks in advance, to be considered for publication. Photos of events, recognitions and so on, also are welcome. Submissions should include who, what, where, when, cost, contact information, identifications for individuals in a photo (unless it is a large group), and a photo credit. This information should be emailed to


Proudly WelcomingMalieri Colon-Rivera, MD, FACOG Obstetrics and Gynecology of Trinity is pleased to welcome Dr. Colon-Rivera to our team of physicians. Our skilled and friendly team provides high quality, comprehensive and personalized medical care for women in all stages of life. Services include routine gynecological and pregnancy care, family planning and surgical procedures. Our physicians are especially skilled in the areas of minimally invasive surgical procedures, including those utilizing the daVinci robot. We are located on the campus of Medical Center of Trinity, just 15 minutes west of the Suncoast Expressway on State Road 54. Reut Bardach, MD, FACOG Jenny Buck, MD, FACOG Nay Hoche, MD Dr. Colon-Rivera earned her medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico. Active member of the Puerto Rico, Florida & American Medical Associations; American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology; American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 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Stewart Middle School football team with a proclamation on Dec. 15, in recognition of the teams winning 41 consecutive football games and seven conference titles. The Bulldogs were joined by other student athletes, cheerleaders, band members, school and district staff, for the presentation. USA Football shows that only five high schools in the country have more consecutive wins, and one has the same number of wins as Stewart Middle School. GULF TRACE HOLIDAY CHEERSanta Claus and Gulf Trace Elementary School volunteers shared holiday cheer and gifts with students Dec. 22. Along with members of a womens golf league, Santa and volunteer Shirley Bates delivered gifts to each Head Start prekindergarten class. Bates has long-served as the schools Secret Santa.FRONTIER CHALLENGE WINNERSFrontier Communications honored the winners of the Florida State Frontier Challenge business case study competition during the schools homecoming halftime show. Senior David Walsh and junior Matthew Young received medals and prize money for placing first in the competition. The annual competition provides students the chance to solve real-world challenges facing the telecommunications industry. This year, students were asked to help Frontier create new and original ways to engage millennial customers. The process included written plans presented by students and in-person interviews in front of a panel of nine judges. After presentations, teams had a chance to sit down with Frontier executives and discuss their ideas. For information, visit VIEW JOINS ANGUS ASSOCIATIONPine View Middle FFA in Land O Lakes is a new member of the American Angus Association. The national breed organization, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 18 million registered Angus. The association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop industry-leading selection tools for its members. The programs and services of the association help members to advance the beef cattle business by selecting the best animals for their herds and marketing quality genetics for the beef cattle industry and quality beef for consumers.SUPERHEROES AND SCIENCEThe National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative are gearing up for this years Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science challenge. Sixth-grade through 12th-grade students can compete for scholarship money and a trip to Washington D.C., to attend the 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival. There will be an honorarium for teachers involved with the winning teams. Students may compete as individuals or as members of a two-person to three-person team, to create a superhero using science, or tell their story in a short comic or video. The contest ends Jan. 8 at 11:59 p.m. To learn more, visit and search Gen Nano. For questions, email TRAININGTake Stock in Children, a program with the Pasco Education Foundation, offers Pasco County students scholarships, mentors and hope. Female mentors are currently needed at Centennial Middle School, Hudson Middle, Mitchell High and Zephyrhills High. Male mentors are needed at Sunlake High. Mentors meet at the students school two times to four times per month. Upcoming mentor training dates are Jan. 17 at 1 p.m., and Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. For information, contact Diane Jerome, mentor coordinator, at (813) 794-2134 or HOUSECountryside Montessori Charter School, 5852 Ehren Cut-Off in Land O Lakes, will host an open house for the 2018-2019 school year Jan. 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Prospective students, Grades 1 to 8, and families can tour the campus, and meet the teachers and staff. For information, call (813) 996-0991, or visit COURTESY OF MIKE MOORE Community steps up


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These recommendations are intended to provide a permanent fix for traffic jams. But, in the interim, the state transportation department is preparing a temporary fix for U.S. 41 and State Road 54. The intersection is one of the busiest in Pasco County, with about 100,000 vehicles passing through daily. More than $752,000 is budgeted in 2018 for design work on a project to lengthen some turn lanes at the intersection for a better traffic flow. Construction is expected in 2019. The state transportation department also has budgeted about $32 million to purchase right-of-way for whichever alternative project is selected for the major re-do of the intersection. The task force could be asked to meet again in 2018 for additional discussions.TRAFFIC, from page 1A for facilities management and administrative services. Creative Contractors has been selected as the construction management firm, Gadd said. Both Creative Contractors and Harvard Jolly have experience with performing arts center projects, Rivas said. The architect will be holding design charrettes with the users in January and February, to discuss design considerations. The design must take into account the users’ needs, budget and state regulations for educational facilities, Gadd and Rivas said. It also must consider how spaces interact with each other, Rivas said. “You want to get certain things close to certain things, and you want to not necessarily be in proximity for other things because of noise levels or distractions. Those things come into play,” Rivas explained. The arts center will be a teaching facility, but there’s also a desire to have a facility that can be used as a public venue, too, Gadd said. Initially, the goal was to secure about $60 million in funding for a performing arts facility that would have accommodated about 3,500 seats, Gadd said. Actual funding came in at $15.5 million, which means the center will be much smaller. Gadd said he hopes the new center will have a stage large enough to accommodate an orchestra. “If you have a stage that can hold an orchestra, then it can hold anything,” he said. Construction is not likely to begin for about a year. The college is in charge of construction, but the school district is providing about 5.5 acres for the site. Lots of details regarding cost-sharing for operations and shared use of facilities still need to be worked out, Gadd added. Betsy Kuhn, assistant superintendent for support services, said the school district plans to offer curriculum such as digital design courses, lighting, production, cinematography and traditional arts programs for students who are interested in the performing arts.Rivas noted that that it’s very early in the process, but as things progress, information about the project will be shared in a number of venues to keep lines of communication open. For instance, the construction manager will have a website that will have progress photos and different milestone events.“We have to be attuned to the fact that we are in the community. We’re going to keep that awareness and sensitivity, and always try to be a good neighbor,” Rivas said. Creative Contractors has extensive experience in building performing arts centers — both professional and educational, said Joshua Bomstein, president of the Clearwater-based company. “We’re finishing the Tampa Theatre renovation right now. We did the complete renovation of the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater. We’ve done all of the work at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater,” he said. His company also did the Clearwater High School performing arts building, the performing arts building at Manatee High School, and the performing arts auditorium at Generations Christian Church in Trinity. Bomstein is excited about the new project. “This is going to be phenomenal facility. I predict and promise that,” he said.ARTS, from page 1A And, a charter school also has announced its intentions to open in Wesley Chapel in 2019, but has not identified its location yet. The year also signaled changes on the spiritual scene across the region, too. Van Dyke Church in Lutz changed its name to Bay Hope and expanded the scope of its mission. North Pointe Church settled into its first permanent home in Lutz, and the Episcopal Church announced its intentions to branch into Wesley Chapel. The region also added to its list of amenities during the past year. In Wesley Chapel, the 150,000-squarefoot Florida Hospital Center Ice opened in January, with its Olympic-size rink, three National Hockey League-size rinks and one junior rink. Several rinks can easily be converted to accommodate basketball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball and events such as corporate meetings, and parties. In Land O’ Lakes. the Heritage Park Stage opened, off of U.S. 41. The project, which was years in the making, has already become a popular gathering spot for community events. Starkey Park District Park also opened in Land O’ Lakes, off State Road 54. Meanwhile, across the county, Zephyrhills added a permanent venue for community events, such as Pigz in Z’Hills, a popular barbecue and blues event.A TIME OF MILESTONES AND TRANSITIONSWhile new construction made the news, 2017 was also a year of big milestones, including R.B. Cox Elementary School’s 90th birthday, in Dade City, and the Dade City Garden Club’s 70th anniversary. But, it was also the year that Royal Lanes, a community fixture in Lutz since the 1970s for bowling leagues and birthday parties, turned out the lights for the final time in May. On a more personal level, the region mourned the loss of some of its biggest champions, including Eddie Herrmann of San Antonio, Roy T. Hardy of Dade City and Ray Mason of Land O’ Lakes. All three men were known for their deep commitment to civic causes. Others — who captured headlines for their excellence — included Margaret Polk, the Odyssey of the Mind team from Wesley Chapel Elementary School, and Courtney Urban, a volunteer for Gulfside Hospice who received a national award for her volunteer work.Polk, a school nurse at Pasco High School, was named the Florida Association of School Nurses’ 2017 School Nurse of the Year.Wesley Chapel Elementary School’s “Catch Us If You Can” team, finished first in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals held in May at Michigan State University. Members of the team were Jake Piller, Sam Cappelluti, Isabell Barrios, Mina Melaika, Rowan Heyman, Jason Sherman and Justin Acosta. Teachers Veronica Acosta and Janet Heyman coached the team. And, Urban, who initially began volunteering at Gulfside’s Thrift Shoppe in Lutz so she could hang out with her grandmother, went on to serve the organization in a variety of roles. And then, there were the people who simply extended themselves to help others. There was Elaine Pittman, a Lutz gardener in her 80s, who nurtures plant cuttings to create plants, which she sells to raise money for Christian Social Services, an organization that provides food for people who are hungry. And, there was Whitney C. Elmore, who oversees Pasco County Extension. Elmore reached out to help Frogmore Fresh Farm, outside of Dade City, after Hurricane Irma uprooted and toppled about 100,000 blueberry bushes. Elmore got the ball rolling, but hundreds of volunteers responded — stepping forward to help the farm. Two Boy Scouts also made a difference in the communities where they live. Michael Valenti of Lutz and Gabe Vega of Land O’ Lakes each spearheaded Eagle Scout projects. Valenti spruced up the Lutz Memorial Park in Lutz, and Vega created a Rosary Garden at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes. And, then, there was a trio of Wesley Chapel Girl Scouts in Troop 1263 who gave new life to Karina’s Garden, behind the administrative offices of Sunrise of Pasco County, in their quest to earn a Girl Scout Silver Award. The girls — Paige and Kaitlin Trabouley and Alyssa Duran — added flowers, plants, butterflies and statuary to create a place of repose and refreshment in the garden which honors the late Karina Abdul, a former shelter director. The garden now provides a place to take a break and enjoy nature, according to Vicki Wiggins, director of development for Sunrise, which is a domestic and sexual violence prevention and services organization. The garden had been choked with weeds and had fallen into disrepair. The girls and the volunteers they enlisted changed all that. “It’s beautiful. I’m so happy they did this. They brought it back to life,” Wiggins told The Laker/Lutz News, when the project was completed.2017, from page 1A Get all your favorite local news stories online www.lakerlutznew s .co m The Laker / Lutz News said Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Wells. “We know it’s an epidemic.” If approved, legal action would be taken on a contingency basis, with Pasco paying no upfront costs and only paying attorneys in the event of a settlement. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, who attended the workshop, favors the lawsuit. “This is a pill epidemic that didn’t have to happen,” he said. Every deputy now carries a supply of Narcan, the brand name for naloxone. The medication can be used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Nocco said 40 people “have been brought back” by deputies and first responders administering Narcan. Gaddy’s firm is among seven law firms litigating the issue in states including West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. The group has about 120 clients in more than 10 states, and to date has filed more than 80 lawsuits. Some lawsuits could eventually be consolidated into a single lawsuit. “We are without a doubt the national leader in this litigation,” Gaddy said. The lawsuits are filed against drug distributors and manufacturers. They allege false claims about the safety of opioids and a massive pill distribution that created a “public nuisance,” he said. “They should be held accountable for it.” Distributors are required by law to report suspicious orders to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. But, Gaddy said those rules have been violated. He cited reports from West Virginia that 780 million pills were distributed over six years in a state with about 1.8 million people. “It was off the chart by any stretch of the imagination,” Gaddy said. There are about 800 drug distributors, but Gaddy said three major distributors typically have been named as defendants in lawsuits. They are Cardinal Health, McKesson Corp., and Amerisource-Bergen. The goal is to force plaintiffs to establish abatement funds that would pay for the drug damages to communities through education programs in schools, costs to law enforcement, and funds to support drug prevention and addiction recovery programs. Gaddy said, “There is no county in the nation with enough beds to handle the flood of victims of their pills.” OPIOID, from page 1A


By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comCoaches were celebrated, state titles acquired and local athletes turned in outstanding performances. The past year brought countless moments and lasting memories in sports, from Lutz and Land O’ Lakes, across to Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills. Here’s a look back at some of the top sports happenings from 2017: FLORIDA HOSPITAL CENTER ICE OPENSHockey and ice-skating enthusiasts rejoiced when the largest ice sports facility in the Southeastern United States finally opened its doors in Wesley Chapel. The 150,500-square-foot Florida Hospital Center Ice, unveiled in January, took about 2 years to complete. The main attraction of the $22.5 million complex, of course, is its four full-size rinks (one Olympic, three National Hockey League) and one kid-size rink. Previously, many Pasco and northern Hillsborough residents would trek to Brandon’s Ice Sports Forum to get their hockey and skating fix. Others may have used the Clearwater Ice Arena or the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar. Besides serving local hockey players, skaters and curlers, the facility already has scored on Pasco’s sports tourism initiative by hosting a number of camps, collegiate competitions and other tournaments — drawing an estimated 1.5 million visitors in its first year. It has also become the training home of the U.S. women’s national hockey team, as members prepare for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.LAND O’ LAKES HIGH WINS STATE SOFTBALL TITLEIt had been nearly 25 years since a Pasco County school won a state softball title — until May 20. On that day, Land O’ Lakes seized the Class 6A state softball championship, unseating powerhouse Plantation American Heritage 3-1, at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. The achievement marked the first fastpitch title for Land O’Lakes and the first for a Pasco County program since Ridgewood High won in 1992. What made the victory even sweeter for the Gators was downing the same team that eliminated them in the 2016 state semifinals. They did it in comeback fashion, too. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Land O’ Lakes unearthed timely hits and capitalized on opposition mistakes to build the lead for good — against an American Heritage program that was making its fourth-straight championship game appearance and had previously won seven state titles. The Gators ended the year with a 29-3 record. And, the accolades didn’t stop there. In July, Gators coaches were named the 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) High School Coaching Staff of the Year, beating out staffs from other top-tier programs in California, New Jersey, Illinois and Kansas. The recognition went to Gators fourth-year head coach Mitch Wilkins and assistants Edwin Rodriguez, Janet Sciales and Vinny Guarracino.PARALYMPIC ATHLETES EXCEL AT NATIONALSIt was another banner year for Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay. The team in July won its second straight Small Team Division at the National Junior Disability Championships in Middleton, Wisconsin. Three athletes — Eric Lowry, 17, of Land O’ Lakes; Danielle Kanas, 12, of Lutz; and 16year-old Logan Krepop of Parrish — earned a combined thirty-three medals and set nine national records. In total, they collected 18 gold, 11 silver and four bronze medals. Kanas — a single-arm amputee, missing her left arm below the elbow — herself collected 15 gold medals and set six national records this year. That included a javelin throw of 19.66 meters, shattering the previous record for her age group by six meters. After the season, Kanas earned Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay’s “Spirit of Excellence” award. The club’s highest honor, it recognizes courage, strength, determination and demonstration of a positive attitude as a role model. Beyond athletics, Kanas is a “straight-A” student at Martinez Middle School, and member of the National Junior Honor Society, a Girl Scout, and patient ambassador at Shriner’s Hospital for Children-Tampa. She’s also a talented guitar player. The others likewise have overcome various hardships to shine in athletics. Lowry has spina bifida and competes from a wheelchair. It didn’t stop him from benching 190 pounds, earning a gold medal and setting an Adaptive Sports Junior national record. And Krepop, who has cerebral palsy, earned a gold medal in the 400-meter run. His time of 1:33.14 set a new Adaptive Sports record for his age group.ZEPHYRHILLS HIGH HONORS WINNINGEST FOOTBALL COACHIt was the perfect time for Zephyrhills High School to honor its winningest football coach. The Bulldogs earned a district championship, won a playoff game, and finished the season with 10 wins. That was all last done in 2002 — under former longtime coach Tom Fisher. This year, the school’s Bulldog Stadium was formally renamed Tom Fisher Field at its Oct. 27 homecoming The dedication ceremony was attended by Fisher, and drew dozens of former players and coaches, as well as many of his family members and friends. Fisher — regarded as a hard-nosed, no nonsense type who voraciously studied game films — retired in 2008 after 21 years as head coach. In his tenure, Fisher won 124 games (most in program history) and led Bulldogs teams to eight playoff berths, four conference championships and three district titles; he also was a four-time conference coach of the year. Moreover, the Zephyrhills football program had gone 47 years without a state playoff appearance until Fisher’s arrival, making it in his first season in 1989. Another example of Fisher’s extensive impact: The Bulldogs’ past two head coaches, Nick Carroll and Reggie Roberts, both played for him over 20 years ago. The most successful player under Fisher was defensive lineman Ryan Pickett, who played 14 years in the NFL, mostly for the St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers. Pickett, a 1998 Zephyrhills graduate, started as a freshman at Ohio State, left after his junior season to play professionally and was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Though its been nearly a decade since the 65-year-old Fisher last roamed the sidelines, he still can be found in the stands at many Bulldogs home games.ACADEMY AT THE LAKES WINS STATE FOOTBALL TITLEFollowing three straight losing football seasons, Academy at the Lakes football experienced a remarkable turnaround in 2017 — capped by its first eight-man state title on Dec. 9 with a 30-9 win over Jacksonville Old Plank Academy. The Wildcats, under fourth-year head coach Shawn Brown, finished the season 111, with a 7-0 district mark. Many of their wins came in dominating fashion, with an average scoring margin of nearly 34 points. It was quite the contrast from past years. The team went 2-8 in 2016, after finishing 4-7 and 3-5 the prior two seasons. This year’s success harkens back to its summer offseason program, which included weightlifting sessions three days a week, participating in Division I college camps, and competing in various seven-on-seven tournaments — sometimes facing 11-man schools from Classes 7A and 8A. The Wildcats’ solid talent base didn’t hurt its gridiron performances, either. Senior tailback/linebacker Daniel Gonzalez was the most productive two-way player in the eight-man ranks— rushing for 1,125 yards and 24 touchdowns on offense, and tallying 138 tackles and 7.5 sacks on defense. Several others made significant impacts as well, including freshmen Jalen Brown and Jordan Oladokun, juniors Jamaal Johnson and Dylan Price, and senior Isaiah Smith, among others. The football program’s last state title came in 2006, when Academy at the Lakes played in the six-man ranks.SOME OTHER NOTABLE HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2017: Wesley Chapel High varsity softball has first winning season in program history  Cypress Creek High varsity football wins its inaugural game against Gulf High  Wesley Chapel hoops product Erik Thomas appears in NCAA Tournament  Academy at the Lakes athlete Alexis Kilfoyl makes 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Training Team  Land O’Lakes’ Jabari Ramsey becomes the first boys swimmer from Pasco County to win three-straight state titles in the same event (100 breaststroke).  Carrollwood Day School volleyball wins the Class 4A state title, to earn the school’s first state championship in any sport.  Steinbrenner baseball alum Kevin Merrell is selected by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft. 16A December 27, 2017 Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community Sports Community Sports FILEAcademy at the Lakes football overcame three straight losing seasons to win its first eight-man state title on Dec. 9. They fin ished the season 11-1, after going a combined 9-20 the past three years.Recalling some top 2017 sports moments Florida Hospital Center Ice has been a hit since it opened in January. The five-rink facility is on pace to draw 1.5 million visitors in its first year. Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay this July won its second straight Small Team Division at the National Junior Disability Championships in Middleton, Wisconsin. Lutz resident Danielle Kanas, a single-arm amputee, earned 15 gold medals and set six national records this year. During the school’s Oct. 27 homecoming, Zephyrhills High’s Bulldog Stadium was officially renamed Tom Fisher Field after its longtime coach of 21 years. Fisher retired in 2008 as the program’s winningest coach, with 124 career victories.


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She encourages students in her Advanced Placement Statistics and Algebra II Honors classes to risk failure because, by overcoming a fear of not knowing, they gain deeper understanding. Meanwhile, Terry Stanley, a science teacher at the same school, also realizes that to truly learn, students must be willing to initially miss the mark. One recent day, there was a steady hum of activity, as Stanley moved about the classroom. She helped some who were peering into microscopes, checked in with others about their observations and answered questions as they came up. When they completed their task, she instructed her students to compare their work against published results. She directed them to offer reasons for why their results were similar or different. As Stanley engages her Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate students, she isnt seeking only to prepare them to perform well on tests. She has a higher aim: She wants them to develop critical thinking skills that will serve them throughout life. While their subject matter is different, Trapani and Stanley have much in common. For one thing, they are each recipients of a Barrett Family Foundation Excellence in Science/Mathematics Teacher Award, which recognize outstanding teachers of mathematics and science. The award is provided by a nonprofit charity, based in Clearwater. It honors teachers who share their energy and enthusiasm for science or mathematics through creative and innovative methods. It carries a $10,000 prize for each recipient. While they share many professional characteristics, they came into teaching on different paths. Stanley said she knew from an early age that she enjoyed teaching others. I remember in first grade, I would do my work as effectively and as efficiently as I possibly could, so that I could be awarded to go help the next-door kindergarten teacher, Stanley said. Trapani, on the other hand, initially was interested in becoming a physical therapist. When she got one B, though, she dropped that idea. She knew the acceptance criteria was stringent, and didnt think shed be selected over others who had achieved straight As. So, Trapani turned to something else that felt like a natural fit. I grew up teaching my younger brothers and sisters, explained Trapani, who comes from a family of six children. In high school, the teacher would teach and I would sit next to a couple of people, and they would say: Explain that to me again. I would help people, Trapani added. I knew I was always good at explaining things to other people. I think it (becoming a teacher) was always meant to be. I dont think it was one defining moment. It was more like giving in to your fate, Trapani said.REMOVING BARRIERS TO LEARNINGWhile both educators now teach in Land O Lakes High Schools International Baccalaureate program, their experience also includes teaching students of wide-ranging ability levels. Trapani said she thinks she is a better teacher because she personally struggled as a learner and because she has taught struggling students. I know what its like to work really hard, and to finally be able to understand, Trapani said. Plus, she said, students at every ability level can find themselves struggling at times. You get these kids that are gifted and because they are so smart, they have never struggled. And then they get to your class, and Algebra II is really the first time they see really new math. Those kids who have never had to study, who have never struggled, never hit that wall (before), she said. Trapani helps students by teaching them how to study for her classes. She also makes it abundantly clear that shes available to help students who need it. She makes an effort at getting to know her students. When I go around and I check homework, I make eye contact with every person, she said. I try to really connect with the kids; I think that makes a huge difference. I think if they feel you are there for them, then theyll be there for you, Trapani said. I try to help them understand that their self-worth is not wrapped up in whether or not theyre perfect at this problem, and whether or not they have an A. In the end, are they going to be a good person? Are they going to weather the storm? The fact that they failed my test, Im not heartbroken about it, Trapani said. And, she said a student who fails a test shouldnt be heartbroken, either. Instead, her attitude is: Lets find a way to overcome this. Learning the course content is important, Stanley said, but when students leave her classroom she wants them to know how to think, how to observe, how to ask questions. Stanley believes teachers must find ways to reach their students. Teachers need to understand their audience, each individual, and then tailor-make their lessons to bring their students to the place they need to be, Stanley said. If theyre not interested, I try to find commonality with them. I try to find an entry point, if you will, for conversations outside of the content area. They understand that they have to perform in the class, but its a journey, and were going on this journey together. How are we going to get you to that point where you need to be? Im here to help you. Im your coach. Im here to help you get where you need to be, said Stanley, who teaches Advanced Placement Biology and IB Biology. Some students are stymied by a lack of confidence, she said. Some just want to regurgitate what theyve read in a book. Stanley recalled that a student once told her: I know everything I need to know about biology. She told the student she was happy for him, but to let her know if that perspective changed. A few weeks later he came back to her and said: I realize that what I know Miss Stanley is what I read in a book, and superficial. I cant think through these problems that youre putting on this test. Its moments like those when an obstacle to learning has been removed or overcome that are especially gratifying, both teachers said. Both Stanley and Trapani were pleased by the recognition they received from the Barrett Family Foundation award, and enjoyed celebrating their success with their families. And, they have another thing in common, too. I absolutely love what I do, Trapani said. Stanley added: I always was drawn to teaching. I just always had a passion for explaining things, observing, questioning. Kudos for Hannah Trapani and Terry StanleyHannah TrapaniMrs. Trapani told her students that she would always be available after school Mrs. Trapanis devotion of her time to offer one-on-one help to me and other students who would stay after school was crucial to my success. Land O Lakes High student Ashley KupfermanHannah gives freely of her time to students who struggle. She will help them during her lunch hour, before and/or after school. If a student is having difficulty with a standard, she will approach them and offer extra help and guide them to websites that provide assistance as well. Land O Lakes High mathematics teacher Amy SmithHannah directs every ounce of energy towards helping all students learn. She accomplishes this by looking at each student as an individual with unlimited capabilities. Land O Lakes High Principal Ric MellinTerry Stanley the abundance of laboratory experiments, which far exceeds my previous classroom experience, causes students to genuinely comprehend and understand the importance of the work they are doing. Ms. Stanleys class looks to confront head-on that quintessential highschooler question of Who cares? and silence it with a simple answer: Me. Land O Lakes High student Camellia MoorsTo teach is to light a fire in the mind. If our role as educators is to guide students to explore the unknown, then Terry Stanley has accomplished this thousands of times over. Land O Lakes Assistant Principal Jeff MorgensteinAlthough it has been several years since I have walked the halls of Land O Lakes High School, I can safely say that my experience in Ms. Terry Stanleys classroom changed my life in ways I am still realizing to this very day. Each day in her classroom was a chance to learn new and exciting things about the world around me. Going to class wasnt just a boring lecture, it was interactive research, it was working together, and it was putting what we learned to the test. Land O Lakes High School graduate Blake Lash, now a research scientistAward-winning teachers create safe places to learnB.C. MANION


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