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Four-year-old Isabella Whitman, of Land O’ Lakes, has some afternoon fun in the sun with bubbles at the Lodge Playground locate d in the Wilderness Lake Preserve neighborhood. By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comIt could cost more than a half-billion dollars to build a tunnel under U.S. 41 to tackle the traffic gridlock at that juncture with State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes. A study recently completed for the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization put the estimated cost at $550 million. That’s significantly more than the $134 million estimated to build elevated lanes over the state highway. The estimate was presented to the MPO board at an April meeting in New Port Richey. The board, which reviews transportation matters, includes Pasco County commissioners and elected officials of the county’s cities. David Gwynn, secretary of District 7 for the Florida Department of Transportation, is a nonvoting advisor. “I was shocked when I saw the num-U.S. 41 tunnel could cost half a billionSee TUNNEL, page11A RANDY UNDERHILLPasco County commissioners are considering a tunnel under U.S. 41 to relieve traffic gridlock at State Road 54. Superintendent touches on wide range of topicsBy Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comPractically no education-related topic was off limits during Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning’s recent visit with The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. At a recent breakfast meeting at the The Edwinola, Browning touched on everything from teacher pay and performance standards, to acceleration programs and school safety. “We live in a crazy day and time in education,” said Browning, addressing dozens of chamber members. Browning praised the district’s teachers as a whole, saying they’re “busting their tail ends trying to educate the kids. “Being a teacher today is tough, tough work, and it is patience, particularly when you look at the schools. Every district has schools that range on one end of the spectrum to the other — from the low socioeconomic to the very affluent schools,” Browning said. The Pasco County school district encompasses about 73,000 students across 90 schools, making it the state’s 11th largest district. Its annual operational budget is about $1.2 billion.A CALL FOR MORE STATE FUNDING Browning mentioned he’s been visiting schools throughout the county to gather input from educators on “what’s right, what’s not right, what needs to be fixed, what’s working.” In the same breath, he said there won’t be salary increases for teachers and other school base staff next school year. See TOPICS, page11A By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comBrightwork Crossing is going vertical. Brick-and-mortar tower-like structures are rising on the 32-acre site, off State Road 54, west of Wesley Chapel Boulevard. These are early signs of an apartment complex approved for up to 350 units. The complex will be a series of four-story buildings with more than 60 apartments per building, according to county records. Permits also have been approved for a WaWa convenience store, a Burger King and the apartment’s clubhouse. Internal roads include Tapestry Way, Maren Way, Ashley Creek Trail and Canopy Creek Way. Alabama-based Arlington Properties and BW 54 56 Holdings LLC are partners in the development. Representatives for the companies weren’t available for comment. Pasco County commissioners approved the mixed-use, commercial and residential project in August 2017. It’s been on the drawing board since 2015. Brightwork Crossing is approved for the apartments, as well as 250,000 square feet of offices, retail and a 150-room hotel. Firestone Complete Auto Care store has been named as a potential retail store. Construction began in summer 2017 as bulldozers cleared and leveled the vacant land, located directly behind the Shell gas station and Walgreen’s drugstore. Traffic spills into the area from all directions, off State Road 54, State Road 56, Wesley Chapel Boulevard and Interstate 75. Brightwork Crossing will fill out a prime corner at this major juncture for new development, which already includes Tampa Premium Outlets, Cypress Creek Town Center, and Florida Hospital Center Ice. The site where apartments are being built was bisected by Old State Road 54, and often used as a cut-through by motorists seeking to avoid long waits at Wesley Chapel and State Road 54 and State Road 56. Old State Road 54 became part of a land swap that gave the county green space for KATHY STEELEConstruction crews are building apartments at Brightwork Crossing, a mixed-use project at Wesley Chapel Boulevard and State Road 54. This view is from Old Cypress Creek Road.Apartments on the rise at Brightwork CrossingSee APARTMENTS, page11A Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning B INSIDE, PAGE 1B


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It’s why she founded a school club her junior year called Pass It Forward, which focuses on empowering young girls in Land O’ Lakes to use their voice, display their strengths and encourage one another. “She’s that kid that wants to be great,” said Reesa Hendrix-Pledge, Sunlake athletic director and girls head basketball coach. In her seven-plus years at Sunlake, Hendrix-Pledge says no student-athlete better exemplifies “excellence” in all aspects of life than the senior forward. “She’s kind of the model student,” the coach said. Wallace’s leadership skills, too, “are like no other” — evidenced in being a threetime team captain on the girls varsity hoops team. “A coach couldn’t ask for somebody else that can actually talk it then back it up at the same time,” Hendrix-Pledge said. To other Sunlake teachers and administrators meanwhile, Wallace is simply “an awesome kid.” To those that know her, it’s not farfetched that Wallace recently became one of just 20 student-athletes nationwide honored this year in the Foot Locker Scholar-Athletes Program. She was selected from a competitive pool of over 13,000 applicants. As a Foot Locker Scholar Athlete, Wallace was awarded a $20,000 scholarship in a surprise lunchtime ceremony on April 18 at the high school. Wallace was told she’d be giving a presentation to district board members. However, while giving her speech in an administration room, Wallace was abruptly overcome with emotion when a pair of Foot Locker representatives entered the room and diverted her attention with a large check — literally — that read ‘Twenty Thousand’ dollars. Wallace recalled the eventful moment afterwards: “It was actually pretty funny, because when I walked in everybody had their cameras out. I was like, ‘I’m not anybody. I’m not that special.’ But, because I thought it was for the district board — that’s what I was told — so I came in and gave the speech, but when they brought the check I almost started crying. ...It’s amazing. I didn’t even think that I’d be able to get that.” Wallace’s mother, Anne-Marie, was also in attendance at the ceremony and was likewise shocked by the scholarship reveal. She used her lunch break to visit the school even though she wasn’t given the reason. “I was completely caught off guard,” Wallace’s mother said. “This is going to be so much of a big help for her, because with (college) loans, at least it’ll be less on her. I am very grateful; very grateful. I was not expecting this…” Though remaining humble about her daughter’s accomplishments, Anne-Marie noted her academically and athletically gifted daughter has always displayed strong work ethic and leadership qualities. “She’s a pretty good girl,” Anne-Marie said. “Andrea, she just works very hard, and she’s disciplined, and she has such a good attitude.” Wallace applied for the scholarship in mid-November at the behest of HendrixPledge. Five months later her coach received a call from Foot Locker on a random Friday evening. “…It was kind of out of sight, out of mind, and then she had been chosen,” said Hendrix-Pledge, who noted she wasn’t totally taken aback, as her star pupil met all the qualifications to win the prestigious scholarship. Wallace will play basketball next season at St. Petersburg College, with intentions to transfer to a university in a year or two. She plans to study pre-law with hopes of becoming a lawyer and a judge someday. It all follows what’s been a momentous four-year varsity career, including her senior campaign, where she averaged a doubledouble (13.3 points, 10.6 rebounds) en route to Sunlake’s first 20-win season and the 7A regional finals. After the season, Wallace was awarded the Sunshine Athletic Conference East Girls Basketball Player of the Year, along with first team AllConference honors. Wallace made major strides on the court after her freshman season, motivated to improve after the team lost in the first round of the district playoffs. “I was upset that we lost…so I was like, ‘I really like playing basketball, and I like being on the team, so what is a good way for me to get better?’ So, I just kind of worked that whole summer just to get better and be in a position to play.” That she did — developing into one of the Bay Area’s top post players, and leading the Seahawks to three straight winning seasons and regional appearances. Of her 81 career games played, one she’ll never forget is defeating Land O’ Lakes High her sophomore year in the district semifinals, 54-20. (Sunlake later defeated Springstead to capture the Class 6A district title). Said Wallace, “That was like a moment that I’ll always remember forever because we’d never, ever won anything like that. …To win our district championship and beat Land O’ Lakes High School was like really, really big.” Meanwhile, Wallace said balancing all her commitments and responsibilities—academically, athletically, socially — at times “gets really, really difficult.” But, she doesn’t let the pressure rattle her. “It’s really easy to just say, ‘You know what, I’m not going to do that today.’ Like, it’s super easy to give up, so you just have to stay focused on the bigger goal,” she said. It’s a message she often bestows on others, including her fellow teammates on achieving their dreams: “If you want to be the best, then you have to do something about it. …What can you do to push yourself to a bigger level?” The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program began in 2011, which has resulted in 140 total scholarship recipients over that time. COURTESY OF SUNLAKE HIGH SCHOOLSunlake High’s Andrea Wallace was one of just 20 student-athletes nationwide honored this year in the Foot Locker Scholar-Athletes Program, selected from a competitive pool of over 13,000 applicants. Wallace was recognized for her academic and athletic excellence, along with her service to the community. She will play basketball next season at St. Petersburg College, with plans to transfer to a university in a year or two.


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The LAKER/ Lutz NEWS ADVERTISINGTERRI WILLIAMSONSenior Account Managertwilliamson@lakerlutznews.comRACHEL THOMPSONClassified & Directory Salesrthompson@lakerlutznews.comDESIGN ACCOUNTINGMATTHEW MISTRETTAArt Directormmistretta@lakerlutznews.comSTEFANIE BURLINGAMEGraphic Designersburlingame@lakerlutznews.comMARY EBERHARDmeberhard@lakerlutznews.comLOCATION: 3632 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Suite 102 Land O Lakes, FL 34639 MAIL: P O. Box 479 Lutz, FL 33548 PHONE/FAX: ph: 813.909.2800 fax: 813.909.2802 IT SUPPORT: STEVE MISTRETTA WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: EMAIL: sales@lakerlutznews.comPUBLISHER & OWNER: DIANE KORTUS, LUTZ, ODESSA, LAND O LAKES, WESLEY CHAPEL, NEW TAMPA, ZEPHYRHILLS, DADE CITY Serving Pasco since 1981 / Serving Lutz since 1964 KATHY STEELEStaff Writer ksteele@lakerlutznews.comB.C. MANIONEditor bcmanion@lakerlutznews.comKEVIN WEISSStaff Writer kweiss@lakerlutznews.comMARY RATHMANEditorial Assistantmrathman@lakerlutznews.comEDITORIALDISTRIBUTION: Florida Circ, LLC ANNE KIBBEAccount Managerakibbe@lakerlutznews.comCUSTOMER SERVICE CAROLYN Tails go waggin in Pasco Countys parksThe Tail Wagon Adoption bus rolled into Crews Lake Wilderness Park with a special cargo to unload on a Saturday morning in April. Volunteer dog handlers hooked leashes to Hercules, Luna, Poe, Prince and Zeus for a daily constitutional that wasnt the usual routine for these four-legged residents of Pasco Countys animal shelter. Once a month, however, selected canines get to go on a field trip when Pasco County Animal Services and the countys parks, recreation and natural resources department team up for Pasco Park Walks. A handful of adoptable dogs trot and stroll through one of four Pasco parks beginning at 9 a.m., on the first Saturday of every month. The public is invited to bring their dogs for the pack walk. Or, visitors can come without a dog to simply enjoy a community walk in the park. And, those who are so inclined can adopt a dog on the spot. Sometimes, people are visiting a park theyve never seen before. So, in addition to finding some permanent homes for pets that need them, the walks also help showcase county parks. I see a lot of bright new faces, said Rachel Stever, education coordinator for Pasco County Animal Services. This is awesome. During the recent event, roughly a dozen people pulled into Crews Lake in Spring Hill bringing along all sorts of dogs. The dogs were big and small, and medium size. Some had long hair. Others, short hairs. There were short legs or long legs. They had one thing in common, though: Their tails were wagging. Shady Hills resident Teresa Simmons brought her long-haired dachshund, Shelby. I wish there was one (walk) every weekend. Its nice to get out and be with others.Besides showing off their personalities to possible future owners, the shelter dogs have a chance to hone their pack walk manners.Stever said the dogs selected for the walks are usually larger and older dogs that are less socialized, and harder to place. Theres a place they fit in, said Stever. But, these dogs are skipped over because they dont look great in the shelter. On the walks, she added, Theyre learning how to better manage their issues. Palm Harbor resident Libby Bryant works as a veterinarians technician. She brought her 9-year-old black Labrador, Apollo. The park walks are for a good cause, she said. It gets (the dogs) out of the cubicle setting. Its kind of making a different mentality and lets them know its OK to be around other dogs, she said. Most are rescue situations. This was Bryants first visit to Crews Lake. I didnt even know where it was located, she said. Tarpon Springs resident Nancy Boyce volunteers at Pascos animal shelter. Without volunteers, she said there are dogs that dont get a daily walk. She has three dogs, including one she is fostering. At Crews Lake, she started the walk with Zeus, a young, mixed breed dog that tugged at his leash, full of eager energy. I love dogs, Boyce said. We need volunteers so badly. Hercules is a mixed breed that has been at the shelter the longest, and is a favorite of volunteers and county staff members. He was adopted and returned to the shelter when he didnt get along with the adopters other dog. He isnt fond of cats. He probably would do best in a home as the only dog, Stever said. On the walk, he is friendly and very approachable, pausing to sniff plants and flowers along the trail. Hell cuddle with you like a couch potato, Stever said. But, she added, Its hard to find someone who wants an only pet. Lutz resident Alba Parise walked 4-yearold Poe, a mixed breed stray that came to the shelter in December. Shes shy, said Parise. She enjoys volunteering as a dog handler. I can spend quality time with the dogs at the shelter and let them see what its like to be loved, Parise said. There are happy stories that come from the shelter when dogs are adopted, said volunteer Brenda Gale. There are other benefits as well. Ive made dozens of friends with people who share the same passion, a passion for the pups, she said. One dog on the Crews Lake walk was an international rescue. Kathy Jeffers saved 16-month-old Piper from a South Korean meat market. The country has about 17,000 dog farms that supply meat to restaurants and groceries. Piper, a Jindo breed, was days from going to the slaughterhouse. Jeffers picked him up in Atlanta in February through the South Korean nonprofit Save Korean Dogs. The dog walk event benefits both dogs and potential owners, said Jeffers, who is fostering Piper. Its a good thing to get him socialized with other dogs and people, she said. It also gave her a preview of what Piper will be like when he is adopted. Im really proud of him. He did really good, Jeffers said. FRED BELLET Pasco Park WalksWHEN: May 5 at 9 a.m.WHERE: Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd., Dade CityCOST: FreeDETAILS: Walks last 45 minutes to an hour. Park locations are rotated monthly.Info: PascoCountyFl.netPARK WALK RULES AND GUIDELINES ONEhandler per pet is required. DObring secure 6-foot leashes with collars. DObring poop bags. DObring water. DONTbring retractable leashes. DONTbring prong or electrical collars. NOdog Face-to-face contact permitted.


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For reservations, contact Jeff Rock at (813) 8722691, ext. 115, or MEDIA FOR SENIORSThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a social media class for seniors April 26 at 11 a.m. Topics will include an in-depth overview of Facebook, including tips on managing the newsfeed, privacy and security settings, and how to use Facebook as a news source and current event resource. Participants must have a working Facebook account and know your login and password. For information, call (352) 567-3576.PETER PAN JR.The Patel Conservatory will present Disneys Peter Pan Jr., April 26 to April 29, in the Straz Center for the Performing Arts TECO Theater. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets start at $15. For information and tickets, call (813) 229-7827, or visit FOR ALL AGESThe New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will host a senior cinema April 27 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and a childrens movie with popcorn April 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For details, call (813) 788-6375.AARP CHAPTER MEETINGLand O Lakes AARP Chapter 4764 will meet April 27 at 10:30 a.m., at Land O Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd. The guest speaker will be Hope Allen, president and CEO of the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. For information, email IN FILMTampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa, will present Music in Film April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon, for all ages. Dr. Steven Ball will discuss the history of musical accompaniment from early silent films to todays blockbusters. Also included will be an examination of the advent of talkies and sound pictures impact on the way films are scored, as well as the inner workings of the theater organ. Registration is $20 per person. For information, visit AND PRAISEGrace Lutheran Church, 3714 W. Linebaugh Ave., in Carrollwood, will host a free concert and a little bit of humor on April 28 at 7 p.m. The churchs Spirits on Fire Praise Team will present Poetry and Praise, with a musical program, writings and guest musicians. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted. For information, call (813) 961-8747, or visit EXPOThere will be a Womens Expo & Style Show April 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at New Beginnings Family Church, 18935 Michigan Lane in Spring Hill. There will be local vendors on beauty, wellness, health, fashion and food. The first 100 women will receive a welcome bag. There also will be a fashion show. For information, call Lyz Piper at (813) 545-4979.VOLUNTEER TRAININGThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer teen volunteer training April 28 at 2 p.m., for ages 13 to 18. If interested, participants can fill out a form on, and then call the library at (813) 929-1214 to register. The training sessions are limited to 10 participants.VEGETABLE GARDENINGUF/IFAS Pasco County Extension will host a free class on vegetable gardening basics April 28 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Dade City Watson Park Community Garden. Participants can learn how to choose a location, what makes good soil, when to plant different vegetables, and how to control garden pests. This is an interactive class, so guests should bring gardening gloves, water, a hat and sunblock. Each family will get to take home a free Pizza Garden kit. To register, visit For information, contact Eden Santiago-Gomez at (352) 521-1255 or DAYEarth Day will be celebrated at Crews Lake Park, off Shady Hills Road, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a lady bug release, croc encounters, childrens crafts, tours of the Water Ventures Learning Lab, a native plant sale, and rain water harvesting and compost workshops. Bring a thermostat or thermometer containing mercury to get a $5 gift card. Guests can also bring old electronics (first two TVs free, others are $7 each) and householdhazardous waste to recycle. Shredding also will be available, as well as the pill takeback program and monofilament recycling. Hits 106 will be live from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Preregister at For information, call (727) 856-2917, ext. 201.CANNING & PRESERVINGThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer Canning and Preserving: Jams and Jelly April 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration and a signed liability waiver are required. For information, call (813) 929-1214.SUPERHERO BREAKFASTCobb Grove 16 Theatres, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, will host a Rise & Shine With the Heroes Superhero Breakfast April 28 at 9 a.m. The $30 cost includes an Avengers: Infinity War ticket and a breakfast buffet. Buffet access is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., with a 9:45 a.m., show time. Tickets are available at, or the Box Office.BENEFIT CONCERTThe eighth annual Helping Hands Benefit Concert will be April 29 at 4 p.m., at Grace Episcopal Church in New Tampa. There also will be a bake sale, a silent auction and a student concert. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. All money raised will go to Metropolitan Ministries. For information, visit SAW BUILDThe LandO Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a guided open build using a scroll saw May 1 from 10 a.m. to noon. A volunteer teacher will show the basics of the scroll saw to make wooden toys. A signed liability waiver is required. For information, call (813) 929-1214.MYSTERY BOOK CLUBThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a mystery book club May 1 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., to discuss The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. For information, call (813) 929-1214.CREATING A TERRARIUMThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a free terrarium seminar May 1 at 6:30 p.m. There will be a demonstration on the steps and procedures for planting and caring for a terrarium (a collection of small plants growing in a clear enclosed container). There also will be a list of notable plants to use, examples of containers, and how to solve problems. For information, call (813) 929-1214.HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONThe Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host a Zephyrhills Historical Association meeting May 1 at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments and food will be provided. For information, call (813) 780-0064.GARDEN CLUBThe Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will meet May 2 at 10 a.m., at the Lutz Civic Center, 98 First Ave., N.W. The guest speaker will be Jim Hawk on the subject of Dooryard Fruits. There also will be a plant show in the categories of Floral Design; Cut Specimen; Combination Planting; Miniature; and Single Planting. Members should bring a small rooted cutting to trade (with label) and a canned good for the food bank. Bring your friends. For information, visit Blossom Garden Club of Lutz, Florida.CINCO DE MAYO SOIREEThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a Social Seniors Cinco de Mayo Salsa Soiree May 3 from 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 55 and older. Dancing with Grace will teach the salsa, and there will be coffee and cake. Seniors also can offer library programming suggestions. For information, call (813) 929-1214.PRESERVATION SOCIETYThe Historic Hernando Preservation Society will meet May 3 at 6:30 p.m., at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., in Brooksville. The guest speaker will be Shane Forrester on Indians of Eastern Hernando/Pasco County. Admission is free. For more information, you should visit NETWORK GALAThe Childrens Home Network will host A Night to Remember, presented by Karl Flammer Ford, May 4 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. There will be food, cocktails and live music from The Fabulous Rockers. Proceeds will help heal abused, neglected and abandoned children, and support local families in need. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, you can 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 Saturday in the SquareHistoric downtown Zephyrhills will host Saturday in the Square April 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Main Street Zephyrhills, 38537 Fifth Ave. There will be live entertainment by The Tropicana Cowboys, local food, beverages, discounts at local merchants, a free kids pizza party, and games. There also will be a scavenger hunt, with clues that can be found on the Facebook page (Main Street Scavenger Hunt) starting at 5:15 p.m. Guests can bring a chair. No coolers will be allowed. Admission is free. For information, visit


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Keystone Place at Terra Bella is expected to open within weeks at 2200 Livingston Road in Land O Lakes. The development will have 140 total apartments, with 62 dedicated to independent living, 56 to assisted living and 22 to memory care, said Beth Barber, the developments executive director.The idea is to provide a continuum of care on one campus, so residents wont have to move away when they need a greater degree of care, she said. Current residents will have priority for access to the assisted living and memory care accommodations.Those moving in wont need to pay a large entrance fee or buy-in cost, Barber added. The development will have: One-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments in independent living Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom in assisted living Studio and one-bedroom in memory care Square footages vary, based on floor plans. The retirement community also will provide an array of services with an increased level of assistance for residents in the assisted living and memory care apartments. Residents also will be able to enjoy a host of amenities, including a pub, a theater, a heated swimming pool, a beauty salon and a library, Barber said. It also has a chapel. A wide assortment of activities also will be offered to provide opportunities for learning, socializing and having fun, she added. Costs vary based on the type of apartment and the level of services provided. The apartment designs are different, too. Keystone Place at Terra Bella is coming to the area because definitely there was a need for senior housing in Land O Lakes, Barber said. It is such a growing area. Barber noted that people she has chatted with have confirmed the need for senior housing in the area, and they want a place that will allow them to continue to live in Land O Lakes. Keystone Place at Terra Bella is now taking reservations. For more information, call (813) 388-2121, or visit online at Pasco County received a $2 million federal grant to make the future Wiregrass Sports Arena hurricane-resistant, according to a news release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Pascos emergency management department applied for the grant, which will pay for 75 percent of the approximately $2.7 million total cost of hurricane preparedness. Were very excited for this opportunity, said Laura Black, assistant director of emergency management. Its one of our top projects. The federal agency awards these grants through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The grants are provided to states, and tribal and local governments, to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters, including hurricanes. The 98,000-square-foot sports arena will be built and hardened to withstand up to 170-mph winds. That exceeds Floridas standard requirement of 142 mph. In addition, the floors will be elevated by 1-foot to reduce the risk of flooding. Also, a 1000-kilowatt generator will be installed to provide backup power. All of this will be done from the ground up, during construction. Doing that will result in substantial savings, Black said, adding the cost could be as much as $8 million, if a retrofit was required afterward. The Pasco County Commission approved the project as a public/private partnership in 2017. RADD Sports, a private company, will operate and manage the sports complex. Pasco County will own the facility and share in anticipated profits. The federal application included a cost analysis on economic losses, if the arena suffered hurricane damage and couldnt operate for a period of time, Black said. In addition to the indoor sports arena, the complex will have seven outdoor sports fields, an amphitheater with an event lawn, trails, pavilions and a playground. The county also has a ground lease for a Marriott Residence Inn that will be built with private funds at the complex. Richard Blalock, president of RADD Sports, spoke last year at an economic briefing luncheon sponsored by the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (now known as North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce). The facility will host sporting and recreational activities, including basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, dancing, wrestling, gymnastics, curling and badminton. Blalock last year estimated annual economic impact would be about $6.5 million. Over 10 years, about $8 million or more in sales and use taxes would be generated, not including tourism taxes from hotel stays. A construction date isnt scheduled as yet, but the arena is expected to open by late summer or early fall of 2019.Wiregrass sports complex will be hurricane-ready New retirement community arriving soon in Land O Lakes


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Turnbull was recognized for her work as the founder and CEO of MissHeard Media, a platform that offers teen girls the opportunity to elevate their voices and to create community. MissHeard Media connects girls across the globe by giving them a place to share their stories and experiences, as well as an opportunity to learn new skills that will help them to chart their own course in life. This years class of 30 Under 30 award winners includes marketing and communications professionals, entrepreneurs, engineers, software specialists, attorneys, education leaders, doctors, nurses and a football star. Amber Mariano, who represents District 36 of the Florida House of Representatives, which includes a portion of Pasco County, is also on the list, according to a UCF news release. Turnbull studied history, anthropology and womens studies at UCF. She also served as the program coordinator for the Young Women Leaders Program. MissHeard, with its board of teen girls and youth-related professionals, focuses on girlcentered and girl-created content to foster empowered, girl-positive communities. MissHeard Media seeks to create a world where all teen girls feel understood, prepared, confident, and most of all, heard, according to its website. Turnbull said her parents moved to Land O Lakes when she was 7. She attended Sanders Memorial Elementary School, Pine View Middle School and Land O Lakes High School. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Central Florida before moving to the Washington D.C. area to pursue a career in history and museum studies. But, a government sequester, which placed a hard cap on government spending, closed off employment opportunities she had hoped to pursue, so she launched MissHeard Media. MissHeardMedia is an outgrowth of Turnbulls experience at the University of Central Florida, where she worked closely with teenage girls. What I really discovered was that all of these teen girls were really smart and funny, and had all of these really interesting things to say, but nobody was really asking them what they thought, Turnbull said. I thought to myself: One day, Im going to do something so everyone will know how awesome teen girls are, she said. That day came sooner than she expected. She created to give girls a platform for girls to share their stories. But, she also realized that she missed working directly with girls, so she began offering workshops. She also does speaking engagements. Most of what I do is in the D.C. area, right now, she said. Soon, shell be offering a summer workshop, which will focus on mixing creativity with technology, she said. Were going to do an overview of all kinds of different ways to be creative, she said. We still have the blog, which has stories from girls around the world. We have a teen advisory board, and they submit a lot of the writing, she said. Turnbull wants to create the opportunity for girls to be heard both by their peers, but also by society, in general. I think what a lot of people may not realize is that teen girls are very aware of whats going on in the world, and they want to make a difference and see change. I dont think a lot of adults realize that. I know when the Parkland activists started speaking out after the shooting, all of these adults were like, Teenagers dont care about this. Why should they have a say? Why should we listen to them? And, as someone who has been working with girls for 10 years, I was like, Of course they have things to say. You probably had things to say when you were 16, Turnbull said. To find out more about Turnbulls work, visit you would like more information about this topic, please contact Turnbull at (727) 4913922 or email COURTESY OF KATHY CABBLE Pasco school district considers hiring security officersBudget restrictions could prompt Pasco County Schools to hire armed school security officers to work in the districts 47 elementary schools. The district is considering using that approach instead of using certified law enforcement officers because of finances, said Kurt Browning, superintendent of schools. The money that theyve (the Florida Legislature) given us is not enough to go the full-blown SRO (School Resource Officer) program, he said. The district has School Resource Officers at its middle schools and high schools, but needs to add armed security at its elementary schools to comply with a new state law, which was passed in response to the slayings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The estimated cost for a single SRO during the first year would be $145,000, which includes a car and necessary equipment, Browning said. Youre talking a lot of money that we do not have, the superintendent said. A school security officer would be less expensive because the district would not provide a car, and he or she would be a district employee working the 180-day school calendar year. Using school security officers also would require 132 hours of training and a psychological evaluation before the employee could be hired. New Port Richey Police Chief Kim Bogart urged Pasco County School Board members to be very careful in making their security plans. This is a tough situation. I get it. Ive been a cop a lot of years, and Ive never seen anything quite like this, this mandate that we have, Bogart said. It is so important that we get it right. I lean toward the SRO system, because I want the best that we can possibly do, but I dont know if we can afford it, Bogart said. He also told board members that the district must be sure its plan includes officers who can fill in when others are out. if you go with the security officer concept, if you have turnover, when is the next academy for that? Do you have people lined up, if theres an absence at a school, that somebody else can fill in? The next academy could be three months away, Bogart said. He also noted that SROs working in New Port Richey cannot leave school campuses, unless they have someone there to relieve them. Once the law was signed, Bogart said he made it a mandate: The officers cant leave to go for lunch. They have to bring their lunch. If they have to leave because of court, or theyre ill, or anything, there will be another officer that relieves that person. These are things I think you really need to be thinking about now because the clock is ticking, Bogart said. School board member Alison Crumbley told Bogart she appreciated his comments. We are now in the security business, she said. Regardless of the option that the district pursues, it will be difficult to find enough qualified people to fill the slots, Browning said. To be frank, its going to be a concern for us to find 50 people to fill 50 slots between now and Aug. 1 that will meet the criteria, the superintendent said. Community meetings on school safetyRepresentatives from Pasco County Schools will give a presentation on school safety and will field questions from the public.First meeting: May 2 at 6 p.m., at River Ridge High School cafeteria, 11646 Town Center Road in New Port Richey.Second meeting: May 7 at 6 p.m.,at Wiregrass Ranch High School cafeteria, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel.


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WOMAN’S CLUB HOSTS BRUNCHMembers of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club hosted and served a brunch to the Hope Lodge resident patients who receive extended treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center. The lodge provides a home away from home for patients and spouses, and it give the club a chance to prepare and serve homemade meals, along with conversation and fellowship. The women’s club also donates puzzles, board games and other items for the residents. For information about the club, visit HOUSENorth Tampa Behavioral Health, 29910 State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, will host an Open House April 26 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., to kick off a new program called “The Golden Years.” Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call (813) 922-3300.WATCHMAN LECTURERegional Medical Center Bayonet Point will host a lecture on “Watchman,” a procedure to reduce the risk of having a stroke for patients with A-fib, April 26 at Heritage Springs Clubhouse, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway in Trinity. Dr. Rami Akel, board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology, will discuss the new procedure to reduce the risk of stroke and atrial fibrillation, leading to the elimination of blood thinners (anti-coagulation medicine). Registration beings at 5 p.m., and a complimentary dinner will be served. Admission is free. For reservations, call (727) 869-5498.SMOKING CESSATIONThe Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host the IQuit Smoking Cessation class April 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can learn strategies for quitting all forms of tobacco and learn about nicotine replacement therapy. There will be free NRT patches, gum and lozenges, while supplies last. To register, call (813) 929-1000.OILS FOR HEALTHY LIVINGSunsets Restaurant, 18430 Livingston Ave., in Lutz, will host a free introduction class on essential oils April 28 at 3 p.m. Guests can learn what oils are, how they work, and how to use the oils to support a healthy lifestyle. For information, and to reserve a spot and a free gift, call (813) 545-3342.‘TAKE BACK’ INITIATIVELocal prevention coalitions and law enforcement agencies will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, as well as over-the-counter medications, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel. Other locations on that day include Gulf View Square Mall, 9409 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Crews Lake Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive in Spring Hill, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, visit (Pasco County); or, and search for “drug take-back” (Hillsborough County).NEWBORN CARE CLASSSt. Joseph’s Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer a newborn care class April 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in Garden Classroom A. This interactive class covers infant care, including feeding, diapering, bathing safety, signs of illness, and newborn characteristics. The fee of $25 covers the expectant mother and a support person. To register, call (813) 443-2046.FREE HEARING SCREENINGSMay is Better Hearing Month and JC Audiology, 1519 Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz, will offer free hearing screenings on Fridays throughout the month of May. Dr. Judith L. Reese and Dr. Jennifer Steed will be available for screenings. For information, call (813) 949-1331, or visit GIVE DAYPremier Community HealthCare has announced the start of the 2018 Premier Give Day Tampa Bay donation period. Through May 1, Premier will be accepting donations to help serve uninsured patients that may need prenatal services, dental care, and more. To make a donation, visit AND JOINT HEALTHFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a seminar on “Life’s Not a Spectator Sport” May 1 at noon, in the fourth-floor classroom. Dr. Charles Nofsinger, board-certified orthopedic surgery, and Barbara Morris, director of community wellness, will discuss the different symptoms and treatment options for bone and joint health. A light lunch will be provided. To reserve a spot, call (844) 504-9378, or visit COOKINGFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a crockpot cooking demonstration May 1 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Health & Wellness Classroom, Wellness Plaza, second floor. Registered dietitian Carlos Urriola and Chef Jerry Dizalo will show you how to create slow cooker recipes year-round. For reservations, call (844) 504-9378, or visit’S SUPPORTThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host an Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group May 2 at 11 a.m., to inform the community about services and support available for patients with dementia. For information, email Phyllis Bross at THE ALARMThe American Red Cross will host a series of “Sound the Alarm” events, as part of its efforts to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires. The Red Cross is asking for individuals and groups to volunteer to help canvass local high-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms and help families create home fire escape plans.  Hillsborough County Fire Rescue: May 2 at 9 a.m.  Pasco County Fire Rescue: May 5 at 9 a.m.  Tampa Fire Rescue: May 9 at 9 a.m. For information and to sign up, visit OF THE BELTSThe trauma center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point sponsored the $500 prize, which went to Fivay High School, for the most-improved seatbelt use in the “Battle of the Belts.” The competition promotes seatbelt use among teens, who have the highest fatality rate of any age group for motor vehicle crashes. The Pasco County campaign is conducted at participating high schools with partners Safe Kids/Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Several award categories also included: Poster Contest won by Jessica Vernak, Anclote High School; Essay Contest won by Tyler Riccardo, J.W. 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SCHOOL SAFETY MEETINGA School Safety Town Hall meeting will take place May 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Participants will include Pasco County Schools, Pasco County Council of PTAs/PTSAs, local law enforcement, mental health providers, parents, students and local elected officials. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. The community is encouraged to attend to give input.SCHOOL HONORS COUPLE FOR DEVOTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTDeer Park Elementary School administration, teachers and students celebrated 28 years of school beautification projects, recognizing Nancy and George Pratt for their devotion to the school and teaching students environmental stewardship.The event included a parade of student council members wearing 29 years of Earth Day buttons, songs by the chorus, a presentation/reflection, and a butterfly release.The Pratts created a garden in the center of the school for outdoor lessons and for families to have lunch with their children. Nancy also created a character, Mother Earth, to teach students to do their part in keeping the earth clean. Other programs started were a recycling committee called Earth Patrol and an art competition to design an Earth Day button, which the school sells for fundraisers. Students began fundraising last August to create a special student outdoor area to be known as Pratts Place. There is a shade tree with a circular wooden bench, known as the buddy bench; and four additional trees have been added to the childrens play area in the Pratts honor. There also is a stone dedication plaque.LEADERSHIP 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 ASSOCIATION WINNERSThe Florida Orchestra Musicians Association announced the winners of the annual Justine LeBaron Young Artist Competition, named in memory of the former principal horn of the orchestra, Justine LeBaron. Local winners were Alexey Heroux (age 10), of Lutz, third place Junior Instrumental, violin, Seitz Violin Concerto No. 5, third movement; and Jithen Shriyen (age 12), of Land O Lakes, third place Junior Piano, Chopins Grand Waltz No. 4 and Biotti, The Firefly.LOCAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS Brendan Gonzalez, of Lutz, was inducted into the Western Kentucky University chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. The induction confers a lifetime membership. Em Ovalle, of Lutz, has been named to the fall Deans List at Centre College, Danville Kentucky. Ovalle is a graduate of Freedom High School. Genna Aspres, of Odessa, was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma at Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina. Loredana Di Cosola, of Odessa, has been initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Tampa. Kristen Barry and Harrison Weeks, both of Odessa, and Alanah Cranwell, of Lutz, were inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Florida State University. Benjamin Brown, Aldo Colon and Taylor Masters, all of Odessa, and Sean Flynn and Jiain Xie, both of Lutz, were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Florida.LOOKING FOR ALUMNI, PHOTOSIndependent Day School/Corbett Prep is turning 50 and is looking for alumni who attended the Independent Day School in Tampa, for an anniversary celebration that will take place Aug. 18. The school is asking for stories and photos from former students who were enrolled anytime between the schools founding in 1968 to present day. To share your memories, help with planning or attend the event, email Lisa Herscovici at, or join the Facebook group at Independent Day School changed its name to Corbett Prep in 2012, and is located at 12015 Orange Grove Drive in Carrollwood. For information, call (813) 961-3087.HILLEL NOW OFFERS PRESCHOOLHillel Academy, Tampas only accredited Jewish day school, and the Tampa JCCs and Federation have announced that Tampa JCC Preschool will be offered at Hillel Academy starting this fall. This will be the first time preschool will be offered at Hillel, which was founded in 1970 for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The Hillel Academy location, in Carrollwood, will be the third for Tampa JCC Preschool, with others located in Citrus Park and South Tampa. The new preschool is for children ages 3 and 4, who have turned age 3 by Sept. 1, 2017. The program will run August through May, from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., weekdays. 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But, Moore said, “It was important to me, at least, to look at every possible solution, and cross it off if you need to.” Based on the study’s results, he said, “I would definitely say this would be crossed off my list.” Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano isn’t quite ready to do that, however. He convinced board members to delay its final design selection until the May 10 meeting. He asked that planning staff members inquire about a tunnel built in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. That tunnel, he said, appears to be shorter in length than the model considered for U.S. 41. “Could they have saved a little more if they did it differently?” said Mariano, referring to the study. “I think we should take a closer look. The numbers might come down quite a bit.” The study considered a tunnel of 6,000 linear feet, with 4,000 linear feet underground. Approaches to the tunnel would be 1,000 feet on either side. Moore asked Gwynn if the state transportation department would sign on for a project of more than half a billion dollars. “It’s certainly a lot more difficult to fund than other options,” Gwynn said. He also noted that the tunnel’s design would have to meet certain traffic criteria. “You may find you can’t shorten it a lot,” he added. The task force, which studied the matter for two years, looked at 11 alternative designs and a no-build option. Among the four designs the volunteer group recommended were elevated lanes at major intersections and a system of parallel frontage roads atgrade level. The task force never considered a tunnel, which would be built with a “cut and cover” technique. Workers would cut a large size trench, lined with walls, and then, cover it over. The intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 54 sees upwards of 100,000 vehicles a day pass through it. The MPO will decide on May 10 if they want to add the tunnel to the list of potential designs. If approved, the issue would go back to the task force for review. If the tunnel is rejected, board members plan to vote on the four recommendations from the task force. “This needs to get on the docket,” said Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Wells Jr. “We need to get moving on this. Time is of the essence. This intersection is not getting better.”TUNNEL, from page 1A That’s because any additional state funding for education has already been earmarked for school safety, mental health services and classroom supplies, he said. “Once you take those three things out of there, there’s not a lot of flexible spending. So, when you start talking about pay raises…I can’t do it. I can’t do that next year because there’s not the money there for us,” Browning said. “You’ve seen the reports on the national news about teachers walking out of classrooms, demanding more money, and I can sympathize with them on what they’re doing. Florida we can’t do that, and I will advocate that,” he said. Related to teacher pay, Browning stressed the state legislature “has got to get serious about how we’re going to fund education to the levels that it needs, so that we can address all the issues that we’re having to face.” Browning also blasted the Florida Standards Assessment, the state’s accountability system, and the idea of assigning grades to schools and districts. Though Pasco is labeled a ‘B’ district, Browning acknowledged the school system “has a lot of ‘C’ schools, fewer ‘B’ schools and even fewer ‘A’ schools. “I am not sold on the idea that we tag a school with an ‘A, B, C, D or F’ — and that is going to really set the course for that school,” Browning said. “Realtors, they will sell property based on the grade that school is given. It’s grossly unfair. I’ve asked realtors, ‘Please do not sell homes to folks, No. 1, based upon a school grade; and secondly, they think that is the school they’re going to attend.’” Browning also criticized the state’s evaluation system for teachers. It doesn’t add up that approximately 98 percent of the district’s teachers are graded “effective or highly effective” yet the school district still has a ‘B’ grade, he said. “A lot of it’s based on student outcomes, student data, which some of it should be. But, we’re still arguing about how we come up with a system that truly evaluates instructors, teachers and district staff for that matter,” Browning said. Some type of measure is needed to truly delineate great teachers from subpar ones, Browning suggested. “I want great teachers, and I want to keep great teachers in our schools.,” he said. “Our kids, our communities do not need mediocre teachers in our classrooms.”RIGOROUS ACADEMIES, TECHNICAL PROGRAMSMeanwhile, Browning proudly discussed the district’s school acceleration and technical programs. He highlighted the success of the “high rigor” Cambridge International Programme in place at five schools — Pasco Middle and Pasco High since 2014; and this year introduced at San Antonio Elementary, Paul R. Smith Middle and Anclote High. Pasco County Schools was recently awarded the District of the Year — Medium Sized Cambridge District. The district was recognized for expanding access to Cambridge exams by more than 100 percent and achieving a pass rate of 76 percent. The district also had 31 students who received a Cambridge Learner Award. The Cambridge curriculum can be compared to Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate curricula, whereby students in the high school program can earn college credits and an international diploma. Those who earn the diploma also qualify for a Florida Bright Futures College scholarship. “If you set the bar high, those kids will achieve it,” Browning said, later adding he will continue to “press hard” for more rigorous academic programs district-wide. Additionally, Browning was upbeat about the many career and technical academies the district currently offers, such as Zephyrhills High’s aviation academy and Wesley Chapel High’s automotive technology academy, along with academies at other schools ranging from health to finance to robotics engineering, and more.Said Browning, “We’ve just opened up a lot of choices for kids — getting kids the opportunity to get a taste of what it is in the real world, and make those connections about what they’re learning in the classroom and how that applies to real life.”He also observed: “When you can make that connection of what it is and how does this really impact you as an adult, then they start seeing.” Many graduates of Wesley Chapel High’s auto academy are making as much as $75,000 to $80,000 working at local car dealerships, Browning said. “We know that not all kids in our system are college bound. Does that mean they shouldn’t be successful? No. Does that mean they shouldn’t make good salary? No,” the superintendent said. The school superintendent also talked about the possibility of a technical high school in east Pasco, noting it’s on the district’s five-year facilities work program. The district’s only two technical offerings — Marchman Technical College and Wendell Krinn Technical High School (replacing Ridgewood High in 2018-2019) — are located in New Port Richey. He said plans call for another such school to be built on a 125-acre, districtowned tract of land on Handcart Road in the Dade City area — to serve students living in Dade City, Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel. “We are trying our darnedest to find money to build that facility,” the school superintendent said. Elsewhere, Browning spoke extensively about school safety measures, from the district’s active threat plan to beefing up school security. He also noted that he’s staunchly opposed to arming teachers and other school personnel. “There’s something inside me that tells me anytime I introduce a gun in a classroom, on a school campus, it’s just another opportunity for someone to get hurt or killed,” Browning said.TOPICS, from page 1A its wildlife corridor, as well as room for a future park-and-ride facility. Recent and future road projects are on tap to improve traffic flow along the area’s major corridors.Brightwork Crossing will have access via Wesley Chapel Boulevard to Cypress Creek Town Center, at the center’s Pondside Drive entrance.Wesley Chapel is partially widened, near State Road 56, and the county plans eventually to widen the boulevard to six lanes to just north of Magnolia Boulevard. There will be 4-foot bicycle lanes, a median, 5-foot sidewalks on the eastern side, and an 8-foot multi-use trail on the western side. Construction is expected to begin in 2018 on a diverging diamond interchange at I-75 to improve traffic flow.APARTMENTS, from page 1A COURTESY OF PATRICIA SERIO Teaming up to send care packages Members of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club helped Support the Troops, in Wesley Chapel, by packing 21 boxes and filling 462 bags of snack items for the upcoming FlyFest at MacDill Air Force Base. The club also presented a donation check to be used for postage to ship boxes to troops deployed overseas. Donna Losch organizes a team that regularly helps Support the Troops pack boxes filled with hygiene items, coffee, treats and other items, which may be unavailable in remote outposts. Club members teamed with Director Mark Van Trees, left, and Losch, right. The Laker/Lutz News Staff ReportThe month of April is federally sanctioned as Donate Life Month, according to a news release from LifeLink of Florida. 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12A How does Academy at the Lakes follow last years championship season?The Academy at the Lakes Wildcats capped off a remarkable 11-1 season by winning the schools first-ever eight-man state football championship. What will they do for an encore? For starters, the Wildcats will need to manage without running back/linebacker Daniel Gonzalez, one of the most dominant two-way players in the Florida 8-man ranks. Besides rushing for more than 1,000 yards and scoring 25 total touchdowns, the team captain was equally dominant on defense with138 total tackles and 7.5 sacks. Gonzalez isnt the only significant departure. The Wildcats also must find reinforcements for other All-State players including wideout Isaiah Smith, kicker Zachary Moore and AllConference center Evan Lutz. But, the cupboard isnt totally bare on either side of the ball. Key returnees include sophomore quarterback Jalen Brown (684 passing yards, 19 total touchdowns, one interception); senior tailback Jamaal Johnson (725 scrimmage yards, nine total touchdowns); and a pair of All-State honorees in senior defensive lineman Dylan Price (98 total tackles, 15.5 sacks) and sophomore offensive lineman Andrew Kilfoyl. Also working in the Academys favor is the return of head coach Shawn Brown, who was recently named Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools (FCAPPS) Football Coach of the Year. Many of his assistants are expected to return, too.Can Land O Lakes turn the corner with its new coaching staff?With new head coach Chad Walker in place, Land O Lakes hopes to reverse its streak of four consecutive losing seasons. Even at just 34, Walker brings a wealth of experience as a former college coach and professional player in Europe knowledge hell use to try to inject excitement to one of the countys most historic programs. The Gators coming off a 4-5 mark last year under former coach Brian Wachtel wont require a complete rebuild; they likely will feature some different schemes and wrinkles under the new coaching staff. Working in the programs favor is a sizable senior class that includes 1,000-yard running back Kyle Leivas, leading pass catcher Nate Howard (14 receptions, 202 yards, one touchdown), and top defender Myron Bloom (76 total tacklers, five tackles for loss, two sacks). The role of quarterback, however, remains a question because of Ethan Forresters transfer to Wharton High School. Forrester, a rising junior, threw for nearly 800 yards along with five touchdowns and seven interceptions.Will Cypress Creek show improvements in the programs second year?First-year sports programs typically struggle. Such was the case with newer Pasco County programs like both Sunlake and Wiregrass Ranch high schools back in 2007, when those programs went 0-10 and 1-9, respectively. The same was true, more recently, for Cypress Creek, which completed its inaugural slate of 10 games without a single win. A new, young coaching staff combined with a seniorfree roster and a mix of challenging opponents made Year One a long one, in which the Coyotes failed to score in seven games. But, dont be surprised to see the tide to shift a little in 2018 under second-year head coach Mike Johnson. Hell finally have a large group of seniors at his disposal, including a talented pair of offensive playmakers in Devin Santana (10 receptions, 134 yards) and 6-foot-4 target Trevor Maxwell (10 receptions, 75 yards). Of course, development at the quarterback spot will be key. Rising junior Jehlani Warren completed just 37 percent of his passes and threw seven interceptions last season.Can Zephyrhills continue winning without Charles Harrison III?Whoever is named Zephyrhills Highs next starting quarterback no doubt has big shoes to fill. For the past three years, the Bulldogs were fortunate to have one the countys most prolific athletes under center in Charles Harrison III. He guided the Bulldogs to three consecutive playoffs appearances, including its first 10-win season in more than 20 years. Along with his on-field leadership, Bulldogs fans wont soon forget the left-handed quarterbacks flashy playmaking ability with his arm and legs. That was most evident in last season, when Harrison III tallied 47 total touchdowns and more than 3,100 yards numbers good enough to earn him Sunshine Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He wont be the only major departure from the defending District 8-5A champions, however. The Bulldogs also lose 1,000-yard rusher Elijah Thomas and several key defenders, including Zac Masci, Myles Carter and Sterlin Williams. Even so, dont be surprised if Zephyrhills finds a way to notch an eighth-straight winning season. Besides a steadying coaching presence in third-year head coach Nick Carroll, the Bulldogs have arguably the countys most talented and explosive receiving corps in JaQuan Sheppard, TrePavis Mobley, Cartrell Strong and Tyrese Wigfall. Both Sheppard and Strong hold Division I FBS offers.Is Pasco in store for a winning season?The Pasco High Pirates are looking to avoid a fourth-consecutive losing season. They were on track early in 2017 winning their first two contests. But, they ended the season on a six-game losing streak including a 42-13 sour defeat to crosstown rival Zephyrhills in the season finale. On the surface, the Pirates have the offensive talent to find more success this time around. Experienced senior quarterback Dylan Wood should have ample help with senior running backs Early Knight (778 yards, six touchdowns) and Jacquez Mobley (551 scrimmage yards, four touchdowns), along with one of the countys most lethal receiving threats in junior wideout Darrion Robinson (25 receptions, 577 yards, eight touchdowns) whos also a threat in the defensive secondary (four interceptions, three passes defensed). Defense as a whole, however, could once again pose issues as the Pirates graduate its top 11 tacklers from last season, including All-Conference linebacker Cameron Smith. The Pirates allowed nearly 30 points per game last season. A challenging 2018 schedule wont help matters, either. Just three if its 10 opponents (Gulf, Cypress Creek, Sunlake) had losing campaigns a year ago. pring football practices are underway at high schools across the state though the first games of the 2018 season remain several months away. Florida high schools are allowed a maximum of 20 practice sessions from April 23 to May 31, according to Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) guidelines. Here are five points to consider as spring practices ramp up: FILE COURTESY OF CYPRESS CREEK FOOTBALL FILE COURTESY OF PASCO HIGH FOOTBALL FILE 5 Chris Butash, quarterback, Carrollwood Day School, senior Dylan Ridolph, linebacker, Wiregrass Ranch, junior Jeromy Reid, running back, Gaither, senior Deon Silas, running back, Steinbrenner, sophomore Javion Hanner, running back/cornerback, Zephyrhills Christian Academy, senior Schools in Laker/Lutz News Coverage Area (and their 2017 records)HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY: Carrollwood Day School Patriots (Class 2A-Region 3): (2-7 overall, 1-2 district) Freedom High School Patriots(Class 7ARegion 8): (3-6 overall, 2-4 district) Gaither High School Cowboys(Class 7A-Region 8): (7-4 overall, 5-1 district) Steinbrenner High School Warriors(Class 8A-Region 6): (2-7 overall, 1-5 district)PASCO COUNTY: Academy at the Lakes Wildcats(8man-Florida Christian Region 2): (11-1 overall, 7-0 district) Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School Hurricanes(IndependentSunshine State Athletic Conference (SSAC): (3-7 overall, 2-2 district) Cypress Creek Middle High School Coyotes(Class 4A-Region 3): (0-11 overall, 0-0 district) Land O Lakes High School Gators(Class 6A-Region 6): (4-5 overall, 1-3 district) Pasco High School Pirates(Class 6ARegion 6): (4-7 overall, 0-4 district) Sunlake High School Seahawks(Class 6A-Region 6): (4-6 overall, 2-2 district) Wesley Chapel High School Wildcats(Class 5A-Region 8): (6-4 overall, 4-3 district) Wiregrass Ranch High School Bulls(Class 7A-Region 8): (9-3 overall, 4-2 district) Zephyrhills High School Bulldogs(Class 5A-Region 8): (10-2 overall, 7-0 district) Zephyrhills Christian Academy Warriors(Class 2A-Region 2): (8-3 overall, 0-1 district) Spring game scheduleMAY 17 Zephyrhills Christian Academy at Cypress Creek, 7 p.m. Lecanto at Land O Lakes, 7 p.m. Mitchell at Wesley Chapel 7 p.m. Zephyrhills at East Ridge, 7 p.m. Jamboree:Alonso, Gaither, Steinbrenner at Sickles, 6 p.m. Jamboree:Freedom, Hillsborough, King at Wharton, 6 p.m.MAY 18 Hernando at Sunlake, 7 p.m. Wiregrass Ranch at Tampa Catholic, 7p.m. Pasco at Fivay, 7 p.m.MAY 19 Carrollwood Day at Bishop McLaughlin, 1 p.m.MAY 24 Jamboree:Lakeside Christian, Solid Rock, Academy at the Lakes at Land O Lakes Recreation Complex, 6 p.m.players to watch: SPRING FOOTBALL PREVIEW


APRIL 25, 2018The LAKER/ INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & MoreThe LAKER/ Lutz NEWSLutz NEWS B Marissa Rios, with the fusion belly dance group Troupe Khaleda, charms the crowd during her solo routine. Dancers show off their Macarena moves on a crowded dance floor. By Christine HoltzmanSpecial to The Laker/Lutz NewsThe Lutz Senior Center was abuzz with activity during its Spring Fling dance. Members from many of Hillsborough County’s six senior centers put on their dancing shoes and hit the dance floor at the Lutz center on the evening of April 7. And, this wasn’t your stereotypical senior citizen’s dance. There were laser lights projecting on the dance floor, people were getting down to the Macarena and the Bee Gees, and there was even a Tampa fusion belly dance group, called Troupe Khaleda. The place was jammed with people, who besides dancing, chatting and singing along, enjoyed a shredded pork and rice dinner, and a chance to win prizes. Girl Scouts from Troop 717 in Lutz circulated through the room, doling out bottles of water to the thirsty crowd. Raul Diaz, a native of Puerto Rico, who now lives in Lutz, kept things lively — addressing those gathered in both English and Spanish — as the evening’s unofficial emcee. Volunteer Martie Saxenmeyer, of Lutz, worked the door, having arrivals sign in and making sure they got a raffle ticket to have a chance at a prize. She estimated the crowd at around 100, and said it was one of the biggest turnouts ever for the spring dance. Nieves Villamediana, of New Tampa, is a big fan of the gathering place for seniors. “There are so many beautiful things about the Lutz Senior Center,” she said, noting the most important part is that “It keeps us feeling useful, and it keeps us busy.”Her friend, Angela Garcia, of Carrollwood, was at the center for the first time.“I’ll be back,” she said, with a grin. Frances Duran Brea, general manager of the Hillsborough County Senior Centers, said the dance is just one of the social events for active older adults that takes place at the centers. Besides social events, typically held once a quarter, there are also numerous health and wellness programs available throughout the week. Mike Coleman, manager of the Lutz Senior Center, said there also are weekly field trips and programs that focus on nutrition and safety. Coleman characterizes the center’s staff and members as “one big family that welcomes everyone.” The center, he said, makes a real difference in people’s lives. “Many were not dancing before they joined the center. They would just sit at home, isolated and watching television. The center gives them that family presence they may not otherwise have. And, the activities and programs that we offer keep these seniors mentally and physically healthy,” Coleman said. Business sponsors, including Walmart and Publix, helped to make the evening of dancing, dinner and door prizes possible. —B.C. Manion contributed to this reportEvening serves up belly dancers, the Macarena, food and prizes Martie Saxenmeyer, of Lutz, and Gordon Christensen, of Brandon, don’t hold back: They do the Macarena, while singing at the same time. Margita Villegas, left, Myriam Castano, center, and her mother, Nelly Marrin, all of New Tampa, enjoy watching their friends on the dance floor. Razieh Farzami, of Brandon, uses a fan to keep herself cool, while watching others dance to a Bee Gees tune. CHRISTINE HOLTZMANFrances Duran Brea, the general manager of the six Hillsborough County Senior Centers, shares a laugh with Raul Diaz before she takes the microphone to welcome everyone to the Lutz Senior Center Spring Fling dance. Angela Garcia, of Carrollwood, left, watches as her friend Nieves Villamediana, of New Tampa, reacts with excitement to a question posed by Frances Duran Brea, general manager of the six Hillsborough County Senior Centers. Brea wanted to know who was at the dance representing the Lutz Senior Center. Nelly Marrin and her husband of 65 years, German, step gracefully across the dance floor after enjoying dinner. Their daughter, Myriam Castano, credits the Lutz Senior Center for contributing to her parents’ improved health. Victor Aguilla, left, of Brandon, teaches Girl Scout Avery Michael, 10, of Lutz, some steps from a dance that is not familiar to the younger crowd. With her winning raffle ticket in hand, an obviously thrilled Rosa Cordero, of Brandon, accepts a gift back from Frances Duran Brea, while Mike Coleman cheers her on. Belkys Poueriet, of Lutz, shows off one of the gift baskets that will be raffled off to a lucky winner. Belkys also was in charge of making and hanging the decorations for the dance, a task that took eight hours. Maria Soto, left, of Wesley Chapel, and her friend Haydee Ramos, of Brandon, accept bottled water from Girl Scouts 10-yearold Avery Michael and 9-year-old Abigail Cosegall. They’re from Girl Scout Troop 717 of Lutz.


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INDUSTRY AWARD NOMINATIONSNominations are being accepted for the 2018 Pasco Economic Development Council Industry of the Year Awards. The deadline for submitting nominations is close of business on April 27. The awards recognize top companies in Pasco County that excel in technology, innovative job creation, growth, capital investment and community involvement. Finalists will be interviewed prior to the awards ceremony on a range of topics related to their businesses and the community. Awards will be announced at Pasco EDCs Annual Awards and Tradeshow on Sept. 6, at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel. Nominees should be for profit business to business service, manufacturing or technology companies operating in Pasco. Municipalities or affiliates, as well as previous winners in the past five years, are not eligible. The awards will be separated into divisions based on the number of employees. 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