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LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM SERVING LUTZ/ODESSA Auto Accident? Slip and Fall? FREE CONSULTATIONNo Fees Or Costs Unless You Win Walk-Ins 18920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101 Lutz, FL (Corner of Sunlake & Dale Mabry) HOLLIDAY KARATINOSLAW FIRM, P.L. I Will Aggressively Fight To Protect Your Legal RightsCall AttorneyJIM HOLLIDAY813-868-1887 CORNERSTONEPROS.COM813-990-0561 $25 OFF SERVICE REPAIRA/C, Plumbing or Electrical $39.95 Service callMon-Fri 7am-5pm LK/LZ LK/LZ Same-Day Service Free 2nd Opinion* Free Estimates** 24/7 Emergency**Free estimates for new A/C, water heater, water treatment, whole home generators, whole home repipe and electrical panel upgrade. *Free second opinion with written diagnosis from another company.CAC1816647 CFC1428982 EC0001103 Must present coupon. cannot be per visit. exp 8/31/18. Must present coupon. cannot be per visit. exp 8/31/18.WINNER 2012-2017 Air Conditioning Plumbing Electrical AUGUST 15, 2018 Get all your favorite local news stories online. B INSIDE, PAGE 1B Storeright Self-Storage to open in LutzBy Kathy SteeleConstruction workers are clearing land and building mini-warehouses for a new Storeright Self-Storage facility in Lutz. The project, at Crystal Grove Boulevard and U.S. 41, comes nearly 18 years after the Hillsborough County Commission approved a plan to allow about 75,000 square feet of offices, restaurants, drugstores and child care centers. Big box retail was banned. However, in October 2017, county commissioners agreed that a second option for self-storage also would be allowed. Representatives for Storeright proposed a project of up to 92,000 square feet of mini-warehouses, with space also available for boat and RV storage. In June, county commissioners approved a request for a minor modification to the site plan that permits a septic tank system on the site. See STORAGE, page11A By B.C. ManionFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel plans to expand the services it offers, as well as building additional parking and a new three-story medical office building. The hospital, at 2600 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., also plans to add a wound care center thats expected to open soon. Those initiatives are in addition to an offsite Emergency Room the hospital has opened in Land O Lakes and the addition of Inspiration Place it opened last year. Inspiration Place is a 12,000-square-foot concierge health facility geared specifically for women, complete with female physicians, womens imaging services and other services tailored to womens needs. In addition to these new activities, the hospital also has garnered national recognition for its performance. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel recently appeared in Modern Healthcare Magazine as one of the nations 100 Top Hospitals. It is the only hospital in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area to receive this distinction. The selection was based on a study conducted by IBM Watson Health, which spotlights the top-performing hospitals based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel also wasFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel plans to add more servicesSee HOSPITAL, page11A CHRISTINE HOLTZMAN Creating beauty through artistic expression Jaimes Adult Day Care, at 18950 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz, gives seniors who have memory impairments a place where they can make new friends and have fun with a variety of activities. In addition to their Expressive Arts program, the center provides numerous weekly activities, such as live musical acts, exercise programs, games to stimulate the mind, therapeutic endeavors, and more. The center has been recognized for the quality of its Expressive Arts program. Above, Kay Manka, the activities coordinator for Jaimes Adult Day Care, left, helps Betty Barnes, of Tampa, to paint a leaf that will become part of a hibiscus flower pillow she is making during the Expressive Arts program at the center. Jaimes Adult Day Care member Katherine McCloskey pays careful attention to the lines while painting in a hibiscus leaf.Several members, deep in concentration, channel their inner artist during one of the recent Expressive Arts programs at the center. They are painting a hibiscus flower that had been drawn on fabric, which will later become a small pillow.By B.C. ManionThe Pasco County School Board has adopted a tentative budget for the 20182019 fiscal year, with a final public hearing set for Sept. 18. The proposed general fund budget for 2018-2019 is $630,860,337. Thats a $15.2 million increase over last years general fund, which represents roughly a 2.47 percent increase. The capital projects funds in the budget for 2018-2019 total $244,516,610, which reflects an increase of $31.5 million or 14.78 percent above the 2017-2018 budget. Capital Projects Funds are used to account for expenditures on acquisition or construction of major capital facilities and improvements to existing facilities. The funds also are used for the maintenance of approximately 2,400 buildings across the district, to purchase land and to pay for equipment, technology equipment, buses and vehicles. Under the proposed rate, the owner of a $125,000 home, after deducting the $25,000 homestead exemption, would pay $627.90 in school taxes a decrease of $28.60 from last year. The states basic student allocation for the 2018-2019 school year is $4,204.42. Thats 47 cents more per student than last year. But, since the state applies a cost of livSee BUDGET, page11A Pasco schools adopt tentative budget COURTESY OF FLORIDA HOSPITAL WESLEY CHAPELInspiration Place, opened last year at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.


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D r ONE. 1519 Dale Ma b ( 813) for a ch forach Audiolo g Call JC YOU CO U By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comA project to build upscale townhomes, off Willow Bend Parkway, won the approval of the Pasco County Planning Commission. The favorable vote for the project is a recommendation. The Pasco County Commission has the final say. Two residents spoke against the project, largely based on concerns about traffic. There also was concern due to speculation that the developer wanted to build an apartment complex with about 71 units. Instead, plans call for upscale, two-story townhomes, with attached two-car garages. The homes would be built in clusters to provide each homeowner with a view of the wetlands area that covers about 5 acres of the property. Also, because of the wetlands, the number of townhomes likely will be in the range of 58 to 60, with the maximum number pegged at about 68 townhomes. The minimum sales price of the town homes is expected to be $300,000. “This site has very limited upland area. Townhomes is the perfect idea,” said Michael Horner, a planning and land use consultant representing the applicant, Dorothy Dahm Bard Trust. “My client has a good product.” Although not a condition of the rezoning, Horner said the developer would agree to deed restrictions for the homeowners. Resident Dennis Derbes, who lives near the proposed site, spoke during public comment on behalf of residents in his neighborhood. They were opposed to a project for apartments, he said, adding he wasn’t sure how they would feel about the townhomes, instead. But, Derbes noted: “One of our big concerns is traffic density. Willow Bend Parkway is an extension of County Line Road and is in horrific condition at the present time. The road wasn’t designed for the volume of traffic it has.” Resident Sheryl Bowman lives adjacent to the property site. She also worried about traffic. She submitted letters of objection from other neighbors. “Right now, it’s real hard for me to come in and out (off Willow Bend) because through traffic is so fast,” she said. The parkway has a “blind curve” that adds to the road’s lack of safety, Bowman said. County officials determined that the project would generate fewer than 50 additional vehicle trips per day at morning and evening rush hours. One condition of the approval requires a wildlife survey to identify plants and animals that might be endangered or threatened. Issues of concern brought by neighbors could be addressed as the plan goes through further review, Horner said. “We want to be good neighbors,” he said.Upscale townhomes proposed in Lutz By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comMOD Pizza is expected to open soon in a mini-retail center along restaurant row, in front of Tampa Premium Outlets, off State Road 56 in Lutz. The pizza chain’s sign is in place outside, as workers complete the interior build-out for the restaurant. The Pasco County Commission on Aug. 7 approved an application from Cypress Creek NVH LLC for an alcohol license that would allow sale of beer and wine only for on-site consumption.A site plan on file with Pasco County shows a shell building of about 7,800 square feet, with space for multiple tenants. MOD Pizza, at 2227 Sun Vista Drive, will occupy about 2,800 square feet at a storefront on an outer corner of the building, near Starbucks. An outdoor patio of about 280 square feet also is planned. In addition to the pizza restaurant, work is ongoing for an eye vision center, according to county permits. MOD Pizza would be the latest restaurant along an already busy row of sit-down and fast-food restaurants, off State Road 56, close to the outlet mall entrance. Other restaurants include Chick-Fil-A, Culver’s and Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Commercial and residential development continues at a fast clip at an intersection that ties in with Interstate 75, Wesley Chapel Boulevard, Grand Cypress Drive, State Road 54 and State Road 56. More restaurants and shops are coming to outparcels surrounding the outlet mall, Cypress Creek Town Center and Brightwork Crossing. Burger King is open, and El Dorado Furniture Store is expected to open next year at Brightwork Crossing. At Home Dcor Superstore is under construction on an outparcel at the outlet mall. Construction also is underway for several shops at Cypress Creek Town Center including Burlington, Earth Fare, Home Goods and Five Below.MOD Pizza sets up shop off State Road 56


Bring your loved one to the Legacy to celebrate National Senior Citizens Day! Enjoy a glass of wine while painting a unique canvas creation with guidance from local artist Arleen Mariotti.Tuesday, August 21 2:00pm 4:00pm18600 HIGHWOODS PRESERVE PKWY RSVP AT (813) 375-9858NATIONAL SENIOR CITIZENS DAY 3A 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 Newspapers, 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 ADVERTISINGTERRI WILLIAMSONSenior Account Managertwilliamson@lakerlutznews.comCAROLYN BENNETTCustomer Servicecbennett@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 813-948-5237 RACHEL THOMPSONClassified & Directory Come Grow With Us! New Patients WelcomeConvenient to: Odessa Trinity Land OLakes Primary care pediatrics for infants, children, and adolescents Physician owned and locally grown, with 12 neighborhood locations throughout Tampa Bay Evening & weekend hours open to all patients (select locations)1850 Crossings Blvd. Odessa, FL 33556 Behind shopping plaza at SR 54 and Suncoast Parkway Suncoast Office (813) 475-7100 www.PediAlliance.comMelody Baade, MD Ignatius Tan, MD 1:00 am 5:00 pm Sunday: 1 Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 am 7:00 pm ednesday: 10:00am 6:00pm Monday to W Store hours TM The Laker/Lutz News received seven awards in the Florida Press Associations Weekly Newspaper contest for work completed in 2017. The competition included a total of 1,439 entries from 64 newspapers. Judges for the contest were editors and publishers from Arizona, California, Colorado, Ohio, Missouri, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. The awards were announced on Aug. 10 in Orlando. The Laker/Lutz News took home three first place awards, two second place awards and two third place awards. It competed among newspapers with circulations exceeding 13,000 the largest circulation class in the contest. The awards we received this year from Florida Press are reflective of the good work our journalists do every week reporting on the issues in our communities, said Publisher Diane Kortus. This year, I am especially proud that every member of our news team was recognized, and that their work covered such a wide variety of topics. Staff writer Kathy Steele took first place honors in the Education Reporting category for a story she wrote about the Spring Fling Buddy Ball at Wesley Chapel High School. Steele also took third place in the State and Local Tax Reporting category for a story she did about the use of tourist taxes to help finance the Wiregrass sports complex in Wesley Chapel. Stefanie Burlingame, the newspapers graphic designer, took first place in Spot News photography for her shot of a flooded River Road in Dade City, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The newspaper also captured the top two places in the category of Photo Series in One Issue. Fred Bellet, a regular contributor, won first place in that category for a series of photos he shot to illustrate a story about The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Teams free performance at Tower Lake in Oldsmar. Randy Underhill, also a regular contributor, won second place in that category for a series of photos he shot to showcase the activities of the Bay City Flyers, a radio-controlled flying club. Editor B.C. Manion received second place in the Faith and Family category for her account of a Land O Lakes family grappling with the uncertainty of whether their son had survived Hurricane Maria. The hurricane ravaged the island of Dominica, where their son was in medical school. Staff writer Kevin Weiss won third place in the Community History category for his story tracing the history of the Jewish community in Tampa, which dates back more than 170 years. About 60 percent of residents who responded to an annual National Citizens Survey rated Pasco Countys quality of life as good. Similarly, residents gave good marks to the overall quality of county services and customer services. But, the survey results werent entirely rosy. The growth in housing is happening faster than infrastructure, including roads and schools, according to residents who took the survey. Traffic congestion and unsafe speed limits on roadways also emerged as a top concern among residents. And, only 38 percent thought Pasco had a good or excellent reputation and image. In comparison to 472 other communities included in the national citizens survey, Pasco ranked 410. Pasco actually participates in two annual surveys to gather information about what is on the minds of its citizens. One is the National Citizens Survey, based on random outreach to residents in communities across the country, including Pasco. At the same time, Pasco conducts its own online survey, open to anyone who wants to participate. Questions on both surveys are similar. The goal is to collect feedback that can guide Pasco County officials in crafting policies and addressing issues of concern to residents. The online survey is used mostly for comparison to the national surveys data on Pasco, said Marc Bellas, the countys performance management director. Pascos online survey received more than 2,800 responses. Of those, 1,200 people also provided comments.The citizens survey is our primary listening mechanism, said Bellas. We can identify things before they become a problem.The survey identified safety, the economy and mobility as the top issues of concern. Some comments focused on traffic, including the timing of traffic signals and speeding motorists. Bellas said the Pasco County Sheriffs Office has been notified regarding specific problem areas. They have directed targeted patrols to address these things, he said. The national survey contacts residents randomly based on factors such as zip codes, population density and housing. Bellas said the survey is statistically valid, with a plus or minus error rate of 6 percent. In addition to the top three issues of concern to residents, the surveys also looked at these factors: natural environment, built environment, recreation and wellness, education and enrichment, and community engagement. Online survey results trended generally lower than the national survey results. Bellas said some of that difference is based on how data is collected for each survey. For instance, online results on overall quality of life were about 57 percent lower than the national survey of 60 percent favorable. Both surveys had ratings below the national benchmark of about 68 percent. We still need to get much, much better at pushing out the positive things (about Pasco), Bellas said. On the national survey, about 62 percent of residents thought the overall quality of services provided to residents was good. That was on par with the national benchmark. However, the online survey found less than 50 percent of residents felt good about the countys delivery of services. On the most important issues, residents put road maintenance first, followed by code enforcement, and parks and recreation. A number of comments, especially from west Pasco residents, raised concerns about drug-related crime, blight and homelessness. There were more comments on that than I have seen on any prior year, said Bellas. Our challenge is to engage others to be part of the solutionto make Pasco a premier county. One issue that drew attention from county commissioners was how to improve Pascos reputation and image. Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey suggested the county adopt a state of the county annual report, similar to those done by city mayors.There were some concerns raised by county commissioners regarding an A & E television show, Live PD. On Friday and Saturday nights, camera crews from the show follow deputies on their night shifts as they respond in real time to emergency calls.Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco signed up his office as one of about six departments around the country that are highlighted on the show. Its about transparency, said Chase Daniels, assistant executive director for the sheriffs office. It allows people to see the challenges that law enforcement faces, he added. But, some area businesses can end up shown in the background as arrests are made. County commissioners said they would like to see more positive aspects of policing presented, along with the crime fighting. We need to be very mindful of the image were putting out to the world, Starkey said. Laker/Lutz News picks up seven statewide journalism awards Citizens survey offers praise, concerns


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Local singers must meet all eligibility requirements, and download the official rules and local registration on the website.LATIN NIGHTSMaestro’s Restaurant at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts will host Latin Night Aug. 16 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Maestro’s will transform into a Latin supper club, featuring a live salsa band, dancing, tapas and drink specials. Dance assistance also will be available from Simone Amaral of Simone Salsa Dance Studios. The cover charge is $15 per person, at the door or at the Straz Ticket Office. Another Latin Night is scheduled for Sept. 20. For information, visit SHOP DAYAll six Gulfside Hospital thrift shops will honor National Thrift Shop Day with 25 percent off storewide, plus double punches on store loyalty cards, Aug. 17. Each shop also will have a drawing for store gift certificates and other prizes. Donations of gently used clothing, household items, electronics and more will also be accepted. For locations, visit MARKET FUNDRAISERThe GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club Summer Flea Market Fundraiser will take place Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41. There will be collectibles, household items, kitchenware, dcor, seasonal, clothing, books, the Plant Lady’s booth and more. All proceeds will benefit the community. For information, call (813) 7868461.SUMMER SPLASHThe Church at Myrtle Lake, 2017 Riegler Road in Land O’ Lakes, will host a Summer Splash: Super Soaked Summer Family Festival on Aug. 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and will include water balloon games, a slip-and-slide, and dinner. For information and to RSVP, call (813) 9495516, ext. 100, or visit TASTING FUNDRAISERBeach House Assisted Living & Memory Care at Wiregrass Ranch will host “Wine for a Purpose” Aug. 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., to benefit Sunrise of Pasco County. The event is for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $30 each, or two for $50. To register, visit PROGRAM MEETINGThe 4-H Brooker Creek Explorers Youth Development Program will have an informational meeting Aug. 18 at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs. Youth ages 5 to 18 from Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas can join. The club encourages community service, public speaking, and leadership. For information, email Leah Fox at AMI OPEN HOUSECongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host an open house Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants can take part in games, meet the Kol Ami family and committees, learn about the curriculum, sign up for youth groups, take part in a drumming workshop, and have free hot dogs, fruit, cookies and more. For information and to RSVP, call (813) 9626338.BACKPACK BLESSINGKeystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54 in Lutz, will host a Back to School Dedication Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m., with a special service in support of and to pray for children and teachers as they begin another school year. Children are asked to bring their backpacks for a special blessing. Following the dedication, there will be a festival, including lunch, bounce houses, a dunk tank for a teacher, and more. For information, call (813) 948-4522.AMATEUR RADIO CLUBThe Zephyrhills Area Amateur Radio Club (ZAARC) will meet Aug. 20 at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 5855 16th St., in Zephyrhills. The business meeting will start at 6 p.m., followed by a coffee break. At 7 p.m., there will be a discussion or presentation program. The club also meets for breakfast every Thursday at 8 a.m., at Village Inn, 5214 Gall Blvd. For information, visit SEMINARUF/IFAS Pasco Extension will offer a free begonia seminar Aug. 21 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. Participants can learn about the types of begonias, and how to propagate, care for and landscape with the plants. Registration is required at For information, call (352) 518-0156.ESSENTIAL OILS CLASSESDeanna Jacobs will host essential oils classes from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Aug. 21 (do-it-yourself use of oils) and Aug. 28 (how to use oils) at Living Food Bakery & Caf, 38201 10th Ave., in Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 479-7724.SCAM WORKSHOP FOR SENIORSThe Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W., will offer a “Be Smart” scam workshop Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. Seniors can learn how to protect themselves from scams that target their age group. For information, call (813) 264-3804.BIBLE STUDIESCypress Creek Church, 1854 Oak Grove Drive in Lutz, will offer men’s and women’s Bible studies. The “Cypress Creek Men” will meet every Wed., from 10:30 a.m. to noon, for six weeks starting Aug. 22. The “Women at the Well” will meet at the same time, but for a total of eight weeks. Childcare will be provided. There is a book fee. For more information and to sign up, visit, or call (813) 210-1563, for men; or (813) 9488860, for women. JUNIOR WOMEN MEETThe GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club will meet Aug. 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Stonewood Grill & Tavern, 17050 Palm Pointe Drive in Tampa Palms. Guests can have appetizers and mingle with current club members to learn more about how the group helps the community. For information, visit the group on or, or email TOURNAMENTThe Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W., will host a Dominoes Tournament Aug. 24 at 10 a.m., for those that want to prepare for the countywide tournament. For information, call (813) 264-3804.FREE FAMILY MOVIEUniversity Area CDC will host a free family movie night Aug. 24 at the University Area Community Center, 14013 N. 22nd St., in Tampa. The movie will be Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” Doors open at 6 p.m., and the movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Drinks and popcorn will be free. Additional food will be available for purchase. There also will be prizes. Kids age 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The event is cosponsored by New Tampa Players, and Safe and Sound Hillsborough. For information, call Diana Diaz at (813) 558-5212, ext. 316.SHABBAT SERVICESCongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will have family Shabbat services Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. There will be guitar music, stories and active participation from kids and adults. For information, call (813) 962-6338.CLASSIC CAR CRUISE-INMain Street Zephyrhills, 38537 Fifth Ave., will host a free Saturday in the Square Classic Car Cruise-In Aug. 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your classic car and listen to music by DJ Starvin Darvin. Guests also can bring a lawn chair, and enjoy local craft food and beverages. No coolers will be allowed. The classic car parking entrance is at Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street (limited designated classic car parking, first come, first served.)SUMMER SOCK HOPThe Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W., will host a Summer Sock Hop on Aug. 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For details, call (813) 264-3804.GOODWILL OFFERDrop off clothing or household items at any Goodwill Industries-Suncoast donation site and receive a coupon good for up to two free children’s tickets to Dinosaur World, one for each paid adult admission. Goodwill shoppers who “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar will also get a coupon. The Dinosaur World BOGO coupons will be distributed through August, while supplies last, and can be redeemed through Oct. 31. For store locations and attended donation sites, visit SHOWThe MidFlorida Auto Show & Lake Mirror Concours, a classic and collector car show, will take place Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Lakeland. There will be cars, food, music and more. Registration is open online at Early-bird registration runs through Aug. 31.HERALDS OF HARMONYThe Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony is a 60voice semiprofessional chorus that performs throughout the year for businesses, and social, civic and professional organizations. The group rehearses from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the TPepin Hospitality Center, 4121 N. 50th St., in Tampa. Anyone interested in becoming a member can call Steve Matheson at (813) 254-9115. For information, visit EVERY TUESDAYThe Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Pasco Sheriff’s Lodge 29 hosts bingo every Tuesday evening, at 21735 YMCA Camp Road in Land O’ Lakes. Doors open at 4 p.m., Early Bird is at 5:30 p.m., and regular games start at 6 p.m. A bingo book starts at $3 for two cards. There are drinks and snacks available, but outside food and drink are allowed. All proceeds benefit the Pasco County Law Enforcement FOP and Fallen Law Officers Memorial. For information, visit F.O.P. Pasco Lodge 29 on Facebook. VEGETABLEGARDENING BASICSUF/IFAS Pasco Extension will offer two workshops on vegetable gardening basics, both from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:  Aug. 18 at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.  Aug. 22 at 15029 14th St., Dade City. Participants can learn how to choose a location for a garden, what makes good soil, when to plant different vegetables, and how to control common vegetable garden pests. For more information, please contact Eden Santiago at (352) 5211255 or send an email


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One coupon per ticket/table. Expires 8/31/18. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, who represents Floridas 12th Congressional District, emphasized efforts hes making on behalf of veterans during a recent appearance at a North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce meeting. The congressman indicated a top priority is fighting to improve and expand veterans health care benefits and offerings. The veterans are a big deal for me, said Bilirakis, the featured guest speaker at the chambers August luncheon at Fox Hollow Golf Club, in Trinity. Bilirakis, who serves as vice chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, outlined several pieces of legislation that would provide veterans the health care they deserve. One such bill that hes introduced Protection for Veterans Burn Pit Exposure Act of 2018 (HR 6582) would allow veterans exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan to immediately access the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical care and disability benefits by providing a presumption of service connection. Bilirakis cited a correlation between burn pit exposure causing cancer, and other lung and respiratory problems. The VA currently does not recognize toxic burn pit exposure as a contributing factor to the development of such illnesses. He compared the burn pit issue to veterans who had been exposed to Agent Orange in earlier wars and died while the VA took decades to study its effects. A lot of heroes are coming home and theyre sick some have passed away, Bilirakis said. I dont want to see another Agent Orange issue. Ensuring veterans access to dental care is another undertaking, the congressman said. Last year, Bilirakis introduced the Veterans Early Treatment for Chronic Ailment Resurgence through Examinations (VET CARE) Act, to require the VA to put in place a four-year pilot program providing dental care for veterans. Current law places limitations on the availability of dental care for veterans through the VA. Access to VA dental care is primarily restricted to patients with a 100 percent disability rating, former prisoners of war, and a few special exceptions. Right now, its extremely limited, Bilirakis said of veterans access to dental care, noting such preventive health care could result in lower overall health care costs for the VA. We want to make sure every veteran, ultimately, has an opportunity to get dental care, he said. First of all, weve got to take care of our veterans. Secondly, were going to save money on the backend if we take care of our veterans, Bilirakis said. Since 2015, he has partnered with the West Pasco Dental Association and PascoHernando State College to highlight the need for VA dental care, and to provide free treatment for local veterans at the Stars, Stripes and Smiles event. Bilirakis also mentioned the need for wholesale improvements to the VAs Transition Assistance Program (TAP), which helps veterans reintegrate into civilian life. Said Bilirakis: It takes what, six months to train a soldier, and then, they get a week in the TAP program? Thats not enough to get them back into society, find them jobs and treat any issues they may have. Remedying some of those problems within TAP are already in progress. Last month the House passed the Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William Bill Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act (HR 5649), which would provide grants to organizations that deliver veteran job readiness services, such as resume building and interview training, while connecting veterans with businesses in their community. Bilirakis also touched on some of his other legislative priorities mental health, the opioid crisis and improving care for people with congenital heart disease. He also stressed the importance of increased bipartisanship for the good of the country.BILIRAKIS RECEIVES AWARDDuring the luncheon, Bilirakis also received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award, which he received in recognition of his support of pro-growth policies in the first session of the 115th Congress. The annual award was given to 249 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 48 members of the U.S. Senate. During the first session of the 115th Congress, the Chamber scored members on seven Senate votes, including those on tax reform legislation and the confirmation of Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch; and 14 House votes, including votes on tax reform legislation, access to Medicare, and lawsuit abuse. Various votes in support of small businesses were scored, too. Members who supported the Chambers position on at least 70 percent of those votes qualify to receive the award; Bilirakis had a 93 percent voting record. I guess I earned it, Bilirakis said of the award. Im a pro-business guy, Im a small business guy, and, I know that these tax breaks are going to really do a lot, he said. We want you to grow, we want you to innovate, and hire more employees at a higher rate. Things are going good right now, and we have to keep it going, Bilirakis said. 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TOBACCO CESSATIONTobacco Free Florida will offer two classes for participants who want to quit any form of tobacco use. Aug. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, CREATION Health Wellness, 38233 Daughtery Road Aug. 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Florida Department of Health Pasco, 13941 15th St., Dade City Participants will receive a free workbook and materials. Free nicotine replacement patches, gum or lozenges will be available, if medically appropriate, for ages 18 and older. Preregistration is required by calling (813) 929-1000. For more information, visit ANSWERSA SHINE (serving health insurance needs of elders) volunteer will be at the Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m., to answer questions about Medicare. For information, call (813) 929-1214.SUNRISE FUNDRAISERSunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center in Pasco County will host a summer fundraiser Aug. 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Beach House Assisted Living and Memory Care in Wesley Chapel, for ages 21 and older. The event, Wine for a Purpose! will feature wines and appetizers from local restaurants, live entertainment, a chance to win raffle items and auction items. The cost is $30 per person, or two for $50. All proceeds will go to support the programs and services provided by Sunrise of Pasco. For more information, please call Sunrise at (352) 521-3358, or send an email to EMERGENCIESFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a seminar entitled When Seconds Count: Tackling Neurological Emergencies Aug. 21 at noon, in the fourth-floor classroom. Headaches, fatigue, muscle spasms, weakness or seizure disorders can arise fast, and can have devastating results if not diagnosed and treated. Dr. Angel Gonzalez-Rodriguez, board certified in psychiatry and neurology, will discuss how to recognize the signs and symptoms. A light lunch will be provided. For information and to make a reservation, call (844) 504-9378, or visit SERIESFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a seminar on abnormal uterine bleeding, as part of its Infertility Series, Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m., at Inspiration Place, Wellness Plaza, third floor. Dr. Anthony Imudia, board certified in obstetrics and reproductive endocrinology, will give a lecture. There also will be a group discussion. For information and to preregister, call (844) 504-9378, or visit MATTER OF BALANCERegional Medical Center Bayonet Point will offer the free program A Matter of Balance Aug. 22 to Sept. 14, on Wednesday and Fridays, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Rao Musunuru M.D. Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive, Rooms 3 and 4, in Hudson. Participants can learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. For information and reservations, call (727) 869-5498.NAMI PROGRAMNAMI Family-to-Family, a local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer an education program starting Aug. 23, every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., for 12 weeks at Medical Center of Trinity Behavioral Health, 5637 Marine Parkway in New Port Richey. The program is for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course can help participants understand and support their loved one, while maintaining their own well-being. Information will be included on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Seating is limited. To register, call (727) 992-9653, or email Gloria Strother at SEMINARSamantha Taylor Fitness, 2206 Knight Road in Land O Lakes, will host a free hormone seminar, entitled How Hormones Affect a Sexier, Healthier, Younger and More Vibrant You, Aug. 25 at 12:30 p.m. The seminar is for men and women. The guest speakers will be from Infinity Medical Institute. Coffee and healthy desserts will be provided. Reservations are required at ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGYThe Medical Center of Trinity has acquired the latest enhance technology in robotic-assisted surgery, which will enable doctors to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The high-definition 3D vision system allows surgeons to see key anatomy with immense depth and clarity. The specially trained surgeons who perform the procedures at the hospital control the robotic-assisted surgical system, which translates his or her hand movements into small, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body. 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Some of these illnesses are short-lived while some, especially in immune-compromised individuals, young children or senior-citizens, can develop life-threatening illnesses. Luckily, this is extremely rare, considering the amount of foods grown, produced, processed, shipped, stored and cooked across the nation. Some home gardeners feel more confident in their ability to grow and store their own produce safely. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the produce is safer or that you can stop taking precautions in your quest to grow and store homegrown produce properly. Regardless of where your produce is grown, it is exposed to the environment and potential pests. Mostly, those pests are only interested in eating your plants and do us no harm, but how we handle our plants, both while they’re in the ground and during harvest is important in preventing illnesses. Leafy plants, such as lettuce, kale and cabbage, have hundreds of nooks and crannies where water can get trapped on the leaf surface. Plus, these are potentially good areas for parasites to set up a protected home, if the water that gets on these leaves is contaminated. And, this could be a potential problem, if we don’t properly wash and cook our produce. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy or grow leafy veggies, as they are just as safe as any others. All fruits and veggies have a potential to harbor parasites. It’s about how we handle and prepare them that means the difference between a great meal and potential illness. When you water plants intended for consumption, the water should be coming from a potable (drinkable) source. Reclaimed water is not suitable for edible food crops grown at home. Reclaimed water is recycled wastewater. Water from rain barrels is also not recommended on edible plants or veggie gardens, as parasites from bird droppings and chemicals from roofing materials, and so on, might be present in rain barrel water. If water from these sources gets on the leaves and the produce isn’t thoroughly washed at harvest and before cooking, there’s a potential for bacteria and other parasites to hide in those nooks. Your plant roots, not leaves, should be watered carefully, not just to prevent parasites but to also ensure the plant can use the water. Roots, not leaves, absorb water. Plus, water on the leaves can promote plant diseases. These diseases won’t make you sick, but they can certainly cause some heartache if your plants die. Furthermore, if you have slugs or snails eating on your plants, and you’re not controlling them, there’s a very small risk of consuming tiny slugs/snails with parasites. Keeping an eye out for these during harvest is an easy way to prevent storing them in your veggies. All veggies and fruits, whether they are grown at home or purchased from a store, should be carefully washed and inspected for potential “creepy crawlies” before consumption. Proper washing, cooking and sanitation are just as critical in food storage and preparation as safe handling in the garden. Planning your garden carefully can also make our foods less susceptible to contamination. Some spots in the garden might be more prone to pet urination or contamination from feces washing across the soil surface during heavy rains and irrigation events. Food safety isn’t just for the kitchen. Food-borne illnesses can be prevented. Food safety starts in the garden. For more information about food safety, and proper storage and handling instructions, please visit: Harvesting Vegetables and Food Preservation and Safety. For information about controlling snails and slugs in the garden, visit: Snails and Slugs. The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal, state, and county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences and to making that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. Dr. Whitney C. Elmore is the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension director and an Urban Horticulture Agent III. NATURE NOTES Food safety issues aren’t confined to the kitchen COURTESY OF UF/IFASLeafy plants, such as lettuce, kale and cabbage have hundreds of nooks and crannies where water can get trapped on the leaf surface. These are potentially good areas for parasites to set up a protected home, if the water that gets on these leaves is contaminated.


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Limited time only. *EXPIRES 8/31/18 BACKPACK BLESSINGKeystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54 in Lutz, will host a Back to School Dedication Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m., with a special service in support of and to pray for children and teachers as they begin another school year. Children are asked to bring their backpacks for a special blessing. Following the dedication, there will be a festival, including lunch, bounce houses, a dunk tank for a teacher, and more. For information, call (813) 948-4522.CHILDHOOD CENTER COURSEPasco-Hernando State College will offer a course for child care directors to become credentialed. The new course, Operation of an Early Childhood Center, meets Florida Department of Children and Families requirements for the director credential. Interested child care workers can enroll for the course, which runs Aug. 20 to Oct. 10 at the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. The class will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. A second course will be offered on Oct. 16 to Dec. 6, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey. For information or to enroll, visit LEO READY FOR STUDENTSSaint Leo University will welcome close to 700 first-year students, as they officially move into their residence halls Aug. 16. Classes will start Aug. 21. Move-in day for those first-year students will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at University Campus, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo. The new Lions, and parents, can take part in a reception Aug. 16 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the Marion Bowman Activities Center gym. For students, there will be a mini pep rally at 4 p.m. Orientation for international and Honors Program students, as well as Emerging Mathematics and Computer Science scholars will be Aug. 14 to Aug. 16. Incoming biology students can take part in Bio Boot Camp. The camp is a pre-semester primer, and students can get familiarized with the laboratories, attend lectures and learn study skills. All students can join in a sing-along with the movie, The Greatest Showman, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m., in Selby Auditorium in Lewis Hall, hosted by the Department of Language Studies and the Arts. On the first day of classes, Aug. 21, Student Activities will host a welcome back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., near the Student Community Center. Students can get shirts spray painted, take first-day-ofschool photos, and have smoothies and ice pops. Throughout the first week of school, various campus groups will host events. For more information, visit COLLEGE WORKSHOPPatel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts will offer College Bound: Figuring It Out, Part 2 Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. The free workshop is for students interested in musical theater, music, theater and dance programs, at the college and university level. Students and parents will be provided with the tools and knowledge to navigate the performing arts programs, submit a solid application, and prepare for prescreen and entrance auditions. For information, call (813) 222-1040, or visit 2 SCHOOL CAMPAIGNEckerd Connects, which helps vulnerable and troubled children, is hosting a Back 2 School campaign in an effort to support local programs: Project Bridge, Raising Hope, E-Nini-Hassee, Challenge Youth Academy, and foster children in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. To support the campaign, school supply donations can be made at any drop-off center. Locations can be found at Monetary donations can be made on A $25 donation can support a child with either one school uniform or one backpack full of supplies. The campaign runs until the end of August.PASCO SCHOOLS CITIZENS ACADEMYPasco County Schools is launching a Citizens Academy to educate the public on the operation of the public school system. The academy will consist of seven monthly meetings: three during the day and four in the evening. The mornings will be school visits around the county, while evenings will be classroom lessons on budget, school choice, planning, construction and maintenance, transportation, school safety and more. Each academy class will have 30 to 50 members from the community. For information, visit, and click on the Citizens Academy banner at the top. 10A August 15, 2018 Send school news to 813-996-1211 4005 Land O Lakes Blvdon U.S. 41 in Land O Lakes Monday Night BUFFET$8.995pm-8:30pm image courtesy of Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute in season now!WilD Alaskan Salmon^WilD Alaskan Salmon 24416 State Road 54, Lutz 33559 813-428-6994At the corner of SR 54 and Oak Grove PREVENTIVE CARE MEDICINE SURGERY DIGITAL X-RAY PET BOARDING Open Monday-Friday 8am-6pm Saturday 8am-4pm VACCINE HOURS: WEDNESDAY 2-4 Dr. Moses Kawalya, DVM, DABVP(Board Certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners) $29.00 EXAM FOR ALL NEW CLIENTS MULTI-PET DISCOUNT WALK-INS WELCOME Gov. Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Al Hernandez, Lee Maggard and Robin Schneider to the District Board of Trustees for Pasco-Hernando State College. All three have been reappointed for a term ending May 31, 2022. Alvaro Al Hernandez, of Odessa, is vice president of marketing at Humana, and received his bachelor and master degrees from Nova Southeastern University. Lee Maggard, of Zephyrhills, is the assistant vice president and commercial relationship manager for CenterState Bank in Dade City. Maggard received his associate degree from PHSC in 2007 and a bachelor degree from the University of Florida in 2009. Robin Schneider, of Spring Hill, is marketing coordinator at Medical Center of Trinity. Schneider currently serves as the PHSC District Board of Trustees vice chair. We are very pleased with the reappointments of our board members and look forward to their continued leadership and commitment to higher education in our communities, said Timothy Beard, PHSC president, in a release.Three reappointed to district board Al Hernandez Lee Maggard Robin Schneider


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According to the company website, the family owned company, based in Lakeland, was founded in 2010, and has 14 self-storage locations in Florida. Storeright’s facilities have both non-climate controlled and climate-controlled storage options, and many accommodate boat, automobile and RV storage. The approximately 14-acre site is across from Walgreen’s drugstore on U.S. 41, and opposite the McDonald’s restaurant, off Crystal Grove Boulevard. The CSX rail line runs past the property, along the state highway. The Florida Department of Transportation owns a small parcel, with a fenced-off retention pond, adjacent to the self-storage site. According to county records from land use hearings, the site proved difficult to market due to nearly 5 acres of wetlands. Hillsborough County records show Storeright Lutz XV LLC purchased the property in April for $725,000. At a 2017 public hearing before a Hillsborough County land use hearing officer, four area residents objected to the project. According to county records, they expressed concerns about drainage, traffic and decreased property values. The hearing officer recommended approval of the project, with conditions.STORAGE, from page 1A ing adjustment, Pasco’s base student allocation for the coming year is $4,144.72.Here are some big-picture highlights of the proposed budget:  Teaching makes up 61.78 percent of the district’s expenditures  Teaching combined with other schoollevel programs, including transportation, media, counseling, psychological services, school administration, capital outlay, community services, and operations and maintenance, makes up 92.38 percent of the operating budget  Curriculum development and staff training make up 3.26 percent of the operating budget.  Human resources, finance, purchasing, warehouse, data processing and mail services make up 4.36 percent of the operating budget. While the state provides funding for schools, it also dictates how much of that money is spent. For instance, during the 2018 session, the Florida Legislature passed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which addresses gun violence on school campuses and promotes school safety. The bill requires armed security guards at every school. Each of those officers is required to undergo training, a background check, drug screening and psychological evaluation. Pasco already has School Resource Officers at its middle schools and high schools, and is adding school security safety guards at its elementary schools this year. The public safety act also requires the development of a mental health assistance plan, which will establish or expand schoolbased mental health care, through assessment, diagnosis, intervention and treatment. The Safe Schools allocation of $3,725,606 will be used for school resource officers, school safety guards, traffic control and yearend security. The Mental Health allocation of $1,721,460 will be used to expand schoolbased mental health care. In another area, the district must provide an additional hour of intensive reading beyond the normal school day, for the entire year, at 10 schools that were identified as low-performing schools. The district also intends to spend its Digital Classrooms allocation of $1,419,851 for computers, iPads and digital devices to support the district’s classrooms. The budget also includes $80,459,730 for debt service, which is an increase of $5.9 million or nearly 8 percent higher than 2017. The district must repay debt service before making other expenditures. The budget also lists scores of capital projects, including several in central and east Pasco. They include:  Major renovation/remodeling of Land O’ Lakes High School, Woodland Elementary School and Zephyrhills High School  Construction of the new Cypress Creek Middle School  Design of a kindergarten through eighth grade school at Starkey Ranch  Cafeteria renovations at several schools, including Denham Oaks Elementary, Chester W. Taylor Elementary and Lacoochee Elementary  Replacement/repairs of heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems at Centennial Elementary and Sand Pine Elementary  Site improvements at Wendell Krinn Technical High School, a new technical high school that is opening this fall in the former Ridgewood High School, which was closed and refurbished, in New Port Richeynamed as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by the Women’s Choice Award. That award evaluates specific survey results, along with primary research about women’s health care preferences. Denyse Bales-Chubb, the hospital’s president and CEO, said she “almost jumped for joy” when she learned about the Watson award. She considers the Watson award one of the top honors a hospital can receive. “They’re looking nationwide, and they’re selecting the top 100 hospitals,” she said. “To be listed in the Modern Healthcare Watson Top 100 Hospitals is quite an accomplishment. It’s one of those things you always have as your goal. You’re not sure if you’re ever going to get there,” she said. The award, Bales-Chubb noted, “actually looks at your financial outcomes, how fiscally responsible you are and how viable.” The Women’s Choice Award considers patient satisfaction, patient outcomes and other criteria. Much of the hospital’s success stems from the hiring procedures it uses, BalesChubb said. When hiring, it looks at whether the candidate possesses the proper skills and will be a good fit, and also evaluates the candidate’s potential to grow into other roles in the future. “It’s so important for employees to feel that ‘This is an organization that I want to stay with’ —because loyalty is really big in making sure they are engaged in wanting the success of the organization,” BalesChubb said. The hospital also has an incentive program to promote employee referrals, and has tuition reimbursement to encourage staff to continue building their skills, she said. When the hospital opened, it was bringing services to residents who had been accustomed to driving for miles to receive medical care. Since opening, it has expanded in both its number of beds and its array of services. Inspiration Place, added last year, gave women a single place where they go for the major health care screenings and care, BalesChubb said. The wound care center, which will open soon, will give Wesley Chapel residents a local place to get wound care services. Residents have had to drive 12 miles to get those services, in either Zephyrhills or Tampa, the hospital executive said. Other planned changes include additional parking and a new three-story medical office building. The new medical office building will mirror the hospital’s Wellness Plaza, and will be built on the land now occupied by a parking lot used for the hospital’s emergency department. The medical building will house specialists, rather than primary care physicians. “It’s going to be brand new services that have not been provided in the Wesley Chapel area,” Bales-Chubb said, saving patients the need to drive out of the community for services. As the hospital continues to expand to meet growing needs, the community of Wesley Chapel has been supportive, BalesChubb said. “This community is just so full of people who are so engaging and welcoming, and so innovative. Everybody is looking for how they can make this community better. “It’s a great place to be,” Bales-Chubb said.HOSPITAL, from page 1A BUDGET, from page 1A COURTESY OF FLORIDA HOSPITAL WESLEY CHAPELDenyse Bales-Chubb is president and CEO of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. FILEThe new Storeright Self-Storage facility will be located at Crystal Grove Boulevard and U.S. 41 in Lutz. Follow @LakerLutzNews on Twitter … a ll h a v e d i f W We e ff f likes, but.. WS E N L CA O L E f erent E T S E V LO EWS Nn g in N Lutz / L AKERL The / somethi n LOVE ...we all


12A August 15, 2018 Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community Sports Community Sports TEAMS TO WATCH: ACADEMY AT THE LAKES WILDCATSThe defending Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ (FCAPPs) eight-man champions — who also went 11-1 — appear to be in line for another solid campaign, even with the exodus of a handful of top players such as running back/linebacker Daniel Gonzalez, receiver Isaiah Smith and defensive back Jordan Oladokun, who transferred to Gaither High School for his sophomore season. The talent cupboard isn’t completely bare, with a roster that includes a combined 17 juniors and seniors. Along with FCAPPS Coach of the Year Shawn Brown, the Wildcats return a handful of All-Conference or All-State players in sophomore quarterback Jalen Brown, sophomore offensive lineman Andrew Kilfoyl and senior defensive lineman Dylan Price. Also expect significant contributions from senior tailback Jamaal Johnson (1,093 all-purpose yards, nine touchdowns) and senior tight end/defensive end Tioma Stepanets (221 yards, four touchdowns; 52 tackles, four sacks). LAND O’ LAKES HIGH GATORSThe Gators will look to secure its first winning season since 2013, under new head coach Chad Walker. The 34-year-old played professional football in Italy and Sweden, and spent several years as a college assistant, before delving into the high school coaching ranks. Walker inherits a sizable roster that includes 1,000-yard rusher Kyle Leivas and leading tackler Myron Bloom (76 tackles, five tackles for loss). Aside from those senior standouts, the Gators must find consistent quarterback play and additional offensive contributors. The schedule doesn’t offer a ton of favors for the new Gators coaching staff. A tough district slate includes Mitchell and Springstead, along with other formidable opponents, such as Anclote, Hernando, and Lakeland Christian — each of which had winning seasons last year. WIREGRASS RANCH HIGH BULLS Wiregrass Ranch will have to move on from having one of the county’s most highly recruited football prospects in years — defensive back Jordan Miner, now at Penn State — plus a bevy of top contributors on offense such as 1,000-yard rusher Adrian Thomas, now at Division III Thiel College (Greenville, Pennsylvania). The Bulls, however, should have enough reinforcements in place for a third straight winning season, after going 9-3 last year and 7-4 in 2016 under head coach Mark Kantor. Incumbent quarterback Grant Sessums returns for his senior year after throwing for 1,483 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Other key returnees include senior receiver/defensive back Dorien Green, senior defensive lineman Kasean Ridgel, and junior linebacker Dylan Ridolph, who tallied 89 tackles, and led the team in sacks (15) and tackles for loss (23). Also expect contributions from several up-and-coming players who’ll move up from a junior varsity team that went 6-1 last season.ZEPHYRHILLS HIGH BULLDOGSZephyrhills fans will have to get used to rooting for a new quarterback, following the graduation of Charles Harrison III — who became one of the county’s most prolific signal callers in his three years as a starter. Luckily for the Bulldogs, whoever takes snaps certainly won’t lack throwing options, with arguably the region’s top receiving corps — seniors Ja’Quan Sheppard (35 catches, 797 yards, 13 touchdowns), Tre’ Pavis Mobley (41 receptions, 640 yards, 10 touchdowns) Cartrell Strong (25 receptions, 410 yards, four touchdowns) and Tyreese Wigfall (15 receptions, 286 yards, seven touchdowns). Another constant is third-year head coach Nick Carroll, who’s tactfully built off the sustained success of former coach Reggie Roberts, going 10-2 and 8-3 his first two seasons, respectfully. With a collection of Division I and college talent, don’t be surprised if the program secures its eighth straight winning season. Last year the Bulldogs outscored opponents by a margin of 562-209 and went undefeated in District 8-5A. That included several blowouts against the likes of Sunlake (36-7), Ridgewood (59-7), Fivay (70-0), Gulf (70-0), Hudson (63-0) and Pasco (43-13).ZEPHYRHILLS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY The Warriors have transitioned to 11man football under head coach Mike Smith, going 8-3-1, 7-2 and 4-4 the past three years, respectively. Now coming off a playoff appearance in the Class 2A ranks, the team figures to have another big season, as 24 of its 27 players are juniors or seniors. Among that senior group, on offense, is starting quarterback Jacoby Braxton, leading receiver Kavbion Marbra, and Javion Hanner, who tallied over 1,000 all-purpose yards and led all skill players with 10 touchdowns. Meanwhile, on defense, most contributors return to a unit that last season allowed fewer than nine points per game and racked up 51 sacks and 16 interceptions. Among the standouts are Marbra (five interceptions at cornerback) and defensive end/linebacker Jalen Spencer (21 sacks). The team’s second-leading tackler from last season, Eugene Davis (94 total tackles), also returns. GAMES TO WATCH: Wiregrass Ranch at Zephyrhills(Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.) — Two of Pasco County’s top squads last year square off in the first week of the 2018 season.Sunlake at Land O’ Lakes(Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.) — The annual “Butter Bowl” rivalry has been one-sided of late — Sunlake has won eight straight (including one via forfeit in 2011) — but Land O’ Lakes figures to be more competitive with the matchup on its home turf and the Seahawks coming off an uncharacteristic losing season (4-6 in 2017).Zephyrhills at Pasco(Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.) — The annual 9-Mile War may be more heated after Pasco head coach Tom McHugh this summer accused Zephyrhills’ coaches of recruiting improprieties, based on a July letter sent to Pasco County athletic director Matt Wicks. While the Pirates lead the all-time series 40-20, Zephyrhills has won the past three contests by a combined 138-29.Zephyrhills Christian at Victory Christian (Lakeland) (Oct. 5, 7 p.m.) — The Warriors seek to avenge its 12-0 loss in the first round of last year’s FHSAA Class 2A playoffs. Gaither at Wiregrass Ranch(Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.) — Matchup could decide the District 8-7A runner-up — as it has the past two years — assuming Plant High repeats as district champs. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Chris Butash, quarterback, Carrollwood Day School, seniorTHE SKINNY:Butash, who lives in Wesley Chapel and formerly attended Academy at the Lakes, is coming off a season where he threw for 2,088 yards and 18 touchdowns/15 interceptions, and rushed for 570 yards and six touchdowns. Verbal commit to Division I FCS Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts).Darrion Robinson, receiver, Pasco High School, juniorTHE SKINNY:Coming off a breakout season where he caught 25 balls for 577 yards and eight touchdowns. His 23.1 yards per reception ranked tops in Pasco County.Malik Jones, lineman, Zephyrhills Christian Academy, juniorTHE SKINNY: The 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman is an intimidating force on both sides of the trenches, particularly on defense posting 60 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and four sacks last season. A multisport athlete, Jones is also one of the state’s top heavyweight wrestlers, finishing third at the 2018 FHSAA Class 1A State Championship in March. Holds a scholarship offer from Division III Mount Union (Alliance, Ohio).Jeremiah Ashe, receiver/safety, Freedom High School, seniorTHE SKINNY: Formidable two-way player that snagged six interceptions on defense, while posting 945 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns on offense. Claims over a dozen Division I FBS offers, including Cincinnati, South Florida and Rutgers universities.Jeromy Reid, running back, Gaither High School, seniorTTHE SKINNY:Rushed for 1,110 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Tallied five 100-yard games, including a monstrous 267-yard, two touchdown performance against Brandon High early last season. Holds Division I FBS offers from Western Kentucky and South Florida universities. Faster tter Back to be r. r. sco | W Central Pa We e sley Chapel COURTESY OF FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOLFreedom Highs Jeremiah Ashe FILEAcademy at the Lakes will aim to defend its FCAPPS eight-man state title. COURTESY OF ZEPHYRHILLS CHRISTIAN ACADEMYZephyrhills Christian Academys Malik Jones FILENew Land O Lakes head coach Chad Walker looks to steer the Gators to its first winning season since 2013. FILEComing off a 10-2 mark and District 8-5A crown, Zephyrhills High could be in store for another dominant season.Prep football primerBy Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comith high school football practices in full swing and games beginning Aug. 24, here’s a look at teams, players and games to watch as the 2018 season unfolds, for programs in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. THE TEAMS 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 7A-Region 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 districtPASCO COUNTY:  Academy at the Lakes Wildcats (8-man-Florida Christian Region 2): 11-1 overall, 7-0 district Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School Hurricanes(Independent-Sunshine 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 6A-Region 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 W


AUGUST 15, 2018The LAKER/ INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & MoreThe LAKER/ Lutz NEWSLutz NEWS B Standing on baby-powder white sand, starring out at the gentle lulling of the Gulf’s waves, I realized how lucky we are here on Florida’s West Coast to live so close to Clearwater Beach. It’s the ideal beach to swim, stroll for shells, watch birds and people, eat in some really good beach restaurants, or just sit on a beach towel and read a good book. If you want to, you can go fishing on Pier 60, rent a Jet Ski or a paddleboard, or soar over the water in a parasail pulled by a boat. You can even cruise past the beach aboard a pirate ship. All this and more made Clearwater Beach the No. 1 beach in America in 2018, thanks to TripAdvisor’s annual poll of those who visit the popular travel website. It came in a powerful seventh in the world among beaches. And, it was the only beach in America on this year’s world list. Sometimes tourists find the beach more often than locals do, thanks to its prominence on travel websites, in newspapers and guidebooks. USA Today ranked it the second-best beach in Florida in 2015. (First: Gulf Islands National Seashore in Pensacola). Two years earlier, the newspaper called Clearwater Beach the best beach town in Florida. Ironically, Clearwater Beach is not a town at all, but part of the city of Clearwater, whose logo proudly proclaims “Clearwater Bright and Beautiful Bay to Beach.” The beach is definitely something to be proud of: TripAdvisor recommends 93 things to do in Clearwater. Going to its beach comes in first. Lots of changes have come to the beach in the last decade. You’ll notice them right away if you haven’t been in a while. New upscale, pricey hotels — Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, Opal Sands Resort, Sandpearl Resort, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa — have all joined what used to be mostly mom and pop motels. The picturesque Clearwater Beach Walk, a broad promenade lined with palms, billowing grasses and outdoor showers with comical green turtle sculptures on top, now skirts the beach from Pier 60, at the western end of State Road 60, heading south a half mile. It’s a fun place to people-watch and to ride a bike or skate, when it’s not too crowded. Otherwise, it makes a nice path for walking along the beach, or to go to lunch or dinner in a nearby bar or restaurant. The restaurants also make Clearwater Beach a great place to visit. They are numerous and varied, and many offer tasty grouper sandwiches, fish spread and other fresh seafood. Frenchy’s alone has four restaurants, all with excellent food and service, and all within a short walk to the beach. Heilman’s Beachcomber Restaurant, opened in 1948, is a longtime favorite of old Clearwater families, who have spread the word to younger generations. And, Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar, with its inn next door, has long been a popular spot for good food, live music and unparalleled sunset views. It opened in 1926 and has been owned by the same family for 44 years. If you want to get an idea of why Clearwater Beach got its name, go to, and look at the webcam “Live from Clearwater Beach.’’ You can see in the photos just how clear the water really can be and how green or blue, depending on the sunlight. You can see the wide swaths of powdery white sand and little kids skimboarding, digging in the sand with beach shovels or flying kites. If you go yourself and you really should if you can you can rent a colorful beach umbrella or a cabana and chairs, or bring your own, and your own cooler, too. Just don’t bring alcohol. It isn’t allowed on the beach. We like to park in the paid public lot between Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar and Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, off Rockaway Street. We lay our towels on the beach and walk north, where it’s quieter and fewer people go. Homes, some opulent and others more modest, face out to the Gulf on this part of the beach that has limited parking, unlike farther south. If you walk south, you’ll likely pass Pier 60, where anglers fish day and night for redfish, snook, Spanish mackerel, trout, snapper, flounder and even sharks. The 1,080-foot fishing pier has a bait shop, sells drinks, food and souvenirs, and offers Gulf glimpses from telescopes. Two hours before and after sunset every evening, the pier puts on “Sunset Celebrations,’’ drawing crowds to see colorful sunsets, listen to music, watch street performers and buy local crafts. But, the Gulf is the star here and the main reason many come from all over the world. Its waters near shore are shallow, its waves usually gently lap onto the sugary sand, leaving treasured shells for everyone to find and take home. America’s finest beach is in ClearwaterPalm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar, on Clearwater Beach, has been offering beachgoers good food, music and spectacular sunset views since 1926. KAREN HAYMON LONGA lifeguard stand on Clearwater Beach adds a whimsical touch to one of the worlds best beaches. It came in seventh in the worl d in the 2018 TripAdvisor Best Beaches Contest, the only American beach on the world list. Tips for the TripHow to get there:State Road 60, or Court Street, in downtown Clearwater, heads west over the Clearwater Memorial Causeway straight to the beach. The main beach drags are Gulf Boulevard to the south and Mandalay Avenue to the north.The Jolley Trolleyoffers daily shuttles from a few downtown Clearwater paid parking lots. Trolley tickets are $2.25, or $5 for daily passes. For details, visit, or call (727) 445-1200.If you drive, check out where to park on a detailed map at, or call (727) 562-4704. It is best to go early to find a good spot. Parking machines take credit cards, cash and coins.Boat racing event: If you like speedboat races, go see the 10th Annual Hooters Clearwater Super Boat National Championship Sept. 30 off Clearwater Beach. Events start on Sept. 28 and run through the day of the race, with a parade, food trucks, music and more on downtown Cleveland Street and nearby Coachman Park. Watch the races from Pier 60 for $20, or $10 for children. Free viewing from the beach. See the race schedule at, and click on Clearwater.Gulf book:University of Florida history professor Jack E. Davis recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his highly readable “The Gulf The Making of an American Sea.” To learn the fascinating history of this watery treasure, read this book, now out in paperback. It will make you want to get into your car and head to the Gulf of Mexico, and maybe even to take a stand to protect it. Clearwater Beachs Pier 60 is a popular place for fishing, bird-watching and Sunset Celebrations, which happen every day all ye ar around. If you dont fish, you can rent a Jet Ski to take a spin in the Gulf. Act like a pirate and take a cruise on Captain Memos Pirate Ship that goes into the Gulf of Mexico in front of Clearwater Beach. The ship offers sunset and daytime cruises, as well as childrens parties and activities. Visit CaptainMemo.comfor prices and times, or call (727) 446-2587.Worth the TripKaren Haymon LongSpecial to The Laker/Lutz News


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Our shelter i s run solely by volunteers, and the donations we receive fr r ful community W ful community W e e receive no government or county funding. Please help by contributing to our Go F und M e campaign H armon Drive S hady Hills, FL 34610 727-856-6762 727-856 \001 6-6762 2B August 15, 2018 Stop in and meet Claire Crumpet is a sweet boy PET PAWS CLEAR THE SHELTERSPasco County Animal Services, 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O Lakes, will take part in Clear the Shelters 2018 on Aug. 18 from noon to 6:30 p.m. All adoption fees will be waived, no exclusions, on this date only. And, all adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations. Pasco County residents are required to purchase appropriate licensing for a new pet. For more information, please visit CITIESNational Homeless Animals Day is approaching and more than 85 million U.S. pet-owning households are projected to spend $72 billion this year, according to the personal finance website, WalletHub. In order to determine where Americans animal companions can enjoy the best quality of life, without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared the creature friendliness of the 100 largest cities across 24 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum petcare provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability. The top 10 most pet-friendly cities are: (1) Scottsdale, Arizona; (2) Orlando; (3) San Diego, California; (4) Austin, Texas; (5) Phoenix, Arizona; (6) Tampa; (7) Cincinnati, Ohio; (8) Seattle, Washington; (9) Las Vegas, Nevada; and (10) Irvine, California. The least pet-friendly city, ranking in the 100th position, is Honolulu, Hawaii. To view a full report, visit WOW BINGOThe GFWC Lutz-Land O Lakes Womans Club will host its annual Bow Wow Bingo & Luncheon Aug. 30 at 10 a.m., at Land O Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd. The event is a fundraiser to benefit Canine Companions for Independence, which provides assistance dogs free of charge to adults, children and veterans with disabilities. The cost is $20, and includes a catered luncheon and 10 games of bingo. Extra cards will be available. There also will be prizes, opportunity baskets and more. To reserve a spot, call (813) 949-1710.NOMINATE PASCO ANIMAL SERVICESCats Pride cat litter has launched its new Litter for Good program. When you buy a green jug of Cats Pride Fresh & Light, the company will donate a pound of litter to animal welfare organizations across the country. For Pasco County Animal Services to be eligible to receive a share of the donated litter, nominations are needed from its supporters. To nominate PCAS, visit Join the free Cats Pride Club, search for the shelter by zip code (34638) and nominate Pasco Animal Services. Those interested can also watch a video about the program at YOUR PET NEWSIf you have pet news about adoptions, walks or other events for pet owners and their pets, you can let us know by sending us an email. We just need the basics: who, what, when, where and why. The information should be submitted two weeks prior to the desired publication date. We also need a contact name and number, in case we have questions. There is no guarantee of publication, but we consider each item we receive. If youd like to make a submission, send it to DID YOU KNOW?Readers can now find Pets of the Week and Local Wildlife photos on our website at, under the Pets/Wildlife link.


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