ELECTION 2014

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Political mailer pits neighbor versus neighbor

A political mailer sharing the voting habits of neighbors might not be a new trick for the 2014 elections, but it’s one that has some residents questioning how much of their personal information should be made public. Joshua Ciganek of Wesley Chapel received the postcard among other political mailings Wednesday, informing him that while he […]

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Future growth at The Grove at Wesley Chapel depends on help from the county to keep traffic moving in and out of the shopping complex off County Road 54.
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Growth at The Grove may depend on traffic light

Hiring has begun at a Chuck E. Cheese’s store now under construction at The Grove at Wesley Chapel, a shopping center opened at the height of the recent housing boom, which is now growing again. How much the shopping center bordering Interstate 75 will expand, however, depends on the cooperation developers get from Pasco County […]

These towering canes of Bambusa chungii, also known as tropical blue bamboo, shoot skyward at Greenbelt Nursery & Bamboo Gardens on U.S. 98 east of Dade City. Members of the Land O' Lakes Garden Club recently toured the farm to check out Leonard Daszkiewicz’s 10-acre garden sanctuary that includes his impressive collection of bamboo plants.
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Bamboo canes soar above 70 feet at Dade City sanctuary

“I’m not so much a nurseryman. I’m more of a collector of bamboo,” said Leonard Daszkiewicz, who has a bamboo farm and garden off U.S. 98 in Dade City. “When the latest ones come out of quarantine in China, I usually add one or two to my collection,” he said, leading a tour group from […]

Caitlin Carter has trouble keeping her tray balanced as she picks up objects while in a wheelchair. She was a volunteer participating in Saint Leo University’s annual challenge experience on Oct. 23, which gives able-bodied students and faculty an opportunity to learn about physical and learning challenges first-hand.
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First-hand challenges provide new perspectives on disabilities at Saint Leo

Caitlin Carter struggles as she tries to maneuver her wheelchair while holding a tray. She reaches down to pick up a pen, and spills her water. Across the room, Jamie Ray — who doesn’t have full use of her hands — is having trouble opening a simple piece of candy. Only after a long, deliberate […]

Adult cats have some of the hardest times being adopted, since kittens are in such high demand. Last year, more than 800 cats came to the shelter, but less than 75 percent found homes.
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Pet shelter changing way animal owners think

Out of sight, out of mind. Pat Mulieri wasn’t part of the decision that built Pasco County’s animal shelter well off the beaten path inside the Lake Patience community and behind Oakstead Elementary School, but there are times she wishes she was. The shelter is 2 miles off Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, requiring a little […]

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International athletes ‘swoop’ in for world championships

Imagine hurling toward the Earth at nearly 90 mph, then negotiating your way over land and water while you skim across the surface, before landing back on solid ground and tumbling to an abrupt stop. Now imagine doing it on purpose, over and over again. Canopy piloting, also known as swooping, is a form of […]

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Drink too much this weekend? Get towed for free

When people plan ahead for that Halloween party, they figure they won’t drink very much, so why not drive? That is, until they do drink too much, and now they have to worry about getting home. AAA and Bud Light once again are taking away the fears of driving home drunk this weekend with its […]

Strong early voter turnout so far in Pasco

Brian Corley likes what he’s seeing for the 2014 election so far. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, more than 21 percent of registered voters in Pasco County have dropped a ballot in the voting box, and there’s still two full days of early voting left. “We’re on pace to beat 2010, and we’re doing that […]

Everyday tips to stay away from flu, other illnesses

Local efforts are under way to encourage healthy habits to avoid illness. Everyday preventive actions can help slow the spread of germs that can cause many different illnesses, and may offer some protection against the flu. “While a flu shot is the most effective measure against getting the flu, good prevention habits help reduce more […]

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Political mailer pits neighbor versus neighbor

A political mailer sharing the voting habits of neighbors might not be a new trick for the 2014 elections, but it’s one that has some residents questioning how much of their personal information should be made public. Joshua Ciganek of Wesley Chapel received the postcard among other political mailings Wednesday, informing him that while he […]

Steinbrenner/Gaither game gets lesson in texting, driving

It’s a rare time to have football and Halloween on the same night, but AAA is going to make the best of it by sharing a true fright: texting and driving. AAA and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will attend Friday’s football game between Steinbrenner and Gaither high schools, where they hope to talk about […]

‘Good Morning America’ almost came to Zephyrhills …

It would’ve been a great way to put Zephyrhills on the national stage. But as quickly as ABC’s “Good Morning America” was planning to do a live segment at Skydive City, it was gone. Or is it? Jenna Brossman, a spokeswoman with Skydive City, told The Laker/Lutz News this afternoon that the popular morning television […]

Florida resident and reigning national champion Tommy Dellibac will be among the competitors vying for gold at the World Canopy Piloting Championships in Zephyrhills. (Courtesy of Randy Swallows)

In Print: Growth at The Grove could get red light

It takes a lot to stand in the way of progress, but a popular shopping center just off Interstate 75 in Wesley Chapel may have finally found its Achilles heel: A traffic light. The Grove at Wesley Chapel has the room to grow, however new tenants are shying away from the complex because they say […]

Pasco libraries to tackle identity theft

The Pasco County Library System is offering a program to teach residents how to protect themselves from identity theft, and how to catch identity theft early. The 45-program will be offered throughout November and part of December at library branches around the country. It’s free, and also will explain what to do if someone feels […]

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