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By Gary Nager

Despite a mid-October heat index that somehow reached close to 100 degrees, the sixth annual Wesley Chapel Fall Festival, presented by the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (WCCC) and the Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary Club, was another amazing day of free entertainment, wing battles, cute pets for adoption and outstanding vendors. [click to continue…]

The yellow shape above is where Simon Property Group will soon begin construction on the Tampa Premium Outlets near the S.R. 56/I-75 interchange.

The yellow shape above is where Simon Property Group will soon begin construction on the Tampa Premium Outlets near the S.R. 56/I-75 interchange.

By Matt Wiley

After years of legal battles, development officially is on the horizon for the long-awaited outlet mall off S.R. 56 in Wesley Chapel. [click to continue…]

(Standing) Tampa Fisher House manager Paula Welenc and Valerie Casey welcome (seated, l. to r.) Operation Helping Hands director Bob Silah, Sgt. Joel Tavera and his father José to the seventh annual Fisher House Golf Classic at Pebble Creek Golf Club.

(Standing) Tampa Fisher House manager Paula Welenc and Valerie Casey welcome (seated, l. to r.) Operation Helping Hands director Bob Silah, Sgt. Joel Tavera and his father José to the seventh annual Fisher House Golf Classic at Pebble Creek Golf Club.

By Gary Nager

This is the eighth year my dear fried Valerie Casey is putting on a charity golf tournament to benefit the Tampa Fisher House, the residence on the campus of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. (south of E. Fletcher Ave.) which houses (for no charge) the families and significant others of the wounded veterans being treated  at the hospital. [click to continue…]

The campaign for Vote Yes On 1 hopes you'll do just that on November 4.

The campaign for Vote Yes On 1 hopes you’ll do just that on November 4.

By Matt Wiley

With the 2014 mid-term election fast approaching, it’s good to understand not only whose names you’ll be seeing on the ballot, but also the constitutional amendments that could have significant effects on the future of our state. With the focus on the bickering in the race for the governor’s desk, it’s easy to forget that changes to the state’s constitution also will be decided on November 4. [click to continue…]

Congestion Gets Wiregrass Ranch High Longer Days

October 21, 2014

By Matt Wiley Wiregrass Ranch High (WRH) is a big building, but it’s not big enough for its student body. As a result, despite adding extra time to school days this year, school officials are considering a considerably different class schedule for next school year to help regulate the number of students on campus at […]

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Elizabeth Belcher Looks To Unseat Dist. 2 Comm. Victor Crist

October 15, 2014

By Matt Wiley The ballot is set: incumbent Victor Crist (R-New Tampa) will attempt to retain his District 2 Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) seat against opponent Elizabeth Belcher (D-Seffner) on November 4.

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Two Proposals Received For Land Across From Hunter’s Green

October 14, 2014

By Matt Wiley Just two months after the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) sent out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to developers interested in building a long-planned cultural center and dog park on land across Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. from Hunter’s Green in New Tampa, two companies have submitted ideas for the development […]

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Shawn Harrison Takes On Rep. Mark Danish For Dist. 63 Seat In November

October 10, 2014

By Matt Wiley Longtime New Tampa resident Shawn Harrison (R-New Tampa) wants his seat back in Tallahassee and is on the ballot for State Representative for District 63, which includes the New Tampa area. Harrison squares off against a familiar foe, incumbent Dist. 63 Rep. Mark Danish (D-New Tampa), who unseated Harrison in November 2012.

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August Wrong-Way Driver Used Booze, Cocaine Before Fatal Crash

October 9, 2014

By Matt Wiley A toxicology report indicates that the wrong-way driver who struck an ambulance driven by a Wesley Chapel resident in August was under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs. 

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Vehicle Found, FHP Seeks Hit & Run Driver That Injured Wesley Chapel Bicyclist

October 8, 2014

By Matt Wiley The vehicle used in a September hit-and-run crash that injured a Wesley Chapel resident has been recovered.

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TPD Seeks Public’s Help Locating USF Federal Credit Union Robbery Suspect

October 7, 2014

By Matt Wiley TPD needs your help locating a suspect who is on the loose, after robbing and fleeing the USF Federal Credit Union branch in New Tampa.

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Wesley Chapel Man Dies In Weekend Crash

October 6, 2014

By Matt Wiley A Wesley Chapel man has died, following a single-car crash on Curley Rd.

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Pasco BOCC Passes 5-Cent Fuel Tax To Fund New Road Construction

September 26, 2014

By Matt Wiley Drivers can expect to see slightly higher gas prices in Pasco County beginning next year, as the Pasco Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has approved a five-cent fuel tax to help generate funds to help build, rebuild and resurface county roads, including four projects right here in the Wesley Chapel area.

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Wesley Chapel Jazz Fest Grooves At District Park

September 25, 2014

By Gary Nager Anytime you host an event for the first time, you really don’t know how it will turn out until the event actually takes place.

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So, How Do You Feel About Medical Marijuana?

September 24, 2014

An editorial by Gary Nager Although marijuana, medical or otherwise, is still illegal throughout the U.S. (according to federal law), as many as 25 of our 50 U.S. states either already have passed or are working on passing state laws allowing the purchase and use of medical marijuana — without possibility of prosecution — and […]

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New Tampa Woman Killed In Wrong-Way Crash

September 22, 2014

By Matt Wiley A New Tampa woman has died, following the latest wrong-way crash on one of Tampa’s interstates this year. 

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Neighborhood News Named ‘Small Business of the Year’ By Wesley Chapel Chamber

September 22, 2014

By Gary Nager I don’t see how I could be more proud than I am today as I’m writing this, the day after my company won its first-ever award — and we still don’t even know who nominated us for it. On September 18, at Saddlebrook Resort & Spa Tampa, the New Tampa & Wesley Chapel […]

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Help New Tampa ‘Karate Kid’ Represent Team USA At World Competition

September 17, 2014

By Matt Wiley If you’ve ever seen the popular 1980s film “The Karate Kid” or any of its sequels, you probably know that martial arts competitions can get pretty intense. Now, imagine being seven years old and representing Team USA on the world stage in another country. One young New Tampa martial artist doesn’t have […]

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More Than 1,500 Attend The First-Ever Wesley Chapel Jazz Festival!

September 13, 2014

By Gary Nager Anytime you host an event for the first time, you really don’t know how it will turn out until the event actually takes place. That certainly can be said for Tim Hancock of I12CHim, Inc., Music Management, who first came to one of my Wesley Chapel Rotary Club meetings (held at Ciao! Italian […]

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New Tampa’s Voter Turnout Again Poor For Primary Election

September 13, 2014

By Matt Wiley Although there weren’t too many of them, the votes are in for the 2014 Primary Election, which has determined which names officially will appear on the November General Election ballot in New Tampa, as well as having elected three new judges.

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Super Buffet Demo-ed, Chili’s To Take It’s Place

September 10, 2014

By Matt Wiley A pile of metal, brick and concrete is about all that remains of the vacant Super Buffett restaurant on S.R. 54 in front of the new Walmart Supercenter, as crews work to clear the site to erect a popular, national-chain restaurant in its place.

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UPDATE: Escaped Convict Arrested In Brandon

September 9, 2014

By Matt Wiley An escaped convict has been arrested in Brandon, after walking away from a work detail in Wesley Chapel on September 8.

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Fall Festival To Return To The Grove Oct. 11

September 8, 2014

Despite our still-sweltering temperatures, to celebrate the beginning of fall, the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (WCCC) is putting on its sixth annual Fall Festival, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel (which meets Wednesdays at noon at Ciao! Italian Bistro in the Shops at Wiregrass mall).

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Cypress Creek Town Center Development Begins

August 29, 2014

By Matt Wiley | @NTWCNews If you’ve been driving along S.R. 56 near Wesley Chapel Blvd. (aka S.R. 54), there’s a good chance you’ve noticed quite a bit of activity on the north side of 56. No, it’s not the long-awaited Tampa Premium Outlets mall, but development officially has begun on the Cypress Creek Town […]

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Primary Election Results Are In For State, Local Candidates

August 27, 2014

By Matt Wiley The votes are in for the 2014 Primary Election, which has determined whose names officially will appear on the November ballot in both New Tampa and Wesley Chapel.

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Primary Election Day: Have You Cast Your Vote?

August 25, 2014

Today is not an ordinary Tuesday. It’s actually 2014 Primary Election Day, the day you vote to see who will appear on the November ballot. Have you cast your vote yet? If not, here’s where you still can. The polls are open until 7 p.m.

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Serious Injuries In Crash That Closed County Line Rd.

August 21, 2014

By Matt Wiley | @NTWCNews An early morning crash on County Line Rd. has left two men seriously injured and closed the road for nearly three hours.

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New Tampa Man Fires Into Mobil Store, Arrested For Hate Crime

August 21, 2014

By Matt Wiley | @NTWCNews Firing a weapon from a car is a felony. Firing a gun into a business after making racial slurs towards an employee can get a person into even more trouble, especially if the bomb squad is called in to respond, as one New Tampa man has learned.

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Wesley Chapel Man Steals Lotto Tickets, Loses

August 19, 2014

By Matt Wiley | @NTWCNews Winning the lottery is tough. In many the long run, it can be pretty expensive to finally come across that winning ticket. One Wesley Chapel man decided to try another method: just steal them.

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Wesley Chapel Paramedic Injured In Fatal Wrong-Way I-275 Crash

August 15, 2014

By Matt Wiley | @NTWCNews Unfortunately, it’s been a busy year for wrong-way crashes on Tampa’s interstate highways, as yet another person has died while driving in the wrong direction.

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Power Diversion Investigation Leads To Pot Bust

August 13, 2014

By Matt Wiley A power diversion investigation has led to the discovery of a marijuana growing operation in Wesley Chapel.

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Wesley Chapel Walmart Now Open

August 12, 2014

Attention shoppers: Wesley Chapel’s first Walmart is now open. Will you be shopping?

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‘Suspicious Man’ At Tampa Palms Park Charged With Attempted Kidnapping

August 8, 2014

By Matt Wiley The ‘suspicious man’ reported at Hampton Park in Tampa Palms has been arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping.

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Wharton’s Tate Commits To FSU

August 5, 2014

Wharton High’s Auden Tate has made his decision: he will attend Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee on a football scholarship, following his graduation after this upcoming school year.

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Wesley Chapel Woman, Infant Killed In I-4 Crash

August 3, 2014

By Matt Wiley A Wesley Chapel woman and infant have died, following an early morning crash on I-4 near Tampa.

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Major Drugs, Weapons Bust In Wesley Chapel

July 29, 2014

By Matt Wiley You never know what your neighbors are up to. As it turns out, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has made a major drug and weapons bust, right here in Wesley Chapel.

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Wesley Chapel & New Tampa Chambers Of Commerce To Join Forces

July 28, 2014

By Gary Nager A New Tampa & Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News Exclusive! The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and New Tampa Chamber of Commerce are set to join forces to better serve the business community in our area.

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Making Strides & My Take On A No-Win Governor’s Race

October 24, 2014

Before I get into the ugliest — and stupidest (which is saying a lot) — gubernatorial race in our state’s butt-ugly political history (especially recent political history), I wanted to give a little space to help promote a wonderful, major event in our area.

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Vantage Benefit Solutions Hosts A FREE Medicare Seminar Oct. 30

October 24, 2014

By Celeste McLaughlin When Ken Bass turned 65 this year, he was inundated with information about Medicare and available health insurance coverage options. He needed someone to help him navigate the deluge of information to choose the perfect policy for his individual circumstances. 

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You Can Trust Pasco Cardiology Associates To Keep Your Heart In Rhythm

October 24, 2014

By Matt Wiley Have you ever gone to the doctor’s office and felt so rushed through the appointment that you left without all of the answers to your medical questions?

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Financing Plan Submitted For Baseball Complex

October 24, 2014

By Matt Wiley It’s the bottom of the ninth, there’s a full-count with two outs. There’s the pitch, a swing and a base hit to keep the project that could bring a world-class baseball training complex to Wesley Chapel alive. After two deadline extensions, Blue Marble Sports has submitted a financing plan to Pasco County […]

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Erika Remsberg Squares Off Against Mike Moore For County Commission

October 24, 2014

By Matt Wiley Erika Remsberg (D-Land O’Lakes) says that she has no ties to any outside interests, and hopes that Wesley Chapel voters will consider that fact when they head to the polls for the November 4 General Election when they decide who will take over the District 2 seat on the Pasco County Board […]

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Ledbetter Faces Burgess For District 38 State Rep.

October 24, 2014

By Matt Wiley After years of representing Wesley Chapel in the Florida House of Representatives, including the last two years as Speaker of the State House, Rep. Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) has reached his term limit, leaving his District 38 seat up for grabs on November 4. Two Pasco residents hope to fill Weatherford’s empty […]

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