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By Matt Wiley

Unfortunately, driving the wrong way on the interstates in our area has been making headlines seemingly every other week, and this one is no exception, as a juvenile has been arrested for an early morning drunken joyride in the wrong direction on I-275 near Wesley Chapel. [click to continue…]

fhpA Wesley Chapel man has been identified as one of the drivers who fled the scene of a recent fatal accident on Fowler Ave. [click to continue…]

vandineIt’s pretty common to see land for sale along S.R. 54 in Wesley Chapel. However, as the area continues to grow, as it has been for several years and is expected to continue during the next several years (especially with development now under way in the Wiregrass Ranch Development of Regional Impact [DRI]), these vacant parcels could soon begin to disappear. [click to continue…]

(L-r) Pasco Dist. 2 Commissioner candidates Bob Robertson, Mike Moore,  Erika Remsberg and Ken Littlefield

(L-r) Pasco Dist. 2 Commissioner candidates Bob Robertson, Mike Moore, Erika Remsberg and Ken Littlefield

By Matt Wiley

As the so-called “mid-term” 2014 election season begins to gather steam, the Republican primary ticket for the District 2 County Commission seat in Pasco is beginning to stack up, as more Republicans, and now, the first Democratic candidate, have entered the race. [click to continue…]

Neighborhood News Pirates ‘Plunder’ Way To Rotary Spelling Bee Victory (Slideshow)

April 11, 2014

By Gary Nager “eW Cmae. eW aSw. eW Plundreded!” Just seeing if you’re paying attention. I know we still have spelling mistakes in pretty much every issue of this publication, but it’s not because I can’t spell or because I don’t have spell-check on my computer.

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Spring Beer Fling Takes Over Curtis Hixon Park

April 11, 2014

By Kathleen Schiop Anyone who was present at the inaugural Spring Beer Fling at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa on March 30, knows that a good time was had by all. After the monsoon-like weather on Saturday, sun and beer worshipers turned out in droves to enjoy not only the gorgeous weather, but also […]

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PHSC Dedication Honors Porter Family, School Staff & FHWC

April 11, 2014

By Gary Nager If you missed the official dedication ceremony for the new Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch on April 2, you probably don’t realize just how important the new PHSC is likely to be to the future of not only Wesley Chapel, but of all of eastern and central Pasco […]

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Glory Days Grill Opens in New Tampa

April 10, 2014

By Gary Nager For those who have been waiting patiently for the new Glory Days Grill to open in the location previously occupied by Lee Roy Selmon’s off Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. at 17808 Doña Michelle Dr. (just north of I-75), your wait is over.

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Wesley Chapel-Area Sweetbays Now Winn-Dixies

April 10, 2014

By Matt Wiley Attention Wesley Chapel Sweetbay supermarket shoppers! Beginning as you’re reading this, you may end up becoming Winn-Dixie shoppers, as the Sweetbay locations on County Line Rd. (next to LA Fitness) in New Tampa and in the Towne Centre of Wesley Chapel shopping plaza on S.R. 54 (just east of Old Pasco Rd.), […]

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Update: PACA & Residents Along S.R. 54/56 Protest Proposed Toll Road

April 10, 2014

By Matt Wiley Pasco County officials have a long road ahead of them if they want to quell the concerns of citizens living near the S.R. 54/56 corridor, which could house the county’s first privately-funded, elevated toll road—the FL 54 Xpress—in the not-so-distant future.

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City Council’s Montelione Hopes More Residents Will Participate In Government

April 8, 2014

By Matt Wiley New Tampa’s representative downtown really wants to know what her constituents think.

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Pedestrian Signal Coming To BBD At Live Oak

April 2, 2014

By Matt Wiley It’s not uncommon to see students walking to and from school in the New Tampa area during the morning and afternoon hours. However, impatient drivers endanger these students when they do not yield for the young pedestrians attempting to cross busy intersections.

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Cross Creek Blvd. Widening Could Begin Late This Summer

April 1, 2014

By Matt Wiley The bids are in and a contractor has been selected to get the ball rolling on completing the expansion of Cross Creek Blvd. into a four-lane road from Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. to Morris Bridge Rd. in New Tampa.

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Panel Delivers Results Of Hillsborough ‘Imagine 2040’ Planning Survey

March 31, 2014

By Matt Wiley While the updated 2040 Long Range Transportation and Comprehensive Plans for Tampa and Hillsborough County may not be due until November of this year, the results of the first round of resident surveys are in and could have a lasting effect on the future growth of the New Tampa area.

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Editorial — We Haven’t Really Gone Anywhere, New Tampa!

March 30, 2014

The last couple of issues, you’ve heard a lot about our move to our new office in Wesley Chapel, so I just wanted to make it clear to our readers in zip code 33647 (and in Lake Forest) that the fact is that we haven’t really gone anywhere. We’re still here, covering all of the […]

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Rotary’s ‘Cycling For Vets’ Event To Be Held April 5 In Flatwoods Park!

March 29, 2014

Attention New Tampa & Wesley Chapel-area cycling enthusiasts: if you love riding through natural settings and feel like doing so for a good cause, the New Tampa Noon Rotary Club has an event just for you.

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Bruce B. Downs Blvd. ‘Segment A’ Project Out For Bids Soon

March 28, 2014

As construction continues along Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. underneath I-75, Hillsborough County is preparing to begin the bidding process for the next segment of BBD widening between Palm Springs Blvd. in Tampa Palms, south to Bearss Ave., also known as “Segment A.”

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School Choice Application Period To Close

March 25, 2014

By Matt Wiley Whether you want to apply for an out-of-area school, a magnet program or a career education program, the deadline for middle and high school applications is Friday, April 11.

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Ruskin Man In Cutody Following SWAT Standoff In Wesley Chapel

March 24, 2014

By Matt Wiley A Ruskin man is in custody, following a high-speed chase up and down I-75 and a SWAT standoff at the Cracker Barrel in Wesley Chapel.

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Editorial: Rotarian Dane Parilo Epitomizes The True Spirit Of Rotary

April 11, 2014

If you check out this issue’s Neighborhood Magazine cover (page 29), you’ll find out how the New Tampa & Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News Pirates took home the gold in the 2014 Rotary Spelling Bee held at the Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club in San Antonio.

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Patty Wolf Golf Tourney To Be Held Apr. 26 At PCGC

April 11, 2014

Golfers and anyone who appreciates the delicious food at the Wolf’s Den — An Authentic American Diner (at 27607 S.R. 56 in Wesley Chapel, in front of Sam’s Club) — should be excited to participate in the second annual Patty Wolf Memorial Golf Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, April 26, at the Pebble […]

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Faith Baptist Academy Offers Faith-Based Learning & Lots Of Fun!

April 11, 2014

By Bonnie Mason Looking for a private school atmosphere with Christian-based values and a prestigious academic reputation? The Faith Baptist Academy & Preschool, which is adjacent to and affiliated with Faith Baptist Church (both located on Oakley Blvd., behind The Grove shopping plaza), could be the perfect place for your child.

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