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Luca needs your help to get to Dublin to represent Team USA in October.

Luca needs your help to get to Dublin to represent Team USA in October.

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 to use his imagination because, in just a few weeks, he’ll be living it. [click to continue…]

DSC_0214By 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 Bistro in the Shops at Wiregrass mall) a few short months ago talking about his plans to put on the first-ever Wesley Chapel Jazz Festival. [click to continue…]

NT Voting resultsBy 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. [click to continue…]

Crews tear down the building that once housed Super Buffett on S.R. 54 in front of the new Walmart Supercenter in Wesley Chapel.

Crews tear down the building that once housed Super Buffet on S.R. 54 in front of the new Walmart Supercenter in Wesley Chapel.

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. [click to continue…]

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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Young Local Golfer Drives, Chips & Putts His Way To Summer Wins

September 13, 2014

By Matt Wiley Golf is a sport of patience and precision. If you’re not careful, one bad swing can ruin your whole game, even for the most experienced player. But, this doesn’t appear to be a problem for one New Tampa 11-year-old. 

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Freedom International Church Celebrates 10 Years

September 13, 2014

By Gary Nager Our congratulations go out to Senior Pastors Eric and Sarah Lehmann and the other ministry leaders and worshippers at Freedom International Church, located in the Summergate Professional Park (behind Sam’s Club, at 27626 Cashford Cir.), which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in October, specifically at services on Friday, October 10, 7 p.m., […]

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The Gift Box Rocks!

September 13, 2014

By Gary Nager I hope, by now, if you spend any time at all in the section of Tampa Palms that also includes Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Koizi, Ciccio’s and Stonewood (and we both know you do), that you’ve at least stopped in to see a lot of familiar New Tampa faces at The Gift […]

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Check Out Jacquie’s New Digs At The Urban Renewal Hair Studio!

September 13, 2014

By Gary Nager Although I’ve been doing the same job here in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel for more than 20 years, there actually are a few people who have been working in this area for longer than I have. One example is Jacquie Caetano, the owner of the new Urban Renewal Hair studio in the […]

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Check Out Jacquie’s New Digs At The Urban Renewal Hair Studio!

September 13, 2014

By Gary Nager Although I’ve been doing the same job here in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel for more than 20 years, there actually are a few people who have been working in this area for longer than I have. One example is Jacquie Caetano, the owner of the new Urban Renewal Hair studio in the […]

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Rain Can’t Dampen Spirits At Rotary’s ‘Dog Days Of Summer’ Concert

September 13, 2014

Submitted to & edited by New Tampa Neighborhood News Despite a total washout of a fund-raising event scheduled for August 10, the Rotary Club of New Tampa is proud to already have been able to raise a few dollars for its planned dog park (which also is being funded by a matching grant from the City […]

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Wharton To Once Again Host Harvest Tournament

September 13, 2014

By Matt Wiley The Harvest Volleyball Tournament once again is returning to New Tampa’s Paul R. Wharton High, as well as the annual accompanying food drive. For the fourth consecutive year, Wharton will welcome local high schools to its Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. campus to compete in the annual girls volleyball tournament on Friday-Saturday, […]

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Sea Of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry — For Your Child’s Healthy Smile

September 13, 2014

By Amy Gutierrez Do you remember your first visit to the dentist as a child? Back then, it was usually your parents’ dentist and some of them didn’t exactly treat kids with special care or consideration. Thankfully, times have changed and Dr. Lisa LaPresti, DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) of Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry […]

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