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spelling bee misfits commissarBy Gary Nager

So, I’m not going to lie, I was having a really bad day on April 10 (my son Jake’s birthday) and it showed as I and my teammates attempted to defend the adult Spelling Bee title our Neighborhood News Pirates won last year. [click to continue…]

Construction continues along Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in Tampa Palms, but it may not be the last of it for southern Tampa Palms, even after the current project wraps in 2017.

Construction continues along Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in Tampa Palms, but it may not be the last of it for southern Tampa Palms, even after the current project wraps in 2017.

By Matt Wiley

Construction has been steadily increasing along Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. in New Tampa between E. Bearss Ave. and Palm Springs Blvd. in Tampa Palms (also known as BBD “Segment A”) during the past several months. However, the intersection of BBD and E. Bearss Ave. won’t be completely improved when the BBD “Segment A” project has been completed. [click to continue…]

An editorial by Gary Nager

An editorial by Gary Nager

I have now owned and edited this publication for more than 21 years, which means that I have been waiting for Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. to be widened for oh…let’s say…at least 20 of those years. [click to continue…]

tropAs we announced in our last issue, 2015 marks the first time we decided as a company to dedicate to supporting one cause for an entire year, and we’re proud to say that we recently kicked off our involvement in autism awareness by taking part in the tenth-annual Walk Now For Autism Speaks Tampa Bay event, which did more than just raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for autism research. [click to continue…]

LA Fitness Building New Facility In Tampa Palms

April 23, 2015

Months after packing up their weights in the Shoppes of Amberly, LA Fitness has broken ground on a new facility in Tampa Palms.

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‘The Real Voice Of Wesley Chapel’ At City Grill

April 22, 2015

By Gary Nager If you think you’ve got “The Voice,” come out to City Grill and prove it during April and May!

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Wesley Chapel Burger King Employee Burglarizes Own Restaurant

April 21, 2015

Wesley Chapel’s king has been robbed by one his own. Wesley Chapel’s Burger King, that is.

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Crash Snarls Weekend Traffic On Northbound I-75

April 20, 2015

Were you stuck in the major backup on I-75 near the Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. interchange on Saturday? Here’s what happened.

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Wesley Chapel McDonald’s Lets You ‘Create Your Taste’

April 15, 2015

By Matt Wiley McDonald’s is everywhere, with tens of thousands of restaurants around the world. But, the Wesley Chapel location on S.R. 54, just west of Oakley Blvd., is a little different than all of the others, and recent customers can taste the reason.

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Pasco Sheriff Asks County For Improvements At 9-1-1 Call Center

April 10, 2015

By Matt Wiley Every day, hundreds of calls come in to the Pasco County Emergency Communications/9-1-1 Center from all over the county, including right here in Wesley Chapel. Residents expect a prompt and proper response to whatever crisis/emergency they may be facing. However, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco has told commissioners that the center has […]

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Florida Medical Clinic To Add Wesley Chapel Complex

April 9, 2015

By Matt Wiley If you’ve been driving along Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. north of S.R. 56, you may have noticed that dirt is being turned between the Shops At Wiregrass mall and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel (FHWC). What will rise at the site is another impressive medical facility for our area.

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Southern Living ‘Showcase Home’ Complete In Brookside

April 9, 2015

By Matt Wiley The Southern Living magazine “Showcase Home” in Brookside (located next to Saddlebrook Resort & Spa on S.R. 54) is complete, and soon will be featured in the glossy, national magazine.

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FDOT: I-75 Widening To Wrap In Early Summer

April 6, 2015

After years of construction, I-75 may soon finally be rid of the orange cones and barrels in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel in just a few months.

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Wesley Chapel’s Brooke Adee Advances On ‘The Voice’

April 6, 2015

By Gary Nager OK, so here’s an update on what’s been happening on “The Voice” since I first told you about Wesley Chapel’s own budding indie/alt music artist Brooke Adee.

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Player Struck By Former USF Coach Jim Leavitt Didn’t Break Story

February 25, 2015

In 2010, former USF coach Jim Leavitt was fired for allegedly striking former Bulls player, Joel Miller, who recently told his side of the story to the Neighborhood News. Click through for clips from the interview.

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Cypress Creek Ice & Sports Complex Officially Breaks Ground

February 24, 2015

By Matt Wiley Wesley Chapel’s claim to ice hockey fame could open late this year, if all goes to developer Gordie Zimmermann (of Z Mitch, LLC)’s plan, who officially broke ground on the state’s largest ice hockey facility in our area this morning. 

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Culver’s Coming To Cypress Creek Town Center

February 23, 2015

As development kicks into high gear in the Cypress Creek Town Center Development of Regional Impact (DRI) in Wesley Chapel, more tenants are announcing plans to move into the area. Most recently, Culver’s has scheduled a meeting with Pasco County officials to discuss their plans for a site along S.R. 56 that could be under […]

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Chili’s Of Wesley Chapel Is Now Open

February 17, 2015

If you’ve been looking forward to the opening of Wesley Chapel’s newest “neighborhood” bar, the wait is officially over.

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Not Many Improvements Planned For Morris Bridge Rd.

February 13, 2015

By Matt Wiley Traveling south on Morris Bridge Rd. from S.R. 54, it’s hard to imagine that there are thousands of homes planned for developments on both sides of the two-lane road (both north and south of the Pasco County line) that currently looks out over mostly rural and agricultural land. However, even with a […]

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Estancia At Wiregrass Cuts A Ribbon

February 11, 2015

After years of hearing about the thousands of residential units that will be coming to the Wiregrass Ranch Development of Regional Impact (DRI) in Wesley Chapel, Estancia at Wiregrass by Standard Pacific Homes has officially opened, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 11.

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Golf Tourney Among WC Chamber’s Upcoming Events

April 24, 2015

The WCCC is still in its busy season, which means there’s still plenty of opportunity for you to get involved and network with one of the most dynamic “small” Chambers of Commerce in the Tampa Bay area.

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Grow A Playoff Beard To Benefit Moffitt!

April 24, 2015

The Tampa Bay Lightning are participating in an annual tradition surrounding the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs known as the Beard-a-Thon® to raise money for Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center and are encouraging Lightning fans to join them in the campaign.

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Vallartas Tampa Palms Is Your Spot For Mexican Fare On Cinco

April 24, 2015

By Gary Nager There’s no doubt that the Vallarta’s family of independently owned authentic Mexican restaurants — with locations in Land O’Lakes, Carrollwood, Temple Terrace, the Wesley Chapel Village Market and of course, the New Tampa location in the Publix-anchored City Plaza at Tampa Palms shopping center — all offer large portions of delicious Mexican […]

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New FHWC CEO Provides AnUpdate At Business Breakfast

April 24, 2015

New Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel (FHWC) CEO Denyse Bales-Chubb (photo, right) gave a presentation at the April 7 Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (WCCC) monthly business breakfast at the Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch off Mansfield Blvd. in Wesley Chapel.

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New Tampa YMCA To Cut Ribbon At Outdoor Conditioning Area

April 24, 2015

By Matt Wiley For the past several years, eating healthy and getting in shape have continued to become even more popular among people of all ages. As the trend has grown, different forms of workouts have emerged, including crossfit, which focuses on non-traditional exercise routines, involving ropes, tires, jumps and weights. Well now the New […]

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Bill Nye The Science Tells USF Students To ‘Change The World’

April 24, 2015

By Matt Wiley Bill Nye the Science Guy wants college kids to change the world.

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New Tampa Residents Present Science Fair Project At White House

April 24, 2015

By Celeste McLaughlin Most middle school students display their science projects in their school’s gymnasium or library and, if they win, maybe at the local convention center. However, two New Tampa residents recently got to display their projects outside of the U.S. White House.

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Tampa Kidney Specialists — The Local Experts For Your Kidney Problems

April 24, 2015

By Celeste McLaughlin Shaheen Motiwala, MD, and Saima Iqbal, MD, are two New Tampa/Wesley Chapel-area nephrologists and moms who treat patients with kidney problems with care and compassion. Their practice, Tampa Kidney Specialists, has an office in on W. Fletcher Ave. in North Tampa (near I-275) and another in the Seven Oaks Professional Center off […]

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