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Joel Miller footballBy Gary Nager

I have known Joel Miller (photo) since he and my older son Jared played youth football together on the New Tampa Wildcats at age 12 or 13. Now 26, following an outstanding high school football career at New Tampa’s Paul R. Wharton High, Miller’s college football career — and his life — took an unexpected nosedive while he was a walk-on at the University of South Florida. [click to continue…]

*millerIn 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. [click to continue…]

Developer Gordie Zimmermann takes a slap shot at a hockey goal during the groundbreaking for the Cypress Creek Ice & Sports Complex on Feb. 24 in Wesley Chapel. Instead of tossing dirt with shovels, attendees attempted to put a puck in the net.

Developer Gordie Zimmermann takes a slap shot at a hockey goal during the groundbreaking for the Cypress Creek Ice & Sports Complex on Feb. 24 in Wesley Chapel. Instead of tossing dirt with shovels, attendees attempted to put a puck in the net.

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.  [click to continue…]

Culver's is planning a Wesley Chapel location in the Cypress Creek Town Center Development of Regional Impact with frontage along S.R. 56.

Culver’s is planning a Wesley Chapel location in the Cypress Creek Town Center Development of Regional Impact with frontage along S.R. 56.

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 construction in 4-5 months. [click to continue…]

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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Turner-Bartels Students Test Out School’s New Laptops During Presentation

February 27, 2015

By Matt Wiley Technology is changing the way students learn and interact in the classroom. And, thanks to a $1.8-million Digital Classroom Plan Grant from the state, the Hillsborough County School District (HCSD) has been able to purchase and provide 25 laptop computers at more than 100 schools. One of the first to try the […]

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Wesley Chapel Chamber Makes Its New Tampa Move

February 27, 2015

By Gary Nager Now that former New Tampa Chamber of Commerce president Neil Heird has signed the papers (photo, right) which officially folded that organization, the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (WCCC) is promising to keep up the momentum it has built at a couple of recent events to again provide the kind of […]

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Spotlight: Mulligan’s Irish Pub

February 27, 2015

If you’re looking for a great place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, March 17, we hope you’ll check out the always fun-filled St. Patty’s Day bash at Mulligan’s Irish Pub, which is located at the recently revamped Pebble Creek Golf Club (10550 Regents Park Dr., off Bruce B. Downs {BBD} Blvd.).

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The Bay Area’s First WingZone Combines Great Flavor & A Great Story!

February 27, 2015

By Gary Nager Detroit native Toya Tucker was working for the Ford Motor Company when the company closed the plant in 2006. That started a series of moves for her and her husband Kyle and their family that ultimately landed with them moving to our area for Toya’s new job with Kellogg’s (the breakfast cereal […]

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Grandeur Hair Design Promises A Salon Experience You Won’t Forget!

February 27, 2015

By Celeste McLaughlin During the past five years, owner and master stylist Maher Al-Aghawani has built a loyal clientele of New Tampa and Wesley Chapel residents at Grandeur Hair Design – and many travel from as far away as Orlando, Sarasota and even Boston to see their favorite stylist.

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Stage Left Bar & Kitchen Should Be Your ‘Neighborhood’ Hangout, Too!

February 27, 2015

By Gary Nager I have known Stage Left owners and longtime New Tampa residents Brian and Isabelle Dunleavy since a year or two before they got married a few years ago. It just so happens that I also started stopping in to check on the progress of their amazing new “Bar & Kitchen” on S.R. […]

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New Tampa Resident Bringing USF Women Back To ‘March Madness!’

February 27, 2015

By Gary Nager People who actually follow women’s college basketball can debate ad nauseum whether University of Tennessee legend Pat Summit or University of Connecticut coach Gino Auriemma is the greatest women’s college hoops coach of all time, but there is no doubt as to who is the greatest women’s basketball coach in the history […]

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New Tampa Family YMCA To Offer FREE Swimming Lessons March 9-12

February 27, 2015

By Matt Wiley Pools are pretty common in Florida. Whether it’s a private home or the community amenity center, finding a local water hole isn’t that difficult. The Tampa Metropolitan YMCA recognizes this and is offering FREE swimming and water safety classes at YMCA locations across Tampa Bay, including at the New Tampa Family YMCA, […]

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Softball Bat Club Is A Home Run For New Tampa Softball Enthusiasts

February 27, 2015

Although it is convenient, shopping online is always a gamble, especially depending upon what you happen to be buying. For example, when purchasing sports equipment, it sometimes pays off to try the equipment before buying it. Luckily for New Tampa residents, Softball Bat Club provides a store where you can do just that. 

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Why Re/Max Should Be Your First Choice In Residential Realty

February 27, 2015

By Celeste McLaughlin When it comes to real estate expertise and the knowledge and skills that come from years of closing successful real estate transactions, RE/MAX First In Real Estate (in Tampa Palms) Realtors Amani Warden, Kay Lehmer, Dave Devaney and Linda Thrasher-Donalson  (who also is a licensed Real Estate Broker) are all among the […]

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