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By Matt Wiley

hart hearing webOpinions now officially are on the record, as New Tampa and Wesley Chapel riders of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) Route 51X had a chance to sound off about proposed changes to the area’s only bus route during a public hearing at the New Tampa Regional Library on July 8. [click to continue…]

By Matt Wiley

Pebble Creek residents line up to get on the bus that would take them to the public hearing about the future of their utility services.

Pebble Creek residents line up to get on the bus that would take them to the public hearing about the future of their utility services on June 18.

After their existing provider proposed serious rate hikes to customers in Pebble Creek last year, Hillsborough County is making moves to take over water utility services in New Tampa’s oldest community. [click to continue…]

The area outlined in green in the map above represents the county's 81 acres of land across Bruce B. Downs Blvd. from Hunter's Green.

The area outlined in green in the map above represents the county’s 81 acres of land across Bruce B. Downs Blvd. from Hunter’s Green.

By Matt Wiley

Just more than a month since a meeting was held to gather public comments about what to do with the land across Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. from Hunter’s Green in New Tampa, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has approved a Request For Proposals (RFP) for a private-public partnership to develop the property. [click to continue…]

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Photos by Gary Nager and Tony Masella of OurTownFla.com.

By Gary Nager

If you weren’t one of the thousands of people on hand when the Rotary Cub of Wesley Chapel (noon, which meets Wednesdays for lunch at Ciao! Italian Bistro in the Shops at Wiregrass mall) hosted its third annual Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel (FHWC) Freedom Festival on July 3 at the mall, you missed perhaps the single largest single-day event in the history of not only the Wiregrass mall, but perhaps also in the history of the New Tampa and Wesley Chapel areas. [click to continue…]

Grove 16 Shooter Curtis Reeves Released On $150,000 Bond

July 15, 2014

By Matt Wiley Curtis Reeves, Jr., the accused Grove 16 shooter, has been released on bail, following a decision by the Second District Court of Appeals (DCA).

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Yet Another Drunken Wrong-Way Driver Arrested On I-275

July 10, 2014

By Matt Wiley The latest road “rage” isn’t violent frustration. Instead, it seems to be drunkenly driving the wrong direction on a major interstate highway in Tampa, as yet another   man has been arrested for the dangerous driving behavior.

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Overpass Rd. I-75 Interchange Officially Receives Federal Approval

July 9, 2014

By Matt Wiley Residents of northern Wesley Chapel could have a much easier time heading north or south on I-75 in coming years, as the proposed interchange at I-75 and Overpass Rd. officially has received approval from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

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TONIGHT: Public Hearing For New Tampa HART Route 51X Change

July 8, 2014

By Matt Wiley New Tampa commuters who utilize our area’s lone Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) bus route — Route 51X — should consider attending tonight’s formal public hearing at 5 p.m. at the New Tampa Regional Library (10001 Cross Creek Blvd.), as the route that connects Pasco County to downtown Tampa is scheduled to change […]

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Café Don José — Authentic Spanish Cuisine, Minutes From New Tampa!

July 21, 2014

By Gary Nager I can honestly say that I have been a customer/fan of Café Don José, now located on N. 56th St. (between Fowler and Fletcher Aves.) in Temple Terrace, since before I purchased the Neighborhood News in 1994.

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Check Out Sprinkles Ice Cream Next To Target

July 19, 2014

By Gary Nager If you and your family like delicious ice cream floats to cool you off during the dog days of summer (and who doesn’t?), you’re in luck, as Sprinkles Ice Cream Parlor — which has been open for several months at 1219 BBD, in the Northwood Plaza next to the SuperTarget (at the […]

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Pincher’s Opens, Buffalo Wild Wings & Chuck E. Cheese

July 19, 2014

By Gary Nager On July 3, just in time for the Wesley Chapel Rotary Club’s annual “Freedom Festival” at the Shops at Wiregrass mall (see page 58 of this issue), the new Pinchers Crab Shack opened its doors in the mall (at 28330 Paseo Dr., in the space previously occupied by the Aja Wiregrass night […]

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Ribbon Cutting Season Still Strong In Wesley Chapel

July 19, 2014

By Gary Nager Among the other local businesses that have cut ribbons or had a Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (WCCC) mixer in the past 30-45 days include Southern Crafted Homes at Quail Woods (June 6);  RP&G Printing and AFLAC (June 12); the Danny Burgess Campaign Office (for District 38, June 18), the new […]

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Wesley Chapel Pre-Owned Center Breaks Ground

July 19, 2014

By Gary Nager In our next issue, we’ll update you on the Williams Automotive Group’s groundbreaking event at the site of the company’s July 1 Wesley Chapel Pre Owned Center, which is going up at the corner of SR 54 and Old Pasco Rd.

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Dr. Reddy To Open New Plaza & Pet Hospital

July 19, 2014

By Matt Wiley After years of housing his Seven Oaks Pet Hospital veterinary practice in the Cypress View Square Shopping Plaza on S.R. 56 (the same plaza as Goin’ Postal), Dr. Sree Reddy, DVM, is looking to open a new retail plaza less than half a mile to the west on S.R. 56 in Wesley […]

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Decisions, Progress Made At Turner/Bartels K-8 As School Year Nears

July 19, 2014

By Kelly Miller When school resumes in Hillsborough County on August 19, there will be a new, non-magnet K-8 School in New Tampa —the Turner/Bartels K-8 School — and some big announcements for the new school have been made in recent weeks.

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USF Federal Credit Union Offers An Alternative To Big Banks

July 19, 2014

By Lauren Saslow When opening a new checking or savings account, how do you decide which bank to choose? Many individuals gravitate towards the large, corporate banks with their high-profile advertising, special offers or simply their family or spouse’s choice of bank.

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