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Kumquat Festival 2013

By Gary Nager

If you’re looking for a fun, uniquely Florida event to attend this weekend, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the 18th annual Kumquat Festival, presented by the Dade City Chamber of Commerce & Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, in historic downtown Dade City, on Saturday, January 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.. [click to continue…]

By Matt Wiley

If you could, would you pay a little extra to avoid snarled interstate traffic on the way to work? The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) hopes so, as it has announced a concept that could add express toll lanes to several of the Tampa Bay area’s most congested interstates. One of those express lanes could begin and end right here in New Tampa and a meeting is being held tonight to gather public comments. [click to continue…]

A construction sign on Bearss Ave. warns drivers that the next section of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. widening officially has begun.

A construction sign on Bearss Ave. warns drivers that the next section of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. widening officially has begun.

By Matt Wiley

Although work continues on the widening of Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. underneath I-75 that will complete BBD “Segments B & C,” work has begun on “Segment A” —which will widen New Tampa’s main thoroughfare from four to eight lanes from Palm Springs Blvd. in Tampa Palms south to Bearss Ave. 

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sr 56Wesley Chapel drivers who are planning on heading south on I-75 from the S.R. 56 interchange tonight should consider another route, as the southbound entrance ramp will be closed. [click to continue…]

Chili’s Of Wesley Chapel To Open Feb. 16

January 27, 2015

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

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Walls Going Up At Tampa Premium Outlets

January 27, 2015

Just less than two months after officially breaking ground, walls already are going up at the future Tampa Premium Outlets mall off S.R. 56 in Wesley Chapel.

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Hillsborough School Board Terminates Superintendent’s Contract For $1.1 Million

January 21, 2015

By Matt Wiley “The motion passes to terminate the superintendent’s contract, 4-3.”

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OTB Cafe Still Keeping It Fresh One Year Later

January 30, 2015

By Gary Nager It’s only been about a year since owner Dirson De Mesquita opened his “Only The Best” (OTB) Delight Café directly across Bruce B. Downs Blvd. from Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, but in that short time, the hard-working owner and his always-friendly staff have built a nice local following. 

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Tenth Annual Suncoast Arts Festival Rocks The Wiregrass Mall!

January 30, 2015

By Gary Nager One week after the tenth annual Suncoast Arts Festival, presented by Ed Morse Cadillac and hosted once again along Paseo Dr. at the Shops at Wiregrass mall to benefit “Arts in Education” in Pasco County the weekend of January 17-18, I still didn’t have information about who the actual juried prize winners […]

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Ally Turnkey Is Your Ally When It Comes To Home Improvement

January 30, 2015

By Celeste McLaughlin In 2006, Ally Turnkey co-owners Michael Kusheba, president, and New Tampa resident Richard Belinc, VP, were playing together in a popular local band, The Lemmings. They also were working hard at other jobs during the day. Michael had owned a carpet-cleaning business for more than 10 years and often talked with customers […]

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Spa Moritz’s New Owners Bring European Flair, Exclusive Services To Tampa Palms

January 30, 2015

By Celeste McLaughlin Spa Moritz is under new ownership, and the new owners are passionate and excited about their vision for the Tampa Palms spa and salon, located on Commerce Park Blvd. across the street from Freedom High.

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Taylor Morrison Introduces Esplanade Community

January 30, 2015

If you’ve been driving along Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. in New Tampa, you’ve probably noticed the big orange sign just north of Paul R. Wharton High announcing the future Esplanade community from Arizona-based homebuilder Taylor Morrison.

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BBD ‘Segment A’ Widening Meeting Draws Crowd At Tampa Palms Elementary

January 30, 2015

By Matt Wiley Murmurs of voices and footsteps echo through the cafeteria of Tampa Palms Elementary. However, these aren’t the high-pitched voices and giggles of children during their lunch period at the school. Instead, the cafeteria this day is packed with local residents, eager to find out what the next segment of Bruce B. Downs […]

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Happy About New Tampa’s ‘New’ Chamber; Outraged Over Elia

January 30, 2015

For those of us saddened that the formerly annual Taste of New Tampa wasn’t held in 2014, the good news is that our area is now at least one step closer to bringing back the best-attended single-day event in New Tampa.

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Mark Your Calendars For The Honest Abe 5K & Wiregrass Classic Clay Shoot!

January 30, 2015

By Gary Nager One week after you receive this issue in your mailboxes — on Saturday, February 7 — there are two great events we hope you’ll check out, events which may have some crossover appeal. And, the good news is that you can still participate in both of them.

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More Arrests In Escaped Convict Case

January 30, 2015

By Matt Wiley Four months after an inmate who escaped near Wesley Chapel was recaptured in Tampa, several additional arrests have been made in the case as the investigation revealed that several people helped smuggle contraband into a prison.

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New Tampa Scout Earns Eagle Scout Rank With Veterans Hospital Project

January 30, 2015

By Matt Wiley It’s an honor shared by only about two percent of all Boy Scouts across the country since 1912, but one New Tampa resident is soaring above his peers. After nearly ten years of hard work and determination, Benjamin Geller has earned the status of Eagle Scout, the highest rank a member of […]

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