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New Catholic school opens in Lutz; Champions once more; Hospital expansion ahead of schedule; Park expansion signifies big day for Land O’ Lakes

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    Public campaign launchedto raise $17 millionBy B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

    Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel alwaysknew that it would be expanding, but it did-nt expect to be doing so 2 years ahead ofschedule.

    Hospital officials, local dignitaries and in-vited guests celebrated the beginning of a$78 million expansion project at a Aug. 12gathering, that also marked the beginning ofa public campaign to raise $17 million tosupport the project.

    Florida Hospital and Adventist Health arecommitted to $61 million of the projectscost, but the rest will come from a fundrais-ing effort chaired by Tom Dempsey, ownerof Saddlebrook Resort, which helped putWesley Chapel on the map more than threedecades ago.

    Speakers praised the hospital for thequality of its care, during the event that in-

    cluded hors doeuvres, live music, muffins,parfaits, juice and coffee.

    They noted the hospitals reputation forexcellence and said that, along with growthin the surrounding communities, have fu-eled the need to expand much sooner thaninitially expected.

    Wesley Chapel and Pasco County are onthe rise, Pasco County Commissioner MikeMoore, who lives in Wesley Chapel, told thecrowd. Were on the rise because communitypartners like Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

    After only 2 years, theyre moving for-ward with an expansion of this hospital.This was scheduled to be done in five years.Thats incredible.

    These things dont happen by them-selves, ladies and gentlemen. They onlyhappen when you can build the trust andsupport of the community that surroundsyou, Moore said.

    State Rep. Danny Burgess agreed.This is no coincidence that this is hap-

    pening so quickly, only halfway through theprojected five-year expansion timeline,Burgess said.

    COURTESY OF FLORIDA HOSPITAL WESLEY CHAPELWhen people talk about infrastructure, theyre usually talking about government projects,State Rep. Danny Burgess said. But he added, hospitals are perhaps the most importantinfrastructure a community can have.

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    Champions once moreThe Contempo Dance Team, shown here prior to the On Stage America National Championship in Orlando June 28, came home nationalchamps for their winning dance number Corny Collins Miss Hairspray Spectacular. The senior jazz team won the age 13 and olderChallenge of Champions for the second year in a row. The dance team is based in Lutz and choreographed by April Dumas.

    By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

    Mother Teresa of Calcutta CatholicSchool had its first day of classes in its newhome on Aug. 17.

    The school is operating in a new struc-ture on the campus of St. Timothy CatholicChurch, at 17524 Lakeshore Road in Lutz.

    Most Holy Redeemer, which was found-ed in 1954, took on its new name last year,but didnt move to its new campus until thisacademic year.

    The school, for children in kindergartenthrough eighth grade, has an enrollment of355 students, said Principal JohnnathanCombs.

    Thats up from the enrollment at the

    New Catholic school opens in Lutz

    See SCHOOL, page11A

    B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTOMother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School had its first day of classes in its new home on thecampus of Saint Timothy Catholic Church on Aug. 17. This photo was taken just days beforeclasses began.

    Hospital expansion ahead of schedule

    See HOSPITAL, page11A

    Park expansionsignifies big dayfor Land O LakesBy B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

    Passersby on U.S. 41 likely didnt noticethe event taking place under a coveredpavilion at the Land O Lakes CommunityPark on Aug. 14.

    After all, there were no marching bandsor fireworks.

    But the ribbon cutting for the Land OLakes Community Park project marked a bigday in the communitys history.

    The $2.3 million park improvement proj-ect includes the installation of a Bermudagrass practice field, a Bermuda grass footballfield and a 300-foot Bermuda grass softballfield.

    It also includes a concession buildingwith restrooms and a meeting room, a main-tenance building, open space, two shelters,new parking lots, a new playground and aremodeled patio area. And, theres also afour-tenths-of-a-mile walking trail.

    This is an exciting time for Land OLakes. I know the community is going toenjoy this park for years to come, said PascoCounty Commissioner Mike Moore, a speak-er at the ribbon cutting.

    This celebrates progress. Not just theprogress of Pasco County, but for Land OLakes and the community that surroundsthis park. Its an effort, in my mind, for therevitalization of this great community,Moore said.

    This isnt the end of it, Moore added.You look around and you say, Wow, whatan amazing facility. But this isnt the end.Thanks to the efforts of the Heritage ParkFoundation, Sandy Graves and her team,theres going to be a bandstand here thatsgoing to have concerts and other perform-ances. Thats going to be another great thing

    See PARK, page11A

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    A trio of food court restaurants at theTampa Premium Outlets is slated for com-pletion by Oct. 5, about three weeks beforethe malls opening day.

    Green Leafs, Bananas Smoothies &Frozen Yogurt, and South Philly Steaks &Fries are a package deal for EclipseBuilding Corp. The South Florida-basedcompany, with additional locations in FortLauderdale and Tampa, is a frequent con-tractor at malls built by Simon PropertyGroup, the developers behind the outletmall at State Road 56 and the Interstate 75interchange.

    The mall will have 110 outlet stores in-cluding Michael Kors, Gymboree, J. Crew,Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and PacSun.

    Franchisee Raitom LLC hired Eclipse tobuild the three gourmet eateries in themalls food court, which represent about40 percent of the malls food court.

    The grouping of these particular eater-ies is a first for Raitom, which hopes tomarket them similarly at other malls.

    They all kind of complement eachother, said Todd Whalen, founder and presi-dent of Eclipse.

    Green Leafs specializes in fast food,healthy dining with fresh made-to-orderand signature salads, wraps, grilled paninisand homemade soups. Bananas Smoothiescreates fruit smoothies and nonfat yogurttreats. South Philly serves a heartier menuwith classic cheese steaks, salads, loadedpotatoes and potato skins.

    Eclipse is bidding on contracts for retailvendors at the outlet mall as well as anAsian-themed food court eatery, also part ofRaitoms franchises. With that contract,Eclipse would be responsible for 65 per-cent of the food court.

    Other Eclipse clients include For Eyes, J.McLaughlin, Build-A-Bear, Fresh HealthyCaf and Perfumania.

    Whalen said his company takes aunique approach in its bidding by offeringa two-year warranty including maintenanceservices. The industry standard generally isfor one-year warranties, he said.

    We just keep the place looking brandnew, Whalen said.

    The Oct. 5 completion date for theeateries allows time to stock the restau-rants and train employees, he added.

    Its going to be a very, very excitingshopping experience for everyone, Whalensaid.

    PHOTOS COURTESY OF ECLIPSE CORP.Eclipse Building Corp. is in charge of construction of 40 percent of the food court at TampaPremium Outlets including Green Leafs and Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt.

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