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Crusading for sidewalk safety; Not your typical hospital food; Steinbrenner student organizes jazz concert

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    By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.com

    Leonard Road is drawing a lot of atten-tion, but not the kind that most residentswant.

    Developers have ambitious plans forlarge tracts of wooded land along the curvytwo-lane road that winds from U.S. 41, al-most to State Road 54. More than 300single-family homes, an assisted living facili-ty, medical office and retail are on thedrawing board.

    Though Leonard dead-ends just shy ofState Road 54, the road eventually will bepaved and extended, according to site planson file with Pasco County. Area residents inthis Lutz neighborhood are bracing for a fu-ture as a cut-through road from U.S. 41 toState Road 54.

    Not yourtypical hospitalfoodBy William J. JackoSpecial to The Laker/Lutz News

    Louis Sicona and Michael Serranowere looking for a new place to tryout for lunch one day, and theywound up at Twigs Caf at St.Josephs Hospital-North in Lutz.

    It was just a whim, Sicona said.The hospital, at 4211 Van Dyke

    Road, is near where Sicona andSerrano work, and they decided tocheck out its caf.

    That was more than a year ago,and theyve been dining at the hospi-tal twice a week ever since.

    Serrano offered these four rea-sons why: Variety, quality, quantityand price.

    First-time diners might be mostsurprised by the quality.

    The Twigs Caf has daily offeringsthat are comparable to any hipstercaf or gourmet restaurant, at amuch more reasonable price.

    For roughly as much as a ham-burger chain lunch deal, the Twigs Caf givesdiners a choice of delicious, from-scratch,healthy home-cooked meals at the conven-ience of fast-food and at cafeteria prices.

    Paul Finocchi, executive chef and gradu-ate of the Culinary Institute of America,seems to wave his magic ladle over the food,and inventive creations poof into existence.

    On any given day, employees, visitors,and anyone else fortunate enough to bearound, might be treated to chicken mole,watermelon gazpacho, macadamia-crustedtilapia with pia colada sauce, tomato-stuffed flounder, Manhattan seafood

    chowder, green chicken chili, Caprese salad,horseradish-crusted salmon, or some otherdelicacy.

    Finocchi, better known as Chef Paul,credits Marty Blitz, chef at Mise en Place inTampa, for the horseradish-crusted salmon, apremium entree that sells for about $4 aserving at the hospital.

    Those are $20 entrees out in the realworld, Chef Paul said. You go to BonefishGrillthats basically the same dish that youcan find at these places.

    Staples like fried catfish, herb-grilledchicken breast, tomato-glazed meatloaf, and

    baked chicken quarters return regularly, butthe menu changes constantly and varieswith the seasons.

    I try to stay current on trends, ChefPaul said. Upwards of 90 percent of thestuff I cook in-house, I buy fresh where Ican. Im always looking for whats currentand whats trending, such as dark leafygreens, cauliflower, or ancient grains, a fewof the recent trends.

    Chef Paul encourages creativity in hiskitchen.

    The cold salad station is an example ofthis, in overdrive.

    Tuscan bread salad, shaved fennel and or-ange slices, spaghetti squash with sundriedtomatoes, green beans and strawberrieswith lemongrass, Brussels sprouts with pis-tachios and honeyanything is possible atthis station.

    While training kitchen help for otherBayCare hospitals, Chef Paul has beenknown to arrange a friendly competition tosee who can come up with the most cre-ative cold salad.

    KATHY STEELE/STAFF PHOTOLeonard Road residents want the county to build a sidewalk to protect pedestrians and bicy-clists. On a recent afternoon, a car drove past, from left, Mike Benjamin, David Haynes andEd Klaameyer.

    PHOTOS COURTESY OF WILLIAM J. JACKOChef Paul Finocchi, of St. Josephs Hospital-Norths Twigs Caf, shows off a pizza fresh from the oven.

    By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.com

    A junior at Steinbrenner High School isorganizing a benefit jazz concert to help outa local food pantry.

    Steinbrenners James Wall is hosting theEagle Scout Jazz Benefit Concert on April 10at 4 p.m., at the Messiah Lutheran Church,14920 Hutchison Road in Tampa.

    Admission is free, but attendees are askedto bring a food donation, which will begiven to the Kaye Prox Food Bank in Tampa.

    Wall, who has been a Boy Scout sincekindergarten, is hosting the traditional jazzconcert as part of a service project in hisquest to become an Eagle Scout.

    I want to be a musician. I want to majorin music. I wanted to do an Eagle Scout proj-ect that would pertain to what my career

    would be like, said Wall, who is currently inthe final rank of Boy Scouts before advanc-ing to an Eagle Scout.

    Steinbrenner studentorganizes jazz concert

    Eagle Scout JazzBenefit ConcertWHAT: A traditional jazz music concert ben-efitting the Kaye Prox Food Bank in TampaWHO: James Wall, trombone; ChuckBerlin, piano; John Lamb, Bass; andChristian Bianchet, drumsWHERE: Messiah Lutheran Church, 14920Hutchison Road in TampaWHEN: April 10 at 4 p.m.COST: Admission is free, but attendees areasked to bring a food item to donation.

    COURTESY OF JAMES WALLSteinbrenner High junior James Wall isorganizing a jazz benefit concert as part of aservice project in his quest to become anEagle Scout.See JAZZ, page 11A

    Crusading for sidewalk safety

    See SIDEWALK, page 11A

    See FOOD, page 11ACOURTESY OF ST. JOSEPHS HOSPITAL-NORTH

    People whoare visitingpatients, orwho work atSt. JosephsHospital-North, arentthe onlyones whoenjoy eatingat TheTwigs Caf.

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    By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.com

    Pasco County and the state of Floridahave teamed up on a $6 million land deal todesignate a large swath of a former cattleranch in Land O Lakes as a conservationeasement.

    The county and the state each will pay$3 million for two parcels totaling nearly620 acres, located west of Old Pasco Roadabout a half-mile south of State Road 52.

    The purchase is an acquisition for thecountys Environmental Lands andAcquisition Management Program, alsoknown as ELAMP. That program is partiallyfunded with revenues from the Penny forPasco program.

    Theres a provision in the deal that couldresult in a portion of the northern half ofthe site being used as the right-of-way for aplanned trail system that generally will fol-low along the former Orange Belt Rail Line.

    Pasco County Chairwoman KathrynStarkey persuaded commissioners to post-pone a vote on the contract until after theirlunch break at the March 8 meeting in DadeCity. She wanted to add language to the con-tract that would clear the way to negotiatethe trails easement and public accessthrough the site.

    Without that provision, Starkey said thecounty could be forced to eventually negoti-ate a separate, costly deal to buy privatelyowned land for the trail.

    This is one of our most important trailsin the