Coming Soon: Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop in Starkey Ranch

23 Jul

According to a news article posted here, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop will soon be opening a location in Starkey Ranch.

A taste of Philadelphia’s legendary Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop is closer than you think to opening up here in the Tampa Bay area!

They’re quite popular in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Washington. And now they’re coming to Florida. The closest one to us at the moment is in Atlanta, but they have big plans to enter the Tampa area with over a dozen locations in the works. Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop was founded in 1976. They now have over 100 locations around the United States. The first two Tampa area locations will open this summer. One will be in Odessa in Starkey Ranch. The other will be in Lutz at the Willow Bend Towne Center. Others will later open in Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk and Pinellas counties.

Can your taste buds handle what Capriotti’s is cooking?

News: Trinity and Starkey Ranch Baseball League Coming!

15 Jul

We are excited to hear that Trinity and Starkey Ranch will be getting their own baseball league! This is a long time coming and the season starts this coming Fall. Check out all of the great information below and if you want to sign up, please click the link at the bottom of the article!

2021 Trinity and Starkey Ranch Fall Recreational Baseball Registration

Dates / Times
We will be located at Starkey Ranch District Park in Odessa, FL from Sept 11, 2021 – Oct 30, 2021. Because we only have 1 field for fall season (more fields are being built ahead of Spring), our Fall season will be focused on skill-building and offer scrimmages in the latter half of the season.

Practice & Scrimmages – Saturdays

  • T-Ball + Rookie:  9am – 1pm
  • Minor + Major:  1pm – 5pm

Additional optional practice – Sundays

  • All levels:  9am – 1pm

Program
Youth Sports Florida’s recreational baseball program consists of four age-based levels depending on the player’s age as of May 1 of the current year. Program emphasis is on fundamentals of the game as players are shown the basics of hitting, throwing, catching and base running within a framework of teamwork and sportsmanship.

Teams
All coaches are volunteers and coaches set up the practice location, day and time.  Rosters, schedules, uniforms and equipment are distributed to coaches before your first game. Players will be contacted by the coach of their team. Practices will begin in September. Please note coaches will be required to complete a background check.

Special Request Policy
Coach and teammate requests will be considered carefully, but there is no guarantee they will be honored. For requests to be considered, the registration must be turned in by the registration deadline.

What about the girls!?!
A softball program will be coming soon. In the meantime, our baseball program is co-ed at all age groups and girls are welcome!

Divisions

T-Ball for ages 4-6

Ballplayers ages 4-6 learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height-adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the line-up for the entire game. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment.

Rookie (machine/coach-pitch) for ages 7-8

Designed primarily for ballplayers ages 7-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine and/or coach-pitch to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field. Fear of actually being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants.

Minor for ages 9-10

Recommended for ballplayers ages 9-10. Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork.

Major for ages 11-12

Features a 46′ pitching distance and 60′ base paths. Special base running rules are also in effect.

News: Pasco County Schools To End mySchool Online

30 Mar

Parents/Guardians,

This email is an update on the school district’s status regarding COVID-19 and our plans for the future.

Based on recent trends and initial guidance from the state, we will not offer the mySchool Online option next school year. We expect the vast majority of our students to be back in the classroom for in-person learning, and for our employees to return to the classroom or office.

Below is a set of Frequently Asked Questions.

How did you reach this conclusion?

The number of positive COVID-19 cases involving our students or staff have decreased dramatically since the high marks of January. We have seen occasional spikes, yet the overall trends are clear and they are promising. We continue to monitor the numbers closely – both in our schools and in the community at large.

Recent vaccinations are another promising sign. Thanks to our partnership with the Health Department and the efforts of our own employees, we have been able to vaccinate thousands of our employees.

What learning options will be available next school year?

At the start of the pandemic, our school district offered three learning options for students: traditional in-person learning, mySchool Online, and Pasco eSchool. Going forward, we expect the vast majority of students to attend school in person.

Pasco eSchool will remain as an option. It has been a nationally recognized option for Pasco students for more than a decade, and we plan no changes to our successful Pasco eSchool.

mySchool Online will no longer be an option.

Why are you eliminating mySchool Online?

The mySchool Online option was created as a temporary option during the pandemic. The Florida Department of Education only authorized Florida school systems to offer mySchool Online type options for the 2020-2021 school year, and current indications are that such programs will not be authorized by the state for the 2021-2022 school year.

Also, despite our best efforts, our data show that many students who opted for mySchool Online are not succeeding academically and would benefit from a return to in-person learning. There is also a growing body of evidence regarding the mental health benefits of attending school in person with classmates.

Will masks be required in the fall?

No final decision has been made regarding masks. At this time, the county still has a mask order in place, and that could change in the coming months. However, at this time we cannot say with any certainty whether masks will be required or optional, or some other status.

What options are available for medically fragile children?

For a small number of students, Hospital/Homebound is a service to continue instruction at home or in the hospital. Hospital Homebound is not a school of choice and state criteria for eligibility must be met. It is for students who are medically diagnosed as too medically compromised to attend school. Additional information regarding Hospital/Homebound can be found at this link.

I have more questions. Where can I go for answers?

You can submit questions and comments via Let’s Talk. We have created a “Trending Topic” called Education Options for 21-22 in Let’s Talk.

Let’s Eat: Central Park Family Restaurant

17 Mar

Central Park Family Restaurant is an amazing little family run restaurant in Trinity. We’ve been ordering from them since the Covid-19 outbreak earlier in 2020 and their food and service has always been tremendous. They are located at 7657 State Road 54 in Trinity and are open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

We frequently order both breakfast and dinner from Central Park and have always been impressed by their food. Their extensive menu has a ton of offerings for just about any tastes! My personal favorites are their French toast, Philly Cheesesteaks, fresh pressed Cuban and the fish and chips!

Here’s some additional information provided from their website:

“Originally from New York City, we have served millions the great taste of a New York Diner here in Florida. We vow to our customers to bring the taste of home style cooking with reasonable prices. Quality and customer service has always been our number one priority. Unlike other food establishments or businesses “we are here to make friends!” Please enjoy your dining experience with us and help us continue to grow by telling your friends and family. If you enjoyed your dining experience with us tell your friends and family. If for any reason you did not, please tell us.”

You can view their extensive menu’s by clicking this link: Central Park Family Restaurant Menu’s

Central Park Family Restaurant
7657 State Road 54
New Port Richey, Florida 34653
727-376-7402

Events: Generations Christian Church Egg Hunt

9 Mar
Generations Christian Church in Trinity will be holding THE GREAT EGG HUNT at their church campus located at 1540 Little Road, in Trinity. Here is the information from their Facebook page.

Petting zoo, inflatables, pony rides, and face painting! You’re invited!

March 27 10AM-12PM
1540 Little Rd, Trinity, FL 34655

Egg hunt times:
10:15 Elementary
10:45 Preschool
11:15 Elementary
11:45 Preschool

News: Starkey K8 School Names Admin Staff

19 Jan

Pasco County Schools has announced the appointment of Cortney Gantt as the new Principal of the Starkey Ranch K-8 school opening in August 2021. Mrs. Gantt is a long time resident and administration team member in the Trinity area and has an awesome reputation as one of the best principals around.

Joining Mrs. Gantt will be Jennifer Frantz, who has been appointed as the Starkey K-8 school’s Assistant Principal. 

We’ve provided a list below showing the other staff members that will be part of the Starkey K-8 team.

Principal

NameEmailJob Description
Gantt, Cortney[email protected]Principal K8

Assistant Principals

NameEmailJob Description
Frantz, Jennifer[email protected]Asst Principal K8 245

Teachers

NameEmailJob Description

Support Staff

NameEmailJob Description
Grosseibl, Amy[email protected]Admin Asst Secondary NNB 245 
Level Flood, Brittany[email protected]Magnet Coordinator 
Moles, Toni[email protected]Stu Sys Data Entry Operator 
Pimental, Kim[email protected]Registrar 
Sajecki, Annette[email protected]Secretary III 216 
Wolfe, Joyce[email protected]Learn Design Coach 
Yothers, Cathy[email protected]Bookkeeper Sec 7.5h

Coming Soon: Starkey Ranch K-8 is set to open next fall

15 Oct
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A new kindergarten through eighth grade school that’s being constructed in the Starkey Ranch community now has an official name: Starkey Ranch K-8.

The school is scheduled to open next fall, and will part of a complex that includes a district park, a theater and library. The district park opened in November 2017.

The quartet of community amenities resulted from a public-public-private partnership involving Pasco County Schools, Pasco County and the Wheelock Communities, the private developers of Starkey Ranch, a community off State Road 54 in Trinity.

Starkey Ranch K-8 School is the public school district’s first school specifically designed for elementary and middle school students.

The school is expected to have about 1,000 elementary school students and 600 middle school students. The campus includes a gymnasium, athletic fields, a running track and sports courts that will be available during non-school hours to residents, through a shared-use agreement.

Additionally, the third part of the partnership involves Pasco County, and involves the construction of what’s been dubbed TLC, which stands for theater, library and cultural center.

The TLC will accommodate public library patrons and students. It also will have a 250-seat theater and three makerspaces.

The Pasco County School Board approved the school’s official name during its Oct. 6 meeting. The board prefers to name schools after the general location, features of the area or historical information about the area.

Source: The Laker / Lutz News

Comin Soon: Ferber Plans Cypress Ranch, Largest Mixed-Use Project In Company’s 114-Year History

14 Oct
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LUTZ, Fla., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Ferber Company (Ferber), a privately held real estate development and investment company headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl. announces Cypress Ranch, the largest land development project in company history, including single and multi-family residential, retail, and office. This 164-acre mixed-use development in Pasco County on the south side of S.R. 54 intersects with Ballantrae Blvd, just east of the Suncoast Parkway. Pasco is one of the top 40 fastest growing counties in the United States. Cypress Ranch is situated approximately eight (8) miles and equidistant from two major commercial nodes – Tampa Premium Outlets to the east and Mitchell Ranch to the west.

“We realized the growth of this corridor was far outpacing any area in the Tampa Bay market” shares Ryan Plate, Vice President at Ferber and lead developer on this project. With neighboring Hillsborough County nearly built out from a residential perspective, Pasco has become a prime target for further residential development, and as a result generates the need for more commercial uses to complement that growth. Another contributing element to growth is recent job creation. Over 750 jobs have been created in the trade area in the last two years alone, with more to come, including announcements for extensive office space and a distribution facility within 1.5 miles of the project. Plate’s strategy has been to put together the right team and residential partners to create a mixed-use project that complements the surrounding communities and satisfies the increasing demand.

In 2012, Cypress Ranch, formerly known as Smith 54, was entitled for almost 1,600 multi-family residential units and commercial, but county planners encouraged a variety of residential options, leading Plate to concentrate on gaining the right balance of residential and retail. “Ferber has been committed to the highest level of professionalism in this collaboration,” states, Kurt Kehoe, Florida’s VP of Development for The NRP Group, the award-winning developer of the multi-family component. Kehoe says The NRP Group is looking forward to the project’s completion and what it will bring to this vibrant community. Ferber has worked closely with NRP Group, as well as Lennar Homes who will close on the final parcels later this year, planning approximately 330 multi-family units, 134 townhomes, and 132 single family homes behind the commercial uses.

The commercial elements of Cypress Ranch include EoS Fitness, Aldi, Burger King, Circle K, Honest-1, and Woodie’s Wash Shack, among other national tenants. One outparcel remains along S.R. 54 as well as one larger 6.4-acre tract, which can be subdivided and is suitable for retail, office, medical office, and hotel, among other uses.

Cypress Ranch began construction October 1st and anticipates the first retail openings to occur late 2021 and 2022. For more information regarding leasing and sales, contact Ben Kirk at [email protected], or Ryan Plate at [email protected] for project questions.

Looking to move to Starkey Ranch?

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