Winding Waters K-8 gets new administrator
Hernando County's newest school now has an assistant principal. Kristina Garofano, a veteran educator who currently serves as a teacher on special assignment at Explorer K-8 in Spring Hill, has been tapped for the job at Winding Waters K-8. Principal Dave Dannemiller said he interviewed 11 applicants for the job — all current teachers in the county — and had a good selection, but Garofano stood out for her "vision and experience." Garofano, who couldn't be reached Thursday, spent 11 years at Westside Elementary, first as a classroom teacher, then as an assessment teacher, Dannemiller said. At Explorer, Garofano essentially served as a "quasi-adminstrator," working on curriculum, disciplinary issues and teacher training, he said. Located on U.S. 19 next door to Weeki Wachee High, Winding Waters will open its elementary section in August, and Dannemiller is in the process of hiring 54 teachers.
Teenagers will fast as part of fundraiser
More than 4,000 Florida teens will participate in World Vision's 30 Hour Famine this weekend, with more than 40 local teens participating in the 30-hour fast. The local group hopes to raise $5,000 for Haiti with a "Smash Out Hunger" event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Winn Dixie, 31100 Cortez Blvd., east of Brooksville. For a donation, participants can "wale" on a junk car. There also will be a food drive and a children's health/safety fair at locations in Zephyrhills. For details, call Myrlene Thenor at (727) 550-7267.
Hernando County Commission/Teamsters Local Union 79, collective bargaining session, Hernando County Development Department, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville.
Stringbreak Music Fest: 1 p.m., Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. Continues through Sunday. $10 Friday, $35 Saturday and $15 Sunday. Youths ages 13 to 18, $10; 12 and younger free. A three-day pass with camping is $85. (352) 754-3082.
Shark Theater presents 'Cafe Cabaret': 7 p.m., Black Box Theater, Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. $12 for adults; $10 for students. (352) 797-7088, ext. 296.
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