Former teacher plans to run for School Board seat
A former Hernando County teacher who now works as a secretary for Springstead High School wants to help lead the school district. Nilsa Colon Toro, 61, of Spring Hill prefiled Thursday to run for the District 1 School Board seat held by John Sweeney. A New York native, Toro has lived with her husband, Manny, in Spring Hill for more than 20 years. She started teaching English as a second language two decades ago at Westside Elementary and later taught the same subject at Springstead before moving to the school's front desk. The couple's three sons are graduates of Springstead. "If I get elected, I can make a difference and can work toward improving education for our students and better work relations for our staff," she said. Sweeney, nearing the end of his first four-year term, has said he is leaning toward a bid for re-election but has yet to prefile.
Deputies collecting donations for needy
Deputies with the Hernando County Sheriff's Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) are collecting donations for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for needy families. Deputies will be at these sites from 4 to 8 p.m. today to collect food, supplies, toys and money. In Spring Hill: Walmart, 1485 Commercial Way; Bealls Outlet, 13023 Cortez Blvd.; and Publix Supermarket, 160 Mariner Blvd. In Brooksville: Walmart, 4305 Broad St. Each location will include uniformed deputies, the SWAT Humvee, COPPS bicycles, ATVs and a Marine Unit water scooter. Call (352) 754-6830.
County to offer 750 free swine flu shots
The Hernando County Health Department will have an H1N1 (swine flu) vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St. The clinic will provide, at no cost, 750 vaccinations (intranasal and injectable) first-come, first-served, with tickets distributed at 8 a.m.; tickets include appointment times. Priority will be given to pregnant women, caregivers and family of infants 6 months and younger, people 6 months to 24 years, people 25 to 64 with chronic medical conditions, and health care workers who provide direct patient care. Call (352) 540-6855.
Wine-tasting fundraiser for Arc Nature Coast: 5:30-8:30 p.m. today at Strong Tower Vineyards & Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, south of County Line Road. $15 each or $25 per couple. (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.
Stage West presents 'Anything Goes': 8 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $18 adults, $9 students. (352) 683-5113.