Tax exemption to help active duty military
Hernando County Property Appraiser Alvin Mazourek has announced an additional property tax exemption that is now available for certain military personnel.
The exemption is available to service members who were deployed during the preceding calendar year on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska or Hawaii in support of:
• Operation Enduring Freedom
• Operation Iraqi Freedom
• Operation New Dawn
Proof of deployment, including dates, from the Veterans Administration or military branch is required.
Service members who currently receive a homestead exemption on their primary residence may receive this additional exemption. The new exemption is not a fixed amount like the homestead exemption. Rather, it is based on the number of days the service member was deployed. For example, if the service member was deployed half the year, the exemption would be 50 percent of the home's taxable value.
The application is available on the property appraiser's website at hernandocounty.us/pa, or stop by one of the offices, the Hernando County Government Center, Room 463, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, or the Westside Government Center at 7489 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 754-4190.
Free lunch with a side of community service
Somebody Cares Hernando County will host a community fellowship luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd.
A complimentary lunch will be served as Somebody Cares discusses its plans to launch its first Carefest Hernando on Nov. 5. The event will be a Christ-centered community service day of community projects and activities that can unite churches, businesses and other organizations.
The featured speaker will be Daniel Bernard, founder and president of Somebody Cares Tampa Bay.
Those interested in learning more about the event and how to get involved are welcome to the luncheon. Reservations are required by Sept. 5. To RSVP, visit the website at schernando.org/rsvp or call (352) 587-2810.
Remember the fallen 10 years after Sept. 11
The following events are planned on Sept. 11 in observation of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks:
• Run to Remember, 7 a.m., Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. This is a 5K run or 1-mile walk. There is no cost to participate. A continental breakfast will follow.
A YMCA Run to Remember commemorative T-shirt is available for $5, which can be purchased at the Y's member service desk between Sept. 1 and 11. To register for the run or walk, stop by the Y or download from the website at ymcasuncoast.org. For information, call (352) 688-9622.
• 10th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony, at the 9/11 memorial site at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. A memorial viewing will begin at 9 a.m., and the ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m.
The memorial site includes a piece of steel from the collapsed towers of the World Trade Center, a slate tile from the roof of the Pentagon, a canister of soil from the Shanksville, Pa., crash site and paving bricks with the names of every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. There is also a small remembrance of the 17 U.S. sailors killed on the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen in 2000.
Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs. For information, call (352) 796-0398.
• Ride to Remember memorial run, starting at the Sail Inn, 6107 Broad St., Brooksville. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The run, escorted by the Sheriff's Office, will leave promptly at 1 p.m. and end at Bayport Inn, 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport, where music will be provided by country singer George Marshall.
The cost to participate is $5, which will go to Lea's Prayers and Postage, a nonprofit that sends packages to troops serving overseas. The first 150 paid participants will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. Cars and bikes are welcome to participate. The event is sponsored by Lea's Prayers and Postage and the Scootergoods magazine staff.
For information, visit leasprayersandpostage.com or call (352) 796-1877.
Ladies' and co-ed firearm safety class
A firearms safety/concealed carry class will be offered at 9 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. A "Ladies Only" class will be offered Sept. 17.
This is a firearms orientation program for new firearms users. Completion of this class also provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. The class is about five hours long, including range time.
Class size is limited; registration required. The cost is $50. Call (352) 597-9931.
Apply now for Public Service Aide Program
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office Citizen Volunteer Corps is accepting applications for the Public Service Aide Program.
The aides volunteer in the patrol division. They handle minor calls for service from citizens and assist patrol deputies with nonemergency calls.
Some duties include traffic direction and responding to reports of abandoned vehicles and misdemeanor criminal mischief complaints, as well as other designated calls for service.
Candidates will receive law enforcement-style classroom training that will prepare them for an 80-hour field training program.
Applications can be picked up at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office at 18900 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville and at the sheriff's District II office at 7499 Forest Oaks Blvd. in Spring Hill.
The next Public Service Aide Academy will begin Oct. 17. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday.
For more information, call (352) 797-3678 or visit the sheriff's website at hernandosheriff.org.
VFW luau: Dance and eat like Polynesians
The Korean War Veterans Legion 5053 and Ladies Auxiliary is selling tickets for a Hawaiian luau buffet dinner and hula show Sept. 24 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. There will be a buffet dinner at 3 p.m. that will include a variety of luau dishes. Entrees include Hawaiian chicken with pineapple and raisins, baked ham and loin of pork.
Following dinner will be "Polynesian Dreams" dancers with guest participation. Afterward, there will be a show featuring Polynesian, Hawaiian and Tahitian dances.
There will be door prizes and leis. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $18 per person. Table reservations can be made for eight or more. For information or tickets, call Rich at (352) 688-7196.
Win a cruise in raffle from Humane Society
The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is conducting a fundraiser raffle for a five-day cruise for two on Carnival's Paradise through the western Caribbean, with ports of call in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The cruise departs Feb. 11 from the Port of Tampa. Tickets are available through Nov. 13 for $1 each.
The drawing will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 13 at the annual Nature Coast Pet Expo at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane. Ticketholders do not need to be present to win, but if the winner is present, he or she will receive an additional $100 in cash. The cruise, with an estimated value of $700, has been donated by Glenn Harsin.
Funds raised will benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, a no-kill shelter for homeless, neglected and abused animals. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Humane Society shelter or at humanerescue.org.
HPH Hospice speakers explain care elements
HPH Hospice offers speakers who can provide presentations at area church, clubs or civic group meetings. The educational presentations are about 20 minutes and can be designed to meet the groups needs and areas of interest.
Information on HPH Hospice and end-of-life care is presented with topics such as advance care planning, how hospice works (common myths and misconceptions about hospice care), home health care and caring for the caregiver.
Speakers are available weekdays, weeknights and weekends. To schedule a presentation, call Jen Carlevatti at (727) 705-0109. Visit the website at hph-hospice.org/speakers-bureau.