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Hernando schools change winter break and last day of school


Schools change winter break, 2011 last day

Hernando County students will get a shorter winter break and a sooner start to summer next school year. In the 2010-2011 calender approved by the School Board on Tuesday night, winter break will run from Dec. 23 to Jan. 4. The last day of school will be June 7. District staff, based on a close vote by school employees and parents, had recommended another option with three extra days for winter vacation and the same amount of days tacked to the end of the year. But board members worried about hourly workers who would have to go more days between paychecks with a longer break. Both calendars had the first day for students set for Aug. 23. Thanksgiving break (Nov. 24-28) and spring break (March 14-20) were the same, too.

Curbside recycling every other week

Effective Monday, curbside recycling collection by Waste Management Inc. will change from once a week to once every other week. The day of the week for curbside recycling will remain the same. Household garbage collection pickup will not change. For information, call (352) 754-4112.


Learn more about the youth shelter

New Beginnings Youth Shelter will host an open house from noon to 1 p.m. today, at the shelter, 18377 Clinton Blvd. Supporters and residents are invited to tour the shelter and learn more about the program. Light refreshments will be served. The shelter provides food, clothing, shelter and counseling services to runaway and at-risk youth ages 10-17 from Hernando, Citrus and Sumter counties. For information, call (352) 797-7566.

High heel pledges go for a cause

The Dawn Center, in partnership with Shiloh Problem Solvers and youth from the MOST Club, will host Hike in Heels — Walk a Mile in Her Shoes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24 at the practice field across from STAR Education Center, 1036 Varsity Drive. The event is aimed at increasing awareness of sexual violence and promoting social change. Men, women and children are encouraged to participate by walking 1 mile in women's high-heeled shoes. Walkers are asked to collect pledges. Contact Dawn Easter at the Dawn Center at (352) 592-1288 or Visit


Benefit to help baseball program

Friday is the deadline to reserve tickets for the Bunco Bash for Baseball, a benefit event for the Hernando High School baseball program. The event will be April 23 at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Dinner will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and games will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., followed by the awarding of prizes. There will also be raffles and a 50/50 drawing; tickets are $1 each, six for $5 or 20 for $10. Tickets to the event are $20 per person. Checks are to be made payable to Leopard Baseball Boosters. For information or to RSVP, call Tracy Gates at (352) 799-7441; mail checks to 22715 Skyview Circle, Brooksville, FL 34602.

Today's meetings

Hernando County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Subcommittee, 5:30 p.m., Room 261, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Hernando schools change winter break and last day of school 04/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 9:32pm]
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