Sponsors sought for fishing tournament
Sponsors are needed for the 2010 Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice. The tournament will cast off April 24 from Bayport. A dinner and awards ceremony will follow at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.
Last year's event included more than 50 anglers participating and raising more than $13,000 for the local hospice, a nonprofit organization that provides care, comfort and support to more than 1,000 individuals affected by a life-limiting illness on an average daily basis in Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties. For details, contact Debbie Hogan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jennifer Rey (email@example.com) at (352) 799-8423.
County offers variety of recreation classes
Hernando County Recreation offers these programs:
• Learn Yoga, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Community Activity Center/Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. For ages 16 and older. The cost is $7 per class.
• Tennis lessons, evening hours are offered weekdays and daytime hours on Saturdays, at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd. in Spring Hill, and Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave. in Brooksville. Group lessons are $10 per hour. Private lessons are $30 per hour.
• Knitting, the Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Meeting day and time to be determined. The cost is $35 for a four-week session. Designed for beginners or as a refresher course. Project patterns will be supplied. Bring your own yarn and knitting needles.
• Guitar lessons, 6 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the Community Activity Center in Brooksville; and 7 to 7:45 p.m. Thursdays at Deltona Elementary School, 2055 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 per class.
Advance registration is required for all classes. To register, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031. Information and registration for the yoga class is also available by contacting the instructor, Rachel Fogarty, at (352) 263-4923. Visit the Recreation Web site at www.hernandocounty.us/parks_rec.
Donations needed to finish 9/11 memorial
The Retired Firefighters of New York City, Spring Hill Chapter 343, needs donations to help with the construction of the memorial garden at Veterans of Foreign Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
The memorial will have 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 name of every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. There is also a small remembrance of the 17 U.S. sailors murdered on the USS Cole in the sea of Yemen in 2000.
The steel, tile and canister are already in place, along with 381 engraved bricks. Approximately 900 more bricks are needed to complete the project.
The Retired Firefighters want to get the completed memorial included in the National Registry of Historic Places in Washington, D.C.
Monetary donations of any amount are welcome, but to sponsor an engraved brick for the memorial wall costs $50.
Donations can be sent to: 9-11 Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 343, Brooksville, FL 34601. For information, call Joe Holland at (352) 686-4401 or (352) 584-5365; or John Pasquale at (352) 683-7966 or (352) 428-9766.
Local nonprofits can tap federal money
Hernando County will receive $118,932 under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Phase 28, offered through the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The funding is to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. A local board will determine how the funds will be awarded. Members will include representatives from the United Way of Hernando County, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, local government and religious organizations.
Local agencies interested in receiving funding must meet the following criteria: Be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government; have an accounting system; practice non discrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and, if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.
Applications are now available at United Way of Hernando County, 4030 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Requests for applications can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed applications must be received by the United Way office no later than 5 p.m. March 26. Call (352) 688-2026.
Also, for those who are new to the application process, a workshop will be offered at 4 p.m. March 4 at the United Way office. Those wishing to attend must call the number above or e-mail Dawn at email@example.com to register.
Fashion show bends gender lines for fun
The Hernando County Crime Stoppers will present the second annual Wo'Man's Fashion Show fundraiser from 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 4 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville.
This is a fun fashion show event that features men dressed up as female models who strut the catwalk and display their creative fashion design style. A panel of judges and the audience will vote for their favorite model. At the end of the show, two models will be crowned (judges' selection and audience selection). Audience members can cast as many votes as they like for $1 per vote.
The event includes a dinner catered by John Mason Catering. There will be raffles to win a variety of prizes.
Celebrity judges include: Marcy Terry, former mermaid and manager of the Underwater Theater at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park; Pat Crowley, president of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce; Ray Heter, vice president and branch manager of Cortez Community Bank; Bay New 9 reporter Ferdinand Zogbaum; and Brooksville Mayor Lara Bradburn.
Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. For tickets, call Jon Hathorn at (352) 346-5914 or Chris Scavuzzo at (352) 796-8200, or stop by the Brookridge Clubhouse between 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Feb. 22 or March 1.
All proceeds benefit the Hernando County Crime Stoppers. Call Dave Mickelson at (352) 428-7508.
Time to renew senior low income exemption
The Hernando County Property Appraiser's Office has mailed the 2010 Low Income Senior Exemption Renewal Card to all seniors who received the low income senior exemption last year.
This is an additional $50,000 homestead exemption for seniors whose total household adjusted gross income does not exceed $25,780. This is an addition to the regular homestead exemption granted to all homeowners.
Seniors who have received the renewal card are asked to check the appropriate box to renew or cancel their exemption and return the card before March 1 to one of the Property Appraiser offices: Hernando County Government Center, Room 463, 20 N Main St., Brooksville; and 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
Seniors who qualify but did not receive the exemption last year or did not receive a renewal card should stop by the office for an application.
Also, residents who purchased a home in Hernando County during 2009 are reminded that applications for Homestead Exemption must be submitted to the office no later than March 1 as well. To qualify for the exemption, along with the accompanying "Save Our Homes" Assessment Cap, the home must be the primary and permanent residence.
Visit www.hernandocounty.us/pa or call (352) 754-4190.