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Florida expands back-to-school sales tax holiday Aug. 1-3

Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday starts Friday and runs through Sunday with savings on more items this year. The state is expanding the tax break to cover clothing and shoes $100 or less per item, up from $75 last year. Computers will be tax free on the first $750 of the sale price, meaning a shopper buyi …


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  1. Pasco's Business digest for Aug. 1


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    NEW OB/GYN OFFICE: Dr. Lisa L. Vendeland, board-certified obstetrician, recently moved her 11-year practice, Gynecology and Gynecologic Surgery, from Palm Harbor to Trinity. The new office, at 2160 Duck Slough Blvd., Suite 103, is in the Trinity Professional Park.

    HOSPITAL’S EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Reginald “Reggie” Headen, nursing assistant on the neuro spine unit at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, was recently named employee of the month for June. As an employee of the month, Headen receives a pin, a selected blanket gift, a reception with refreshments for his colleagues, a coveted front row parking spot for his use for one month and a $50 gift card. Headen, pictured holding his framed certificate, poses with members of the neuro spine unit. Each employee of the month recipient is placed in nomination for the hospital’s employee of the year award.
  2. New Port Richey tattoo studio hosts Big Cat Rescue benefit



    PORT RICHEY — In the studio at Standing Art Tattoos and Art Gallery, owner Adam Natonio usually covers arms, legs and backs in ink for profit. Next week, he'll do it for charity.

    Adam Natonio, 33, owns Standing Art Tattoos and Art Gallery.
  3. Closing Masaryktown Harmony House Restaurant unloads 'estate' collection


    MASARYKTOWN — After 20 years dishing up homemade schnitzel, spaetzle and other European fare, Pete and Mariana Mandreanu have packed up the pots and pans at Harmony House Family Restaurant and are embarking on another passion: spending time with their grandchildren.

    Mariana Mandreanu, who came from Romania to the United States in the 1970s with husband Pete, sorts necklaces for display the at Harmony House Family Restaurant estate sale.
  4. Hernando's business digest for Aug. 1


    Business digest


    CEREMONY PLANNED AT EXPANDED BEACON STADIUM CINEMAS: Georgia Theatre Co. has announced the completion of the Beacon Stadium Cinemas expansion in Spring Hill. The added square footage includes three new auditoriums, including a large-format screen known as "Georgia …

  5. Hernando County real estate transactions for Aug. 1

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    55 Hancock Lake Rd., to Scott R. Toner & Tracy A. Ramirez by Scott J. Gray & Amanda M. Gray, $650,000, 06/25/2014.

  6. Florida expands back-to-school sales tax holiday Aug. 1-3


    Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday starts Friday and runs through Sunday with savings on more items this year.

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  7. Crayola plans attraction in Orlando


    EASTON, Pa. — Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania.

    William Schmid, 18 months, of Gardners, Pa., plays outside the Crayola Experience attraction Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Easton, Pa. Crayola announced Tuesday it will build a second attraction at The Florida Mall in Orlando, Fla., to open in summer 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)                                BX103
  8. NLRB ruling holds McDonald's, not just franchisees, liable for worker treatment

    Working Life

    The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that McDonald's is the joint employer for workers at its franchisees' restaurants, a decision that, if upheld, would disrupt longtime practices in the fast-food industry and ease the way for unionizing nationwide.

    Protesters gather outside of the McDonald’s Corp. headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., during the company’s annual shareholders meeting in May to demonstrate for a $15-an-hour wage and the right to unionize.
  9. Ohio-based Panini's opens in Lutz, plans Westchase expansion


    LUTZ — Panini's Bar & Grill recently opened in the space that once housed Splash! An Ocean Grill. If the bustling crowd at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday is any indication, this place is off to a promising start.

  10. The plight of the part-timer

    Working Life

    As more workers find their lives upended and their paychecks reduced by ever-changing, on-call schedules, government officials are trying to put limits on the harshest of those scheduling practices. The actions reflect a growing national movement — fueled by women's and labor groups — to curb practices that …

    After an hourlong bus ride, Mary Coleman arrived for her job at a Milwaukee Popeyes, and was told to go home without clocking in. New York Times