Spring Hill Florist, 5089 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, has closed. The Gates family, which has run the business for 32 years, thanked their customers who have supported them.
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In honor of the chain's 40th anniversary, Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q has launched "Baby Backs for Babies," an inaugural systemwide effort to benefit the March of Dimes. The promotion will run through Dec. 14.
Proceeds from every baby back plate will benefit the March of Dimes and its work to help babies be born healthy. Sonny's has committed to raise a minimum of $25,000.
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New officers were installed at the Hernando Builders Association's annual installation and awards banquet.
The 2008-09 board of directors, which serves until April 30, includes: Dudley Hampton Jr., president; Jeff West, first vice president; Randy Woodruff, second vice president; Andy Colombino, treasurer; and Chris Glover, secretary. The immediate past president and executive finance committee chairman is Doug Adrian.
Builder directors include: Blaise Ingoglia, Greg Sheldon, Joseph N. Pastore and Linda Wisniewski. Associate directors include: Lisa Kiddon, Gena Hunt-Walters, Patty Goble, Gary Griffith, Nick Nicholson and Gary Russell.
Ann Hagen, immediate past associate vice president of the Florida Homes Builders Association, made presentations of certificates and gas cards to two members who brought in new members during the association's membership drive. Alan Baggett, state membership and foundation director, presided over the installation of the new board of directors.
Brenda McDaniel, HBA executive officer and membership coordinator, presented awards to the volunteer committee chairpersons.
Pastore Custom Builders won the Good Spirit award in the residential and commercial builder categories. For general contractor, there was a three-way tie: BJH Construction General Contractors, Eugene Concklin Shiloh Homes and Solino Construction.
The Builder of the Year and Remodeler of the Year both went to Dudley Hampton Jr., president of BJH Construction General Contractors. Associate of the Year went to Randy Woodruff of Woodruff & Co. Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Gena Hunt-Walters from Bank of America.
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Kim2bfit, wellness consulting and personal training services in Masaryktown, will offer its "Get Real Lifestyle Program," a year-long weight loss program designed to help individuals change their lifestyle in a realistic and affordable way, to one person for free.
Those who feel they need, want and deserve this, may write a one-page letter telling Kim Garcia, master personal trainer and lifestyle and weight management consultant, why they would like to be part of the program. One person will then be selected to take part in the program for free. The winner will be announced the week of Dec. 15.
The program will be offered from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. or from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. each Wednesday, beginning Jan. 7. It is designed for those with 50 or more pounds to lose.
The morning program will be at John Leggio's Center for the Performing Arts, 10451 County Line Road, Spring Hill, and the evening session will be at the Village of Avalon Clubhouse on Oak Chase Boulevard off County Line Road in Spring Hill.
Letters can be mailed to: Kim2BeFit, P.O. Box 9087, Masaryktown, FL 34604, or e-mailed to email@example.com. For information, call (352) 428-6368.
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The Animal Medical Center of Brooksville, formerly the Country Vet Animal Clinic, 22273 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, has opened.
New owner Dr. Karen Taylor-Sorensen remodeled and updated the facility before opening recently. A digital X-ray system, in-house laboratory and other patient care equipment enabled the hospital to become a full-service clinic.
In addition, the office has expanded its hours and is now open six days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
Taylor-Sorensen specializes in small animals, primarily companion animals. For information, call (352) 796-7559.
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The Grand, Brooksville's newest independent living community in half of the Oaks Town Centre (the former Brooksville Regional Hospital building), has moved its leasing office to 725 Desoto Ave., Brooksville.
One half of the Oaks Town Centre will house a retail area; the other half will be the retirement community, the Grande. For leasing information, call (352) 232-6025.
Ted K. Ferguson, president of Investigative Intelligence Inc., a private investigations agency in Spring Hill, attended the medical-legal and property claims seminar in Tampa hosted by the Haas, Dutton & Lewis law firm.
The one-day seminar had more than 300 attendees, including attorneys and insurance company representatives, and covered topics such as bad-faith insurance claims, medical insurance fraud, legal ethics and an update on statutory and case law.
Ferguson can be reached at (352) 232-0839.
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Deb Allegra and Kim Ivester, employees at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, were recognized for going above and beyond in their work for the month of September.
The "Caught in the Act" award, which recognizes someone who went above and beyond the hospital's standards of excellence in service to a guest, was given to Allegra, a registered nurse in the same-day surgery department.
The "Helping Others While Pursuing Excellence" award, which recognizes someone who has received accolades from patients and/or guests, was awarded to Ivester, in the environmental services department.
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Dr. Daniel P. Moynihan has been appointed to the medical staff at Oak Hill Hospital.
Moynihan holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the State University of New York in Stony Brook. His medical degree is from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y. He completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in orthopedic surgery at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York.
Moynihan also completed sports medicine fellowship training in advanced arthroscopy at Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys, Calif. His office is at 14555 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. He can be reached at (352) 556-4823.
Brooksville Regional Hospital's Sleep Disorder Center, 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, will have an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. today.
Sleep technologists will be on hand to answer questions and offer education. To RSVP, call (352) 544-6038.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce offices will be close Tuesday in observance of Veterans Day.
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The Housing and Education Alliance will offer a free counseling workshop, hosted by Capital City Bank, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 14302 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
The Housing and Education Alliance is a nonprofit Department of Housing and Urban Development-certified counseling agency. The workshop will enable participants to receive free one-on-one counseling and give them the ability to join the Homeowners Retention Club.
For information, contact Rosemary Atkins, housing counselor, at (352) 686-5124
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon cuttings this week:
•Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, 1200 S Broad St., Brooksville, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. For information, contact Lois Nettelbladt at (352) 430-7513.
•Innovative Productions, at the chamber office, 4044 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. Thursday 15. For information, contact Michele Salvadeo at (352) 683-2019.
•Mederi Caretenders, 12106 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. Friday. For information, contact Jill Morgan-Elkington at (352) 592-1424.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly membership breakfast meeting Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.
Networking and business card exchange begins at 7:15 a.m.; the program begins at 7:45 a.m. The cost is $12 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers.
This month's sponsor is HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill. The topic will be "Thanks for Giving."
For information, call (352) 796-0697.
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Atria Evergreen Woods will host its "Eating Healthy for the Holidays" event at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Aspen Great Room, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail off Cortez Boulevard, Spring Hill.
Ruth Maryland-London, a registered dietitian, will share information on how to enjoy the holidays without regret. The event is co-sponsored by Comprehensive Home Care.
Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call (352) 596-2055 no later than today.
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The Spring Hill Professionals Chapter of Ali Lassen's Leads Club will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Boston Cooker Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 5375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Attendees are asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m.
The cost for lunch is $13, to be paid at the meeting. The restaurant will not accept personal checks. A separate membership fee is required to join the club.
This week's speaker is member Sharon Brandon, insurance manager for AAA Insurance, Spring Hill.
The club's semiannual open house will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Boston Cooker. Representatives from local companies are invited to attend this informal get-together. A light lunch and beverages will be served.
For information, call Lois Bleicher at (352) 200-4809
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Forest Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will have a candle-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday to remember those who suffering with Alzheimer's disease. Family members are invited to light a candle in memory of a loved one.
The public is also invited to tour the facility, which now has beds available in its memory impaired unit. For information, call (352) 683-3323.
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The Nature Coast Human Resources Society, Chapter 705, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management, will have its monthly meeting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.
The speaker will be Stanley Giannet, provost of Pasco-Hernando Community College's North Campus. His topic will be "The Neuroscience of HR: An Exploration of the HR Brain."
The cost for the meeting and a continental breakfast is $15. Reservations are preferred. RSVP to RSVP@nchrs.org by Tuesday. A separate membership fee is required to join the organization.
Chapter meetings are the second Thursday of each month and are open to anyone involved in human resources in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. For information, visit nchrs.shrm.org.
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Brooksville Regional Hospital will host an open house for new residents of Hernando County from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday at 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
Residents will have the opportunity to tour the hospital and meet some of the health care professionals. To reserve a seat, call (352) 799-5019.
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Belk Department Store, 13151 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will have its fall charity day sale from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Nonprofit organizations may still sign up to participate.
The sale is to help organizations, including charities and schools, raise money. All participating nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations will sell tickets for $5 each. People who purchase tickets will receive a shopping pass good for 20 percent to 50 percent off throughout the store, in addition to $5 off a first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders will receive double points for card purchases.
In addition, participating customers can register to win one of four $1,000 Belk shopping sprees, and all participating charities and schools will automatically be registered to win a $1,000 donation (a total of four will be awarded).
For information or to register, call Chris Tracy, store manager, at 592-1515, ext. 201.
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Century 21 Alliance Realty will sponsor a home buyer fair from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
The event will feature free prizes, lunch and information, including first-time buyer information, credit report repair services, mortgage representatives, down payment assistance, title insurance information and current real estate listings.
Lunch will be served at noon. For information and reservations, call (352) 293-2020.
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The Holiday House at DiAna's Dance Express will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the studio, 4572 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
The free event will feature dance and entertainment, a fashion show, refreshments, vendors and crafters, and a moon jump. LifeSouth Community Blood Center's mobile will be on site as well.
Kids can have their photo taken with Santa and enjoy a hayride. There also will be raffles. For information, call (352) 597-5979.
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Alexander Custom Homes will have a grand opening of its newest furnished model home from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 5070 Delacroix Drive in the Hernando Oaks community, off U.S. 41 on the south side of Brooksville.
The grand opening will continue through Jan. 1. Furnishings and decorating have been completed by Smart Interiors of Spring Hill. The home features a Goya swimming pool.
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