Association honors homes and builders
The Hernando Builders Association's 2008 Parade of Homes has announced the homes that scored the highest in different price categories.
In the $122,000-$173,999 price category: Adams Homes won for best elevation, best floor plan, best master suite, most creative innovative and overall quality; Artistic won for best kitchen, and Alexander Custom Homes won overall best pool.
In the $174,000-$209,999 price category: Dream Custom Home won for best elevation, best floor plan, best master suite and overall quality; Artistic won best kitchen; and Richard A. Van Orden won most creative innovative.
In the $210,000-$249,999 price category: Alexander Custom Homes won for best elevation, tied for best floor plan with Artistic and won best master suite; Michael's Custom Homes won best kitchen, most creative innovative and overall quality.
In the $250,000-$299,999 price category: Pastor Custom Builders won for best elevation; Dream Custom Home won for best floor plan, best master suite, most creative innovative and overall quality, and Royal Coachman Homes won best kitchen.
In the $300,000-and-above price category: Alexander Custom Homes won for best elevation and best floor plan; Arthur Ruthenburg won best kitchen and overall quality; Lexington Homes won best master suite, and Palmwood Builders won most creative innovative.
In a three-way tie, Dream Custom Homes' $122,000-$173,999 home, Dream Custom Homes' $174,000-$209,999 home and Palmwood Builders' $210,000-$249,999 home shared the overall best interior design award, each earning 52 points in this new category.
Doctor expands weight-loss services
Dr. Harvey A. Levin's Weight Loss for Life has expanded its operations with a new office at 5189 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The office offers evening and Saturday hours. The first office opened in New Port Richey in January 2007. He can be reached toll-free at 1-866-603-5995 or at (727) 376-5995.
Cancer centers combine operations
The Florida Cancer Institute and New Hope Cancer Centers united their practices, effective March 1. The new entity is called Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope. The practice brings together two oncology groups providing diagnostic, treatment and palliation services to patients battling solid tumor cancers and hematologic diseases.
Florida Cancer Institute had six locations throughout Pasco and Hernando counties and conducted clinical trials at 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill; 7154 Medical Center Drive, Brooksville, as well as in Bayonet Point and New Port Richey.
Contact Barry Anderson, executive director, at (727) 450-2204.
Board you pets with all the amenities
The Red Woof Inn, an animal boarding hotel, has opened at 12253 Eskimo Curlew Road, Brooksville.
Owners Melanie Newberry and Michelle Perry describe the new business as a pet's home away from home. "I say hotel because we do not use cages. Instead, we have private rooms with a bed and a large fenced playground for dogs, and cats have large private rooms with climbing trees of their own," said Perry.
The business is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment on Sundays. Call 200-9474 or visit www.TheRedWolfInn.net.
Fight child obesity with Jazzercise
To help fight childhood obesity, local Jazzercise instructors Becky Mooneyham and Tracie Morse are offering free Jazzercise classes to children ages 12 to 18 with an adult registration. The 60-minute class includes a warmup, high-energy aerobic routines, muscle toning and a cool-down stretch segment. Call Mooneyham at 442-8595 or Morse at 796-4796.
The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accountants will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Scotto's Bistro, 6172 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
Speakers will be Jim Schmidt, district director of the Department of Labor's Tampa office. Reservations are required. Call Susan Taylor at 796-8860 by today.
Chapter meetings are the third Tuesday of each month and are open to any accountant or tax professional in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. Call Pat Cornett at 597-3460.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon cuttings this week:
•Mediterranean Pita Grill, 1242 S Broad St., Brooksville, 4 p.m. today. Contact Bill Annas at 797-5414.
•For You, Medical Aesthetic Spa, 6475 Oregon Jay Road, Brooksville, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Contact Lee Cranker at 592-4968.
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The Hernando County Public Library System will sponsor a free small-business seminar, "How to Write an Effective Business Plan," at 5:30 p.m. today at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.
The seminar will be presented by Service Corps of Retired Executives, Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439.
No registration is required. Call 540-6391 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly after-hours mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 12082 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. The event is sponsored by Brooksville Cardiology.
Food and beverages will be available. Call 796-0697.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will be closed Friday.
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The Continuing Education Academy will present and the Hernando Builders Association will host a business planning workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 at HBA headquarters, 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
Seminars will be presented by: Terry L. Stranger, certified financial planner, and lawyers Steve Marlowe and Jeffrey M. Lasman. The workshop is designed to help business owners begin the long-term planning process.
Topics include: business continuation and buy/sell agreements, understanding regulations and codes, basic work site safety requirements, business valuation, required advance building codes and construction lien law procedures and protection.
The cost is $150 and includes all required courses and lunch. Contact Jean Gretzinger at (813) 289-2975, ext. 221, or visit the Continuing Education Academy online at www.theceacademy.com.
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The Hernando Builders Association will host the second annual Sporting Clays Shoot Tournament, starting at 8 a.m. April 12 at the Deer Creek Sporting Clays Range, 10514 Ehren's Cutoff Road, Land O'Lakes. The deadline to enter is April 4.
Each team will consist of four players, and the entry fee per shooter is $99, which includes a catered lunch. Raffles and awards will follow the event.
Sponsorships are available. Contact Emilia Raia, executive officer, at 596-1114 or visit www.HernandoBuilders.com.
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