USA Tree Service and the Hernando County Foster Parents Association are extending to June 30 the deadline for donations for the summer extravaganza to benefit local foster children.
The group is hoping to raise funds to provide 60 foster children with tickets to a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game, plus ballpark food. If finances permit, other summer events will include visits to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, Congo River Miniature Golf, Stop and Play, Fun Zone, a movie and The Wizard of Oz at Stage West Community Playhouse.
Individuals and businesses interested in contributing should contact Jo-Ann at (352) 596-1333 or Karen at (352) 428-1502.
Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, recently honored three associates of the quarter. Kathy Jordan, who works in managed care, was named Associate of the Quarter. Registered nurse Amberly Cloud, in cardiac catheterization, was named Nurse of the Quarter. Damodar Kanuri, of the Hernando Endoscopy and Surgery Center, was named director of the quarter.
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Patricia "Patty" Paolillo of Spring Hill celebrated her 20th anniversary with Pizza Hut on June 5.
Paolillo began working at the Spring Hill store in 1988 as a cook. She was transferred to the Pizza Hut in Inverness and was quickly promoted to shift manager. In 1990, Paolillo moved to South Carolina, where she worked briefly for a Pizza Hut restaurant. When she returned to Spring Hill in 1991, she was promoted to assistant manager at the Spring Hill restaurant.
In 1994, Paolillo was promoted to general manager of the Pizza Hut in Crystal River. She was later offered the opportunity to return to the Spring Hill store, where she began her career.
In addition to her job, Paolillo dedicates personal time to the community and the school system, where she reads to students and teaches fractions using pizza.
The Ladies of the Hernando Builders Association and Patricia's Boutique have postponed the "Cruisin' into Fashion" show and brunch scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Glen Lakes Country Club, north of Weeki Wachee. A new date will be announced later.
Donations of gently used business attire to benefit My Career Closet, will be accepted at the association office at 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville, until Friday.
For information, call the office at (352) 596-1114.
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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small-business seminar, "Introduction to QuickBooks," at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.
The seminar is sponsored by the Hernando County Public Library System. Mike Kouremetis, a SCORE counselor, will present the seminar, which is designed for people planning to start a business, as well as for those who have recently started a small business but have not yet set up an effective record-keeping system.
No registration is required. For information, call the library at (352) 540-6391 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:
• Nina's Cucina, 1427 Kass Circle, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Tony Tomassi, (352) 556-5286.
• Hair Studio One, 1204 S Broad St., Brooksville, noon Thursday. Call Tasha Bedwell, (352) 799-2611.
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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management will meet Tuesday in the conference room in the Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill.
Networking begins at 5:15 p.m., and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. The topic, "Electronic Medical Records," will be presented by Vishal Chunilal of Medical Innovative Solutions.
For information, call Dee Suber at (352) 596-3338.
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The Neighborhood Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization, will have a free Save Your Home foreclosure prevention workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Quality Inn, 30307 Cortez Blvd., in Ridge Manor West.
The workshop will educate homeowners about the options available to them. The foundation strives to help residents develop a better understanding of the foreclosure process, recognize their legal rights, and learn about the options and potential solutions so they can remain in their homes.
For information, visit neighborhood-community.org.
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Get Healthy-Brooksville Natural Foods, 1254 Broad St., Brooksville, will present a free lecture on Genacol at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Those who attend will learn why collagen is better than glucosamine for joint repair and maintenance, how it can help with fibromyalgia pain and muscle fatigue, and also promote a better night's sleep and weight loss.
For information, call (352) 796-9798.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host Career Central's Business Advantage seminar from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.
Seminar topics include the following: "Crawling into Recovery," presented by Chris Jones, president and chief economist with Florida Economic Advisors; "Labor Market Information," presented by Dave Hamilton, operations manager for Pasco-Hernando Workforce Board, and "Business Service Programs," presented by Steve Wilson, business service lead for Pasco-Hernando Workforce Board.
To RSVP, call Harmony Lango at (352) 593-2228.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its June After Hours mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 10177 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
The sponsor is Visiting Nurse Association. Call Emily Hankins at (352) 592-9800.
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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will have a party for all class attendants at 6 p.m. Thursday. Weekly classes will resume in November.
Open forum topics include gardening, farming and lawn care, and natural pest control grown with natural and organic methods. Call (352) 799-0200.
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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accountants will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
The speaker will be Ken Crotty, an estate and tax planning attorney who will discuss current issues regarding estate planning and estate tax preparation.
Reservations are required. Call Madeleine Rees at (352) 684-3535 no later than Wednesday.
Chapter meetings are the third Thursday of each month and are open to any accountant or tax professional in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. Call Pat Cornett at (352) 597-3460.
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The newly formed Republican Business Leaders Club of Hernando County will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.
The club is open to retired and current business owners, managers and anyone who has made a payroll and created jobs. Call Blaise Ingoglia at (352) 686-8200.
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Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at IHOP, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
The goal of the group is to develop long-term relationships with other business professionals. There are no membership fees. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317 or visit naturecoastbusinessprofessionals.com.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Training Committee will offer a manager/supervisor professional development training series. Workshops will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and will cover topics essential for managers, supervisors or anyone pursuing a career in a management or supervisory role.
Topics and dates include "Conflict Management and Change," June 20 and 27; "Motivation," Aug. 22 and 29; "Delegation," Sept. 12 and 19; and "Performance Management," Oct. 17 and 24.
Each topic is $10 per person, or $15 for two. Training will be provided by Knowledge Quest Education Solutions. All workshops will be at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Advance registration is required. Call (352) 796-0697.
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