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pet food drive a success: Information technology and services staff members at Community Hospital in New Port Richey conducted a pet food drive recently, collecting more than 700 pounds of pet food and other supplies. All donations will benefit the SPCA Suncoast in New Port Richey. Dee Singh, left, and Mary Brown, both information technology and services staff members, stand beside the collected items.

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pet food drive a success: Information technology and services staff members at Community Hospital in New Port Richey conducted a pet food drive recently, collecting more than 700 pounds of pet food and other supplies. All donations will benefit the SPCA Suncoast in New Port Richey. Dee Singh, left, and Mary Brown, both information technology and services staff members, stand beside the collected items.

Who's news

Dr. Gerald J. Robbins, board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine, and practicing at Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, was recently recognized for his contribution and involvement in a poster abstract display presented Dec. 4 at the U.S. Oncology Research conference.

The display was titled, "Rapid Prospective Identification of Non-Germinal Center B Cell-Like (GCB) Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) Patients for Targeted Trials: Early Results from Pyramid, a Phase 2 Randomized Study of R-Chop Bortezomib in Newly Diagnosed Non-GCB DLBCL."

The poster describes a study under way in U.S. Oncology Research, where using a special gene expression technology, doctors can identify lymphoma patients who are resistant to standard therapy and treat them with R-Chop or R-Chop plus the new agent Bortezomib.

Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope has offices at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey; 38010 Medical Center Ave., Zephyrhills; 7651 Medical Drive, Hudson; 7154 Medical Center Drive, Brooksville; 10041 Quality Drive, Spring Hill, and 11063 County Line Road, Spring Hill. For information on U.S. Oncology Research, contact Jennifer Horspool, (281) 863-6739.

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Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son, 9020 Rancho Del Rio Drive, New Port Richey, lists its December awards:

Realtor Jill A. Smith won the "Top Selling Associate by Units" award.

Realtor Lynette Krull won the "Top Selling Associate by Volume" award.

The "Top Listing Associates by Units," and the "Top Listing Associates by Volume" awards were presented to Team Maceda, whose members include Kris Mizgorski, Rebecca Duffy, Tricia Shade and Joe Maceda.

Susanna Vizzari won the "Top Producing Agent by Units," and the "Top Producing Agent by Volume" awards.

Call Kelly Parker-Powell, office manager, at (727) 375-5700.

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The medical staff at Community Hospital in New Port Richey elected six new officers to its medical executive committee: Dr. Linda Badillo, nephrologist, chief of staff; Dr. Peter Candelora, orthopedic surgeon, vice chief of staff; Dr. Usha Agarwal, infectious diseases physician, secretary/treasurer; Dr. Farhan Siddiqi, spine surgeon, chief of surgery; Dr. Daniel Rodriguez, family practice physician, chief of medicine; and Dr. George Giannakopoulous, spine surgeon, immediate past chief of staff.

The six physicians, who took office in January, are responsible for overseeing all activities of the medical staff and leading medical performance improvement initiatives.

Members of the medical executive committee are elected by their peers to lead the hospital's medical staff.

Briefly

Standard Pacific Homes was presented 15 awards at the recent Sales and Marketing Council Awards of Excellence celebration in Tampa, sweeping nearly every sales award category and taking home four of the five top spots. Among the many awards Standard Pacific received was the SMC Builder Member of the Year award.

Eight sales representatives received the Million Dollar Circle Award for being among the top producers in the Tampa Bay area. In addition, several sales representatives received Individual Achievement Awards and the title of Salesperson of the Year.

Standard Pacific Homes builds in nine communities throughout the Tampa Bay area, including Hillsborough and Pasco counties. For information, visit standardpacifichomes.com.

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Florida Hospital Zephyrhills at 7050 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills, received two Bronze Quill awards, recognizing excellence in marketing and communications, from the Tampa Bay Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

The hospital received the top honor, an Award of Excellence for strategic marketing communications, and an Award of Merit for design, for its quarterly health and lifestyle magazine, Better!

The hospital was the only award winner from the health care industry in the Tampa Bay area. Better! magazine is mailed quarterly to 65,000 households in Zephyrhills, Dade City, San Antonio, Land O'Lakes and Wesley Chapel, and can be picked up at all Medical Group of Tampa Bay offices and at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. It can also be found online at www.fhzeph.org/better.

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The 26th annual Chasco Coronation Ball will be March 25 at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey. The Coronation Ball committee encourages civic organizations and groups to nominate dedicated volunteers for the 2011 King Pithla and/or Queen Chasco.

The king and queen are chosen for their dedication and commitment to the community. Each year nominations are submitted as a way of recognizing these outstanding volunteers. The king and queen are chosen by independent judges who review the nominee questionnaire and rate their contributions to the community.

Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 18 and may be e-mailed to Sylvia Stinson-Perez at sperez@lighthouse-pasco.org. Nominations should include nominee's name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

Nominees are highly encouraged to attend the Coronation Ball. Tickets are $100 per person, and net proceeds from the event benefit the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind. For information, call Jamie Mick at (727) 642-8041 or Tina Shelton at (727) 439-0516.

Events

Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small business seminar, "An Introduction to QuickBooks," from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

Mike Kouremetis, a veteran SCORE counselor, will highlight how to install QuickBooks automated record-keeping system, including opening entries, entering deposits and writing checks, setting up checking and other accounts, entering vendors and more.

No registration is required. For information, call the library at (727) 861-3049 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small business seminar, "Learn How to Create a Great Business Plan," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

Bill Brydia, a SCORE counselor, will cover the basics of writing a plan that answers the key questions of what data are required, what are the techniques used to acquire it, and how to use this input to determine realistic goals and objectives to assure profitable business growth.

No registration is required. For information, call the library at (727) 861-3040 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

If you have business announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. You may also e-mail items to jhayes@sptimes.com or fax them to (727) 869-6233. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

Networking

Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Panera Bread, 3234 Little Road in the Mitchell Ranch Plaza, Trinity. Meets every Monday. For information, call Ashok Visuvasam at (813) 333-1622.

Pasco Hernando NPI Networking Group: 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Boulevard Beef & Ale, 6236 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.

Pasco Aging Network: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at CARES Rao Musunuru Activity Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. The group, a coalition of agencies and private providers of elder services in Pasco County, will meet the second Tuesday of each month at various west Pasco locations. Call Diane Toland, president, at (727) 934-8052.

BNI Revenue Source: 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Visitors are welcome. The cost, including breakfast, is $10. For more information, call David Randall at (727) 842-7744.

Free Networking International: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cantina Laredo restaurant, 2000 Piazza Ave., Building 4, Suite 170, Wesley Chapel (at the Shops at Wiregrass). Lunch available at own cost. For information, call group director Martine Duncan, co-owner of the Theater Doctor, at (813) 929-6816.

BNI Eagles: 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Palm Room at Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey, off Little Road, north of State Road 54. RSVP at (727) 967-1418.

BNI Referral Connections: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Pagelli's Italiano restaurant in the Shops of Wiregrass, 2001 Piazza Ave., Wesley Chapel. Call Capt. Rob Hamilton at (813) 431-5887.

West Pasco Young Professionals: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fox Hollow Golf & Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Meetings are $11 per person and checks can be made out to the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. RSVP by Wednesday. The group meets the second Thursday of each month. For information, call Julie Rogers at (727) 243-3578.

Networking

• Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Panera Bread, 3234 Little Road in the Mitchell Ranch Plaza, Trinity. Meets every Monday. For information, call Ashok Visuvasam at (813) 333-1622.

• Pasco Hernando NPI Networking Group: 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Boulevard Beef & Ale, 6236 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.

• Pasco Aging Network: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at CARES Rao Musunuru Activity Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. The group, a coalition of agencies and private providers of elder services in Pasco County, will meet the second Tuesday of each month at various west Pasco locations. Call Diane Toland, president, at (727) 934-8052.

• BNI Revenue Source: 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Visitors are welcome. The cost, including breakfast, is $10. For more information, call David Randall at (727) 842-7744.

• Free Networking International: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cantina Laredo restaurant, 2000 Piazza Ave., Building 4, Suite 170, Wesley Chapel (at the Shops at Wiregrass). Lunch available at own cost. For information, call group director Martine Duncan, co-owner of the Theater Doctor, at (813) 929-6816.

• BNI Eagles: 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Palm Room at Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey, off Little Road, north of State Road 54. RSVP at (727) 967-1418.

• BNI Referral Connections: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Pagelli's Italiano restaurant in the Shops of Wiregrass, 2001 Piazza Ave., Wesley Chapel. Call Capt. Rob Hamilton at (813) 431-5887.

• West Pasco Young Professionals: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fox Hollow Golf & Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Meetings are $11 per person and checks can be made out to the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. RSVP by Wednesday. The group meets the second Thursday of each month. For information, call Julie Rogers at (727) 243-3578.

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