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Hernando business news and notes, Nov. 24


Members of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce are being asked to partner with Jericho Road Ministries by collecting food items for Operation HOPE (Helping Other People Eat).

Items needed include toilet paper, dry milk, peanut butter, jelly, rice, canned soup, boxed mashed potatoes, canned tuna/chicken, vegetables and fruit, spaghetti sauce, pasta, macaroni and cheese, and breakfast cereal.

Items may be dropped off at any chamber event or at the chamber office, at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, before Dec. 21.

For information, call (352) 796-0697.

Business owners are invited to promote their businesses while helping Communities in Schools of Hernando County, a branch of a national dropout prevention program, by participating in a new campaign — A Program of Hope.

There are two parts to the campaign. Businesses are invited to purchase ad space in the program's catalog to demonstrate their support for dropout prevention efforts in Hernando. Also, businesses can receive table space at the Program of Hope Holiday Extravaganza and car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

For info or to register, send email to or visit

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Crescent Community Clinic, 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, is seeking volunteer technicians who are licensed to perform ultrasounds for a new Women's Health and Wellness pilot program the clinic will start soon.

Technicians will be needed on Saturdays once a month or once a quarter for a few hours. Volunteers have sovereign immunity under the Florida Department of Health. Individuals interested should call Barbara weekdays, except Thursdays, at (352) 610-9916.

Who's news

Randy McLellan recently joined the staff of Tropic Shores Realty, 3441 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

McLellan is a certified distressed property expert; he also is short sale and foreclosure resource certified, Realtor e-Pro certified and a notary public.

McLellan can be reached at (352) 544-7445.

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Hernando Healthcare has announced the promotions of registered nurse Denise Barbera to system chief nursing executive for Hernando Healthcare and registered nurse Margaret Doerr to chief nursing executive for Brooksville Regional Hospital.

Barbera joined Spring Hill Regional Hospital in March 2010 as chief nursing executive. She was instrumental in implementing hourly rounding, senior nurse leader rounding and improved patient satisfaction.

She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Molloy College in New York and a master's degree in organizational development from the University of Phoenix. She completed the Wharton Nursing Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Doerr joined Spring Hill Regional in April 2012 as assistant chief nursing officer. In September, she transferred to Brooksville Regional as interim chief nursing executive. She came to Spring Hill Regional from St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, a sister facility.

Doerr has a bachelor's degree in nursing from Florida Gulf Coast University and a master's degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University.

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Dr. Robert Falkowski was recently appointed emergency department medical director at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Falkowski has served as an emergency room physician at the hospital for the past 11 years. He is board certified in emergency medicine and has served on several medical staff and hospital committees.

Falkowski received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. He completed his internship and emergency room residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.


SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars:

• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

• "Advanced Quickbooks," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

To register, visit and click on the Local Workshops tab or call (727) 842-4638.

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Business and Professional Women of Hernando County will meet for a members show-and-tell night at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill.

BPW of Hernando meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Dinner is $15 for members and $20 for guests. For information, call (352) 686-9230 or email

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon cuttings during the coming week:

River Oaks Landing, 29151 Lake Lindsey Road, Nobleton, noon Tuesday. Call Patricia Charnecki, (352) 796-5573.

Cortez Drugs, 12116 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. Call Anish Chemparathy, (352) 592-1320.

Mary Kay Cosmetics, at Southern Hills Plantation Club's model home, 4528 Southern Valley Loop, Brooksville, noon Thursday. Call Alice Pirola, (352) 686-9230.

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BNI Winning Edge will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.

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Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, 901 S Broad St., Brooksville, and the Florida State Muscle Car Club will host a cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, weather permitting. Proceeds will benefit HPH Hospice and Hernando County schools.

The events will feature classic cars and trucks, musical entertainment, prizes and drawings. For information, call Gerry Evans at (352) 799-1461.

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A Truckers and Trades Career Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Verizon Wireless Conference Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey.

The free fair is open to any Hernando or Pasco county resident or employer. It is sponsored by Career Central, Employ Florida Marketplace, Verizon and Roadmaster Drivers School. Between 15 and 20 employers will be in attendance, with openings in construction, plumbing, transportation; maintenance, electrical, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, and other fields.

Attendees should bring resumes, dress appropriately and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.

To preregister, visit to preregister. For information, call Dianne Perkins at (352) 200-3020, ext. 3122, or Kristie Drinosky at (727) 484-3400, ext. 0245.

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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free educational program, "Recyclable Gardening," at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Speaker Cliff Barnes will discuss using recyclable materials to create a lush garden. For information, call (352) 799-0200.

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Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The goal of the group is to develop long-term relationships with business professionals. There are no membership fees. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Social will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, 3095 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. For information, call Phil Undestad at (352) 796-1451.

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Business and Professional Women of Hernando County will host "A Toast to the Future" wine tasting and auction fundraiser to benefit its scholarship fund from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at Strong Tower Vineyard & Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, Spring Hill.

Advance tickets cost $15 per person or $25 per couple, or $20 per person at the door, and include entertainment, appetizers and wine. For information or tickets, call (352) 686-2891 or send email to

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Vendors are being sought for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's fifth annual Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Sunrise Plaza, 31100 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West.

The event is free and open to the public. Santa Claus will visit. There also will be a train ride, a cakewalk, a DJ, the Smokey Bear House with Smokey Bear, clowns and balloons, children's games and activities, raffles, vendors and other activities. Proceeds will benefit Eastside Elementary School.

Vendor registration forms may be obtained and dropped off at SunTrust Bank in Ridge Manor West or faxed to (352) 799-5970.

For information, call Deidre Fletcher at (352) 796-9486 or Kevin Tennie at (352) 540-4521.

If you have business announcements to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also email items to or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

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