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Hernando County business news, week ending Dec. 17

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Cemex USA has announced that three of its sites in Florida recently received certifications through the Wildlife Habitat Council's Corporate Lands for Learning program.

Both the Brooksville Quarry, at 16313 Ponce de Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville, and the 474 Sand Mine, in Clermont, received recertification. Receiving its first certification was a limestone quarry in Miami.

All locations were recognized for exemplary conservation education opportunities provided to the local community.

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Oak Hill Hospital, Community Hospital and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, the hospitals that make up the Hernando/Pasco market of the HCA West Florida Division, were recent recipients of the American Heart Association's "Start! Fit-Friendly Company" gold level award.

The recognition is given by the American Heart Association's Start! Movement to companies that demonstrate progressive leadership by making the health and wellness of its employees a priority.

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Pasco-Hernando Community College is seeking business partners from Pasco and Hernando counties to host student interns starting in January. Interns would dedicate 90 hours over 15 weeks, working in a business related to their course of study.

Each semester, PHCC places about 40 interns in local businesses through its Career and Testing Services Center. For more information, contact Jacqueline Eden, assistant director of the center, at (727) 816-3334.

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Local tangerines and navel oranges are available at the Rising Sun Cafe for $5 a bag from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, with proceeds benefiting the Love Your Neighbor nonprofit organization. The restaurant is at 10 S Main St., Brooksville.

A local grower is providing the fresh produce for the fundraiser. The fruit will be picked and bagged daily and will be available through the end of the growing season.

Love Your Neighbor has a free community dinner at the cafe at 2 p.m. each Sunday, and many meals are provided on a daily basis at the cafe as well. For information about the organization, call John or Lisa Callea at (352) 428-9434. For information about the fundraiser, call the restaurant at (352) 848-0090.

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The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce are providing free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando County.

A business consultant is available at the chamber office to provide access to all of the center's services. The center's Hernando office is at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.

Who's news

Anthony "Tony" Florio opened the Weeki Wachee Barber Shop, 5580 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, in 1991. Recently, he began offering a new service — appointments at home, the office or clubs.

The Traveling Barber's in-home service is especially helpful for many of Florio's longtime customers who no longer drive. Individual or group appointments are available.

For appointments or information, call (352) 666-5505.


Paul & Jerry's Self Storage will host a "Give Till It's Gone" event beginning at 9 a.m. today at 10161 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

The event is a free giveaway for those in need. Items available include blankets, clothes, furniture, appliances, strollers and more.

Donations will be accepted as well. Call (352) 684-4414.

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Chick-fil-A of Hernando County, at 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will host a Spirit Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Ten percent of customers' bills will be donated to the family of baby Isaac Wetherington. Isaac, the 14-month-old son of Stephanie and Jason Wetherington of Brooksville, was born with a congenital heart defect and has undergone three open-heart surgeries and numerous other procedures.

In August, Isaac was moved from St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa to Children's Hospital in Boston, where he had his third open-heart surgery. After his release in a few weeks, he and his mother will need to stay in the Boston area for several months. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help cover rent and travel expenses for the family.

For information, call (352) 584-3533.

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Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, at 4651 Commercial Way and 10601 County Line Road, Spring Hill, will host a Dining to Donate fundraiser to benefit Stage West Community Playhouse from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Ten percent of customers' bills will be donated to Stage West. Those participating must present a copy of the Dining to Donate flier to their server before ordering. The donation percentage excludes tax and tip. The offer is valid for dine-in customers only.

To obtain a flier, visit Stage West's website at and click on the Applebee's Dining to Donate box at the top of the page.

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R Beach Restaurant, 4054 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach, will have its second annual Save Our Waterfall fundraiser Jan. 15.

Several seatings are available, beginning at noon. Those who wish to attend should call to make a reservation.

The event will feature a buffet for $12 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Spring Hill Garden Club's Save Our Waterfall campaign. The buffet will include salad and rolls, sausage and peppers over penne pasta, roast beef with garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, dessert, coffee and tea.

For information or to make a reservation, call (352) 592-5556.

If you have business announcements you would like 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.

Hernando County business news, week ending Dec. 17 12/16/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 16, 2011 3:19pm]
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