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New Hernando County venture designs business and personal Web sites


Terry Ogden, a Web site designer, has started The Oggie Web, 3363 Cedar Crest Loop, Spring Hill.

Ogden offers small business owners help with designing sites to increase their visibility and to take advantage of inexpensive advertising. He also offers help for individuals who are out of work and need to showcase their talents to perspective employers, or for people who want to start a family Web site.

For information, contact Ogden at (352) 346-0607 or via e-mail at The Web site is

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Omni Home Care, 4359 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, which serves residents in Hernando and Citrus counties, was recognized for the fourth year in a row for being in the top 25 percent of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States by HomeCare Elite.

Fred Portnoy, Omni Home Care's CEO and president, credited the staff, quality commitment and a focus on customer service for its recognition.

For information, call (352) 628-4900.

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Amedisys of Northwest Florida, 16348 Cortez Blvd., Unit B, west of Brooksville, was named as one of the top 500 home health care providers of 2009 by HomeCare Elite.

Tasha Mears, senior vice president of clinical operations at Amedisys, credited the quality of care and the company's employees for its recognition.

For information, call (352) 799-0349.

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All nine Hernando County Walgreens stores have signed on to help Gifts from Home send treats to troops serving overseas. The item for December: Walgreens Ultra Alkaline batteries.

Each month, Walgreens selects an item and asks customers to buy it and place it in a collection box. In addition, each store has a display standing beside the box, featuring the top 10 items the troops ask for. Those items can also be placed in the box.

Linda Kidwell, who runs Gifts from Home, will pick up the items and pack them in care packages heading to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Participating Walgreens are at 20020 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville; 9819 Commercial Way, in Weeki Wachee; and the following stores in Spring Hill: 14320 Spring Hill Drive, 7305 Spring Hill Drive, 16200 County Line Road, 4255 Commercial Way, 11180 Spring Hill Drive, 13053 Cortez Blvd. and 4096 Mariner Blvd.

For information on Gifts from Home, call Kidwell at (352) 684-4185.

Who's news

Keith Jarman founder and president of AME International, 2324 Circuit Way, south of Brooksville, has been elected to the board of directors for the Tire Industry Association.

The association is an international organization representing all segments of the tire industry.

The association's main office is in Bowie, Md., and it has more than 6,000 members.

Jarman was elected to a three-year term.

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Darcy Maness has joined Prudential Tropical Realty, 2166 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. She is from Fairport, Iowa, and has been a real estate professional since 2003.

For information, call (727) 569-2328.

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has appointed three physicians to its medical staff: Drs. Arturo Castro, Tanveer Chaudhry and Steven P. Nadler.

Castro, an endocrinologist, is certified by the American Board of Endocrinology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He received his degree in medicine and surgery from the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Tennessee and the University of Wisconsin. Castro's practice is at 17222 Hospital Blvd., Suite 226, west of Brooksville. He can be reached at (352) 799-7614.

Chaudhry, a doctor of psychiatric medicine, is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He received his degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Wayne State University in Michigan and a residency in general adult psychiatry at the University of Miami. Chaudhry's practice is at Access Healthcare, 14690 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. He can be reached at (352) 397-4481.

Nadler, an orthopedic surgeon and fellow of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He received his bachelor's degree from City College of New York in New York City and his medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital and his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York. Nadler's practice is at the Center for Bone & Joint Disease, 11307 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. He can be reached at (352) 596-0900.


Liberty Tax Service has partnered with the United Way of Hernando County to offer free gift-wrapping services from noon to 5 p.m. today at its two local stores, 4375 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, and 13072 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

The free gift wrapping will be offered every Saturday through Dec. 19. There is no charge, but the United Way will be accepting donations.

For information, call (352) 597-0010 or visit

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

WOW Mobile, 4638 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. For information, call Tom Davis at (352) 601-3734.

Besta One Italian Grille, 13103 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, noon Thursday. For information, call Jeff or Leslie Jackson at (352) 592-0451.

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The Ali Lassen's Leads Club, Business Partners of Hernando Chapter, will have its first special visitors meeting from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at Ercolano's Italian Restaurant, 4185 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Club members and guests can order from the menu. A separate membership fee is required.

Laurie Versaggi, executive director of Leads Club Florida, will answer questions about the group and present a special offer to individuals who join this month.

For information, call Dianne Hogg at (813) 230-1728 or visit

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The Grande, 725 Desoto Ave., Brooksville, will offer a free holiday cooking class beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Chef Kelly Foley will present the class, offering lessons on preparing an Ahi tuna appetizer, a traditional roast beef dinner and homemade cranberry sauce.

For reservations or for information, call (352) 544-0944.

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Hernando Biz ... Net-Connecting for You will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

A minimal dues structure is in place. Members are asked to attend at least three meetings a month and order breakfast from the menu.

New members are welcome. For information, contact Ray Heter at (352) 688-1900 or via e-mail at

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly after-hours business mixer at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 14302 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The event is sponsored by Capital City Bank. Food and beverages will be available. For information, call (352) 796-0697.

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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free class on green energy-efficient products at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The speaker will be Jay Egg of Egg Geothermal Systems. For information or directions, call (352) 799-0200.

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Santa will be making a stop at Tijuana Cowboys, 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill, from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 20 so children can have their photo taken with him. The photos are free.

Also, free gifts for children will be available while supplies last. For information, call (352) 610-4385.

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Career Central will present a free Business Advantage seminar from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 13 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, south of Brooksville.

Topics covered include: "Pasco County Local Economy: Where is it Going?" presented by John Walsh, Pasco Economic Development Council; "Hernando County Local Economy: Where is it Going?" presented by Mike McHugh, Hernando County Office of Business Development; "Web Design & Optimization for Better Business," presented by Chris Fiffie of Instant Images, and "The Psychology of Customer Service in Difficult Times," presented by Stanley M. Giannet of Pasco-Hernando Community College.

The deadline to RSVP is Jan. 11. For reservations or information, contact Steve Wilson at (352) 200-3027.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its January networking class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Capital City Bank's conference room, 14302 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The class will be conducted by Vince Vanni and will offer practical tips; it is designed especially for individuals who are uncomfortable talking to strangers.

The class is open to the public. The fee is $15 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. Seating is limited. To register, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697, ext. 15.

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 e-mail 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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