Belleair Development Group has purchased a 1.14-acre site in Spring Hill from Wachovia Bank on which it will build a freestanding Verizon Wireless store.
The property, at 13346 Cortez Blvd., just east of Mariner Boulevard, is an outparcel to Sam's Club and was purchased for $1.2 million, according to Greg Nowak, chief executive officer of the privately held development and real estate investment firm that specializes in commercial retail development throughout the southeastern United States.
For information, call Nowak at (727) 536-8686.
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Susan Rupe, director of the Hernando County Tourism Bureau, has announced the incorporation of "Book Direct" into the tourism information Web site.
JackRabbit Systems is a new hotel booking technology that allows tourists and business travelers to book hotel rooms at a discount by going to the Hernando County Tourism Bureau's home page at www.naturally hernando.org.
From 2007 to 2008, Hernando County welcomed more than 411,000 visitors to the area. In addition to lodging, estimates indicate that visitors spend an average of $118 per day on a vacation, including dining, sightseeing and visiting attractions, shopping, sporting activities and equipment rentals such as canoes, kayaks and bicycles.
Rosalinda Nava, certified occupational therapist assistant, has joined the staff at Spring Hill Rehab and Lymphedema Center, 12587 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
Nava has been practicing in the Spring Hill area for the past four years. Born in Spain, she grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1999. She performed her clinical rotations in occupational therapy under the supervision of hand surgeons and certified therapists in Las Vegas.
For information, call (352) 686-4344.
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Randi Hoidalen Olsen was recently appointed co-director, instructor and business manager at the Brooksville Academy of the Arts (formerly the Brooksville Dance Academy), 22293 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
Olsen comes to the academy from My Family TV in Clearwater, where she served as business manager. She holds a bachelor's degree in vocal performance and music education from the University of Tampa. She has trained under a range of musical and dance instructors, including composer David Isele and Broadway legend Ann Reinking.
Olsen teaches voice, piano and flute. At the academy, she will offer classes in vocal techniques and musical theater. She will also offer a special program, "Music in Action," which is a hands-on approach to incorporating musical skills into everyday life, as well as the program "Princess in Training," for ages 5 and up.
For information, call (352) 799-2614.
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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its associates of the month for July. Each month, hospital associates are chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by their peers, patients, patient families and physicians.
This month's are Larry Jackson and Mary Beth West.
Jackson, a registered nurse, joined Oak Hill's emergency department in 1988. For more than two decades, he has earned a reputation for caring and conscientiousness. His 20 years of service and leadership have provided a sense of consistency in the emergency department. Jackson and his wife, Linda, live in Spring Hill. They have two adult children.
West, a cardiovascular operating room aide, started at Oak Hill in October 2007. She began in radiology as a patient transporter, was moved to the surgery department and eventually transferred to the cardiovascular operating room, where she transports patients. West and her daughter live in Spring Hill. She also has a grown son.
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Dr. Norman Howell has been invited to speak at the American College of Phlebology annual meeting in Palm Springs, Calif., Nov. 5-8.
Howell lectured at the precongress annual symposium for the college last year in Tucson, Ariz. His lectures will focus on incorporating aesthetics into medical practices and will include information on Botox and the application and techniques of facial fillers.
Howell was recently selected for another term on the college's Professional Education Committee. He was also asked to present "Current State of the Art Therapies for Varicose Veins" at Advanced Dermatology's next monthly meeting in Orlando.
Howell is an oculo-facial plastic surgeon and practices at his offices at 5378 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, and at 3539 Little Road, Trinity. He can be reached at (727) 372-7778.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has the following ribbon cuttings:
• Sir Speedy Printing, 1260 Lori Drive, Spring Hill, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. For information, call Jeannine Kupick at (352) 683-8757.
• Bracken Chiropractic Health Center, 955 Candlelight Blvd., Brooksville, noon Thursday. For information, call Dr. Tom Bracken at (352) 799-1977.
• The Arc Nature Coast, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, 9 a.m. Friday. For information, call Nancy Stubbs at (352) 544-2322.
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Hernando Biz…Net — Connecting for You, a new networking group, 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 Al Johnson at AJohnson50106 @tampabay.rr.com.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Business after Business social at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Women's Imaging Center, Medical Office Building Entrance C, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. The event is sponsored by Oak Hill Hospital.
Food and beverages will be available. For information, call Rich Linkul at (352) 597-6383.
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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free class on how to preserve fruits, vegetables and meats beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The speaker will be Flossie Raines, supervisor of Hernando County's Little Rock Cannery, who will share recipes and ideas.
Staffers will offer tours of the facility and garden. For information, call (352) 799-0200.
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