NEW AIR CONDITIONER FOR CHRISTMAS: Balanced Air in Port Richey will install a new air-conditioning system to a deserving family in need this Christmas. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, and the winner will be announced Dec. 24. Individuals are invited to apply personally or nominate a friend or family member online at ChristmasAC.com. Applicants need to demonstrate a hardship that they have recently experienced. Terms and conditions of giveaway are listed on the website. For information, call (727) 842-2247.
NEW HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES OPENS: Holiday Inn Express & Suites opened at 2125 Coprorate Center Drive, Trinity, on Dec. 9, featuring the hotel's new "Formula Blue" boutique express prototype. An exclusive VIP opening preview was held Dec. 8. For information, call (727) 835-7820.
TWO LOCAL RESTAURANTS RECOGNIZED WITH GOLDEN SPOON AWARD: Florida's best places to dine were recently recognized with Florida Trend's 2015 Golden Spoon awards, and two Pasco restaurants — Pearl in the Grove near Dade City and Dulcet in New Port Richey — made the list. Golden Spoon winners appear in a 13-page special section in the December issue of Florida Trend magazine. The awards recognize individual achievement and distinctive contributions to the Florida restaurant scene. "Pasco County is gaining notoriety in the 'cuisine scene' because of creative chefs using the farm-to-table movement as the backbone of their kitchen operations," said Ed Caum, Pasco County Office of Tourism Development manager.
JMI RESOURCE EXPANDS SERVICES AND STAFF: JMI Resource of Lutz, a leading provider of contract and direct-placement professionals in Florida, has announced the expansion of its services through the establishment of JMI Resource Professionals Services, a woman-owned/disabled vet-certified company. Dedicated to helping businesses grow, the new company will include recruiting services for companies in the health care, technology, finance and business industries, among others. With the establishment of the Professional Services also came two new hires — Kim Malatesta, director, and Jo Dew, senior recruiter. Both Malatesta and Dew have more than 20 years of experience in the contract and direct-placement industry.
ONCOLOGIST JOINS FLORIDA CANCER AFFILIATES TRINITY OFFICE: Oncologist Dr. Madhu K. Emani has joined the Florida Cancer Affiliates staff at its new Trinity treatment center at 3611 Little Road. Experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of cancers, Emani has extensive expertise in both medical oncology and internal medicine. For information, call (727) 372-9159.
TOP REALTORS: Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son Residential, 6330 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, has announced its top Realtors for November. Joshua Bremner received the award for Top Listing Agent by Volume. Sean Riordan was honored with the Top Listing Agent by Units, the Top Producing Agent by Volume and the Top Producing Agent by Units awards. Team Maceda, whose members include Joseph P. Maceda Jr., Rebecca Duffy and Kristin Mizgorski, received the Top Selling Agent by Volume award. Hellen Lima received the Top Selling Agent by Units award.
GRAND OPENING: Asturia, Pasco County's newest community, will host a free Winter Wonderland Grand Opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 14701 State Road 54, Odessa. The public is invited to visit six decorated model homes (Ashton Woods and David Weekley Homes) and visit with Santa Claus. The event will include carolers singing holiday favorites, hot cocoa and sweet treats, a bouncy house, holiday crafts and food trucks.
60TH CELEBRATION: San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union will have a 60th anniversary celebration at its main office, 12542 Curley St., San Antonio, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The event will include drawings for prizes, Al's Food Truck, a chance to win in the Money Machine, live music with Weston Ward and classic cars. Santa Claus will make an appearance, with free photographs provided by a professional photographer. The credit union will also host a Community Shred-It Day that day, with free document shredding. The maximum is two boxes per person, no larger than 18- by 12- by 9 inches. For information, call (352) 588-2732.
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BBQ & BLUES FESTIVAL: The sixth annual Pigz in Z'Hill BBQ & Blues Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave., Zephyrhills. As the name suggests, the event features a barbecue competition, along with blues music. Visitors will be able to sample culinary creations by both professional and backyard competitors. There will be concessions, vendors, kids rides, classic cars and plenty of barbecue. Admission is free; parking is $10. The music will start at 11 a.m., with a lineup including Coldiron, Wendy Rich & the Soulshakers, the RJ Howson Band and Damon Fowler. For sponsorships and vendor information, visit zephyrhillschamber.org.
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