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Orchard Ridge expansion underway

Orchard Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 4927 Voorhees Road, New Port Richey, has begun renovating its 48,055-square-foot building on March 21. The $3.3 million project will include an expansion of its current short-term rehabilitation unit from 12 to 58 beds.

The unit of Rehab Recovery Suites is designed to serve short-stay patients in need of intensive rehabilitation therapy.

Orchard Ridge Care and Rehabilitation opened in 1983 as a skilled nursing center and underwent its last major renovation in 1995. For information, call (727) 848-3578.

Local chamber sets up Japan Relief Fund

The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce has established a Japan Relief Fund to provide aid to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Sendai and surrounding communities of Northern Japan.

To contribute, makes checks payable to the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. Indicate you would like the donation to go to "Japan Relief." Mail checks to the chamber at 38550 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills, FL 33542.

For information or to make a donation using a credit card, call (813) 782-1913.

Who's news

Dr. David Kimmel of the Florida Center for Laser Dentistry, along with the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics, returned from training fellow dentists and physicians on how to properly administer Botox and Juvederm in New York, March 16-19.

Kimmel has been practicing in Bayonet Point for more than 21 years. His office is at 12124 Cobble Stone Drive, Bayonet Point. He can be reached at (727) 862-8513.

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Jennifer Beldotti, a family assessment worker with Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando, was recently named team member for January and February by her co-workers.

Team members jot down notes of thanks to each other for going above and beyond throughout the month. The notes are read during a team meeting monthly, and the team member with the most notes receives the award.

Beldotti has been with the Healthy Families Pasco program since its inception in 1999. Healthy Families, a program of Pasco Kids First, is a positive-parenting home visiting program for expectant parents and families of newborns.

For information, call (727) 967-7509.


The Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will have its April business breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Saddlebrook Resort, 15700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel.

The cost is $15 for chamber members (with RSVP), $18 for chamber members (without RSVP), and includes breakfast and valet.

RSVP to the chamber at (813) 994-8534 or at

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small business seminar, "How to Successfully Start Your Own Business," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

Dick Bendtzen, veteran SCORE counselor and author of Yes You Can Start and Run a Small Business, will cover the basics in home business 101.

For information or reservations, call the library at (727) 861-3020 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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Abby Hamilton will present Positive Principles workshops to teach how to stay positive in a negative world. All workshops will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the New Port Richey Recreation Center, 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. The workshops are free and open to the public. Call (727) 841-4560 to sign up.

• Tuesday: "When It Rains, Do You Take It Personally?" — a word about the most powerful smile snatcher.

• April 12: "Please Finish Your Story So I Can Talk" — a word about the power of listening.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at Sweet Tomatoes, 10156 U.S. 19, Port Richey, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday. For information, call the chamber, (727) 842-7651.

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Belk Department Store, 2111 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes, will have a Charity Day sale from 6 to 10 a.m. April 16, to benefit Spay Pasco.

In return for each $5 ticket sold, customers can redeem the ticket for $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at Belk on the sale date. The $5 ticket price will go directly to Spay Pasco.

Proceeds will help support the shelter's low income spay/neuter assistance program and aid qualifying low income households to have their pets spayed or neutered at a discounted price.

For information on Spay Pasco, call Carol Comer, vice president, at (352) 585-6205. For information on the Charity Day sale, call Belks at (813) 948-8555.

Corporate sporting

The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will have its 6th annual Clay Shoot on April 16 at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff, Land O'Lakes. Registration/continental breakfast is at 8 a.m.; shotgun start at 9 a.m.; awards luncheon will follow competition. Lunch for non-shooters is $10. Entry fees include: $100 (individual) and $350 (four-person team). Sponsorships and shooters are still needed. Event also includes awards and a special gun drawing for a Benelli SuperNova 12-gauge pump-action shotgun, valued at $700. For information, call the chamber office at (813) 994-8534.

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The Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Zephyrhills will present the sixth annual Zephyrhills Scramble at 1 p.m. May 6 at the Silverado Golf and Country Club, 36841 Clubhouse Drive, Zephyrhills. Proceeds will benefit community services and programs of both organizations. The individual entry fee is $100. Sponsorships are available: Hole sponsor ($150), Team sponsor ($500) and Corporate sponsor ($750). For information, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913.

If you have business announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. You may also e-mail items to or fax them to (727) 869-6233. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.


Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Panera Bread, 3234 Little Road in the Mitchell Ranch Plaza, Trinity. Meets every Monday. Call Ashok Visuvasam at (813) 333-1622.

Business Development Council: 8:15 a.m. Tuesday at Bob Evans Restaurant, 9115 U.S. 19, Port Richey, just south of Gulf View Square. The business networking group, hosted by Superior Bank, promotes individual business members. The group is working on a website that will enable linking to members' websites. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month. Call Marla Brooks at (727) 376-1030.

Trinity Business Association: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Hollow Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. For information, send e-mail to

Pasco Hernando NPI Networking Group: 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Boulevard Beef & Ale, 6236 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.

Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce Wednesday Morning Networking Group: 7:45 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Hungry Harry's Famous Bar-B-Que, 3116 Land O'Lakes. A full breakfast will be served. There is no charge. The group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month. To RSVP, call the chamber at (813) 909-2722.

Networking Coffee: 8 a.m. Wednesday at A Cup of Organic Coffee, 1900 Oak Grove Blvd., Land O'Lakes. This event is hosted by the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce. Join Capt. Rob for coffee and an early networking opportunity.

BNI Revenue Source: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Visitors are welcome. Cost, including breakfast, is $10. Call David Randall at (727) 842-7744.

Neighborhood Networks: 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Chili's, 9600 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Meets every Wednesday. Call Josh Green at (727) 457-2393.

NetFest: The Pasco Economic Development Council will present this networking festival with a Western theme at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday 6 at Starkey Ranch, 12959 State Road 54, Odesssa. Tickets are $35 for PEDC members/investors and their guests; $45 for nonmembers. For information, call (813) 926-0827.

Free Networking International: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cantina Laredo restaurant, 2000 Piazza Ave., Building 4, Suite 170, Wesley Chapel (at the Shops at Wiregrass). Individuals pay for their own lunch. Call group director Martine Duncan, co-owner of the Theater Doctor, at (813) 929-6816.

Women Helping Women: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Fox Hollow Golf & Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Cost for the luncheon is $11 per person. The group meets for lunch the first Thursday of each month. There is no charge to join. For information or to RSVP, call Gigi D. Evans at (727) 945-9669.

BNI Referral Connections: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Los Vallartas Mexican Food Restaurant, 22948 State Road 54, Lutz. Call Capt. Rob Hamilton at (813) 431-5887.

BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The cost is $10 (includes breakfast). RSVP at (727) 967-1418.

WOW (Women of Wesley Chapel): 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Branch of Christ Building, SR 56 and Arrowgrass Road, next to Boardwalk Frozen Custart. Join this group of women for networking and business tips. RSVP to Debbie Yoerg at

Pasco County business digest 04/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2011 5:09pm]
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