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Briefly, a provider of freight shipping technology and logistics services in Trinity, was recently recognized by Florida Trend magazine as one of the "Best Companies to Work for in Florida" as a result of its corporate policies, environment and employee fulfillment.

The company is the only logistics and transportation company in the state to rank among the 100 large, mid-sized and small businesses that make up the list.

For a complete list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Florida, visit For information on, call toll-free at 1-800-716-7608.

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The Villas at Sunset Bay, 7423 Kauai Loop, New Port Richey, Pasco County's newest assisted living and dementia care facility, was recently granted an Extended Congregate Care license from the Agency for Health Care Administration.

The ECC license is a specialty license that enables an assisted living community to provide, directly or through contract, services beyond those permissible under a standard assisted living license. These services include care performed by licensed nurses and support staff to residents who would otherwise be unable to continue residency in a facility licensed only under a standard license.

For information, call Cynthia Goff at (727) 376-6814.

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Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey Residential at 6330 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, recently achieved a national distinction of being ranked in the top 20 Coldwell Banker offices nationwide in sales this spring.

Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey Residential is also celebrating its 87th year of business in New Port Richey, making it one of the oldest real estate firms in Florida.

For information, call (727) 495-2424.

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is accepting nominations and sponsorships for its 2011 National Philanthropy Day awards event.

Philanthropists from the Tampa Bay area will be recognized for their community service and giving at the National Philanthropy Day event, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey.

The event is sponsored by the Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. Community leaders will be honored in the following five categories: Philanthropist of the Year, Philanthropic Corporation of the Year, Philanthropic Small Business of the Year, Philanthropic Service Organization of the Year and Youth in Philanthropy.

The nominating process is open and all nonprofit agencies and community organizations are encouraged to participate by completing a nomination form at

Nominations must be postmarked by Sept. 2. An independent panel of community leaders will make the award selections, and award recipients will be notified in October.

Proceeds from National Philanthropy Day benefit the AFP Nature Coast Chapter in its work to promote ethical and effective professional fundraising.

Presenting sponsors include the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Rotary Club of Trinity. The St. Petersburg Times is the media sponsor. Sponsorship registration deadline is Sept. 16 to ensure recognition on the print materials.

Sponsorships are available starting at $300, which includes a table of eight at the event. Individual tickets to the event are $30.

For information, call Craig McCart toll free at 1-866-999-2443, or e-mail him at [email protected]

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The Community Service Council of West Pasco is again assisting Operation Shoebox with a committee headed up by council member Linda Clements.

From now until Sept. 8, the council will accept donations of personal items, snacks and games to send in care packages to U.S. troops stationed overseas. The group will also accept checks for $10.70 to cover postage for each box sent.

Items can be dropped off at these locations:

• Raymond James & Associates offices in Hudson, Port Richey, New Port Richey, Holiday and Tampa.

• The Dade City utility office.

• The Bayshore Health & Homemaker in Holiday.

• Beltone Hearing Center in Trinity.

• Hudson locations include Atria Baypoint Village, Jennifer Gardens assisted-living facility, Pasco Kids First, Republic Bank and Windsor Woods.

• New Port Richey locations include Ken Sisco Painting, La Casa Grande, Minuteman Press of New Port Richey, Pasco County Utilities, Republic Bank and Oak View Terrace.

• Port Richey locations include Prudential Realty and Operation Shoebox.

For information on the Community Service Council, call president Sero Singh at (727) 863-7866.

Who's news

Leadership Pasco announces the Class of 2012. Members include: Reginald Anderson, Marlene Ballester, Doug Benjamin, Scott Byrnes, Peggy Catrow, Carol Clarke, Candace Cooke, Minerva Diaz-McMahon, Jan Double, Chris Facka, Lori Felber, Shelly Francis, Linda Gangemi, Mikle Gordon, Krista Hakes, Jeremy Harding, Jeremiah Hawkes, David Himes Jr., Mike Howard, Kim Jacklin, Steven Jonas, Pattie Kott, Elizabeth Kuhn, Andrea LaPorte, Lucy Laton, James Mallo, Peter Marian, Elan Melamed, Vonnie Mikkelsen, Tara O'Connor, Rich Powers, Raj Ravi, Jeannie Sampson, Sandra Testo-Michaud, Penny Turner, Mary Tillman, Don Trimmier and John Whitlock.

The Leadership Pasco program explores critical issues through a series of seminars and hands-on activities. The program includes topics such as leadership skills, the history of Pasco County, education, health care/social services, law enforcement/criminal justice, economic and business development, government and infrastructure.

Class members will attend orientation on Sept. 9 at Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club. All Leadership Pasco alumni are welcome. For information, call toll-free at 1-866-783-1122 or e-mail [email protected]

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Dr. Charles W. Grayson recently joined the medical staff at Pasco Regional Medical Center, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. His practice, ENT & Allergy of Pasco, located at 36739 State Road 52, Dade City, officially opened July 18.

Grayson is board certified in otolaryngology and is a fellow of both the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. He has been in practice for more than 15 years.

Grayson has a bachelor's degree in biology from North Texas State University, and received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He completed his internship at Hillcrest Osteopathic Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla., and his surgical training in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at Oklahoma State University.

Grayson can be reached at (352) 437-4859.

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Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son, 6330 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, lists its July awards:

Realtor Susanna Vizzari won the "Top Selling Agent by Units," "Top Listing Agent by Units," "Top Listing Agent bynt by Volume," "Top Producing Agent by Units" and "Top Producing Agent by Volume" awards.

Team Maceda, whose members consist of Joe Maceda, Kris Mizgorski, Chuck Smith, Rebecca Duffy and Tricia Shade, won the "Top Selling Agents by Volume" award.

Call Kelly Parker-Powell, office manager, at (727) 375-5700.

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Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently announced the 2011 second quarter recipients of its Employee Essential Piece awards and its service award recipients.

The Essential Piece Award recognizes employees for their demonstration of customer service. These are employees who are observed going the extra mile on a daily basis. The individuals selected were recognized by their peers as having demonstrated outstanding customer service.

Recognized were registered nurse Rebecca Rudicil, surgical intensive care unit, and Jason Portano, nuclear medicine.

Honored for five years of service were Carlos Burke Jr., Ruth Cassagnol, Susan Debatt, Jeffery Delgado, Lorene Ferracane, Patty Fulkerson, Amy Hertog, Ellen Kehoe, Kristy McManus, Leon Milfort, Judy Osteen, Cynthia Peters, Aida Santos, Mary Scott, Kathy Smith-Baxter, Jennifer Spires, Tibor Szabo, Lena Taylor, Michelle Teate, Domenico Visceglie, Shannon Whitten, Renata Wincencjusz and Vida Zegarac.

Ten-year service awards were awarded to: Martha Gonzalez, Laura Mooney, Laura Roberts, Michael Spitrey, Sharon Stawicki, Carol Tracht-Kader, Joselito Vazquez and John Weidner.

Fifteen-year service awards went to John Day, Gail Femia, Jean Martin and William Walsh. Honored for 20 years of service was Evelyn Gonzalez.


The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce has scheduled these ribbon cuttings during the coming week:

• Shawndra Milligan Cleaning Services, 9721 U.S. 19, (Joseppi's Market & Deli), Port Richey, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Call Shawndra Milligan, (727) 845-1665.

Metropolitan Ministries, 3214 U. S. 19, Holiday, 5:30 p.m. Friday. Call the Rev. Dan Campbell, (727) 937-3268.

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The Community Service Council of West Pasco will hold its monthly membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey.

The cost is $12 per person. RSVP at

The organization consists of professional leaders and individuals building friendships that provide networking opportunities for their businesses. For information contact council president Sero Singh at (727) 863-7866.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small-business seminar, "How To Really Start Your Own Business," from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills.

Learn the key issues needed to start a business in Pasco and Hernando counties. The seminar leader will highlight important issues such as how to structure your business, the importance of a business plan and how to prepare it, cash-flow charts and finding money.

For registration, visit and select "workshops and events," or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 15 at North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey.

The event is sponsored by Advanced Restoration. The cost is $8 (cash only) per person and includes tax and gratuity. RSVP to the chamber at (727) 842-7651 by Friday.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small-business seminar, "Introduction to QuickBooks," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

The two-hour seminar is designed for people planning to start a business or who have recently started a small business but haven't set up an effective recordkeeping system. The seminar is a basic, hands-on introduction to QuickBooks, the automated business recordkeeping system.

To register, visit and select "workshops and events," or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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Calusa Business & Professional Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 19 at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey.

This month's program speaker will be Bobbie Jean Williams, BPW/Florida president.

BPW luncheons are open to the public. Meals are $12.95 per person. For information, call Joanne Grassi at (727) 856-9595.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small-business seminar, "How to Qualify as a Nonprofit," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

This interactive seminar will assist the participant in the completion of the IRS's 501(c)(3) application to become approved as a nonprofit. Learn the key steps in the process as well as how to structure the organization. IRS approval is the first step in obtaining 99 percent of all grant funding.

For registration, visit and select "workshops and events," or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will have its 9th annual Catch the Buzz spelling bee from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey.

The event is an adult-only fundraiser that benefits educational charities and the chamber. Educational organizations that have benefited from this event include Take Stock in Children, Pasco County Schools, PACE Center for Girls, RAP House, Healthy Families, the Katelyn Foundation and more.

Sponsorships are available in four levels: Honey Bee ($1,000), Honeydew ($500), Honeycomb ($250) and Busy Bee ($100).

For information, contact Dan Sullivan, events/marketing coordinator, at (727) 842-7651 or [email protected]


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.

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.

West Pasco Business Association: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2150 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. The association is a pool of professionals who work together to promote each others' businesses. The group meets every Tuesday. Visit

Trinity Business Association: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Hollow Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Meetings are on the first and third Tuesday of each month. For more information, e-mail [email protected]

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

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.

Neighborhood Networks: 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Trio's Restaurant at Quality Inn & Suites, 5316 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. The group meets every Wednesday. Call Maryann Wilkes at (813) 264-6108 or

Pasco Aging Network: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at various member locations. PAN is a coalition of agencies and private providers of elder services in Pasco County. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call Lori Felber, president, at (727) 863-5808 for location information.

BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $10 (includes breakfast). The group meets every Thursday. For information or to RSVP, call Sheryl Ryan at (352) 556-7711.

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

Wesley Chapel NPI Networking Group: 7:45 a.m. Thursday at Saddlebrook Resort, 5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel. The group meets for breakfast every Thursday. For information, call Jeff Miller, president, at (813) 994-6795.

Community Service Council: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost for the luncheon is $12 per person. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month. Call (727) 863-7866.

Applebee's Networking Group: Business card and brochure exchange from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Applebee's, 8537 Little Road, New Port Richey. The event is sponsored by Synergy Ad Specialties. Cost is $12 per person. To RSVP, call the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (727) 842-7651 by Wednesday.

West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group: Networking from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. The event is sponsored by Shelton, Thompson and VonSick cosmetic and family dentistry. The group meets the second Thursday of each month. To RSVP, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651 by Wednesday. For information, call Julie Rogers at (727) 243-3578.

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 [email protected] or fax them to (727) 869-6233. Photos are published as space permits.

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