Law firm opens office in Wesley Chapel: Rogers Towers, P.A., a century-old law firm headquartered in Jacksonville, opened its eighth statewide office at 29152 Chapel Park Drive, Wesley Chapel, as part of the firm's expansion to Tampa Bay.
Shareholders and litigators L. Javan Grant and Gregory F. Lunny will lead the firm's newest office.
Grant will lead expansion efforts in the Tampa Bay region. He has experience representing local, statewide and national clients in complex commercial and premises liability litigator.
Lunny, who joins Grant in leading the expansion, is a commercial litigator with more than 20 years experience representing regional, national and international clients in complex commercial, intellectual property, governmental and product liability litigation.
Allstate agent recognized for outstanding volunteerism: Allstate agency owner Mo Ward recently received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for her commitment to helping others in the New Port Richey community. With the award came a $1,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation to the Pasco Kids First organization, where Ward volunteers.
The award celebrates the Allstate spirt of service. "With support from the Allstate Foundation, Mo Ward and the Pasco Kids First organization are making our hometowns a better, safer place to live," said Sara Crowley, field vice president.
Doctor joins Florida Cancer Affiliates: Dr. Ayman Barakat has joined Florida Cancer Affiliates, a community-based radiation oncology, medical oncology, hematology, and urology practice, and has begun seeing patients at 5500 Little Road, New Port Richey. Barakat comes to Florida Cancer Affiliates from his private practice at the Tulsa Cancer Institute in Tulsa, Okla.
Grand opening and ribbon-cutting: Nana Jo's Cafe will have its grand opening celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 14748 U.S. 98 Bypass, Dade City. The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The event will include music by DC Country. A barbecue chicken dinner will be available for $8 for adults and $6 for children. For information, call (352) 518-0995.
PHSC Encore Academy presents boot camp and job skills workshops: The Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando State College will have a Back to School Boot Camp and Job Seekers workshops for students 50 and older. Workshops will be held through July and August at the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill.
The program addresses the major obstacles facing people age 50 and older who want to return to the classroom or improve their job outlook. Students may enroll for the entire series or select individual workshops of interest. Workshops are from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
• Intro to Microsoft Word, Tuesday.
• Networking for Success, Thursday. Free.
• Intro to File Management, Aug. 5.
• Interviewing Skills, Aug. 7. Free.
Registration deadline is three days before workshop start date. Workshops are $12 each unless otherwise stated. Call (727) 816-3439 or visit phsc.edu/encore.
Ambassadors luncheon: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Ambassador's Luncheon at noon Aug. 5 at the chamber office, 38550 5th Ave., Zephyrhills. The event is sponsored by CF Industries. Contact Pat at (813) 782-1913.
Vendors and sponsors needed for Business Expo: The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce and Saint Leo University will offer businesses the opportunity to showcase their services and products to area consumers and other businesses during the 2014 Community and Business Expo from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Dan Cannon Auditorium of the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City.
The expo is presented by the Greater Dade City Chamber, Saint Leo University, the Tampa Bay Times and CenterState Bank.
This year's event is open to all chamber members at a special rate, and features a "bundle rate" for potential members offering annual membership and booth space combined. Area residents and visitors are welcome. There is no charge to the public to attend.
For information, call the chamber at (352) 567-3769.
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