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Tampa Bay Fall Tour of Homes to showcase latest designs

Fall Tour of Homes kicks off Saturday

The Tampa Bay Builders Association's seventh annual Fall Tour of Homes kicks off Saturday and will showcase the latest home designs of builders in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.

The tour, which runs until Nov. 1, does not involve judging, says association president Dan Molloy, president and chief executive of Oak Creek Land Co.

This year's fall tour will feature a Web site that showcases the tour's homes, and will provide an interactive map, builder directory of listings, door-to-door driving directions and a phone-texting feature.

New, remodeled, single-family and multifamily homes will be showcased.

Major sponsors of the Fall Tour of Homes are JMC communities' Ovation, Stewart Title and Suarez Housing.

For more information on the Fall Tour of Homes or TBBA, call (813) 873-1000 or visit www.

Eye surgery group has new marketing chief

TARPON SPRINGS — Tampa Bay marketing executive Eric Jessen has been appointed director of marketing and Internet services at St. Luke's Cataract and Laser Institute, 43309 U.S. 19 N in Tarpon Springs.

Jessen's career has focused on traditional and direct-response marketing as well as brand management. He comes to St. Luke's from Valpak in Largo, where he served as vice president, brand marketing. While there, he led brand marketing, national promotions, customer acquisition and retention, as well as franchise partner programs.

Jessen earned a bachelor's from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio, and is a member of the American Marketing Association. He received national certification in direct-response marketing from the Direct Marketing Association in New York.

Founded in 1968 by Dr. James P. Gills, St. Luke's Cataract and Laser Institute is a comprehensive eye-care facility with a Medicare-certified outpatient surgical center.

Aside from 52,000 square feet of clinical space, St. Luke's Tarpon Springs location also features a 26,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc.

For details on St. Luke's, call toll-free at 1-800-282-9905 or visit

Golf community moves welcome center

TRINITY — The welcome center for the Champions' Club golf-course community in southwest Pasco County has moved to nearby Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway.

The welcome center serves as the starting point for a tour of the community's private clubhouse as well as Fox Hollow's golfing facilities. Visitors are also provided with detailed information about the community's builders.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday. The center is closed Thursdays and weekends, but brochures and community maps will be available for self-guided tours at those times. Appointments are encouraged.

Model homes by Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Campagna Homes and Costanza are open for inspection. Other builders offering residences in Champions' Club are Mark Maconi Homes, Marc Rutenberg Homes and Samuelsen Builders.

The Champions' Club comprises seven Mediterranean-themed villages. Homes in some villages must provide at least 2,850 square feet of living space, while other villages require homes with a minimum of 3,800 square feet of living space.

Additional information about the Champions' Club may be obtained at (727) 375-2800 or by visiting

Dentists give domestic abuse victims a smile

WESLEY CHAPEL — Wesley Chapel Dentistry is participating in the Give Back A Smile Whitening Program throughout October.

The program was founded by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, or AACD, and provides cosmetic dental care to survivors of domestic violence through a nationwide network of dental professionals.

With the support of Ultradent Products Inc. and Discus Dental, the program relies on volunteer dentists to provide whitening treatments to their patients, who are asked for a donation. Wesley Chapel Dentistry and Dr. Zacharias Kalarickal are providing the service in central Pasco.

For information on the local effort, call (813) 991-5100.

The Give Back A Smile program was launched in 1999. More than 600 domestic abuse cases have been completed, and there are about 300 applicants for treatment throughout the United States, according to the AACD.

Those interested in finding help with the Give Back A Smile program should visit, call the National Hotline toll-free at 1-800-773-GBAS (4227), or send an e-mail to

Terry's Electric Inc. completes job at ALF

ZEPHYRHILLS — Terry's Electric Inc. has completed work on the multimillion-dollar, 100-unit Bentley Commons at Zephyrhills assisted living facility.

The Douglas Co. of Orlando served as general contractor for the project, according to Mark Neveu, president of Kissimmee-based Terry's Electric.

Dentist trains others on laser treatment

BAYONET POINT — Dr. David Kimmel of the Florida Center for Laser Dentistry recently instructed seven dentists and periodontists on how to accurately and effectively perform laser gum treatment, or LANAP. Dentists and periodontists traveled from around the United States to Denver for the training. This procedure uses the FDA approved PerioLase, developed by Millennium Dental Technologies Inc.

Kimmel practices in Bayonet Point and has been using LANAP for more than five years.

Women's networking group meets Oct. 20

NEW PORT RICHEY — Women in Networking will meet for their monthly breakfast meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. on Oct. 20. Networking starts at 7:45 a.m. at the Ramada Inn Bayside, 5015 U.S. 19.

Breakfast is either buffet or order off the menu.

The speaker for the October program will be Pat Seborowski, grand master of tai chi and qigong. Her program will include information about the physical and mental benefits of these Chinese martial arts that are practiced for health reasons. Seborowski will also introduce her new class for people who cannot do a regular exercise class because of injuries, back problems, Parkinson's and fibromyalgia.

Women in Networking, or WIN, is a group of professional women who meet monthly for breakfast meetings to network and develop business relationships. In July and December the group meets for lunch. Those interested in the group can call president Linda McFarland at (727) 863-6151.

Submit business news to or to 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668.

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