Saturday, February 24, 2018
News Roundup

Hernando club news



AARP Hernando County East Chapter: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Kally K's, 3383 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. The speaker is Carla Hayes with HPH Hospice. The election of officers will be discussed, as well as meeting strategies for 2013. RSVP to Kathy, (352) 428-2368, or Steve, (352) 754-9404.

Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582: 14494 Cortez Blvd. Adult Christmas party Dec. 8. Cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner buffet at 6 p.m., followed by dancing to music provided by the Frankie Dee Quartet. Tickets cost $12 per person or $20 per couple. Call Brad Dunham, (352) 600-8280 or the lodge, (352) 596-2582. Donations of toys and gifts, valued between $10 and $12, are needed for the Children's Christmas party that will be 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15. The party is for children from families in need. Contact Angie Balderson at (352) 585-2730 or Norma McQuillan at (352) 678-9192.

Disabled American Veterans, Cada Haddon Chapter 67: 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 16299 Nancy Ave., at Cortez Boulevard. (352) 796-1679.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary: 1681 E Jefferson St. Dinner, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday; the cost is $6. Weekly: Bar bingo, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Karaoke, 7 p.m. Saturdays. Wheel game and food, 1 p.m. Sundays. (352) 796-4449.

Hernando Beach

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236: 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. Steak shoot, 1 p.m. today; the cost is $8 per card. Weekly: A "basket of beer and burger" is available for $10 from 1 to 7 pm. Sundays during NFL season. (352) 596-9236.

Spring Hill

Brooksville/Spring Hill Women's Connection (Stonecroft Ministries): "Songs of the Season" Ladies Luncheon, noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. Featuring vocalist Kim Evans, who sings with Southern Exposure Band. The speaker is Gaye Martin. Also, Deb's Adornments Gift Shop will have unique jewelry available, starting at 11 a.m. A turkey lunch will be served. The cost is $14.50 inclusive. Reservations required by Dec. 6, cancellations by Dec. 9. RSVP to Jan, (352) 556-4658, or Louise, (352) 597-9569.

Democratic Women's Club: Christmas luncheon, noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 7, Spring Hill Domino Club, 15120 County Line Road. The cost is $12. RSVP to Beverly Brown, (352) 683-0323, or Yvonne Nelson, (352) 597-9902.

FDNY Retired Firefighters of NY Association Chapter 343: "Firehouse" breakfast, 10 a.m. Tuesdays, VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. New members welcome. Kevin, (813) 528-8239 or Joe, (352) 686-4401.

Hernando Computer Club: A class on Pinterest sharing service will be at 10 a.m. Friday. People use Pinterest pinboards to decorate their homes, organize their recipes and for other uses. A full schedule of classes is available at All programs are at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive. Classes cost $2 each for members only. (352) 684-7171.

Hernando County Democratic Club: Holiday Party to benefit People Helping People, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Democratic Headquarters, 3430 Deltona Blvd. Refreshments will be served. Admission is either a monetary donation or the donation of a nonperishable food. People Helping People is a nonprofit organization that feeds the homeless and needy in western Hernando County. Donations will go to the organization's Weekend Blessings program, which provides backpacks of weekend food for Hernando County schoolchildren. All donations are tax-deductible. Those wishing to receive a receipt should attach their name, address and phone number to their donation. (352) 593-6550.

Hernando County Green Party: Showing of the 2008 film, Skin, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Based on a true story of a woman with black features born to white parents in 1955 South Africa during apartheid. Starring Sam Neill and Sophie Okonedo. A discussion will follow. There is no cost to attend. Suzanne, (352) 666-7576.

New York State Club: 5 p.m. Dec. 6, Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive. Members are asked to a bring nonperishable food item or a children's toy. Dinner and dancing will follow the meeting. For tickets, call Carolyn, (352) 684-6979. Members meet for bowling at 11 a.m. Mondays at Spring Hill Lanes. Call Marge for details, (352) 686-8015.

Regency Oaks Civic Association: Holiday party, 6 p.m. Dec. 8, ROCA Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd. Tickets cost $15 for members and nonmembers. Buffet dinner includes entrees of boneless cut chicken breast and baked pasta with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheeses. Coffee, iced tea and ice provided. Guests may bring their own beverages. Tickets must be purchased by Sunday. Joyce, (352) 597-1405; Shirley, (352) 597-2988, or Terry, (352) 596-9213.

Sons of Italy, Friendship Lodge 2728: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. Tickets for the Christmas party will be available for purchase. The party will be Dec. 16 at Heritage Pines Country Club. Charlotte, (727) 378-3711, or Angie, (727) 697-3734.

Sons of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502: Christmas party, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 13, Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. The All Shook Up band will entertain with music from the 1950s and '60s. A buffet dinner will be served and there will be a cash bar. Bring a gift valued at $10 for the Secret Santa. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Also, bring a new, unwrapped gift or gift card for the Dawn Center. For tickets, call Richie, (352) 263-7829.

Spring Hill Art League: Workshop, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, United Church of Christ, Davis Hall, 4244 Mariner Blvd. The workshop will be an acrylic painting on palm fronds, presented by Maria Weed. Costs $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers. RSVP to Jana, (727) 271-2787.

Spring Hill Moose Lodge 521: 5214 Mariner Blvd. Weekly events: Dinner, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Bingo, 7 p.m. Thursdays. (352) 683-5666. Web:

Spring Hill Toastmasters Club: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Journey Christian Center, 3233 Commercial Way. [email protected] Web:

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209: 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Entertainment by the Dukes, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Men's Auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m. Monday; karaoke with Cathy Steele, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Weekly: Spaghetti dinner, 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Steak shoot, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Line dance lessons with Backwoods Boot Scooters, 7 p.m. Thursdays; $5. Fish fry, 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays. (352) 796-0398.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681: 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road. Blood drive with Florida Blood Services, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Weekly: Fish fry, 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays. Steak shoot, 2-4 p.m. Sundays. (727) 856-1860.

Citrus County


Ronald Reagan Republican Assembly: 1 p.m. Saturday, 938 N Suncoast Blvd. The speaker is Jon Semmes, a musician and owner of Singing River Tours. Semmes is a river guide on the Rainbow and Withlacoochee rivers. (352) 257-5381.

Pasco County


Polish-American Social Club: Country-western dance with the Country Backroads Band, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays; doors open at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5 at the door. Bring your own snacks, but no beverages (open bar available). John Lubertowicz, (352) 650-5664. Dinner Dance, Sunday, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Dinner choice is pork chop or baked chicken, served 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Dancing to Music By Jeanne from 2:15 to 5 p.m. Tickets $11 for members and $13 for nonmembers. RSVP to Dolores, (352) 596-4802, or Josephine, (727) 862-1520.

Send information for the Clubs column to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613; fax to (352) 754-6133; or email [email protected] (put the club's name in email subject line). Deadline for this news is two weeks before event or reservation deadline. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket price (if applicable) or contact person and phone number is missing. For info, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

LARGO — A 60-year-old man who police said was the driver in a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run on East Bay Drive from three days prior was arrested by Largo Police on Saturday, the department said.Victor Bonavita was arrested on three charges in relation...
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Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

TAMPA — Officials reopened roads near Citrus Park Mall Saturday evening that had been closed in the afternoon for a natural gas leak caused by a car crash, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Fi...
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boca ratonState lawmakerencourages Scott to remove sheriffA lawmaker is calling on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from office after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In a letter sent to ...
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Two airlinescut ties withNRA aftershootings

The National Rifle Association lashed out at corporations rushing to abandon it on Saturday, as companies from United Airlines to Best Western have cut ties with the gun lobby organization.Without context, twin announcements from Delta and United air...
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‘Up to States’ to armteachers, Trump tweets

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appeared Saturday to begin refining his proposals for combatting school violence, tweeting that arming teachers as a deterrent against such often deadly violence — an idea he championed in recent days — is "Up to S...
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Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Saturday demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded. U.N. humanitarian ch...
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Call her more than just a survivor

Call her more than just a survivor

TAMPA — On the quiet morning of Oct. 8, 2011, a 30-ton freight truck ran a stop sign in the small town of Clinton, Conn.It ran over Colleen Kelly Alexander, who was riding a bicycle.The truck's front wheels crushed her, then spit her to the bac...
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Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

TAMPA — A male motorcyclist died early Saturday morning on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the Tampa Police Department said.About 1:35 a.m., the victim rode his motorcycle west on the Courtney Campbell at high speeds, police said. The motorcycle stru...
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Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

TAMPA — Roughly 20 minutes into Saturday morning's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, reigning champ A.J. Richmond glanced over his left shoulder to former college teammate Jon Mott and flashed a quick hand signal."He was telling me that t...
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