Jean Hayes, Times Staff Writer

Jean Hayes started at the Times in 1998 working out of the Port Richey office. She currently works in the Brooksville office and is community news coordinator for the Hometown Hernando feature. Jean also handles the Hernando and Pasco business digests and the occasional Hernando Neighbor feature.

Phone: (352) 848-1438

Email: jhayes@tampabay.com

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  1. Pasco's Business Digest for Aug. 29

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    NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED: The Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will have its second annual National Philanthropy Day event at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey.

    The committee is accepting nominations for the banquet, during which philanthropists from Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties will be recognized for their dedication to community service and giving....

    SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY LIBRARIANS RECOGNIZED:  Jacalyn Bryan and Elana Karshmer, faculty members at Saint Leo University’s Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library, were recently presented with the Innovation in Instruction Award from the American Library Association. Bryan, left, and Karshmer, both assistant professors, developed an engaging new orientation program that guides first-year students through the essential elements of college library research. In selecting the library’s program for the inaugural award, the library instruction roundtable noted that the program was not only innovative and relatively inexpensive to create, but that it also incorporated elements that other institutions could replicate, making it stand out among other submissions for special recognition.
  2. Hometown Pasco for Aug. 29

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    Hometown Pasco is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion or a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Call Hometown Pasco news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or jhayes@tampabay.com.

    Sunlake High cheerleaders attend camp in Hawaii: Five Sunlake High School cheerleaders and their coach, Pennye Garcia, attended the Cheer Hawaii USA invitational cheer camp in June. The cheerleaders attended sessions at the University of Hawaii, where they were taught cheers, dance and stunts from college coaches. The group also participated in a showcase on the last day where they performed a routine guided by their coaches. From left, are Garcia, Payton DeAndrea, Christina Riccio, director Alan Akina, Autumn Darrigo, Olivia Connors and Emily Lenhart.
  3. Hometown Hernando for Aug. 29

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    CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

    DAR speaker shares great-grandmother's story: 386649-A Courtesy of Mary Katherine Meyer

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    Spring Hill Lunch Bunch gathers: 386650-B Courtesy of Kathleen Seyfried

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    Pennsylvania Club celebrates Father's Day: 386651-C Courtesy of Ann Marie Karafonda

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    Pennsylvania Club entertained by professional belly dancer: During a recent meeting, the Pennsylvania Club celebrated Father’s Day, with entertainment provided by Shazadi, a professional belly dancer and Polynesian artist who performed several dances. Many club members danced along. Participating members, standing in back from left, are: Ira Smith, Jim Karafonda, Sal Ruggiero, Joel Silver and Jared Haynes. Standing in front, from left, are: Wally Berman, Jim Gunther, Rich Mellinger, Angelo DiLella, Gary Shriver and Gene Whitenight. Seated from left are: Harry Gowans, Tom Bandow, Shazadi (Julie Fisher Hathorn) and Bill Mazzei.
  4. Hernando County business digest for Aug. 29

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    NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED: The Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will have its second annual National Philanthropy Day event at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey.

    The committee is accepting nominations for the banquet, during which philanthropists from Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties will be recognized for their community service and giving....

  5. Hometown Pasco for Aug. 22

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    Hometown Pasco is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion or a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Call Hometown Pasco news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or jhayes@tampabay.com.

    11-year-old girl 
attains black belt: Angela Cardenas, 11, a Pasco elemetary school student, recently earned her black belt after training at Spivey Karate in Dade City for the past five years. A role model for other girls in the class, Cardenas will now begin working toward her second-degree black belt in open style karate, and toward two additional black belts in weapons and traditional Japanese chito ryu karate. Cardenas is pictured using a traditional Japanese sword called a bokken during her black belt test.
  6. Pasco's Business Digest for Aug. 22

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    MEDICAL CENTER OF TRINITY RECEIVES FIT-FRIENDLY AWARD: Medical Center of Trinity recently announced that it received the American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Achievement Award, presented to a workplace that has been recognized by the AHA for meeting criteria for employee wellness. The award is intended to be a catalyst for positive change in workplaces across America. For information, visit MedicalCenterTrinity.com....

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  7. Hometown Hernando for Aug. 22

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    Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion or a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Call Hometown Hernando news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or jhayes@tampabay.com.

    Timber Pines resident turns 100: Ruth Homan, a resident of the Residence at Timber Pines in Spring Hill, recently celebrated her 100th birthday. More than 80 family members, friends and other residents joined Homan in the facility’s Crystal Room for the celebration. Live entertainment was provided as well as a picture display chronicling Homan’s life, put together by the Life Enrichment Team at the facility.
  8. Hernando's Business Digest for Aug. 22

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    PALACE GRAND WINS WEDDING WIRE COUPLES' CHOICE AWARD: Wedding Wire, the nation's leading online wedding marketplace, recently named the Palace Grand in Spring Hill as a 2014 winner in the Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Awards for ceremony and reception sites in Hernando County.

    The awards are given to top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories.

    For additional information, visit weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards....

  9. Hometown Pasco for Aug. 15

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    We want your news!

    Hometown Pasco is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion or a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Call Hometown Pasco news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or jhayes@tampabay.com.

    Eight nonprofits share $7,400 donation from West Pasco Young Professionals Group: The West Pasco Young Professionals Group recently presented eight nonprofit organizations with donations during the group’s annual banquet held at Fox Hollow Golf Club. The nonprofit organizations shared $7,400. Receiving donations were the Center for Independence, All Children’s Hospital Guild Pasco Branch, CARES, Good Samaritan Health Clinic, Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando, PACE Center for Girls, Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation and United Way of Pasco County.
  10. Hometown Hernando for Aug. 15

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    We want your news!

    Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion or a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Call Hometown Hernando news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or jhayes@tampabay.com.

    Eagles give two scholarships: Fraternal Order of Eagles Weeki Wachee Aerie 4372 recently presented Jennifer Gouldey, left, and Adam Cooper, both 2014 Weeki Wachee High School graduates, with $500 scholarships for their college educations. This is the second year that Aerie 4372 has presented select graduates of Weeki Wachee High with scholarships.
  11. Hernando business digest for Aug. 15

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    HBA SELECTS NEW EXECUTIVE OFFICER: Lisa Kiddon was recently selected as the new CEO for the Hernando Builders Association, replacing Brenda McDaniel.

    Kiddon was a member of the HBA board of directors for eight years and a member of the executive board for the Florida Home Builders Association. She has more than 25 years of advertising, sales and marketing background, along with knowledge of the building industry....

  12. Hometown Pasco for Aug. 8

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    Hometown Pasco is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion or a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Call Hometown Pasco news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or jhayes@tampabay.com.

    Showing his colors for Fourth of July: Ed O’Shea of New Port Richey put together a display on his front lawn for the Fourth of July, depicting the true cost of freedom: American lives. O’Shea, a 26-year veteran, spent six years in the Air Force Reserves before enlisting in the Coast Guard which he retired from after more than 20 years of service. American flags were placed in the yard, each representing one of the wars America fought in, beginning with the Revolutionary War.
  13. Pasco's Business digest for Aug. 8

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    Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call Tony Nalli at (727) 858-7907.

    BNI Outlook to Success: 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Timber Greens Country Club, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd., New Port Richey. The cost is $8 and includes breakfast. Call (727) 847-3898.

    East Pasco Networking Group: 8 a.m. Tuesday at Village Inn, 5214 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. Speaker: Mike Prilliman, sales and marketing executive at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Property Group. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Call Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491. ...

    MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER HOLDS GRAND OPENING:  Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Graduate Medical Education Center located at 14108 Glacial Drive in Hudson. A reception and tours of the facility followed the ceremony.
  14. Hometown Hernando for Aug. 8

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    Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion or a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Call Hometown Hernando news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or jhayes@tampabay.com.

    Navy Junior ROTC members serve vets: Each month, Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 welcomes veterans from the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, along with attendants who accompany them, for a free dinner-dance. On May 30, members and guests enjoyed dinner along with music provided by Clay and Sheila Kirk. Dinner was prepared by Elks member Melissa Brust. The meal was served by four members of Central High School’s Navy Junior ROTC Roar Regiment: Cadet Lt. Cmdr. David Latin, left, Cadet Cmdr. Alexandra Allen, Cadet Lt. Cmdr. Jenna Barbee and Cadet Lt.j.g. Richie Russel. The lodge is able to provide the monthly dinners, thanks to a Beacon grant. Funds are received through the Elks National Foundation.
  15. Hernando's business digest for Aug. 8

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    HOSPITAL RECOGNIZED WITH ADVANCED CERTIFICATION: Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill was recently recognized with advanced certification for primary stroke centers by the Joint Commission, in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

    NEW BUSINESS OPENS IN SPRING HILL: 2nd Chance Appliance and Home Furnishings, 5117 Commercial Way, in the Village Square, Spring Hill, had its grand opening Aug. 1....

    schreiner named diplomat of year: Judi Schreiner, owner of Take Time for Travel and Judi’s Creations, was named the 2014 Diplomat of the Year by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. Schreiner sits on the chamber’s welcoming committee, diplomat committee and Young Professionals steering committee, as well as committees for several special events. She is a mentor to new members, facilitates new member ribbon cuttings, and attends civic and social functions on behalf of the chamber. Standing from left are: Pat Crowley, chamber president and CEO, Schreiner and Greg Jarque, the chamber’s immediate past chairman.