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.

    Lutz volunteer fireman’s group presents scholarships: The Lutz Volunteer Fireman’s Scholarship Fund recently presented its 2014 scholarships. Past president Jay Muffly and board member Gordon T. Brown served on the selection committee along with Barbara Nicholson of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’Lakes Woman’s Club and its scholarship committee. Scholarship recipients Samuel “Sammy” May and Sydney Spencer, both Lutz residents, each received a $2,500 scholarship. May is attending Florida State University, and Spencer is attending the University of South Florida. The fund, established to commemorate the contributions made by the former Lutz Volunteer Fireman’s Association to the Lutz community over the past six decades, awards scholarships to Lutz residents annually.
  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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    Woman continues to serve Sons of Italy: Rose Salute and her husband, Domenick, joined the Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge in 1991 after moving from New Jersey. In 1992, Rose was elected trustee on the council; Domenick became president. When Domenick died in 1997, the lodge’s vice president temporarily took over. During the next election, Rose was elected president. After her one-year term, she continued to serve as past president, membership committee chairwoman and later as travel and trips coordinator. At the state level, she served on the arbitration committee. Eventually, the state president asked Rose to serve as deputy for the Flora Di Italia Lodge in New Port Richey. The state president recently called on Rose again, this time asking her to serve as deputy for the newly formed Sons and Daughters of Una Famiglia Lodge 2882 in Spring Hill.
  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.

    K-12 teachers attend Saint Leo University institute: Twenty K-12 teachers from Pasco County recently took advantage of a week-long institute at Saint Leo University that provided free training in new classroom technology tools to help educators better engage students in their own classrooms. The institute was developed and organized by the Undergraduate Education Department at Saint Leo, which prepares students to become K-12 teachers. The participating teachers shared their proposed lessons with one another, and will track and research the actual effectiveness of their lesson plans over the coming year. Dania Maples, pictured, a teacher at Wesley Chapel Elementary School, gives her presentation.
  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.

    Three martial arts schools participate in bo seminar: Three local martial arts schools recently participated in a bo seminar hosted by Just for Kicks Karate in Spring Hill. Students from the three schools (also including Community Christian Karate Club and Spivey Karate of Dade City) studied two of the oldest martial arts weapons: the bo (staff) and the leku bo (boar oar), one of the rarest weapons in martial arts. Students studied weapons kata that date back some 600 to 800 years, sparred with the weapons and also learned bunkai, the understanding of movements. Learning to face multiple opponents with a bo, from left, are: Al Lyman, Hanna Gunn, sensei Fred Payne and Josh Penne.
  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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    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.

    Chess clubs meet for day of practice: During a recent meeting of Poor Rich’s Chess Club, members of the West Pasco Chess Club visited to socialize and practice their skills. With the two combined groups, there were 28 players working 13 boards. Poor Rich’s Chess Club welcomes anyone who enjoys chess and a social atmosphere to drop by for a game from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill.
  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.

    School Board recognizes man’s support of education: The Pasco County School Board recently presented a School Board resolution to Billy E. Brown for his service to the community and his support for Pasco County students through the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative Education Foundation. School Board member Allen Altman made the presentation. Brown, a lifelong resident of Pasco County, served in the U.S. Coast Guard and the Korean War. He has worked for WREC since 1956, rapidly progressing in leadership positions over his 58 years with the cooperative, and earning multiple awards for his work with the cooperative and community. During that time, Brown played a significant role in the cooperative’s educational foundation to provide scholarships to Pasco County students of cooperative families. Standing from left, are Pasco school superintendent Kurt Browning, Altman, Sandy and Billy Brown, Paula Lewis and Alison Crumbley, school board chairwoman.
  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.

    Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502 installs officers: Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502 recently held an installation ceremony for its 2014-16 officers. Officers include: Laura Laveroni, president; Joseph Gucciardo, vice president; Eugene Laveroni, immediate past president; Irma Gulotta, orator; Carol Ann Licata, recording secretary; Frank Paino, financial secretary; Ida Luciano, treasurer; and Dennis Bonfiglio, guard. Trustees include: Josephine Cusumano, Marie DiGerlando, Mary Ann Hopkins, Nina Maurer, Carmela Gucciardo, Salvatore Rotella and Arturo Trujillo. Serving as master and mistress of ceremonies were Barney Gulotta and Pia Bonfiglio. Members of the arbitration committee include: Cyl-Ann Balzano, Dom Balazano, David Little, Victoria Little and Doug DiGerlando. Also attending the ceremony were Richard Sanvenero, state trustee, and Mildred Cooper, state deputy.
  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.