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

  1. Hometown Hernando for April 23

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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.

    Knights mark 
St. Patrick’s Day: Knights of Columbus, St. Joan of Arc Council 11317 hosted a St. Patrick’s Day dinner dance in the parish hall on March 22. Attendees got into the spirit and dressed in green. Debbie Colvin prepared the meal. Joe Page, in front, laughs with Tony Maccquano, who tended bar.
  2. Hernando County business digest for April 20

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    CHAMBER DIPLOMAT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Judi Schreiner, owner of Judi's Creations and Travel, was Diplomat of the Month for February.

    FITNESS CENTER OWNERS ATTEND AAOM CONFERENCE: Herson and Kim Garcia, corrective holistic exercise kinesiology practitioners and owners of the Garcia Institute of Modern Excellence fitness center, 19832 County Line Road, Spring Hill, recently attended the American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine conference in Clearwater. The husband-wife team, invited by Dr. Aeneas Janez from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and David Weinstock, the creator of neurokinetic therapy, assisted physicians in learning the concepts behind neurokinetic therapy and its benefits. ...

    Kim Garcia, center, with Dr. Aeneas Janez, left, and David Weinstock.
  3. Hometown Hernando for April 20

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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.

    Students complete youth attorney class: Sixteen students recently completed the six-week youth attorney training class for Hernando County Youth Court. Class instructors included attorneys Erin Daly, Sam Lea, Cal Everett, John Napolitano and Peter Napolitano. Youth Court, an alternative to juvenile court, is run by youth for youth. Juvenile offenders ages 10 to 17 who have committed misdemeanor offenses can have their cases heard by a court of their peers. Youth volunteers are trained to serve as jury members, court clerks, bailiffs and attorneys. The graduates, in the back row from left, include Grant Carlson, Amy Waterson, Paige Geraci, Carissa Thurman, Joseph Santana, Jason Renke, Joe Waterson and Shyanne McElwain. In front, from left, are Haley Geraci, Charis Kerr, Riley LaGrassa, Syaira Thurman, Dale Geraci, Ava Geraci, Nathaniel Newcomb and Bryhanna LaGrassa. Students ages 10 to 17 who are interested in participating in the program may contact John A. Heyne, Youth Court coordinator, at (352) 540-6263.
  4. Pasco's business digest for April 20

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    SIGN UP NOW FOR CLASS OF 2015: Leadership Pasco is accepting applications for the Class of 2015. The program explores critical issues through a series of seminars and hands-on activities. Applicants should be interested in serving the community, committed to personal and professional growth, involved in business and community organizations, and dedicated to a positive future for Pasco County....

    WOMEN-N-CHARGE GRANTS: Women-N-Charge, whose mission, in part, is to support and assist professional women in managing their businesses more effectively, awarded $1,000 grants to Angela Schaberg and Angela Gilbert. Schaberg, the owner of 2EliteFitness, received the business advancement grant; and Gilbert, founder of Building a Foundation, received the career advancement grant. Both grants were sponsored by Centennial Bank. From left, are: Suzin Carr, grant judge; Paula O’Neil, grant judge; Gilbert; Pat Carroll, grant judge; and Elayne Bassinger with Centennial Bank.
  5. Hometown Hernando for April 16

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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.

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  6. Hometown Hernando for April 13

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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.

    Rotarians enjoy a day at races: Rotarians from District 6950, encompassing Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties, spent the afternoon of March 8 at Tampa Bay Downs. Rotarians enjoyed the races, sold programs and gave away free blankets to attendees. Shown, from left, are three members of the Rotary Club of Brooksville who participated in the event: Ray Stanbro, Karen Stanbro and Jim Tremmel.
  7. Hernando's Business Digest for April 13

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    WINN-DIXIE LAUNCHES PAWS PROGRAM: Winn-Dixie recently launched PAWS "Feed the Love," a program to benefit food banks and nonprofit organizations dedicated to eliminating hunger for pets.

    Through April 29, customers can purchase a $5 prepackaged bag of pet food with their Winn-Dixie reward card or give a monetary donation at any store register. Each bag contains a week's worth of dry and canned packages of PAWS Premium, the store's brand of cat and dog food....

    CHAMBER HELPS ADULT ED:  The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, through its foundation, the Chamber Education Training Association, recently presented start-up funding of $5,000 for equipment for the Hernando County Adult Technical Education Program at Nature Coast Technical High School. The Suncoast Technical Education Center offers courses and training for adults to build their careers. Lori Romano, superintendent of Hernando County schools, accepted the check. From left are: Mary Dysart, Mary LeDoux, Morris Porton, Tracy Echols, Sam Shrieves, Romano, Gus Guadagnino and Pat Crowley, chamber president.
  8. Pasco County business digest for April 13

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    HOSPITAL RECEIVES GOLD AWARD: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point was recently presented with the American Heart Association's Start! Fit-Friendly Company Gold Award.

    The Start! Fit-Friendly companies recognition program award is given by the American Heart Association's Start! Movement, which is intended to be a catalyst for positive change in the workplace....

  9. Hometown Hernando for April 9

    Human Interest

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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.

    PHSC cheer team wins silver medal at fair: The Pasco-Hernando State College cheer team took home the silver medal in the College Co-Ed Level 6 division at the American Championships at the Florida State Fair. Under the leadership of head coach Jennie Pell, the team received a score of 85.7 overall and a score of 9.3 out of 10 for the creativity of its routine. Team members include, in back row from left: Ryan Guy, Britney Younger, Patty Leas, Amanda Prystupa, Courtney Lyon and Matt Phillips. In front, from left, are: Haley Sandifer, Ashley Brow, Ashley Hermann, Kimberly Smith and Amanda Kahn.
  10. Hometown Hernando for April 6

    Human Interest

    We need 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.

    New officers for Knights of Columbus:  St. Anthony Knights of Columbus Council 6800 recently introduced its new officers. From left are: Bob Smith, grand knight; Manuel Pimentel, financial secretary; Wayne Scovell, treasurer; and the Rev. Father Craig Morley, pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Church, chaplain. Bill Priede is the council’s recorder.
  11. Pasco's Business digest for April 6

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    SIGN UP NOW FOR CLASS OF 2015: Leadership Pasco is now accepting applications for the Class of 2015. The program explores critical issues through a series of seminars and hands-on activities. Applicants should be interested in serving the community, committed to personal and professional growth, involved in business and community organizations and dedicated to a positive future for Pasco County....

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  12. Hernando's Business digest for April 6

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    HOSPITAL FILLS RESIDENCY POSITIONS: Oak Hill Hospital has filled all 10 of its internal medicine residency positions in its initial match.

    According to Dr. Bilal Ahmed, chief medical officer and program director of internal medicine at the hospital, it is unprecedented for a new program to have all positions matched in the first round. The program, which is the first of several residency programs, launches this summer....

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  13. Hometown Hernando for April 2

    Human Interest

    We need 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.

    One-man show: The African-American Club of Hernando County hosted a black history presentation recently. Bob Devin Jones, right, actor, writer and director, portrayed Francisco Menendez in a one-man show about the remarkable journey of the escaped slave. Local photographers exhibited, including George Fred Woodson, who displayed 10 large portraits of female club members, and Roger and Leslie Brown, who displayed their “Local Cowboys” photos. Club president Harold Adams shared three of his watercolor paintings. Charlene Johnston, left, served as event chairwoman. Committee members included: Mertie Colyer, Joyce Lindsay, Leana McNealy, Wanda Parfitt, Connie Savoy, Vivian Stroud and Judy Woodson.
  14. Hometown Hernando for March 30

    Human Interest

    We need 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.

    Four Chaplains Memorial Service conducted: Charles E. Murray American Legion Post 186 presented its annual Four Chaplains Memorial Service at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church on Feb. 16. About 300 attended from various community organizations. Color guard members from the post and Auxiliary Unit 186 participated. Members, from left, are: Sudie Staten, Conrad Vachon, Bob Hamburger, Craig Gallager and Fran Finley.
  15. Pasco business news and notes for March 30

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    LIFESPAN SERVICES NOW AFFILIATED WITH UF COLLEGE OF MEDICINE: Bonnie Martin, licensed clinical social worker and co-founder of Lifespan Services in New Port Richey, announced recently that Lifespan is now affiliated with the University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, providing mental health services to Pasco children.

    As a result of the affiliation, Martin and Lifespan's executive director, Alyssa Visalli, will be courtesy faculty. Both specialize in working with children and will be providing counseling to those who have medical concerns such as juvenile diabetes....