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. 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. ...

    Schreiner
  2. 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.

    Auxiliary 186 donates to People Helping People: From Feb. 21 to March 21, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 donated $500 to People Helping People, a nonprofit organization that provides food, clothing and other basic needs to Hernando County residents in need. During the March 13 unit meeting, the group voted to donate $250 to benefit People Helping People’s Weekend Blessings backpack program, enough to cover the cost of feeding two children for an entire year. The unit purchased $200 worth of food to provide meals for more than 125 who attended People Helping People’s March 16 Sunday Blessing program at the Senior Citizen Center in Spring Hill. And on March 21, the group held a yard sale, raising an additional $50 for the organization. During the yard sale, Millie Comstock, left, unit treasurer, presented Fran Finley, People Helping People community outreach chairwoman and a unit member, with a check for $50. Also shown are: Jason Neff, Betty Rollins and Maria Pink.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

    Pennsylvania Club has annual auction: The Pennsylvania Club had its annual auction and bake sale during its monthly meeting March 11, with president Jane Mazzei presiding. Angelo DiLella served as auctioneer, and Beverly Hawk was the bake sale chairwoman. Event committee members included Audrey DiLella and Ann Marie Karafonda. Preparing for the sale and auction are, from left: Angelo DiLella, Karafonda, Mazzei, Hawk, Audrey DiLella and Barbara Bando.
  5. 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.

    Red Hat Mamas host luncheon for other Red Hat chapters: The Florida Red Hat Mamas of High Point and queen Marge Pilichuk hosted a luncheon at Kally K’s Steakery & Fishery on March 5. Three other official Red Hat Society chapters were invited, including the Delightful Dames (queen Ellie Jackson), the High Point Red Hat Mamas (queen Joyce Senf) and the Red Geraniums (queen Jan Young). Chapter members Elaine Ferrill and Gail Imes were co-chairwomen for the event; they had help from Julie Fuchs, Hildy Lauber, Joyce Salvatore, Marge “Lefty” Santoro and Phyllis Schall. Mary Reber served as entertainment chairwoman, and RaeAnn Reber handled tables and seating. The restaurant presented the hosting chapter with a $10 gift certificate to benefit the chapter’s adopt-a-family program at Pine Grove Elementary School.
  6. 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....

    Taylor
  7. 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....

  8. Hometown Hernando for April 9

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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.

    The Wellington hosts charity horse race: The Wellington at Seven Hills had its charity horse race recently. The jockeys stood ready, the horses dressed and in the gates, with everyone waiting to hear, “And they’re off.” The annual event raised $740 to benefit Special Operations Wounded Warriors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the men and women of Special Operations forces. Chuck Kirst, head stable master, ran the races with help from other Thursday Golf League members, including David Russell, Lee Booth, Duncan Ferguson, Larry Calderazzi, Rich Greves and Ron Zaroski.
  9. Hometown Hernando for April 6

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    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.

    Timber Pines Boomers Club donates $2,000: The Timber Pines Boomers Club recently presented the Timber Pines Charity Club with a check for $2,000 to assist with the club’s activities. Boomers Club president Joe Lafferty, right, made the presentation to Cathy Chergotis, president of the charity club. Funds for the donation were raised from ticket sales for activities the Boomers Club holds for its members.
  10. 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....

    Ivie
  11. 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....

    Raney
  12. Hometown Hernando for April 2

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    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.

    Brooksville Elks welcome new members: During its bimonthly meeting Feb. 24, Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 welcomed nine new members. Standing from left are: Jim Heid, Shirley Welder, Carl Thompson, Cathy Waterman and Jay Seman. Seated from left are: Norma Champagne, Elsa Mantas, Bettie Seman and Sandra Granick.
  13. Hometown Hernando for March 30

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    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 Knights participate in exemplification ceremony: Four members of Knights of Columbus St. Joan of Arc Council 11317 participated in a first- and second-degree exemplification ceremony at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church on Feb. 21. From left, Felix Ruiz, grand knight of Council 11317, presented the four members — Paul Ligman, Robert Attanasia, Tony Rego and Antulio Rodriguez — with their completion certificates. Eugene Baylis, right, membership director, congratulated the group.
  14. 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....

  15. Hernando business news and notes for March 30

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    DOCTOR APPOINTED CANCER LIAISON: Dr. Santosh Potdar recently received a three-year appointment as cancer liaison physician for the cancer program at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill.

    Potdar is among a national network of volunteer physicians responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain and support cancer programs. Cancer liaison physicians are responsible for evaluating, interpreting and reporting Oak Hill's performance data through the National Cancer Data Base and facilitating quality improvement initiatives based on data findings....