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 July 25

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    Law firm opens office in Wesley Chapel: Rogers Towers, P.A., a century-old law firm headquartered in Jacksonville, opened its eighth statewide office at 29152 Chapel Park Drive, Wesley Chapel, as part of the firm's expansion to Tampa Bay.

    Shareholders and litigators L. Javan Grant and Gregory F. Lunny will lead the firm's newest office....

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  2. Hernando's business digest for July 25

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    Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill partner with HealthStream: Through a partnership with HealthStream, a nationally recognized health care improvement company, Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill plan to use perception surveys to monitor patient care delivered by the hospital's employees and physicians. The partnership allows Bayfront Health's leadership to evaluate patient experiences on a year-round, day-to-day basis. HealthStream conducts telephone interviews with randomly selected patients shortly after discharge, asking about staff communication and the cleanliness and quietness of the hospital environment....

  3. Hometown Hernando for July 25

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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.

    Spring Hill VFW Post 10209’s honor guard recognized: VFW Post 10209 in Spring Hill recently hosted its annual honor guard dinner and awards night. Members of the post’s elite honor guard were recognized. Members, in back from left, are: Mike Gonsalves, Bill Vanya, Barbara Currin, Richard Schellhase, Dan Lynch, Larry Gross, Woody Olasin, Richard Bozek and Ron Forbes. In front, from left, are: Edwin Beck, Bob Ross, Claire Hoover, Kathy Alonza, John Cox, Raul “Toody” Pires, Ronald McCombs, Artie Davila and Wayne Tuttle.
  4. Hometown Pasco for July 25

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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.

    Tampa Bay World Nation performs at Regency Residence: Members of Tampa Bay World Nation performed for residents and friends at Regency Residence in New Port Richey and at Bayonet Point Health & Rehabilitation Center in Hudson as part of the group’s “Music Tribute to the Greatest Generation,” featuring songs from 1910 through the 1960s. Performers included, from left, Katia Valdeos, percussionist; Diamond Coons; Cynthia Haring, director; Savannah Meier; Tad Andris; Madison Dedcovich; and Bradley Smith.
  5. Hernando business digest for July 18

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    Brooksville center receives SHARP award: Brooksville Healthcare Center, 1114 Chatman Blvd., Brooksville, was recently presented with the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program award by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Jim Ulseth, a safety consultant for OSHA, made the presentation. The program recognizes small-business employers that operate an exemplary safety and health management system....

    Diabetes care clinic opens: Access Health Care physicians conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce to mark the opening of the company’s Comprehensive Diabetes Care Clinic on July 1. The clinic is devoted to treating diabetes and its complications. Dr. Ghiath Mahmaljy is holding the scissors. Holding the ribbon, from left: Nora Spadafora; Dr. Marie Scunziano-Singh, co-founder of Access Health Care; Dr. Manjusri Vennamaneni, medical director of Access Health Care; and co-founder Dr. Pariksith Singh. The clinic is at 5382 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. For more information, call (352) 200-2190.
  6. Hometown Hernando for July 18

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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.

    Sons of Italy hosts fundraiser: The Order of the Sons of Italy of America, Nature Coast Lodge 2502 recently had its annual dinner-dance fundraiser to benefit the group’s scholarship fund. The event had a Hawaiian theme, and Mary Ann Hopkins served as chairwoman. With the help of Hopkins and her committee members, additional funds were generated through the sale of ads and boosters in the event program. Music was provided by Buddy and Debbie Vee. From left are: Joseph Gucciardo, vice president; Hopkins; and Laura Laveroni, president.
  7. Hometown Pasco for July 18

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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.

    Rotary Club honors Mitchell High’s top 10 graduates: The Rotary Club of Seven Springs recently hosted Honors Night at Seven Springs Country Club to honor the top 10 graduating seniors from J.W. Mitchell High School. Parents and guests of the students were also invited. The guest speaker was Chiquita Henderson, assistant dean of student development at Pasco-Hernando State College. Dignitaries attending included Mitchell High principal James Michaels, Heather Bell, Peggy Hinmon, Michele Chamberlin and Mary Ellen Ruconich. Students in back, from left, are Ruta Malsky, Alexis Black, Colin Gaynor, Cari Gonzales and Cory Hansen. In front, from left, are Kristina League, Adrienne Fleming, Christy Meglio and Baylor Cherry. Student Cobi Johnson was unavailable for the photo.
  8. Pasco's business digest for July 18

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    SMARTstart New Port Richey Incubator welcomes new member: SMBsocial.com, which provides business owners with digital presence solutions, social media marketing, branding and management solutions, has joined the SMARTstart New Port Richey Incubator at 6345 Grand Blvd., the site of the former post office.

    SMB provides solutions, powered by WordPress, that empower small and medium businesses to intelligently identify, attract, engage and acquire top talent. As an onsite member, the company has 24/7 access to the facility, which includes free Wi-Fi, free parking, co-working space, a mail box, and conference and meeting rooms....

    Medical Center opens in Hudson: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently had a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Graduate Medical Education Center, 14108 Glacial Drive, on the hospital’s Hudson campus. The ceremony included a brief address by CEO Shayne George, a ribbon-cutting and a white coat ceremony of the first class of the American Osteopathic Association Internal Medicine Residency Program, presided over by Michael Strobbe, internal medicine program director. Pictured are members of the first residency class. From left: Drs. Woody Taves, James Shepard, Giles Roberts, David Otis and Jonathan Lind; second-year resident Katie Groff; Camille Alfonso; Strobbe; Joseph Pino, chief medical officer; and George.
  9. Pasco's business digest for July 11

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    New Allstate office opens in Port Richey: Allstate Insurance recently announced the opening of a new office at 9686 U.S. 19 in Port Richey. The office is owned and operated by Stephen Ward, Allstate agent.

    Ward can be reached at (727) 862-6609.

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    Hospital names its 2013 Physician Frist Humanitarian award winner: Medical Center of Trinity recently announced that Dr. Haravu Lokesh received its 2013 Physician Frist Humanitarian Award. Lokesh has been practicing pediatrics for more than 30 years. He is closely associated with many community organizations that provide free healthcare to children in need. ...

    Chamber awards outstanding nonprofit: The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce recently named CARES as Outstanding Nonprofit of 2014. Chamber president Chip Wichmanowski made the presentation. From left are Bill Aycrigg, CARES president and CEO; board members Michael Clark, Dee Thomas and Terry Haas; Wichmanowski; Bobbi Tafara, board chairwoman, holding award; Jamie Mick, board member; Thea Johnson, immediate past chairwoman; Mary Ann Finneran, board vice chairwoman; and board members Leigh Massengill, Laina Schneller, Rebecca Bell, Dr. Joseph Pino and Gregory Gay. CARES is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of older adults. For information, visit CARESfl.org.
  10. Hometown Pasco for July 11

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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.

    Pasco sheriff’s Ride for Hospice raises $24,000: The Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse recently presented Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care with a check for $24,000. The funds were proceeds from the sixth annual Ride for Hospice held in March at Diamond B Ranch in Dade City. Linda Ward, Gulfside’s president and CEO, accepted the check from Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco with members from the Posse and Gulfside Hospice looking on. Also attending the presentation, was Sue Touchston, who raised the most money, and Paul Correia, who held Paulie Palooza, a separate music fundraiser that was the presenting sponsor of the event.
  11. Hernando's Business Digest for July 11

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    Chamber ribbon-cuttings: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings this week:

    • Laurie Pizzo, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, at noon Tuesday. Call Laurie Pizzo, (352) 428-8011.

    • Halo Auto Sports, 15265 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville, at noon Wednesday. The event will include a luncheon. Call Heather Craig, (305) 942-6122....

    Ribbon-cutting held for Realtors’ new office: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting for Kimberly Armstrong and Dan Dempsey, Realtors with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Properties Group, on June 17. Armstrong and Dempsey, who refer to themselves as the Vision Team, are at 13161 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Attending the event were chamber members, clients and co-workers.
  12. Hometown Hernando for July 11

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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.

    Knights of Columbus elevate 28 members: St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209 recently conducted a 2nd-degree exemplification. Twenty-eight knights were elevated. District deputy John Mazzuca of District 29, left, presented Bob Jost with a certificate naming him the honoree of the exemplification. Jost, a relatively new brother knight, has been an active member since taking his first degree.
  13. Pasco's business digest for July 4

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    CareerSource Pasco Hernando honored for Leading Workforce Challenge: CareerSource Pasco Hernando accomplished both goals set by a challenge Gov. Rick Scott and CareerSource Florida issued to all 24 Florida workforce boards to double employer penetration rates for the 2013-14 program year.

    The goals emphasized doubling employer outreach in each region and doubling level 1 services provided to employers within their region....

    Hospital donates $150,000 to health care education: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, through its health scholarship fund, recently donated $150,000 to the Pasco Education Foundation for education and training of future health care professionals. The donation will help the foundation achieve its goal of advancing student achievement and preparing Pasco students for college, career and life. From left are Pasco County school superintendent Kurt Browning; Mike Lukens, chief financial officer and interim CEO of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel; Stacey Capogrosso, foundation vice president of operations; Tracy Clouser, the hospital’s director of marketing; and Alison Crumbley, School Board chairwoman.
  14. Hernando's Business digest for July 4

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    Hospital earns awards: Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill was recently awarded a certificate of distinction in the management of heart failure by the Joint Commission. The award is based on a review of compliance with national standards, clinical guidelines and outcomes related to patient care. The hospital also announced that its Emergency Care Center has received the Emergency Nurses Association's Lantern award. Only 17 emergency centers nationally met the criteria for the designation. The honor indicates that the emergency department exemplifies outstanding and exemplary performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research....

  15. Hometown Hernando for July 4

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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.

    Beta Sigma Phi donates to Chinsegut Hill: Area Beta Sigma Phi chapters attended the organization’s recent Founder’s Day celebration at the Rising Sun Cafe in Brooksville. During the event, a check for $1,300 was presented to Christie Anderberg of the Friends of Chinsegut Hill. The funds were raised by each chapter’s raffle ticket sales. From left, Anderberg accepted the check from Peggy Brim, city council treasurer, and Norma Jean Rawson, city council president.