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. Hometown Pasco for Oct. 17

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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.

    Local skater wins silver medal: After qualifying with a gold medal at the Southern Regional Championships, 13-year-old Laura Ingolia went on to capture the silver medal at the 2014 U.S. Championships in Lincoln, Neb. In her second year competing at the national level, Ingolia earned second place out of 26 competitors in the Juvenile/Elementary B Girls Freestyle event. She is a member of Florida Skating Academy and trains under coach Melissa Quinn at the Spinnations Skating Center in Port Richey.
  2. Pasco's Business digest for Oct. 17

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    MOVERS FOR MILITARY DRIVE: For the second consecutive year, Saint Leo University will partner with Two Men And A Truck and local schools, businesses and other organizations for its annual Movers for Military community outreach program.

    Six collection boxes have been placed in high traffic areas around the campus. For the general public, boxes have been placed in two locations — in the atrium of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business and in the lobby of the Marion Bowman Activities Center....

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  3. Hometown Hernando for Oct. 17

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    Hometown 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 (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or jhayes@tampabay.com.

    United Way’s Stuff the Bus campaign collects supplies, donations: The United Way of Hernando County recently held its eighth annual Stuff the Bus campaign. The event incorporates volunteerism and community participation to gather school supplies for local classrooms. An estimated 85 percent of students start each school year without the essential tools needed to learn and be productive in the classroom. During this year’s event, more than 4,472 pounds of school supplies were collected. Monetary donations totaled $7,196. Twenty-four schools (158 classrooms) will benefit. Teachers and Leadership Hernando members participated in the event.
  4. Hernando Business Digest for Oct. 17

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    PET-SITTING BUSINESS OPENS: Joanne Schoch, former executive director of the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, has opened Passion for Pets, a pet-sitting service for domestic and agricultural animals, at clients' homes or at Schoch's.

    The service includes overnight care and maintenance of medications, but no kennels. For more information, call (352) 683-7490 or email joanneneuters@gmail.com....

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  5. Pasco's Business digest for Oct. 10

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    SUB-COMMUNITIES AT CONCORD STATION: Lennar recently opened two new sub-communities and started construction of three new model homes at Concord Station, the master-planned community on Mentmore Boulevard off State Road 54 in Land O'Lakes. For information, call Francine Miller, director of sales operations, at (813) 574-5671.

    LOCAL COMPANY RECEIVES MICROLOAN: The Busy Buddy, a company that spends its time helping other companies streamline operations by providing support services, is getting a little help of its own, thanks to the Pasco Economic Development Council's microloan program....

    ROTARY NAMES BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: The Sunrise Rotary Club of Dade City recently announced that IHOP in Dade City, which opened its doors in October 2005, was chosen as its 2014 Business of the Year. Jean Nathe, club president, presented Amanda White, left, IHOP general manager, with the award during a recent meeting at the restaurant. White, who began working at the restaurant in 2006, was promoted to general manager in 2009 and immediately began reaching out to the community to offer assistance. “I truly believe that if you want the community to give to you, you must first give to them. You must be there for your community and you must be involved,” White said. IHOP is currently partnered with the local elementary schools, the high school, several local churches, the chamber of commerce, the local Elks lodge, VFW post, Meals on Wheels and the Angel Tree Program.
  6. Hometown Pasco for Oct. 10

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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.

    Participants in the second of two CARES 2014 Celebrity Waiter Luncheons for West Pasco are pictured. In front, from left, are Andrew Oster, Trinity Spine Center; Candace Glewen, Synovus Bank; Dr. Joseph Pino, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point; Evie Parks, CARES special events coordinator; and Jack Mariano, Pasco County commissioner. In back, from left, are Marvelous Marvin, WJQB True Oldies 106.35 FM; Bob Langford, West Pasco Historical Society; Bruce Mills, Prosser Howells, PA; Henry Wilson, Pasco County commissioner; Kim Bogart, New Port Richey police chief; and Bill Aycrigg, CARES CEO.
  7. Hometown Hernando for Oct. 10

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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.

    Philippine-American Association presents academic awards: The Hernando County Philippine-American Association had its annual academic excellence and scholarship award ceremony Aug. 9 at VFW Post 10209 in Spring Hill. The program is designed to encourage children to keep up their grades. Students Brielle Manuel and Hannah Hall, who graduated with highest honors, each received $300 and a certificate. Joanna Ortega, Joseph Wisemann and Alicia Randazzo, who graduated with honors, each received $100 and a certificate. The association presented additional scholarships to students in lower grades. High school students Shelby Basco, Samantha Gee and Steven Kyle Ericksen each received $40. Middle school students Alexander Lopez Penalosa, Kyle C. Wharton, Angela Marie Asupan, Shalia Vasquez and Shaun Charles Ericksen each received $30. Elementary students Katharine Mahnuel, Noah Thomas, Katelyn Renea Whitford, Gyovanni Vazquez and Luciano Vyent each received $25. Making the presentations were Aurora Rice, left, chairwoman of the board, along with Celia Sigua, treasurer; Estela Nichols, vice president, and Maria Busque, president, standing in back on right.
  8. Hernando County business digest for Oct. 10

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    HORIZON HOMECARE MAKES 2013 TOP 100 LIST: Horizon Homecare was named among the Top 100 of the 2013 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

    HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

    Horizon Homecare is locally owned and operated by nurses and offers skilled medical care....

  9. Hometown Pasco for Oct. 3

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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.

    Kiwanis, Gulfside Hospice deliver backpacks: Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco and Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes recently held a Back To School Drive to collect school supplies for Healthy Families and students at eight elementary schools in Pasco County. Two hundred and fifty backpacks full of pencils, crayons, notebooks and other school supplies were delivered. The items were collected at Gulfside’s five thrift stores. Schools receiving donations included Cotee River, Mittye P. Locke, Sunray, Moon Lake, Northwest, Lacoochee, West Zephyrhills and Gulfside. From left are Linda Ward, Gulfside president and CEO; Debra Medina, guidance counselor; Jane King, Kiwanis secretary; Sharon Slusser, principal, and Maria Schiro, guidance counselor, both of Cotee River Elementary; Carla Armstrong, Gulfside fundraising manager; Ashley Juno, Gulfside director of community relations;  and Tom King, Kiwanis treasurer.
  10. Hernando's Business Digest for Oct. 3

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    SURGEON JOINS BROOKSVILLE PRACTICE: Dr. Utpal Patel has joined the practice of Drs. Sunanda Singh and Anjali Singh.

    Patel is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and has completed an American College of Mohs Surgery fellowship at the Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center in Chesterfield, Mo. He comes to the practice from the University of Florida Department of Dermatology and Zephyrhills Skin Center....

    Service with a smile: Access Health Care’s Compliance Department recently announced its regulatory audit results for the second quarter of 2014. Each quarter the department audits each office in the company. The award for the specialist office with the highest score was given to the practice of Dr. Mahmoud Nimer with a score of 97.7 percent. Nimer specializes in cardiology. His office is at 14540 Cortez Blvd. in Spring Hill.
  11. Pasco's Business Digest for Oct. 3

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    CAREERSOURCE FLORIDA NETWORK RECOGNIZED: CareerSource Pasco Hernando announced Florida's selection for National Association of State Workforce Agencies' 2014 State Excellence Award for Leadership in recognition of the stateside branding effort which prompted the February 2014 launch of the CareerSource Florida network. Judges selected the branding effort as 2014's top workforce initiative because of the service and performance improvements facilitated by its launch....

  12. Hometown Hernando for Oct. 3

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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.

    Man engineers Indiana surprise party for wife’s 80th birthday: For her 80th birthday on Aug. 3, Ann Bernhardt was asked by her husband, Chuck, where she’d like to visit. He thought she might want to return to Hawaii, where they were married 60 years ago, or go someplace new. She picked Indiana, where they lived and raised their family before retiring to Florida. Ann was told they’d surprise their daughter, Vicki Brown, and her family, who live in Indiana. Instead, Chuck enlisted the help of daughter Vicki and son Randy Bernhardt to surprise Ann with a big party at an exclusive restaurant. More than 80 family members and friends attended. Ann and Chuck are shown surrounded by their family, also including daughter Nanci Koedyker of Texas, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren
  13. Pasco's Business digest for Sept. 26

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    HOSPITAL EARNS CERTIFICATION: Bayfront Health Dade City recently received full atrial fibrillation certification status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

    The hospital demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a set of stringent criteria and undergoing a comprehensive review by an accreditation review specialist from the SCPC....

  14. Hometown Pasco for Sept. 26

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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.

    Therapy dog honored for 100 hours of service: Mr. McTrouble, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s most veteran therapy dog, was recently awarded his 100-hour volunteer pin by Donna Owen, manager of Volunteer Services. McTrouble, a 3-year-old shelty owned by Chuck Andrews, also volunteers one day a week at Shriner’s Hospitals for Children in Tampa. Animal visits provide entertainment for patients as well as a welcome distraction from pain and infirmity.
  15. Hernando's business digest for Sept. 26

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    LOCAL COLLECTION AGENCY EARNS CERTIFICATION: Aspen National Collections, a timeshare/shared ownership collection agency, recently became a professional practices management system certified agency after completing the process prescribed the ACA International Professional Practices Management Systems program.

    Aspen is at 18110 Powell Road, south of Brooksville. For information, call (352) 754-4509....

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