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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. Hernando Government Meetings for Dec. 4

    News

    Government meetings

    Here is a listing of public meetings scheduled for this week:

    Monday

    Brooksville City Council, 7 p.m., council chambers, City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

    Tuesday

    Hernando County Commission, 9 a.m., commission chambers, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

    Hernando County School Board, 10 a.m. informal board meeting, James K. Austin Training Room, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville; 2 p.m. workshop and 7 p.m. board meeting, School Board meeting room, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville....

  2. Pasco Business digest for Nov. 20

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    Business digest

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    HOSPITALS EARN PATIENT SAFETY SCORE OF A: Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson, have both been recognized with an A safety score by the Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits....

  3. Hernando Business digest for Nov. 20

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    Business digest

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    HOSPITAL EARNS PATIENT SAFETY SCORE OF A: Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has been recognized with an A safety score by the Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

    U-HAUL AVAILABLE IN MASARYKTOWN: Second Hand Thrift Store, 484 Broad St., Masaryktown, recently signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Masaryktown community....

  4. Hometown Pasco for Nov. 20

    Human Interest

    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.

    Grand Gardens opens:  Members of the community and the East Madison Growers Association recently gathered to break ground for the new Grand Gardens on Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey. The project is being developed through funding and support from Friendship Farms & Fare, the Nature Coast Real Food Project, Ecology Florida, the East Madison Growers Club, the Green Commerce Association and local residents. The establishment of the Grand Gardens is made possible through New Port Richey’s urban agriculture ordinance, which promotes the transformation of vacant lots into productive community gardens. Working in collaboration with property owner Gary Gann, whose business is adjacent, the project will include individual gardening plots available to anyone for a modest donation and a commitment to assist with the project. A larger community garden will also be maintained by participants.
  5. Hernando Briefs for Nov. 20

    Briefs

    SPRING HILL

    Paving will close part of Mariner Boulevard

    The Hernando County Department of Public Works has announced that a portion of Mariner Boulevard, south of Cortez Boulevard, will be closed Monday through Wednesday for paving.

    Northbound traffic on Mariner will be diverted to one lane from Landover Boulevard to Frontage Road. Motorists should expect the lane closure to be in effect during work hours....

  6. Hernando Blood Mobile for Nov. 20

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    Bloodmobile locations

    LifeSouth Community Blood Center will have blood drives at the following off-site locations during the coming week.

    Today (Friday): 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Subway, 19438 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Walmart, 13300 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

    Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Orthodontic Specialists of Florida, 12920 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill; 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Walmart, 13300 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill....

  7. Hernando Vendors for Nov. 20

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    Vendors and crafters are needed for the following nonprofit events:

    • Crafters, artists and vendors being sought for St. Anthony Catholic Church's Arts and Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 in Heffernan Hall, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 796-2096.

    • Vendors are being sought for the Stage West Community Playhouse Flea Market/Craft Fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 at 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Terry Stenger, (352) 442-4109....

  8. Hernando Pet of the Week for Nov. 20

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    Pet of the week | Snowball

    Snowball is a 3-year-old domestic medium-hair mix. She loves attention, is a night owl and would be best suited in a quiet and calm home, either as an only pet or with another calm cat. At times, she can be a bit of a bully around the food bowl when other cats are present. Snowball has been spayed, microchipped and is current on her vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Snowball or other dogs and cats can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter at Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville. Visiting hours at the shelter are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The shelter is run strictly on donations; no government subsidies are provided. Adoption fees are $100 for dogs, $40 for adults cats and $65 for kittens, and cover the costs for all vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchipping. For information, call (352) 796-2711. Visit the website at humanerescue.org....

    Humane Society of the Nature Coast
  9. Hometown Hernando for Nov. 20

    Human Interest

    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.

    VFW Auxiliary supports K9 Partners for Patriots:  The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 10209 recently hosted a fundraiser featuring comedian Homer Noodleman, who donated his time and talents to benefit K9 Partners for Patriots, a nonprofit organization that trains service dogs to assist veterans who have been diagnosed with service-related post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Shown from left are Kathy Alonzo, auxiliary president, presenting $2,101, proceeds from the event, to Mary Peter, founder and president of K9 Partners for Patriots.
  10. Hometown Pasco for Nov. 13

    Human Interest

    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.

    Hospital supports fight 
against breast cancer:  More than 650 Florida Hospital Zephyrhills staffers and volunteers sported pink shoelaces during October to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection and mammograms. The hospital’s Simpson Breast Health Center launched its Sparkle campaign Oct. 1. Those who had screening procedures during October received a glitzy pink insulated travel cup. They also were invited to write or draw something of meaning related to breast cancer on original artwork painted by a nurse whose mother is a breast cancer survivor, received a Sparkle cupcake with pink frosting and were registered to win one of four Alex and Ani cupcake charm bracelets or a Pandora cupcake jewelry box donated by Kiefer Jewelers in Dade City. Hospital staffers and volunteers also participated in a specially produced breast cancer awareness video that can be viewed by visiting the hospital’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  11. Hometown Hernando for Nov. 13

    Human Interest

    Hometown Hernando

    HIGH FIVES

    Local elementary school helps raise funds for books: Staffers and students at Brooksville Elementary School helped raise $2,658.23 to provide 36 students at Murray Downs School in remote Australia with the opportunity to participate in the Charitable Foundation for Books in Homes Program, allowing each student the choice of nine new books, as well as book labels and waterproof book bags. The funds were raised near the end of the 2014-15 school year, and the students in Australia received their new books....

    Pennsylvanians celebrate 
Oktoberfest with picnic: The Pennsylvania Club of Hernando recently had its annual Oktoberfest picnic at the Brooksville Elks Lodge on County Line Road. Gift prizes were awarded throughout the day, and club historian and membership chairwoman Sandy Lindke created a challenging Pennsylvania trivia contest that stumped many members. Local entertainer Dwain Schott performed his popular Bavarian music. Shown from left are: Linda Remy, trip chairwoman; Lin Whitenight, dinner arrangements; Lindke; Barbara Grady, sunshine lady; Jane Mazzei, president; Schott; Beverly Hawk, second vice president; Jim Karafonda, treasurer; Ann Marie Karafonda, publicity chairwoman; and Doris Relko, secretary.
  12. Hernando Briefs for Nov. 13

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    spring hill

    Forum offers help for disabled, families

    The Area 13 Family Care Council and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities will host a free forum, "Continuing to Plan for the Future," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Arc Nature Coast Education Center, 6495 Mariner Blvd.

    Registration begins at 9 a.m. The event will include resource exhibitors, information and speakers who will address Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and other issues important to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. A light lunch will be provided....

  13. Hernando Government Meetings Nov. 13, 2015

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    Government meetings

    Here is a listing of public meetings scheduled for this week:

    Monday

    Brooksville City Council, 7 p.m., council chambers, City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

    Tuesday

    Hernando County Commission, 9 a.m., commission chambers, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

    Hernando County School Board, 2 p.m. organizational and regular board meeting, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville....

  14. Hernando Pet of the Week for Nov. 13

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    Pet of the week

    Honey is an 8-year-old Shar-Pei mix. She enjoys lots of playtime and swimming in the pool and loves sitting on someone's lap watching television. Honey would rather be an only child. She has been spayed, microchipped and is current on her vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Honey or other dogs and cats can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter at Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville. Visiting hours at the shelter are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The shelter is run strictly on donations; no government subsidies are provided. Adoption fees are $100 for dogs, $40 for adults cats and $65 for kittens and cover the costs for all vaccinations, spay or neuter and microchipping. For information, call (352) 796-2711. Visit the website at humanerescue.org....

    Courtesy of the Humane Society of the Nature Coast  Honey is an 8-year-old sharpei mix. She enjoys lots of playtime and swimming in the pool, and loves sitting on your lap watching television. Honey would rather be an only child. She has been spayed, microchipped, and is current on her age appropriate vaccinations including rabies. Inquiries about adopting Honey or other dogs and cats can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter at Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville. Visiting hours at the shelter is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The shelter is run strictly on donations; no government subsidies are provided. Adoption fees are $100 for dogs, $40 for adults cats and $65 for kittens, and cover the costs for all vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchipping. For information, call (352) 796-2711. Visit the website at humanerescue.org.
  15. Hernando news briefs for Nov. 6

    Briefs

    SPRING HILL

    Arts, crafts and home decor at fall festival

    Forest Oaks Lutheran Church will have its annual Fall Festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd. The event will include arts, crafts, jewelry, food items, home decor, Christmas items, antique dolls and more. Baked goods will be sold. For information, call (352) 683-1229.

    Boutique for breast cancer patients opens...