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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.

    Saint Leo University’s Kirk Hall opens:  Saint Leo University celebrated the grand opening of Kirk Hall at its University Campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by dignitaries, donors and other invited guests Oct. 15. Kirk Hall is named for university president emeritus Arthur F. Kirk Jr., who retired from Saint Leo this summer after more than 18 years at the university. Shown from left are: Cindy Brannen, past chairwoman of the board of trustees; Beverly Kirk; Kirk Jr.; Maribeth Durst, retired vice president of academic affairs; Charles “Chuck” Fisk, retired economics faculty member (husband of Maribeth Durst); William J. Lennox Jr., the new Saint Leo president, and Dennis Mullen, chairman of the Saint Leo board of trustees.
  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.

    Papa Joe’s marks 34th anniversary with Pasta Fest:  On Oct. 6, Papa Joe’s Italian Restaurant, east of Brooksville, had its 34th anniversary fundraiser, raising more than $6,000 to benefit the Arc Nature Coast’s new Life Skills Center in east Hernando. During the Pasta Fest, more than 1,600 pounds of pasta meals were served. The contribution included the sale of pasta dishes, game and door prize ticket sales and 10 percent of all meals sold at the restaurant the previous weekend. The Arc recognized restaurant owners Joe and Donna Giarratana for their generosity and support of the Arc’s campaign to build a new center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Shown standing in front, from left, are the Giarratanas, Kathy Reitz and Mark Barry, executive director of the Arc Nature Coast. In back is DeVon Overmyer.
  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.

    Veterans receive free dental care:  The West Pasco Dental Association and the office of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis hosted “Stars, Stripes and Smiles,” a free day of dental procedures for veterans in Pasco County on Oct. 9. More than $30,000 worth of surgeries, root canals and fillings were donated free of charge at the event at Pasco-Hernando State College’s West Campus. Local dentists volunteered to provide urgent dental care to 75 military veterans who have been suffering with untreated dental pain and infections. “These heroes deserve a system of care to ensure their oral health care needs are met. Until that can become a reality, it is our professional privilege to serve this special segment of our community,” said Dr. Zacharias Kalarickal of the West Pasco Dental Association.
  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....

    Brooksville FFA wins chapter award: The Florida FFA Association recently announced that Brooksville Sr. FFA was the winner of the 2015 Chapter Cooperative Award, which measures how active a chapter has been in cooperating with other organizations and agencies within its community, along with teaching cooperative business principles. Brooksville Sr. FFA and each of the finalist chapters were recognized during the 5th Generation Session of the 87th Florida FFA State Convention and Expo. Shown from left are: Mylie Feaster, Florida Area 5 vice president (Durant FFA Chapter), Hernando High student Kyra Cole and Rick Ahrens, chapter adviser and vocational agriculture teacher at Hernando High.
  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

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    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...