Hernando County news and notes for Oct. 31

Published Oct. 29, 2014

Brooksville street closures: Main Street, from Broad Street to Jefferson Street, will be closed to traffic in downtown Brooksville from 6 p.m. today (Friday) to 6 a.m. Monday for the purpose of cleaning, leveling and sealing brick crosswalk pavers. Sealing requires 48 hours of curing time.

Broad Street (U.S. 41) and Jefferson Street (State Road 50A) will only have one lane open for traffic throughout the weekend. Drivers should exercise caution. Information signs and traffic cones will be in place.

For information, call the Brooksville Public Works Department at (352) 540-3860.

Stuff the Charger food drive: The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Highway Patrol are hosting the inaugural Stuff the Charger Thanksgiving food drive until Thursday.

In partnership with local food banks across the state, the FHP will collect food donations of nonperishable items for Florida families.

Locally, FHP Troop C will be accepting donations at two Brooksville sites: 11319 Ponce deLeon Blvd., and 17028 Ayers Road.

Weatherization Assistance Program: The Weatherization Assistance Program, initiated by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1976 to help states and communities assist low-income families in having more energy-efficient, safe and healthy homes, is offered locally through Mid Florida Community Services.

The program, which is free to qualified low-income families, uses computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic technologies to identify energy conservation measures for homes. The services have reduced energy costs by an average of 25 percent in more than 74,000 low-income homes since the inception of the program.

To request an application, call (352) 796-1427 or visit Mid Florida Community Services at 820 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville.

Pinebrook Medical Center offers free resource room for cancer patients: The Hernando County American Cancer Society Resource Room at Pinebrook Medical Center, 14540 Cortez Blvd., Room 202, west of Brooksville, offers free items and support to cancer patients.

The center, which is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, is staffed by volunteers who provide help and support for patients, family members and caregivers.

Items such as wigs, scarves, hats, turbans and bras, as well as literature and information, are available for free to the underinsured and uninsured. For information, call toll-free 1-800-227-2346 or visit

Holiday in the Gardens event needs participants: The Nature Coast Botanical Gardens will have its annual Christmas event, Holiday in the Gardens, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill.

Evergreen trees have been planted along the main walkway in the gardens with the intention of decorating them for the holidays. Clubs, organizations and businesses are invited to participate by decorating a tree.

A donation of $25 is requested to participate. The donations help volunteers offset the cost of maintaining the botanical gardens and plant nursery. Those interested should call (352) 683-9933.

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Brooksville Cemetery Advisory Committee has vacancy: The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve as a member of the Brooksville Cemetery Advisory Committee.

The person chosen will fill an unexpired four-year term through Dec. 31, 2017. Applicants must be city residents or have a documented tie to the cemetery.

Application forms may be obtained from the office of the city clerk or on the city of Brooksville's website at Forms and must be completed and returned to the city clerk's office at 201 Howell Ave. For information, call (352) 540-3853.