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Hernando County business digest

Business digest


The businesses of Horse Lake Plaza are having a Christmas bicycle drawing at 3 p.m. today and will be giving away two bicycles on Dec. 22.

Those who visit Beef 'O' Brady's, Lizzie T's Coffee House, Mr. & Ms. Salon or Looper Sports Connection can receive a chance to win a bicycle.

The plaza is at Horse Lake Road and the State Road 50 truck route in Brooksville. For information, call Beef's at (352) 797-9464, Lizzie T's at (352) 593-4184, Mr. & Ms. Salon at (352) 796-1011, or Looper's at (352) 796-7974.

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During the holiday season, Turner Funeral Homes is offering residents a chance to record a loved one's name on an ornament and hang the ornament on a Christmas tree, at either its Brooksville or Spring Hill location.

Turner has placed fresh-cut Christmas trees at both of its locations, at 504 E Jefferson St., Brooksville, and at 14360 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

For information, call (352) 796-3588.

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USA Tree Service and the Hernando County Foster Parents Association will host their third annual Christmas party for Hernando County foster children Sunday. This year's theme is "Music and Art."

In order to provide each child with a day of fun and memories, community support — in the form of toys, money, refreshments and gift certificates — is needed.

Gifts for the party may be dropped off at USA Tree Service, 8033 Cortez Blvd., Weeki Wachee or call Karen or Sarah for pick-up at (352) 596-1333 or (352) 428-1502.

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Members of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce are being asked to partner with Jericho Road Ministries by collecting food items for Operation HOPE (Helping Other People Eat).

Items needed include toilet paper, dry milk, peanut butter, jelly, rice, canned soup, boxed mashed potatoes, canned tuna/chicken, vegetables and fruit, spaghetti sauce, pasta, macaroni and cheese, and breakfast cereal.

Items may be dropped off at any chamber event or at the chamber office, at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, before Friday.

For information, call (352) 796-0697.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida, provides free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando County.

Consultations and access to all SBDC services are available at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session or for information, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.

Who's News

Dr. Marc Polecritti , a plastic surgeon, recently attended the Life Cell Conference in Fort Lauderdale. The topic was Alloderm, a skin substitute used for breast reconstruction and cosmetic procedures.

Polecritti's office is at 10429 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. He has privileges at Spring Hill Regional and Brooksville Regional hospitals, Oak Hill Hospital and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. For information, call (352) 556-5248.

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Dr. Robert E. Malka, a board-certified neurologist, recently joined the staff at the Malka Institute of Neuroscience and Disease, with four offices serving a dozen hospitals across Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Malka is a graduate of the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, where he also completed his residency. He gained expertise in advance epilepsy, stroke and neurocritical care at both Tampa General Hospital and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. Malka has written several articles presented at the American Academy of Neurology.

The Malka Institute has offices at 11345 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill; 5622 Marine Parkway, Suite 21, New Port Richey; 7539 Medical Drive, Hudson, and 2595 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor.

For information, call (352) 597-7447.

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Access Healthcare recently announced its WOW (Wow! Outstanding Work) winners for October.

Sarah Nelson, of the coding department in Spring Hill, is team lead for the coders. Tiffany Williams works in Dr. Robert Hartzell's office in Brooksville. Karly Dominguez works in the office of Drs. Ian Adam and Lalit Gupta in New Port Richey. Christine Ricahrd works in the office of Dr. Azzam Muftah in Brooksville.

Access Healthcare's main office is at 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 688-8116.

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Aimee and John Gans have opened the Tilted Teacup Tea Room and Boutique at 200 W Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville.

The business offers fresh-baked scones, quiche and an assortment of tea sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as desserts.

The business also serves and sells premium loose-leaf teas in decorative tins. For repeat customers, the Loyal Tea program allows customers to bring back their tins for a refill, with a 10 percent discount. In addition, after five dine-in visits, customers receive a 30 percent discount.

The main tea room seats 12, but surrounding rooms can accommodate up to 34 for bridal and baby showers, birthdays and other special occasions.

The boutique carries handmade, one-of-a-kind florals by Aimee, as well as Lindsay Phillips snaps and shoes, Swan Creek candles, home decor items and jewelry.

For information, visit or call (352) 593-4111. Reservations are requested for parties of four or more.

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Certified public accountant John A. Dougherty, manager at JBH Accounting & Tax, recently conducted a seminar on trust taxation and planning for local accountants.

Helen Marcum, accountant and managing member of the firm, recently received her recertification for QuickBooks Pro. She has been a practicing accountant in Hernando and Pasco counties for more than 12 years.

Thomas G. Ryman was recently appointed as a staff accountant and CPA. Ryman has more than 30 years of accounting and tax experience and holds a bachelor's degree in economics and accounting from the University of Baltimore and a master's degree in taxation from Washington School of Law.

JBH Accounting & Tax has offices at 4048 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, and at 6521 Main St., New Port Richey. For information, call (352) 684-8440 or (727) 841-0866.

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Dr. Pariksith Singh, board certified in internal medicine, and registered nurse Lynda Dilts-Benson, a certified case manager and licensed health care risk manager, both with Access Healthcare, recently spoke at the Medicare Advantage Strategic Business Symposium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The symposium was designed for Medicare Advantage providers and payers in the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and the North Mariana Islands.

Singh, who is the founder of Access Healthcare, was the primary panelist for the presentation titled "Full-Risk MSOs (management services organizations) Answer the Five W's." Dilts-Benson moderated.

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Joshua Mercado of Monster Transmission & Performance, 19370 Oliver St., Brooksville, was recently presented the Employee of the Year award. Owner and president Achilles Thomas made the presentation.

Mercado was selected for his willingness to go above and beyond his normal duties with employees and clients, his team leadership, and for being reliable and trustworthy.


Just for Kicks Karate, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer a free personal protection class for women from 11 a.m. to noon today.

Those attending are asked to bring two canned food items for the business' Christmas drive to benefit the needy.

For information or to RSVP, call Fred Payne at (727) 645-8749.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:

Autumn Home Care, 13115 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Cindy Harrison, (352) 688-2557.

Summers & Co., 31130 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West, noon Wednesday. Call Bob Haywood, (352) 848-0906.

The Life Center of Hernando, 19384 Ingram St., Brooksville, noon Thursday. Call Barbara Lemoine, (352) 597-0119.

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BNI Winning Edge will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.

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Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, 901 S Broad St., Brooksville, and the Florida State Muscle Car Club host a cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, weather permitting. Proceeds benefit HPH Hospice and Hernando County schools.

The events feature classic cars and trucks, musical entertainment, prizes and drawings. For information, call Gerry Evans at (352) 799-1461.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its December After-Hours Mixer at 14302 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The sponsor is Capital City Bank.

For information, call Donna Lipidarov, (352) 797-6700. To RSVP, visit

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BNI Leaders by Design will meet from 7:15 to 9: 30 a.m. Thursday at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. The cost is $9 and includes breakfast. Call Ralph Vitola at (352) 796-2676.

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The Republican Business Leaders Club of Hernando County will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.

The club is open to retired and current business owners, managers and anyone who has made a payroll and created jobs. Call Blaise Ingoglia at (352) 686-8200.

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Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The goal of the group is to develop long-term relationships with business professionals. There are no membership fees. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.

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Access Healthcare will host an open house for Dr. Michael Bryan Reynolds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at 675 Harvard St., Brooksville, in the location formerly occupied by Dr. Fred W. Frankenberg.

Reynolds is board certified in family practice. He comes to Access from Largo and has been in practice since 1985.

Reynolds received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va. He completed his residency and internship at Warren General Hospital in Warren, Ohio.

For information, call (352) 544-0610.

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