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News and notes on Hernando businesses
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Published Jan. 12


ACCESS HEALTH CARE ANNOUNCEMENTS: Access Health Care Physicians have announced the following:

Olakunle Ajibola, MD, has relocated his practice to 3480 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. Dr. Ajibola is board-certified in family medicine. Call (352) 600-7900.

Jatin Sheth, MD, board-certified in family medicine, and his team have achieved renewed recognition under the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition Program. Dr. Sheth’s office is at 920 W Jefferson St., Brooksville. Call (352) 796-8824.


DISC MINI WORKSHOP: The Business and Professional Women of Hernando County will host a DiSC Awareness Mini-Workshop at a dinner and meeting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at The Bistro, 10 N Main St., Brooksville. The program will be presented by Charlotte Edwards of Training Solutions. DiSC is a personal assessment tool that describes an individual’s strengths, weaknesses and personal management preferences. Those wishing to attend should RSVP by Jan. 24 to Amy Bennett at A DiSC personal survey should be printed and completed and brought to the meeting. The cost for the dinner meeting is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

HEALTH LECTURE: A digestive health lecture will be provided Jan. 28 at Get Healthy Brooksville, 1254 S Broad St., Brooksville. Refreshments will be at 6 p.m., and the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is geared for those who suffer from irritable-bowel syndrom, gas and bloating, reflux, constipation or other digestive problems. The speaker is Brenda Watson, who will discuss the digestive system, gut immunity and what one can do to improve overall health. The program is free. RSVP to (352) 796-9798.

CHAMBER MEETINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host the following. To RSVP, call the Chamber at (352) 796-0697 or visit

• Operation Outreach Committee, 9 a.m. Jan. 21, at the Chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville.

• Membership meeting, 7:15 a.m. Jan. 22, at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. The speaker is Frank Morsani, a leading Tampa Bay philanthropist, businessman and communicating leader. $15 for members who preregister before 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20, $20 guests and members at the door.

TALLAHASSEE-BOUND: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is organizing a Hernando Day at the Capitol for Jan. 29 in Tallahassee. Join community leaders participating in opportunities, including: speakers from the state Senate and House, Florida Chamber and others; visit Florida’s historic capitol; attend House or Senate committee meeting; tour House or Senate chambers and observe sessions. The day includes a luncheon at the Capitol and session updates. The cost is $60 per person, with complimentary chartered bus transportation. Those attending must be 18 or older. The bus departs from the Chamber office at 7 a.m., and departs Tallahassee at 4 p.m. Call the Chamber at (352) 796-0697 or visit

RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The following ribbon-cuttings are planned with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce:

• Adventures in Music, noon Jan. 17, 12503 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Richard Holley, (352) 293-3770.

• Weeki Washee Car Wash and Detail Center, noon Jan. 23, 12125 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Frank Sparaco, (352) 600-7813.

• Grandpa Stan’s All Natural, noon Jan. 28, 13155 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Stanley Jakubowski, (352) 888-7555.

Building skills

SMALL-BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small-business seminars. Unless otherwise specified, seminars are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.:

• Introduction to Small Business Taxes, Jan. 20, SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

• Creating a Successful Business Plan, Jan. 21, Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2918 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes.

• How to Apply for a Business Loan, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• How to Apply for a Nonprofit Grant, Jan. 22, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

To register or for more information, visit and click on the local workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

Networking opportunities

• Nature Coast Business Professionals: 7:30 a.m. Fridays, IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. Those attending may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip, (352) 293-4317.

• Brooksville B2B (Business to Business) Networking, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Open to all at no cost. To register, visit or call (352) 796-0697.

• BNI Winning Edge: 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Dan Brown, (262) 676-2776.

• Keep It Local — Spring Hill/Brooksville Chapter: 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Great Life Church, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Call Melanie Grossi, (352) 263-7749.

• Keep It Local — Hernando Business Professionals Chapter: 11:15 a.m., second, third and fourth Wednesday of each month, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 14387 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Lauren Jolly, (352) 610-3435.

• BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. No cost for first-time visitors. Call Chris Dyer, (352) 849-5353.


  1. More than 44 percent of people who searched on for the Tampa Bay area from June to December were outside the region, according to a report from Apartment List. Percentages in the “Top Three Sources” box represent the share of searches coming from outside the metro area. (Apartment List map) [Apartment List]
    The region trails only Denver, Baltimore and San Diego for the percentage of people from outside the area searching for apartments on Apartment List.
  2. Hernando County's deputy fire chief has been chosen as the new fire chief in Groveland. [Hernando County]
    Hernando’s assistant fire chief gets kudos from Hernando County Commission.
  3. ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times
The Brooksville Blueberry Festival has attracted many visitors from outside the community. [ALICE HERDEN | SPECIAL TO THE TI  |  Alice Herden]
    Commissioners approve $22,630 in funds for community activities.
  4. Members of the  Brooksville Buffalo Soldiers brought up the rear of the parade along Howell Avenue Monday morning at annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Brooksville. Pictured in front is Trooper Richard Wilder (holding flag) and his grandson Trevon Douglas. In back is First Sergeant H.L. Williams and his grandson, Trevion Patterson. [PHYLLIS DAY  |  Times]
  5. Jaclyn Campbell, 23, left, braves the cold temperatures while walking with her colleague Tysjah Pitchford during their lunch break in downtown Tampa in December. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    Temperatures Tuesday reached the 30s for the first time since 2018. Wednesday will start there, too.
  6. Michael Maine is the Hernando County School District senior recruiter. [Hernando County School District]
    The district has on average 39 teacher openings.
  7. Carrie Wilson, a counselor at Challenger K-8 school, was named the 2020 teacher of the year for the Hernando County School District. [Hernando County School District]
  8. After a day spent out in the Gulf of Mexico, boaters pull their boats out of the water at the Bayport boat ramp in Hernando County. [Michele Miller]
    Responding to survey of boat ramp users, county plans to expand and improve coastal facilities.
  9. Greek-American musician Demetri Kousathanas, band leader of Demetri and the Islanders, plays the Bouzouki at the 2014 Hernando County Greek Festival, sponsored by the Chris the Savior Greek Orthodox Church. This year's festival will be Jan. 25, held on the church's new grounds on Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill. [JONES, OCTAVIO  |  Times (2014)]
    Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties
  10. Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
    News and notes from Hernando County