What's happening

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 20, 2005


Students, faculty and parents at Pope John Paul II Catholic School took part in the Citrus County "Step Up, Florida" walking/running relay on Feb. 23. "Step Up, Florida - On Our Way to Healthy Living!" is a statewide initiative promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles to Florida's citizens and visitors.

Mr. Gregory Uzzolino, father of PJPII students Dale and Bryce Uzzolino, arrived in the cafetorium after morning prayers with the "Step Up" flag that was passed to principal Lou Whitaker. Dr. Whitaker, the whole student body and numerous staff members, took the flag out to the soccer field where everyone followed for a lap around the soccer field.

Dr. Whitaker then passed the flag to students Lizzie Austin, Michael Brigantic and Brendan Clark, who took it to the front of the school by the St. Scholastica/PJPII sign.

From there it was passed to numerous other runners from PJPII with the flag finally being passed on to representatives of the Renshinkan Karate School at the Cuban Restaurant/Grocery near State Road 44 and County Road 491. The Highway Patrol escorts and PJPII staff members positioned along the route made sure there were no problems.

The other PJPII participants, in relay team order, were: Team 2) Renata Esquillo, Sarah Parrow, Jon Franke, Frankie Vascimini; Team 3) Emily Teeter, Tiffany Paradiso, Marie Liu, Alec Luger, Matthew Wood; Team 4) Stevie Geier, Scott Goulet; Team 5) Ashley Tesauro, Brian Clark, Austin Johnson, Angelina Vascimini, Adrianne Burnett, Sequoia Doetch, Kyle Carney.


The Floral City Garden Club installed new officers for the 2005-2007 administration period on Feb. 28 during a luncheon at the Inverness Golf and Country Club.

FCGC member Shirley McAllen installed President-elect Jo Ann Quackenbush. Other installed officers are: First Vice President, Peggy Pattillo; Second Vice President, Carol Delisle; Recording Secretary, Diane Dowthitt; Corresponding Secretary Sheila O'Dell and Treasurer Kathy Hofmann. Officers will assume duties on June 1.

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On March 14, 32 members weighed in at TOPS Chapter FL387,Beverly Hills. The best loser was Edna Horton with a 1-pound loss. The runnersup were Marilyn Hanlon, Ginny Osborne and Ruth West with half pound losses each. The jackpot of $1.95 went to the State Recognition Day fund. Edna won the fruit basket and $3.

The newly elected officers plan to attend the April1 workshop Ocala. Members are welcome to come as well.

A Chinese auction collected $92 for the State Recognition Day fund. Plans are being made for members to attend the State Recognition Days to be held April 28-30 in Daytona Beach.

The chapter meets each Monday with weigh-ins at 3 p.m. and a business meeting and program from 4 to 5 in the Beverly HillsCommunity Building on the Civic Circle.

Persons interested in visiting this weight loss support group may do so one time before joining. For more information regarding TOPS, call Jackie Dean at 527-8405.


During the Stars of the Month program, the staff also recognized five physicians for their efforts in providing excellence in health care over the last year.

John W. Royalty, DO, was awarded the people star for continuously educating,mentoring and involving staff in understanding clinical procedures while maintaining high quality care.

Paresh G. Desai, MD, was awarded the cost star for actively decreasing waste and improper use of supplies, maintaining quick turn around time in the operating room and participating on the hospital's performance improvement team (which reviews cases to provide cost or time reducing solutions).

Paul A. Hellstern, Jr., MD, was awarded the quality star for encouraging and educating medical staff on the appropriate use of Proton pump inhibitors,instructing staff and patient on outcomes and performing procedures in a timely manner with consistently positive outcomes.

James J. Ronzo, DO, was awarded the growth star for promoting minimally invasive spine procedures available at Seven Rivers Regional, writing newspaper articles that explain the spine procedures and presenting community education programs.

Alex T. Villacastin, MD, was awarded the service star for taking additional emergency department calls to assist primary care physicians and the numerous positive letters from patients regarding his dedication and care.


USCG Auxiliary Homosassa Flotilla 15-04 offers a Boating Safety Program, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, beginning Monday through March 3. The program is titled WEATHER; VHF RADIO & NAVIGATION CHARTS. The topics will include "Weather on the Water", use of the VHF Radio and 2 nights equaling four hours of "Navigation and Charts". This is a continuation of the Boating Skills and Seamanship program.

The program will be presented at the West Citrus Community Center, 8940 Veterans Drive, Homosassa. For information and registration, call Elaine Miranda at 564-2521.

Flotilla 15-04 is always looking for dedicated persons with interest in boating. Anyone interested in joining Homosassa Flotilla 15-04 is encouraged to contact Ned Barry at phone 249-1042, or e-mail nedbarry@tampabay.rr.com