Business Digest

Published April 2, 2007


Budget Blinds, at 11132 Libby Road, Spring Hill, has ranked in the top 1 percent in sales of all 1,116 franchises in the Budget Blinds network. Sales of Budget Blinds of Spring Hill ranked 13th out of 1,116 franchises. The office also ranked third in the entire Southeast region.

Budget Blinds is owned and operated by Hernando County residents Tim and Lynda Morrison. The company now offers free in-home estimates and consultations, professional measuring and installation, and a selection of quality window treatments.

For information, call 686-2572 .

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The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs announced that Happy Land Daycare Inc., 810 Stubbs St., Brooksville, has been awarded NAC accreditation.

As a NAC accredited center, Happy Land Daycare has been recognized as an early care and education program that exemplifies excellence in the care of young children.

The NAC for Early Care and Education Programs is managed by the National Association of Child Care Professionals.

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Hernando Builders Association announces the 2007 Parade of Homes winners.

In the Builder/Contractor $145,000 to $189,999 category, Dream Custom Homes took first place in exterior, floor plan, kitchen/breakfast area, master bedroom suite, most creative and best overall quality classes.

In the $190,000 to $234,999 category, Royal Coachman Homes took exterior, kitchen/breakfast area and master bedroom suite classes; Cozy Homes took floor plan, and tied for most creative and best overall quality; and Artistic Homes Enterprises tied for most creative and best overall quality.

In the $235,000 to $283,999 category, Diamond Construction won for exterior, floor plan, kitchen/breakfast area, most creative and tied for best overall quality; T.A.S. Designer Homes won for master bedroom suite; and Pastore Custom Builders tied for best overall quality.

In the $284,000 to $447,000 category, Palmwood Builders tied for exterior and floor plan, and won for kitchen/breakfast area, master bedroom suite, most creative and best overall quality; and Windjammer Home Builders tied for exterior and floor plan.

In the Builder/Contractor Best Pool category, Pastore Custom Builders won.

In the Builder/Developer $190,000 to $299,999 category, Levitt and Sons won every class including exterior, floor plan, kitchen/breakfast area, master bedroom suite, most creative and best overall quality.

In the $300,000 to $531,900 category, Lexington Homes took exterior, kitchen/breakfast area, master bedroom suite, most creative and tied for best overall quality; Windjammer Home Builders took floor plan; and Levitt and Sons tied for best overall quality.

In the Builder/Developer Best Pool category, Levitt and Sons won.

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Windy City 2 Go, located at 12505 Spring Hill Drive, in the Lincoln Centre, Spring Hill, has expanded its menu and now offers footlong Chicago dogs, footlong chili dogs, Detroit-style Coney Island chili dogs, veggie sandwiches and more.

To view the new expanded menu, visit www.windycity2go.com.

Windy City 2 Go was established in 2002 and is the only authentic Chicago style restaurant in Hernando County. For information, call 684-8795.

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Lennar Homes has begun new home construction at the Enclave, a village of 15 homes bordering the 18-hole championship golf course at Hernando Oaks, a gated community on U.S. 41, south of Brooksville.

For a limited time, home buyers will receive a family golf membership to Hernando Oaks Golf & Country Club with the purchase of select Lennar homes at Hernando Oaks.

For information, call 797-5300.

Who's news

Sam Shrieves has been named community president for Hernando and Pasco counties by Capital City Bank.

Shrieves has more than 29 years of experience in the Hernando County banking market. In his new role, he is responsible for identifying and defining new growth and development opportunities, partnering with other banking departments, overseeing community banking activities, demonstrating sales and service leadership, as well as serving as a community liaison for Capital City Bank.

Shrieves can be reached at 797-6708 .

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Michael Staveski has joined the Capital City Trust Co. as its newest trust officer at the Capital City Bank's Suncoast office, 14302 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

As an investment management development officer, Staveski is available to provide expert advice, as well as a wide variety of trust and investment management services.

Staveski is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, has 17 years of experience in financial management, and has spent the last 12 years working directly with trust and investment management in the central west coast region of Florida.

He and his wife, Sherri, have a 2-year-old daughter, Alexis. He can be reached at 797-6700 .

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Ann McRae has joined the Coldwell Banker Schraut team working at its new office, 702 S Broad St., Brooksville.

Broker-associate McRae has been in real estate in Hernando County for 23 years. She also has been an instructor teaching prelicensing and postlicensing for many years.

McRae can be reached at 799-3000 .

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Professional textile expert Linda Plunkett, owner of A Woman's Point of View Rug Specialist, 4578 California St., south of Brooksville, was recently inducted as a "certified fabric specialist" by the Association of Specialist in Cleaning and Restoration.

The certification is held by only a select group of individuals. The induction ceremony was held during ASCR's 62nd annual Convention and Exhibition in Orlando.

Plunkett's business has served Brooksville, Spring Hill and the surrounding areas for 18 years. Plunkett is also a certified Oriental rug specialist, certified master textile specialist, leather specialist, certified thermographer and odor-control specialist. She can be reached at 799-3983.

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its "stars" - associates of the month - for March. Each month, an associate representing each of the hospital's three areas of service - nursing, ancillary and support - is chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by the staff.

This month's stars are: Eileen Daniel, Richard Ortelli and Bonnie Thompson.

Daniel, lab phlebotomist, joined Oak Hill Hospital's lab in 2004. She and her husband, Bobby, have a daughter, Kristi; and Eileen has three children from a previous marriage, Paul, Jacob and Kaitlyn Langworthy. The family lives in Brooksville.

Ortelli, maintenance mechanic, joined Oak Hill in October 2003 and works on beds, nurse call systems, air-conditioning, plumbing and almost anything else that needs to be done. He and his wife, Sherry, live in Brooksville. He has a son, Richard J., a stepson, Tom Montellancio, and a stepdaughter, Krystal Feliciano.

Registered nurse Thompson began working in the emergency department of Oak Hill in April 1991. She lives in Homosassa, and has two children, son Nick and daughter Maria, both full-time students in Orlando.

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Steven Pearson, broker-owner of ERA Pearson Realty, 2178 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, hosted a doo-wop, '50s-themed banquet to celebrate the company's 30th anniversary, and to award ERA Pearson Realty's professional achievements for the year 2006.

The Top Producer for 2006 was Michael Peranio; Rookie of the Year was awarded to Christina Harbig; the Most Valuable Teammate was presented to Toniann Ciappetta, and John Hastings received the Endurance Award.

Multi-Million Dollar Producer awards were presented to Donna Bennett, Ciappetta, Rose Clark, Chris Cook, Dale Denis, Jack Evans, Susan Garrett, Hastings, Steve Jessings, Rick Pearson, Peranio and Marlene Shaw.

Million Dollar Producer award recipients were Shirley Anderson, Martha Borrego, Elizabeth Dolbeare, Harbig, Alicia Harman, Brett Hester, Judy Kasper, Bob Kuster, Deborah Lee Nelles, Igor Panochko, Trey Pent, Charles Pullen, Joslyn Rhodes, Kathy Stanina, Christian Thurek, Sandra Wright, Jacqueline Young and Ron Yount.

Celebrating a professional milestone was Rick Pearson, owner-operator of Proud Pelican construction, for 30 years of service in the real estate industry.

Other dedicated professionals receiving awards were Bennett for 15 years of service; Evans and Garrett for 10 years of service. Receiving awards for five years were Janice Fulton, Hastings, Peranio, Susan Stanek, Wright, Ruthi Kuster and Cindy Roberts.

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Cassandra Taylor, an advanced registered nurse practitioner at Hernando Gastroenterology Associates, 12190 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, was recently accepted into the Florida Gastroenterologic Society.

Taylor, who holds a master of science in nursing degree, was informed that the induction ceremony will take place in September at the 2007 annual meeting held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Resort in Orlando.

Taylor can be reached at 597-1206.

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Tony L. Coelho has been appointed as systems technician at Wilson Technology Group, 3407 Rackley Road, Brooksville.

Coelho will serve clients in Hernando, Pasco, Citrus, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. He comes to Wilson Technology from Aurora Fiber and Communications of Tampa, where he served as a data communications technician.

Coelho received technical training from various institutes and schools in both Connecticut, where he is originally from, and Tampa. For information, call 796-9891.

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Suzanne E. Jacobs, oncology certified nurse and certified clinical research coordinator, and Michelle H. Ellenwood, registered nurse certified and certified clinical research coordinator, both with Florida Cancer Institute, attended a seminar in Orlando titled "Challenges in Protecting Human Subjects in Research Seven Years Into the Millennium." The seminar was presented by Florida Hospital and the Office of Human Research Protection.

Jacobs is FCI's manager of clinical trials, and Ellenwood serves as clinical research coordinator.

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Linda Dobro was recently appointed assistant office manager at Florida Cancer Institute, 7154 Medical Center Drive, Spring Hill.

Dobro comes to FCI from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. She and her husband reside in Brooksville.


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon cuttings this week:

-Ralphie's Salon - A Salon Experience, 13167 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. today. For information, call Ralph DeCristofaro at 683-0111.

-Oak Hill Hospital's cardiac catheterization laboratory, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, 6 p.m. Tuesday. For information, call Richard Linkul at 597-6383.

- Jewelerman, 20118 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call Sean Hagan at 544-8422.

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To celebrate the first anniversary of the Heart Institute at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, and the opening of its new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory, Oak Hill Hospital will hold an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The celebration will include a ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. The open house will be conducted at entrance F of the hospital. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited to tour the heart institute and lab and meet the medical and clinical staff.

For information, call 597-6383.

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Business Networking International will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

Bring your business cards and network with other area business professionals. Cost is $8, which includes a continental breakfast.

For information, call Kathleen Richardson at 592-2225.

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The Home Based Women's Network, a noncompete group of women who own home-based businesses, will meet for a breakfast meeting at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at My Fair Ladies Tea Room, 5175 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost of breakfast is $8.

New members are welcome. For information, call 346-7055.

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The $50 Investment Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Edward Jones office, 3296 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, across from Flammer Ford. New members are welcome. For information, call Wynn or Ross Keith at 596-2649.

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An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Weeki Wachee Springs, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, on Saturday. Children up to age 13 are invited to attend. The event is free with admission to the park. Season passholders get in free.

For children up to age 3, the hunt will begin at 11 a.m. in the kiddie pool at Buccaneer Bay. For children ages 4 to 6, the hunt will begin at noon in the kiddie pool.

For children ages 7 to 10, the hunt will begin at 1 p.m. at the beachfront at Buccaneer Bay, and for children 11 to 13, the hunt begins at 2 p.m., also at the beachfront at Buccaneer Bay.

Parents are encouraged to bring their own baskets. A Weeki Wachee mermaid will be on hand to assist the children with the egg hunts.

For information, call 596-2062.

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