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Business digest

Published April 23, 2007



The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host the following events:

- Ribbon-cutting for Sentry Title Inc., 11:30 a.m. today at 19235 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Call William Crawford at 797-7742.

- Teen Leadership 2007/2008 Steering Committee meeting, 8 a.m. Tuesday at Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd. Volunteers are needed to serve on this committee. RVSP to Carla Hayes at 796-0697, ext. 15 or email to

- April Chamber Breakfast, 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. The cost is $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Florida Insurance Brokers will be the sponsor. The speaker will be Mark Barry of the Arc Nature Coast; his topic will be "Employing Persons with Disabilities."

- 33rd annual Honor Student Banquet, 6 p.m. Thursday at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. The chamber will honor the top 3 percent of graduating students from Hernando County schools. Call Carla Hayes at the chamber, 796-0697, ext. 15.

- Friday is the deadline to apply for the chamber's Leadership Hernando Class 2007. Classes start June 6. Call Patty at 796-0697, ext. 18.

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Fletcher Organ Studios will host a Hernando County Volunteer Appreciation Day Concert featuring world-renowned artist and Liberace protege Robert Speaker at 3 p.m. Saturday at the studio at 13176 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. RSVP to 597-5658.

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Weeki Wachee Springs has been selected as a site for the 20th annual Public Safety Divers National Championship and Forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

The event is presented by the International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists and the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Some of the practical skills exhibited by the rescue divers will include rescue skills in which the participants race against the clock to properly don equipment and the rescue of an unconscious diver on the surface. An underwater navigation and obstacle course is also planned.

Information on the event is available online at Weeki Wachee Springs is at 6131 Commercial Way. Call 596-2062.

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The Hernando Builders Association will host its first "Bang Bang" Sporting Clays Tournament on May 4 at Deer Creek Sporting Clays Range, 10514 Ehrens Cutoff Road in Land O'Lakes.

Teams include four shooters. The entry fee is $99 per shooter. Check-in will be at 8 a.m. and the tournament will start at 9 a.m., followed by a catered lunch, raffles and awards.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the sheriffs' Youth Ranch.

To register, call HBA at 596-1114.

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The Hernando Builders Association will join other local home builder associations and the Florida Home Builders Association in hosting a rally in Tallahassee Tuesday.

The purpose of the rally will be to send out this message: "Don't Tax Housing Out of Existence."

Those wishing to go must call the HBA office today at 596-1114. Details of the itinerary will be provided. To pledge support, contact the FHBA by calling Edie Ousley at 850-224-4316 or sending e-mail to

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The Green Bean Organic Market will present "Who Killed the Electric Car?" at 7 p.m. Friday at 11020 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. The film discusses why GM and other car manufacturers scrapped their electric car fleets. There is no cost to attend. Call 279-2539.

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The Service Corps of Retired Executives, Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439, will offer a seminar, "How to Really Start Your Own Business," from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

Participants will learn how to test and protect their ideas, file for an occupational license, register the company name and file for a federal identification number. Other key issues include how to structure the business, prepare a business plan and maintain cash flow. Procedures for finding good people, business liability insurance, worker's compensation and benefits, as well as state and federal laws will be covered.

Free one-on-one counseling can be requested.

The cost is $20, which includes a handbook. Call Stu May at 688-6903 or the SCORE office at 727 842-4638, or visit the Web site at


Contours Express of Brooksville, Spring Hill and Ridge Manor has announced the installation of an infrared sauna at the Brooksville location at 857 S Broad St.

Owners Janet Carr and Tracey Pager have completed the special training certification for this type of sauna operation. They also trained all personal trainers on staff on how to best use and operate the sauna for their clients.

This infrared sauna does not produce steam and is used to detoxify the body.

Contours Express also offers massage therapy services at all locations. A massage therapist is on staff Thursday mornings at the Spring Hill Contours Express, 3087 Anderson Snow Road; Tuesdays at the Brooksville Contours Express; and Mondays at the Ridge Manor Contours Express, 31087 Cortez Blvd.

Contours Express is affiliated with Take Shape for Life, offering free weekly clinics at each location. The clinics offer free health assessment and body composition test, free samples and diabetic report from Johns Hopkins University, and a program to control weight and diabetes.

Call 835-9605 or visit

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Action Potential LLC has been awarded its Medicare Part B group provider number, which allows the new facility to expand and add additional Medicare-certified physical and occupational therapists.

Action Potential is a rehabilitation and sports medicine clinic at 6119 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, that offers physical therapy services to Medicare patients, motor vehicle accident victims and worker's compensation, select Medicare HMOs, private insurance and private-pay clients.

The clinic opened in January and is owned by John and Randi Allocco. John is a master of physical therapy and is the rehabilitation director. Randi is a registered nurse and the office manager.

Call 592-9559.

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Elizabeth Vipond, CEO of Inc., has announced her company's partnership with the United States Federal Trade Commission's education plan, AvoID Theft, Deter, Detect and Defend.

FTC partners receive education materials that are available to consumers wishing to know more about protecting themselves. offers training for various groups throughout the Tampa Bay area on identity theft and privacy protection.

Vipond is a certified identity theft risk management specialist and has authored a series of training modules on privacy issues. She has 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, is a member of the board of directors of Tampa Bay Health Underwiters and is a trainer for the Florida Department of Financial Services. She is also a member of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce.

To schedule training, call Vipond toll-free at 1-800-603-0901 or send e-mail to

Who's news

Dr. Dana Busciglio recently joined The Dentist Place for Kids, 12005 Cortez Blvd., next to High Point.

To help children maintain and improve their oral health, Busciglio and her team will inform and educate patients about the latest procedures and dental health care choices available to suit their needs.

Busciglio received her doctorate of dental medicine from Tufts University in Boston. She and her team are members of Heartland Dental Care, based in Effingham, Ill.

Appointments can be made by calling 596-5063.

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Contours Express of Brooksville, Spring Hill and Ridge Manor has a new yoga instructor, Damian Mojica.

Mojica is certified by the American Aerobic Association International and International Sports Medicine Association.

For class schedules and locations, call Contours Express at 835-9605.

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Domenick Maglio, owner and director of Wider Horizons School in Spring Hill, was recently assigned to evaluate and accredit the Cornerstone Day School in Springfield, N.J.

The New Jersey school is seeking accreditation with the National Independent Private Schools Association, and Maglio is a member of the association's accreditation committee.

Wider Horizons is a private school that teaches in the Montesorri tradition and offers classes for students in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. The school is at 4060 Castle Ave., Spring Hill. For information, call 686-1934.

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Oak Hill Hospital has announced its Star Associates for the month of April. Each month, hospital associates are chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by peers, patients, patient families and physicians.

The "stars" for April include:

Russel Vilardi, stress technician. Vilardi joined Oak Hill in August 1991 and is the EKG stress test department's lead technician, performing cardiac stress tests, inpatient and outpatient EKGs and Holter monitor scanning. Vilardi and his wife Phyllis live in Spring Hill. They have two daughters, one son and two granddaughters.

Tina Nuccitelli, patient care assistant. Nuccitelli began working at Oak Hill in August 2005 in the technical care unit. She lives in Spring Hill and has an adult daughter and son.

Emory Alexsuk, assistant controller. Alexsuk began working at Oak Hill in 1985, soon after it opened. He and his wife, Nancy, have two children and live in Spring Hill.

If you have announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also e-mail items to or fax them to 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

[Last modified April 22, 2007, 22:16:41]

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