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Community Briefs Nov. 9, 2018

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Operation: Helping Bay District Schools Rebuild

Hernando County schools are organizing a clothing and school supply drive to help students and teachers in Bay County, FL return to school following the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael. Donations can be delivered to any Hernando County school or to the District office. Operation: Helping Bay District Schools Rebuild lasts from November 1 to 14. Please share this information with family and friends. Suggested donations include new school supplies for teachers and students, new clothing for students in pre K through grade 12 (Note: underwear and socks must be in new packaging).  Monetary contributions can be made at



Guided Discussion at Saint Leo Explores Anti-Semitism in the U.S.

November 14 event at university, open to the public, admission is free

ST. LEO – The Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies invites the public and the media to attend a dialogue on anti-Semitism in the United States today, to be held Wednesday, November 14, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in TECO Hall in the Tapia College of Business Building. The campus is located at 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL, 33574.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the campus garage.
Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies (CCJS) Director Matthew Tapie will facilitate the conversational session with Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am in Tampa. Tapie is also an assistant professor of theology at Saint Leo University. The event is meant as an educational response to the murder of 11 congregants of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 27. The CCJS is committed to promoting mutual respect, knowledge, and understanding through dialogue, study, and teaching. It was founded at Saint Leo University in 1998.
Saint Leo University and CCJS leadership have publicly condemned the synagogue attack and have made statements of support and solidarity to the congregation targeted and to all of the Jewish faith. Saint Leo University President Jeffrey Senese’s statement to the university community says, in part: “I implore each of us to continue to reach out to our Jewish brothers and sisters, to hold them in esteem, our warm embrace, and to offer the victims and families our prayers, as we work with them and others to build a more peaceful society.”  Additionally, CCJS Director Tapie wrote: “The attack is an assault on our Jewish brothers and sisters, the American tradition of religious freedom, and our shared human dignity.”
For more information on the event, or for special accommodations for parking, contact Jennifer “Megan” Orendorf at Saint Leo at (352) 588-8041 or by email at [email protected].


Christmas Collection for Guardian Ad Litem Children

The Betty Lykes Stringer chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy is in the process of collecting Christmas toys for Children in the Guardian
ad Litem program. These are children who have been removed from their homes for their own protection and who had to leave most of their belongings
The chapter is also collecting non-perishable food items to donate to local food banks.  
We are an organization that is concerned about preserving history and honoring our ancestors as well as all veterans.
If you are interested in joining this fine, non-profit organization or learning more about us please contact Anne Brown, email: [email protected]
or phone: 352-345-8740.
Come visit us to hear some great historical programs and learn about our Real Daughters, ladies still living, whose fathers served in the War Between
the States.

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Area 13 Family Care Council Seeks new members

The Area 13 Family Care Council will meet Tuesday Evening, November 13th from 6-8pm at the Wildwood Agency for Persons with Disabilities office, 901 Industrial Drive Suite 100, Wildwood, FL 34785.  All persons interested in issues of those with Developmental Disabilities and their families are encouraged to attend. SEEKING NEW MEMBERS.
For more information contact  SECRETARY at: [email protected]
Area 13 covers Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties. There are 15 Family Care Councils across the State, with Governor appointed volunteer members, who are individuals with a developmental disability or are a family member.  Developmental Disabilities are defined as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Spina Bifida and Intellectual Disabilities.

Power Gals of Spring Hill

This group was created to promote camaraderie, sisterhood, empowerment, honesty, and transparency. The purpose of Power Gals of Spring Hill is for professional women & business owners to meet once a month to help promote each other and possibly generate new business. It’s a free women’s club.  You only have to pay for your own lunch. The group of women that attend these meetings are business women that are growing locally. Power Gals was established in January 2018 and has grown to hundreds of members in multiple cities, including: Miami, Boca Raton, Land O Lakes, Spring Hill, and Wesley Chapel. We have a diverse membership from moms with side businesses to medical professionals. It’s important for us as hard-working women to have fun with other women that share similar dreams of being able to balance our careers and life at the same time. This is a professional group focused on helping each other grow professionally and developing life-long friendships along the way.

Next Meeting Info:

Thurs. Nov. 15, 2018 11AM

1371 Commercial Way
Spring Hill, FL 34606

Contact: Karen Moniz

(774) 991-0002



Oak Hill Hospital Site-Host for Special Olympics Hernando County’s Celebration of Athletes

Oak Hill Hospital announces that it is the site-host for the Special Olympics of Hernando County’s Celebration of Athletes on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 10 am to noon. The celebration will be held at the Oak Hill Hospital Graduate Medical Education Center, 11307 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida 34613.
The celebration honors the memory of Mark Swiconek. Mark was a long time Special Olympics athlete and leader whose life was devoted to serving. He was employed at Oak Hill Hospital and he was an active member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church and Toastmasters International.
The celebration will include:
Athlete procession with Knights of Columbus from St. Theresa Catholic Church
Volunteer recognition honoring outstanding volunteers and coaches
Athlete information and volunteer opportunities
Those who attend will have an opportunity to learn about the program and how to get involved.
Refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by Special Olympics Florida – Hernando County Athlete Input Council. For additional information or to RSVP, please call 478-731-0680.

Transit services now offered on four holidays

(Brooksville, FL) Beginning November 23, 2018, Hernando County Transit will provide regular transit services and complementary ADA services on the following holidays:

  • Day after Thanksgiving

  • President’s Day

  • Good Friday

  • Veterans Day

Visit www.HernandoBus.com or contact Hernando County Transit at (352) 754-4444 for more information.


United Way of Hernando County Releases “Change For Good: Dollar Campaign”

Spring Hill, FL –  It’s been proven throughout history that communities accomplish more when working together and that true change doesn’t happen alone. That’s exactly why United Way of Hernando County is changing it up. Your local United Way is launching their first ever “Change for Good: Dollar Campaign” this fall. Beginning in November, United Way will be challenging every man, woman, and child here in Hernando County to donate $1.00. That’s only 1 dollar bill, 4 quarters, or even 100 pennies from each community member. With over 180,000 residents living in Hernando, the United Way could raise over $180,000 if every resident did their part and gave just one dollar.

Be ready to “Accept the Challenge” this November, December, and January. Donations collected do not leave Hernando County and services impacted range from early education all the way to crisis prevention. United Way continues to raise awareness for local initiatives that fall under health, education, and financial stability. Although this residential effort has a campaign goal, the driving force continues to be the number of lives impacted by individual contributions. With United Way serving over 39,000 lives last year alone, they are determined to help those who need them the most. Are you ready to be a part of positive change?

United Way is making it simple to give by accepting your dollar through PayPal, Venmo, Credit Card, Cash, or Check. Make checks payable to United Way of Hernando County and mail to 4028 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606.

Visit www.UnitedWayHernando.org/Dollar to join the movement and give your dollar.

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