Julie B. Maglio

Traffic calming strategies we picked up in Italy

While driving in Italy is a stressful and unnerving experience, we have unexpectedly returned with some insight to several possible traffic calming strategies. (Please note that we are referring to traffic calming- not driver calming.) Traffic calming is a pertinent subject in Hernando County and has been discussed by The City of Brooksville for their downtown area and in planning for the Kass Circle redevelopment.  One particular strategy (the roundabout) will be implemented by FDOT within the next couple years.

School Board appoints interim Superintendent, approves termination for cause letter to Dr. Romano

To no avail, school board member Gus Guadagnino urged the board to rescind their vote on Dr. Romano’s termination during a special board workshop on June 25, 2018. Ultimately, he and other board members moved forward on hiring an interim Superintendent in a 5-0 vote the next day: Mr. John Stratton. Stratton has been serving as Executive Director of Business Services for Hernando County Schools and has served as principal of Central High School and Endeavor Academy as well as in assistant principal roles.  He's been an educator for 25 years.

Kyle Manuel: Stellar athlete and now Eagle Scout

Springstean High Senior Kyle Manuel finished off his high school career on a positive note.  He recently signed with Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL where he’ll continue his exemplary Track and Field career and study exercise science with plans to become a physical therapist.  Kyle was named Springstead’s 2018 United States Marine Corps-Semper Fidelis – Distinguished Male Athlete Award Winner.  

Springstead Athletics lists Manuel’s impressive accomplishments:

BOCC agrees to rezoning, applicant plans microbrewery, 'industrial flex space'

The Hernando County BOCC voted 4-0 to adopt a resolution rezoning a 14.8-acre parcel off of Anderson Snow Road and Edward Noll Drive from PDP(IND)/Planned Development Project (Industrial) to PDP(CP)/ Planned Development Project (Corporate Park) with several modified performance conditions. One condition requires a navigation easement to the Hernando County Airport.

The Hernando Sun Newspaper Completes Circulation Audit

Last month, we completed our initial audit with the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) which is the pre-eminent newspaper circulation auditing firm. The task took our small team several months to complete as we could only devote one day per week between issues. Lisa MacNeil created a database for our circulation records, which she is still polishing. Our store delivery staff had to keep exact records of the numbers of newspapers dropped off and picked up at each location.

Honor Student Alyssa Nixon Nominated for The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA

BROOKSVILLE, FL — Alyssa Nixon, an upcoming Senior at Hernando High School of Brooksville has been chosen to be a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 25--27, 2018. She was nominated by Dr. Mario Capecchi, a molecular geneticist who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for creating a method to breed mice in which a certain gene is turned off- they are coined “knockoff mice.” Capecchi, born in Verona, Italy also serves as Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

Runners not afraid to get dirty at Mud Endeavor 10

Just under 1000 athletes descended on Wildlife Lane in Brooksville last weekend to participate in the Mud Endeavor 10 5K race.  Runners mostly came from central Florida, but some travelled from as far away as Georgia, to experience the Brooksville mud run which takes advantage of the area’s unique terrain and the property’s access to water- essential for any respectable mud run.