Dennis Realty helps Children’s Home
Dennis Realty & Investment of Lutz donated $1,000 to the Children’s Home of Tampa. The firm has been a longtime supporter of the Children’s Home, and has for the past two years catered Christmas morning breakfast for the children and staff at the facility.
Centex Homes unveils new floor plans
Centex Homes unveiled seven new floor plans on Feb. 2 at Stonebrier Sweetgrass on Mapleridge Drive off W. Lutz Lake Fern Road in Lutz. The plans range from 1,861 square feet of living space to 3,242 square feet. There are 85 home sites currently available at Sweetgrass, with many offering conservation or water views. Some offer both. For more information, call (877) 215-3143 or visit www.pulte.com/tampa.
Employer tax session
The Small Business Development Center and Saint Leo University’s School of Business is offering a Employer Taxes workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 27. The session will be in Room 225 at the Donald R. Tapia School of Business at the university, 33701 SR 52 in Saint Leo.
The workshop will help employers decide whether workers are employees or independent contractors and will guide workshop participants through the tax requirements for each.
The workshop fee is $25. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information, call (888) 929-2221 or visit www.sbdctampabay.com/training/pasco-training.
Goodwill to open new Trinity store
Goodwill Industries-Suncoast began site work in January on a new superstore in Trinity at the southeast corner of SR 54 and Corporate Center Drive.
The 26,000-square-foot store will employ about 47 people. It is the eighth superstore Goodwill has opened in the greater Tampa Bay area and Ocala since 2001.
Gulfside Regional president named to board
Gulfside Regional Hospice president and CEO Linda Ward has been named as president of the Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association’s board for a two-year term.
“I am excited to serve as the president of the Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association during this important time of health care changes not only in our state, but the entire country,” Ward said in a release. “I am honored to have been selected for this position and look forward to assisting Florida Hospices in strategic positioning for the future of Hospice and Palliative Care.”
Rotary Youth Exchange program
The District 6950 Rotary Youth Exchange hosted a beach party and two-hour cruise Jan. 20 for 11 inbound students from 10 countries in the 2012-13 exchange program and the 16 outbound students in the 2013-14 program who will be going to 15 countries. The outbound students will leave for a year in August.
The outbounds are sponsored by 15 of the 49 Rotary Clubs in District 6950. District 6950 thanks these clubs for stepping up to help: Land O’ Lakes, Indian Rocks Beach, Dade City Sunrise, Dunedin, Wesley Chapel Noon, Inverness, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg West, Homosassa Springs, Central Citrus, Spring Hill Central, Crystal River Kings Bay, Sugarmill Woods, St. Petersburg and Crystal River Rotary.
Manufacturers association honors Buczynsky
The Manufacturers Association of Florida has honored Peter Buczynsky for his contributions toward training the next generation of high-skilled workers in Florida.
Buczynsky is president of Pharmaworks based in Odessa. He also serves as a board member on the Pasco Economic Development Council (PEDC).
Buczynsky has coached a robotics team, has hosted several industry tours for students to increase technical interest and awareness and is a board member on the Career and Technical Education Foundation and the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute Workforce and Education Board. He has also served as an advisory council member for the Banner Center for Advanced Manufacturing.
“We want more business leaders to be as excited as Peter Buczynsky is about education,” John Hagen, president and CEO of PEDC, said in a release.
Give to Goodwill, get $2 off admission
The Florida State Fair is offering Goodwill donors $2 off an adult admission, if they donated clothing or household items at a Goodwill location through Feb. 14.
For each redeemed discount coupon, $1 will be donated to Goodwill. The discount applies to tickets sold at the fair admission gates and may not be used for advance ticket purchases.
The Florida State Fair runs Feb. 7 to 18 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 N. US 301 in Tampa.
For a list of Goodwill-Suncoast stores and attended donation sites, visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org.
City attorney to speak at ENPG
Joseph Poblick, the city attorney for the cities of Zephyrhills and New Port Richey, will speak at the Feb. 26 meeting of the East Pasco Networking Group.
The meeting starts at 8 a.m. for networking, with the regular meeting starting at 8:30 a.m.
The group meets the Village Inn, at 5214 US 301 in Zephyrhills.
Ibis II model home opens
The Ibis II model home has opened in Oak Creek, an established Wesley Chapel community of single-family homes. The Ibis II represents the Cottage series of homes offered by Homes by WestBay. Model home hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information on Homes by WestBay, follow the company on Facebook or visit www.westbaytampa.com.
Women-N-Charge, a group that strives to support professional women in managing their businesses more effectively, is offering two $1,000 grants this spring. Learn more about the grant opportunities at the organization’s www.women-n-charge.com/grants.
Applications are available online and are due by March 10. For more information, call (813) 600-9848 or email .
Hospice thrift shops Valentine’s sale
Get a sweet deal on Valentine’s Day at all five Gulfside Regional Hospice Thrift Shoppes. All items in the stores will be 25 percent off on Feb. 14.
Gulfside Regional Hospice Thrift Shoppe locations are:
—Dade City Thrift Shoppe, 37925 Sky Ridge Circle
—Hudson Thrift Shoppe, 12154 US 19 in Bayonet Point
—Lutz Thrift Shoppe, 1930 US 41
—New Port Richey Thrift Shoppe, 6117 SR 54
—Zephyrhills Thrift Shoppe, 36524 SR 54
All of the thrift shops are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and are closed on Sunday.