Rocco Maglio

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Rocco Maglio is a former Town Commissioner and Mayor of Melbourne Beach, FL. He grew up in Brooksville and is a graduate of Hernando High School as well as PHSC. He current works as a software architect with a strong interest in computer security.

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Successful Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway by Luigi's and We Care


The We Care and Luigi’s Thanksgiving meal giveaway was an unmitigated success. The volunteers brought happiness to many people and by the end of the night they were exhausted, but beaming with joy. The unofficial numbers were 75 deliveries, 50 pickup orders, and 60 dine ins. After they tallied the tickets they had served 213 people in total.

They had 3 turkeys totalling more than 50 pounds, two hams, 15 pies, and a ton of sides. They managed to serve all of the apple pie, cherry pie, pumpkin pie, brownies, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, sweet tea, and turkey.

Luigi's and We Care team up to provide Holiday Dinners


Luigi’s Pizza and We Care have teamed up to provide Thanksgiving Dinners Sunday, November 22nd between 5 and 8 to people who are homeless, veterans, homebound, or alone for the holiday until the food they have is gone. We Care and friends of We Care donated food. Luigi’s donated food and prepared the dinners.The two organizations are also planning to provide a Christmas dinner.

Carolina’s Cuban Cafe


Carolina’s Cuban Cafe is in the Silverthorn Plaza at the corner of Powell and Barclay. They are open for lunch and dinner and they serve excellent cuban fare. They offer a number of options for under ten dollars.

The owners Lissette and Juan Escobar are from Havana, Cuba. They left Cuba around 25 years ago. I spoke with their daughter Carolina.Lissette was the cook in her family. When they had a family reunion everyone wanted her to cook.

It Finally Feels Like Fall

Leaves may still be green, but the weather is finally starting to cool off. We are starting to see highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Around the end of the year the averages will cool further and we will see average high in the 70s and lows in the 50s.

There will be periods of cool weather which will be interrupted by warmer weather. October through December is traditionally the driest months of the year. Even though this year is supposed to have a colder and wetter fall and winter because of this year’s El Niño, it should be noticeably drier.

A great opportunity for kids: the Hernando Youth Orchestra


Weeki Wachee - With the cutbacks that public schools are making to music programs, kids are more dependent on the community to provide musical opportunities. One of these opportunities is the Hernando Youth Orchestra. The Youth Orchestra rehearses Sunday afternoons from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at The Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way, Weeki Wachee, FL. Parents and visitors are welcome at practices.

The Headless Dinosaur by August Herwede


As you drive state road 476 between Lake Lindsey and Nobleton you come across a headless dinosaur, brontosaurus to be exact, next to the road. It is very realistic and on some foggy mornings it would not be difficult to imagine it coming alive. You can’t help but wonder how did it get there and who built it.

La Bella Napoli Italian Restaurant


La Bella Napoli Italian Restaurant is tucked out of the way on Shoal Line Boulevard right where the road makes a couple sharp turns. It is slightly north of the Weeki Wachee River.

The dining room is darkened to provide an intimate setting. The decor is old world Italian with Italian music softly playing. The food is excellent. They carry the usual Italian favorites of pizza and pasta. They also have more unique fare.

Paying with a Credit Card? Soon You'll Need a Pin.

Credit Card with chip

The way in which stores accept credit cards in person is about to change. If your credit card came with a little gold chip on the front you will notice. When you slide your card in person you will receive a message telling you that you must use this as an EMV chip card. This means that you will insert it into the machine and you may have to enter a pin. Much like you do with an ATM card.


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