Julie B. Maglio

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Julie B. Maglio has experience in art, graphic arts, web design and development. She also has a strong scientific background, co-authoring a scientific paper on modeling the migration and population dynamics of the monarch butterfly, while attending the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute at Cornell University. She holds a B.A. from New College of Florida, majoring in Biology.

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Celebrating NICU nurses in September

Bayfront Hospital NICU nurses from left to right Teara Olson, Anna Lee, and Megan Washington show equipment used to monitor premature infants in the unit.

The 15th of September marked National Neonatal Nurses Appreciation Day. There is one NICU facility here in Hernando County, part of Bayfront Health Spring Hill Hospital. Bayfront's NICU boasts seventeen neonatal nurses. I sat down with three nursing staff leaders of Bayfront's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to talk about the facility and the services they provide: Stacy Andries, Interim Director of Women’s Services, Teresa Cancel, Women’s Center Educator and Rachel Provau, Chief Nursing Officer.

A first for county department: volunteer firefighters

Hernando County FIre Rescue

Hernando County is beginning a volunteer fire rescue program, the first of its kind for the county department.

Currently there are 5 volunteers who have joined the program and the department is looking to get as many as 20, explained Alex Lopez, Division Fire Chief. After an application is filed, a background check is performed and an interview is setup for qualified candidates.

"The responsibilities [of a volunteer firefighter] are actually quite similar to a regular firefighter," explained Lopez. "The biggest difference is whether they are paid or not."

Hernando County School Board at the center of Judge's decision

"Parents and their children were adversely and improperly harmed by the Hernando County School Board and State Education Defendant's conduct."

- Judge Karen Gievers

Judge Karen Gievers, 2nd Judicial Circuit Court

It is being reported that a decision by Judge Karen Gievers of the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court on Friday Aug. 26th, 2016 has a big impact for the "opt-out" movement. The case involves several districts not promoting third graders to fourth grade based strictly on testing and the denial of the portfolio evaluation route. At the center of the decision is the Hernando County School Board.

The fascinating stories of Aripeka's Littell family

Littell fishing cabin in Aripeka

George Washington Coon Littell and his wife Amanda came to Hudson from Missouri in 1886. George Littell was born in Illinois and served in the third Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War. They came to Florida hoping the climate would improve the health of their son Weaver. Weaver sadly passed away that same year. The family settled in Aripeka in 1891. He served as Argo postmaster and teacher at the Argo school. The couple had 13 children and lived to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in 1932.

Female inmates train dogs for adoption

Dolly, currently one of the 5 trainees.

Several counties throughout Florida have implemented Florida Department of Corrections Inmate Dog training programs. And no program is alike, explained Cris Johnson, Director of the Pen Pals inmate dog training program in Hernando County. She explained that some programs focus on particular breeds, while others aim to train the dogs using a certain method.

Nick Ruggiero was dedicated to community, country and family

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Nick Ruggiero, far left, former Spring Hill Fire Chief

Nick Ruggiero oversaw the growth of the Spring Hill Fire Department from "meager beginnings" to the establishment of three fire stations with paid staff, dispatchers, EMTs and up to date fire engines and ambulances.

Looking at the statement above in the year 2016, without prior knowledge of those meager beginnings, it is difficult to understand the progress that was made between the time Ruggiero started as a volunteer with the Department in 1968 and when he resigned as Fire Chief in 1985.

Improvements at Citrus Way and 98 Intersection

Citrus Way and 98, Brooksville

We have received additional details from the county on steps that are currently being taken to avert additional crashes at the intersection of Citrus Way and 98. County Engineer, Mark Guttman explained that they will be installing rumble strips north and south of US 98 on Citrus Way as well as 48" stop signs. Currently vehicles traveling east and west have a yellow flashing light, while Citrus Way vehicles have a red flashing light and stop sign. There is also a warning device installed for the upcoming stop on Citrus Way.

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