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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Law enforcement collaboration leads to arrest of triple murder suspect from Spring Hill

January 17, 2018 - 20:29
 Christopher Cruz Olivo of Spring Hill, FL, a suspect in a triple homicide in Louisville, Kentucky

Collaboration of local and out of state law enforcement agencies on Friday Jan. 12, 2018 led to the arrest of 46-year-old Christopher Cruz Olivo of Spring Hill, FL, a suspect in a triple homicide in Louisville, Kentucky. The Louisville Metro PD say the murders took place sometime Thursday evening Jan. 11, 2018. Olivo is listed as residing on Jason Rd. in Spring Hill.

Review of the Brooksville Police Pension Plan

January 15, 2018 - 23:24

Patrick Donlan with Foster and Foster, the actuary for the city of Brooksville police pension plan, presented a summary of the police department’s pension fund to the city council on Jan. 8, 2017.

He explained that that back in 1996, everyone was in the Florida Retirement system and then the state allowed cities/ municipalities to opt out of the Florida Retirement system. New employees went to the locally controlled retirement system and existing employees would stay in the Florida Retirement system if the municipality decided to maintain a local pension plan.

P and Z Commission recommends reducing some regulations in proposed RV ordinance

January 15, 2018 - 23:21

On Monday Jan. 8, 2018, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended lightening up some aspects of a proposed RV ordinance that contains some pretty heavy regulatory language. RVs and travel trailers descend on the entire state of Florida during the winter months, so placing strong limitations on them may not be in the best interest of the county branded the “Adventure Coast” from a tourism perspective.

SWFWMD Legislative Priorities

January 10, 2018 - 10:43

Gearing up for the 2018 Legislative Session which began Jan. 9, 2018, Katie Kelly, the Government and Community Affairs Manager for Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) gave the district’s governing board a review of environmental matters relative to the 2018 legislative session.

Kelly began, reviewing the economic outlook for the upcoming year and proceeded with items on the Governor’s environmental wish list.

“As a result of Florida’s economic turnaround,” she explained, “Florida will have a record $33.8 billion of general revenue available next year.”

Spherion Staffing lands temporary staffing agreement with school district

January 03, 2018 - 11:24

Susan Duval pulled an item from the consent agenda for discussion relating to a temporary staffing agreement between Spherion Staffing LLC and the Hernando County School Board.

The temporary staffing agreement would create opportunities for students to work part time for local businesses who are clients of Spherion Staffing. The temporary staffing agreement specifies Barette Outdoor Living as the client. Dr. Austin, Supervisor over secondary programs stated that they will be trying to recruit local businesses to participate in the program.

School board hopes company will help improve leadership development

January 02, 2018 - 11:27
Quint Studer, Founder and CEO of the Studer Group

The School Board has approved the purchase of a three year partnership agreement with the Studer Group for $98,784 per year for three years. The Studer Group, founded in 1999 by Quint Studer, works with healthcare as well as educational organizations. According to the District, The Studer Group will “provide ongoing high quality leadership development through the implementation of a continuous improvement approach and an evidence-based leadership framework.

Half Cent Sales Tax revenues make big gains in 2017

January 02, 2018 - 11:18

Gregg Laskoski and Lori Sowers, CPA gave an update on the Half Cent Sales Tax Accountability Committee to the school board on Dec. 12, 2017.

Laskoski reminded the public that the half cent sales tax was approved by the voters in 2015, in association with an accountability committee whose purpose is to “ensure that every dime devoted exclusively to school infrastructure and repairs was going exactly where we expect.”

Boating in Florida license agreement approved through Sept. 30, 2018

December 31, 2017 - 02:19

In August 2017, the Board of County Commissioners agreed to grant a license agreement to Guest Services LLC, d/b/a Boating in Florida for the use of Roger’s Park as a site for retrieving the canoes and kayaks they launch from Weeki Wachee State Park. Last year, Boating in Florida was awarded a 15 year contract with the state for the launching of canoes and kayaks out of Weeki Wachee State Park.

Language of proposed RV ordinance amendment vague

December 31, 2017 - 02:16

On Dec. 12, 2017 the BOCC directed staff to make changes to a proposed Recreational Vehicle ordinance amendment prior to public hearings. The amendments are being proposed to reduce incidences of travel trailers/RV’s being used as permanent residences on undeveloped property in the county.

The amendments would change the permitted use of recreational vehicles in all zoning districts where mobile home use is allowed from a period of 6 months to 30 days.

New learning tool for visually impaired

December 29, 2017 - 00:35

Photos submitted by Maggie LeDoux

Eastside Elementary's 3D printer, newly acquired as part of their makerspace lab, was used to create the tactile cards.

When Moton Elementary School Speech Language Pathologist Maggie LeDoux first met one of her kindergarten students last year, she knew she would have her work cut out for her. The student has cerebral palsy, was on the Autism Spectrum and was born blind. Because of his multiple disabilities, resources that will help him learn are tough to find. “People don’t realize that there is a limited access to materials for multiple disability kids,” said LeDoux.

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