Suicide – Osowaw Boulevard

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On 03-21-17 just after 10 a.m., Hernando County deputies were dispatched to the area of Osowaw Boulevard near Indian Bay Road. The area in question is in proximity to the Aripeka Community Club.

A caller reported observing a male lying on the side of the road with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the male was obviously deceased.

Investigation revealed the male suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Detectives have contacted next of kin in Hudson, FL.

While the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office does not normally offer information on events such as this, we felt it important to let residents in the area know that there was no need for alarm, as there was no random act of violence in the area.

Sheriff Announces Termination for Policy Violations

A Hernando County deputy sheriff was recently terminated for policy violations.

Deputy Jeffrey Lamondra, a 10-year veteran of the agency was terminated on 03-20-17 for violating General Order 4058.00 Preliminary Investigations, General Order 2071.00 Computerized Records Security, and Policy Statement 1023.00 Code of Conduct.

An Internal Affairs Investigation revealed that Lamondra’s inactions during a call for service involving an elderly person are in complete conflict with the basic doctrines of public service. Deputy Lamondra brought significant embarrassment and discredit to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

A summary of the investigation is available upon request.

WAGGITY WEDNESDAY 03-22-17

As you know, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office supports responsible pet ownership. If you are contemplating a new pet, please put a considerable amount of thought and planning into that decision. Consider adopting/rescuing your next pet from a local shelter. Please be sure that all of your pets are spayed/neutered.

With that being said, we support the mission of Hernando County Animal Services to save animals and place them in responsible, loving, fur-ever homes. Today, in keeping with our policy of inter-agency cooperation, we are assisting them with posting their “Pet of the Week” in hopes of finding the pet a fur-ever home.

How to keep your house cool in the hot months

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are a critical part of living comfortably these days. They’re also a part of the house that might fall under the radar until things stop functioning properly and it’s time for replacement. Then comes the challenging part of choosing a new HVAC system. With so many options, technical words, and sales tactics, choosing the best HVAC system can make anyone feel overwhelmed.

About Senica Air Conditioning of Tampa Bay

HVAC systems keep your house cool in the hot months, warm in the cool months, and keep the air clean and fresh all year long. An updated HVAC system will keep you and your family happy and healthy. An efficient HVAC system manages to do all this while keeping your energy costs low. Heating and air conditioning uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your house, averaging about 48 percent of your energy bill. Upgrading your HVAC system and maintaining it properly can save you money and increase your comfort.

If it’s time to replace your HVAC system, then it’s time to learn all the available options, useful information about SEER and AFUE ratings, features and benefits that are available with new high-efficiency systems, and how to choose a contractor wisely. The following infographic, published by DavisAC.com, highlights useful information to help you understand HVAC systems and how to choose the best one for your home, your health, and your budget. Don’t make a decision you might regret, follow these steps to choosing the best unit for your home!

The Best Option Possible

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you might think that your world will come crashing down. After all of the radiation and chemotherapy, it seems like there is nothing left to do but fight until the cancer goes away or spreads to the rest of the body. There are doctors who provide breast cancer surgery near Spring Texas who will go over all of the details with you before performing a procedure that could mean the difference between going on in life and coming to a standstill.

The Best Option Possible

There are at least two types of breast cancer surgery that you want to look at with the doctor. One is a lumpectomy or a partial mastectomy. This is a type that is done to only remove the cancer that is in the breast. The doctor will try to save as much of the breast as possible. Another option is a full mastectomy. One or both breasts are removed in order to get all of the cancer that is present. This is a drastic procedure that will change the way that you look, but there are options when it comes to a prosthesis that can be used to make it look and feel like you have breasts again.

In most cases, a breast conserving surgery is what the doctor will perform so that you can save your breasts. This option usually means that you will need to do radiation. Cancer that is in the early stages where you decide on a mastectomy usually results in no further treatment except to make sure the cancer cells don’t spread in the future. You need to think about the type of surgery that you have done and the medications that you are willing to take and procedures that you’re willing to undergo. The size of the tumor and the placement in the breast are things to consider when you are thinking about surgery. Talk to the surgeon about how long it will take to heal and if there are any options available without performing surgery right away. Your doctor will take into consideration your wishes unless there is a significant chance that the cancer will spread.

About Senica Air Conditioning of Tampa Bay & Spring Hill, FL

August 1992 is where their story begins… Daryl Senica was a service technician / installer for a local air conditioning company. When Hurricane Andrew struck Dade County in 1992, Daryl’s excellent reputation made him the perfect choice to help residents with air conditioning repair and new system installations. Once back in Spring Hill, friends and family urged Daryl to start his own company because of his reputation for quality and fair business practices. Daryl decided to give it a try and on March 12, 1993, Senica Air Conditioning was born.

About Senica Air Conditioning of Tampa Bay

On his second day, the No Name Storm struck the greater Tampa Bay area, sending 12 foot storm surges that devastated the Hernando Beach area. Instead of capitalizing on this catastrophe, Daryl and his team led the area in helping customers get back on their feet by offering fair, reasonably priced air conditioning repairs and new installations. This further solidified his reputation as being fair and honest while offering the highest quality workmanship.

Senica Air grew quickly and soon opened its first location on Commercial Way in Spring Hill, FL. With business booming, Daryl built a 7,000 square foot building on Caribbean Drive in Spring Hill. With growth continuing at a rapid pace, he then purchased a 15,000 square foot building at 16640 Shady Hills Road to handle the continued new construction growth. In addition to Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas customer base growth, he found that his customer base in Citrus and Marion counties were growing as well. In order to better service those customers, he opened a location on US 19 in Crystal River in 2006.

Daryl has always been aware and proactive to industry and economic trends. When he noticed new construction slowing down, he downsized his company to make sure that he was able to keep prices fair to his customers while still offering quality service. He combined the Hernando and Pasco locations into one at 16640 Shady Hills Road and kept the Crystal River location.

For over 22 years, Senica Air Conditioning has been family-owned and operated as they happily serve the Tampa Bay area with quality customer service and expertise. They maintain a high level of quality among their technicians and installers by providing regular, on-going training to ensure they stay current with industry changes and trends. All of their employees are also drug tested and background checked.

License: CAC1815564 — Bonded & Insured

Areas They Service:

  • Brooksville, FL
  • Citrus County
  • Crystal River, FL
  • Hillsborough County
  • Inverness, FL
  • Marion County
  • Ocala, FL
  • Pasco County
  • Pinellas County
  • Spring Hill, FL

They provide natural Air Conditioners , Heat Pumps , Boilers , Ductless Systems , Fan and Evaporator Coils , Indoor Air Quality …

Energy-Efficient Home for You

Heating and cooling costs account for almost half of your utility bills throughout the year. Luckily, a green HVAC company can help to lower those bills and help the environment in the process. While there are plenty of smaller things you can do to lower your utility bills like using natural sunlight during the day and unplugging electronics, the real money savings is in installing an efficient HVAC unit and taking advantage of energy savings tips about your unit.

The smartest thing you can do to encourage an energy-efficient home is to hire a contractor who specializes in energy-efficient HVAC systems. This contractor should use Manual J calculations when determining the correct size unit you need for your home instead of the generic rule of thumb calculation. This contractor should also offer an annual maintenance plan that includes servicing, which helps lower repair costs and extends the life of your equipment.

There are a lot of letters involved in buying a new HVAC system like AFUE, SEER, and BTU/HR. It’s not easy to know exactly what all these acronyms mean, but since they are pretty important, a good contractor can walk you through all the necessary information to help you make the best choice for your family and you. The infographic below, originally syndicated by Ambient Edge, can help you get started understanding how to go green with your next HVAC system, and how the right contractor can make all the difference.

 

4 Things You Probably Don’t Clean, But Need To

There’s nothing better than taking a step back and admiring your sparkling clean home. Taking in freshly washed sheets, mopped or vacuumed floors, and immaculately cleaned counters can be incredibly satisfying. While you might feel like your job is done, however, you’ve probably missed cleaning a handful of regularly used spaces. What’s even worse is that these spots might be hiding in plain sight, causing unpleasant smells or spreading germs. Follow these tips to find four hidden spaces that still need some elbow grease.

The Garbage Can

Taking out the trash might not be fun, but it’s only the first part of garbage removal. To eliminate odor and bacteria, you need to wash your garbage can at least every month. Trash bags often leak, causing food to seep through the cracks and fall into the bottom, where it continues to smell and rot. Even if your bags are sealed around the lid, the top of your trash can inevitably gets covered in food when you’re trying to add more garbage to a full bag. If you don’t clean the garbage can, your kitchen could continue to smell long after you finish the rest of your chores.

 

Door Handles and Knobs

Things You Probably Dont Clean

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If you’re scrubbing down your home to prevent sickness from spreading, start with the door handle. This unobtrusive home accessory often remains ignored as you focus on sink handles and toilet seats instead. To see how germy handles can be, researchers placed viruses on office door knobs and found that 60 percent of employees had the virus on their hands within two hours. Even if someone isn’t using the door to your home, all it takes is one visitor or one handshake to spread germs.

Pillows

You probably wash your pillow cases when you clean your sheets, but you shouldn’t assume that your pillows are immune to getting dirty. Skin cells, dust, dirt, and oils from your skin and hair can make it past the protective pillow case and stay on pillows for months or years. Good Housekeeping reports that down and feather pillows are washer-safe, as long as you wash a maximum of two at a time on a gentle cycle. You can also tumble dry pillows, but be sure to fluff them regularly so the stuffing doesn’t clump together.

Air Filters and Ductwork

While most homeowners should change their air filters monthly, some people let time slip by and only change them a few times a year. This clouds the air in your home, which can lead to asthma or allergy attacks. In addition to changing the air filter regularly, you should also have your home’s ducts cleaned periodically. Call an HVAC specialist to eliminate layers of dust from your ductwork and stop allergens from circulating through your home.

These are just a few quick ways to reduce the germs, dust, and dirt from your home. Take these small steps and clean hidden spaces, and you’ll go a long way toward improving your overall health and increasing your family’s happiness.

 

How to Keep Your Small Business From Falling Behind the Times

If you’re running your own small business, you know how important it is to stay competitive. The world is hard for small business owners, and getting complacent is extremely dangerous. In fact, one of the biggest dangers to small businesses that are doing well is becoming complacent in their field. There are always new businesses entering the market, and if you don’t keep up with the market, your business will suffer. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to stay abreast of changes in your field. Here are some strategies for keeping your business from falling behind the times.

How to Keep Your Small Business From Falling Behind the Times

Read Industry Journals

Just because you’re a successful small business owner doesn’t mean you can stop learning. Keep up with the newest innovations and ideas in your field by subscribing to the industry magazines and journals. For example, if you run a dental practice, subscribe to an important dental journal like the JIACD. You will always know what’s happening in your field and never miss out on new products and concepts, giving your customers the most up-to-date service.

Engage Professional Groups in Your Field

You may already belong to one or more professional groups, but make sure you’re taking advantage of all that they offer. Go to events sponsored by these groups and get to know other people in your field. You never know what opportunities are out that unless you take the time to talk and meet with your colleagues and peers in the industry.

Go to Professional Conferences

One great way to meet new colleagues and hear new ideas is to go to professional conferences in your field. You will be able to attend lectures on subjects that matter to your business and to meet other professionals and experts. It’s also a great chance to network with people and explore new ideas. Often, small business owners get stuck in a rut, but going to a professional conference can bring help to new enthusiasm to your work.

Keep up With Advances Online

The internet allows you to reach out and get to know your colleagues from around the world. You can’t attend every conference, but often you can get the highlights from each from reporting online. Similarly, you can find many articles on exciting innovations in your field on industry websites. Keep improving your small business and don’t let it stagnate.

Learn and Enjoy Music

If you love music and want to learn to play an instrument or learn about music theory, you could definitely benefit from one or more music workbooks. A place like C.R. Carol has selections to get you started. Whether you are a beginner or at intermediate level and beyond, there is always somethings new to learn. The more knowledge you gain, the better you will be able to transfer that knowledge into music that others will enjoy and appreciate.

Learn and Enjoy Music

For beginners, these books typically start with the basics with things like the staffs and the difference in the treble and bass clefs. If the piano is your instrument of choice, this is how you distinguish what is played with the right hand vs. what is played with the left. If you are a guitar player, you will only be concerned with the treble clef. The bass guitar player will pick up the notes from the bass clef.

Once you understand the basics about the clefs, you will go on to learn about the notes that are written on those clefs. This is where things start to get a bit more challenging for the beginner. While it can be quickly figured out what those notes are by using some memory techniques, what is important is to be able to recognize them without having to think about it. From that standpoint, it can be similar to what it was like when you learned the alphabet. You had to think about what each letter looked like. Now, you think nothing about that as you see letters connected together on paper to form words. The only answer to having the music notes come that naturally is practice. Though it may be frustrating at first, if you keep working at it, you will get past the frustration stage and advance to the point where it becomes enjoyable and relaxing.

After you get the notes somewhat memorized, you will need to begin working on timing. This means learning the difference in things like quarter and half notes. If you have the notes right, but the timing is wrong, you will not be playing anything that resembles the song you were intending to play.

By using these tools to learn music, you can advance as far as you want to go. If you only intend to use music for your own enjoyment, that is fine. If you plan on going on to make a career from music, that is also fine. The beautiful thing about music is that it can be enjoyed at many different levels.