County briefs 7/8/14

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By The Staff

­Emergency planning topic for meeting Wednesday

It is hurricane season, but one can encounter an emergency any time from wind, a fire or heavy rains. The county has an active team that provides training for preparedness for such emergencies, as well as response and recovery efforts.

Bob Wesch, emergency management planner, will speak about the Community Emergency Response Team at the Citrus County Council’s meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Beverly Hills Lions Club, 72 Civic Circle. 

County Commission Chairman John “JJ” Kenney will share county information and answer residents’ questions.

Debra Burden, water conservation manager, will discuss the proposed fertilizer ordinance anticipated to be discussed at the Aug. 26 commission meeting.

Coffee is at 8:30 a.m. Visit www.citruscountycouncil.org or call John Wade at 352-341-1937 for information.


Republicans to host guest speaker Saturday

The Nature Coast Republican Club will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hampton Inn in Crystal River.

 Breakfast, for $5, and social networking begin at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting at 9 a.m. The guest speaker will be Joel Jacobson, director of the Citrus County Mosquito Control District, who will present information about the Chikungunya mosquito and its effect on people. 

Call 352-746-7249 for details.


Fundraiser slated July 19 for cancer victim

A Citrus Springs business will be having a fundraiser to help a neighbor in her battle with cancer.

Aspire Salon and Spa, 9533 N. Citrus Ave, will host the event between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 19.

The fundraiser is to help Wanda Sierra, a Citrus Springs resident who has been battling multiple myeloma since she was diagnosed with the cancer in January.

Sierra was initially diagnosed with solitary bone plasmacytoma in April 2013 and during a PET scan in January 2014, doctors discovered lesions in her pelvic bone, spine and sternum. The multiple lesions were identified as multiple myeloma, an incurable but treatable form of cancer.

Sierra, who has worked at Citrus Memorial hospital for more than 20 years, is currently undergoing a stem cell transplant, which is expected to improve her quality of life.

For information on Sierra’s progress, go to Team Wanda Sierra on Facebook and www.gofundme.com/8w1k50.


Seniors vs. Crime goes to summer hours

Seniors vs. Crime has officially begun its summer hours of operation for July and August. The storefront is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and closed on Wednesdays. 

Located at 4093 N. Lecanto Highway in the Beverly Plaza, it is next to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Ridge Area Community Resource Office. Seniors vs. Crime will resume regular hours to include Wednesdays on Sept. 3. 

Operational since July 2002, Seniors vs. Crime is a joint project of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Attorney General’s Office. The project is specifically dedicated to recovering monies lost by senior citizens who have been victimized by scams, fraud or deceptive business practices. 

For information about Seniors vs. Crime, call 352-249-9139. 


Seventh-graders need to get immunized

The Citrus County School Board reminds parents of 2014-15 school year seventh-graders that the TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) immunization is required before starting school.

If a child has received the TDAP immunization, parents should bring proof to the school so that the date is entered on the child’s immunization record.

For details, call the district’s student health specialist at 352-527-0900.