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Posted: 8/5/2016
Public Meeting Explores Tanglewood Drainage Improvements

Residents can learn about a proposed project to address stormwater drainage issues on and around Tanglewood Lane in Town 'N Country during a public information meeting on Thursday, August 18. Hosted by Hillsborough County Public Works, the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at Bay Crest Elementary, 4925 Webb Road in Tampa.

The meeting will have an open house format, and attendees can review and comment on the proposed plans with Public Works representatives.

Public Works will present details of the $2.1 million Capital Improvement project to area residents. The project is part of the Lower Sweetwater Creek Master Plan implementation, a long-term program to improve stormwater conditions in the basin. Plans include constructing a new drainage pipe to convey some of the area stormwater - which is currently discharging to Pepper Mound Creek, west under Memorial Highway—into the existing drainage system to Woods Creek. Approximately 2,100 feet of new 60-inch stormwater pipeline would be installed along Tanglewood Lane and Civic Road, from Gateway Drive to the Memorial Highway Access Road. Work is expected to begin in spring 2017 and should be completed by fall 2017.

Information presented at this meeting will also be available on the Tanglewood Lane Drainage Improvements project webpage.

Questions about the meeting may be directed to Citizen Engagement at (813) 272-5275. Para información, llamar al (813) 272-5275.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing special accommodations to participate, and those seeking an interpreter, should contact Hillsborough County's Customer Service & Support Center at (813) 272-5900 or TTY (813) 301-7173 no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Posted: 8/1/2016
Tampa Fire Rescue to host back-to-school safety events
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In August Tampa Fire Rescue will join other agencies for a series of public safety education events throughout the city. There will be a fire engine display at each, as well as safety information.

Saturday, August 9th:

  • 9 a.m.–10 a.m. (or until supplies are exhausted) — First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, 4220 West Palmetto
  • 10 a.m.–2 p.m. — Jackson Market, 3402 E Osborne
  • 11 a.m.–3 p.m. — Kwane Doster Recreation Center, 7506 South Morton Street, sponsored by Today's Blessings Ministries
  • 11 a.m.–2 p.m. — Giddens Park, 5202 N 12th St., sponsored by the Universal Church of the Harvest
  • Noon–2 p.m. — East Ybor Park, 2202 N. 26th Street, sponsored by the East Ybor Historic Civic Assocation

Saturday, August 16th:

  • 9 a.m.–1 p.m. — Health Fair Walk, 2628 East Lake Ave., sponsored by Peace Primitive Baptist
  • 10 a.m.–2 p.m. — 34th Street Church of God, 3000 North 34th Street, sponsored by Bethesda Ministries
  • 11 a.m.–2 p.m. — Community Health Fair, 3001 E. Hanna, sponsored by Word of Grace and Truth

Posted: 7/28/2016
Three-day back-to-school sales tax holiday begins Aug. 5th
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During this sales tax holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) will be collected on purchases of:

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item, and
  • Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.

This holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2016. This holiday does not apply to:

  • Any item of clothing selling for more than $60;
  • Any school supply item selling for more than $15;
  • Books that are not otherwise exempt;
  • Personal computers and computer-related accessories;
  • Rentals or leases of any of these items;
  • Repairs or alterations of any of these items; or
  • Sales of clothing or school supplies in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.

Fact sheet from the Florida Dept. or Revenue »

Posted: 7/22/2016
Be Water Smart from the Start!

Florida loses more children under age five to drowning than any other state. Annually in Florida, enough children to fill three to four preschool classrooms drown and do not live to see their fifth birthday.

The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County has partnered with the Tampa Bay Rays and infielder Ben Zobrist, along with Bay Area YMCAs and the Juvenile Welfare Board to implement “Be Water Smart from the Start,” a comprehensive drowning prevention plan for youth in the Tampa Bay area.

Learn more about aquatic safety from the YMCAs of Tampa Bay

Posted: 7/22/2016
Hillsborough Commissioners seek applications for citizen boards and councils  

Hillsborough County Commissioners are seeking residents to serve on several County citizen advisory boards and councils. Residents interested in seeking appointment must be registered voters in Hillsborough County. These are voluntary positions and members serve without compensation. Applicants may apply to more than one board but may only serve on one board at a time unless specifically approved by the Board of County Commissioners. All applicants must submit a completed Questionnaire for County Appointments and a Standards of Conduct form. Other requirements are in the information that follows.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 25, 2016. Appointments will be scheduled for a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in March or April 2016.

The forms are available in the Commissioners'; reception area on the second floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa; by calling the Boards and Councils Coordinator at (813) 272-5826; or on the County's website at: Click on the "Government" link on the top of the page, then the "Boards and Committees" sublink. The Application Questionnaire for County Appointments is in the middle of the page, along with the Standards of Conduct Form. These forms can be filled out and printed, and then scanned and emailed, faxed, hand-delivered, or mailed. All forms must be signed and dated and be completed in entirety to be eligible. Additional directions for submission are listed on the questionnaire.

If you apply to a board that requires a background check, you must also submit a Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization form, which is also available on the webpage listed above.

Child welfare-related boards with vacancies are:

Meeting schedule: Monthly, first Thursday, 1 p.m

Meeting schedule: At least 12 times annually

Meeting schedule: Quarterly, third Thursday, 7 p.m.


AleshiaJones,Communications & Digital Media,Hillsborough County,
phone:(813) 274-6787.

Posted: 7/20/2016
Register now for free summer enrichment seminars sponsored by the Children's Board
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The Hillsborough County Children's Board is sponsoring four enrichment seminars August 12-26th. Attendance is free, but pre-registration is required. Schedule:

August 12, 2016 – 9 a.m.-noon
RAICES Promotoras Model

Linda Callejas, University of South Florida
The RAICES/Promotoras model and training curriculum was designed to support communities in their efforts to strengthen partnerships that better link Latino children and families with school personnel and service providers. The training emphasizes skills for providing support, helping families identify their strengths and needs, and connecting families to the services they need.
Join invited trainer Linda Callejas at the Children's Board for a free 3-hour session designed to support communities considering implementation of this research-informed approach to working with children and families.
Click here to register to attend this free session at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.

August 12, 2016 – 9 a.m.-noon
Organizational Readiness

Pam Williams, Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay
Managing the program and financial reporting expectations of multiple funders can be a challenge. In order to run a successful program or agency, your organization's ability to communicate and demonstrate fiscal accountability to funders and donors is critical.
Join Nonprofit Leadership Center trainer Pam Williams for a 3-hour training on managing multiple funding sources and their reporting requirements. This class has heavy emphasis on financials and accounting but will also be helpful to senior leadership, program staff and even Board members who talk about your agency and its impact in the community. The class is free to attend but pre-registration with the Nonprofit Leadership Center is required.
Click here to register to attend this free session at the Nonprofit Leadership Center.

August 19, 2016 – 9 a.m.-noon
The Parent-Child Home Program Model

Michele Morrison, The Parent-Child Home, Inc.
PCHP, an evidence-based early literacy, parenting, and school readiness model, is committed to closing the achievement gap by providing low-income families the skills and materials they need to prepare their children for school and life success. The evidence-based PCHP model provides two years of intense, twice-weekly home visiting to underserved families with children between the ages of 16 months - 4 years who are challenged by poverty, isolation, limited educational opportunities, language and literacy barriers, and other obstacles to healthy development and educational success.
Join invited trainer Michele Morrison at the Children's Board for a free 3-hour session designed to outline the scope of this evidenced-based approach to working with families. Michele will be available for follow up consultations with agencies interested in next steps.
Click here to register to attend this free session at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.

August 26, 2016 – 9 a.m.-noon
The Competitive Edge: Preparing Grass Roots Organizations to Apply for Funding

Julé Colvin, Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay
Grant seeking has become increasingly competitive as the number of nonprofits continues to grow and the economy impacts charitable giving. Smaller grass-root organizations face unique challenges when entering the grant writing arena, but capturing your story in a compelling yet clear and concise proposal does not have to be overwhelming.
Join Nonprofit Leadership Center tr iner Jule' Colvin for a 3-hour class designed specifically for organizations with annual operating budgets under $300,000; you will learn the key steps to writing a grant narrative that stands out from other applicants and secures the funding your organization needs to move your programs and services to the next level.
The class is free to attend but pre-registration with the Nonprofit Leadership Center is required.
Click here to register online to attend this free session at the Nonprofit Leadership Center.

Posted: 7/20/2016
Introducing the Community Atlas Redesign
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Welcome to the newest edition of the Hillsborough County Community Atlas website. In the redesigned Atlas, you will find:

  • A complete graphic and web interface overhaul
  • Updated mapping software
  • Easier and more diverse methods for data mapping and comparison
  • A "responsive" design that is fully compatible with mobile devices

These are just a few of the new features to debut in the Community Atlas at this time... Stay tuned for further improvements in the following months!

Posted: 7/20/2016
Tampa military families can register for free school supplies

TAMPA – Many people are familiar with Operation Homefront and the work they do to support the military. However, a good bit of their work also involves helping military families as well.

The families of junior enlisted military personnel and disabled veterans of all ranks in the Tampa area can receive free school supplies from the Operation Homefront Back-to-School Brigade.

The national nonprofit organization will distribute hundreds of backpacks and assorted school supplies on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, 9927 Delaney Lake Drive in Tampa.

Military families who would like to receive the school supplies must preregister for the event at

Operation Homefront was founded shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, with the mission of building strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities in which they live. Recognized for its superior performance by independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront’s expenditures go directly to programs that provide support to military families.

For more information about Operation Homefront, visit

Source: Tampa Patch »

Posted: 7/5/2016
Back 2 School Fairs help families get ready, be healthy
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The Back to School Coalition of Hillsborough County is offering free "Back 2 School Fairs" throughout the county. Visit the link below for dates, times and locations. The fairs will be held now through August 8th.

Fair Participant Criteria

  • Parent or legal guardian must accompany child at all times
  • Immunization record is required to receive shots
  • Free Physicals for children K-12
  • Free Immunizations for Medicaid or uninsured children K-12
  • No Sports, Head Start or Child Care Physicals

Pre-registration is required for immunizations or physicals. Register to Attend Event Online: or call the Appointment Line: (813) 443-3048.

The Back-2-School Fair is to encourage early immunization practices, promote healthy life choices, increase parental involvement, provide information about community services to assist students new to Hillsborough County and meet the needs of uninsured or under-insured families.

These events target students entering kindergarten through high school levels. Students are provided with free school supplies such as backpacks, pens, paper, notebooks, and rulers in addition to health services such as immunization, vision screenings and school physicals—all requirements needed to attend schools in the Hillsborough County School District.

During these event, families get an opportunity to meet with various school principals & teachers, community support agencies, sponsoring corporate representatives and partake in a host of activities that include entertainment, face painters, balloon makers and all around back to school fun!

Event Includes:

  • Free School Supplies (while they last)
  • Physical Examinations
  • Immunizations
  • Meet school admin
  • Engage Community Organizations
  • PTA Registrations
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Artists
  • And much more!

The Back to School Coalition of Hillsborough County Back to School Fairs are hosted by a joint collaborative made up of Hillsborough County Public Schools, community agencies, hospitals, universities, medical professionals, and corporate partners. This is a community-wide event, so please join us for a fantastic time, as we prepare our future to become school ready.

Find a Back to School Fair in your area »

Posted: 6/29/2016
Register Now for the 2016 Hillsborough County Neighborhoods Conference
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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – The 2016 edition of Hillsborough County's annual Neighborhoods Conference is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Tampa East Hotel, 10221 Princess Palm Ave. in Tampa.

Registration is now open for neighborhood and community leaders who want to learn how to enhance their leadership skills, as well as to learn new ideas for making their communities more attractive, friendly, safe, and sustainable. Admission is free and includes continental breakfast, giveaways, access to all exhibits, more than a dozen valuable workshops, and the annual Neighborhood Recognition Awards luncheon.

For more information or to register for the 2016 Neighborhoods Conference and Youth Conference, call the Office of Neighborhood Relations at (813) 272-5860, or go to

New this year is a program especially for young people ages 12 to 18. The Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations is partnering with the Hillsborough County Youth Leadership Council to present topics of interest to these future leaders, including money management, social media, career planning, computer literacy, bullying and anger management, and team-building. Like the main conference, there is no cost to attend.

To encourage teens to take an interest in their community, the Children's Board of Hillsborough County has funded a $2,000 award toward a community improvement service project. The winner will be announced at the Neighborhoods Conference. Applicants should include a detailed description and budget of the proposed projects, and explain how the project would make a positive impact in the neighborhood. The deadline is July 15. For more information and to apply for the 2016 Youth Community Service Project funding, visit or email Dana McDonald.

Also new at the 2016 Neighborhoods Conference will be a Community Conversation - open to all conference attendees, including the teens attending the youth program – to offer opportunities to exchange ideas and information about shared community concerns and interests.

A few of the other conference workshops include:

  • Code enforcement questions and answers
  • Recruiting and engaging volunteers
  • Updates on legal requirements and accounting management for associations
  • Grant writing
  • Disaster planning and response
  • Leadership building

Advance registration is recommended to reserve a seat for various workshops. Participation in the youth program is limited to 150 participants. The deadline to submit nomination forms for the annual Neighborhoods Recognition Awards that will be presented at the conference is Friday, July 8. The form can be filled out online at

Click here to register (FREE) »

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