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Posted: 8/19/2014
Hillsborough Code Enforcement “Operation Fight the Blight” coming to Greater Palm River

Hillsborough County Code Enforcement continues its successful Operation Fight the Blight program with a gigantic campaign in the Greater Palm River community from Sept. 2-Sept. 30.

The month-long cleanup is slated to include the neighborhoods of Clair Mel, Delaney Creek, Green Ridge, Palm River, and Progress Village. Clean up boundaries are Adamo Drive on the north, Madison Avenue/Progress Village Boulevard on the south, South 50th Street or U.S. Highway 41 on the west, and U.S. Highway 301 on the east.

During the operation, the cleanup dumpsters will be located at the Central Collection Station, 4114 S. 66th St. in Tampa. Residents who live within the cleanup boundaries may dispose of various items at no charge by showing proof of residence, such as a Florida Driver's License, Florida Vehicle Registration, or a utility bill. The dumpsters will be available on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during September. Additionally, special Saturday hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be offered on Sept. 13 and Sept. 27 only.

The following items may be placed in the dumpsters:
• furniture, junk, trash, debris
• metal
• electronics
• tires (limit 5 per residence)

These items will NOT be accepted for disposal:
• tree debris
• commercial vehicle tires
• hazardous chemicals

Hillsborough County Code Enforcement officers are partnering on the cleanup campaign with several other County agencies, including the Pet Resources Division, Public Utilities, the Office of Community Affairs, and Public Works, along with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Tampa Electric. Operation Fight the Blight in Greater Palm River is funded in part by a Community Cleanup Grant administered by the County's Office of Neighborhood Relations.

For more information, call Hillsborough County Code Enforcement at (813) 274-6600 or the Office of Neighborhood Relations at (813) 307-3564.

Operation Fight the Blight: Greater Palm River is Code Enforcement's fourth cleanup campaign of 2014. In May, Code Enforcement assisted residents in the Four Oaks area with the removal of more than 24.72 tons of discarded items, including 75 tires, from properties and rights of way.

Posted: 8/18/2014
Keep kids safe as they head back to school
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TEMPLE TERRACE – As children return to school on Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Temple Terrace Police Department is urging parents and motorists to focus on safety. The department reminds motorists to drive slowly in school zones and watch for children crossing streets. The speed limit in school zones is 15 mph during school hours.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind as school begins:

  • Plan a walking route to the school or bus stop. Choose the most direct way, with the fewest street crossings. If possible, use intersections with school crossing guards.
  • Walk the route with your children before school starts. Tell them to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren’t many people around.
  • Teach your child not to talk to strangers, or accept rides or gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don’t know well or don’t trust.
  • Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend or neighbor. If your child rides a bicycle to school, make sure he or she wears a helmet.
  • If your kids ride the school bus, teach them to arrive at the bus stop early, stay out of the street, watch for cars, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop, and avoid the driver’s blind spot.
  • Teach your children to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers, whether walking, biking or riding the bus. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.
  • If you’re driving your kids, drop them off and pick them up in areas designated by the school. Each school will send out drop-off and pickup instructions. Please follow them. These plans were developed by the schools with safety in mind. If you have questions, please contact the school’s office.
  • Watch for children! Most vehicle-related injuries occur when drivers are dropping them off and picking them up at school. Be alert at all times.

For more information, contact Temple Terrace Crime Prevention Officer Stefanie Huertas at (813) 506-6551.

Posted: 8/8/2014
City of Temple Terrace releases strategic plan
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On July 15, 2014, the City of Temple Terrace adopted a comprehensive strategic plan titled "Your City. Our Future. A Community Driven Plan." This community-driven initiative was facilitated by city staff with input from hundreds of residents and 23 different external stakeholder groups.

These collaborative sessions provided valuable insights on strengths, concerns, expectations and service priorities for the city. The collected data was the foundation for the creation of a mission statement, core values, a vision statement, and 10 specific goals. The accomplishment of these goals over the next several years will establish priorities, organize efforts, and improve the quality of life for the residents of Temple Terrace. The creation and implementation of this plan will ensure that the City of Temple Terrace will be an amazing place to live, work, play and learn.

Learn more about the planning process, and read the full plan

Posted: 8/4/2014
Evening of entertainment celebrates Carrollwood

Thanks to a generous grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners, WMNF Community Radio is hosting an evening of entertainment that celebrates the neighborhood of Carrollwood, often overlooked as one more uninteresting suburb—but in reality a fascinating neighbohood with thriving arts and culture.

"StudioMNF: A Celebration of Carrollwood" will be at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, with music, poetry and art by Carrollwood artists. Plus a terrific new radio play by Jim Rayfield, along with live sound effects artist Matt Cowley.

Tickets are available at:
Carrollwood Cultural Center
4537 Lowell Road, Tampa , FL 33618
Phone: 813-269-1310

Posted: 7/31/2014
Tampa to budget money in 2015 and 2016 to fix historic Cuscaden pool

By Richard Danielson

TAMPA – There's good news for those who have fought for Tampa's historic but long-closed Cuscaden Park pool.

After saying there probably would be no money for the pool next year, Mayor Bob Buckhorn's administration said Monday it plans to budget $300,000 in 2015 to design repairs to the pool.

And in 2016, the city plans to budget $1.5 million more for construction. That means the pool might not reopen until sometime in 2017, eight years after the city closed it in 2009 because of leaks and high maintenance costs.

Still, neighborhood leaders who have lobbied to get city funding for the pool were elated. "Oh, wow," V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association president Kelly Bailey said. "That is awesome news."

This marks a big change in tone at City Hall. For more than a year, Buckhorn has all but dismissed the wisdom of repairing and reopening the pool, along with the depth of public support behind it.

Continued in the Tampa Bay Times...

Posted: 7/22/2014
Free Dog and Child Safety Seminar on July 26th
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The Children’s Board Family Resource Center in Central Tampa and dog behaviorist Leah Booker would like to invite you to a Dog Behavior Seminar. It will be at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County in Ybor City on Saturday, July 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Topics to be covered will include:

  • How to teach your child to interact with dogs
  • How to introduce a new dog or puppy into your home
  • How to introduce your dog to your new baby

This is a FREE event but seating is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged. Call to reserve a spot: (813) 204-1741.

This event will be held at the Children's Board headquarters, located at 1002 East Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

*This is an event for adults. As much as we love them, please no dogs or kids this time!

Posted: 7/22/2014
Tampa General Hospital offers free immunizations July 26th
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Are your kids up to date with their physicals and immunizations?

If your child is due for immunizations or needs a physical because he/she is entering the Florida school system for the first time, visit Tampa General Hospital this Saturday, July 26th, between 8 and 11 a.m. for a FREE Back-to-School event at TGH’s Healthpark located at 5802 N. 30th St.

Tampa General Hospital will provide free immunizations to those requiring them and free physicals for those entering the Florida school system for the first time. There will also be snacks, entertainment and hands-on activities.

NOTE: No sports or Head Start physicals will be provided.

Posted: 7/21/2014
2014 Florida Human Trafficking Summit registration open
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Registration for the 2014 Florida Human Trafficking Summit is open. The Summit will take place at the University of South Florida on October 9-10, 2014.

This year’s summit will focus on labor and sex trafficking of both children and adults, and will offer a wide array of breakout sessions and training opportunities. There will be profession-specific sessions tailored to professions, such as law enforcement, the legal community, service providers, the medical community, educators, and other first responders. Also offered will be more general sessions that will appeal to any member of the public.

Collaboration and communication among authorities, organizations that serve at-risk populations, and the community are the keys to combating human trafficking. Sharing information enables local-level task forces and coalitions to identify the warning signs and provide victims with appropriate services and treatment, so this will be a key component of the summit conversation.

The Summit will also host a Community Resource Exhibition where anti-trafficking organizations can promote their work and resources with Summit attendees. The Summit will provide an 8-foot table and skirting at no cost to the organization. The organization is responsible for bringing promotional materials and ensuring that a representative is present at the table for the entirety of the Summit, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and/or from 8am to noon on Friday. Please visit the link below to learn more about the innovative breakout session topics, as well as the prominent national and state speakers who will be featured.

Full agenda, list of speakers, breakout sessions, registration form


ChristyDaly,Interim SecretaryFlorida Department of Juvenile Justice,

Posted: 7/21/2014
“Look Before You Lock”—It could save a child’s life

A car can become deadly hot in just 10 minutes.

Just last week FIVE KIDS in Florida were locked in hot cars. Please help us spread the message to LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK so we can stop these terrible tragedies from happening!

This flyer can be easily printed out on home and office printers. PLEASE SHARE with your families, friends and communities.

This short 30-second video could save a child's life.
Remember to:

  • Check the back seat before you leave the vehicle.
  • Put your purse, briefcase, lunch, etc. in the backseat so you are sure to look before you lock the door.
  • Do not let your children play near vehicles; they may accidentally lock themselves in.
  • If there is a change in plans and someone else is dropping the kids off at summer camp, have them call you at drop off so you know everyone made it safely.
  • Call 911 immediately if you see a child locked in a hot car.

Visit this link for more information

Posted: 7/14/2014
July e-Newsletter from Children's Board is available
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The Children's Board of Hillsborough County publishes a periodic e-Newsletter to keep interested parties up to date with its activities and its sponsors' programs. You can sign up for the newsletter by visiting the Children's Board's website.

Read the July 2014 e-Newsletter...


JoannaCheshire,Public Relations Director,Children's Board of Hillsborough Couty,
phone:(813) 209-1729.

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