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Posted: 7/14/2014
Certification course offered for HOA board members
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A new mandatory certification requirement effective July 1, 2013, requires all newly-elected members of a homeowners' association’s board of directors to be certified, pursuant to Section 720.3033(1) FL Statutes.

This certification course approved by DBPR is optional under the law and is in lieu of certifying “in writing to the secretary of the association that he or she has read the association’s declaration of covenants, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and current written rules and policies; that he or she will work to uphold such documents and policies to the best of his or her ability; and that he or she will faithfully discharge his or her fiduciary responsibility to the association’s members”.

To register call Nadia Garbaj at (813) 272-5844 or visit for more details.
Parking info provided when registering.

What: DBPR Approved New Board Member Certification Training for Homeowners' Associations Relations
When: Thursday, August 7, 2014 — 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 23, 2014 — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Hillsborough County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 26th Floor, Tampa 33601


NadiaGarbaj,Office of Neighborhood Relations,Hillsborough County
phone:(813) 272-5844.

Posted: 7/8/2014
Check out Bloomingdale HOA's new website!
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The Bloomingdale Homeowners Association has a new website which contains a wealth of community and local area data. It includes Association information, archived and current copies of The Bloomingdale Gazette, the community newspaper, a “Frequently Asked Questions” link, contact details for internal and external agencies, and much more. Bloomingdale has over 5,200 homes and 23,000-plus residents who will undoubtedly find the site is the "go to" place for all things Bloomingdale.

Bloomingdale HOA members are proud to introduce the new website as a place where residents can explore their community, their individual neighborhoods, and gain a better understanding of what makes Bloomingdale a great place to work, live, and call home.


Posted: 6/10/2014
Updated child care training course available: Behavioral Observation and Screening

There is now information available announcing the release of an updated version of the Child Care Training Course, Behavioral Observation and Screening (BOSR).

The new 6-hour online and instructor-led Behavioral Observation and Screening (BOSR) course will replace the existing 6-hour online and instructor-led course Behavioral Observation and Screening (BOAS) course effective July 1, 2014.

Individuals who have successfully completed the current 6-hour Behavioral Observation and Screening (BOAS) course or the old 10-hour Behavioral Observation and Screening course (BOS) do not have to retake the courses. The certificates reflecting completion of the previous courses will continue to appear on the child care training transcript. However, individuals who have already received credit for the old courses may choose to take the new course to earn inservice credit and Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

To make sure students who complete the current Behavior Observation and Screening (BOAS) course are not penalized because of the release of the new course, they will have until June 30, 2015 to pass the exam associated with the BOAS course.

Please contact the Child Care Training Information Center, toll-free, at 1-888-352-2842 if you have any questions.

Flyer with more information

Posted: 6/3/2014
Hillsborough County Assists Small Businesses with Disaster Preparation
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During National Hurricane Preparedness Week and throughout the entire hurricane season, the Hillsborough County Economic Development Department is educating business owners about the disaster preparedness tools and resources that are available to them. This includes the County's Business Emergency Response Team (BERT) bags, which also have in them an important checklist of documents and items that businesses can "grab and go" in case of emergency.

Businesses that are prepared can help minimize the impact a disaster may have on their operations and the community. Nearly 40 percent of small businesses close because of a disaster and never reopen. The faster local businesses are back on track, the faster the community can restart its economy engine.

The Florida Small Business Development Center at Hillsborough County conducts several Business Protection 101 Workshops to inform business owners of the tools and resources available to better prepare for a disaster.

The next workshop is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 23 at the Small Business Information Center Office, 7402 N. 56th Street in Tampa. Business consultants are also available to meet with companies one-on-one at any of the Small Business Development Center at Hillsborough County Offices or at their place of business.

To learn more about how to Get Your Business Ready or to obtain a BERT bag for your business, e-mail Jennifer Biles or call 813-914-4028.

Learn more and register for one of the above listed workshops

Small Business Development Center workshop flyer

Posted: 5/23/2014
2014 Hurricane Expo May 31st at MOSI
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Residents Urged to Survive, Thrive and Stay Alive

With hurricane season right around the corner, Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the Museum of Science and Industry are teaming up once again to host the 2014 Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo to bring area residents the latest information on hurricane preparation. This year's event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at the Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. Admission to the Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo is free.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30. The hurricane expo's goal is to raise awareness about the importance of disaster preparedness. Expo attendees will learn what to do before, during and after a storm. Residents will learn the importance of having a solid disaster plan in place well in advance so they can quickly recover after a storm.

The event will provide kid-friendly entertainment, games and other activities. Adults and children will enjoy a display of various vehicles from first-responder agencies. A variety of speakers and vendors will also be on hand. Attendees also will have the chance to win one of two Kindle Fire HD tablets.

Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo attendees will hear from professional meteorologists during question-and-answer weather panels at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Also, a resiliency/survivor's panel will take place at 10 a.m. where guests can hear real stories from people who have experienced and recovered from a disaster, along with expert advice and preparation techniques to protect themselves and their homes.

For more information and the latest news on the 2014 Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo or to become a vendor/sponsor, visit this link:

Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo website

Posted: 5/23/2014
Register now for Health & Wellness Conference
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The Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative and the Wellness Council of Tampa Bay are hosting their second annual health and wellness conference entitled 'Behavior Change: Integrating Mind, Body & Spirit'. This full-day conference will be held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillion Park on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Conference attendees will learn more about the behavior change theory and how integrating the mind, body and spirit can help individuals make lasting changes. Conference registration is $30 per person and includes event admission, lunch, materials and resources. Click on the following links for additional information: event flyer and program at-a-glance.

Please contact Carrie Hepburn of the Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative with any questions: (727) 812-4952.

Online registration link

Posted: 5/9/2014
Temple Terrace to host 1st "Bike with the Mayor" Day May 15th

TEMPLE TERRACE – Bicycle enthusiasts are invited to take a morning jaunt through Temple Terrace on May 16 as the City hosts its first “Bike with the Mayor” day.

Mayor Frank Chillura will lead riders on a leisurely 2-mile ride along the winding streets of Temple Terrace, starting and ending at the Family Recreation Complex, 6610 Whiteway Drive.

The event starts at 7:30 a.m. with sign-in and light snacks, courtesy of the Temple Terrace Rotary Club, followed by the ride at around 8 a.m. There is no fee to ride along. Just bring your bike and join the fun. You’ll pedal alongside Mayor Chillura and others on shady Riverhills Drive and through other scenic areas. This event is co-sponsored by the City of Temple Terrace and Tampa Bay Cycle. It coincides with national Ride Your Bike to Work Day, so lots of people will be riding that day.

Be sure to arrive early. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., participating riders will receive free T-shirts, helmets and bicycle lights (with free installation), while supplies last, courtesy of Tampa Bay Cycle (funded by the Florida Department of Transportation). No advance registration required. Temple Terrace City Council members and other dignitaries also have been invited to attend.

For more information about the event contact Michael Dunn at (813) 506-6406. For more information about Tampa Bay Cycle contact Julie Bond at (813) 974-9799.

Posted: 5/9/2014
Meeting May 20: Repurposing County Facility for Emergency Housing for Homeless

The Hillsborough County Real Estate and Homeless Services departments have scheduled a public meeting on May 20 to discuss a proposal to re-purpose a former Hillsborough County Sheriff’s work release facility into a 175-bed emergency housing facility.

The facility is located at 1800 Orient Road in Tampa and will provide emergency housing for homeless single men and women.

County staff will be at the meeting to talk about the proposal and answer questions from residents.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 20
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Place: Kenly Park, 3101 N. 66th St.Tampa, FL 33619

All meeting facilities are accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additional necessary accommodations will be provided with a 48-hour notice.

For more information, call Steve Valdez, Citizen Engagement Manager, 813-272-5275. TTY: 301-7173

Prensa: Para información, llamar al 813-272-5314.

Media Contact:Aleshia Jones, Communications and Digital Media Services, 813-274-6787

Posted: 4/21/2014
New resources for parents and child care providers

In collaboration with the Department of Education (DOE), and the Department of Health (DOH) the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is providing the information below with in an effort to keep child care providers informed of industry activities, changes, and initiatives.

Please review and share these materials, as appropriate:

If you have questions about any of the materials, please contact the appropriate agency for additional information.

Posted: 4/18/2014
Reception to unveil enhancements to MOSI's Historic Tree Grove
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Ceremony and receiption will take place April 22nd


Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry is pleased to announce the completion of a series of improvements to the Richard T. Bowers Historic Tree Grove with a reception on Tuesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. Thanks to a generous grant from the Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program, benches, artwork, plant markers, raised beds, ethnobotanical plantings, new signage and wind instruments have been added to the grove. A tour of the enhancements will be given followed by remarks from members of MOSI’s Board of Directors and Madge Bowers, widow of Dr. Richard T. Bowers. The Board of County Commissioners also has been invited.

MOSI’s Historic Tree Grove features 17 trees all descended from trees that witnessed amazing historic events or were associated with famous historical people. The Grove includes a sycamore tree descended from seeds that traveled to the moon, a longleaf pine whose ancestor witnessed a battle of the American Civil War, a live oak that descended from an oak that grows at the school where Ray Charles received his education, and a sweet gum whose ancestor saw the first flight of the airplane.

The upgrades to MOSI’s Richard T. Bowers Historic Tree Grove were made possible through a Historic Preservation Challenge Grant funded by the Board of County Commissioners, Hillsborough County Government.


Tuesday, April 22, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Photographers are welcome to attend.


Museum of Science & Industry 4801 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa MAP


Interactive map of grove

Webpage about the grove

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