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Posted: 10/15/2012
9th Annual Neighborhoods Conference for Hillsborough County

Date: March 24, 2012

Time: 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Location: Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus

4001 Tampa Bay Blvd

The goal of the conference is to help citizens learn how to build a sense of community and make their neighborhood safe, attractive and friendly. The conference is a great way for neighborhood leaders to network with each other and meet with local government officials.

In between sessions......take your time strolling through the exhibits collecting giveaways, information from vendors, home improvement ideas and educational information for your home and community. Our goal is to educate and strengthen neighborhoods in Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City neighborhoods with:

- Workshops

- Presentations by neighborhood leaders

- Appearances by your government officials

- Interaction with business leaders

Posted: 10/9/2012
The record thus far...A Message from The Children's Movement of Florida

The Children's Movement grows. Just two years ago, we completed our 17-city “Milk Party” tour and set out to build a movement for all of Florida’s children. Here's what's happened since:

• Now have more than 325,000 followers.

• Organized regional and executive committees – with individual chairs -- in 17 communities across Florida.

• Recruited and trained hundreds of volunteers to reach and enroll more children in Florida KidCare.

• Launched ReadingPals -- an early-literacy initiative in 10 Florida regions with already more than 1,600 volunteers -- with the resources to do this from Carol and Barney Barnett of Lakeland.

• Recruited Alonzo and Tracy Mourning to be spokespeople for The Movement.

• Created “Voices of Florida” – an online storytelling portal for The Movement’s supporters.

To build a real movement, we need to raise real resources.

Might you help build The Children’s Movement by contributing? It's tax-deductible and easy to do by clicking here.

Together we will build a strong future for the children of our state.

Dave Lawrence


The Children’s Movement

Posted: 10/8/2012
New Child Abuse Law In Effect October 1st

Abuse Hotline Legislation, signed by Gov. Rick Scott, requires any individual who suspects that a child has been abused by any person to report that to the Florida Abuse Hotline. Any allegations a child was abused or neglected by a caregiver will be investigated by the Department of Children and Families, while allegations of child abuse by someone other than a caregiver will be accepted at the Hotline and immediately electronically transferred to the appropriate local law enforcement agency where the child lives.

Penalties for those who suspect a child is being abused but fail to report it have been increased from a misdemeanor to a felony. Financial penalties also have increased. If you suspect or know of any child who is being harmed, call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873. If you see a child in immediate danger, call 911.

More information about the hotline

Posted: 10/1/2012
Enjoy Fabulous FREE Programs @ Your Library This October!

Join the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative for interesting, entertaining and informative programs for the entire family this October. For a comprehensive look at library programming, visit, select a library location, and view that library’s calendar of events. Be social! Like the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System on Facebook and follow @TampaHillsLib on Twitter.

Posted: 9/27/2012
Protect Our Urban Trees!
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Urban Tree Pathology Workshop Oct. 15th

A free workshop at Hillsborough County Extension Office will delve into the life cyles, pests and diseases of urban trees. Hillsborough County Extension Forester Rob Northrup will lead a session on arboricultural practices that favor long-term tree health, enhance tree longevity and reduce the risk of insect and disease problems. Jason Smith, Asst. Prof. Forest Pathology, will discuss new and emerging pests and diseases in urban trees.

The workshop will be from 6:30 to 9:30 pm and will be held at Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 County Rd, Seffner FL 33578.


RobNorthrup,Forester,Hillsborough County Extension
phone:(813) 744-5519 ext. 54106.

Posted: 9/26/2012
Florida Water & Land Legacy Campaign Kickoff/Training
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Join campaign staff and other local volunteers to find out how you can help support a Water and Land Conservation Amendment to ensure permanent funding for acquiring, conserving and restoring Florida's cherished water and conservation lands.

Tampa Kick-Off Meeting and Training
WHEN: Monday, October 1 from 6 to 7 pm
WHERE: Children's Board of Hillsborough in Ybor City, 1002 E Palm Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

St. Pete Kick-Off Meeting and Training
WHEN: Tuesday, October 2 from 6 to 7 pm
WHERE: The Sunshine Center, 330 5th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

For more information, contact Tara Bess at (772) 696-2981 or

Visit the Florida Water & Land Legacy website

Posted: 9/12/2012
New Food Assistance Cards in Effect Sept. 22

The Florida Department of Children and Families will be deactivating the EBT flag card on Sept. 22, 2012. If you have a flag EBT card, please call 1-888-356-3281 to request a new card with the lighthouse design.

For more information click here

Posted: 9/10/2012
Hillsborough Commissioners Approve Bealsville Historic Marker

Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham, District 4, and the Board of County Commissioners voted September 6 to direct the Hillsborough County Historic Advisory Council to create a historical marker in Bealsville community, recognizing the original twelve founders.

Bealsville, which is seven miles south of the City of Plant City, near the intersection of Horton Road and State Road 60, was founded in 1865 as Howell’s Creek. Many of the current residents in the Bealsville community can trace their ancestry back to the founding families.

“Throughout my six years on the County Commission, I have been proud to work with Bealsville, Incorporated, the Plant City Eagles football team and the other leaders in this strong community,” says Higginbotham. “I am impressed by their unity and ability to work together for the betterment of our children. Through the recognition of their great history, this historical marker will encourage the future generations.”

The Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and is tasked with managing a uniform marker program for historical sites. At their next meeting on September 17, they will discuss the language and locations for the Bealsville markers, which can range from $2,475 to $3,000.

The original inhabitants of the Bealsville community were freed slaves from Hopewell, Knights, Springhead, and other surrounding communities. The earliest settlers included Steven Allen, Isaac Berry, Peter Dexter, Neptune Henry, Mills Holloman, Sam Horton, Bryant Horton, Mary Reddick, Abe Messenger, Roger Smith, Jerry Stephens, and Robert Story. With the help of plantation owner Sarah Howell, these former slaves moved to their new property in 1865, homesteading 40 to 160 acres through the 1866 Southern Homestead Act. The community fought overwhelming odds and created roads, establishing their heritage of pride and ownership.

Posted: 9/4/2012
Convention to bring permanent changes to region

By Tamara Lush

TAMPA – Improved Internet service, new cellphone towers and more palm trees downtown are some of the improvements made for the Republican National Convention that will become permanent after the delegates are long gone from Tampa. Organizers say these are some of the perks for residents who will have to endure traffic tie-ups, protesters and other inconveniences. Continued...

Posted: 9/4/2012
Annual Hillsborough County Water Quality Report Now Available

Hillsborough County’s annual water quality report for analyses performed in 2011 is now available by hardcopy and online.

The report is full of interesting information about where the drinking water supplied to County water customers comes from, what’s in it, and how safe it is. The report also contains important telephone numbers for customers interested in finding out more about their water quality, and helpful consumer information.

Separate versions of the publication were produced for four of the Public Utilities Department’s potable water systems: Northwest, South-Central, Crystal Lakes and Sun City Utilities. They were mailed to nearly 135,000 customers. Supplemental letters from the Public Utilities Department, accompanied by City of Tampa reports, were mailed to customers in the Seaboard and Hershel Heights systems, and to residents of Oakview Estates, with a City of Plant City report.

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