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Posted: 9/12/2016
Children's Board funding meetings coming up on Sept. 14th, 22nd

Two meetings will be held to consider the FY2017 budget for the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.

The first, a "preliminary TRIM" meeting will be at 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 14th, in – Colleen Lunsford Bevis Board Room at the Children’s Board main offices, 1002 East Palm Avenue, Tampa. (TRIM is short for "Truth in Millage" and is a process designed to inform taxpayers about what their tax money is being used for.)

The "final TRIM" meeting will be at 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 22nd, in the same location.

Download the proposed budget »

Posted: 9/12/2016
Free car seat inspections Sept. 24th, 9–11 a.m.

In recognition of Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids Greater Tampa is offering free car seat inspections from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the St. Joseph's Hospital MAB parking garage (lower level). The garage is located at 3003 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Tampa. From the MacDill Avenue entrance, turn left into the parking garage, then left again to find marked parking for the inspections.

An appointment is highly recommended. While drive-ups will be welcomed, limited space may result in an extended wait time.

To register for a car seat inspection, call (813) 615-0589.

Attention Parents and Caregivers:Did you know that 7 out if 10 car seats are not used, or are installed incorrectly? (Source: Safe Kids USA)

Car Seat Quick Check:

  • The right seat: For your child's age, weight and height
  • The right place: Installed in the back seat, "Back is Best" until age 13
  • The right direction: Rear facing until age 2
  • Tight is right: Should not move more than 1" from side to side and front to back
  • Right way to install: Never install using both the seatbelt and the LATCH system

Free car seat inspections sponsored by BayCare and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital

Posted: 9/12/2016
Community Cleanup in Town ’N Country Sept. 16–23

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Hillsborough County's Rapid Response Team will hold a Fight the Blight event from Sept. 16 to Sept. 23 in Town 'N Country to give residents a convenient opportunity to discard unwanted items.

During the event, the County will offer free curbside pickup. The County encourages residents to use this opportunity to remove any waste that could become waterlogged and lead to mosquito breeding, and reminds residents that mosquitoes can breed in as little as a bottle cap of water.

In conjunction with Fight the Blight, the Rapid Response Team also will offer a Tire Amnesty event Sept. 16-17 at Alexander Park, 5602 N. Lois Ave. Residents can drop off up to 10 tires for free disposal.

WHAT: Fight the Blight event
WHEN: Sept. 16 to Sept. 23
WHERE: Boundaries run from Waters Avenue on the north to Hillsborough Avenue on the south, and Hanley Road on the east to Sheldon Road on the west.

Items accepted:

  • Furniture
  • Junk, trash, debris
  • Metal
  • Electronics
  • Tires: Up to 5 per residence

Items not accepted:

  • Tree debris and yard waste
  • Commercial vehicle tires
  • Hazardous chemicals

Helpful tips:

  • Items must be placed within 6 feet of curbside - not in alleys or side streets.
  • Place material on the ground, not blocking right of way in streets or sidewalks.
  • Do not place items directly under power lines or tree limbs.

For more information: HCFLGov.net/code or call (813) 393-9670

Posted: 9/12/2016
Free car seat inspections Sept. 24th, 9–11 a.m.
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In recognition of Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids Greater Tampa is offering free car seat inspections from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the St. Joseph's Hospital MAB parking garage (lower level). The garage is located at 3003 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Tampa. From the MacDill Avenue entrance, turn left into the parking garage, then left again to find marked parking for the inspections.

An appointment is highly recommended. While drive-ups will be welcomed, limited space may result in an extended wait time.

To register for a car seat inspection, call (813) 615-0589.

Attention Parents and Caregivers:

Did you know that 7 out if 10 car seats are not used, or are installed incorrectly? (Source: Safe Kids USA)

Car Seat Quick Check:

  • The right seat: For your child's age, weight and height
  • The right place: Installed in the back seat, "Back is Best" until age 13
  • The right direction: Rear facing until age 2
  • Tight is right: Should not move more than 1" from side to side and front to back
  • Right way to install: Never install using both the seatbelt and the LATCH system

Free car seat inspections sponsored by BayCare and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital

Learn more about Safe Kids USA »

Posted: 9/6/2016
Free Scholarship Contest for Best Short Story Begins
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Asylees as Authors is pleased to announce that the contest for scholarships for 2014-15 is open to applicants. First place for the best fiction short story is $5,000. Second place is $1,000. There is no fee to enter, but the applicant must be an asylee, refugee or former asylee or refugee (not a US citizen).

Asylees as Authors, which believes in the value of higher education and literature, is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to asylees and refugees. The fiction story must be 1500 words or fewer.

The deadline is May 15, 2015, and the winner will be announced before June 20, which is World Refugee Day.

Asylees and refugees are foreigners who cannot live in their home country. They have suffered in the past on account of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. If they are in the United States, they are called asylees.

The work of Asylees as Authors is funded completely by donations and it is a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Donations are tax-deductible by the donor.

All members of the Board of Directors care deeply about providing educational opportunities for asylees and refugees. Their President, Elizabeth Blandon, from Blandon Law in Weston, writes one of only two blogs in the United States on the issue of asylum. She is a Board-certified immigration expert, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and a published fiction writer.

Posted: 9/6/2016
Check out the September 2016 Children's Board newsletter
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In this issue:

  • A message from Kelley Parris, Executive Director
  • Local Youth Receive $2000 Grant
  • Technical Assistance Grant Release
  • Children's Board Annual Report Released

Read the newsletter »

Posted: 8/22/2016
Teaching Tools for Schools event seeks support
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The Hillsborough Education Foundation's largest fund-raising event for the Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools program, its annual breakfast brings together members of the Tampa Bay community to support the at-risk students in Hillsborough County Public Schools.

The Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools program provides critical learning resouces year-round to economically disadvantaged students. The program allows teachers from Title I schools the opportunity to shop for free school supplies to distribute to their students in need. The program reaches more than 60,000 at-risk students annually, and since 2002 more than $13.1 million in learning and literacy resources have been distributed to students in Title I schools in Hillsborough County.

For more information contact Laura Grucza at (813) 574-0279.

More information about the fundraiser and the Tools for Schools program

Posted: 8/10/2016
Community Invited to Aug. 17 Presentation on the Future of the Little Manatee South Area
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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Hillsborough County will hold a public information meeting on Aug. 17 to discuss a report outlining initial findings and recommendations for planning for the future of the Little Manatee South area. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the SouthShore Community Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. SE in Ruskin.

Following a presentation by County staff and the consultant who prepared the planning report, attendees will have an opportunity to comment, ask questions about the report, and provide recommendations.

View the entire report at HillsboroughCounty.org/LMS.

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 Center at (813) 272-5900 or TTY (813) 301-7173 no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Download the report »

Posted: 8/5/2016
Florida Dept. of Health offering free Zika virus testing for pregnant women

At a press conference in Panama City Beach on Wednesday, August 3rd, Gov. Rick Scott announced that pregnant women anywhere in the state can receive testing for the Zika virus at county health departments for free.

There have been 10 cases of Zika in Hillsborough County, all travel-related.

For Hillsborough County Health Department locations, visit this link.

Posted: 8/5/2016
Applications being accepted through Aug. 31st for Owner-occupied Rehab Program

The City of Tampa’s Housing & Community Development Division is accepting applications for its Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program beginning July 5, 2016. The period is open for the 1st 1,000 applications or until August 31, 2016, whichever occurs first.

Homeowners are able to pick-up an application packet and/or return the completed applications as listed below:

Days Location Address Times
Monday Tampa Police Department 3808 N. 22nd St. 8 AM – 4 PM
Tuesday Ragan Park Community Center 1200 E. Lake Ave. 8 AM - 11 AM
Tuesday North Tampa Branch Library, Tutor Room 8916 North Blvd. 1 PM – 4 PM
Thursday Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library 3910 S. Manhattan Ave. 10 AM – NOON
Thursday David Barksdale Senior Center 1801 N. Lincoln Ave. 1 PM – 4 PM
Monday - Friday City of Tampa 306 E. Jackson St., 3rd floor 8 AM – 4 PM


For the application to be considered complete, the application must be completely filled out and the supporting documents must be provided. If any information is incomplete or missing, your application and documents will be returned to you.

Applications will be scored and must meet a minimum score of 25 points.

DOCUMENT CHECKLIST

  • Completed and signed application
    • Authorization to Release Information
    • The Privacy Policy
  • Identification for applicant and co-applicant
  • Proof of Income from ALL sources for ALL household members for the last sixty (60) days (i.e. Paystubs, Social Security Income, Child Support, Alimony, etc.)
  • Last sixty (60) days of bank statements (ALL PAGES, even if blank)
  • Current Mortgage Statement, if applicable
  • Bankruptcy discharge / dismissal letter or any other liens related to the property, if applicable

Please contact Belix Parks at (813) 274-7977 or by email at belix.parks@tampagov.net if you have any questions.

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