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Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center receives $1,000 gift from Tennessee delegates

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Family center gets help from Tenn. delegates

Amid the political fervor of the Republican National Convention, the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center won the support of Tennessee delegates. The delegation, which stayed at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, presented the center with a $1,000 check Thursday for programs helping families in need. "They wanted to give back to our community," said Janet Hooper, the center's executive director. "The Tennessee delegation was very generous and very kind, and we appreciate their support." The Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center also benefited from the sale of street hangings that renamed downtown Main Street in honor of the visiting delegation. Initially paid for by the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 17 "Tennessee Street" hangings sold for $50 each, with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam offering to sign them for another $50. Hooper said the sale netted an additional $1,150 for the center — enough to feed more than six children for a year through the center's Backpack Buddies program.

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Man found dead along causeway

A person fishing Friday morning discovered a dead body along the Dunedin Causeway near Honeymoon Island, authorities said. Pinellas County sheriff's deputies are investigating, but said the circumstances do not appear to be suspicious. They said the man, believed to have been in his early to mid 40s, appeared to have committed suicide. "He hung himself from the bridge," sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said. Authorities were called to the scene shortly before 7 a.m. and temporarily closed the bridge while the body was removed. No identity was released Friday.

Volunteers needed for Halloween bash

The city's parks and recreation department is seeking youth and adult volunteers for its annual Halloween Happening children's bash. The 145 volunteers would help take tickets, run concessions and carnival games, give hayrides and conduct puppet shows. The party is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Dunedin Community Center. Volunteers receive food and drink tickets, and teens can earn service hours. Contact Devyn Wilson at (727) 812-4530 or DWilson2@dunedinfl.net.

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Free family event celebrates the city

Bring blankets and chairs for a second night of family fun at "Celebrate Oldsmar" tonight with carnival rides and games, live music by the Black Honkeys, food, inflatables, touch-a-truck and a fireworks finale. The free event is 5-9 p.m. at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar.

Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center receives $1,000 gift from Tennessee delegates 08/31/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 31, 2012 6:34pm]
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