Wednesday, December 13, 2017
News Roundup

North Tampa events

Hillsborough County

Salvation Army food supply running low

With the low-income and unemployed struggling to make ends meet this summer, the Salvation Army of Tampa/Hillsborough County is running low on canned and dry goods. The charity feeds about 200 homeless people in its shelters each day and provides emergency grocery assistance for 75 to 100 families per month.

So the charity is asking Hillsborough County residents to step in to help by donating nonperishable food items to its monthlong Emergency Food Drive.

"Without their free or reduced school lunches, too many kids in our area eat only one meal a day, and many adults can't be sure where their next meal is coming from,'' said Major James Hall, Salvation Army area commander, in a news release.

Emergency Food Drive collection bins have been set up at the Community Worship Center, 1100 W Sligh Ave.; the South Hillsborough extension office, 7409 U.S. 301 S in Riverview; and in the Salvation Army Family Stores at 9926 Adamo Drive, 2815 S MacDill Ave. and 13910 N Nebraska Ave.

The Emergency Food Drive bins will be in place throughout August.

North Tampa

Jack, his beanstalk and the puppets

Children in kindergarten to fifth grade are invited to see a Bits 'N Pieces puppet production of Jack and the Beanstalk at 2:30 p.m. at Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W Bearss Ave.

A giant is loose in Cloudland, so Jack climbs the magic beanstalk skyward. Marionettes, big and small, perform together on stage in this traditional Celtic music puppet play.

The event is free. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.

Temple Terrace

Proposed budget shrinks, taxes same

City Manager Gerald Seeber has recommended a 10 percent cut from the current year in the proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Seeber presented a $44,089,781 budget, a reduction of $4,795,832 from the current fiscal year.

Seeber had recommended that the city postpone hiring a director of redevelopment, but the City Council this week, apparently reflecting optimism that the lawsuit between the city and the developer of the stalled Downtown Temple Terrace will soon be resolved, asked him to set aside $125,000 to hire a redevelopment director to oversee that project and others.

The council decided to leave in the budget a a contingency appropriation of $456,056 for municipal employee raises in the upcoming fiscal year. Seeber had warned the council in earlier discussions that they needed to think about raising pay in order to keep good employees from leaving.The city manager recommended that the property tax rate stay the same, at $6.43 per $1,000 of assessed value, though council member David Pogorilich and Mayor Frank Chillura warned that it's going to be difficult to attract new residents and businesses to the town with the highest tax rate in the county.

The budget sets aside $201,205 from reserves to help meet city needs, a reduction from the current year, and Seeber said the city may not need it all. He anticipates using $281,204 from reserves this year, though $509,575 was budgeted.

Seeber warned, however, that without new or increased taxes and fees, "the only recourse available in the future will be to rely again upon a slowly dwindling General Fund reserve to pay for current year operating expenses."

The entire proposed budget is available online at

Town 'N Country

Dance like Bollywood stars on Saturday

If you're an adult looking for a high-energy, high-cardio dance class, you may want to check out Bollywood Moves, a fun fitness class that will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday and at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Town 'N Country Regional Library, 7606 Paula Drive, suite 120. Bollywood Moves, with short, easy-to-follow routines, is inspired by the dancing in Indian films.

The event is free. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.

Tampa airport ranks No. 4 for most affordable parking rates

Tampa airport ranks No. 4 for most affordable parking rates

TAMPA — Holiday flight prices may be high, but parking rates at Tampa International Airport are a little more manageable. TIA has the fourth-cheapest parking rates in the country, a study by travel and expense app company TravelBank said. TIA, the st...
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Dunedin City Commission punts decision on paid parking

Dunedin City Commission punts decision on paid parking

DUNEDIN — At 1 a.m. Wednesday, after seven hours of public input and back-and-forth discussion on the dais, the City Commission failed to agree on a path forward for the downtown paid parking trial program that was scheduled to expire Tuesday.Instead...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Hernando could be next stop for PACE Center for Girls

Hernando could be next stop for PACE Center for Girls

BROOKSVILLE — The new year could bring about new beginnings for at-risk girls in Hernando County.Pending a vote by the School Board next month, PACE Center for Girls, an alternative education program for middle- and high-school students, could open a...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Hometown Hernando for Dec. 15

Hometown Hernando for Dec. 15

We want your news!Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it’s snapshots from your family reunion, recreational sporting event, news from your last club meeting or just a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Y...
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Hernando Government Meetings for Dec. 15

Here is a listing of public meetings scheduled for this week:MondayBrooksville City Council, 7 p.m., council chambers, City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.TuesdayBrooksville Housing Authority Board Meeting, 5 p.m. council chambers, City Hall, 201...
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Pinellas sheriff to announce findings of excessive force investigation

Pinellas sheriff to announce findings of excessive force investigation

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri will announce Wednesday the findings of an internal investigation sparked by dashboard camera video that appears to show deputies beating, choking and yanking the hair of a 25-year-old man during an arrest.Gualti...
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Hernando briefs for Dec. 15

COUNTYWIDEDriver safety programAARP Driver Safety Program classes are available at various locations. The cost for each six-hour course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for non-members. These classes are scheduled in January:• ...
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St. Petersburg police make several arrests in death of woman, 22, found in alley

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have made a series of arrests in connection to the death investigation of a 22-year-old woman whose body was found in alley last December.Investigators said over the course of the last year they learned that the woman, Taylor ...
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Hernando Bloodmobile for Dec. 15

LifeSouth Community Blood Center will have blood drives at the following off-site locations during the coming week.Dec. 15: 7:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m., Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Her...
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Hernando Business Digest for Dec. 15

EventsDISCOUNT OFFERED TO THOSE WHO DONATE TO HELP HOMELESS: In advance of National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, BonWorth clothing store, 12987 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer a 10 percent discount on purchases to those who donate unwanted c...
Updated: 1 hour ago