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Pinellas News Briefs for March 19

get help with Health insurance: Those who have questions about the Affordable Care Act or who need help enrolling in the health insurance marketplace can get assistance in English and Spanish from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater.

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The deadline for health care enrollment is March 31.

Throughout Friday's event, trained and licensed marketplace navigators and application counselors will educate and help consumers through the application, selection and enrollment process. They will provide both general information and one-on-one assistance to consumers who may have specific situations or need help troubleshooting marketplace applications.

Consumers are encouraged to make appointments, but walk-in traffic is welcome.

Spanish-speaking helpers as well as marketplace literature in English and Spanish will be available.

The campus is at 2465 Drew St. in Clearwater. The event will be on the second floor of the Ethics and Social Sciences Building on the south side of the campus. Nearby parking is available.

Consumers should be prepared to enroll at the event with these documents and information:

• Social Security numbers and immigration documents (if applicable) for the household.

• Employer and income information for every member of the household. (Expect to provide a 2014 income projection.)

• Health insurance policy information if currently insured.

• Email address (with username and password) to create a marketplace account. Consumers can also create an email address during the event with help from the assisters.

To make an appointment, call the Cognosante Tampa Bay Marketplace Office. For English, call (813) 281-4833. For Spanish, (813) 281-4683.

apply for Housing board: Resumes and applications are being accepted for two four-year appointments to the board of directors of the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County, an agency that ensures that financing for affordable housing remains available to Pinellas residents.

Authority meetings are held monthly, usually the first Wednesday at 3 p.m. Board positions are unpaid, voluntary positions. For a full description of the powers and responsibilities of the authority, visit Finance_Authority.htm.

The five-member board represents expertise in the fields of banking, construction, real estate, lower-income communities and affordable housing development. The board is seeking applicants with a proven track record for management oversight of real estate or affordable housing development.

Resumes must be received no later than the close of business on March 24 and must indicate in which opening the applicant is interested. Email resumes to or mail to Kathryn Driver, 2605 Enterprise Road E, Suite 230, Clearwater, FL 33759.

Get the application at

shark talk at aquarium: The Clearwater Marine Aquarium speaker series "Making Waves: An Evening With the Experts" will host Daniel Huber, associate professor at the University of Tampa, on Thursday.

Huber will discuss nutritional physiology, aquarium design and spinal deformities in captive sand tiger sharks. The presentation will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session, and will be at the aquarium, 249 Windward Passage on Island Estates, Clearwater.

FOR BETTER BICYCLING: The Dunedin Public Safety Committee will present "Lock It or Walk It" from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. "Lock It or Walk It" is designed to inform the public of bicycle theft prevention, laws and paths in Dunedin. The event will include a picnic lunch and a chance to win door prizes. Admission is free. For information call (727) 812-4530.

Pinellas News Briefs for March 19 03/18/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:36pm]
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