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St. Petersburg notebook: Reverse mortgage seminar open to those 62 and up


Reverse mortgage seminar open to those 62 and up

A free public seminar for seniors titled "The Truth About Reverse Mortgages and the Current Mortgage Market," covering the pros and cons of the FHA reverse mortgage program, is scheduled for today at St. Petersburg College. The program is for seniors (age 62 and up) and their family members and will include information on the impact of the latest events on Wall Street on interest rates and the advantages and disadvantages of a reverse mortgage. The seminar will be presented by certified reverse mortgage experts. Literature and information will be available from the National Council on Aging and the National Council on Aging in Place.

When: 10 a.m. today

Where: West Branch Community Library at St. Petersburg College Gibbs campus, 6700 Eighth Ave. N

Info: Call Donna Moore, 831-3416.


Crime Watch topic of next meeting

The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association will hold a special Crime Watch meeting Monday. All residents of the Old Northeast neighborhood are invited to attend and participate.

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, corner of 11th Avenue NE and First Street N


CityTrails, Williams Park on downtown agenda

The Downtown Neighborhood Association will meet Oct. 9. Scheduled guest speakers include Joe Kubicki, the city's director of transportation and parking, who will speak about the CityTrails program and also address the planned waterfront walk/trail along Bayshore Drive and the proposed new public bicycle program. State Rep. Bill Heller will discuss challenges and expectations for the next session of the Florida Legislature. St. Petersburg City Council member Leslie Curran will speak about Williams Park and spotlight the Saturday "Art in the Park" programs at Williams Park.

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N

Info: Visit


NAMI Sunset Stroll kicks off Oct. 12

The Sunset Stroll for Mental Illness Awareness is set for Oct. 12. The annual 1-mile walk raises awareness of mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression. The $20 registration fee includes a T-shirt and refreshments. Proceeds of the walk benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for education, support, and advocacy programs.

When: Registration begins 5:30 p.m., walk starts at 6 p.m., Oct. 12

Where: North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue and Bayshore Drive N

Info: Call 209-0890, or visit online


Future of the Pier subject of open sessions

The city and county have earmarked $50 million for the renovation and redevelopment of the Pier, which is anticipated to begin in 2012. Comment from the public will be sought through a series of community sessions planned to include residents, local business and community leaders, and other stakeholders. The public is invited to attend the sessions, which will be facilitated by the staff at the Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College. The "Visioning Process" consists of three community meetings; feedback from all three sessions will be collected and correlated into a single report document. Meeting dates and times are as follows:

6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N, Largo

6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N

RSVP by calling 893-7100 or via e-mail at For more information, visit

Neighborhood Notebook is compiled by Times correspondent Lorrie Lykins. E-mail news to or mail it to Lorrie Lykins, Neighborhood Notebook, P.O. Box 4954, Seminole, FL 33775. Deadline for inclusion in the Wednesday Neighborhood Times is 5 p.m. the previous Friday.

St. Petersburg notebook: Reverse mortgage seminar open to those 62 and up 09/23/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 4:30am]
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