Saturday, February 24, 2018
News Roundup

Tarpon Springs police caution water mailers aren't official

TARPON SPRINGS

police caution water mailers aren't official

The Tarpon Springs Police Department warned residents Tuesday that a private company is behind official-looking mailers that ask residents to call for a "Water Update!" The fliers, which look like they come from the city or another government body, read, "Unfortunately, we were unable to reach you by phone or in person. Upon reading this notice, we ask that you contact our office within 72 hours." Environmental Water Resource, which distributed the fliers, is a private company that sells water treatment equipment, such as filters and softeners. Dan Hatfield, owner of the company, said he sends 300 to 400 similar fliers out in North Pinellas per week, and this is the first time he has received push-back. "I've been doing this 17 years," he said. "We're a clean business."

COUNTYWIDE

Volunteers will help you file taxes

Pinellas Prosperity Partnership volunteers are helping residents at 12 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sites around Pinellas County. VITA, a nationwide partnership between the Internal Revenue Service and local service groups, helps taxpayers who earn an adjusted gross income of less than $51,000 a year prepare and electronically file returns. North Pinellas locations include the Hispanic Outreach Center and the Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Family Center all in Clearwater; the High Point Neighborhood Family Center near Largo; the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center in Safety Harbor; and Union Academy Neighborhood Family Center in Tarpon Springs. Call 211 or visit www.Taxes-4-Free.com to confirm hours of operation and documentation needs before visiting. More questions? Contact Eddie Burch at (727) 453-5676 or [email protected]

DUNEDIN

Public meeting on Cedar Creek health

The health of Cedar Creek will be up for discussion during a public meeting today from 9 a.m. to noon at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane. The state determined Cedar Creek is polluted with fecal bacteria. Dunedin city officials want residents who live, work and play along the drainage basin to help identify potential sources of pollution on a map that will be used to study the issue. Members of various citizen advisory committees are expected to attend along with representatives from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Transportation, Pinellas County Health Department, Pinellas County Schools and others. Questions? Call Dunedin public works director Doug Hutchens at (727) 298-3005.

Sign up for trip to Florida Aquarium

Registration is open for day trips sponsored by the Hale Senior Activity Center. Organizers are seeking at least 30 people to sign up by Thursday for a Feb. 22 day trip to the Florida Aquarium. The trip will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $34. On April 10 from 7:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., a group will visit the Port of Tampa for an educational tour aboard a catamaran. At least 30 people must sign up for that $17 excursion by March 20. Call (727) 298-3299 for details.

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