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Garbage contract brings chance for real savings

The Hillsborough County Commission, which prides itself on tiny annual tax cuts that result in infinitesimal savings to property owners, now has the opportunity to accrue real savings by seeking new bids for curbside garbage pickup.

Why not open up a bidding process that's been locked in place for 17 years? Commissioners vote Wednesday. …

Lightning owner Jeff Vinik speaks on philanthropy and leadership at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Metropolitan Ministries' Breakfast of Champions at its holiday tent. Expect interesting remarks from someone setting a new tone of giving. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Listen to Ron Paul. …

Weather forecast: It's going to snow in Ybor City on Friday and Saturday. As part of the district's seasonlong holiday celebration, "snow" will fall from the rooftops and balconies of businesses on Seventh Avenue. Go to for details. …

Ponder this: How come more workplaces don't grant women who have twins twice as much maternity leave? If they get only the same number of weeks off as someone who gives birth to a single child, it's as if they're being punished for having two kids at the same time. Somebody call Congress. …

Every time I hear about John's Pass, I think of long-ago good times at dockside bars and wonder why I'm not creating new memories there. Darn job.

But the 100 merchants at the Madeira Beach attraction want you to think holiday shopping when you hear about John's Pass. They're giving away two weekend getaways valued at $1,000. I'll have to go — for work purposes, of course — and investigate the deals.

That's all I'm saying.

Garbage contract brings chance for real savings 12/11/11 [Last modified: Sunday, December 11, 2011 5:48pm]
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