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Less traffic, Elvis and Boca on the way in the "The Mix"

Cop shop

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is collecting school supplies for students in need. People can donate supplies at any of the four district officers or the operations center in Ybor through August 10. While all school-related supplies are welcome, HCSO has identified the following items as most needed: crayons (8-pack, large), glue (bottle/stick), blunt scissors, pencil box, Ziploc bags, handwipes, two-pocket notebooks, one-subject notebooks, composition notebooks, spiral-bound notebooks, wide-ruled notebook paper, highlighters, erasers, #2 pencils, backpacks, protractor, tissues and paper towels.

Around town

Officials expect to build a stand-alone structure that will house Boca at Winthrop Town Centre, a second version of the popular Tampa restaurant. The addition of Boca will give the Riverview retail development five restaurants that originally came to fruition in Tampa, including Eats American Grill, Cappy's Pizzeria, Acropolis Greek Taverna and Ciccio Cali.

Tweet of the week

@VisitTampaBay: Want a trip to @BuschGardens and @AdventureIsland this summer?! Vote here and you could be on your way!

Participants can vote in the Visit Tampa Bay Vote until Monday for a chance to win a tailored getaway.

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Best bet

Elvis tribute artists, performances and memorabilia will all be on display Saturday during an Elvis Festival at the Strawberry Festival Expo Building in Plant City. In honor of the King, there will also be an Elvis contest and various shows. The event is from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets cost range from $10 to $30. Proceeds benefit the Children's Home of Tampa Bay, Call (813) 977-6011 for more info.

Baking diva

Jackie Garvin of Valrico, founder of the popular Syrup & Biscuits Southern cooking food blog (, shares her tips for making perfect pie crusts with Tampa Bay Times food editor Janet K. Keeler in Wednesday's Taste section.

The gauge

Totally random and unscientific poll

Q: The Brandon and SouthShore area would be the perfect place to live if only _____ were different.

1 traffic

The clear winner by a large majority. Nothing seems to bother residents more than the backlog of traffic they face every day.

2 public transportation

Closely linked to the answer above, respondents called for innovative transit options such as a ferry or light rail.

3 restaurants

Many bemoaned the high number of fast-food chains in the area, instead looking for healthy, local options.

4 landscaping

Residents said they'd like to see more trees, decorative streetscapes and more of an art deco vibe.

5 retail and entertainment

Diverse retail and more entertainment options would be one way to attract single professionals to the area.

* Answers aggregated from Facebook and Twitter responses.

Less traffic, Elvis and Boca on the way in the "The Mix" 07/18/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:22pm]
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