HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY Citizen satisfaction survey is a mixed bag
Hillsborough County's 2008 citizen satisfaction survey showed no drastic changes from last year's results.
On a scale of one to 10, residents' overall opinion of the quality of life improved from 6.9 in 2007 to 7.2 in 2008, while their opinion of local job opportunities fell from 6.5 to 4.8.
Areas that saw increases in resident satisfaction from last year include vehicle travel and safety, street repairs, stormwater drainage, low income health care and county information.
Satisfaction with building code enforcement, animal control, growth management and mosquito control fell during the past year. To view full results, go to www.hillsborough county.org.
Delayed Christmas parade rolls tonight
The Plant City Christmas Parade, originally scheduled for Dec. 5, will take place at 6 p.m. today.
The 25th annual parade was postponed after a massive manhunt put more than a dozen Plant City schools on lockdown.
More than 100 floats are expected to be in the parade, which starts downtown at the intersection of South Collins and West Alsobrook streets and continues north on Collins Street to the courthouse on Michigan Avenue.
RIVERVIEW Biblical comedy play tonight, Saturday
"The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)," a comedy play put on by the Frenzie-Life Theatre, has its two final shows at 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Barn Theatre at Winthrop, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave.
The play is a fast-paced satire through the Old and New Testaments and includes the portrayal of more than 60 characters.
Aspects of the show include wordplay, sight gags, shtick and audience participation. General admission tickets are $15, and students can get in for $10 with identification.
To reserve seats, call 655-0789.
Bulls baseball's golf fundraiser Monday
Bloomingdale High School's baseball team is hosting its 13th annual fundraiser golf tournament at 12:30 p.m. Monday at River Hills Country Club, 3943 New River Hills Parkway.
The Bulls are looking for individual golfers, corporate sponsors, donations and door prizes for the tournament.
The cost is $100 per person, and sponsorship packages range from $200 to $2,500.
For information or to reserve a spot, contact Brenda Acquaviva at 643-5833.
Menorah event at mall is food drive for needy
The Chabad of Brandon and Westfield Brandon are hosting a public menorah kindling ceremony and a Chanukah Wonderland at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the outdoor restaurant courtyard at the mall. The Chabad is holding a canned food drive during the festival, with all donations going to Tampa Jewish Family Services and The Portamento of Hope, a local organization that feeds the homeless of Brandon. All donated cans will be constructed into a menorah, or as the Chabad is calling it, a canorah. The event also will include Hanukkah crafts, face painting, fresh hot latkes and a juggling show. The Jewish festival is free and is open to the public.