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Promoting Unity in the Community Festival is Saturday at park

Downtown

Community unity festival Saturday

Founded in the early '90s, Pastors on Patrol began as a small group of African-American ministers whose aim was to reach out to community members regardless of race or background by tackling social issues plaguing their neighborhoods.

The group has since ballooned, including preachers of multiple denominations with congregations of every color. It first expanded out of the city limits into Hillsborough and has since spread to St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

The pastors have patrolled high-risk areas outside a local middle school, pledged to help raise HIV/AIDS awareness in their churches and brokered a deal with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to offer one-on-one counseling with inmates.

This Saturday the group will hold its Promoting Unity in the Community Festival at Riverfront Park. The event will feature messages from preachers, health exhibits and vendors. The group hopes to promote unity in the community under a shared belief in Jesus. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1115 N Boulevard, Tampa. Call (813) 294-0116 for more information.

Port Tampa

Gandy pedestrian, bike trail workshop is set

A public workshop will be Thursday to determine the feasibility of, and solicit public comment on, a pedestrian and bicycle trail crossing Gandy Boulevard.

Three design concepts will be presented at the meeting, hosted by the city of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department.

The crossing will be on the Tampa side of the Gandy Bridge. The three concepts have the trail passing under the bridge on a boardwalk over the water; on shore in a tunnel under the road; and on an overpass.

Landscape architects and engineers will answer questions at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; Port Tampa Community Center, 4702 W McCoy St., Tampa.

Belmont heights

Pulte Homes workers spruce up club for kids

This time last year, the William Davis Boys and Girls Club in Belmont Heights was in desperate need of a little love.

"Unorganized is a nice way to put it," said Kayren Lovett, unit director for the club.

There was old, unused equipment in the locker rooms that doubled as storage areas, weeds on the playground and a basketball court with no discernible lines.

Enter the 118 employees of Pulte Homes' Tampa division.

They gave the club a makeover earlier this year, removing equipment from the locker rooms, painting the basketball court and moving the center's game room.

All told they registered more than 570 hours cleaning, painting, pulling weeds and building shelving.

But the help didn't stop at physical labor. The division also donated $15,000 to the Boys and Girls Club. The club, which serves 150 kids daily, has used the money to buy new computers and supplies, and help provide shade on the playground.

Lindsey Clarke, spokeswoman for Pulte Homes, said she was one of the employees who was able to help restore the center. She was able to see the children the club serves as they came in from school.

"It was definitely worth it to see how happy and excited they were," she said.

Bayshore Gardens

Association to discuss Neighborhood Watch

Meeting only twice annually, the Bayshore Gardens Neighborhood Association will gather Tuesday to elect officials and kick off its new Neighborhood Watch program.

Tampa Police Department crime prevention practitioner Maryanne Hunsberger will discuss the concepts of the new watch program. Members will elect two officers and receive a survey to help gauge community concerns. The Bayshore Gardens Neighborhood Association serves more than 600 homes. The meeting is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; 2629 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. For more information, call (813) 251-5512.

If you know of news in your community, contact Joshua Neiderer at jneiderer@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3374.

Promoting Unity in the Community Festival is Saturday at park 10/08/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:10pm]

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