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Little League baseball registration begins

Registration is under way for spring baseball at South Brandon Little League, 800 S Parsons Ave. Registration for kids ages 5 to 16 as of April 20 is from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Jan. 22 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 and Jan. 24. The cost is $140 for the first child and $100 for each additional child. Proof of birth and three proofs of residency are required.

For more information, call 689-1662.


YMCA to host free community gathering

The Brandon Family YMCA will hold a free community event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 17 that will include a dominoes tournament and drumming with Jana Broder of Drum Magic, as well as Latin food and music. Attendees can tour the YMCA and receive a free three-day pass to the facility, 3097 S Kingsway Road, Seffner.

For more information, call 685-5402.


Hillsborough seeking new board members

Hillsborough County is accepting applications for positions on these citizen advisory boards and councils: Code Enforcement Board, Code Enforcement Special Magistrate, Historic Resources Review Board and Land Use Appeals Board.

All positions are unpaid, and applicants must be registered voters in the county. Applications are available at the County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd., in downtown Tampa by calling 272-5826 or at The deadline to apply is Jan. 23.

Appointments will be made at a Board of County Commissioners meeting in February.


Cross Creek Ranch offers bridal show

Looking for a place to have your wedding? Cross Creek Ranch, 12950 E Wheeler Road, is having a free bridal show from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 to showcase its venue and its team of wedding services. Caterers, florists, photographers, designers, disc jockeys, hair stylists and makeup artists will be on hand. The show will also offer dinner, wedding cake, drinks and carriage rides. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 651-0934.


Tea party to help fund children's shelter

Lah-Tea-Dah, a mobile tea party company, is hosting its second annual white tea charity party on Sunday with proceeds going toward the construction of the Kid's Charity of Tampa Bay's emergency assessment shelter on Lithia Pinecrest Road. The tea party is at 3 p.m. at the Palmer House Bed and Breakfast, 2221 Hinton Ranch Road.

There will be live music, a raffle and an auction. Tickets are $25.

To reserve a spot, call 326-4921.


Developers to tweak, resubmit housing plan

Rather than risk denial, the developers of a 1,088-home development in Wimauma will tweak their controversial proposal and resubmit it to the county.

Hillsborough County commissioners were expected to decide next week whether to rezone the sod farm so that Turfgrass America could begin work on the Reserve at Westlake.

But when a land use hearing officer denied the rezoning request last month — after county planners approved it — Turfgrass decided to modify its proposal. Another zoning hearing on the subdivision will take place in February.

The 537-acre site is off West Lake Drive, south of Balm Road and east of U.S. 301. The project has met strong opposition from residents and environmentalists who worry about sprawl in the rural area and the effect on wildlife in the Balm Scrub Preserve.


Meeting set on school attendance areas

A community meeting about attendance boundaries for two new schools in the Lithia area will be held next week. Boundaries for Stowers Elementary and Barrington Middle schools will be discussed at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Randall Middle School multipurpose room, 16510 FishHawk Blvd. Both schools will serve Circa FishHawk, a proposed community adjacent to FishHawk Ranch.

Barrington will help relieve overcrowding at Eisenhower, Randall and Rodgers Middle schools. The new elementary school is expected to have the most impact on Boyette Springs Elementary, but could also affect students at FishHawk Creek, Bevis and Lithia Springs.

The schools will open in August.

Regional briefs 01/08/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:28am]
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