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Pasco considers smoker hiring ban
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It’s hard to argue the numbers against smoking: It’s caused 20.8 million deaths since 1965, it’s been linked to 12 kinds of cancer and 17 chronic diseases, and can create similar problems to anyone else exposed to the smoke, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. So for Pasco County, banning cigarette smoking is a no-brainer. However, preventing smokers from being hired by the county? That might be a little more problematic.
Yet Pasco is starting that push, although county performance development director Marc Bellas admits that he’s still not sure exactly how the new program will shake out. “Everyone in this organization knows this is coming, but what we don’t know is what it will look like, when will it happen, and how it will impact each one of them,” Bellas said. Governments have found some success — and failures — when it comes to implementing policies that would ban hir-
Running the Boston Marathon is on Trout’s ‘bucket list’ By B.C. Manion email@example.com
When Trish Trout runs with thousands of racers at the 118th Boston Marathon in April, she’ll cross an item off her bucket list. “Boston is the crown jewel of running, and coming from a non-elite running status, it always seemed like it was a dream too far out of reach,” the 39-year-old mother of two said. The Wesley Chapel woman couldn’t picture qualifying and she knew the only other way would be to run for a charity, something she couldn’t quite foresee happening. But one of her co-workers encouraged her to see if she could run for a charity. He told her:“If you can get in, I will help you with fundraising.” So,Trout decided to try, and was acB.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTO cepted to run as part of the Trish Trout says she’ll complete the Boston Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge. Marathon even if she has to crawl or roll across Last year’s bombings in Boston did- the finish line. n’t dissuade her from the desire to run the 26.2-mile race. “It motivates me more,”Trout said.“It has through the neighborhoods of Meadow given me a way to show my kids,‘Yes, there Pointe and Plantation Palms. She prefers runare people who do bad things, but if we let ning in the road because the pavement is that stop us, then we let them win.’” easier on her knees and hips than sidewalks. Her daughter Alexa attends Wiregrass She does longer runs on the weekends. Ranch High School, and her son Adam atTrout, who is a quality assurance analyst tends John Long Middle School.They’ll both for a software company, enjoys running for be in Boston to watch their mom run. causes. She ran a Gasparilla 15-kilometer on “People ask me,‘Are you sure you want a team to raise awareness for human trafto take your kids there?’”Trout said.“I say, ficking. She’s running the Boston Marathon ‘Absolutely, there’s no greater sense of ac- to help raise money for cancer research. complishment than seeing your kids in an “I find it easier to go on the long, lonely environment where everyone who is there runs knowing that I’m running for someis there for the same reason, to accomplish body else,”Trout said. something that is greater than themselves.’” She’s running the Boston Marathon as a She knows it’s no easy feat to complete a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon marathon. And she realizes she is not the Challenge. She has pledged to raise at least ideal candidate to make the run. $9,650. “If you look at me, I’m not built to be a So far, she’s raised just over $8,000. runner,”Trout said. But she’s determined to “Everybody knows somebody who has make it happen. dealt with cancer,”Trout said.“And, what I have “I will crawl. I will roll. It doesn’t matter. I done is — each mile, because there’s 26 miles, will cross that finish line on the day that I’m I’ve been asking people if they’d be willing to supposed to,”Trout said. sponsor a mile,”Trout said.“I have the .2, beTrout has run in a half-dozen half- cause the marathon is 26.2 miles. My daughter marathons and began training for the wants that part. I keep telling her she’s got to Boston Marathon around September. up the ante if she wants that part.” Generally, she does her shorter runs on See MARATHON, page 14 weekday evenings — making her way
ing smokers.Temple Terrace made national news more than a decade ago when it tried to control smoking in its workforce, and the negative backlash caused them to change gears. But that was a different time, when Florida’s ban on indoor smoking in most public places was still in its infancy. In 2003, the argument was to help lower health insurance costs. Today, however, the See SMOKER, page 14
Public invited to celebrate opening of Porter Campus By B.C. Manion firstname.lastname@example.org
Pasco-Hernando State College is having a public celebration to mark the opening of the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel on April 2. The celebration will be from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with the dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m., in the Building B Conference Center. The Porter family of Wesley Chapel, which donated the land for the campus, will be honored during the dedication ceremony. The college also will recognize Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel for the establishment of an endowed scholarship for area residents. Guests will be able to tour the full-service library, Teaching-Learning Center and student development areas, as well as classrooms, science and nursing labs, and enjoy a variety of open house activities, including entertainment provided by local elementary and high school performance groups. “We invite the community to join us as we celebrate this exciting milestone for our college, and look forward to showcasing our new state-of-the-art campus facilities and all that we have to offer— from credit and noncredit courses to new programs,” Stan Giannet, provost of the campus, said in a release. The campus, at 2727 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, is set on 60 acres of land, just off State Road 56 and next to Wiregrass Ranch High School. The new campus opened its doors on Jan. 13 to more than 1,800 students enrolled See PORTER, page 14
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Newcomers face longtime incumbents in St. Leo, Dade City By Michael Hinman email@example.com
Two elections, four candidates and two incumbents — all with nearly a half-century of government experience. Voters head to the polls April 8 in Dade
DADE CITY: BLACK VS. HERRERA
When Scott Black first took his seat on the Dade City Commission, Iraq had not yet invaded Kuwait to ignite the first Gulf War, George Bush (the first one) was still president, and spending more than a dollar for a gallon of gas probably meant it was premium. A lot has changed in 24 years, and Angelica Herrera feels Black has not kept up. And that’s why she’s facing off against him next week. “Mr. Black has had his chance,” she said. “But after (more than) 20 years, he has lost touch with the voters.” That was most evident, Herrera said, when Black approved physically expanding a sewage plant into a neighboring athletic field in the Mickens-Harper neighborhood. “This was most insensitive and not necessary, since the city had other options,” she said. However, if Herrera wants any chance to beat Black, she not only faces a commissioner that has strong name recognition in Dade City, but she may need to overcome some of her eyebrow-raising actions, including walking out of a candidate debate last week. This, Black said, has hurt Herrera’s position, because she has not “presented anything of consideration relating to either experience or fresh perspective.” “She has not attended any city commission meetings or public events to make any effort to educate herself on the current is-
City and St. Leo, where they will decide, among other things, whether they want to keep longevity in their government, or find a fresh perspective. Both municipalities faced controversy in recent months. Dade City abruptly turned one high-level government job into two, pushing
BLACK vs. HERRERA, by the numbers
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What Herrera has left to spend as of March 21, compared to $2,500 her opponent still has in the bank.
The number of years Scott has served on the Dade City commission, since April 1990.
The average years of experience on the commission, led by Black and 21 years of service by Eunice Penix.
sues,” Black said of Herrera. Quoting the late Gov. Lawton Chiles, Black said elected officials can either “grow” or “swell” in their positions, and he chooses to grow. “It is very important to me that I enjoy and embrace the many challenges that come with the position, and continue to grow with it,” Black said.“As well, someone purporting to be only a fresh infusion of energy is usually not the best option, while a knowledgeable proven force is always bet-
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In St. Leo, a bill sits in a committee in Tallahassee that would remove part of the Lake Jovita community from St. Leo.Yet, that hasn’t stopped Raphael Davis from challenging longtime commissioner Donna DeWitt for her seat in the St. Leo government. While Davis talks almost exclusively about the plight of Lake Jovita residents in the town, he has nothing to say about the de-annexation itself, saying he doesn’t “comment on pending legislation or speculation.” “Since the beginning of the Lake Jovita community, a small portion has allegiance to
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What Raphael Davis has raised through March 21.
How much of Davis’s campaign funds came from Lake Jovita residents.
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the Town of St. Leo,” Davis said.“These Lake Jovita residents have, up to this point, quietly gone along about their lives and paid town taxes knowing they were receiving little or no services in return.” Town taxes, Davis said, are out of line with what Pasco County charges to live in an unincorporated area, and have accumulated more than $1.2 million in cash and reserves because of it. “I believe a more business-type approach would benefit all of the residents, reduce the current tax burden on all of our residents, and still maintain the town on a sound financial basis,” Davis said. DeWitt, however, calls Davis’ candidacy just a continuation of the battle the town has had with some Lake Jovita residents since 2006.While she has heard complaints about taxes, she feels the bigger reasons have to do with Saint Leo University itself, a school that predates Lake Jovita by a century or so. “When we make decisions, we try to be a voice for everybody in the town, not just for Lake Jovita,” said DeWitt, a nun with nearby Holy Name Monastery, who was first elected to the commission in 1997. “They get upset when the university puts up a tree or a light.They knew what was there when they built the community.” Losing part of Lake Jovita won’t hurt St. Leo at all, DeWitt said, except create some changes on the commission itself when two members will be forced to resign. “St. Leo will be fine,” she said.“We did it 100 years without them, we’ll continue to do it without them.”
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Many of PfC’s members are siblings of former members or were invited by friends to give it a try. “My brother was in it, and I started watching it when I was in third grade,” said Cody Coates, 17, who was so eager to join he persuaded Bonanno to let him join in sixth grade. “It’s a blast,” said the Steinbrenner High School student said.“This is the only thing I’ll cancel my friends for. I’ve missed birthday parties. “I like that I can be a Christian while still having fun. You’re spreading God’s word,” Coates added. If the audience hasn’t heard of them, they’re in for a surprise, he said. “No one expects to see a fun, black-light puppet show,” Coates said. Emily Keleher, another PfC member, was surprised the first time she saw a show. “I thought it was going to be a little puppet show, and then I saw it,” the Martinez Middle School student said. She enjoys performing, but she thinks the best part of being involved is hanging out with other members of the group. Jerry Grimes, 13, who is new to the group this year, said he wanted to join after seeing a performance when he was young. “I would come to these puppet shows, and I was like, ‘Oh, wow, that’s really fun.’ Now, I’m doing it,” said the Walker Middle Magnet School student. He gets a kick out of watching children react. “It’s been very fun, just to see the smiles on kids.” As they run through their routines at practice, the kids are clearly enjoying themselves. They seem to have an easy rapport with Bonanno and Graves. As they talk about their upcoming tour, for instance, one kid tosses out an idea:“We could do a flash mob on the metro,” he said. It’s an idea, Bonanno said, that’s worth considering.
The music is cranked and the kids are clapping, jumping and gliding around in a second-floor room in the education building at Van Dyke Church in Lutz. They are waving flags, raving poi balls and making dance moves, as they practice a routine for a future performance. The middle and high school youths are part of a group called PfC, which stands for Puppets for Christ. If the name imCOURTESY OF SANDY GRAVES plies some kind of sedate The members of the 2013 Puppets for Christ touring team are, in front, kneeling from left, Madison Welch, puppet presentation Preston Keleher, Allison Tsay, Jessica Grimes, Alex Whittington. Standing in back, Sarah Brennan, Sandy laced with staid Bible lesGraves, Zoe Wallace, A.J. Collado, Cody Coates, Meaghan Heveran, Conner Berg, Jaelin Brigner, Becky sons, think again. Bonanno, Lindsey Proulx, Jordan Reineke, Sarah Lucker. This group has a groove on, and the kids are using music and props they created to help share a She and her husband used the puppets and other churches. gospel message through performances that in the ministry, and their son Nick later The troupe meets for an hour and a half both they and their audiences enjoy. asked if he could put together a puppet weekly, gathering on Wednesday nights to Normally, they perform under black team. work on routines and plan out future perlights, wearing black costumes with mesh or Initially, it was intended to just put on formances. Sometimes they have prop cloth hoods that cover their faces.They use puppet shows at the church. But PfC kept parties. neon puppets, signs and other props to get growing and has evolved into an ongoing There’s a storage room at the church that across their message. ministry that now has 21 members, from is chock full of puppets of all shapes and The ministry has won a fair number of various middle schools and high schools. sizes.There are huge elephant puppets and awards at competitions, and recently was Beyond performing locally, the group hits strap-on flamingo puppets. There are all one of the ministries showcased at the 2014 the road once a year on a tour, where they sorts of neon signs and decorations. Real Ideas Conference at Van Dyke Church, perform primarily at other churches in the “It’s so much fun,” Bonanno said, noting which attracted about 650 people from 177 Southeast, said Sandy Graves, the other co-di- she had no idea the direction that PfC churches to learn practical ways to enliven rector. They perform in such places as would take when it began. their churches. Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston and There are stories of parents who did not At the recent practice, PfC volunteer direc- Jacksonville, but they’ve also been as far come to church, but began attending after tor Becky Bonanno recalled that the ministry away as Chicago and Washington, D.C. bringing their children to a puppet show, began about 15 years ago, with two little They also perform locally, generally for Bonanno said.There are stories of kids who green puppets that came in a curriculum kit, vacation Bible schools, inner-city ministries, were on the puppet team that wound up when she used to teach children’s church. children’s homes, domestic abuse shelters getting married when they became adults.
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Students across Florida will face a new standardized test next year to replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0. Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has selected a replacement test, but not everyone is embracing it. “I don’t agree with the choice that she’s made,” Pasco County Schools superintendent Kurt Browning said. Florida has joined a host of other states in the pursuit of Common Core Standards — now known as the Florida Standards — which define what students should know as they proceed through school in order to graduate from high school fully prepared to enter college and the work force. Browning has been making the rounds for more than a year, talking to parents, teachers, administrators and civic groups about the importance of adopting the more rigorous standards, and also of the importance of being able to measure the district students’ progress
against students across the nation. The test Stewart has selected won’t allow those national comparisons, Browning said. With the FCAT, the district could compare itself to other Florida districts, but that’s where it stopped, Browning notes. “With this new assessment, we still can’t compare ourselves to other states,” he said. The superintendent said he’s also concerned that the field-testing for the new assessment is being done in Utah. “Utah is nothing like Florida,” Browning said.“In addition to that, we find out that it’s not the entire assessment that’s being fieldtested, but just questions that are being field-tested. “Right now, we’re just going in there saying, ‘Well, if it’s good enough for Utah, it’s good enough for Florida.’ I disagree with that.” Stewart selected the not-for-profit American Institutes for Research to provide the new English language arts and mathematics assessment. Browning noted the new assessment is not a done deal until it gains approval from
the state Board of Education. “The Legislature certainly has the opportunity to chime in on what assessment is used,” Browning said.And if state lawmakers do, Browning asks them to approve “an assessment that provides transparency, that truly measures student growth,” and that would allow for comparability with performance by students in other states. Pasco School Board member Cynthia Armstrong agrees with Browning’s objections. Armstrong is concerned the test doesn’t allow comparisons across the nation, and she also is worried about the field-testing being done in Utah, which is much less diverse than Florida. When Stewart announced her selection of the assessment, she posted prepared letters to teachers and parents. In the March 17 letter to teachers, the education commissioner noted she has heard repeatedly from teachers that they want “tests that provide a more authentic assessment of our students’ grasp of Florida Standards. “These assessments will do that,” Stewart
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SmartStart Dade City will host an open house April 4 from noon to 3 p.m. to learn about Pasco County’s first business incubator, and get a tour of the facility. SmartStart is located at 15000 Citrus Country Drive in Dade City. Managed by the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., SmartStart encourages companies to work in a collaborative environment with other small businesses. Tenants have round-the-clock access to office space, as well as co-working space with free Wi-Fi, a mailbox, conference room space, seminars and one-on-one mentoring.
GASSAWAY JOINS PEDC BOARD
B. Patrick Gassaway, president of Heidt Design LLC, has joined the Pasco Economic Development Council’s board of directors. Heidt Design is a local consulting firm providing community planning, land planning, landscape architecture, ecological services, land development engineering, and construction inspection services in the Tampa Bay region. Heidt Design first became an investor of the Pasco EDC in 2012, and has since increased its involvement to the $10,000 corporate council level. “Since 1999, our engineering practice has been solely focused on Pasco County,” Gassaway said, in a release.“We’ve watched the area explode with growth, and we look forward to helping contribute to the planning, development and creation of jobs in this community.” The Pasco EDC board is responsible for governing the organization and providing leadership in the execution of its strategies.
MEADOW POINTE TOWNHOMES BEGIN
Construction has started on Lennar’s Central Florida Division’s newest project at Meadow Pointe. The company is building 62 townhomes just north of New Tampa in southern Pasco
County.The townhomes will have three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, ranging in square feet from 1,636 to 1,853. Prices will begin at around $150,000. Meadow Pointe is a 1,800-acre project with nature preserves and other amenities including swimming pools, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, playgrounds, nature trails and bicycle paths. For information, visit their website at LennarTampaFl.com.
LGBT BILL GETS CORPORATE SUPPORT
More Florida businesses are throwing their support to a bipartisan bill that would ban anti-gay and gender-based discrimination. Joining Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce are Raymond James Financial, Winn-Dixie Stores, On Top of the World Communities in Ocala, and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Other businesses already a part of the coalition include C1 Bank, Carlton Fields, CSX Corp., Darden Restaurants, Florida Blue,Wells Fargo and Home Shopping Network. While it’s illegal to discriminate in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap or marital status, the LGBT community is left out of statewide non-discrimination protections, according to a release. The group instead has supported S.B. 348 and H.B. 239, collectively known as the Florida Competitive Workforce Act. Patrick Geraghty, chief executive of Florida Blue, leads the coalition.
LATINO NETWORKING EVENT
Gaceta Latina is hosting a business networking event April 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Residence Inn Marriott, 2101 Northpoint Parkway in Lutz. Cost is free, but RSVP is required by April 18. For information, email email@example.com, or call (813) 936-4024.
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Women-n-Charge will host a social and open house April 17 beginning at 5 p.m., at City Grill, 5429 Village Market in Wesley Chapel. No RSVP or meeting fees are required. For information, call (813) 600-9848, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BELLAFIELD COLLECTION OPENS AT SEVEN OAKS
Standard Pacific Homes recently hosted the grand opening of its Bellafield collection of single-family homes in Wesley Chapel’s Seven Oaks community. Two model homes of the collection are now open, which includes “great rooms,” gourmet kitchens and spa-like master bathrooms. House sizes range from 1,945 square feet to 3,866 square feet, and is in both singleand two-story designs. Prices start a little under $300,000. The Bellafield sales center is located at 4527 Scarlet Loop in Wesley Chapel. For information, visit StandardPacificHomes.com.
Florida residents with a hearing loss are eligible to receive a free amplified phone from the non-profit Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. Cordless and corded phones for persons with mild to severe hearing loss are available at 23 distribution centers statewide. Limit one per customer.
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A ribbon cutting that computes The training division of Computers Etc. at the Dade City Business Center recently held a rib-
bon cutting and grand opening, sponsored by the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. Partners Ken Buzzie, Kristin Pelletier and staffer Michael Tauber cut the ribbon for the new center. The new center will help customers with Microsoft Office Suite, Windows 7, Window 8 and Windows 8.1, as well as accounting software.
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2348 Collier Parkway, is hosting Lenten fish fry dinners April 4 and April 11 in the Parish Hall. Dinners are served from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and younger, and $25 for the family special. Take-out is available. For information, call (813) 949-4565.
Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will host a meet and greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster parents April 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Wesley Chapel Petco, 1231 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. For information, call (813) 971-4732.
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In recognition of National Poetry Month, the Pasco Arts Council will present the exhibit “Expressions”April 1 through April 30 at the art center, 5744 Moog Road in Holiday.The exhibit includes an original haiku and artwork.The center is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call (727) 845-7322.
Gunn Highway Memorial Auxiliary Unit 147, 17383 Gunn Highway in Odessa, will present its third annual All American Comedy Show and Dinner April 5.Tickets are $15 per person, or $25 for a couple, and includes dinner.There will be a cash bar. For time and information, call (813) 476-8118, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOSPICE POKER RUN
Cooper Financial Services is hosting a Shopping for Empowerment event to benefit the women of the Sunrise Domestic and Sexual Violence Center April 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.There will be door prizes, light refreshments, and a chance drawing. Cost is $5.The event is at 5420 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Suite 101, in Land O’ Lakes. For information, call (813) 996-6100.
The second annual Hittin’ the Road for Hospice, benefiting Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care, is April 5 starting at Harley-Davidson of New Port Richey, 5817 State Road 54. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m., with the event starting at 10 a.m.A post-run celebration will be at 1 p.m., at Quail Hollow Golf and Country Club, 6225 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel. For information, visit HittinTheRoadForHospice.org.
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HCC JOB FAIR
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NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet April 8 at 7 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.Adrienne Condon will present “John Bartram: First American Native Plant Expert.” There will light refreshments and a native plant drawing. For information, call (727) 3767663.
NORTH TAMPA GARDEN CLUB
The North Tampa Garden Club will meet April 9 at 10 a.m., at the Forest Hills Park Community Center, 724 W. 109th Ave., in Tampa. Guest speaker will be Debi Donaldson, master gardener. A covered-dish luncheon will follow the program. For information, call (813) 238-0563.
AARP DRIVER CLASS
An AARP Smart Driver Class for drivers age 50 and older will be offered at the Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.The cost for AARP members is $15, and $20 for non-members. Space is limited. Registration is required. For information, call Bev Cogdill at (813) 9073908.
ST. CLEMENT’S FISH FRY
St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 706 W. 113th Ave., in Forest Hills, will host Friday night fish fry dinners and family game nights through April 11. Dinner runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by games until 9 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, and $25 for families of three or more. Children 5 and younger are free. For information, call (813) 932-6204.
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The Pasco County Extension Office is offering a free seminar on table scrap gardening April 12 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Learn to start new plants from potatoes, pineapples, celery, garlic and more. For information, call (813) 996-2411.
EcoFest 2014 will be April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Lowry Park Bandshell, 7525 N. Boulevard in Tampa.The event will feature local green vendors, green living demos, a farmer’s market, kids’ zone and more.This is a free family event. For information, visit LearningGate.org/ecofest.
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Free cordless telephones are available to Florida residents who have a documented hearing loss or speech difficulty. The phones can be obtained by filling out an application and visiting a Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc. office. An office can be found at Self Reliance for Independent Living, 8901 N. Armenia Ave. in Tampa.
To qualify for a telephone, the recipient must be a Florida resident and certified as having a speech loss or hearing difficulty. “Our target demographic is Boomer and up,” Sutter said, but recipients can be young or old, as long as they have documentation of their hearing or speech issues. A hearing aid specialist or audiologist typically provides the information, but there are other avenues that can be used as well to get the certification, Sutter said. For additional information, visit FTRI.org, or call (800) 222-3448.
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