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Neighborhood Connections

January 2017

IMPACTFUL INTERVIEWS Learn how to become more confident on your next job interview

TOUCH A TRUCK Over 15 trucks to explore, climb in, & honk horns

VISION BOARD PARTY Bring your dreams and aspirations for the new year

ARE YOU TURNED OUTWARD? Changing your mindset going into 2017

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News from Manatee County Government & Other Constitutional Offices

Manatee to host Jan 26 meeting for local non-profits wishing to apply for 2016-17 funding Manatee County will host a Jan. 26 meeting to help local non-profit agencies interested in applying for Human Services grants to assist Manatee County residents.


County staff will discuss the year’s investment priorities, application deadlines, changes to the application process and new online application software. Applicants must be non-profit agencies that are recognized as a corporation under the State of Florida and tax exempt under section 501(c) (3) internal revenue code.

Other meetings may be scheduled as necessary. Employees, owners or voting board members of agencies that receive funding from Manatee County Government, or individuals who contract with agencies that receive County funding are ineligible to serve on the board.

This Board reviews evidence-based practices and programs, as well as related data to determine how available county and other assets may be maximized and new resources engaged to enhance the long-term stability and effectiveness Agencies looking to apply for the Children’s Services of the programs available to citizens of Manatee County who Dedicated Millage funds to help disadvantaged children and have no other meaningful means of access to health care. families in the community, as well as agencies wishing to receive General Revenue funds to assist adult residents or Eligible applicants include Manatee County residents from provide other services to Manatee County are encouraged the specific discipline of higher education. to attend. Each appointee shall be knowledgeable about healthcare and Neighborhood Services Department representatives will willing to meet a minimum of eight times per year on the hold the funding application orientation meeting Jan. 26 at 9 fourth Wednesday of each month from 5 - 7 p.m. in the 9th a.m. at the United Way McClure Center in Lakewood Ranch, Floor BCC Conference Room of the County Administrative 4215 Concept Court, Bradenton. Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.

The application period dates to receive Manatee County Human Services funding is Jan. 26 - March 10. For more information on the meeting or about the application process for Human Services funding, call Allen Donahue at (941) 749-3030. Manatee County now accepting applications for Healthcare Advisory Board Manatee County is accepting applications for one position on the Manatee County Healthcare Advisory Board. This Advisory Board evaluates, monitors and discusses the healthcare system in Manatee County, including physical health, behavioral health and substance abuse, emerging state and federal legislation and policies, and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding the funding of healthcare services in Manatee

Efforts will be made, to the extent possible, to have a Board that is reflective of the diversity of the community. Applications are due Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. The application may be found at: advisory-boards/healthcare-advisory-board.html. Supplemental questions to the application are on page 5 of the form. A resume or C.V. is also required for consideration for appointment to this Advisory Board. For more information, call Joshua Barnett at (941) 749-3030 or email to joshua. As the application has been updated, all applicants must complete the new form, even if they have applied previously.

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Manatee Building & Development Services North River Annex to open in Ellenton Manatee County Building and Development Services Department will open a new annex office at Ellenton next month to serve Manatee County’s fastest-growing areas.

and she’s always in good spirits. Her attention to detail, professional appearance, safe driving, and courteous, respectful, polite and helpful manner are unsurpassed.”

“Stacy is a very dedicated and caring transit operator, who makes a real connection with the people she serves,” said The North River Annex, located at 5030 U.S. Highway 301, Kevin Sheerin, Transit Operations Superintendent. “She was formerly a Manatee Sheriff’s Office sub-station. It was consistently provides high-quality, caring and compassionate renovated in recent months to create permitting areas for service to our passengers, and these efforts set a great local contractors and builders to do business. All permitting, example for others to follow.” planning, development and review services offered at the downtown Admin Building will be offered at the new annex. Meeth has a combined 25 years of professional driving experience without any accidents and has been with MCAT A brief ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on for three years. She was nominated by MCAT coworkers Jan. 12 and the building will hold its official opening to the following a courageous act during her normal Route 4 service public on Jan. 17. Operating hours at the new facility will be run last summer. On that day, Stacy stopped her bus to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. shield a fallen motorcyclist from oncoming traffic, dialed 911 and waited with the gentleman until first responders arrived. Manatee County Commissioners approved the renovation Stacy’s quick thinking and decisive action earned a heroism project in May in an effort to accommodate contractors award from the County Commission in September. near the areas they work the most. “That story was just one example of the professionalism “We’ve had overwhelming support from our customers that Stacy embodies,” Steele said. “Stacy consistently they now have an option to do business north of the Mana- demonstrates empathy, compassion and concern for the tee River,” said Building and Development Services Director health, wellbeing and comfort of her passengers. She’s a very John Barnott. “An informal poll showed that seven out of positive force in the public transportation community, and eight customers will prefer to use that building instead of continues to have a most favorable impact on everyone she coming downtown to do building and permitting business encounters.” with the County.” County Commission appoints chairman, leadership posiMCAT’s Stacy Meeth named Florida’s 2016 Transit Opera- tions for 2017 tor of the Year During their final meeting of the year Tuesday, County For the second year in a row a Manatee County Area Transit Commissioners elected Betsy Benac, an at-large County (MCAT) driver has been named the industry’s Transit Opera- Commissioner first elected in 2012, as Chair of the Board of tor of the Year in a competitive selection process involving County Commissioners for 2017. transit agencies from around the State of Florida. District 4 Commissioner Robin DiSabatino was elected the MCAT’s Stacy Meeth was named Transit Operator of the County Commission’s First Vice Chair. District 2 Year at the Florida Public Transportation Association confer- Commissioner Charles Smith will serve as Second Vice Chair ence last week. David Simpson, Manatee’s 2015 Employee of the County Commission. of the Year, won Transit Operator of the Year in 2015. Commissioner Vanessa Baugh was elected Chair of the “Receiving this prestigious award on behalf of Manatee Manatee County Port Authority. Newly elected District 1 County and Transit Operators around the state is very Commissioner Priscilla Whisenant Trace will serve as First humbling,” Stacy said. “No one achieves such honors Vice Chair of the Port Authority. Commissioner Smith will without the great support of family, very dear friends, a serve as Second Vice Chair of the Port Authority. great County Administration and fabulous coworkers.” Commissioner Carol Whitmore will serve another term as the MCAT Manager Bill Steele said Stacy is a truly outstanding Commission’s Tourist Development Council representative employee whose hard work is consistently recognized for and chair. excellence by passengers and coworkers. Furthermore, “the fact that two MCAT Transit Operators won this prestigious District 3 Commissioner Stephen Jonsson will serve as Third award in consecutive years, is a testament to the commitVice Chair of both the County Commission and the Port ment and quality of our Operators, and their dedication to Authority. serving the community on a daily basis.” Manatee County’s 2017 wall calendars available at public “Stacy consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty,” buildings throughout area Steele says. “When she reports for her work shift she’s This week Manatee County began distributing 30,000 of its always prepared and engaged, takes great pride in popular annual wall calendars. This year’s calendar, themed completing pre-trip inspections in a comprehensive manner “Birds of Flight,” features beautiful images of roseate

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spoonbills, pelicans, herons and aquatic birds that call Manatee County home. The 12 photos were selected from among hundreds submitted as part of the Parks and Natural Resources annual photography contest that challenged local photographers to submit pictures of landscapes, wildlife and people enjoying Manatee County’s natural preserves. People may pick up a calendar at the following locations: • Manatee County Administration Building • Manatee’s six public libraries • City halls and offices of Manatee County Constitutional Officers (i.e., Manatee Sheriff’s Office and the Tax Collector’s Office) • G.T. Bray Recreation Center • Manatee County Public Works and Utilities buildings The calendars will be available at Manatee County’s booth at the County Fair from Jan. 12-22, 2017. Manatee seeks public feedback in December, January for Parks Master Plan Parks lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will have a chance to shape the future of parks, green spaces and trails throughout Manatee County during by providing input over the next two months. Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, working with consultant KimleyHorn and Associates, will host six upcoming meetings to gather public opinions that will be a part of the county’s Parks Master Plan. When complete, the Parks Master Plan will provide a 15-year blueprint for the county to develop and maximize recreation and open space amenities. “During these meetings we’ll be giving an overview of the existing (parks and green space) conditions and asking people what they want to see in the future,” said Charlie Hunsicker Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Director. “We’d like to get a wide diversity of comments and for people to tell us in their own words what their expectations are for what a quality parks system looks like.” The meetings will be held at the Palmetto Library (923 6th St. W., Palmetto.) Those unable to make any of the meetings can provide answers to 17 questions via online survey that can be found on a website created for the Master Plan. Hunsicker said


the project team will return for additional public feedback at other times in 2017 before presenting the Master Plan to County Commissioners for final approval. remainder of the week and resume regular collection sched Manatee County Central Library Presents Book Discussions Celebrating the Work of Irish Authors In support of the Manatee County Library’s Systems community trip to Ireland in May, the Manatee County Downtown Branch will offer book discussions on books written by Irish authors on the third Monday of the month from 2-3 PM, starting in October and ending in April. • Dracula by Bram Stoker—January 23rd • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin—February 27th • The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle— March 20th • Tara Road by Maeve Binchy—April 17th All are welcome to these free programs and copies of the book may be purchased or found in any of the Manatee County Library branches. Manatee County accepting applications for Citizens Oversight Committee for Infrastructure Sales Tax Manatee County is accepting applications for seven seats on the newly constituted Citizens Oversight Committee for the Infrastructure Sales tax. The committee will meet periodically to prepare an annual report to the Board of County Commissioners which reviews expenditures of the half-cent sales tax which voters approved in November. Four of the initial members will serve three year terms, and three of the members will serve two year terms. Thereafter, all members will serve two year terms. Qualified applicants must reside in unincorporated areas of Manatee County. All meetings will be publicly noticed. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 6 and may be found online at For more information call (941) 745-3730 or email jan.


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Single Stream Recycling Do’s & Don’ts ACCEPTED RECYCLING ITEMS

Glass Jars & Bottles (All Colors)

Aluminum Cans

Books (Paperback)

Tin, Steel, or Aerosol Cans

Junk Mail

Plastic Tubs & Jars

Cardboard (Flatten All Boxes)

Plastic Bottles

Food Boxes

Magazines & Catalogs












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Manatee County Salutes Our Veterans for Their Service At the Manatee County Veterans Services Division, trained service officers assist Veterans, spouses and/or children to apply and obtain federal, state and local benefits depending on their eligibility. They also make presentations to organizations about available benefits BENEFITS PROVIDED > Active Military Combat Duty Grant Program > Compensation and Pension > Education Benefits > Funeral Benefits > Health Care > Home Loans > Life Insurance > Property Tax Exemption > Survivor Benefits > Veterans Preference > Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services > Obtaining documents, records, certificates, and papers > General guidance on VA processes

DO YOU QUALIFY? You may use our services if you are one of the following: > > > >

Veteran Veteran’s dependent Surviving spouse or child Reservist or National Guard member > Active duty service member Read more on the Veteran’s Services Website

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Single Stream Recycling and Carts are Coming to Manatee County In 2016! Later this year, recycling collection at your curb will be greener, cleaner and improved. Featuring new, convenient rolling carts with the same reliable once a week service, it’s time to…

Recycle All Together – Recycle Right!

Coming In 2016!

What is Single Stream Recycling?

When will my cart for recycling be delivered?

How will my cart be picked up?

It’s the easy way to recycle! Instead of separating your recyclables into two containers, all recyclables can be mixed in your blue rolling cart. No more sorting! It’s simple and convenient.

The new Single Stream program will begin later in 2016. Your recycle day will remain the same. Your hauler will also remain

Simply roll your cart to the curb and recycle trucks will do the heavy lifting of your recycling cart.

will be provided to you three to six months before your bin is delivered.

What can I place in the cart to participate and Recycle Right? The items you once collected in two separate containers will now go all in one cart! The same items will be collected as before, such as: Plastic Food and Beverage Containers and Bottles

Milk and Juice Cartons

Aluminum Cans

Magazines and Junk Mail

Steel Cans (Soup and Vegetable)

Fiberboard (Cereal, Cracker and Soda Boxes)

Glass Bottles and Jars

Flattened Cardboard

Recycle Right! Keep it Out of Your Cart – Items Not Accepted by Our Recycling Processor! Manatee County will not accept plastic bags (return them to a grocer recycling program in and other soiled paper, ceramics, large glass, rigid plastics such as toys and lawn furniture, and Styrofoam™. Your new recycle cart cannot be used for garbage!

What About My Yard Waste and Garbage? Yard Waste and garbage collection will remain the same. Yard waste and garbage do not go in your new recycle cart.


Let us answer them for you! Visit or call Manatee County Utilities Customer Service at 941-792-8811.

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Your University of Florida IFAS Extension Office is now offering SMART Couples Florida, a series of fun, FREE relationship-strengthening classes that help teens, couples, parents, and stepfamilies learn simple and effective skills to break negative cycles that can disrupt or prevent happy, successful, and life-long relationships. SMART Couples Florida classes are designed to teach you how to communicate your needs, listen to the needs of others, successfully resolve conflicts, and maintain happy and healthy relationships with everyone in your life. SMART classes include: • Relationship Smarts Plus 3.0: A fun and unique program designed to help teens learn how to set goals and make wise choices about relationships, dating, partners, and more. • Before You Tie the Knot: A dynamic premarital program for couples who are striving to start their marriages out right. • Elevate: A powerful relationship enhancement program for couples—dating, cohabiting, engaged, married—who want to improve their communication skills and to strengthen their relationships. • Smart Steps: An empowering stepfamily program developed specifically to strengthen relationships between remarried or re-partnered couples and their children, including non-custodial parents. Also check out our easy-to-use website at To REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE CLASSES or to get additional information, please contact your local UF/IFAS Extension Office: Nelly Nelson Family and Consumer Sciences Agent UF/IFAS Extension/Manatee County or 941.722.4524

Victor W. Harris, Ph.D. UF/IFAS Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist or 352.273.3523

Christina L. Collingwood, MBA UF/IFAS SMART Project/Research Coordinator or 352.273.3507

Funding for this project is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: # 90FM0079-01-00. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability or religion.

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What is D-Fy? Drug-Free Youth (D-Fy) celebrates Manatee County youth (grades 9-12) by rewarding them for making health, positive choices by remaining drug free. D-Fy also helps to grow a community culture to support these kids.

Confidential drug screening, and agree to be screed randomly throughout their membership year. Once validated, members receive a photo ID membership card that entitles them to discounts at participating businesses and entrance to member-only events.

D-Fy members

D-Fy Business Partners

Receive local discounts and attend special D-Fy events. They may also qualify for hiring preference, internships and/or apprenticeships at local businesses. In order to become a member:

Partners are establishments that offer discounts, employment opportunities or other special perks to D-Fy members.

Teens must complete a membership application process confirming their commitment to be alcohol, tobacco and drug free. All potential members verity this commitment by completing a voluntary and

Local business participation is critical to the success of this initiative and help create a community culture that support youth who are making positive choices. D-Fy business partners receive free advertising on the D-Fy website, a “We support Drug-Free Youth” window cling, and are identified as a partner in a variety of D-Fy materials.

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Drug-Free Youth (D-Fy) Business Agreement

This agreement is between ______________________________ (hereafter referred to as ‘business partner’) and Drug-Free Youth (D-Fy). D-Fy is a community initiative which reinforces the positive and healthy choices of our youth, including a commitment to being drug, tobacco and alcohol free. The business partner agrees to be a supporter of this initiative by offering the following discounts to youth who present a valid D-Fy membership card from any D-Fy chapter:

(Discount offered) In return, all Manatee D-Fy will recognize the partnership of the business partner though visible and concrete means including: providing a D-Fy window cling for display at the business; listing each partner business in registry of partners on its website, partner brochures and other printed material. Additionally, business partners can note their partnership in their own printed materials, upon review by the D-Fy coordinating committee, to assure the notation is in keeping with the D-Fy mission and values. All businesses that develop drug-free workplace policies OR provide hiring preference, internships or apprenticeships to D-Fy members will be spotlighted both locally and regionally in press releases and special community events. Additionally, this status will be prominently noted in the business partner registry as a “Walk the Walk” partner. This agreement is valid effective __________________ and is in effect as long as the D-Fy initiative exists. Both parties have the right to terminate this agreement with a 30-day notice, or immediately, should either party be engaged in any activity which violates the mission and values of D-Fy. Signed, Drug-Free Youth


Business Partner


Contact Name (printed)

Attach business card here

Contact Email

Contact Phone

Email completed form to or fax to 941-742-5806

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The CodeRED Emergency Notification System provides the public with the ability to receive voice, text, and/or email notifications generated by government and public safety officials. Learn more and download the app by going to

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More Than Books At Your Library So often I hear even frequent library customers say “I didn’t know you had that!” when I tell them about a new resource we offer, or a cool event taking place. And I can’t help but wonder how surprised people who have not visited the library in years would be if they knew of some of the services and programs the Manatee County Library system provides. Libraries have become lively community centers promoting learning, creativity, personal and professional growth, and just plain fun. ‘ Here are just a few of things our libraries offer that you might not be aware of: If you click on the Research & Learning tab on our web page you will find dozens of databases, accessible from home, to assist you in researching health information, genealogy, historic newspapers, business and legal information, and even home repair. They are easy and fun to use. If you’d like to learn a new language you can select the Mango Languages database and choose from 72 languages. Our Learning Express database features practice tests for college prep (SAT, ACT, AP etc.), Citizenship, ASVAB (military), GED, and dozens of career tests. And gone are the days of those auto repair manuals the size and weight of cinderblocks. Instead, try out our Auto Repair Reference Center with repair information and wiring diagrams for more than 37,000 vehicles from 1954 to current models! And all of this is free with your library membership. Our libraries are big promoters of lifelong learning. Every branch offers classes, workshops, and demos on an array of topics. There is a Summertime Blues Workshop underway with professional musicians at the Central Library and numerous STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs for teens system wide, including an Arduino workshop. On our events calendar you will also find classes for Spanish, sewing, crochet, and cooking, just to name a few. There are also art and poetry workshops and chess clubs. Libraries are also a great place to learn about other cultures. Our summer programs for children include Indian dance, Australian didgeridoo, and Japanese drums. We have a large collection of travel books in print and electronic formats as well as DVDs. And the newly formed Downtown Library Voyagers will be learning about Ireland through a series of library programs, and then actually visiting Ireland next May! Job seekers will find the Career Source Suncoast’s Mobile Career Center parked at scheduled times at the libraries, and the Central Library will be hosting a hiring fair with over 20 local companies scheduled, September 12th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Small business owners or those interested in starting a business will benefit from the workshops given by SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) at our libraries. For free entertainment anytime, click on the library’s link for Hoopla and you’ll have access to thousands of e-books, movies, music, audiobooks, TV shows, and even comic books. And, of course, if you’re looking for books we still have hundreds of thousands of them on our shelves. Come visit us! Central Library: 748-5555; Branch libraries... Braden River: 727-6079; Island: 778-6341; Palmetto: 722-3333; Rocky Bluff: 723-4821; South Manatee: 755-3892. (All numbers are area code 941.) Visit our website at library for more information on all of these topics.

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Turning outward is fundamentally an orientation - it is a stance we assume, a posture, a mindset. Only when you are turned outward can you truly see and hear others. Only then can you have reality in your line of sight. It is when we are turned outward that we can discover our shared aspirations and make progress together. But nothing is automatic. Too many of us have chosen to turn inward, away from one another. Sometimes this happens without us even knowing. The concerns and hopes of people in our communities can get obscured, even pushed aside. The desire to position ourselves or our own organization or group takes priority. Our daily lives become consumed by creating long lists of activities. At times we can lose our sense of purpose. All of us are in search of a path that allows us to make a difference in the world, become part of something larger than ourselves. We all want to achieve a sense of meaning in our own lives. But to find that path - and make it real - you must turn outward. After all, you cannot pursue your true desires if you are facing in the wrong direction. But once you turn outward, then what? You must become more intentional in the judgments and choices that shape your actions. Each of us must decide whether we will pursue the path of the status quo that too often is filled by division, disappointment and frustration - or choose an alternate path of possibility and hope. For instance, will we choose to authentically engage people, or simply offer lip service to such engagement? Will we focus on issues that matter to people, or mostly pursue some other agenda? Will we produce positive impact in people’s lives, or become consumed by endless activities? This alternate path is about stepping forward and accounting for the pledges and promises we make. Being intentional means becoming more deliberate in your actions. It is to make choices about whether to take one course over another. It is to be more attentive to your surroundings - that you hold a greater awareness about who we are, who we want to become, and the kind of change you seek to generate. In these ways, being intentional is about being more directed. But I am moved most by the following definition of intentionality - which comes in two parts. The first involves what I

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think of as “wakefulness.” I love this word. I encourage you to consider its meaning and potential for your own engagement. Wakefulness suggests that we are alert. That we come to the world awake! Our eyes are wide open, our hearts are open, and we are willing to see and hear that which is around us. In being wakeful, we are ready to engage, to be with others. Such wakefulness stands in direct contrast to the blinders we sometimes put on so that we don’t have to worry about certain issues or matters, and the great lengths we sometimes go to take-in only that information that confirms what we already know or believe. Wakefulness is the opposite of inwardness. It is about being present, especially for those things we may not like or want. The companion to wakefulness is “moral accountability.” All actions have consequences and ramifications. So, while we cannot control everything in our lives, we must recognize - and embrace - that we actually exercise power over much of what we do. This isn’t an absolute power, of course, but enough that we must account for our actions. We must know that we have the potential to positively (or negatively) impact people and our surroundings. That each of our small efforts matter and have ripple effects. So, it is with each judgment and choice you make. One reason why I so cherish the notion of moral accountability is, that when we live into it, we begin to see our own potential to shape the world around us. We become actors, not mere spectators; shapers, not bystanders; builders, not complainers or claimants. Each day we make scores of choices, and while we cannot control everything, if we become more intentional about the choices we do make, then we can have far greater impact and fulfill our own personal desires. There are six “intentionality tests” that sit at the core of turning outward: • Turn Outward: Am I turned outward toward the community? • Aspirations: Are my actions rooted in people’s shared aspirations? • Authority: Could I stand up on a table and talk to people about their community, their aspirations and concerns, and would they believe me? • Authenticity: Do I reflect the reality of people’s live and do they believe I have their best interests at heart, even when we disagree? • Accountability: Am I living up to the pledges and promises I have made? • Urge Within: Am I staying true to my urge within? The idea and practice of intentionality lives throughout the Harwood approach. It is about what we choose to make of ourselves; about what we choose to do with ourselves. It is about how we bring our full selves to be in relationships with others. In this spirit, when I speak of intentionality, my goal is not for you to adopt wholesale my ideas - or anyone else’s. That would be the very antithesis of intentionality. Instead the process of deepening your own intentionality requires you to take ownership of the judgments and choices before you. You must find, and declare, your own sense of purpose. You must choose your own course of engagement with those around you. What I am asking you to do is to seize this intrinsic power within you.

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What’s Happening,

Manatee County? -Event Calendars-

Neighborhood Clean Up Schedule 1/7/17 Rubonia 2/4/17 14th St.Area 3/11/17 Palmetto

Parks & Natural Resources 2016 Program Guide Natural Resources Programs Meeting & Event Schedule

More Dates Agriculture & Extension Service

Manatee Historical Park Program Schedule

Schedule Event Schedule

Manatee County Public Library System Event Schedule

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For Immediate Release November 1, 2016

PIRATES ANNOUNCE 2017 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE AND TICKET PRICING Pirates and Blue Jays to play two games in Montreal on March 31 and April 1 The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the team’s 2017 Spring Training schedule and ticket pricing for games at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida, the Club’s southern home since 1969. The 32-game Florida schedule consists of 18 home games, which includes a World Baseball Classic exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, March 8. The Pirates are scheduled to open their 2017 Grapefruit League season with two games on Saturday, February 25; they will host the Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 p.m. and will also play the Rays in Port Charlotte at 1:05 p.m. A total of five of Pittsburgh’s final six Grapefruit League games are scheduled to be played in Bradenton, which will include back-to-back night games on Monday, March 27 against the Minnesota Twins and Tuesday, March 28 against the Boston Red Sox (both 6:05 p.m. starts). Prior to the regular season opener against the Red Sox in Boston on April 3, the Pirates are scheduled to play two games against the Toronto Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Friday, March 31 at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday, April 1 at 1:05 p.m. The Pirates drew a total of 103,762 fans to 15 spring training home dates at McKechnie Field in 2016, the secondhighest season attendance figure behind the club-record 106,038 posted in 2015. Season Tickets Pirates Spring Training Season Tickets, which go on sale Monday, November 28, remain one of the best values in the Grapefruit League. Season ticket pricing is as follows: Seat Type Infield Box (Box 1-14) Infield Reserve Baseline Box (Box 15-22) Grandstand Left Field Bleachers

Total Price $455.00* $455.00* $401.00* $239.00* $239.00*

Also available for unique season ticket packages are the 4Topps tables located on the McKechnie Field Boardwalk. Ticket packages for the area are $3,200 for four seats and include $900 in Bucs Bucks, to be used on ballpark concessions, per table. Each table also includes a company logo, if applicable, at no additional cost. * Includes tickets for every game at McKechnie Field, including the game against the Dominican Republic. --more--

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Now Enrolling! K-5th Gr[^_ El_m_nt[ry 6th-8th Gr[^_ Mi^^l_ Your choice in quality education for your daughter! Just for Girls offers highly qualified and passionate teachers, responsive classrooms, positive behavior support, and a culture of caring to develop strong, smart, capable leaders of tomorrow.  

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Principal/Director: Cheryl Korwin Breakfast & Lunch Provided

Principal/Director: Dee Ralph Lunch Provided Before and After School Programs and Transportation Available Monday - Friday 6:30am to 6:00pm Call (941)747-5757 for locations and information.

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A Matter of Balance - Managing Concerns About Falls

Seeking Community Partners & Volunteers to Help Older Adults Decrease Their Risk of Falling

Location: 8928 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Those interested should contact Jamie Baker at 813-676-5566 or

This training will certify individuals to provide the A Matter of Balance Program (MOB), in partnership with SCC. A registration fee of $30 is required. The fee may be waived for those who volunteer for SCC. Those who attend are expected to conduct at least two MOB workshops in their first year.

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Legal Aid for Victims of Fair Housing Violations, Eviction & Foreclosure Gulfcoast Legal Services (GLS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit legal aid firm which helps low-income residents of Bradenton with a variety of housing related legal matters. All services are provided by licensed attorneys at no cost to the client.  Does your landlord refuse to fix your property or remove mold?  Are you facing foreclosure of your home due to losing your job or your benefits?  Do you have a disability and need accommodations to make your apartment safe? Are you being told that you cannot keep a service animal at your residence because ‘pets’ are not allowed?  Do you live in a 55 or older community but are being forced to move because your disabled child lives with you?  Do you believe you were not allowed to rent an apartment or mobile home because of your race, age, or that you have children? If you answered ‘yes’ to one of these questions or have a similar issue, GLS may be able to help.  (Please disregard this notice if you already have an attorney for the matter.) GLS lawyers are paid through grant funds to represent Bradenton residents who cannot afford a private attorney. GLS exists to give everyone equal access to legal representation, regardless of their ability to pay.

For more information or to find out if you qualify for services, please call the Gulfcoast Legal Services office:

1112 Manatee Ave E., 2nd Floor Bradenton, FL 34208 Phone: (941) 746-6151 No person shall be denied services because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disabling conditions, political party affiliation, or because of any other consideration prohibited by law.


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Ayuda Legal para Victimas de Vivienda Justa, Desalojo y Anulacion Hipotecaria Gulfcoast Legal Services (GLS) es una entidad sin fines de lucro 501(c)3, un bufete de ayuda legal que provee ayuda a residentes de bajos recursos del Bradenton con una variedad de problemas legales relacionados con su vivienda. Todos los servicios son proveídos por abogados licenciados sin ningún costo al cliente.  Su propietario se rehúsa a arreglar su vivienda o remover el moho?  Esta enfrentando una anulación de hipoteca de su casa por haber perdido su trabajo o sus beneficios?  Tiene usted una discapacidad y necesita acomodaciones para tener su apartamento seguro? Le han dicho que no puede tener un animal de servicio en su residencia porque las “mascotas” no son permitidas?  Vive usted en una comunidad de personas de 55 o mas, pero esta siendo forzado a mudarse porque su hijo con discapacidad vive con usted?  Cree usted que no le han permitido rentar un apartamento o casa móvil por su raza, edad, o porque usted tiene hijos? Si usted ha respondido “si” a alguna de estas preguntas o tiene algún problema similar, GLS puede ayudarlo. (Por favor ignore esta notificación si usted ya posee un abogado para sus asuntos). Los abogados de GLS son pagados por fundos subsidiados para representar a los residentes del Bradenton que no pueden costearse un abogado privado. GLS existe para darles a todos un igualdad de acceso a la representación legal, independientemente de su habilidad de pagar.

Para mas información o para saber si usted califica para servicios por Llame a la oficina mas cercana de Gulfcoast Legal Services:

1112 Manatee Ave E., 2nd Floor Bradenton, FL 34208 (941) 746-6151

Ninguna persona será negada servicios por la raza del individuo, color, religión, sexo, origen nacional, edad, estatus matrimonial, discapacidad, afiliación a partidos políticos, o por cualquier otro tipo de consideración prohibido por la ley.


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Inspiring minds, finding solutions, and giving hope...for a better tomorrow. RESOURCES • Family-focused Solutions • Positive Youth Enrichment • Providing Safety Nets in Times of Crisis

Family Resources, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the children, youth and families in Manatee County since 1992 and Pinellas County since 1970. Our mission is to strengthen families and build better communities by providing prevention, support and counseling to children, teens and families.

• Advocating for Children and Youth

PREVENTION The best way to prevent a crisis is to become proactive in making good choices

When parents and teens don’t see eye to eye, small issues become big problems. Individual and Family Counseling provided by Family Resources offers a clear path to resolutions RESIDENTIAL SafePlace2B - Teens short-term crisis shelters provide support and respite to homeless and runaway youth, ages 10 - 17. SafePlace2BToo - LGBTQ, longterm transitional housing, offers essential care for homeless, LGBTQ youth. SafePlace2BToo – Young Moms program offers services and long-term shelter to homeless and pregnant or parenting young women.


5180 62nd Ave. North Pinellas Park, FL 33781 (727) 521. 5200 (727) 521. 5210 FamilyResourcesTampaBay

MANATEE COUNTY 361 6th Ave. West Bradenton, FL 34205 (941) 741. 3575 (941) 741. 3578 FamilyResourcesTampaBay @FamilyResInc

Educating youth and young adults ages 15 - 25 on healthy relationships

Certified facilitators provide engaging instruction that teaches: • How to set personal and realistic relationship expectations • Skills needed to clearly communicate feelings and boundaries to others • Conflict resolution skills • Improved family functioning • How to evaluate and set priorities Additional instruction in financial awareness is also available. All curricula is evidenced based. Program services are free of charge and participation is voluntary.

For information in Manatee County Contact our Supervisor: 941-708-5852 Funding for this project provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Grant #90FM0107-01-00. These services are available to all eligible persons regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.

Family Resources offers shelter, transitional services, life skills, and specialized individual and group counseling. Inspiring minds, finding solutions, and giving hope...for a better tomorrow

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Parenting Program Presents

Partners In Play at Manatee Libraries Enjoy special play time with your child in our FREE Partners In Play (PIP) classes. Meet our friendly Parenting Educators & Early Literacy Specialist and discover how Forty Carrots can help you enjoy parenting even more. For mobile babies – 5 years old. Palmetto Library 923 6th Street West Palmetto, FL 34221 941-722-3333

Tuesdays, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Rocky Bluff Library 6750 U.S. 301 North Ellenton, FL 342227 941-723-4821

Wednesdays, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Island Library (Anna Maria) 5701 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217 941-778-6341

Fridays, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Braden River Library 4815 53rd Avenue East (State Rd. 70) Bradenton, FL 34203 941-727-6079

Fridays, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

South Manatee Library 6081 26th Street West Bradenton, FL 34207 941-755-3892

Fridays, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Central Library 1301 Barcarrota Blvd West Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-5555

Fridays, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Ask your youth librarian for a free ticket. Space is limited to the first 12 families. 1500 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239


Classes are provided by Forty Carrots Family Center, a nonproÞt organization dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the Þeld and are funded in part by The Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation; Dart Foundation; PNC Foundation; Edward K Roberts Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Wilson-Wood Foundation; Kates Foundation; Lawrence E. Ruf Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation; Eluned & Edward Russell Charitable Foundation; SunTrust Foundation; Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Foundation; The MSC Foundation, Inc., and several anonymous donors.

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Programa para Padres Presenta

COMPANEROS DE JUEGO EN LAS BIBLIOTECAS DEL SUR DE MANATEE Disfrute de tiempo de juego especial con su hijo en nuestras clases gratuitas “Compraneros 
 de juego”. Conoce a nuestros amables educadores y descubre cómo Forty Carrots puede 
 ayudar a que disfrutes aún más la crianza de tus hijos. Para los bebés móviles - 5 años de edad. Biblioteca Palmetto 923 6th Street West Palmetto, FL 34221 941-722-3333

martes, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Biblioteca Rocky Bluff 6750 U.S. 301 North Ellenton, FL 342227 941-723-4821

miércoles, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Biblioteca Island (Anna Maria) 5701 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217 941-778-6341

viernes, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Biblioteca Braden River 4815 53rd Avenue East (State Rd. 70) Bradenton, FL 34203 941-727-6079

viernes, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Biblioteca South Manatee 6081 26th Street West Bradenton, FL 34207 941-755-3892

viernes, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Biblioteca Central 1301 Barcarrota Blvd West Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-5555

viernes, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Pida a su bibliotecario un boleto gratis. El espacio es limitado para las primeras 12 familias. 1500 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239


Las clases son proporcionados por Forty Carrots Family Center, una organizaci—n sin Þnes de lucro dedicada a fortalecer a las familias a travŽs de programas educacionales para padres, ni–os y profesionales en el campo y son Þnanciados en parte por The Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation; Dart Foundation; PNC Foundation; Edward K Roberts Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Wilson-Wood Foundation; Kates Foundation; Lawrence E. Ruf Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation; Eluned & Edward Russell Charitable Foundation; SunTrust Foundation; Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Foundation; The MSC Foundation, Inc., y varios donantes anónimos.

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“Kinship and Interactive Development� (KID) Program This community event will take place every Wednesday (10am-12pm) at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Rubonia, FL. KID is interactive program with a cultural-based curriculum to develop, instill, and renew technological and educational life skills among adults in the community. The program will offer exercise activities, interactive BINGO, and technology assistance classes. KID is founded on grandparents and parents developing and engaging educational life skills to empower the community. The community, as always, is requested and welcomed guests. It will be inspiring, insightful, and fun. Each meeting is designed to be engaging, uplifting, and empowering. We grow together. We are a Village. We all are family. We have each other. For questions and more information please contact: Derrick L. Randall, MSW, RCSWI #9351 The D. L. Randall Foundation, Inc. Founder, President & CEO (941)773-1072

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Rubonia Community Association Meetings 7 p.m. Rubonia Community Center 1309 72nd St E, Palmetto, FL 34221 December 5

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FIRST TIME HOMEBUYER CLASSES FY2017-2018 SCHEDULE Participants Must Call to Pre-Register---Seating is limited Monday & Tuesday Classes are available in ENGLISH Only Monday 4:30 pm Registration/Sign-Up----Class 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Tuesday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday Classes are either SPANISH or ENGLISH. Saturday class starts at 8:00 am ends at 5:35 pm  Monday & Tuesday Classes

Saturday Classes


Oct 17-18--OPEN Nov 07-08--OPEN Dec 12-13--OPEN Jan 23-24 Feb 20-21 Mar 20-21 Apr 24-25 May 15-16 Jun 19-20 Jul 24-25 Aug 21-22 Sep 18-19

Oct 29 Spanish---FULL Nov 19 English--OPEN Dec 03 Spanish—OPEN Jan 07 English Feb 11 Spanish Mar 11 English Apr 08 Spanish May 27 English Jun 10 Spanish Jul 08 English Aug 12 Spanish Sep 09 English


Oct 16-17 Nov 13-14 Dec 11-12

Oct 07 Spanish Nov 04 English Dec 2 Spanish

Location of classes: ALL classes will be held at Catholic Charities 1219 16th St. West, Bradenton, FL 34205 For more information or to pre-register call 941-714-7829 Dates & Times are subject to change. Please call to verify.

Important Note: Participants requesting a weeknight class MUST be able to attend both nights consecutively completing all 8 hours to receive a Certificate of Completion. If a participant cannot attend the two consecutive days, please schedule a Saturday class---no exceptions. Thank you.

Prepared: Sept 01, 2016

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Who Are They & Why You Should


UnidosNow empowers the Hispanic/Latino community, emphasizing on reaching the marginalized, isolated and impoverished, to elevate their quality of life through education, integration, and civic engagement. Their innovative and comprehensive college preparatory program navigates first generation student’s pathway to higher learning through guidance, structure, and mentorship.

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Historical Rubonia Farmer’s Market 1ST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH (January 7) 10 A.M. - 2 P.M. ON BAYSHORE RD.

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help! Frequently visit

for career opportunities

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Visit the UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardeners

at the Manatee County Fair January 12 – 22, 2017 to pick up one of these beauties for free!! Pentas Snapdragon

‘Graffiti Rose’

‘Montego Series’




‘Wizard Select Mix’

Located at the Manatee County Fairgrounds 1303 17th St. West in Palmetto across from Palmetto High School.

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Proper Medication Disposal Through Deterra™ Drug Deactivation System Proper disposal of unwanted medication helps to prevent environmental contamination from flushing and throwing away medications, as well as helps to decrease the occurrence of misuse or abuse. Made by Minneapolis-based Verde Technologies, Inc., the Deterra™ Drug Deactivation System provides a safe and environmentally responsible solution for disposal of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. The system renders unwanted, unneeded narcotics, antibiotics, transdermal patches and other medications ineffective – safe for disposal and the environment. How the Technology Works Using activated carbon, the deactivation system neutralizes the active chemicals in prescription drugs. This technology is highly effective in absorbing and firmly binding pharmaceuticals, rendering them inactive and ineffective for misuse or accidental exposure to children or pets. How to Deactivate and Dispose of Unwanted Medication 1. Place unused medications in the pouch. 2. Fill halfway with warm tap water. 3. Wait 30 seconds. 4. Seal pouch. 5. Gently shake. 6. Dispose with normal trash. These systems have been made possible by a donation from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, in partnership with Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the Florida Rural Water Association. Learn more at the Drug Deactivation website:

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Are you or someone you love struggling with a drug addiction? Get help today - don’t wait! METV Up Close The Heroin Epidemic What is Addiction? Video link: Neighborhood Connections Page 86

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Essential Employment Information For the Ex-Offender      

Things to know Who hires – who doesn’t What should be on your Resume Interview skills Good websites to look for work Best ways to disclose background


The Salvation Army Center of Hope 1400 10th Street, Sarasota (10th and Central) Meeting in the Media Center When: Every other Friday from 12 Noon to 2:00 pm Upcoming Dates: Aug 21 / Sept 4 / Sept 18 / Oct 2 / Oct 16, etc. No registration is required, and at no cost to the customer Mark Stokes, Career Counselor The Salvation Army Center of Hope 1400 10th Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 954-4673 x107

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Research Study  Recruitment  2015-­‐2016  

IRB 15-180

For VICTIMS/SURVIVORS   of  Domestic  Violence/Partner  Abuse    

Are you  a  survivor  of  domestic  violence/partner  abuse     who  has  left  the  relationship?    

Have you  decided  or  attempted  to  leave     an  abusive  partner  or  spouse?   If  you  answer  YES  to  either  of  these  two  questions,     we  would  like  to  talk  to  you.   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐  

This is  a  Victim/Survivor-­‐focused  research  project  seeking  participants  to   confidentially  share  their  experiences  in  escaping  or  attempting  to  escape  abuse.   This  research  will  contribute  to  an  understanding  of  the  experiences     in  leaving  an  abusive  relationship  and  surviving  afterwards     with  or  without  supportive  services.       For  more  information,  including  how  to  participate,       contact  Christine  Burton  at  or      

(941) 388-­‐8951  or  Toll  Free  at  1  (844)  557-­‐0729   The  call  is  free  and  confidential.  



All  inquiries  will  be  private  and  confidential.       If  you  are  eligible  to  participate,  you  will  be  reimbursed  for  your  time.      


CEB/ceb 05.01.15  

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Empowering Women, Changing Lives & Strengthening Our Community

Quick Guide to Programs at the WRC of Manatee Emotional


Mental Health Counseling - We offer short term individual and couples counseling sessions for adults over 18. By appointment. We are unable to accept clients in crisis, substance abusers or those requiring medication.

Employment Coaching - Offering individual assistance in preparing for a successful job search. Includes resume preparation, interviewing skills and networking techniques. Appointments are required.

Support Groups - The WRC offers a variety or weekly and monthly support groups including: Evaluating Unhealthy Relationships with HOPE Family Services ( Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00 pm), Alzheimer’s Support Group (2nd Thursday of each month 2:30 - 3:30 pm), Addiction Support Group for Family & Friends of Addicts ( Mondays 6-7:30 pm) and Rediscover Joy.

WRC Career Closet - The WRC Career Closet offers professional clothing for women starting a new job or attending interviews. The closet may be accessed twice a year for up to five outfits and includes shoes and purses as well as clothing. Donations for the Career Closet and the Unique Boutique are appreciated and accepted at the WRC Mon -Thurs from 9 am-6 pm

Parenting Coach - Individual parenting instruction and support sessions by appointment. Also specializing in high conflict situations such as divorce.

Latinas of the WRC - A weekly forum for Latina women to come together to discover skills, build self-confidence and find their own paths to success.

Career Source Suncoast Mobile Unit A mobile job search unit that is at the WRC on the 3rd Monday of each month from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The staff will help you post your resume with one of the most comprehensive web-based job databases within the State of Florida as well as many other web sites. This program now offers a bi-lingual service.

Mission Sisterhood, Girl Scout Troop #494 A Girl Scout Troop for group for Latina girls aged 12 - 17 years old.

Coming Soon! Basic Computer Classes - Basic Word, Excel and Internet classes are presented in an easy, open environment.

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Divorce, Separation & Family Law Workshops - These workshops are held every other month and include seminars on divorce and family law and gaining financial control of your divorce. Ask An Attorney - Individual ½ hour consultation session with an attorney on issues to do with family law. The attorneys can help with Divorce, Separation, Child Custody, Division of Property, Alimony, and Child Support. High Conflict Parenting - Workshops to help with communication during the divorce process as well as the conflicts that may arise when blending families.

Health & Networking     

Yoga & Zumba Style Classes - Three levels of yoga instruction are offered weekly Donna’s Dance Party - A combination of Zumba, 70’s, Motown music & more. All fitness levels. Wednesday 9am - 10 am. Health & Wellness Workshops - These are held monthly and include classes on the use of natural oils and herbs and other health related topics Book Club - Two monthly book clubs are offered on the 1st Thursday of each month, one at 1:00 pm and the other at 7:00 pm. Circle of Friends - A way of connecting with other women in the community for companionship. The group stays connected through email and then gets together for social events.

Unique Boutique of the WRC The Unique Boutique is an upscale, resale boutique offering gently worn, name brand, women’s clothing and accessories in a variety of sizes and styles. All proceeds from the Unique Boutique benefit the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee. The boutique is located in Jennings Arcade, on Old Main Street, Bradenton at 417 12th Street West, Bradenton . Hours Tues- Fri 11 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 2 pm The Unique Boutique has a “Girls Day Out” on the 1st Thursday of each month where all items (apart from the 80% rack) are offered at 50% off. We greatly appreciate any donations of gently worn clothing and accessories such as shoes, handbags, jewelry and scarves. The Women’s Resource Center of Manatee is open Monday - Thursday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Fridays from 9:00 am - 12 Noon. While some of our programs and services are offered at no cost there are some fees associate with others. Please feel free to contact us for any further information and be sure to check out our website and Facebook page for special events.

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO ONLINE TO OR CALL US AT 941-747-6797 1926 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205

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Lawn Maintenance Certification

On May 24th 2011, the Manatee County BOCC passed ordinance #11-21 with the intent of improving water quality. More about Ordinance #11-21. It regulates how, and when professionals and homeowners can apply fertilizer in Manatee County.

Get Certified Today!

Click on the statement that applies to your business to be taken to the appropriate website

Do You APPLY Fertilizer?

Do You NOT APPLY Fertilizer?

To learn more about the fertilizer ordinance or to view certified landscape maintenance professionals please visit the Landscape Maintenance Professionals page

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Are you trying to lower your Medicare prescription and health care costs without risking your health?

It’s time to get your Free B!

Extra Help and Medicare Savings Programs may help lower your Medicare costs. If eligible, you may save on your prescriptions and pay no monthly Part B premium, helping you save up to $5,000 a year. The state Department of Elder Affairs’ SHINE program is available to help you find ways to save. Get free, unbiased assistance by speaking with a specially trained SHINE counselor. To contact SHINE for assistance, call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337). SHINE counselors can assist you by telephone or in person at one of the local counseling sites. To find a SHINE counseling site near you, visit or call the telephone number listed above.

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Join us for a community conversation about: The ABC’s of Caregiving

Meeting on the 4th Thursday each month 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

(May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27, September 24, October 22, November TBD, December TBD)


Daybreak Adult Day Center 10920 East State Road 70, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 Phone: 941-748-3001 Learn about normal age related memory loss; reversible causes for dementia; irreversible dementias; what are the warning signs; and what to do if you have them. Presented by: Alzheimer’s Association Program Specialist: Sue Fox, MA

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Quick News Bites Free Medicare Counseling Offered to Seniors in Lakewood Ranch Medicare beneficiaries, their caregivers, and family members who have questions or concerns about Medicare and related health insurance topics have a new place to turn. The Senior Connection Center will be partnering with Meals on Wheels PLUS to provide Medicare counseling through the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program. On the third Tuesday of every month, specially-trained volunteers of the SHINE Program will begin offering Medicare counseling at the new Daybreak Adult Day Center recently opened by Meals on Wheels PLUS office located at 10920 East State Road 70 in Lakewood Ranch.

Family Resources is also currently offering a FREE Family Resolutions Group. There will be two group levels: Elementary School and Middle School. Family Resolutions is a program that works with youth experiencing issues related to the divorce / separation of their parents or the introduction of a new step-parent into the family.

SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs that empowers Medicare beneficiaries to make informed decisions about their health care coverage. SHINE volunteer counselors through the Senior Connection Center provide free, unbiased information and counseling at sites across Manatee, Polk, Hillsborough, Highlands, and Hardee counties, and will now also help elders at the new Lakewood Ranch location.

If you would like more information about our Manatee County programs please contact us at 941-741-3575 or visit us on the web at

In addition to traditional counseling services, Family Resources operates a FREE short term crisis shelter called SafePlace2B. This program is accessible 24 hours per day. Youth ages 10-17 can obtain individual and family counseling services while in a residential setting on a short term basis. Our counselors will work closely with you and your child to identify core issues, solutions and longer term counseling services if necessary.

Every day SHINE volunteers answer questions about Medicare, Medicaid, prescription assistance, long-term care planning, and more. The new site at Daybreak Adult Day Center will allow the program to reach more community members who may be unaware of SHINE and the benefits the program offers. SHINE volunteer counselors can even assist eligible Medicare beneficiaries to find programs that lower prescription drug costs or provide prescription drugs at no cost. Because service hours vary, please make an appointment for Medicare counseling at Daybreak Adult Day Center by calling the local Elder Helpline at 1-800-336-2226. For more information, you may also call 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337), or visit us online at Free Counseling Services being provided by Family Resources, Inc. Family Resources, Inc. in Bradenton offers FREE counseling services to youth ages 6-17 and their families. Families that have concerns regarding a child’s behavior can contact Family Resources and set up counseling services that will help address the core issues and work towards solutions for long term change.

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Neighborhood Awards Unsung Hero (noun) - One who does great deeds but receives little or no recognition for them. Not honored or praised; uncelebrated. A person who makes a substantive yet unrecognized contribution; a person whose bravery is unknown or unacknowledged. Does your neighborhood have an unsung hero? If so, please submit information to for publication.

Random Act of Kindness (noun) - a

selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people. Random acts of kindness are a means by which we make a deliberate attempt to brighten another person’s day by doing something thoughtful, nice, and caring for them. Kindness is a way of showing others that they count and that even in the face of hostility and selfishness, you’re making a stand for kindness. By doing kind acts for others, you’re helping to create kindness-aware communities that value generosity of spirit and action and kindness toward others as essential parts of a healthy community. Have you noticed random acts of kindness in your neighborhood? If so, please submit information to for publication.

Neighborhood Leader (noun) - We get up

Neighborhood Focus (noun) - Focus on the

Does your neighborhood have a Neighborhood Leader? If so, please submit information to for publication.

Does your neighborhood have a Neighborhood Focus? If so, please submit information to for publication.

every day excited about “Creating a Better America, One Neighborhood at a Time. We are joined in this movement by some truly astounding members of the communities in Manatee County. Our hats are off to them. They are in our hearts and we celebrate them every day!

good work done by your neighborhood associations who are making a difference. Communicating to the County and its neighborhoods what matters in your neighborhood and what others are doing or setting out to do that is consistent with your mission.

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Neighborhood Connections - January 2017  

In this issue: -Impactful interviews -Touch A Truck Event -Vision Board Party -Turning Outward - changing your mindset for the new year -Hos...

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