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Contest ensures that noble deeds will be rewarded

By Times staff
Published February 16, 2007




Know an unsung hero? The county wants to hear from you. Nominations close March 6 for the Lonnie Lea Napier Good Neighbor Award, bestowed each year on someone who demonstrates courage and service to others.

The county's Neighborhood Relations office gives $2,000 to the winners' neighborhood association.

Lonnie Napier was a county employee who died after falling from a tree while trying to rescue a neighbor's cat.

For more information, call 272-5860.


Need help with taxes? Don't be afraid to ask

Free tax preparation help is available at locations throughout eastern Hillsborough County through April 17.

Those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit are welcomed, although tax preparation help is available to anyone.

The program is sponsored by the Prosperity Campaign of Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

For more information, contact the site in your area. For locations without direct phone numbers, dial 2-1-1 for details.

- Brandon Family Support & Resource Center, 1277 Kingsway Road, 740-4634

- Bloomingdale Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon, 635-1644

- Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Brandon, 273-3652

- Bruton Memorial Library, 302 McLendon St., Plant City, 757-9215

- Ruskin Neighborhood Service Center, 201 14th Ave. SE, Ruskin, 671- 7647

- Ruskin Family Support & Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. SE, Ruskin, 641-5600

- Sun Trust Bank, 502 N U.S. 41, Ruskin

- Kings Point Clubhouse, 1904 Clubhouse Drive. Sun City Center

- United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave., Sun City Center



Lithia Springs school offering a fair full of fun

Lithia Springs Elementary School invites the public to its fifth annual Family Fun Fair on Saturday.

A Fun Run starts at 9:30 a.m. Children can play on inflatable devices and enjoy other activities.

The fun fair at 4332 Lynx Paw Trail also includes exhibits, an auction, and live music. Proceeds will benefit the school's effort to fund a covered recreation area.

Call 655-7406 to register for the fun run or 685-3657 to buy tickets.

Golf tourney will benefit accident victim's family

A golf tournament to benefit the family of T.J. LeJeune will be held Feb. 24 at the Golf Club at Cypress Creek in Ruskin.

LeJeune, 39, of Valrico, died in September of complications related to an accident. He left behind a wife and two children.

His friends, with help from O'Brien's Irish Pub in Brandon, are raising money to help his family. The golf tournament is $100 per player or $400 per team.

For more information, call Jessica Hinton at 924-8642.



Volunteer given reins of community foundation

Liz Brewer, a volunteer with the Greater Brandon Community Foundation since 2004, has been named the organization's executive director.

A mortgage specialist for 20 years, Brewer in November chaired the foundation's Angels Among Us program for breast cancer research.

She is married and has three children.


Allow plenty of time to attend forum on roads

County transportation planners want to meet residents at a series of public forums to discuss congested roads.

The planners will present a list of roads and possible improvements before making recommendations to the County Commission in April.

The next meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brandon Recreation Center, 502 E Sadie St. Call 272-5275.


Panels going up in Bell Shoals project

Construction of a 3,000-seat worship center and expanded choir loft at Bell Shoals Baptist Church is under way.

A crane is lifting 110 35-foot-tall concrete panels into place.

Once that is done, H.J. High Construction Co. will pour the slab at the church at 2102 Bell Shoals Blvd.



Dinner, dancing provide recipe for a good night

Music students are trying their hand at cooking during a special fundraiser for Newsome High School on Feb. 23.

Tickets for Blast From the Past are available for $10 by calling 643-2870. The event, which runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the school, 16550 FishHawk Blvd., features music and choreography in at least 25 performances based on entertainment from the 1940s to the 1970s.

The event starts with a barbecue dinner, including a beverage and dessert.

[Last modified February 15, 2007, 07:34:48]

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