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County leaders meet at roundtable

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 11, 2007


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BRANDON

COUNTY LEADERS MEET AT ROUNDTABLE

The Presidents' Roundtable invites the public to its annual public affairs dinner on May 24, an event that brings county leaders together.

Paul Wilborn, Tampa's manager of creative services, will deliver the keynote address.

Sheriff David Gee, Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank, Lucy Ayer of the Metropolitan Planning Commission, County Administrator Pat Bean, County Commissioners Mark Sharpe and Jim Norman, and School Board members Candy Olson and Jennifer Faliero are expected to attend.

Ernest Hooper of the St. Petersburg Times will serve as master of ceremonies.

The Presidents' Roundtable, a nonprofit organization responsible for Brandon's Fourth of July Parade, will hand out its annual Alice B. Tompkins Community Service Award at the event, which starts with a 6 p.m. reception at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive.

Tickets are $40 and tables of eight are $320. Call Billie Smith by May 18 to reserve seats or a table, 661-2438.

BRANDON

20 restaurants to put best tastes forward

After months of mouth-watering anticipation, this year's Taste of Brandon arrives on Thursday.

More than 20 restaurants have signed on for this year's event, including Jaymer-Que Southern BBQ, Mojitos Grill, Shells, Buffalo Wild Wings and Cheddar's Casual Cafe.

Exhibit spaces are $200 for chamber members and $300 for nonmembers.

This year's event is 3:30 to 8 p.m. at the Special Events Center of the Florida State Fairgrounds. Call 689-1221 or register online at www.brandonchamber.com.

Get exercise at senior prom or fitness event

Teenagers from the 1950s, it's time to celebrate your senior prom. As part of Hillsborough County's recognition of May as Older Americans Month, the Brandon Recreation Center is hosting a retro-themed prom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 502 E Sadie St. Dance the twist, try your hand at the Hula-Hoop or enter a costume contest. Live music and hamburgers are included.

On May 30, four area senior centers are hosting exercise and nutrition events as a part of National Senior Health and Fitness Day. Call participating centers in Brandon, 635-8064; Plant City, 757-3824; Ruskin, 672-1106; or Wimauma, 671-7672 for details.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Find a new friend at animal services event

Hillsborough County Animal Services brings dogs and cats to a free adoptathon on May 19 at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

The county, and participating organizations in the Humane Society and No More Homeless Pets of Hillsborough, will answer questions and help people and animals find each other.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is free at the Orient Road entrance.

Meeting to discuss $23-million pipeline

The county's Water Resource Services department has scheduled a May 29 meeting to answer questions about a pipeline that will bring 10-million gallons of water a day to the Brandon area.

The $23-million project will bring more water and better water pressure to the Columbus Drive and Parsons Avenue areas.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Schmidt Elementary School cafeteria, 1250 Williams Road. Water officials and construction company representatives will be available to discuss the impact on neighborhoods.

For more information, call 272-5977.

LITHIA

Newsome presents choral awards tonight

Newsome High School hosts its choral awards tonight.

Students from five choral groups will be recognized and graduating seniors will perform a selection of favorites to close out the school year.

The show starts at 7 p.m. at the school, 16550 FishHawk Blvd. Call 767-9766 for more information.

VALRICO

You can sound off for, against speed bumps

If you love speed bumps or hate them, Monday is your chance to weigh in. County transportation officials will present options and take feedback at a meeting about traffic problems along Donegal Court from Briarcliff Drive to Falkirk Avenue.

The neighborhood is near the intersection of Valrico and Lumsden roads.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Buckhorn Elementary School, 2420 Buckhorn School Court.

[Last modified May 10, 2007, 07:39:38]


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