Free seminar helps new home buyers

Published July 13, 2007

Free seminar helps new home buyers 

If you think it's impossible to buy a home, a group of area businesses would like to change your mind. The 1st Time Homebuyers Workshop will give newcomers to real estate the lowdown on credit, mortgage programs, help with a down payment and details about how to qualify for funding through the State Housing Initiative Partnership Programs.

The free program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21 at the Brandon Recreation Center, 502 E Sadie St. It also offers advice on evaluating real estate agents, appraisals, insurance, surveys, manufactured housing and title insurance. The day's schedule includes a 30-minute lunch break.

For information, call 412-2027.



Sailing safety, skills classes for kids 7 to 17

The Tampa Sailing Squadron holds weeklong sailing classes for young people through Aug. 10. Instruction, which includes sailing skills and nautical safety, is geared toward students age 7 to 17.

The five-day sessions are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the club, 235 Apollo Beach Blvd. Class dates are Monday-July 20, July 23-27, and Aug. 6-10. Call 712-0071 for more information.


Builders for new community chosen

Five builders have been chosen for the first phase of Waterset, a 2,300-acre planned community off Big Bend Road west of Interstate 75. The builders - Cardel Homes, David Weekley Homes, Inland Homes, Nohl Crest Homes and Sabal Homes - were chosen by Newland Communities, the master developer of Waterset. Home styles that will be offered include Low Country, Cracker, Folk Victorian, Mediterranean, Craftsman, and American Colonial. Model homes are expected to be completed by March. For more information, go to www.watersetfl.com.


Man arrested in scuffle at law office

An Apollo Beach man was arrested after sheriff's deputies say he walked into a Brandon attorney's office on Monday wearing a bulletproof vest, demanded his gun and ended up getting into a fight with an attorney and a deputy.

Lorenzo M. Rubio, 48, of 6438 Sunset Bay Circle, entered the law offices of Theresa Wigginton at 1463 Oakfield Drive and asked that she give him the gun she was holding for him, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Rubio got into a verbal and physical dispute with another lawyer, Michael VanDerZee, 35, before getting the gun, Carter said. He subsequently surrendered it to Wigginton, 61, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

Carter said Rubio told an investigator that Wigginton was his girlfriend and his attorney. Court records show Wigginton is representing Rubio in a case against the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Carbucks Corp. and Grove State Finance.

Rubio, who lists his occupation as a broker in Valrico, is charged with 11 crimes, including burglary, aggravated battery and threatening a public servant.



Lawmakers will give update at luncheon

Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Bartow, and Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, will give a legislative update at a noon luncheon Aug. 15 at the All Events Catering Hall, 1301 S 78th St., Palm River. Topics will include the Iraq war and immigration.

The luncheon is $18 for members of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, $23 for others. Call the chamber at 689-1221 for more information.



Hearing to discuss proposed schools

The Hillsborough County School Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday to gather comments prior to a vote on proposed elementary, middle and high schools at a 102-acre site at the corner of Newsome and Gallagher roads.

The hearing is part of a school board meeting starting at 5 p.m. at the Raymond O. Shelton School Administrative Center auditorium, 901 E Kennedy Blvd.



Expressway authority selects new official

The Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority on Monday picked Joseph Waggoner as its executive director. Waggoner, who has more than 25 years of experience in the planning field, now heads planning and development for the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Waggoner replaces Ralph Mervine, who resigned in November.



Dog park rules are topic of meetings

County officials will to meet with residents twice to clarify rules and procedures for the county's Mango dog park. The meetings start at 6:30 p.m. July 26 and 10 a.m. July 28. Both meetings take place at the park, 11717 Clay Pit Road, Mango. For more information, call 307-8380.


Mango traffic calming will be discussed

Traffic problems along Kennedy Hills Drive from U.S. 92 to Old Hillsborough Avenue in Mango will be the topic of a 6:30 p.m. Monday meeting at the Mango Recreation Center, 11717 Clay Pit Road.



County officials to meet with public

Residents of eastern Hillsborough County will get a chance early next month to sound off about the quality of county services.

County commissioners and department heads will be at Hillsborough County Community College's Plant City campus to take questions and comments about projects and services that the county is providing. Exhibits and information will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Trinkle Center, 1026 North Park Road. A question-and-answer session will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The meeting will also be shown on HTV22, the county's cable channel.