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Get homes ready for storm with loan

By TIMES WIRES
Published August 1, 2007


COUNTYWIDE

Through its Home Repair Loan Program, Pinellas County continues to offer low-cost loans up to $45,000 to help some residents make their homes hurricane ready for the 2007 season.

Improvements can include roof bracing or replacement, impact resistant windows and doors, and storm shutters.

The home must be the applicant's primary residence and located within Pinellas County, excluding Belleair Shore, Clearwater, Largo and St. Petersburg, which have similar programs.

To qualify for the county program, household income must be less than 120 percent of Area Median Income and the value of the single-family detached home, townhouse, villa, cooperative or condominium cannot exceed $151,000.

For information, contact Pinellas County Community Development at (727) 464-8210 or visit www.pinellascounty.org.

COUNTYWIDE

Are phone books cluttering your home?

New phone books have arrived, so recycle that old one.

Residents with curbside collection in Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo and Oldsmar can put their old phone books in their curbside recycling bin. Other residents can go to one of 40 dropoff locations around the county.

Most dropoff sites have bins labeled "phone books." If not, put the phone books in the "mixed paper" or "magazines" bins but not in the "newspaper" bin. For a list of phone book recycling sites, visit www.pinellascounty.org/utilities or call (727) 464-7500.

Pinellas residents discard more than 2-million phone books annually.

To reduce the number of phone books delivered to your office or house this year, call Verizon at 1-800-888-8448 or Yellow Book at 1-800-929-3556.

CLEARWATER

Learn how to be your own boss

Learn how to conduct a feasibility study, develop a business plan and obtain licensing to legally conduct business in Pinellas County from noon to

2 p.m. each Wednesday through August at the Pinellas County Economic Development Center, 13805 58th St. N. Suite 1-200. Call 453-7200.

PINELLAS PARK

They've got stories waiting to be shared

The Tampa Bay Storytellers Guild Story Swap meets the fourth Sunday of every month (except November and December) to share stories.

The public is invited to attend and share their stories.

Each program has a theme.

The programs are at 3 p.m., the fourth Sunday of each month, at Pinellas Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd.

For more information, call Billie Noakes at 647-8057.

COUNTYWIDE

Make a difference and mentor a child

Gulf Coast Community Care needs volunteers age 30 and older for its mentoring program. Volunteers are matched with children of all ages throughout Pinellas County who need a positive adult role model. Many of the children are in foster care or live with a single parent who is going to school and working. No experience is necessary.

There are no costs. Volunteers spend a few hours a week doing simple activities such as reading, fishing, baking, teaching a craft or visiting a park with a child. For more information, call Beverly at 479-1841 or Bonnie at 479-1825.