Friday, March 22, 2013
The help is provided through www.tutor.com.
From county officials: The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative offers free online homework help resources for children, teens and adult learners through Tutor.com Tutor.com provides students and job seekers with vital services to help them improve in academic and career areas. Hillsborough County library cardholders have free 24/7 access to the website’s test prep, study and job resources to suit their needs. In addition, live one-on-one homework help can be obtained through the library’s website from 2 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week, with no appointment necessary. The website is divided into five sections: Student Center, College Center, Adult Education Center, Career Center, and ProofPoint™ Writing Center. Children, teens…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Former Hillsborough County Administrator Fred Karl died March 7.
Hillsborough County is mourning the loss of one its longstanding leaders today, March 7. Fred Karl, a former county administrator, county attorney, state legislator and Florida Supreme Court justice, was 88. A Daytona native, Karl served as an Army tank commander in World War II and was present at the Battle of the Bulge, according to The Tampa Tribune. His public service career continued long after the war was over. The Stetson Law graduate served in the Florida House from 1956-64 when he attempted a bid for the governor’s office. After that, he ran for the Florida Senate in 1968 and served until 1971, according to web sources. Karl then sat on the Florida Supreme Court from 1977 until 1978 when he opted to go back into private practice. …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The programs include games and support groups.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Hillsborough County Commissioners want to hear feedback from residents. The deadline is Feb. 28.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The Hillsborough County Commission wants to hear from residents about a plan to bolster the local economy. Time, however, is running out.
Hillsborough County’s Economic Prosperity Stakeholder Committee has spoken its peace on what local government should do to improve the area’s financial climate. Now, County Commissioners want to hear from you, Seminole Heights, about the recommendations made. Time, however, is running out for you to have your say on the 30 recommendations the committee has made. Do you think the county needs to streamline regulations? Should it create a comprehensive economic development strategy? Should the county provide more incentives for job-creating businesses to move here? Those are just a few of the issues the county wants your opinion on. The deadline to provide feedback: Feb. 28. There are three ways for you to have your say: The committee was …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Expiration of the local tax could mean good news at the pumps, but don’t spend the extra cash just yet.
Seminole Heights residents hoping to save a little at the pumps could get a reprieve if Hillsborough County’s 6-cent local option gas tax is allowed to expire Aug. 31. Don’t go spending the extra cash just yet though. If the county allows the tax to sunset this summer, it could deliver a financial blow of about $22 million to Hillsborough’s budget, officials say. The County Commission meets Feb. 14 in a workshop where it will hear preliminary budget figures for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins on Oct. 1, 2013. That 6-cent gas tax is used by the county to fund road maintenance projects and transportation operations. Without the revenue stream, the county’s anticipated $3.2 million budget deficit would likely grow to about $25.2 million, said …
Hillsborough County Commissioners will receive preliminary figures for the county’s estimated $3 billion fiscal year 2014 budget during an upcoming workshop.
Seminole Heights-area residents looking for signs the local economy is improving might only need look to Hillsborough County for some encouragement. After facing losses that amounted to about $300 million over the last six years, Hillsborough County’s Budget Director Tom Fesler gets to present commissioners with some relatively good news Thursday, Feb. 14. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Fesler will provide commissioners with a preliminary budget analysis that spells out the county’s estimated revenues and expenses with a deficit that could prove to be as small as $3.2 million. Those projections are for the Fiscal Year 2014, which begins Oct. 1, 2013. (The analysis contains projections for fiscal years 2013-18.) There is a catch with the…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The program is called "Let's Move! Hillsborough County."
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Saturday, February 9
A new series of monthly walks and health programs for local seniors called "Let's Move! Hillsborough County" is being kicked off by Hillsborough County Division of Aging Services. The county is also seeking sponsors for the program - which is being co-sponsored with the regional Lifestyles After 50 magazine - and designed to encourage senior citizens to start exercising and socializing in their communities. The events will be open to all residents 50 years and older. The events will be held monthly at each of the county’s Senior Centers, and will include warm-up exercises, a one-mile fun walk, themed activities, health information, a free T-shirt and continental breakfast. Local businesses are invited to become a sponsor for all of the …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The hunt is on for professionals to fill several hundred open positions in time for the 2013-14 school year.
As nearby counties enact hiring freezes, Hillsborough County Schools are putting out "help wanted" signs. Superintendent MaryEllen Elia told Hillsborough School Board members Tuesday the district has activated its online registration for potential hires. “Hiring good teachers is a year round job,” Elia said. “We’re working very hard to have information available on our website so they (candidates) know what the process is.” The Hillsborough district plays host to a new teacher week annually and tries to have most of its new hires in place by then, she said. It also plays host to an annual job fair in June where multiple applicants can interview for open positions. According to the district's website, there are 150 instructional positions …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Hillsborough County Commissioners are moving forward with a proposed ordinance that would provide law enforcement with another tool in the battle against synthetic drugs.
Hillsborough Commissioners plan to take a step forward in their efforts to ban the possession, sale and manufacture of synthetic drugs in the county when they meet on Wednesday. The County Attorney’s office has a proposed ordinance ready and is asking commissioners for their approval to set a first public hearing at 2 p.m. on Feb. 20. “This ordinance will assist the county and municipalities to combat the rise in the sale and use of dangerous substances commonly known as synthetic drugs,” the agenda item states. It would levy a fine on anyone caught selling, manufacturing, distributing or possessing synthetic drugs in Hillsborough County. With synthetic drugs, such as bath salts, K2 and Spice, becoming a major concern throughout …