December 2008 Tampa News

Tampa News - December 2008 Edition

Ybor City’s 7th Avenue is Named One of America’s 10 Great Streets

Mayor Pam Iorio and APA President Bob Hunter unveil a new sign celebrating 7th Avenue's new designation.

The American Planning Association (APA) selected 7th Avenue as one of the 10 Great Streets in America for 2008 through its Great Places in America program. APA awarded 7th Avenue this designation based on its history, distinctive character, and strong community engagement. The area encompasses the 11 blocks between Nick Nuccio Parkway and 26th Street.

The community's tradition of civic participation and involvement in planning and preservation has continued.  The Ybor City Historic District Revitalization Plan, developed in 1983, led to millions of dollars in private investment along 7th Avenue.

For more information, please contact Brenda Thrower with the Ybor City Development Corporation at (813) 274-7917 or via e-mail at For more information about the American Planning Association, visit its website at 

City of Tampa Recycling Programs

Make Your Holidays Environmentally Friendly

Tips from the City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management

Start a new family tradition - have an environmentally friendly holiday and be environmentally responsible throughout the holiday season and the coming year. It's easy! Just follow the helpful tips below, and this holiday season will mark a wonderful start to a brighter, cleaner future for us all.

Gift-giving Tips:

  • Buy holiday cards printed on recycled paper.
  • Save wrapping paper and ribbons for reuse.
  • Use a reusable shopping bag when shopping for your holiday purchases.
  • Avoid over-packaged items.
  • Choose gifts with extended life expectancy.
  • Use old newspaper as packaging material.
  • Telephone your relatives and friends instead of sending cards.
  • Wrap gifts in recycled wrapping paper or newspaper comics.
  • Place all small gifts directly in stockings, instead of wrapping.
  • Donate good used toys and games to your favorite charity.

Entertaining Tips:

  • Use reusable cups, glasses, plates and utensils.
  • Use cloth napkins and table cloths instead of disposables.
  • Purchase party products in recycled and recyclable containers.

Holiday Tips:

  • Encourage guests to bring food in their favorite dishes instead of disposables.
  • Make your own invitations from scrap or recycled paper.
  • Use old T-shirts for cleaning and dusting cloths.

Cooking Tips:

  • Reuse aluminum cooking trays; do not use disposable ones.
  • Buy only as much food as needed; food wastes are more of our household waste than aluminum cans, plastic bottles and glass combined.
  • Freeze leftovers for meals.

Decorating Tips:

  • Buy an artificial tree instead of buying a "live" tree each year.
  • Make planting a tree part of your holiday tradition.
  • Avoid all one-time use decorations such as spray snow and window stickers.

For more information on waste reduction and recycling, please visit us on the web at or call (813) 348 -1111.

"Mayor's Book Talk" Welcomes Author Margo Hammond

Mayor's Book Talk Logo Mayor Iorio's guest on the December episode of "Mayor's Book Talk" is Margo Hammond, a former book editor for the St. Petersburg Times and co-author of Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures. Between the Covers, written together with Ellen Heltzel, another seasoned book editor, is a unique collection of fiction and nonfiction that reflects how women really read. In it the two journalists recommend more than 500 books based on what women care about most.

The mayor's book discussion group, fifth grade students from Rampello Downtown Partnership School, talk about The Anybodies by N.E. Bode, as well as Barack Obama, An American Story by Roberta Edwards. The Anybodies is a fanciful tale of two children who were mistakenly swapped at birth. When the mix-up is discovered, both families decide to UNSWAP the kids for the summer - a very adventurous summer. Barack Obama, An American Story describes the early life of our President-elect, and the remarkable journey that has led him into history as the 44th President of the United States. Students can read along with the mayor by logging onto for discussion questions and upcoming book selections.

Mayor Iorio also talks with Carla Jimenez from Inkwood Books, a popular South Tampa bookstore, about some of today's most engaging and current reading selections.

"Mayor's Book Talk" can be viewed on City of Tampa Television (CTTV), Channel 15 on Verizon FiOS and Channel 615 on Bright House Networks. Replay times for "Mayor's Book Talk" are Sundays at 3:30 p.m., Mondays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.

Tampa Police Department's Citizens' Academy

Tampa Police Department's Citizens AcademyHave you ever wondered what it would feel like to be in a high-speed pursuit? Would you like to experience a shoot or not shoot situation from an officer's eyes?

These are just a few training scenarios that 30 Tampa residents recently participated in during this year's Citizens' Police Academy. These brave "recruits" experienced some of the rigorous training that prepares Tampa Police officers to protect and serve. This hands-on training was both challenging and informative for the academy participants. The recruits soon learned that TV is not always reality and making split-second decisions as a police officer can be stressful, even in a training setting. The next time one of the 30 citizens' academy graduates sees a news story about a Tampa Police officer, each will have a new understanding of the many factors involved in making these decisions.

For more information on enrolling in the next Citizen's Academy, contact Sgt. Ruben Delgado at

Tampa Police Launch Operation "Roll Call"

Tampa Police Launch Operation "Roll Call"The Tampa Police Department is taking roll calls into the neighbor-hoods. The new initiative further enhances the department's partnership with Tampa's citizens. The great teamwork with residents has already helped reduce crime over the last five years. Now, officers have a new opportunity to talk to neighbors about crime trends and possible solutions during roll calls. The initiative has been well received with residents and businesses hosting dozens of the weekly roll calls on their front porches, back yards, driveways and parking lots.

CTTV Provides Hands-On Experience as Part of National Job Shadowing Day

CTTV Producer/Director Brian Sullivan gives Maurice Parrish an overview of the equipment used during a live Barrio Latino Commission meeting in the control room at Old City Hall.An active Hillsborough Community College (HCC) radio/TV broadcast student was recently given an opportunity to confirm that his career path is headed in the right direction. Maurice Parrish stepped into the City of Tampa Television (CTTV) lobby to begin a day of exciting discovery and hands-on learning.

Parrish, a disc jockey for HCC's HWK radio (AM 5020), received guidance from CTTV Producer/Director Frank Crum and Assistant Producer Chris Philips.  Together they made their way through edit suites, master control operation, and into the spacious studio.  Parrish set up microphones for Mayor's Book Talk, observed the editing of various government programs, and received a demonstration of CTTV's state-of-the-art production truck. Eventually the trio made its way downtown to Old City Hall where Parrish assisted in the cable casting of a live meeting.

"It was a great experience for him, because it helped him to realize that this is something he wanted to do," said Crum. "I could see the passion in his eyes and he had a lot of questions."

This job shadowing experience was part of Disability Mentoring Day, an annual opportunity for community professionals to mentor students with special needs during National Disability Awareness Month. Each year, City of Tampa employees volunteer to escort students around their departments and show them what it takes to be good at their jobs.  The program is coordinated by the American Association of People with Disabilities and organized locally by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council to guide students to a potential career choice.

Parrish's experience with radio broadcast inspired him to learn more about the TV side of the industry. He was able to see first-hand what working at CTTV is all about. Actually being able to see, touch, and work with the high-tech equipment that he may be using in his career proved to be an exciting and invaluable experience.

"This was a blessing for me to even be here," Parrish said. "This was a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Parrish commented that he now knows that this is what he wants to do and has decided to become more involved in the field.  And the visit proved fruitful for both parties. The student returned to CTTV in December to serve as a special projects intern.

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