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TOCA Meeting
Tuesday, July 31st at 7PM
Town ‘N Country Library
1st Floor Meeting Room A

Meet the CandidatesWith the August Primary Election just around the corner and early voting beginning August 13th, TOCA has planned a special political forum for residents giving them the opportunity to meet and greet candidates running for Hillsborough County Circuit Judge and for County Court Judge.

Do you wonder who to vote for in the judge races? This is your chance to meet, listen, and ask questions to those that will be on the ballot. Judge races are nonpartisan, so what better way to learn more about the candidates than meeting them face to face. Politics affect each and every one of us, so doesn't it make sense to be part of the process and become an informed voter? This is your chance to meet the candidates in person, ask your questions, state your concerns, and decide who the best person for the job is. Candidates will be given three minutes to speak and to persuade you to vote for him/her instead of their opponents.

We ask those who want to question a candidate to make their questions short and perhaps read from prepared notes so the points are made in minimum time without rambling as time will be of the essence. Each person will be allowed one minute to ask his or her question and the candidate will be allowed one minute to reply. At the end of the session, each candidate will make a closing statement. The candidates appreciate such a forum, as this is a good way for them to make themselves known personally to voters.

The event begins at 7:00 pm allowing time for residents to mingle with the candidates and enjoy the usual array of good food, desserts, and drinks. Drawings for door prizes will be held at the end of the meeting. TOCA meetings are open to all residents – homeowners and renters. You don't want to miss this opportunity, so plan now to attend this important meeting!

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Uneven sidewalkSidewalks in Twelve Oaks belong to and are managed by Hillsborough County. Any lipping/trip hazards should be reported to the County immediately. The more homeowners that place service work orders, the more likely we are to have the County put us on their budget year calendar. Please use the link below and report as many as you can and ask your friends/neighbors to do the same. By using this link, you will be given a service ticket number. The more homeowners to report, the better. https://service.hillsboroughcounty.org/311/roads-sidewalks/

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Join Us

2018 TOCA Membership

Have you forgotten to renew your 2018 TOCA Membership? It’s never too late to join or renew. Each new member makes us that much stronger, both in numbers and in the resources available to our organization. If you have not joined or renewed your membership for 2018 and would like to pay using PayPal, simply go to TOCA page, and follow the prompts. If you prefer, download, complete and mail the 2018 TOCA Membership Application along with your check made out to TOCA at P.O. Box 261012 Tampa, FL, 33685. Please include your email address and phone number as they are very important and make it possible for the association to communicate important information to residents in a timely manner.

Thank you to the residents whose dues were received between May 9th through June 8th:

  • Lynda Joyce McConnell – Brookview
  • Eduardo & Ana Macias – Kirkwood
  • Otto Cuenca & Dunia Enriquez – Meadow
  • Yaremis Medina – Mitchell
  • Jimmy & Peggy Miller – Twelve Oaks
  • Presencio & Rosa Duran – Twelve Oaks
  • Dawn Fair – Twelve Oaks
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Welcome New Neighbors:
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  • Nicholas Webb & family - 7427 Oakvista
  • Srea Ly - 8256 Malvern

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Doggie dispenserDid Your Dog Drop Something? Complaints have been received about the dog waste left on common areas and on neighbor’s yards. Dog waste is a threat to the health of our children, degrades our community, transmits disease, and is a major contributor to water pollution. A Hillsborough County law states that you must leash, curb, and clean up after your dog. “Doggie Bag Dispensers“ and bags, provided by TOCA and filled by community volunteers, are located at the canal areas on Kirkwood, Barry, Overbrook, Armand Drive, Rustic (near Oakmoor), Rustic (near Vassar), on Twelve Oaks Blvd. near Oakview, and by the lake on Twelve Oaks Blvd. Dog-walkers are encouraged to take and use one of the disposable bags that are provided to clean up after their pet. If you walk your dog in an area that does not have a dispenser, take a disposal bag with you. Please dispose of the used bags properly.

Remember to "Think Before You Throw" and toss all trash into one of the trash receptacles that are strategically placed throughout Twelve Oaks.

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Outback Steakhouse logoThe Twelve Oaks' Ladies Social Group will meet for lunch at The Outback Steakhouse located at 11950 Sheldon Rd. Monday, July 30th at 11:30 am. We would love for you to join us. Consider inviting a neighbor, friend, or relative!

Interested? Contact Marsha at 886.7323 or Rosemarie at 885.5753.

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Thank You on a road signThank You and Congratulations To The Winners! Thank you to the businesses that contributed door prizes for the May 15th TOCA meeting. A special thank you to Walmart and Publix for their donations of food and supplies. Donors, prizes, and resident winners were:
  • Carrabba’s (Sheldon Rd.)
    • $25 gift card to Susan Stringfellow
  • Outback Steakhouse (Sheldon Rd.)
    • 2 Aussie-tizers and 2 desserts to to Nanette Bonilla
  • Jeff Berg, Realtor (Coldwell Banker)
    • $25 Panera Bread gift card to Scott Galusha
  • Village Inn (Hillsborough Ave.)
    • 3 free pie coupons to Reggie Henschel
  • Florida Aquarium
    • 2 Free Adult Tickets to Glenna Haynes
  • Kuchi Sushi & Hibachi (Anderson Rd.)
    • $15 gift card to Betty Myrick
  • Sarah Richards
    • Gift Basket to Jenna Polizzi
The generosity of these businesses and individuals certainly demonstrates their dedication to the community of Twelve Oaks. Thank Them By Supporting Them!

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Twelve Oaks Special District 2018-19 Budget Vote
Wednesday, July 11th — 7:00 PM
Town ’N Country Library – 2nd Floor Conference Room
Homeowners are encouraged to attend.
Proposed assessment per home to remain $120.00
Review the budget http://www.TwelveOaksOnline.com/tosd.html#budget

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FireworksFireworks - Traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks are all part of our celebration of the Fourth of July. Firecrackers and rockets are illegal for private use in the State of Florida. The only thing legal are approved sparklers, according to Florida State Statute #791. For safety reasons it is best to Leave Fireworks To The Professionals! You can celebrate Fourth of July by flying the American flag, have a cookout, attend a ball game, and then enjoy fireworks by attending one of the many professional fireworks displays in the Tampa Bay Area. They are beautiful, free, and most of all, safe for you and your family. We do not want to hear of one of our residents being injured or of any resident’s property being damaged. If you insist on discharging your own fireworks, please show respect for your neighbors who may be elderly or sick, or who have babies who need to sleep, and pets that can become traumatized by exploding fireworks. To report fireworks being discharged, call the Sheriff’s Non-Emergency number at 247.8200 and provide them with the street address.

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Tree being prunedHomeowners Beware - Beware of cut-rate prices for tree trimming and scams. Anyone in Florida can call himself a tree professional. All he needs is a $100 chainsaw from a pawnshop, an inexpensive business license, and a customer looking for a cheap deal. There are no state regulations requiring knowledge and proficiency in tree service, liability insurance, or worker's compensation insurance.

"Buyer beware" if you're offered a discount deal after a knock on the door. Heed the advice of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, which warns against hiring unqualified contractors who promise a variety of services at cut-rate prices. They may show up at your door, advertise in local papers, or deliver fliers to your home. Often they'll use high-pressure sales tactics and claim to be working at a house down the street. Warning - This has happened in Twelve Oaks!

Beware of a great deal! Improper work can kill your tree and you may be left with a large amount of debris to dispose of. Protect yourself by first checking with the Better Business Bureau for complaints lodged against the business. Insist on a written estimate for the work that includes details of the work to be performed, including debris disposal, cleaning the work area and removal of cut wood.

Never pay for the entire job upfront. Most businesses should be able to do the job and get paid at the completion of the job. If a company is not willing to do this, consider finding another company. Before work begins, get a signed contract with the total dollar amount and the date work will be completed. Final payment shouldn't be made until the job is completed to your satisfaction. Always pay by check or credit card.

ISA Certified Arborist logoIt is always a good idea to inquire whether the tree trimmer is an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) certified arborist. Certified Arborists are experienced professionals who have a minimum of three years' full-time experience within the professional tree care industry and have passed an extensive examination covering all aspects of tree care. In addition, ISA certified arborists are required to complete continuing education in order to recertify. Interested in hiring an ISA certified arborist? Check out: http://www.isa-arbor.com/findArborist/findarborist.aspx.

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Neighborhood Watch PatrolTwelve Oaks Watch Patrol — Community volunteers drive around our neighborhood with "Twelve Oaks Watch Patrol" magnetic signs on their cars and a flashing light. These people are neighbors who volunteer to help make our community safer. The patrol volunteers do not stop cars or people, but do have a significant impact on lowering crime. Their presence makes it known that we, as a community, are observing and watching for suspicious persons, vehicles, or incidents to report directly to the Sheriff’s Dept. Patrol volunteers are needed for August and September. If you would like to help, please contact Ann Carletti at 888.7212 or email: tocrimepatrol@gmail.com. A gasoline gift card is given to those who patrol at least three to four days in a week and turn in a brief report.

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EmailNeighborhood Watch: If you would like to be placed on the Neighborhood Watch email list and receive updates, please email your name and physical address to nwatch12oaks@gmail.com. Neighborhood Watch email is one tool to help keep residents informed. Important message: If you have already signed up and are not receiving the updates make sure you add nwatch12oaks@gmail.com into your address book.

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House numbersHouse Numbers! Can You Find Them? Once again, we would like to impress upon Twelve Oaks residents the importance of having address numbers clearly visible on their homes. Police, fire and rescue personnel have wasted precious time trying to find the correct location of an emergency because the homes were poorly marked – or not marked at all. House numbers should be attached by the front door or near the front entrance of your home. They should be large enough to be seen from the roadway in all types of weather and lighting conditions. Residents should consider posting their address numbers on both sides of their mailbox, or near a porch light so they are clearly visible at night. Do not allow hanging plants, overgrown shrubs, or partially opened doors to obscure your house numbers. Having to search for an address could be the difference between life and death.

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Barking dogDog Barking Noise Ordinance — Last year Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously approved the dog barking noise ordinance, which allows neighbors to report animals that bark, meow, or make other loud noise continuously for more than 20 minutes. Pet owners who run afoul of the law could be fined up to $500. The new ordinance requires two neighbors to file an affidavit against a pet owner or one resident to submit a recording of continuous noise for an owner to be investigated. The ordinance will be enforced by county code enforcement or by Sheriff's Office deputies.

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Sprinkler systemWater Restrictions - Twelve Oaks residents are reminded that water restrictions are in effect. It’s easy to remember your watering days. Just follow the guide below:
  • Monday and/or Thursday — addresses ending in 0,1, 2, or 3
  • Tuesday and/or Friday — addresses ending in 4, 5, or 6
  • Wednesday and/or Saturday — addresses ending in 7, 8, or 9 and locations with no addresses (common areas, entry areas).
Remember: Water before 8 am, or after 6 pm. ($500 fines enforced if you are caught violating restrictions.)

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Town 'N Country News

SeniorsThe Town 'N Country Senior Center located at 7606 Paula Drive provides stimulating activities including health, wellness, educational programs, opportunities for socialization, and nutritious meals in an environment for active, independent adults 50 years of age and older. Seniors can learn about Medicare, how to manage prescriptions, and the importance of having blood pressure checks. All are part of the center's mission to focus on active adults and healthy living. The Center is open Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. (NOTE: The Center will be closed Wednesday, July 4th.)

Exercise classes including walking, weight training, and cardio fitness are offered. Seniors can learn Tai Chi, Zumba, Yoga, line dancing, acoustic guitar, and more. Spanish, Italian, French, ESOL (English), and Sign Language classes are offered. Ongoing activities include billiards, dominoes, card games, table games, and board games. The Center is part of the Computers for Seniors Program. There are computers available for use and the Center provides computer training to seniors. Seniors learn about Medicare, how to manage prescriptions, good nutrition, and the importance of having blood pressure checks.

In addition to a Weekly Activity Schedule the Center offers many Special Events. Events planned for July include a Fourth of July Celebration, a field trip to Bowling at Pin Chasers, A Hurricane Preparedness Presentation, Wellness and Nutrition Education presentations, Book of the Month Club, a July Birthday Celebration, and much more.

For a complete calendar of events or additional information about the Town ‘N Country Senior Center call 873.6336.

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Town 'N Country LibraryVisit the Town ‘N Country Library: Exciting activities and programs are being offered at our local library all summer. Activities in July include book discussions, computer classes in English and Spanish, stories, games, and activities for toddlers and youth ages 5 to 12, and programs for teens and adults. (NOTE: The library will be closed Wednesday, July 4th.)

July programs for adults include:
  • Sahaja meditation, a simple, time-honored meditation technique that reduces stress and increases wellness will be offered every Saturday at 10:30 am.
  • Crystal Bowls Concert and Educational Talk - July 7th at 3:00 pm join Crystal Bowl Musician, Patricia Nielsen, as she discusses the many health benefits of listening to crystal bowls. Bring a towel or mat, wear comfortable clothing, and enjoy a relaxing concert as Ms. Nielsen plays harmonizing sounds and music from crystal bowls.
  • Paper Quilling Rock Star - July 12th at 2:00 pm learn how to make an eye-catching and colorful masterpiece using the art of paper quilling. All supplies provided. Limited to 10 participants. Registration required.
  • July 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Florida Licensing On Wheels will bring the following motorist services directly to the customer: first time licenses, convert out of state license, renewals, replacements for lost or stolen license, address/name changes, ID cards, reinstatements, emergency contact information registration, vehicle registration renewals, disabled parking placard issuance and renewals. Visit the GatherGoGet website (gathergoget.com) for a complete listing of documents needed and fees. This program is in partnership with Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
  • Jamaican Music and Poetry with Lasana Bandelé - July 25th at 6:30 pm join prolific Jamaican musician and poet Lasana Bandelé as he shares a brief history of his beloved country of Jamaica through poetry and folk songs. Discover the beauty of Jamaican culture as Lasana Bandelé weaves together a tapestry of life, love, hopes, and dreams on vocals and guitar.
Programs for youth include:
  • July 3rd at 1:30 pm children in grades K-5 will enjoy The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit, an all-puppet, musical adaptation of the classic tale about a mischievous rabbit who learns mother knows best. Presented by Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre.
  • July 6th at 1:30 pm meet Lipi the Juggler as he presents Juggling Around the World. This fun and educational show chronicles the art of juggling from the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians to modern circuses.
  • July 10th at 1:30 pm the Fritzy Brothers One Man Circus will perform. Kids will be amazed and entertained by juggling, unicycling, and other fantastic circus feats.
  • Friday, July 13th kids will enjoy a Rockin’ Singalong Concert. Julie Austin plays guitar, ukulele, autoharp, and more. Rock out with songs, dance, sign language, and story songs.
  • Cesar Domico’s Amazing Magic Show - A Comedy Magic Show will take place July 17th at 1:30 pm. Magician Cesar Domico's combination of magic and humor will grab the attention of kids in grades K – 5 in this creative and dynamic live show.
  • July 27th at 1:30 pm kids will enjoy Magic and Mayhem Presents: “8”. Discover the fantastic fun that can be created with just "8" magical ingredients! This high energy program combines magic, music, and color to unlock the power of creativity. Special guest: ChaChing the Amazing Bunny!
Listed here are only a few of the programs offered in July. The Friends of the Town 'N Country Regional Library Bargain Street Book Store is open at all times that the Library is open with books at bargain prices. For information on these and other library activities visit the Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library website, click on Schedule of Events or call 813.801.6722.

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Dog parkThe Northwest County Dog Park is open for business from sunrise to sunset. The park is located at 8951 W. Waters Ave, next to the HART Transfer Center and across the street from the YMCA. The play area features 5 acres with a 6-foot galvanized chain link fence with double gated entries. The area is split into two separate access areas for small and large dogs. In addition, there are shaded pavilions, public restrooms, benches, water fountains for people and dogs, agility equipment, dog wash areas, and more. Your dog will love this dog park and he/she will love you for taking him/her there.

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Northwest Skate ParkThe Northwest (Town ‘N Country) Skate Park is located in front of the Jackson Springs Recreation Center. This summer the park will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and closed on Sundays. The skate park features a street and transition course that caters to all styles of skateboarding. It is free of charge; however, waivers must be signed and notarized. Skaters must take precautions and follow the park's rules. By following the rules you ensure that the community continues to enjoy this awesome park. Helmets are recommended for all, but mandatory if you are 17 or under. Children twelve and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times and they must wear full knee and elbow pads. Shirts and shoes are required at all times. For information about the Skate Park call 554.5004.

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Town 'N Country Garden CircleThe Town ‘N Country Garden Circle will not meet in June, July, or August. Circle members will be working all summer starting and caring for new plants for their Fall Plant Sale, volunteering at the “Kids In The Garden” summer camp, and volunteering for various events at the Tampa Garden Club. If you are interested in joining the Garden Circle contact Linda Mann at 813.886.8193.
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News At Large

be Hurricane PreparedIt’s Still Hurricane Season - The most important thing that you can do is to be informed and prepared! Disaster prevention includes both being prepared as well as being safe.
  • Prepare a hurricane survival kit that includes food, water, medicine, and batteries for you, your family, and your pets.
  • Secure important documents including insurance papers in waterproof bags or containers.
  • Pre-register special needs or elderly residents that may need assistance at a Special Needs Shelter.
  • Hurricane preparedness information, along with hurricane evacuation zones and shelters can be found in the online. Printed guides also are available at post offices, fire stations, public libraries, and the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center.
  • Know your evacuation zone and where you're going to go if an evacuation is ordered.
  • Keep up with weather developments and official instructions as storms form so you have plenty of time to secure your home, boat, pets, and family.
For hurricane information contact Hillsborough County Emergency Management at 236.3800 or http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/public-safety/emergency-management/stay-safe.

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Mosquito seasonImportant Notice – Fight the Bite – It’s that time of the year again, what we affectionately call “Mosquito Season”. The rainy season is finally here and there may be a lot of standing water in some areas. Twelve Oaks residents are encouraged to follow these simple rules to help control the breeding of mosquitoes in their own backyards:
  • Keep all containers that can hold water in your yards empty. Mosquitoes love to lay their eggs in stagnant water!
  • Mosquitoes can breed in water that does not drain from gutters. Remember to keep you gutters clean.
  • Dump and refill all pets’ water bowls and bird baths every two to three days - that way the water doesn’t become stagnant and evolve into a “breeding site”.
  • Remove standing water from the top of pool and spa covers.
  • Cover boats with a tight fitting tarp.
  • Drill holes in tire swings. Recycle used tires or store in a covered area.
  • Try to stay indoors at dawn and dusk. If you must go outside during these times, wear long sleeved shirts and pants, and spray yourself with a mosquito repellant, preferably one that contains DEET. The label will list the chemicals. As a non-pesticide alternative, a University of Iowa found that catnip oil on your skin is 10 times more effective at keeping mosquitos at bay than DEET.
  • Educate your neighbors and friends on how they can help control mosquitoes, so you are not eliminating a breeding site on your property, only to have them come over to visit from next door.
For more information, please download the Hillsborough County Mosquito Fact Sheet. To report mosquito problems in your area or to request service, contact Mosquito Control at 635.5400. Their staff will investigate the areas where complaints originate. Staff will either treat the isolated area where they find larvae or send night drivers, with the spray trucks, out to the community to handle it.

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School busesSchool Bus Drivers Needed - Hillsborough County Public Schools is looking to hire more than 100 school bus drivers. Perks of the job include employer sponsored Health/Life Benefits, a state sponsored retirement program, school calendar vacation schedule, and paid federal holidays. Learn more about how you can become an important part of the school transportation team by calling 813.982.5521.

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School crossing signSheriff’s Office Needs School Crossing Guards — School starts August 10th and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is looking to fill numerous crossing guard positions throughout Hillsborough County. Crossing Guards are responsible for the safety of children crossing busy streets and intersections to and from school. It is necessary to maintain a pleasant, courteous, and helpful attitude toward the school children and the general public at all times. Guards work two shifts per day: 7:10 to 8:25 am and 2 to 2:45 pm (some school hours vary). No weekends or holidays. For information: Google Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office - Crossing Guards. Applications available on-line.

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Hillsborough County InformationFor County Services, Who Do You Call? Contact Hillsborough County at 272.5900, a one-stop county service and information center! The center provides comprehensive information and referral to all government, health, and social services in the community. It coordinates government service requests and handles complaints quickly and courteously. This office works with all county departments to ensure you receive accurate and timely responses.

Hillsborough County Information – 272.5900 – Se Habla Espano

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