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Community Cleanup “Dumpster Day”
Overbrook Canal Area
Saturday, April 27th
9AM to Noon

Dumpster DaySpring is here and for many of us it’s time to clean out the garage, trim trees, and maybe repair or replace that old fence! It’s time to get rid of “stuff” you don’t want or need, stuff that is just taking up room or creating a mess in the garage or back yard. The Twelve Oaks Civic Association applied for and received a County mini-grant that will fund the dumpsters needed for the cleanup. The Cleanup will take place Saturday, April 27th from 9am to noon. The grant, provided by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and sponsored by the Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations and Hillsborough County Division of Solid Waste, will be used to help Twelve Oaks’ residents dispose of large items not appropriate for normal curbside pickup. Twelve Oaks volunteers will provide all labor as an in-kind contribution to the project.

For your convenience, 5 roll-off dumpsters will be placed at the Overbrook Canal site. Residents must adhere to established rules for residential waste disposal. Acceptable items are appliances (including stoves, refrigerators, and water heaters), metals, electronics, televisions, radios, microwave ovens, furniture, mattresses, wood, large amounts of yard waste and litter. Some items, such as tires, electronics, and appliances containing freon (refrigerators and air conditioners) will have roll-off dumpsters specifically designated for their disposal.

Items not accepted include household garbage, batteries, solid waste from commercial activity, hazardous chemicals, and household chemicals such as paint, solvents, pool chemicals, lawn and garden products.

NOTE: Hazardous chemicals and household chemicals are accepted at the County North Maintenance Unit located at 9805 Sheldon Road from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on the 1st Saturday of every month. Chemical wastes are disposed of only at sites approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Chemicals and Electronics MUST NOT be set out for curbside collection. DO NOT pour chemicals down the drain or on the ground. Questions?? Call Solid Waste Customer Service 813.272.5680 or Household Chemical and Electronics information 813.964.2769.

Twelve Oaks residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of unwanted household items, tree trimmings, and yard “clutter”.

  • Join us in making a difference in our neighborhood!
Volunteers Needed For:
  • Median/Island Clean - up (gloves, bags, and vests will be provided)
  • Volunteers with trucks are needed to bring unwanted items to the dumpsters
Meet Between 8:45 - 9:00 am at the canal area on Overbrook Drive. Donuts and Coffee will be available for volunteers.

Are you willing to volunteer or do you need assistance transporting unwanted items to the dumpsters? If so, email or call Jennifer at 813.508.5822 or jennifermmahoney@yahoo.com.

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Important Message! Trustees of the Twelve Oaks Special District (TOSD) are committed to helping homeowners understand how their tax dollars are allocated. We make information transparent and easy to understand. The first Proposed Budget Hearing for 2019-20 will take place April 10th at the regularly scheduled TOSD meeting. The meeting will be held at the Town ‘N Country Library 2nd Floor Conference Room at 7:00 pm.

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Street sweepingOne More Time! – Street Sweeping – April 16th This will be final sweep to rid Twelve Oaks of all the tree pollen and leaves that have plagued our community since January. Spring is here, flowers are blooming, grass is turning green, and the trees have all new growth. Do not park cars on the streets from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on April 16th. If you notice that your neighbor’s car is parked on the street, please remind them that the sweeper is coming. One parked car equals nearly three car lengths of space that can't be swept because the street sweeper must leave room to avoid it.
  • Warning: Your tax dollars pay for street sweeping in Twelve Oaks! DO NOT blow, sweep, or rake grass clippings and leaves into our roadways and storm drains on street sweeping days or any other day. Some residents and yard service people have been seen blowing debris onto the streets just before and just after street sweeping days. Not only is it unsightly, but it’s also a waste of your money. According to the Hillsborough County Dept. of Public Works this is considered “ILLEGAL DUMPING”, and if caught by Code Enforcement or the Sheriff’s Dept., you can be fined. For proof, the driver of the sweeper will be taking photos of anyone breaking this law. Bag the leaves and put them out for pickup on Saturday or use them to mulch your plants. If you have a lawn service, please inform them of this warning.

    NOTE: The sweeper WILL NOT return to your area to pick up the leaves you blow into the street.

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Kuchi Sushi & Hibachi logoThe Twelve Oaks' Ladies Social Group will meet for lunch at Kuchi Sushi & Hibachi located at 9206 Anderson Rd., (near the AMC Theaters), Monday, April 29th at 11:30 am. Please join us! Invite a neighbor, friend, or relative.

Interested? Contact Marsha at 886.7323 or Rosemarie at 885.5753.

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Hillsborough County - At Your Service
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As you travel around Twelve Oaks and Town ‘N Country, you probably see many things that someone in the county should take care of — and they usually will if they know about them — but they don’t have people out looking for things that need fixing. Hillsborough County is working to meet the needs of residents through “At Your Service”, and online customer service center. Residents are able to submit service requests for suspected code violations, potholes, sidewalk problems, downed street signs, clogged storm drains, etc. online 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. Requests are directly routed to the right team to provide prompt service and replies are usually provided within one business day. Twelve Oaks residents are encouraged to sign up and enjoy the benefits! Report online at https://service.hillsboroughcounty.org/311/. For assistance, you may also call 813.272-5900, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

Do not use this system to report emergencies. For emergencies call 9-11.

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Snipe signsWarning About Posting Signs: According to Hillsborough County Code Enforcement, SIGNS in any residential area are prohibited, with a few exceptions. Exceptions include realtor signs, subdivision meeting or recognition signs, street signs, and governmental informational signs. Snipe signs (such as “For Sale or For Rent by Owner” or “Garage Sale”) nailed, stapled, or taped to utility equipment or trees or placed in public areas (such as our entrances, street corners, islands, and The Greenway) are prohibited. Never staple or nail signs of any kind to trees because doing so will damage a tree and eventually cause a tree to die. Residents who tape ‘lost pet or found pet’ signs to trees or poles are asked to remove the signs and tape once the animal is found or after 7 days if the animal is not found. These signs are difficult to read after a few days and they certainly are not an added attraction to our neighborhood when they are not completely removed. If a pet is lost send details to our community Webmaster at TwelveOaksOnline@gmail.com and to Nwatch@gmail.com, and you can post on Facebook, Twelve Oaks Tampa. Also contact Animal Resources at www.hillsboroughcounty.org/residents/animals-and-pets

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Uneven sidewalkSidewalks and Streets in Twelve Oaks belong to and are managed by Hillsborough County. Broken or uneven sidewalks and street potholes should be reported to the County immediately. Contact Public Works at http://HCFLGov.net/AtYourService or 813.635.5400 or use the link below to report problems that you see and ask your friends/neighbors to do the same. Sidewalks and Streets in Twelve Oaks belong to and are managed by Hillsborough County. By using this link, you will be given a service ticket number. The more homeowners to report, the better.

The link to report road and sidewalk issues is: https://service.hillsboroughcounty.org/311/roads-sidewalks

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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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Social MediaTwelve Oaks in Social Media: Twelve Oaks Tampa is a Group Facebook page designed to connect our residents with neighbors and the surrounding community. Members can use this group to exchange information, learn more about the community, and interact with neighbors and local businesses. Search for ‘Twelve Oaks Tampa’ on Facebook and request to join our group today. This is a handy way to keep tabs on special events, lost/found pets, and general neighborhood information. You are also encouraged to visit our community website – www.TwelveOaksOnline.com for all community news.

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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

School NewsMorgan Woods Elementary School - students have participated in a “MyOn Minion” Challenge and the school’s Media Center will host a “MyOn Minion Madness” celebration party all during the month of April. Students have been encouraged to have a multitude of minutes logged on “MyOn” helping to build their mind’s muscles. Students who have read for the most minutes on “MyOn” during March are invited to the celebration that will include visiting minions, minion magic, and banana pops.

Important dates for parents to remember:
  • April 8 – Non-Student Day
  • April 9 – Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
  • April 11 – Award Ceremony
  • April 19 – Non-Student Day
Questions? Contact the school office at 872.5369.

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Town 'N Country Garden CircleThe Town ‘N Country Garden Circle will meet Wed. April 3th at 11:30 am at the Jackson Springs Community Recreation Center annex building, 8620 Jackson Springs Road. Lunch is provided by circle members. Following the business meeting, a hands-on program, Fairy Dish Gardens with Succulents will be presented. Members need to bring their own dish, dirt and (fairies?) to create a miniature landscape with succulents, stones, knick-knacks and imagination.

  • Town ‘N Country Garden Circle Annual Spring Plant Sale will take place Saturday, April 6th from 8 am – 2 pm at 7215 Turnmore Drive located by the Veteran’s Expressway, just off Barry Road. (look for large sign). Florida friendly plants, grown by Garden Circle members, will be sold at reasonable prices. Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund projects throughout the community. Craft tables and raffles are planned.
For information about the Garden Circle contact Linda Mann at 813.886.8193.

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SeniorsThe Town 'N Country Senior Center 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. Located on the first floor of the Town ‘N Country Library, the Center is open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Cardio fitness, Zumba, Yoga, Tai Chi, Stretch and Tone and Dance classes are offered. On any given day, guests could be working out in classes or alone in the fitness center, watching movies, participating in Karaoke Club, Rummikub Club, Busy Hands (crochet, knit & sew), art classes, playing billiards, bridge, bingo, mahjongg, or pinochle. Beginner Spanish and English classes, Italian, conversational French, and sign language are also offered. Computers are available for use and the Center provides computer training. Seniors learn about Medicare, how to manage prescriptions, good nutrition, and the importance of having blood pressure checks.

Special activities/programs for February include the 90 Day Wellness Challenge that began in January. Participants have embarked on a 90-day journey of walking and drinking water to start the new year with a healthy challenge.

Special programs & events in April include:
  • Feb. 1: 1:30 pm – Super Bowl Friday Fun and Games
  • April 1 – 5 is TNC Spirit Week – 1st Backwards Shirt Day, 2nd Crazy Hat Day, 3rd Fitness / Aerobic Attire, 4th Pajama Day, 5th Crazy Socks
  • April 10: 11:45 am– Nutrition Education – Stop Emotional Eating
  • April 11: 2:00 pm – Book of the Month Club
  • April 16 and 18: 8:30 am – Earth Month – Garden Activities
  • April 19: 1:30 pm – Easter Dance Party
  • April 22: 8:30 am – Earth Day – Re-mulching the garden and continental breakfast
  • April 23: 9:00 am – Central Ybor City / Channel-side Tour and Lunch $$
  • April 25:
    • 1:00 pm – Armchair Travel – Meet The Animals
    • 1:00 pm – Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
  • April 26: 1:30 pm – Spring Talent Show and Birthday Celebration
  • April 27: 12:30 pm – World Tai Chi Day Celebration (light refreshments)
For a complete calendar of events or additional information about the Town ‘N Country Senior Center call 873.6336.

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UF/IFAS Florida Master Gardener Program LogoThe Hillsborough County Extension Service offers free plant clinics at the Town and Country Library. The programs are given by volunteer Master Gardeners that are trained by the University of Florida. All information is research-based by the University.
Evergreen wisteria flowersThis month's topic Flowering Vines will be the topic of discussion at the Master Gardener program Thursday, April 11th at 6:30 pm. Participants will learn how flowering vines can add interest to a landscape both vertically and horizontally as groundcovers. Learn about easy-to-grow vines for color in different seasons and tricks to keep your vines manageable.

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Town 'N Country LibraryVisit the Town ‘N Country Library: Book discussions, English conversational skills, computer classes, used book sales, activities for toddlers, teens and adults, and more are offered at our local library.

Programs offered in April include:
  • Sahaja Meditation is held Saturdays at 10:30 am and Yoga for Beginners is on Mondays, April 8th and 22nd at 11:00 am.
  • Financing Your Senior Year Tuesday, April 9th at 7:00 pm, Personal Finance for Teens, Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 pm, and Living on Your Own Thursday, April 11th. These presentations, geared toward young adults, teens, and their parents, will cover budgeting skills and identify important decisions teens make that impact their future financial security.
  • Flowering Vines will be the topic of discussion at the Master Gardener program Thursday, April 11th at 6:30 pm.
  • Monday, April 15th at 10:00 am Florida Licensing on Wheels brings 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.
  • An Introduction to Genealogy will be offered Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00 pm. Adults can learn about their family tree, explore the library’s genealogical research resources, and discover tips and tricks to uncovering their family history.
  • The Creative Arts Theatre Company, the City of Tampa’s professional theatre company for young audiences, will perform Wake Up, Brother Bear Thursday, April 18th at 2:00 pm. Children, ages 3-7, can watch as Brother and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons. They will see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond.
  • Super Quillers - Ever want to be a Super Quiller? Thursday, April 18th at 4:00 pm, children in grades 6-12 can learn all about twirls, spirals, coils, and more at this hands-on program for those who enjoy making extraordinary works of art from paper. Tools and materials provided.
  • Attention teens and adults! Are you intrigued by electronics projects, but scared of soldering? You won't be after this fun, hands-on intro. Fun with Soldering will be offered Saturday, April 27th at 1:30 pm. Learn the basics of safely using a soldering iron so you can lose the fear and start making. All materials will be provided. A waiver must be signed before the class by a parent or guardian for those under 18. Registration is required. Limited to 10 participants.
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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VITA logoFree Tax Help from VITA provided through Hillsborough County and coordinated through the United Way Suncoast is available at the Town ‘N Country Library for people who make $66,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. This service is available Tuesdays, April 2 and 9, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, Fridays, April 4 and 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, and Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. For additional information or appointment call 813.215.6528.

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AARP Tax-Aide logoAARP Tax-Aide provides FREE tax preparation assistance to taxpayers with low and middle incomes through April 8th. Special attention is given to people age 60 and older, but you do not need to be an AARP member or a retiree to use the service. The closest site to Twelve Oaks is the American Legion Post 152 located at 11211 Sheldon Road. This service is available every Monday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. No appointment necessary.p>

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News At Large

Senior Citizen DiscountsSeniors – Apply for this Special Break Before May 12thOnce you turn 65 years of age, Hillsborough Public Utilities Department offers a 25% senior citizen's discount for the solid waste disposal assessment to residential customers who qualify. To qualify for the Senior Citizen Discount, you must be at least 65 years of age by January 1, 2020. You must own and live in your home and your home must be located in unincorporated Hillsborough County. The reduced fee is reflected every year, in November, on your Ad Valorem Tax Bill. You can obtain the application form from the Solid Waste Management Department at 272.6680 and press #1. You must apply on or before May 12, 2019 to receive the discount on your annual billing cycle in November 2019. You only need to apply for the discount one time.

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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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