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Postal Service to collect toys at mailboxes December 1

Postal Service to collect toys at mailboxes December 1

Tampa, FL-- It seems early to start thinking of the holidays, but the Suncoast District of the U.S. Postal Service wants to inform its customers of their upcoming toy drive. 

On December 1, the Postal Service asks those customers who are able to leave unwrapped toys by their mailboxes, or in bins at the nearest post office. 

The toys will support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to "brighten the holiday for less fortunate children."

No tax increase for SWFWMD

No tax increase for SWFWMD

Tampa Bay, Florida -- Although the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) increased its operating budget by $4.5 million for the coming fiscal year, property owners will not pay a higher tax to the state agency responsible for flood control and surface and groundwater quality in the Tampa Bay area.

Tuesday night the Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board approved the 2012-13 fiscal year budget and millage (or tax) rate. The fiscal year starts Monday, Oct. 1.

Florida DOH: Alert to private well owners in flooded areas

Florida DOH: Alert to private well owners in flooded areas

Bartow, Florida -- The Florida Department of Health is advising private well owners affected by flood waters to take precautions against disease-causing organisms that may make their water unsafe to drink.

DOH recommends one of the following:

Nominations sought for local philanthropic and volunteer leaders

Nominations sought for local philanthropic and volunteer leaders

Tampa Bay -- Do you know a person, business, or organization that goes above and beyond for the community? The Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is now accepting nominations and sponsorships for its 2012 National Philanthropy Day® awards.

At the event on Nov. 13, philanthropists from the Tampa Bay area will be recognized for their dedication to community service and giving. 

The event will honor community leaders in six categories, including: