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5 Things to Know Today, April 19

Here's some things you might want to know as you go about your day.

1. Would you like fries with that order?

Today is national hiring day at McDonald's. The hamburger chain is expected to hire 50,000 people for jobs ranging from entry level up to middle management. At Tampa Bay McDonald's restaurants, about 300 jobs will be up for grabs today. So, if you're looking for a job, drop by a local McDonald's and fill out an application.

2. If you like transportation, make plans to attend Planes, Trains and Automobiles Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Plant City Airport. The event is free; parking is $5.

Guests can see real airplanes, remote control planes, model trains, passenger
trains and classic car displays.  There will be free flights for kids 8 to 17. Boy Scouts can also earn their Aviation Merit Badge at the event.  There will be live
entertainment and a children's play area.

This inaugural event is sponsored by the Greater Plant City Chamber of
Commerce
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The Plant City Airport is located at 4007 Airport Road.

For more information contact the Plant City chamber at 813-734-3707.

3. Want to know where your tax money is going? A complete report on projects funded by Community Investment Tax funds through fiscal year 2010 (September 2010) is now available on the county’s Website.  The Community Investment Tax is a half-penny sales tax approved by voters in September 1996. Publishing of the report is now only online, which saves the county $16,000 annually. 
 
Since its inception 14 years ago, the Community Investment Tax has generated $1.2 billion to fund a wide range of improvements, such as road improvement projects, new schools and libraries, new vehicles for Fire Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office, and Raymond James Stadium.
 
The CIT report covers distribution of funds for projects in Hillsborough County, as well as the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City, Hillsborough County School Board, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit and the Tampa Sports Authority. For each jurisdiction, readers will find a summary, a list of projects, their cost, and their status to date, such as “in design,” “land acquisition” or “complete.”
 
Some of the projects recently funded by CIT proceeds include: the Tampa Museum of Art; Boyette Road improvements; the Oscar Cooler Sports Complex expansion and other parks improvements; 40th Street improvements; sinkhole-related repairs in Plant City; design studies for HART’s MetroRapid systems and Park-N-Ride facilities; illuminated street signs and pedestrian countdown signals; police and fire rescue equipment and upgrades; and various stormwater improvements, street resurfacing and expansion projects, and sidewalk and intersection improvements.
 
The complete report through fiscal year 2010 is available on the county Website at: www.hillsboroughcounty.org/communityinvestmenttax/.  Reports from previous years also are available.
 
For more information about CIT projects, call 813-272-5275. 

4. The Winthrop Charter School will host an informational session today, April 19, at 6 p.m. at the Barn Theatre, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. Riverview. Under construction at Winthrop Town Centre off Providence Road, the new tuition-free charter school will serve students in grades kindergarten through eight who reside in Hillsborough County. Winthrop Charter School is a member of the Charter Schools USA  family of schools. For information, e-mail info@brandoncharter.org.

5. Come cheer on the Bloomingdale High School varsity baseball team as the Bulls take on Armwood High. The game will be held at the Armwood High School baseball field starting at 7 p.m.



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