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Polk TPO seeks Coordinating Board Members

Polk TPO seeks Coordinating Board Members

The Polk Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is currently seeking Polk County residents to fill vacancies on the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (TD LCB).

The purpose of the TD LCB is to identify local transportation needs and to provide information, advice and direction to the Polk County Community Transportation Coordinator about services for the transportation disadvantaged population in the county.

The spots available include:

Free school book giveaway for public

Free school book giveaway for public

It has been said the best things in life are free, and this may be another example.  The Polk County Public Schools textbook and library book free giveaway to the public this year will be Nov. 10-11 at the Surplus Textbook Warehouse, located at 5900 Yates Road in Lakeland.  The public hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., both Thursday and Friday. 

Chili Cook Off a success for United Way

Chili Cook Off a success for United Way

Bartow, FL -- On Wednesday, Nov. 2, Bartow-based A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure held their second annual Chili Cook Off to raise both money and awareness for United Way of Central Florida.  The company said the flavorful event saw a record number of both entries and attendees and raised $811 in 90 minutes.

Veterans Day celebration at Lake Howard Heights

Veterans Day celebration at Lake Howard Heights

Winter Haven, FL -- Lake Howard Heights is hosting a Veterans Day celebration honoring local veterans at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.

The mayor will open the ceremonies, followed by the raising of the flag, a twenty-one gun salute, marching band performance and special guest speakers. Mingle with representatives from each branch of the armed forces while the Army performs a repelling demonstration from our roof.

Rev it up for Hotdogs and Hogs in Bartow!

Rev it up for Hotdogs and Hogs in Bartow!

Bartow, FL -- Get ready to rev it up with classic motorcycles and cars in Bartow this Saturday!

The Hotrods & Hogs Poker Run to benefit Bartow's Women's Care Center is taking place this weekend.

Sponsorships are now for the benefit that will take place on Nov. 5, starting and ending in Bartow.

The Hotrods & Hogs Benefit Poker Run is open to all motorcyclists and vintage car enthusiasts.

Lakeland Police thank restaurateur

Lakeland Police thank restaurateur

Lakeland, FL -- Michele "Mick" Pugliese, owner of Il Forno Italian Restaurant, has always been there for the Lakeland Police Department to help raise money for those in need.

The department says Il Forno's has held numerous spaghetti dinners for officers and civilians in need of financial assistance.  Pugliese's generosity and compassion, along with his staff's, helped ease the burdens of an officer who was sick and unable to work, a family member in need of an expensive operation, and a family whose house unexpectedly went up in flames.

Business Community invited to Annual WE3 Expo and Dinner

Business Community invited to Annual WE3 Expo and Dinner

Education is a crucial issue that has a substantial impact on the economic sustainability of Polk County. The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and its partners are keenly aware of the need for an educated workforce and professional development employees. The Chamber Board of Directors recognizes the importance and value of strong education partnerships which can contribute to the community by supporting existing entities and their efforts to educate, train, or retrain the local workforce.