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Tips for Employment in the Tampa Bay Area

August 19, 2014 By: Laura Category: News, Self Improvement No Comments →

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If you just moved to MacDill AFB with your spouse and you want to find a job, then there are plenty of resources to help you!

Next week on Thursday the 28th is the Recruit Military Veteran Career Fair, sponsored by USAA. It will take place at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa. This job fair is geared towards veterans and spouses and is scheduled to start at 11am and run until 3pm. This event is being held in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program.

Career Source Tampa Bay now located at the MacDill AFB Exchange food court. The center is open to Military personnel who are within a year of leaving the service, retired from the military, and spouses.

The Airman and Family Readiness Center has two locations: MacDill AFB: 8105 Condor St (next to the MacDill Post Office) and Brandon: 710 Oakfield Dr, Suite 153. They can provide assist with looking for employment.

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Kayaking and Standup Paddleboard Lessons on MacDill AFB

August 13, 2014 By: Laura Category: Events, News No Comments →

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In the Tampa Bay area, we are surrounded by water.  MacDill AFB has water on three sides. You just can’t get away from it. Recreation on the water dominates the area from boating to fishing.

The MacDill AFB Outdoor Recreation office helps you get out and enjoy the water by offering two classes designed for beginners. You can sign up at the Outdoor Recreation office.

The “Into to Kayaking Class” on 23 Aug will teach you the basics of kayaking. You will learn about the kayak, equipment, emergencies, and wet exit. This lesson combines classroom and water time and is for beginners.  The minimum age is 12, but youths ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The class runs from 9am to 1pm and costs $30 per person. The class will meet at the MacDill AFB Marina Activity Room.

The “Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons” on 24 Aug will teach beginners the basics of the stand up paddleboard. Learn about the proper use and care of the equipment along with correct paddling and turning techniques. Then participants will learn the fundamentals of stand up paddling. The cost includes board and safety equipment. The minimum age is 12, but youths ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The class runs from 9am to 11am and costs $30 per person.

The Outdoor Recreation office is located on Marina Bay Drive which the road out the Marina and SeaScapes. After the lessons don’t worry about buying the gear because Outdoor Recreation has kayaks and stand up paddleboards for rent along with a lot of other gear.

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Moving and Your Spouse’s Career

August 11, 2014 By: Laura Category: Events, News No Comments →

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When you’re married to an active duty military member, you realize that those PCS moves can make it difficult on your career. Sometimes you maybe lucky and you can transfer to another location with your company. Sometimes your job is done online and where you work is not an issue. Sometimes your job skills are transferable and it is relatively easy to find a job at a new location. If you are in the latter situation, it can still be stressful to find and interview and start all over again at a new company.

There are resources to help you no matter what employment situation you are in. Your base Family Resource Center as well as the base Transition Center can help you.

MOAA has an excellent online resource center with great sources of information that help you.

Moving can be stressful, but it can also be exciting if you look forward to the new adventures.

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It’s Still Hurricane Season!

August 10, 2014 By: Laura Category: Events, News No Comments →

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Hurricane season in Florida started on 1 June.  But so far the weather been pretty good with not even a tropical storm coming near Florida.  But since a tropical storm and a hurricane recently threatened to hit Hawaii, it’s probably a good time to not be complacent and make sure that you are ready for bad weather. Since you never know about the weather, I thought it would be a good idea to share a previous post about hurricane preparedness tips.

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Things to do in the Tampa Bay Area

August 07, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, News, Schools No Comments →

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There always a lot of fun things to do in the Tampa Bay area.  This weekend also offers somethings to do to get the children ready for school! Pinellas County Schools start on 18 Aug!  Hillsborough County Public Schools start of 19 Aug!

The annual Back to School Fair takes place on Saturday at the Glazer Children’s Museum.  The Museum is located right next to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. An admission fee of $5 is required, but you will get full access to the Museum along with the Fair. There will be live entertainment, speakers, crafts, face painting, balloon artist, and workshops.  The first 150 children will be a free school backpack loaded with school supplies and other goodies.  The Fair runs from 9am to 4pm.

The Camp Cristina YMCA will have a “YMCA Backpack Outreach” this Saturday at 9am in Riverview. Admission is free.  There will be free haircuts, blood pressure screenings, dental and vision check ups, seat belt safety, scoliosis screenings and pedestrian safety tips. There’s also dance performances, games, and activities for children.

The Patel Conservatory which is part of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts along the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa will host “Rock School Blowout” and the “Patel-A-Cappella Showcase” on Saturday at 1pm.  Admission is $5.

The historic Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa will screen the 1934 classic “Citizen Kane” starting at 3pm on Sunday. Admission is $10.  The Tampa Theatre built in 1926 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This might be a perfect time to just enjoy the weekend at the beach before school starts!

We hope you enjoy your weekend and please share any ideas you have on fun things to do this weekend with us! You can share here in our comments section or on our Facebook page. You can also send us a tweet @MacDill Happenin.

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Tips to Enroll in Hillsborough County Public Schools

August 05, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, News, Schools No Comments →

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If your child is attending a Hillsborough County Public School for the first time, then are a few things to know so that you complete registration without a hitch.

If coming from a Florida school:

-Report card or a copy of transcript from the last school attended
-Verification of parent/legal guardian address by two of the following: Tax receipt or Homestead exemption, Current electric bill, Contract for purchase of home, Warranty deed or Lease agreement
-Authenticated birth date using a birth certificate, baptismal certificate, insurance policy enforce for at least 2 years, passport
-Immunization records showing proof of proper immunization.

If coming from a public school outside Florida or from ANY private school, the following are required:

-All of the above requirements plus:
-A school physical less than 12 months old

All students must reside with at least one parent or legal guardian. All students must attend the school in the district where their parents/legal guardians reside unless they have received a seat assignment to another school or program through Hillsborough Choice Options.Military families can use Hillsborough Choice for Military Families when registering in the Hillsborough County Public School district.

If you have elementary aged children, then you might consider Tinker Elementary school on MacDill AFB as a school option for your child.

The MacDill AFB clinic has walk-in immunizations available Monday through Friday. For school and sports physicals, you can call 828-2273 for an appointment at the MacDill AFB clinic or Brandon Clinic.

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Is Your Realtor Really a Military Relocation Specialist?

August 04, 2014 By: Laura Category: News No Comments →

Have you used a Realtor or Property Manager that claimed to be a “Military Relocation Specialist”? I have noticed in the last few years that many Realtors and Property Management companies are using this or a similar title in their advertisements. I had always wondered if their was a certification process for this title or were they using this as a ploy to grab the attention of military families.

Well the answer to my question was recently answered in an article by MilitaryByOwner.com’s staff writer Karina. In her article “Do you Need a Military Relocation Specialist?” she explains that until recently there was no real program to gain the title Military Relocation Specialist.

Last September the National Association of Realtors launched a new certification process through their Center for Specialized Realtor Education program. For a Realtor to gain this certification through the NAR, they must complete:

  • A Pre-Class reading assignment.
  • Complete a one-day Military Relocation Professional course
  • Complete two one-hour webinars that include information on the VA home purchasing and loan process.
  • Realtors must pass an exam at the end of the course
  • The Realtor must be in good standing with the NAR

Once a Realtor has completed these requirements they are allowed to add the  MRP to their title. I am thrilled to see that their is now a legitimate way to determine if a Realtor will actually have the knowledge needed to help Military Families purchase or sell a home. I also think it would be a good idea when looking at Property Managers to look for a Realtor that is also a certified MRP.

Even with this certification it is a good idea to ask questions of potential Realtors and Property Managers. Here is some examples of questions to ask:

  • How many Military clients have you successfully helped sell or buy a home?
  • How many homes have you closed on that involved the VA home loan process?
  • Do you have any references from military clients that I can contact?

When shopping for your MRP certified Realtor ask other military friends for recommendations. If you are in need a Realtor here in the MacDill AFB area take a look at those who have advertised on the MilitaryByOwner.com base page. Look for advertisements in the local base papers etc.. Realtors who are comfortable with military clients are going to advertise in these sources.

If you have recently used a Realtor that claimed to be or was an actual MRP certified Realtor we would love to here about how the process went for you. Please post your comments below or leave us a comment on our Facebook page. You can always send us a tweet on our Twitter feed at @MacDill Happenin.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the Weekend

August 01, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, News, Schools, Sports, Things to do No Comments →

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The weekend starts tomorrow and there is plenty of things to do! From baseball to shopping and everything in between, you will be amazed at the variety of opportunities.

  • The red hot Tampa Bay Rays are climbing back into the playoff picture!  On Friday, they begin a 3-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.  Game time is 7:10pm on Friday at the Trop. All series are important and this will be a big test against the powerful Angels.
  • Comic Con starts on Friday and runs all weekend at the Tampa Convention Center. Admission is $30 for one day or $60 for all three days.
  • NFL football fans have an opportunity on Friday at 5pm to watch the Bucs practice for free!
  • On Saturday starting at 5pm, Channelside Bay Plaza continues their “Light Up Channelside: Summer Fireworks” event with music and food. Fireworks start at 9pm.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, you can check Tampapalooza at the State Fairgrounds.  This free event celebrate everything the local area has to offer including local bands, food, craft beers, face painting and plenty of activities for the kids.
  • On Sunday at 3pm, take a look at the original “Dirty Dancing” movie on the big screen at the historic Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa.

We hope you enjoy your weekend and please share any ideas you have on fun things to do this weekend with us! You can share here in our comments section or on our Facebook page. You can also send us a tweet @MacDill Happenin.

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Back-toSchool Sales Tax Holiday 1 to 3 Aug

July 31, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, News, Schools No Comments →

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Friday is the start of the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. This runs until Sunday at midnight. It’s a great opportunity to save a little bit money on getting the kids ready to go back to school. Clothing under $100 and computers $750 less and other school related items will not be required to pay sales tax in Florida!

Of course many of the local malls will be having events to encourage and help you with you school clothes shopping.

The Shops at Wiregrass in New Tampa will have special guest on Saturday.  Meet Keegan Allen “Toby” from the ABC Family hit series “Pretty Little Liars” on Saturday during The Back-to-School Bash from noon to 3pm. During this event you will be able to meet Keegan Allen and get his autograph! The first 300 fans in line will receive a Back-to-School (BTS) Style Guide and a photo of Keegan Allen for signature. Additionally, your favorite brands will be featured during The Wiregrass Mini Fashion Shows and live DJ performance by DJ Milez

In Tampa at Westshore Plaza, if you spend $250 on back to school clothes you will receive a $25 gift card for future purchases. Take your receipts to Guest Services to receive the gift card.

If you have a tip to share about shopping for school clothes, please leave us a comment or share it on the MacDill Happenings Facebook page. If you tweet you can send us tweet to @MacDill Happenin.

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Three Things You Should Know About Your PCS Moves

July 19, 2014 By: Laura Category: News No Comments →

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If your getting ready to make a PCS move, then are few things you should know about especially if this is your first military move! Whether you are a veteran of making PCS moves or making your first PCS moves, it’s always good to know what to expect.

  • MOVERS: The first thing to do is find out information at www.move.mil.  This website is the location of the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) which is an internet-based system to manage DoD household goods moves.  You can find if you are eligible to self-counsel and submit your moving application online, instead of traveling to a Transportation Office (TO).  Eligible will vary depending on the Service.
  • MONEY:  This is always an important topic!  You can take a look at Frequently Asked Questions at the Defense Travel Management Office website.  Basically you can expect a set amount of per diem and lodging for a set amount of travel time.  If you spend more than the set amount of per diem and lodging, then you will not be reimbursed for the extra money you spend.
  • HOUSING: You can sign up for on-base housing or you can find a home off of the base.  The base housing office can help you with on-base and off-base housing.  If you are interested in off-base housing, take a look at the MilitaryByOwner website to get idea of types, locations and prices.

Moving can be a fun time!  Enjoy the new adventures that will be coming your way!

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