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May 14, 2013

The Village Square and Leadership Tallahassee host ‘Speed Date’ Town Hall

Citizens invited to interact with local leadership using ‘speed date’ format

(TALLAHASSEE, FL) – April 9, 2013 – Maybe you’ve never tried it yourself, but everyone’s heard of speed dating. First offered by an Israeli rabbi to help Jewish singles find love, now there’s Christian speed dating, graduate student speed dating, even speed dating for pet adoption and – for the truly noncommittal – online speed dating.

But nothing beats civic speed dating.

At a time when interactions between citizens and their government are either increasingly hostile or practically non-existent, it’s probably past time for a little matchmaking.

Single or married, this Thursday, April 11, citizens have the unusual opportunity to “Speed Date Your Local Leaders” – enjoying pizza and chatting informally with commissioners, the police chief, superintendent of schools, editor of the newspaper, and other officials.

Leaders will rotate from table to table every 7 minutes, offering each group of participants an opportunity to ask questions or offer ideas that might never have rated a phone call or public testimony, but are the grist of good citizenship and good governance nonetheless.

Co-sponsored by Leadership Tallahassee, the forum is a continuation of the ongoing OUR TOWN series of local issues forums offered by The Village Square, a nonprofit formed by local leaders to improve the civic dialogue. The project is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Fund at the Community Foundation of North Florida. The Knight Foundation supports innovative ideas to create informed and engaged communities nationwide.

The April 11 program is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 211 North Monroe Street. It is free and open to the public, though a reservation is required (participants will print a ticket online). Pizza and drinks will be provided at no charge.

For more information, a list of participating officials and to RSVP, go online to or call 264-8785. Space is limited.

May 14, 2013

Urban Outfitters Coming to Tallahassee’s CollegeTown

PRESS RELEASE — Today, FSU students and Tallahassee residents are one step closer to an urban-style shopping experience. Urban Outfitters, a popular global retailer that offers an eclectic mix of merchandise, including clothing and home accessories, is slated for a spring 2014 opening in CollegeTown, Tallahassee’s newest entertainment district.

The 18,000 square-foot Urban Outfitters store in Tallahassee will be one of less than 200 store locations worldwide and the eighth location in Florida. The closest Urban Outfitters currently is in Jacksonville. The Tallahassee store will be located in the 700 block of South Woodward Avenue, where the old Durra Print warehouse is located.  Once completed, the Tallahassee Urban Outfitters store and the newly announced America’s Backyard Restaurant and Bar will create two spectacular entrances for the CollegeTown District.

Alan Hooper of Urban Street Development, the developer of CollegeTown, is the driving force behind the retail powerhouse coming to Tallahassee.

“Students living in the CollegeTown District will be able to eat, drink, listen to great music, and now shop all within a few steps of where they live and go to school,” Alan Hooper, who with South Florida restaurateur, Tim Petrillo co founded Urban Street Development. “We decided to take a green approach and rejuvenate the Durra Print warehouse on South Woodward much like you see in warehouse districts in San Francisco and New York.”

The Gaines Street District aims to bring a new heart and soul to downtown Tallahassee, serving as a pedestrian friendly core that seamlessly transitions neighborhoods with retailers and the existing university campuses. This redeveloped area will create a true sense of place for Florida State University alumni, current students and nearby residents by improving the university experience for all students as well as the overall desirability of these neighborhoods as places to live, work and visit.
To stay up to date, visit the CollegeTown website or Facebook page.

About FSU CollegeTown:

FSU CollegeTown at Madison Street is a mixed-use entertainment and residential district.  With luxury apartments located on the edge of the campus of Florida State University, and situated just steps from Doak Campbell, and Howser Baseball Stadium, CollegeTown is destined to become the heart of game day, fine dining, nightlife and year-round festivities for students and alumni alike.  Get ready for the next big step for Tallahassee.

May 14, 2013

StarMetro Extends Weekday Service

PRESS RELEASE — More Opportunities to Travel Later in the Evening – Starting today, many customers using StarMetro can look forward to more service in the evenings. Recently, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) awarded the transit agency with a service development grant to extend a majority of its weekday service until 8 p.m. Currently, StarMetro operates a weekday service that is comprised of 12 routes that run from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a nighttime service that consists of six routes that run from 7 to 10 p.m.
“Adding an extra hour of service on the majority of our weekday routes is part of an ongoing commitment to make StarMetro a convenient and effective way to move about Tallahassee,” said Ivan Maldonado, director of StarMetro. “Our customers have asked for extended service, and we are pleased to be able to address that demand.”

StarMetro will take a phased-in approach to extending nine of its 12 weekday routes. Today, the Dogwood and San Luis routes will begin running their newly extended schedules with the Forest route running its new schedule on June 3. The Azalea, Big Bend, Canopy, Evergreen, Gulf and Moss routes will begin running their new schedules on August 24, just in time for the new school year. These nine weekday routes were chosen and prioritized due to their anticipated ridership demands.

‘I am proud of StarMetro for their continued efforts to find ways to improve our transit system,’ said City Commissioner Nancy Miller, lead commissioner on the City’s Long Range Planning target issue committee. ‘The extension of the weekday service will prove to be a huge benefit to our students and those who work later in the evening as they can now be assured that StarMetro will be there to take them home after their evening classes or shifts.’

For more information about StarMetro services, please call StarMetro’s main office at 891-5200 or visit Other ways to view information include liking StarMetro’s official Facebook page at or following the organization on Twitter at

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May 14, 2013

Tallahassee Caterers – B.Mani’s


Delicious shrimp and grits – get some!

May 14, 2013

Tallahassee Caterers – B.Mani’s


Buffalo Chicken Potstickers – yummy!

May 14, 2013

Tallahassee Cakes and Cupcakes – B.Mani’s


Try B.Mani’s rootbeer float cupcakes. A classic transformed into cupcake-y goodness!

Root beer float cupcakes –root beer cupcakes topped with root bear whipped cream “foam” and vanilla swiss meringue buttercream “ice cream”

Visit B.Mani’s Sweets & Eats at

May 14, 2013


WHAT: This Saturday, Honor Flight Tallahassee will take more than 80 World War II veterans from around the Tallahassee region to Washington, DC on a trip to visit the memorials that stand in their honor. Throughout the day, our veterans will be warmly greeted during their tour of Washington, DC, but one of the biggest surprises happens when the flight touches down on its return to Tallahassee.

“A Heroes Welcome” will be held on Saturday at 9:40 p.m. inside the hangar at Flightline Group, Inc. At this time, the media and community are invited to welcome our veterans home after a day spent touring Washington, DC. Several hundred people are expected onsite to cheer our hometown heroes including members of the military, community/civic groups, family and friends.

An Honor Flight trip is provided at no cost to the veteran and the Tallahassee community has generously supported the mission of the area’s inaugural Honor Flight by donating funds, supplies and volunteer time as thanks for all that these men and women sacrificed for our country.

WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 9:40 p.m.

WHERE: Flightline Group, Inc., Tallahassee Regional Airport, 3256 Capital Circle SW (parking is free at the Flightline Group)

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About Honor Flight Tallahassee: Honor Flight Tallahassee was established in 2012 as a local hub of the national Honor Flight Network. Honor Flight Tallahassee’s mission is to transport U.S. military veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices, at no cost to the veteran. The inaugural flight is scheduled for May 11, 2013. For more, visit

May 14, 2013

Leon County Extension Office Hosts Annual Spring Open House

On Saturday, May 11, Master Gardener volunteers of the UF-IFAS Leon County Extension Office will host the center’s annual spring Open House from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 615 Paul Russell Road. The event is free and open to the public.
Local gardeners can learn how to make their landscapes more Florida-friendly, how to select the right plant for the right place and how to bring birds and butterflies into their gardens. Or, residents can simply drop in for a guided tour of the demonstration garden.

Other lessons – for both green thumbs and beginners alike – will include: how to water more efficiently; what is the best mulch and how to apply it; how to manage pests responsibly; how to recycle yard debris onsite and reduce stormwater runoff; how to determine if fertilizer is needed and what kind of fertilizers should be used.

Also available will be a booklet provided by the Master Gardeners that contains color
photos of the featured plants for only $5.

Leon County Recycling will also be selling compost bins and rain barrels for $40 each.
Cash or checks are acceptable. Checks payable to Leon County Solid Waste Management.

The Leon County Extension Office is a member of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, which is headquartered in Gainesville within the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and funded by a partnership between federal, state and county government agencies.

For more information, contact Kendra Zamojski with the Leon County Extension Office at (850) 606-5200 / or Jon D. Brown, Director of Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / .

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May 14, 2013

Missing Juvenile – Alexis Nichols

The Tallahassee Police Department Special Victims Unit is seeking the whereabouts of 16 year old Alexis Nichols. Nichols was last seen on May 11, 2013 in the area of 2660 Old Bainbridge Rd. Nichols is about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. Anyone with information on Nichol’s whereabouts is asked to call the Tallahassee Police Department at (850)891-4200.Image

May 14, 2013

TPD and Shred It Join Forces to Reduce Fraud!

April 26, 2013

On Saturday, April 27th 2013, the Tallahassee Police Department and Shred-it, a local document shredding company, will join forces to reduce the potential for identity theft in the Capital City from 9a.m. to Noon at the police department on at 234 East 7th Avenue. The event is free to the public.

Identity theft and financial crimes are an ever-increasing issue facing law enforcement and the public. Identity theft is usually perpetrated to facilitate other crimes, such as credit card fraud or check fraud. The thief is cunning and uses a variety of methods to obtain the victims personal information, such as rummaging through discarded trash that may contain a social security number or other information. The more brazen criminals will commit a home or vehicle burglary to obtain personal information to facilitate a wide variety of fraud.

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