County Neighborhood Relations Spotlights Communities

The Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations wants to know why your neighborhood is special. The group is working with Hillsborough County Communications and Digital Media to produce Neighborhood Spotlight, an occasional series which will tell the stories of specific communities throughout the area.

The presentations will be supplemented with photographs, a map and sometimes video to give each neighborhood a chance to shine. Information will include when the neighborhood was founded, the number of homes and residents, a list of local schools, special features and regular or occasional events at which neighbors congregate for fun, clean-ups or other projects.

The results will be presented in a question and answer format on the county’s website,, and shared on social media. The first community featured, currently on the Website, is Ruskin’s Alafia River Estates.

To learn more to apply for the neighborhood spotlight, contact Bayard Steele, Community Relations Coordinator, at 276-2672 or

Mark Your Calendar For 15th Annual Neighborhood Conference

The 15th Annual Hillsborough County Neighborhoods Conference will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 8 a.m.

The conference, hosted by the Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations, will feature workshops on building community and making neighborhoods stronger and more livable. Neighborhood Recognition Awards winners will also be announced.Registration for the conference will be available at The event will take place at the Sheraton Tampa East Hotel, located at 10221 Princess Palm Ave.

For information, call Neighborhood Relations at 272-5860.

Rivercrest Hosts Garage Sale & Zumba

The Rivercrest Community Yard and Garage Sale will take place Saturday, April 7 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Residents throughout the community are encouraged to participate. Goodwill will be at the community clubhouse from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to pick up donations. For more information, call 671-2200 or email In addition, Rivercrest hosts Zumba Fitness Classes with Damaris every Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m., offering residents the chance to burn calories while dancing. Classes are $6 each.

For information, call 900-5280 or email
Rivercrest is located at 11560 Ramble Creek Dr. in Riverview.

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Kate Quesada
Assignment Editor Kate Quesada started working at the Osprey Observer in 2004 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in Mass Communications. Since then, she has held various positions at the paper and has been working as the assignment editor since January 2020. She lives in Lithia with her husband Mike and sons Dylan and Max and stays active in the community on school PTA boards and volunteering with local organizations.