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Area advisory boards seek volunteers

MANATEE — Volunteer advisory board positions with the county are open in construction trades, value adjustment and affordable housing.

The boards are citizen panels that advise commissioners. To learn more, call 745-3700 at Manatee County government.

The positions:

n The Construction Trades Board may discipline anyone who violates local codes that apply to licensed contractors, including the authority to suspend and revoke their licenses and impose monetary fines. Six of the board’s 11 members should be licensed building trades contractors. The other five should be citizens who have not worked in construction.

n The Value Adjustment Board hears petitions relating to property assessments, complaints relating to homestead exemptions and appeals from denied exemptions or disputes arising from exemptions granted.

n The Affordable Housing Advisory Board has six seats open.

See ‘Artisan Avenue’ online

BRADENTON — The city of Bradenton’s Web site,, now contains a presentation on the talked about “Artisan Avenue” that would link the riverfront and Village of the Arts.

Artisan Avenue is proposed to create a pedestrian corridor from the river, through downtown, across the courthouse grounds and into the Village. Projects are planned for this roughly half-mile stretch under the guidance of Mayor Wayne Poston, County Administrator Ed Hunzeker, architect Rick Fawley, builder Mike Carter and attorney Cliff Walters.

Take syringes to Health Dept.

MANATEE — The county Public Safety and Public Health departments this week urged people who use syringes to dispose of them properly.

The county, in a news release, said anyone may drop off official sharps containers and pick up new ones at the Environmental Health Services Division of the Manatee County Health Department, 216 Sixth Ave. E., Bradenton. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Capt. Larry Leinhauser, spokesman for Manatee County Public Safety Department, said patients occasionally drop off used syringes at fire departments or EMS stations. However, improper disposal of syringes may expose others to hepatitis, HIV or other infectious diseases.

“If we don’t generate (the needles) we’re not allowed to dispose of them,” Leinhauser said.

Patients without official sharps containers may place used needles in a thick plastic or metal container. The container should be labeled with the patient’s name, address and phone number.

Teen girls event set

BRADENTON — Bradenton Christian School invites teen girls to talk on self worth, fashion show, dinner and concert starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16.

The school this week said model and author Andrea Stephens will speak about the B.A.B.E. series. “Learn how you are beautiful, accepted, blessed and eternally significant,” the school’s press release said.

A ticket costs $5 in advance, or $10 at the door.

— Herald staff report