5 Things You Need To Know Today: March 22
Each day, Bradenton Patch offers five quick things to keep in mind.
1. Do you know a kid in Bradenton who has achieved something special in school, sports or the arts, or who is just plain awesome? Recognize them by nominating them as a Patch Whiz Kid. Each week here at Bradenton Patch we honor our local kids for their great accomplishments and good deeds, and we're accepting nominees. Parents, educators and coaches can send a child's name, photo and a brief description of their accomplishments to editor Jason Bartolone at email@example.com.
2. The Downtown Development Authority assembles at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday for its regular meeting in Bradenton City Council Chambers. Board members are expected to hear an update on the potential redevelopment of the "Pink Palace" hotel.
3. The City of Bradenton will continue with water main valve tests along Manatee Avenue, this time in the area between Second Avenue East and Seventh Street West, starting Tuesday and continuing daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the next month. According to a news release, Public Works officials have not received any complaints during previous tests, but residents should be aware during these tests they may experience a period of low water pressure, discoloration of water or temporary interruption of service.
4. Not only is Wednesday your next-to-last chance to check out the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton this spring, it's also your last chance to watch a ballgame for only $5. Manatee County residents can purchase grandstand tickets for Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros for just five bucks, but you've got to buy them in advance — the deal's not available on game day. The McKechnie Field box office is open until 4 p.m. Tuesday. For every ticket purchased, $1 will go toward Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee County.
5. The State College of Florida softball team hosts St. Petersburg College in a doubleheader at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Robert C. Wynn Field. Tickets are $4 for adults, $2 for seniors and non-SCF students, and free for students, faculty and staff.