TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, September 16.
(1) Ethel Anderson trial begins
The trial for a former Mango Elementary School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old boy begins on Monday.
Jury selection in the trial for 30-year-old Ethel Anderson is expected to start at 8:30 a.m. with opening statements directly afterward.
Anderson faces three counts of Lewd or Lascivious Battery and two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said the victim was not a student at Mango Elementary, but that Anderson was tutoring him at her home. The alleged sexual acts started in December 2011 and continued until February 2012.
After a quick investigation, deputies took Anderson into custody February 29, 2012, at her home that she shared with her husband and their child.
(2) Bro Bowl public meeting
Staff from the City of Tampa will attend a meeting on Monday night to discuss the future of Perry Harvey, Sr. Park and the Bro Bowl.
The Bro Bowl is one of only three skate parks in the United States built in the late 1970s or early 1980s still in existence. A group is seeking to have the Bro Bowl placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The City wants to redevelop the park and replace the historic skate park with a new one.
During tonight's meeting it is expected new renderings of the park including a new Bro Bowl will be unveiled. If approved, construction on the redesigned Perry Harvey, Sr. Park could begin next year.
Tonight's meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at 1207 North Jefferson Street in Tampa.
To view the plans and find out more information about the park, visit tampagov.net/PerryHarveyPark .
(3) Drive to Save Lives Tour
The Drive to Saves Lives Tour will begin reaching Hillsborough County students on Monday.
Motivational speaker Cara Filler will talk to students at Wharton and Gaither High Schools today. Her talk will address destructive choices some teenagers make involving distracting driving, underage drinking and bullying.
Fillner knows all too well how making bad choices can lead to a tragic outcome. Her twin sister Mairin was killed in a car accident the day after their 18th birthday.
On Tuesday, Fillner will speak to students at Steinbrenner High School.
The Drive to Save Lives Tour is hosted by SADD and the Florida Dept. of Transportation.
(4) Tampa Bay Rays begin final regular season home stand
The Tampa Bay Rays open their final home stand of the regular season on Monday against the Texas Rangers.
The Rays are currently tied with the Rangers for the two American League Wild Cards. Both teams are a half game up on the Cleveland Indians.
Following their four game series with the Rangers, the Rays will host the Baltimore Orioles for four games before concluding the season with games in New York and Toronto.
Golf Channel personality Holly Sonders will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight's game.
First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (800) 745-3000 or visit raysbaseball.com .
(5) Pollo Tropical's 5th Annual National Chicken Lover's Day
Pollo Tropical is celebrating National Chicken Lover's Day with a freebie offer on Monday.
Today from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. you can receive a complimentary quarter chicken meal complete with rice and beans by dressing from head to to in yellow and clucking at the cashier like a chicken.
"The participation has grown year after year, and guests really have fun with it," said Sandra Pascual, Director of Marketing for Pollo Tropical. "It's also a great way for us to reward our loyal fans."
For a complete list of participating locations, visit www.pollotropical.com .
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