5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, November 8

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, November 8.

(1) I-275 construction road pattern change.

Road construction crews are scheduled to finish making traffic pattern changes on southbound Interstate 275 in Tampa by the Thursday morning rush hour.

The changes are a part of the new 4.2-mile I-275 reconstruction project from east of State Road 60 to the Hillsborough River (downtown Tampa).

The exit ramps for Howard and Armenia Avenues will now be on the left side of the interstate. The Himes Avenue exit ramp will remain on the right side of I-275, but it will be moved closer to Himes and have its length shortened.

The project will smooth out the humps in the roadways, add an additional lane between the Westshore district and downtown Tampa, and bring the on and off ramps up to current traffic safety design standards.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2016. For more information on the project, visit tbinterstates.com/projects/projectinfo.asp?projectID=202&RoadID=1 .

(2) T-Mobile Tampa Call Center hiring event

T-Mobile is holding a hiring event on Thursday at its Tampa call center.

The cell phone corporation is planning to hire more than 150 full-time Financial Care Representatives by the end of March, including bilingual Financial Care positions (Spanish/English).

To fill these positions, T-Mobile is hosting two information sessions at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

During the session, applicants will be able to tour the call center facility, receive information on the hiring process, an overview of benefits and have the opportunity to fill out an application onsite.

T-Mobile is looking for people who are motivated, customer service driven, like solving problems and computer savvy.

Salaries will be between $10.92 to $13.93 an hour, with potential for monthly performance incentives. Benefits include mobile phone discounts, tuition reimbursement, medical, dental, vision, paid time off and a matching 410(k) program.

The T-Mobile Tampa Call Center is located at 18205 Crane Nest Drive. For more information, visit www.tmobile.jobs .

(3) Winter Haven Intermodal Rail Terminal groundbreaking

Florida Governor Rick Scott will join community leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony of the Winter Haven Intermodal Rail Terminal on Thursday.

According to the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, the terminal will anchor an Intermodal Logistics Center allowing for easy distribution access for goods and services shipped via CSX trains.

The center will feature warehousing, distribution and a business park including automobile distribution.

The construction of the terminal is expected to take approximately 21 months to complete. Officials believe the terminal will become a major economic engine for both Winter Haven and Polk County.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. The Winter Haven Intermodal Rail Terminal is located on Pollard Road, north of State Road 60.

(4) 2nd annual Mayor's Cup High School Football Classic

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster will present the 2nd annual Mayor's Cup High School Football Classic at Al Lang Stadium on Thursday.

The game will feature the annual match-up between the Lakewood High School Spartans and St. Petersburg High School Green Devils.

Last year's inaugural game winner, Lakewood, is attempting to keep the Mayor's Cup trophy for another year. The winning school will have their name engraved on the Cup and will be allowed to keep it until the 2013 game.

Kickoff is set for 7:06 p.m. Tickets are just $6 and can be purchased today beginning at 5:00 p.m. Stadium gates open at 6:00 p.m.

(5) Cirque du Soleil's Kooza opens

Cirque du Soleil's Kooza show opens in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

Kooza is described as "an adrenaline rush of acrobatics in a zany kingdom." It combines acrobatic performances and the art of clowning. The production features 53 artists from 18 different countries.

The show tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. During his travels, The Innocent comes into contact with a number of comic characters including the King, the Trickster, the Pickpocket, and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog.

Among the apparatuses Kooza performers use is the dramatic "Wheel of Death."

Kooza is the fourth Cirque du Soleil' show to be performed in Tropicana Field's parking lot since 2002. It will play in St. Petersburg through December 16.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com .

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