5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, March 27

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, March 27.

(1) Central Court Apartments renovation announcement

Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick is holding a news conference on Wednesday to discuss the renovations for the Central Court Apartments.

Reddick has been in contact with the Central Court's owners to address the living conditions at the complex.

The renovations will improve the overall look of the 68-unit apartment complex, located at 2510 North Central Avenue, and the quality of life of its residents.

Reddick has invited community leaders and people living in the Tampa Heights neighborhood to join him for the 10:00 a.m. announcement.

(2) Nancy Stoner visits USF labs

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner will visit three University of South Florida laboratories on Wednesday.

Stoner is visiting USF as part of the EPA's focus on innovative, technology-based water initiatives.

Professors at three USF labs are developing new technologies in water sustainability and energy:

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Daniel Yeh has developed new technology that converts wastewater into clean water, nutrients and energy.

Professor of Microbiology Daniel Lim has developed new technology to detect water pathogens

Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at USF in Lakeland George Philippidis leads the development and commercialization of biomass and algae conversion to renewable fuels, chemicals and power.

Stoner's tour will begin at 11:00 a.m. at USF's College of Engineering and conclude in Lakeland at 3:00 p.m.

(3) James E. Grey Preserve prescribed burn

Weather permitting; the Florida Forest Service and New Port Richey Fire Rescue are planning to conduct a 25-acre prescribed burn within the James E. Grey Preserve in New Port Richey on Wednesday.

The burn is targeting brush in the Preserve presents a potential wildfire threat.

The area that will be burned is south of Plathe Road and west of Rowan Road. People living in the area may notice the smoke plume from the burn.

Current winds are forecast to carry the smoke to the south. Homeowners living near the burn location may want to keep their windows closed should the odor of smoke be noticed.

If you have any questions regarding the planned burn, call New Port Richey Fire Rescue at (727) 853-1032.

(4) 16th annual Kids Are Heroes awards ceremony

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos and 'St. Josephs Childrens Hospital will recognize heroic children on Wednesday.

Over 170 boys and girls from Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties will be honored at the 16th annual Kids Are Heroes awards ceremony.

During a six-week nomination period, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and neighbors submitted stories highlighting heroic and selfless deeds.

In January, former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk and ThunderBug helped kids at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital choose winners in three age categories.

Every Kids Are Heroes nominee will receive a trophy during tonight's ceremony, and the winners in each age category will receive additional special gifts.

The ceremony will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

For more information on the Kids Are Heroes program, visit www.sjbhealth.org/body_childrens.cfm?id=368 .

(5) 10th annual Hockey N Heels event

The Tampa Bay Lightning is hosting the 10th annual Hockey N Heels event for women on Wednesday night.

The popular fan event, designed specifically for women, gives attendees a firsthand look at a day in the life of a professional hockey player.

Guests will tour the locker room with training staff, talk to a coach and get a behind the scenes game day perspective from various Lightning players. The night concludes with appetizers and drinks.

The event is open to all women ages 21 and up. The cost to attend Hockey N Heels is $125 and includes a Lightning t-shirt and an all-inclusive Chase Club ticket to the April 2 home game against the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Alison Goodman at (813) 301-6683 or agoodman@tampabaytimesforum.com .

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