5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, October 31

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, October 31.

(1) Presidential campaigns come to Florida

With less than a week to Election Day, both Republican and Democrat presidential campaigns will hold rallies in Florida on Wednesday.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be joined by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Congressman Connie Mack and Senator Marco Rubio today.

The former Massachusetts Governor will be attending Victory Rallies at Landmark Aviation in Tampa at 11:10 a.m., the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables at 2:20 p.m., and at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville at 8:00 p.m.

Remaining tickets for all events may also be obtained by visiting www.mittromney.com/FL .

Vice President Joe Biden will be attending campaign events in Ocala and Sarasota on Wednesday.

Mr. Biden will share his and President Obama's second-term plan to continue restoring economic security to the middle class.

The Sarasota rally will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. at the Municipal Auditorium at 801 North Tamiami Trail. Doors to the event open at 9:00 a.m.

The rally in Ocala is scheduled to begin at 3:10 p.m. at the Discovery Center at Tuscawilla Park.

(2) Last day to request Vote By Mail ballot

Wednesday is the last day to request a Vote By Mail ballot for the upcoming 2012 general election.

Vote By Mail allows registered voters the comfort and convenience of casting a ballot at your leisure.

You can request a Vote By Mail ballot from your county's Supervisor of Elections Office: by phone, by e-mail, by fax, on their website or in person at any of your county's Supervisor of Elections Offices.

The request must be done by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Vote By Mail ballots can be dropped off at any of your county's Supervisor of Elections Offices or at any Early Voting location. You mail also mail them (but they must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day).

All ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. You may not drop them off at your local polling place on Election Day.

For more information, visit election.dos.state.fl.us .

(3) Cooley Law School ribbon cutting

Thomas M. Cooley Law School will celebrate the opening of its new Tampa Bay area campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

Renovations to turn an existing building in Riverview into a state-of-the-art law school began in September 2011.

The completed 132,000-square-foot building can accommodate 700 students. It features 24 classrooms, a 336 seat auditorium, and a 25,000-square-foot law library.

Besides the Riverview campus, Cooley Law School operates law schools across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 12:00 p.m. at the school building located at 9445 Camden Field Parkway in Riverview.

(4) Halloween at All Children's Hospital

Pediatric patients at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg will get to experience the fun and excitement Halloween on Wednesday.

The children will first get dressed up in their favorite Halloween costumes. They and their families will then have the opportunity to "trick or treat" throughout the hospital.

The Halloween fun begins at 2:00 p.m.

(5) Halloween candy buy back

Tampa dentist Dr. Randall Diez holds his second annual anti tooth-decay Halloween candy buy back program begins on Wednesday.

Dr. Diez will give trick-or-treaters $1.00 per pound of unopened candy donated. The candy donations will be shipped by Treats to Troops to military bases overseas.

Children and patients can drop off their candy the following locations and times

General and Cosmetic Dentistry

3112 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste A, Tampa

Wednesday, October 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday, November 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


General and Cosmetic Dentistry

5010 Gunn Highway, Tampa

Thursday, November 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, call (813) 960-5869 or e-mail Dr. Diez at dr.randall.diez@gmail.com .

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