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Friday, Oct 31, 2014
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Free internet networking available to Sun City Center residents


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SUN CITY CENTER – A new website called Sun City Center Citizens Network will bring entertainment, communication and local information to a new level exclusive to ZIP code 33573.

Area residents can get a first look at this new neighborhood resource this Saturday at 11 a.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way. The independent, nonprofit network will offer current neighborhood news, local events, the funnies and tips on shopping, safety and much more. Members of the network will provide all the content in a digital town square, where people can meet and share their lives from the comfort of their home instead of on a park bench.

Free instructions on how to use the site will be provided at the preview for those who sign up.

Doug Arnold, the network’s creator, believes there is a need for a site allowing an ongoing opportunity for residents to openly share views and interests with each other.

“This is a perfect resource to let your voice be heard, hear others opinions and know what is going on in the community,” he said. “If someone owns a business, is part of a church, owns a pet or has a favorite family recipe, this will be an ideal setting (for them) to stand on their personal soapbox.”

The website will also provide a centralized venue for new residents looking for reviews on social events, hobbies and clubs available in Sun City Center and Kings Point.

Whether it’s national or local politics, entertainment or simply everyday household repair solutions, having their own personal blog will offer members on the site the opportunity to express their opinions and to give or ask for advice. Bragging about a hole-in-one, getting a part in an upcoming play or announcing an event a club is hosting are fair game on this community website.

The network will be closely monitored to ensure that appropriate language and nonsexual content are being used. Opinions may be strong, but courtesy and respect of each other’s views will always be followed, Arnold said. Bullying of any kind will not be allowed.

“Play nice or leave is a rule that will be strongly enforced,” he said.

For additional information, visit www.suncitycentercitizensnetwork.ning.com or email scccitizensnetwork@gmail.com.

Dosi Loverro is a freelance writer who can be reached at dloverro@aol.com.

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