5 Things to Know: April 2

Championship Round of the Business Brackets, Police Re-Accreditation, America's Got Talent, Newsletters and Patch Business Directory are five things you need to know today.

1. We are ! At the beginning of March we started with 64 businesses and now only  and  remain in our business bracket challenge to find the business with the best customer service in St. Petersburg. 

2. As part of an on-site assessment for, the public is invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday April 2, 6 p.m., at City Hall. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) sends a team of assessors to conduct a review of the St. Petersburg Police Department. The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas including policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

3. On Tuesday the hit NBC reality show, "America's Got Talent" is coming to St. Pete to look for contestant for its next season. Watch the competition live as "America's Got Talent" tapes at the Mahaffey for two days -- along with host Nick Cannon and celebrity judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne. Tickets to the tapping are free and can be found online

4. Do you subscribe to the Old Northeast Patch Newsletter? Each morning we'll send you an email with the top local stories straight to your inbox. Not signed up? Scroll to the bottom of any page on Patch, click "newsletters" beneath the "goodies" title. Then, enter your email address to receive the Patch newsletter.

5. St. Petersburg businesses, have you claimed your business listing on Patch? If not, go to your listing under 'places' and click 'claim your listing'. It's free, easy and the best way to stay connected with your community in St. Petersburg. Have a question? Can't find your business? Please email Old Northeast Patch editor William Mansell at William.Mansell@Patch.com




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