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Library's books bring Jewish heritage into homes - 12/29/11 04:54 PM
Marissa and Kevin Feig first heard about the PJ Library shortly after they had their first child and were living in Miami-Dade County.When the Feigs moved to Broward County a few years ago they were disappointed to learn that the national program that mails free Jewish children's books to homes was not available in the county.That changed in August when the Jewish Federation of Broward County, area synagogues, the David Posnack Jewish Day School and the Posnack JCC made the PJ Library available to children ages six months to six-years-old in almost 1,400 Broward Jewish families."We thought it was (0 comments)
Parkland's Wedge area Debuys plans single-, multi-family homes - 12/29/11 04:51 PM
Developers who have land in the Wedge, the 1,900-acres of land that was once in Palm Beach County before a boundary change made it part of Parkland, are now busy either annexing into the city or moving forward with their plans for construction. At a City Commission meeting, officials approved, on first reading, the master plan for Debuys Property Investment Group's project in the wedge. The project envisages 526 single family homes, 250 multi-family homes, park space and 110,000 square feet of commercial space. Officials also approved rezoning of the property from Palm Beach County Special Agricultural Residential to planned commercial (0 comments)
Bring on the dogs--Parkland opens dog park - 12/29/11 04:48 PM
Parkland will soon to be home to Barkland. The grand opening for the city's first dog park is 12 noon on Jan. 7 at 9245 Ranch Road, next to the Parkland Library. The two-acre park that cost $375,000 – paid with developer fees - will have separate areas for large and small dogs, a dog washing station and play equipment. "None of our current parks are pet-friendly and so this was an opportunity to build a park for our residents that was also dog-friendly," said Commissioner Jared Moskowitz, who said he plans on bringing Fozzie, his 7-pound Maltese poodle, for a (0 comments)
Taxes / Homestead Exemptions - 12/29/11 04:45 PM
Homestead Exemptions When filing an application you must bring the following items listed below, dated prior to January 1 of the year you are filing for. All owners occupying the property prior to January 1 must file in person on jointly held property, other than husband and wife, who may file for each other with the required documents for both (copies or originals). If you are married and the deed has different last names for husband and wife, a marriage license / certificate must be presented. You will need the following in order to apply: Proof of Ownership If in your (1 comments)
City Offices will be closed for New Year’s Day Holiday Monday Jan. 2 - 12/29/11 04:43 PM
City Offices will be closed for New Year’s Day Holiday Monday Jan. 2 Here's how city services are affected:• City Hall: Closed• Solid Waste/Recycling: Operating under regular schedule.• Library: Closed December 30th (for inventory) and January 2nd.• Parks: Close early at 6:00pm on Dec. 31st, January 1st and 2nd. (0 comments)
The First Question Coconut Creek Sellers Should Ask Their Listing Agent - 12/29/11 04:39 PM
December 29th, 2011 by Michael Citron The Most Important Question To Ask Your Coconut Creek Listing Agent If you are thinking about selling your Coconut Creek home in 2012, I am sure that you are thinking what is the most important questions to ask your potential real estate listing agent? How long has the agent been selling real estate? How large is the company that are working with? What is the marketing plan to get my home sold? Should you choose the agent who suggests the highest listing price? There are many things to0 consider when hiring the right agent (0 comments)
The house overlooks Gore Creek and Gore Range. Although the estate is one of the only ones on the list that is not an instant ski-in/ski-out, the Vail Mountain Club is 100 yards away and membership is included. Architects and the builder have struck an appealing balance of wood, copper, stone and glass. The TopTenRealEstateDeals editors highlight three elements in this house: "the in-floor lighting beneath the stone entryway, the jaw-dropping, back-lit green onyx walls in the main-level powder room and the spectacular book-matched lava granite kitchen counter backsplash." It also features an elevator between the garage and the (0 comments)
Parkland Building Official Named Building Official of the Year - 12/21/11 11:47 AM
Parkland Building Official Named Building Official of the Year City of Parkland Building Official Steve Pizzillo was recently honored as Building Official of the Year by the Broward County Building Officials Association. Those who receive this award represent the highest standard of public service.
5 Reasons To Call Parkland Florida Home In 2012 - 12/21/11 11:44 AM
5 Reasons To Call Parkland Florida Home In 2012 December 19th, 2011 by Michael Citron The City of Parkland just announced the many honors received in 2011. These attributes include the following: 1. The Parkland public school system received the highest rating of “A” from the Florida Department of Education (Stoneman Douglas High School, Westglades Middle School, Heron Heights Elementary School, Park Trails Elementary School, and Riverglades Elementary School) 2. Forbes Magazine designated the City of Parkland as the number 1 Top Education Town where the median home price falls between $400,000 to $600,000. The City’s value was so strong that (0 comments)
23 Coconut Creek Real Estate Home Sales In November 2011 - 12/19/11 11:54 AM
December 18th, 2011 by Michael Citron 23 Coconut Creek Home Sales Update For November 2011 Presented By Realtor Michael Citron There were 23 total single family sales for the month of November, 2011 ranging in price from $19,000 to $328,000. Lastmonth, there were 25 total single family home sales. There were 2 less homes sold in Coconut Creek in the month of November, 2011 than in October, 2011. Among the 23 sales for the month of October, 10 were distressed sales (bank foreclosures, corporate owned, or short sales). 48% of the sales were distressed ones. The overall real estate inventory of (0 comments)
Real Estate Buyer Consultation In Coconut Creek, Florida - 12/19/11 11:53 AM
Important To Meet With Coconut Creek Real Estate Expert Before Looking At Homes Thanks to the success of our real estate blog, RealEstateInCoconutCreek.com, we receive many inquires from potential buyers looking to purchase a home here in Coconut Creek, Florida. We take pride in meeting personally with every buyer at our office conveniently located in the heart of Coconut Creek on Wiles Road, and just east of 441. We insist on meeting in-person before looking at property to truly get an understanding of each and every client’s purchasing criteria. This meeting allows us to gain a better understanding of what the (0 comments)
Good News For Parkland Homeowners With Chinese Drywall - 12/19/11 11:52 AM
December 19th, 2011 by Michael Citron Chinese Drywall Settlement Could Cost Chinese Firm 1 Billion Finally, the end looks near for the Chinese Drywall issue that has hit many states, particularly Parkland and South Florida. Chinese Drywall manufacturer, Knauf and its Chinese affiliate Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin, recently agreed to a settlement that would give cash to help replace the Chinese Drywall in affected homes. The settlement will cost approximately $600 million to $1 billion. According to NBC Miami, the company will cover all of the necessary Chinese Drywall repairs on all 4,500 houses that were affected. Among the homes affected, 55% (1 comments)
21 Parkland Single Family Homes Sold in November 2011 - 12/19/11 11:51 AM
21 Parkland Single Family Homes Sold in November 2011 December 18th, 2011 by Michael Citron Parkland Real Estate Single Family Market Home Update For November 2011 Presented By Realtor Michael Citron There were 21 total single family sales for the month of November 2011 ranging in price from $210,000 to $750,000 Last month, there were25 total single family home sales. There were 4 less Parkland single family homes sold in the month of November, 2011 than in October, 2011. Among the November sales, 6 were distressed sales (bank foreclosures, short sales, or corporate owned properties).29% of all sales were distresses ones. (0 comments)
Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
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Plantation students help feed more than 125 families - 12/12/11 02:19 PM
A small food drive that started in 1992 has since exploded into an annual act of charity bringing together all the county schools. This year, schools dropping off items at Plantation High School will help feed more than 100 families in the area. "Our motto is 'Children helping children,'" Renée Herman, founder of Harvest Drive, said. "We're trying to teach the kids a life skill that you need to give back." The food collecting started in 1992 at Country Isles Elementary in Weston, where Herman worked with other motivated parents and children to help roughly 200 families. Today, the project (0 comments)
Plantation mom goes national with jazzed up dog tags - 12/12/11 02:16 PM
A Plantation mother and arts and crafts master has turned the dog tag from military mandatory to fashionably chic. Jodi Crespi, owner of P.J. Art Tags, uses the tags to create personalized necklaces for rockers, sports fanatics, shopaholics, hippies and whoever else loves jewelry. "I don't even think of it as work, it's just so much fun," Crespi said of her business. Now in her fourth year of business, Crespi's $65 and up dog tags adorned with charms can be found in Macy's, Bloomingdale's, small boutiques and online. She's also branched out to charity work, even creating 9 /11 commemorative (1 comments)
Donate a bike by Dec. 20 and help a kid smile - 12/12/11 02:10 PM
One kid's used bike is another kid's new bike. The "Rick Case Bikes for Kids" program is accepting donations through Dec. 20. Bikes in good condition can be dropped off at any Rick Case dealership. Rick and Rita Case launched the program in 1982 and have since donated more than 100,000 bikes in South Florida, Cleveland and Altanta. All bikes collected are distributed through local Boys & Girls Clubs and other charity organizations. (0 comments)
Big home price declines a thing of the past? - 12/12/11 02:03 PM
Broward and Miami-Dade counties rank among the nation’s highest-performing major markets when it comes to home prices over the past quarter and year. The two counties, counted as one metro area, saw a 2.1 percent increase in prices quarter over quarter and a 5.4 percent jump year over year, according to Clear Capital, a California-based real estate research company. Broward/Miami-Dade ranked 11th on a list of the top 15 markets. Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville also made the list. Topping the list were Washington, D.C., and Hartford, Conn. Clear Capital said it analyzed the county's 300 largest metro areas by population, so (1 comments)
Delray Beach police confirm they are investigating allegations that a real estate agent made off with about $1 million in escrow deposits from at least 16 prospective homebuyers. Mizner Grande Realty of Boca Raton said its former agent, Jon Rashotsky, directed a Boca Raton lawyer to disburse the money to “unauthorized parties.” Ari Albinder, founding broker of Mizner Grande, said he fired Rashotsky on Nov. 9 over another matter, only to learn a few days later that a buyer didn’t have the money to close. “That’s when the volcano erupted,” Albinder said. Some of the alleged victims said Rashotsky told (1 comments)
Light Up Your Life at Tradewinds Park - 12/12/11 01:55 PM
Light Up Your Life at Tradewinds Park For the fourth year in a row, Holiday Fantasy of Lights returns to Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. The drive-through light show runs through Sunday, January 1, and is open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 per vehicle Mondays through Wednesdays, $13 per vehicle Thursdays through Sundays (cost is for 20 or fewer passengers), and $35 per bus (15-plus capacity). For more information, visit www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com.
Manatee Season - 12/12/11 01:50 PM
The manatee season in South Florida begins November 15, marking the time when manatees begin moving south toward warm water refuges and seasonal speed limits go into effect. Broward County’s Natural Resources Planning and Management Division cautions boaters to be on the lookout for greater numbers of manatees moving into the County’s waterways and any changes to the boating speed zones. Last season, staff from Natural Resources Planning and Management counted more than 1,000 manatees in the County’s waterways, which represents the largest number of manatees ever recorded in Broward County. During very cold spells, the majority of manatees can be (0 comments)
Nonprofit that donates toys to hospitalized kids celebrates 10th anniversary - 12/09/11 04:31 PM
Having to spend time in the hospital is hard enough. But when you're a child and you're hospitalized over the holidays, it can be particularly difficult. A local nonprofit that aims to brighten those hospital stays by donating toys to youngsters recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. "What we do is an easy and direct way of reaching out to your community and doing something nice for someone who is less fortunate than you, particularly during the holidays," said Michael Weiss, of Fort Lauderdale, vice president of the Smiling Faces Forever Foundation. Since 2001, the Fort Lauderdale-based foundation has raised funds and (0 comments)
Santa will deliver toy drive goodies in his own firetruck - 12/09/11 04:28 PM
Santa Claus is coming to town for Margate and Coconut Creek – but he'll be riding a fire truck instead of a sleigh and reindeer. The Margate-Coconut Creek Firefighter's Benevolent Association is hosting its first "Visit from Santa Toy Drive." Unlike previous years where parents would take their kids to meet Santa at a set location, this year he will be riding in his fire engine right up to the homes of the children.
"We're trying something different this year," Matthew Whiteshield, president of the Margate-Coconut Creek Firefighter's Benevolent Association, said. "It's also going to be a fundraiser (0 comments)
Money from Parkland event to go to city schools, nonprofits - 12/09/11 04:18 PM
The inaugural Parkland Dash 5K Run and 2 Mile Fun Run / Walk, that was in October and more successful than expected, has left city officials with a happy problem. The event raised $8,443, with 248 people participating. At a recent workshop, city officials discussed whether to use the money to continue funding Family Central and Area on Aging, the two nonprofit organizations that currently receive city grants, or to spread the money around to other groups. The decision to use the money for the city's grant program was made in April this year. Vice Mayor Mark Weissman wanted Family Central (0 comments)
Parkland officials want more entrance signs for city - 12/09/11 04:15 PM
Parkland city officials will further discuss a proposal to install more entrance signs in the city, including one that will celebrate the achievements of its schools. The city currently has only one. At a recent workshop, officials considered a proposal to add a sign on University Drive north of the Sawgrass Expressway that would carry multiple messages below the city seal. The signs would primarily highlight the achievements of students studying in Parkland schools. Commissioner Dave Rosenof was in favor of the city going ahead with the idea, but he did not get much support from others on the commission. (0 comments)
Another Successful Short Sale Negotiated For Parkland Cypress Head Seller - 12/09/11 04:05 PM
December 9th, 2011 by Michael Citron Parkland Real Estate Agent Michael Citron Helps Negotiate Successful Short Sale It is a pleasure to announce that the Parkland Parrot Real Estate Team just successfully help negotiate a short sale for a client of ours in the Cypress Head community. Bank Of America agreed to accept almost $500,000 less than was was owed and gave my client a full release for the deficiency. Our client was ecstatic to be able to successfully short sale his Cypress Head home in Parkland, Florida and now be able to move on with his life. The government implemented (0 comments)
Parkland Decked Out Holiday Home Contest - 12/09/11 11:38 AM
The City of Parkland wants to see your “Decked Out” Home for the Holidays! The Committee is looking for the most creative decorated home in Parkland! Entry forms and instructions can be printed from the City of Parkland website at www.cityofparkland.org. All submissions must be turned in by December 14, 2011 by 5:00 pm. Judges will visit selected homes between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on December 15, 2011. The winner will receive dinner for four at a local Parkland Restaurant. If you would like more information please call Colleen O’Dea, Special Events Coordinator, at (954) 757-4120 or firstname.lastname@example.org Application (0 comments)
Parkland Real Estate Agent Michael Citron Lists Pine Tree Estates Dome Home - 12/07/11 10:25 AM
Parkland Real Estate Agent Michael Citron Lists Pine Tree Estates Dome Home December 7th, 2011 by Michael Citron 6283 NW 66th Ave, Parkland, FL 33067 Parkland Realtor Michael Citron just listed another unique home in Parkland’s prestigious community of Pine Tree Estates. This Dome home sits on a private acre corner lot and was built in 1984 and offers 5 bedrooms plus loft with 3 full bathrooms and swimming pool.
Asking Price: $599,000Reduced To Sell!!5,057 Square Feet5 Bedrooms Plus Loft3 Full Bathrooms2-Car GarageClick Here For Full Details, Pictures, & Google Maps Of This Property
RARE opportunity to own (1 comments)
Broward county Holiday Lights - 12/07/11 09:37 AM
Holiday Lights Lake Worth Christmas Spectacular4988 Palm Way, Lake Worth FL, 33463 Van Horn - Annual Christmas Display with Lightshow12510 NW 10th St, Sunrise, FL 33323, USA Lublin Spectacular11102 NW 11 Terrace Coral Springs, FL 33071 LauderdaleChristmas.com 60,000 LED lights7706 NW 25 St Margate, FL 33063 Computerized Display with Christmas Music673 NW 111th Way, Coral Springs, Broward, Florida 33071 Vannatta Christmas9904 w tree tops ct, davie, fl 33328 Racine Home - Holiday lights9640 nw 32nd manor, sunrise, fl 33351 Happy Holiday Lights10660 N W (0 comments)
HOUSES OF WORSHIP IN WESTON - 12/06/11 03:16 PM
HOUSES OF WORSHIPB'nai Aviv Synagogue of Weston1410 Indian Trace, Weston, FL 33326www.bnaiaviv.org954-384-8265Conservative Jewish ServicesChurch of Westonwww.churchofweston.com954-389-5700 (Call for service locations) Worship ServicesFirst Baptist Church of Weston1420 Indian Trace, Weston, FL 33326www.fbweston.org954-389-4555Baptist Worship ServicesInternational Bible Center2129 N Commerce Parkway, Weston, FL 33326954-888-9808Contemporary Christian Services(Spanish & English Services) St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church 2700 Glades Circle #200, Weston, FL 33327 www.st-katherinedrexel.org 954-389-5003 Catholic Services (English and Spanish Masses) St. Paul Lutheran Church 580 Indian Trace, Weston, FL 33326 www.stpaulweston.org 954-384-9096 Lutheran Worship Services Temple Chabad Lubavitch 18501 Tequesta Trace Park Lane, Weston, FL 33326 www.chabadofweston.com 954-349-6565 Orthodox Jewish Services Temple Dor Dorim (0 comments)
The City of Weston - 12/06/11 03:13 PM
Approximately 27 square miles in land size, with a population of 65,237, Weston is located in southwestern Broward County, Florida. Initially conceived as a master-planned community, Weston was incorporated in 1996. Well managed growth has given rise to one of South Florida’s most desirable communities, both residential and corporate. Weston’s culturally diverse population enjoys a vibrant community, whose lifestyle, appearance and management style cities around the world wish to emulate. Weston has the distinction of having: A-rated public schools and excellent private schools; Outstanding public safety and the lowest crime rate per capita in the County; Fourteen meticulously maintained park and (0 comments)
Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division has mailed more than 422,000 property tax bills for 2011. Property taxes must be paid no later than April 2, 2012, to pay without penalty and avoid delinquency. A three percent discount applies to taxes paid in December, followed by a two percent discount in January and one percent in February. Property owners without mortgages, or those who do not make use of an escrow arrangement, may pay their taxes in a variety of ways. For questions on property tax bill payments please call 954-831-4000. (1 comments)
Margate - child from Margate canal - 12/05/11 04:36 PM
Three teens enjoying a lazy afternoon of fishing turned aside tragedy when they plunged into a weedy canal to pull out a toddler sinking under the water."This would have been a fatal outcome had they not acted as quickly as they did," police Lt. Andy Zettek said of the teens' bravery and quick reflexes.Johnny Grail and Antonio Ezzo, both 14, and Michael Dusek, 17, were fishing in the canal outside Michael's home in the 1300 block of East River Drive around 3:30 p.m. Monday when they saw a toddler clad in a white diaper tottering along the edge of a seawall (0 comments)
Refinance Mortgage Programs For Underwater Parkland Homeowners Now Available - 12/05/11 03:59 PM
Calling All Underwater Parkland Florida Homeowners – New Refinance Program Now Available The Obama Administration is releasing a brand new revision to the Home Affordable Refinance Program for homeowners that are underwater on their mortgages. Struggling homeowners that owe more than their homes are worth can take advantage of this new program. Below, please see the criteria that homeowners must meet to take advantage of this program: Borrowers must be current on their mortgage payments. The loans must be backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac must have bought these loans no later than May 31, (1 comments)
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