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Waste Management rolls out new crime prevention program - 04/30/12 02:23 PM
Margate has a new set of eyes and ears looking out for trouble in the community – garbage truck drivers. Waste Management introduced a new program called Waste Watch, which trains garbage truck drivers to keep a lookout for anything suspicious in the communities they serve. It's a national program Waste Management started rolling out in Florida two years ago, according to Dawn McCormick, manager of community affairs for Waste Management, and it's now in Broward County. "We've had a lot of success stories with our drivers being trained and doing the right thing," McCormick said. "It's all about observing and (2 comments)
Bowler aims to bring beloved sport to Broward high schools - 04/30/12 02:19 PM
Since 2010, United States Bowling Congress Gold Certified Coach Michael Nyitray has been working to bring high school bowling to Broward County, where it's only had limited participation until now.The national coach created a unique – Florida High School Athletic Association approved – program for the sport. A total of nine high schools in the county are already registered and Nyitray is hoping Coconut Creek high schools are next. "Right now, there isn't a whole lot of money for sports in the schools," Nyitray said. "The program I created doesn't need any money. That's the part that's unusual. I'm not looking (0 comments)
books without pages - 04/30/12 02:14 PM
Checking out a book at midnight in your pj's? It's possible now. Three city-run libraries — Parkland, Oakland Park and Wilton Manors — have joined forces to share the cost of providing audiobooks, e-books, music, and video available by free download from the library or city websites and mobile applications. This has already been available at county branch libraries, but the smaller independent libraries had to band together to lower subscription costs, said Edenia Hernandez, Parkland library director. Now, readers with modern technology, such as Nooks, tablets, e-readers, smartphones, iPads and Kindles, can check out almost everything, anytime. "You can (0 comments)
Coral Springs couple's book series creates healthy role model for kids - 04/30/12 02:07 PM
He's as fast as a lightning bolt and strong as an ox. He can see in the dark and can hear a whisper across the room. He's just your average, everyday, well-fed kid!Super-healthy superhero Mitch Spinach is the creation of two Florida parents on a mission to encourage children to eat healthier. After taking their children, Shannon, 7, and Quinn, 6, on a few play dates, Hillary Feerick and Jeff Hillenbrand noticed a pattern: Their kids' friends ate a lot of junk food and seemed to know little about the benefits of fruits and vegetables.Coral Springs residents Feerick, an English teacher, (1 comments)
Baseball founder a special guest at reunion - 04/30/12 02:02 PM
Mike Roberts was overwhelmed recently when he saw the crowd gathered for the first-ever Florida Pokers Baseball reunion ceremony at the Heron Bay Marriott in Coral Springs. The gala event wasn't about all the former players in attendance. It was to surprise Roberts and pay tribute to all he has done for the regional program for those age 18 and younger who have aspirations of collegiate and pro careers. "I'm so touched. I appreciate everybody who came here tonight," said Roberts, who founded the Florida Pokers organization in 1990 and has watched it grow into one of the most recognizable (0 comments)
Coral Springs, Nova wins district championships; Latest District Baseball results (April 26) - 04/30/12 02:00 PM
Dalton Wolchik pitched three solid innings of relief as Coral Springs baseball inched past Douglas 7-5 Thursday in the District 11-8A finals. The Colts (16-6) picked up their third consecutive district title with the two-run result. Wolchik shut the door on the Eagles (15-8) by striking out five and allowing only two hits. Tre Dingus had a double and two RBI for the Colts. Nova tops St. Thomas to win District 16-7A titleNova defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 2-0 in the District 16A Championship Tuesday behind the strong pitching efforts of Dean Pelman and C.J. Chatham, who combined to hold (0 comments)
South Florida well represented on national stage!!! - 04/30/12 01:54 PM
Area hockey players have made quite an impact in national tournaments. Two regional clubs in particular — the Florida JR. Panthers Midget Major 18-Under AA squad and the Palm Beach Hurricanes Women's B team — finished as national runners-up in their respective USA Hockey showcase events. Meanwhile, two other local entries, the South Florida Golden Wolves Midget 16-Under AA and North Broward Prep School, also competed for national bragging rights. Here is a rundown of the results: Florida JR. Panthers Midget Major 18-Under AA: The JR. Panthers were the beneficiary of an at-large bid that ultimately launched them into the (0 comments)
Foreclosure aid program trying to qualify more homeowners - 04/30/12 01:51 PM
State housing officials on Friday announced changes to a $1 billion foreclosure prevention program that will loosen eligibility criteria and offer more money to homeowners. Applicants to Florida’s Hardest Hit Fund no longer have to be at least 180 days delinquent on their mortgages to qualify. The state also is eliminating a requirement that the loans be originated on or before Jan. 1, 2009. Homeowners who were deemed ineligible before may reapply. The changes still must be approved by the U.S. Treasury and likely won’t be effective for six to eight weeks. Hardest Hit is part of a federal initiative to (0 comments)
Don't expect loan mod if you can afford mortgage payments - 04/30/12 01:49 PM
Don't expect loan mod if you can afford mortgage payments Q: We make a decent living and can afford our mortgage payments. Our house is slightly underwater and times are lean, but we are getting by. We are not late on our payments and like our home. We have tried several times to get a loan modification, but our lender keeps telling us that we make enough money to afford our payments. Is there anything we can do? – David A: Not really. I have been getting this question a lot lately, and the sad truth is that most lenders will (0 comments)
2012 Parkland Library Survey - 04/30/12 01:46 PM
2012 Parkland Library Survey The City of Parkland is conducting a survey of the Parkland Library. Your opinion is very important to us and we hope that you take the time to participate. The results of this survey will help us to better serve you and will provide valuable input for strategic planning and the budget process. Please take a few moments to complete the 14 question survey; it should take no longer than 10 minutes of your time. The survey will close on May 20th. (0 comments)
Simple Steps to a Clean Home - 04/27/12 06:32 AM
We've received some questions asking for inexpensive home cleaning solutions, and want to share some of our tips for putting your home's best foot forward.GroutMost grout stains are surface stains. Try sandpaper or a Magic Eraser-type sponge to remove them. (Even a pencil eraser works well.)If you still have stains, try a grout cleaner or a mix of bleach and water. Make sure you're in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves to protect your skin.BathtubsVinegar is a great cleaning agent for baths. Using a spray bottle, spray vinegar all over the tub. Leave for 15 minutes, then wipe down the tub (0 comments)
Q: We make a decent living and can afford our mortgage payments. Our house is slightly underwater and times are lean, but we are getting by. We are not late on our payments and like our home. We have tried several times to get a loan modification, but our lender keeps telling us that we make enough money to afford our payments. Is there anything we can do? – David A: Not really. I have been getting this question a lot lately, and the sad truth is that most lenders will not work to lower the payments on a loan (1 comments)
Citizens Property Insurance postpones measure on rate increase - 04/27/12 06:27 AM
Florida’s property insurer of last resort on Thursday backed off a proposal that would eliminate a 10 percent cap on rate increases for new customers starting Jan. 1. Board members for Citizens Property Insurance Corp. told staff to study the idea further and discuss the possible impact with state regulators and other officials. Citizens wants to remove the cap that Florida lawmakers approved starting in 2010. The insurer now says it interprets the law to mean only existing polices are subject to the cap. Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, said the legislature was “adamant and clear” that the law would (0 comments)
A portion of the Shadow Wood community is in the running to be named the 2012 Neighborhood of the Year by Neighborhoods USA (NUSA), a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to building stronger communities.
In the past six years, Shadow Wood has only had three burglaries out of 52 units. In 2005, the community came together and decided to develop the Shadow Wood Neighborhood Watch. The group has been committed to making the community a safer place. When the City’s Police Department unveiled the “Make a Call, Make a Difference” program, the group began reporting any suspicious activity to police. (1 comments)
The Coral Springs Fire Academy is hosting its first Fire Academy Expo on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families and future firefighters will have an opportunity to tour the award-winning facility and learn just what it takes to be a Firefighter or EMT.
Academy instructors will offer demonstrations in vehicle extrications and fire academy trainees will scale a 4-story tower to simulate a rope rescue. Families should also stop by to view the safety demonstrations geared toward home safety, like CPR, drowning prevention, safe cooking practices and fire safety for children. Sparky the Fire Dog (0 comments)
Avoid becoming a victim of identity theft by bringing any personal documents to the City’s next Shredathon, where they will be shredded for free on site. The next event will be Saturday, May 19 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in front of City Hall.
Please note that there is a limit of five boxes per person. Each additional box of paperwork will be accepted for a $5 donation toward the Special Olympics. Please refrain from bringing paperwork in plastic bags. Once the truck is full, no other paperwork will be accepted. The Shredathon (0 comments)
Want to file a code enforcement complaint? The City now has an app for that! Residents with an Apple or Android device can now download the free “myCoralSprings” application.
The app bridges the gap between local government and its residents and allows for users to conveniently contact City departments and report Code Enforcement issues, such as graffiti and potholes, to the City for correction. Residents will be able to opt in to receive notices when the issue submitted has been resolved.
The app can be downloaded via the Apple iTunes (0 comments)
Child safety advocate: Kids often improperly restrained in vehicles - 04/24/12 02:17 PM
A day after a couple were arrested on child neglect charges for not having their five children properly restrained in their car, a child safety advocate said the incident is all too common. In Palm Beach County, nearly half of all children are not properly restrained while riding in cars, said Kelly Powell, of Safe Kids Palm Beach County, an advocacy organization that promotes safety and aims to prevent injury risks. "Locally we have a severe problem with children riding unrestrained or improperly restrained. This is not OK; people are endangering their children," Powell said. Powell said that children in a (0 comments)
Lewis Brinson doesn't know his phone number. He can remember his old number, but the voice on the other line will tell you that number is no longer in use — Major League scouts were calling it too often. Brinson stands alone as the best high school baseball player in Broward County, but that's hardly a secret. As many as 53 MLB scouts have been in attendance for Coral Springs home game. Brinson is just a lanky high school kid, but put him on the diamond and (0 comments)
Parkland Completes Greenway Dream - 04/24/12 12:49 PM
Greenway Dream The City of Parkland (“City”) has been attempting for years to acquire the “Beaty Piece of Property” adjacent to the Equestrian Center. Over the years, we have attempted to purchase this property for a price in excess of 6 Million dollars for the parcel. Recently the parcel became available and the City took immediate action, purchasing the property for less than 2 million dollars. A huge savings to the City! This was the only piece of land that precluded the City from completing its lineal park on Holmberg Road that starts at the Equestrian Center and ends at the (1 comments)
School Board Redistricting Steering Committee Schedules District Public Hearings - 04/19/12 02:25 PM
School Board Redistricting Steering Committee Schedules District Public Hearings A Series of Seven Public Hearings Will be Held The School Board of Broward County, Florida has initiated the process for preparing a new School Board district map based on the 2010 Census data. Redistricting is the process of redrawing the lines of districts from which public officials are elected to balance the populations of the districts and ensure residents have equal representation on the School Board. The 2011-2013 redistricting project, currently underway, provides for extensive public participation through a series of public hearings – one in each of the seven districts (0 comments)
Parkland Completes its Long Term Greenway Dream - 04/19/12 02:23 PM
Parkland Completes its Long Term Greenway Dream The City of Parkland (“City”) has been attempting for years to acquire the “Beaty Piece of Property” adjacent to the Equestrian Center. Over the years, we have attempted to purchase this property for a price in excess of 6 Million dollars for the parcel. Recently the parcel became available and the City took immediate action, purchasing the property for less than 2 million dollars. A huge savings to the City! This was the only piece of land that precluded the City from completing its lineal park on Holmberg Road that starts at the Equestrian (0 comments)
Vote for Favorite School Recycling Video - 04/19/12 02:22 PM
Vote for Favorite School Recycling Video Broward residents are invited to cheer on Broward County public school students in grades 6 through 12 who created videos for the “Recycle Revolution” contest by voting for their favorite. The contest is sponsored by Broward County Solid Waste and Recycling Services. To view the videos and vote, visit facebook.com/BrowardCountyRecycling and click on the purple camera icon for the Recycle Revolution Video Contest. Two winning videos will be chosen, one from a high school and one from a middle school, based on the number of votes each video receives. Winning videos will receive prizes to (0 comments)
Sunrise weighing 4 a.m. closing time for bars - 04/17/12 10:50 AM
Sunrise weighing 4 a.m. closing time for bars To hear bar owner Jim Hay tell it, an hour can make all the difference between success and failure. Especially if the bars in the next city stay open later.Hay is one of about eight bar owners urging a 4 a.m. closing time for watering holes in Sunrise that qualify for a special "extended hours" license. Sunrise commissioners gave tentative approval to the plan last month in a 4-1 vote. A final vote is expected on April 24."We stay open until 3 a.m. on Saturday," said Hay, who owns Cocomo's Bar & (1 comments)
Broward College building under construction in Coral Springs - 04/17/12 10:44 AM
Broward College will soon have its own campus, the first in northwest Broward. Since 2004, Coral SpringsCharter School has shared space with Broward College, which offered business classes and some general education courses there at night.
But starting in August, classes will expand to the daytime at Broward College's own location. Construction on the building in the Village Square shopping center at the northwest corner of University Drive and Sample Road started April 2. The college will lease about 19,000 square feet. The new Broward College Coral Springs Center will offer day, evening and weekend classes toward both (0 comments)
Foreclosures rise in Broward, Palm Beach counties - 04/17/12 10:40 AM
The number of new foreclosure cases in Broward County grew slightly in the first three months of 2012 compared to 2011, a sign the improving housing market has not yet recovered. Lenders filed 2,746 foreclosure lawsuits January through March, up 2 percent from the same period of 2011, according to the RealtyTrac listing firm. In Palm Beach County, filings jumped 62 percent. RealtyTrac, of Irvine, Calif., counts properties from the time foreclosure suits are filed. It monitors public records for foreclosure lawsuits, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions. Across the country, total foreclosure filings fell to a level last seen at the (0 comments)
Stoneman Douglas performs 'Aida' - 04/09/12 07:33 AM
"The Gods Love Nubia," and the audience loved Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's production of "Aida" this past weekend! While it may be true that "Every Story is a Love Story," not every story is performed with the energy, passion and professionalism that the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas put into their production. A story of a love that flourished in a time of hate, "Aida" is a touching tale of the forbidden love between Radames, an Egyptian warrior, and Aida, a Nubian princess whom he enslaves. Aida opened on Broadway in 2000 with music and lyrics by Elton John and (1 comments)
Coral Springs aims to expand its red-light camera program - 04/09/12 07:28 AM
Lack of support from the county has hampered Coral Springs' plans to expand its red-light camera program. Red-light cameras have been installed at eight approaches in the city, seven in the initial phase of the program and one more recently. Police initially monitored 16 dangerous intersections and would like to have cameras at a few more approaches, but the county has yet to back the idea. "All our cameras are at non-county intersections," City Manager Erdal Donmez said. "We have identified five more intersections where we would like to install red-light cameras, but Broward County has not given us permission." "We (1 comments)
Broward County Pet Registration Tags - Easier to Get Than Ever - 04/09/12 06:35 AM
Broward County Pet Registration Tags - Easier to Get Than Ever There is good news for the growing number of pet owners living in Broward County. Animal Care and Adoption is making it easier than ever to obtain a registration tag for dogs and cats, which are required to have current registration tags by the age of four months and renewed annually even if the animal is already identified by a microchip and/or tattoo, and regardless if your pet spends time outside or is strictly kept indoors. County Residents can now purchase new pet registration tags or renew existing tags via (0 comments)
Plantation residents to pay new stormwater fee next year - 04/06/12 09:10 AM
Plantation residents to pay new stormwater fee next year Residents will pay $2.50 a month for a new stormwater fee likely to take effect in 2013. The City Council approved the new fee on Wednesday night. The penalty for not paying the fee is a penalty of as much as $500 a day. Businesses will pay a higher fee depending on their square footage. "Every dollar you take out of their pocket is a dollar they can't spend on their families," said Councilman Bob Levy, who voted against the measure. It passed 3-2. The city's administration has long (0 comments)
Margate, Creek decide on leadership roles - 04/06/12 08:58 AM
Margate, Creek decide on leadership roles The cities of Margate and Coconut Creek both had their annual reorganizational meetings last week, but only Coconut Creek came away with new leadership. Margate commissioners decided to keep the current status quo and reelected Mayor Pam Donovan and Vice Mayor David McLean to another year of service in their positions. Commissioner Joseph Varsallone nominated them both and stated his trust for McLean, even in light of recent allegations of credit card misuse. "The thing I take into consideration is the contribution people make to the city as individuals," Varsallone said. "What they do on (0 comments)
Coral Springs red-light cameras - 04/06/12 08:21 AM
Coral Springs is seeing red with its red-light cameras Some drivers may be acting differently in Coral Springs because of the city's new red-light cameras, but officials have been told the program isn't making any money. The red-light cameras have been installed at eight intersections since September. But while 3,500 citations have netted $293,000, after fees to the camera vendor are paid and the state receives a cut, the city is left with a net loss of $7,481, police officials told the commission. But the loss is only on paper. While the city won't receive any money, it's a "cost-neutral" (0 comments)
American Diabetes Association - 04/06/12 07:24 AM
Koesten returns to help American Diabetes Association Coral Springs resident Jared Koesten had the time of his life last year during the South Florida Tour de Cure, a local cycling event that benefits the American Diabetes Association. He enjoyed the event so much that he decided to hit the pavement once again earlier this month with about 400 other riders for the same cause. "The rough weather conditions didn't really scare me out there," Koesten said. "When I was turning a corner in the wind, it was easy to slip, but I just kept thinking about the cause and how (0 comments)
Hunt Elementary receives a makeover - 04/06/12 07:21 AM
Vegetable garden at Hunt Elementary receives a makeover Delasia Bridgers, fourth-grade student at James S. Hunt Elementary in Coral Springs, and her friends in the school's garden club now have an extra reason to go to school. A team of staff members from Home Depot's Coral Springs store and a bunch of volunteers worked all day last Friday to transform the school's vegetable garden from a passable one into one that has a wide variety of vegetables and herbs growing in it. Delasia likes the new look of the garden and wants to spend more time there. "It is really (0 comments)
'All Aboard' display spotlights trains - 04/06/12 07:03 AM
A new Coral Springs exhibit spotlights the role of trains in the American imagination."All Aboard!! An Artistic History of the Railroad" at the Coral Springs Museum of Art features photographs, lithograph reproductions and other memorabilia, and an operating display with collectible trains and accessories."I hope this personalizes the art — that at some point, people can tie into the nostalgia of trains and the whimsicalness of childhood," said John Childrey, a Coral Springs resident and retired Florida Atlantic University professor who organized the exhibit. Photographer O. Winston Link captured the steam engine trains of the Norfolk & Western Railway (1 comments)
Farmers Market - 04/06/12 06:50 AM
Market Specifics Looking for fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, crafts, and homemade cookies and pies? If so, the City of Parkland is proud to announce the Parkland Farmer's Market. Vendors will be selling everything from green peppers to sweet cupcakes.Parking is located off of Ranch Road. Live entertainment will be performing on the stage along with plenty of children's activities making this a fun, family event. If you have questions or need information, contact Colleen O'Dea, Special Events Coordinator or the Main Parks and Recreation number at 954-757-4120.Market Address:8350 Ranch RoadParkland, FL 33067Market Operating Time:9:00am-1:00pmDirections from the NorthTake the Turnpike to the Sawgrass (0 comments)
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