May has become synonymous with Mothers’ Day and the beginning of school graduation season. So as we gave thanks to all of the mothers in our lives, we like to begin thinking about how the end of the school year offers us a particular set of opportunities and challenges every year.
“My Next Move”
Commissioner Furr reading the Proclamation for My Next Move before the Broward County Commission
This year, I have been working with several great community leaders on a career fair for students at four of the high schools in Southeast Broward County, namely South Broward, Hollywood Hills, Hallandale and McArthur High Schools. Hispanic Unity, OIC South Florida, Career Source Broward, The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the Washington Park CEC have joined forces with several others, to present opportunities to those students who do not have a plan in place for what they will be doing after graduation.
Why are we focused on these students? These students are in a tough spot. Thirty years ago, these students would have obvious opportunities to enter skilled and unskilled trade jobs right after high school. They would have started working as apprentices with a union, or found part time jobs to help them save up for college tuition.
The reality is that these opportunities are still available, even if they are harder to find. Broward County is the home of an ever growing marine industry, tourism industry, construction industry, and small manufacturers are found in places you would least expect. These industries continue to hire new employees every day. As a community, we should do everything we can to make sure that those young men and women who are raised here can compete for jobs here.
If you or your business may be interested in participating in My Next Move, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are open to bringing in more companies, more businesses and more industries. We want people who want to hire to be in the room. This event is FREE to all participating businesses, but registration is required.
http://bit.ly/MyNextMove to register by
Friday, May 13, 2016.
I’m optimistic that “My Next Move” can be the beginning of something more. My hope is that every May, as graduation draws near, students across the County will look forward to planning their next move with the support of all our local businesses and trades.
Broward County and the Broward County School Board Recognize the Winners of the 4th Annual P3 Eco-Challenge
I was happy to present a proclamation to the sponsors of the 4th Annual P3 Eco-Challenge this week. Whole Foods Market, Hazen and Sawyer, JM Family Enterprises, Everglades Holiday Park, National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA, South Florida Audubon Society and many others donated the funds to celebrate and reward the students, educators, and schools in Broward County who are working to Preserve our Planet for Posterity.
The Broward County Commission accepting a check for $11,712.26 from Whole Foods Market, whose Davie and Plantation Stores donated 5% of their daily totals towards the P3 Eco-Challenge Awards
In the three previous years, $35,000 in cash awards and over $20,000 in in-kind educational materials and programs has been awarded to schools, teachers, students, and volunteers working with the schools and in their communities.
Great programs and initiatives, like the “How Low Can You Go?” Challenge that Linda Gancitano started at Driftwood Middle School, which challenges schools to lower their electrical usage, and Vince Newman’s work with the Future Farmers of America at McArthur High School, which is detailed below, get to compete for P3 Eco-Challenge grants.
Congratulations to all of this year’s Winners and Nominees.
Students at McArthur High School win a Recyclebank Grant for their Sustainability Project
McArthur High School’s Future Farmers of America with representatives of the Hollywood City Commission, the Hollywood City Manager, School Board Member Ann Murray and the check from Recyclebank for their Aquaponics Project
Congratulations to McArthur High School and their Future Farmers of America Club on receiving a $2,114.18 check from Recyclebank. McArthur High School and the Future Farmers of America Club designed an aquaponics project in their greenhouse, which is designed to revolutionize the way we grow our greens. The students combined large tanks of freshwater fish with a series of elevated grow pods. This technique can deliver both water and nutrients to plants without the need for chemical fertilizers.
Residents of Hollywood, and other communities who use Recyclebank, then donated their Recyclebank points to this project, and the grant funds will go towards expanding the project next year.
Teacher, Vincent Newman shows the pilot aquaponics project in McArthur High School’s greenhouse
BECON TV and the City of Hollywood Chanel 78 produced an excellent short video on this project,
FPL’s Next Generation Clean Energy Center at Port Everglades
I had the opportunity to speak at the Ribbon Cutting for Florida Power and Light’s Next Generation Clean Energy Center at Port Everglades.
Commissioner Furr Speaking at the Ribbon Cutting for the FPL Next Generation Clean Energy Center at Port Everglades
I’m happy to see that FPL is making smart investments in high-efficiency energy centers, which generate more power with less fuel. This is going to be better for our environment, and it will help our region become more energy independent. Combined, FPL’s newer energy centers have cut fuel costs by $8 billion and prevented the release of 95 million tons of carbon emissions since 2001.
At Port Everglades, FPL invested $1.2 billion to completely rebuild the plant from the ground up, and the Next Generation Clean Energy Center is 33 percent more fuel-efficient than its predecessor. This new facility has cut the carbon dioxide emission rate by 50 percent, and it also reduces air emissions by more than 90 percent. Over the 30-year life of the facility, these improvements are estimated to save customers an estimated $400 million.
You can read the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce CEO, Anne Hotte’s letter to the Sun Sentinel “New FPL power plant a plus for community,”
Broward County to Advocate for Tougher USDA Standards in Washington
Several weeks ago the County Commission took up an item related to Puppy Mills. Many members of the community came to speak, and while there was fierce disagreement on Broward County’s role in regulating the sale of animals, every speaker made their opposition to bad breeding practices absolutely clear.
One of the heartbreaking truths about the business of buying and selling dogs, is that the main agency that is tasked to regulate this practice at the Federal Level, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is significantly hamstrung in its ability to do the job. Their own general inspector concluded as much in 2010, and The Humane Society of the United States, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association have petitioned the USDA to raise its standards. On May 10th I was happy to include an item on the County Commission Agenda to include the Humane Society’s language advocating for increased USDA standards into our Federal Legislative Package. This means that Broward County and its contracted advocates in Washington DC will help push for increased standards whenever possible.
You can read more about the petition and its goals
Broward Libraries Participating in Summer Breakspot
From June 13 through August 20, 2016, Broward County Libraries Division, in partnership with Broward Meals on Wheels and funded by the Florida Department of Agriculture, will present "Free Food and Fun at Your Library" this summer.
Through the Summer BreakSpot program, kids ages 18 and under can enjoy a free lunch and/or an afternoon snack. Served on a first come, first served basis, the free meals/snacks will be served at the following locations:
Carver Ranches Library,
4735 SW 18 St., West Park, FL 33023, 954-357-6245
Beach Paul DeMaio Library,
1 Park Avenue East, Dania Beach, FL 33004,
300 S Federal Highway, Hallandale, FL 33009,
2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33020,
Branch Library & Education Center, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025, 954-357-8090
955 NW 129 Ave., Pembroke Pines, FL 33028,
Regional/Broward College Library,
7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024,
16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines, FL 33331,
3151 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL 33312,
at Art Museum/Broward County Library, 751 SW 121 Ave., Davie, FL 33325, 954-357-5437
Hallandale Beach is Hosting its Annual Hurricane Preparedness Forum Thursday, May 19th
Party With a Purpose In Downtown Hollywood
Each month, the Downtown Hollywood Business Association hosts Party With a Purpose to let members network and raise funds for a good cause. This Wednesday, May 18, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Party with a Purpose will benefit the Hollywood Historical Society at Buleria Restaurant & Bar, 2051 Hollywood Blvd. In fact, Buleria now stands where Hollywood’s first office building was built nearly 90 years ago.
Tickets are $10, and they can be purchased through the Hollywood Historical Society’s website
Then on Wednesday, June 15, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Party With a Purpose will raise funds for the Broward Public Library Foundation and Joshua’s Heart at FACE Restaurant, 2022 Hollywood Blvd. The Library Foundation supports literacy programs at Broward County Library, and will use the dollars raised to benefit the Summer Learning Program at Hollywood’s City Hall and Stirling Road branches. Joshua’s Heart works to eliminate hunger for everyone, especially children.
Tickets are $10 and include appetizers, music, auctions and door prizes. For more information, call 954-357-7382.
19th Annual Cuisine for Art at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center Friday, May 20
The Hollywood Art and Culture Center is one of the most impressive institutions in South Florida. I cannot say enough about the respect and admiration that I have for the Center, their exhibits, their community involvement, and their commitment to art and art education. So this year, I will be donning my waiter’s uniform once again as we help to raise money at Cuisine for Art.
Commissioner Beam Furr with Tami Lynn Williams – Recipient of ArtsEd Forever! Teacher of the Year
If you would like to attend Cuisine for Art, Friday May 20 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314, or if you would like to read more about the “Celebrity Waiters” who will be attending, you can read more
For 30 years, Broward Cultural Division has celebrated and showcased the importance of arts education. ArtsEd Forever! brings together the entire arts education community from educators and students to organizations, businesses and legislators to honor, recognize, celebrate and advocate arts education for all.
I am proud to recognize a teacher in my district for the distinction of being Broward County's 2016 Arts Teacher of the Year in the category of music. Congratulations to Tami Williams and to the entire school community at West Hollywood Elementary School. In the nomination letter written by Principal Aimee Zekofsky, she described Ms. Williams' creative approach to exemplary music education. Her approach includes collecting unused materials from businesses in the community that were later re-purposed for students to make musical instruments. Kudos to Ms. Williams for recognizing and acting on the knowledge that it takes all of us working together to provide rich learning opportunities for the youth of Broward County.
Save the Date – Mayor’s 7th Annual Kids Day in Pembroke Pines June 24th
Memorial Day Events
City of Hollywood will host a Salute to the Fallen on Friday, May 27, from 7 PM to 8:30 PM at Boulevard Heights Community Center - 6770 Garfield Street. This event will have music from the 13th Army Band Florida National Guard and a Candle Light Vigil.
To RSVP or to include your hero on the Fallen Hero Digital Display, please e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org and include your hero’s name, service branch, years of service.
The City of Hollywood will also hold their Annual Memorial Day Services Monday, May 30, 11 AM to 2 PM at Hollywood Memorial Gardens at 6301 Taft Street.
The City of Hallandale Beach will host Memorial Day Services on Monday, May 30th with Flag Placement, 9:30 AM at the Hallandale Beach Cemetery, 901 NW 6th Avenue with a reception at 10 AM at the Foster Park Community Center, 609 NW 6th Avenue.
The City of Pembroke Pines will host a Presentation of Colors, May 30, 9 AM to 12 Noon at the Fletcher Art and Culture Center, 7960 Johnson Street.
Our district office is conveniently located in the lobby of the Hollywood Branch of the Broward County Public Library at 2600 Hollywood Blvd,
next to Hollywood City Hall. This office is open for your convenience Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, or you have a great idea, suggestion or an issue that needs my attention,
feel free to call me at 954-357-7006/7790 or send me an email at email@example.com.