District 8 Newsletter
December 2016 - January2017

A Message From Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief 

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On November 22, 2016, I was honored by my colleagues and selected to serve as the Mayor of Broward County. I am looking forward to presenting “Broward County Means Business,” our theme for the upcoming year. This will include highlighting the services that the County offers its residents, expanding assistance and mentorship to entrepreneurs and small businesses, and recognizing employees, senior citizens and high school seniors who have provided outstanding quality service. I believe 2017 will be a great year for Broward County.

I welcome your comments and want to hear which issues are important to you. Send an email to me at Bsharief@broward.org or call my office at 954-357-7008. Also, check out the Barbara Sharief Facebook page at Facebook.com/barbara.sharief or follow Barbara Sharief at Twitter.com/bestmom39​.

Happy Holidays,

Our Winter Holidays are here and although Holiday lights are beautiful and much safer than candles, all that electricity can cause problems if not used properly.2.jpg LED lights are considered safer and do not produce as much heat. On the other hand, incandescent Holiday lights can become hot enough to burn or ignite other decorations. The cords can fray, leading to an electrical short. Decorating with lights often requires the use of a ladder, and improper ladder use could lead to an injury.

Moderation is a good thing when you put up Holiday lights during any season. Be sure to follow these Christmas light safety tips:

  • Choose lights that have been tested and deemed safe by a reputable testing laboratory. The best are UL or ETL. Holiday lights listed as safe by these laboratories will note that on the packaging.
  • Try to use the cooler-burning "mini" Christmas lights as opposed to the traditional larger bulbs. The older style burns much hotter and can start fires.
  • Only use lights that have fuses in the plugs.
  • Inspect each set of Christmas lights--old or new--for damage. Return or throw out any set with cracked or broken sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.
  • Replace burned out bulbs promptly with bulbs of the same wattage.
  • Never hang lights on a metal tree. The tree can become charged with electricity and shock someone. The tree can also short out the Christmas lights and cause a fire.
  • Only use outdoor Christmas lights for outside. The packaging will note whether the lights can be used indoors, outdoors, or both. Don't ever use indoor lights outside (using outdoor lights in the house is not a big deal).
  • All outdoor electrical decorations should be plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). You can buy portable units for outdoor use, or you can have them permanently installed by an electrician.
  • Use extension cords properly. Outdoor cords can be used anywhere, but never use indoor extension cords outside. Do not overload extension cords. They can get hot enough to burn.
  • Stay away from powerlines or feeder lines (these go from the pole to the house).
  • Secure outside lights with insulated holders (never use tacks or nails) or run strings of lights through hooks.
  • When you leave your home, or go to sleep at night, turn off your Christmas lights.
  • Never pull on a string of lights, it stresses the cords and can lead to fraying. Store holiday lights loosely wrapped for the same reason.

Affordable Care Act


Now is the time to enroll in or change 2017 Marketplace health insurance

Important dates to note: 
  • December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.
  • January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.
  • January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
If you have any questions or need help signing up, please call1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also go to www.healthcare.gov

Pembroke Pines Police Department
November 2016 Students of the Month

The City of Pembroke Pines Police Department November “Student of the Month” Ceremony recognized Pembroke Pines Elementary School students at Pembroke Pines Police Department Headquarters.  Students of the Month are nominated by their teachers based on criteria set forth by the Pembroke Pines Police Department including exemplary behavior, good citizenship, and being a good role model to others. 

American Master Academy – Miguel Martinez Jr
Atlantic Montessori Charter – Ella Jimenez
Chapel Trail Elementary – Arabella Carter
Franklin Academy – Ashton Stefano
Kidz Choice Charter – Sophia Jorge
Lakeside Elementary – Jenevieve Madrid
Montessori Academy of Broward – Alexa-Rei Navarro
Palm Cove Elementary – Joyce Kapinga
Panther Run Elementary – Luca Grossi
Pasadena Lakes Elementary – Layla Arroyo-Sheffield
Pembroke Lakes Elementary – Matthew Felix
Pembroke Pines Charter Central – Diego Ponce
Pembroke Pines Charter East – Vaishnavi Kuppala
Pembroke Pines Charter FSU – Jayla Henry
Pembroke Pines Charter West – Asana Easton
Pembroke Pines Elementary – Sophia Torres
Pines Lakes Elementary – Kayla Lynn
Silver Palm Elementary – Andrew Okafor
Somerset Academy – Marcela Romero

Serving on County Boards

We are seeking residents with an interest in public service to represent the needs of our District. If you are interested in being considered, please forward a detailed resume to bsharief@broward.org. Be sure to include your permanent address, phone number and email address; whether you are a registered voter; whether you are a registered lobbyist; whether you serve on any other board, authority or agency (dual office holding); whether you are related to any Commissioner; and whether you have any potential conflicting business relationship. For a description of Boards, visit Broward.org/Intergovernmental​ and select BOARDS AND COMMITTEES.

Helpful Resources

Broward County Family Success Administration Division assists individuals and families with accessing the services they need to build a stronger, healthier and self-sufficient family unit. The centers provide assessment and case management, and, if eligible, rent/mortgage and utility assistance. If you have recently had a loss of income, received an eviction notice/mortgage default letter, or a water/electricity shut off notice, visit Broward.org/HumanServices/FamilySuccess or call 954-357-5650 or 954-357-5001 to find out how they can help you. The South Family Success Center is located in Commission District 8 at 4733 SW 18 Street, West Park, 33023 (Broward County Transit Route 5). If you are over 60, or are a veteran, contact the Elderly and Veteran's Services Division at 954-357-6622.

2-1-1 Broward is available 24 hours a day to help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. For a complete list of services, dial 2-1-1 or 954-537-0211, TTY 954-390-0492 211, or go to 211-Broward.org.

To receive communications (such as this newsletter) from my office via email, or to arrange for myself or my Community Outreach Liaison, Launa Carbonell to attend your neighborhood or homeowner association meeting, please contact Launa at 954-357-7008 or lcarbonell@broward.org.

Other Resources

For Access to Healthcare or Relief from Homelessness:

Emergency Financial Assistance:

Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing homelessness call the Homeless Helpline at 954-563-HELP (4357) for a friendly voice that can help you get the information, service or assistance you need to get back on your feet. Mon. - Fri.: 8AM to 6PM • Sat. - Sun.: 8AM to Noon. Broward.org/Homeless