District 8 Newsletter
November 2016

A Message From Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief 


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The holidays are here and they are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. 

They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Here are some holiday tips to support your efforts for health and safety this season.

Wash Your Hands Often
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water, and rub them together for at least 20 seconds. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.

Stay Warm
Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults. Stay dry and dress warmly in several layers.

Manage Stress
The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health and pocketbook. 
  • Keep your commitments and spending in check. 
  • Balance work, home, and play. Get support from family and friends. 
  • Keep a relaxed and positive outlook and make sure to get proper sleep. 
For more Safety Tips go to http://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday.

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.

Barbara

ZIKA: THE BASICS OF THE VIRUS AND HOW TO PROTECT AGAINST IT

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Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. Zika can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to their sex partners and it can be spread from a pregnant woman to her baby.

Zika Symptoms 
Many people infected with Zika won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. Symptoms can last for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. Once a person has been infected with Zika, they are likely to be protected from future infections.

Residents and visitors with questions regarding Zika are reminded to call the Zika Virus Information Hotline at 855-622-6735 or go to www.cdc.gov/zika​.

Help #ZapZikaBroward. Visit Broward.org/ZapZika​ for information about Broward’s efforts to take a “bite” out of mosquito season.

Affordable Care Act

Now is the time to enroll in or change 2017 Marketplace health insurance.
Important dates to note:
  • November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment started — first day to enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
  • 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

City of Miramar Named Most Outstanding Green Government by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Region!

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For more than a decade and a half, the City of Miramar has been persistent in redesigning its policies to reduce its ecological footprint by pursuing sustainable opportunities and, most importantly, seeking to understand the magnitude to which a municipality can affect its surrounding environment and the immediate community.

As a result, the City is well aware of the importance of the built environment. For this reason, City representatives have been advocates of the US Green Building Council and the USGBC South Florida Region for almost a decade. 
 
Sustainable Initiatives Include: 
  • Implementing green infrastructure such as the extensive reclaimed water system for water conservation with a capacity of 6 million gallons per day.
  • Supporting green technologies and reducing energy consumption.
  • Conserving the natural environment by revising its Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan.
  • Organizing community outreach programs to promote environmental stewardship.
  • Promoting green jobs.
  • Scanning existing policies to support a vibrant local food system.
  • Adding green construction to the future land use by encouraging developers and builders to implement the LEED and the Florida Green Building Coalition's ratings systems. A commitment to conduct a community-wide Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

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:
Broward.org/CommunityPartnerships
954-357-8647

Emergency Financial Assistance:
Broward.org/Family
954-357-6367

Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.
Browardlegalaid.org
954-765-8950

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