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This Week in Broward County Government
August 22, 2014
Volume XIX, No. 34

County Receives Funding from the U.S. Army Corps for                            Shore Protection Project

The County has received the final payment of $8.1 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its share of the 2005-2006 Segment III Shore Protection Project, which restored portions of the beaches at John U. Lloyd State Park, Dania Beach, Hollywood and Hallandale. The Segment III project consisted of sand replacement and the creation of a protective berm along 6.8 miles of shoreline between Port Everglades Inlet and the Miami-Dade County line.  Funding for the project was provided by Broward County, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the cities of Dania Beach, Hollywood and Hallandale, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For more information contact Nicole Sharp at 954-519-1231 or nsharp@broward.org. More...

Citizenship Corners Now Open in 17 County Libraries
Residents now have easier access to immigration and naturalization resources with the creation of “Citizenship Corners” in 17 County Libraries. Resources include the N-400 form, informational flyers and brochures, as well as books, DVDs and CDs to assist in preparation for the citizenship exam and interview.  Newcomers seeking information about becoming a citizen will no longer have to travel to a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field office. Fourteen branches will also offer citizenship as well as English classes, and staff is always available to assist with resources and accessing the USCIS website. In addition to the walk-in centers, the library now offers free online tutoring for citizenship tests. Information is available at HelpNow from Brainfuse. For more information email Learning Services or call 954-357-6230.

Teens Invited to “Show Your Bookface” During Library’s                          Teen Read Week Contest
Teens in grades 6-12, are invited to “Show Your Bookface” during the Library's Teen Read Week Contest September 8th to 30th. Bookface is created when a person obscures or augments any part of their body with a book cover to create the illusion that the cover and the subject are one. Teens are encouraged to make themselves an extension of their favorite cover – just select it, snap it and submit an original entry to Teenlibrary@broward.org or to your local branch for a chance to win a $100 or $50 gift card. Winning entries will be displayed throughout the Libraries during Teen Read Week, October 12th to 18th. For more information, contact the Youth Services librarian at your local branch. More...

Broward County Office Closings for Labor Day Holiday
County governmental offices will close on Monday, September 1st, in observance of Labor Day. Many online services, such as ePay, are still available at Broward.org. Regional and neighborhood parks, nature centers and natural areas will be open. Exceptions are as follows. More...

September is National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month and a time for our community to prepare for emergencies and natural disasters. Emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like ours. From hurricanes, tornadoes, water main breaks to power outages, these events can impact our community for days or weeks at a time.  The most important step that residents can take, in helping local responders, is to have a plan in place to care for their families following an incident. The more people who are prepared, the quicker our community will recover.  Visit Broward County's Emergency Management Division to learn how you can be prepared.

Parks and Recreation Division to Host Public Participation Forum
The County Parks and Recreation Division invites the community to a Public Participation Forum, on Thursday, September 4th, 7PM, in the Mangrove Hall at the Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood. At this meeting, members of the community can provide suggestions, voice concerns and ask questions about recreational needs in County Parks. Anne Kolb is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes 4 and 12. For more information, call 954-357-8107.

AARLCC Seeks Kwanzaa Program Presenter
The African-American Research Library & Cultural Center (AARLCC) is accepting proposals from highly qualified and experienced Kwanzaa program presenters for its December 27th, event. The Kwanzaa program will be scheduled from 10AM to 5PM, with a variety of events including children’s activities (arts, crafts, music), centered on the seven principles of Kwanzaa, and a three-hour adult program. The event is expected to include a cultural performance or entertainment. Promotion of the event will be the responsibility of the Friends of AARLCC. All proposals must be submitted, no later than Friday, September 12th, 6PM, to Janice Henry, President of the Friends of AARLCC c/o Pearl Woolridge, African-American Research Library & Cultural Center 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. For more information about the proposal, contact Pearl Woolridge at 954-357-6207.

Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community is pleased to announce the launch of its online store. Here shoppers can find affordable apparels for men, women and children, all in the name of a good cause – the County’s 100th birthday.  Items include T-shirts in all sizes and adorable onesies and bibs for babies, featuring the snazzy Broward 100 logo. If you’re looking for gift ideas or a parent needing shirts for back-to-school season, shopping the Broward 100 online store is an excellent bet. Be a part of history, shop the Broward 100 store today! New items will be added throughout the Centennial year.  For information on all events and activities planned for the Broward 100 Centennial, visit Broward100.org or email Broward100@broward.org.  Get instant updates by following on Twitter.com/Broward100, official hashtag #Broward100, and like us on Facebook.com/BrowardCounty100.

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