February 24, 2017   Volume 29, No. 6

New Mobile Shower Unit Available for Broward’s Homeless

In support of an identified need for mobile showers for Broward's homeless, HOPE South Florida (HSF) has a new Mobile Shower Unit service, a priority identified by the Broward "A Way Home" Homeless Continuum of Care Board's Ad Hoc Central Fort Lauderdale Committee. In an effort to meet the ongoing needs of persons who are homeless in Broward, HSF offers showers to homeless men and women. These showers are intended to build self-esteem and be a benefit to our community. Ongoing operational needs include small toiletries such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant and shaving kits. If you would like to donate supplies, please contact pcanan@HopeSouthflorida.org. More...

County Names New Budget Director

Norman Foster has been named Director of Broward’s Office of Management and Budget and will assume that position in April 2017. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering, Economics and Management from the University of Oxford, and a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. With more than 20 years of experience in various governmental organizations, Foster has served on numerous boards and committees, has published many articles on public policy, and is a seasoned and accomplished budgetary and financial professional. More...

Attend a Free Children’s Literature Professional Development Conference

The 30th Annual Conference on Children's Literature and the 15th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series is scheduled for March 17 from 9AM to 4:30PM at Broward’s Main Library located at 100 S. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale. The free event is a day-long professional development opportunity where librarians, teachers, writers, illustrators, storytellers, and parents gather to be trained to gain exposure to current trends in literature for youth and teens. More...

Low Cost Rabies Clinic for Cats and Dogs

The Animal Care and Adoption Division will host a neighborhood Rabies Clinic on Saturday, November 5th from 9AM to 2PM at Easterlin Park, 100 NW 38th Street, Oakland Park. Pet owners can have their dogs or cats vaccinated against rabies and receive a Broward County rabies registration license tag. Cost for a one-year rabies vaccination and tag is $25 for dogs and cats that are spayed/neutered (sterilized) and $35 for pets that are not. Payment must be made by credit or debit cards, no cash is accepted. More...

Port Everglades Records Record High Traffic

Broward County's Port Everglades had a record-setting month in December, 2016, logging 104,590 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry's standard measurement for containers) moving through the Port. This is the highest producing month in the Port's nearly 90 -year history, and a 15 percent increase over the previous year. Much of the increase can be attributed to a resurgence in the Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic markets. These market increases can also be partially attributed to the change in vessel sharing agreements between Crowley Liner Service and Seaboard Marine. More...

Things to Do at a Park Near You

Spring break is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to treat your youngster to a fun, educational day camp to pass the time. Tradewinds Park & Stables has two programs to choose from and both run from Monday through Thursday, April 10th-13th. The Spring Break Horse Camp runs in full-day sessions from 8:30AM to 4PM and is $75 per day. Participants will spend their days riding and learning the basics of horse care and maintenance. Campers will also be involved in traditional camp activities, including horse-themed games and crafts. Junior Farmers' Camp is geared to ages 5 to 8 and is offered in half-day sessions from either 8:30AM to Noon or 12:30 to 4PM. Participants will learn about the animals that live in the park's farm complex, including how to feed, groom, and maintain them. Campers will also learn to work with ponies and go for pony rides. The fee is $40 per half-day session. Registration for both camps opens on Monday, March 6th. Call 954-357-8870 for details. More...



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