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Community Update - April 2016

Photo Focus: The Yellow Dot Can Save Your Life
Recently, Broward County implemented the Yellow Dot program, in partnership with the Broward Sheriff’s Office and participating municipalities. This yellow decal displayed on your car’s windshield or in a clearly visible location alerts emergency responders to look for the Yellow Dot pamphlet in your glove compartment. The pamphlet contains information that can help emergency responders treat you if you are unable to communicate effectively following an accident, and may help save you or a loved one’s life. For more information, visit

Cotterman Center Leads Charge Against Sexual Assault and Child Abuse
The Nancy J. Cotterman Center (NJCC) is Broward County’s only Certified Rape Crisis Center and Accredited Children’s Advocacy Center. The Center has been operating for 39 years with staff experienced in working with child abuse and sexual violence including nurse practitioners, mental health professionals and crisis intervention specialists. NJCC provides crisis intervention, counseling, support, referrals and assessments at no charge to victims of child abuse and sexual violence and their non-offending family members. If you or a loved one is a victim, you are not alone! Call the confidential 24-hour helpline at 954-761-7273 or visit the website. On Tuesday, April 26th, wear denim jeans with a purpose to support sexual assault survivors and educate others. Visit for details. More…

Port Everglades Breaks Daily Attendance World Record
Port Everglades recently surpassed its own daily attendance world record as more than 54,700 guests sailed in and out in a single day. The new record overtakes the previous world record set just three months ago when 53,485 passengers sailed in and out of Broward County’s cruise port on Sunday, March 13th. Eight cruise ships hosted the vacationers. If lined up bow to stern, they would stretch 8,245 feet or the equivalent of nearly 27 football fields and extend the length of the new runway at Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. More…

Teamwork Helps Defeat Broward's Flakka Epidemic
Teamwork pays off! It's been almost 10 months since the Broward County Flakka Action Team waged an outreach campaign warning residents of the life-threatening dangers of flakka, an inexpensive and readily available synthetic bath salt drug. Since that time, the number of reported flakka incidences in Broward County continues to dramatically decline. The Flakka Action Team is a collaborative partnership between multiple community partners including Broward County, Behavioral Health Providers, Broward Sheriff's Office, United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse and many others. Visit More…

New Animal Adoption Center Nears Completion
Broward’s new animal Adoption Center is becoming a reality! The 40,000-square-foot building is located at 2400 SW 42nd Street in Fort Lauderdale and is scheduled to open later this year. The new Center will feature the latest in modern sheltering, including an expanded clinic state-of-the-art cleaning system, and special pet interaction rooms. Check on the progress using the construction webcam.

Broward County Transit Donation Program in Full Gear
From bikes to backpacks and umbrellas to books, hundreds of items lost on Broward County Transit (BCT) buses are now headed to charitable and educational organizations to benefit those in need. It’s all part of a new program set up by the County to donate usable unclaimed items to local charities and schools. Many items are left behind on BCT buses and sent to Lost and Found. After 90 days, if items haven't been claimed, they become eligible for donation, benefiting residents of our community. More…

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ESL LearningBroward County Libraries are making it easier for parents and their high school seniors to navigate the challenging roadmap to college. EMU (Educate, Motivate, YOU) College Club, a new, free program provides parents/and or students with support from trained counselors. The EMU College Clubs, located at six convenient library locations, will feature two-hour biweekly club meetings for students and biweekly counseling sessions for students and/or parents. Club meetings will cover a variety of college-related topics including financial aid, online college portals, scholarships, bills, orientation, deadlines and college life. Monthly special events will feature informational speakers, college fairs, and morale-building activities. For more information visit or email More...

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Cotterman Center Leads Charge Against Sexual Assault and Child Abuse

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