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April 2019 Vol. 21, No. 4

Libraries Offer Free Tax Assistance Programs
Time is ticking away as the deadline for filing your tax return approaches. Broward County Libraries offers free in-person tax assistance programs on a date and location convenient for you. Options include Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for those who make $55,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers, and AARP Tax Aide for those with low-to-moderate income tax payers, especially those 50 and older. If you have questions regarding hours, times or appointments, please call libraries directly. Visit Broward.org/Library and under Highlights select TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. Be sure to review the lists of important documents to bring to the library.

Stop Hurting. Start Healing.
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to speak out and support victims of sexual assault and child abuse. If you are a victim of sexual violence or child abuse, or know someone who is, silence is not your best option. Residents are encouraged to contact the Nancy J. Cotterman Center (NJCC), Broward County’s only certified Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center, for help. NJCC provides a non-threatening environment for victims of sexual assault, child abuse and human trafficking and their supportive family members. Professionals are specially trained to provide crisis intervention and counseling as well as forensic medical exams and child protection services. Services are available to adult and child victims and non-offending family members at no charge. More…

Show your support for victims of sexual assault and child abuse by wearing denim or denim ribbons on Tuesday, April 16th, Denim Day in Broward County. By wearing denim, you will help increase awareness of sexual violence and child abuse and ultimately foster greater understanding and prevention. At the 10AM Board meeting at the Governmental Center, Broward County Commissioners will present a proclamation to the Cotterman Center’s community partners recognizing the good work that they do. Visit Broward.org/NancyJCottermanCenter. More…

Million Dollar Question
How would you answer the question, “What programs and services does Broward County government provide for residents?” If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know the wide scope of what we do or just haven’t given it much thought. April is National County Government Month, a great time to understand the many ways that the County’s programs and services help “Connect the Unconnected” in our community. Among the County’s many services, the Office of Economic and Small Business Development connects businesses and community partners with information and educational programs and events that support small and disadvantaged businesses. Family Success’ Financial Capability Program helps residents learn better financial practices and achieve financial empowerment. Libraries Division’s Veterans Connect program helps hundreds of veterans transition to civilian life by providing free mobile internet services. Find out more at Broward.org/CountiesMatter.

FLL Has Banner Year
2018 total traffic at Broward’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) was 35.9 million, up 10.6 percent over 2017. Domestic traffic was 27.3 million, up 8 percent and international traffic was 8.6 million, up 19.8 percent. FLL has experienced double digit international growth for the last 5 years, positive growth in total traffic every year since 2010, with 13 more scheduled daily domestic departures and 12 more scheduled daily international departures than in 2017. According to Airports Council International Rankings for November YTD, FLL was the fastest growing large hub with traffic up 11 percent, ranked 18th in total traffic, and ranked 10th in total international traffic.

Since January 2019, FLL airline services have expanded to include Silver Airways to Daytona Beach, Pensacola, and The Bight (Bahamas), JetBlue to Phoenix, St. Maarten and Guayaquil, Ecuador, Spirit Airlines to Jacksonville and Austin and WestJet to St. Johns, Newfoundland and Frontier Airlines to Denver. In May and June, Spirit Airlines will fly to Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte respectively.

Sign Up for County Emergency Alerts
If you are a Broward County Water & Wastewater Services customer, we encourage you to sign up for codeRED. This system allows Broward County Water and Wastewater Services to contact you by phone or email in the event of emergency situations or critical alerts about the water and wastewater system. You can also sign-up for Alert!Broward notifications. Subscribers will receive critical information quickly in a variety of situations, localized or countywide, such as severe weather, evacuations or public health emergencies. By signing up you’ll receive time sensitive calls to your home, business or mobile phones, or you can sign up for text messages or emails. Visit Broward.org/Emergency. More…

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Libraries Director’s Book Club
If you are interested in reading and discussing some of today’s hottest bestsellers, here’s your opportunity to read the book and join Libraries Director Kelvin Watson and other readers to talk about it. This month’s title is The Rooster Bar by John Grisham. All you need to do is visit Broward.org/Library and select the carousel link to the Director’s Book Club. Here you can search the online catalog or visit a library location to place a hold or check out your copy. The club rotates library locations and in April meets Wednesday, April 3, 1PM at Imperial Point Branch and on Monday, April 22nd, 1PM at Davie/Cooper City Branch.

17th Annual Broward Water Matters Day

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