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Community Update - June
June 2015
Volume 17, No. 6
Photo Focus: Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) provides residents and local businesses with helpful programs that can strengthen business savvy and success. With assistance from OESBD, 133 Broward small businesses recently received $83.4 million in Small Business Administration loans which resulted in an estimated 597 new small business jobs. Since October, more than 1,700 residents have engaged in OESBD’s educational outreach programs and more than 250 firms have sought one-on-one technical assistance. Small business owners are encouraged to attend training on how to become a certified firm and secure new business opportunities in the future. Visit Broward.org/Econdev and learn more about the business assistance provided by the Office of Economic and Small Business Development.
County Libraries Named Florida’s “Library of the Year”
Broward County Libraries (BCL) has received three prestigious awards from the Florida Library Association (FLA) including Florida’s 2015 Library of the Year. BCL also won the Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award for Teen Programming for its “Show Us Your Bookface” contest/exhibition and FLA’s Libraries Mean Business Award for its “Broward County Libraries Mean Business!” campaign. In celebration of the Library of the Year award, BCL will issue a special, limited edition library card commemorating the honor. Visit a County library for your commemorative card. Visit Broward.org/Library. More...

Major Initiative Combats Synthetic Drugs
Broward County, along with partners from law enforcement, the medical community, public schools, faith-based community, and the United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse, announced a collaborative initiative to take aim at the growing dangers of Flakka, a synthetic, highly addictive drug that is spreading throughout Broward County. In response to the growing challenge of Flakka usage, the partners have launched a public education and prevention campaign to inform and protect the public from the growing threat. Key to its message is that Flakka kills. Use of the drug can be recognized by symptoms that include excited delirium, agitation and paranoia. If you are in need of medical treatment because of a synthetic drug, or see someone who is exhibiting signs of Flakka, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you need treatment call 2-1-1 or visit 211-broward.org. More...

Homeless Children Need Your Help
Broward County and Kiwanis Division 23 and 24 have partnered once again to host Christmas in July which provides homeless children, from infants to age 18, with new clothing, socks, shoes and underwear. School-aged children also receive school supplies for the upcoming year. Items are matched to each child’s needs and are made possible through the generosity of Broward County residents and County employees. Please donate only new items such as underwear (toddlers through teens), shoes, socks, belts, clothing (newborns through teens); and diapers, Pull-Ups and baby wipes. Collection boxes are located at select County facilities such as the downtown Governmental Center, Government Center West, Main and Regional Courthouses and at all Broward County Libraries through July 9th. The event culminates with a day filled with entertainment, games, food, and gifts. More...

Single Family Homes to be Built in Franklin Park Estates
The Board of County Commissioners has authorized the Housing Finance Authority of Broward County to enter into a Development Agreement with Access Builders, Inc., for construction of 18 single family homes in Franklin Park Estates located at the SE corner of NW 27th Avenue and W. Sunrise Boulevard in the Broward Municipal Services District. A decorative, landscaped buffer wall will also be built along the W. Sunrise Boulevard and NW 27th Avenue rights-of-way. The three bedroom, two bath, two car garage homes will be made available to families of very low to moderate income. To learn more about Housing Finance and Community Development programs visit Broward.org/Housing. More...

Summer R.E.A.D.ing Program Starts June 6th
Broward County Library’s free 2015 Summer R.E.A.D.ing (Reading, Exploration, Art, Discovery) Program kicks off June 6th at 33 Broward County Library branches. The Summer R.E.A.D.ing Program is a fun way to encourage young people to read, explore and discover all summer long. Children ages 18 and under can register for the Program and enter to win prizes and rewards and can participate in either the online enhanced program or at library locations Countywide. Through August 16th, 17 library locations will provide free lunch and afternoon snacks for children ages 18 and under on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit Broward.org/Library. More...

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Jackie Gleason
Christened “The Great One” by Orson Welles, Jackie Gleason, showman, comedian, actor and musician, was one of Lauderhill’s most famous residents. He hosted television’s “Cavalcade of Stars,” where he introduced the character of Ralph Kramden, before landing his own showcase with “The Jackie Gleason Show” in 1955. Among his notable film roles were Minnesota Fats in the 1961 drama The Hustler (starring Paul Newman) and Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the Bandit series. In 1971, Gleason, an avid golfer, made his home near the courses at the Inverrary Country Club. In 1972 he kicked off the first Inverrary Classic bearing his name. Today we know the golf tournament as the Honda Classic, now played at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens. Gleason died at his Inverrary home in 1987.

Broward Moments are significant moments and people in the County’s 100-year history that have contributed to the rich culture, creative vitality and economic growth of our community.

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