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November 2014 - Community Update
November 2014
Vol. 16, No. 11
Photo Focus: E911 Consolidated Dispatch System
This October, the Office of Regional Communications and Technology completed the consolidation of 8 Public Safety Answering Points into 3 Regional Public Safety Answering Points. The consolidation is providing several benefits, such as reducing the number of misdirected 911 calls from mobile phones thereby increasing the efficiency and speed of answering and responding to a 911 caller. Broward County also recently implemented a countywide non-emergency number for residents in 29 of the County’s 31 municipalities (excluding Plantation and Coral Springs). The new non-emergency number is 954-764-HELP (4357). For more information on these services, visit 911.Broward.org.
Art Exhibits Feature Works by Broward’s Homeless
November 2014 is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month in Broward County. Broward County’s Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) is bringing attention to homelessness with free cooperative art events designed to heighten awareness and will precede the upcoming annual Point-in-Time Count in January 2015. A collection of nearly 60 pieces of artwork, consisting of drawings, paintings, miniature pottery and mixed media will be on display this month from Nov. 7th-23rd at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The collection includes work submitted by adults and children who have been or who are homeless along with work from NSU’s Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale’s “Research and Development: Concerning Belonging” exhibit. For more information on how you can help end homelessness in Broward, contact Michael Wright, HIP Administrator at 954-357-6101 or email: mwright@broward.org. Visit Broward.org/Library. More...

Cruisin’ Made Easy!
The 2015 Port Everglades Cruise Guide is now online at PortEverglades.net. The Guide features more than 100 pages of detailed descriptions and photographs for each of the 41 ships sailing from the South Florida cruise port as well as valuable travel tips such as transportation information, embarkation and disembarkation procedures, maps and directions, and pre- and post-cruise vacation ideas in Greater Fort Lauderdale. And to make Port Everglades cruise planning even easier, just tap the free CruiseSchedule Port Everglades App and you can be on your way to a cruise adventure. Developed for mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads, the CruiseSchedule Port Everglades App provides detailed information on all cruise lines and their ships sailing from Port Everglades. To download the free app, just visit the iTunes Store. More...

Do You Know Someone 100 Years Young?
Turning 100, whether you’re a human, a county, a mom-and-pop shop or a major enterprise, is a major feat in life. That is why Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community seeks to honor County residents who are 100 years or older, and Broward-based businesses that will reach their 100th year by 2015. To qualify, residents and businesses must be 100 years old by October 2015. For more information visit Broward100 and select PARTICIPATE and complete a form for either a Centennial Citizen or Centennial Business. More...

Broward Addiction Recovery Center Earns Highest Level of Accreditation
The Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC), administered through the County’s Human Services Department, has earned the Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by meeting or exceeding the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in behavioral health care. To attain the Gold Seal of Approval, BARC underwent a rigorous on-site survey in September 2014. A Joint Commission Expert Surveyor evaluated BARC for compliance standards of care specific to the needs of individuals served and their families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. The accreditation is good for three years and BARC has earned this status since September 1999. More...

BCT Announces Bus Fare Increases
The Broward County Commission approved cost increases to Broward County Transit (BCT) bus fares and passes, which will become effective over two fiscal year periods: November 16, 2014 and October 1, 2015. This is BCT’s first fare increase in four years. Effective November 16, 2014, the cost of multi-day bus passes will increase as follows: 7-Day and 10-Ride Bus passes will increase from $16 to $18. The 31-Day Adult pass will increase from $58 to $65 and the 31-Day Reduced pass will increase from $29 to $35. The 31-Day Reduced College Student pass will increase from $40 to $50. The Premium Express one-way cash fare will increase from $2.35 to $2.65 and the reduced, one-way cash fare will increase from $1.15 to $1.30. Visit Broward.org/BCT. More...

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International Swimming Hall of Fame

International Swimming Hall of FameThe International Swimming Hall of Fame Aquatic complex is the only Hall of Fame for swimming in the world. While its origins date back to 1926 as an Olympic-sized pool and the centerpiece of the Fort Lauderdale Casino Pool facility, the original pool was eventually replaced in 1966 with what became known as the International Swimming Hall of Fame Aquatic complex. The facility includes a museum that honors swimming greats such as Johnny Weissmuller, Esther Williams and Buster Crabbe; as well as swim wear from the Victorian Era, Islamic culture, Asian styles, and German Democratic Republic; Mark Spitz medals; Greg Louganis suits and much more. For more Broward Moments and to learn about Broward’s Centennial Celebration visit Broward100.org, or email Broward100@broward.org. Get instant updates by following Twitter.com/Broward100, official hashtag #Broward100, and Like Us on Facebook.com/BrowardCounty100.

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.


BARC: Hope, Help & Recovery
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