January 20, 2017   Volume 28, No. 2

Broward County Announces New Libraries Director

Kelvin Watson has been named the new Broward County Libraries Director, effective February 26, 2017. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President for Queens Library in New York City. The Queens Library serves 2.3 million people from 62 locations plus seven Adult Learning Centers and two Family Literacy Centers and houses among the highest numbers of books and other library materials in the country. Watson is credited with innovative community outreach to establishments who have not been active patrons of the library system such as community centers, hospitals and jails. His background in addressing the digital divide has helped patrons understand how to use technology and realize how impactful these tools can be in their lives. As the new Libraries Director, his successes in establishing community partnership will be a key factor in building on the current partnerships that exist in Broward County. More...

Website Now Available to Claim Items Left at FLL

More than 95 percent of the 23,000 items left at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport have already been returned to their rightful owners following the active shooter incident at the airport on January 6th. Despite best efforts, some items could not be returned because they lacked identification. The baggage consultant hired by Broward County has photographed and placed these unreturned items on a new website. The website is now live for passengers and airport employees to search and claim bags and personal items left at FLL. More...

County Observes Severe Awareness Week

The Broward County Emergency Management Division reminds residents that hazardous weather can occur in Florida at any time, such as the January tornado in Coconut Creek/Pompano Beach and Hurricane Matthew that threatened Broward County in October last year. Broward County will observe the state’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, January 23rd to 27th to impress to all residents that severe weather happens year-round in the Sunshine State. Broward County Emergency Management encourages residents to increase their knowledge of potential weather hazards. Each day of Severe Weather Awareness Week, educational messages will focus on a different type of severe weather hazard, including lightning, marine hazards and rip currents, tornadoes and thunderstorms, hurricanes and flooding, as well as temperature extremes and wildfires. More...

Residents Form East and West Solar Co-ops to Go Solar Together

Broward neighbors have formed two solar co-ops, one for residents who live east of US 441 and the other for residents who live west of US 441. The goals are to save money and make going solar easier by building a network of solar supporters. Broward County, Go Solar Florida and FL SUN are all co-op sponsors of this initiative. FL SUN expands access to solar by educating Florida residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Florida's solar policies and its community of solar supporters. More...

First Ship to Cuba from Broward County Departs Port Everglades

The first cruise ship to sail to Cuba from Broward County's Port Everglades since the 1950s departed this week on a 10-day cultural voyage to Havana and several other ports of call on the island. Pearl Seas Cruises has scheduled 11 cruises aboard the 210-passenger Pearl Mist from Port Everglades to Cuba through April 2017. More are scheduled during the 2017-2018 cruise season. More...

Celebrate Black History Month at a Broward County Library

Broward County Libraries will celebrate Black History Month this February with a host of events for all ages and interests. An array of informative and interesting activities include book discussions, art workshops and classes, films, children's craft and story time events. All events are free and open to the public. More...

Things to Do at a Park Near You

The Anne Kolb Nature Center located at 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood continues the latest installment of its long-running Lunch-and-Learn Nature Series for Adults, ages 18 and up, with two monthly lectures presented in the park's Mangrove Hall on February 10th and March 10th. The lectures are from noon to 2PM on Fridays. Lunch is included. Preregistration is required a week in advance, and a $10-per-person donation is requested for each lecture to benefit the park's volunteer group, the Friends of Anne Kolb.



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