October 21, 2016   Volume 27, No. 27

Broward's "A Way Home" Homeless Initiative Awarded $437,000

Broward County's "A Way Home" Continuum of Care has been awarded $437,000 in new funding to help end homelessness in our community. The funding was made possible by the Florida Department of Children and Families' Office of Homelessness annual State Emergency Solutions Grant, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Prevention Assistance, and the Challenge Grant awards for Fiscal Year 2017. Over the next nine months, the funding will be used in various capacities to assist persons and families experiencing homelessness. More…

Planned Projects For A Penny at Work

The two half penny sales surtax questions on the November 8 ballot, if approved by the voters, will fund countywide transportation projects and local government infrastructure projects. Projects designated for completion with funding provided by the half penny designated for the countywide transportation system include:
  • ​New technology, called adaptive signalization, would enable traffic signals to automatically adapt timing patterns in real time to reduce congestion, prioritize emergency vehicle traffic and keep buses and motorists on schedule.

  • Existing BCT routes would be improved, and new routes would be added to address rider demand, which is growing at a faster rate than Broward County’s population. New routes result in more bus riders and fewer vehicles on the road, which would benefit all residents, including those traveling in cars and on bicycles.

  • Light rail is planned to help keep people, goods and services on the move. As an added bonus, light rail results in economic and small business development along its corridors.

  • Projects are planned along walk routes to schools, to install school zones, school flashers, pavement markings and signage to improve safety for our children.

  • Projects in support of the County’s vision for a Complete Streets community would include the repair of damaged sidewalks and installation of new sidewalks including ADA upgrades and bike lanes, to increase the safety of pedestrians walking to local destinations or transit stops and promote safe alternative transportation.

  • A number of intersection improvements are planned across the County.

Visit www.APennyAtWork.com​ for details on these and other projects planned by Broward County and municipalities.

Peters Road Bridge Getting Major Upgrade

The Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division will be performing work on the Peters Road Bridge spanning the Holloway Canal in Plantation. The work will be performed between 7AM and 8PM, on Saturday, October 29, barring any unforeseen conditions or weather delays. This work has been scheduled on the weekend to avoid interfering with school activities at Tropical Elementary and Seminole Middle Schools. Peters Road will remain open at all times. Traffic, in both directions, will be limited to one lane in each direction. Broward Boulevard and SR-84 should be considered as alternate routes to avoid delays.

Celebrate Family Literacy Month in November

Family literacy happens when two generations or more - parents, children, and/or extended family members - are actively engaged in learning together. Celebrate Family Literacy Month, this November, with fun, free activities and events from Broward County Libraries. More…

Things to Do at a Park Near You

C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines is now home to the New Times Broward/Palm Beach "Original" Beerfest. The event, celebrating its 19th anniversary, will be held this Saturday, October 22nd, 2 to 6PM. More than a hundred international, local, and craft brews will be available for sampling, along with a variety of food items. There will be live music, interactive games and other activities. For ages 21 and up only - no exceptions, and valid ID required. Tickets start at $36.50 (which includes the park's gate fee) and are available online through the event website. They may also be purchased at the gate. For more information, call C.B. Smith at 954-357-5170. One of the most popular annual events at Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek, is the Ghosts and Goblins Family Fun Night. Come out on Friday, October 28th, from 6 to 8PM, and enjoy activities for children ages 2 to 11, including a costume parade, games with prizes, arts and crafts, storytime, refreshments, and photo ops in the Pumpkin Patch. Admission is free, but there are nominal fees for arts and crafts and photo ops, and refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call the nature center at 954-357-5198. To learn about other special events and Halloween activities visit online at Broward County Parks.

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