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Animal Care to Host Rabies Clinic November 6

Broward County Animal Care will hold a Rabies Clinic on Saturday, November 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mary Saunders Park, 4750 S.W. 21 St., West Park. At the clinic, pet owners will be able to get their pet vaccinated against rabies. In addition, they will receive a Broward County pet license. Cost for the vaccination and license is $15 per pet with cash only payment accepted. To qualify to attend the Rabies Clinic, a pet owner must prove they are a Broward County resident by producing a valid Florida driver’s license or a current utility bill. No appointment is necessary and customers are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats must be in carriers. For more information on animal licensing and adoptions, visit or follow us on Twitter @

Broward County Parks Introduces Nature Poster Series

You can now take a little bit of Broward County nature home with you – thanks to a new series of nature posters produced and sold by Broward County Parks. The six posters, all photographed in the County’s parks, nature centers, and natural areas, feature American white water lilies, burrowing owls, a gray fox, live oak trees, a prairie iris, and a queen butterfly.

Posters can be purchased at the Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park in Hollywood, Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek, Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center in Davie, Markham Park in Sunrise, Plantation Heritage Park in Plantation, Tree Tops Park in Davie, and T.Y. Park in Hollywood. To reserve your poster, e-mail .

Port Everglades to Host Naval Ship Commissioning November 13

Port Everglades will host the commissioning ceremony for a new guided missile destroyer, the U.S.S. Jason Dunham, at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 13, as part of 10 days of community activities surrounding the destroyer’s entry into the U.S. fleet. The ship honors Marine Corporal Jason Dunham, a Medal of Honor recipient who died following injuries he received saving the lives of two other Marines in April 2004. This is the fifth ship commissioned at Port Everglades: U.S.S. Leyte Gulf, 1987; U.S.S. Cole, 1996; U.S. Higgins, 2000; and U.S.S. Bainbridge, 2005.

Airport Wins Annie Award

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was recognized by Airline News and Network Analysis with an annual “Annie” award as the United States airport that attracted the most new air carriers during the past year. Colombian carrier Aires started flights to Bogota last November, the same month that Virgin America arrived with flights from both Los Angeles and San Francisco. German leisure carrier Condor started seasonal Frankfurt flights in May.

365 Food Drive Benefits Harvest Drive for Thanksgiving

Broward County’s 365 Food Drive continues at a generous pace with food donations weighing in at 7,338 pounds since the year-round drive began in January 2010. As the year comes to an end, there is a real push to provide for as many people as possible for the festive fall holidays. Food collected through November 18 will benefit the 2010 Harvest Drive and assist them in their goal to provide for 1,500 families — approximately 6,000 individuals — with a complete Thanksgiving dinner plus a week’s worth of groceries. All non-perishable food donations are welcomed with a special emphasis on holiday foods such as items in a can, including: vegetables, sweet potatoes, gravy, cranberries, fruit and soup. For a complete list of donation sites, visit

Waste and Recycling Celebrates America Recycles Day November 13

Residents are invited to America Recycles Day and a Free Electronics Recycling Drop-Off event hosted by Broward County Waste and Recycling Services from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 13, at Vista View Park, 4001 S.W. 142nd Ave., Davie. Residents can bring used electronics, including televisions, computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, fax machines, compact discs and digital video disc players. Proof of Broward County residency, such as a driver’s license or current utility bill, is required. Items that cannot be accepted are cell phones, batteries, stereos, microwaves, small appliances, explosives, bio-hazardous waste and business-generated waste. As part of America Recycles Day, eco-friendly events – games, prizes, informational booths and food — for the entire family will be held. Standard park entry fee will apply, $1.50 per person; free for children age 5 and under.

Broward County Parks Joins Facebook

Broward County Parks and Recreation has joined the popular social media Web site, Facebook, and is encouraging residents to “friend” them to stay abreast of what’s happening in County parks. Reach our site by visiting , or search for “Broward County Parks” from . The Facebook page includes nearly a dozen photo albums highlighting major attractions, as well as an events calendar. To stay connected with Broward County through social media applications, such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, visit and click STAY CONNECTED.

County Seeks Input on Minority-and Women-Owned Businesses

Broward County has received the Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise Disparity Study from National Economic Research Associates, Inc. (NERA). The study was commissioned by the County to examine the past and current status of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in local geographic and product markets. The final report and recommendations are posted to Community workshops, offered by the Office of Economic and Small Business Development’s (OESBD) and the County’s Small Business Advisory Board, will be held to gain public input prior to formal presentation of the report and recommendations to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners on November 30. Workshops will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, November 3, Hollywood Branch Library, Multi-Purpose Room, 2600 Hollywood Blvd.
  • Wednesday, November 10, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 2050 Civic Center Place.

Broward County Receives Funds to Address Infant Mortality

Broward County Human Services Department, Community Partnerships Division, Health Care Services Section has received a $275,000 grant from the National Center for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion to address the risk factors associated with infant mortality. The County, in partnership with Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, will be implementing the Best for Broward Babies program, a pilot program that addresses identified risk factors associated with the high infant mortality rate. For additional information, contact Beverly Keeve, Broward County Health Care Services at or Kathy Dunbar, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, Inc., at

Broward County Seeks Applications for Children’s Services Council

The Board of County Commissioners is accepting applications from residents interested in appointment to the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC). The mission of the CSC is to provide the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance children’s lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults. Applications are available online at or from the Broward County Human Services Department. The deadline for submitting completed applications is 5 p.m. Monday, November 8. Applications may be mailed or delivered in person to Broward County Human Services Department, Governmental Center, Room 303, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, phone For more information, call Natalie Madry at

Main Library Announces New Hours

The Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, has new hours of operation effective Monday, November 1. The reduced operating schedule is the result of both significant construction projects as well staff reductions due to budget-related measures. The change does not impact hours of operation at other Broward County branch or regional libraries. The new hours of operation: • Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. • Tuesday and Wednesday: Noon – 8 p.m. • Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. • Saturday: Closed (new) • Sunday: Closed. For additional information, visit

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Oct 29 2010. Filed under Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Latest news, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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