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Statewide Grand Jury Makes Anti-Corruption Recommendations in First Interim Report

The Office of Statewide Prosecution today released the first Interim Report of the 19th Statewide Grand Jury on Public Corruption. The report outlines legislative changes that are recommended to strengthen existing civil and criminal laws to combat public corruption in the State of Florida. “The Cadets at our nation’s military academies swear an oath to [...]

December 29th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Crime,Ethics in Broward,Fort Lauderdale,Latest news,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

Is the public pension system in Broward County fair to taxpayers?

WHO: TOWER FORUM WHAT:           Is the public pension system in Broward County and Florida fair to taxpayers? The national pension reform wave has not washed over Florida, where state and local taxpayers pay more than $3 billion a year to fund public retirement benefits. But with the state facing another multibillion dollar budget gap, many [...]

December 27th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Fort Lauderdale,Latest news,Local news | Read More »

Pompano commission workshop to discuss future plans for Pompano

The Pompano Beach City Commission will be holding a Workshop in the Commission Chambers located at 100 West Atlantic Boulevard on Friday, January 7th, at 9:00 a.m. for a presentation and discussion of a citywide visioning process. This strategic plan will be designed to guide future policy decisions about capital projects and general development issues [...]

December 27th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Latest news,Local news,Pompano Beach | Read More »

Coral Springs firefighters bring a merry Christmas to local kids


Christmas Eve morning 2010 is a day that a handful of Coral Springs kids will not soon forget. The morning was filled with surprises as fire trucks pulled into several neighborhoods bearing gifts for kids. The trucks were filled to capacity with toys that had been donated by local businesses, firefighters and their families, and [...]

December 27th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Coral Springs,Featured,Holiday,Local news | Read More »

Broward News Briefs

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New Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center Now Open Five years after Hurricane Wilma destroyed Broward County’s Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center in 2005, a long-awaited new facility has emerged at the original site, located at 900 N.W. 31 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, and received its first clients on December 6. The new center houses the following [...]

December 27th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Featured,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Port Everglades,Transportation | Read More »

Get Ready for the Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown


The City of Fort Lauderdale is gearing up for its annual premier New Year’s Eve celebration “Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown” this year presented by Ford Motor Company. Touted as one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Florida, this year’s free 12-hour street festival is full of fun and excitement for both [...]

December 27th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Events,Featured,Fort Lauderdale,Holiday,Local news | Read More »

Miramar resident, middle school teacher arrested for child porn

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A computer information technology employee at a Miami-Dade County middle school was arrested Dec. 17 after a South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigation uncovered multiple images of child pornography on Garcia’s laptop computer. ICAC Detectives from Boynton Beach and Toronto contacted the South Florida ICAC Task Force, in November after discovering [...]

December 27th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Crime,Latest news,Local news,Miramar | Read More »

Carbon offset your Christmas holiday, let reason be the season


Tis the season to share holidays and spend time with loved ones, friends and family. As we gather together either by car, plane, train, bus or walking we can consider the environment as well. Finding ways to enjoy more with less has been driven by economics this year by but it is also an excellent [...]

December 25th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Holiday,Local news | Read More »

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sets New Guinness World Record for “World’s Largest Guitar Smash

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, on Thursday, set a new Guinness World Record for the “World’s Largest Guitar Smash” – effectively smashing 1,914 guitars in celebration of the grand opening of Winner’s Way Parking Garage. This unprecedented and spectacular ceremonial guitar smash of non-musician-quality acoustic guitars was officially certified by a representative from [...]

December 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Featured,Local news,Music,Seminole Casinos | Read More »

Holiday safety tips from Broward Health Department


To ensure a safe, happy and healthy holiday season, health officials at the Broward County Health Department offer these holiday health and safety tips: Beware of Holiday Lighting – Take care when burning candles.  Be sure they are kept away from decorations or other combustible materials.  Don’t leave children or pets unattended in a room [...]

December 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Featured,Fire/police,Fort Lauderdale,Health,Holiday | Read More »

Broward Schools partners with Tutor.com

Tutor.com, the leading online tutoring service with over six million sessions served, recently announced that Broward County Public Schools will offer one-to-one online tutoring to 3,100 ninth grade students in six high schools, who must now take an end-of-course algebra proficiency exam. Students from Blanche Ely, Boyd Anderson, Coconut Creek, Dillard, Hallandale and Hollywood Hills [...]

December 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Local news,Schools | Read More »

Honoring the Men and Women Serving Our Country This Holiday Season


Guest Post by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz With the holiday season upon us, this is the time of year we gather with our family and friends to celebrate all the blessings we have received.  But not everyone has the chance to share the holidays with their loved ones during this joyous time of year.  The men [...]

December 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Featured,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Holiday,Local news,Military | Read More »

Florida’s unemployment rate still hovering at 12 percent

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November 2010 is 12.0 percent.  This represents 1,110,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9,237,000. Florida’s total nonagricultural employment in November 2010 is 7,204,700, representing an increase of 300 jobs (less than +0.1 percent) over the month.  Florida’s annual job growth rate is up 0.5 percent, representing an [...]

December 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Employment,Fort Lauderdale,Latest news,Local news | Read More »

Attorney General Warns Floridians on accepting Final or Quick Payments from BP


On Friday, Attorney General Bill McCollum issued a consumer advisory warning Floridians about final or quick payments options from BP. Gulf Coast Claims (GCCF) Administrator Kenneth Feinberg announced the GCCF’s next phase which will include three payment options: interim payments, final payments and quick final payments. Claimants accepting of either of the final payment options [...]

December 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Featured,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Oil | Read More »

EASE Holiday Toy Drive in Davie Needs Your Help

The Davie Emergency Assistance Service Effort, (E.A.S.E.) Foundation is in need of toys for girls and boys ages 6-12. The EASE Holiday Toy Drive provides toys for Davie families in need. The EASE Foundation has made the following suggestions for boys and girls ages 6-12. For boys the suggestions are sports equipment, watches, sport jerseys, [...]

December 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Davie,Families,Holiday,Latest news,Local news | Read More »

Unemployment benefits extended in Florida….again


On Friday, President Barack Obama signed into law an extension of the eligibility dates for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefits (EB) programs by approximately 13 months. In response, Governor Charlie Crist signed an Executive Order authorizing Floridians who qualify for the EB program to begin receiving those benefits.  Florida must be in [...]

December 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Employment,Featured,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

Tax bill includes energy efficient tax credits Fort Lauderdale residents need

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The tax legislation President Barack Obama recently signed modifies and extends three energy efficiency tax incentives, as part of a much larger tax package. These tax incentives will continue to help raise the market share of efficient appliances, HVAC and insulation products, and new homes. Fort Lauderdale, Florida more than maybe other parts of the [...]

December 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Environmentally conscious, canned and edible


It is not every day you go to the grocery store and pick up a can of food by a manufacturer who develops, implements and expands green policies for its company. Welcome Bruce Foods. Consistent with most companies, they include their “about us” page where they highlight their ideas and about how they do business. [...]

December 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Emerging Green,Local news | Read More »

Las Olas Art Festival kicks off January 1 in Fort Lauderdale


The Las Olas Art Fair kicks off the season with the very first art show of 2011.   This South Florida tradition,  regarded as one of the top events in America, has attracted locals and tourists alike for the past 23 years because of the wide variety of fine art on display and for sale. Only [...]

December 14th, 2010 | Posted in Art,Broward County,Culture,Events,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Broward League Supports Education with Ambassador Program

Continuing its mission to support the future leaders of Broward County, The Broward League of Cities has announced it is now accepting applications for the inaugural year of the Student Ambassador Program. Offered to high school juniors who are residents of Broward County and attending any Broward County Public School or Charter School, in its [...]

December 14th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Schools | Read More »

Recycle your Christmas tree in Broward


Is there anything sadder than a holiday tree that’s still standing around in someone’s living room well into the new year? If the holidays are long gone but your tree isn’t, it’s time to chip in and donate your used evergreen to our annual Chip-a-Tree initiative. Last year Broward County Parks recycled 9,225 trees, representing [...]

December 13th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Events,Fort Lauderdale,Holiday,Local news | Read More »

Florida Dept. of Education launches new web resource for parents


The Florida Department of Education launched a new web resource today designed with parents in mind.  The new “Success Measures” website was crafted to help parents understand how changes to Florida’s standards and assessments in the months and years to come will impact their children.  The most critical element of the site is the newly [...]

December 13th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Local news,Schools,Tallahassee | Read More »

Davie opens new skateboard arena on Friday, Dec. 17


The Town of Davie will host the grand opening of its new skateboard area on Friday, December 17, 2010, at 6 p.m. The skateboard area is located at Pine Island Park, 3801 South Pine Island Road. The public is invited to attend and to use the facility. The Mayor, Councilmembers, and staff are all excited [...]

December 13th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Davie,Families,Featured,Local news,Recreation,Sports | Read More »

Holiday reading goes high tech at Broward libraries

The holidays are right around the corner, and everyone is busy filling out their holiday wish lists.  However, not everyone can afford that brand new paperback or hardcover novel, or a high-tech Kindle, Nook or Sony e-reader device filled with digital e-books. Fortunately, the Broward Libraries Division has begun a new E-Reader Expansion Program.  Now, [...]

December 13th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Coconut Creek,Coral Springs,Deerfield Beach,Holiday,Latest news,Local news,Pembroke Pines,Weston | Read More »

Paul & Young Ron’s Holiday Food Drive for Feeding South Florida this week


During the week of Dec. 13, Paul Castronovo and “Young” Ron Brewer, hosts of the popular South Florida “Paul & Young Ron Mornings™” radio show, will host the “Paul & Young Ron’s 16th Annual Holiday Food Drive” benefiting Feeding South Florida™ (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank). The 2-part fundraiser includes a private dinner at Anthony’s [...]

December 13th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Featured,Fort Lauderdale,Holiday,Local news,Non-profit organizations | Read More »

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