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Governor Crist Offers Guidelines for Reporting Oil Spill Impacts in Florida


Florida Governor Charlie Crist today encouraged residents and visitor to report evidence of oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident along the state’s shores by calling the State Warning Point at 1-877-2-SAVE-FL (1-877-272-8335), or by dialing #DEP from a cell phone. Impacts reported to the State Warning Point will be investigated by reconnaissance teams of trained [...]

May 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Fort Lauderdale,Port Everglades,Recreation,Tallahassee | Read More »

Crist signs unemployment benefits legislation

Florida Governor Charlie Crist

Governor Charlie Crist today signed Senate Bill (SB) 1736, extending eligibility dates for the Extended Benefits (EB) program.  The EB program provides unemployment compensation to job seekers who have exhausted all other available benefits and meet all requirements.  Governor Crist announced that the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation will begin accepting EB applications at its [...]

May 17th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Employment,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money,Tallahassee | Read More »

Broward schools donates portables to Haiti

The first four of 92 surplus portable classrooms donated to the Republic of Haiti left Dania, Florida onboard The Caribbean Express on Sunday, May 2.  The ship is scheduled to arrive in the Republic of Haiti on Wednesday, May 5.  The shipping of these portable classrooms is the result of the combined efforts of the [...]

May 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Dania,Fort Lauderdale,International relations,Local news,Schools | Read More »

Oil not contained; could wrap around to South Florida

Setting up the booms to prevent oil from reaching land in Louisiana.

By Valerie J. Amor As the Coast Guard mobilizes a response to the BP Oil Spill, now called the Deepwater Horizon Incident, there is reason to believe the oil could wrap around the eastern seaboard, affecting South Florida’s beaches. Currently, the oil spill is about nine miles off the coast of Louisiana. “The Deepwater Horizon [...]

May 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Extended unemployment compensation heads to Crist for approval

Update on this story here:  https://browardnetonline.com/2010/05/crist-signs-unemployment-benefits-legislation/ The Florida House passed a measure that provides for an extension of temporary unemployment compensation (UC) for Floridians by providing 14 additional weeks of unemployment compensation benefits. This extension helps more than 100,000 unemployed Floridians and brings in more than $128 million to Florida coffers. Senate Bill (SB) 1736 [...]

April 28th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Employment,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money,Tallahassee | Read More »

Broward school district describes “devastating” finances during town hall

James Notter, Broward superintendent

In a united front, the Broward School Board and top officials with the district presented what they described as a “devastating financial picture” for the school system and have asked for the community’s help in finding ways to maintain a high standard of education in Broward County. After three years of using reserves and one-time [...]

April 20th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Local news,Schools | Read More »

Miramar has funding for low income homeowners get repair, Chinese drywall help

The City of Miramar announces the availability of funding from the Community Development Block Grant – Recovery Act (CDBG-R) to address residential repair needs for low income households throughout the City of Miramar. The City will also utilize reprogrammed CDBG funding, a balance of Disaster Recovery Initiative (DRI) funding, and reprogrammed State Housing Initiative Partnership [...]

March 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Miramar,Real Estate | Read More »

Coral Springs still has funds to assist low to moderate income persons purchase and rehab a foreclosure

The City of Coral Springs is still providing assistance to low and moderate-income persons with the purchase and rehabilitation of foreclosed homes in Coral Springs through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Previously, the program offered funds toward the purchase of foreclosed homes in the 33065 ZIP code. Recently, HUD approved the City’s request to expand the

March 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Coral Springs,Families,Federal Government,Local news,Money,Real Estate | Read More »

Coral Springs offers informational videos to help local businesses gain a competitive edge

As a result of input from the Coral Springs business community, the City and the Coral Springs Economic Development Foundation are creating a video-on-demand series to help local business owners navigate the current tough economic environment.

March 20th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Coral Springs,Local news | Read More »

Fort Lauderdale police looking for missing mom

Melanie Parada

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is requesting help from the public in locating a missing 36 year-old woman. Melanie Parada was last seen the evening of Thursday, March 11, 2010, at

March 16th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Fire/police,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Broward Property Tax Exemption Filing Dates Announced For March 2010, help meetings scheduled


The Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office hosts a series of community outreach events each month throughout Broward County. Deputy Appraisers will be available to assist with Homestead, Senior and other property tax exemption applications, as well as answer questions on property taxes. We are also accepting applications for Portability. The outreach program is designed to [...]

March 9th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Coconut Creek,Coral Springs,Dania,Davie,Fort Lauderdale,Hallandale,Hollywood,Lauderdale Lakes,Lauderdale by the Sea,Lauderhill,Local news,Miramar,Money,North Lauderdale,Oakland Park,Parkland,Pembroke Park,Pembroke Pines,Plantation,Pompano Beach,Real Estate,Sunrise,Tamarac,Weston,cooper city,margate,wilton manors | Read More »

Broward County year-long food drive already a success

Joe Williams, Mike Nagel and Larry Scott of the Broward County Facilities Maintenance Division collect food for distribution.

The first two months of Broward County’s 365 Food Drive were quite a success. Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl has announced that residents and County employees donated 2,392 pounds of food and toiletries. The donations benefit the Million Meals Committee, which distributes food to local food pantries and social services agencies throughout Broward County. “I want [...]

March 8th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Non-profit organizations | Read More »

BSO radio show going on the air Sundays

Tune in AM 1470 WWNN radio Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. for All Points Bulletin with Sheriff Al Lamberti. The Broward Sheriff’s Office was approached by the station to do a law enforcement radio show and Sheriff Lamberti agreed to launch the APB program, seeing it as an opportunity

February 27th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Crime,Fire/police,Fort Lauderdale | Read More »

Broward County offering education, employment and childcare help

Are you a Broward County resident who is highly motivated but needs a little help to achieve your goals? If so, the Broward County Community Action Agency is offering assistance through an American Recovery Reinvestment Act-Community Services Block Grant. Program benefits include:

February 10th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Employment,Families,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Obama releases small business initiatives

Last week in Lanham, Maryland, President Obama proposed the expansion of two critical Small Business Administration (SBA) lending programs, aimed at allowing small businesses to refinance and increasing limits for working capital. These are both legislative proposals designed to help small businesses through what continues to be a difficult period in credit markets.

February 8th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,National politics | Read More »

Broward schools enroll 587 Haitian students; set up free health care

As of Friday, February 5, 2010, Broward County Public Schools has received 587 new students from Haiti in the aftermath of the country’s recent devastating earthquake. These students are acclimating at

February 8th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Fort Lauderdale,Health,International relations,Local news,Schools | Read More »

Broward property appraiser holding outreach event in Miramar

On February 8, the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office will host its community outreach event at Miramar City Hall, 2300 Civic Center Place,

February 4th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Local news,Miramar,Real Estate | Read More »

Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program in Miramar

The City of Miramar Social Services Department is currently assisting seniors through the Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program at the City of Miramar Multi-Service Complex.

January 30th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,FPL,Families,Local news,Miramar | Read More »

Broward Public Schools collect large stash for Haiti; take in 373 Haitian students

Broward County Public Schools staff, students, parents and supporters have responded with overwhelming generosity to assist the people in Haiti following the devastating earthquake. Broward County Public Schools has culminated a weeklong District-wide relief effort to collect and receive

January 30th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Fort Lauderdale,International relations,Local news,Schools | Read More »

Families of three of the missing Lynn students release statement

From Lynn.edu (Yesterday) Lynn University President Kevin Ross urged the Lynn community to begin to heal and grieve for the four students and two professors still missing in Haiti. We understand and respect the motivations behind these statements. In recent days we have encouraged a similar mindset in some of the eight students who returned [...]

January 28th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,College,Families,International relations,Local news,Palm Beach | Read More »

Quake rescuers return to South Florida

Just before 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Florida’s Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team landed at Miami International Airport following their deployment to the devastated areas of Haiti.

January 26th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fire/police,Fort Lauderdale,International relations,Local news | Read More »

BSO donates two truck loads supplies to Food for the Poor

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Since BSO announced it was teaming up with Food For the Poor to help collect donations for those affected by the tragedy in Haiti the community has stepped up and showed up at BSO and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue locations throughout the county with their contributions.

January 24th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Coconut Creek,Fire/police,Fort Lauderdale,International relations,Local news,Non-profit organizations | Read More »

Coloring Away Pain Foundation sending books to Haitian children


The Foundation for Coloring Away Pain is rapidly responding to the needs of affected children in Haiti in the wake of a devastating earthquake that has left many homeless and without their families. With the help of Marie Rador of Cooper City, Fl, the Foundation has translated their books, “The Day the Earth Shook” and [...]

January 24th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Local news,Non-profit organizations,Volunteers,cooper city | Read More »

Volunteer opportunities in Hollywood

SHORT-TERM OPPORTUNITIES: Listings below are short-term assignments, projects, or events organized by Volunteer Hollywood. The listing(s) below require a few hours of commitment.

January 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Hollywood,Local news,Non-profit organizations,Volunteers | Read More »

Oakland Park, Lauderdale Lakes and Davie set up sites to donate supplies to Haiti relief

The City of Oakland Park has drop boxes inside the following City buildings for employees, residents and other concerned citizens to drop of Earthquake Relief supplies for Haiti:

January 21st, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Davie,Fire/police,Fort Lauderdale,International relations,Lauderdale Lakes,Local news,Non-profit organizations,Oakland Park | Read More »

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