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By Joelle Embres | Agent in Parkland, FL
  • Donations needed for Thanksgiving Baskets by November 2

    Posted Under: General Area in Coral Springs, Quality of Life in Coral Springs, In My Neighborhood in Coral Springs  |  September 11, 2012 12:39 PM  |  1,920 views  |  No comments

    Donations needed for Thanksgiving Baskets by November 2

    The City’s annual Thanks For Giving event that relies on community help to donate items for Thanksgiving baskets that go to families in need. Residents and business owners are asked to give to this worthy cause as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.

    Since 1988, volunteers have made 4,335 baskets for local families. Needed non-perishable items include: canned yams, mashed or flaked potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned corn and green beans, canned fruit, and cookies. People also can give monetary contributions to the cause.

    Donations can be dropped off at: City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road; City Hall in the Mall, 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd.; Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive. All donations must be made by Friday, November 2.

    All donated items are placed in baskets, along with a gift certificate for a turkey, ham or main dish, and distributed through local religious institutions to pre-selected families. For more information, call 954-345-2211.

  • 2011-2012 Double "A" School North Broward Academy of Excellence (edit/delete)

    Posted Under: General Area in Broward County, Schools in Broward County, In My Neighborhood in Broward County  |  September 11, 2012 12:36 PM  |  2,418 views  |  No comments

    2011-2012 Double "A" School

    North Broward Academy of Excellence

    Welcome to North Broward Academy of Excellence located in North Lauderdale, Florida. We are a tuition-free public charter school serving students in grades K through 8. <!--For the 2010-2011 school year our school earned a "A" grade for both the elementary and middle schools. -->North Broward Academy of Excellence is a member of the Charter Schools USA family of schools which provides 3 great charter schools throughout Broward County.


    North Broward Academy of Excellence’s Mission is to enhance a love of learning, to provide a lifetime of growing, and to have a positive effect on our community and our world.


    North Broward Academy of Excellence: Values the safety of all of our stakeholders. Offers excellent academic instruction at all grade levels. Respects our students and parents, and they, in turn, respect us. Reviews data continually and adjusts student learning plans accordingly. Supports parent involvement at our school and actively provides opportunities for parent involvement.

    What is a Charter School?

    Charter schools are part of a sweeping educational reform that places the highest priority on providing a better education. Charter schools are tuition free and are funded much like a public school, but each charter school is governed privately. Private governance places accountability squarely on the shoulders of the entity running the schools. Every dollar spent through the charter school system is focused on furthering each student’s education. Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools must demonstrate success, or they will lose their charter. Charter schools can be managed by municipalities, private companies or individuals.

    North Broward Academy of Excellence is a member of the Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) family of schools. Charter Schools USA is one of the largest providers of charter school management services in the state of Florida. CSUSA manages private and municipal charters for grades Pre-K through 12.


  • 2012 Parkland Dash 5K , 10K & 1 Mile Run/Walk

    Posted Under: General Area in Parkland, Parks & Recreation in Parkland, In My Neighborhood in Parkland  |  September 11, 2012 12:33 PM  |  1,932 views  |  No comments

    2012 Parkland Dash 5K , 10K & 1 Mile Run/Walk

    2012 Parkland Dash 5K , 10K & 1 Mile Run/Walk
    To Benefit The Tri County Humane Society
    Sunday, October 14, 2012
    7:00AM at Pine Trails Park  10555 Trails End

    Parkland Dash Logo 2012 small.jpg

    The City of Parkland will be holding the 2012 Parkland Dash 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Tri County Humane Society on October 14, 2012 at 7:00am.  The race will take place at Pine Trails Park located at 10555 Trails End Parkland, Florida.  To register please visit www.cityofparkland.org or contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 954-757-4105.  Pre-Registration must be completed by October 11th or race day registration will be available beginning at 6:00AM.  Packet pickup will take place at the Pine Trails Park Amphitheater on October 12th from 5pm – 8pm.   Participants can choose either a certified 5K course, 10K course or a 1 mile fun run/walk.  5K and 10K participants will be scored and timed by Accuchip who will be providing disposable tags for all participants.  The one mile fun run/walk will be timed and can be enjoyed by individuals or families.  Strollers are welcome for all courses.  T-shirts will be provided for the first 400 pre-registered participants and food will be available following the race.  Awards will be given for overall winners, masters and individual age groups.  For more information please call 954-757-4105. 


    Pre-Registration (Ends October 11, 2012)

    5K Run

    $25/person or $60/family (up to 2 adults & 2 children)

    10K Run

    $30/person or $70/family (up to 2 adults & 2 children)

    1 Mile Family Fun Run


    Day of Registration

    5K Run

    $30/person or $65/family (up to 2 adults & 2 children)

    10K Run

    $35/person or $75/family (up to 2 adults & 2 children)

    1 Mile Family Fun Run


    Packet Pickup for pre-registered participants will be available on Friday, October 12th from 5pm – 8pm at the Pine Trails Park Amphitheater Building

    For more information please contact the City of Parkland Parks & Recreation Department at 954-757-4105.

  • City of Parkland Official Facebook Page To Go Live On September 10, 2012

    Posted Under: General Area in Parkland, In My Neighborhood in Parkland  |  September 11, 2012 12:30 PM  |  1,757 views  |  No comments

    The City of Parkland is proud to announce that beginning on September 10th, 2012, residents and visitors will be able to find Parkland on Facebook. Information on City programs, services and emergency updates will be posted on the page which will allow for the City to have a social media presence. You will be able to locate and “like” the page through a link on the official city of Parkland website located at www.cityofparkland.org. Clicking the “Like Us On Facebook” like will connect you with the official City of Parkland Facebook Page where you will be able to find City information on all your mobile devices.

  • The City of Parkland City Commission will conduct two public hearings on the 2012-2013 Budget

    Posted Under: General Area in Parkland, In My Neighborhood in Parkland  |  September 11, 2012 12:29 PM  |  1,731 views  |  No comments

    The City of Parkland City Commission will conduct two public hearings on the 2012-2013 Budget

    The City of Parkland City Commission will conduct two public hearings in September on the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year budget recommended by City Manager Caryn Gardner-Young. Public testimony will be taken at both hearings on Wednesday, September 12, and Wednesday, September 19, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in City Commission Chambers in Parkland City Hall located at 6600 University Drive, Parkland. Hearings will be televised live on Comcast Station 78. Budget documents are posted online at www.cityofparkland.org. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Morando at (954) 753-5040 or nmorando@cityofparkland.org.

  • Two win scholarships from Margate and Waste Management

    Posted Under: General Area in Margate, Schools in Margate, In My Neighborhood in Margate  |  September 11, 2012 12:26 PM  |  1,996 views  |  No comments

    Kaitlin Smith-Norman, a senior nursing student at Florida Atlantic University, and Michael Trotman, a freshman computer science major at University of Central Florida, each won $2,500 in a partnership between garbage hauler Waste Management and the city of Margate.

    Margate and Waste Management signed a new five-year contract that will go into effect in October. That new agreement is the reason for the scholarships. Waste Management agreed to give the city $5,000, which was split between the two students.


    "When the city of Margate partnered up with Waste Management and did a contract, [we] talked with them about offering scholarships to our Margate youth for future education," Mayor Pam Donovan said. "Kaitlin [Smith-Norman] and Michael Trotman are the first recipients of that. We congratulate [them both] on a job well done."

    The department of Parks and Recreation handled the application process for the two scholarships, which were for students enrolled in a higher education program geared toward nonprofit or government work.

    Besides being a Margate resident, students had to have a minimum core weighted grade point average of 3.5, and a minimum of 40 hours community service. A panel chose the winners based on the community service, a personal essay, the students' grade point average and character references.

    "I just wanted to say on behalf of Waste Management, we are very happy to do this," Luigi Pace, Waste Management representative, said. "I have a kid who is going to college so I know how difficult and expensive it is. I'm proud to work with a company that can give back to the community."

    Smith-Norman found out about the scholarship a day before the deadline, but still managed to turn in all the required documents on time. Her tuition this semester is $2,503.85, just slightly over the $2,500 prize.

    "I'm very excited [about winning the scholarship]," Smith-Norman said. "My supervisor asked if I lived in Margate and told me about the scholarship they were offering. She let me come in an hour late the next day because I had to go everywhere and pick up the reference letters."

    The award also meant a lot to Trotman, who said the money would help him buy his books, which are expensive.

    "It's really going to help me out this year to stay in school and I don't have to worry about if I have money to pay for thing," Trotman said. "It's nice that the city [and Waste Management] has these types of scholarships and they give back to the community."

  • Private insurers considering 150,000 Citizens policies

    Posted Under: Property Q&A in Broward County, Home Insurance in Broward County  |  September 11, 2012 12:22 PM  |  2,158 views  |  No comments

    Four private insurers have been approved to take over 150,000 policies from state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp., regulators said Thursday.

    Citizens customers will be notified Oct. 1 if their policies have been selected. Policyholders have 30 days to decline the offers and stay with Citizens. If customers don’t respond, their policies will be assumed by the private companies on Nov. 6.

    The four companies are:

    Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Co. – 75,000 policies
    Florida Peninsula Insurance Co. – 35,000
    Southern Fidelity Property & Casualty – 30,000
    Southern Oak Insurance Co. – 10,000

    Policyholders who accept the offers may be charged higher rates by the new companies. But if they stay with Citizens, the insurer of last resort, they face the possibility of steep assessments.

    Citizens has been trying to push many of its 1.4 million policyholders to the private market, saying it’s concerned it may not have enough money to pay claims after a major hurricane.

    Everyone in the state may be charged up to 6 percent of their annual premiums if Citizens can’t pay storm claims. But Citizens policyholders would pay first and could pay the most - up to 45 percent of their premiums.

    So far in 2012, private companies have taken over 84,339 Citizens policies, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.

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