Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Sadkin Center to Close for a fFew Days Refinishing

The Sadkin center will be closed this upcoming Monday, March 9th thru Wednesday, March 11th as the upstairs basketball gym floor is being refinished.  The fumes will be too strong to allow patronage of the facility.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

DOLPHINS DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY 2015 UPDATE

Well the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Games have been played, and now it is time for the Combines.  While still early, certain patterns and needs are developing for the Dolphins.  So another review is given, concentrating on what are the top needs.

Like before an examination of each position is provided,

OFFENSE:

QB – Tannenhill is developing into a 2nd tier QB.  Whether he can break into the top tier next season is a question, but he has exceeded the abilities of most of the QB’s on the Dolphins of the near past.  His back up, Moore, is also very good, but expensive.  The Dolphins may let Moore go in Free Agency, but then they need a back up.  Free Agency gives some experience, but at a cost and little upside, and due to needs from the draft and high draft pick is problematic for a quarterback.  As a 4th or 5th round draft pick, Shane Carden of East Carolina may be a smart move.

RB – This has been a troubling group in that you know what you got, but you’re not quite sure what you will get.  With a lot of potential, but only Miller showing anything, another free agent may be in order (assuming Moreno will be gone due to constant injury problems).  Since we have so many backups, I wouldn’t draft a RB unless it was a high pick (and there are too many other areas in need first).  So unless some sleeper falls to a lower round, free agency may be the only answer.  Maybe Frank Gore that we can get a year or two out of him.

WR – A lot of talent that is getting better.  The question revolves around the future of Wallace and if he stays with the team.  If he does, then it is not a pressing need.  If he leaves then Landry will move up and a replacement will be needed.  The decision on Wallace will dictate which round a WR should be drafted.

TE – If we maintain the players we have, and don’t lose any to free agency, then it is developing nicely.  If we lose Clay, then another TE will be needed somewhere in the middle to late in the draft.

C – If we hold our players we are pretty well set.   It is said Pouncey will be going back to C, so what happens to Satele.  Do we keep him or let him go?  At best he will be another backup but he can start on a limited basis.   

G- If Pouncey goes back to C, you now have a huge gap at both G positions.  All of our players are serviceable Guards and maybe can start now and again.  But this is a major need, with a lot depending upon Turner.  It seems best if the team signs a free agent like Franklin (expensive), Boling (more reasonable and hopefully healthy) or Sims (even cheaper but older).  Then with the Dolphins 2nd round pick they must go for a G like Kouandjio or Matias, though in the 3rd could be Erving or Poutasi (both of which who could be a T too).  But one of these four must be taken to shore up the unit.  I also like a lot Marpet, but I can't tell right now if he should be a 3rd, 4th or 5th round pick and if he may be just another good backup which the Dolphins don't need.

T - Between starters James and Brennan, the Dolphins were strong.  When Brennan went down then back-ups tried to fill the gap.  Eventually this became a glaring weakness.   Again a lot will depend upon Turner, but a high draft pick or free agent is needed to be a back-up but could easily start.  Having too many quality players that can start is a nice luxury.

DEFENSE:

NT – We got by for the first part of the season but then the weakness started showing through.  We need a much bigger and stronger NT that can plug a hole.  Mitchell would be very good as a back-up and potential starter when needed and it is unclear about Johnson.  So I can see a high draft pick (top 2 rounds).   Shelton and Goldman are my 1st round preference, unless one sneaks into the 2nd round (doubtful). 

DT – This is a very similar situation to NT if we lose Odrick to free agency.   Actually the loss of Odrick makes it even more of a need for a NT/DT.

DE – A pretty strong position depending upon whom the Dolphins keep and who will become a salary cap cut.  Dion Jordan is the question.  Is he a DE or OLB?  Either way, he is going to have to step it out or will be out when his contract comes up.

LB – While Jenkins has improved as a LB and Misi is better, it is only average group, with some glaring weaknesses.  A mid round draft pick is in order and I have like Hull and Ryan for quite awhile.

CB – It was an up and down year, especially with injuries.  Depending who we may lose, at minimum someone has to be brought in, and those already there better improve quickly.  This may be a top 3 round pick.

S – We have R. Jones right now, and I think that is about it (D. Jones is a really good Special Teams player but it is too early to know if he will be a starter).  There are some OK back-ups and those that can play well on special teams (who knows, maybe someone steps it up) , but either we bring in a free agency and/or a top 5 draft pick.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

P – We are set with Fields

K – We need to bring in another K to challenge.  Traditionally it is a low round draft or an undrafted free agent.  However, if a quality veteran becomes available we should give them a serious look.

LS – We are set unless Denney becomes too expensive.  However, the best LS are the ones you never remember, and it’s hard to remember him since he never makes a mistake. 

SUMMARY:

High Draft Pick Areas – OG/OT, NT/DT
Mid to High Draft Pick Areas – LB, CB, S, CB
Mid to Late Draft Pick Areas – TE, WR

Late Draft Pick/Undrafted Areas – K

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Encore Performing Arts Center Open Auditions

Want to Join ENCORE?
 
FREE FOR AGES 6 TO 21
 
MUSICAL THEATRE * DANCE * SINGING * ACTING * BAND * MUSIC THEORY
 
OPEN AUDITIONS
 
Saturday - February 28
 
Registration Starts at 12 PM
 
at Herbert G. Sadkin Center
 
1176 NW 42 Way, Lauderhill
 
audition details - visit www.encorepac.com

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Notes of Interest of the February 9 Commission Meeting

On February 9, the City Commission held its regular Commission Meeting.  The following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-02-31:   APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS FROM THE STATE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND (LETF) IN A TOTAL AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $26,253.00 TO REPAINT AND APPLY GRAPHICS TO SEVENTEEN (17) POLICE DEPARTMENT VEHICLES BASED UPON QUOTES RECEIVED; APPROVING THE AWARD TO MAACO IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $21,000.00 TO PAINT THE VEHICLES; APPROVING THE AWARD TO GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERNATIONAL IN THE AMOUNT OF $5,253.00 FOR THE REMOVAL AND APPLICATION OF GRAPHICS; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 120-683-9935.

QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-02-33:   GRANTING TO KRADLE TO KINDERGARTEN PRESCHOOL II, INC. A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW IN THE COMMUNITY COMMERCIAL (CC) ZONING DISTRICT DAYTIME CHILDCARE AND BEFORE AND AFTER-SCHOOL CARE WITH TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AT  1269 N.W. 40TH AVENUE, BAYS 8-11, LAUDERHILL.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Municipal Services District Landscape Improvements Approved for Sunrise Boulevard

The Board of County Commissioners has approved a Memorandum of 
Agreement between Broward County and the Florida Department of 
Transportation (FDOT) for the installation and maintenance of landscape 
improvements in the Broward Municipal Services District along Sunrise 
Boulevard.

The Central Neighborhood Beautification Project is scheduled to begin 
in June, 2015 and will enhance roadways in the Roosevelt Gardens, 
Washington Park and Franklin Park neighborhoods. The project 
includes the installation of landscape and irrigation improvements 
costing $192,000 within the medians on Sunrise Boulevard between 
NW 31st Avenue and NW 24th Avenue. The landscaping 
will comply with the requirement for minimum 50% native 
species by plant types and with the Broward County NatureScape 
Program and Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles.

As this portion of Sunrise Boulevard is a State road, the County must 
obtain a permit from FDOT for installation and maintenance of the 
proposed improvements. 

Landscape design will be presented to the Central 
County Community Advisory Board on February 18, 2015. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Let It Be . . . a Tribute to the Beatles - Free Concert

On Saturday, February 21 starting at 7 pm, the nationally touring band Let It Be will be performing a Tribute to the Beatles at the Lauderhill Sports Park.  The park is located just east of University Drive.

Bring your blanket, chairs, picnic baskets, and step into another time.  Food Trucks will be on site.

For more information go to www.lauderhilljazz.com or call 954-730-3000.

Sponsored by TD Bank, Inverrary Association and the City of Lauderhill

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Operation Green Light Broward

If you currently have an overdue Broward County traffic ticket (misdemeanor or felony), the Broward County Clerk’s Office has an offer they hope you won’t refuse. Misdemeanor traffic payments at all locations and Felony traffic payments at Central Courthouse Room 160 ONLY.

Individuals paying their tickets or overdue court costs between Monday, February 9, 2015 and Friday, February 13, 2015 will not be required to pay the 35% collection surcharge that would otherwise be assessed.  Individuals will be able to restore their driving privileges, which may have been suspended, once they pay the outstanding fines and late fees in full. All four courthouse and DHSMV locations will be participating in this program and will be open for normal business hours (8:00 am – 4:30 pm).

Central Courthouse     
201 S.E. 6th Street                 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

West Satellite Courthouse   
100 N. Pine Island Rd.  
Plantation, FL  33442
        
South Satellite Courthouse
3550 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, FL  33021

North Satellite Courthouse          
1600 W. Hillsboro Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL  33442

Lauderdale Lakes DHSMV          
3718 W Oakland Pk Blvd.
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33313

Margate DHSMV
1135 Banks Rd.
Margate, FL  33063

Payments in full will be accepted by cash, money order or credit card.


Operation Green Light Broward is an opportunity to pay your fines without paying the extra 35% collection surcharge and to restore your driving privilege.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Notes on the Commission Meeting of January 26, 2015

On January 26, the City Commission met at a Regular Commission Meeting and the following are notes of interest (all items below pass unanimously unless otherwise noted; Commissioner Berger Absent):

PROCLAMATIONS / COMMENDATIONS:

A PROCLAMATION PROCLAIMING CHARLIE CUYLER DAY IN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN CHESS AND AS THE FOUNDER OF THE LAUDERHILL CHESS CLUB.


SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:

PRESENTATION FOR JAKOB KELLY ON WINNING THE MAYOR’S “ANTI-BULLY ESSAY CONTEST” FOR LAUDERHILL 6-12.


ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - SECOND READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-01-100:   IMPOSING A NINE (9) MONTH MORATORIUM ON ANY AND USE INVOLVED IN THE SALE, PURCHASE, EXCHANGE, BARTER, TRANSFER, OR CONVEYANCE OF SMOKING PIPES AND SMOKING DEVICES AS DEFINED IN FLORIDA STATUTES SUBSECTION 569.0073(2) AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AS DEFINED IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 893.145 WITHIN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL; APPLYING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDERS, CERTIFICATES OF USE AND LOCAL BUSINESS TAX RECEIPTS FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE ESTABLISHMENTS, CONVENIENCE STORES, PHARMACIES, RETAIL SALES USES AND OTHER LAND USES WHERE SUCH ITEMS ARE SOLD, PURCHASED, EXCHANGED, BARTERED, TRANSFERRED OR CONVEYED.


RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-01-20:   NAMING THE MAIN FIRE STATION LOCATED AT N.W. 55TH AVENUE THE “EDWARD T. CURRAN, JR. MAIN FIRE RESCUE HEADQUARTERS” IN HONOR OF ALL HIS DEDICATION AND YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL ( REQUEST BY MAYOR RICHARD J KAPLAN).

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-01-26:   APPROVING THE CORRECTIVE ACTION TO THE STATE HOUSING INITIATIVES PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (SHIP) CLOSE OUT ANNUAL REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2009-2010; AUTHORIZING ADDITIONAL FUNDING IN THE AMOUNT $9,425 FOR EMERGENCY ROOF REPAIR.


QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, THIRD READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-12-163:  AMENDING THE ZONING DISTRICT MAP IN THE STATE ROAD 7 OVERLAY ZONE  FOR RESIDENTIAL TOWNHOUSE AT 15 DWELLING UNITS PER GROSS ACRE AND REMOVING FROM THE SR-7 OVERLAY ZONE AND CONNECTIONS PLAN MAP 1.302+ ACRES OF TRANSECT 4 AND 9.045+ ACRES OF TRANSECT 5, FOR AN UNDEVELOPED SITE LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS THE FORMER MCARTHUR DAIRY SITE.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Tropical Exhibit Embodies Nature’s Luminosity

Lauderhill Arts Center Gallery presents “Orchidaceous: Rhythm of the Tropics” a solo exhibit featuring the art work of nationally recognized South Florida artist Clara Hada. The exhibit comprises a large selection of Hada’s tropically themed oils and watercolors and features her collection of colorful and masterfully created orchid paintings. Orchids have been a recognized as symbol of love for centuries and the timing of the exhibit coincides with February being the month of romance and expressions of love. The opening reception is Saturday, February 7th, 6-9 pm and is open to the public. The exhibit will be open February 4th through March 4th, 2015. The address for Lauderhill Art Center is 5450 NW 19th St., Lauderhill, FL.

Lauderhill Arts Center aims to promote and develop the visual and performing arts in the City of Lauderhill and its surrounding communities. The center serves as a place where artists, arts enthusiasts and local residents can meet to practice, learn, view and interact with the arts. The Lauderhill Arts Center houses studio spaces for visual and performing artists, an art gallery, an open ceramics studio, classroom, and workshop areas.

For more details visit the Lauderhill Arts Center website at http://lauderhillartscenter.wordpress.com/ or Ms. Hada’s website at www.clarahada.com/.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Jazz Picnic in the Park - Debbie Orta Jazz Quintet

On Sunday, February 8 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, Jazz Picnic in the Park is proud to present Debbie Orta Jazz Quintet at the Lieberman Botanical Garden's Amphitheatre.  The Gardens are located at 3801 Inverrary Blvd., Lauderhill.

Bring your blanket, chairs, picnic baskets, and soak up the sun and the sounds of jazz.

For more information go to www.lauderhilljazz.com or call 954-730-3000.

Sponsored by TD Bank, Inverrary Association, the Inverrary Vacation Resort Hotel, and the City of Lauderhill.

Friday, January 30, 2015

A Very Early Look at Potential Dolphin Draft Picks - Picked at Projected Rounds

Based upon the prior recommendations of need and round to be selected from (Prior to Senior Bowl):


High Draft Pick Areas – OG/OT, NT/DT, S
Mid Draft Pick Areas – LB, CB
Mid to Late Draft Pick Areas – TE, RB, WR, QB

Late Draft Pick Areas - K

QB
Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State – 3rd to 5th Round (probably a 2nd Round pick)
Shane Carden, QB, East Carolina – 4th to 5th Round

RB
Not overly impressed with RB’s in the mid to late rounds.  Pick up best of undrafted free agent.  But if you must
David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa - 6th Round (not likely)
David Cobb, RB, Minnesota  - 6th Round.(not likely)
Kenny Hilliard, RB, LSU  - 7th Round to undrafted

OG
La'el Collins, G/OT, LSU – only if available in 2nd Round.  Won’t be there by 3rd Round (versatility in position is a bonus)
Arie Kouandjio, G, Alabama – 2nd Round
Cameron Erving, G/OT/C, Florida State – 3rd to 4th Round
Jeremiah Poutasi, G/OT, Utah - 3rd to 4th Round
Donovan Smith, OT/OG, Penn State - 4th Round
Ali Marpet, G/C, Hobart College - 5th to 7th Round

OT
Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon – if available in 4th Round (not likely)

TE
Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers – 4th to 5th Round
C.J. Uzomah, TE, Auburn – 7th Round to undrafted
Pharaoh Brown, TE, Oregon – undrafted

NT/DT
Danny Shelton*, NT, Washington -1st Round (I like better then the projected #1 NT below)
Eddie Goldman, NT, Florida State -1st Round (if Shelton isn’t available)
Terry Williams, NT, East Carolina – 5th Round

ILB
Mike Hull, ILB/OLB, Penn State – 4th Round (shows signs that often injured, but if healthy?)
Jake Ryan, ILB/OLB, Michigan – 5th Round

CB
Jalen Collins, CB, LSU – 2nd to 4th Round
Marcus Peters, CB, Washington – 3rd Round
D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic – 4th Round 
Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss – 5th Round (because of extensive trouble, otherwise 3rd Round)
Ladarius Gunter, CB, Miami - 5th to 6th Round
Craig Mager, CB, Texas State - 7th Round to undrafted

S
Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville – 2nd to 3rd Round
Anthony Harris, S, Virginia  - 3rd Round
Doran Grant, S/CB, Ohio State – 5th Round
Ibraheim Campbell, S, Northwestern – 5th Round
Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State – 6th Round
Eric Rowe, S/CB, Utah - 7th Round to undrafted

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LAUDERHILL LAUNCHES LOOPNET COMMERCIAL PROPERTY SEARCH

If you ever wanted to search commercial properties for lease or sale in Lauderhill and see what is available, there is a web site for that.

Lauderhill has launched LoopNet, a powerful search engine which allows the user to enter parameters to limit the search and display all listed property that satisfies the users requests.  Searches can be limited for specifics such requests as property type, square footage limits, price range, and key word.  Results will then be displayed and how to obtain more information about the property.

You can access LoopNet at http://www.lauderhill-fl.gov/economic-development/lauderhill-property-search.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Black History Month Celebration - Dr. Bernice King Guest Speaker

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, the City of Lauderhill and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Taskforce Committee will culminate its MLK activities to celebrate the life, legacy and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s special guest speaker is Dr. Bernice King, youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King. This will be our 15th Annual Celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and what better way to honor him than to hear words from his daughter, Bernice King, who was only five years old when her father died.


Cocktail Reception & Program
4:00 PM
Screen Post Production Ballroom
3500 NW 15th Street
Lauderhill, FL
Tickets: $65

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CASA Kicks off its Annual Soccer Super & Masters League for the 2015 Season - January 24th, 2015

It's that time year again for exciting fun filled soccer!  CASA kicks off its Super League for the 2015 season. The opening ceremony will be on January 24th 2015, starting at 5 pm (full program to come). The feature game will begin at 8:30 pm (to be announced).

This year’s completion will feature the 2014 defending champion and first winner for the Super League Lauderhill Lions and three time winner of the Super League Ft. Lauderdale Blazers and defending 2014 champion of the Hazel Roger’s Knock Out Cup. 

This promises to be another exciting season as no team has ever been successful in winning back-to-back championships. The season will also feature teams vying for the 2015 CASA Masters League title, as Lauderhill Lions defending champions and winner of the 2013 & 2014 trophy will seek to retain the cup and win for a record consecutive three times.

In addition to soccer, come see Netball Youth Sports Association – NYSA playing Netball at its very best!  The event would never be complete without some great domino competition. 

The venue is the Lauderhill Sports Park (Oakland Park Blvd. Lauderhill, FL).  We hope to see you there for a day filled with family fun and lots of excitement.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Notes of the Commission Meeting on January 12

On January 12, the City Commission met in Regular Session, and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - SECOND READING

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-12-162:  IMPOSING A SIX (6) MONTH MORATORIUM ON PRIVATE AND CHARTER PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD KAPLAN).

RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-01-05:   APPROVING THE DONATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $25,000.00 TO THE YMCA “TEEN CITY” AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS THAT ENCOURAGE SELF-CONFIDENCE AND ESTEEM, POSITIVE INTERACTIONS WITH ADULTS AND PEERS, PHYSICAL FITNESS, LIFE SKILLS, ACADEMIC SUPPORT, CRIME PREVENTION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE TO THE YOUTH OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE 001-101-8113.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-01-07:   APPROVING THE DONATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,400.00 TO FAMILY CENTRAL, INC., REPRESENTING THE CITY'S CONTINUED SUPPORT OF FAMILIES AND CHILD CARE PROGRAMS; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE 001-101-8115.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-01-09:   APPROVING THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) BETWEEN THE PARTNERING CITIES OF TAMARAC, CORAL SPRINGS, HALLANDALE, MARGATE, NORTH LAUDERDALE, AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL TO APPLY FOR THE 2014-15 ASSISTANCE TO FIRE FIGHTERS GRANT PROGRAM AND SUBMIT THE “REGIONAL GRANT APPLICATION” FOR THE PURPOSE OF PURCHASING SELF CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS (SCBA); DESIGNATING THE CITY MANAGER AS THE AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE TO EXECUTE ALL NECESSARY DOCUMENTS AND MAKE REPRESENTATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE CITY.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-01-14:   APPROVING THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE ASSOCIATES (FOPA) FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 1, 2014 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2017.

QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-01-19:   GRANTING TO STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW  THE RE-USE OF AN ABANDONED SINGLE DRIVE-THROUGH LANE AND PASS THROUGH LANE IN CONJUNCTION WITH A FREE-STANDING RESTAURANT AND OUTDOOR SEATING AT THE FORMER CANNOLI KITCHEN AT 7720 COMMERCIAL BOULEVARD.

QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, SECOND READING

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-12-163:  AMENDING THE ZONING DISTRICT MAP IN THE STATE ROAD 7 OVERLAY ZONE  FOR RESIDENTIAL TOWNHOUSE AT 15 DWELLING UNITS PER GROSS ACRE AND REMOVING FROM THE SR-7 OVERLAY ZONE AND CONNECTIONS PLAN MAP 1.302+ ACRES OF TRANSECT 4 AND 9.045+ ACRES OF TRANSECT 5, FOR AN UNDEVELOPED SITE LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS THE FORMER MCARTHUR DAIRY SITE.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mayor's Report Card of Prior Goals

In August, I set down my goals for the next 12 months, and since it is the beginning of a new year, I thought it appropriate to put out a Report Card on their progress.


1)  7th Season of Jazz Picnic in the Park - December through April
     The season started in December and is going strong.  More info at www.lauderhilljazz.com

2)  3rd Season of Tribute Concerts (Beatles and Journey) - February and March
     The concerts are planned for February 21 and March 14.  More info at www.lauderhilljazz.com

3)  Anti-Bully Project with Lauderhill 6-12 School
     This program took place at the end of October and has been very successful.  We continue to monitor the situation.

4)  Kids of Character Pizza Party with Royal Palm Elementary and adding another school - December and May
     The December Party took place in Royal Palm Elementary and Paul Turner Elementary.  Also, the other Commissioners have adopted other elementary schools in Lauderhill to duplicate this program.

5)  Science in the Classroom Program with Dupont, to be held at all Lauderhill Elementary Schools - 1st Qtr 2015
     We have set this up with 4 elementary schools, however we have been notified that Dupont may be pulling the funding for this program.  So for now we are in a wait and see position if the funding comes through.

6)  Expanding Interest Free Energy Loans to Commercial Properties - 2014
     Unfortunately due to the nature of the Federal Grants, we have found out that these loans cannot be applied to commercial properties.  But we can increase the amount of the loans to residential properties, which we have done a little.

7)  Passing legislation requiring Contractors with the city to pay a Minimum Wage of $10.10 to their Employees - 2014
     This legislation was passed.

8)  Regional Chess Tournament for under 18 years of age - March
     This is still be worked on, but not enough progress is taking place to carry this off successfully.

9)  Completion of "Guide to the City of Lauderhill" and distribution - December/January
     We hope to finish the guide this month, and then try to get this published

10)  Completion of Early Childhood Programs Brochure for Parents to teach their children from birth to 5 years of age, in conjunction with Vroom and the Bezos Family Foundation - 2014
     This program was launched a few months ago and the brochures are being distributed to parents throughout the area.

11)  Design and prepare to distribute a new Tell the Mayor Survey specifically on Economic Development, use of Social Media, and use of recreational facilities - Results in March
     Due to time constraints this survey has not been worked on very much.  It is hoped to have it move forward this year.

12)  Release the 2015 Lauderhill College Essay Scholarship and raise $1000 to fund it - November through February
     Funding was not found so the program could not continue.

13)  Launch the Lauderhill Mobile App
     Though attempts to launch a Mobile App were tried, the city is still working on it.  It is funded in the budget.

14)  Launch the Economic Development LoopLink to allow users to search commercial properties in Lauderhill through the City’s website.
      This is funded in the budget and should proceed sometime this year.

Monday, January 12, 2015

DOLPHINS DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY 2015

It’s never too early to try to figure out what the future needs of the Dolphins will be in the upcoming draft and free agency.  While they do have a core group at several positions, they are still weak on some starting positions and in back up positions.

OFFENSE:

QB – Tannenhill is developing into a 2nd tier QB.  Whether he can break into the top tier next season is a question, but he has exceeded the abilities of most of the QB’s on the Dolphins of the near past.  His back up, Moore, is also very good, but expensive.  The Dolphins may lose Moore in free agency so they will probably need to pick up a new backup QB.

RB – A serviceable group of players that may improve even further.  Not a pressing need, but one that you would like to get stronger.

WR – A lot of talent that is getting better.  The question revolves around the future of Wallace and if he stays with the team.  If he does, then it is not a pressing need.  If he leaves then Landry will move up and a replacement will be needed.

TE – If we maintain the players we have, and don’t lose any to free agency, then it is developing nicely.  If we lose Clay, then another TE will be needed somewhere in the middle to late in the draft.

C – If we hold our players we are pretty well set.  Unfortunately Pouncey won’t get to play C much, but you play to your strengths. 

G – Between having one good starter and two back-ups trying to be starters, this is a strong need.  A lot will depend upon if last year 3rd round draft pick, Turner, can develop into a starting G or OT.  We need another starter at this position, not another back-up.  So either a high draft pick (top 3 rounds) or free agent is needed here.

T - Between starters James and Albert, the Dolphins were strong.  When Albert went down then back-ups tried to fill the gap.  Eventually this became a glaring weakness.   Again a lot will depend upon Turner, but a high draft pick or free agent is needed to be a back-up but could easily start.  Having too many quality players that can start is a nice luxury.

DEFENSE:

NT – We got by for the first part of the season but then the weakness started showing through.  We need a much bigger and stronger NT that can plug a hole.  Mitchell would be very good as a back-up and potential starter when needed.  So I can see a high draft pick (top 2 rounds).
 
DT – This is a very similar situation to NT if we lose Odrick to free agency.   Actually the loss of Odrick makes it even more of a need for a NT/DT.

DE – A pretty strong position, however, Dion Jordan is going to have to step it out or will be out one way or the other.

LB – While Jenkins has improved as a LB and Misi is better, it is only average, with some glaring weaknesses.  A mid round draft pick is in order.

CB – It was an up and down year, especially with injuries.  Depending who we may lose, at minimum someone has to be brought in, and those already there better improve quickly. 

S – We have Jones right now, and I think that is about it.  There are some OK back-ups and those that can play well on special teams (who knows, maybe someone steps it up) , but either we bring in a free agency and/or a top 3 draft pick.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

P – We are set with Fields

K – We need to bring in another K to challenge.  Traditionally it is a low round draft or an undrafted free agent.  However, if a quality veteran becomes available we should give them a serious look.

LS – We are set unless Denney becomes too expensive.  However, the best LS are the ones you never remember, and it’s hard to remember him since he never makes a mistake. 

SUMMARY:

High Draft Pick Areas – OG/OT, NT/DT, S
Mid Draft Pick Areas – LB, CB
Mid to Late Draft Pick Areas – TE, RB, WR, QB

Late Draft Pick Areas - K

Friday, January 09, 2015

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

THE APPLICATION FOR SUMMER 2015 IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY 11:59 PM EST ON FEBRUARY 20, 2015.


What is the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program?
We welcome about 25 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton's campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Students who attend the program come from across the country. The program will enter its fourteenth summer in 2015.
What is the program like? Classes at the program are taught by reporters and editors from The New York TimesThe Washington PostNewsweek, The New RepublicThe New Yorker, CNN and ABC News, among other media outlets. Students tour the Times, Newsweek,and CNN; cover a professional sports event; cover news events in the Princeton area; film and produce a TV segment; conduct an investigative project; author a group blog; and report, write, edit and design their own newspaper, The Princeton Summer Journalwhich is published on the program's last day. The program is also designed to give students a taste of what life is like at one of the best colleges in the country—students live on campus and eat in one of the university's cafeterias—and to prepare them to apply to top schools. Students meet with Princeton's top professors as well as the school's president and its dean of admissions. Students attend seminars on every aspect of the college admissions process. They also take a practice SAT and attend an SAT class taught by Princeton Review. The program's 2014 schedule can be found here. After students return home, program staff remain in contact with them, assisting them during the college application process and helping them to apply for journalism internships once they are in college.
What have our students accomplished? Approximately 260 students have graduated from our program during the past thirteen years, and many return each summer to serve as mentors to our current students. We are proud of their academic and journalistic accomplishments. Ten of our alumni have attended Princeton. Others have gone on to Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, the University of Pennsylvania, Williams, Amherst, Swarthmore, Wesleyan, Middlebury, Georgetown, Bowdoin, Johns Hopkins, the University of Virginia, New York University and many other selective schools. Their work has been published in college newspapers across the country, including The Daily PrincetonianThe Harvard Crimson, The Yale Daily NewsThe Brown Daily HeraldThe Columbia Spectator, The Daily Pennsylvanian, The Cornell Daily SunThe Amherst Student, The Wesleyan Argus, The Middlebury Campusand The Bowdoin Orient. Our alumni have also landed jobs or internships at The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The New RepublicNewsweek, The Miami HeraldThe New York Observer, the Associated Press, The New York Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Star-LedgerThe Philadelphia Daily News, NPR, NBC and CBS, among other outlets.
Who is eligible? This program is intended for low-income students with excellent academic records who are committed to pursuing a career in journalism. To apply for the program, you must meet the following qualifications:

- You must currently be a junior in high school.

- You must live in the United States.

- You must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0).

- You must have an interest in journalism.

- The combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000. (Note: This program is for students from under-resourced financial backgrounds. If the combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, exceeds $45,000 and you still wish to apply, you may attach a statement explaining why you believe your family qualifies as financially under-resourced.)
Who runs the program? The program was founded by four Princeton alumni from the class of 2001—Richard Just, Michael Koike, Gregory Mancini and Rich Tucker—who wanted to diversify the world of journalism. Today, the program is run by its four founders as well as by Marin Cogan, Amanda Cormier, Brian Rokus, Tasnim Shamma, Melisa Gao Tucker, Katie Zavadski, and Simon van Zuylen-Wood. Except for one student intern who is hired annually to help coordinate the program, everyone associated with the program is a volunteer. More information about the program's directors can be found here.
Who funds the program? The program is funded entirely through the generosity of donors, mostly Princeton alumni. In 2014, we received more than 200 applications, but, because of funding limitations, we were able to accept only 12 percent of applicants. We receive so many applications because we are, to our knowledge, the country's only high school program that seeks to propel low-income students into professional newsrooms by combining journalism education with intensive college admissions preparation—and pays all the expenses of students who attend. Every year, with guidance from the program's staff, our students apply to, and are accepted at, the country's best colleges, where they go on to write for top student papers and earn internships at the nation's most influential newspapers, magazines and television stations. This year, we could have filled our class many times over with outstanding students. We would like to increase our class size to meet the extraordinary demand among low-income students for spots in the program, and we are therefore currently seeking a donor to help us expand the program in future years. More information about how to donate to the program can be found here. If you are considering a donation and would like more information about the program, the best way to reach us is via email at sjp@princeton.edu.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The Lauderhill Top 12 Stories for 2014

#12 - Lauderhill passes laws prohibiting the sale, storage and manufacturing of Synthetic Illegal Drugs.  Subsequently the Lauderhill Police Department conducts a sting operation at the Swap Shop and arrest people selling the illegal drugs.

#11 - Lauderhill participates in the consolidation of the E911 Dispatch System which is completed on October 1.  Also a new non-emergency number takes effect.

#10 - Retired Lauderhill Fire Chief, Ed Curran, passes away.

#9 - Lauderhill and Professional Facilities Management, Inc. enter into a contract to provide consultation and management services for the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, which is to open in the first quarter of 2015.

#8 - The city passes legislation to create a First Time Offender Adult Non-Violent Misdemeanor Diversion Program.

#7 - Lauderhill passes legislation that city employees must be paid a minimum wage of $10.10/hour and on a 4 to 1 vote (Commissioner Berger voting No) also requiring all contractors and subcontractors of city projects to pay their employees a minimum wage of $10.10/hour.

#6 - Lauderhill passes a Resolution by a vote of 4 to 1 (Commissioner Berger voting No) supporting equal pay for women.

#5 - The city elections of 2014 take place and Mayor Richard J Kaplan and Commissioner Hayward Benson, Jr., are re-elected to 4 year terms.

#4 - A Resolution to oppose the closing of Plantation General Hospital, allowing it to move to Davie Florida fails 2 to 3.  Subsequently, approvals by the required state agency were given which will now allow Plantation General to close.  However, they state they will leave the emergency room open and subsequently transport patients by ambulance by the hospital to Davie for further treatment.  It is anticipated that patients from the SE area of the city will instead be transported by the city to Broward General Hospital in more cases.

#3  - Lauderhill Officials will be saying goodbye to the temporary fire house on 31st Ave., and have broken ground for a new permanent station adjacent thereto.  The addition of temporary Fire Station #110 in 2006 followed the City's annexation of the St. George, West Ken Lark and Broward Estate Communities (the SE side).

#2 - Lauderhill's Mayor and Commission hold a ribbon cutting and park dedication ceremony in opening the city's newest park, the James D. Bradley, Jr. Park.  Mr. Bradley was the president of the West Ken Lark Homeowner's Association for many years and passed away in 2014.

#1 - Castle Hill Elementary all-girls team is nationally ranked No. 2 in Chess in the United States.  A three-girl chess team representing Broward County Public Schools and Castle Hill Elementary School in Lauderhill, place second nationally at the 11th Annual Kasparov Chess Foundation All-Girls National Championship in Chicago for teams under 12 years of age.  The team members were McKhaila McKenzie, Erykah Shaw and Shyan Braswell.  The placing ignited a county wide movement, which is now in all Broward Elementary Schools, to have students learn and play the game of Chess.  Many Mayors have had Chess Challenges throughout the county in support and promotion of Chess.

Honorable Mentions - New SRO Officers for public schools, New Flood Maps are implemented allowing many residents to no longer be required to have flood insurance to satisfy their mortgage lenders, and SmartWater technology is introduced into a Lauderhill Housing Authority project and is available to residents throughout the city at a reduced cost.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Christmas Tree Disposal & 2015 Bulk Schedules

Learn how to dispose of your Christmas Tree and get bulk collection dates for your community.

Post Date: 12/30/2014 2:42 PM

 Christmas Tree Disposal

You may place your Christmas Tree curbside with regular trash starting December 26 through January 10. Remember to remove all decorations. After January 10, 2015, Christmas Trees will only be collected on bulk days. Please use the new bulk collection schedule to determine your bulk pickup date. Or, learn more about the Broward County Chip-A-Tree Program.

2015 Bulk Schedule

Please remember your first collection day of the week designated on the calendar below is your ONLY bulk collection day for that month.

North of Oakland Park

2015 bulk NORTH
 North of Oakland Park (Print PDF Calendar)  

South of Oakland Park

2015 bulk SOUTH
 South of Oakland Park (Print PDF Calendar)
Request Bulk Magnet
If you would like to receive a bulk magnet, please send us an email and one will be mailed directly to you. Remember to include your name, address, and whether you live NORTH or SOUTH of Oakland Park Blvd.

Condominium/Multi-Family Homes With Dumpster Service Bulk Pickup Dates
 
  • March 23, 2015
  • June 15, 2015
  • September 21, 2015 
  • December 28, 2015
***Associations or management offices should contact All Service Refuse at (954) 583-1830 for the reservation of dumpsters for bulk pickup.
Bulk and Yard Waste may also be dropped off the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at:
Sun 7 (Saturday drop off)
1815 Powerline Road
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
 PH: (954) 680-6100
    OR       Sun 12 (Saturday drop off)
2380 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33317
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
PH: (954) 680-6100
Get more information on other recycling and disposal options
Bulk Instructions
Place your bulk trash curbside after 6:00 pm the evening before your scheduled pickup date. Collection times are between 7:00 am–7:00 pm.
Bulk items include couches, chairs, mattresses, tables, appliances, carpets, padding, fences, and yard waste such as tree trimmings, branches, palm fronds, lumber and metal poles.
You must cut and bundle tree trimmings, branches, palm fronds, etc. Bundles must not exceed 5 feet in length and 50 pounds in weight. Please roll and securely tie all rugs, carpets, padding, fencing, etc.
If you have additional questions about bulk collection, please call All Service Refuse at 954-583-1830.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Notes of the Commission Meeting on December 8

On December 8, the City Commission met in Regular Session, and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-12-162:  IMPOSING A SIX (6) MONTH MORATORIUM ON PRIVATE AND CHARTER PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD KAPLAN).


RESOLUTIONS


RESOLUTION NO. 14R-12-268:  WAIVING COMPETITIVE BIDDING; AUTHORIZING THE PIGGY BACK OF THE FLORIDA SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION BID AWARD (14-22-0904) FOR THE AWARD TO VARIOUS VEHICLE DEALERS TO ALLOW FOR THE PURCHASE OF VEHICLES ON AN AS NEEDED BASIS.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-12-278:  SUPPORTING THE HAITIAN FAMILY REUNIFICATION PAROLE PROGRAM (HFRPP) WHICH WILL ALLOW CERTAIN HAITIAN INDIVIDUALS TO BE PERMITTED TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES UP TO TWO YEARS BEFORE THEIR IMMIGRANT VISA PRIORITY DATES BECOME CURRENT TO BE REUNIFIED WITH THEIR FAMILY AND WHICH WILL HELP GROW HAITI’S ECONOMY AND PROMOTE SAFE AND LEGAL MIGRATION.


QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-12-163:  AMENDING THE ZONING DISTRICT MAP IDENTIFIED IN LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS (LDR), ARTICLE III.,  ADOPTION OF ZONING DISTRICT MAP, THE STATE ROAD 7 OVERLAY ZONE MAP IDENTIFIED IN LDR SCHEDULE S., SMARTCODE, ARTICLE 2.0., ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS, SECTION 2.1., AND THE STATE ROAD 7 CONNECTIONS MAP IDENTIFIED IN ARTICLE 5.0., THOROUGHFARES, SECTION 5.4; CHANGING THE ZONING DISTRICTS FROM 7.290+ ACRES OF LIGHT INDUSTRIAL AND 3.057+ ACRES OF RESIDENTIAL SINGLE-FAMILY AT FOUR DWELLING UNITS PER GROSS ACRE AND 1.302+ ACRES OF SR-7 OVERLAY ZONE AND CONNECTION PLAN MAPS TRANSECT 4 AND 9.045+ ACRES OF TRANSECT 5 TO 10.387+ ACRES OF RESIDENTIAL TOWNHOUSE AT 15 DWELLING UNITS PER GROSS ACRE AND REMOVING FROM THE SR-7 OVERLAY ZONE AND CONNECTIONS PLAN MAP 1.302+ ACRES OF TRANSECT 4 AND 9.045+ ACRES OF TRANSECT 5, FOR AN UNDEVELOPED SITE LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS THE FORMER MCARTHUR DAIRY SITE.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-12-275:  GRANTING TO TAMARAC LAUNDRY, LLC A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW WITHIN THE GENERAL COMMERCIAL (CG) ZONING DISTRICT AFTER HOURS OF OPERATION ASSOCIATED WITH A SELF-SERVICE LAUNDROMAT AT 5464 NORTH UNIVERSITY DRIVE.