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A Time To Celebrate: 41st Annual Dinner Of Congregation Levi Yitzchok-Lubavitch/Chabad of South Broward

This past weekend hundreds set sail aboard the luxurious Grand Princess Yacht to celebrate the major grand expansion that is so badly needed. Chabad’s dozen of institutions in Hallandale are bursting at the seams. Fundraising this year will go towards phase 1 of the $18,000,000 Grand Expansion Project, which is so badly needed as they, once again have outgrown their present facilities. Due to phenomenal growth the original expansion has gone from $18,000,000 to $30,500,000, this figure includes burning the mortgaged at Chabad of South Broward Headquarters.

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September 22, 2022

One Person’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure: American Pickers To Film In Florida And They Are Looking For Their Next Find

The American Pickers are excited to return to Florida! They plan to film episodes of The History Channel Hit Television series throughout the area in December 2022. For those of you that don’t follow the show, American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on The History Channel. The hit show follows skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

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September 22, 2022

Raising The Curtain On A New Arts Season: A Halloween Dance Party, Heart-Pounding Rock And Roll, Comedy And Family-Friendly Theater

The Broward Center For The Performing Arts scares up unforgettable excitement this October with the ill-fated wives of Henry the VIII, an alien plant with a taste for blood, Halloweentown's pumpkin king and an All Abilities Class Halloween Dance Party along with nights of heart-pounding Rock And Roll, Laugh-Out-Loud Comedy and family-friendly theater.

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September 22, 2022

Health Care Premiums Rising: Some Just Cannot Afford To Have Insurance - And That Is Alarming

This year when the talk about health insurance came up, everyone was warned that premiums could go up as much as 50%. Guess what? The reality has hit home - and as many are renewing for next year - they are being hit in the face - in ways financially that all of us have never seen before. Alice and Greg Wilson are being affected in a way where both Hallandale Beach residents are in fear of losing their home. That is how bad things have gotten. Alice, 62, is a part time employee - and her husband, 63, works full-time, making just over the amount that is allowed - where neither are eligible for a subsidy.

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September 22, 2022

Sunny Isles Beach Career Expo

The City of Sunny Isles Beach is hosting a Career Expo on Thursday, October 13, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Gateway Center, 151 Sunny Isles Boulevard, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160. Bring your resume and meet and connect with local employers from various industries.

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September 22, 2022

Live In Hollywood: City-Owned Fully Renovated Homes For Sale

The City of Hollywood announces the availability of two beautiful, fully renovated homes for sale, along with up to $70,000 in purchase assistance for the qualified, eligible homebuyer.

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September 22, 2022

Getting Ready For The Jewish Holidays: Looking Good For The Fall With New Designer Eyewear And Trendy Fragrances

As Jews around the world are looking toward the eve of September 25 - when the High Holidays take place - it is also time to celebrate and feel good about yourself. With all of the changes happening this year, many family events planned throughout Rosh Hashanah (September 25th -September 27th) and Yom Kippur (October 4th - October 5th) might look and feel a bit different. So if you have been cooped up at home and are looking forward to seeing family or just spending the special time at home with a friend, you might want to treat yourself to get a sense of normalcy. What better way to do this than to get dressed up to look and smell great?

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September 22, 2022

Go With The FLOW: Florida Licensing on Wheels (FLOW) Unit Is Heading to Hollywood

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles places a high value on Customer Service. The FLOW Program increases convenient accessibility by providing essential services with 14 mobile credentialing units at group events and is coming to Hollywood later this month. FLOW Services include License and ID Credentialing Services, Renew a Vehicle Registration and purchase a Specialty License Plate. They also offer FLHSMV’s Critical Safety Services such as Emergency Contact Information Registration and Safety Campaigns by the Florida Highway Patrol. However, no Written or Driving Tests are given from Mobile Units.

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September 22, 2022

Have It Sweet Like Honey, Honey!

“Shana Tovah Umetuka” - “May you have a good and sweet year” is what we typically wish each other in the month leading up to the Jewish New Year and I bet you’ve always wondered why we give a double wish, that the year should be both good and sweet. If it's good, isn't it sweet? It's got to be more than just poetic!

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September 22, 2022

Elections Are 47 Days Away: Hallandale Beach Will Have Elections For Commission Seats 1 And 2 And Charter Amendments

Today marks 47 days until Election Day! Here in Hallandale Beach, we have Elections for Commission Seats 1 and 2 and for Charter Amendments. A committee of appointed citizens proposed the Charter Amendments. The Commission approved and supported them with a 5-0 Vote to be placed on the Ballot. Voters should support all these Amendments that improve the governance and operations of our City.

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September 22, 2022

Toula Amanna uniting Communities through Collaboration and Contributions

As an owner of multiple operating businesses, mostly restaurants and Real Estate in downtown areas, Toula Amanna currently employs over 200 people in south Florida. Among her businesses are the Deerfield Beach Café, which she received through the RFP Award of the Pier Restaurant, an honor for which Toula is grateful. She is the owner of the Flashback Diner Chain, with three locations in Boca Raton, Davie and Hallandale Beach. Flashback Diner has been named one of Florida’s top restaurants for over 30 years. Toula, daughter of a Greek emigrant family, began waitressing when she was 17 at LUMS Restaurant, where the first unit of the original Flashback Diner is currently located in Hallandale Beach.

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September 16, 2022

Serving the community: Auto Tags of Hallandale celebrating over 30 years of service

Among the many businesses in South Florida, few can say that they have been open for over 30 years. Thanks to the committed and outstanding customer service of founder, Randy Giunto, Auto Tags of Hallandale is one of those few exceptional businesses that are able to celebrate that milestone. Through their unwavering dedication to delivering customer satisfaction and their “old school” approach to business, Auto Tags of Hallandale can proudly say they have been around since 1987 and are showing no signs of slowing down.

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September 16, 2022

Welcome to Hallandale Medical Center: Industry Leaders Renowned for their Compassionate Service

Since being founded in 1979 by Dr. Hernando Giraldo, Hallandale Medical Center, part of the HG Doctors Family, has built a long-standing reputation as one of South Florida’s premier medical facilities. Doctors and staff working together as a family dedicating themselves to providing patients in Hallandale Beach and surrounding areas with a full spectrum of treatments, including primary care, geriatrics, behavioral health, podiatry, and dental services. Through their profound knowledge and commitment, the team at Hallandale Medical Center has earned accolades from community organizations for their high-quality care and value for their patients as they truly make their patients feel like they are part of the “family."

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September 16, 2022

Costa Bella Realty Group a Concierge Luxury Realty Group

Florida is world renowned for its amusement parks, beach resorts, and warm sunny climate. Add to the abundance of restaurants, retail stores and water activities and its clear why many choose Florida as their home. Purchasing a home or property should be a joyful experience after all; you are following your dreams by making this purchase. This is when you need a professional that understands your needs and takes the stress and headache usually associated with buying a home and transforms it into an enjoyable and happy experience. Add to that, concierge service and you have Costa Bella Realty Group, an established, trusted south Florida business.

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September 16, 2022

The Original Cleaner Cartridge Technology, JAWS Cuts Plastic Waste: Commercial Cleaning Strength that is Safe for Residential Homes

JAWS, the Just Add Water System, is an innovative cleaning solution that reduces single-use plastic spray bottles. Designed to provide a child and pet-safe clean for homes, apartments, consumers, and small business owners favor the cost-saving effectiveness of JAWS. It is powerful enough to effectively clean high-traffic buildings, yet gentle on household surfaces without harmful or harsh ingredients.

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September 16, 2022

Develop Your Culinary IQ in Hallandale Beach

What’s your culinary IQ? That all depends upon how often you try new foods and cultural experiences. Your culinary IQ is the knowledge and appreciation you have for cuisine from all over the world. It reflects your capacity to recognize delicious from bland seasoning, high quality from low quality ingredients, creative from ordinary dishes, and chefs from cooks. With nearly 100 restaurants in just 4.6 square miles, the City of Hallandale Beach is the ideal place for developing your culinary IQ.

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September 16, 2022

Ediss Mold Remediation & Restoration: Meet Broward County’s Premier Mold Specialists

As an industry leader with over 15 years of experience the team at Ediss Mold Remediation and Restoration have developed an outstanding reputation for delivering top tier customer service. Business owner and licensed general contractor (2014), Eli Ben-Nahum, who has worked in residential and commercial construction for over 20 years, dedicates himself to establishing one of the most remarkable mold removal companies in all of Broward.

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September 16, 2022

Find Exceptional Brands for Exceptional Discounts with Brand International

At Brand International Perfumes in Hallandale Beach, the only thing more delightful than the fragrances on sale, is the customer service the shop provides. Every day is a special occasion for Brand International and its courteous staff. From the moment you step foot at the store Jacqueline Kels, the store owner, draws you in with her magnificent assortment of high end perfumes and eyewear.

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September 16, 2022

Elite Auctioneers: Free Appraisal of Your Antiques, Modern Art, Estate & More

In the enterprising world of auctioneering, Elite Auctioneers LLC stands out as a company truly dedicated to its craft.

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September 16, 2022

Budget Drugs: 45 Years and Still Going

In this era of expanding chain pharmacies, mail order and internet pharmacies, Budget Drugs has continued to thrive for over 45 years by offering outstanding customer service built on a foundation of compassion. Since its inception in 1976, Budget Drugs has been run by the Henkin/Blue family who have made it their mission to ensure each of their customers are taken care of and treated like family.

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September 16, 2022

The Health Insurance Panic Is Real: Nobody Has A Sound Solution To Lower Premiums - And That Is A Major Issue

Young or old – rich or poor – if you haven’t paid attention to healthcare, you better start now! If you can remember as far back as 2012, when President Obama was checking in on his last term in office – and while he was finishing the plans for Obamacare – the 2016 election was going to be all about who had the best plan for the spiraling costs of health care premiums and co-pays.

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September 16, 2022

Brighten Dental Care: Keeping Their Patients Healthy Through Modern Dentistry

Dr. Chander Gupta of Brighten Dental Care in Dania Beach takes an integrated approach to his practice. “During the past thirty years I have seen patients with terrible oral problems, some of their own making by neglect of proper care or inability to seek proper treatment, but some have even been victims of poor workmanship in the past. Although I enjoy all aspects of dental care and improvement, undertaking these challenges brings me the most satisfaction in my work.”

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September 16, 2022

Titan Restoration Inc. Is a Company That Cares

The only thing in life that is certain, is that anything can happen at any time. Such tragedies as; fire, hurricanes, and floods are real and do happen, bringing with them water damage and the potential for harmful mold and bacterial growth. Water damage can occur for several reasons, some you may not notice right away, such as sewer issues, a leaking roof, and clogged or leaking pipes, just to name a few. During these times you need licensed professionals with a plan of action that can ease the stress and take the headache of dealing with the insurance company off your hands. Allowing you to focus on what is important to you in your time of need.

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September 16, 2022

Just In Time For Halloween: A Wickedly Inspired Re-imagining of The Mel Brooks’ Comedy Masterpiece

Entr’Acte Theatrix, whose previous productions such as Into the Woods, Avenue Q, Spamalot and The Rocky Horror Show have proven to be consistently popular with young and older audiences alike. Just in time for Halloween, a new production of the Mel Brooks’ classic Young Frankenstein will be on stage from Friday, October 21st, 2022 through Sunday, October 30th, 2022 at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park.

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September 15, 2022

Enhancing Public Safety: Hallandale Beach Police Department Make Substantial Investments In Technology

The City of Hallandale Beach is currently implementing significant public safety initiatives through the investment in technology that will provide law enforcement personnel the tools, resources, and training they need to improve crime prevention and enhance the safety of community residents.

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September 15, 2022

Titan Restoration Inc. Is a Company That Cares

The only thing in life that is certain, is that anything can happen at any time. Such tragedies as; fire, hurricanes, and floods are real and do happen, bringing with them water damage and the potential for harmful mold and bacterial growth. Water damage can occur for several reasons, some you may not notice right away, such as sewer issues, a leaking roof, and clogged or leaking pipes, just to name a few.

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September 15, 2022

Crazy Weather - Be Prepared: We Are At The Peak of Hurricane Season

There’s no denying that crazy weather has been happening all over the world in the past few years. From flooding rains, rising tides and intense storms to increasing air temperature and killer heatwaves, the weather has been dangerously erratic and folks here in South Florida are concerned.

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September 15, 2022

City of Hollywood Business Visitation Program & Salsa Fest

The City of Hollywood Business Visitation Program is now underway, and we want to hear from you! The City, in partnership with the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, has launched a joint venture to survey business owners and stop by to visit businesses Citywide. The goal of the program is to strengthen the partnership between the City, local Chamber and the business community, enhance communication, Identify retention and growth opportunities for businesses, introduce the community to contacts, and create opportunities to voice concerns and discuss how the City and Chamber can work more closely with Hollywood business owners.

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September 15, 2022

Willy Wonka KIDS: This Musical Will Be Scrumdidilyumptious

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.

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September 15, 2022

Gold Coast Jazz Society Is At It Again: Celebrating The Art Form Of Classical Jazz And The Great American Songbook

Thirty years ago, Frederick G. Ruffner, Jr. had a vision to bring more jazz to the “Gold Coast” area of South Florida. In 1992, Fred and a group of avid Jazz buffs made this vision a reality by forming a Non-Profit Organization called the Gold Coast Jazz Society. Over the years following its formation, the society developed a concert series, which was presented in the main dining room of the historic Riverside Hotel, located on the famous Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. As the concert series continued to grow and expand, a larger venue was required and eventually moved to the Amaturo Theater at The Broward Center For The Performing Arts. Today, the Seven-Concert Jazz Series continues to be presented each year from November through May.

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September 15, 2022

Taxes, Services & Infrastucture: It has become very costly to live in South Florida

Last week, I wrote about the taxes here and around the State. In the article, I explained about Save our Homes and the Truth in Millage. I do not want to be redundant, but I believe it is imperative that residents understand that the Roll Back Rate is simply a past action by State Legislators to suggest that City Governments should run on fixed costs. In other words, when property values go up, taxes should go down. In the real world it does not work that way. Please visit the Sun Times Website to read the full article - https://www.southfloridasuntimes.com/news/tax-season%3A-there-is-a-misconception-that-we-can-simply-cut-costs

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September 15, 2022

Don Soffer Aventura High School: “A+” Inaugural Year Centers on Academic Excellence

Who is considered a celebrity in Aventura? To some, residents would quickly point out any American Express Centurion Black Card holder perusing shelves lined with designer handbags at Nordstrom. To others following the city’s rapid expansion of top-tier educational institutions in the neighborhood, the correct answer would be teenagers who were selected to enroll at Don Soffer Aventura High School (DSAHS), Aventura’s first and only tuition-free municipal charter school.

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September 10, 2022

Aventura Branch Library Happenings: Calligraphy, Meditation & Exercises And Much More

The Aventura Branch Library has a wide variety of On-line and In-Person events. There will be Talk, Read, Sing for Toddlers, a Book Discussion Group, Building Blocks Family Club and much more. Some events may require you to RSVP, so, please go On-Line to register at: https://mdpls.org/branch-northeast-dade-aventura Or for more information prior to attending the event, call: (305) 931-5512.

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September 10, 2022

The Library Can Get You Connected: Check Out The Miami-Dade Library Mobile Device Lending Program

Need to get connected to the internet? Borrow a Tablet, Wi-Fi Hotspot or Chromebook Laptop that you can take home and use FREE for 30 days with your Miami-Dade Library Card. The Mobile Device Kits can be used just about anywhere - at home, in the park, on the bus or a train for work, school and personal browsing.

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September 10, 2022

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida: Classical & Neoclassical Ballets Come To Aventura

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida officially opens its 25th Anniversary Season, Saturday, October 15th, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 16th, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. presenting a Neoclassical and Classical repertoire including Shostakovich Suites by the Company’s Artistic Director Vladimir Issaev. The Program also includes Endless to Mahler's Symphony 5 Adagio and Nebrada's popular Pentimento with music from J. S. Bach. Requiring virtuosity and strength from the professional dancers of the company, Asaf Messerer's Spring Waters is danced to one of Rachmaninoff's most popular compositions.

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September 10, 2022

Does Your Child Need Academic Assistance?

The Afterschool Program provides Aventura Waterways K-8 Center students with academic assistance including: homework, guidance in specific areas of study and the opportunity to engage in fun cross-curricular games at the Aventura Community Recreation Center.

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September 10, 2022

Oleta River State Park: Florida's largest Urban Park - Right Next Door

When you enter through the gates of Oleta River State Park in North Miami Beach, a feeling of tranquility will wash over you as you emerge into a quiet world of tangled, tidal mangroves inside this protected river estuary. At just over a thousand acres, this natural oasis — Florida’s Largest Urban Park — is a haven for mountain bikers, paddlers, anglers and swimmers. Enjoy a picnic along scenic Biscayne Bay or unwind at the end of a fishing pole. The lush greenery is set against Biscayne Bay, ideal for kayaking, biking, hiking, swimming and camping. Originally known as the Big Snake River, the area was once a settlement of Tequesta Indians.

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September 10, 2022

Toula Amanna uniting Communities through Collaboration and Contributions

As an owner of multiple operating businesses, mostly restaurants and Real Estate in downtown areas, Toula Amanna currently employs over 200 people in south Florida. Among her businesses are the Deerfield Beach Café, which she received through the RFP Award of the Pier Restaurant, an honor for which Toula is grateful. She is the owner of the Flashback Diner Chain, with three locations in Boca Raton, Davie and Hallandale Beach. Flashback Diner has been named one of Florida’s top restaurants for over 30 years.

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September 8, 2022

A New Affordable "High-Rise": The City of Hollywood Welcomes Hudson Village To Downtown

Housing Trust Group (HTG), an award-winning multifamily developer and one of the nation’s largest developers of affordable housing, is pleased to announce the completion of Hudson Village, a residential high-rise delivering 96 affordable apartments to Downtown Hollywood. Apartments at Hudson Village are reserved for residents earning 30, 60 or 70 percent of local area median income (AMI), with rents ranging from $401 to $1,300 for income-qualifying residents. The property is currently 100% percent occupied. It is the first new affordable “high-rise” residential development in the City of Hollywood in more than two decades.

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September 8, 2022

Free Hebrew School Through September: Imparting a Sense of Tradition Using Modern Teaching Techniques

CHAP, as it’s known, is not just a once a week Talmud Torah. Its an all encompassing daily after-school program geared towards Jewish children in public schools who have no formal Jewish education.

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September 8, 2022

Love-In Music Festival: Music, Conservation and Nature at Greynolds Park

The 2022 Love-In Music Festival will be held on Sunday, October 16th, 2022 at Greynolds Park, 18501 Northeast 122nd Avenue, North Miami Beach, Florida 33160. The annual family and music festival celebrating the music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s is presented by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 4 Commissioner Sally A. Heyman.

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September 8, 2022

The Electric Slide: Florida Has a New Breed of ‘Car Flippers’

Car Flipping 101: You’ve probably heard of house flipping – a type of real estate in which an investor purchases a property with the sole intention of reselling it for a profit. Now, picture the same concept but instead of houses, cars are being flipped like hot pancakes and bringing in big bucks for investors! Now, according to a survey by www.GuntherKia.com a whole new breed of ‘flipper’ has emerged recently, with people buying cars – and specifically, electric vehicles – with the purpose of selling them on to make a profit.

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September 8, 2022

Tax Season: There Is A Misconception That We Can Simply Cut Costs

It's September and counties, school boards, special taxing districts and cities are formally adopting our budgets. Over July, property tax statements all went out. In Hallandale Beach we did increase our tax rate which was to maintain our level of services and in some cases increase them. In addition to the tax rate increase many residents saw a huge jump in their taxable values due to the current housing market and the taxing structure here in Florida.

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September 8, 2022

Founders Park SplashPad: The Hours of Operation Have Changed for Fall

Founders Park SplashPad, the City of Aventura’s interactive water playground for children began its fall season weekend only hours of operation, September 3, 2022 through Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The SplashPad is open to Aventura residents at no cost with proper proof of residency. Non-Residents are also welcome to utilize the SplashPad. A park entry fee of $5.35 per adult and $3.21 per child, in addition to SplashPad fees of $10.00 per person must be paid online at the City of Aventura’s Online Registration System (ORS): https://secure.rec1.com/FL/aventura-fl/catalog

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September 8, 2022

Kids Are back In School: Here Are Some Time-Saving Weeknight Meal Solutions

Whether it's long days at the office, calendars full of social commitments or evenings spent enjoying your little ones' extracurricular activities after school, it's easy to find yourself short on time to spend in the kitchen. Calling on quick and easy mealtime solutions can be just what your family needs to ensure dinners together are always on the menu.

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September 8, 2022

The American Kleptocracy: A Government of Liars, Thieves and Lawbreakers

The American kleptocracy (a government ruled by thieves) continues to suck the American people down a rabbit hole into a parallel universe in which the Constitution is meaningless, the government is all-powerful and the citizenry is powerless to defend itself against government agents who steal, spy, lie, plunder, kill, abuse and generally inflict mayhem and sow madness on everyone and everything in their sphere.

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September 8, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act: It Could Actually Cause Prices To Rise Further In The Years Ahead

Congressional Democrats are increasingly optimistic about this fall's midterm elections. They believe their recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act, especially its healthcare provisions, will win them plaudits from voters.

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September 8, 2022

Blown Away: A True Cinderella Story at WMODA

It’s true what Cinderella says, “One shoe can change your life!” and we have 50 of them at WMODA! Thanks to the brilliance of Miami Glass Artist Rob Stern, our latest exhibition caught the attention of Deco Drive, the daily entertainment news magazine program on Channel 7 which reports on trends and celebrities in South Florida. WSVN Reporter Alex Miranda visited WMODA and was so dazzled by Stern’s Stilettos, he reenacted Carrie Bradshaw’s urban shoe myth scene from Sex & The City.

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September 1, 2022

Stroke Risks: It's The Leading Cause of Death Among Women

It may not be widely known that women face unique risk factors for Stroke throughout their lifetime. Things like pregnancy, preeclampsia and chronic stress can increase the risk for High Blood Pressure, a leading cause of Stroke.

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September 1, 2022

No Place Like Home: The City of Hollywood & Broward County Help With Home Ownership

The City of Hollywood extended an existing agreement with Broward County for the administration of the Home Buyer Purchase Assistance Program. Funding assists eligible first-time homebuyers with a deferred-payment, Conditional Grant up to $50,000.00 to be applied toward the cost of purchasing existing or newly-constructed, eligible affordable housing located in the City. Eligible costs shall include direct purchase assistance, down payment, closing costs, mortgage principal reduction, interest rate buy-down and other such costs which are considered eligible. Funds are available on a first come, first qualified, first served basis.

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September 1, 2022

Your Family's Heritage: Knowing Your past Can Help Build A Better Future

My husband is a retired US Navy Veteran. His career has been filled with amazing experiences. Those experiences have contributed to making him an amazing man. I am sure most military wives feel the same about their husbands, but do their children?

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September 1, 2022

The City of Hollywood Rewards Customers for Saving Water

For more than 12 years, the City of Hollywood has been providing qualified water customers up to $100 with the Toilet Rebate Program. Toilets are the third highest water use item in your home, behind showers and washing machines. To help customers conserve water, the City of Hollywood Department of Public Services offers this rebate program to customers who purchase and install new, more efficient toilet fixtures.

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September 1, 2022

They Are On "Top Of The World" Sold Out Shows In Aventura For 4 Years, Now They Are Back

Who can forget the music of the Carpenters? The popular brother/sister duo of the 70's and early 80's gave us some of the most unforgettable ballads and melodic pop songs of all time. By popular demand...It's "Yesterday Once More" when Debbie Taylor and her 7 piece band bring the unforgettable, exquisite music of The Carpenters in this return engagement in Aventura.

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September 1, 2022

Football Season Is Here: Food Is The Most Important Aspect Of Pre-Game Festivities

While they may not strap on helmets and head to the field for kickoff, football fans often feel like they're as much a part of the game as the players themselves. When the team is in the locker room laying out the game plan, scores of fans are fueling up with tantalizing tailgate foods.

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September 1, 2022

‘Gender Affirming’ What Does That Mean for A Child?

The Biden Administration is planning to reinstate rules withdrawn by the Trump Administration that add Gender Identity to Nondiscrimination Protections. It would also expand requirements to include any providers who accept Medicare Part B.

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September 1, 2022

Condo Wars - Part 2 “It’s All About the Documents”

Last week I began to tell the saga of a local condo. I have left off names due to the fact they are still in an appeal process over slander. Over the course of 5 years, they have been struggling with board instability, recalls, president resignations, a husband wife legal team that set up shop in the building without the residents knowing they were married and lastly receivership.

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September 1, 2022

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrate At The Museum of Contemporary Art In North Miami

The Museum of Contemporary Art recognizes the need to enrich the cultural life of the community and to nurture a knowledgeable and supportive audience. To further an understanding of Contemporary Art, MOCA offers educational programs geared toward the community and its diverse population. In this spirit to kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) is pleased to offer a robust series of education and public programming throughout the month of September.

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September 1, 2022

Stay Healthy, Sunshine: Mental Health & COVID-19 Resources For The New School Year

As schools open across Florida, it’s important for parents, teachers and adults who work with children to stay aware of the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on youth mental health. Many people have struggled with their mental health during the COVID-19 Pandemic, children and teens are no exception. Pre-Pandemic mental health symptoms were already significantly on the rise among our nation’s youth and the COVID-19 Crisis has only escalated the issue.

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September 1, 2022

Catch the Love: Broward-Based Philanthropists Are Making a Difference for Kids

There’s an old expression that ‘success is not measured in the amount of dollars you make, but rather in the amount of lives you impact.’ Broward residents Judd and Laura Zebersky are an example of that, using personal and corporate philanthropy to improve the present and future for kids and families at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. The two, who lead the Sunrise-based toy company Jazwares, have donated $2 Million to the “Catch The Love” capital campaign to expand the pediatric facility, created a Lotsy Dotsy Doll to honor the hospital’s resident clown and comfort patients in moments of uncertainty and annually contribute a countless number of toys to provide hope and happiness to those hospitalized during the holiday season.

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August 25, 2022

“Stars and Strings” The Biggest Country Show is Coming to South Florida

An unforgettable evening filled with music by some of your favorite Country stars is headed to Hollywood. Audacy, one of the leading Multi-Platform audio content and entertainment companies just announced the return of “Stars and Strings,” hosted by KISS Country 99.9 (WKIS-FM). The Annual Country Music Concert Event will take place in Hollywood on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

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August 25, 2022

Stand Against Hunger: Food Shouldn’t Be an Impossible Choice

For many, a daily meal is a simple choice of what to eat. But for people facing hunger, a daily meal poses a very different type of choice. It’s often an impossible choice between food or other crucial needs, such as electricity, childcare or medicine. Make the choice to participate in Hunger Action Month in September and together we can eliminate hunger.

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August 25, 2022

The Storm of the Century: 30 Years After Hurricane Andrew

"Before Andrew” and “After Andrew” is how many Homestead, Florida residents divide defining moments in their lives – showing the lasting impact Hurricane Andrew had in shaping this community.

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August 25, 2022

Weaponizing the Bureaucracy: Who Will Protect Us from the Government’s Standing Army?

“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.” —James Madison. The IRS has stockpiled 4,500 guns and five million rounds of ammunition in recent years, including 621 shotguns, 539 long-barrel rifles and 15 submachine guns. The Veterans Administration (VA) purchased 11 million rounds of ammunition (equivalent to 2,800 rounds for each of their officers), along with camouflage uniforms, riot helmets and shields, specialized image enhancement devices and tactical lighting.

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August 25, 2022

Mind Your Manners: A Loss of Respect Can Absolutely Lead to Acts of Violence

Years ago, when my children were little, we lived in San Diego, California. My husband was in the Navy and his Duty Stations were there. We lived in San Diego for 20 years. At the end of 20 years of military service, my husband and I had a big decision to make. We discussed our future and decided it was time for him to retire. Our decision was not based on his career but our children’s futures. At the time, we had young daughters and we knew that if we stayed, the likelihood of losing at least one of them to violence was higher than we were willing to risk.

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August 25, 2022

Your Curtain Call: You’ve Always Wanted To Step Out On The Stage, So Just Try It!

Want to try something new and step a little out of your comfort zone? The Broward Center offers a number of adult classes for various skill levels in acting, Broadway dance, musical theater, singing and Improv. Fall classes begin in September and most continue for 10 weeks. All class fees include: complimentary parking.

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August 25, 2022

Condo Wars “It’s All About the Documents”

A few weeks ago, I wrote two articles about the new Condominium Law changes that were adopted during the Special Session. I did not anticipate the emails and calls I would receive from many boards and condo owners thanking me for the update.

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August 25, 2022

Back to School Safety: Tips from the Hollywood Police Department

As summer vacation draws to a close and children head back to school, we will be sharing the road with students, buses and bicyclists. It’s an important time to remind everyone to slow down and pay attention. The Hollywood Police Department has the following reminders from Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

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August 25, 2022

Flirting with Fame: 50 Years of Celebrity Encounters By A Hollywood Publicist

Flirting with Fame: 50 Years of Celebrity Encounters By A Hollywood Publicist, Veteran Hollywood Publicist Dan Harary has released his first book, a memoir, which recounts his long show-business career. Entitled, “FLIRTING WITH FAME: A HOLLYWOOD PUBLICIST RECALLS 50 YEARS OF CELEBRITY CLOSE ENCOUNTERS” and is now available on Amazon.

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August 25, 2022

Family Friendly Performances: Introduce Your Children To The Magic of Live Theater

Bring some of your child's favorite characters from CoCoMelon, Blue’s Clues, Walt Disney, Marvel and Madagascar to life with The Islands of the Bahamas Imagination Series at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and The Parker. This is your passport to a fun-filled adventure with a host of family-friendly productions to entertain audiences of all ages. Tickets for these shows are on sale now, so don't miss this opportunity.

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August 18, 2022

Become A Teen Ambassador: Interested In Arts, Journalism and Marketing, Join the Program

What is a Broward Center Teen Ambassador? The Broward Center Teen Ambassadors are a group of twenty-four high school students that work with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts to share their passion for the performing arts and encourage other young people to experience the offerings at The Broward Center and its affiliated venues, The Parker Playhouse and the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.

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August 18, 2022

What's All The Hoopla? Broward & Miami-Dade County Libraries At Your Fingertips, Digitally

Libraries are an important part of every community, they are a great resource for a growing young mind and those looking to expand their horizons with more knowledge, plus much of the content is FREE. Over time technology has changed and so has the way we utilize the services the library has to offer. During the past few years due to the Pandemic much of this change has sped up from need, due to lockdowns.

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August 18, 2022

Back To School: Student Safety Is Top Priority In Hallandale Beach

This week, schools opened around our State. It was wonderful going out to Gulfstream Academy K-8 and attending their Community Resource Event. The new/old Principal Carlton Campbell (he used to be the Principal of Hallandale High over 15 years ago) and his staff put together an amazing event with the help of our City and many partners.

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August 18, 2022

The Budget: Doing More with Less In Sunny Isles Beach

Every year the City adopts a Comprehensive Budget & Five Year Capital Improvement Program for the upcoming fiscal year. Our fiscal year begins October 1, but the preparation and work begins much earlier.

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August 18, 2022

How Stressed Is Your Child? Far Too Many Young People Are Struggling

Today's kids are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety at home, school and in their communities. The COVID-19 Pandemic, which affected kids in all those places, only exacerbated the problem. The Surgeon General issued an Advisory on Youth Mental Health Crisis to highlight the urgent need to address the growing concern.

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August 18, 2022

Tear Off the Rearview Mirror: Don't Be Obsessed With Looking Backward

When driving in your car, the rearview mirror lets you see what is coming up behind you. On the road, vehicles in back of you can follow too closely, hit you, or pass you. But if you try driving by looking only in the mirror you won't get very far before you crash.

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August 18, 2022

Monkeypox: A Vaccination Site Has Opened in Hollywood

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has declared the Monkeypox Outbreak as a Public Health Emergency. The City of Hollywood has been monitoring the outbreak and in partnership with the Florida Department of Health, is responding by opening a FREE Vaccination Site in Hollywood.

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August 18, 2022

AI Surveillance: Nothing That Was Once Private Is Protected

Emotion AI, an emerging technology that is gaining in popularity, uses facial recognition technology “to analyze expressions based on a person’s faceprint to detect their internal emotions or feelings"

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August 18, 2022

Develop Your Culinary IQ in Hallandale Beach

What’s your culinary IQ? That all depends upon how often you try new foods and cultural experiences. Your culinary IQ is the knowledge and appreciation you have for cuisine from all over the world. It reflects your capacity to recognize delicious from bland seasoning, high quality from low quality ingredients, creative from ordinary dishes, and chefs from cooks. With nearly 100 restaurants in just 4.6 square miles, the City of Hallandale Beach is the ideal place for developing your culinary IQ.

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August 12, 2022

Aventura Branch Library Happenings: Calligraphy, Meditation & Exercises And Much More

The Aventura Branch Library has a wide variety of On-line and In-Person events. There will be Talk, Read, Sing for Toddlers, a Book Discussion Group, Building Blocks Family Club and much more. Some events may require you to RSVP, so, please go On-Line to register at: https://mdpls.org/branch-northeast-dade-aventura Or for more information prior to attending the event, call: (305) 931-5512.

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August 12, 2022

Taste at the Track is Back at Gulfstream Park! South Florida’s ultimate home store, entertainment and restaurant destination welcomes back its fan favorite foodie series

Get ready to indulge! Taste at the Track returns to Gulfstream Park this summer with a tantalizing array of food options between different themed events. This fan favorite series combines the best of two worlds: food and drink and horse racing. Taking place in the third floor Flamingo Room overlooking the racetrack, guests can indulge in all-you-can-eat food and drink stations while taking in the excitement and energy of high stakes horse racing. The series includes Tacos & Tequila on August 27 and BBQ & Bourbon on September 24. Both events take place on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.; guests must be 21 and over to attend.

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August 12, 2022

Interested In Volunteering? The Show Must Go On & Here’s Your Ticket

Join the volunteer team as an usher and meet exciting people who share your passion for live theater, while giving back to the community at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Volunteering not only brings the performing arts to life for all their patrons, but for volunteers as well. You will be joining a team of your Aventura neighbors and friends from throughout South Florida who constitute the volunteer family.

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August 12, 2022

Official Competition & Happening: The Aventura International Film Series Begins

The City of Aventura presents the Aventura International Film Series 2022- 2023 hosted by film expert Shelly Isaacs with amazing and award-winning films from around the globe. Isaacs curates the series and hosts each film with an introduction and a post-screening discussion. Isaacs is known for his Cafe Cinematheque programs at many venues throughout South Florida.

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August 12, 2022

The Aventura Jazz Festival: Take A Trip Without Leaving the Room

It's a perfect mix of the soulful Brazilian Music and style as the Aventura Jazz Festival presented by Lion Tribe Group presents Rose Max and Ramatis Moraes who take their audience on a trip to the beaches, mountains, streets and bars of Rio de Janeiro without leaving the room with their music.

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August 12, 2022

Hit the Road & Lost Illusions: The International Film Series Continues

In the next installment of The Aventura International Film Series Panah Panahi makes a striking feature debut with this charming, sharp-witted and deeply moving comic drama, Hit the Road. This film takes the tradition of the Iranian road-trip movie and adds unexpected twists and turns. It follows a family of four as they drive across the Iranian countryside. Over the course of the trip, they bond over memories of the past, grapple with fears of the unknown, and fuss over their sick dog.

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August 12, 2022

Singing, Dancing, Improv and Acting: Free Open House For Fall Classes At The Broward Center For The Performing Arts

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts will host a free open house for the Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center on Saturday, August 27th, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guests can tour the Education Center Facilities, observe or sample a class, grab the mic in Broadway Karaoke, meet the teaching artists, win prizes, register to win a free fall class and enjoy family-friendly activities and light refreshments.

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August 12, 2022

Art, Funk & Sole After Dark: Dance On The Greens Under The Stars in Dania Beach This Weekend

Dania After Dark (DAD), is a monthly Street Festival established in 2018 and presented by the Dania Beach CRA to create a sense of place and community space for Dania Beach residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy family-friendly entertainment in the heart of Downtown Dania Beach.

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August 11, 2022

Bollywood Comes To Hollywood: A Musical Journey From An Artist Hailed As The “Mozart of Madras”

Legendary Indian composer and one of the highest grossing performing artists in the world, A.R. Rahman, takes the stage in Hollywood this month. This is just one stop along his 23-date tour which hits every major market in the U.S. and Canada with most dates selling out including this show which is nearing 80% capacity.

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August 11, 2022

Monkeypox “Emergency” The Newest Threat to Medical Freedom

The World Health Organization declaration of Monkeypox as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC), was made by one man, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has no medical training, over the objection of the majority of his own expert committee of medical and scientific advisors. Nine of the committee members thought a PHEIC should not be declared and six supported a declaration.

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August 11, 2022

83 Year Old Entrepreneur: Resident Runs Pet-Sitting Business from Her Florida Senior Living Community

When Barbara Fox contemplated retirement, she didn’t envision moving to a Senior Community or enjoying carefree days of card games and bingo. And while she did move to The Palace Suites, an Independent Living Community in Miami, her days are now spent running her own business, “Help is on the Way.” The 83-year-old started the company in 2014 upon retiring from Interval International, a timeshare exchange company, after 20 years of service.

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August 11, 2022

Subs For Safety: Hollywood Fire Rescue Unveils New Lifesaving Equipment

Last week, the City of Hollywood Fire Rescue and Beach Safety unveiled its newest lifesaving extrication equipment, made possible thanks to a $36,175 Grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Proceeds from purchases made at U.S. Firehouse Subs Restaurants provided the funding for this Grant Award.

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August 11, 2022

The Parker: The Place For Entertainment This September

The Parker curtain rose for the first time on February 6th, 1967 and has seen thousands of performances over the decades. As one of Fort Lauderdale’s first venues, the Neo-Classical Playhouse, was built by Dr. Louis Parker and is managed now by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Some of today’s funniest comics and entertainers are coming to the Parker next month at Lillian S. Wells Hall, keeping the tradition of great performances going.

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August 11, 2022

Back To School: Supporting Teachers Helps Your Child's Education

The first day of school for the 2022/23 School Year in Broward County Public Schools is just a couple weeks away, Tuesday, August 16th, 2022. Throughout the Pandemic, teachers have gone above and beyond for their students, becoming not just educators, but also counselors, role models and friends to their students by supporting their overall well-being. Over the past few years we have all learned a lot about our children's education and that the best way to help is with parent and community involvement.

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August 11, 2022

“The King Of Lovers Rock” Beres Hammond Returns To The Broward Center For Two Shows

The Jamaican Reggae Superstar and undisputed King of Lovers Rock, Beres Hammond, brings his “Solid Love 2022” Tour to the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for two shows on Friday, September 2nd, 2022 and Saturday, September 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

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August 11, 2022

Feeling Stressed About Your High Utility Bills? The City of Hollywood Has Partnered with Solar United Neighbors for Broward Solar Co-Op 2022

With energy costs rising and coastal cities becoming more vulnerable to increasing climate risks, are you looking for ways to control your clean energy future? Have you ever thought about going solar but aren’t sure where to start? Well, you’re in luck! The Non-Profit Group Solar United Neighbors (SUN) is hosting the Broward Solar Co-Op 2022 to help bring more rooftop solar to South Florida communities. Since the Co-Op launched on Thursday, July 14th, 2022, the 136-Member Group is still growing!

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August 11, 2022

Where The Bucks Stop: Local Governments Are Adopting Budgets And Tax Rates For The 2022/2023 Fiscal Year

This is the time of year when local Governments are adopting their Budgets and setting their Tax Rates. I always like to share with readers that Governments look at our operations like a business, they watch every dollar and strive to control costs. With this said we are quite different. Even in the terms of households we are different but similarly we need to provide life sustaining items. Terms like “living within our means” or “what product lines are not performing well, let’s cut them” truly do not fit in the government model.

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August 11, 2022

It’s Time For Musical Lovers to Rejoice

Slow Burn Theatre Company and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts are excited to announce that single tickets are now on sale for the 2022/2023 Season presented by American National Bank. The season has something for everyone, featuring five award-winning musicals with songs that you love, voices you may not have heard before and a new take on classic stories that will delight audiences at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater.

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August 11, 2022

Costa Bella Realty Group, a Concierge Luxury Realty Group

Florida is world renowned for its amusement parks, beach resorts, and warm sunny climate. Add to the abundance of restaurants, retail stores and water activities and its clear why many choose Florida as their home. Purchasing a home or property should be a joyful experience after all; you are following your dreams by making this purchase. This is when you need a professional that understands your needs and takes the stress and headache usually associated with buying a home and transforms it into an enjoyable and happy experience. Add to that, concierge service and you have Costa Bella Realty Group, an established, trusted south Florida business.

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August 4, 2022

Primary Elections: New Florida Laws Have Made Some Changes You Need To Know

Since I was eighteen years old and able to vote I have been involved in the election process. I was born in Trenton, New Jersey and raised across the Delaware in Levittown, Pennsylvania. My parents were always involved with local and state politics. Raising six children they always lobbied for school issues. They even tried to make Levittown its own City. My Dad worked as the Chief Chemist for the State of New Jersey and was always involved in Jersey politics too. I joke that I always had one foot on each side of the Delaware.

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August 4, 2022

Get Help Fast: Using the "HOLLYWOOD CONNECT" App

Did you know that the City of Hollywood has a great tool for residents, business owners and visitors to report concerns directly to City Hall for resolution? The City's customer service platform, “Hollywood Connect,” powered by Rock Solid Technologies, is an easy-to-use app that allows residents, business owners and visitors to submit service requests for code violations, potholes, streetlight outages, unsafe conditions and more directly from a mobile device.

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August 4, 2022

Ancestry Databases: We’re All Suspects in a DNA Lineup, Waiting to be Matched with a Crime

“Solving unsolved crimes is a noble objective, but it occupies a lower place in the American pantheon of noble objectives than the protection of our people from suspicionless law-enforcement searches... Make no mistake about it... your DNA can be taken and entered into a national DNA database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason... Perhaps the construction of such a genetic panopticon is wise. But I doubt that the proud men who wrote the charter of our liberties would have been so eager to open their mouths for royal inspection.” — Justice Antonin Scalia dissenting in Maryland v. King

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August 4, 2022