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July 28, 2014

City seeks new artist in residency

The Pembroke Pines Art and Cultural Department is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Artist in Residency Program. The application deadline is Aug. 15.

The selected artist receives a free studio at Studio 18 in the Pines for one year and is required to complete a city beautification project.

Past AIR beautification projects include a mural painted by current AIR Jacklyn Laflamme at the River of Grass Susan B. Katz Theater and brick columns featuring Pembroke Pines residents placed outside Studio 18 and the Fletcher Art and Cultural Center created by Rueben Uberia.

The selected artist also has the opportunity to participate in group shows and exhibitions at Studio 18, as well as teaching opportunities and exposure as an artist.

Applications should be sent to Sharon Sammarco to and include: a letter of interest with a statement of purpose describing what the artist hopes to individually accomplish during the residency and their interest in working on a group project, resume (with complete contact information), three letters of recommendation, and representative examples of work in digital form. Include corresponding image list with title, date, media and dimensions.

For more information, call 954-961-6067.

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July 25, 2014

Police department releases smartphone app

The Pembroke Pines Police Department has released a smartphone application designed to connect users directly to them.

The MyPD app was developed by Peabody Police Department Detective Peter Olson, founder of WiredBlue LLC, and is free for residents to download and use on iPhone and Android phones.

With this app, users can follow the latest tweets from the department, send anonymous tips, commend an officer, submit feedback, ask questions and find departmental contact numbers.

Push notifications are also offered so the department can keep users updated with timely information and includes links to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

All of the forms can be sent anonymously to the department. Users also can upload photos and GPS information within the app to submit tips or report possible crimes.

The app is not intended for use during emergency situations.

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July 23, 2014

Fundraiser for young scalding victim


A fundraiser is set for Saturday for Leilani Lavastida, a 2-year-old Pembroke Pines girl who was burned over more than 35 percent of her body in a scalding accident in her bathtub when she was 15 months old.

Landlubbers Bar and Grill, 10006 Griffin Road in Cooper City, will donate 15 percent of all sales Saturday from 6-9 p.m. to Leilani and her family for medical and travel expenses as she is undergoing a series of skin reconstructive surgeries in Georgia. The event will also include a silent auction and raffles.

Donations are also being accepted through

For more information, call Natasha Lavastida at 954-326-1967.

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July 16, 2014

National grant awarded for new performing arts facility

Pembroke Pines will receive a $50,000 grant to support the design of the new Pembroke Pines Civic Center’s performing arts facilities and plaza, along with creating a multi-disciplinary arts demonstration project.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu announced plans to award 66 Our Town grants totaling $5.073 million.

The local project was developed by Pembroke Pines in partnership with the Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture and its Broward Community Design Collaborative/MetroLAB. MetroLAB will develop design recommendations for the civic center’s public plaza and access from the surrounding neighborhoods and the planned City Center District. In addition, the project will develop a multi-disciplinary arts demonstration project to be presented when construction of the civic center is complete in 2016.

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July 15, 2014

Foster children honored on yacht

Children from Pembroke Pines-based Children’s Harbor recently enjoyed a memorable night out on attorney Bill Mahoney’s yacht, Bottom Line, followed by a private dinner reception at the Fort Lauderdale Chart House to honor their academic achievements.

Chart House Kris Allen created a kid-friendly buffet with tilapia, chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans and tater tots, followed by tiramisu cake.

Board members Karla Nickell and Marty Alexander joined Mahoney to show their support. Throughout the boat ride, the children taught Mahoney how to play Cups and danced to live music by Alexander.

Children’s Harbor helps by keeping brothers and sisters together in foster care homes, and by providing care to pregnant or parenting foster teens and their babies. It also helps families stay together and grow stronger with in-home counseling services.

Visit to learn more.

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About the Reporter

A native of Broward County, Fallan Patterson covers Pembroke Pines, Miramar and Cooper City for Community News. A Florida International University journalism graduate, she began her career as an editorial assistant at the Sun Sentinel, later covering coastal communities and condo legislation for the Hi-Riser...

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