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December 24, 2008

City holiday hours

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In observance of the holiday season, all city offices closed at noon today, Dec. 24, and will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29.

The city's parks will maintain normal hours of operation, but will close at 6 p.m. today and tomorrow.

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Weston presents Horton Hears a Who!

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Weston will present Horton Hears a Who! at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 on the event stage at Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road.

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Synopsis:
One day, Horton the elephant hears a cry for help coming from a speck of dust. Even though he can't see anyone on the speck, he decides to help it. As it turns out, the speck of dust is home to the Whos, who live in their city of Whoville.

Horton agrees to help protect the Whos and their home, but this gives him nothing but torment from his neighbors, who refuse to believe that anything could survive on the speck. Still, Horton stands by the motto that, "After all, a person is a person, no matter how small."

Bring lawn chairs or blankets for a great night out. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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December 22, 2008

Christmas and Hanukkah exhibit in Weston

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The Art Institute of Weston presents an exhibition of exceptional art, bringing residents the message of Christmas and Hanukkah.

The exhibition is open 10:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Admission is free.

The exhibit is at the Weston Commercial Center, Suite 1600 (2900 Glades Circle). Call 954-659-9050 for more information.

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Where can you recycle your Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush?

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The answer is the county’s Parks and Recreation Division’s Chip-A-Tree program. The free program encourages residents to bring their Hanukkah bushes or Christmas trees (no decorated trees will be accepted) to a participating park, where they are chipped and used for landscaping throughout the county park system.

Last year, the division recycled 10,561 trees, representing 132 tons of material that would otherwise have gone to landfills.

The program begins Friday, Dec. 26 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 18. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at various locations. Regular weekend holiday gate entrance fee will not be in effect for recyclers.

Closest location to Weston is Markham Park, at the west end of Weston Road and State Road 84. Call 954-389-2000.

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December 19, 2008

Driver's license travel bus pulls into Weston Community Center Jan. 8


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The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles "Mini-Flow" bus will be at the Weston Community Center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8.

The bus provides all of the services the DMV office provides, except testing.

You can:
* Renew a license: fee is $20.
* Get a duplicate license: fee is $10.
* Reinstate license: fee is $47.
* Original coming from another state is $27.
* Adding endorsements is $7.

The Community Center is inside Weston Regional Park at 20200 Saddle Club Road.

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December 15, 2008

Have breakfast with Santa this Saturday

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The Weston YMCA is inviting members and nonmembers for a light breakfast and a morning of holiday fun, crafts, games and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The event is set for 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at the YMCA, 20201 Saddle Club Road.

Registration is available at the members service desk. Cost is $6 per child for members, $9 for nonmembers.

For more information, contact Oscar Leon at oleon@ymcabroward.org or 954-424-9622, ext. 213

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December 10, 2008

SAT classes begin next month at Weston Community Center

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The Weston Community Center is offering an SAT class for ages 15-20 from 1:30–4 p.m. Sundays and 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 18.

The instructor, Jeff Steinberg, developed this course in 1990 and taught it at the University of Miami. Content includes commonly overlooked strategies and techniques for beating the SAT. Cost is $475, including text and materials.

Call Steinberg at 954-478-0792 for details or to enroll in this course.

For more information, call 954-389-4321 or stop by the Weston Community Center at 20200 Saddle Club Road.

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December 9, 2008

Gingerbread house contest ongoing at Weston hotel

The executive chef and volunteers from Hyatt Regency Bonaventure recently worked with students at Eagle Point Elementary for the second year in a row to create class gingerbread houses. The houses were assembled into a large-scale gingerbread village currently on display in the hotel's lobby throughout December.

Visitors and guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite house until Dec. 18. Once the votes are tallied, a $500 donation will be given to a local children's charity in the name of the winning class. Hyatt Regency Bonaventure created the gingerbread program to teach students about giving back to the community.

Hotel employees worked with 11 second-grade and 12 third-grade classes -- a total of 23 class gingerbread houses and almost 500 students. The gingerbread houses were brought to the hotel, and the hotel’s culinary team assembled them into a large-scale gingerbread village modeled after the nearby Weston Town Center.

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December 8, 2008

Wireless provider expands coverage in Weston and other cities

Today, AT&T announced the activation of three new cell sites in Pembroke Pines, Weston and west Miami-Dade County.

The Weston cell site on Saddle Club Road is providing additional coverage to the areas north and west of the intersection of Saddle Club Road and Royal Palm Boulevard.

The new site in Pembroke Pines is boosting coverage in the western portion of the city, between 170th and 200th streets, along Pines Boulevard. Also, a new site on Northwest 70th Street in Miami is expanding coverage in northern Doral and southern Medley, near Northwest 74th Street, and west of the Palmetto Expressway.

“Delivering the best customer experience starts with the network,” said Rich Guidotti, vice president and general manager for AT&T’s South Florida consumer market. “We view our ongoing investment in the South Florida wireless network as an investment in our customers.”

Wireless overage map courtesy of AT&T's Web site:

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* Click on map to make bigger. The darker the color, the better coverage.

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December 3, 2008

Upcoming holiday events in Weston

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There are several holiday events planned in Weston:

-- Magical holiday show starring the magic of Carl Andrews and the antics of Randy Cabral is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at Bonaventure Town Center, 16690 Saddle Club Road.

Cost is $10. Call Helene Miller at 954-384-8330 or e-mail bonabob@aol.com.

Visit http://www.towncenterclub.com for more details.

-- First Baptist Church of Weston presents the First Gift of Christmas at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8 at Weston Town Center, 1675 Market St.

The free event will feature instrumental and vocal Christmas music and caroling to ring in the holidays.

-- St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 2700 Glades Circle, Suite 200, will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8.

The adult and children choir will present carols and religious choral work. Admission is free.

Call 954-389-5003.

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December 2, 2008

Local store donates money to charitable organizations

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Through the "Designed to Give" campaign, Kitchen Designs & More is giving its clients the option of having 10% of the purchase price of their cabinetry sales donated in their name to one of more than 25 community organizations, such as Women in Distress, the Ann Stork Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Love Jen and FuturePoint.

Kitchen Designs & More (2330 Weston Road) had more than 100 guests on Sept. 17 to officially kick off their “Designed to Give” campaign.

Representatives from the local community organizations, business affiliates, community leaders including Weston City Commissioners Mercedes Henriksson and Daniel J. Stermer and others attended.

The campaign has made a difference.

“In the wake of a feeble economy, this campaign provides hope and is uplifting for a nonprofit organization, such as FuturePoint, that relies on monetary contributions to provide youth empowerment programs to benefit our community,” said Keith O’Brien, executive director of FuturePoint.

Visit http://www.kitchendesignsandmore.com or call 954-389-5991 to learn more.

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December 1, 2008

Fire hydrant flushing planned in Weston

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Weston's Public Works Department will conduct its annual fire hydrant line flushing 8 a.m.-3 p.m. each day Dec. 8-16.

Residents may notice a slight drop in water pressure while the flushing is in progress.

Residents with questions can call public works at 954-385-2600.

Flushing the water system on a routine basis removes sediment from lines and keeps the entire distribution system refreshed.

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