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January 30, 2009

Chlorination of water in Weston starts Sunday

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From Feb. 1-21, the Sunrise Utility Department, which provides water to Weston, will use "free" chlorine in the drinking water treatment system to provide additional protection against bacteria.

Free chlorination is a process that cleanses the water purification system and protects against the potential of bacteria getting into the system.

This temporary treatment of the water system is a common practice for water suppliers that use a chlorine (chloramine) water treatment method. This periodic program is mandated by the Broward County Health Department.

The procedure does not cause any adverse health effects. However, some individuals may notice a slight change in the taste, odor or color of the water during this time.

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Manatee Isles Drive improvments project to start

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The City Commission has approved an improvement project for Manatee Isles Drive.

Plans include the extension of the eastbound right-turn lane back to Isles of Weston Avenue, and between South Post Road and the Isles of Weston Avenue the addition of bike lanes and curbing on both sides of the street along with drainage and landscaping.

The intent of the improvements is to facilitate traffic flow in the area and eliminate the constant damage and resulting unacceptable appearance of the swales.

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January 27, 2009

Weston initiates energy conservation programs

Weston has initiated two energy- and money-saving programs:

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-- In city-owned buildings, older technology fluorescent lighting fixtures are being replaced with energy-efficient fixtures which provide a 25 percent reduction in lighting energy consumption and reduces greenhouse gases.

All city buildings (except City Hall) are being retrofitted. The year-old City Hall building was constructed with energy-efficient fixtures. The police and public works buildings have been completed and the Community Center, three fire stations, maintenance and outdoor restroom buildings in city parks will be completed by the end of the year.

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-- Regulator installation to save $60,000 in energy costs annually. Weston has 1,300 city-owned street lights. An energy conservation project to begin this spring will provide for the installation of voltage regulators at each of the 38 electricity service points which provide energy to the lights, reducing the voltage drawn with no perceptible reduction in the light emitted.

The project will provide a savings of 25-30 percent on electricity costs, extend the life of the fixtures and lamps by up to 300 percent, and a carbon footprint reduction of 369 metric tons of CO2 emission per year. The payback is just two-three years and the life expectancy of the system is estimated at more than 25 years.

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January 21, 2009

Free puppet show this Saturday

Looking for some free entertainment for kids this weekend?

There will be a free puppet show for ages 3-10 with parent/guardian at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Community Center inside Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road.

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Little Red Riding Hood, an all-new twist on an all-time favorite. In this updated version, the Wolf and Red both learn some valuable lessons on the way to Grandma's house.

For more information, call at 954-389-4321. For details about the show, visit www.puppetstogo.com .


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January 19, 2009

Where will you be on Inauguration Day?

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No matter which side you fall on the political fence, one thing that can be agreed on is Jan. 20, 2009 will begin a new era in American history. It is the day Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

And if you're looking for a place to celebrate this pinnacle event, here are a few ideas:

-- All are invited to an Inauguration TV Watch Party from 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Old Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd. Free refreshments. To RSVP, call 954-987-0356.

-- The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Hotel (1825 Griffin Road) is hosting an inauguration celebration fundraiser.

Come see the road to victory on three large screens with premium sound. There will also be a rerun of the day's inauguration acceptance speech. Special guest speaker is Dr. Billy Jones.

There will be a raffle to benefit the children Of Haiti. Raffle items include two-day, two-night stay at the Sheraton and Renaissance Hotels. Ticket donation of $25 includes your gift of a commemorative T-shirt. Call 954-464-5900.

-- The Broward County Democratic Party is hosting Broward's Presidential Obama-Biden Inauguration Ball at 7:30 p.m. at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation. Cost is $25. RSVP and payment in advance required to attend. Will include food, drinks, entertainment, champaign toast, tapes of the swearing-in ceremony, Obama speech and parade video.

To RSVP, call 954-651-8892 or e-mail tfeuer@bellsouth.net

For more, visit http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/index.html?action_id=158&id=&search_distance=30&search_zip=33025&submit=Search

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January 15, 2009

Weston group seeks artists for third annual Artwalk and Showtime

The Arts Council of Greater Weston is looking for artists to be a part of the third annual Weston Artwalk and Showtime at the Weston Town Center on March 22.

Artists who live in the greater Weston area or are members of the Weston Art Guild should complete the registration process (short form, photos and a bio is required along with $35 registration fee) by Feb. 18, as space is limited.

Selected artists will receive overhead canopies (10-by-10-foot) free of charge.

For more information, visit www.artscouncilwestonfl.com or call 954-389-4321.

Last year's event...

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January 13, 2009

Good news for AT&T mobility customers in Southwest Ranches

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AT&T Mobility announced today the activation of a new cell site in Broward County that is expanding wireless coverage in Southwest Ranches.

The site, at Griffin Road and 172nd Avenue, is expanding wireless coverage along Griffin Road in the area between Mather Boulevard and 186th Street.

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

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January 9, 2009

Have questions regarding upcoming improvements to Manatee Isles Drive?

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Get them answered at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Weston City Hall, 17200 Royal Palm Blvd.

Residents will have the opportunity to meet with the city's traffic engineer, landscape architect and director of landscaping

They will be there to view a presentation and the plans, receive comments and answer any questions regarding the project.

Plans include the extension of the eastbound right-turn lane back to Isles of Weston Avenue, and between South Post Road and the Isles of Weston Avenue, the addition of bike lanes and curbing on both sides of the street, along with drainage and landscaping.

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IMACS to hold free presentation for college-bound high school students on Jan. 21

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For college-bound high school students, getting into the right college or university can be tricky. The Institute for Mathematics & Computer Science and International College Counselors would like to make this process a little easier for students interested in science, math or medicine.

IMACS will host a free one-hour presentation at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 21 at its facility, 2585 Glades Circle in Weston. The presentation, open to seventh- to 12th-graders and their parents, will help students understand the ins and outs of the process and learn insider tips from International College Counselors Founder and President Mandee Adler.

Adler will give advice on what students and parents can do now to prepare for college and take the stress out of the admissions process. She will explain how to discover the best universities and programs for particular fields of interest, and she will give tips on how to get into specific schools and specific programs. Adler will be available after the presentation to take questions from parents and students.

Seating is limited. Call IMACS at 954-791-2333 to RSVP. Visit http://www.internationalcollegecounselors.com to find more information about the speaker.

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Find out more about IMACS by visiting http://www.imacs.org .

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January 8, 2009

World-renowned forensic scientist to speak at AIU on Jan. 26

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Dr. Henry C. Lee, one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists, will speak at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 in room 219 at American InterContinental University, 2250 N. Commerce Parkway in Weston. The event is free and open to the public.

Lee’s landmark work in criminal investigation has made him a prominent participant in more than 8,000 cases over the past 45 years, consulting for more than 800 law enforcement agencies.

His testimony figured prominently in the O. J. Simpson trial, and in the conviction of the “Woodchipper” murderer. Lee has assisted local and state police in other high-profile criminal investigations, including the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey; the 1993 suicide of White House Counsel Vincent Foster; the murder of Chandra Levy; the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart; the Laci Peterson murder case; and the reinvestigation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

“It is a great honor to have Dr. Lee speak at AIU and bring his expertise on forensic science and criminal investigation to our students and to the public,” said Vincent P. Como, chair of the Criminal Justice Department at AIU.

For more information and to RSVP, e-mail vcomo@aiufl.edu or call 954-446-6320.

For more information about AIU, call 866-248-4723 or visit www.aiufl.edu.

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January 7, 2009

Free residential bulk pick-up

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Bulk trash pick-up will be taking place in Weston on the following dates:
Wednesday, Jan. 14, Jan. 15, Jan. 16 or Jan. 17.

For single-family homes, bulk trash collection will correspond with your regularly scheduled collection day (Wednesday-Friday) and all bulk trash must be placed curbside by 7 a.m.

Your bulk collection day is your regular garbage collection day only. If items are not collected by the end of the day, they will be collected the following day; it is dependent upon the volume of items placed out by the community.

For multi-family units with Dumpster service (apartments and condominiums), place items alongside the community’s dumpster by 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.

Hazardous waste materials cannot be accepted.

For more information, visit www.westonfl.org or call 954-385-2600.

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Weston rocks out with fifth annual free outdoor concert at Regional Park March 14

The city of Weston and the Weston Rotary Club present the fifth annual Rock and Pop Masters concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road.

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Rock and Pop Masters features current and former lead Singers and musicians of:

Larry Hoppen –Orleans www.orleansonline.com
Joe Lynn Turner- Deep Purple, Rainbow www.joelynnturner.com
Mark Farner- Grand Funk Railroad www.markfarner.com

David Pack- Ambrosia www.davidpack.com
Joe Bouchard – Blue Oyster Cult http://joebouchard.com/
Jeff Scott Soto- Journey www.jeffscottsoto.com

Robert Papst & Jane Bogaert- Dominoe ( From Munich Germany )

Plus: Charlie Morgan on drums ( Elton John, Trisha Yearwood, Orleans )
Lane & Lance Hoppen ( Orleans ) Jerry Riggs ( Pat Travers ) and Barry Dunaway ( Pat Travers, Survivor ).


All inquiries regarding event and venue should be directed to
Jeff Skidmore (Community Services) at 954-389-4321 and
Denise Barrett (Communications ) at 954-385-2000.

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AARP safe driving course offered next month

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The Weston Community Center is offering AARP’s 55 Alive/Mature Driving Program 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 and April 18.

The session is designed as a refresher course in safe driving. The course is designed especially for older motorists dealing with age-related physical changes.

The course is available to anyone 50 and older. A reduction in automobile insurance premium is allowed to each person 55 and older by most insurance companies when the course is completed and the driver has a safe driving record. Advance registration is required.

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

Cost is $12. To register, call Sonny at 954-385-9920.

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