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June 30, 2009

City Commission to recognize Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission personnel


On Thursday, July 2, the Weston City Commission will recognize and thank personnel of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for their efforts to ensure the safety of residents and conservation of Florida’s wildlife.

FWC officers and biologists responded to Weston in May when a Florida black bear was first spotted near a residential area. Officers provided residents and city administration with information on how to discourage bears from returning and how to react if an encounter occurred. FWC personnel tracked sightings and set traps.

On May 31, officers responded to a bear sighting at a busy Weston intersection, where they tranquilized, tagged and transported the 300-pound bear to Picayune Strand State Forest in Collier County.

Individuals being recognized are: Lt. Dave Bingham; Lt. Robert Laubenberger; Officer Nathan Brock; Officer David Weis; Officer Michael Naujoks; Marsha Ward (biologist); Jenny Ketterlin (biologist); Joe Bozzo (biologist); Gabriella B. Ferraro (PIO); and FWC Commissioner Ron Bergeron.


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June 25, 2009

Weston's annual July 4 hometown celebration complete with 5K run/walk


Here is what is going on July 4 in Weston:

7 a.m. -– 5K RUN/Walk: The morning festivities kick off with a 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by Broward Health Weston and the city, beginning at 7 a.m. at Weston Town Center.

Registration is $16 in advance, $20 on event day from 5:30 to 6:45 a.m. The race will begin at Town Center and go east on Three Village Road to Indian Trace. The route then heads west on Indian Trace to Town Center Boulevard then south, returning to Three Village Road and ending at Town Center.

Detailed information, downloadable application and a route map are available at

10:30 a.m. -– Parade: Participants including local businesses, civic groups, schools, organizations, and residents gather to march in Weston's biggest event.

Participants line up at 9:30 and the parade begins at 10:30 at the corner of Town Center Boulevard and Three Village Road, continuing east on Three Village Road to Bonaventure Boulevard heading south briefly to Bell Tower Lane and winding through Town Center to the heart of Main Street.

The theme of this year's parade is "Celebrating Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

The grand marshals are:
Erica Stoller, secretary of Student Government Association at Cypress Bay High School
Nathan Hanes, treasurer of SGA at Cypress Bay
Chase Maddox, 2009-2010 Student Government president at The Sagemont School
Agustina Sklar, 2009-2010 National Honor Society president at Sagemont

There will be no fireworks display put on by the city.

-- City offices will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.

All city administrative (City Hall, Building Department, Public Works and the Community Center) offices will be closed. All city parks will be open July 3 but will close at 6 p.m. July 4. There will be regular garbage collection.


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June 19, 2009

Book sale at Weston Branch Library


There will be a book sale from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 18 at the Weston Branch Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd.

Books average $.50 to $1.

Call 954-389-2098.


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Summer flag football registration through July 5


YMCA of Weston summer flag football registrations are ongoing through July 5.

The season runs July-August for age 4 and up.

Cost is $90 for members, $140 members and includes field usage, uniform and trophy.

Team training by Ultimate Sports Institue

For more information, call 954-424-9622, ext. 203/206.


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June 16, 2009

Let your voice be heard on FPL rate increases


Service hearings for the 2009 FPL General Rate Increase case proceeding will be held during June.

The following are the Broward locations:

June 25 – 9 a.m.
Broward County Main Library Auditorium
100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

June 26 – 6 p.m.
City Council Chambers
400 NW 73rd Ave., Plantation

For more information on the subject, visit .


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June 11, 2009

Cypress Bay named in Newsweek's top high schools


Cypress Bay was among 10 Broward County public high schools and charter school recognized among Newsweek magazine’s top high schools in the nation in 2009.

The other district high schools honored include Marjory Stoneman Douglas (Parkland), Nova (Davie), Fort Lauderdale, Stranahan (Fort Lauderdale), Miramar, Cooper City, J.P. Taravella (Coral Springs), Flanagan (Pembroke Pines) and Plantation. The Pembroke Pines Charter High School also was listed.

The rankings are derived by adding up the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge tests taken by students at a school divided by the number of seniors graduating the same year. This year’s list is based on data from the 2007/08 school year.

Cypress Bay High School was ranked #95 in Florida and #708 in the nation. Overall, 1,482 public high schools nationwide, including 133 in Florida, were recognized.


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Free women's self-defense class June 18


Sensei Joe Williams, Broward Sheriff's deputy and 10th-degree black belt, will be hosting a free self-defense class from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18 at the Weston Police Services Center, 17300 Royal Palm Blvd.

This program will introduce participants to a systematic approach to self-defense and application of techniques. According to FBI statistics, one out of four women is sexually assaulted during her life.

Call 954-389-2010 to reserve a spot in this class.


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Weston Philharmonic Society brings Symphony of the Americas Summerfest in July


The Weston Philharmonic Society will present the Symphony of the Americas Summerfest at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16 at the Temple Dor Dorim auditorium, 2360 Glades Circle in Weston.

Following the rich musical heritage of Hungary, this orchestra of distinguished soloists from the Bela Bartok and Frank Liszt conservatories performs worldwide.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $5 for students under 18.

Tickets can be purchased at the Weston Community Center in the Regional Park; Comerica Bank, 2800 Weston Road; Community Bank of Broward, 1504 Weston Road; Vacation Village’s Gift Shop, 16461 Racquet Club Road; and Community Bank of Broward, 1504 Weston Road.

For more information, visit or call 954-849-8374.


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June 5, 2009

NatureScape workshop tomorrow at Weston library


There are simple things you can do to reduce water, fertilizer and pesticides needs in your landscape. Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint by creating a NatureScape.

There will be a workshop on this tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the Weston Branch Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd.

Call 954-389-2098.


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Sen. Nan Rich to host Weston town hall meeting June 22


State Sen. Nan Rich and state representatives Franklin Sands and Martin D. Kiar will host a town hall meeting at Weston City Hall 7-9 p.m. Monday, June 22 to discuss legislative issues.

City Hall is at 17200 Royal Palm Blvd.


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Mosquito spraying tomorrow


Broward County Mosquito Control will spray for mosquitoes in the southwest portion of the county on Saturday, June 6, weather permitting.

Spraying will be conducted between 4:30 and 6:30 a.m., utilizing the county's twin-engine plane. Residents with breathing difficulties should remain indoors.

The areas to be sprayed include I-595 to the north, Griffin Road to the south, 148th Avenue to the west and Pine Island Road to the east.


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June 2, 2009

Registration for Weston summer camps under way


Stop by the YMCA (inside Weston Regional Park) Member Services desk to receive detailed information on the different camps being offered.

Contact Bryon Rostanzo at 954-424-9622 or with questions.

June 8–15
June 22-July 3
July 6-17
July 20-31
Aug. 3-14



Four weekly sessions: June 15-19, June 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 6-10
Baseball camp is for ages 7-14 and runs from 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. with pre/post-care available for extra fee.
Cost is $150 per child for members, $200 for nonmembers. Sibling discount is $10 per child.



Cost is $500 per team, and games will be played Friday evenings at Tequesta Trace Park. It's a 10-game season plus playoffs.



These are half-court games for players 30. The league will meet Wednesday nights inside the YMCA gymnasium.

It's a 12-game season plus playoffs, and the team fee is $250.


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Join Weston's Fourth of July parade


The Weston July 4th parade draws hundreds of residents each year.

This year’s theme, “Celebrating Tomorrow’s Leaders,” spotlights the community’s established and emerging leaders of all ages.

Parade information and entry forms (no fee) are available at or by calling the Weston Community Center at 954-389-4321.

The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and features local businesses, civic groups, schools, organizations, residents and more.


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Message for Weston residents who are Sunrise utility customers

A public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 14 at 10770 W. Oakland Park Blvd. in Sunrise dealing with proposed increases to the water and waste water rates, fees and charges for the city’s water and waste water utility.

Increases will apply to all of the city’s utility customers, including those customers located within the former South Broward Utility service area. The increase being discussed calls for a 40 percent hike.

All customers in the district have the right to participate in the hearing. For questions or if you should need an interpreter to participate, call 954-746-3250 two days prior.

A meeting of the South Broward Utility Advisory Board has been scheduled for 5 p.m. June 10 in the Burgundy Room at the Sunrise Senior Center, 10650 W. Oakland Park Blvd., to discuss the proposed increases to the water and waste water rates, fees, and charges and prepare a report of finding to the Sunrise City Commission.


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Registration open for BSO Police Services Academy


The BSO Police Services Academy is a free eight-week program that introduces students ages 12-16 to law enforcement and the Broward Sheriff's office.

Lectures and field trips include topics in:
* Defensive Tactics / Courtroom Testimony & Procedures
* Crime Scene Investigation / Internet Safety
* DUI / D.A.R.E. Classes

The program will be held on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. starting June 15 at the Weston Police Services Building, 17300 Royal Palm Blvd.

Applications are being accepted through June 5. Pick up an application or call 954-389-2010. Applications will also be provided to schools.


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