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July 27, 2011

Weston releases video on flood prevention

Weston has released a new informational video on its YouTube channel on preventing flooding in neighborhoods.

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July 26, 2011

Art Explosion Mini-Camp coming to Weston in August

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The Express Yourself: Art Explosion Mini-Camp is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1 through Friday, Aug 5 at the Sheinberg Family YMCA, 20201 Saddle Club Road in Weston.

The camp is available to children age 5 and up, who have completed kindergarten. Participants will use their imaginations to create fun, as well as learn skills while creating projects using pencils, paint, nature and more.

Cost is $125 for members and $140 for nonmembers. Residents can also extend to a full-day camp for an additional $60.

Call 954-424-9622 or email wmilordis@ymcabroward.org.

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July 25, 2011

Weston site part of 'America's Favorite Park' Contest

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Weston is asking residents to go online and vote for Weston Regional Park in the Coca-Cola Live Positively “America’s Favorite Park” Contest. The top vote-getting parks will receive cash grants of $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000, which can be used to make improvements there.

Residents can vote online by “Checking In” via Facebook, uploading photos of the park, or, beginning Aug. 10, uploading videos of the park. Voting is restricted to age 13 and older.

For more information on voting, visit www.LivePositively.com. Once on the website, type in Weston, FL in the “Search for a Park” field. A red map marker will appear. Click on the marker, then "Vote."

Voting is unlimited. People can also upload photos and/or video of the park up to 20 times per day.

Contest ends Sept. 6.

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July 20, 2011

Weston to be sprayed for mosquitoes Thursday

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Parts of Weston and Southwest Ranches will be sprayed for mosquitoes between 4 and 6:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21.

The affected area is bounded to the north by I-75/I-595, to the south by Stirling Road, to the east by Southwest 183rd Avenue or Bonaventure Boulevard, and to the west by U.S. 27.

Residents with breathing difficulties should remain indoors.

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Bulk trash collection in Weston next week

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Single-family residences in Weston will have free bulk pickup sometime between Wednesday, July 27 and Friday, July 29.

Collection will correspond with your regularly scheduled collection day, 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.

Multi-family units with Dumpster service will see trucks around Saturday, July 30. Residents are asked to place items alongside the community’s Dumpster by 7 a.m.

Hazardous waste materials cannot be accepted.

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

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Water chlorination treatment ongoing through August in Weston

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The Sunrise Utility Department, which provides water to Weston, will use chlorine in the drinking water treatment system to provide additional protection against bacteria.

This temporary treatment of the water system is a common practice for water suppliers that use a chlorine 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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July 18, 2011

Boil water order lifted in Weston

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Update: The boil water advisory was lifted in Weston at 9 p.m. Monday, July 18.

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July 14, 2011

New visitor guide has updated info on all things Weston

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The city's new visitor's guide is now available, providing information on everything Weston has to offer.

The guide includes dining, shopping, lodging and an array of personal services listings within the city.

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Power Tracker shows outages for residents

Florida Power & Light Company has launched the FPL Power Tracker, a new interactive online map that shows in near-real time the location of any power outages across the company’s 35-county service territory.

Customers can enter an address, city or zip code at http://www.FPLmaps.com to find out if there are any power outages currently affecting an area. If a customer is currently experiencing an outage, the resident can access the FPL Power Tracker map via a battery-powered laptop with Internet connection, most smartphones and Internet devices, or by asking a friend or family member to go online from another location.

The map mirrors the information provided to customers who call FPL’s customer care center and is based on data updated every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day. Clicking on an outage icon reveals detailed information, including status reports, causes of outages and an estimated time power will be restored.

The tracker also has a “storm mode” during the initial phases of restoration and will not display details for individual outages in affected counties. Instead, the map will provide regional updates in conjunction with the company’s four daily restoration reports.

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YMCA gets national grant

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The YMCA of Broward County, which has a location in Weston, has been selected by YMCA of the USA to participate in Pioneering Healthier Communities/Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and Environmental Change (ACHIEVE).

The program is part of the YMCA’s Healthier Communities Initiatives, focusing on making policy and environmental changes that support healthy lifestyles.

The YMCA of Broward County is among 26 communities to receive grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The money will go to either beginning the process of convening local teams of community leaders, or expanding current work to reach the most vulnerable populations in their communities.

A group of local leaders from multiple sectors will travel to Washington, D.C., this month to meet with national leaders in the areas of healthy environments, active transportation, food security and healthful food access.

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July 11, 2011

Weston business a finalist in Facebook contest

The Bandee, a Weston business that makes and sells headbands, has been chosen as a top 10 finalist out of 11,000 for the Small Business Big Break sponsored by American Express Open and Facebook.

Residents with Facebook accounts looking to support the local business can place their votes here through July 19.

If you see a secure network message, just continue to click "OK" until you get to the page where you will see "Vote Big Break" on the left.

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July 5, 2011

Bridge work to be done on I-75 in western Broward

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Joint repairs will be made at two bridges on I-75 in western Broward County from 6-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 6.

Two southbound lanes on I-75 will be closed at the Glades Parkway overpass, and one southbound lane on I-75 will be closed just north of Griffin Road.

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Weston hospital hosting Web chats

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Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston will offer live, online health chats designed to educate participants and encourage healthy lifestyle choices.

The "For Your Health" chats will be presented by two of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s top medical specialists. Topics covered will be “Concussion and Injury Prevention in Athletes” on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and “Epilepsy and Seizures" on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Each session runs noon-1 p.m. Register at www.clevelandclinic.org/webchats, and click “join” to participate.

Questions may be submitted in advance.

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