A group of residents got together in Hollywood and honored the Hollywood Police Department. Lara Leader believes people should honor the police.

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Matt and Marianne Edge want to add trees to their yard and they had the perfect opportunity at the Free Tree Giveaway in Pompano Beach on July 16.

“This was great we were able to get two trees for our yard. I am glad that Pompano Beach does this. It good because we need more trees in the city,” said Marianne Edge. They got a Simpson Stopper and a Purple Tabebuia.

Hector and Crystal Hernandez also enjoyed the event and picked out two trees. “We were glad to be able to get two trees for our yard, said Hector Hernandez.

The Tree Giveaway is a popular event and attract hundreds of residents. Wade Collum, urban forester for Pompano Beach said an important goal of the program is to add to the city’s tree canopy and to create more awareness about the importance of trees.

“We want to have more trees in Pompano Beach. These trees create a sense of community and are good for the environment,” he said.

There will be another Free Tree Giveaway event on Saturday, July 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the City of Pompano Beach Nursery. It is located at 1000 Northeast 3rd Avenue. The trees have been cultivated by public works nursery personnel. Trees available include Simpson Stopper, Paradise Tree, Live Oak, Queen Palm, Mahogany, Jacaranda, Gumbo-Limbo and others. Each residence can receive two free trees. To receive the trees, one must show proof of residency in Pompano Beach.

In 24 hours, Lady Luck, the ship the length of a football field will be sunk in approximately 120-feet of water with her stack 40-feet under the surface. The ship is complete with underwater art exhibits and a whimsical faux casino as one of the largest contributions to Florida’s artificial reef system and one of the most easily accessible major dive sites in the nation. Lady Luck will be the centerpiece of the new Shipwreck Park, surrounded by 16 existing wrecks already covered with marine life.

Formerly called the Newtown Creek, Lady Luck was purchased from the City of New York by Shipwreck Park, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. It was funded in part by the City of Pompano Beach and the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Like many New York retirees, Lady Luck’s final home will be in South Florida. She is expected to draw an estimated 35-thousand divers per year. Noted Pompano Beach artist Dennis MacDonald was commissioned to create the initial artwork.

 

Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida businesses have added 102,600 new jobs since January 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,127,400 jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate, 3.2 percent, is also exceeding the nation’s, 1.9 percent, for the 51st consecutive month. The state’s unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent in June, the lowest rate since November 2007.

Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud to announce that Florida businesses have created more than 102,000 new jobs in the first half of 2016. Our annual job growth rate has outpaced the nation for more than 50 consecutive months, and since 2010, more than 1,127,000 Floridians have found new opportunities to get a job and provide for their families. We will continue to work each day to cut taxes, encourage business growth, and make important investments in economic strongholds like our port system so Florida can become a global leader for job creation.”

 

 

Xavier Raymonde Johnson was arrested and charged with grand theft of a vehicle, resisting arrest without violence and hit and run. He stole a medical transportation van from Ceremax Medical Center in Pompano Beach, hit a number of cars as he escaped and eventually crashed in more cars as the van came to a stop on the 5900 block of Royal Palm Beach in Coral Springs.

The City of Coral Springs is hosting its annual Video Game Challenge on Saturday, October 15 for Coral Springs’ youth, ages eight to 18 years old. The event, which is co-sponsored by Best Buy and McDonalds, will put players head to head tackling John Madden 17. Exact times will be determined once participants register for the event. The challenge will be played on Playstation 4 and a grand prize will be awarded.             Participants must register for $2 at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, located at 2501 Coral Springs Dr. or online at www.CoralSprings.org/recreation by Wednesday, September 28.   The challenge will be held at Best Buy, located at 650 N. University Drive. For more information, call 954-345-2119.

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