AN OFFICIAL CITY OF PLANTATION PUBLICATION
Art in the
Park A new learning environment
Nov. 13 & 14 NATURE IN THE WOODS
It’s a wonderful life in Plantation
The parade begins at the intersection of Broward
Holiday Parade Boulevard and N.W. 46th Avenue, turns north on
69th Avenue and then west on 4th Street to City
Hall. Join us for the float awards and festivities
Saturday l November 19 l 9:00 a.m. at City Hall following the parade.
The “It’s a Wonderful Life in Plantation” Holiday Parade is sponsored by the Plantation Chamber of
Commerce. For more information, please contact the Chamber at 954-587-1410 or visit them on the
COME HONOR OUR VETERANS
ART IN THE
07421 N.W.TREE PARK 0
0 5TH STREET 0
Saturday & Sunday
November 12 &
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
FRIDAY H NOVEMBER 11 H 9:30 a.m.
PLANTATION VETERANS PARK Plantation Junior Woman’s Club
1776 LAUDERDALE WEST DRIVE invites you and your family to
two fun-filled days of fine artists,
Elected state and local officials and
entertaining musicians, special
local veteran organizations will be present
events and hands-on art projects
to honor our American veterans.
especially for children. For more
Sponsored by the City of Plantation and
information call 954-797-9762
The Plantation/Sunrise Chapter 138
Disabled American Veterans.
H FREE REFRESHMENTS H FREE ADMISSION
For more information call 954-452-2510
A FAMILY HALLOWEEN
AND SAFETY FESTIVAL
GAMES & ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES!
VERY SPOOKY HAUNTED HOUSE (not recommended for children under 6)
Saturday, October 22 l 10:00 A .M. – 2:00 P.M.
PLANTATION COMMUNITY CENTER, 5555 PALM TREE ROAD
l Children's carnival l Costume contests for children and adults
lPolice and Fire safety exhibits l Inflatables & Face Painting
Sponsored by the City of Plantation Parks and l Games & Activities l Raffles and door prizes l Haunted House
Recreation Department and the Plantation Police l Food and safety products l Free candy and Halloween bags for kids
Department. For more information,
please call the Police Department at 954-797-2602 or $
the Parks and Recreation Department at 954-797-2180. 3 per person
SEPTEMBER 6 to OCTOBER 14
Ages 7 – 12
Youth Hot Shot ART SEARCH
Grades K to 12
Basketball “Enriching the Community”
Tournament A visual arts competition for students in grades K-12, sponsored by the City of
Plantation Parks & Recreation Department, The Plantation Junior Woman’s Club.
Friday v September 9 Awards in each grade level. First place winners will receive a $50 gift card, second
7:00 p.m. place winners will receive a $25 gift card and third place winners will receive a $15
CENTRAL PARK GYMNASIUM, 9151 N.W. 2nd Street gift card. All winners will also receive ribbons. All winning pieces of art from each
grade will be displayed November 12 & 13 at Art in the Park, held at Liberty Tree
$10 per person (non-refundable) Park. Afterwards, the winning pieces of art will be displayed in Plantation Central Park
for one year. There will be a formal awards ceremony. All other entries will be
AGE DIVISIONS: returned to each school. (The City of Plantation is not responsible for lost or dam-
Ages 7 – 8 aged artwork).
Ages 9 – 10
Any medium may be used with the exception of sculptures. All entries should relate
Ages 11 – 12
to the 2011 theme, “Enriching the Community.”
Art work must be 12” X 18” (mounted size), must be labeled on the back side with
Register at Central the entrant’s name and phone number and must be submitted with an entry form.
Park. Sign up early, Only one entry per person.
space is limited. For Entry forms will be available Tuesday, September 6 thru Friday, October 14 at
Plantation Central Park, Community Center and Plantation schools. All entries must be
received at Plantation Central Park by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 14. For more
information, call 954-452-2510 or 954-797-2180.
Diane Veltri Bendekovic
City of Plantation
CITY COUNCIL 400 NW 73rd Avenue Plantation, FL 33317
Sharon Moody Uria, President www.Plantation.org
Peter S. Tingom, President Pro Tem AskCityHall@Plantation.org
Dr. Robert A. Levy
Table OF CONTENTS
Plantation Summer Camps 4
Nature in the Woods Educational Park 5
Library Race to Read 6
Daniel Keefe, Chief Administrative Officer Message from Mayor Bendekovic 7
Hank Breitenkam, Utilities Director Adopt-A-Shelf
Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library 7
Brett Butler, City Engineer
Robert Castro, Information Technology Director Fire – Safety 8
Frank DeCelles, Public Works Director Police – Safety 9
Danny Ezzeddine, Design, Landscape & Parks & Recreation Director’s Corner 9
Construction Management Director
Protecting yourself from ID Theft 10
Joe Harris, Fire Chief
Howard Harrison, Police Chief Grants Corner 11
Herbert Herriman, Financial Serv. Director What’s happening in Plantation Schools 12-13
Monika Knapp, Library Director Plantation Business 14
Laurence Leeds, Planning, Zoning & Econ. Dev. Director
Landscape: Native vs Exotics 15
Margie Moale, Human Resources Director
Firemans BBQ & City Events 16
James Romano, Parks & Recreation Director
Jeff Sabouri, Building Director Recycle 17
Susan Slattery, City Clerk Bulk Pickup Schedule 17
ON THE COVER: NATURE IN THE WOODS
PLANTATION QUARTERLY “Nature in the Woods” is the educational component of Plantation Woods,
and RECREATION QUARTERLY STAFF located at Plantation Community Center at Kennedy Park, 5555 Palm Tree
Susan DiLaura, Editor Road. This summer, City of Plantation staff members and volunteers
developed curriculum for creative summer camp programs. Children learned
Ginette Fogel, Graphic Designer through play that was rich in art and science, and were given an opportunity
Ken Boyce, Recreation Editor to connect with the wonders of the natural world. On the cover, camp
participants are learning about dinosaurs. For more information on “Nature
Cheryl Greenberg, Assistant Recreation Editor in the Woods,” see page 5.
For City of Plantation publications in alternative format, please contact the Purchasing
Division at 954-797-2648. The City of Plantation will provide reasonable accommodations
Plantation Quarterly is printed on recycled paper. for disabled individuals requesting special assistance in order to attend or participate
in City functions. Request for assistance must be made to the Office of the City Clerk at
PLEASE RECYCLE THIS MAGAZINE. 954-797-2236 at least five calendar days prior to the meeting (three calendar days
prior to a City Council meeting).
Tennis and Pool Camp for ages 6 to 16. Plantation Equestrian Center for horse and animal Plantation Aquatics Center dive class.
lovers, ages 4 to 12.
City of Plantation Summer Camps PROVIDING AN ARRAY OF ACTIVITIES & INTERESTS
Nearly 400 children participated in the City of Plantation
2011 Summer Day Camp at Central Park, Volunteer Park,
Kennedy Community Center, and Adventure Camp. After
outsourcing last year, Plantation Parks & Recreation
department staff members were excited to once again be able
to plan and implement the program this year, and the
campers enjoyed seeing the familiar faces of some of their
favorite counselors from past years.
Each week, participants enjoyed a field trip. Activities
included trips to see the latest movies, ice-skating, bowling,
swimming, Young at Art, Kabooms and air boat rides. Weekly
visitors to camp included demonstrations by the Plantation
Fire department and Plantation Police K-9 dogs, Wacky
Science, Ceramics on Wheels, Geddy the Gecko, Animal Tales
Field trips are always a big hit with the kids!
and more. Arts and crafts, swimming, and structured and
free-play activities rounded out the week. Nature in the Woods learning activity.
Kennedy Community Center campers participated in the
new Nature in the Woods outdoor classroom program, on site
at the Community Center. Some of the themes were birds and
butterflies; flowers, seeds and pods; and bugs, lizards and
other crawly things. The kids really enjoyed this new program,
which will be available to residents in the fall. They also were
able to regularly enjoy Plantation Woods, Plantation’s woods-
theme water park and playground.
In addition to traditional day camps, Plantation offers
several specialty camps: Tennis & Pool Camp at the Veltri
Tennis Center and Aquatics Center; Share-A-Pony Summer
Camp at the Plantation Equestrian Center; and Drama and
Musical camp at Deicke Auditorium. All day camps had
successful and fun summers.
Parents seem very happy with their child’s summer camp
experience. A survey will be sent home with parents toward
the end of the summer. Staff members are anxious to see the
Veltri Tennis Center. results, and will use the information to make next year’s camp Indoor and outdoor activities for all ages.
experience even better.
For more information on any of Plantation Parks &
Recreation offerings, please call 954-452-2510.
4 Plantation Quarterly Fall 2011
NATURE IN THE WOODS
A NEW LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Two years ago the “Research continues to show that
City of Plantation was these connections have a lasting
inspired to develop a impact, especially when positive,
nature based public wonder-filled experiences with
space that would serve nature are supported by caring
to enrich the lives of adults…”
children by providing
– Nancy Rosenow, Executive Director,
them with a Nature Explore/Dimensions Educational
connection to nature. Research Foundation
Today, the City of
Plantation is proud to announce the opening of “Nature in the
“Nature in the Woods” is the educational component of Plantation
Woods located at Plantation Community Center and Kennedy Park, 5555 Palm Tree Road.
Based on principles provided by Dimensions
Educational Research Foundation in collabo-
ration with the Arbor Foundation, “Nature in
the Woods” is designed as a kid’s discovery
zone with natural colors and textures that
serves as an outstanding example of an
environmental-theme outdoor classroom for
youngsters. Parents, school groups, scouts,
and gardening groups will be able to set up an
educational experience for children including
fun, hands-on activities. Children learn through
proactive play rich with art and science,
providing them an opportunity to connect with
the wonders of the natural world.
This summer the City of Plantation, the
Plantation Historical Museum and the
Landscape Architecture department, together
with Parks & Recreation, held nature related
activities during summer camp. During these sessions, small groups of children, along
with a group leader, moved between designated nature theme areas. At each “station”
they enjoyed an activity related to art, gardening, building, discovery or music.
The summer camp programs included theme activities for children in a variety of
_ Birds & butterflies
_ Flowers, seeds & pods
_ Dinosaurs, bones & fossils
_ Seashore plants, shells & aquatic life
_ Bugs, lizards, & other crawly, hoppy things
_ Critters - raccoons, rabbits, opossums
_ Indians and their culture
_ Hammocks, wetlands & water gardens
Volunteers and City employees gave presentations, set up activities and
encouraged the children in project making. The focus was on the enrichment
of the life of a child and encouraged them to develop a comfort and a love for
nature. Together we can help our children grow up with a renewed sense of
wonder for the earth.
Plantation Quarterly Fall 2011 5
“Race to Read”@ the Library with Miki Ostendorf
“IT IS ESTIMATED THAT DURING THE SUMMER BREAK, A CHILD CAN LOSE UP TO
A MONTH OF INSTRUCTION AND START THE SCHOOL YEAR BEHIND.”
The Summer Reading Program and Kick-off at the Library are always popular and
exciting events for both children and parents.
This is one of my favorite articles to write
each year. Thank you to all the people who
make our summer reading program so
Our theme was “Race to Read” and we got
off to a great start at the Kick-off with two
amazing race cars brought to us by the
Plantation Police Department. Talk about
exciting – NASCAR has nothing on us!
Everyone had a great time with the DJ, music,
The Summer reading program kicked-off with two amazing race cars
brought to us by our friends at the Plantation Police Department! fun and games. Weekly prizes and activities
from arts and crafts, story times, a science
lesson, and a show performed by The Plantation Puppeteers kept the summer racing along.
For their kindness and generosity a special thank you to:
k Office Depot, an official NASCAR sponsor, provided two wall displays featuring Tony Stewart.
k General Mills sent a life-size Clint Bowyer cut out (driver of the #33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet
Impala SS) and a enough pull-back toy racers for each child in the program.
k Burger King Corporation sent race car crowns for the puppet show. General Mills sent life-size race car
driver cut outs.
k The Sun Sentinel, NIE provided note pads and pencils.
k Tate’s Comics donated a comic book for each reader.
k International Speedway Corp. donated t-shirts for the library staff and collectible NASCAR cars for the Plantation 500 Reading Contest.
k Mr. Rocco Caggiano and the American Legion sent over American flags for each child for July 4th.
k The Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library sponsored the events and underwrote the program.
The Library’s Summer Reading Program is a fun and exciting way for the children and families of our community to support education and share
the love of reading. See you @ the Library.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY USED BOOK SALES: 2012
BOOK SALES are usually the first & JANUARY 6, 7 & 20, 21
third Friday & Saturday of each month. FEBRUARY 3, 4 & 17, 18
AUGUST 5, 6 & 19, 20
Dates may change due to holidays. MARCH 2, 3 & 23, 24
SEPTEMBER 9, 10 & 23, 24
Please call call to verify. APRIL 6, 7 & 20, 21
OCTOBER 8 (Sat. only) & 21, 22
FRIDAYS ..............9:00 AM – 5:00 PM NOVEMBER 4, 5 & 18, 19 MAY 4, 5 & 18, 19
DECEMBER 2, 3 & 16, 17 JUNE 1, 2 &15, 16
SATURDAYS........9:00 AM – 4:00 PM JULY 6, 7 & 20, 21
6 Plantation Quarterly Fall 2011
A message from Mayor Bendekovic
Dear Neighbors, cities in Broward County that has had a slight increase in
Plantation, as do most cities, continues to struggle our property values and is currently experiencing an
under financial pressures created by the state-mandated increase in the issuance of building permits. As one
tax revenue rollback in 2007 and the dramatic decrease travels through the Midtown corridor, there is a buzz of
in taxable property values. The state’s “one size fits all” redevelopment activity in The Fountains, and even more
mandate penalized cities like Plantation who have histor- to come with two recently approved major develop-
ically had low millage rates. ments: One Plantation Place, and Midtown 24, Phase 2.
As with many households who have had to tighten Westside Regional Hospital recently broke ground on
their “purse strings,” Plantation is no different. As we their 40,000 square foot medical office building, and
navigate through the budget process when creating a 84th Avenue will soon be receiving a facelift.
balanced budget, the decisions made are not always easy In the months to come “Team Plantation” will
ones, but they are absolutely necessary. continue to work on defining expense reductions, gener-
So, it is with regret that I notify residents that due to ating revenues, absorbing the cuts, and creating minimal
budgetary constraints, this will be the last edition of the impact on our residents, all without altering dramatically
Plantation Quarterly. However, information on recre- the delivered services.
ational activities and events will be available for our The following quote reflects our outlook: “There is no
residents on the City’s website at Plantation.org , and medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic
in the Plantation Sports & Activities Directory. so powerful as the expectation of something better
There are some positive signs of recovery during these tomorrow.” Orison Swett Marden, American author.
difficult economic times. Plantation is one of the few
HELEN B. HOFFMAN PLANTATION LIBRARY REVERSE 911
An opportunity for Volunteerism and for Student Community Service WATER BILL INSERT CORRECTION
TO MAINTAIN THE ORDER and A recent message in the City of Plantation’s
appearance of the Library so patrons water bills mistakenly offered residents the
can locate materials easily. opportunity to contact the Fire Department to
TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES for register cell phone numbers, or other means of
volunteerism and student community
service. contact, with the City’s Communicator NXT or
Volunteers choose an area of the library to be responsible for. This area may be “Reverse 9-1-1” system. Residents are asked to
a range of shelves in fiction, non-fiction or the children’s room. You are asked to please refrain from this. The Reverse 9 -1-1
come in once a week at your convenience to straighten that area. The books must system is designed to alert residents via land line
be kept in proper Dewey and/or alphabetical order. The shelves must be kept phones of specific hazards within an area or
neat by aligning books with the front edge of shelf whenever possible and shifting
areas of the City. The contact list is generated
when necessary. Shelves need to be dusted when necessary. Any books that need
new covers, cleaning or repair should be brought to the Reference Librarian. from the phone company and cannot be added to.
Volunteers sign in and out in a log. Staff then fills out any necessary forms for We apologize for the error.
student community service hours based on logged hours.
NECESSARY VOLUNTEER SKILLS
3 Spend al least 1 hour, one day a week on a consistent basis
3 Stooping, stretching, standing and use of footstool are required
3 Ability to reach top and bottom shelves
3 Ability to work with the Dewey Decimal system and alphabetical filing systems
3 Ability to follow oral and written instructions Get the Fax!
3 Attention to detail The Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library has a
3 Proper library behavior at all times self-service FAX kiosk available for public use
TRAINING: The program supervisor will provide group or one-to-one training (outgoing faxes only).
and orientation at the time of placement.
$1.50 first page and $1 each additional page
**Volunteers need to meet the minimum required time commitment,
behavior, and accuracy standards. The fax machine accepts:
VISA, MasterCard, AMEX & Discover credit and debit cards.
For more information about our Adopt-a-Shelf
Program, call Tanya Field at 954-797-2144.
Plantation Quarterly Fall 2011 7
City Prepares FOR THE BIG ONE! FIRE I BUCKET BRIGADE IS HOT!
City leaders and department heads meet each year to review
preparations and procedures for the upcoming hurricane season.
On June 6, City officials once again met to review
emergency operation plans for the upcoming hurricane
Fire Chief Joe Harris reviewed the City’s process when a
Members of the Plantation Firematics Team dump the last few pails of water into the barrel to
storm or other major emergency is pending. complete the Bucket Brigade portion of the competition. Team members compete against the
Department officials were asked to review their current clock to fill a 55 gallon drum with water from a trough, located several feet away.
plans and discuss future needs.
“The greatest issue,” said Harris, “ is communications. FIREFIGHTERS CLAIM STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Keeping the public and our own employees informed is a FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
tremendous task.” It is said when you win once you’re a champion, twice is a streak. Three times and
Harris expressed some concern about complacency. you’re a dynasty!
“We have not had a storm in several years. People forget On June 11, Plantation’s Firematics Team declared its dynasty when they traveled
easily. And, many of the current residents have never to the Gulf Coast to compete against eight other teams, statewide, in the Florida State
experienced a hurricane.” Firefighter’s Association, State Firematics Tournament held at the Bass Pro Shops in
Just prior to Hurricane Wilma, the City of Plantation Fort Myers.
formed the Plantation Joint Information Team. The team Teams compete in six different events involving a variety of firefighting skills
is responsible for mass communications during a major including a crowd favorite, an old fashioned Bucket Brigade.
emergency. Plantation earned first place honors in three events, including the Bucket Brigade,
“The Joint information Team has an extensive plan to and second in a fourth event.
keep the community informed,” stated Harris. “We have For the third consecutive year Plantation qualified for first place, and to bring
several layers of technology and tools which will be home the revolving State Championship Trophy. This is the eighth time, since 1987,
available regardless of the intensity of the event. Plantation has finished first.
Plantation’s Firematics Team claimed the State Championship for the third year in
a row. Plantation has won the title a total of eight times!
An electronic version of the Recreation
Quarterly will be available at
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For a printed copy of recreation activities, other PLANTATION INFORMATION RADIO
events and information about Plantation, the
Sports & Activities Directory is available at all of WQFL 1620 AM
the City of Plantation recreational
facilities, City Hall, schools, libraries, hospitals, u Weather u Traffic u Emergencies u Events u Information
Publix, CVS and many local business. If you
would like more information about the Sports & GIVE US FIVE MINUTES
Activities Directory please call 954-649-4441.
WE’LL GIVE YOU THE KEYS TO THE CITY
Plantation Quarterly is printed on recycled paper. PLEASE RECYCLE THIS MAGAZINE. Flip the magazine over for the Recreation Quarterly.
8 Plantation Quarterly Fall 2011
FREE 8 WEEK CLASS A JURIED FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW
Adult Citizen’s TUESDAYS
45 th Annual
STARTS SEPTEMBER 13
Police Academy 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Plantation Police Department
Art in the Park
The Plantation Police ENRICHING THE COMMUNITY
Department Citizens Police
Academy is offering its free November 12 & 13
eight week course starting
Tuesday, September 13. The 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
class is every Tuesday from LIBERTY TREE PARK • 7421 NW 5TH STREET
6:00 – 8:00 PM.
Refreshments are served. Plantation Junior Woman’s club invites you
This ongoing course is and your family to join us for two fun-filled days!
free of charge and open to
adults over 18, who live, In prior years, classes have been very popular
• FINE ARTISTS, PAINTING & SCULPTURE • POTTERY & JEWELRY
work or attend school in and fill up fast. • CRAFTS • MUSIC & SPECIAL PERFORMANCES
Plantation. It is specially • HANDS-ON ART PROJECTS • FOOD & BEVERAGE BOOTHS
designed to improve • KIDS ACTIVITIES & FACE PAINTING
relationships and under-
For more information go to: PJWCFL.ORG or call Plantation Junior
standing between the police Woman’s Club at 954-797-9762.
and the community they
serve. The hands-on
instruction is compre-
hensive, covering different
Parks & Recreation
areas of the Police DIRECTOR’S CORNER James S. Romano, CPRP
The training staff and students. As the contraction of City
Department such as K-9,
Crime Scene Processing, S.W.A.T., Honor Guard, and Firearms Safety, services continues due to the
among a host of other topics. country’s economy not
If you or someone you know is interested in attending the Citizens rebounding, the City of
Police Academy, or for more information, please call Lynn Braden or Katy Plantation has decided to
Andrews at 954-916-5601. Space is limited. To avoid disappointment, eliminate the printing and
early registration is recommended. mailing of the Plantation
The Heat is On! SUMMER HEALTH newsletter.
The Parks & Recreation
Yes, it’s hot out there. And the hottest months are still in front of
section that included
us. The Fire Department is offering a few tips to help everyone stay
healthy and safe through the remainder of the summer.
regarding special classes, PAL
DRINK UP registration dates, special
First and foremost, drink plenty of water. Even if you are outside
events in the spring and fall, and summer and winter camps will now
for only a short time, the intense heat and humidity causes us to
be available on the City’s website Plantation.org . We will also
lose water rapidly. The young and elderly are particularly prone to
continue to utilize the Sports & Activities Directory to promote our
dehydration. If you plan on being outside for any length of time
programs. The Sports & Activities Directory is available at all of our
bring water with you.
COVER UP If you are interested in receiving the City’s information via e-mail,
Wearing a hat helps keep the sun from beating on your head and
you can sign up to receive the City’s monthly e-newsletter,
ensures you will always have shade. Large brimmed hats will also
Plantation Now! E-mail your first and last name and your e-mail
help keep the sun out of your eyes and keep you a bit cooler.
address to p l a n ta t i o n pa r k s @ g m a i l .com or call our office at
LOOSEN UP 954-452-2506 with your e-mail address and we will add it to our
Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing to help reflect the sun’s
rays and keep air flowing between you and your body, allowing heat
Although the Plantation Quarterly will be discontinued, our
to be pulled away from you.
professional staff within the Parks & Recreation Department will
EAT UP continue to assist you with all of your recreational needs, classes,
Yes, eat well. After a day in the sun, your body loses more than
programs and special events.
water. Nutrients and essential electrolytes get burned off as well.
The greatest resource to this community is our Parks & Recreation
Eating a healthy, well balanced meal will help restore those lost
system. Please take advantage of our superior facilities that are acces-
nutrients and rebuild your energy so you can go out tomorrow and
sible to our residents. Make the healthy choice, visit a park near you!
do it all over again.
Plantation Quarterly Fall 2011 9
Identity Theft HOW TO PROTECT YOUR GOOD NAME
Identity theft is a serious crime. People u Open a new credit card account, using your mation has been lost or stolen, you may want
whose identities have been stolen can spend name, date of birth, and SSN. When they to check all of your reports more frequently
months or years – and their hard earned don’t pay the bills, the delinquent account for the first year. Federal law allows credit
money – cleaning up the mess the thieves have is reported on your credit report. bureaus to charge you up to $9 for a copy of
made in their good name and credit record. u Change the mailing address on your credit your credit report. Some states may allow a
Some victims have lost job opportunities, been card account. The imposter then runs up a free report or reduced rates.
refused loans for education, housing or cars, charge on the account. Because the bills
or even been arrested for crimes they did not are being sent to the new address, it may
commit. take some time before you realize there is a
So, how can a responsible consumer
CAN YOU PREVENT IDENTITY THEFT minimize the risk of identity theft, as well as
FROM OCCURRING? u Take out auto loans in your name. the potential for damage? When it involves your
As with any crime, you cannot completely u Establish phone or wireless service in your personal information, exercise caution and
control whether or not you will become a name. prudence.
victim. But, according to the Federal Trade u Counterfeit checks or debit cards and drain
your bank account. DO IT NOW
Commission (FTC), you can minimize your risk
u Open a bank account in your name and u Place passwords on your credit card, bank
by managing your personal information
write bad checks on that account. and phone accounts. Avoid using easily
cautiously and with heightened sensitivity.
u File for bankruptcy under your name to available information like you mother’s
HOW IDENTITY THEFT OCCURS avoid paying debts they’ve incurred or maiden name, your date of birth, the last
Skilled thieves use a variety of methods to avoids eviction. four numbers of your SSN, or a series of
gain access to your personal information. They u Give your name to the police during an consecutive numbers. When you’re asked
get information from businesses or other insti- arrest. If they are released and don’t show for your mothers maiden name on an
tutions by: up for their court date, an arrest warrant application on a anew account, try using a
u Stealing records from their employer. could be issued in your name. password instead.
u Bribing an employee who has access to u Secure personal information on in your
these records. HOW CAN I TELL IF I’M A VICTIM home, especially if you have roommates,
u Hacking into the organizations computers. OF IDENTITY THEFT? employ outside help, or are having service
Monitor the balances of your financial
u They rummage through your trash, or the work done in your home.
accounts. Look for unexplained charges or
trash of businesses or dumps in a practice u Ask about information security procedures
known as “dumpster diving.” withdrawals. Other indications of identity theft in your workplace. Find out who has access
u They obtain credit reports by abusing their to your personal information and verify that
employer’s authorized access to credit u Failing to receive bills or other mail your records are kept in a secure location.
reports or by posing as a landlord, signaling an address change by the identity Ask about the disposal procedures for
employer, or someone else who may have a thief. those records as well.
legal right to the information. u Receiving credit cards for which you did not
apply. EVERYDAY DILIGENCE
u They steal credit card information using a
u Denial of credit for no apparent reason. u Don’t give out personal information on the
special storage device in a practice known
u Receiving calls from debt collectors or phone, through the mail, or over the
as “skimming,” which processes debit card
companies about merchandise or services Internet unless you’ve initiated the contact
numbers the same as your card.
you didn’t buy. or are sure you know whom you’re dealing
u They steal wallets and purses containing with. Identity thieves can be skilled liars,
identification and bank and credit cards. ARE THERE OTHER STEPS I CAN TAKE? and may pose as representatives from
u They steal mail, including bank and credit If an identity thief is opening new credit banks, Internet service Providers (ISPs), or
card statements, pre-approved credit offers, accounts in your name, these accounts are even government agencies to get you to
new checks or tax information. likely to show up on your credit report. You reveal identifying information. Before you
u The scam information from you by posing can find out by ordering a copy of your credit divulge any information, confirm that
as a legitimate business person or report from any of the three major credit you’re dealing with a legitimate represen-
government official. bureaus. (TransUnion, Experian, Equifax.) If tative of a legitimate organization. Always
you find inaccurate information, check your double check by calling customer service
ONCE IDENTITY THIEVES HAVE YOUR
reports from the other two credit bureaus. Of using the account number on your account
PERSONAL INFORMATION, THEY MAY:
course, some in accuracies on your credit
u Go on spending sprees using your credit statement or the number in the telephone
report may be because of computer, clerical, book, they may be using a fictitious
and debit account numbers to buy “big-
or other errors and may not at all be the result number.
ticket” items like computers that can easily
of identity theft. Note: If your personal infor-
sell. u Guard your mail and trash from theft.
Identy Theft (Continued)
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Identy Theft (continued)
Deposit outgoing mail in a post office collection box or at
your local post office instead an unsecured mailbox.
Grants AND SPONSORSHIPS
u Remove mail from your mailbox promptly. If you’re planning To find out how you can sponsor a program or a park
to be away from home and can’t pick up your mail, call the contact Priscilla Richards, Resource Development and Grant
US postal service at 1-800-275-8777 to ask for a vacation Manager at 954-797-2723 or via e-mail at
hold. To thwart a thief who may pick through your trash or prichards@Plantation.org.
recycling bins, tear or shred your charge receipts, copies of
credit applications or offers, insurance forms, physician state-
ments, checks and bank statements, and expired charge u The Plantation Police Department applied for Community
cards. Policing grant dollars for the salaries and benefits for six
u Before revealing any identifying information (for example, on
an application,) ask how it is used and secured, and whether u The Landscape Architecture and Engineering Departments
it will be shared with others. Find out if you have a say about worked together to obtain $100,000 in County grant funding
the use of your information. For example, can you choose to towards landscaping on Broward Boulevard from Pine Island
keep it confidential? Road, east to State Road 7.
u Keep your social security card in a secure place and give your SPONSORSHIPS:
SSN only when absolutely necessary. Ask to use other types of u Independence Day Celebration
identifiers when possible. Limit the identification information
Title Sponsor: Rick Case Automotive
and the number of credit and debit cards that you carry to
Silver Sponsor: Waste Management
what you actually need. Keep your purse or wallet in a safe
Bronze Sponsor: Plantation Woman’s Club
place at work.
Sports and Activities Directory
I will be glad to any questions on crime prevention or your
Plantation Police Department. Just e-mail me at u 2012 Calendar
email@example.com Florida Power & Light
Limousines of South Florida, Inc. (Techtrans Inc.)
Markson Chiropractic, Inc.
Plantation Woman’s Club
To save tax dollars this is the last printed issue of the Friends of the Library
Southern Waste Systems
Plantation Quarterly. An electronic version of the
Recreation Quarterly will be available at
Plantation.org. SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS
_______________ Knights of Pythias of Florida
To stay current on what’s happening in Plantation, William Kretchman Ladies Aux 730 / Jewish War Veterans
Plantation Acres Women’s Club, Inc.
you can sign up to receive the City’s Plantation Art Guild
monthly e-newsletter Plantation Now! E-mail your first Plantation Chapter #3173 of AARP, Inc.
Park East Homeowners’ Assocation
and last name and your e-mail address to
Plantation Woman’s Club
firstname.lastname@example.org. Lynn Stoner
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8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. O EVERY SATURDAY
VOLUNTEER PARK O 12050 W. SUNRISE BOULEVARD O PLANTATION, FL 33323
w Fresh organic & non-organic produce w Breads & pastries w Fish dips & spreads
w Homemade hummus w Gourmet jams & jellies w Seasonings
w Plants, orchids & fresh flowers w Breads & pastries w Home made dog treats
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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN Plantation Schools
PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR PLANTATION HIGH SCHOOL
Congratulations to Principal Erik ROCKET TEAM
Anderson, Tropical Elementary School, The Plantation High Rocket Team
who was named Principal of the Year at the placed ninth in the nation at the Team
Broward County Public Schools 2011 America Rocketry Competition (TARC)
ACCLAIM Awards ceremony held May 25. recently held in Manassas, Virginia. Over
The ACCLAIM Awards were created to honor 500 teams from around the United States
outstanding principals and assistant qualified for the competition. This accom-
principals each year for their hard work plishment qualifies the team for two NASA
and dedication. ACCLAIM is an acronym for grants. Plantation has won more NASA
Achievement, Communication, Compassion, grants than any other team in the nation.
Leadership, Accountability, Innovation and Joe Vallone, Plantation High
Motivation. aerospace engineering teacher, has
The honor is especially significant, as Erik accepted a fellowship to participate in the
PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR AWARD
was raised in the City of Plantation, and inaugural Wallops Rocket Academy for L to R - Councilman Peter Tingom, Patrice Sonnelitter
attended school at Tropical Elementary. His Teachers and Students (WRATS). The (Landscape), Alyce Culpepper (Magnet Co-ordinator), Pam
roots are in Plantation, and he has a true WRATS staff at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Krauss (Fairchild Challenge Coach), Diana Berchielli
sense of its history. in Virginia is excited about the new NASA (Landscape) and Dr. David Basile (SPHS Principal).
Under Principal Anderson’s leadership, program and hope it will provide schools
Tropical Elementary received an “A” grade with resources and a valuable experience
for eight consecutive years. He believes in a that will translate into inspiration and
hands-on, team approach to managing the excitement for high school students. Vallone
school. He provides dynamic leadership that will also instruct other teachers about
energizes his staff and students to do their rocketry this summer at the Marshall Space
jobs of teaching and learning. Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and at
the NASA facility at the Bonneville Salt Flats
TROPICAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Utah.
CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY
Tropical Elementary School celebrated PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR AWARD
its 40th anniversary with a series of festiv- South Plantation High School and the
The Solar Knights from South Plantation High School
ities. Students and staff members wore tie- City of Plantation received the exhibited at the City of Plantation Green Day 2011. SPHS
dye t-shirts and other 70s style clothing. The Partnership of the Year Award. had five booths representing student-run environmental
school’s chorus sang both the original and The City of Plantation has partnered with clubs.
updated version of the school song and the Environmental Science and Everglades
students took part in a “Pinwheels for Peace Restoration magnet at South Plantation High hammock habitat and the importance of native
Parade” as they display their homemade for nine years and continues to grow every planting. A specialist taught students how the City
pinwheels. Over 200 alumni, past staff year. uses current GIS technology in their jobs, and others
members, School District and City of The City works with SPHS by providing helped judge the Senior Symposium projects. Magnet
Plantation officials and families of students landscaping mentors, planting opportunities students teamed with the City to replace a neigh-
attended “Refreshments and Reminiscing,” and funds for an environmental scholarship. borhood tree buffer of native vegetation lost from
during which tours of the school were City staff and members of the City-sponsored hurricanes and actively participate in city events for
conducted and Tropical pioneers were organization Shade Brigade work with environmental issues. At Green Day 2011, SPHS had
recognized. The school also held a students weekly after school to design LEED five booths representing student-run environmental
“Birthday Bash” on Saturday that included a structures for the Fairchild Challenge, a clubs. Students planted the wetlands at Volunteer
family fun day carnival and a display of regional competition that SPHS has won for Park, and participated in several grants with the City
student artwork. the last three years. SPHS is the only school including Camp Everglades. Others make presenta-
to have won as many times. tions at Shade Brigade meetings and are involved in
In Jack Carter Harmony Park, students the adopt-a-street project to clean up Paladin Way
have added 1,200 square feet of tree canopy several times a year.
while learning about the hardwood
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Emergency backup generators have become a standard in South Florida
The partnership continues to grow every year. homes and businesses. When the power goes out, during or after a storm,
“Working with the professionals brings real-world generators provide us a means to maintain a comfortable lifestyle while coping
significance to students,” said teacher Pam Krauss. with the crisis.
“Working side-by-side with professionals over a When used improperly, however, generators can be dangerous and
sustained period of time creates a positive experience sometimes fatal. Here are some safety tips to help you weather the storm and
with adults who appreciate the student’s efforts. The use your generator safely.
students say that this interaction brings learning to a
whole new level.” l PROPER POWER USAGE
In the midst of a storm when you are trying to keep your family comfortable,
BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS or keep the refrigerator cold, you may not be focused on how to properly
RECEIVE TOP NATIONAL RANKING connect your generator to your appliances. Unfortunately, many accidents occur
The Washington Post named 11 Broward County high because users will attempt to plug a generator into a power panel instead of
schools in its “High School Challenge” list of top 1,900 connecting it directly to the appliance.
public high schools in the nation, among them, Never plug a generator directly into a home service panel. This can be
Plantation High School, joining an elite group of dangerous for the operator, the home, and the power grid in the area. A
public high schools nationwide. According to the transfer switch, installed by a qualified electrician is the only safe way to achieve
Washington Post, schools on the list represent only this. All appliances should be plugged directly into the generator’s outlets per
seven percent of schools across the country. the generator manufacturer’s recommendations.
Since 2003, Newsweek Magazine and the Washington
Post combined forces to identify “America’s Best High l GOOD VENTILATION
Schools.” Because of the sale of Newsweek, the Build-up of carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous aspects of using a
Washington Post published the 2011 list independently generators. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless. You cannot see it or
under the new name of “The High School Challenge.” smell it. And, you will not recognize the effects of CO poisoning until it is too
Of the 30,000 high schools in America, 1,900 made The late. It is important to run generators outside, away from windows and doors.
Washington Post’s list. Ensure plenty of fresh air is circulating. Also, do not run it in the garage. And
Broward County Public Schools is committed to always keep the generator on a flat surface.
giving all students access to a college-ready, job-ready l STORAGE
curriculum that meets rigorous expectations, prepares
students for post-secondary options, and ensures that Fuels to operate generators give off toxic fumes. Fuels should only be stored
students are able to be successful and complete post- in approved fuel containers, in well ventilated areas. Inside the home, basement
secondary schooling once they begin. or garage is not safe as fumes can build up and reach an explosive level. Also,
do not store near other chemicals.
A SPECIAL EVENT!
THE PLANTATION SWIM TEAM HAS TWO OLYMPIANS
LIFETIM COMING TO THE PLANTATION AQUATIC CENTER AT CENTRAL PARK!
FITTER FASTER TOUR WITH TWO OLYMPIANS
Peter Vanderkaay, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist & Lacey Nymeyer, Olympic Silver Medalist
September17 10:00 am & 3:00 pm
Plantation Aquatic Center at Central Park
JOIN PETER & LACEY for: To register go to w w w. s w i m p s t . c o m
u Two Swim sessions with the pros! or for more information call 954-452-2526
Ages 12 and under: 10:00 a.m. SAVE $5 with Promo Code “PST”
Ages 13 & up: 3:00 p.m.
u A fun presentation $55
u Questions & answer sessions
u Photo opportunities SPACE IS LIMITED.
(Parents are welcome to watch swim sessions) RESERVE YOUR PLACE TODAY!
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Plantation Business ACCESS TO CAPITAL Small Business Saturday
MARK THE DATE:
NOVEMBER 26, 2011
As you plan your calendar for 2011 make sure you
mark a day for shopping and celebrating “Small Business
Saturday.” This year, Small Business Saturday is
November 26, 2011. The Saturday following black Friday
is nationally recognized as a day to shop locally, putting
your hard earned money back into the community by
shopping at local stores and restaurants.
HERE ARE A FEW FACTS ABOUT OUR LOCAL
v For every $100 spent at a local business, $68
The City of Plantation, in conjunction with the Greater Plantation Chamber of is re-spent back into the community.
Commerce, Government Affairs and Economic Development Committee,
conducted a banking consortium for all local businesses, entitled “Access to v Employees of small businesses make up
Capital.” The meeting, held on April 28 featured presentations from eight lending one-half of the private sector employees.
banks or agencies: AmTrust Bank, Citibank, Community Bank of Broward, v Small businesses represent 99.7% of all
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Regions Bank, Broward County Office of Economic
Development and Small Business, Metro Broward Economic Development
Corporation, and South Florida Regional Planning Council. The presenters
explained to the audience in detail the methods of getting loans and financing for
business ventures, capital and operations. Approximately 50 different businesses CHANGE THE TIME
were in attendance and all walked away with information about doing business.
More events like this will be offered by the City. Check the City’s website site for
CHANGE THE BATTERIES
upcoming events. We hope to see you there. If you would like to be notified about When you change your clocks, remember
future events, contact Charity Good, Economic Development Coordinator, at 954- it’s time to change the batteries
797-2768 or cgood@Plantation.org. in your fire detectors.
SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP I A BIG SUCCESS
According to Dun & Bradstreet (The State of Small Businesses Post The presenters
Great Recession, May 2011), “Small businesses and entrepreneurs are explained to the
driving innovation and job creation in today’s recovering economy.” audience about
In the City of Plantation, we have slightly over 5,000 businesses, of various programs
which 98 percent are small to medium size businesses. The State of and assistance
Florida has over 23 million small businesses that employ almost 81 available for
million people. Needless to say, it is the small to medium size businesses businesses, as well
within Plantation, as well as throughout the State, that are stimulating the as how to do business with their
economy by offering products and services to enable us to enjoy a company or agency. Opportunities were
quality lifestyle. Since these businesses play such an important role in provided to businesses to become
Plantation’s economy, the City has been offering a series of workshops vendors for the City of Plantation,
which provide education and technical assistance to businesses. Broward County and Memorial
In June, the City of Plantation in conjunction with the Greater Hospitals, learn about marketing their
Plantation Chamber of Commerce, Government Affairs and Economic businesses by Action Promotional
Development Committee, conducted a “Small Business Workshop.” The Specialists, and much more. Nearly 100
meeting involved presentations from eight businesses or agencies: Action business representatives were in atten-
Promotional Specialists, Broward College, City of Plantation, Broward dance and all walked away with more
County Office of Economic Development and Small Business, Evan J. knowledge and information about doing
Gonshak and Michael Wild Esquires, Memorial Healthcare System, business in Plantation.
Metro Broward Economic Development Corporation, and Work Force
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Native Plants vs Exotics
OPERATION HABITAT HOSTS “PLANTATION TOUR OF GARDENS”
friendly landscaping principles utilizing rain bees are
barrels, compost, and leaf litter – all the while responsible for
showcasing appealing gardens that are attractive pollinating
to both people and wildlife. many of the
WHY NATIVES? Florida native plants are plants we as
generally described as those species that existed humans rely
here naturally before human impact. Over the on for food.
millennia plants, trees, and insects have lived We simply do
together in a symbiotic relationship. For example, not know
native plants support insects that are essential to where the
feed baby birds, and provide nectar for butterflies tipping point is. Best to err on the side of mostly
WHAT DO YOU DO ON A
– native plants come into bloom at precisely the native plants, with a complimentary dose of
BEAUTIFUL SPRING DAY? How about
right season to nurture our little critters. ornamentals and drought resistant landscape
going on a garden tour! As it happens, the
Non-native exotic plants on the other hand materials to add spice.
very first Plantation Tour of Gardens was
were bred and selected specifically for their DID YOU KNOW? It has been reported that
held in March of this year, under blue skies
ornamental beauty as well as to discourage some 40 million acres of forest have been
and warm breezes. Visitors were treated to
insects. It is no surprise then that when selecting converted to non-native turf-grass lawns which
a special view of four Plantation residential
plants and trees for our suburban gardens if we require an exorbitant amount of water, dangerous
gardens – all were past Broward County
only focus on beauty and ignore the real reason pesticides, and fertilizers to keep up appearances.
Emerald Award winners, as well as certified
that plants, trees and wildlife co-exist, we may WHAT’S A PERSON TO DO? Vow to
NWF backyard wildlife habitats.
inadvertently be unraveling that delicate web of gradually reduce the amount of yard devoted to
Operation Habitat team members and
the food-chain between wildlife and plants and turf-grass and convert it to a pleasing mix of
other volunteers, along with Plantation and
humans. The alarming decline in the honey bee pretty native and drought resistant landscape
Broward County staff served together to
population for instance (reports are above 40 material.
help others understand the connection
percent) has fingers pointing blame at herbicide And just for fun, you can take the opportunity
between using native, exotic, and drought-
and pesticide use as well as genetically modified to enjoy a Tour of Gardens next spring!
resistant plants to curb the need for
plants. Biologists are very concerned – after all,
irrigation; as well as the benefits of eco-
The Grass is Greener ... IF YOU WATER CORRECTLY ____________________________________
Information provided by the Broward County Environmental So, what is the trick to maintaining a healthy lawn that can meet
Protection & Growth Management Department, Natural Resources current water restrictions, withstand droughts, and look great? The
Planning & Management Division answer is to “listen to your lawn” and water your grass only when it is
While Bermuda, St. Augustine, Bahia, Centipede, Paspalum, and Zoysia absolutely needed. Signs that indicate that it’s time to irrigate include
for the most part sound like exotic getaways, chances are that if you live in grass has a dull bluish-gray color, footprints remain visible in the grass,
South Florida you won’t need to travel far to visit any of them because one leaf blades are folded in half on at least a third of the lawn and the soil
or more are probably growing right outside your front door. These grass from the root zone is dry and crumbly. Using these indicators to tell you
species are commonly found on athletic fields, golf courses, parks and when to irrigate will result in making your lawn more drought resistant
playgrounds, and of course, on the lawns around our homes. Like all and heartier by forcing the roots to dig deeper in search of water.
plants, they need water to survive, but finding a balance between over- and Other benefits of irrigating more efficiently are the dollars you’ll save
under-watering has proven to be challenging for most residents. on your water bill and the energy you’ll save from not needing to run
What do you envision the “perfect lawn” to look like? Many people irrigation pumps as frequently. The cost of water will likely increase in
would say a thick, green, lush, level, and weed-free mat, like that which is the future, and increased irrigation efficiency will keep your monthly
typically found on a golf course. In actuality however, this look is often household bills lower and may delay the need to construct expensive
achieved by mowing the grass too short and by the excess application of new water infrastructure.
pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and most importantly water. Did you As always, irrigate in accordance with applicable water restrictions,
know that 25-50 percent of a household’s water consumption is used for which require residences and businesses with odd-number street
irrigation? And even if you draw your irrigation water from a canal or well, addresses to water lawns and landscapes on Wednesdays and/or
you are still using water that can help meet our potable water needs. Over- Saturdays, only before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Residences and
irrigating your lawn, no matter what the source, favors the growth of businesses with an even-numbered street address may water on
water-loving weeds and pests and also creates runoff, which may carry Thursdays and/or Sundays only before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Additional
fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides into nearby waterways and onto the watering days are allowed for new landscaping. For more information,
ocean or Everglades. visit the City’s website at Plantation.org.
Plantation Quarterly Fall 2011 15
THAN Volunteer Fire Association’s
! 55th Annual
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6
12:00 noon to 5:00 PM
at Pine Island Park
Q CHICKEN & RIBS with Former Mayor Veltri’s Secret Sauce!
Q BOUNCE HOUSES Q CARNIVAL GAMES Q DEMONSTRATIONS
Q LIVE MUSIC Q RAFFLES & PRIZES
AND JUST PLAIN FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Watch for your ticket purchase letter in the mail... or buy tickets from the Fire
Department in October. Call 954-797-2150.
Saturday & Sunday
A Family Halloween &
Oct. 22 & 23 Safety Festival
SATURDAY: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES
SUNDAY: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
PLANTATION HERITAGE PARK SATURDAY – OCTOBER 22
1100 SOUTH FIG TREE LANE
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
South Florida grown plants: Plantation Community Center at Kennedy Park
ferns, bromeliads, bougainvillaea, 5555 Palm Tree Road
flowering trees, palms, bonsai, orchids.
A large variety of vendors. u Costume contest for all ages
Garden & orchid supplies, patio items & u Children’s carnival
more! Master Gardeners available u Police & safety exhibits
to answer questions. u Inflatables & face painting
Sponsored by: GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club, u Raffles & door prizes
TM Ralph Funeral Homes, American Heritage u A very spooky Haunted House
School, Waste Management (not recommended for children under 6 yrs.)
and the Plantation Historical Society. u Food & drink
Adult park admission: $150 u Free candy & Halloween bags for children
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT $3 per person
THE PLANTATION HISTORICAL MUSEUM
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BULK PICK-UP GUIDELINES RECYCLING GUIDELINES
The City of Plantation provides residents with monthly bulk trash pick-up service. Most multi- THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MAY
family and condominiums are also provided with bulk pick-up service two times per year. BE MIXED TOGETHER IN THE
Bulk pick-up dates vary by neighborhood. Your actual bulk pick-up day is only on your assigned SAME CLEAR PLANTATION
day. Consult the Solid Waste & Recycling brochure for your assigned day. If you need a copy of the RECYCLING BAG:
brochure, download it from Plantation.org, call Waste Management (954-974-7500) to have
one mailed to you, or pick one up at a City facility. Bulk pick-up items should be placed in the w #1- #7 plastic bottles (narrow
swale no earlier than the Saturday prior to scheduled pick-up. neck only), aseptic containers
Please keep solid waste blue bags or toter carts separate from the bulk pick-up waste, and please (OJ containers and juice
do not place any waste too close to your mailbox, street signs, trees or other solid fixtures. Place boxes), glass bottles (except
blue) and tin, metal and
items no more than five feet away from curb or roadway in front of residence.
aluminum cans. Please remove
Bulk waste collection is for normal residential activities. Waste generated by commercial
all caps and rinse containers.
businesses or nurseries is not permitted. Bulk waste is defined as furniture, appliances and
household items that are too large to fit into a blue solid waste bag or toter cart. Items that can fit w Newspapers, inserts, junk
inside a bag are not considered “bulk” and should be placed in a regular blue garbage bag, or in a mail, chip board
toter cart. Electronics (computers, monitors, TVs, etc.) are not allowed. For disposal of electronics (cereal/Kleenex boxes),
catalogs, phone books,
go to Broward.org/wasteandrecycling. Black bags will not be picked up.
office paper and magazines.
Each bulk waste item, with the exception of furniture and appliances, shall not exceed an
As an alternative, you may
accumulation of two cubic yards (about the size of a kitchen table, 3’x 3’x 6'), not exceed 4 feet continue to place them in a
and/or 40 pounds, and have a secure bottom. Refrigerators, air conditioners and appliances separate clear recycling bag, if
containing Freon must have the Freon safely removed and an approved sticker put on the item you wish.
before it is placed curbside. w #5 PLASTIC RECYCLING
To ensure the safety of Waste Management drivers, mirrors, glass table tops, window panes, plate OPTION: Residents can drop
glass, etc. will only be picked up if they are properly and safely placed in a rigid container. Broken their clean #5 plastics in a
glass must be placed into a secure container and marked as glass. "Preserve Gimme 5" bin at the
Small yard waste that will fit inside a bag, such as leaves, shrubbery, small branches, weeds and Plantation Whole Foods market,
grass, must be placed into clear yard bags. These items will only be removed on your scheduled located at 7720 Peters Road.
bulk removal dates, and only when placed in clear bags. Black trash bags are not permitted, Common #5 plastics include
and will not be picked up. Black bags that are left out on the swale will be issued a notice by packaging for yogurt, ketchup,
Code Enforcement. Palm fronds and large branches must be tied into bundles (not to exceed four butter and hummus; medicine
feet and/or 40 pounds), and placed alongside bulk pick-up items. No tree stumps or logs allowed. bottles; and food storage
For a nominal fee, yard waste may be brought to the City’s Horticultural Recycling Center, located containers. The plastics can be
at 750 NW 91st Avenue, off Cleary Boulevard. For a list of acceptable yard waste and applicable verified by a recycling symbol
fees, please visit the Horticultural Recycling Center page on the City’s website, Plantation.org. with the number 5 on the
bottom of the container.
BULK PICKUP SCHEDULE: AUGUST – DECEMBER 2011
WEST OF UNIVERSITY DRIVE EAST OF UNIVERSITY DRIVE
Single Family Residences: Multifamily, Single Family Residences: Multifamily,
August 8, 9, 10 & 13 Apartments & Condos: August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Apartments & Condos:
September 5, 6, 7, 10 Wed. September 14 September 1, 2, 3 Wed. September 7
October 10, 11, 12, 15 October 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 31
November 7, 8, 9, 12 November 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 28, 29, 30
December 5, 6, 7, 10 December 1, 2, 3
WEST Single family residents: Locate where you live on
the map – either WEST of University Drive or
EAST of University Drive – and find the
corresponding pick-up day for your specific area.
For more information call 954-974-7500.
PLEASE NOTE: Bulk items should not be placed
curbside any sooner than the Saturday prior to
your scheduled pick-up day.
WASTE MANAGEMENT DOES NOT PICK UP
BLACK BAGS. PLEASE FOLLOW PLANTATION
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