Broward County is the first county government in the United States to achieve a four-star certification under the Sustainability Tools For Assessing & Rating (STAR) Communities, recognized for “national excellence” in community sustainability.

The County’s Natural Resources Planning and Management Division led the community-wide effort to collect and analyze data from more than 30 different County departments and community partners on more than 500 initiatives across seven categories: Built Environment; Climate and Energy; Economy and Jobs; Education, Arts and Community; Equality and Empowerement; Health and Safety; and Natural Systems.

This Weekend Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) urges residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when clocks “spring forward” this Sunday, March 9, 2014. Although 92 percent of American homes have smoke alarms, non-working smoke alarms contribute to many of the estimated 3,600 deaths and 19,000 injuries caused each year by home fires. Nationally, the most widespread cause of inoperable smoke alarms is worn or missing batteries.

The most common cause of a failing smoke alarm is a missing, dead or disconnected battery. A working smoke alarm can reduce the risk of dying in a home fire by approximately 50 percent, but it is estimated that one-third of them don’t work. Properly working smoke alarms provide an early warning of fire and extra time to escape it.

JCDC-Creative-Writng-Entries-AdThe Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Youth & Culture, is inviting professional and amateur writers to submit their works for its annual Jamaica Creative Writing Competition.

Each year the competition welcomes entries in three classes: Junior (U-12), Intermediate (U-17) and Adult (18 and older). The competition encourages writers to sharpen their skills in Standard English or Jamaican Dialect through Poems, Essays, Short Stories, Plays and Novels.

rualThree young essay writers and three young artists were selected to win this year’s 2014 Black History Month Essay & Art Competition at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), located at  2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 (954-357-2810).

On Saturday, February 8, 2014 a ceremony was held in the auditorium where the confident young people read their essays or described their artwork. Then, following a short but dynamic program by storyteller Tamara Green, they received their exciting, electronic prizes. The contest was sponsored by the Friends of AARLCC with prizes courtesy of Best Buy.