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Parkridge Christian Academy: New Facility Helps Local Families Solve the School Riddle

July 1, 2020

PARKLAND, FL- The new season ushered in by the Coronavirus pandemic has created challenges nobody foresaw just a few months ago. Local schools and school districts are scrambling to make the best of the situation. And yet, many questions remain up in the air about how local schools will operate in the next school year, which is less than two months away.

Parkridge Christian Academy in ...

Governor DeSantis Signs Alyssa's Law; Allocates $8 Million

PARKLAND, FL- In early March, both the Florida House of Representatives and the Senate voted to unanimously pass Alyssa's Law SB 70 in the State of Florida. The final step to becoming a law was the signature of Governor DeSantis. On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Alyssa’s Law into law and allocated $8 million dollars for it in the ...

Beat the Summer Heat With Parkland Library Virtual Programs

PARKLAND, FL- The summer heat is upon us, and many local streets are empty during the day as the sun blazes down on the Parkland community. Many of us are looking for quality indoor entertainment options.

The Parkland Library is now offering virtual programming to local residents and families. The online events are held via Zoom, and are recommended for children 3 years and ...

July Update from County Commissioner Michael Udine

July 1, 2020

PARKLAND, FL- It has been a long winter/spring due to the pandemic, and now Broward is getting used to its new normal.  Businesses are taking the appropriate measures to welcome customers back. Summer camps are opening, sports leagues are re starting, and pro sports are resuming under strict protocols.  All our efforts are being made to get everyone back to our daily routines. Get ...

July Update From the Desk of Parkland Mayor Hunschofsky

PARKLAND, FL- At the time of this writing, Broward County just allowed summer camps and sports activities to take place. Graduation parades and virtual ceremonies were taking place and most families were adjusting their summer plans. The City has been working to adopt the Broward County orders safely, while also preparing for the summer budget season.

This month, the City Commission will ...

Governor DeSantis Signs Alyssa's Law; Allocates $8 Million

PARKLAND, FL- In early March, both the Florida House of Representatives and the Senate voted to unanimously pass Alyssa's Law SB 70 in the State of Florida. The final step to becoming a law was the signature of Governor DeSantis. On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Alyssa’s Law into law and allocated $8 million dollars for it in the ...

Douglas Player Among Six Locals Chosen in Major League Baseball Draft

June 19, 2020

PARKLAND, FL- Six South Florida baseball players were selected in last week's annual amateur baseball draft, including Stoneman Douglas 3rd Baseman Coby Mayo, who was selected in the fourth round by the Baltimore Orioles.

The 2020 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft was shortened significantly this year due to challenges and fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic. Historically the baseball ...

Parkland Flag Football Registration Open; Discounts Through June

PARKLAND, FL- Flag Football is one of the most popular youth sports in Parkland. Last season nearly 90 teams competed across all age platforms. Registration is $175 and includes uniform. Registration is now open with a $25 early bird discount through June. Last day to register is August 10th, 2020.

Teams will be made up of boys, girls, and co-ed groups that will compete from ...

Stoneman Douglas Softball Coach Loses Battle with Brain Cancer

PARKLAND, FL- Stoneman Douglas Girls Softball Coach Sal Vacirca lost his battle with brain cancer on Tuesday night. His wife announced Sal's passing on his Facebook page. Vacirca was diagnosed last June with glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer, and had spent the year undergoing treatment. 

Sal Vacirca fought a long and hard battle against his ...

City Food Drive in Coral Springs on July 10

June 30, 2020

PARKLAND, FL- The City of Coral Springs is hosting a drive-thru food drive on July 10 in honor of the local government’s 57th year as a formally recognized municipality.

The event will be in the City Hall Parking Garage (9500 West Sample Road) from 9-12 p.m. to provide much-needed food to local food banks.

Donors will be required to remain in their cars and have their food donations ...

Holocaust Survivor Volunteers at Local Food Pantry

CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Every week or so, a group of volunteers from Chabad of Coral Springs give out bags and boxes of food to those in need.

One helper is an 84-year-old who survived the atrocities of the Nazis.

Rosa Kleinman works regularly at the food pantry operation, helping with packaging, labeling, and other tasks.

The mother-in-law of Chabad of Coral Springs’ Executive ...

Parkland Student Helps Trauma Victims

PARKLAND, FL-  Parkland resident Keely Owen has always had a heart for people going through difficult times in life. The North Broward Prep senior-to-be is contributing to the Nancy Cotterman Lifeline Project, which was established to help victims of sexual assault and child abuse. One of the often overlooked needs of assault and rape victims is the ability to have fresh clothing, ...

Sheriff Tony's July Message: A Commitment to Accountability

July 2, 2020

PARKLAND, FL- The appalling murder of George Floyd reopened deep and painful wounds in our country. For too long, many people of color have suffered through a separate and unequal system of justice and have been unjust victims of police brutality.
 
Incidents like this cut particularly deep with me. Before I was Broward’s first black sheriff, I was a black kid from the inner city ...

Coral Springs Police Issue Warning About Gas Pump “Skimming” Scam

CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Be careful about gas pump credit card “skimming,” the Coral Springs Police Department warned this week.

According to the department, Florida leads the nation in thieves tampering with gas pumps’ credit card scanning mechanism to steal credit card numbers they then use for theft.

Fourteen credit card skimmers have been discovered at two 7-Eleven ...

Sheriff Gregory Tony: Building a Better BSO

PARKLAND, FL- Over the past 18 months, the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) has accomplished so much. We have made significant and lasting changes to reshape the agency, restore trust with our communities and build the best possible organization to serve the Broward community.
 
Our efforts have focused on renewing our training protocols; addressing gaps in recruitment; better engaging ...

Drive-In Movie Update: Sonic the Hedgehog

June 18, 2020

PARKLAND, FL- The Drive-In Movie in Parkland is back again. After a successful run a few weeks ago showing "The Call of the Wild" based on the Jack London novel, the City of Parkland announced today that it will be featuring the recently released "Sonic the Hedgehog" movie starring Jim Carrey at its next showing.

The Drive-In has been a hit since the ...

Parkland Area Movie Theaters, Bowling Alleys Open Today

PARKLAND, FL- The summer blockbuster movie season has finally arrived. A long standing beat-the-heat entertainment option is now open in Broward County; movie theaters. Broward County Emergency Order 20-15 states that as of Monday, June 15, indoor amusement facilities are permitted to open at 50% occupancy provided they follow social distancing guidelines.

According to the order in a news ...

Coral Springs Permits Some On-Site Camps To Open This Summer

CORAL SPRINGS, FL – After reviewing the new Broward County coronavirus guidelines for summer camp, Coral Springs officials decided Wednesday not to open the city’s Kamp Kool program, but they are permitting other summer camps to operate.

Officials said in a news release that residents have options through contractual camps offered in Coral Springs.

Here are on-site summer ...

Land Across from Parkland Commons Sold to Broward Health

July 2, 2020

PARKLAND, FL- Florida-based Broward Health has purchased 7 acres of land from Lucky Land Star Holdings, LLC, a Delaware-based limited liability company. According to the Broward County Public Appraiser website, Broward Health purchased the land for $14.5 million.

The 7 acre plot of land sits on the corner southwest corner of University Drive and Trails End Drive. The land is ...

Wawa Opens in Coral Springs; Donates to Local Police and Youth Programs

PARKLAND, FL – When Wawa opened its first store in Coral Springs this week, its managers marked the occasion by handing out a donation and gifts to the city’s first responders.

The gas station/convenience store known for its competitive gas prices doled out a $1,000 check to Coral Springs Police Department for summer youth programs.

And workers at the store on the corner of West ...

Parkland Chamber Hosts Wednesday Morning "New Normal" Event

PARKLAND, FL- The Parkland Chamber of Commerce is continuing its effort to support local businesses through the Coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday morning, June 17, the Chamber will be hosting a virtual meeting about supporting mental and physical health called "Navigating a 'New Normal.'"

The event will be hosted on Zoom from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and will feature ...

Friday Coronavirus Update: 87 Cases in Parkland and More News

July 3, 2020

PARKLAND, FL- Heading into the holiday weekend Coronavirus cases in Florida continues to show unprecedented spikes in cases. According to the Florida Department of Health, Thursday saw a new daily record high of close to 10,000 new cases. 

Here are the current numbers as of the latest update on Friday, July 3, 2020:

Florida has 178,594 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an ...

Local Perspective: Coronavirus Heightened My Interest To Enter Medical Field

PARKLAND, FL - Watching a loved one suffer in a hospital bed brings out many emotions, but none is more powerful than the feeling of helplessness: seeing someone in pain and not knowing how to alleviate it. As a young child watching my grandparents fight cancer, it was a feeling I knew all too well.

My own feeling of helplessness during that time is what peaked my admiration of the doctors and ...

Land Across from Parkland Commons Sold to Broward Health

PARKLAND, FL- Florida-based Broward Health has purchased 7 acres of land from Lucky Land Star Holdings, LLC, a Delaware-based limited liability company. According to the Broward County Public Appraiser website, Broward Health purchased the land for $14.5 million.

The 7 acre plot of land sits on the corner southwest corner of University Drive and Trails End Drive. The land is ...

Perspective: I’m A Coral Springs Delivery Person. Am I Suddenly A Hero?

June 27, 2020

CORAL SPRINGS, FL - If I was told in the waning months of 2019 the side job I had just started would later put me in a group of people regarded as saviors on social media, I’d be thoroughly confused.

Yet, through the twisted magic of COVID-19, this became a reality.

If you assumed I was a doctor, nurse, or even a factory worker, you would be way off the mark.

I am just a driver for ...

Wonder Paws Pets of the Week: Meet Apollo and Zeus

PARKLAND, FL- Meet Apollo and Zeus! These 12 week old brothers are currently in foster care waiting to find their forever home.

Apollo and Zeus are great with kids, dogs and other cats. They are very playful and will keep you entertained for hours. Apollo loves to snuggle and will curl up with you on the couch. Zeus is full of curiosity and adventure.

Apollo and ...

Need a Break From the House? Universal Now Open, Sea World on Thursday

June 9, 2020

PARKLAND, FL- The beginning of summer comes with mixed emotions this year. Along with all the turmoil and uncertainty in the world, Parkland families are also experiencing their first week of summer vacation. The City of Parkland has begun to open up its public spaces for restricted use by small groups. Camps, clubs, and team sports are slowly opening.

Many Parkland families are feeling a bit ...

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All South Florida Beaches Closed for 4th of July Weekend

June 29, 2020

PARKLAND, FL- In an effort to work together fighting the spread of COVID-19, all South Florida counties have announced that their beaches will be closed over the July 4 weekend. 

Broward, Palm Beach, and the Florida Keys' Monroe County have followed suit with Miami-Dade's beach closure announcement over the past weekend.

The official days of the closure are Friday, July 3, ...

4th of July Weekend for Parklanders; Different Options This Year

PARKLAND, FL- The State of Florida is seeing a record-setting number of new Coronavirus cases as the 4th of July holiday is just a week away. The 4th of July, commonly regarded as the most popular summer holiday for gatherings and parties, will look a little different this year for Parkland residents.

For those heading to the beach, Miami-Dade County has already announced that its beaches will ...

Helicopter Crash at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek

PARKLAND, FL- Firefighters rescued a pilot on Thursday whose helicopter crashed in a swampy and heavily wooded area in Coconut Creek while working on a county project, fire officials said.

The pilot suffered non-life-threatening injuries when the helicopter came down at Tradewinds Park in the 3600 block of West Sample Road.

Due to the severity of the crash, Miami-Dade Air Rescue ...