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    Davie Moves Closer to Being a Police State (Town)

    Posted By on January 11, 2013

    big_BrotherAs of January 5, 2013, red light traffic surveillance cameras will become operational at the below designated intersections. A 30-day warning period will commence for red light violations captured by the surveillance cameras at these intersections. During this warning period, a warning notice will be issued to the vehicle’s registered owner and there will be no fine. At the completion of the warning period, Notice of Violations will be issued which will result in a fine for any red light running violation.

    •  Eastbound SR 848/Stirling Rd at Davie Rd Ext/Davie Rd.
    • Westbound SR 848/Stirling Rd at Davie Rd Ext/Davie Rd

    Cameras will operate 24-hours a day and capture images of every vehicle running a red light at these and other intersections throughout the Town. Warning signs alerting drivers to the red-light  surveillanc cameras have been installed prior to the warning period.

    Town officials typically designate these devices as “safety” cameras.  Don’t be fooled.  The cameras are mostly about raising money for the Town.  Our privacy suffers as we let the government steal our privacy one bit at a time.  As surveillance cameras gain in popularity, they will seem more “normal.”  One day in the not too distant future we will all wake up and realize that we are literally under state / police surveillance at all times.  I haven’t heard any argument yet (usually involving safety or preventing crime) being used for installation of traffic light cameras that could not be used to justify 24-7-365 surveillance everywhere we go.  Even in the privacy of your own home.  Am I saying you should be afraid?  Yes.

    Town of Davie Utilities Fire Hydrant Flushing Planned

    Posted By on January 11, 2013

    The Town of Davie Utilities Department will begin the annual fire hydrant flushing maintenance program on January 15, 2013. The Town of Davie’s flushing program involves systematically opening the fire hydrants within the system served by Town of Davie Utilities to remove sediments or other constituents that may accumulate in pipes over time that could lead to taste and odor problems. Flushing in dead-end lines will also improve disinfectant residual levels in those areas. This is an essential part of our system maintenance program. While flushing the system will not interrupt your water service, you may notice a temporary drop in water pressure or discolored water when crews are working in your area. This is normal. If this occurs, simply let your water run until it is clear. This flushing process is expected to continue through February 15, 2013.

     Only residents that receive water and sewer bills from the Town of Davie will be affected. See map. Other Town residents that receive water and sewer bills from other utilities (i.e., City of Sunrise, City of Fort Lauderdale, City of Hollywood and Ferncrest Utilities) will not be affected at this time. These utilities companies schedule their own flushing programs.

     Customer Tips:

    • Avoid running your tap water and using the washing machine or dishwasher while crews are flushing in your area.
    • If discolored water occurs, run the COLD water for a few minutes until it clears. This will allow the sediment to work its way through your pipes.
    • Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap before doing laundry or running the dishwasher.

    NOTE: If your laundry becomes stained, do not put your clothing in the dryer. Rewash clothes immediately using detergent and add a rust remover. Most rust removers can also be used on stained fixtures.

    • In some cases, slight discoloration might linger for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and does not affect water quality. No health hazards are associated with discolored water from hydrant flushing.
    • If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.

    We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

     For more information, please contact Town of Davie Utilities Customer Service at 954-797-1065 (8a.m. to 5p.m. M-F), the Town of Davie Utilities emergency number at 954-327-3750, or the Broward County Health Department at 954-467-4700 ext. 4231.

     Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

    [Source:  Town of Davie Press Release]

    Town of Davie Web Server Goes Dark

    Posted By on January 7, 2013

    Davie Town Council (*click* photo)

    Davie Town Council

    When the Town of Davie web site goes off line, the next best thing is Davie.ORG. In fact the OFFICIAL Town of Davie web site (Davie-fl.gov) went dark this weekend, and I was left to field inquiries. Here are the top ten reasons for the outage; and my guess at the probable official response:

    TOP TEN reasons why Town of Davie Web server went dark…

     

      REASON OBJECTION
    10 Comet, Asteroid, Solar Flare, and/or other cosmic event Not reported by NASA or any major astrological group.
    9 Did not pay the light bill. Possible. But unlikely. The Town shows no signs of restraint in spending taxpayers’ money.
    8 Paranormal activity Possible, but not likely. No Town Hall hauntings in recent years.
    7 Horse, cow, or bull kicked the server Possible. The rodeo grounds are adjacent to Town Hall. But none of the aforesaid cattle has a motive. They are treated better in Davie than any other Southeast Florida venue.
    6 Lightning No recent thunderstorms.
    5 “Act of God” Would violate “separation of church and state”
    4 Disgruntled politician Lack technical expertise.
    3 Disgruntled employee/saboteur. Possible, but most Town employees with ability, opportunity and motive would not do this. (See #4).
    2 Delayed reaction to “Y2K Bug” Most technology in government is at least a dozen years behind times. However most software bugs should show up a decade BEFORE everywhere else.
    1 Raising the tax rate this year jinxed the Town and it’s web server. This is the most likely source of the problem. Raising taxes during a recession isn’t going to bring good luck.

    Town of Davie Web Server goes dark

    Town of Davie Web Server goes dark


    HAM Radio Class Offered Free of Charge

    Posted By on January 7, 2013

    An Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) operator class offered to the community will begin on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Davie Police Department located at 1230 South Nob Hill Road. The free classes will be held on four successive Saturday mornings, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The material taught and learned in the class will enable the student to obtain the Amateur Technician Class license issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). A test (free of charge) will be offered on February 23, the final day of class.

    What do ham radio operators do? The number of activities enjoyed by hams is nearly limitless. For example:

    • ·         Talk to people on the radio living as close as your own neighborhood or as far away as the other side of the world.
    • ·         Participate in local, state, and world-wide contests.
    • ·         Help with communications during local events.
    • ·         Assist with vital communications during periods of disaster when land lines and cell phones go out-of-service.

     

    This is not CB radio. The Amateur Radio Service is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission and licensing is required. Given the privileges enjoyed by amateurs, testing and licensing ensures that people operate correctly and within the rules that govern amateur radio.

     Anyone can be licensed as an amateur, as long as you are not an official representative of a foreign government. There is no age restriction (there are many teenagers who are hams), and there is no cost for the course. You do not even need to own a radio. All you will need is a basic calculator and, although not mandatory but highly recommended, a book called The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 2nd Edition. This book can be obtained locally from Mike’s Electronics located at 1069 N.W. 53rd Street in Ft. Lauderdale, phone 954-491-7110. Make sure it is the newest edition, valid from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014. The older manual is no longer valid for the current question pool. Various sources on the internet like www.Amazon.com and http://www.arrl.org/ also provide this manual. To learn more about the world of Amateur radio: http://www.hello-radio.org/

    Please contact Rob Frailing for more information.
    Phone: 954-701-3966
    E-mail: frailing@comcast.net
    Call sign: AJ4SB

    [SOURCE:  Town of Davie Press Release]

    Town of Davie Annual Christmas Lighting of the Greens

    Posted By on November 29, 2012

    The public is invited to attend the Town’s Annual Christmas Lighting of the Greens on Sunday, December 9, 2012. Watch as the Mayor and Town Council turn on over 150,000 Christmas lights and decorations officially proclaiming it “holiday”1 time in Davie. Visit more than 40 Christmas trees, menorahs and kinaras adorned with decorations depicting a “Winter Wonderland” theme. Santa will arrive by Fire Engine at 6:15 p.m. followed by a horse parade down Orange Drive at 6:30 p.m. The Decorating Contest Awards will take place at 6:45 p.m.

     ENTERTAINMENT

     SNOW BLOW

    For those of you who miss snow, 20 tons of the “white stuff” will be blown for the enjoyment of the children. Admission to the Snow Blow is FREE and will take place during the Lighting of the Greens. There will be two supervised snow play areas: one for children ages 1 to 5 and another for children ages 6 to 12. Parents will not be permitted in the Snow Blow area!

     PICTURES WITH SANTA

    Have your picture taken with SANTA for a $5 fee or just visit with the big guy for free! Free candy canes while supplies last.

     REFRESHMENTS

    Hot and cold drinks, as well as homemade cookies will be served FREE while supplies last. Food items will be available for purchase.

     HOLIDAY TUNES WITH MARY JANE, PETTING FARM, CLIMBING WALL, AND HOLIDAY BOUNCE available at no charge.

     FACE PAINTING (at a cost)

    [Source:  Davie Press Release, modified]

    Footnote:

    1.  Although the “holiday” is not specified in the Town’s press release, I’m assuming they may be referring to Christmas (December 25th), Hanukkah ( December 8-16);  and/or New Year’s Day (January 1st).  Or possibly, but not likely, Three Kings Day (January 6th); or the Sugar Bowl football game (January 2nd).

    Davie E.A.S.E. Toy Drive

    Posted By on November 23, 2012

    The Davie Emergency Assistance Service Effort, (E.A.S.E.) Foundation hosts the EASE Toy Drive during the holiday season to help Davie families in need.

     If you would like to donate, please drop off a new unwrapped toy for a girl or boy from Monday, November 26, 2012 to Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at any Davie Fire Station, Davie Fire Rescue Administration Building located at 6901 Orange Drive, or the Pine Island Multipurpose Center located at 3801 South Pine Island Road.

     The E.A.S.E. Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 by the business community and residents of the Town of Davie. Its purpose is to aid those qualified residents, on a one time basis, that are in need of temporary emergency assistance. The objective is to help those in need to ease their way back into a self-sustaining, productive life and to prevent homelessness. E.A.S.E. also reaches out to the homeless with food, clothing, and hygiene supplies.

     If you have any questions about the Toy Drive, please contact Linda Owen at 954-797-1077 or visit E.A.S.E. Foundation on the web at www.easefoundation.org.

     [Source:  Town of Davie Press Release]

    Town of Davie Release-Old Davie Christmas

    Posted By on November 21, 2012

    Old Davie School

    Old Davie School

    The Davie Historical Society Committee and the Davie School Foundation will present the 11th Annual Old Davie Christmas at the Old Davie School Historical Museum located at 6650 Griffin Road, Davie, FL, on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at 12 p.m.

    In the early days of Davie, Santa would arrive in different ways each year and pass out goodies to all the children of the community and everyone would sing carols and have a good time together.

    The community is invited to join us for this special event!  Each child will receive a free goodie bag that includes tickets for a pony ride, a hay ride, and a tasty lunch.  There will be old-fashioned games, a petting zoo and so much more!

    This special holiday celebration is sponsored by local citizens and businesses, and the Davie Historical Society Committee, the Board of Trustees of the Davie School Foundation and the staff encourages you and your families to join us for this special event.

    For more information,to volunteer or contribute financially, please call the Old Davie School staff at 954-797-1044.

    [Source:  Town of Davie Press Release]

    Town of Davie Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

    Posted By on November 16, 2012

    In an effort to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Town of Davie will accept monetary donations that will go to the American Red Cross. Donations to the American Red Cross help to ensure that those individuals, families, and communities who are most in need are helped quickly. The Town of Davie and the American Red Cross thank you very much for your support.

     Donations can be either cash or a check made out to the American Red Cross, and will be accepted at the following locations between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, from now until December 17, 2012. You can also donate online at Town of Davie Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort (American Red Cross).

    •  Davie Fire Station 38, 6905 Orange Drive, Davie, FL 33314
    • Davie Fire Station 65, 1200 S. Nob Hill Road, Davie, FL 33324
    • Davie Fire Station 68, 3600 S. Flamingo Road, Davie, FL 33330
    • Davie Fire Station 91, 6101 SW 148th Avenue, Davie, FL 33330
    • Davie Fire Station 104, 4491 Oakes Road, Davie, FL 33314
    • Davie Fire Administration, 6901 Orange Drive, Davie, FL 33314
    • Davie Police Department, 1230 S. Nob Hill Road, Davie, FL 33324
    • Davie Human Resources Department, 6591 Orange Drive, Davie, FL 33314
    • Davie Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department, 3801 S. Pine Island Road, Davie, FL 33328

    For more information regarding donation locations, please contact Fire Battalion Chief Jorge Gonzalez at 954-797-1133, Nina Valdez, at the Police Department at 954-693-8350, Paul Davidson, at the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department at 954-327-3941, or Human Resources Risk Manager Reene Daugherty at 954-797-1110.

    [SOURCE:  Town of Davie Press Release]

    Sunny Lake Bird Sanctuary Grand Opening on November 9, 2012

    Posted By on November 7, 2012

    The Town of Davie cordially invites you to attend the Grand Opening of Sunny Lake Bird Sanctuary located at 5300 Griffin Rd, Davie, FL on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm.

    The Grand Opening will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, a proclamation, and a butterfly release. Attendees will be able to view the park amenities and learn about local plants and wildlife.

    For more information, contact Senior Operations Manager Matthew Mlodzinski at 954-797-1163.

    [Source:  Town of Davie Press Release]

    Emergency Assistance Service Effort, (E.A.S.E.) Foundation provide Thanksgiving food baskets to Davie families

    Posted By on November 3, 2012

    Davie, Florida

    Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for what we have and a time to help those who do not have enough. The Town of Davie is hosting a Thanksgiving Food Drive in an effort to assist The Emergency Assistance Service Effort, (E.A.S.E.) Foundation provide Thanksgiving food baskets to Davie families.

    The E.A.S.E. Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 by the business community and residents of the Town of Davie. Its purpose is to aid those qualified residents, on a one time basis, that are in need of temporary emergency assistance. The objective is to help those in need to ease their way back into a self-sustaining, productive life and to prevent homelessness. E.A.S.E. also reaches out to the homeless with food, clothing, and hygiene supplies.

    The 2012 E.A.S.E. Turkey Drive goal is to provide at least 30 Thanksgiving baskets to Davie families. The items that the E.A.S.E. Foundation would like to include in each basket are:

    • A gift certificate for a turkey from a local supermarket
    • Canned yams
    • Stuffing
    • Gravy (jars)
    • Canned vegetables
    • Instant Potatoes
    • Seasoning
    • Pie crusts and filling
    • Nuts

    The following Town locations will accept donations Monday, November 5 – Thursday, November 15, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., M –F:

    • Davie Fire Rescue Administration Office, 6901 Orange Drive
    • Any Davie Fire Rescue Station
    • Pine Island Multipurpose Center, 3801 S. Pine Island Road

    For more information regarding the drop-off locations, contact Anita Reid at 954-797-1102. If you have any questions about the EASE Turkey Drive, please contact Linda Owen at 954-797-1077 or visit E.A.S.E. Foundation on the web at www.easefoundation.org.

    [SOURCE: Town of Davie Press Release]