Protect Your Everyday By Partnering With Police
Hollywood Police Department
As residents, you know your neighborhood’s patterns, the people, and the daily routines. You are the eyes and ears of the community, the experts who can immediately recognize when something in your neighborhood does not seem quite right. Please do your part to report suspicious, out of the ordinary activity to the Hollywood Police Department.
"If you see something, say something" is the Department of Homeland security's national campaign to help engage residents throughout the U. S. in keeping their communities safe. Call the Hollywood Police Department non-emergency number at 954-764-HELP (4357) or in an emergency call 911 to report anything that seems unusual or suspicious.
Protect your everyday. Together we can make a difference. For more information on how you can get involved and Partnering with Police, visit
The Complete Streets Construction Project is currently underway causing periodic road closures.
22nd Avenue South of Hollywood Blvd.
Today through Tuesday, December 12
Please be advised that a small section of 22 Avenue just south of Hollywood Boulevard remains closed for drainage and water main installations through Tuesday, December 12th ending at 5 p.m. Motorists will not be able to turn from Hollywood Boulevard onto South 22nd Avenue. For more information about the project, please contact Rebecca Guerrero at 954.218.2304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheridan Street Set To Close at SR 7
Friday, December 8
The Florida Department of Transportation will conduct a full closure of Sheridan Street at State Road 7 beginning this Friday, December 8 at 9:00 p.m. through Monday, December 11 at 5:00 a.m. for drainage and water main installations. Motorists are being asked to seek an alternate route to avoid construction delays. Westbound traffic on Sheridan Street will be detoured via SR 7, Stirling Road and NW 68 Avenue and eastbound traffic will be detoured via NW 64 Avenue, Taft Street and northbound SR 7. This planned closure will take place weather permitting. For additional project details please call Rebecca Guerrero, Community Outreach Specialist, FDOT Broward Construction at 954.940.7605.
Find out about the Downtown Hollywood Improvement Project
Plans to improve the streetscape along Hollywood Boulevard in Downtown Hollywood and add security enhancements are moving forward. The City Commission, in its role as the Board of the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency, has approved a CRA capital improvement project to add poles for closed circuit security cameras, decorative lighting and new palm trees along Hollywood Boulevard. The project calls for 51 new palm trees to replace 13 Copperpod trees located along Hollywood Boulevard. The center canopy consisting of 27 live Oak and Tamarind trees located in the median will remain in place. Decorative, festoon lighting will be added to several sections of the Boulevard. For more information, go to www.HollywoodCRA.org and click on Downtown Streetscape Plan.
Small businesses located in Florida that suffered physical and/or economic injury from Hurricane Irma have through November 30, 2017 to apply for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. Administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, in collaboration with the Florida SBDC Network, and supported by Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (FFCFC), the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan are short-term, interest-free working capital loans intended to help small businesses bridge the gap" between the time of impact and when the business has secured long-term recovery resources, such as insurance proceeds or federal disaster assistance.
For-profit, privately-held small businesses that maintain a place of business in the state of Florida are eligible for loans between $1,000 and $50,000 for up to 180-day terms. All qualified applicants must have been established prior to Sept. 4, 2017, and suffered physical damage and/or economic injury as a result of the designated disaster. Small business applicants must be an employer business with a minimum of two and maximum of 100 employees. For more information, and to apply, please visit www.FloridaDisasterLoan.org. The Florida SBDC Network has a business disaster hotline for questions at 850.898.3489 or Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org.
On-street Metered Parking Returning to Downtown Hollywood
Monday, December 4
On-street metered parking is set to resume in Downtown Hollywood on Monday, December 4th. The return of metered on-street parking is part of effort to increase parking turnover and improve the availability of parking for customers. The cost to park at one of the over 500 metered on-street spaces will be $1.50 per hour, while the parking fee at both the Radius Parking Garage, 251 N. 19th Avenue and the Van Buren Parking Garage at 251 S. 20th Avenue will remain $1.00 per hour to accommodate those parking for a longer duration.
Metered parking locations:
• Harrison Street, 21st Avenue to 17th Avenue
• Hollywood Boulevard, 21st Avenue to Young Circle
• Hollywood Boulevard parking lot, 2014 Hollywood Boulevard
• Tyler Street, 21st Avenue to 17th Avenue
• 21st Avenue, Jackson Street to Polk Street
• South side of Van Buren, Federal Highway to 20th Avenue
• 20th Avenue, Van Buren Street to Harrison Street
• 20th Avenue, Tyler Street to Polk Street
• 19th Avenue, Van Buren Street to Harrison Street
• 19th Avenue, Tyler Street to Polk Street
• All parking pods on Young Circle
The on-street meters will accept coins, bills, and credit cards. You will also have the option to pay using the Parkmobile App. The meters will be enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no need to display a receipt on your dashboard, Parking Enforcement Officers will know your vehicle is paid because all license plates paid via the multi-space meter or the Parkmobile App are transferred to the Officer's handheld device that shows the vehicle has been paid. There are still a few single-space meters downtown that accept coins and credit cards, as well as the Parkmobile app.
Resident or employee permits are not allowed in metered spaces downtown, except where marked on 21st Avenue. For more information on the Parkmobile App or instructions on how to use the Pay-By-Plate Meters visit the Parking Division webpage here: http://www.hollywoodfl.org/96/Parking or call 954.921.3535 to speak with a customer service agent in the Parking Division.
Funtastic Friday Friday
Bring the kids to Downtown Hollywood for a night of family fun at Funtastic Fridays. This weekly event at the ArtsPark at Young Circle in Downtown Hollywood features a rocking DJ spinning the tunes while kids kick-off their shoes and bounce the night away in inflatable bounce houses. Guided activities include games, arts and crafts and artistic face painting. Each Funtastic Friday is free and runs from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the ArtPark at Young Circle located at US-1 and Hollywood Boulevard.
ArtsPark Movie Night featuring
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (PG)
Friday, December 8
At 8:00 p.m. let the kids spread out on the lawn and enjoy the family-friendly movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” as its projected onto the Amphitheater stage. The live-action adaption of the classic Dr. Seuss tale has actor Jim Carrey playing the reclusive green Grinch who works to ruin Christmas the people of Whoville.
Hollywood Beach Sweep Clean-Up
Now through December 9
Help keep Hollywood Beach beautiful by volunteering for the Hollywood Beach Sweep Clean-Up on Saturday, December 9th from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Charnow Park, 300 Connecticut Street and the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. Volunteers meet to collect litter and cigarette butts from the sandy beach. Volunteers are asked complete the registration form found on the City’s website under Beach Sweep. Children, ages 8 and older, are welcome to participate when accompanied by an adult. Gloves and garbage bags are provided to all volunteers along with safety instructions. Remember to dress appropriately, wear sunscreen and bring a completed registration form with you.
Christmas Near the Beach
Saturday, December 9
Christmas Near the Beach brings South Florida communities together to celebrate the wonder of Christmas. The variety show features up-and-coming local singers, dancers, and bands, who bring the beauty of Christmas to the stage. Christmas Near the Beach takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at ArtsPark at Young Circle in downtown Hollywood. Festivities also include vendors, a classic car show and free photos with St. Nick in his beach house. For more information visit ChristmasNearTheBeach.com
Birds of a Feather Flock Together for a Good Cause in Downtown Hollywood
Now through December 27
300-plus plastic pink flamingos are surprising visitors in Downtown Hollywood as part of the Hollywood Women's Club's annual 'Flocking' fundraiser. Now through December 27th decorated Flamingos will be on display on lawns around Hollywood and in business windows in downtown Hollywood.
You can vote for your favorite bird on the Hollywood Women’s Club Facebook page and take a photo of you, your friends or family with the birds and post at #hollywoodflamingoflock. To arrange a flocking, call the Flocking Hotline at 954.609.6625. Over the last 4 years, in partnership with the Community Redevelopment Agency, the Holiday Flocking Promotion has raised close to $5000 to support community service projects.
School Choice Application Window Open
Now through February 2018
The Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) "School Choice" application window for the 2018/19 school year is now open through February 7, 2018. Parents and guardians are encouraged to explore all of the District’s School Choice options available for their families. To learn more about the educational options available across Broward County Public Schools and apply online, visit the School Choice website at browardschools.com/schoolchoice. For assistance with School Choice, parents and guardians can contact the Demographics and Student Assignments Department at 754.321.2480.
Proud of them.
My City Hollywood: I’m Part of It, I’m Proud of It
Traci Callari, Vice Mayor / Commissioner District 3
The Youth Ambassador Program in the City of Hollywood consists of a group of 11 diverse members from different high schools. Members are partnered with government officials who serve as mentors to inform us about how local government functions and to inspire us to create change in our community. Working as liaisons between local schools, city government, and the Hollywood Police Department, we are committed to sharing our insights from the youth perspective on our community issues. For example, we recently produced a public service announcement on teen drinking and driving that was promoted throughout all of our high schools to create awareness of the dangers drinking and driving in our community. Coupled with our social media campaign, #DropTheCup, and our partnership with the Meagan Napier Foundation, our program was able to encourage peers to act responsibly during prom season. In an effort to cultivate a community of young leaders, our program will continue to use our talents to create additional outreach projects in the future.
It is no coincidence that the City of Hollywood is admired as the Diamond of the Gold Coast. Boasting our interconnected diversity, Hollywood is not only known for its beautiful beaches and weather, but for its unquestionable willingness to provide aid to others. With over 146,000 residents, we are proud to engage in a community that embraces good citizenry and moral values to help those in need. From these values, the concept of our public service announcement was created to acknowledge the unity of the citizens of Hollywood before and after Hurricane Irma. Our video highlights the importance of a government that encourages collaboration across multiple departments. During a time when resources were put to the test, Hurricane Irma strengthened our city’s resilience during recovery efforts. As a result, our video helps showcase the vital and necessary work our government officials do to ensure the safety of all of our residents. Although our government officials did amazing work during Hurricane Irma recovery, it could not have been achieved without the help of our local neighbors and youth involvement. Many of our Hollywood neighbors contributed to distributing supplies and clearing the roads of debris. The filming of this public service announcement serves as a reminder that lending a helping hand to a neighbor is what the city of Hollywood is all about.
We plan to promote our video in multiple ways such as social media promotion and school advertisements. The public service announcement will also be posted to the City and Hollywood Police Department Twitter accounts: @cohgov and @HollywoodFLPD as well as their Facebook accounts: @CityOfHollywoodFL and @HollywoodFLPoliceDepartment. By the entire team hashtagging #FloridaCityWeek, we believe we can target citizens to promote civic engagement, generate positive feedback and reach a wide audience with our positive message. The public service announcement will also be broadcast on the City’s Government Access Channel and included in the City’s weekly “Notify Me” email message and quarterly magazine New Horizons. In order to engage the youth, we also plan to show the public service announcement during school announcements and assemblies to create a network of peers that can share the message in order to maximize efficiency and reach of the public service announcement. Although our target audience is the residents of Hollywood, we hope this video will be shared to serve as an example of how Hollywood is a model for others to follow.
Our winning public service announcement award money will be used to create a public art display. As a tribute to Florida City Government Week, the public art display will serve as a permanent, public recognition of the appreciation for those who serve for the benefit of all. We believe this public art display will be the best way to support our message because it will be for all to enjoy forever more and serve as a beautiful reminder of the benefits that come when we work together and create lasting partnerships. It is important that we recognize and celebrate Florida City Government Week because through this public art display we will continue to encourage everyone, including our youth, to engage in their local government. We feel it is imperative to not take for granted the amazing work government officials do daily to ensure our city runs as smoothly and safely as possible. We love our Hollywood, we are a part of it, and we are proud to share this public service announcement with our community.
It takes a village, and we seem to have a great one.
Regular Alley Collections For Garbage and Recycling Resume
Beginning today, Monday, November 13th regularly scheduled garbage and recycling collections resume in alleyways City-wide. Commingled collections, while still on a modified schedule, will also take place in the alley for those who have alley service. You no longer need to place your carts curbside if you have an alley. View the collection schedule below:
In partnership with Waste Pro USA, the City of Hollywood collects garbage twice per week and recycling once a week. All collections begin at 7:00 a.m. except in the Beach District which begin at 8:00 a.m. Garbage containers can be placed out the night before a collection or earlier than 6:30 a.m. on your collection day. For more information please visit: http://www.hollywoodfl.org/997/City-of-Hollywood-Sanitation-Customers
In preparation for the return of regular weekly commingled collections, any additional Hurricane Irma storm-related debris that residents may still have in their yards must be placed curbside by Sunday, November 12th. While still on a modified schedule, commingled collections after November 12th will take place in the alley for those who have alleys. The regular, weekly commingled collection schedule is anticipated to resume in the very near future.
New Dumpster Enclosure Requirements
To improve the appearance and cleanliness of the entire City, on April 19, 2017, the City Commission approved changes to the Code of Ordinances requiring dumpster enclosures for all commercial and multi-family properties with 3 or more units city-wide. While there are some exceptions, commercial and multi-family properties throughout the City will be required to have enclosures around their dumpsters by September 1, 2018. To assist property owners with compliance, an informative webpage has been created on the City’s website that offers information on construction requirements, design plans and helpful contact information. Please visit www.HollywoodFL.org and search “Dumpster Enclosure Requirements.”
New Beach Parking Rates Go Into Effect Today (May 1st)
Register Now to Get the Resident Rate
New Parking Rates for Hollywood Beach Go Into Effect May 1st
Free Registration Going On Now For Resident Rate
To keep beach parking affordable for Hollywood residents, the City of Hollywood is offering a resident parking rate. Hollywood residents must register their vehicle(s) annually with the City’s Parking Division to enjoy an hourly parking rate of $1.50 per hour Monday through Thursday and $2.00 per hour Friday through Sunday and on holidays. This rate is 50% less than the new non-resident rate of $3.00 per hour Monday through Thursday and $4.00 per hour Friday through Sunday and on holidays which will go into effect May 1, 2017.
Registration is free and can be done in-person or online. Once registered, you will be given a “resident rate code” for use at City-operated multi-space master meter parking spots on Hollywood Beach. The following documents are required to register:
• Drivers license
• Vehicle registration
• One of the following: lease agreement, utility bill, voter ID card or tax bill with current Hollywood address
To Register Online:
Visit the Parking Portal at www.hollywoodfl.org/residentrate. Select “Get Permits” then login or sign up for a customer account. The “Purchase a Permit” page will come up describing all of the different permit options available in the City of Hollywood. Select “Next,” then under the subclassification dropdown menu select "Hollywood Resident Meter Rate.” To avoid being charged a fee, you must select “Hollywood Resident Meter Rate.” Do not choose “Hollywood Resident.” Enter your information then select “Next.” Finally, upload scanned images or photos of the required documents. You will receive an email confirmation after successfully completing the registration process. Please allow up to 24 hours or the next business day for processing your registration.
To Register In-person:
Bring copies of the required documents to the Parking office located at 2600 Hollywood Boulevard in the City Hall West Annex Building.
Current Parkmobile Application Users
If you are already a Parkmobile user, you will still need to register your vehicle(s) with the City to automatically receive the resident rate when you use the Parkmobile App. Be sure to use the same phone number when you register with the City and allow up to 20 days processing time.
New Parkmobile Application Users
Once you have registered your vehicle(s) with the City and you have your resident rate code, you can then sign up with the Parkmobile Application to receive the resident parking rate. To sign up, visit http://us.parkmobile.com/ or call the toll-free number 877.727.5714. Be sure to use the same phone number and allow up to 20 days of processing time.
• Please allow up to 24-hours/next business day for resident rate processing and up to 20 days for Parkmobile Application processing
• At single-space parking meters, the resident rate can only be applied when using the Parkmobile Application
• Resident rate code is not valid in private garages, lots or meters
Don’t wait; get your free resident rate code today! Log on today, www.hollywoodfl.org/residentrate or visit the City of Hollywood’s Parking Office, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard in the West Annex Building.
Discontinuance of Delinquent Notices
Effective Thursday, November 3, 2016, the City of Hollywood will no longer mail delinquent notices to inform you that you are at risk of having your utilities services disconnected. Future delinquent notices will be sent through the automated phone system (IVR), by text or via email to the contact information on file for your account.
Please contact Customer Service Office if you would like to update your contact information at 954.921.3938 during our regular business hours: 7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Thursday.
Operation Paintbrush Free Paint Distribution Event Planned
You may remember Operation Paintbrush; the free paint distribution program that was originally scheduled for October was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 12th. Paint distribution takes place at the Department of Public Works, 1600 S. Park Road in Hollywood from 8 am until noon. Distribution is on a first come, first served basis while the City's supply lasts.
Up to 20 gallons of high quality recycled exterior latex paint is available to single-family homeowners who provide their driver’s license and a current utility bill as proof of residency in the City of Hollywood. The paint colors offered are off-white, beige, terracotta, gray, and turquoise.
100% of the latex paint collected through the Broward County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program is recycled into new, high-quality exterior paint which is then provided to residents, non-profit organizations and participating cities at no cost.
In Hollywood, Operation Paintbrush events are held the second Saturday during the months of January, April, July and October. Please contact Public Works at 954.967.4526 for additional event information.
Hollywood Beach Sweep Clean-Up
Keep Hollywood Beautiful by volunteering for the Hollywood Beach Sweep Clean-Up on Saturday, November 12th from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers meet at Charnow Park, located 300 Connecticut Street and the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk to collect litter and cigarette butts from the sandy beach.
Volunteers must be at least 8 years of age to participate and children must be accompanied by an adult. The Department of Public Works will provide gloves and garbage bags along with clean-up safety instructions.
Remember to dress appropriately, wear closed-toed shoes and sunscreen. Volunteers wearing flip-flops will not be allowed to participate. Please bring a complete registration form with you. Registration forms may be downloaded from the City’s website by searching “Lets Keep Hollywood Beautiful”. Carpooling is highly recommended as parking is limited in the Garfield Parking Garage. Free parking passes will be issued at the registration table on a first come, first served basis.
In celebration of "America Recycles Day", the City's Rewards-For-Recycling partner, Recycling Perks, will have a booth on-site at the Beach Sweep. Participants will be able to play recycling-themed games for prizes and learn more about the recycling efforts underway in Hollywood.
New Rewards for Recycling Program set to Begin in Hollywood
On September 19, 2016 the City of Hollywood will launch a new recycling rewards program to encourage City of Hollywood sanitation customers to recycle. Customers are encouraged to register for a rewards account with Recycling Perks by visiting www.recyclingperks.com. Customers who do not have access to a computer are encouraged to call the Recycling Perks Customer Service number at 1.855.813.2154.
Use Promotional Codes to Earn Bonus Rewards Points
• By registering your account you will automatically receive 100 reward points.
• Enter promotional code RBHOL by October 19, 2016 to receive 500 bonus points. A gift from Recycling Perks to you for your participation in the previous recycling rewards program.
• Enter promotional code HOLLYWOODFL to receive an additional 100 bonus points!
That's 700 reward points simply for registering your account! Customers who also encourage their neighbors to sign up will earn additional reward points for each referral.
Earn up to $25 in Rewards Each Month
Once a customer is registered, on a normal recycling collection day when a customer’s cart is picked up at the curb or in the alley, their account will automatically receive 25 points for their recycling efforts. Simply by rolling their recycling cart out for collection each week, registered Recycling Perks participants will earn 25 points a week and up to 100 points each month. Those points equal up to $25 in discounts a month and $300 in discounts each year.
Customers can log onto www.recyclingperks.com to redeem points for coupons, discounts and special deals with local vendors, retailers, restaurants, grocers and more. Customers who do not have access to a computer may call the Recycling Perks Customer Service number at 1.855.813.2154.
Win an iPad mini 4!
Hollywood residents who register an account with Recycling Perks by December 31, 2016 will automatically be entered for a chance to win an iPad mini 4 from Recycling Perks.
In 2010 Hollywood became the first city in Broward County to offer a rewards-for-recycling program. In 2015, recycling became mandatory for all sanitation customers in the City of Hollywood. The goal of the Recycling Perks rewards program partnership is to continue to increase recycling throughout the City. “We are excited to reward residents for their recycling efforts, and to support the local businesses in Hollywood,” says Bill Dempsey, President of Recycling Perks.
Make a Difference in the Community
In addition, Recycling Perks will be extending an invitation to local schools, neighborhood and civic associations and local non-profit organizations to build community partnerships. A local Hollywood based, Recycling Perks representative will be available to make presentations and to encourage participation in their “Give Back Campaigns.”
For more information on the Recycling Perks program and recycling efforts underway in the City of Hollywood please call Rachel Savain, Recycling Coordinator at 954.967.4320.
|New 6-acre park opens June 17 between Taft and Sheridan
Reporter at Hollywood Gazette
As part of the redevelopment project called Sheridan Stationside Village happening in the area east of Interstate 95 between Taft Street and Sheridan Street, the City of Hollywood has gained a new 6 acre community park. Once a trailer park, this new recreational area features a distinctive oak hammock and a historic coral rock house.
A dedication and grand opening for the Charles F. Vollman Park at 2933 Taft Street will be held on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 9 a.m. All are invited to attend.
It includes a total of six acres of which there are four acres that are usable. The remaining two acres are for retention and detention, according to Chuck Ellis, director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts. It is considered a passive park with benches, drinking fountain, waste receptacles, bike racks, light poles and a concrete circuitous path.
The developer contributed $50,000 to toward the remodeling of the rock house at a later phase. “We will use this building for a grant match and to assess what exactly the building will require to refurbish it,” said Ellis. The family of community activist Charles F. Vollman is expected to attend the ceremony.
Portable Spay/Neuter Unit Moving to Hollywood’s John Williams Park
Booking Appointments Now!
Fort Lauderdale, FL – The portable spay/neuter unit that was acquired by Broward County Animal Care and Adoptions (BCAC) has been folded up and is being moved to the next targeted location, John Williams Park located at 6101 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, 33021. The Humane Society of Broward County is the service provider for the 400 square foot unit and appointments for free and low cost pet spay/neuters are now being accepted. The goal is to sterilize a minimum of 400 pets per month at this location. To book an appointment call 954-463-SPAY (7729)
The custom portable unit, which was created by the FORTS company in Coral Springs, will be temporarily in place at John Williams Park through a partnership with the City of Hollywood and surgeries will take place Monday – Friday. Previously, the unit was located at Delevoe and Sunview Parks with 7,323 surgeries performed since April 2016.
Residents who have pets in need of spay/neuter services, can apply to the County’s SNIP Program. The SNIP program is a voucher-based program open to all Broward County residents who have an owned dog or cat. SNIP services include spay/neuter surgery; a rabies vaccination, and a Broward County Registration License Tag. Broward County residents must apply online to the program at Broward.org/Animal. If you need help applying the County has partnered with Broward County Libraries to provide online computer access to the program at any of the 33 library locations throughout the County. Those who receive a SNIP voucher can have their pets sterilized at the unit at John Williams Park – appointments are made by calling the Humane Society of Broward County at 954-463-SPAY.
For details regarding any other BrowardPetFix program, including free-roaming and feral cats, visit Broward.org/Animal.
The Humane Society of Broward County is a private, non-profit organization supported by donations from people and companies who want to help us help the animals. The shelter receives no government funding and is not affiliated with any local or national organization with a similar name. Please call visit www.humanebroward.com for more details.
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There are openings for the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Advisory Board for the City. This Board deals with issues, projects and interest related to parks, recreation and cultural arts for the City of Hollywood.
Attached is an application for residents who would like to serve on various City boards.
The FTC initiative involves providing telecommunications companies and other industry partners with known robocallers’ telephone numbers every day to bolster efforts to reduce and prevent the computer- dialed calls.
The FTC collects scammers’ telephone numbers from consumer complaints to the Do Not Call Registry, either online or by telephone. The more consumers report the numbers, the faster it can develop its blacklist database.
More consumers file complaints with the FTC about robocalls than any other issue. In the first five months of 2017, the FTC said it received 1.9 million complaints.
‘There are few issues that anger consumers as much as these unwanted calls,’ said Connecticut BBB spokesman Howard Schwartz. ‘Robocalls are more than irritating. They are also at the heart of a huge percentage of attempts to deceive consumers into disclosing personal and financial information.’
At the moment, blacklisting robocall telephone numbers is the most effective method of blocking them, as researchers continue their work on new technology to stop them.
Connecticut BBB offers some tips to help you reduce the frequency of unwanted calls:
Get onto the Do Not Call Registry. You can help populate the FTC robocall initiative database by calling 888-382-1222, or registering online at donotcall.gov. You will receive fewer marketing calls and make it easier to identify the fraudulent ones.
Don’t press any digits on your keypad. Ignore recorded prompts to press digits on your telephone keypad to be taken off their calling list. If you press any keys, it tells the scammers you have an active number. Your number will then be sold to other telemarketers and the frequency of calls will increase.
Beware of corporate ID fraud. Callers may use the name of a legitimate company to lend credibility to their pitches. Hang up, and if it differs from the number of the legitimate company, report the number to the Do Not Call Registry.
Watch out for ‘bait and switch.’ Some callers will ask something such as ‘Is Jane there?’ When you tell them they have the wrong number, they change the subject and may ask a question such as ‘While you’re on the phone, have you thought about installing new carpets in your home?’
Don’t pick up the phone. If you don’t know the incoming number, let it ring. If the call goes to voicemail you may be able to discern what sort of call it is.
Sunday Hours have returned!
Broward County’s Stirling Road Library has restored its Sunday hours. The new hours are as follows:
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: noon to 8:00 p.m.
A special celebration of the new hours is in the planning stages for this Fall. The library is located at 3151 Stirling Road. For additional information please call Hannah Handler Hostyk at 305.865.6700.
Hollywood's home to 40 Parks and 11 Community Centers that offer an array of activities! Have you been to the Hollywood West Skate Park? It features a 120” X 90” skate area, a half-pipe, rails and steps along with picnic benches for skaters to ride!
For a more relaxed activity visit Holland Park at 801 Johnson Street, Hollywood, Florida 33019. Launch a boat or cruise on the bike path; take a stroll along the nature trail and try to identify all the birds and butterflies or climb the waterfront observation tower!
Visit the Naval Air Station Museum at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. It’s the only military museum in Broward County. Displays include vintage aircraft and ship models, insignias, flags, WWII instruments, uniforms and memorabilia. Call to reserve you tour 754-300-9259.
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