"Community Information"


   

The Hollywood Hills Civic Association will be collecting non-perishable goods from May until November at our monthly meetings.

We will then donate these items to the Hollywood Hills United Methodist Church Food Pantry.


Thank you for your support in giving back to your community.

 

 


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.

 

 


Traffic and Parking Advisories

Coolidge Street at N 21 Avenue to Temporarily Close

Beginning on Monday, September 17th, Coolidge Street will be closed at N. 21 Avenue from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The necessary closure is to allow for construction crews operating heavy equipment to work at a project site located at 2060 Coolidge Street in Hollywood. The closure will be in effect through late December, 2018.

• No east bound access to Coolidge Street from N 21 Avenue for the duration of the project. Traffic wishing to head east will be detoured north on N. 21st Avenue to Scott Street.
• Westbound travel on Coolidge Street between N 20 Avenue and N 21 Avenue will be allowed during off-hours (4:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.)

Detours will be in place to guide vehicular traffic, however motorists should plan to seek an alternate route to avoid delays or traffic congestion. For additional information on this project, please contact City of Hollywood Engineering Support Services Manager, Clarissa Ip, at 954.921.3915.

Hollywood Gardens West & Taft Street Sidewalk Improvement Project Construction Update The Hollywood Gardens West Improvement Project is underway. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has awarded a $2.6 million contract to Horizon Contractors Inc. for improvements along the Hollywood Gardens West community and on Taft Street from N 20 Avenue to N 14 Avenue in Hollywood. Construction is slated to be completed in spring 2019.

On Monday, September 10th the contractor began constructing new sidewalks on Tyler Street from SR 7 to N 56 Avenue. This work will be done over approximately three weeks with crews working between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. Areas with existing sidewalk will not be affected.

The operation involves removing approximately six inches of existing soil and pouring concrete for the new sidewalks. The concrete will need to cure over a period of 72 hours before vehicles are able to drive over it. Private driveways will be inaccessible for approximately three days while crews work in front of each property. Inspectors will attempt to notify property owners before the work begins so they may move vehicle(s) as driveways will not be accessible during the 3-day work period until the concrete is cured.

Temporary parking in the swale will be allowed while this work is ongoing. FDOT has coordinated with Code Compliance on this project so citations will not be issued in areas where sidewalks are curing.

For additional project information, please contact Tyler Furrey, FDOT Construction Project Administrator at 954.958.7681 or Rebecca Guerrero, Community Outreach Specialist for FDOT Broward Construction at 954.940.7605.

 


A1A Construction Update and Overview

The following information was provided by the City of Hollywood Chief of Police, Chris O'Brien.


Chief O'Brien indicated that acting Major Switter recently met with Antonio Piedia, the project manager for the A1A project .


Below is the project overview provided and a timeline of future Phases.


The work is currently primarily occurring in the area from Michigan Street to Sheridan Street. As work is finalized, the barricades will be removed and the roadway opened up. Phase I is expected to continue until the middle/end of October.


Phase II will be the same type of work on the west side of A1A. The traffic pattern will be as it is now, just pushed east. (One NB, one SB, and one center turn lane.) As FPL is making improvements along the same corridor, temporary asphalt will be laid and no pavers. The lack of the pavers means the construction should move faster than on the east side of the roadway. The anticipated end date of Phase II is March 2019. Additionally, all work effecting the bridges was carried out in Phase I and no additional impacts to traffic over the bridges is anticipated.


Work on Phase II is also planned to begin on the south and north ends of A1A simultaneously. This will be done in an effort to minimize the length of time required to complete the project. A priority will be given to the southern stretch from Hollywood Blvd to Johnson Street, where the majority of the local businesses are located. This business area is expected to be completed thru November.


Phase III will be work on the medians along A1A. This Phase is anticipated to last a month. (March 2019 to April 2019) In the area of the median work, traffic will be reduced to one NB and one SB lane. Traffic will be returned to two lanes north and south after the squeeze through the construction zone.


Phase IV will be a final "friction course". This is a final top coat of asphalt along the whole course of A1A and projected to take three weeks to a month.


While the final end date for the project is anticipated to be the spring of 2019, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather or unforeseen project demands.


One upcoming impact may occur in September as the A1A street ends are closed for paving. The area will be separated into 'blocks" and each block is expected to take two days to complete. During this local street end closure, emergency vehicles will still have access as needed. The contractors will place four message boards in the area alerting motorists of the closures and detours. The schedule will be finalized this Wednesday during a project planning meeting. A press release will be prepared and all departments notified. Mr. Piedia advised he will send me notes and the outcome of the meeting so we can plan as needed.


The anticipated "block end closures" will be Minnesota to Garfield, Connecticut to Taft, and Carolina to Thomas. Traffic attempting to access these streets will be directed to use Surf Road.


The A1A traffic updates as of July 1st , 2018 are as follows;


• We have assigned 776 total personnel hours for specified traffic enforcement or traffic control, paid through funds provided by the Beach CRA. This does not include extra patrols and enforcement being performed by patrol units assigned to the beach, as well as the beach NTLs.

• Since the inception of Phase II of the project, we have issued 618 uniform traffic citations from Hollywood Blvd to Sheridan Street."

 

 

 

Regular City Commission Meeting Rescheduled

Thursday, September 20 @ 1:00 PM


In observance of the Yom Kippur, the second Regular City Commission meeting in September will be held on Thursday, September 20th at 1:00 p.m. at City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Room 219.

 

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE PARK EAST CIVIC ASSOCIATION

Thursday, September 20 @ 7:00 PM

   

SAVE THE DATE – ORANGEBROOK NEEDS YOU ON SEPTEMBER 20TH

At the Thursday, September 20th Park East Civic Association meeting, there will be a presentation of an unsolicited proposal by Silver Builders, Inc. for hundreds of homes in the middle of Orangebrook Golf Course. It is of critical importance that we have a big turnout to tell the developer that this is the wrong location for such a development. Everyone who cares about the survival of Orangebrook and open green space should plan to attend this important meeting.

The meeting will take place at 7 pm at David Park Community Center, 108 N. 33rd Court.

 

 

Funtastic Friday

Friday, September 21


Funtastic Friday is a weekly event at the ArtsPark at Young Circle in Downtown Hollywood featuring a rocking DJ spinning the tunes while kids kick-off their shoes and bounce the night away in inflatable bounce houses. Kids can also take part in guided activities including games and arts and crafts projects. Funtastic Friday is free and runs from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. each Friday at the ArtPark at Young Circle, located at US-1 and Hollywood Boulevard, weather permitting.

 

 

 

ArtsPark Movie Night featuring
“D2: The Mighty Ducks” (PG)

Friday, September 21


The ArtsPark Friday Night Movie is the sequel the wildly popular sports-comedy hockey flick, “D2: The Mighty Ducks.” This time, the team is tempted to cash in on their fame in lieu of practicing, but the Ducks eventually get back on track to take on Iceland who is favored to win the title. Showtime for D2; The Mighty Ducks is at 8:00 p.m. and the movie is rated PG. Admission is free and lawn seating is available. The ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater is located at 1 Young Circle in Downtown Hollywood.

 

 

Solar Blast Summer Concert

Saturday, September 22


Visitors to the ArtsPark at Young Circle in Downtown Hollywood may have noticed the solar trees recently installed by Florida Power and Light. The trees are, in part, powering the amphitheater stage equipment, as well as other ArtsPark fixtures. In celebration of this green partnership, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts is hosting the final concert in the “Solar Blast Summer Fun Concert” series. On Saturday, September 22nd come out to enjoy “Let It Be,” a Beatles tribute band, set to perform at 8:00 p.m. The Solar Blast Summer Concert is free and lawn seating is available. For additional information, please call the ArtsPark at Young Circle at 954.921.3500.

Tribute band performance schedule is subject to change. For additional information, please call the ArtsPark at Young Circle at 954.921.3500.

 

 

   

City Commission Candidate Forum for Districts 1, 3 and 5

Monday, September 24

 

The Hollywood Council of Civic Associations invite you to attend a City Commission Candidate Forum for Districts 1, 3 and 5 on Monday, September 24th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the David Park Community Center, 108 N. 33 Court in Hollywood. All the candidates running for these districts have been invited to the forum. This is an opportunity for the public to meet with the candidates and hear from them directly prior to the November 2018 election. Each candidate will have an opportunity to speak for two minutes prior to the moderator asking prepared questions.

Monday, September 24th, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

David Park Community Center

108 N 33rd Court Hollywood, Fl 33021

 

Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

 


Plastic and Foam Free Hollywood Beach

Monday, October 1


The City of Hollywood is committed to reducing environmental impacts and becoming more sustainable. One step the City has taken in achieving this goal is to ban the use of nonbiodegradable containers, like plastics and expanded polystyrene foam (EPS), for serving food products. Beginning October 1, 2018, according to Chapter 97.05 of the City of Hollywood Code of Ordinances, any establishment located east of the Intracoastal Waterway selling food intended for consumption by customers off the premises of their business, is included in the ban. Learn more by visiting the Foam Free webpage on the City’s website: http://www.hollywoodfl.org/1143/Plastic-and-Foam-Free-Beach

 


SAVE THE DATE

Early Voting for the General Election

October 22 Through November 4


Early voting for the General Election will take place in Hollywood at the Broward County Library – Hollywood Branch, located at City Hall Circle, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, October 22 through November 4th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.

Unlike Election Day when a voter must vote in his or her designated polling place, a voter can vote at any Early Voting Center location in Broward County. Voters will need to present a photo and signature ID. If you are unable to provide a photo and signature ID, you will be issued a provisional ballot. There are three other sites in neighboring cities that may also be convenient to Hollywood voters:

In Pembroke Pines:
South Regional Library/Broward College, 7300 Pines Boulevard
Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan Street

In Hallandale Beach:
Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center, 410 SE 3rd Street

For additional Early Voting locations in Broward County, please visit the Supervisors of Elections website at https://www.browardsoe.org/Portals/Broward/Documents/ANews/EVLocationlist-%202018-GENERAL.pdf

 

 

   

ePermit Building Permit Service Now Available

Save time and avoid the line!


In a continuing effort to better serve the needs of residents and the business community, the Department of Development Services is pleased to announce the ePermit Building Permit Service. ePermit Plan Review allows residents, contractors and tradesmen the ability to submit one of over twenty "short review" permits and forms electronically for review. "Short review" permits are considered small projects that can be reviewed quickly. Customers now have the option to submit “short review” permits online, saving time and a trip to City Hall.

 

It's as easy as:

1. Gather required permit documents

2. Email documents to ePermits@hollywoodfl.org

3. Monitor progress online at www.hollywoodfl.org/ePermit and register to receive automatic email notifications when updates take place.

4. Pay for your permit online at www.hollywoodfl.org/Permit and the permit will be emailed to you

5. Schedule Inspections online at www.hollywoodfl.org/Permit or call 954.921.3646.

 

For more information on the new ePermit service, visit www.hollywoodfl.org/ePermit or call 954.921.3335.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Owners and managers of businesses with fish and shellfish holding tanks and users of kidney dialysis machines are advised that regular methods for testing and removing chloramines will not be effective during the flushing period. It will be necessary to test and adjust for free chlorine. Should utility customers have any questions, please contact the Public Utilities Water Treatment Plant at 954.967.4230.

 

New Generator Rules For ALFs and Nursing Homes

Check Their Compliance Status Daily


The State of Florida now requires all assisted living facilities (ALF) and nursing homes to have an updated emergency power plan and operational generator. These new rules are in an effort to prevent another tragedy like the one following Hurricane Irma. Anyone with a loved one currently residing in an ALF or nursing home are encouraged to visit the Agency for Health Care Administration's (AHCA) Emergency Power Rules website to learn more about the state's new generator and emergency plan requirements.



AHCA also provides daily updates on the emergency power plan compliance status of every ALF and nursing home in the State of Florida. For those who have loved ones as residents, they are encouraged to visit the AHCA website to check their facility’s compliance status. Broward County and listed as “Region 10”. If you see “Not Requested” or “No Submission” listed by your facility, you are encouraged to call them directly to inquire with the management team. For website links and more information please visit: http://www.hollywoodfl.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=553

 

 

Emergency Management Registration Ongoing For Floridians with Disabilities


Disasters affect everyone but some, like seniors, people with chronic conditions, the economically disadvantaged, and those with access or functional needs are often disproportionally affected. The Florida Division of Emergency Management has partnered with every local emergency management agency in the state to create a registry so residents with disabilities or access and functional needs can receive assistance during a disaster.

Floridians are encouraged to register today through the Florida Special Needs Registry, found at the following link: https://snr.floridadisaster.org/Signin?ReturnUrl=%2f This statewide registry provides first responders with valuable information to prepare for disasters or other emergencies. Registration is free and confidential. Information provided will only be used in plan for and provide services during a disaster.

For additional preparation tips and other valuable resources, please visit the City's Emergency Management website at www.hollywoodfl.org/hurricane.

 

 

   

 

 

 

Christopher O'Brien
Chief of Police Announcement

Hollywood Police Department

 

 

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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.

 

 


 

Commissioner Traci Callari (District 3)

 

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. 

   

 

 

  Hollywood Beach Parking Rate Notify Me Banner  

New Beach Parking Rates Go Into Effect Today (May 1, 2017)
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.


Additional Information

• 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.

 

   

 

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
David Volz
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.

 


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 https://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.
Wednesday: Closed


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.

 

FREE Things To Do In Hollywood

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!

 

The Hollywood Police Athletic League has year round activities going on. They’re located at 2311 North 23rd Avenue, Hollywood, Florida 33020. Give them a call at 954-921-3401.

 

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.