Monday, December 31, 2012

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Parkland City Commission:
Michael Udine, Mayor; Mark Weissman, Vice Mayor; David Rosenof, Commissioner. City Manager: Caryn Gardner-Young

City News

City Offices will be closed for New Year’s Day Holiday
City of Parkland offices will be closed Tuesday January 1st, in observance of New Year’s Day. Here's how city services are affected:
City Hall: Will be closed
Solid Waste and Recyclables: Will not be affected by the holiday. Operating under regular schedule.
Library: Will be closed on Tuesday January 1st.
Parks: Will close early at 6:00pm on January 1st and 2nd

Parks and Recreation

Winter Tennis Camp
The United Stated Tennis Federation is proud to present its 2012 winter tennis camp. In the sport of tennis, the fundamentals are the building blocks to your future. Players that have been through the USTF in Parkland looks like a who's who in Florida tennis. Alex Sachs, Taylor Russo, Alex Kurtz, Priyanka Shah, Remi Ramos, David Beasley, Evan Bynoe, Courtney Malinchak, Kala Bynoe and Brittany Golden. We have had players that participated in many of the top junior tournaments in the world. From beginner to Professional we develop you fundamentals to last. For most of these players it started right here in Parkland. Give your children the fundamentals to last a life time. USTF Tennis camp Terramar Park Florida. Click here for more information.

Parkland Walkabouts Walking Program
Friday, January 4
Doris Davis Forman Wildlife Preserve
9:00am
Walk the parks with us! The Parks and Recreation Department will be offering a five-month guided and self-guided walking program beginning Friday January 4th. This five-month program will aid participants in walking their way to an overall positive fitness level and quality of life. Program participants will meet twice a month at 9am on Friday mornings at one of the beautiful and unique parks located throughout our town. Participants will also be encouraged to walk on their own on other days and will be rewarded for participation. The program is free of charge and is open to residents of Parkland ages 50 and older. Registration is required; however, you may join at any time. (Next meeting time will be Terramar Park on Friday January 25 at 9:00am.)

Creative Kids Crafts – Exploration Craft
Friday, January 4
City Hall Activity Room
3:30pm – 4:30pm
The Parks and Recreation is offering Craft Activities for children ages 7-11. This class is free of charge to Parkland residents. January’s Kids Craft will be our “Exploration” Craft. Registration is at the Parkland Amphitheater or can be done online through WebTrac. Registration starts on Monday, November 19, 2012. For more information please contact Caitlin Crossin, Program Specialist, at 954-757-4113 or ccrossin@cityofparkland.org

Chili Cook Off and Shadow Creek Band
Saturday, January 5
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Pine Trails Park Amphitheater.
The City of Parkland is proud to announce Shadow Creek Band at the Pine Trails Park Amphitheater on January 5, 2013 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Presented by the Law Offices of McFarlane & Dolan . The Chili Cook Off will feature some of the best Wild West chili in Parkland. Come join in the fun and taste test some chili starting at 6:00pm! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to join your neighbors for this spectacular FREE family event and performance. No tents, pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed within the park. Please contact Caitlin Crossin, Program Specialist for more information at 954-757-4113 or ccrossin@cityofparkland.org.

City of Parkland Farmer’s Market
Sunday January 6
9:00am to 1:00pm

Equestrian Center: 8350 Ranch Road, Parkland
Join the City of Parkland for our next Farmer’s Market on January 6th from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Equestrian Center. Activities will include a free bounce house and face painting for the kids, a cash raffle and a free shopping big thanks to our Sponsor Mercantil Commercebank and so much more. Over 100 vendors will be selling everything from fresh produce, plants and delicious gourmet foods. For more information please contact Melissa Soto, Program Specialist, at 954-757-4120 or msoto@cityofparkland.org.

Adult Lawn Bocce
Tuesday January 8
10:00-11:30pm

This class is held the first Tuesday of each month from January through May in Pine Trails Park. This class is open to adults 21 years of age and older. This class is free of charge and is open to Parkland Residents only. Game time is 10:00AM-11:30AM. Experience is not required. Advance registration is required. Class size is limited Contact Michele Smith at 954-757-4142 or email msmith@cityofparkland.org.

Healthy Lifestyle Class: Not Older – Better: Healthy Aging
Wednesday, January 9
1:00-2:00pm

This program will be held one Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:00 PM in the Parkland City Hall Activity Room. These free classes are held by Tunies Natural Grocery & Vitamin Supercenter. Examine the solutions for boosting your brain’s power. Explore the options from the medical community and learn alternative natural solutions. Advanced Registration Required. This class will be held at the Parkland City Hall, 6600 University Drive, Parkland. Contact Michele Smith at 954-757-4142 or email msmith@cityofparkland.org.

AARP Driver Safety Program
Saturday January 12
9:00am-3:00pm
The AARP Driver Safety Course is a 6 hour course. The course will be offered quarterly for a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 25 participants. The participants of the course are generally 50 and older, but anyone is permitted to register for the course. All participants of the course receive a certificate, but only those 55 and older may submit the certificate to their insurance company to receive discount benefits. Discount percentage depends on the insurance company. The cost to attend the class is $12.00 for members and $14.00 for non-members. Checks are written out to AARP. Membership number is required on the check to receive membership rate. Advance Registration is required. This class will be held at the Parkland City Hall, 6600 University Drive, Parkland. Contact Michele Smith at 954-757-4142 or email msmith@cityofparkland.org

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Essay/Poetry Contest
The City of Parkland would like to invite middle-school students within the City of Parkland to participate in an essay/poetry contest. Students will be responding to the question, “What was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream for America? If he were alive today, do you think he would feel that his dream has been realized?” Winners will be asked to read their entry at the January 18th celebration event which will be held at the Parkland Amphitheater. All entries must be submitted to the City of Parkland Parks and Recreation office no later than 4pm on Friday January 11th. Entries can be dropped off in person or mailed to the Parks and Recreation Department at 10561 Trails End Parkland, FL 33076. If you have any questions, please call Michele Smith, Recreation Program Specialist at 954 757-4142 or email at msmith@cityofparkland.org.

Parkland Library

Art Display by Joni Sack
January 2nd – January 28th
Our January art display will feature Joni Sack who is an award winning self-taught artist with a natural eye for color and composition. She is a member of the Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women and exhibits widely throughout South Florida. Meet and greet the artist on Saturday January 5th from 11:30-12:30. Light refreshments will be served.

Board Game Day (age 5 and up)
Thursday, January 3rd 2:00pm

Meet friends or make new ones and have fun the old fashioned way by playing board games at the library. Register here or call (954)757-4207.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Parkland City News

Parkland Receives Acknowledgement from State regarding Quigley Park Concession Building
Governor Scott has congratulated the City of Parkland for Quigley Park Concession Building on Parkside Drive being one of only sixty-two (62) food service establishments in the State of Florida for not having any safety or sanitation violations within the past year during inspections by the State of Florida.

Parkland Receives Acknowledgement from FRPA for Barkland
The Florida Recreation and Park Association a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and advocacy of the Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services profession with a membership base of 1,600 and growing. FRPA has become a proven leading association recognized by Florida Trends Magazine as a Top-Ranked Association. In its Winter 2012 Issue of FRPA Journal, the City of Parkland’s Barkland Park was chose in its Facility Showcase. Barkland, located on Ranch Road, is the City’s newest park dedication to our four legged friends. It was opened in January of this year and has been so popular that the Park is always filled. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Davidoff at 954 753-4126 or sdavidoff@cityofparkland.org.

City Offices will be closed for Christmas Holiday
City of Parkland offices will be closed Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th, in observance of the Christmas Holiday. Here's how city services are affected:
City Hall: Will be closed both days
Solid Waste and Recyclables: There will be no pick up on the 25th. Garbage normally collected on the 25th will be picked up on the next scheduled pick up day. Regular service will resume on the 26th.
Library: Will be closed both days
Parks: Will close early at 6:00 pm on December 24th and 25th

Parks and Recreation Events


Vote For Your Favorite Parkland Holiday Home
The City of Parkland accepted registration forms from residents that wished to show off their “Decked Out” Holiday Homes. This year, in addition to the City judging panel, the City is asking residents to have a say in which house is their favorite. Please click here to vote for your favorite “Decked Out” Parkland home. Voting will end on Thursday night, December 20th and the winner will be announced on Friday, December 21st. Congratulations to all participants.

Winter Tennis Camp

The United Stated Tennis Federation is proud to present its 2012 winter tennis camp. In the sport of tennis, the fundamentals are the building blocks to your future. Players that have been through the USTF in Parkland looks like a who's who in Florida tennis. Alex Sachs, Taylor Russo, Alex Kurtz, Priyanka Shah, Remi Ramos, David Beasley, Evan Bynoe, Courtney Malinchak, Kala Bynoe and Brittany Golden. We have had players that participated in many of the top junior tournaments in the world. From beginner to Professional we develop you fundamentals to last. For most of these players it started right here in Parkland. Give your children the fundamentals to last a life time. USTF Tennis camp Terramar Park Florida. Click here for more information.

Adult Open Lawn Croquet
Wednesday December 19
10:00 – 11:30AM
Join other adults in these fun games. Participants need to wear flat shoes. Activity limited to 12 participants. Register on WebTrac. No fee, Parkland residents only. For more information contact Michele Smith msmith@cityofparkland.org 954-757-4142

Creative Kids Crafts – Registration Begins
Friday, January 4
City Hall – 3:30pm – 4:30pm
The Parks and Recreation is offering Craft Activities for children ages 7-11. This class is free of charge to Parkland residents. January’s Kids Craft will be our “Exploration” Craft. Registration is at the Parkland Amphitheater or can be done online through WebTrac. Registration starts on Monday, December 17, 2012. For more information contact Caitlin Crossin at 954-757-4113 or ccrossin@cityofparkland.org .

Chili Cook-Off –Registration
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Pine Trails Park – 6:00pm – 7:00pm
The City of Parkland’s annual Chili Cook-Off is back by popular demand. The cook-off begins at 6:00pm but check-in and set up begins at 5:30pm. “Best Chili” will be judged on the following criteria: flavor, texture/consistency, aroma, appearance/ presentation of dish. Deadline for Entry is on Thursday, January 3, 2013 by 5:00pm. Entry forms can be found on the City of Parkland’s web site. Please contact Caitlin Crossin, Program Specialist for more information at 954-757-4113 or ccrossin@cityofparkland.org

AARP Driver Safety Program
SAT January 12, 2013 from (9:00am-3:00pm)
The AARP Driver Safety Course is a 6 hour course. The course will be offered quarterly for a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 25 participants. The participants of the course are generally 50 and older, but anyone is permitted to register for the course. All participants of the course receive a certificate, but only those 55 and older may submit the certificate to their insurance company to receive discount benefits. Discount percentage depends on the insurance company. The cost to attend the class is $12.00 for members and $14.00 for non-members. Checks are written out to AARP. Membership number is required on the check to receive membership rate. Advance Registration is required. This class will be held at the Parkland City Hall, 6600 University Drive, Parkland. Contact Michele Smith at 954-757-4142 or email msmith@cityofparkland.org

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Essay/Poetry Contest
The City of Parkland would like to invite middle-school students within the City of Parkland to participate in an essay/poetry contest. Students will be responding to the question, “What was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream for America? If he were alive today, do you think he would feel that his dream has been realized?” Winners will be asked to read their entry at the January 18th celebration event which will be held at the Parkland Amphitheater. All entries must be submitted to the City of Parkland Parks and Recreation office no later than 4pm on Friday January 11th. Entries can be dropped off in person or mailed to the Parks and Recreation Department at 10561 Trails End Parkland, FL 33076. If you have any questions, please call Michele Smith, Recreation Program Specialist at 954 757-4142 or email at msmith@cityofparkland.org.

Parkland Library Events

New eBook Additions
We’ve just added the latest from John Grisham, The Racketeer, and from Janet Evanovich, Notorious Nineteen to our eBook offerings. Also the newest Oprah’s Book Club title, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, is now available. Reserve an e-copy today through our website, www.cityofparkland.org/library. To see our full selection, be sure to sign in with your Library card number before you begin your eBook search. If you have never downloaded a Library eBook, how-to information is provided at the eBook Info Center on the website or stop by the Library. We are happy to assist.

Winter Wonderland and Seasonal Music
Tuesday, December 18th 6:30pm
Bring your family and your folding chair or blanket to sit out under the stars on the Parkland Library patio to enjoy an evening of music. The Parkland Library and United By Music, Inc. present "Winter Wonderland & Seasonal Music" performed by the United By Music violin students in our community. Hot Chocolate and cookies will be served. Register here or call 954 757-4207

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Monday, December 17, 2012

In a time when the U.S. government is looking for tax hikes and ways to cut back and reduce the federal deficit of $16 trillion, the homeowners' mortgage interest deduction is on the chopping block. While the whole deduction might not be scrapped, modifications and limitations to it could affect many homeowners.

 

According to the Christian Science Monitor/TIPP survey, Americans would rather lose the charitable giving tax deduction than the mortgage interest deduction. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that's because it's a middle class key incentive that helps Americans build wealth.

Suggestions from economists range from implementing an overall cap on itemized deductions, to eventually having a flat credit for the mortgage interest deduction. Other ideas include capping the amount of the deduction, say, at $500,000 instead of $1 million "or the rate at which mortgage interest deducted would be lower than the top marginal tax rate," said Jed Kolko Chief Economist of Trulia.com. A complete abolishment of the mortgage interest deduction "could greatly destabilize the economy," says Dr. Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist.

Approximately half of the amount of tax deductions taken by Americans are housing- related. Homeowners who haven't paid down a lot of principal will be hurt the most. Millions of Americans take a tax deduction that can amount to anywhere from an average of thousands of dollars to tens of thousands of dollars per year thanks to the mortgage interest deduction.

Those in favor of reducing or eliminating the mortgage interest deduction claim that it could save the federal government $108 billion annually. Some argue that the mortgage interest deduction is not used by many. New research by USA Today showed that in 2010 only 26 percent of homeowners countrywide used the deduction on their taxes and wrote off their interest paid on their mortgage. However, the study points out that not all taxpayers can use this deduction. It's "only available to those who itemize deductions." A taxpayer's mortgage interest, charitable giving, and other expenses need to be greater than the standard deduction offered.

Expensive housing states like California, Washington, Hawaii, Virginia, Maryland, and Nevada would feel the pinch. Those states can see on average a tax break from the mortgage interest deduction alone of about $12,000 a year per taxpayer which is over the standard deduction for a married couple, filing jointly in 2012 ($11,900).

Many believe that if the mortgage interest deduction is modified or eliminated it will send the real estate market into a tailspin and cause the progress that the market has made to shrink. Opponents also believe this will hurt future buyers who are currently renting.

The National Association of Home Builders says that 73 percent of those it surveyed are opposed to any changes in the mortgage interest deduction. The California Association of Realtors found that 79 percent of buyers listed the mortgage interest deduction as extremely important when it comes to deciding if they'll purchase a home.

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