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March 27... Centennial Birthday Party 100th Anniversary of the Incorporation of Fort Lauderdale Dr. Paul George will host Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Fort Lauderdale on the Riverwalk at 9am and again at 11:30am, Celebrate with live entertainment from 12pm - 5pm. For information on the City’s Centennial Celebration, visit or call (954) 828-4743.

March 12... Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival The Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival returns on March 12, 2011! The Parade will feature marching bands, pipe and drum bands, street performers, classic automobiles, and floats of all shapes and sizes! The Festival will include live music, entertainment, and dance performances. A special children's area will feature games, storytelling, amusements, delicious treats, contests and other activities. Additional highlights include historical education and ancestry areas, trivia, cooking demonstrations, authentic Irish cuisine and much more!

Friday, March 11, 2011 Parade Stripe Painting – Noon Huizenga Plaza (Andrews Ave and Las Olas Boulevard) Join us for an early celebration as Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler ceremoniously paints a green stripe marking the much -anticipated parade route! Saturday, March 12, 2011 Parade – 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Along Las Olas Boulevard from S.E. 8th Ave to Andrews Ave Saturday, March 12, 2011 Festival - 1:30 to 9:00 p.m Huizenga Plaza (Andrews Ave and Las Olas Boulevard) and along the Riverwalk For more information, please call (954) 828-5985 or visit

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Saturday March 5 9 am—1 pm The City of Fort Lauderdale is proud to be a sponsor of the 34th Annual Waterway Cleanup, set for March 5, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 25 locations throughout Broward County. The Waterway Cleanup is an annual event spearheaded by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) that is geared toward cleaning up Broward County’s canals and waterways and promoting environmental responsibility. Volunteers are needed to make this effort a success. People of all ages from all communities and neighborhoods are invited to participate by boat or on foot to remove debris from the waterways and shorelines. Becoming a volunteer is simple. You may pre-register online at or you may simply show up to the site of your choice on the day of the event to lend a hand. Sign up today and get your feet wet to clean up Broward County’s reefs, waterways and beaches. It’s a great way to meet new people and share in the reward of protecting your environment. For more information about the 34th Annual Waterway Cleanup, volunteer opportunities, or site locations, please visit waterwaycleanup or call (954) 524-2733.

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Going Green Reasons to Avoid Plastics • • •

They're made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Production of plastics releases toxic chemicals into the environment. Chemicals can migrate from many plastics into food, water, air and our mouths.

How to Avoid Using Plastics • • • • • • • •

Bring cloth totes or string bags to your supermarket to carry groceries home. Choose refillable, reusable containers made of glass, ceramic or stainless steel. Choose packaging that's made from the most easily recyclable materials: paper, glass, metal cans. Bring your own container to salad bars, delis, wherever they serve in plastic. For wrapped foods, best choices are butcher paper, waxed paper or wood-based cellulose bags (available from Seventh Generation). Avoid single-use, disposable packaging. Buy in bulk, the least-packaged option. Microwave foods and drinks in oven-proof glass or ceramic. Never let plastic wrap touch food while in the microwave. Avoid plastic cutlery and dinnerware. Use metal utensils and look for recycled paper plates.


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When plastic cannot be avoided, check container bottoms for recycling codes (in triangle) and choose those that are accepted for recycling in your area. The most commonly recycled plastics are #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE). Choose non-PVC cling wrap (such as Glad and Handiwrap).

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Steer clear of PVC vinyl (#3) whose manufacture and incineration releases carcinogenic dioxins into the environment and food chain. PVC often contains lead, and toxic plasticizers such as phthlates that can migrate into food, water, air and our mouths. Avoid plastics that are often not recyclable: #3 (PVC), #4 (LDPE), #5 (PP), #6 (PS), #7 ("Other," often polycarbonate). Avoid plastics that leach chemicals suspected of disrupting hormone functions: #3 (PVC), #6 (PS), #7 (often polycarbonate, other varieties of plastic labeled #7 are regarded as safe).

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HARBORDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAPPENNINGS Wow, here it is February already, and it seems like we we are currently working on a tile project for our new building and encourage anyone that would like to participate to just had our Christmas break. Our annual Spaghetti Dinner was held in our cafeteria on January 28th and was a huge success. Thank you Publix Harbor Shops and Isabella’s Pizza and Pasta. Thank you also to all of you in the neighborhood that came and helped support our school. Our kids had a great time singing and dancing to the tunes our D.J. was spinning and dads, awesome job up there on stage performing to Y.M.C.A. and the kids really enjoyed our Balloon man.

do so by decorating a tile for the wall and leaving your mark for years to come. We will be having tile night on March 31st at 5:30 in our cafeteria. Tiles are on sale now and we will provide all the paints. Please feel free to stop by the office and pick up a sheet on how to participate. Thank you and again if you have any questions about our school, feel free to contact me at Cici Kelly President H.S.A.

Our construction is finally finished and was well worth the wait. We are thrilled with our new campus. This should make traffic flow much easier in the morning and at dismissal. So here it is February and we will be holding our annual carnation sale. So if you have a special someone you want to send a flower to we will start selling cards on February 1st. Carnations will be sold on school grounds and the kids will be buying them for their teachers, friends, parents, grandparents and that someone special. We will deliver the flowers to the kids classrooms on Valentine’s Day. If you or anyone you know went to Harbordale in past years

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Garden Tips

What to do for freeze damaged Florida plants…..

Most of Florida is now experiencing mild weather after two weeks of record breaking cold. You have probably had a chance to survey the damage that was dealt to your plants by the freezing weather and depending upon where those plants were located in your garden and their cold tolerance some probably held up better than others to the Arctic front. Take the Florida Gardener’s advice – DO NOT CLIP, PRUNE OR FERTILIZE any of your plants now, obvious damage or none. The reason for this is that the even though we are currently back into milder weather it is very likely that in the following months we could again experience hard frosts or freezing weather. Clipping, pruning or fertilizing your plants at this time could provoke them into a new flush of tender growth that will definitely be further damaged if another “Canadian Express” comes roaring south in the following weeks.

darkened growth layer. The cold damaged cambium layers under the bark will be black or brown in color;

living plant tissue will be green. Prune damaged branches behind this point of discoloration. In some cases, it will take some time for the buds to break after cold damage. Be patient before proceeding with freezekill pruning. In the meantime, continue to regularly irrigate your plants so that you do not accidentally compound the damage to them by causing them to dry out and die from lack of water. Happy Gardening!

By late February or early March Florida plants will begin to spring-forth with new growth and you will be able to see for sure what plants have been killed by the cold and what damage should be removed from the survivors. Let me make this perfectly clear, severe pruning of freeze damaged plants should be delayed until new growth appears and further threats of frosts and freezes have passed. However, dead, unsightly leaves may be removed as soon as they turn brown. If possible, wait until they fall from the plants by themselves. Cold damage may appear as a lack of spring bud break on a portion or on all of the plant. Some plants may show an overall weak appearance. The outer branch tips on some plants may be damaged, while older wood may be free of injury. The “line” between dead and live wood will eventually be “marked” by the growth of a new bud. A small scrape of the bark with a sharp knife will show either a green or


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