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A AHollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'

Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'

Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'

Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'



   HOLLYWOOD - The holidays are a festive time of year for celebrating and spending time with family and friends.  Hollywood Fire Rescue and Beach Safety and the Hollywood Police Department have suggestions to keep your family safe during the holiday season.

If you are hitting the roads:
   Aggressive driving and speeding are the top causes of fatal traffic crashes along with drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
   Do not drink and drive. If you are celebrating, appoint a friend or family member as the sober designated driver to get everyone home safely.
   Pack your patience. Traffic is more congested during the holiday season especially around attractions and shopping destinations. If you see someone driving aggressively or not paying attention; drop back to a safe distance.  If you’re feeling anxious, take a deep breath and count to ten.  It’s better to get there late then not get there at all.
   Be cautious of distracted pedestrians.  Shoppers may be hurrying from store to store and forget to use crosswalks.  Look both ways before you drive through intersections, especially in high pedestrian-traffic areas.
   Avoid peak travel times.  If you can, avoid traveling at peak hours and days. The day before a major holiday and the Sunday afternoon after are always the busiest.
   Rest up.  The hectic pace of the holidays can leave anyone feeling fatigued. Fatigue decreases reaction time and awareness and can lead to accidents.

Keeping your home and family safe from fire:
   When choosing holiday decorations be sure to select items that are flame resistant or have been treated with a flame retardant.
   Replace strings of lights that may be worn or have broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets together and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in type fixtures.  ollow the manufacturer’s instructions for the maximum number of LED strands that can be safely connected together.
   Do not block doors or windows with decorations and be sure to turn off all light strings before leaving your home or going to bed.
   Add water to the Christmas tree stand daily.
   Battery operated candles are safer than real candles and look just like the real thing.  If you use real candles use a sturdy holder and keep a safe distance of at least 12 inches from anything that could burn such as drapes, bedding or furniture.  Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle and blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
   In the kitchen, keep oven mitts and towels away from the stovetop. If you have a small grease fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.  In the oven, turn it off and keep the door closed. When in doubt, get out of your house and call 911 immediately.

Important Information for City of Hollywood Utility Customers
   HOLLYWOOD - From Wednesday, December 23 to Monday, January 5, the City of Hollywood Department of Public Utilities Customer Service Center will be operating in a limited capacity to allow for the transition to a new and improved utility billing system.

    Beginning December 26th, the new Customer Service Center phone number will be: 954.921.3938

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City of Hollywood Police Memorial Dedication
The Hollywood Police Department will dedicate a new police memorial to the six courageous officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty since the City’s founding in 1926.  The ceremony will be held on Friday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Hollywood Police Department at 3250 Hollywood Boulevard.
The Hollywood Police Memorial features six Officer Podiums to individually honor each fallen officer.  Installed in each officer’s podium is a photo along with a plaque with silver-colored raised lettering, a silver-colored badge and a silver-colored patch. There is also a Main Podium adorned with an aluminum plaque that matches each officer’s plaque.
The six officers whose 
service and sacrifice are 
honored by the memorial include:
Officer Owen Coleman (09-1925 to 01-25-1926) was one of the first men hired when the newly formed City was establishing the police department.  Officer Coleman was killed in a shootout in Davie in January of 1926.  Most news accounts of his death were destroyed in the hurricane of 1926. In the early 1990s, an historian of South Florida Police Officers killed in the line of duty discovered records of his death.  Officer Henry T. Minard (9-6-1971 to 11-18-1972) was killed in the line of duty on November 18, 1972.  Officer Minard was answering a silent holdup alarm at a jewelry store and interrupted a robbery in progress.  He was fatally shot by the robber. 
Officer Byron W. Riley (10-11-1971 to 8-30-1973) and Phillip C. Yourman (10-11-1971 to 8-30-1973) began a pursuit of a strong-arm robbery suspect vehicle.  As they sped through a quiet residential neighborhood, the police vehicle struck a tree and they both were fatally injured. 
Officer Frankie Shivers (12-20-1981 to 9-6-1982) lost her life while responding as a back-up to a car accident. This bizarre incident began with a traffic stop by another officer, John Lunney.  While writing the citation, another car slammed into Lunney's police cruiser, hurling him onto the roof of the vehicle he had stopped. The vehicle causing the crash burst into and Officer Shivers attempted to rescue the woman in the burning vehicle. The female driver grabbed Officer Shivers, revolver and shot her several times. 
Officer Alex Del Rio (4-12-99 to 2-22-08) is the City of Hollywood’s most recent fallen officer.  Officer Del Rio was conducting traffic enforcement on Sheridan Street on the evening of February 22, 2008.  In an attempt to stop a speeding motorist, he was involved in a motor vehicle crash and lost his life.
For more information, please call the Hollywood Police Department, 954.967.4371.