Monday, August 30, 2010


The Florida ENERGY STAR® Residential HVAC Rebate Program is designed to encourage existing homeowners to replace their old energy-inefficient heating and cooling system with a properly sized energy efficient system and to ensure that their heating and cooling duct system has minimal leakage.

Program Start Date: August 30, 2010 – No purchase invoices or installations with dates prior to August 30, 2010, will be accepted.

Program End Date: December 31, 2010, or when the funds are depleted. Purchase any needed repairs to duct work adn installation must be completed by this date.

Qualifying Appliances: The Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Cooling (HVAC) standards have been set by the federal government to meet the Federal Energy Tax Credits. Systems that meet the Federal Energy Tax Credits standards will also meet Florida’s ENERGY STAR® Residential HVAC Rebate Program standards.

Other Requirements to Qualify: In addition to purchasing a new central air conditioner, air source heat pump or geothermal heat pump in Florida that meets the Federal Energy Tax Credits standards, Florida homeowners must also hire either a Florida Class 1 rater, a State of Florida licensed Mechanical Contractor, or a recognized test and balance agent to perform a duct test on their home to document that the home has no more than 15 percent leakage to the outside (as indicated by a score of 0.10 Qn.out).

Amount of Rebate: $1,500, Limit of one rebate per customer and household for rebate offer.

To Apply for the Rebate, a Florida homeowner must purchase and install a new HVAC system, have their duct system tested with a resulting leakage score of no more than 15 percent (0.10 Qn.out), and submit a completed rebate application form, along with four additional documents:

1) A copy of the HVAC system price and payment receipt with the purchase date, make and model clearly identified to ensure the system meets Federal Energy Tax Credit standards and the home address,
2) A copy of the mechanical building permit, with the home address identified, issued by either your county or city for your HVAC system replacement which is a requirement of the state when replacing an HVAC system,
3) A copy of the summary (first page) of the ACCA Manual J program, used to properly size the HVAC system, and
4) A copy of the Air Distribution System Test Report completed and indicating the home has no more than 15 percent leakage as evidenced by a score of 0.10 Qn.out.

For more information about the program, go to:

This rebate can be combined with the City of Lauderhill Interest Free Energy Loan for A/C's, which provides up to $2000, repayable up to 24 months. Therefore, financing up to $3500 can be provided towards an A/C.

For more information about the City of Lauderhill Interest Free Energy Loan go to

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lauderhill Launches New Teen Central Web Site

After a few months of work, Mayor Kaplan launched a new web site specifically designed for teenagers in Lauderhill. The site known as Lauderhill Teen Central and can be found at:

The website's purpose is to give one place for teenagers to go to find useful information they may be looking for. Links not only include to city activities, including sports, theatre, summer programs and special events, but also to get information on schools (including colleges), scholarships, voting, bus service, finding a job, or even information on the military. This is only some of what teenagers will be able to find on the site.

As a program relating to teenagers in Lauderhill is created, this will be the place they can find out about it.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The City of Lauderhill Invites You to Attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony -Celebrating the Reopening of the Sadkin Community Center

The Sadkin Community Center, opened in 1979, and it was named after the City of Lauderhill’s “Founding Father” Herbert Sadkin. After years of use, the Sadkin Community Center needed to be revamped, upgraded, and modernized.

The heavily used Community Center serves as a home to youth and senior programs and classes, community and civic groups, the United Homeowners’ Association, and people from all over the community who just want to have some fun!

Upgrades to the Sadkin Center include a complete renovation to the exterior of the building including a new LEED Silver wall designed to increase energy efficiency. A new patio deck was added with beautiful pavers, benches and a shaded area for residents to enjoy. The front porch includes a new outdoor terrazzo design that entices you into the newly redesigned recreation facility.

Upon entering the facility you will notice that the newly redesigned space better suits the needs of today’s users – both residents and staff. Residents will be able to take advantage of the new gym which features all state-of-the-art exercise equipment. The meetings/multipurpose rooms were renovated with new floors, stage curtains, and increased lightning to accommodate the performing arts. All the bathrooms have been demolished and redone to include green fixtures. The kitchen space is also redone and features new appliances, cabinets, counters, and flooring as well. New office and meeting room furniture, a cheery paint motif, decorative public art floor coverings, and other public art projects throughout the facility give this Community Center a whole new flavor...and it is BEAUTIFUL!

Come meet our special guests....the children of the late Mr. Sadkin! Refreshments and entertainment will follow the Ribbon Cutting.

When: Thursday, August 26, 2010, at 10 am.

Where: Sadkin Community Center – 1176 NW 42 Way

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Florida Constitution Amendments to be Voted on in November

In addition to elected candidates to public office, there will be several Florida Constitutional Amendments, and Broward County Charter Amendments. At this time, it is not known what all the amendments will be, and some are still being debated.

At this time the following are the Florida Constitutional Amendments, and their present status (a vote of 60% in favor is required for passage):

Amendment #1 - Repeal of Public Campaign Financing requirements (on ballot)

Amendment #2 - Homestead ad valorem tax credit for deployed military personnel (on ballot)

Amendment #3 - Property tax limit for non-homestead property; additional homestead exemption for new homestead owners (Hearings are underway in front of the Florida Supreme Court to have this stricken)

Amendment #4 - Referenda required for adoption and amendment of local government comprehensive land use plans (on ballot)

Amendment #5 - Standards for Legislature to follow in legislative redistricting (on ballot - voter initiative)

Amendment #6 - Standards for Legislature to follow in congressional redistricting (on ballot - voter initiative)

Amendment #7 - Standards for Legislature to follow in legislative and congressional redistricting (Stricken down by a lower court from the ballot, but Hearings are underway in front of the Florida Supreme Court to decide if it is on the ballot or not - Legislature initiative and if passes then it will supercede Amendment #5 and #6)

Amendment #8 - Revision of the class size requirements for public schools (on ballot)

Amendment #9 - Health Care Freedom (Hearings are underway in front of the Florida Supreme Court to have this stricken)

Referendum - A Non Binding Referendum calling for an Amendment to the US Constitution to require a balanced federal budget without raising taxes (on ballot)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Broward County Transportation Partners Receives $8 Million Grant for Broward Boulevard Corridor

Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (Broward MPO), along with Broward County Transit (BCT) received more than $8 million from the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Bus and Bus Livability Initiative Grant Program aimed at upgrading bus services and facilities. The competitive grant program is part of a nearly $300 million investment of the Obama Administration's livability initiative to better coordinate transportation, housing and commercial development for citizens and their communities.

FTA's Bus and Livability Initiative Grant Program is investing more than $163 million in 47 projects around the nation. View Project Descriptions

The grant will go towards enhancements along the Broward Boulevard corridor between the Broward Central Terminal at Northwest First Avenue in Fort Lauderdale and the West Regional Terminal at Northwest 84 Avenue in Plantation.

The grant program goals are to improve transit travel time along the corridor, reduce reliance on automobiles and reduce emissions and improve air quality by increasing public transportation use.

As part of this program, transportation partners are in discussions on the following proposed projects: incorporate 'green' bus fleet enhancements with the purchase of nine, energy-efficient hybrid electric buses; implement transit signal priority; enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety; upgrade bus shelters and facilities, and make landscaping and other aesthetic enhancements along the corridor.

Besides the Broward MPO and BCT the grant application was submitted in conjunction with partner agencies, including the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), City of Fort Lauderdale, Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA).

It is expected that the funds for this grant will be available and project work to start in early 2011.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Broward County Transit Plans Community Meetings on Proposed Changes

- Proposals Include Service Reductions, Service Eliminations and Bus Fare Increases -

Broward County Transit (BCT) will hold community meetings in advance of a public hearing scheduled by the Broward County Commission on proposed service reductions, service eliminations and bus fare increases. The following community meetings will allow bus passengers to review and comment on the proposed service changes, scheduled to become effective in October 2010:

Tuesday, August 17 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Broward Health Weston Conference Center
2300 N. Commercial Parkway, Weston
Bus Route 23

Monday, August 23 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Carver Ranches Branch Library
4735 S.E. 18 Street, West Park
Bus Route 15

Thursday, August 26 - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Joseph Meyerhoff Senior Center/Southeast Focal Point
3081 Taft Street, Hollywood
Bus Route 3

Monday, August 30 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Broward Community and Family Health Center
5010 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Bus Routes 7, 15, Transfer routes at Hollywood Young Circle

Tuesday, August 31 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tamarac Branch Library
8701 W. Commercial Boulevard, Tamarac
Bus Route 55

Wednesday, September 1 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Northwest Branch Library
1580 N.W. Third Avenue, Pompano Beach
Bus Route 20

Tuesday, September 7 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Main Library, Bienes Ceremonial Meeting Room, 6th floor
100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
All Bus Routes to Broward Central Terminal

The public hearing is proposed to be held by the Broward County Commission at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, at the Broward County Governmental Center, Commission Chambers, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations to participate in the community meetings should call 954-357-8355 or 954-357-8302 (TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

For more information, call 954-357-6786 or 954-357-8400.

Monday, August 09, 2010


1. Under same management for over 5769 years.

2. Don't give up. Moses was once a basket case.

3. What part of "Thou shalt not" don't you understand?

4 . Shul committees should be made up of three members, two of whom should be absent at every meeting.

5. My mother is a typical Jewish mother. Once she was on jury duty. They sent her home. She insisted SHE was guilty.

6. Any time a person goes into a delicatessen and orders a pastrami sandwich on white bread, somewhere a Jew dies.

7. It was mealtime during a flight on El Al. "Would you like dinner?," the flight attendant asked Moshe, seated in front. "What are my choices?," Moshe asked."Yes or no," she replied .

8. An elderly Jewish man is knocked down by a car and is brought to the local hospital. A pretty nurse tucks him into bed and says, "Mr. Gevarter, are you comfortable?" Gevarter replies, "I make a nice living."

9. A rabbi was opening his mail one morning. Taking a single sheet of paper from an envelope he found written on it only one word: "shmuck." At the next Friday night service, the Rabbi announced, "I have known many people who have written letters and forgot to sign their names, but this week I received a letter from someone who signed his name and forgot to write a letter.

10. Three Jewish women get together for lunch. As they are being seated in the restaurant, one takes a deep breath and gives a long, slow "oy." The second takes a deep breath as well and lets out a long, slow "oy." The third takes a deep breath and says impatiently, "Girls, I thought we agreed that we weren't going to talk about our children."

11. And one final favorite: A waiter comes over to a table full of Jewish women and asks, "Is anything all right?"

Friday, August 06, 2010

eLauderhill News Endorses

On August 24, Voters will be going to the polls to vote in the 2010 Primary Elections. Those that wish to vote early can do so between Aug. 9 and Aug. 24 at one of the early voting precincts. The closest precincts to Lauderhill are at the Lauderhill Mall and the Tamarac Library on Commercial Blvd.

This years primary is full of candidates. So many that in some races it is difficult, if not impossible to decide who to endorse. Therefore, eLauderhill News has listed only those candidates and races where there are competitive races. Other important races, but not all races, will be listed, but no endorsement will be given until such time that more research on the candidate can be completed, or confidence established.

Jeff Greene
Kendrick Meek - Endorsed

Brian P. Moore
Alex Sink - Endorsed

Bill McCollum - Endorsed
Rick Scott

Dave Aronberg - Qualified
Dan Gelber - Endorsed

Holly Benson
Pam Bondi - Endorsed
Jeff Kottkamp

John Labriola
Hazell P. Rogers - Endorsed

M. Margaret Bates - Endorsed
Dale V.C. Holness - Qualified
Albert C. Jones
Carlton B. Moore

Kenneth Gilespie - Endorsed
Oliver Parker - Qualified

Alan B. Schneider - Nothing is known about this candidate
Elijah H. Williams - Endorsed, however recent statements by the candidate have drawn concerns from many that may want you to reconsider.

Frieda M. Goldstein
Carlos A. Rodriguez - Endorsed

Susan Lebow
Jill Tamkin Rafilovich - Endorsed

Matthew Isaac Destry
Robert Abraham Jakovich - Endorsed

CIRCUIT COURT 22 - No useful information about the candidates were ever received.
Robert "Bob" Nichols
Carlos Rebollo

Alan Bernstein
Barbara Anne McCarthy - Endorsed

Olga Levine
John T. ("Jack") Luzzo - Endorsed

Lisa Porter - Endorsed
Laura Renee Seidman

Sandra Perlman - Qualified
Lee Jay Seidman - Qualified

Eileen M. O’Connor
Rhoda Sokoloff - Endorsed

John D. Fry
John Robert Howes - Endorsed
Jason Allen Rosner

Peter Barry Skolnik - Endorsed
Debra L. Steinsaltz

Lloyd Harris Golburgh
Edward H. Merrigan, Jr. - Endorsed

Melissa Beth Minsk Donoho
John "Jay" Hurley - Endorsed

Heidi Berkowitz
Linda R. Pratt - Endorsed

Jordan Howard Breslaw
Mary Rudd Robinson - Endorsed

Roshawn Banks - Qualified
Mindy Solomon - Qualified

Kenneth "Ken" Gottlieb - Endorsed
Mark W. Rickard
Steven A. Schaet

Mardi Anne Levey Cohen
Nathaniel Adam "Nate" Klitsberg - Endorsed
F.J. McLawrence

SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 6 - A very difficult race to chose. Each candidate has pros and cons. However, if they are marked "Qualified" it is felt they could adequately serve.
Phyllis C. Hope - Qualfied
Laurie Rich Levinson - Qualified
Melvin "Doc" Propis
Lynn Simon - Qualified

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

State of America’s Cities Survey on Jobs and the Economy Report of May, 2010

A report was put out by the National League of Cities through its Center for Research and Innovation. The following are interesting statistic from that report.

Despite upticks in some measures of national economic recovery, new data from NLC indicate that declining fiscal and economic conditions persist in America’s cities. Consistent with previous findings that local economic recovery is lagging and may in fact drag national economic recovery, the 2010 State of America’s Cities survey of local elected officials finds:

1) Three in four (75%) city officials report that overall economic and fiscal conditions have worsened over the past year.

2) Eighty-four (84%) percent of city officials report that unemployment has worsened over the past year and nearly nine in 10 say it is either a major (41%) or moderate (47%) problem for their community.

3) More than six in 10 (63%) city officials report that poverty has worsened over the past year; representing the largest percentage of city officials reporting worsened poverty conditions since the question was first asked in NLC’s 1992 survey.

4) To deal with the fiscal implications of these and other economic conditions, cities are reporting the following ways they are cutting their budget:

a) Seven in ten city officials report making cuts to personnel (71%)
b) Delaying or cancelling capital projects (68%)
c) Cuts to public safety (22%)
d) Reductions in healthcare benefits (24%)
e) Revisions to union contracts (22%)

Spending cuts, like those made to public safety, have not only immediate employment impacts, but also impacts on activities essential to the quality of life and safety, like crime prevention and fire response times. Personnel cuts can also delay cities’ responses during an economic recovery, as hiring and training personnel can take considerable time.

5) One in two (52%) city officials report that service levels will continue to decrease next year if city tax rates and fees are not increased. Confronted with difficult economic and fiscal decisions, city officials are split in their views about the future direction of the country. Fifty-three percent are very (27%) or mildly (26%) pessimistic about the direction of the country. Nearly half are also either very (6%) or mildly (40%) optimistic about the general direction the country is heading.

NOTE: Lauderhill is consistent with this report in that most of the areas where cities are reducing their budget applies, plus several other areas not mentioned here as well.