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Two officers with the Lakeland Police Department are gearing up to participate in the 2014 Police Unity Tour. On May 9th, Lieutenant Mike Moran, a 23-year veteran and Sergeant Mike Lewis, a 14-year veteran, will once again set out on a bike ride that will span three days and 250 miles from Portsmouth, VA to Washington, DC. The annual event’s primary purpose is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. The tour also raises funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum in Washington, D.C.  This year’s ride will be the 3rd for Lt. Moran and the 2nd for Sgt. Lewis. The pair of riders have been training all year for the ride.


“I am an avid cyclist and also passionate about law enforcement and recognizing the officers that have given their lives for this career,” said Lewis.

Close to their minds and hearts will be fallen officers. Lt. Moran will be riding in memory of Master Deputy Shane Robbins, from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.  The 15-year veteran died in the line of duty on April 26, 2013 when he was involved in a single-vehicle crash.  Sgt. Lewis will be riding to honor the memory of Officer Michael Crain, an 11-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department in California.  Officer Crain was shot and killed in the line of duty after being ambushed at a red light on February 3, 2013. Both Moran and Lewis will wear a metal bracelet with the fallen officer’s name engraved in it. Once arriving at the memorial site, they will present the family members with the bracelets.  

“When you ride into the police memorial in Washington, DC and see the faces of the family that you are riding for, it’s heart wrenching,” said Moran.  “But it’s also amazing when you get to meet the family and see how thankful they are for us remembering their loved one. It’s one of the most gratifying things I’ve done in my life.”

Both will also wear a small memento in honor of their own fallen comrade, Officer Arnulfo Crispin. Crispin was shot in the line of duty on December 18, 2011 and succumbed to his injuries three days later.  “The reason I joined the tour in 2012 was to honor the memory of Arnie,” said Moran. Officer Crispin’s family will be there in Washington to greet Moran, Lewis and the other riders participating in the tour.

Riders in the Unity Tours are either police officers or family members of fallen officers. Officer Lewis shared a memory from his first Unity Tour where a woman who was riding in memory of her husband. The woman began to struggle after about 70 miles into the ride. He watched as another officer whom she had never met put his hand on her back and pushed her for the next 40 miles so that she would not be dropped from the ride. “Riding a bike for 110 miles is impressive, but to push another rider for that distance was simply amazing to witness and truly in the spirit of the tour,” said Lewis.

Started in 1997 with only 18 riders, the event has grown to include over 1,700 riders from all over the United States. In total the event has raised almost $14 million for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  Each year the ride culminates at during National Police Memorial week in Washington, DC.  Riders all converge at the same time at the National Law Enforcement memorial where thousands of family members of fallen officers and law enforcement supporters are waiting.

For each officer to participate they must raise $2,000.  Half of the money covers the expenses of the ride and the other half goes directly to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.  If you would like to support these two officers, you can make a donation through their fundraising websites.

Sgt. Lewis’ fundraising website:  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/MLewis/2014

 

Lt. Moran’s fundraising website:  https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/moranpoliceunitytour/2014

 

 

 

 





SIGN UP FOR LAKELAND ELECTRIC eSERVICES

VIEW CONSUMPTION, PAY ONLINE & RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS

 

LAKELAND, FL (April 3, 2014) - Lakeland Electric’s website has recently undergone a facelift. The site features an eServices Portal that allows users to conduct a number of business functions and monitor usage from any convenient location. 

 

Signing-up for eServices is really as easy as 1, 2, 3 on lakelandelectric.com.  

1.    Customers will need their Lakeland Electric account number listed on their utility statement.

2.    Provide the last four digits of your social security number or if the account is related to a business, then the Federal ID number.

3.    Lastly, select the correct picture from the prompt and then you are ready to start discovering the eServices portal.

 

Customers who sign-up for eServices can review their utility bill details and pay online. They can view their current statement, previous balance and transaction history.  Users can check their monthly carbon footprint and conduct business like disconnect service, transfer service to another address and for our winter visitors, they can restart their service all online.

 

Because of the integration with smart meters, eService users can view real time consumption (kWh and estimated dollar levels) at monthly, daily and hourly intervals. Lakeland Electric customers can also enroll in a new notification program through eServices.  Customers can receive text messages, emails or even voice mail messages on their devices about outages and restoration efforts.

 

 

Storm season is fast approaching and customers are encouraged to sign-up for Lakeland Electric notifications today so they will know if their power is out due to weather related issues.  Right now the customer notifications include outage messages that will let customers know that the power is out and when their power is restored. In the very near future, customers will be able to receive additional messages that will help them manage their electric service.  Customers can choose to have their notifications in either English or Spanish and they can receive notifications on multiple devices. 

 

Sign-up for eServices today to make your life easier and monitor your energy consumption because smarter power is in your hands. 

 

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LEMON STREET ART PART OF FLORIDA OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION

VOTE FOR PEOPLE CHOICE DURING APRIL FIRST Friday EVENT

LAKELAND, FL (April 2, 2014) - Downtown Lakeland is now home to 10 new sculptures that are part of the 14th Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Lakeland, Winter Haven and now Sebring are participating with the installation of new art to be enjoyed. In Lakeland, the sculptures are displayed along Lemon Street and there will be a chance for art lovers to vote on their favorite outdoor sculpture for the coveted “People’s Choice” award during the April 4th First Friday event that will take place in downtown Lakeland from 6-9 p.m.  The artist, the name of their pieces of art and the materials used to make the sculptures are listed below.

Jerzy Kedziora  – Feng Shui is coldcast bronze measuring 6’6” x 3’9” x 3’9”

Jack Howard – Valkyrie is galvanized and powder-coated steel measuring 9’9” x 9’8” x 8’

Gus Ocamposilva  – Dancer of the Wind 3 is aluminum and enamel measuring 12’5” x 6’8” x 1’3”

Adam Walls – POW is painted steel measuring 5’5” x 3’ x 6’

Wesley Stewart, Martinez  – For Us is steel measuring 11’6” x 5’2” x 5’

James Oleson, Jr – Reflecting is aluminum and steel measuring 5’4” x 2’11” x 1’1”

Glenn Zweygardt – Malachite Voyager is stone, glass and metal measuring 9’4” x 3’ x 2’8”

Hanna Jubran – Balance Point is steel, cast iron and paint measuring 9’ x 1’6” x 1’6”

Karen Adamek  –  Iron Horse Jumper is made from railroad spikes and measures 6’ x 8’ x 3’

Joseph Thompson – Archangel After Michael is made from steel and measures 7’2” x 2’8” x 2’8”

The sculptures are selected by a committee of comprised of community members and Polk Museum of Art staff for the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. The sculptures are displayed for a year in downtown Lakeland, Winter Haven and Sebring. An independent judge selects the Best of Show, Second Place and Honorable Mention awards for the pieces of art.  The winners along with the “People’s Choice” award will be announced at the April 4th First Friday event.  There will be live music from the jazz band FreeTime who will be playing on Lemon Street from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. so come out and enjoy First Friday and vote for your favorite piece of art!


CITY OF LAKELAND PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT

 

CAMP BLAST SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM REGISTRATION – SECURE YOUR CHILD’S SPOT!

 

 

LAKELAND, FL (April 2, 2014) – Summer is right around the corner – get your child’s spot secured!  The City of Lakeland is offering Camp Blast, an eight-week summer recreation program located at City recreation facilities and various schools throughout Lakeland. Camp Blast offers elementary students, who have completed kindergarten through the 5th grade, endless opportunities for enrichment including weekly trips, on-site games and activities, service opportunities and several special events. 

 

Don’t miss out on Camp BLAST!  Registration for this opportunity begins April 12th, 8am at Kelly Recreation Complex (KRC) for City Residents and April 19th , 8am at KRC for Non-City Residents.  Spots will fill quickly – mark your calendar to attend!  A copy of the child’s report card is needed and registration fees are $200 per child paid by cash or check.  Camp begins Monday, June 16th  – Friday through August 8th.  Camp hours are from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.

 

For full details on camp dates, camp locations and pricing options check out www.lakelandgov.net/parkrec, or call the Kelly Recreation Complex, 863/834-3284 with any questions.