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SIMPSON PARK GYMNASIUM TO BE DEDICATED IN HONOR OF COACH MAC

SIMPSON PARK GYMNASIUM TO BE DEDICATED IN HONOR OF COACH MAC

 

LAKELAND, FL (June 12, 2013) -- At 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 15th the City of Lakeland will dedicate the gymnasium at Simpson Park in honor of Sylvester Douglas McArthur, known by many as Coach Mac who passed away February 2011 at the age of 75.  McArthur dedicated over 40 years to the betterment of his community through coaching and mentoring at risk youth. 

 

He was employed by the Polk County School Board for 26 years and the City of Lakeland for 15 years.  It was during this tenure as coach and recreation supervisor that he helped shape the lives of numerous young men and women. McArthur taught many children how to swim at Simpson Park Pool. He also was a football and basketball coach at Rochelle High and Lakeland Senior High.

 

Marquis Roberts, Recreation Supervisor II at Simpson Park Recreation Complex said, “I use to come to Simpson Park as a kid and I had some great positive role models like Coach Mac.  I saw how he dealt with the kids and I knew then that I wanted to be like him.”  He added, “Coach Mac was definitely an influence that helped shape me to be the man I am today and now I’m a Recreation Supervisor at the very same place where Coach Mac helped guide me.”

 

McArthur was a pillar in the African American community and a faithful member of Rose Heights Lodge 318. He was a major influence for a number of athletes from Lakeland to attend college and he assisted many to attend his beloved Bethune-Cookman University.

 

For all Coach Mac’s hard work and dedication to the City of Lakeland the Gymnasium will be dedicated in his honor on June 15, 2013 at 1 p.m.  The Simpson Park Community Center is located at 1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. 

 

For more information regarding the City of Lakeland and the Parks & Recreation Department, visit www.lakelandgov.net.  Follow the City of Lakeland through social media by searching City of Lakeland once you are logged-into Face Book or follow us on Twitter @ lakelandgov.

 

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MERRITT VS. TROLLER - CITY OF LAKELAND COMMISSIONERS BATTLE IN WEIGHT LOSS COMPETITION

MERRITT VS. TROLLER

CITY OF LAKELAND COMMISSIONERS BATTLE IN WEIGHT LOSS COMPETITION

 

LAKELAND, FL (June 10, 2013) -- The City of Lakeland recently initiated a weight loss program for employees as part of an overall corporate wellness initiative that also includes health screenings and a dedicated clinic for City employees.  Commissioner Troller and Commissioner Merritt are both participating in the weight loss program and they have proposed a friendly bet on who will lose the most weight.  The losing Commissioner will donate $100 to the charity of choice of the other Commissioner.

 

The weight loss program started May 1st and will run through the end of October with the final weigh-in taking place November 1st.   Commissioner Troller said, “We have had two weigh-ins and I’ve lost over five pounds in four weeks by reducing my intake of fast food and by walking at least 10,000 steps a day per my pedometer.”  He added, “I’ve replaced sweets with fruit and soda with water.

 

Commissioner Merritt said, “I’m very eager to help promote a healthier community and I believe the Walk Lakeland initiative where I invite members of the community to walk with me on the 1st Tuesday of each month is doing exactly that.  I would like for people to get off the couch and exercise.”  Merritt said, “The friendly bet with Commissioner Troller has given me the little incentive to watch what I eat as I try to exercise more.”

 

Troller said, “I wear my pedometer every day. May the skinner man win and I’ve already identified my charity of choice to Commissioner Merritt because I’m confident that I’ve got this.” Commissioner Merritt said, “On the first Tuesday of each month I meet up with walkers at a destination around Lakeland for a brisk walk. No timers, no medals, just an opportunity to get up, get out and start walking.”

 

The next Walk Lakeland event will take place at Lake Hunter.  Walkers will meet at the Lake Hunter Boat Ramp located at 650 Sikes Blvd. on Tuesday, July 2nd at 6 p.m.  Keep track of where the next Walk Lakeland event will take place on the City’s website at www.lakelandgov.net or receive updates through social media by searching City of Lakeland once you are logged-into Face Book or follow us on Twitter @ lakelandgov.  All ages and fitness abilities welcome.

 

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RED WHITE & KABOOM! - July 3rd at Lake Mirror



The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce that the T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place with live music at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Wednesday, July 3rd from 6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. with a breathtaking fireworks display dazzling the crowd at 9 p.m.   

A live concert featuring Sam Bullock and the Soul Alliance will entertain the crowd. This multi-piece R&B Band comprised of a tight rhythm section, horns and back-up singers play music that includes hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and the ‘90s, done with a big band swag. They also play hit music from Broadway, some Jazz, and newer pop to round out their repertoire. The lead singer, Sam Bullock has been influenced by singers such as Michael Bublé, Paul Davis, Peabo Bryson, Brian McKnight, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson and Prince. He also names the Eagles and Journey as huge influences. The Soul Alliance has a commanding stage presence with the goal to have fun and get the crowd energized as they show the audience that they truly are masters of their craft.  

Tom Mims, President of T. Mims Corporation said, “We are very excited to sponsor Red, White & Kaboom again this year. It is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of our great country and it is free to the public." Mims added, "We will be continuing our Chow for Now canned food drive to benefit Volunteers in Service to the Elderly so we want each spectator to bring at least one can of food for VISTE." There will be Chow for Now volunteers with grocery carts circulating through the park collecting canned goods. Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) is a community-based, non-profit organization serving Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry and Ft. Meade. Established in 1983, the primary goal of VISTE is to enable frail elderly persons to continue living independently and safely in their own home. 

During Red, White & Kaboom there will be a variety of food and drink vendors around Lake Mirror so bring a blanket and enjoy the festivities in celebrating our great nation. The event will conclude with a dramatic display of fireworks over the lake. The evening is free to the public and everyone attending is encouraged to bring at least one food item to benefit Chow for Now. All City parking garages will be open for T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom.

Questions regarding the event can be directed to Kevin Cook at 863.834.6264. 


South Florida Ave Design Project - Public Hearing

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is holding a public hearing for SR 37 (South Florida Avenue) design project from Polk Parkway to Belmar Street in Polk County. The hearing is Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Imperial Swan Hotel & Suites, 4141 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland. We've included project and meeting location maps below for your reference.

 

The hearing starts with an open house at 6 p.m. and follows with a formal presentation and public comment period at 7 p.m. People attending the hearing can review project displays and aerial photographs and speak one-on-one with project team members. Written statements or exhibits submitted at the hearing, emailed, or mailed and postmarked by July 5, 2013 will become a part of the official hearing transcript.

 

FDOT will add pedestrian refuge islands, or short raised areas, to the bi-directional left turn lane of SR 37 within the project limits. Pedestrians can use this area to wait while crossing SR 37 in areas other than intersections with signals. The improvements will not require the acquisition of additional right-of-way and or significantly change existing access to properties.

 

FDOT is sending notices to all property owners and interested people located at least 300 feet on either side of SR 37 within the project limits.  FDOT welcomes and appreciates the community’s participation in the project. The hearing gives everyone an opportunity to express his or her views regarding the project plans. For more information about the project, please contact Amy Blair, P.E. by phone at (863) 519-2272 or by email at Amy.Blair@dot.state.fl.us. Ms. Blair also can assist with arrangements for translation services or special accommodations. We need about one week’s advance notice to make these arrangements.

 

The meeting is developed in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.