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It's not too late to register for the Youth Basketball League at the Kelly Recreation Complex.  The City has extended the deadline for new registrations until Monday, October 14th. 


2013-2014 KELLY RECREATION YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE

 

FEES

PARTICIPANT FEE: $60.00

TRAINING LEAGUE AGES 4-7: $40.00

ALL FEES MUST BE PAID IN FULL UPON REGISTRATION. FEES INCLUDE 10 GAMES, END OF SEASON TOURNAMENT, TROPHY AND JERSEY. THERE WILL BE $15.00 LATE FEE FOR ANYONE REGISTERING AFTER OCTOBER 14, 2013.

 

LEAGUES AND DIVISIONS

LEAGUES: TRAINING LEAGUE: AGES 4-7

DIVISIONS: BOYS: AGES 8-10, 11-12,

BOYS: AGES 13-15

GIRLS: AGES 8-11

GIRLS: AGES 12-15

 

DRAFT

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

6:00PM-6:45PM - BOYS- 11-12 YR OLDS

7:00PM-7:45PM - BOYS- 13-15 YR OLDS

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2013

6:00PM-6:30PM - BOYS- 8-10 YR OLDS

6:45PM-7:15PM - GIRLS- 8-11 YR OLDS

7:30PM-8:00PM - GIRLS- 12-15 YR OLDS


For more information contact the Kelly Recreation Complex at 863.834.3284.

 

 


Lakeland --- At approximately 8:15 PM, the Lakeland Fire Department responded to a home fire at 1408 Phyllis Street, Lakeland, FL.  Fire crews breached the front door to find heavy smoke conditions and a bedroom on the east side of the home consumed in flames. Crews extinguished the fire without incident but upon searching the structure for occupants discovered 3 pets; a large dog and two cats.

The home was occupied by siblings Thomas Watkins and Pamela Burton, neither of which were home when the fire began. The fire is believed to have begun after Watkins briefly left the home for a walk. Upon returning Watkins discovered the fire and entered to rescue the aforementioned pets. Mr. Watkins was assessed and air lifted from the scene to Tampa General Hospital for treatment.

Extensive resuscitation attempts were made on all three of the pets by LFD firefighters. One cat was revived after being administered oxygen, however the second cat and the dog perished from their injuries, even after resuscitation attempts by crews which included full intubation and Advanced Life Support treatment. The LFD crews are trained and all of the department’s rescue apparatuses are equipped with specialized equipment designed for pet rescue and resuscitation.

It is important to remind pet owners that however difficult it may be to do, please do not enter a burning structure to save a pet. If a building is on fire or shows signs of fire, like smoke, stay out! Pets are very much loved and seen as members of the family but people should not jeopardize their safety in the event of a fire or other emergency. Responders are specially trained to rescue everyone, including pets. 

 

LFD’s fire investigator determined that that the fire was started by smoking materials in the affected bedroom and was accidental. The fire caused $25,000 in damage to the home.

 

8 apparatuses and 24 firefighters responded to the incident.

If any further information is needed contact Janel Vasallo.

 


US98 AT BELLA VISTA FLASHING YELLOW ARROW SIGNAL NOW ENERGIZED

Join the City & FDOT to Celebrate

 

LAKELAND, FL (October 1, 2013) - Please join us to celebrate the new fully-operational traffic signal at the US 98/Bella Vista intersection in Lakeland.  This celebration will be held on Thursday, October 3rd, starting at 9:00 a.m. in the southwest corner of the US 98/Bella Vista intersection, in front of the Lakeland Fire Department station at 110 West Bella Vista Street. 

 

The new US 98/Bella Vista traffic signal features the first use of a “Flashing Yellow Arrow” signal in Polk County and it is the first such traffic signal located within the twelve counties served by the Florida Department of Transportation District One. 

 

Flashing Yellow Arrows remind motorists to yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians when making left turns at signalized intersections and have enhanced traffic safety where they have been installed around the United States.  District Secretary Billy Hattaway will provide remarks regarding this project and the benefits of using a Flashing Yellow Arrow. 

 

For more information on the Flashing Yellow Arrow, please visit the City of Lakeland Web page athttp://www.lakelandgov.net/BellaVistaSignalization.aspx. City staff will also be present to discuss other planned area transportation projects, including the Bella Vista Trail between Martin Luther King Avenue and West Lake Parker Drive.

 

Following remarks by Mayor Gow Fields and Secretary Hattaway, refreshments will be served in the Community Room at Larry R. Jackson Branch Library.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!