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NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH – 7TH STREET PARK

LAKELAND, FL (June 18, 2014) - On Saturday, June 21st from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. the City of Lakeland will join volunteers from a variety of organizations and churches to hold a community outreach event at 7th Street Park (1500 W. 7th Street, Lakeland FL 33805). 

Commissioner Phillip Walker, “This is an area that has recently experienced a number of gang involved shootings and the events is part of our Refuse to Lose anti-gang initiative as we work together to address this problem and keep our fingers on the pulse of this whole issue.  We will work with our faith based partners, the Polk County School Board, area law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens as we continue to move forward.”  He added, “We must all work together and let those know that we will not tolerate this behavior and we will use our resources to seek the maximum penalty allowed for those involved in gang activity." 

The outreach event will include neighborhood cleanup with volunteers stopping by every residence in the area with gift bags of food inviting them to the focal event at 7th Street Park.  Activities in the park will include:

·      Bounce Houses

·      Sports Camp hosted by Simpson Park

·      Kids Club hosted by Dream Center

·      Face Painting hosted by Southeastern University

·      Grilled Hotdogs hosted by Lakeland Fire Department

Pastor Mike Cooper from the Dream Center said, “We spend a great deal of time in these neighborhoods and this outreach event is just one way that we as a community can show support for residents and let them know that we care.  We will be assisting those in the neighborhood by cutting their grass, doing clean-up activities and we have a fun day planned at the park. 

Parking is available at 1121 Atlantic Road and/or 1430 Atline Road.

For additional information contact the Dream Center at 863-413-0088 or email shill@dreamcenterlakeland.org.


UPDATE: GREAT NEWS!
OFFICER MILLS HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL AND IS RECUPERATING AT HOME

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

Lakeland Police are at 800 N Florence investigating an officer involved shooting.

Sergeant Jeff Gary and Officer Doug Mills responded to N Lake Wire Park in reference to a wanted person. When the officers approached the suspect, he shot at them. The officers returned fire, Officer Mills was shot and has been transported to LRMC. The suspect was shot and EMS personnel are working on him at this time. 

The suspect had 4 guns on his person at the time of the shooting.

More updates will be provided as they are received.


Beginning Monday, June 9th Public Works construction crews will be installing new sidewalk on Frank Lloyd Wright Way between Ingraham Ave and Park Hill Ave. Frank Lloyd Wright Way will be closed to through traffic Mondays thru Thursdays 7am to 5pm. Detours will be clearly marked.

Honor Flight from Lakeland Scheduled - Press Release

The Honor Flight ®of West Central Florida Board of Directors has announced Honor Flight Mission 19 to depart September 30, 2014, from Lakeland Linder Airport. This will be the second time LLA has hosted an Honor Flight mission.

On November 12, 2013, citizens in and around the LLA Polk County location had the opportunity to honor WW II veterans who by their sacrifice over 70 years ago, changed the world.

Everyone is urged to again support this terrific program. Veterans who wish to participate in the Honor Flight program are urged to visit the website, http://www.honorflightwcf.org/, and apply for a flight. Priority is given to all WW II veterans, along with those other Veterans who may be terminally ill who wish to visit the memorials in Washington, D.C. created to honor their service to our country. Korean and Vietnam War veterans are also encouraged to apply. HFWCF has made a commitment to continue its mission until all veterans have had the opportunity to participate on an Honor Flight.

 

Gary Clark

Colonel  USAF(Ret)
Chairman
Polk County Veterans Council

1509 South Florida Avenue

 

Lakeland, Florida 33803

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