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LAKELAND, FL (April 16, 2012) – Once again, the City of Lakeland is proud to provide the highly successful summer recreation and enrichment program, Camp BLAST.  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 registration!  City residents may register now at the Kelly Recreation Complex, located at 404 Imperial Boulevard.  When registering, residents must provide two matching proofs of City residence, and a copy of their child’s report card.  Out-of-City residents may register beginning this Saturday, April 21st at 8:00am at the Kelly Recreation Complex.  A copy of the child’s report card is needed.  Registration fees are $200 per child and must be paid by cash or check.  

For full details on camp dates, camp locations and pricing options check out, or call Julie Adams, Camp Coordinator, with any questions; 863/834-3351. 

Join the Lakeland Police Department and departments across the nation on April 21, 2012 in the National PAL Mentoring Day. The day will be filled with many activities and an opportunity to learn more about the Lakeland Police Department PAL Program. 

PAL seeks to promote and safeguard the interests and general welfare of the youth of the community; to instill good health habits, good sportsmanship, and high morals and civic standards in the youth of the community, to help fulfill the need for recreational, educational and social activities that are designed to rehabilitate youthful first-time offenders and prevent their return into the criminal justice system. 

The Lakeland PAL is located at 1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. 

The club is for boys and girls ages 4 to 17. For more information on the program, please go to the PAL website

Date: April 21, 2012 
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm 
Location: Simpson Park Field (adjacent to center) 

Live Performance by Leegit 

  • Mighty Marching Lions 
  • TBS Step team 
  • Get Fit Jam 
  • Walk this way production 
  • Crystal's World of Dancers 
  • Girls Inc. of Winter Haven 
  • PAL Cheerleaders 
  • free food, free games, $25 off registration fee for football, cheerleading, after-school program. 
In addition 

Regal GMC will offer a summer job to 2 high-school seniors at this event, 

TD Banks will provide giveaways to kids, 

There will be bouncing houses for small children, and 

Polk Works will have their career bus onsite for citizens to fill out job applications online 

The Lakeland Public Library System will host performance artist and poet Phyllis McEwen on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m in the Main Library (100 Lake Morton Drive). 

Phyllis McEwen is a poet, Chautauqua scholar who portrays Zora Neale Hurston for the Florida Humanities Council, performance artist, librarian for Tampa Hillsborough County Public Library System and instructor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of South Florida.

Ms. McEwen co-founded of the Black Madonna Artists Collective and has been artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Colony for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach and Escape to Create in Seaside.  She is currently a member of Cave Canem, a North American Black poets' colony founded by Toi Derricotte.  She is author ofHystery and Other Tools for Women (American Studies Press, 1983).  Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for Poetry and is featured on the CD, Poets of Tampa Bay (Xeximian, 2000).

The programs and events at the Lakeland Public Library are free and open to the public.  There are no reservations for performances at Lakeland Public Library.  It is open seating. Doors open 10 -15 minutes before the program begins.  For more information, call Brenda J. Patterson at 863-834-4276 or send e-mail to

For upcoming events and programs, visit Lakeland Public Library's website and Facebook page at and  Follow our Twitter feed at!/lakelandpublib.



On Thursday April 5th 10:30am crew 372 from Lakeland Electric was dispatched to Lakeland Hills Blvd. at the entrance to Tiger Town where a driver had lost control of his vehicle and knocked over a utility pole.

The pole housed street light power lines, phone service cables and fiber optic cables and equipment belonging to the City of Lakeland.

In response to the accident, City of Lakeland employees from the fire department, police department, and information technologies department along with Lakeland Electric were sent to the scene.

The first responders from the police department noted downed cables and called for all four lanes of traffic on Lakeland Hills Blvd. to be rerouted. This action involved the use of multiple LPD units.

The Lakeland Fire department dispatched engine 31, manned by, Lt. Dan Faviere, Driver/Engineer, Mark Olivenbaum, and Firefighter/Paremedics Jason Vickers and Chris Farina. Battalion Chief, Jeff Wharton also responded.

The first responder from Lakeland Electric, Troubleman, Edgar Willis, insured that the downed lines were safe. After surveying the damage, he requested assistance from the Energy Delivery Division.

This allowed the paramedics to treat the driver who was transported to the hospital by Polk County EMS.

Information Technologies technicians were sent to the scene because the accident had severed the City's computer network lines that connect Joker Marchant Stadium and the Parks Department operations at Tiger Town.

Those technicians, Robert Smith and David Tate, were tasked with replacing the damaged equipment cabinet and splicing the fiber optic cables that were damaged.

Lakeland Electric crews, dispatched to the sight, included Linemen, Christopher Hodges, Cody Sherrouse, Doug Bergwall, Douglas King, John Barefoot, Matthew Thomas and Todd Walker. They worked for 4 1/4 Hours erecting a new pole, re-attaching the street light and reactivating the power lines.

Two LPD personnel remained on the scene to block traffic from entering the work area.

All city services were restored at 8pm.