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Social Security Launches Third National my Social Security Week

Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, welcomes everyone to celebrate the third National my Social Security Week from April 4 through 13, 2016. Social Security will host numerous events and activities across the country to raise awareness about the benefits of establishing a my Social Security account. This secure, personalized account can be created at  

“For more than 80 years, Social Security has been there through life’s journey. We are helping to secure today and tomorrow with information, tools and resources to meet our customers’ changing needs,” said Acting Commissioner Colvin. “Join the more than 23 million people who have already created a my Social Security account, a secure, convenient option for people to do business with Social Security anywhere and anytime.”

With a my Social Security account, people can:

·      Keep track of their earnings and verify them every year with their Social Security Statement;

·      Get an estimate of their future benefits, if they are still working;

·      Get a verification letter with proof of their benefits, if they currently receive them;

·      Manage their benefits;

·      Change their address;

·      Start or change direct deposit;

·      Get a replacement Medicare card; and

·      Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season.

In some states, people can apply for a replacement Social Security card online using their my Social Security account. This service is currently available in the District of Columbia, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Washington, and Wisconsin.  It is an easy and secure way to apply for a replacement card online.

During my Social Security Week, the agency will hold “Check Your Statement Day” on April 7. It is important that people check their Social Security Statement every year to learn about future Social Security benefits and to verify annual earnings. Personalized Statements help people plan for their financial future. People can access their information when it’s convenient for them by creating a my Social Security account.

Social Security is also helping the U.S. Department of Treasury educate people about the value of saving for retirement. Millions of people do not have access to a retirement savings plan at work or find it difficult to start saving. The myRA® is a retirement savings account developed by Treasury that removes common savings barriers and can help people start to save. Learn more at

Road Construction at Beacon Road and South Florida Avenue

LAKELAND, FL (March 22, 2016) - On Monday, March 28, City of Lakeland crews will be constructing a concrete separator on Beacon Road west of South Florida Avenue. The east bound left turn lane will be closed for approximately one week to allow for construction activities. Roads will remain open during the process; however delays are likely. Residents are advised to look for alternate routes and if traveling the work zone please use caution. 

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CSX Conducting Railroad Repair Work at Multiple Intersections This Week

LAKELAND, FL (March 22, 2016) - On Sunday, March 20, CSX began closing intersections along the US 98 Corridor to perform maintenance and repair work on railroad wood ties. (see map below) All traffic detours are being coordinated by CSX as City personnel are not involved in the repair work. Intersections will remain closed while work is being performed, which is expected to take one week to complete.  

The following intersections will be closed at the railroad tracks:

  • Rose Street
  • Main Street
  • Orange Street
  • Lk Parker Avenue
  • N Crystal Lake Drive
  • S Crystal Lake Drive
  • Sylvester Road
  • Commerce Point Drive

Important Note: Residents are advised to use Ingraham Avenue, which will remain open throughout this process. 

Lakeland Fire Department - Celebrating 100 Years of Service: 1916 - 2016

Lakeland, FL – 2016 is turning out to be a remarkable year for the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD). The new year not only marks the first time in the department’s history that it can tout an Insurance Services Office Classification of a 1 (the highest achievable rating in emergency response that a community can receive) but it is also the year in which the Lakeland Fire Department will celebrate 100 years as a career fire department. 

This is a historic event not only for the department but for the City of Lakeland. The department was officially made a career fire department by then city commissioners who had the foresight to professionalize emergency response services through an ordinance passed on August 16, 1916.  This was done for the benefit of the community in light of several catastrophic fires that had occurred in previous years.  

To mark the significance of this achievement and as a way of sharing that pride with the Lakeland community that makes it all possible, the department will be celebrating in several cost effective ways throughout 2016 in honor of its centennial. Centennial Celebration items include:

  • Commemorative centennial badges for emergency response personnel (paid for entirely out of pocket by the individual firefighters). The badges capture the department’s rich history with patriotic flair (photo attached);
  • Custom decals for all apparatus to highlight that LFD is proud to be “Celebrating 100 years of Service”. These will be on apparatus through August of 2017;
  • Commemorative flags at all stations to highlight the centennial; 
  • The restoration of Leaping Lena, the department’s original 1938 Pirsch Fire Truck to be used at public events like the Lakeland Christmas Parade. Restoration has been ongoing for a year;
  • A centennial celebration for the entire community at Fire Station 1 on August 13, 2016. It will be a free and public event to educate the community on the department’s past and present as well as fire safety. More information about the event will be provided closer to the event date. 

For more information about the department, its history, and the ways the Lakeland Fire Department is celebrating its 100 years as a career emergency response organization, visit .


You are encouraged to share this information with the community. For more information, interview requests with department representatives, filming, etc. please contact PIO Janel Vasallo.


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