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For Immediate Release                                                                          March 16, 2016

 

In remembrance of the 32 Polk County law enforcement and corrections officers who were killed or died in the line of duty dating back to 1886, the 29th Annual Polk County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016, beginning at 10:00 AM.

The Memorial Service is presented by the Polk County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, Inc.

The annual memorial service will be at the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial located at Veterans Memorial Park along Lake Beulah Drive on the west side of The Lakeland Center.

Family members of fallen officers, representatives from various municipal, county and state law enforcement and corrections agencies in Polk County, as well as local government agencies will be attending. The public is cordially invited to attend the memorial service.

All Polk County law enforcement and corrections officers who made the “supreme sacrifice while serving their community” will be honored during the Roll Call of Heroes. Fortunately, no new names will be added to the Memorial this year.

Immediately following the service, the 29th Annual Memorial Luncheon will take place at the Polk County FOP Lodge #46 building located at 125 West Brannen Road in Lakeland. The public is also invited to attend the luncheon.

For more information, please contact Bill LePere, Chair of the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, Inc., at 863-834-8911.

 

 


PUBLIC NOTICE - LAKELAND HIGHLANDS ROAD LANE CLOSURE

UPDATE:  Due to recent weather conditions and forecasted rainfall, a decision has been made to delay the repair work until Monday, April 18th. We are hope to re-open traffic lanes to normal operations by the end of the day, Thursday, April 21. Thank You!

LAKELAND, FL (April 8, 2016) - The City of Lakeland’s Water Utilities Department is monitoring a slow leak on an effluent force main pipe along CR 37B Lakeland Highlands Road in the vicinity of Magnolia Avenue.  The inside northbound travel lane of Lakeland Highlands Road has been closed between Clubhouse Road and Sean Lane to facilitate work crews access on a 24 hour round the clock basis.  This lane closure is necessary to ensure the safety of both the traveling public and our crews.  

The City is making preparations for repair to the force main.  Due to the limits of excavation required in order to work on the pipe, crews will need to close both northbound travel lanes of Lakeland Highlands Road between Clubhouse Road and Lake Miriam Drive.  During the period of northbound lane closure, the southbound travel lanes will be converted to two-way travel.  The lane diversion will start Tuesday, April 12th.   The contractor, Kamminga & Roodvoets, plans to start their mobilization efforts as soon as the northbound travel lanes are closed.  Potentially, the closure may last 7-10 days as there will be extensive roadway restoration to accomplish once the pipe repair is complete and the force main is back in service.  All traffic is encouraged to avoid this area if at all possible during the lane closures.  For more information, contact City of Lakeland Wastewater Division at 863-834-8277.


Additional CSX Work to Begin on April 18th!

 

CSX plans to close two intersections along the US 98 Corridor to perform maintenance and repair work on railroad wood ties. The intersection at Ingraham Road will be closed beginning April 18th for approximately one week. The following week, beginning on April 25th, the intersection at South Crystal Lake Drive will close for approximately one week. 

All traffic detours are being coordinated by CSX as City personnel are not involved in the repair work. 

 

 

 


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 www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.  

“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 www.myRA.gov.