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City Closing Intersections at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue for Painting

Lakeland, FL (May 1, 2017) – The City of Lakeland Community Redevelopment Association (CRA) will partner with Harrison School for the Arts, Rochelle School of the Arts, and Boring Business Solutions to give the intersection at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue a makeover on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

The CRA is diligently working to transform and support the identity of the East Main District. Last year, a design competition was held to inspire interest in this important connection to Lakeland’s downtown. The influx of artistic interest helped define the task at hand – to create more art in public spaces.

These street murals are a way to help neighborhoods create a sense of identity and community pride. The colorized intersection project is an opportunity to reimagine and recreate the environment and work together on unique projects that benefit the City and the surrounding community. The project brings together local business and property owners, artists, city officials and staff in a unique and fun way. The centerpiece that is created becomes a sense of community pride that cannot be bought, and builds relationships that otherwise may not exist.

Partnership with Harrison School for the Arts and Rochelle School of the Arts

Inspired by the East Main Design District project, Art/iFact’s Elizabeth Hults was enlisted to create the masterpiece that will be the center of E. Main Street and Ingraham Ave. With Hults’ design, visual arts students from the Harrison School for the Arts and Rochelle School of the Arts will add their artistic flare to the intersection.

Road Closure and Detour Information

The City will temporarily close the intersection at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue beginning at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning, May 21st, and will reopen the intersection at approximately 6 p.m. the same day.

Contact

For more information about the road closure, please contact Angelo Rao, Traffic Operations and Parking Services Manager at Angelo.Rao@lakelandgov.net or (863) 834-3492.

Media Contact:

Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | 863/834-6264 |Kevin.Cook@Lakelandgov.net


LAKELAND, FL (April 27, 2017) - On Friday, April 28, 2017, the Lakeland Police Department will hold the 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony. The event will be held at the Lakeland Police Department at 3:30 p.m. This ceremony recognizes employees for exemplary service to the organization and community.

The Keynote speaker this year will be Judge Bob Grode. 


Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Meritorious Service
  • Life Saving
  • Medal of Valor

Other recognitions will be presented to:

  • Civilian of the Year
  • Detective of the Year
  • Officer of the Year

In addition, there will be a Citizen Appreciation Award.

Light refreshments will be served.

The media is invited to attend for a photo opportunity during the awards ceremony.

Media inquiries should be directed to (863) 583-2357.

CONTACT

Gary Gross

Media Relations | Lakeland Police Department
219 N. Massachusetts Ave.  Lakeland, FL 33801

863/834-6949 (PH) 
| www.lakelandgov.net/lpd

Twitter @lakelandpd

 


LAKELAND, FL (April 25, 2017) – The City of Lakeland and Polk County are hosting the Florida Sunshine Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) during the annual garbage truck driver, landfill equipment operator and mechanic competition that is taking place April 28 -29. The competition helps identify the best solid waste equipment operators that will go on to represent Florida at the national SWANA event that will take place in October. 
 
This event is a gathering of the best drivers, operators, and mechanics in the solid waste industry representing city, county and private waste haulers from around the state. There are eight different categories of competition between the truck, equipment and mechanic events to find the best-of-the-best in the solid waste industry. 

Date:

The competition on Friday, April 28th is devoted to industry employee safety and equipment inspection, while Saturday, April 29th is the live action of the driving, operating and hands on repair of solid waste equipment competition.

The truck and mechanics competition site is open to spectators on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Event website:
swanafl.org/event-2402059

Competition Site Information


Truck and Mechanic Competitions: 
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport 
Air Side Center Parking (South Parking Lot) 
3131 Flightline Drive 
Lakeland, FL 33811

Heavy Equipment Competition
Polk County Landfill
10 Environmental Loop S
Winter Haven, FL 33880

 

CONTACT

Gene Ginn, 2017 Road-E-O Chairman | gene.ginn@lakelandgov.net | Ph: 863.834.8777


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Lakeland’s Fallen Police Officers Honored with New Memorial

Dedication Ceremony Set for March 20, 2017

 

WHO:  Lakeland Police Department, Families of Fallen Officers and the Public

WHAT:  Lakeland Police Fallen Heroes Memorial Dedication

WHEN:  Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Lakeland Police Department, 219 North Massachusetts Avenue

WHY:  Honoring Lakeland’s Fallen Officers


LAKELAND, FL (March 6, 2017) - The Lakeland Police Department invites the community to join us and family members of our fallen officers at the dedication ceremony for the Lakeland Police Fallen Heroes Memorial on Monday, March 20, 2017, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Memorial is located at the front entrance of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 North Massachusetts Avenue. 

 

The Memorial is a beautiful site that honors Lakeland’s five fallen officers: Patrolman William Barnett, Patrolman Thomas Nicholson, Officer Eugene DeBerry, Officer Carl Cushman and Officer Arnulfo Crispin. The centerpiece features a life-size bronze Honor Guard sculpture atop a granite backdrop watching over the names of the fallen officers. Attached to the granite are five glass plaques, each etched with a fallen officer’s name and photo.  Also featured is a large glass badge, illuminated with LED lights, to serve as a reminder of those still serving.  The foundation of the site is lined with personalized engraved bricks which were sold to help fund the project.

 

Assistant Chief Link, who also serves on the project team, stated “This memorial will forever honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Lakeland. It has been very humbling to see the support from our community. Without their donations, the memorial would not have been possible.”.

 

To ensure safety for those attending the event, the main entrance to the station will be closed beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Those who need to visit the station for police business should enter on Bay Street. (see attached map)  The portion of Massachusetts Avenue between Cedar Street and Bay Street will be closed beginning at 6:00 p.m. Motorists will be detoured one block over to Kentucky Avenue. Detours will be clearly marked and traffic will be redirected.   Parking for the event is available throughout Downtown. 

 

For additional information, please visit www.lakelandpolicefoundation.com.


CONTACT
Robin Tillett, Media Relations 
| Lakeland Police Department | 863/834-2963

www.lakelandgov.net/lpd | Twitter @lakelandpd