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MUSIC ON THE PROMENADE FREE CONCERT FEATURING SOUL2EARTH, THE DAN SIGNOR PROJECT & THE WOMPS

LAKELAND, FL (January 21, 2015) — On Friday, February 20th there will be a Free concert at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror from 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. featuring live music from three signature bands including Winter Haven’s very own Soul2Earth, the Dan Signor Project from Lakeland, and the Womps from Berkley Boston College of Music.

 

The night is a music tribute to Ken Williams from Center Door Productions who was a well-known member of the local music community before he passed due to health complications this past summer. The three bands are all connected sonically because of their relationship with Williams who served the local music community as a friend, a mentor and one heck of a sound engineer.

The Womps will start the show. This four-piece band is comprised of Berklee Boston College of Music students. These very talented young musicians take their combined knowledge and passion for music, as well as their extensive experience as studio musicians, and they form it into a tight sound that is guaranteed to deliver on a live sound stage! Band members include: JP Goldman on guitar, bass and lead/backing vocals; Kailey Jo Zercher on violin and lead/backing vocals; Colin Frecknall on drums/percussion and Jason Lilly on guitar. Their eclectic sound is a mashup with tinges of Blues, Rock, Country, R&B, Pop and Folk. The Womps list their influences as Geddy Lee, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Mike Gordon, Geezer Butler, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

Second to take the stage will be the Dan Signor Project.  This group of talented musicians will bring a unique blend of soulful vocals, rocking piano, jazzy sax and funky drums to their live performance. The three-piece band lists Elliot Smith, Billy Joel, Tori Amos, Pink Floyd and The Beatles as their musical influences.  The Dan Signor project is lead by Signor on piano and vocals, Jason O’Neil on saxophone and Jerry Escobedo on drums.

Closing out the show will be Soult2Earth. Hailing from Winter Haven, Soul2Earth has been together for almost 15 years. This very diverse eight-piece band is sure to please as they combine passionate playing techniques with soulful vocals delivering energy and excitement to the stage.  James Bouie and his sister Robin charge the crowd with their smoky vocals and biting lead guitar while Clarence Stevenson charges the room with his bluesy lead vocals.  The backbeat is delivered by Rich Brilliant who lays down the bass and Dean Amicone who keeps time on drums. Rounding out the band is Ben Crider on keys, Dustin Rittenhouse on rhythm guitar and Chris Bell on harmonica.  The band lists their influences as Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, James Brown, the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples.

The music series takes place at the Lake Mirror amphitheater, which is between Hollis Garden and the Lake Mirror Center. The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend. Food trucks will be on hand and the Garden Bistro will be open so bring a blanket and enjoy the lake setting with music under the stars. Music on the Promenade is proudly sponsored by the City of Lakeland.  Parking is available at the Lake Mirror Center's parking lot and in the Iowa Avenue parking garage.  No glass bottles within the park please.  For more information regarding the series, contact Kevin Cook at 863/834-6264.

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PUBLIC NOTICE
LAKE HOLLINGSWORTH ROUNDABOUT CONSTRUCTION


LAKELAND, FL (January 26, 2015) - The Phase I Construction of the Lake Hollingsworth Roundabout is beginning with utility relocations starting January 26, 2015.   The construction work will require lane closures and routing of pedestrian and bicycle traffic through the construction area. 

Phase I work includes the utility relocations, construction of a new sidewalk around the north west corner of the intersection and relocation of the walk path on the lakeside. If possible, avoid the intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road until Phase I Construction is completed.  Please follow all detours and be patient when waiting for the lanes to  re-open.  Watch for construction equipment and Phase I construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.


CITY OF LAKELAND SEEKS CITIZEN INPUT WITH
LAKELAND VALUES SURVEY 

 
The City of Lakeland is seeking input from Citizens on the values and priorities of the community with an online survey at www.lakelandvalues.com.
 
SURVEY
Visit www.lakelandvalues.com and spend 5-10 minutes of your time in taking the survey.  Citizen opinion is very important and the City is going to use the information gathered from the survey to help with City of Lakeland strategic and budgeting initiatives.  The survey is available online now through Feb 24th.
 
Please take the time to participate in the online survey.  Citizen input will help plan for Lakeland’s future.  Those that participate in the Community Values Survey are eligible to win one of many prizes, including a golf package at Cleveland Heights, tickets to a Lakeland Center event, or Kelly Recreation Complex/Gandy Pool passes. Visit www.lakelandvalues.com or call 834-SWAN for more information.  


GINN NAMED MANAGER OF SOLID WASTE FOR THE CITY OF LAKELAND

 


LAKELAND, FL
 (January 14, 2015) – Rick Lilyquist, Director of Public Works, is pleased to announce thatEugene “Gene” Ginn will serve as the City of Lakeland’s next Manager of Solid Waste.  Ginn’s official first day with the City of Lakeland will be January 26, 2015.

 

Lilyquist said, “After a thorough search and recruitment effort to find someone to oversee our solid waste and recycling collection operations, we are very pleased to have Gene joining our team.  He has extensive knowledge of the solid waste industry having worked his way up through the system in a neighboring municipality.”

 

Ginn has been employed with the City of Largo since 1996, initially serving as a heavy equipment mechanic through 2001.  He then was promoted to a Solid Waste Foreman where he served from 2001 to 2008.  Ginn was promoted to Largo’s Assistant Solid Waste Manager in 2008 where he manages 53 employees responsible for the collection of solid waste and recyclables.  

 

Ginn said, “I’m very excited to be the City of Lakeland’s next Manager of Solid Waste.  I’ve been a public servant who is constantly mindful of being a good steward of the taxpayers money and customer service is a top priority.” He added, “I look forward to bringing my experience and skills to Lakeland.”

 

He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Eckerd College and he recently acquired his Master of Public Administration from Barry University.  His annual salary will be $85,716.