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Lakeland Police and Citrus Connection have worked together on a new Domestic Violence brochure, which will be placed on buses to give the community information about domestic violence and resources that are available to victims.  The brochures are dedicated to remembering the Citrus Connection employee lost to domestic violence, Radiah Craft-Enzor. 

In addition to providing these brochures, Citrus Connection will roll out a new bus wrap honoring Polk County Public Servants.  The new wrap will be unveiled at a press conference on Thursday, February 16, 2012.  In attendance at this event will be City of Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields, Police Chief Lisa Womack, Citrus Connection representatives Tom Phillips, Executive Director; Dean Kirkland-McMillan, Director Revenue Services; Brian Jeruszewski, CFO; Cathy Wolosin Director Community Relations & Marketing, a member of Radiah’s family, and Polk County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Mike Wiggins and Wayne Lott.

What:    Ribbon Cutting and Photo Op

Where:  Lakeland Police Department

              219 N Massachusetts Avenue

When:   Thursday, February 16, 2012

Time:     3:00 p.m.

Domestic Violence affects more than the victim, and the effects are devastating and long-lasting.  Help us make a difference by getting the message out.

Start Living Now. Stop Domestic Violence.

LAKELAND, FL (February 14, 2012) – City Manager Doug Thomas announced that Bob Donahay is the City of Lakeland’s new Director of Parks & Recreation with the retirement of Bill Tinsley who has been appointed to a newly established part-time position as Special Liaison to the Detroit Tigers / Manager of Community Resources Development. Donahay has been the Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation since 2006. 

Donahay said, “I am so pleased to be given the opportunity to lead the department where I have spent the last 34 years. We have a dedicated group of employees that love their jobs and enjoy what they do; we are like a big family.”   He added, “The Parks & Recreation Department has been blessed to have strong, dedicated leadership over the years and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”

City Manager, Doug Thomas said, “We had two very talented internal candidates for this position and we felt that Bob’s years of experience and associated institutional knowledge of the various Parks & Recreation divisions, coupled with his vision for the future of the Department contributed to him being chosen for the job.”

In conjunction with the restructuring of the senior leadership of the Parks & Recreation Department, Pam Page will transition from her current responsibilities as Assistant Parks & Recreation Director-Administration & Planning to Deputy Director of the Department.  Thomas said, “Lakeland is extremely fortunate to have the talents and passion that both Bob and Pam have for our Parks & Recreation operations.  I have the utmost confidence that their leadership will successfully build upon the rich tradition of providing outstanding public spaces, quality recreational programs and award winning parks as they guide the Department in the coming years.”

Donahay started with the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department in 1977.  He was promoted to Superintendent of Parks in 1998 and served at that position until 2006 when he was promoted to Assistant Director of Parks.  Donahay graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Recreation Administration and he is a Certified Public Manager. 

Donahay started as the City of Lakelands Parks & Recreation Director on February 14, 2012 with an annual salary of $100,640.   He is 54 years old.





LAKELAND, Fla. –The Lakeland Raiders Professional Indoor Football team is hosting their inaugural Lakeland Raiders Fan Fest on Saturday, February 11th from 10:00am-3:00pm in Jenkins Arena at The Lakeland Center. Fans will have the chance to see their Lakeland Raiders for the first time on the new indoor field.   

Admission is free and the first 1,500 fans will receive a Lakeland Raiders commemorative season poster provided by the Ledger Media Group. Families will enjoy a Kids Activity Zone, face painting and games along with multiple giveaways including the #1 Fan Contest.  Fans will also receive 25% off season ticket package purchases during the event. All new Lakeland Raiders merchandise will be available for purchase.

While enjoying the festivities, fans can meet the coaches, dancers and players while enjoying exciting football drills.  There will also be Raider4Kids Youth team/Junior Dancer sign-ups and refreshment specials. Aspiring performers can also audition to sing the National Anthem or become The Voice of the Lakeland Raiders. 

The Raiders’ season kicks off Saturday March 10th at 7:15pm against the Rome Rampage at The Lakeland Center.  For additional ticket information and game dates, call (863) 834-7511 or visit us online at

The Lakeland Center offers a full variety of sporting events, concerts and shows. Located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida off I-4 on Lime Street, The Lakeland Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm and two hours prior to most events. For ticket information, call the Box Office at (863)834-8111 or visit our website at



LAKELAND, FLFebruary 8, 2012 (Lakeland, FL) – The City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department is hosting its Annual Black History Festival this Saturday, February 11th from 10:00am – 1:30pm at the Coleman-Bush Building, 1104 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.  This year’s festival features the theme, “The Bridges That Brought Us Here” and will have several new elements of celebration and education, including various activities for all ages focused on heritage and black inventors.  The day will conclude with a program highlighting historical figures, in addition to present-day dance class performances and oratorical contest winners.  Come out and enjoy a fun and educational day with the Parks & Recreation Department.

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