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GREEN CELEBRATION HONORS EARTH DAY ON APRIL 22

 

LAKELAND, FL (March 16, 2016) - On Friday, April 22nd there will be a FREE Green Celebration in honor of Earth Day with a concert & showcase at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror from 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. There will be live music from the reggae band Redemption lead by front man Cliff Brown. 

 

The musical journey of Cliff “Redemption” Brown has been an amazing adventure. He has produced melodies that turned in to Grammy’s for Mary J. Blige and he has made platinum selling records for artists such as Jeezy and Rick Ross.  Brown has also fronted numerous bands and played guitar on tour with reggae legends such as Yellowman, Peter Metro and Admiral Tibbet.  Redemption fans can expect a musical blend where pop melodies meet conscious lyrics all while the beat is keeping the dance floor packed. Redemption is influenced by legendary artists such as Bob Marley, Frank Ocean, Bruno Mars, J Boog, Outkast and Sublime. The group promises to keep the rhythms coming with a musical blend of pop and reggae.

 

 The Green Celebration honors Earth Day, a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and it is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22nd as International Mother Earth Day. 

 

There will be a number of exhibits and vendors that will have displays at the Green Celebration. The Polk County School Board will showcase programs and earth friendly initiatives designed to promote a greener more sustainable future. The audience along with a panel of judges will decide on the most innovative school program that promotes a cleaner, greener environment. Past students have developed a number of innovating projects that included building their own skateboards, green houses built from plastic bottles, jewelry made from plastic grocery bags, clean water initiatives and of course great ideas on how to recycle.

 

The Green Celebration invites the Lakeland community to attend the free event. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket and enjoy the festivities as we celebrate Earth Day. Participants are encouraged to recycle, reclaim, reuse and ride a bike. 

 

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Lakeland First Responders Prepare for Disaster Management

Lakeland First Responders Prepare for Disaster Management 

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland’s First Responders are preparing for future disasters at the Emergency Management Institute in Emittsburg, Maryland this week, gaining valuable knowledge in disaster management strategies. Representatives from the City of Lakeland include the Lakeland Fire Department’s Assistant Chief of Operations, Douglas Riley, Battalion Chiefs John Maddox and Mike Williams, Lakeland Police Department Captains Steve Walker and Hans Lehman, and the Lakeland Center’s Brandon Flynn. 

The Integrated Emergency Management Courses (IEMCs) are a four and half day exercise-based training activity that places Emergency Operations Center (EOC) personnel under realistic crisis situations within a structured learning environment. 

Lakeland’s First Responders are working alongside 68 colleagues representing all facets of Polk County government including the municipalities of Auburndale, Winter Haven, and Haines City to manage a hurricane scenario directly impacting Polk County. This scenario attempts to build awareness and skills needed to develop and implement policies, plans, and procedures in an EOC to protect life and property through applications of sound emergency management principles. This learning opportunity comes at a great value as travel, lodging, and transportation is paid for entirely by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Ideally these skills will never be fully utilized, however natural and man-made disasters like hurricanes pose a serious threat to the State of Florida every year so it is prudent that Lakeland and greater Polk County Emergency Response agencies be prepared for the worst to protect its citizens . The Integrated Emergency Management Course serves to build upon lessons learned from Hurricanes Charlie, Francis, and Jean from 2004, making our community a safer place in which to live. The fictional “Hurricane Penny” is the focus of this course exercise. 

 


Downtown CSX Rail Crossings to Close Week of April 19th for Maintenance Work

 

CSX Transportation will be conducting maintenance work on its rail line through Downtown Lakeland that will require the closure of the following crossings, starting on Tuesday afternoon, April 19th:

· Ingraham Avenue
· Massachusetts Avenue
· Kentucky Avenue
· Missouri Avenue

These crossings will be closed at the same time, with construction planned to be completed by Friday, April 22nd.

 


FREDERICK HIRED AS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

 


LAKELAND, FL (April 13, 2016) — The City of Lakeland is

pleased to announce Christopher Heath Frederick as the newly appointed Director of Public Works. Frederick succeeds Rick Lilyquist who retired from the City of Lakeland early November 2015 after serving 17 years in the position. 

 

City Manager Tony Delgado said, “We are very glad to have Heath join our City of Lakeland Team.  He has been the Public Works Director with the City of Deland for the past six years.”  He added, “The City conducted a national search and the selection team was very pleased with the quality of the pool of applicants.  A selection committee that included several City of Lakeland senior staff in addition to key members from the community all came to the same conclusion that Heath is the right fit to continue moving the City’s Public Works Department into the future. Heath is coming into a nationally accredited Public Works organization that has an incredible amount of talent and we believe his vision and philosophy is a strong match going forward.”

 

Frederick has over 15 years of experience in public works and construction management.  He began his career as a quality control manager overseeing construction projects in 1999.  He then worked for Orange County as an Engineer Inspector II before becoming the Public Works Director the for the City of Tavares where he served for five years before becoming the Traffic Operations Manger for the City of Medford, Oregon.  He was named the Director of Public Works for the City of Deland in 2010.  

 

Frederick said, “I am extremely excited to be joining such a visionary and professional team at the City of Lakeland as Director of Public Works. I am looking forward to becoming actively involved in the community and continueing the high level of customer service and vision that the Public Works team demonstrates daily.”

 

Frederick has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Faulkner University.  When not working, Frederick enjoys spending time with family and friends, and watching his children play sports.  He has a goal of running a half marathon in every state and he has completed 10 so far with another race scheduled in Nashville at the end of the month.  Frederick also hikes a section of the Appalachian Trail every year.  Frederick said, “I am thankful to have been blessed with three children who are my world, a daughter who is 13 and twin 11-year-old sons.”

 

Frederick will officially start on May 9, 2016 and will be paid an annual salary of $121,288.44.