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A AHollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'

Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'

Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'

Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'



Hollywood Residents, Families and Businesses Walk to Fight Cancer
    HOLLYWOOD - The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hollywood is holding its annual Relay For Life event on Friday, April 24, 2015 at McArthur High School, 6501 Hollywood Boulevard. The activities will begin with the Opening Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. when local teams will set up camp and stay up all night for the fight against cancer.  
    The teams are a combination of City of Hollywood employees, residents, cancer survivors, families, social groups, civic and student organizations and businesses that started raising money last year. To date, Hollywood teams have raised more than $10,000. Throughout the night, members of each team will take turns walking laps around the track while enjoying a variety of entertainment and additional fundraising opportunities.
    “Many participants are our family, friends and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Their involvement gives us hope that, together, we can finish the fight against cancer,” says Kevin Biederman, City of Hollywood Vice Mayor and Volunteer Relay For Life Social Media Lead and Team Captain. “Our own Hollywood residents are directly impacted by the funds raised for research, transportation to and from treatment, survivor care and ongoing support that makes a difference in the quality of life of those battling this disease.”  
   The first lap of the relay after the opening ceremony recognizes cancer survivors for their strength and courage as they inspire the community. The Luminaria ceremony will be held at 9:00 pm. This special occasion is dedicated to the memory of those who have lost their battle with cancer. Hundreds of bags filled with sand and a lit candle are placed along the track and to glow brightly during the night.
   You don’t have to be part of a team to participate.  Everyone is invited to support the fundraising efforts by coming to the relay on Friday, April 24 and visiting the many booths teams have set up to raise money at the event.
Booths include a the "Pie in the Face" Booth which will be open for donations from 7:00 9:00 p.m.  This light-hearted booth is organized by Team "The Cure," Team Captains - Vice Mayor Biederman and Matthew Gouthro. Participants can buy a ticket and take a chance to throw a pie at City of Hollywood Commissioners Richard Blattner, Peter Hernandez, Traci Callari or Vice Mayor Kevin Biederman. Also taking a pie in the face are Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Andrew Zullo and McArthur High School Principal Todd LaPace.
City of Hollywood Team “City of Hope,” headed up by Team Captain Dawn Gruber, will be selling baked goods from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
    The closing ceremony will be held at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 and activities will end at 6:00 a.m.

   For more information on Relay For Life or how to get involved, please visit: To learn more about the American Cancer Society visit

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City of Hollywood Police Memorial Dedication
The Hollywood Police Department will dedicate a new police memorial to the six courageous officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty since the City’s founding in 1926.  The ceremony will be held on Friday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Hollywood Police Department at 3250 Hollywood Boulevard.
The Hollywood Police Memorial features six Officer Podiums to individually honor each fallen officer.  Installed in each officer’s podium is a photo along with a plaque with silver-colored raised lettering, a silver-colored badge and a silver-colored patch. There is also a Main Podium adorned with an aluminum plaque that matches each officer’s plaque.
The six officers whose 
service and sacrifice are 
honored by the memorial include:
Officer Owen Coleman (09-1925 to 01-25-1926) was one of the first men hired when the newly formed City was establishing the police department.  Officer Coleman was killed in a shootout in Davie in January of 1926.  Most news accounts of his death were destroyed in the hurricane of 1926. In the early 1990s, an historian of South Florida Police Officers killed in the line of duty discovered records of his death.  Officer Henry T. Minard (9-6-1971 to 11-18-1972) was killed in the line of duty on November 18, 1972.  Officer Minard was answering a silent holdup alarm at a jewelry store and interrupted a robbery in progress.  He was fatally shot by the robber. 
Officer Byron W. Riley (10-11-1971 to 8-30-1973) and Phillip C. Yourman (10-11-1971 to 8-30-1973) began a pursuit of a strong-arm robbery suspect vehicle.  As they sped through a quiet residential neighborhood, the police vehicle struck a tree and they both were fatally injured. 
Officer Frankie Shivers (12-20-1981 to 9-6-1982) lost her life while responding as a back-up to a car accident. This bizarre incident began with a traffic stop by another officer, John Lunney.  While writing the citation, another car slammed into Lunney's police cruiser, hurling him onto the roof of the vehicle he had stopped. The vehicle causing the crash burst into and Officer Shivers attempted to rescue the woman in the burning vehicle. The female driver grabbed Officer Shivers, revolver and shot her several times. 
Officer Alex Del Rio (4-12-99 to 2-22-08) is the City of Hollywood’s most recent fallen officer.  Officer Del Rio was conducting traffic enforcement on Sheridan Street on the evening of February 22, 2008.  In an attempt to stop a speeding motorist, he was involved in a motor vehicle crash and lost his life.
For more information, please call the Hollywood Police Department, 954.967.4371.