Thursday, May 26, 2011

Miramar, Florida Police Department

I was passing by the Miramar Police Department yesterday and decided to snap a picture for you. As you can see, there was a Miramar Fire-Rescue vehicle parked right in front. It was there on an actual emergency call--there were at least 15 people scrambling behind it. Not wanting to get in the way, I settled for the photo above. Nice to see Emergency and Law Enforcement working together, which is critical in any city!

The police department is located on Miramar Parkway, just a short distance east of Red Road in the Miramar Park of Commerce. You'll see it on the north side of the road. If you click the link above, you can see another photo without all the vehicles in the way. Of course, they don't have any problems clearing traffic away when they want to take their own picture.

Miramar Police Department
3064 North Commerce Parkway
Miramar, FL 33025


To report a non-emergency: (954) 765-4321


MIRAMAR HELPLINE: (954) 602-HELP (4357)

While you're on their website, check out their Core Values, Mission Statement, and see how they plan to attain their primary goal: "to continue making The City of Miramar a safer place for [their] residents." There is a wealth of other information there about the other programs the Miramar Police are involved in.

In my seven years living here, I have nothing but nice things to say about the officers. They came when I called after the my neighbor's Pit Bull broke out of it's pen, they have been very approachable in every location I've seen them, and I have no driving violations. Seriously, SLOW DOWN! The speed limit on Miramar Parkway is 45 at most. You should smile when you see one of these guys making sure our roads are safe.

Next time you see an officer around town, thank them for the difficult job they do and for helping to make Miramar a great place to live!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Miramar Optimist Baseball: Fall 2011

My older post about Little League Baseball in Miramar still has lots of valuable information and links and photos in it, but it is also getting a lot cluttered. So very simply, here are the dates to mark down that are important for registering, tryouts and practices. That information is also published on the website, and there are links at the top of that page to forms you will need to fill out and instructions you will need to read. Good luck and see you in August!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Miramar East Aquatic Complex and Regional Park Aquatic Complex Swim Class Schedule: May Through October 2011

Same picture I used before, different schedule.
Same picture. Different Schedule. When I noticed the swimming class schedule I posted back in February was out of date, I immediately got out of my comfortable chair and hurried over to the park for a new one. And there must have been some huge event, because the line to just enter the park was out on Miramar Parkway. Oh, the things I do for you!

Anyway, here is the swimming schedule, weekday and weekend, for both the East Miramar Aquatic Complex located at 6920 SW 35th Street, Miramar, FL 33023 (954-894-3133) and the Regional Park Aquatic Complex located at 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, FL 33027 (954-641-0150).

Here is the Weekday Schedule (May 9, 2011 - October 21, 2011)

Here is the Weekend Schedule (May 13, 2011 - October 23, 2011)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

USPS United States Post Office: Miramar, Florida

I was checking out the Post Office website, and it appears that there is only one Post Office in Miramar. There are others close in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, but just the one in Miramar. Here is a way to get driving directions from Mapquest (since the USPS directions didn't seem to work), but for a landmark, use the Chevron Station just east of I-75 and off of Miramar Parkway (go North on SW 148th Ave).

14900 SW 30TH ST

MIRAMAR, FL 33027-9997
(800) ASK-USPS

(800) 275-8777

(954) 704-8993

Fax: (954) 450-6785

And though I haven't been there in quite a while, I know this post office well. When my community in Vizcaya was still being built with many homes still under construction, the Post Office would not deliver mail there. That meant a trip to this post office on at least a weekly basis. In addition, this post office has Passport Application Services from 9-12 and 1-3 on Monday through Friday (Important Update 9/2013: I'm fairly certain this service is no longer available at this post office. Go to the City Clerk's Office instead if you must appear in person).

Update above makes this part no longer valid --> The website says that an appointment is required so be sure to call ahead. I'm not sure it was like that in the past, as I have first hand experience when we applied for a passport for my youngest son. But I will tell you this. Pay attention to what they require you to bring and be on time (or even early), because it was really disorganized and a mess when I was there. That was a few years ago, but it wouldn't surprise me if nothing has changed. Oh, and smiling helps in those situations. Be ready.

USPS Superman Stamp Collectibles

Guide to Stamp Collecting (Collector's Series)Antique & Collectible References)

Scotch Packaging Tape, 2 Inches x 800 Inches, 6 Rolls (142-6)Packing Tape)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Boy Scouts of America: Miramar, Florida

I was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout. My dad is an Eagle Scout. I think the Boy Scouts is a terrific organization to teach young boys to become great men. There are a few levels in the Boy Scout organization including Cub Scouts for the younger boys and Boy Scouts for the older boys. The South Florida Council for the Boy Scouts of America will be a great resource for you if you or your son is interested in getting involve with scouting. The National Council is also a place to learn more about the history and programs offered.

Personally, I had a little difficulty finding how to find information on local troops and how to get involved on a local level from the national site. I sill don't know how I eventually got to an area that let me search by location and zip code.

Here is what I found for Miramar, Florida. Two Cub Scout Packs on opposite ends of Miramar and two Boy Scout Troops that appear to be nearby in western Miramar. I encourage you to use the information below as a starting point to see how you and your sons can get involved in this great organization. Please report any valuable information to me here as it will help your fellow residents as well.

And soon, a post about another great organization. The Girl Scouts!

Miramar Cub Scouts

Pack 0441 Chief Petty Officers Association of Miami

Contact: Ellen Lowe for more information...
16450 Miramar Parkway
Unit located in west Miramar. We recruit from the following Elementary schools, Dolphin Bay, Silver Lakes, Sunset Lakes, and Silver Shores.

Pack 0427 Friends of Pack 427

Contact: Randall DeWitt for more information...
3632 SW 166th Ave

Miramar Boy Scouts

Troop 0441 Chief Petty Officers Association of Miami

Contact: 084 - South Florida Council for more information...
15255 NW 82nd Ave
Miami Lakes, FL 33016

Not sure why this address or contact number are given as the website shows this troop to be at Dolphin Bay Elementary, same as the Cub Scout pack above with the same number.

Troop 0054 Edison Park PTA

Contact: 084 - South Florida Council for more information...
15255 NW 82nd Ave
Miami Lakes, FL 33016

Same thing with this troop--in Miramar, but the same Miami Lakes contact information. If you find something out, let me know.

And don't forget to volunteer if you can! Very rewarding. I wish I had the time.

Always memorable, here are some of the words the Boy Scouts live by:

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout is:

and Reverent.

Boy Scout Motto

Be Prepared!

Victorinox Swiss Army Explorer Boy Scout Pocket Knife (Red)

Coleman Aluminum Mess KitCampfire Cookware)

Estwing E24A Sportsman's Hatchet Metal Handle