Broward Health Department hosts free breast screening

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Florida Department of Health will hold breast cancer screenings for women from 10 a.m. to noon April 27, at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. There will be a van parked in the lot prior to the opening of the library.

Women between ages 50 and 65 who are uninsured and live in ZIP codes 33311, 33304, 33309, 33313 or 33319 are urged to apply. There are a limited number of slots available.

Those that qualify for the mammogram may be asked to also complete a research survey on women’s health. Those who volunteer to complete the survey will receive a $30.00 gift card. Women who refuse to participate in the survey can still have the mammogram.

To register, call 954-558-9180.

County launches new spay, neuter voucher program

MIAMI — A new voucher program from Miami-Dade County Animal Services offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for dogs weighing 50 pounds and over. The program—made possible by ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) grant funds—helps make sterilization of large dogs in our community more accessible and affordable.

The vouchers are available during regular business hours at the Animal Services shelter, located at 7401NW 74 St., Miami, on a first come first serve basis. The program is open to all Miami-Dade County residents owning dogs weighing 50 pounds and over.

Dog owners can redeem the vouchers to obtain sterilization, rabies and DHPP vaccinations, if needed, for $30 at Miami-Dade County Community Spay Neuter Clinic, 10700 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay; or Humane Society of Greater Miami, 16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach. For appointments, call 305-749-1854 in South Miami-Dade, or 305-749-1827 in North Miami Beach.

Slot machines could be coming to Palm Beach, Lee counties

TALLAHASSEE — Slot machines could be coming to two Florida counties under a bill now moving in the state Senate.

A Senate panel on Wednesday took up a measure (SB 7088) that would extend an existing gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida for one more year.

Without an extension, the tribe will have to shut down blackjack later this year under an agreement signed in 2010.

But the panel added several significant provisions in a series of close votes.

One of them would let tracks located in Lee and Palm Beach counties add slot machines.

The Senate Regulated Industries Committee also narrowly voted to let the state’s greyhound tracks offer other types of gambling even if they stop holding live races.

The House is considering a similar bill. Florida House pays tribute to Palm Beach State president

LAKE WORTH — Dennis Gallon, president of Palm Beach State College, was honored at the Florida State Capitol by the House of Representatives Thursday for more than 50 years of dedicated service in education. State Representative Lori Berman (D-Lantana) introduced the House Resolution (HR 9065) honoring Gallon.

“It is with great honor and pride that I recognize Dr. Gallon for his achievements and contributions to Palm Beach State College and our community,” said Berman. “Under Dr. Gallon’s leadership, Palm Beach State College has received many honors and recognitions, and his legacy will be forever embedded in our community.”

Gallon is the fourth president of PBSC. He has served in the role for nearly 18 years, beginning in 1997. He will retire on June 30. More than 30 PBSC students and staff were present in the House gallery to share in the celebration with Gallon.

The search for Gallon’s successor is currently underway.

Compiled from Staff, Wire reports