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Polk County public school bus drivers now have quick access to emergency services, thanks to a $6 million radio system installed on buses. In addition, parents have a new number to call with questions about school transportation: Call (863) 534-7300 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 23.
U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, whose district includes most of Lakeland, told WFLA-TV’s “Politics on Your Side” he doesn’t believe climate change can be traced to “manmade activity.” He said, “What I’ve seen so far doesn’t prove to me that man has had the influence that some people [have] said it has had.”
In four meetings from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today, city commissioners tackled a wide variety of topics, including budget cuts, municipal internet service, affordable housing and a lot more. Here are highlights, seen through posts on social media: More
Principal Melissa Durrance has spent the summer coming up with ways to improve student performance at Griffin Elementary School, including a “sensory path” that incorporates learning into the simple act of walking down the hall. As a turnaround school, Griffin could close or become a charter school if the school doesn’t earn at least a C grade this year.
Take a downtown building that’s been largely vacant for more than a year. Add a bar and fill it with arcade games. What do you get? The Rec Room, a bar+arcade planned for the building at Massachusetts Avenue and Cedar Street that housed a Firestone tire store for many years and LkldTV more recently.
The Rec Room is being planned by a group that includes the trio that operates the Cob & Pen craft beer bar in Dixieland. The trio is also planning another venture: Good Thyme, a fast-casual takeout restaurant mixing healthy options and comfort food in the Dixieland Village spot that has held several eateries, including D’Lucas. More on that later. More
Musicians from Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota and Orlando seem to be discovering new audiences in Lakeland. Or maybe it’s that the people who book shows at local venues are looking to neighboring cities for acts we don’t hear too often. Either way, here’s a look at some of the bands and solo artists coming here this weekend from nearby locales, followed by our updated music calendar: More
HOMELESS: As city commissioners prepare for a vote that could de-fund part of Lakeland’s homeless initiative, reporter Sara-Megan Walsh talks with one of the two caseworkers who help find housing, jobs and services for homeless individuals and families. Of the 176 cases they’ve worked with this year, only five remain without housing, she reports.
DINING: Under new ownership and having moved to Lake Miriam Plaza, Palace Italian Restaurant in south Lakeland “remains a solid choice for moderately priced, every-day Italian,” reviewer Eric Pera writes. In his three-star review, he notes new owner Daniele Mazzella, a sommelier, has assembled a budget-friendly wine list.