Broward County Library offers free access to IndieFlix


Broward County Library offers free access to IndieFlix
Broward County Library offers free access to IndieFlix

Tired of ComcastDIRECTVDish Network or AT&T’s U-Verse?  Have Netflix or Hulu, but are seeking something a little different? Maybe you have Internet access but cannot afford traditional cable television?

If so, the Broward County Library announced Monday the launch of IndieFlix, a free service that allows library customers to stream and watch award-winning independent films, television shows, shorts and documentaries from around the world at no cost, according to publication specialist Catherine McElrath.  

With IndieFlix, library users will now have unlimited access to thousands of streaming film-festival hits including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca and more.  With thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries, IndieFlix offers a unique viewing experience.

Viewing films on IndieFlix directly supports the filmmakers who created them. There are also vintage TV shows, network movies, cult classics, music and concert films and more. Watch what you like – for free!

With IndieFlix, library users can also watch titles on Xbox, PC, Mac, Smartphone, Tablet and even Roku.

Founded in 2005, Seattle based IndieFlix is one of the largest and fastest-growing aggregators of independent film nationwide.  Created and operated as a film distribution and discovery site focused solely on film, filmmakers, and the audience that loves them, IndieFlix was founded on principles of community, promotion, syndication, and transparency.

The mission of IndieFix is to be the first point of entry for the audience to find any award-winning film festival movie and to be the community leader in the space of independent film.  They seek to bridge the gap between film festival favorites and ever-elusive distribution.

IndieFlix requires Internet Explorer 10 or above, Chrome, Firefox or Safari Internet browser for optimal results. IndieFlix uses the same log-in as Zinio Magazines, so if you already have a Broward County Library magazine account, you are ready to watch streaming videos!  Users may sort by language, genre, or film length with easy-to-use filters.  IndieFlix also makes it easy for you to filter the videos by intended audience: Family, Teen, or Adult.

IndieFix operates a well-branded, multiplatform distribution model by offering films for purchase or streaming on IndieFlix.com, and also through third-party distribution platforms including iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, and AmazonVOD. IndieFlix recently introduced a monthly streaming subscription option that will include unlimited streaming, curated films, digital rewards and community.

Broward residents can sign up for an IndieFlix account online at http://www.broward.org/library

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Bill Lewis is principal of William E. Lewis Jr. & Associates, a solutions based professional consulting specializing in the discriminating individual, business or governmental entity.

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The weekend of August 10th on The Credit Report with Bill Lewis


Interesting guests and timely topics will be on AM 740 WSBR and AM 1470 WWNN the weekend of August 10th and The Credit Report with Bill Lewis.

As a daily forum for business and financial news, politics, economic trends, and cutting edge issues, The Credit Report with Bill Lewis moved south on the dial late last year to AM 740 WSBR.  Hosted by Bill Lewis, the show broadcasts live weekdays at 7am.

Originally launched on AM 1400 WFTL in 2004, as the “Credit Restoration Consultants Hour,” Bill Lewis provided self-help tips and advice regarding credit repair, finances, and related topics. Throughout the years, Bill’s show strayed from the original concept of providing financial awareness to his listeners.

In an effort to strengthen his listener base and to broaden the topics hosted, Bill launched The Credit Report with Bill Lewis upon moving to AM 1470 WWNN within the Beasley Broadcasting group.

Listeners were searching for help regarding a myriad of topics from credit repair, extreme coupon shopping, and foreclosure matters, but welcomed the political format that Bill introduced locally to a south Florida audience.

Guests this weekend on The Credit Report with Bill Lewis:

Former House majority leader and current Congressional District 22 candidate Adam Hasner will appear and discuss his campaign and endorsements from Florida Senator Marco Rubio and former Governor Jeb Bush.  Hasner has succeeded where Republican presidential and senate hopefuls have failed.  No other candidate for public office has been able to obtain endorsements from Rubio and Bush, the two most influential names in Florida GOP politics.

Julie C. Shapiro Harris will appear and discuss her candidacy for the Broward County Circuit Court in Group 19.  Restricted by the judicial canons, candidates for judicial office are prohibited from discussing topics surrounding potential legal issues.  Shapiro-Harris will discuss her resume and credentials as well as endorsements received within the community.

Former presidential appointee and elections attorney Gineen Bresso will appear and discuss her political plans and aspirations.  As a former Commissioner and Chair of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Bresso is an announced candidate to replace Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Florida’s Congressional District 23.

Jim Gleason will appear and discuss his candidacy for the Florida House of Representatives in District 97.  Running in an open seat, Gleason will discuss his resume and credentials and explain why he is the best candidate to represent parts of Coral Springs, Tamarac, Sunrise, Plantation, and Parkland in Tallahassee.

Stanley Blumenthal – an eccentric 87 year-old retired Merchant Marine – will appear and discuss his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s Congressional District 25.  Running as an NPA, Blumenthal promises to “shake-up” the political establishment as a “Socialist” or “American Patriotic Communist.”  In a race that boasts the “VoteForEddie.com” domain name as a candidate, Elect Comrade Blumenthal is the motto of this campaign. 

Broward County Circuit Court Judge Dale Ross will appear and discuss his candidacy for re-election in Group 32.  Restricted by the judicial canons, candidates for judicial office are prohibited from discussing topics surrounding potential legal issues.  As the second longest serving Chief Judge in Florida, Ross will discuss his resume and credentials as well as endorsements received within the community.

Former prosecutor and Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Jim Lewis will appear and discuss his candidacy for Broward State Attorney as the only Republican for this countywide office in 2012. Lewis is challenging incumbent Michael Satz and Chris Mancini, a former federal prosecutor turned defense attorney. Mancini switched his voter registration from independent to Democrat so he could run against Satz in the party’s primary. Lewis will face the winner of the August primary.

Foreclosure defense attorney Carlos Reyes will appear and discuss the latest developments in the mortgage foreclosure crisis. After nearly a year of negotiations, federal and state officials and five major mortgage servicers (Ally Financial, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Wells Fargo) recently announced a $25 billion settlement over alleged foreclosure and mortgage loan-servicing abuses.

Former Broward County Court Judge Julio Gonzalez will appear and discuss his candidacy for the Broward Circuit Court in Group 45.  Restricted by the judicial canons, candidates for judicial office are prohibited from discussing topics surrounding potential legal issues.  As one of the highest-rated former County Court Judges in Broward, Gonzalez will discuss his resume and credentials as well as endorsements received within the community.

Retired Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Captain Mark Chamberlain will appear and discuss his candidacy for Hendry County Sheriff.  As the favored Republican candidate in the August 14th primary, Chamberlain will discuss his vision of making the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office the finest rural Sheriff’s office in Florida and one that all Hendry County citizens and visitors can rely upon and be proud.

Since the show’s inception, Bill Lewis has interviewed some of the country’s leading politicians, including: Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Herman Cain, Chris Christie, Jon Huntsman, Allen West, Rick Scott, George LeMieux, Jeff Atwater, Pam Bondi, Marco Rubio, Sharon Day, Alex Sink, Adam Putnam, Charlie Crist, Bill McCollum, Jeff Kottkamp, Jennifer Carroll, Christine O’Donnell, among others.

In addition, The Credit Report with Bill Lewis has hosted a number of politicians as well as attorneys and financial experts in the south Florida area. Among the dozens that have appeared on the show are Carlos Reyes, Al Lamberti, Chip LaMarca, Adam Hasner, Ellyn Bogdanoff, Tom Rooney, Roger Stone, Bob Davids, Lori Parrish, Richard Denapoli, Rico Petrocelli, Jamie McDonnell, Jim Lewis, Tom Lauder, and John Contini.

The Credit Report with Bill Lewis airs live, Monday through Friday from 7am-8am with an encore presentation Saturday’s at 3pm on AM 740 WSBR. Streaming audio is available at http://www.wsbrradio.com and on air participation is welcome at (888) 721-0074.

If you miss the early broadcast, The Credit Report with Bill Lewis is still available weeknights at 9pm and Sunday’s at 12 noon on AM 1470 WWNN by streaming audio at http://www.wwnnradio.com.

Going head-to-head against Steve Kane and Jimmy Cefalo, Bill Lewis promises more “talk” and fewer commercials.

For daily updates on The Credit Report with Bill Lewis, you can join Bill’s 35,950 plus fans on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/thecreditreportwithbilllewis.

Broward Sheriff’s Office introduces mobile optimized website


 

Creative and forward thinking is crucial in this new age of social media and digital communication.  Striving to stay ahead of the curve while effectively providing communication to the public in which they serve, the Broward Sheriff’s Office has recently introduced several new tools.

The first tool, “Community Events,” can be found at www.sheriff.org. Providing a detailed schedule of upcoming events the Broward Sheriff’s Office is hosting countywide, it also provides mapping to an actual location. Users with a GPS-enabled smart phone are provided turn-by-turn directions to their destination.

More exciting among the tools recently introduced is a new mobile-optimized version of sheriff.org created for smart phone and tablet users. The BSO Mobile Optimized Website (MOW) provides users with a sensible one-touch approach to connect with their various social media sites, view agency news, search arrests and civil cases, to report a crime or contact the agency, and to view, map and track events.

By researching the most valuable and utilized areas of interest to their website visitors, the Broward Sheriff’s Office decided to develop the MOW. Receiving over 500,000 distinct page views monthly and an impressive U.S. based Alexa ranking of 30,024, the BSO website is one of the most heavily-trafficked law enforcement agencies in the nation.

Among the first in the nation to launch such a progressive MOW, the interactive site can be activated by visiting www.sheriff.org/mobile or by clicking on the new “BSO MOBILE” button located in the top right-hand corner of the BSO website. Users can add a quick link to the site that will appear on their phones or tablets as an app. In less than a minute, you will have access to the most popular of all information available to the public.

It comes as no secret that social media is a rapidly emerging trend. While there are dozens of social media outlets, Facebook is by far the leader. With more than 900 million users worldwide – 156 million in the United States alone – more than half of all Americans have a Facebook account.

To put this into perspective, it took over 90 years for the home telephone to become conventional and only five years for Facebook to become part of the mainstream. Interesting enough, the largest increase in Facebook demographics is users who are 55 and older. 

Another popular site for quick and instant communication is Twitter.  This interactive form of social media allows users to input a minimal amount of characters for messages, also known as tweets.  Commonly used to provide information in “real time,” Twitter allows users to interact and forward “tweets” to their followers as they are posted.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office has developed their own SMS version of Twitter.  Called CyberVisor, this advisory e-mail and text system provides residents and business owners with vital information about criminal activity, traffic issues, security concerns, upcoming events, public safety initiatives, important safety tips and more.

“I am a firm believer that the more informed you are, the safer you are,” stated Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti.  “That is why we utilize these and other tools such as the E-Newsletter and the CyberVisor program to keep the community involved.”  

If you have not signed up for the CyberVisor program or E-Newsletter, please visit the Broward Sheriff’s Office at http://www.sheriff.org/cybervisor.  You can also follow them on Facebook at Broward Sheriff’s Office (Official) and Twitter @browardsheriff.  As always, residents can e-mail the Sheriff personally at Ask_The_Sheriff@sheriff.org.

Broward Sheriff’s Office to Hold Moment of Silence for Slain NYPD Officer


 

The Broward Sheriff’s Office will observe a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. Monday on all law enforcement and fire rescue radio dispatch channels for slain NYPD Police Officer Peter Figoski.

Officer Figoski, 47, was killed in the line of duty last Monday while answering a robbery-in-progress call in Brooklyn.  He was shot in the face by Lamont Pride, 27, during a botched robbery attempt.  Pride is charged with first and second-degree murder in Figoski’s death.  Four other men are charged with second degree murder.

A decorated veteran of the NYPD, Officer Figoski had served with the New York City Police Department for 22 years and was assigned to the 75th Precinct.  He left behind four daughters,14 to 20 years of age.

Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti was contacted by the NYPD and retired officers of the 10-13 Club, who asked him to officially commemorate the death of Officer Figoski.

Last year, members of the club presented Sheriff Lamberti with a fragment of steel cut from the rubble of the World Trade Center. The steel is on permanent display in the lobby of the Ron Cochran Public Safety Building, BSO’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

“At every BSO memorial service we mention any line-of-duty deaths that have occurred across the country,” said Sheriff Lamberti. “It’s important to recognize their sacrifice and it reminds all of us that public safety work is both rewarding and dangerous.”

Since the NYPD announced that a trust fund had been established for Officer Figoski, donations have poured in from throughout the country.

Donations to the Police Foundation “Peter Figoski Scholarship Fund” can be made online at: www.nycpolicefoundation.org.

Check donations should be mailed to: New York City Police Foundation – Peter Figoski Scholarship Fund, 555 5th Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017.

Deerfield Beach Commissioner Sylvia Poitier Found Guilty


In the State of Florida versus suspended Deerfield Beach commissioner Sylvia Poitier, a Broward jury has found the embattled commissioner guilty on four counts of falsifying records.

A jury returned the verdict after just over an hour of deliberations Wednesday afternoon.  This followed a partial victory on Tuesday when one misdemeanor count against Poitier was dismissed by Broward County Court Judge Melinda Brown.

“I never, never had a doubt that I’m innocent,” stated Poitier, 76, of Deerfield Beach, in quote reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “How that jury could bring back a guilty verdict on me.”

Governor Rick Scott suspended Poitier, a Democrat, in April following an investigation by the Broward Sheriff’s Office and her subsequent arrest on five misdemeanor charges related to conflict of interest forms filed in 2009.

Prosecutors alleged that Poitier failed to reveal that her brother, Lionel Ferguson, had loaned $47,000 to the Westside Deerfield Businessmen Association; a loan that was still outstanding when she voted in favor of a $30,000 grant to the group.

The three-day trial began Monday with jury selection and ended early Wednesday with closing arguments.

Poitier had initially pled not guilty to each of the five charges. She now faces up to one year in jail as to each of the four remaining misdemeanor charges.  A jail sentence is unlikely, though, as Poitier has no prior criminal record and a long history of service within the community.

The prosecutor said the verdict sends a message.

“The jury sent a crystal clear message to all elected officials in Broward County that they must be open and honest or there will be consequences,” David Schulson was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Meanwhile, Johnny McCray Jr., Poitier’s attorney, told the Sun Sentinel that he would file a request for the verdicts to be thrown out. Otherwise, he would appeal to the Broward County Circuit Court.

Fort Lauderdale Attorney Jim Lewis Enters Race for Broward State Attorney


Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Jim Lewis has entered the race to unseat Mike Satz as Broward State Attorney in 2012.  A registered Republican, Lewis, 54, filed his campaign paperwork Wednesday with the Florida Division of Elections.

Best known for his representation of twelve-year old Lionel Tate in the murder of six-year old Tiffany Eunick, Lewis knows what it’s like to run for political office. He has unsuccessfully run for Florida Attorney General, Fort Lauderdale mayor, Fort Lauderdale city commission, Broward Public Defender, Broward Circuit Court Judge and state representative.

“I’ve learned from prior campaigns, most recently in my 2010 unsuccessful run for Florida Attorney General, that successful campaigns have to be well financed, organized, and run by professional campaign staff,” stated Jim Lewis.  “I have budgeted $300,000.00 for this campaign and have retained a professional campaign manager.”

Satz, a Democrat, has been Broward’s top prosecutor since 1976.  Lewis started his career in 1981 as a prosecutor in Orlando and later moved in 1987 to the state Attorney General’s Office, remaining until 1992.  He became a criminal defense lawyer in 1993, frequently defending criminal cases against Satz’s prosecutors at the Broward County Courthouse.

“As Broward’s State Attorney I will strive to be progressive, with a primary objective to find new and better ways to keep our community safe,” continued Lewis.  “For non-violent offenders, I want real attempts to rehabilitate low risk offenders instead of using valuable prison space on drug addicts and the mentally ill.”

Meanwhile, Satz welcomed the challenge.

“Anybody in public office knows that a formidable challenge is always a possibility and prepares for it,” stated Satz. “You get ready every time.”

Note:  The author is not related to Jim Lewis.