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Boca’s fleet maintenance division ranked in top 100 fleets in the Americas

The city of Boca Raton’s Fleet Maintenance Division has been ranked No. 86.

There are more than 38,000 public fleets in North America alone. South America has thousands more. Boca has been ranked in the best 100 of those fleets.

Boca has over 1,000 vehicles and pieces of heavy equipment in its fleet.

“Our mechanics repair and maintain light trucks, garbage trucks, trailers, bucket trucks, police cars and vehicles- you name it,” Fleet Superintendent, Tony Remige said. “It averages out to about 250 vehicles per technician, so we are always busy.”

The criterion for the Best Government Fleet award includes accountability, technology, collaboration, efficient turnaround, staff development and doing it right the first time.

“When our residents see City of Boca Raton vehicles around town, we want them to know that we are working very hard behind the scenes not only to provide world class services, but to keep our equipment and vehicles in the best condition possible,” Municipal Services Director, Dan Grippo said. “Our team needs the  best tools to do their best work and the fleet division helps make that happen.  We’re very proud of their commitment to excellence.”

Sugar Sand Park is looking for talented filmmakers, families for 6th Annual Kids’ Spooky Film Festival

Sugar Sand Park Community Center is searching for the best and brightest filmmakers to create family films for the 6th Annual Kids’ Spooky Film Festival.

The festival will coincide with the 13th year of Shriek Week, the Community Center’s annual Halloween event, running Oct. 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28.

New this year, the Boca Raton Public Library is offering participants use of the Downtown Library Discovery Studio’s editing software on selected Saturdays in August and September. You do not need a library card and an experienced staff member will be on hand to help.

This year’s theme is ‘Superstitions,’ and prizes will be awarded for the best youth (ages 12-17), family, and adult-created film.  Film formats may include live action, animation, and digital comic books. The films will be judged by a panel of industry professionals. All films are due in person to the Community Center or postmarked by Sept. 23. Prizes will be announced this summer.

“The Kids’ Spooky Film Festival is a great opportunity for amateur filmmakers of all ages to get behind the camera and involve their friends and family,” Stefanie Ouellette, Booking Coordinator said. “It makes for a great summer project. Last year, we had a lot of fantastic submissions, and we can’t wait to see what our sixth year brings!”

Fans can watch and vote for their favorite films online Oct. 1-31 for the People’s Choice Award.  Selected films will be shown in the Willow Theatre during Shriek Week while patrons are waiting in the queue for the Haunted House Tours. Awards and prizes will be presented at a November ceremony at Sugar Sand Park Community Center.

For the entry forms and full rules, visit www.sugarsandpark.org/spooky-film-festival.