| January, 2020

Blood Drive at City Hall

Posted on 14 January 2020 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach is partnering with OneBlood on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at City Hall, 150 NE 2 Ave., for a community blood drive. Help save a life by donating! All donors will receive two free Miami Heat tickets along with a wellness checkup.

For more information, please contact OneBlood at 888-936-6283.

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Trail of the Honey Bees Walking Tour

Posted on 14 January 2020 by JLusk

There is something buzzing in Pompano Beach. On Saturday, Jan.  25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Pompano Beach Cultural Arts Center, at 50 W. Atlantic Blvd., there will be the first-ever walking tour of the Trail of the Honey Bees. 
 

The trail is part of the city’s Mosaic Team program which began in 2016. The program consists of three phases. Trail of the Honey Bees is part of the first phase. The city commissioned lead artist Sonata Kazimieraitiene to work with five approved apprentices to create 35 mosaics displayed throughout the Innovative District connecting multiple cultural facilities through artwork and education. The original source of the honey bee image can be seen in the metal railings of the Ali Cultural Arts’ roof parapet. The Trail of the Honey Bees encourages a spirit of unity to connect both sides of Dixie Highway.
 
The focal point of the trail is on the honey bee and the vegetation it helps pollinate. Pompano Beach was built by a rich agricultural community. Without the help of the honey bee and continued education on the importance of the bee, the agricultural community as a whole is at stake. 
 
Those participating in the walking trail will meet at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center at 10 a.m. From there, the participants will be transported to the starting point of the trail, 731 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. Jr., and begin their tour, which features pop up activities and events leading back to the Pompano Cultural Center for a final extravaganza! The entire event will take approximately four hours. Refreshments will be provided. 
 
Other projects associated with phase one of the Mosaic Team include Music Leads the Way, which consists of four music themed mosaic murals located at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater: Community, a 16 x 8 ft. mosaic mural located at the Charlotte Burrie Community Center, which is set to be open soon, and Wow, a 10 ft. diameter floor mosaic located at the gazebo on the northeast corner of West Palm Aire Drive and Oaks Drive. 
 
For more information on the Trail of the Honey Bees or the city’s Public Art Program, call 954-545-7800, ext. 3813 or e-mail laura.atria@copbfl.com.

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Deerfield Beach shooting leaves two victims; one dies

Posted on 10 January 2020 by JLusk

 
Just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to 175 SW 3 St. in Deerfield Beach and found an adult male, Keirson Avery Wilson-Forte, lying in the street with gunshot wounds. A second victim, Tara Nicole Bostick, was located at 288 SW 5 St. in Deerfield Beach with gunshot wounds after deputies learned that she drove there. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue transported the victims to Broward Health North where Wilson-Forte was pronounced dead and Bostick was treated for injuries.
 
Homicide and crime scene detectives are currently investigating, and the case is ongoing.
 
Anyone with information can contact BSO Det. Reynolds at 954-321-4328. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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Deerfield announces Grand Marshal for MLK Jr. Parade

Posted on 10 January 2020 by JLusk

Deerfield’s Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates winning Super Bowl, 2012. Submitted photo

Deerfield Beach native and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul has been named Grand Marshal for the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. Bring the family out on Monday, Jan.20, at 10 a.m. to give our hometown hero a warm welcome. The parade will begin at St. Ambrose Church (380 Federal Hwy), finishing at the Oveta Mckeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd St).

Pierre-Paul, nicknamed “JPP,” is an American football outside linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). But before his NFL career, JPP rose to fame as a Deerfield Beach High School (DBHS) Buck.  After graduation from DBHS, he went on to play college football at the University of South Florida and was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. With the Giants, Pierre-Paul made two Pro Bowls and won Super Bowl XLVI.

All are welcome to follow the parade to the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex baseball fields to enjoy free cotton candy, bounce houses, great local food, and entertainment until 6 p.m.

 

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

MLK Parade

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Battle of the Bands Competition

  1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Awards Ceremony

  2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Keynote Speaker Senator Perry E. Thurston Jr.

  2:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Entertainment

The above times are subject to change without advance notice.

For additional information or if you would like to participate in the parade, please visit www.dfb.city/mlk or call the Community Events and Outreach Division at 954-480-4429.

 

 

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Broward County Property Appraiser talks Exemption filing deadlines & more

Posted on 10 January 2020 by JLusk

By Marty Kiar

EXEMPTION FILING DEADLINES

While the timely deadline to file for any 2020 exemptions is March 2, 2020, you can still late file up until Sept.18, 2020.  This extended late filing period allows you to apply for or renew any valuable tax-saving exemptions including Homestead Exemption and the Low-Income Senior Exemption for the 2020 tax year.  There are no late fees to late file for these exemptions so do not miss out on this important opportunity even if you miss the March 2 deadline. You are entitled to a Homestead Exemption if, as of Jan. , 2020, you have made the property your permanent home or the permanent home of a person who is legally or naturally dependent on you. By law, Jan.1 of each year is the date on which permanent residence is determined.

AGRICULTURAL LAND CLASSIFICATION

If you believe your property, as of Jan. 1 meets the criteria for

 the Agricultural Classification, you must file an initial application with our office by March 2, 2020.  Land previously granted the Agricultural Classification will receive a green renewal card from our office.  This card must be completed and returned to our office to maintain the classification for this tax year.  Our office reviews all properties receiving the Agricultural Classification each year and will notify property owners in July of each year as to the status of their request.  For additional information on the Agricultural Classification, please visit our website at www.bcpa.net/ag.asp

Should you have any questions about the Agricultural Classification, please contact Rhonda Gilbert at rgilbert@bcpa.net or Patrick Shortsleeve at pshortsleeve@bcpa.net

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION – HOW IS THE $50,000 EXEMPTION APPLIED?

  1. The first $25,000 of the exemption applies to all taxing authorities and to first $25,000 of your property’s assessed value.
  2. The second $25,000 exemption does NOT apply to school portion of your tax bill. The school budget — at roughly 37% of the entire property tax bill — makes up the single largest portion of your tax bill.
  3. The second $25,000 of the exemption only applies to the portion of assessed value between $50,000 – 75,000. This means you will not receive the full benefit of the second $25,000 if your property is assessed at less than $75,000. And — if your property is assessed at less than $50,000 — you will not receive any additional savings from this second $25,000 exemption.

 

If my office can ever be of assistance to you, please visit our website at www.bcpa.net, call us at 954-357-6830 or email me directly at martykiar@bcpa.net

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Woman dies after hit-and-run–Pompano Beach

Posted on 08 January 2020 by JLusk

 
 
Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) traffic homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman who was struck by a vehicle in Pompano Beach on Dec. 31.   
At approximately 10:03 p.m., Gracieuse Gallumette was struck in the southbound lanes of the 1200 block of North Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach. According to witnesses, the driver hit the woman while she was in the roadway and fled the scene in a white or tan, newer model Toyota or Nissan four-door sedan. 
 
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported Gallumette to Broward Health North in critical condition. She was pronounced dead on Jan. 3. 
 
The traffic homicide investigation continues. 
 
Anyone with information can contact BSO Det. Sean Strzalkowski at 954-321-4840. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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Safe Boating Class- Jan. 21

Posted on 08 January 2020 by JLusk

Learn everything you need to know about how to operate your boat safely with a Safe Boating Class. Held Jan. 21 from 7 to 9:30 a.m. The class is $35 to $85 and includes your textbook, handouts and education card. For more information, visit www.PompanoSafeBoating.com.

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Book Art and Music Extravaganza

Posted on 08 January 2020 by JLusk

The Book Art & Music Extravaganza will be held Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Herb Skolnick Community Center, 800 SW 36 Ave., 6 to 9 p.m.
This is free event which will include a meet and greet with local published authors, browse and a buy books section, local artists display, Spirit of Liberty Fife & Drum Corps, name that book contest, live music, free hors d’oeuvres by Farraddays Steakhouse, prizes and more. 
 

For more information call 954-786-4590 or visit the city’s website at www.pompanobeachfl.gov. 

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CRA meeting canceled–Jan. 14

Posted on 08 January 2020 by JLusk

The Community Redevelopment Agency meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at the City Commission Chambers of the City Hall Complex, located at 150 NE 2 Ave., in Deerfield Beach has been canceled.

 For additional information on the agenda items for the CRA Meeting, contact Ashlee Temple at 954-480-4262.

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Taste of LHP

Posted on 07 January 2020 by JLusk

Foodies delight! Taste of LHP is coming Jan 14 from 6 to 9 p.m.at the Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club, 2701 NE 42 St. in Lighthouse Point. Eat, drink and be merry! This is a good way to sample some of the nearby restaurants who will have samples available! There also will be live music and a silent auction, and raffles! This event benefits the Rotary Fund, the charitable foundation of the Rotary Club of Pompano Beach. Tickets are $50 in advance/ $60 at the door. To register, visit https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egqkotrhf7e5f6b5&oseq=&c=db9aa2e0-f4d7-11e7-b184-d4ae52a686bc&ch=dbd86f30-f4d7-11e7-b18f-d4ae52a686bc

Questions?  You can request additional information at pompanobeachrotary@gmail.com or call Susan at 954-290-1104.
 
Your participation in this event helps the Pompano Beach Rotary raise funds for local and global charities and their initiatives, and provides scholarships for nine college students currently in school.  

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