| July, 2020

TS Isaias becomes hurricane

Posted on 31 July 2020 by JLusk

Tropical Storm Isaias is now upgraded to a hurricane. The track shows it developing into a Cat. 1 and skirting the coast or even coming inland to Florida on Sunday around 2 a.m. as of now. 

Broward County officials continue to monitor the storm and encourage people to be prepared but at this time are not expecting a storm surge.

Visit Broward.org/Hurricane for all the information you need to prepare for a possible threat. You’ll find a hurricane shopping guide, ten-step checklist and more.

Other ways to stay informed include:

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New 2020/21 School Choice Application Aug. 3-5

Posted on 29 July 2020 by JLusk

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) announces the addition of a new School Choice application window for the 2020/21 school yearThe three-day application window is open Aug. 3 – 5 and will be the final application opportunity for School Choice for the upcoming school year.

Parents and guardians may submit their School Choice application online at browardschools.com/schoolchoice for magnet programs and school reassignments at schools that still have available seats  following previous School Choice application windows. Application results will be provided on Aug. 14, allowing families to plan for eLearning prior to the start of the school year on Aug. 19.

Online Applications May Be Submitted

Application Status Notification

August 3, 2020 – August 5, 2020  (Application window opens at 8 a.m. on August 3)

August 14, 2020




Please note:

·     Families of students placed in a waitpool following the Phase I application window or previous Phase II application windows, do not need to submit another application in August, unless a different school or magnet program is desired. The application remains active during the entire process, which includes the newly added application window.

·     Families submitting their first School Choice application during the new application window will receive an email confirmation and have their child’s application status updated on the Check Your Status webpage.

·     If a student’s current or previous application (for students in the waitpool) is not awarded as of Aug. 14, parents should arrange for their child to attend their assigned school.

To learn more about School Choice options, application windows and notification timelines, and to apply online (beginning Aug. 3 at 8 a.m.), visit browardschools.com/schoolchoice.

For more information, contact the Office of School Choice at schoolchoice@browardschools.com.

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The Salvation Army’s Stuff the Bus school supplies drive

Posted on 29 July 2020 by JLusk


The Salvation Army of Broward County will launch its first local Stuff the Buss virtual school supplies drive, in conjunction with Walmart.

 The drive will kick-off on Monday, August 3, and will offer generous supporters several ways to donate voa Walmart’s online registry, through the organization’s secure donation portal and via drop-offs. All supplies will be distributed to school-aged children in need in Broward County just in time for the start of the new school year on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

These are trying times for our children as COVID-19 continues to ravage South Florida claiming lives and jobs, leaving more families without the income to buy basic school supplies,” said Major Stephen Long, area commander for The Salvation Army of Broward County. “The Salvation Army of Broward is here to guide our community through this hardship and provide our children with the necessary tools to succeed even while learning at home in a virtual environment. We urge our more fortunate community members to consider making the smallest donation which is a huge investment in our future – our children.”

The Salvation Army of Broward County is currently seeking a variety of supplies including pencils, pens, calculators, paper, folders, spiral notebooks, binders, colored markers, glue sticks and more.

Individuals and businesses seeking to donate to The Salvation Army of Broward County’s Stuff the Bus Virtual School Supplies Drive may purchase items securely through https://tinyurl.com/StuffTheBus2020 or visit the following Walmart locations to shop and drop-off:

  • 4700 S. Flamingo Road, Cooper City, FL 33330

  • 2500 W. Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

  • 6001 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33076

Monetary donations can be made directly via The Salvation Army’s secure website at https://give.salvationarmyflorida.org/browardschoolsupplies.

Supplies may also be shipped to or dropped off through Aug. 17 at The Salvation Army of Broward headquarters at 1445 W. Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312.

In addition to its school supplies drive, The Salvation Army of Broward County is feeding thousands of residents-in-need through its Food Pantry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each Thursday, trusted Army experts provide non-perishable items and other pantry goods to more hundreds of underserved families. The organization also provides meals-to-go services for the homeless, its residents and other impoverished individuals.

For more information, contact Robert Beasley, The Salvation Army of Broward County, at 954-712-2480 or via email at Robert.beasley@uss.salvationarmy.org.

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Stolen vehicle involved in crash in Pompano

Posted on 25 July 2020 by Rachel Galvin

Broward Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide detectives are investigating a crash that occurred Friday, July 17 in Pompano Beach. Preliminary investigation reveals that a 2018 Dodge Journey was traveling westbound on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard approaching the intersection at NW 16 Ave. At the same time, a 2001 Toyota RAV4, driven by Martelly Jean, was traveling eastbound on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Jean attempted to make a left turn onto NW 16 Ave. when the two vehicles collided. 
The impact sent the Dodge Journey across the sidewalk and into a traffic light stanchion. Jean’s vehicle was redirected westbound as the passenger, Exantus Fard, was ejected from the vehicle.
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to the scene. Fard was pronounced deceased on scene.
Traffic homicide detectives discovered that the Dodge Journey was reported stolen out of the City of Hollywood on July 15.
The driver of the RAV4 and the passenger of the Dodge Journey were transported to Broward Health North with injuries that were not life threatening. The driver of the stolen vehicle fled the scene on foot. 
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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Lobster Mini Season still on

Posted on 24 July 2020 by JLusk

Despite COVID-19, Lobster Mini Season is still on July 29-30. Some boat ramps have closed in The Keys and there may be other changes so be aware. There is a daily bag limit of 6 per person for Monroe County and Biscayne National Park; 12 per person for rest of Florida. The possession limit onthe water is equal to the daily bag limit. Off the water is equal to the daily bag limit on the first day and double the daily bag limit on the second day. These limits are enforced. The minimum size limit is that the carapace must be larger than 3 in., measured in the water. Dont forget to bring your measuring device. It is required at all times. Night diving is prohibited in Monroe County during this time. Lobster harvesting is also prohibited in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park during this time. Also, in the Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, no-take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, in the Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary, and in the five Coral Reef Protection Areas in Biscayne National Park it is prohibited during both the mini season and regular season.

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Dist 4 office hours–Aug. 1

Posted on 23 July 2020 by JLusk

District 4 Commissioner Todd Drosky is happy to host Saturday office hours via teleconference, Saturday, August 1.

Commissioner Drosky will be available via telephone to speak with constituents on an appointment basis, between the hours of 10 a.m. to noon.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 954-480-4263 or web.citymgr@deerfield-beach.com

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Broward County to start 100% online

Posted on 23 July 2020 by JLusk

During a school board workshop held July 22, Superintendent Runcie said that school will not be returning as usual this year. The date of August 19 for the beginning of the school year will remain, however, instruction will 100% be online for now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, during the lengthy workshop, they discussed different options for students of varying grade levels, including having morning and evening class time to help parents work around work schedules. Runcie said that teachers will be getting extra training in teaching in the online environment before returning to instruction. There also are certain exceptions to the online option, including for students with disabilities, those who speak a foreign languagethose who need to get into a lab for advanced science, career and technical education and basically those who need extra help.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program

Posted on 20 July 2020 by JLusk

The COVID-19 crisis is not only hitting people physically, but also hitting their pocketbooks. Many have ended up out of work or with failing businesses due to the crackdown. The City of Deerfield Beach has decided to help those in need with a new program called “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Program.  This program is meant to encourage businesses and individuals who have the financial ability to assist families through donations. The donations received will be used to provide financial assistance for utility payments (electricity, water, and natural gas) to Deerfield Beach families impacted by financial hardships during this pandemic.

Donations can be made by mailing a check to the City of Deerfield Beach, Financial Services Department, Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program, 150 NE 2 Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441.

Once funding is available, the Utility Assistance Application will be available to city residents. Financial assistance will be provided directly to service providers for past due payments.

If you are a resident in need of financial assistance, please contact Suzan Scott at 954-480-6420.

For additional information, contact Vickki Placide-Pickard at 954-571-2675 and/or vpickard@dfb.city.


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Coffee & Connections –July 21st 8 to 9 a.m.

Posted on 20 July 2020 by JLusk

Early morning Coffee & Connections from 8 to 9 a.m. tomorrow, July 21 via Zoom, thanks to the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce…With Special Guest Kimberly Marie Bonner of New Day Consulting Systems. She will focus on how to survive during COVID-19. She is a Business Scale Expert with over 20 years of experience. To register, visit https://deerfieldchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/4703

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Speed Networking

Posted on 20 July 2020 by JLusk

The Pompano Beach- Lighthouse Point-Margate Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with the Sunrise Chamber of Commerce and Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce to have a special Zoom event to jumpstart your networking! For $10, you can join in the fun and meet new people and possibly work together in the future. Raffle is $5. The event will take place on July 29th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. To sign up, visit https://pompanobeachchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/679692 


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