| September, 2021

Education Advisory Board Meeting — Oct. 6

Posted on 30 September 2021 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach Education Advisory Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 7 p.m. in the Hillsboro Community Center, 50 Technology Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441.
All interested persons are urged to attend the Educational Advisory Board meeting, send a representative or express their views by letter. Any person requiring auxiliary aids and services at this meeting may contact the City Clerk’s Office at (954)480-4213 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service by using the following numbers: 1-800-955-8770 or 1-800-955-8771.
For additional information please contact Jonathan Salas at 954-480-4464 or jsalas@deerfield-beach.com.

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DB Hybrid Dist. 1 Meeting–Oct. 11

Posted on 30 September 2021 by JLusk

Commissioner Michael Hudak invites all District 1 residents to a Hybrid District Meeting Monday, October 11, 2021, at 7 p.m. at the City Commission Chambers, located at 150 NE 2 Ave. in Deerfield Beach or via ZOOM.
To ensure compliance with CDC recommendations, in-person attendees are required to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing.
This meeting will include updates and information from BSO Law Enforcement, the CRA, and Planning & Development as well as COVID-19 updates.
Multiple City of Deerfield Beach elected officials may be in attendance.
Attending and Viewing the District Meeting Virtually:
1.    Via Zoom Online – to view and participate in the meeting online; use the following link to pre-register for the meeting: https://deerfield-beach.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAoc-Ggpj8uH9M2G7GnKyBvEeYa8xDWKVLL
a.    Once you have registered; an email containing a personalized link will be sent to you directly from Zoom with instructions for joining the webinar at the specified date and time via a personal computer or mobile device with video capability.
2.     Via Zoom Telephone – join the meeting via telephone (audio only) using the Call-In number below, followed by the meeting ID when prompted. No computer or participant ID is required.
a.    Call in Number: (301) 715-8592, Meeting ID: 845 4888 4457, Participant ID: #, Password: 819397
Zoom Participation Instructions:
To participate during the question and answer portion of the meeting please find instructions below:
1.     Live Zoom Video Participation – if attending via Zoom online, click “raise hand” on the bottom of the “participants” tab, and your audio will be unmuted when recognized.
2.     Live Zoom Telephone Participation – if attending via Zoom by telephone, press *9 to “raise your hand” and your audio will be unmuted when recognized.
All residents of District 1 are encouraged to attend. Any District 1 resident that is unable to attend but would like to contact Commissioner Hudak directly may do so by emailing mhudak@deerfield-beach.com .  
For further information please contact the City Manager’s Office at 954-480-4263.

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Brightline celebrates World Car Free Day with Habitat For Humanity

Posted on 22 September 2021 by JLusk


Brightline, the only provider of modern, eco-friendly, high-speed rail in America, is celebrating World Car-Free Day by joining forces with one of the nation’s most recognizable non-profits, Habitat for Humanity. For the first time, Brightline and Habitat for Humanity affiliates in South Florida are inviting drivers to donate their vehicles to become eligible for a year of free rail travel on Brightline. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Broward, Greater Miami, Palm Beach County, and South Palm Beach County, Brightline will offer a free 2022 annual pass to any individual who donates a vehicle to Habitat’s Cars for Homes program between September 22 and December 31, 2021. Those who want to participate in the Brightline-Habitat World Car Free Day free travel pass promotion can learn more here

Every year on September 22nd, cities across the globe celebrate World Car-Free Day, encouraging motorists to give up their cars for a day. The event highlights the numerous benefits of going car-free to citizens—including reduced air pollution and the health benefits of walking and cycling in a safer environment. Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program takes this even further. All year long, Habitat accepts donations of vehicles from across the U.S. and dedicates the proceeds from their sale to help Habitat homeowners build strength, stability and self-reliance for their families.

At its core, Brightline is about building a sustainable community,” said Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline. “We want to lead the change in modern rail travel while advocating for strong and self-reliant communities. Our partnership with the affiliates of Habitat for Humanity in South Florida to promote car donations symbolizes this endeavour and we are excited to be working together to achieve the greater purpose of helping those in need. We can’t wait to welcome riders back this November, including some who will be riding for free with this offer.”

Through Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program, individuals can donate a car, truck or other motor vehicle and proceeds from its sale will be distributed to one of the four participating local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, benefitting the donor’s community.  For donors, gifting a vehicle to Cars for Homes is fast, easy and free of charge. For local Habitat affiliates, the monthly receipt of funding can be used to help build new construction or to fund critical repairs, including after natural disasters.

“Cars for Homes provides a great opportunity to turn unwanted vehicles into affordable housing for our community,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and executive director of Habitat Broward. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Brightline, which is investing in our community in both a socially and environmentally responsible way.”

“We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with Brightline through this wonderful program,” said Mario Artecona, chief executive officer at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. “A thriving community relies on affordable homeownership and strong transportation options. This relationship highlights both. We are most grateful to Brightline for focusing on Habitat’s mission of providing affordable home-ownership opportunities to South Florida’s working families.” 

On August 10, Brightline announced plans to resume service in the first half of November between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Brightline also announced multiple service enhancements and investments, including the introduction of its new mobility as a service platform that will address guests’ first and last-mile connections.

 For more information, visit www.gobrightline.com.

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Jr. Angler’s Day

Posted on 22 September 2021 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

It was a beautiful day in Deerfield Beach for Jr. Angler’s Day on Saturday, Sept. 18. Kids and their parents lined the International Fishing Pier in hopes to catch the big one… and then throw it back; and, boy, were the fish being caught everywhere you looked! This event is always a treasured moment as kids reel in their line and pull their catch out of the water with big smiles on their faces. It makes a perfect photo opp (See photos on The Observer Facebook). Kids could get bait a fishing pole and more swag. There were also other booths, including arts & crafts and ice cream. There also was a coastal cleanup.


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Stormwater & Flood Resiliency Master Plan Workshops

Posted on 20 September 2021 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach invites residents to attend the Stormwater & Flood Resiliency Master Plan Update workshops. There will be a workshop for each district, from  7 to 9 p.m.,  on the following dates:
District One — Monday, September 20
District Two — Tuesday, September 21
District Three — Monday, September 27
District Four — Tuesday, September 28
The workshop will inform on the status of the Stormwater Master Plan and share results, findings, and updates on major capital improvement efforts. The reason there is a focus on districts is to discuss the Flood Mitigation Grant Assistance projects specific to each of the districts. Community input is essential and will be solicited during this workshop. For more information visit HERE

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District 4 Virtual Saturday Office Hours — Oct. 2

Posted on 20 September 2021 by JLusk

District 4 Commissioner, Todd Drosky is happy to host Saturday office hours via teleconference, Saturday, Oct. 2.  
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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Community Relations Council meeting next Monday

Posted on 20 September 2021 by JLusk


Broward Health North is hosting the Community Relations Council Meeting on Monday, September 27 from 8 to 9 a.m. in the conference center. It includes breakfast, speakers and networking.


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Aquatic Center Closed for Dolphins SFRSL Swim Meet

Posted on 17 September 2021 by JLusk

The Department of Parks and Recreation would like to notify residents that the Aquatic Center, located at 501 SE 6 Avenue, will be closed on Saturday, October 9, 2021 , for a scheduled Dolphins Recreational Swim Meet. The Aquatic Center will reopen for regularly scheduled hours, Sunday, October 10, 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
For more information, call the Aquatics Ticket Booth at 954-420-2262.

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Kidnapper arrested in Deerfield

Posted on 15 September 2021 by JLusk

Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT/Fugitive Unit detectives and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Max Carias-Carrilo for kidnapping two children in Deerfield Beach.
BSO Special Victims Unit detectives led a coordinated operation with the collaboration of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, BSO SWAT, Homeland Security Investigations and the Miami Police Department to locate Carias-Carrilo. Detectives found him at a hotel in Miami shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Investigators said his car was packed with his belongings, and he appeared to have no plans to surrender. 
On Aug. 27, at approximately 8:19 p.m., BSO deputies and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to an emergency call for medical assistance in the 4400 block of Crystal Lake Drive in Deerfield Beach. On scene, emergency crews made contact with an adult female victim suffering from multiple injuries. 
Through further investigation, deputies learned the victim, who was transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries, had been assaulted by Carias-Carrilo. Detectives later determined Carias-Carrilo had taken 5-year-old Zaynah Obidy and 6-year-old Zain Obidy from the residence. 
During the search for the siblings, detectives requested that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issue a statewide AMBER Alert. On Saturday, Aug. 28, the BSO Special Victims Unit located the children. They were in good condition and were reunited with their family. 
Carias-Carrilo is currently being held without bond at the BSO Main Jail and faces two counts of armed kidnapping for the incident involving Zaynah and Zain on Aug. 27 in Deerfield Beach. He also faces an additional count of aggravated battery with a weapon. 

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Community Health & Wellness Fair

Posted on 11 September 2021 by JLusk

The Key Club was one of the many groups in attendance.

By Rachel Galvin

On September 11, Zion Lutheran was the site of a Community Health & Wellness Fair. Tents took over the parking lot filled with plenty of health information and other information on everything from children’s services to Hospice care. The Kiwanis Club and their Key Club was there as well. Mayor Bill Ganz and Commissioner Drosky were among those in attendance at the opening ceremony as the event began. 

The event was held in memory of Alexis J. Marion, who took her life in February 2020. Her parents, Mari and Michael were at the fair. Mari said that when Alexis was struggling, the city and Broward Sheriff’s Office were there for them, something for which she is very thankful, but she found that certain other mental health organizations and services were not. That is something that they continue to bring up — the need for there to be services available when needed. “When kids need help, show up,” she said. “All kids just want to be heard.” She said they wanted to make sure this never happens to another family. 

That is a reason they support Deerfield Beach Community Cares. Executive Director of the group, Joel Smith, said his goal to be at events like this one is to listen to the community and determine what the people’s needs are and how he can match providers with those who need the services. He had people fill out a survey asking what types of programs they would like to see and how they handle situations like stress in their life.

See photos on the Observer Newspaper Online Facebook page.





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