Students to return to school

Posted on 22 September 2020 by Rachel Galvin

After a workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 22, the Broward County School Board proposed that students will return to classroom starting Oct. 14. The first wave of students will include Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st graders, students with disabilities, 6th graders and 9th graders. All students would return Oct. 20. This still needs to be voted upon by the board at their next meeting.

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Coping with Back to School, Superintendent announces opening

Posted on 16 September 2020 by JLusk

Waverly does Back to School in style.

By Rachel Galvin

COVID-19 has caused a lot of changes in our daily lives, one of them is in the school system. The Observer had the chance to speak to a few people affected by these changes to get their opinions on how it is going this year.

“The first day of virtual school at Deerfield Beach Middle School (DBMS) exceeded my expectations,” said one parent, Lisa Cornell Davis. “Communications from Superintendent Runcie and principal Dr. Fulton have been informative, detailed and helpful. It was smooth sailing thanks to the leadership. One of our initial fears was lack of social interaction with a 100% online experience, but each teacher did a wonderful job encouraging engagement using Teams Video Conferencing while introducing icebreakers to get to know everyone on a personal level.  The teachers, students and leadership are resilient, creative and flexible. They are history in the making. They care about our health and safety.  They are pioneers in education … and it’s not only working, it’s working well!”

Avery is all smiles on the first day.

Michelle Olson-Rogers, whose daughter attends Grandview Prep, a private school in Boca Raton, where they are back to having in person classes, said, “I think every family’s decision to go back to school is extremely personal. There is no right one during a pandemic. However, as a parent, you know in your gut what is best for your child. It is up to God and good hygiene to keep us safe this year! We personally decided to go back to school in person because our school has created small cohort environments where we feel extremely safe.” 

Jack can’t wait for Kindergarten.

Joanie Cox-Henry, whose son, Jack, is in Kindergarten this year, said, We did distance learning for pre-k 4 once the school closed due to the pandemic. St. Joan of Arc Catholic School (in Boca Raton) and its teachers and staff did an outstanding job bringing the curriculum online. We had math, reading, art, science, religious education and even PE online. My son, however, really struggled with the isolation of not being in a classroom setting. He deeply missed the in-person connection of learning and he, of course, missed seeing his classmates and teachers at school each day. As a parent, I struggled with juggling home life and school life all in our living room. Daily life became more chaotic, especially with a 2-year-old child home as well.”

Emily looks happy to start the school year.

Sam is ready to get to work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual school at A.D. Henderson University School (in Boca Raton) has gone remarkably smooth,” said Leslie Moore. “My 7th grader and 2nd grader spend most of their school day on video conferences with their teachers at opposite sides of the house. The video conferences can get loud. Emily also video conferences with the P.E., Media and STEAM teachers weekly. She also has designated break times each day for physical movement, reading, recess and lunch. I’m close by to help with technical issues which can get frustrating at times. Her teacher has been amazing. My 7th grader has eight subjects spread over two days taught through 90 min. video meetings. She talks a lot about her electives: art, robotics and chorus. She seems to have easily transitioned to online learning though I know she wants to be with her friends. We picked up computers and course materials from the school over the summer an, other than a few technical issues, this process has been fairly easy.”

Sophia is ready for 8th grade.

Tinka Ellington-Hooper’s daughter Sophia attends Saint Andrew’s School in Boca. She said about working from home, “Everyone at school has worked really hard to implement virtual schooling effectively. The new school year has been going very well. It’s different of course but also has it’s positive aspects. Through virtual schooling, we are doing what needs to be done right now to keep everyone safe and still have the kids receive a quality education.”

On Sept. 15, Superintendent Runcie announced that he is planning on reopening schools on Oct. 5 with certain procedures, like mask wearing, in place and certain things like science labs not being open, and homework turned in electronically. For info. on how things will be reopened, visit https://storage.googleapis.com/pt06-1/messages/attachments/85c2b4b2f814ce639a96deadc732c6bc/BCPS202021BoardApprovedFinalPlan.pdf

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Deerfield is Getting Fishy

Posted on 09 September 2020 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency would like to commission local artists to submit renderings of fish species commonly caught in the waters surrounding the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier to be installed as part of the Pier Fishing Improvements Project.

The fish species requiring visual renderings include:
 
King Fish
Spanish Mackerel 
Barracuda
Mutton Snapper
Bluefish
Mangrove Snapper
Crevalle Jack
Lookdown Fish 
Bonita
Pompano 
 
The visual rendering must be an accurate account of species look, dimensions and species name; however, the artist is encouraged to be creative with background and surrounding white space.
 
Artists are encouraged to submit visuals for at least two species for consideration. 
 
Must be 16 years or older to be considered. Please be advised that the selected artist will create visuals for all 10 species listed above. Please be advised that this is an uncompensated commission . The artists name will be visible on each piece selected.
 
The deadline to submit for the call is Tuesday, Sept.  22 by noon.
 
Please send all submissions to atemple@deerfield-beach.com . Any additional questions please contact the City of Deerfield Beach CRA at 954-495-5430 .

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Palm Beach Enters Phase 2

Posted on 08 September 2020 by JLusk

 

COVID-19 has had a huge effect on all of us. We have been not os patiently waiting for businesses to open up to full capacity, but, as we know, it is happening in stages. Today, Sept. 8, Palm Beach County is entering Phase 2 of its reopening plan. Although things are opening, certain measures, such as social distancing, mask wearing and increased hygiene are still in place to prevent any jump in the numbers, which would lead to closing businesses once again. In addition, most have only certain percentages of people who are allowed in each and there are other stipulations. Under this new phase, the following is opening:

  • Bowling alleys: Limit to 50% of total lanes operational; 4 players/lane maximum; Restricted access to house balls and on-cohort spectators must sit 6-feet apart (no standing or congregating)

  • Escape rooms: No mixed-player games, only private parties; staggered reservations or start times; maximum 6 persons per room

  • Movie theaters (up to a maximum of 50% total seating capacity)

  • Playhouses (33% total seating capacity)

  • Skating centers: Maximum of 25 skaters per standard rink; non-cohort spectators must sit 6-feet apart (no standing or congregating)

  • Trampoline centers: Limit to 50% of equipment/venue capacity; only one person per trampoline, battle beam, tumble mat, ninja pit, or other attraction/piece of equipment; all shared equipment must be sanitized between patrons; no shared equipment where cleaning between patron contact is not feasible (e.g., dodge ball); no groups/parties/activities more than 10 people; non-cohort spectators must sit 6-feet apart (no standing or congregating)

  • Other indoor entertainment venues offering, either for participation or observation, recreational opportunities or games of skill in an enclosed building: Examples include but not limited to, billiard halls not licensed as bars, indoor soccer, laser tag, axe throwing, and paintball; 50% equipment/venue capacity; restricted equipment will be clearly prohibited from operation (e.g., signage or covered); no shared equipment or high contact equipment among patrons where cleaning between patrons is not feasible; no groups/parties/activities more than 10 people; non-cohort spectators must sit 6-feet apart (no standing or congregating).

Questions regarding Phase 2 openings should be directed to the Division of Emergency Management. Call 561-712-6400 or e-mail ComplianceReopening@pbcgov.org

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BSO Announces Labor Day DUI Enforcement

Posted on 04 September 2020 by Rachel Galvin

The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Driving Under the Influence Task Force, Florida Highway Patrol and Miccosukee Police will conduct a high visibility saturation and enforcement operation countywide during the Labor Day holiday weekend. 
 
The effort is in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. Deputies, troopers and officers will be seeking to catch impaired drivers and people violating traffic laws, in order to keep the roadways safe and to protect lives. 
 
BSO reminds everyone to drink responsibly and do not drive impaired. If you do plan to drink, plan for a ride home. Call a cab, ask a friend or use a ride-sharing service. 

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Art Basel Canceled This Year

Posted on 02 September 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

The word came across today via press release that Art Basel in Miami Beach has been canceled for this year–another in a long list of cancelations due to the pandemic. Scheduled yearly in December, this event is a mecca for patrons of the arts and sets the whole city abuzz with cultural flair. There is no word if other art shows will be taking place as usual during that time, but the main event, alas, has been canceled.

Noah Horowitz, Director Americas, Art Basel said,” It is with great regret and disappointment that we announce the cancellation of our December show in Miami Beach, as we know how crucial our show is for our galleries, as well as for the greater Miami arts community and economy. We thank everyone who shared their perspectives and insights with us over the past months and weeks and look forward to returning to Miami Beach next year to deliver a successful show.”

For more information, visit www.artbasel.com.

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City Facilities Closed Labor Day–Deerfield

Posted on 31 August 2020 by JLusk

All city facilities will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day.  
 
The International Fishing Pier will continue to be open for fishing only from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The boat ramp at Pioneer Park will be open and subject to the conditions and guidelines of current emergency orders.
 
Solid Waste pick-up will remain on its normal schedule. Residents are encouraged to put their containers out the night before to ensure collection.
 
As a reminder, the City’s curbside recycling program is currently suspended. While residents who choose to continue recycling can bring all program recyclable materials to the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Center please note the drop-off center will also be closed on Monday, Sept. 7.
 
For additional information contact the City of Deerfield Beach at 954-480-4201.

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Moving pictures — On set at “Butler House 2”

Posted on 27 August 2020 by JLusk

Fookly Ford shows off how to do topiary with friend Amelia Lim.

By Rachel Galvin

Across the street from “the historic Butler House”, at the Mid Century Modern home once owned by Martha and Robert Butler, The Deerfield Beach Historical Society has been very busy. They purchased the home and have spent months working to get it into shape to be a new cultural center, going through the home and cleaning, having garage sales to sell items that were within the home with proceeds going back to the historical society. They have a lot of plans in the works.

“We are very busy here. We are planning programs related to art, music, dance, oral presentations and more. Since we are in the midst of COVID-19, we have not been able to invite the public to our center,” said Deerfield Beach Historical Society President Emily Lilly.

But that hasn’t stopped the eager volunteers within the historical society from reaching out to the public in a unique way. They have turned the historic home into a studio and are shooting small video segments weekly. Right now, they have focused on history and also topics like home and garden since many are spending a lot more time at home these days.

Kai Buster, of Smart Girl Foods, does a cooking demonstration .

“Gardening, plants, food, etc. have become major conversations – sharing recipes, ideas, what can be done in the home to pass the days,” said Lilly.

On Saturday, Aug. 22, there were several segments being filmed by local photographer/ videographer Jeff Graves. The first was a presentation on topiary by Fookly Ford, who brought along her friend Amelia Lim. She showed how you could use a string wrapped around a tree as a guide to achieve the right shape for your tree before you start trimming.

Next was a cooking demonstration. The chef for the day was Kai Buster, an entrepreneur who has owned her own sauce-making business for eight years right here in Deerfield Beach called Smart Girl Foods. She usually sells her specialties at green markets, like the one in Boca Raton, online or at other personal appearances. This day, she was whipping up a pan of her special Saucy Bean recipe using ingredients like white beans, tomatoes, onions, minced garlic and her pesto and pink rose petal sauces, two of the 90 sauces she has created. She also used her vinaigrette as a dressing for a sample of salad. The few special guests in attendance had a chance to sample the delicious creations caught on camera.

Deerfield Beach Historical Society President Emily Lilly.

The cultural center still remains closed to the public.

“Hopefully, soon, we can open up the cultural center to the world,” added Lilly.

The videos will be available soon on the Historical Society website (www.deerfieldbeachhistoricalsociety.org).

 

Jeff Graves does videography.

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Small Business Relief Grant — Pompano

Posted on 25 August 2020 by JLusk

The City of Pompano Beach announces their new Small Business Relief Grant Program to help those suffering due to COVID-19 restrictions. The grant, an initiative of the Economic Response Team, will provide a one-time grant of up to $25,000. The program is sponsored by the  city’s Office of Housing and Urban Improvement. They are using funds from the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). Businesses must have 25 employees or less to qualify. Grants are given on a first come, first served basis. Since City Hall is closed now, applications are only accepted via email. 

Interested? Get the details at http://bit.ly/CoPBGrant .Then, call 954-786-4659 or email OHUI@copbfl.com. You can also check out the city’s website for updates at https://pompanobeachfl.gov/pages/ohui .

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Brightstar Credit Union & Broward Education Foundation held Back to School Drive

Posted on 25 August 2020 by JLusk

Ready to deliver supplies.

By Rachel Galvin

Photos provided by The Dana Agency

Sealed kits ready for students.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, Broward County’s largest back to school drive put on annually by the Broward Education Foundation found a new way to deliver needed donated school supplies to schools. Sealed 18-piece basic school supply kits were given to every student in 112 Title I elementary schools in Broward County. Donations were open through Aug. 21. This year, Brightstar Credit Union was one of the participants.

 

 

 

 

For more information on Broward Education Foundation, visit www.BrowardEducationFoundation.org/BSCU

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