Pioneer Day Picnic-Feb. 13

Posted on 26 January 2021 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin
 
Well, there will be no parade this year, no fun down at the beach… Due to COVID-19, the City of Deerfield Beach has made a few changes to this year’s Pioneer Day. Yes, it is only one day this year as well. To be held Feb. 13, which is a Saturday, the event will take it back to the event’s humble beginnings where it all began… to Pioneer Park, at 217 NE 5 Ave. in Deerfield. 
 
The event will be organized similar to the Christmas event they had in Sullivan Park, in that they will have it split up into three sessions and will be socially distanced. Each will consist of three hours and will include live music, food trucks, live painting and more. And you MUST register. The event is free. Oh, and there will be no fireworks either…Don’t forget to bring your mask! 
 
The city is doing its best to make some fun for the community despite the circumstances and to ensure everyone’s safety.
 
 Registration is available now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/137810760695. Spots are limited.
 

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MLK Day to be a virtual/ drive-in celebration

Posted on 11 January 2021 by JLusk

In Deerfield Beach, Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated a little differently this year, as a drive-in with a virtual component. The event, presented by the City of Deerfield Beach & the Deerfield Beach African American Heritage Board,  will take place on Jan. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex baseball fields.
For more information click HERE .

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Sheriff Tony sworn in

Posted on 06 January 2021 by JLusk

Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony took the Oath of Office on Jan. 5.

He was elected in the most recent election but was originally appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2019 after he suspended former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.

In a recent statement, Sheriff Tony said, “On Jan. 5, I will take the oath of office to continue serving as your sheriff. My swearing-in ceremony will be a much less extravagant affair than those of sheriffs’ past due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Perhaps an intimate setting is more appropriate, regardless. The oath of office is a sacred trust. It is a promise I make to myself and my fellow first responders. It is also a promise I make to you.

“I recently removed the placard with my name on it from the front of my office door. I replaced it with a more suitable designation: “The People’s Office.” The sheriff and all the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office work for you and our mission every day, to provide this county with the best public safety services in the country.

“When I assumed command of BSO nearly two years ago, I did so with the promise of putting public safety before all else. In just a short time, we’ve made significant progress in achieving our goals. Better training, better equipment and the introduction of new technologies mean Broward County is safer today.  

“I have also worked with command staff and community leaders to create a more transparent and accountable sheriff’s office while providing public safety all residents can trust.

“I’ve appointed new members to the BSO Professional Standards Committee, including members from the community, to review internal disciplinary matters. I have established a Use of Force Review Board, the first ever in BSO’s history. I’ve made it clear time and again, I will never tolerate egregious use of force under my leadership. 

“Our Social Justice Task Force recently met for the first time. The group, comprised of BSO employees, community stakeholders, organizers and leaders, will build relationships, gain trust and bridge the gap with the communities we serve. The task force will meet every other month to listen, learn and cooperate toward the shared goal of a safer, collaborative community.

“While we have achieved success, we can and will continue to do better. I will spend my next four years in office the same as my first two, working in the best interest of the people I serve.

“This year, I am establishing the BSO Office of Inspector General (OIG). The department will ensure BSO runs in the most efficient, economical and responsible way possible. The OIG will ensure misconduct allegations made against employees are thoroughly investigated, identify ways BSO can be more cost-efficient in all areas of operation and conduct independent reviews of every department within BSO to ensure we exceed public safety standards. This is just one more way BSO will be accountable and transparent.

“As we enter a new year, I want to say thank you. Thank you for entrusting me with the responsibility to lead BSO into the future. Thank you because this is your office as much as it is mine. Together, we will continue our great work and focus on taking the necessary steps toward keeping public safety a priority.”

 

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Broward Health start sign-ups for vaccinations & quickly reaches capacity

Posted on 30 December 2020 by JLusk

ICU Nurse Roseitta Da Silva, RN, administers the first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Broward Health North to her nursing manager, James McCrae, RN on Dec. 21.

By Rachel Galvin

The excitement for the vaccine is clear on the faces of Broward Health caregivers faces in a photo they took recently as back on Dec. 21 frontline caregivers would be among the first to receive the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19.

 Then, on Dec. 29, they announced that they would begin vaccinating certain other members of the general public (who needed to pre-register): people ages 65 and over, office staff of Broward Health’s credentialed physicians, EMS and non-credentialed community healthcare providers who do not have access to the vaccine, as well as their office staff. In addition, they said that vaccines were available for all Broward Health employees, and credentialed medical staff at Broward Health’s hospitals. 

But, now, they have already reached capacity through February. On Dec. 30, they released the following statement: “Due to overwhelming community demand, Broward Health has reached capacity through February 2020 [assuming they mean 2021] for COVID-19 vaccinations. At this time, we are no longer scheduling new appointments. The public is encouraged to follow communications from their local Departments of Health as additional state-run vaccination sites are expected to become available in January. We are proud of the community for recognizing the importance of the vaccine and are continuing to research ways to expand capacity so we can resume scheduling in the coming weeks.”

For more information on the hospital, visit www.browardhealth.org.

Nurses and healthcare workers at Broward Health North show their excitement for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

 

 

 

       

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Track Santa tonight & Merry Christmas!

Posted on 24 December 2020 by JLusk

Don’t forget to track Santa tonight (Christmas Eve) with NORAD Santa Tracker. Want to know where in the world he is? Check out this site: https://www.noradsanta.org/. You can also play games and more!

Have a Merry Christmas!

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Women’s Club & Kiwanis give back

Posted on 21 December 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

On Saturday, Dec. 20, members of the Deerfield Kiwanis Club and Woman’s Club got together to give back to the community. Academic advisors from local schools gave a list of names of families who came to pick up food, laundry detergent, toys and more. Each child got a gift. 

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Chabad of North Broward Beaches celebrates Chanukah

Posted on 20 December 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

As in every year, the Chabad of North Broward Beaches held several Chanukah events. This year, however, was a little different. There was no big house party and the other events included everyone wearing masks and included food items that could be safely packaged, like doughnuts and Chanukah gelt. There was still the usual menorah lighting and activities for the kids. They kicked off the holiday with an event in front of their temple in Lighthouse Point and ended with a usual beach celebration in Deerfield Beach. Chanukah began Dec. 10 and ended Dec. 18. To find out more about Chabad of North Broward Beaches, visit http://www.jewishlhp.com.

Last Night of Chanukah– Near Wyndham Resort

Photos by Rachel Galvin

Photos of First Night — by synagogue

Photos by Carol Porter

 

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DB residents unleash their inner Pollock at art event

Posted on 18 December 2020 by JLusk

Photos by Judi Stanich

Deerfield residents expressed themselves artistically on Dec. 5 in a special class held at The Butler Cultural Center (across the street from Butler House). The class was instructed by local artist Gabriela Gamperl and was held outdoors and socially distanced. Participants created works in the mode of famous artist Jackson Pollock, who was an artists known for his abstract expressionism.

To find out what other events are happening at The Butler Cultural Center or the Butler House, keep an eye on the Deerfield Beach Historical Society website (www.deerfieldhistoricalsociety.org) or on their Facebook page.

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DB Council Chamber Recognizes Broward Health North Front line Caregivers with a Holiday Healthcare Salute

Posted on 17 December 2020 by JLusk

 

Listening to Denise Jordan, who leads the DB Council.

During their virtual Holiday Breakfast Reunion on Dec 15, the Deerfield Beach Council Chamber recognized and thanked Broward Health North healthcare heroes for their hard work and dedication on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis and for keeping communities safe and our patients healthy.

Deerfield Beach Mayor, Bill Ganz, along with other city officials, business and community leaders saluted Emergency Room and COVID-19 unit caregivers. Dr. Cesar Carralero, DO, ​Broward Health North Medical Director of Emergency Services also shared some healthy tips for staying safe during the holidays with council members. 

Broward Health North front line caregivers– true heroes!

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Ice Cream Social brings holiday cheer

Posted on 17 December 2020 by JLusk

Photos & Story by Rachel Galvin

On Saturday night, Dec. 12, a long line of hundreds of cars drove one after another through Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex for the “Ice Cream Social,” a holiday event put on by the City of Deerfield Beach… with Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Kiwanis Club and the Historical Society among those participating. Each car received ice cream, candy, coloring books and other age appropriate books and toys for the kids. The “Grinch” and a “Robo Cop” looking character greeted kids too. RT5 performed “boy band” style on the stage. It even snowed! Commissioners Hudak, Drosky & Preston all were in attendance too… as well as a couple of Santa Clauses.

Key Clubbers volunteered to hand out ice cream.

RT5 performed on stage.

BSO & friends greet guests.

     

Santa Claire…

Commissioner Hudak, his wife and Santa?

Commissioner Hudak, his wife and Kiwanis Club, including Kiwanis West.

Who are those masked men? City Manager David Santucci & Commissioner Todd Drosky.

Commissioner Preston speaks.

Miss Hillsboro Beach hands out gifts.

Commissioners Hudak & Preston.

“Armed Deputy” & Grinch.

That’s a lot of candy, Mr. Sullivan!

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