Be careful this Thanksgiving!

Posted on 25 November 2020 by JLusk

A lot of people like to fry their turkey for Thanksgiving. This may not be sucha  smart option. It can be quite dangerous.
 
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, “consumer grade turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures and pose a significant danger. Additionally, the oil remains hot for hours after the unit is turned off. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. The NFPA suggests that those who prefer deep fried turkey purchase it cooked from a grocer, food retailer or restaurant that prepares them using professional grade equipment.”
 
They add: “Thanksgiving is the top day for cooking fires to happen. According to a recent report published by the U. S. Fire Administration, an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings occur annually in the U. S. By far, the leading cause of Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings is cooking. These fires occur most frequently between noon and 4 p.m.”
 
Be careful and have a great and safe Thanksgiving!

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Dist. 2 Meeting–Dec. 3

Posted on 25 November 2020 by JLusk

 

 
Commissioner Ben Preston invites all District 2 residents to a District Meeting Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Leo Robb Gymnasium at 445 SW 2 St. in Deerfield Beach.
 
To ensure compliance with CDC recommendations, attendees will be required to adhere to a temperature check, wear facial coverings, and maintain social distancing.
 
This meeting will include updates from the following departments: BSO Law Enforcement, Planning & Development, Code Compliance, Legislative & Community Affairs, Parks & Recreation, Economic Development, and Environmental Services. Additionally, multiple City of Deerfield Beach elected officials may be in attendance.
 
For more information, call the City Manager’s Office at 954-480-4263.

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BSO new technology goes online

Posted on 25 November 2020 by JLusk

After months of planning, training and testing, ShotSpotter® is officially live in the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s Central Broward district. 
 
ShotSpotter is a gunshot surveillance system that uses sensor-based technology to detect and locate outdoor gunfire in real-time. Once the system is alerted to gunfire, ShotSpotter employees vet the information and share the details with law enforcement. The information is often shared within seconds. 
 
Nationally, ShotSpotter estimates that roughly 80 percent of gunfire incidents are not reported to law enforcement. ShotSpotter will allow deputies to respond more quickly to gunfire while also providing critical, real-time intelligence about specific incidents, increasing deputies’ awareness and preparation. The technology will also enhance deputies’ ability to make arrests, provide life-saving treatment to victims and gather evidence. 
 
Another major benefit is building community trust. Residents of communities plagued by gunfire will be able to see and speak to deputies who arrive quickly to handle these dangerous calls. 
 
BSO deputies recently conducted training to calibrate the ShotSpotter system in its Central Broward district, and the system went live on Wednesday evening. 
 
A three-year ShotSpotter program in unincorporated Central Broward, an area with a high volume of calls for service related to gunfire, will cost $205,000. BSO participated in a ShotSpotter pilot program in 2009-2010 but declined to pursue the program further. Since then, ShotSpotter technology has grown and advanced, cutting down on false positive reports of gunfire. ShotSpotter guarantees a 90 percent accuracy rate regarding actual gunfire and location.  

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Virtual–Thanksgiving ABC Exercise Challenge

Posted on 25 November 2020 by JLusk

 
 
Thanksgiving is always the time we end up eating way too much and looking for an outlet to burn it off. Well, the City of Deerfield Beach is aiding with that endeavor in a fun and safe way, with their ABC Workout Challenge. It is virtual. You have until Tuesday, Dec. 1 to complete it. To find out the details, you have to register by signing a waiver, which is free. Then, as you participate, take a photo or video and email it in. A winner is chosen in each category too!
 
Details:
 
 
One winner per age category will be chosen at random. Winner will be contacted via the email they utilized to provide their photo and waiver. If they don’t respond within in 2 days a new winner will be chosen and reached out to via email.
 
 
Categories & Age Range
Senior Citizen: 60+
Adult: 18+
Child: 5 -17 years old
 
For questions regarding the event please email dfbspecialevents@deerfield-beach.com

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Hit & Run driver arrested in Pompano

Posted on 25 November 2020 by JLusk

Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) traffic homicide detectives arrested Jacquelyn St. John on Friday, Nov. 20 for her involvement in a hit-and-run that left a female pedestrian dead this past September.
 
At approximately 9:12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, Broward Regional Communications received a hit-and-run call near the 900 block of North Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach. BSO deputies and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue personnel responded and located pedestrian, Kenyanna Bell, suffering from life-threatening injuries. Bell was transported to Broward Health North where she remained and later died on Wednesday, Sept. 23, due to her injuries.
 
Preliminary investigation revealed that an unidentified vehicle was traveling northbound on North Dixie Highway when it struck Bell. After the crash, a white sedan believed to have been involved in the crash was observed pulling into the parking lot of a local business. The driver of the vehicle, described as a white female, was seen exiting the sedan then re-entering the car before leaving the scene. 
 
Through investigative means, detectives were able to identify and locate St. John and the suspect vehicle involved, a 2016 Lincoln MKZ. St. John faces charges related to failing to stop/remain on the scene of a fatal accident, tampering with or fabricating evidence, operating a motor vehicle without a license and probation violation.  

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CDBG Transportation Services will add stops on Mondays and Fridays.

Posted on 24 November 2020 by JLusk

 
Effective Monday, Nov. 30, the City of Deerfield Beach/Department of Active Aging’s CDBG transportation services add stops on Mondays and Fridays. Operating hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
 
·        CDBG transportation services are for Deerfield Beach residents, 62 years old and older.
 
·      An additional stop at the Deerfield Mall (Powerline Rd. & W. Hillsboro Blvd.) has been added along with Festival Flea Market on Mondays.
·      An additional stop at the Bazaar International Supermarket (202 W. Hillsboro Blvd.) has been added along with the International Fishing Pier & Beach on Fridays.
 
·        CDBG transportation services are provided hourly to and from the Center for Active Aging, the Palms, B’nai B’rith, Praxis, and Highland Gardens to the Festival Flea Market & Deerfield Mall on Mondays, Wal-Mart on Tuesdays, Winn Dixie and Aldi on Wednesdays, Save a Lot and Dollar General on Thursdays, and Deerfield Beach and Pier & Bazaar International Supermarket on Fridays. 
 
They follow CDC guidelines, adhering to sanitation/disinfection procedures, capacity limitations, maintaining social distancing, and requiring the wearing of masks/facial coverings on the buses.
 
For additional information, call Luis Marmol, Transportation Manager at 954-480-4442 or email lmarmol@dfb.city

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DB Commission Meeting – Dec. 1

Posted on 24 November 2020 by JLusk

 
 
The Deerfield Beach City Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers, located at the City Hall Complex, 150 NE 2 Ave. in Deerfield Beach. 
 
Speakers wishing to speak at meeting must adhere to temperature checks, wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing. A copy of the agenda for will be available at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1554/Meetings-Agendas .
 
Guess what… You can also watch the meeting from home. The agenda includes instructions on how to access by telephone, YouTube and Zoom.
 

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND FLORIDA STATUTE 286.26, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES NEEDING SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING SHOULD CONTACT THE CITY CLERK NO LATER THAN THREE DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING AT (954) 480-4213 FOR ASSISTANCE.

If you have questions, call the City Clerk’s Office at 954-480-4213. For additional information on the agenda items for the Commission meeting, visit www.dfb.city .
 
 

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Dist 4 Office Hours–Dec. 5

Posted on 24 November 2020 by JLusk

Got a question for your local commissioner? If you live in District 4, you are in luck because your commissioner, Todd Drosky, has office hours coming up on Saturday, Dec. 5. You will be able to speak with him via phone on an appointment basis between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon.
 
To schedule an appointment, call the City Manager’s Office at 954-480-4263 or web.citymgr@deerfield-beach.com .

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City of Deerfield offices to close for Thanksgiving

Posted on 24 November 2020 by JLusk

 
All city facilities in Deerfield Beach, with exception to the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 & Friday, Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving. The Aquatic Center will be open holiday hours on Friday, Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Recycling and Solid Waste pick-up will remain on its normal schedule. Residents are encouraged to put on their solid waste containers the night before to ensure collection.
 
For additional information, call  954-480-4201.

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Holiday Light Up– Pompano Beach

Posted on 20 November 2020 by JLusk

Enjoy the Holiday program, including fireworks & show. This is a drive-thru event–pick up free poinsettia and “blessing bag” at the Ali Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 21 starting at 10 a.m. (first come, first served). They will put your goodies right in the trunk of your car. Enjoy virtual event starting at 6 p.m. with fireworks, music and more. The mayor will countdown to lighting up creative holiday lights throughout the city. The event will be streamed on the city’s website Channel 78 and on their Facebook page and YouTube channel. For more info., visit www.pompanofl.gov.

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