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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Missing woman in Pompano Beach found deceased

Posted on 21 August 2020 by JLusk

Detectives have located 42-year-old Tonia McDonald, who was missing. She was found deceased in a 2002 gray Chevy Suburban at 1313 S. Military Trail in Deerfield Beach. Crime scene and homicide units are investigating the circumstances behind her death. No foul play is suspected at this time.  
 
According to BSO detectives, McDonald was last seen around 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 18 in a 2002 gray Chevy Suburban with Florida tag LKGZ75 near the area of 2855 W. McNab Road in Pompano Beach. 
 
 
 

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Sergeant spots suspect in Pompano homicide

Posted on 21 August 2020 by JLusk

A Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) homicide sergeant spotted a suspect who fled after he shot and killed a homeless man in Pompano Beach last week.
 
Through video surveillance and witnesses, homicide detectives were able to identify the suspect as Ruddy Germain. On Wednesday, Aug. 19, shortly after 7 p.m., Homicide Sergeant Kevin Forsberg was conducting surveillance in the 400 block of NE 22 Avenue in Pompano Beach when he observed Germain walking and took him into custody.
 
At approximately 9:38 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, Broward County Regional Communications received a call in reference to a shooting between the Burger King and 7-Eleven on North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach. A subsequent call was received at approximately 9:41 p.m. in reference to the shooting at 14 N. Federal Highway. 
 
BSO deputies responded, and upon their arrival, they located a victim, identified as Joseph Surace, suffering from a gunshot. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded and transported Surace to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 
 
Further investigation revealed that Surace and Germain knew each other and were involved in a verbal altercation, which led to the shooting.
 
Germain faces one count of second degree murder.

 

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Broward County business modifications

Posted on 21 August 2020 by JLusk

 
 

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Broward slowly begins to decline, the County has issued Emergency Order 20-24, effective immediately, which modifies some business restrictions. These modifications, however, they note could be rescinded if the numbers begin to rise again, so please follow precautions for social distancing and mask wearing… and no more than 10 per gathering!

Here are some of the changes:

  • Restaurants can now serve customers on-premises until 11 p.m., extending closing hours by one hour. Billiard tables and similar games must remain closed.

  • The sale of off-site (to-go) alcohol by restaurants and food establishments is prohibited between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Take-out and delivery of food is still permitted during that time. Open containers of alcohol are prohibited between at that time as well in all areas open to the general public.

  • Bars, pubs, breweries, billiard halls and clubs, and cocktail lounges which derive more than 50% of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages must remain closed.

“We are working hard to bring the positivity rate down in Broward County so that schools, businesses and the economy can reopen safely,” said County Administrator Bertha Henry, “but we can’t do it alone. Everyone must do their part to help bring the numbers down during this public health, economic and social crisis.”

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Virtual CRA Meeting– Aug. 25 Deerfield

Posted on 21 August 2020 by JLusk

 

 
The Community Redevelopment Agency Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. 
 
A copy of the agenda for the meeting can be accessed at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1554/Meetings-Agenda
 
This meeting will be broadcast live for members of the public. There are several options available to the public to attend/view the meeting:
Access to the meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. via this link:
 
 
You can also call in:
 
Dial-In Number: 1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 845 1786 7258#
Participant ID: #
Password: 862395#
 
For more information on using Zoom, please visit Zoom Support at the following link: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us .
 
The meeting will also be available to the public via YouTube for audio and video access; however, public participation, i.e. comments are not possible. The link to watch the meeting via YouTube is http://www.deerfield- beach.com/1554/Meetings-Agendas .
 
Public participation is strongly encouraged. Your comments will be limited to three minutes per person. To participate, please choose the option best for you and remember to include your name and address for the record.
 
1. Via Email – Public comments and documents may be submitted via email to web.clerk@dfb.city . Public comments will be read aloud during the meeting and added to the record. Emails can be submitted prior to the meeting or until the public hearing session is closed.
 
2. Live Zoom Video Participation – If attending via Zoom online, at the appropriate public comment period, click “raise hand” on the bottom of the “participants” tab, and your audio will be unmuted when you are recognized.
 
3.   Live Zoom Telephone Participation – If attending via Zoom by telephone, at the appropriate public comment period, press *9 to “raise your hand” and your audio will be unmuted when you are recognized.
 
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 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING AT (954) 480-4213 FOR ASSISTANCE.
 
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the City Clerk’s Office at 954.480.4213. For additional information on the agenda items for the Commission meeting, please visit www.dfb.city .
 
 

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Kiwanis is ready to golf!

Posted on 21 August 2020 by JLusk

The Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach is getting back into the swing of things with their annual golf tournament. Held on Sept. 12 at Galuppi’s/ Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course, 1101 N. Federal Hwy. in Pompano Beach, the event is sure to be plenty of fun. It starts with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. 

There will be a light breakfast and lunch, and awards will be given, including for Hole in One, Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive, and they will have their famous Ball Drop! In addition, there will be a raffle, silent auction and 50/50, as well as drinks on the course!

It is $125 for an individual or $500 for a foursome. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis and their dictionary/ thesarus distribution to kids, as well as high school scholarships. 

To register, contact Deb Sullivan at 801-721-1738 or dwk1119.

 

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BR Historical Society’s Annual Walk of Recognition Event seeks nominees

Posted on 18 August 2020 by JLusk

Nominate an Outstanding Community Leader for the Boca Raton Historical Society’s 24th Annual Walk of Recognition Event on Nov. 4, 2020

The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum is seeking nominations of outstanding individuals for their upcoming annual Walk of Recognition awards ceremony.  Now in its 24th year, the Walk of Recognition ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m.

This year’s induction event, which will adhere to CDC guidelines and include social distancing and face masks, due to the coronavirus, will recognize individuals who have served in the interest of the community, and have enriched the lives of the citizens of Boca Raton.  The Walk of Recognition event’s Presenting Sponsors are Marta and Jim Batmasian; the Committee Co-Chairs are Marta Batmasian and Joyce DeVita; and the Committee Members are Denise Alman and Ann Schauer.

Instituted in 1997, the Walk of Recognition award has been presented to 99 deserving members and institutions from the community.  Each inductee’s name will be inscribed on a black granite star-shaped plaque on the Walk, or on a plaque on the Wall of Honor (for those who are deceased), which are both set into a commemorative monument–featuring the mission of the program–beneath the Mizner statue in Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton. The plaques are underwritten by Marta Batmasian, as part of her commitment to her community.

BRHS&M Executive Director Mary Csar states, “We look forward to receiving nominations–and learning about special people who are important to Boca Raton–for this year’s upcoming ceremony. The Walk of Recognition is my favorite event because it enables us to honor the outstanding individuals who have built our community. We are proud to recognize people, from all walks of life, who have made a positive impact on the quality of life here.”

Last year’s distinguished WOR inductees were Arthur Adler, Kerry B. Koen, the late George E. Barbar, the late Dr. Merrilee R. Middleton, and Florida Atlantic University.

Residents who would like to nominate an individual, for the 2020 Walk of Recognition, can find the application on the website at www.bocahistory.org.   Nominations should be emailed to office@bocahistory.org or mailed to the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum, 71 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, Florida  33432.  All nominations are due by Sept. 18, 2020.

It is important to note that the induction ceremony will be videotaped and made accessible on the BRHS&M website www.bocahistory.org. Furthermore, the 2020 honorees will be celebrated again, at the 2021 WOR ceremony and reception, which will be held at The Addison in Boca Raton. Due to the coronavirus, this year’s WOR will feature a smaller, more intimate ceremony without the traditional large reception, which normally includes dinner-by-the bite, music, and dancing. All past WOR honorees will be invited, to the 2021 celebration, and tickets for members of the community will also be available for next year’s event.

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Homeless man dies after being shot — Pompano

Posted on 16 August 2020 by JLusk

Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) homicide detectives are trying to find the person who killed a homeless man in Pompano Beach on Tuesday night. 
 
At approximately 9:39 p.m. August 11, Broward County Regional Communications received a call in reference to a shooting between the Burger King and 7-11 on North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach. A subsequent call was received at approximately 9:41 p.m. in reference to the shooting at 14 North Federal Highway. 
 
BSO deputies responded and upon their arrival they located a victim, identified as Joseph Surace, suffering from a gunshot. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded and transported Surace to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 
 
BSO deputies established a crime scene and set up a perimeter. BSO canine responded to assist in searching for the suspect. BSO homicide and crime scene detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide. 
 
The case is an ongoing investigation.
 
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Tiberio Barbosa at 954-321-4278. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.

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DB Commission Mtg.–Aug. 4

Posted on 03 August 2020 by JLusk

 

The Deerfield Beach Commission will be holding a hybrid commission meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. The meeting will have a public component, held at the Commission Chambers at the City Hall at 150 NE 2 Avenue. This will allow for people who want to come and speak on agenda items. Those who attend will undergo temperature checks and must wear a facial covering and maintain social distance.

A copy of the agenda for the August 4, 2020 meeting will be available at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1554/Meetings-Agendas.

The agenda includes a link to the Zoom virtual meeting as well as 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 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING AT (954) 480-4213 FOR ASSISTANCE.

 Questions? Contact the City Clerk’s Office at 954-480-4213. For additional information on the agenda items for the Commission meeting, please visit www.dfb.city.

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