Fish Fry at St. Ambrose

Posted on 21 March 2020 by JLusk

On March 13, St. Ambrose held its Fish Fry. For $10, guests got two pieces of fish and potatoes,  as well as coleslaw.  Drinks were also available for sale.  Kids also sold bakery items.  

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Detectives seek man who shot juvenile

Posted on 15 March 2020 by JLusk

Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Violent Crimes detectives are releasing images of a male subject and vehicle involved in a shooting that occurred in Pompano Beach recently.

On March 13, 2020, at approximately 9:19 p.m., a BSO deputy patrolling the community heard gunfire and immediately responded toward the directions of the gunfire. Upon deputies’ arrival to the area, they located a juvenile male with multiple gunshot wounds at the 700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Pompano Beach. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported the juvenile male to a nearby hospital where he is stabilized and listed in critical condition.

An unknown person depicted on the photograph, driving a newer model blue VW Tiguan, shot the 17 year old male multiple times. BSO detectives are asking for any assistance in locating the suspect.

To see pictures, visit www.sheriff.org/PIO/BSONews/Pages/DETECTIVES-SEEK-MAN-WHO-SHOT-JUVENILE.aspx

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Detective Derek Diaz at the BSO, Criminal Investigations Division at 954-321-4356. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.

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BSO seeks help in armed robbery–Pompano

Posted on 15 March 2020 by JLusk

Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Violent Crimes detectives are releasing images of a male subject and vehicle involved in a shooting that occurred in Pompano Beach recently.

On March 13  at approximately 9:19 p.m., a BSO deputy patrolling the community heard gunfire and immediately responded toward the directions of the gunfire. Upon deputies’ arrival to the area, they located a juvenile male with multiple gunshot wounds at the 700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Pompano Beach. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported the juvenile male to a nearby hospital where he is stabilized and listed in critical condition.

An unknown person depicted on the photograph, driving a newer model blue VW Tiguan, shot the 17 year old male multiple times. BSO detectives are asking for any assistance in locating the suspect.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Detective Derek Diaz at the BSO, Criminal Investigations Division at 954-321-4356. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.

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Community Foundation of Broward has new Board of Directors

Posted on 15 March 2020 by JLusk

Community Foundation of Broward has named four new members to its Board of Directors.  The new Board members were officially welcomed at a recent meeting of the full Board of Directors.

Newly-elected members of the Community Foundation Board of Directors are Marcell D. Haywood, Susanne Cornfeld Hurowitz, David W. Horvitz and Dara Levan.

  • Marcell D. Haywood is a Miami-based entrepreneur and business executive.  He is CEO of Thesis Holdings and founder and CEO of Encompass Onsite Solutions.
  • Susanne Cornfeld Hurowitz is President of HB Capital Group, a privately-held real estate investment and management company headquartered in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.
  • David W. Horvitz, of Hollywood, is Board Chariman and Chief Executive Officer of SouthOcean Capital Partners, with offices in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Dara Levan is a communication specialist, writer and editor who publishes the weekly blog, Every Soul Has a Story.  She previously worked as a speech-language pathologist and has edited several published books.

Pictured: (L to R): Marcell D. Haywood, Susanne Cornfeld Hurowitz, Dara Levan, David W. Horvitz

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Business Resources for Managing COVID-19

Posted on 15 March 2020 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and is taking steps to ensure the safety of residents, visitors and the business community. A State of Emergency has been declared by Federal, State and Local Governments. Business owners are encouraged to find official information on the COVID-19 outbreak at www.coronavirus.gov. The site contains information specifically for businesses and employers including how to keep your workplace clean. 

Because the virus is already causing business disruption, the United States Small Business Administration is providing Coronavirus Economic Injury Disaster loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to overcome the temporary loss of revenue. More information on this program can be found at www.SBA.gov/disaster.

The State of Florida is also providing disaster mitigation information for small businesses at www.FloridaDisaster.biz. This site contains a business survey that Governor Ron DeSantis has launched to collect information from businesses on how the virus spread is impacting them to serve as the basis for providing appropriate disaster response resources. 

As new information becomes available to assist small businesses, the City will issue subsequent updates via press release. 

For additional information, contact Kris Mory, Director of Economic Development at 954-480-4317 or kmory@deerfield-beach.org

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New Update from Broward County on COVID-19

Posted on 14 March 2020 by JLusk

At a news conference in Tallahassee this afternoon (March 14), Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that health officials now report 24 cases of COVID-19 in Broward County. The majority of cases are linked to international travel, but not all of the cases are Broward County residents. Three of the cases are unlinked, which the Governor said may indicate that COVID-19 in Broward is now experiencing a “community spread.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), community spread means transmission of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. Unlinked cases may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected; Florida Department of Health investigations are continuing.

While the risk for COVID-19 across our nation is still believed to be low, federal, state and local emergency management activities are focused on prevention and containment, and Broward County is part of the nationwide coordinated response. The key to containment is appropriate preventive actions including “social distancing” which calls for 3-6 feet of personal space where possible, and avoidance of crowds.

Late Friday, Broward County canceled all sporting events at County parks, including the last two weekends of the Renaissance Festival, and all public programs and activities at County libraries. However, Parks and Libraries currently remain open for resident use at their discretion. The County has stepped up sanitizing procedures at all of its government facilities. For the latest on Broward County cancellations, visit Broward.org/CoronaVirus.

Voting in the March 17 Presidential Preference Primary, and early voting which is scheduled to be open through Sunday, March 15 at several library locations, will continue as planned. Broward County has worked with the Supervisor of Elections Office to ensure that polling locations are properly sanitized in advance of Election Day, and during Election Day until the polls close. There are some changes to polling locations, primarily to assist with voting by elderly residents. Visit BrowardSOE.org for the latest location information.

The Board of County Commissioners reminds all residents and visitors to follow these guidelines for personal protection:

  • Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, using antibacterial soap and water. Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water is not available.
  • DON’T TOUCH your face or directly touch public surfaces such as handrails, elevator buttons, restroom faucets, gasoline pumps, etc.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle (i.e. eat properly, hydrate and get plenty of rest).
  • If you are sick, stay home. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing and/or severe illness), call the Florida Department of Health at 954-412-7300 BEFORE visiting your health care provider, and follow their instructions.
  • Be cognizant of the fact that COVID-19 is highly transmissible and seniors are among the most vulnerable. Take steps to help protect the elderly from the spread.

While many residents are reporting limited supplies of certain products at grocery stores, state officials said that it is still important for residents to be properly supplied and that there are no supply chain issues in the state. Check back after resupplies to complete your shopping.

The Governor also announced several initiatives to ease the need for public interaction at this time, such as temporary relaxation of driver’s license renewal requirements.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has moved to a Level 1 activation. Broward County remains under a local State of Emergency and the Broward EOC is at a Level 2 activation.

For the latest updates, visit FloridaHealth.gov, email COVID-19@flhealth.gov or call the FDOH Call Center at 866-779-6121. To learn what Broward County is doing, visit Broward.org/Coronavirus.

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Deerfield Beach Update on COVID-19

Posted on 13 March 2020 by JLusk



On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, Broward County declared a local State of Emergency due to the regional spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and several confirmed cases in Broward County. Today, Friday, March 13, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Deerfield Beach has declared a local State of Emergency. The purpose of this State of Emergency is to provide for the necessary preparations and response to COVID-19. The City of Deerfield Beach is in regular communication with state and local health officials on mitigation strategies to slow the transmission of the disease. The best way the City and its residents can prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to take precautionary measures and adhere to the CDC’s guidelines.

Who is at Risk?
The CDC reports that older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease are at the greatest risk. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious existing health problem, it is especially important to take actions that could reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

What is the City of Deerfield Beach Doing?
Deerfield Beach administration and staff have taken precautionary measures to help protect its employees, residents, and visitors who rely on local government for essential services. These precautions include:
• Providing additional free-standing sanitizer dispensers and signage at all City facilities.
• Increased sanitation of all frequently touched surfaces at all City facilities (Door handles, phones, restroom fixtures, water fountains, computer keyboards, etc).
• Restrooms at all City facilities and recreational areas are undergoing daily specialized deep disinfection.

Effective immediately, all City events, programs, recreational activities, classes, and athletic events taking place at City facilities are canceled until April 13. Those with paid facility reservations can be fully refunded. Those with existing outdoor facility rentals, such as pavilions, may keep their rental for small gatherings less than 50 participants. Current paid outdoor rentals may also be canceled and fully refunded. No new rentals of any City facilities are being taken at this time. For any questions or concerns about facility rentals, please call the Parks Department at 954-480-4483. Someone will be available to take your call Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. If the line is busy, please leave a message, and someone will call you back. The City apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and is taking these measures in the interest of public safety and based on the recommendations of federal and state health officials.

At this time, the City is planning to hold its scheduled regular City Commission Meeting on March 17, 2020. Note that the agenda has been substantially modified. Several items have been removed. The revised City Commission agenda can be found at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1554/Meetings-Agendas

Afterschool Camp and Spring Break Camp have not yet been canceled. The City will follow the lead of the School Board of Broward County (SBBC) regarding the cancelation of these activities. If and when schools close, the City’s afterschool and spring break camps will be suspended or canceled.

What should Residents and Visitors be doing?

• Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy per CDC recommendations.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures.
• Stay informed. CDC’s COVID-19 Situation Summary is updated regularly as information becomes available.
• To reduce anxiety and fear rely on factual information from official sources.

For More Information and Resource Links Click Below:
https://bit.ly/39Q88f8

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Scammers prey on Coronavirus Fears

Posted on 11 March 2020 by JLusk

Spot a Scam:

  • Scams can include social media posts, texts and websites meant to take your personal information and money and infect computers.
  • Think twice before investing in companies who say they are working on a coronavirus cure. Check official sources like the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission before being lured into a scam.
  • Be aware of fake fundraising. Verify the charity is legitimate. If someone wants donations in cash, gift card or by wiring money, don’t do it.
  • Watch out for online marketing of vaccinations or products claiming to treat the virus.
  • Do not click on unfamiliar links or emails. Phishing emails may mention the coronavirus, medical supplies or claim to be from government, national or local health organizations in order to get users to open the message that unleashes malware.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus.
  • Be aware of entering personal information into websites.
 

Protect Your Health:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you feel ill.
  • Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing and have been in close contact with a person known to have confirmed coronavirus.
  • Stay informed and up to date with information directly from the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) and the Florida Department of Health (http://www.floridahealth.gov/ websites.
  • Per Florida Department of Health in Broward County, if you think that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, especially through travel in the last 14 days, particularly to countries such as China, Iran, South Korea, Italy and Japan, or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19, please immediately self-isolate. Please call your health care provider and the Florida Department of Health in Broward County COVID-19 Call Center at 954-412-7300 before travelling to any healthcare facility.

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St. Ambrose Carnival

Posted on 11 March 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Did you hear the music as you drove down Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach? The rockin’ tunes were probably from St. Ambrose Catholic Church & School where the annual carnival was held Feb. 27 to March 1. 

“We had fabulous bands,” said Carol Schottenfeld, who volunteers at the event yearly. “Every year gets better and better.”

This year, said fellow volunteer Kathy Capobianco, they added Mexican Corn to the food court, which was a big hit. Their usual Polish dinner was sold-out. 

Something else new … The DoubleTree by Hilton had their employee appreciation party there. 

“Every year, it gets better and better,” added Schottenfeld, who thanked all the volunteers who support the event year after year. 

There were plenty of carnival rides and games again and plenty to eat, including carnival faves like funnel cakes. 

Rena Varoli, a volunteer selling baked goods while wearing this year’s new tie-dyed t-shirt for the carnival, added, “We had beautiful weather. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer weekend.”

Proceeds from the event go back to the students at the school.

Carol Schottenfeld & Kathy Capobianco volunteer at the event every year.

Next is the annual Fish Fry, in time for Lent, on March 13. For more information, call 954-427-2226. St. Ambrose is located at 363 SE 12 Ave. in Deerfield Beach.

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Spring Forward!

Posted on 07 March 2020 by JLusk

Don’t forget to Spring Forward tonight… turn your clocks ahead. It is Daylight Savings Time again!

 

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