BCPS First Virtual Chess Championship Sets Records in Participation

Posted on 02 June 2020 by JLusk

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) first Virtual Chess Championship set a record in participation as 167 students in elementary, middle and high school put their chess skills to the test, competing in more than 300 games.

BCPS partners with chess organizations, such as Chess4Life, to incorporate chess into the school day for elementary students, as well as after school chess clubs for students of all ages. Due to school closures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Spring Chess Championship, that had previously attracted as many as 150 students for face-to-face mental bouts, was moved to a virtual landscape.

The tournament, held Friday, May 15, was divided into four categories by grade level: kindergarten through second, third through fifth, sixth through eighth and ninth through 12th.

At the end of five rounds of competition, the winners emerged: kindergarten through second grade – Matthew Dunlop from Eagle Point Elementary School; third through fifth grade: Miles Rosner from Beachside Montessori Village Academy; sixth through eighth grade – Alice Wu from Falcon Cove Middle School tied with Vladimir Bershanskiy from Parkway Middle School; and ninth through 12th grade – David Reyes-Tobar from Fort Lauderdale High School.

“Chess is an important part of our District’s plan for preparing students for success,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert Runcie. “It helps to enhance students’ problem-solving skills, concentration and creativity and provides great lessons in patience and sportsmanship. I congratulate all the winners and competitors for challenging themselves by participating.”

Aspiring chess experts can continue to hone their chess skills during distance learning by accessing the Chess4Life platform through the District’s Clever portal. For more information, contact the Applied Learning Department at 754-321-1851 or visit chess4life.com.

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Dixie Divers Pier Night Dive canceled

Posted on 02 June 2020 by JLusk

Dixie Divers, along with the City of Deerfield Beach and PADI, canceled the 2020 Pier Night Dive & Deerfield Beach Cleanup event that was set to take place on June 13. 

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District 4 Saturday Office Hours – June 6

Posted on 02 June 2020 by JLusk

District 4 Commissioner, Todd Drosky is happy to host Saturday office hours via teleconference, Saturday, June 6.

Commissioner Drosky will be available via telephone to speak with constituents on an appointment basis, between the hours of 10 a.m. to noon.

To schedule an appointment please contact the City Manager’s Office at 954-480-4263 or web.citymgr@deerfield-beach.com.

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Virtual City Commission Meeting – June 2

Posted on 27 May 2020 by JLusk

The regular Deerfield Beach City Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. utilizing communications media technology with elected officials and City staff participating through video conferencing.

 A copy of the agenda for the 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.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the City Clerk’s Office at 954-480-4213. For additional information, visit www.dfb.city

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Broward County: Phase 1 –Monday, May, 18

Posted on 18 May 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Starting on Monday, May 14, Broward County will be in Phase 1 of reopening amid the Covid-19 crisis. What does that mean for you? More businesses are now allowed to open but are still encouraged to work at home as possible and put in place ways to social distance. Restaurants can now open at 50% capacity while maintaining 6 ft. of distancing. Outdoor seating is also allowed with distancing but it combined with indoor seating cannot exceed 100% total occupancy limits. Other businesses will be returning to work so people can now buy items they needed, get their haircut, go to the gym, visit the museum or go to the pool. These are just a few places now open (again while being cautious). To see more info. on this opening, visit Governor’s Executive Order 20-91.

County Administrator Bertha Henry said, “Businesses and residents both bear significant responsibility to ensure that the reopening of our community is safe for all. Businesses have an obligation to abide by the conditions under which they are being allowed to reopen, to provide a safe environment for their employees and customers and begin their economic recovery. Residents have a responsibility to adhere to the restrictions and guidelines. Residents are also encouraged to patronize local businesses that adhere to the guidelines, while continuing to observe responsible personal hygiene and social distancing that has enabled us to significantly slow the progression of this deadly disease.”

Officials will continue to monitor testing and enforce social distancing, etc. If a spike of cases occurs, it could lead to another partial or complete shutdown so compliance with any restrictions is important.

“Above all, we must commit to do everything we can to protect our most vulnerable residents from potential exposure to COVID-19,” added Henry.

Just because many of these places are opening does not mean parties and major events will resume … yet. As of now, groups of more than 10 are still not able to congregate together. 

Businesses need to make sure they keep everything clean and adhere to the restrictions. 

For the latest updates, visit FloridaHealth.gov, email COVID-19@flhealth.gov or call the COVID Call Center at 954-357-9500. To learn what Broward County is doing to keep the community safe, visit Broward.org/Coronavirus

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Drive-Thru Food Distribution–Friday, May 15

Posted on 12 May 2020 by JLusk

If being quarantined has meant that you have lost your job or lost wages, or are simply feeling it is unsafe to get out and get groceries, then the City of Deerfield Beach’s Drive-Thru Food Distribution is for you. On Friday, May 15 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., people can go to Quiet Waters Park and line up to receive their groceries. Note: The main entrance is closed. You must enter westbound through Hillsboro Boulevard just east of the turnpike and west of Quiet Water Elementary on the south side of the road. No ID is required.

That is all of the info. we have at this time. Keep updated with events and things happening around town here on this website, at our Facebook especially and also at the city’s website: www.deerfield-beach.com. Stay Safe and Stay Strong!


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Havenwood Mobile Home Park Seniors Get Groceries Through BSO partnership with Northwestern Mutual

Posted on 06 May 2020 by JLusk

Sheriff Gregory Tony and the men and women of Broward Sheriff’s Office Neighborhood Support Team (NST) proudly partnered with Northwestern Mutual –The Striano Financial Group in Boca Raton– to purchase, package and deliver groceries to senior citizens on Friday, May 1. 
Through this collaboration, $2,000 worth of groceries were purchased from the Publix Supermarket located at 3740 W. Hillsboro Blvd. in Deerfield Beach. The funds used to buy the items were raised by Northwestern Mutual and consist of canned goods, pastas, fruits, breads, crackers, jams and juices.
Sorted and packaged at the BSO Deerfield Beach District Office by BSO’s NST members and by representatives from Northwestern Mutual, the food was then hand delivered to 50 Havenwood Mobile Home Park senior citizens in Pompano Beach through BSO’s Operation Helping Hands program.  
To date, Operation Helping Hands has delivered food to more than 1,200 seniors throughout Broward County and will continue to support members of the community as needed.  

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Passenger dies after vehicle crash, BSO investigates

Posted on 05 May 2020 by JLusk

Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) traffic homicide detectives are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash which occurred Sunday morning at the 1000 block of W. Sample Rd. in Pompano Beach.

Just after 3 a.m. on May 3, Clifford Skidmore was traveling eastbound in a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado truck on W. Sample Rd. when his vehicle drifted off the roadway in a southeasterly direction.

The Silverado continued to drift, driving over the raised curb and through a grass swale, before striking a large traffic control signal pole.

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded and transported Skidmore to Broward Health North for injuries that were not life-threatening. The passenger, Corey Clayton, was pronounced deceased on scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Salvation Army seeks food donations

Posted on 05 May 2020 by JLusk

The Salvation Army of Broward County is in dire need of non-perishable food items to help replenish its Food Pantry for the upcoming Thursday, May 7, community distribution. Items needed include all canned goods (beans/vegetables, fruit, meat and milk), rice, boxed cereals, pastas and sauces, peanut butter and jelly, oatmeal, granola bars, snacks and other pre-prepared shelf-stable meals.

Presently, The Salvation Army of Broward County is feeding thousands of residents-in-need through its Food Pantry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each Thursday, trusted Army experts provide non-perishable items and other pantry goods to hundreds of underserved families and the number is growing. Since the Stay-at-Home order went into effect, the nonprofit organization has seen a 264% increase in need for pantry food distribution services. The organization also provides meals-to-go services for the homeless, its residents and other impoverished individuals.

Individuals and organizations interested in donating food can drop-off directly at The Salvation Army of Broward Headquarters on Broward Boulevard between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.. To make a delivery outside of those hours, or to donate funds, please contact Alyse Gossman, director of development, at (954) 712-2431 or at Alyse.Gossman@uss.salvtionarmy.org.

Food drop-offs can be made between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Food Pantry distribution is set for Thursday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to noon, distribution. Dropoffs can be made at The Salvation Army of Broward County, 1445 W. Broward Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale.



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Give to Deerfield History on #GivingTuesday

Posted on 03 May 2020 by JLusk

The Deerfield Beach Historical Society is asking residents of Deerfield and lovers of history to participated in #GivingTuesdayNow by giving to the historical society. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, an an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are seeking funds since their major annual fundraiser had to be canceled due to the coronavirus, as well as the shuttering temporarily of their museums: the Historic Butler House, Kester Cottage, Old School Museum and the caboose. They ask if you could donate as much as you can, it would help. 

They said, “Whether you can donate $5, $25, $500, or $5,000, every little bit helps towards protecting, promoting, and enhancing the mission of the Society by maintaining our programs and facilities for our community and well beyond.”

To donate, visit www.deerfield-history.org and click on “Make a Donation.”




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