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VOLUME 52 • NO. 34 AUGUST 21, 2014

DELIVERED TO: HOMES & BUSINESSES IN • DEERFIELD BEACH • LIGHTHOUSE POINT • HILLSBORO BEACH • POMPANO BEACH • BOCA RATON

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Extreme Kayak Fishing

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Park beautification

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Ms. Brown’s reading class at DBMS listens to instructions. Photos by Rachel Galvin school year,” said Super- as they meet their new August 18 marked the intendent Runcie. “I truly teachers and settle in to first day back for most enjoyed visiting our schools their classrooms, ready schools, close to 225,000 and welcoming students, for another successful of them. Even some of parents, teachers and staff. It school year.” the private schools went is always inspiring to see the back this day, instead of excitement among students a week earlier like they often do. Superintendent Robert Runcie woke up bright and early to go on a tour around to many Broward County Schools. He hopped on one of the district’s new propane buses at the North Area Transportation Bus Terminal in Pompano Beach before heading to several schools. He wrapped up his day at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center. Zion’s Pre-Kindergarteners dive into fun projects. “It’s been a busy and (Zion Lutheran’s 50th anniversary ribbon cutting is Sept. 12 exciting start to the new from 10 to 11 a.m.)

Junior Olympics

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“I have learned whatever state I am, to be content.” Philippians 4:11 St. Ambrose students are happy to be back.

ALSO INSIDE Opinion ..............................6 Business...................... 8-10 Society .............................10 Schools............................11 Dining & Entertainment ....12 Sports ..............................13 Happenings .....................15 Religion ...........................16 Classified.........................18

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Correction From Last Week

County Commissioner District 2 Lisa KohnerAronson Mark David Bogen Carmen Dixon Jones √ Charlotte Elizabeth Rodstrom Terry Williams-Edden

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2 School Resource Deputies FUNDED for Deerfield Schools

By Diane Emeott At the August 5 Deerfield Beach city commission meeting, the commission authorized the use of $199,562 from the city’s Law Enforcement Trust Fund to fund two School Resource Deputies (SRDs) for the 2014/15 school year – which began Monday, August 18, for public school students. The resolution passed unanimously. The four elementary schools, absent Quiet Waters Elementary, share the two SRD’s. Deerfield High, Deerfield Middle, Quiet Waters Elementary, Deerfield Elementary, Deerfield Park, Park Ridge, Tedder Elementary have SRDs. Deerfield Beach funds the SRDs at the Elementary School level. Broward County and the School Board fund the SRDs at the middle school and high school level. The Law Enforcement Trust Fund (LETF) is made up of money confiscated from drug deals, etc. Commissioner Bill Ganz said he has had conversations with the School Board about why they are not funding an SRD. “They basically said, ‘thank you very much for your phone call. We’ll take it under advisement,’ Ganz said at the city commission meeting. “I believe the safety of our kids is our No. 1 priority!” he told constituents the night before at the

District 4 meeting. “We have really been blessed by the Jim Moran Foundation. They have been providing funding for that for years. But that is kind of coming to an end. This is the last year they will be contributing,” he added. The cost of one School Resource Deputy is approximately $146,033 — including salary, benefits, equipment, uniforms, etc., according to a memo from BSO Captain Rob Schnakenberg to the city manager. Broward County School Board will contribute approximately $46,252 toward each School Resource Deputy position. Schnakenberg requested approval to use $199,562 from the city’s LETF resources to be able to fund the two school resource deputies for the new school year . BSO has certified that this expenditure meets the requirements of Florida State Statutes 932.7055, which states, “such funds may be used only for school resource officer, crime prevention, safe neighborhood, drug abuse education, or drug prevention programs or such other law enforcement purposes as the board of county commissioners or governing body of the municipality deems appropriate.”

I-95 at Hillsboro Boulevard Interchange Improvements

Traffic Impacts overnight Sunday through Friday, starting Sept. 1

The entrance ramp from eastbound Hillsboro Boulevard to northbound I-95 will be closed overnight Sunday through Friday between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Motorists on eastbound Hillsboro

Boulevard who want to go north on I-95 will be directed south on I-95 to the SW 10 Street exit where they can go east to the ramp to northbound I-95. The northbound I-95

exit ramp to westbound Hillsboro Boulevard will be closed overnight Sunday through Friday between midnight and 6 a.m. Motorists on northbound I-95 who want to go west on Hillsboro

Boulevard will be directed to continue north to the Palmetto Park Road exit, go west to the southbound I-95 entrance ramp and take southbound I-95 to the westbound See I-95, pg 17


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