Hard Rock COVID-19 Testing Site

NBC 6 South Florida – Florida officials have announced that people of all ages will soon be able to receive a coronavirus test at Hard Rock Stadium’s testing site thanks to a new system, as the site recently experienced a record high number of daily tests. According to officials, a record-high 3,163 tests were administered last Wednesday. “It’s a mega-test site designed to test…

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https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/hard-rock-covid-19-testing-site-offering-testing-for-all-ages-as-officials-experience-record-high-daily-testing/2308961/

State Farm Awards Habitat Broward $5,000 Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant

State Farm Awards Habitat Broward $5,000 Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant

FORT LAUDERDALE – A $5,000 2020 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship grant will help keep volunteers, future homeowners, and staff safe while they work on 10 new Habitat Broward homes being built to provide hard-working, low income families a decent place to live.

The grant supports OSHA mandated fall-protection measures to protect those working more than six feet off the ground.

Habitat Broward engages over 3,500 volunteers and future homeowners each year in the construction of decent, affordable homes critically needed in Broward. This not only reduces the cost of building, but it also engages the community in the solution to the affordable housing crisis.

“We are grateful to State Farm for this investment in safety. Maintaining a safe construction environment for all parties involved in our building process is Habitat’s utmost priority,” stated Alex Nesar, Habitat Broward’s Director of Construction.

State Farm has been a corporate sponsor of Habitat Broward for nearly a decade. With the shared commitment to affordable housing, they have worked together to build a stronger Broward, one home and family at a time. Since making its first gift in 2011, State Farm has donated $54,000 in grant funding and hundreds of volunteer hours to make affordable housing a reality for low income families in need of a decent, affordable place to call home.

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to low to very low-income families who are unable to qualify for conventional financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.

About State Farm®
The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States. Its 19,200 agents and 59,000 employees serve approximately 84 million policies and accounts – over 81 million auto, fire, life, health and commercial policies and over 2 million bank and investment planning services accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 36 on the 2020 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com

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Check The Status Of Your Mail-in Ballot

Any voter who has requested a vote-by-mail ballot can track online the status of his or her ballot through a link within the Division of Elections’ Voter Information Lookup.
https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus

Or directly at your county Supervisor of Elections website.

Broward County Announces 24 Vote-by-Mail Drop Off Locations for November Election

Voters in Broward County choosing to cast their vote by mail for November’s general election will have two dozen new locations to drop off their ballots amid concerns over potential slowdowns within the United States Postal Service

24 Broward County Locations for Ballot Drop Off

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https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/broward-county-announces-24-vote-by-mail-drop-off-locations-for-november-election/2285922/

Task force submits more than 60 recommendations to save Biscayne Bay

The task force was appointed by the commission in February 2019 to study the problems plaguing the bay and how to address them, not knowing that just weeks before this presentation, the dire predictions of scientists would come true — an unprecedented fish kill in the middle of Biscayne Bay where thousands of fish died from lack of oxygen, and the subsequent devastating algae bloom that stretched from the Haulover Inlet south to North Bay Village

Read more…
https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/08/31/task-force-submits-more-than-60-recommendations-to-save-biscayne-bay/

Habitat Broward & Wells Fargo Team up to Build Affordable Housing

Habitat Broward and Wells Fargo Team up to Build Affordable Housing in Miramar and Pompano Beach
Contributor: Trena Brae

The Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded Habitat Broward a $45,000 grant to help build affordable homes, one in Miramar and two in Pompano Beach.

The funding is part of a $8.1 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International for capacity building and direct mission support to build, renovate and repair more than 350 affordable homes across the United States. The grant is provided through Wells Fargo Builds? and is part of the Wells Fargo Foundation’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.

“We’ve had a rich history of working with Habitat Broward to strengthen our neighborhoods through philanthropy and volunteerism,” said Komi Agbodji, Wells Fargo Southeast Florida District Manager. “Safe and stable housing enables people to build upon the rest of their life and, together, we can shift the narrative to help others understand that housing affordability is both an economic and humanitarian crisis that’s taking a toll on millions of people.”

The Wells Fargo Foundation-supported Miramar house is already underway and will become a home for a family of three, headed by a working mother currently an essential worker on the frontline of the COVID pandemic in the field of nursing.

Wells Fargo Builds, provides philanthropic financial assistance from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support the construction, renovation, painting or repairing of homes with low-to-moderate income households. In 2019 alone, Wells Fargo employees volunteered more than 1.9 million hours of service to strengthen their communities, including building, repairing, and improving 674 homes across the U.S. with several organizations through Wells Fargo Builds.

“Wells Fargo has again demonstrated its commitment to strengthening the communities it shares,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “Wells Fargo continues to provide the rock-solid support Habitat Broward needs to transform countless lives through the economic empowerment of homeownership.”

The grant will also support the construction of two homes in The Rick Case Habitat Community located in Pompano Beach. When complete The Rick Case Habitat Community will be the largest affordable housing development of single-family homes in Broward’s history, providing 74 homes for hard-working low, income families.

View the Broward Flood Zone Maps

Residents and businesses in Broward County are encouraged to view the current flood zones map and FEMA’s preliminary flood zones map to better understand their potential flood risk and to help identify steps they may need to take to protect against property damage and loss.

The maps are used by insurance companies for flood insurance purposes and the base flood elevations must be used for all new construction and substantial improvements to existing construction.

https://www.broward.org/Environment/FloodZoneMaps/Pages/ProposedNewFloodMaps.aspx

Researchers created a test to determine which masks are the least effective

The quest began when a professor at Duke’s School of Medicine was assisting a local group buy masks in bulk to distribute to community members in need. The professor wanted to make sure the group purchased masks that were actually effective.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/08/us/duke-university-face-mask-test-trnd/index.html

The actual study:
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/08/07/sciadv.abd3083
In the study published Friday, researchers with Duke’s physics department demonstrated the use of a simple method that uses a laser beam and cell phone to evaluate the efficiency of masks by studying the transmission of respiratory droplets during regular speech.

Researchers tested 14 commonly available masks including a professionally fitted N95 mask, usually reserved for health care workers. First the test was performed with a speaker talking without wearing a mask. Then they did it again while a speaker was wearing a mask. Each mask was tested 10 times.

Neck fleeces, also called gaiter masks and often used by runners, were the least effective. In fact, wearing a fleece mask resulted in a higher number of respiratory droplets because the material seemed to break down larger droplets into smaller particles that are more easily carried away with air.
Folded bandanas and knitted masks also performed poorly and did not offer much protection

Covid-19 Testing sites in Broward Country

PLEASE NOTE: Broward County COVID-19 Hotline does not have access to individual test results. For test results, you must call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300, option 1.

https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/Collection-Sites.aspx

Be Sure to check the website for the latest information

Mitchell Moore Park (Walk-Up)
901 NW 10th St.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Mullins Park (Walk-Up) – Will Test Asymptomatic
10150 NW 29 Street
Coral Springs, FL 33065

Publix at Coral Ridge (Walk-Up) – Will Test Asymptomatic
11600 W. Sample Road
Coral Springs, FL 33065

Tamarac Recreation Center
7531 N. University Drive
Tamarac, FL 33321

Bergeron Rodeo Grounds (Walk-Up) – Will Test Asymptomatic
4201 Rodeo Way
Davie, FL 33314

Boulevard Heights Community Center (Walk-Up)
6770 Garfield St.
Hollywood, FL 33024

C.B. Smith Park (Drive-Through) – Will Test Asymptomatic and Children
900 N. Flamingo Road
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston Main Campus
3250 Meridian Parkway
Weston, FL 33331

Faith Center
5555 Nw 95th Ave
Sunrise, FL 33351

Holiday Park (Drive-Through) – Will Test Asymptomatic
1150 G. Harold Martin Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Lincoln Park (Walk-Up) – Will Test Asymptomatic
600 NW 19th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Markham Park & Target Range (Drive-Through) – Will Test Asymptomatic and Children
16001 W. State Road 84
Sunrise, FL 33326

Miramar Youth Enrichment Center
7000 Miramar Pkwy, Miramar
Miramar, FL 33025

Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex
445 SW 2nd St.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Sawgrass Mills Mall
12801 W Sunrise Blvd
Sunrise, FL 33323

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Appoints New Board Member

Submitted by Trena Brae

Habitat for Humanity of Broward recently appointed a new board member, Kelly Lynn Koenig.Habitat for Humanity of Broward recently appointed a new board member, Kelly Lynn Koenig.

“We are delighted to have Kelly join the board,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “We are so impressed by the heart she has for families in need of affordable housing. Kelly served on our Women Build committee and sponsored a home with Keith and City Furniture, and she also co-chaired and co-sponsored our Spirit of Humanity Awards Celebration in 2019. We could not be more excited to have her step up and help us lead this great organization.”

Kelly Koenig had a 35-year career at IBM Corporation and retired in 2018 as a Senior Client Manager. She graduated from FIU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree in Management Information Systems and also has certifications from SUNY – Purchase College and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition for Health Counseling.

During her career at IBM she participated in organizing customer events, managing team members and business partners to deliver technology solutions and consulting services to C-level executives in the Specialty Retail Industry in South Florida. Her clients included Burger King, Brandsmart, City Furniture, JM Family Enterprises, Lennar Corporation and Tire Kingdom.

She has been active in her community since moving to South Florida with organizations such as Kids in Distress, American Cancer Society, The Humane Society and Junior Achievement. Koenig also chaired the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Boca Raton.

She resides in Plantation with her husband Keith Koenig, CEO of City Furniture. City Furniture has been donating beds to new Habitat Broward homeowners and furniture to Habitat Broward ReStore for more than 16 years, and has sponsored numerous family homes.