Bill To Expand Police Use Of Drones

A bill to allow law enforcement to use drones for collecting evidence at crime scenes and traffic crashes passed its second committee stop today. It would also open the door for police to manage traffic with drones. But officers could not use any images or video collected from the device to give out a traffic ticket.

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https://news.wfsu.org/state-news/2021-02-16/bill-to-expand-police-use-of-drones-passes-its-second-committee-stop

New VP at Habitat for Humanity of Broward

Habitat for Humanity of Broward proudly announces Justine Morgan as its new VP of Strategic Capital and Community Relations.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward proudly announces Justine Morgan as its new VP of Strategic Capital and Community Relations
Justine Morgan , VP of Strategic Capital and Community Relations

Morgan brings to Habitat Broward foundational knowledge about home lending, loan underwriting and mortgage structure as well as a deep in-depth understanding of Broward County’s philanthropic muscle and nonprofit expertise. She is a member of Arc Broward’s Business Advisory Council and Canine Assisted Therapies Advisory Council.

“We are building the A-team required to lead our community through the affordable workplace housing crisis,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “Justine will develop the private and public partnerships crucial to the economic empowerment hard-working families achieve through home ownership.”

Prior to Habitat Broward, Morgan served as Charitable Funds Director at the Community Foundation of Broward where she led client relations to achieve the philanthropic goals of high-net-worth individuals, families, private sector organizations, civic groups, and community leaders.

Morgan also has extensive experience in loan origination, underwriting and compliance. While at Wells Fargo and WCS Lending, Morgan helped struggling families navigate financial difficulty through loan modifications. A Florida native, Morgan graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management.

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-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.
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Habitat for Humanity of Broward Appoints New Community Relations and Events Manager

Habitat for Humanity of Broward recently appointed a new Community Relations and Events Manager, Lisa Rahman.

“Habitat Broward is dedicated to hiring only the very best,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “That is exactly what we have with Lisa. As Community Relations and Events Manager, Lisa will foster the community partnerships critical to the growth of affordable workforce housing.”

Rahman is a visionary and strategic non-profit leader with executive leadership, fundraising and strategic planning skills.

Prior to coming to Habitat Broward, Rahman worked her way up from Director of Administration to CEO, over the course of 10 years, at the non-profit Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward. She has also held other top-level positions such as Vice President of Branch Operations and Business Development at TD Bank in Palm Beach County (2006 to 2010) and Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communication and Retail Consumer Card at JP Morgan Chase in Ney York City (1992-2001).

She gained her Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Psychology at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and her Master of Business Administration at Adelphi University in Garden City New York.

South Florida students granted patent for ‘mosquito agitator’ invention

Hard work and brilliant minds went into an invention created at Northeastern High School in Oakland Park, and the teachers and young minds who invented the one-of-a-kind product scored a patent for their creation.

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https://www.local10.com/news/local/2021/01/21/south-florida-students-granted-patent-for-mosquito-agitator-invention/

New Phone Number Released in Broward for Vaccine Appointments

Department of Health in Broward added to Florida’s Covid vaccine appointment system

Seniors 65 and older and healthcare workers in Broward County have a new phone number for scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments through the state.

Appointments for Department of Health in Broward vaccination sites can be made at 866-201-6313. For those requiring TTY access, the phone number is 833-476-1526.

Read more… https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/dept-of-health-in-broward-added-to-floridas-covid-vaccine-appointment-system/2366687/

Florida Gov Plans Seniors COVID Vaccine Priority

Gov. DeSantis to Sign Executive Order Giving Seniors Priority for COVID Vaccine

Wednesday, DeSantis said he would sign an executive order guaranteeing seniors ages 65 and over would be the first to get the vaccine among the general public – emphasizing he hopes there would be enough vaccines by the start of next year for all seniors.

https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/gov-desantis-to-hold-news-conference-in-pensacola-as-vaccine-distribution-continues/2349655/

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Dedicates Three Homes in The Historic District of Miramar

by Trena Brae

Three Broward families attended the dedication of their forever home on Saturday, November 21, thanks to a collaboration between Habitat for Humanity of Broward and the City of Miramar.

The partnership is part of a six-home affordable housing development created to provide safe, decent new homes to low-income working families in need of affordable housing.

City of Miramar Mayor, Wayne M. Messam, congratulated the families and thanked the sponsors and Habitat Broward.

“Habitat for Humanity is helping Miramar in a big way by providing beautiful homes for residents addressing our city’s affordable needs, ” said Messam.

Charles Family Photo - Habitat for Humanity of Broward Dedicates Three Homes in The Historic District of Miramar

“This is the result of so much hard work and heart,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO and Executive Director. “I’m immensely proud of each and every one of our families for making today happen, and so very thankful to the City of Miramar for donating the land and to all our sponsors, and volunteers, who made the completion of these homes possible.”

When COVID-19 forced Habitat Broward to cancel its volunteer workforce, Robin and her staff made the decision to hire skilled subcontractors for plumbing, electric and carpentry, all under strict COVID-19 safety guidelines. As a result, the homes were completed this year to make sure families who had worked throughout the year to achieve their dream of homeownership would see that dream come true.

New Habitat homeowners Gerald and Kathiana Charles worked multiple jobs while completing the Habitat program to provide a home for their family. Gerald Charles works as a bus driver and as a security guard and Kathiana Charles is a cake decorator while attending college to further her career.

“Thanks to Habitat and its partners, we are finally moving into the house of our dreams,” said Kathiana Charles.

Through Habitat, hardworking families can obtain a modest home with a mortgage kept to 30 percent of household income. To do this they must first give 300 hours of sweat equity to build their homes and the homes of their neighbors, attend a year of homeownership classes and make a small down payment. Families are selected based on an online application, credit and background check, and evidence of their need for safe housing. The Habitat homeownership application can be found online at habitatbroward.org.

This project was also supported by Family Home sponsors Burdette Beckmann, Inc. and Robert Taylor, Jr., and Sunbeam Television/WSVN Channel 7. House Foundation sponsors included Publix Supermarkets Charities and TIAA Bank; and Blueprint Sponsors, HG Charitable Foundation, Gore Family Memorial Foundation, Holman Automotive, Wells Fargo Foundation and Sunshine Health.

Additionally, you can show your support to Habitat Broward on Giving Tuesday, a nationwide day of giving back, to help local, deserving families build strength, stability and self-reliance though homeownership. Every donation will be matched dollar for dollar now through December 1.

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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