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Observer Corps Report- PBC School Board

Observer Corps

by Cynthia Sheehan-Hartwell

 

The following report covers the November 15, 2017 meeting of the PBC School Board. The regularly scheduled meeting was held at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center and commenced at 5 PM.

 

* The school board voted for Chuck Shaw to remain as chair and for Dr. Deborah Robinson as vice chair.

* University Preparatory Academy is located near Riviera Beach and provides a college prep experience to underserved students in grades K-4. The school population has increased 55% since last year and now enrolls 257 students.

* Dr. Robinson raised the concern that the more prestigious schools provide vocabulary textbooks for each student, but that is not the case for other schools. She requested that an upcoming Reading Workshop include a discussion about

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Fiesta de Pueblo

For the second year in a row, we will be participating in the “Fiesta de Pueblo,” the traditional Puerto Rican celebration of Three Kings Day (“El Día de los Reyes Magos”).  This annual event is sponsored by the Puerto Rican-Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the City of Greenacres.

Saturday, January 6th, from 3-10 pm
Community Park of Greenacres
2905 Jog Rd, Greenacres, FL 33467

We’ll have a tent set up to register voters and to provide information on elections, especially to those who have recently arrived from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Come join the fun and bring your family!  There will be great Latin music to get your hips and feet moving, as well as all kinds of traditional Puerto Rican delicacies.  The little ones will enjoy

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Treasury Notes- November

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By Joan Karp

LAST CHANCE TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP

As of the end of December, those who haven’t sent in dues that will be valid until October 1, 2018, will be dropped from our Active roster.

Our League has grown exponentially in the past two years and, as a result, we have been able to take on more projects and more events to serve our members and the community at large. We are very visible and respected in our county and in the state.

We need you to continue to be part of our organization. Individual membership is still only $60 and can be paid by credit card on our website, LWVPBC.org, or by sending a check to PO BOX 6208, Delray Beach FL, 33482-6208.

If you …

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LWVPBC at West Palm Beach Green Market

On Saturday, Dec. 2, we started our voter registration season at the Green Market in West Palm Beach. Amid swarms of people enjoying the sunshine and gourmet offerings of local vendors, Marc Bruner, Kelly Domnick, Polly Maier and Pam Maldonado manned the tent, registering voters and circulating the Former Felons Rights Restoration petition.

The highlight of the day was “capturing” several new teenage voters who will automatically receive their Voter Registration Cards upon their 18th birthday.

Just as we were winding up the day, we met the Huber family–parents, grandparents and two teen daughters. We spoke to them for quite a while and discovered that one daughter–Hayley–is 16 years old, and thus eligible to register to vote.

 

Her Mom shouted to her to come over because she …

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PBC Legislative Delegation

Written by Christene Campbell-Gabor, Chair, LWVPBC Civics Education Committee

LWVPBC Interns Faith Maniti and Dayalis Zamora presented at the PBC Legislative delegation public hearing on December 1st, 2017 at Palm Beach State College Belle Glade Campus.

Our Civics Education team is asking for the Legislators to sponsor or support a bill that would ensure that Civics Education is taught to all students from kindergarten through college.

Congratulation Dayalis and Faith on a job well done. We are all proud of (and impressed by) your presentation skills and the work that you are doing with the League.

 

Photos below (left to right): Faith Maniti and Daylis Zamora presenting at the podium; Faith, Rep. Lori Berman, Rep. Matt Willhite, and Dayalis; Dayalis, Rep. Bill Hagar, and Faith; Faith, Rep.

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Voter Registrations Coincide With ACA Enrollment Events

The Voter Services committee will be piggybacking Voter Registration drives with ACA Enrollment events at local libraries from now through December 13th. The schedule is as follows:

11/29 – Okeechobee Branch – 4:30 – 7:30 -pm
12/2 – Okeechobee Branch – 11 am – 3 pm
12/4 – Tequesta Branch – 3:45 – 5:30 pm
12/6 – Okeechobee Branch – 4:30 – 7:30 pm
12/8 – Glades Branch – Boca Raton – 12 – 4 pm
12/10 – Wellington Branch – 12 – 4 pm
12/11 – Tequesta Branch – 3:45 – 5:30 pm
12/12 – Lantana Branch – 4 – 7 pm
12/13 – Okeechobee Branch – 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Registration Contact: Pam Maldonado,  305-873-4239,  pamelamaldonado.mia@gmail.com

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Concealed Carry Act Memo

Download and Print the PDF.

Gun Safety: Concealed Carry Act Memo, 11282017
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Civics Education, Civility, Voting

The message at the Sunday, November 26 Celebration of America at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton was clear.  Civics Education, Civility and Voting are of the utmost importance to our democracy.

Dr. Robert Watson

Dr. Watson, pictured left speaking, reminded us that America was founded with Cooperation, Compromise and Consensus.  The LWVPBC Civics Education Committee will take the 3Cs to heart when working with the schools, community and other groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elayne Goodman, Nikki Descoteaux and Dr. Tom Gabor

Attendees included: Dr. Robert Watson, Rep. Lori Berman, LWV PBC members pictured here left to right Elayne Goodman, Nikki Descoteaux, and Tom Gabor. Claire Press, Barbara Katz, Daniel Goldstein and Christene Campbell-Gabor were also in attendance.

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WANT TO GO SOLAR?

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WANT TO GO SOLAR?

Neighbors in Palm Beach County are forming a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier while building a network of solar supporters.

Join us for an information session about the Solar Co-op!

Date, Time, Location
Driving Directions
Mon., December 4, 6pm
Vista Government Center
2300 N Jog Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
I-95 to Okeechobee Blvd, exit westbound and
drive 4.7 miles over the Turnpike to N. Jog Road
Turn right (north) on N. Jog Road and drive .3 miles
Vista Government Center on the right (east side)

Sat., January 6th, 2018, 11am
South Florida Science Center & Aquarium
4801 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
I-95 to Southern Blvd, exit east and drive
.4 miles to Parker …
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2018 Legislative Season

Learn What’s Coming Up- 2018 Legislative Season

Senator Powell sealSenator Bobby Powell
FL Senate District 30

Senator Powell and his staff are gearing up for the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, which is scheduled to begin January 9, 2018. Get a quick update on the Senator’s work anytime here.


Committee meetings have begunFLsenate

The committee meetings through which bills are considered for the 2018 Legislative Session began the week of October 9 and continue this week. Senator Powell sits on eight committees and has leadership positions on two; he’s already filed one bill. To see each day’s schedule for all Senate work, visit the Senate home page by clicking here.


Disaster AssistanceSustained support from FEMA

There is a very comprehensive range of post-storm services available via the Federal Emergency Management …

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