By Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Adams
Greetings to everybody. As the year slowly prepares to come to an end, our hard work and commitment to our wonderful City has not and certainly will not. Indeed, we are showing signs of improvement and continuously accomplishing set goals. This is a perfect chance to consider the movements that we can continue to make 2020 a great year. We can prop the energy up to keep the momentum moving forward into the new year.
As always, I encourage our residents to attend our City's Commission meetings that take place every first and third Wednesday of each month. On December 4, 2019, during our regular scheduled City Commission meeting, we recognized a few extraordinary folks. I was delighted to show these individuals the gratitude that they most certainly deserve.
Every year, the Human Services Department acknowledges applications for a member of our community to be selected as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award recipient. Chosen individuals are investigated by the Human Services Advisory Board and one member is granted beneficiaries that are prescribed for City Commission endorsement. In the wake of reviewing the applications, the Human Services Advisory Board recognized Deacon Donnell Brown as the 2020 beneficiary of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award recipient. Deacon Brown has been a stable pillar in our community for more than 50 years. He wears the hats of many important roles in our community which is why he was nominated as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award recipient. On behalf of the City, I would like to say Congratulation to Deacon Brown for all that he does and being awarded this prestigious honor.
During the same City Commission meeting, the Commission presented the Veteran Appreciation Proclamation Sponsored by Commission Michele Lazarow. I was delighted the recognized the servicemen and women of our City. Besides, to our first responders, veterans are very dear to my heart. These individuals have made countless sacrifices not only on behalf of our City but our entire country. Many have put their lives on the line for the safety of this nation. It was my pleasure to present December 4th, 2019 as Veteran Appreciation Day.
Hallandale Beach greatly values all residents and prides itself on being an Age-Friendly Community. We are very happy to have residents like Maudie James. Ms. James is among the few centenarians to live in the City of Hallandale Beach. Maudie Lee Harrell was born on September 19, 1918, in Faceville, Georgia to Lucinda and Lucius Harrell. As a student, she attended Fountainhead School in Mt. Pleasant, Florida. In 1953, she arrived in Broward County. She was married to W.A. James (deceased) and is the proud mother of ten children (three of whom are veterans), grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to raising her own family, she worked as a private domestic in Hollywood Beach, Florida. Ms. Maudie James lives in the northwest area of Hallandale Beach. She is a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church where she is also the Mother of the church. She has been named as one of the Gospel Legends of Hallandale Beach as she loves to praise through her singing. Ms. Maudie James has been honored in the past receiving several community and humanitarian awards. I was happy to proclaim December 8th as Maudie Lee James Appreciation Day at her home church Ebenezer Baptist Church located at 816 NW 1st Ave.
Our community consists of many honorary individuals that make our City so extraordinary. I am proud to be a part of a community that continuously strives to be better every day.
As we are in the holiday season I am aiming to provide as much as I can. Last few weeks I was able to conduct a Sneaker Drive with the help of St. Matthew Church, collecting sneakers for children aged 2 years old up to high school-aged children. The collected sneakers will be distributed to different schools, homeless shelters, and churches as needed. With the kind hearts of many, I was able to collect and purchased more than 50 pairs of sneakers to be distributed. I thank every person who was able to make this possible without the help of many I couldn't have done this great deed.
Human Trafficking is at an all-time high. Sadly, this horrific crime is happening right here in Florida. Always be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Our local schools are sending out courtesy messages for the safety of our children. Children from ages 11 to 13, in some cases even younger, are becoming victims of human trafficking. Please remain alert and be aware of who children are interacting with especially on the internet. It has been discovered that children are communicating with strangers online giving away valuable information such as their home addresses and whereabouts. Talk to your children about the dangers of the web and releasing valuable information.
Get your voices and opinions heard at the next Commission Meeting on December 18, 2019, at 5:30 PM in the City's Commission Chambers. Be sure to follow the City of Hallandale Beach on all social media platforms and/or visit the City's website at CoHB.org for all up to date information.
Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, and to all a Happy New Year!
As always enjoy our wonderful City and stay safe!