By Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Adams
School Safety and Growth Are A Priority
Hello to all and hope it’s been a great week for everyone in our amazing City of Hallandale Beach. Especially for all the children that have started school this past week. It was great seeing all the bright faces on the first day of school as they embark on their educational journey for the year. I had the pleasure to welcome the children and parents of Gulfstream Academy as they arrived for their first day of school. Thank you to Principal Pappas for asking me to be part of such a wonderful experience, and Principal Howard of Hallandale High school for both their dedication and hard work. Before the arrival of the students, I was able to take a tour of the school to talk about the safety of our children and how the premises will be secured at all times. A personal thank you to Officer Harris, Sergeant Smith, and the head of Security Henry Montavo, as they work together to serve our community and making sure our children are safe at all times. I would like to thank our Chief Sonia Quinones and the entire Police Department for all the hard work they do to keep our residents safe.
A huge thank you to all the sponsors of the ‘Back to School Bash’ that took place on August 9, 2019, at Foster Park. With the help of all the sponsors, over 500 children were able to get the proper supplies that were needed for school. This event did not only help the children of Hallandale Beach, but also the children of neighboring cities as well. Thank you to all the sponsors: Kirova Ballet Academy, Freedom Tax Resolution, Rotary Club Hallandale Beach – Aventura, Well-Care Health Plans, Memorial Regional Hospital, Signarama, ARISE Dance Studio, Burkhardt Construction, Inc., PAL of Hallandale Beach, AFSCME Local 2009, Beach walk Resort, DS Dental Care, Starlight Lodge #542 PHA, Kiwanis Club of Hallandale Beach, Flippo's, and Hallandale Gracie Barra Hallandale Beach. Most of the sponsors are local so be sure to stop by their establishments and thank them as well.
To continue the preparation for school, the Baitul Naseer Mosque, which is located at 208 NW 7th Ct Hallandale Beach, collaborated with the Humanity First USA to donate 70 backpacks filled with supplies under the #OurKidsOurFuture campaign. The goal of the campaign is to invest in our future generations by helping families in need during this time. I will be distributing the supplies at Foster Park on Friday, August 23rd at 4:00 p.m.
In less than a week, the Hallandale Beach YMCA Family Center at Peter Bluesten Park will be open to serve our community. The Hallandale Beach YMCA is dedicated to building healthy, confident and secure children, families, and communities. The center will feature a fitness center, indoor cycling studio, group exercise studios, basketball gym, teen room, after school room, kids zone, community room, and a 25 yard 8-lane pool and Splash pad. The official opening date is Saturday, August 31, 2019 and will consist of entertainment, activities, and much more. On Sunday, September 1st, the fun will begin at 11:00 am with the PAL Family Fun day on our brand new baseball and turf soccer fields. The Hallandale Beach YMCA will be open from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sunday for tours and free admission. For more information on how you and your family can become a member of the center, you may contact 954-889-9622, visit www.cohb.org/ymca, email HallandaleYMCA@ymcasouthflorida.org or visit their Interim Membership Office in the Sage Plaza at 800 E Hallandale Beach Blvd, Suite 27 Hallandale Beach , FL 33009.
On August 15th, the Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (HBCRA), held a sneak peek event called “A Taste of Hallandale” for the City of Hallandale Employees. This sneak peek event was a precursor to “A Taste of Hallandale” a Foodie Festival that will be a larger event open to all of South Florida to showcase Hallandale’s eateries, which is a part of the HBCRA’s arts and cultural initiative. The purpose of this event was to celebrate and bring recognition to the City`s restaurants. The HBCRA hosted approximately 150 employees and sponsored seven restaurants that participated in providing complimentary samples of the food they offer. The employees were greeted with a warm welcome and received a food passport that allowed them to sample food from local eateries. The event included Live Art and Music. The HBCRA`s committed to improving the City`s economic growth by attracting new businesses to the community and help existing businesses thrive and growth. In order to fulfill this commitment, the HBCRA saw an opportunity to help local restaurants market and gain new customers by hosting this event.
A sincere thank you to our Public Works department as they work hard to keep our City functioning properly. Great job as they address emails and complaints to take care of issues right away. Recently, the City of Hollywood experienced a sewer line break on Pembroke Road, west of Federal Highway. With the assistance of our Public Works department, both cities worked hard to solve the issue quickly. Being able to lend a helping hand when needed showed that we care for the well-being of everyone beyond our City limits.
I look forward to hearing and seeing you at our next Commission meeting on August 21, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the Commission Chambers. Remember to join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hallandale Beach YMCA Family center on August 31st at Peter Bluesten Park at 10:00 am. In the meantime you can contact me at (954) 457-1318. Until next time be safe and Best Wishes!