CELEBRATION OPPORTUNITIES

CELEBRATION OPPORTUNITIES

On May 6, 2020, our League will be hosting a gala luncheon to highlight the 100th birthday of the League. Want to be part of the fun? Of course, you do! We are looking for 20 volunteers to assist with last-minute items: setting centerpieces on tables, passing out materials, working with the speaker on signing and selling of books, welcoming attendees in the lobby. Interested? Of course, you are!  Please send your name to Cecily Feldman at feldmanc@comcast.net or fill out the form below. Get in on the fun and excitement!  

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Operation Green Light

Operation Green Light

OPERATION GREEN LIGHT EX-FELON REGISTRATION By Phyllis Applebaum On Saturday, October 19, the County Clerk’s office opened all four of its courthouse locations for “Operation Green Light”, a massive event aimed at helping those with outstanding court fees or fines and suspended driver’s licenses to get back into compliance.  Offenders benefited from the waiving of collection agency fees – some as high as 40 percent – for those who paid off their court obligations in full or signed up for a monthly payment plan. Snaking around the building, the lines were hours long.  People, some with small children in tow, resigned themselves to spending most of the day there.  But those stalwarts who persevered and completed the process walked away with huge smiles of relief on their faces after having their suspended licenses reinstated.  Many ex-felons (returning citizens) were also there to pay outstanding obligations. Eager to take advantage of

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Boynton Beach City Council Meeting – October Observer Corps Report

Boynton Beach City Council Meeting – October Observer Corps Report

The following major issues were discussed: The City is beta testing a new app for the cellphone. The app will be a way for the City to communicate to citizens (e.g., hurricanes) and vice versa. The Boynton Police Department was recognized as an Excelsior Agency which is the highest honor by an outside Accreditation authority. The City is having a Climate Action Workshop on October 29. The aim of the workshop is to reduce the City’s carbon footprint in 2020 by taking measures such as: Alternate transportation Energy-efficient buildings Renewable energy Trees and green space Waste reduction Climate resilience

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Boynton Beach City Council Meeting – September Observer Corps Report

Boynton Beach City Council Meeting – September Observer Corps Report

The Commission approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Commission also will begin contract negotiations with the current Homestead City Manager for the City Manager position in Delray. Although there was disappointment any residents and the Commission about the proposed removal of mangroves, the Commission decided to advance the Marine Way Seawall and Docs Improvement Program. A presenter noted that tidal flooding creates a safety issue and outlined the City’s plan for a pump station, public walkway, seawall, and public dock. Private docks to the east of Marine Way would be demolished, but owners would have the option to rebuild at their own expense The Commission, partly in response to complaints from homeowners in the Tropic Isle neighborhood about a new access road to the Delray Place South shopping center, directed staff to seek traffic mitigation strategies for Federal Highway between 10th Street and the Boca Raton border

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September Voter Registrations

September Voter Registrations

LEAGUE VOLUNTEERS ROCK SEPTEMBER REGISTRATIONS by Pam Maldonado Tired League volunteers are justifiably happy to see September come to an end! It has been an exciting, but exhausting month of activities, which had teams of voter registrars up at Jupiter High School at 7:00 am on a Monday morning and others at 8:00 pm in Belle Glade on a Friday night, as well as everywhere in between. Constitution Day, celebrated on September 17th, commemorates the signing of the Constitution. A federal mandate requires each educational institution that receives Federal funds to hold educational programs about the Constitution for its students. That means the League is much in demand throughout the County that day each year. Teams spread out among all five campuses of Palm Beach State—Belle Glade, Lake Worth, Loxahatchee Groves, Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton, as well as two campuses of Keiser University and Lynn University. Kudos to Nancy

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Young Leaguer Feature Kim Stokes

Young Leaguer Feature Kim Stokes

Written By: Rebecca Freeman Stokes felt a personal responsibility to better our society. She was disappointed in our country’s current state and began looking for a way to make an impact in our community. As a result, she decided to join The League of Women Voters. Kim has been with the organization for two years and loves how they focus on researching facts and creating opinions that are not politically motivated. The Young Leaguers meeting schedule works with her own and the group coordinates with all the other committees, which is perfect because they correlate with her interests. Through the League, she enjoys learning about issues from people in various fields who have taken the time to do independent research. As a former teacher, Kim is interested in educating our youth and getting them more involved in the political process. Kim hopes for the Young Leaguers’ to continue to help

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Constitution Week Voter Registration

Constitution Week Voter Registration

Constitution Week Voter Registration at PBSC Loxahatchee Groves  By Phyllis Applebaum New to Florida and new to the League of Women Voters, I’d never been to Loxahatchee Groves, although the name filled me with curiosity.  Our Team Leader, Nancy Ballen, and I agreed to pick up our third team member, Helen Laurence, at her home, not too far from the college.  We wandered through idyllic horse country, with white picket fences and very green grass, and even saw a couple of early riders sharing the road. Opened in February 2017, Loxahatchee Groves is the fifth and newest campus of Palm Beach State College.  Their website boasts: “The campus is nestled on a beautiful 75-acre site with preserved wetlands, virgin woodlands, and cypress trees.”  They offer an Associate in Arts transfer degree, the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, which guarantees admission to a Florida public university.  Their focus is on

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Delray City Commission Meeting- Observer Corps Report

Delray City Commission Meeting- Observer Corps Report

At the August 20, 2019 meeting of the Delray Beach City Commission, Michael Cernech was selected for the post of City Manager. The Commission also approved a working version of the new comprehensive city plan, “Always Delray.”  The comprehensive plan will be sent to the Department of Economic Opportunity for further review. density. The Commission also unanimously authorized and approved the revised Local Housing Assistance Plan, a component of the State Housing Initiatives Partnership. Click the link below to read more observations. At the August 20, 2019, Regular Delray City Commission Meeting: The Commission selected Michael Cernech for the post of City Manager. The Commission approved a working version of the new comprehensive city plan, “Always Delray.”  The comprehensive plan will be sent to the Department of Economic Opportunity for further review. Much of the meeting was devoted to discussion of “Always Delray”. The Chair of the Always Delray Steering Committee thanked

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Speakers Bureau Fall Season

Speakers Bureau Fall Season

Speakers Bureau Committee Prepares For An Active Fall Season On August 24, 2019, ten members of the Speakers Bureau met to discuss several PowerPoint Presentations, learn the procedure for assigning speakers and associates for upcoming events, and review the topics for the twelve events scheduled for September through November. Our League offers 20 presentations on a wide variety of issue topics including: Civics, Critical Thinking and Civility, The National Popular Vote, Healthcare in America, and environmental issues such as Fracking. Local organizations request one of these topics to be presented at a time, date and location of their choosing, to inform and enlighten their audience. We ask for a monetary donation to the League of Women Voters Palm Beach County Educational Fund, to defray the cost of handouts. As the requests are received, committee members of the Speakers Bureau are contacted by email to solicit a well-trained volunteer to give

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Boca Raton City Council Meeting- Observer Corps Report

Boca Raton City Council Meeting- Observer Corps Report

Boca Raton – June 11, 2019:  Among issues discussed were that the Council is considering changing requirements for residency for candidates, and ways to solve downtown parking issues. Other important issues were discussed- June 11, 2019 There was a discussion about changing requirements for residency for candidates to retire proof of address and longer residency (currently 30 days) to 6 months or a year. The Council was going to consider whether to put this issue on an upcoming ballot. The new Art in Public Spaces artwork which transformed the tunnels in Spanish River was praised. There was a discussion about downtown parking issues, including allowing private property owners to create public parking spaces, having 5 or 10-minute free parking to pick up take out food. This was set aside for further consideration. The Southern Alliance Clean Energy wants municipalities to support energy efficiency and are seeking to speak at a

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