Alliance Association of Delray

                                            If the garbage can that you received is too heavy for you, call 561-640-4000 ext 4218 and leave a message for John Archambo. Explain situation and your name and community name. He will return

 

                                   ALLIANCE OF DELRAY RESIDENTIAL ASSOCIATION

                                                             By Judy Goldberg

 

Here we are, December 1st!  Where is the time going? We want to wish all of our Palm Greens family Happy Holidays no matter what you celebrate. Enjoy the time with family and friends. Joy to all. Have a very happy, healthy, 2020.

 

The Alliance meeting for November was geared toward planning for the Election 2020 w/Volunteer Opportunities & Voter Registration. We also learned about The 2020 Census.

 

Wendy Satory Link, Supervisor of Elections in Palm Beach County, announced a number of changes and procedures to voting. It will now be possible to see voter turnout in real time and early voting wait time. New security enhancements as well as back-up plans have been implemented. She displayed the new voting machines and invited the audience to try them out at the conclusion of the meeting. Additionally, two new programs have been established. The “Adopt-A-Precinct” program allows area clubs, groups, and organizations to participate by voting and earn some money for the group. The “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” program also is intent on increasing voter participation. There are three way to cast a ballot: 1) Vote by Mail   2) Early Voting   3) Election Day at the Polls. To date, there are 966,253 active registrants, 45% Democrat and 38% Republican. The rest are Independents. Another item discussed was the sign up signature not matching prior one. Less that 1% of signatures do not match but with new equipment this problem will be handled better. Also, with new machines we will fill in our choice with an oval instead of connecting dots. All of this will be explained when packets are made available.

 

Lisa De La Rondo, from the Pam Beach County Public Affairs Office, discussed the importance of being counted and included in the census. Residents are given the options of using a paper form, a telephone call, on line (phones, tablets, etc.), or a personal visit from a census worker. Seasonal residents will be counted as of April 1. A representative from the Census Office emphasized that the census directly affects everyone in the form of money received from the federal government. This is money that will be used for health care, education, infrastructure, and other important areas of Floridians lives. Anyone interested in becoming a census worker can apply online at 2020census.gov.  Pay is $17/hour & up.

 

Captain Zandt of the PBC Sheriff’s Office reminded us that the holiday season brings a higher amount of crime. He urged that everyone be especially wary of people posing as maintenance workers who try to gain access to home. Also, he recommended the “RING” doorbell. This is effective in combating crime by allowing the homeowner to see who is at the door. NO, he does not get a commission on sales!

 

Lieutenant Morales also emphasized the “RING”. He also urged the audience to download the app call Neighbors. This app posts information within the community as well as allowing videotaping in real time around the community. This too is a very effective crime fighter. Please remember to LOCK YOUR CARS and do not leave any personal items in plain sight.

 

Karen Brill of the PBC School Board reported that the principal of Spanish River High School was fired because of voicing his opinion concerning the reality of the Holocaust. Additionally, there is a class action lawsuit that has been filed against vaping.

 

State Attorney Dave Aronberg criticized the state for putting up roadblocks to block the implementation of Amendment 4 – allowing former felons to vote. This amendment was passed by a large margin of Florida voters and has yet to go into effect. Efforts are being made to correct this injustice. Efforts are also being made to make animal cruelty a federal crime. This is overdue!

 

Lori Vinikoor, Executive Vice President, announced that on Feb. 7, 2020, the Alliance will host a getting to Know Palm Beach County Expo. The Expo will be held from 9am to noon at the South County Civic Center. It is a chance to become familiar with government operations, safety services, elected officials and all resources available to the public. There will be lots of “treats” presented in the Alliance of Delray’s signature style! MATURE DRIVER COURSE AT THIS EVENT. To register for courses, contact Lori Vinikoor at vinikoor@bellsouth.net or call or message at 561-715-1530.  Admission is Free.

 

The next meeting of the Delray Alliance will be on Wed., December 4, 2020. And the topic will be focused on the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Delray medical Center Emergency Services.

 

Meetings take place at the South County Civic Center Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, across from Morikami. Doors open at 9AM when refreshments are served.  The meeting begins at 9:30 and always concludes by 11:30. All are welcome.

See you there.