Sand Cloud – The Beach Towel You Can’t Live Without

A few weeks ago, we received an email from three young entrepreneurs in San Diego who

The 2014 Juneteenth Celebration in Pompano Beach

By David Volz Rhonda Walker enjoyed the 2014 Juneteenth Celebration: Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival

Teri Catlin Rocks TEDx!

By Teana King-McDonald Teri Catlin just wrapped up her first TEDx conference in Boca Raton on

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Pompano Beach offers CERT training

By David Volz

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue will be conducting Community Response Team (CERT) classes starting on September 18. Classes are held every Thursday evening for eight consecutive weeks from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Fire Rescue Training Center. More than 1,000 people have already graduated from this program that generates community pride. The Pompano Beach CERT training is free.

CERT is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) nationwide training program that educates members of the community and business owners about what to do during a catastrophic disaster. The classes offer information and interactive training on important aspects of emergency management. CERT classes teach disaster preparedness response skills such as how to identify and anticipate hazards, extinguish small fires, conduct light search and rescue, assist emergency responders, apply basic medical techniques and learn to reduce hazards in the home and workplace. People can also learn CPR.

Also, the City of Pompano Beach wants residents to be prepared for hurricanes. Everyone should have a plan and know what they will do if a hurricane approaches Pompano Beach.

Broward County School leaders attend White House event and meet with Barack Obama


By David Volz

On Monday, July 21, 2014, leaders from the Broward County Public Schools  joined the Council of the Great City Schools and urban school districts from throughout the nation for a White House event with President Barack Obama.  The event included an announcement that 60 urban school districts, including Broward County Public Schools, are pledging to improve the academic and social outcomes of African American boys and young men.  Broward Schools executive director of Student Support Initiatives, Michaelle Pope, traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the event, which took place at a Washington area school and included a Town Hall style discussion with President Obama.

With nearly 32 percent of the nation’s school-age African American males and 39 percent of the country’s school-age Hispanic males enrolled in big-city public schools, urban-school leaders agree that they have an obligation to teach all students to the highest academic standards and prepare them for today’s global society.

“The most important work we do as a society is raising our children and providing them with an opportunity to receive a high-quality education to prepare them for success in college and careers,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.  “We are proud to be part of this national effort, as we continue to focus on improving educational outcomes and closing the achievement gap among our boys and young men of color.”

“Our job as urban educators is not to reflect or perpetuate the inequities that too many of our males of color face; our job is to eliminate those inequities  and that is what we pledge to do,” stressed Council Executive Director Michael Casserly. “We are pleased to join forces today with the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and our other partners in an unprecedented shared commitment to improve the educational and social opportunities of our young men of color,” he added.