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May 28, 2009

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET

SATURDAY, MAY 30, 9:00AM-4:00PM

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with CVS, Walgreen's, Walmart, & the PBC Substance Abuse Coalition, will hold OPERATION TRI-COUNTY MEDICINE CABINET on Saturday, May 30, 9AM - 4PM.

Anyone who has any unused, expired, or old prescription medications can turn them in at the participating locations below, and receive a $5.00 gift card to CVS, Walgreen's or Walmart, while supplies last.

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET will be held at the following six (6) locations in Palm Beach County:
- Boca Raton: Town Center Mall, Boca Raton, main parking lot (please enter from Glades Rd.)
- Boynton Beach: Boynton Beach Mall, Boynton Beach, parking lot in front of the food court (please enter from Congress Ave.)
- Palm Springs: CVS, 10th Ave. and Congress Ave., Palm Springs
- Palm Beach Gardens: Walgreens, PGA Blvd. and Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens
- Wellington: Walgreens, Wellington Mall
- Belle Glade: PBSO District 5, Belle Glade

Questions?
Please visit www.pbso.org, scroll down to the OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET LINK (on right side) for information, or call the OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET hotline: (561) 688.3804.

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May 27, 2009

YOUR LINK TO HURRICANE TRACKING

GO TO www.allianceofdelray.com AND CLICK ON THE “Hurricane Tracking” button in the middle of the home page.

You will be connected with the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center. Check it often for approaching storms. Hurricane Season starts it ONE WEEK!

Hurricane Season: June 1–November 30

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May 26, 2009

Southern Palm Beach County Road Projects

Atlantic Avenue / S.R. 806, from Via Flora to McNab Avenue
This $3.6 million, 2.7 mile construction project began on December 1, 2008, between Via Flora and McNab Avenue in Delray Beach. The work to be performed during this project includes: milling and resurfacing the roadway; replacing sidewalk curb ramps to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards; and signalization, widening, and storm water drainage improvements at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Congress Avenue. The project is being built by Weekley Asphalt Paving, Inc. and is expected to be complete in fall 2009.

Restrictions: Daytime lane closures will occur, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at various locations within project limits. Motorists might encounter delays during these hours. Nighttime lane closures will occur 7 p.m. until 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, for final paving operations, weather permitting. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.

Atlantic Avenue / S.R. 806, from NW/SW 12th Avenue to A1A--This $4.2 million construction project began January 5, 2009, from just east of I-95 to just west of A1A in Delray Beach. The work to be performed during this project includes: milling and resurfacing the roadway; replacing sidewalk curb ramps to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards; and signalization, widening, and landscaping. The project is being built by Weekley Asphalt Paving, Inc. and is expected to be complete in late 2009.

Restrictions: Daytime lane closures will occur, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, between SW/NW12th Avenue and Swinton Avenue, for project-related work. On-street parking will be restricted at various locations and side streets might be closed for drainage work in this area. Detours will be established and clearly marked, as necessary.

Nighttime paving, between SE/NE 6th Avenue and A1A, will be performed, 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, weather permitting. Travel lanes will be closed in and around the work zone; however, at least one lane will remain open in each direction at all times. On-street parking could be affected in the work zone. Motorists should anticipate delays and seek alternate routes if possible.

S.R. 7 / U.S. 441 from the Broward County Line to Glades Road--Construction on this 2.9 mile project began February 9, 2009. Work consists of milling and resurfacing, curb ramp replacement, guardrail, and signalization. The project will cost an estimated $4.7 million and is expected to last until late 2009. Work is being performed by Hardrives of Delray, Inc.

Restrictions: One lane will be closed in each direction, between Glades Road and the Broward County Line, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for minor widening and other project related work. Nighttime paving operations will begin on Sunday, May 17, between Glades Road and the Broward County line. Paving will be performed nightly, 7 p.m. until 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, weather permitting. At least two lanes will remain open at all times. Motorists should anticipate delays traveling through the area.

Powerline Road / S.R. 845 from the Broward County Line to Glades Road--Construction on this 3 mile project will begin Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Work consists of milling and resurfacing, minor widening and reconstruction, signalization, lighting, drainage, bridge replacement, irrigation and landscaping. The project will cost an estimated $9.7 million and is expected to last until summer 2011. Work is being performed by Ranger Construction Industries.

Restrictions: None at this time. Survey crews will be in the area beginning on Monday, May 18. Construction activities will commence on Tuesday, May 26.

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Message from State Representative Kelly Skidmore

This session, the Legislature passed the fewest bills since 1998, however, considerable attention was paid to legislation regarding community associations, which I know is of great interest to those who live in communities with a homeowner or condominium association.
Surprisingly, Senate Bill 714 was the only community association bill that passed both the House and Senate. SB 714 fixes a glitch that was created last year that required owners to purchase an additional insurance policy that included $2,000 of loss assessment coverage.

The new law now states that hazard insurance policies (“HO-6”) issued or renewed after July 1, 2009 must include at least $2,000 of loss assessment coverage, and eliminates the need to have two insurance policies. The bill also allows incumbent board members to be “eligible” for reappointment when no one runs for the seat instead of automatically reappointing them, allows co-owners to serve on the board if they own more than one unit and are not co-occupants of a unit, and eliminates the requirement for pre-election candidate certification forms to instead require the forms within 90 days of being elected with the option of completing a Division-approved educational curriculum. Additionally, the bill moves the sprinkler retrofitting requirement deadline from 2014 to 2025, and exempts one to two story condos from having to install a manual fire alarm system.

I was able to pass legislation in the House that would have allowed unit co-owners to serve on the association board at the same time if no one else expressed an interest in running, and also would have created a “Florida Condominium Handbook” to help residents easily understand the condo laws of Chapter 718, but unfortunately, that legislation did not pass the Senate. These are two very important issues that I will attempt to pass again next session.
Operation “Medicine Cabinet:” The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting Operation “Medicine Cabinet” on May 30th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in an effort to increase public awareness of pharmaceutical diversion and collect and safely destroy unneeded prescription drugs.

You can receive a $5 gift card to CVS, Walgreens or Walmart by dropping off your unneeded prescription drugs at any of the following six Operation “Medicine Cabinet” locations in Palm Beach County:
• Boca Raton Town Center Mall (by the main entrance off of Glades Rd. in the north parking lot)
• Boynton Beach Mall (in front of the food court, enter off of Congress Ave.)
• CVS at 10th and Congress in Palm Springs
• CVS at PGA & Military Trail in Palm Beach Gardens
• Walgreens at the Wellington Mall
• Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Sub-Station in Belle Glade
For more information visit www.pbso.org or call the Operation “Medicine Cabinet” Hotline at 561-688-3804.

As always, I appreciate the opportunity to be of service to you. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff if you have any questions or concerns. Our district office number is (561) 470-6593.
All the best, Kelly Skidmore State Representative, District 90.
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To read my story in Sunday's Sun-Sentinel CLICK HERE.

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May 22, 2009

A Memorial Day Tribute

Message from State Representative Kelly Skidmore:
Memorial Day Observance: I would like to invite you to join me on Monday, May 25th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a Memorial Day ceremony honoring our veterans of the armed forces. The ceremony will be at Veterans Park, 9400 West Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton, and will feature a procession of colors, guest speakers and patriotic music. For more information contact Ralph Shear at 561-482-4032.

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On behalf of ACT for America staff and I, we honor you this Memorial Day
A note of thanks to our military

By Brigitte Gabriel

Words tremble on my lips and emotions swell in my heart in my attempt to humbly thank you for all the things you do to protect America and the world. Words cannot express my depth of gratitude to your service, to your sacrifice, to all that you leave behind to go forth into the world and protect America’s interests around the globe.

Let my grateful tears thank you for the nights you slept freezing in a tent or sweating in the desert, for the lonely days you spent missing your loved ones, for the hours you spent sick in pain and without someone holding your hand, for the moments of sheer fright in the heart of battle, for the wounds you have suffered fighting evil, for the endless days in hospitals undergoing painful surgeries, for the precious occasions you have missed back at home. For all of these sacrifices I thank you on behalf of millions of Americans who are so grateful for you. We truly appreciate these sacrifices.

A special thank-you is in order to your families, to the parents who raised you and made you be the man or woman you are today. I thank your wives, husbands, and your loved ones who stand by you and support you with their love and dedication.

And for those who returned in eternal sleep, may your legacy be honored for generations to come, may the tears shed over your coffins fertilize the fields of patriotism in our nation to raise a new generation built on strength and honor, able and willing to follow in your footsteps when duty calls to defend America. May your blood not have been shed in vain. May we prove worthy of your sacrifice. May we always honor your parents so they will always know that they are the parents of an American hero.

You are our brave ones, our heroes, and our national treasures. You are the pride of our nation, our strength and our foundation. Thanks to you, millions have been freed around the world. Thanks to you, those who criticize our country, burn our precious flag, and speak ill of you, are able to do so because their freedom is built upon your blood and your sacrifice.

I salute you one and all. I bow before you in respect and humility. May God bless you and bless America, land of the free and home of the brave, and the dream that became my address.

Signed: Brigette Gabriel

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To read Mort Mazor's story in Sunday's Sun-Sentinel CLICK HERE.

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Free Focus on Wellness Event

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May 21, 2009

Timeshare Marketing Scams

Consumer Traps & Tips--A weekly service of the Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Division

Topic: Timeshare Marketing Scams

Trap: Darla from Wellington owns a timeshare in Missouri – and now wishes she didn’t. Darla posted her timeshare on the Internet, hoping to sell it quickly. She received a call from a company salesman who said he had a buyer with a good offer who could close in two weeks. All Darla had to do was pay $1,400 to get the legal work started. Darla gave him her credit card number. A week later, Darla received a package. Instead of the promised closing documents, it was an agreement to “market” her timeshare. Now, the company only gives her excuses and won’t send her refund.

Tips: Nationwide, timeshare reselling and marketing is a big problem. In economic hard times, owners of timeshares are desperate to sell them. Fraudulent companies, and even individual scammers, will contact timeshare owners with offers to buy or sell their units. They dangle the promise of thousands of dollars to anxious sellers. Many times they will ask for an up-front fee for “title work” or to “start the legal process.”
• Don’t accept verbal promises. Request and carefully review written proposals. Check out the company’s reputation.
• You should never have to pay upfront fees as a seller of real estate. All such fees are normally deducted at closing – not before.
• Never give out bank information or your credit card without a complete contract which you understand and meets your needs.
• Florida timeshare sellers must be licensed by the Department of Business & Professional Regulation. Call 850-488-1122 to check out your company.
• If problems can’t be resolved, contact the attorney general in the state where the company is located.

For more information, call Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs at 561-712-6600 (Boca/Delray 888-852-7362 toll free) or visit www.pbcgov.com/consumer to see if other consumers had complaints against the timeshare reseller you are considering.

Dennis Moore, Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Division, 561-712-6600 Boca/Delray/Glades toll free: 1-888-852-7362, Fax: 561-712-6610, 50 So. Military Trail, Suite 201, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
Check out our website at: http://www.pbcgov.com/consumer

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May 19, 2009

Consumer Traps & Tips

Consumer Traps & Tips--A weekly service of the Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Division

Topic: When a Handyman isn’t so handy

Trap: Enid, an elderly woman living on a fixed income needed to have some minor painting done in her condominium. She saw an ad in her community newsletter for a handyman offering, “No job too small”. She called and the man came and gave her an estimate. She agreed to the price and paid the handyman for materials. After the painting was complete Enid paid the balance in cash. The next day she noticed the overall job was quite sloppy. She tried to contact the handyman but he never returned any of her calls.

Tips: Take the time to protect your home and pocketbook. Follow these helpful tips:
• The Construction Industry Licensing Board of Palm Beach County requires a Certificate of Competency for 48 different trades. Before contacting your handyman, verify if the work to be done requires certification by calling 561-233-5525 or go to: www.pbcgov.com/pzb/Contractors. Check with your local building department to see if you need a permit and be cautious if you are asked by the business to apply for one yourself. Get at least 3 written estimates. The final contract should disclose the total price. Read it carefully before signing. Does it have the full name of the business, address (no P.O. Boxes) and telephone (not just a cell phone number)? Be sure the nature of the work and materials are written out so there is no misunderstanding.
• Get a commencement and completion date and include a progression of payments.
• Be careful if you are asked to pay in cash, or make a large down payment for “materials” and if possible, pay by check or credit card.

For more information, call Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs at 561-712-6600 (Boca/Delray 888-852-7362 toll free) or visit www.pbcgov.com/consumer to see if other consumers had complaints against the handyman or contractor you are considering.

Dennis Moore, Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Division, 561-712-6600. Boca/Delray/Glades toll free: 1-888-852-7362, Fax: 561-712-6610. 50 So. Military Trail, Suite 201, West Palm Beach, FL 33415. Check out our website at: http://www.pbcgov.com/consumer

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May 18, 2009

Message from State Representative Kelly Skidmore

Dear Friend,
The 2009 Legislative Session was one of the toughest sessions in a long time, and I can’t tell you enough how great it is to be back home. Since returning from Tallahassee, I’ve been speaking at various meetings throughout the district to give an update on what happened during session. Everywhere I go people are excited to hear about the prescription drug monitoring bill that I sponsored, however, I need your help to encourage the Governor to sign the bill.
Unfortunately, a few House Members who have opposed the bill since it was first introduced are encouraging the Governor to veto the bill even though it passed the Legislature with overwhelming support in both the House and Senate.

I need you to write Governor Crist today and tell him that Florida can no longer afford to lose nine lives a day due to prescription drug overdoses. By signing SB 462 and SB 440 he will give physicians and law enforcement officials an essential tool to prevent the abuse, misuse, and illegal sale of prescription drugs. Florida’s lack of a prescription drug monitoring system has made our state a target for obtaining controlled substances to sell illegally here and in nearby states that have a monitoring system in place. Our state has unfortunately made news throughout the country for becoming the nation’s pill mill, and was even featured on NBC Nightly News in a report that detailed how easy it is in Florida for criminals to obtain large supplies of prescription drugs illegally.

Please call Governor Crist at (850) 488-4441 or e-mail him at Charlie.Crist@MyFlorida.com, and encourage him to help put a stop to this epidemic by signing the prescription drug monitoring bill.

You can also send a letter to:
Office of Governor Charlie Crist
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Thank you for your support, and hopefully Governor Crist will listen to the many people throughout Florida who support this important piece of legislation.
State Representative Kelly Skidmore

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Important Message from the Sheriff's Department

CAPTAIN JAMES K. DURR
NARCOTICS DIVISION
PHONE: (561) 688-3812 FAX: (561) 688-3979 E-MAIL: Durrj@pbso.org

Operation Medicine Cabinet
Saturday May 30th, 2009 9am to 4pm

On January 17 and 24, 2009, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office conducted Operation “Medicine Cabinet.” The purpose of this operation was to increase public awareness of pharmaceutical diversion as well as collecting and destroying outdated or unneeded prescription drugs. Many people do not want to flush or throw away unneeded medications because these methods create a threat to our water system. Current federal regulations only allow law enforcement to receive controlled substances which creates many problems in national drug buyback programs.

Once again we are conducting the operation on May 30, 2009 from 9am to 4pm at the following 6 locations:
• Boca Raton Town Center Mall (By the main entrance off Glades in the north parking lot)
• Boynton Beach Mall
• CVS at 10th and Congress
• CVS at PGA & Military Trail
• Walgreens at the Wellington Mall
• Belle Glade @ PBCSO District V

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office realizes the need for our agency to partner with other organizations to conduct these types of operations. During our January Operation “Medicine Cabinet,” we collected 61,735 pills and issued 275 gift cards ($5 gift cards provided by CVS and Walgreen’s). We believe the operation was a tremendous success not only from the amount of prescription drugs we took in but by the comments and appreciation of the public who did not know what to do with their unwanted prescription drugs.

Our current sponsors Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Aegis Laboratories, CVS Pharmacy,
Walgreens, Walmart, Palm Beach County Substance Abuse Coalition, Simon Properties and Palm Beach Atlantic University. Pharmaceutical Agents will be assigned to each location to collect medications and hand out gift cards at each location. Palm Beach Atlantic School of Pharmacology will assign students to each location to assist in the agents in counting the medications. In addition, Boca Raton Police Department, Boynton Beach Police Department, Palm Springs Police Department and Palm Beach Gardens Police Department will be providing additional manpower at the operation sites. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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May 15, 2009

Annual Coach Schnellenberger & Stand Among Friends Golf Championship

Save The Date
For the Annual Coach Schnellenberger &
Stand Among Friends Golf Championship

Friday, October 30, 2009
at the exclusive:
DELAIRE COUNTRY CLUB
Delray Beach, Florida

Registration starts at 10 am and tee-off is at NOON

Stand Among Friends mission is to promote opportunities for people with disabilities to live a life without limits and to experience the highest degree of independence and success in their communities. We help people with disabilities through our employment program for students and adults with disabilities, our disability sensitivity programs, our Disability Center at Florida Atlantic University, our TV show Life Without Limits and many other programs.

For more information about this Stand Among Friends
event go to our website www.StandAmongFriends.org go to our "EVENT" section.

We have many opportunities and levels of sponsorship.

Come out and join the fun and make a real difference in people's lives!
Sincerely,
Shawn Friedkin and
Coach Howard Schnellenberger

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May 13, 2009

South Palm Beach County Hearing Loss Association of America Chapter

Don't miss this last meeting of the season: Friday, May 15, 10 AM, South County Civic Center, Jog Road, Delray Beach, opposite Morikami Gardens.

We will open the floor for questions and answers. Captioning service will ensure everyone "sees" what is being asked and answered.

Learn how others handled their problems; what new devices can help in those tough situations where understanding is difficult, and what you, our members feel we should be doing differently or better.

The public is always welcome. Refreshments served.

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May 12, 2009

Message form State Representative Kelly Skidmore

Dear Friend, The 2009 Legislative Session finally came to a close today with a final vote on the state budget. The $66.5 billion budget, which passed the Legislature today, raises taxes, fees and university tuition, drains trust funds, relies on federal economic recovery monies, cuts state employee salaries, trims vital programs, and fails to end inequities in the tax structure.

It puts public health and our water supply at risk of contamination and cuts an estimated 750 jobs by decimating the Inland Protection Trust Fund, puts jobs at risk for thousands of Tri-Rail commuters, eliminates hundreds of state positions on principle and cuts the pay of hundreds more, and forces schools to lay off untold numbers of teachers throughout the state. Despite all the talk of relief for Florida homeowners, this budget leaves Floridians vulnerable to a property tax increase, because if our real property values continue to decline and the dollar amount for education is not realized, Floridians will face an increase in their millage rate.

Several revenue raising alternatives were proposed by those who voted against the budget, but they never even received a hearing in one committee of the Florida House. Unfortunately, we have once again fallen into the same trap of making simple, short-sighted, across-the-board spending cuts in lieu of very difficult, deliberative and courageous decisions that put our state back on the right track.

For these reasons, I voted against this irresponsible, short-sighted, “aimed at hurting the middle class” budget.

As always, I appreciate the opportunity to be of service to you. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff if you have any questions or concerns. Our district office number is (561) 470-6593.
All the best. Kelly Skidmore, State Representative, District 90.
For more information, visit my official website at
http://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4364&SessionId=61
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Read Mort Mazor's article in this past Sunday's Sun-Sentinel. CLICK HERE.

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May 11, 2009

Southern Palm Beach County Road Construction

Southern Palm Beach County Road Construction Projects: Atlantic Avenue / S.R. 806, from Via Flora to McNab Avenue
This $3.6 million, 2.7 mile construction project began on December 1, 2008, between Via Flora and McNab Avenue in Delray Beach. The work to be performed during this project includes: milling and resurfacing the roadway; replacing sidewalk curb ramps to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards; and signalization, widening, and storm water drainage improvements at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Congress Avenue. The project is being built by Weekley Asphalt Paving, Inc. and is expected to be complete in fall 2009.

Restrictions: Daytime lane closures will occur, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at various locations within project limits. Motorists might encounter delays during these hours. Nighttime lane closures will occur, 7 p.m. until 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, for final paving operations, weather permitting. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.

Atlantic Avenue / S.R. 806, from NW/SW 12th Avenue to A1A: This $4.2 million construction project began January 5, 2009, from just east of I-95 to just west of A1A in Delray Beach. The work to be performed during this project includes: milling and resurfacing the roadway; replacing sidewalk curb ramps to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards; and signalization, widening, and landscaping. The project is being built by Weekley Asphalt Paving, Inc. and is expected to be complete in late 2009.

Restrictions: Daytime lane closures will occur, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, between SW/NW12th Avenue and Swinton Avenue, for project-related work. On-street parking will be restricted at various locations and side streets might be closed for drainage work in this area. Detours will be established and clearly marked, as necessary.

Paving operations will begin between SE/NE 6th Avenue and A1A on Sunday, May 10. Work will be performed from 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, weather permitting. Travel lanes will be closed in and around the work zone; however, at least one lane will remain open in each direction at all times. On-street parking could be affected in the work zone. Motorists should anticipate delays and seek alternate routes if possible.

S.R. 7 / U.S. 441 from the Broward County Line to Glades Road: Construction on this 2.9 mile project began February 9, 2009. Work consists of milling and resurfacing, curb ramp replacement, guardrail, and signalization. The project will cost an estimated $4.7 million and is expected to last until late 2009. Work is being performed by Hardrives of Delray, Inc.
Restrictions: One lane will be closed in each direction, between Glades Road and the Broward County Line, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for minor widening and other project related work. Two lanes will remain open in each direction; however, turn lanes might be affected at various times and locations.
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May 7, 2009

Notice of Educational Seminars

Presented by the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes-

The Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes will present information on Financial Reporting and Board Member Responsibilities relating to condominium associations. Included in these presentations will be a section on current financial issues facing associations and how they can be addressed. The seminars will include question and answer sessions and educational materials. All seminars are free and open to the public. The dates, times and locations are listed below. Reservations are not necessary. If you need directions, please call the number listed for the location.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COPY THIS NOTICE AND DISTRIBUTE TO ASSOCIATION MEMBERS.

Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach, Florida 33435, Wednesday May 13, 2009, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 561-742-6390
Please RSVP to 561-279-1633 to give us an idea of how many people to expect.

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May 6, 2009

Exceptional High School Student Artist Wanted

Do you know a high school student with exceptional artistic talent? Please feel free to tell them that my office is currently accepting submissions for the annual Congressional Arts Competition - An Artistic Discovery.

This annual competition allows every member of Congress to select a high school student's work of art to hang in the United States Capitol for an entire year. The distinguished winner of this competition will have the incredible opportunity to travel to Washington, DC and attend seminars in Congress with the nation's most talented youth artists.

The deadline for students to submit artwork is May 15th at 5 pm, at my office in Boca Raton, located at 2500 N. Military Trail, Suite 490. The winner will be presented with three roundtrip tickets to Washington, DC - courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

Complete guidelines about the contest are to the right.
With warm regards,

Congressman Robert Wexler

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May 5, 2009

Wednesday, May 6 Alliance of Delray Meeting

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Alliance of Delray Monthly Meeting

2009 Legislative Review, featuring reports from Sen. Deutch, Rep. Rader, Rep. Sachs, Rep. Skidmore and other County Administrators and Elected Officials.
You will also be provided with other current information vital to your community.

South County Civic Center .
Jog Road, Delray Beach
Meeting Begins 9:30 A.M. Doors Open at 9 A.M.
The Public is Invited to Attend
Visit website at: www.allianceofdelray.com

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May 4, 2009

Message from State Representative Kelly Skidmore

May 1, 2009

Dear Friend, Today is the last day of the 2009 Legislative Session to vote on legislation other than the budget, and I’m happy to report that two of my bills have passed the Legislature and will be sent to the Governor for his signature.

Yesterday, the Florida Legislature passed SB 462 and SB 440 (HB 897 and HB 937), which authorize the creation of an electronic prescription drug monitoring system to track the dispensing of controlled substances in Florida to help physicians and law enforcement officials prevent abuse, misuse, and illegal sale of prescription drugs.

Our state has been devastated in recent years by the drastic increase in deaths due to prescription drug overdoses, but by passing this legislation, the Florida Legislature has taken a critical step forward in saving the lives of so many Floridians who have become addicted to prescription drugs or may become addicted to them in the future.

Florida’s lack of a prescription drug monitoring system has also made our state a target for obtaining controlled substances to sell illegally here and in nearby states that have a monitoring system in place. I have seen firsthand the countless cars with license plates from around the country lined up outside South Florida pain clinics waiting their turn to pick up handfuls of pill bottles as easy as picking up a Big Mac at a fast-food drive-through. This legislation will help us end Florida’s status as the nation’s pill mill.

NBC Nightly News did a great story on this issue last night, detailing how drug dealers and addicts from around the country come to Broward County to obtain pills illegally due to our lack of a prescription drug monitoring system. You can watch the story by clicking here. There’s also a story in today’s Miami Herald about passage of the bill, and you can read it by clicking here.

I’m also happy to report that HB 331, which I sponsored with Senator Deutch, passed the Florida Legislature yesterday as well. As a result, the Florida Public Health Institute will be able to more effectively promote public health awareness in our state.

The Legislature also passed the Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti Safety Belt Law, which former State Representative Irv Slosberg has fought tirelessly to pass since becoming a member of the Florida House of Representatives. The bill would allow police officers to pull drivers over for not wearing a seat belt and will save hundreds of Floridians’ lives. I congratulate Representative Slosberg on this tremendous achievement, and thank him for everything he has done to make Florida drivers safer.

Next week, we will be voting on the state budget and I’ll be sure to give you an update on what is proposed once budget conference committee meetings have ended.
Health Tip--The 2009 Legislative Session is always a stressful time for the members and staff of the Florida Legislature, and while the end of session may lead to a little bit of stress relief in our life, there may still be a lot of stress in your own.

The Mayo Clinic offers the following tips to reduce stress and improve productivity:
Plan each day. Prioritize your tasks. Say no to nonessential tasks. Delegate. Take the time you need to do a quality job. Break large, time-consuming tasks into smaller tasks. Practice the 10-minute rule. Evaluate how you're spending your time. Limit distractions. Get plenty of sleep, have a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Take a time management course. Take a break when needed. For more details on these tips visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/time-management/WL00048.

As always, I appreciate the opportunity to be of service to you. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff if you have any questions or concerns. Our district office number is (561) 470-6593.

All the best. Kelly Skidmore, State Representative, District 90. Visit my official website at: CLICK HERE. http://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4364&SessionId=61

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