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Presidential Visit for Thanksgiving
The President will return to Palm Beach to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at Mar-a-Lago, continuing a family tradition he had before moving to the White House.
Tropics Become Quiet Again
The tropical wave dissipated while we were sleepng last night.
VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - November 9, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. November 9, 2018 edition.
Town Employee of the Year: Sean Baker
By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communication Director -- Fire-Rescue Division Chief Sean Baker was named the Palm Beach Employee of the Year at the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting at The Breakers.
Town of Palm Beach Fire-Rescue is Passionate about Your Safety
By: Dr. Earl J. Campazzi, Jr., Special for the Civic Association -- At first glance, it appears that the Town of Palm Beach Fire-Rescue is trying to put itself out of business. Not so, according to Division Chief Sean Baker. Rather, they are expanding their community services to educate the public on how to prevent emergencies.
Civic Association Fire Safety Brochure in the Mail
Public Safety is one of our Civic Association committees and this summer they had a project to create a fire safety brochure for residents in town.
Election Results after Heavy Midterm Turnout at Polls in Palm Beach
Story and Photos By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- All three polling locations in Palm Beach had lines waiting at 7 a.m. Turnout was heavier than it has been for any Midterm election in recent memory in town.
VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - November 2, 2018
Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. November 2, 2018 edition.
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Presidential Visit for Thanksgiving
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:51

The President will return to Palm Beach to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at Mar-a-Lago, continuing a family tradition he had before moving to the White House.

Flight restrictions associated with a presidential visit in Palm Beach will be in place next week from Tuesday, November 20 to Sunday, November 25th, according to an advisory issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.

That means Ocean Blvd. will be road-blocked around Mar-a-Lago and limited lanes of traffic over the Southern Blvd. bridge.

 

Weather
Tropics Become Quiet Again
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 14 November 2018 08:34

The tropical wave dissipated while we were sleepng last night.

Original Story:

Significant development of this system is not expected due to unfavorable upper-level winds and interaction with islands of the Greater Antilles. However, this system could produce locally heavy rainfall over portions of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola during the next day or so as it moves generally west-northwestward. This rainfall will then spread across portions of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas by Thursday as the system turns northwestward.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.

There is a good chance that the approaching cold front will deflect the tropical storm away from Florida.

More Info at Nathional Hurricane Center

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VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - November 9, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 09 November 2018 16:29

Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. November 9, 2018 edition.

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Town Employee of the Year: Sean Baker
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 09 November 2018 15:10

By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communication Director -- Fire-Rescue Division Chief Sean Baker was named the Palm Beach Employee of the Year at the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting at The Breakers.

Chief Baker received a $3,500 check donated by the Civic Association and the Citizens Association.

Sean is known for his “honesty, creativity, vision, compassion” and his outreach to the community, among other qualities, Mayor Gail Coniglio told the crowd of over 600.

“He’s always focused on the residents and providing customer service at the highest level,” said Mayor Coniglio. “The Fire-Rescue Department couldn’t be prouder than to nominate such an outstanding employee.”

The town will post a framed photo of Chief Baker on the Town Hall’s Wall of Fame along with the 40 other Employees of the Year.

“I was stunned. My jaw is on the ground,” Chief Baker said. “It was absolutely humbling.”

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Fire-Rescue Division Chief named Palm Beach employee of the year  Palm Beach Daily News

 

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Town of Palm Beach Fire-Rescue is Passionate about Your Safety
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 09 November 2018 15:08

By: Dr. Earl J. Campazzi, Jr., Special for the Civic Association -- At first glance, it appears that the Town of Palm Beach Fire-Rescue is trying to put itself out of business. Not so, according to Division Chief Sean Baker. Rather, they are expanding their community services to educate the public on how to prevent emergencies.

PBCA Fire Safety Brochure 11.2019 1 w165The Palm Beach Civic Association asked me to tell you about these programs to companion with the Civic Association Fire Safety brochure. The brochure, produced by the Civic Association with advice from Palm Beach Fire-Rescue, was the idea of George Cohon, Civic Association Director, and is being mailed to residents this week. It’s sponsored by Bruce Gendelman Insurance Services.

The brochure is also available to the public on the Civic Association website as a PDF download [CLICK HERE]. This year, the Civic Association is celebrating 75 years of informing and assisting the residents of Palm Beach.

PB Fire-Rescue has four major public education initiatives in addition to its emergency duties:

1. Fall Prevention

2. Increase the use of Automatic External Defibrillators

3. No appointment needed blood pressure and pulse checks at all three fire stations

4. A January 12 “brown bag” health fair at all fire stations

For healthy Palm Beachers, falling is your number one health risk. It might surprise you that head injury from falls is, by far, the most frequent injury seen at St. Mary’s Trauma Center. For PB Fire-Rescue, falls are the second most frequent type of call behind “sick” calls which is a very broad category.

One easy way to decrease your risk of falling is by calling Cesar Lora at 561-227-5420, the PB Fire-Rescue Community Education Coordinator. A little known benefit of living in Palm Beach is that Fire-Rescue will walk through your home and make fall risk recommendations specifically for you. I have priced this service with local home nursing agencies. It is a $175 value; but, our Fire-Rescue offers this service for free to residents.

AED w300Only 127 out of approximately 5,000 PB homes have AEDs. AEDs provide a shock that can “restart” the heart especially if it used in the first couple of minutes that your loved one is unconscious. According to ScienceDaily , AEDs almost triple the chance for survival (2.7x).

Image: AED for Home

PB Fire-Rescue has an extraordinary response time of four minutes (average) compared to the national average of fifteen minutes . However, the real problem when your heart stops is that your brain does not get oxygen from blood circulation. A simple way to realize the minute-to-minute necessity of oxygen to the brain is to time yourself holding your breath. Virtually no one can hold their breath for four+ minutes, so it makes sense for everyone to have an AED in their home.

If you register your AED with Fire-Rescue, they will teach you how easy it is to use this device. You simply put a big sticky pad on the patient’s chest and another on their back, stand back and press the button. AEDs monitor the patient’s heart though their pads and will only shock if needed.

Fire-Rescue will also track and advise you when the batteries and pads expire and need replacement. Neither the Town nor I sell AEDs which cost approximately $1,200, so there is no conflict of interest in this advice.

Additionally, Fire-Rescue will advise you about supplies to stop bleeding. The military has developed fantastic products – foams, bandages, and tourniquets to stop bleeding. These work much better than a wet towel especially when the patient is on blood thinners which is very common among Palm Beachers. Supplies to stop bleeding should be kept next to your AED for simplicity.

Blood Pressure Checks

You are always welcome at your fire station. Paramedics will gladly check your blood pressure and pulse. If you have a home monitor, they encourage you to bring it along to check its accuracy. They will write down the results for you to take to your doctor. As a practicing physician, I know the value of a patient bringing several accurate blood pressure readings from outside of a doctor’s office.

Interesting Facts

Choice of a hospital – Fire-Rescue matches your needs to the capabilities of local hospitals. Often, you will need to go to the nearest hospital. Seconds, let alone minutes, matter especially for stroke, trauma, and cardiac issues. If you are having symptoms of a stroke, you will be transported to one of the area’s stroke centers: Good Samaritan Medical Center has a Primary Stroke Center and St. Mary’s and JFK Medical Center have Comprehensive Stroke Centers . You are welcome to request a hospital. Fire-Rescue’s decision will be based on your medical condition and their available resources.

When should you call 911? Chief Baker said that unlike some other communities, Palm Beachers do not abuse 911. He encourages you to err on the side of caution and call if you only think maybe you should. Certainly call 911, if you or someone you are with, is having chest pain, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, altered mental status, or uncontrolled bleeding. Weakness and fever may also be good reasons to dial 911. This list is not all-inclusive.

Trauma Hawk – Helicopter transport is for patients needing to go to a local Level 1 Trauma Center – St. Mary’s or Delray Medical Center. The decision on whether to use the helicopter is based on many factors including travel time. North of Sloan’s Curve, it is usually faster for Fire-Rescue to drive. South of Sloan’s Curve, the helicopter is often needed to expedite transport.

Lift Assist – If someone falls and cannot get up, Fire-Rescue will assess the patient for injuries or complications from a fall. If all is OK, they will lift the patient back to their feet without requiring transport to a hospital.

Contingency Plans – Each fire station has a rescue truck (used to be called an “ambulance”) staffed with a 3-person crew 24/7. For serious calls, five paramedics can be sent immediately. If the southern truck is in use, one of the two northern crews will relocate to the southern station. Fire Rescue is staffed and equipped to easily handle simultaneous medical calls. Beyond that, the City of West Palm Beach or Palm Beach County provides mutual aid back-up.

Fun facts -- Bridges are kept down for Fire-Rescue use regardless of schedule or boat traffic. Traffic signals not only turn green for Fire-Rescue, but they do so a minute or two before the emergency vehicle arrives to clear the road and intersection.

A Thank You to All PB Fire-Rescue Personnel

They are doing great work for the Palm Beach community. I hope that you will benefit by knowing more about their services.

Earl J. Campazzi, Jr., M.D., M.P.H
Campazzi Concierge Medical Services

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Civic Association Fire Safety Brochure in the Mail
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Friday, 09 November 2018 13:08

Public Safety is one of our Civic Association committees and this summer they had a project to create a fire safety brochure for residents in town.

FiredafetyTableOfContents w400The idea came from George Cohon, a Civic Association Director, and it was designed by Christina Kramer.

We got advice from Palm Beach Fire-Rescue and It covers evacuation plans, electrical fire hazards, high-rise building fires, and more. We are greatful to Bruce Gendelman Insurance Services for sponsoring the project. 

The brochure is being mailed town-wide so look for this envelop in the mail.

Click Here to Download a PDF of the Fire Safety Brochure

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Election Results after Heavy Midterm Turnout at Polls in Palm Beach
Posted by R. Michael Brown
Published: Wednesday, 07 November 2018 08:44

Story and Photos By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director -- All three polling locations in Palm Beach had lines waiting at 7 a.m. Turnout was heavier than it has been for any Midterm election in recent memory in town.

Police were posted at the polls around town.  Election results below:

ELECTION RESULTS

Winners are in Bold

U.S. Senator
Rick Scott (R) 4,073,436   50.2%
Bill Nelson (D) 4,039,001 49.8%

Governor
Ron DeSantis (R) 4,051,715   49.7%
Andrew Gillum (D) 3,996,384   49.0%

Attorney General
Ashley Moody (R) 4,206,577   52.3%
Sean Shaw (D) 3,698,644   46.0%

Chief Financial Officer
Jimmy Patronis (R) 4,126,477   51.9%
Jeremy Ring (D) 3,825,499   48.1%

Commissioner of Agriculture
Matt Caldwell (R) 4,000,819   50.1%
Nicole Fried (D) 3,983,882   49.9%

Circuit Judge

Circuit Judge 15th Judicial Circuit, Group 13
Scott Kerner 244,704   54.3%
Alcolya St. Juste 205,987   45.7%

Circuit Judge 15th Judicial Circuit, Group 18
Maxine Cheesman 262,953   59.0%
Marybel Coleman 183,072   41.0%

Circuit Judge 15th Judicial Circuit, Group 25
Michael McAuliffe 187,611   41.8%
Sarah Willis 261,569   58.2%

Circuit Judge 19th Judicial Circuit, Group 19
Robert Meadows 144,245   60.3%
Nirlaine Smartt 95,108   39.7%

Constitutional Amendments

To pass, a constitutional amendment must receive 60% of the vote.

Constitutional Amendment No. 1: Property tax exemption
Yes 4,522,431   58.1%
No 3,262,656   41.9%

Constitutional Amendment No. 2: Property tax limits
Yes 5,115,946   66.5%
No 2,579,241   33.5%

Constitutional Amendment No. 3: Gambling
Yes 5,624,93   71.5%
No 2,247,212   28.5%

Constitutional Amendment No. 4: Felon voting
Yes 5,097,372   64.5%
No 2,808,557   35.5%

Constitutional Amendment No. 5: Supermajority for taxes
Yes 5,122,546   65.8%
No 2,667,035   34.2%

Constitutional Amendment No. 7: First responder benefits
Yes 5,105,267   65.8%
No 2,657,129   34.2%

Constitutional Amendment No. 9: Offshore drilling, vaping
Yes 5,362,159   68.8%
No 2,428,263   31.2%

Constitutional Amendment No. 10: Elected local officials
Yes 4,809,426   63.2%
No 2,800,934   36.8%

Constitutional Amendment No. 11: Property rights
Yes 4,638,268   62.1%
No 2,829,970   37.9%

Constitutional Amendment No. 12: Ethics changes
Yes 6,063,186   78.9%
No 1,620,195   21.1%

Constitutional Amendment No. 13: Dog racing
Yes 5,355,606   69.0%
No 2,407,369   31.0%

County Judge Group 4
Allegra Fung 208,509   47.0%
Ashley Zuckerman 235,458   53.0%

Palm Beach Schools Question

Palm Beach schools question -- Increase special property tax?
Yes 370,959   72.3%
No 142,189   27.7%

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Voters waiting out long lines to cast ballots this morning in Palm BeachVoters waiting out long lines to cast ballots this morning in Palm Beach   Palm Beach Daily News

Election 2018: 5 things that will change in Palm Beach County    Palm Beach Daily News 

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VIDEO & E-NEWS: This Week in Palm Beach - November 2, 2018
Posted by Stephan Nilson
Published: Friday, 02 November 2018 17:34

Get the news that is important to you in This Week in Palm Beach. November 2, 2018 edition.

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Two candidates will be in the race for a Town Council seat in the March 13 election: Lew Crampton and Harris S. Fried.

Mr. Crampton, a South End resident, chairman of the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach, and a director at the Palm Beach Civic Association and Mr. Fried, a mid-town resident, an attorney, and former chairman of the Code Enforcement Board, were both nominated Tuesday night to run for the Group 1 seat to be vacated by the retiring Richard Kleid.

South End resident James Sved dropped out of the race earlier in the day.

Councilwomen Margaret Zeidman and Bobbie Lindsay were nominated for new two-year terms in the Group 2 and Group 3 seats they hold, respectively with no opposition for their seats.

Civic Association News was there to get the candidate's perspective. Interviewed were Lew Crampton, Harris Fried, Bobbie Lidsay, and Maggie Zeidman [Civic Association News Video 6:48]:


Town of Palm Beach's 106th Town Caucus from Palm Beach Civic Association on Vimeo.

 

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Two-candidate race emerges at Palm Beach caucus
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