18 MAY 6, 2010

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By Diane Emeott Recommendation is back from Special Master Martin O. Holland regarding the IMPASSE between the City of Deerfield Beach and firefighters. IMPASSE hearing for the two groups was held Feb. 26. “[Holland] did not take our language. He did not take the city’s language. He wrote his own language,” said Sean Crofutt, President, Deerfield Beach Firefighters and Paramedics, Local 1673. He said they are waiting to see whether the city will accept or reject the recommendation. Brett Schneider, the city’s labor attorney, could not be reached for comment. “We had a meeting [among members]. We’re going to accept it. We’re not going to call in a third party and then go against it,” Crofutt said. ‘Don’t speak’ – City to blue collar workers Business Representative Steve Hall for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), Local 1010, said he is going to file a 20-day extension regarding briefs to be turned in to Special Master Martin A. Soll. The City of Deerfield and Local 1010 held their IMPASSE hearing on March 23. Briefs from Hall and Schneider were due to Soll by May 4. On April 28, Hall told the Observer that non-uniform employees were required to sign a memorandum from Interim City Manager Burgess Hanson as a condition of employment. It mandates that they do not speak on anything involving the Community Development Division Internal Control Review by Kessler International — except to the City Attorney, City Manager, Kessler International Auditor or law enforcement officials. The Kessler report alleges possible criminal activity. The April 21 memo from the Interim Manager begins… “In the report submitted by Kessler International, there were possible instances where a City Commissioner may have been provided recycled paint by the Public Works & Environmental Services Division. An employee came forward to Kessler International who had witnessed at least once. Under no circumstances should any employee discuss this matter with elected officials, city staff, residents or individuals outside of our organization… “Any discussion about the content of the report on your part could be misconstrued or considered a hindrance of the investigation. I will impose severe disciplinary action to anyone that does not follow these instructions.” Hall responded: “It says anyone who doesn’t adhere, there will be severe discipline. Anytime something says ‘severe discipline’ – it implies you could lose your job over it. “Right now it’s the blue collar union. I’m not sure if they’re going to ask firefighters to sign something,” he added. Crofutt said “No,” firefighters were not asked to sign anything regarding the Kessler report.

Free slice

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SunFest shines in 2010
By Corinne Tillman The 28 th annual SunFest opened Wednesday, April 28 and closed May 2 in West Palm Beach. Despite protesting police officers at the entrance, thousands turned out for what is arguably one of the biggest music/arts festivals in the nation. SunFest 2010 featured over 40 musical acts, a juried fine art and crafts show, activities for the whole family, and of course the Captain Morgan’s Oasis — three floating barges that served drinks and played music (with DJs spinning records). “I like that they (SunFest Organizers) provide a way for people to experience music and art,” said AT&T Pioneer volunteer Rachel Kuzma. Over 165 artists were displayed Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The increasing number of major acts has been a draw for concert goers from Deerfield Beach to Lake Worth to Jupiter. “The bands get better every year,” said concert goer Brian Puebla. This year was no different, with acts such as Weezer, ZZ Top, Rise Against, Patti LaBelle, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, REO Speedwagon, Sean Kingston, Five for Fighting, Ben Harper and the Relentless7 and the B52s.

Scrappers win

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Field Day

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(L-R) Nathan Ellis came from Lake Worth; Chelsea Davis and Andrew Gould of Jupiter Rivers Cuomo of Weezer Photo by Diane Emeott Photo by Scott Tillman

Happy Mother’s Day!

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“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20

Noon TODAY - National Day of Prayer Ceremony
The City of Deerfield Beach is observing the 59th Annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 6 at noon. The program will be presided over by Vice Mayor Joe Miller, along with local spiritual leaders, and will take place at the northwest corner of the Deerfield Beach City Hall campus, 150 NE 2 Ave., in Deerfield Beach. National Day of Prayer was established by the United States Congress in 1952 with the intention that it would be a day when members of all faiths could pray together in their own way. The public is invited to attend the observance. Refreshments will be served. Call 954-480-4433 for information.

Relay for Life

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By Diane Emeott Following the 25th agenda item at the May 4 Deerfield Beach City Commission meeting, Interim City Manager Burgess Hanson began to speak more on the Kessler report, presented April 20. He said some actions have

DB commission talks Kessler report Round 2; Ethics recommendation
been taken and he is getting ready to bring further actions before the commission at the May 18 and June 1 commission meetings. The report has already gone to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) general inspector and the state

attorney’s office. Hanson said for Round 2 of the investigation, they will look at Purchasing Division contracts or bids and Building Division building permits involving the CDBG (Community Development Block See Deerfield, pg 6

Photo by Diane Emeott Local boy watches lighting of the Luminaria during the annual Deerfield Beach-Lighthouse Point Relay for Life at Quiet Waters Park, May 1-2. Over 1,000 people raised $12,000 at the event to benefit the American Cancer Society. Deerfield Beach/Lighthouse Point has raised $55,000 this year to date toward a goal of $110,000. For additional donations, go to www.relayforlife.org/dblpfl. See more Relay photos, pg 3.

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