Hallandale Beach to swear in first female police chief

Hallandale Beach police is set to swear-in the department’s first female police chief next month.

Sonia Quinones has served the department for 24 years and is currently a major. She was selected from a field of over 60 candidates.

On Oct. 1, she will succeed Chief Dwayne Flournoy and lead the agency of 143 sworn officers and civilian staff

During her time with Hallandale police, Quinones  started as a road patrol officer before she scaled up the ranks to sergeant,  then captain and was promoted to major in 2015. She also participated in undercover investigations with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Quinones has a master’s in public administration and a bachelor’s in public administration.

She earned both of her degrees at Barry University. 

Quinones graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, in 2012.

 “I’m excited to announce a new era in policing for the City,”  Quinones said in a media release. “I’m very excited and blessed for this amazing opportunity.”  Quinones is tasked with promoting further transparency and states she will focus on enhancing public safety, public trust and increasing employee engagement and morale.

City Manager Roger M. Carlton said Quinones is the best fit for the job.

“She’s distinguished herself and has a vision of where our police department needs to go,” Carlton said.  “She will be respected by the entire police department and she is the best fit for the job.”

 

 

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Here is how to help Mexicans after earthquake

Many in South Florida were watching the Enrique Rebsamen school, where rescuers found 21 children dead after the Tuesday earthquake, but a little girl wiggled her fingers, so rescuers could see her. It was a glimmer of hope in the tragedy that killed at least 200 others. 

As helmet workers scrambled to get the girl out from under the remains of the school building, the Mexican Consulate in Miami released a statement thanking everyone in South Florida for their support. They were asking anyone interested in helping to donate to the Mexican Red Cross

“Donating online has the advantage that the help arrives immediately and can be channeled to the aras that need it most,” Rosa Elena Perez, a consulate employee, said in an e-mail. 

Authorities prioritized the rescue effort Wednesday, but experts believe the earthquake will cause economic disruption to several central states and the capital. 

“Every minute counts to save lives,” President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted after declaring three days of national mourning.

Perez said it only takes three steps to help: First visit the website, create an account and use a Paypal account to donate bu selecting “SISMO 19/09/17.” The site will produce a receipt. 

 

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Shake-A-Leg Miami needs help to recover from Hurricane Irma’s destruction

Harry Horgan sailed into South Florida in the 90s after a car crash left him paralyzed. He found a sense of purpose and direction in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. 

Through Shake-a-Leg Miami he has worked to offer rehab and educational programs that have changed the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families for more than two decades. 

Hurricane Irma hurt the operation Sunday when it destroyed their dock at the Dinner Key Marina in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. There was so much damage Horgan got emotional. 

“Coming down and seeing the carnage of everything piled up was just painful and sad,” Horgan said.

The loss of the dock puts Horgan’s work on hold. The dock’s design allowed for universally-accessible sailboats and boats. Replacing it will take time and money.

“We’ve worked with him before and he does fantastic things here,” Dan Martin, a sea tow from Key Biscayne, said. “We love being a part of that and seeing the smiles on all the kids faces.”

Horgan is not giving up, but he needs the public’s help to get the programs back in action. Daniel Kaplan, Matthew Kertesz, Kevin Rodriguez and Sofi Torrents set up a Go Fund Me account for anyone who wants to help. 

The group said all of the donations will go towards navigating SALM out of rough waters and back to smooth sailing. 

“Unfortunately, mother nature threw us a hard hit this time, but we’ve got to get back on-board and we’re asking people to get involved with us,” Horgan said. 

Local 10 News’ Andrea Torres contributed to this report. 

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How to contribute to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas over the weekend, bringing catastrophic flooding to Houston and other cities in the southeast portion of the state.

Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes, while others remain stranded.

Here are some ways that you can help.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is helping people affected by Harvey in Texas, providing food and shelter to those who have been forced out of their homes.

Click here to make an online donation.

To donate by phone or to get assistance with your donation, call 1-800-HELP-NOW.

To donate by mail, complete the required donation request form by printing and sending to:

American Red Cross

PO Box 37839

Boone, IA 50037

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a relief fund for flood victims.

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund will accept tax-deductible flood relief donations. The fund is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Click here to donate.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is also providing food and water to relief workers and volunteers.

Click here to make an online donation.

To donate by mail, send a check to:

The Salvation Army

PO Box 1959

Atlanta, GA 30301

Please designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks.

To donate by phone, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Catholic Charities USA

According to its website, Catholic Charities USA is the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church and is asking for donations to ensure the delivery of compassionate care and support to individuals affected by disasters.

Click here to donate.

OneBlood

OneBlood, a nonprofit blood center serving the southeastern U.S., is sending shipments of blood to Texas and is asking for donations.

Although all blood types are needed, there is an urgent need for O-negative and O-positive blood, as well as platelets and plasma donations.

OneBlood says it will continue to send blood to Texas until further notice.

Click here to make an appointment to donate.

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How to contribute to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas over the weekend, bringing catastrophic flooding to Houston and other cities in the southeast portion of the state.

Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes, while others remain stranded.

Here are some ways that you can help.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is helping people affected by Harvey in Texas, providing food and shelter to those who have been forced out of their homes.

Click here to make an online donation.

To donate by phone or to get assistance with your donation, call 1-800-HELP-NOW.

To donate by mail, complete the required donation request form by printing and sending to:

American Red Cross

PO Box 37839

Boone, IA 50037

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a relief fund for flood victims.

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund will accept tax-deductible flood relief donations. The fund is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Click here to donate.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is also providing food and water to relief workers and volunteers.

Click here to make an online donation.

To donate by mail, send a check to:

The Salvation Army

PO Box 1959

Atlanta, GA 30301

Please designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks.

To donate by phone, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Catholic Charities USA

According to its website, Catholic Charities USA is the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church and is asking for donations to ensure the delivery of compassionate care and support to individuals affected by disasters.

Click here to donate.

OneBlood

OneBlood, a nonprofit blood center serving the southeastern U.S., is sending shipments of blood to Texas and is asking for donations.

Although all blood types are needed, there is an urgent need for O-negative and O-positive blood, as well as platelets and plasma donations.

OneBlood says it will continue to send blood to Texas until further notice.

Click here to make an appointment to donate.

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Local 10 celebrates 60th anniversary with time capsule, timeline wall

It all began in a small building on Biscayne Boulevard with the call letters WPST.

Sixty years later, under the call letters WPLG, station president Bert Medina gathered the staff in the Local 10 newsroom to help celebrate the iconic milestone.

Local 10 News has and will continue to build on the legacy of legends like Ann Bishop, Chuck Dowdle, Don Noe and Dwight Lauderdale.

Medina made sure to let all of Local 10’s employees know that this wasn’t about a building, a broadcast license or a business model. He said the station’s success is about the people in front of and behind the camera.

Many of Local 10’s employees have worked at the station for more than 25 years. The longest-tenured employees are Leetha James and Mario Hernandez, who began their careers at WPLG 38-plus years ago.

Medina unveiled a time capsule that will contain items reflecting the station and community in 2017.

“And it will be opened on the 100th anniversary of WPLG, which will be Aug. 2, 2057,” Medina said.

That capsule will be buried under a new Local 10 sign that bears the names of all the current employees and will serve as a lasting tribute to WPLG’s broadcasting legacy.

That legacy and storied history was unveiled on a timeline wall for all to see as they enter Local 10’s Pembroke Park studios.

Medina said it is part of the station’s “promise to our viewers and commitment to serve and deliver excellent journalism for generations to come.”

Happy birthday, WPLG.

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