Bootcamp workout held in Fort Lauderdale to honor fallen Virginia deputy

Dozens of fitness fanatics from across South Florida gathered on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale to honor a fallen hero.

Hannah Eden, founder and owner of PumpFit Club in Fort Lauderdale, organized the free one-hour boot camp to honor the memory of Virginia deputy Curtis Bartlett, 32, who was killed in collision while pursuing a suspect in March.

“I often throw a big bootcamp event for local charities,” Eden said. “I feel it is my responsibility to spread awareness and stand up for the fallen.”

“Curtis was a hero and affected millions of lives. This is also about supporting local law enforcement, military and active duty heroes,” she said.

Supporters who came out to Holiday Park braved the heat while completing a fun, but challenging class that made sure to work every part of the human body.

In addition to the free boot camp, participants also gave generous donations that will benefit the Police Fitness Foundation.

“In the wake of his death, it has become our mission to keep his dream alive within our local community, and to raise money for officers o have vital resources they need to stay in shape,” Eden said.

Donations are being accepted at 408 N. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale or at RSPNutrition.com.

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Nonprofit organization helps women in need of hygiene products

When Ashley Eubanks saw a homeless woman panhandling, she noticed her clothes were stained with blood.

Eubanks, 30, said she and the woman were about the same age. She knew that she had to help.  

“She was obviously on her menstrual cycle,” Eubanks said. 

When you can’t afford to buy food or a place to stay, tampons and pads become secondary. Eubanks knew that helping the homeless woman was not enough. She wanted to help as many young homeless women as possible, so she recently founded Beauty Initiative Inc.

The Coral Springs-based nonprofit organization’s mission is “to provide free sanitary items to women that are homeless or experiencing financial hardship.” Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Thursday that will help them on their mission, as it will make feminine products tax-free starting January.

Eubanks said so far the organization has collected and donated over 1,300 care bags containing more than 40,000 products, according to Eubanks. She also hopes to donate bags to students in public schools in neighborhoods in need.

Eubanks said the organization has already donated bags to girls at Aspira Middle School, Ramblewood Middle School and Northeast High School.

“No young lady should be turned away and have to miss days of school because of this natural occurrence,” Eubanks said.

For more information on the organization or to donate, click on this link

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Nonprofit organization helps women in need of hygiene products

When Ashley Eubanks saw a homeless woman panhandling, she noticed her clothes were stained with blood.

Eubanks, 30, said she and the woman were about the same age. She knew that she had to help.  

“She was obviously on her menstrual cycle,” Eubanks said. 

When you can’t afford to buy food or a place to stay, tampons and pads become secondary. Eubanks knew that helping the homeless woman was not enough. She wanted to help as many young homeless women as possible, so she recently founded Beauty Initiative Inc.

The Coral Springs-based nonprofit organization’s mission is “to provide free sanitary items to women that are homeless or experiencing financial hardship.” Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Thursday that will help them on their mission, as it will make feminine products tax-free starting January.

Eubanks said so far the organization has collected and donated over 1,300 care bags containing more than 40,000 products, according to Eubanks. She also hopes to donate bags to students in public schools in neighborhoods in need.

Eubanks said the organization has already donated bags to girls at Aspira Middle School, Ramblewood Middle School and Northeast High School.

“No young lady should be turned away and have to miss days of school because of this natural occurrence,” Eubanks said.

For more information on the organization or to donate, click on this link

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Loved ones search for answers after kills 2 teens

Embracing each other in grief, family and friends gathered Thursday to mourn the loss of two teens who were killed in a crash over the weekend.

David Stewart, 17, and Mi’chael Miles,17, both died in a vehicle that  was driven by their friend Milton Davis, 18.

“I know that my baby is in heaven,” David’s mother  said.

Lying in intensive care at the hospital Davis said he’s still processing his friends’ deaths  and the fact he survived.

“I don’t feel right, at all,” Davis said.

Davis said  says he remembers driving onto Northwest 27th Avenue near Northwest 199th Street  on Sunday night when they crashed with another vehicle.

That driver also survived the crash.

On Thursday hundreds of people wore white in honor of the victims.

“We’re in denial,” Darlene Holland, Mile’s teacher, said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation and those close to the teens said they are waiting to find out what happened that night.

 

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Hooters gives Sunrise Rockies new uniforms, caps

South Florida Hooters restaurants have teamed up with the Sunrise Rockies to outfit the team’s players with uniforms and ball caps. 

 Several “Hooters girls” have attended every game for the past few Sundays to assist the baseball team, comprised of physically and mentally challenged children and adults.

 On one of those days, the players were surprised with brand-new uniforms and hats. 

Prior to the donation, the Rockies only had team T-shirts to wear during their games at Sunrise Athletic Complex. 

“The Hooters Girls are very helpful taking the kids around the bases and getting us new uniforms,” Rockies coach Thomas O’Sullivan said. “It is a pleasure to have them work with us.”

 

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Bulldozers sweeps through Stanahan Park, displacing homeless population

With no warning, the bulldozers arrived Friday night in Stranahan Park.

Dozens of homeless men and women watched as their belongings were thrown away. Others had their property placed in blue garbage containers for later pickup after Fort Lauderdale and Broward County officials cleared them from the park following a citation from the health department for rodent infestation in the area

“I felt violated. I felt that my rights were taken away from me,” Bee Great said.

Lisa Robinson was among those driven from her makeshift home.

“Sometimes, the shelter doesn’t have any room for us, so that is the only place you have to stay,” she said.

On Monday, morning Robinson she was eating breakfast at the Rodeway Inn where she is one of roughly 45 displaced people who accepted vouchers from the county to share 20 rooms at the hotel.

“It was a raid and their property was summarily destroyed,” Robinson said.

Alex Johnson, the president of the Broward Civil Liberties Union was at the hotel taking statements for what he says is likely legal action against the city for violating its own ordinances requiring 24 hours’ notice before confiscating belongings and 36 hours’ notice when clearing homeless from public places.

“No notice was given whatsoever,” Johnson said.

The city, which has been trying to rid the park of homeless people for years, said it was a health emergency. Homeless advocates note the rats had been there for years.  

“The question is if this is a manufactured emergency and not a real emergency,” Johnson said.

Whatever the truth, those in the hotel say they have no idea what will happen when they check out of the hotel at the end of the week.

“Just trying to figure out what we’re going to do when we have to leave,” Robinson said. “We’re stuck, basically.”  

 

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