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By: Marisa Gottesman Associate Editor

Delray offers course to prepare for natural disasters

Learn how to help your neighbors in case of a disaster.

The Delray Beach Fire Rescue is offering a free disaster preparedness course to residents, local business owners and their employees. The program is known as the Community Emergency Response Team.

Starting April 6, the department will begin the eight-week program that prepares folks to assist family members and neighbors during the aftermath of a disaster.

The first class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Delray Beach Fire Rescue Headquarters, 501 W. Atlantic Ave.

Participants will learn basic skills training that focuses on fire suppression, search and rescue operations, emergency communications and medical operations. Firefighters and paramedics will teach the courses.

Upon completion of the course, members will be able to assist responders during the first three  days following a disaster. Members will be able to help if emergency personnel has trouble reaching folks due to loss of communication or obstructed roads.

For more information, contact program coordinator Kenneth Thompson at thompsonk@mydelraybeach.com or call 561-243-7400.

Downtown trees receive trims

Trees lining downtown Delray Beach received a spruced up look from the city.

The city trimmed trees located on West Atlantic Avenue between Swinton Avenue and Northwest and Southwest 12th avenues.

For more information, contact the city at 561-243-7190.

Keeping downtown clean and safe

The team in charge of keeping downtown Delray Beach both clean and safe has determined certain areas that could use some work.

The Clean and Safe team, which consists of seven employees, say landscaping along Atlantic Avenue and Pineapple Grove Way needs to be improved. The department also said it discovered that the city had not cleaned the sidewalks in the group’s district in several years.

Now, all sidewalks from Interstate-95 to the beach have been pressure-washed.

In addition, the team educated business owners of their responsibilities to help keep downtown clean, including keeping facades of buildings painting and building awnings clean.

A monthly average completed by the team indicates the team picks up more than 1,5000 cigarette butts in a one-bock radius, removes 120 palm fronds, cleans up 30 different incidents of graffiti, abates about 10 homeless camps and collects about 38 bags of trash.

Get healthy, get moving in Delray

Join an effort to live healthier in Delray Beach.

The city is taking part of the “Let’s Move Challenge,” which aims to motivate residents to live a healthier lifestyle.

Delray’s team name is Skye High Fitness/Healthier Delray Beach. The challenge is open to folks of all ages and consists of completing and recording 30 minutes of physical activity.

Those interested in participating in the challenge to name Delray the healthiest community in Palm Beach County can create an account at palmhealthcare.org.

See your Delray tax dollars at work

Delray Beach has launched a way to see how your tax dollars are spent from home.

New to the city’s website mydelraybeach.com, is an “Open Budget Portal,” which features a more inclusive and transparent budget as well as access to see the city’s finances.