The Surf News Archives for 2020-04

First Platform To Thank Medical Heroes Goes Live

During this time of crisis in our nation, it’s essential that we join together to honor and thank the first responders in the hospitals, nursing homes and health care facilities – both the seen (nurses, doctors, aids, pharmacists, medics, phlebotomists, etc) and the unseen (those who work in labs, food service, janitorial, security, administration, etc). They are putting their own health and the health of their loved ones back home at risk every single day.

These people are akin to the firefighters of 911 and the law enforcement officers who run toward a shooter. While the rest of us are social distancing, they’re choosing to walk into highly challenging conditions day after day. They face angry, panicked patients (many of whom don’t qualify for testing), overcrowded facilities and increasingly limited medical supplies, including personal protective equipment essential to keep themselves from contracting the virus and bringing it home to their loved ones. And they still face the same empty grocery shelves, childcare crises, etc that we all do.

This isn't anything like dealing with a natural disaster or mass shooting. In those instances, they're also called upon to be heroes. But they're not putting their own lives or the lives of their families at risk in answering the call. And there is an end point in those instances - usually a few days or weeks. This situation requires them to put others first and even ahead of their own loved ones and there isn't a person among us who can say how long this will last. Till there's a vaccine a year from now? They choose whether to go into work or not every day and we desperately need them to keep showing up. Our lives depend on it.

You alone can make a difference by recognizing the tremendous sacrifice they're making for you and your loved ones. Applaud their unbelievable courage. Build them up by sending them a message of love, support and encouragement. You can post a very personalized message to one or several facilities in your area or spread your love and gratitude to the heroes at 12,000+ US facilities. Let’s honor these heros who aren't hearing the words "thank you" in person very often.

I would like to personally thank three of my sisters out there on the front lines every day and Rosemarie Kleitz of A Balloon Affair in Binghamton NY (another sister) who has worked with me to get this initiative going. We could really use some volunteers to ensure this Honor and Thank campaign hits its mark. We believe it can save lives.



Radio Cares: Feeding America Emergency Radiothon (Bob & Tom Show)

Host Tom Griswold and the Cast of “The BOB & TOM Show”
to Raise Funds for Feeding America and Its 200-Member
Network of Local Food Banks Across the U.S.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, April 28, 2020 – The BOB & TOM Show announces that it will be an active participant in the “Radio Cares: Feeding America Emergency Radiothon”, a one-day fundraising event on Thursday, April 30th, benefiting Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in the U.S. All funds raised will go directly to Feeding America to support its 200-member network of local food banks across the U.S. The “Radio Cares: Feeding America Emergency Radiothon” will air on The BOB & TOM Show’s more than 100 affiliate stations nationwide this Thursday, April 30thTo donate to help fight hunger in America, please visit: or text “Feed” to 95819. All donations go directly to Feeding America for their distribution to local food banks.

Feeding America established the COVID-19 Response Fund on March 13th. Since then, Feeding America has distributed $112.4 million and over 94 million pounds of food to food banks across the U.S., helping provide nearly 79 million meals to people facing hunger. Feeding America announced earlier this month that an estimated $1.4 billion in additional resources will be needed over the next six months to sustain operations and continue to provide food for people struggling with hunger—a 30% increase to the baseline six-month operating costs of its 200 member food banks nationwide. U.N. experts foresee a second pandemic on track to follow COVID-19 – a global hunger pandemic. Now, more than ever, U.S. food banks need cash donations to continue to meet the needs of the growing number of people struggling to feed themselves and their families.

Tom Griswold, Host of The BOB & TOM Show, said: “We’re excited to be a part of this effort with many of our affiliates and colleagues. We are also donating ALL proceeds from to Feeding America for the foreseeable future.”



City of Palm Beach Gardens Announces Reopening of Some Recreational Facilities




City of Palm Beach Gardens Announces Reopening of Some Recreational Facilities

Palm Beach Gardens, FL – In a memo to the City's Mayor and Council, Palm Beach Gardens City Manager Ron Ferris announced that in accordance with Palm Beach County's recent emergency order the City will begin a phased approach to reopening certain recreational activities.


The following City recreational facilities will be open to the public on Wednesday, April 29 at sunrise for individual use:

·       The Gardens North County District Park

·       Joe Russo Athletic Complex

·       Gardens Park

·       PGA Park

·       Mirasol Park

·       Lilac Park

·       Plant Drive

·       Lake Catherine Sports Complex & Lake Catherine Park

·       Oaks Park

·       Twins Park

·       Thompson River Linear Park

·       Sandhill Crane Access Park

·       Riverside Linear Park

·       Burns Road Walking Trail


Sandhill Crane Golf Course will be open for calls to schedule tee times beginning Wednesday, April 29 and open to the public on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 7:00 a.m.


The Aquatic Center will only be open to pass-holder lap swimmers.


Single play at the Tennis & Pickleball Center will begin on Monday, May 4, 2020.


Ironwood Park and Riverside Youth Enrichment Center remain closed. The indoor facilities at Burns Road Community Center will remain closed.


All playground and exercise equipment will remain closed. Restroom facilities will be available and will be disinfected a minimum of two times per day.


On Sunday, May 3, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, the Gardens 2 Go Drive-thru Produce and Product Market is set to begin at 10500 N. Military Trail. Patrons can pick up fresh produce and other food products from vendors but will not be permitted to leave their vehicles. A drive through operation has been organized by staff with a limited number of vendors.

Virtual Run to Feed America 5k-to help feed Americans in need due to COVID-19

Boynton Beach, FL: David Fleisher announced the “Virtual Run to Feed America 5k”. This FREE running event for charity brings us together as a community and benefits Feeding America.  Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization which has seen a huge increase in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This virtual run takes place nationally on May 9th at 9am in each time zone.

"When COVID-19 paralyzed the US, I was trying to see how I could help without being a danger to myself, my kids and others. Early on, I called the hospital to ask if there was anything I could do, but they were still trying to figure it all out themselves. While I was out running, the aha moment came where I could create a virtual run with donations going to a charity. I chose Feeding America because I learned the food banks were desperate for help and had seen  a 50% plus increase in demand. Americans were in need of food due to the immediate loss of jobs. The mission is simple. I am striving to bring together family, friends and community to have some fun, get out of the house running, walking exercising and helping to feed Americans in need." says David Fleisher, Race Organizer. 

This is a virtual run. So at 9am in your respective time zone you start your time and run, walk, jog, run on your treadmill for 3.1 miles which is a 5k. You then log in your time on the registration site at where you register for the event and donate if you choose.  We will have a singer sing the National Anthem at 8:50am ET.  
Visit RunSignup at the link below to register for event and donate to Feeding America (Free event)

Sign up here!


David Fleisher is available for a Zoom interview

upon request.  For press inquiries, please contact Kat at 3054905911 or email


About: David Fleisher is an avid runner, realtor and dad of two girls ages ten and twelve.  In 2009 during the great recession, David lost everything he had worked for and had to start over.  He knows what it's like to need help from others to put food on the table. David Fleisher is available for a Zoom interview
upon request.  

United Way COVID-19 Response Fund Palm Beach County

Because of our community's continued generosity, United Way's COVID-19 Response Fund has raised nearly $1.2 million! We have awarded $540,000 to 42 nonprofit partners who are providing food, housing support, access to healthcare, and basic needs to thousands of residents. 


We celebrate the ways nonprofits are meeting critical needs in our community every day, however the need continues to be great. To date, more than $23.2 million in funding has been requested by 423 local nonprofits to serve residents facing sudden economic strain.


Please consider making a gift and continue to give hope to our community. 100% of all individual donations to the COVID-19 Response Fund for Palm Beach County will be dispersed to agencies within Palm Beach County to ensure our most vulnerable residents are provided access to the basics.

Unsettled weather this weekend with a chance of strong storms




  • Today

    Thunderstorms likely this morning. Then a chance of scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. Storms may contain strong gusty winds. High 91F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

  • Tonight

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Low near 75F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

  • Tomorrow

    Thunderstorms likely. Gusty winds and small hail are possible. High 86F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

  • Tomorrow Night

    Mostly cloudy. Low 68F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Palm Beach Gardens-based Garden of Life gives vitamins and supplements to local community heroes

I am excited to share this latest bit of news from Garden of Life, in case you’re working on any stories on organizations and companies giving back to those on the front lines during the pandemic. 


Garden of Life, which is based in Palm Beach Gardens, recently donated its vitamins and supplements to first responder and medical heroes in the community as a way to express gratitude for their efforts.


Donations include:


  • Over 3,000  units of Garden of Life products including Raw Organic Protein, Organic Grass Fed Whey Protein and Organic Fit Bars to JFK Medical Center, an acute care and surgical facility serving Palm Beach County, on Monday, April 20  
  • Over 14,500 bottles of Garden of Life products -- including mykind Organics Vitamin C Spray, mykind Organics Vitamin D3 spray and Dr. Formulated Probiotics Platinum Immune -- to Palm Beach Gardens emergency medical technicians, firefighters, police force and administrators on Tuesday, April 21 


Attached are some photos from the recent donations. If you are interested in further images/videos or hearing more from a Garden of Life executive about these community donations, please let me know and I can set up an interview.





Garden of Life donation to  Palm Beach Gardens emergency medical technicians, firefighters, police force and administrators

SAP Virtual Take Your Child To Work Day (Thursday)


#SAP4KIDS - Our special guests are excited to join us for our Virtual Take Your Child to Work Day event this Thursday, 4/23 at 12pm EDT. Be sure to join us, we hope to see you there!


Virtual Take Your Child to Work Day

SAP is opening its “virtual doors”

with some special guests, to support

a great cause, No Kid Hungry, on 

Thursday, April 23 at 12pm EDT


SAP 4 KIDS Youtube Channel:

Palm Beach County issues emergency order urging people to wear face coverings


On Saturday, Palm Beach County issued Emergency Order 20-004, which states all residents, employees and visitors in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain should wear face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19

Palm Beach Outlets to Serve as Feeding South Floridan Food Distribution Center Starting Monday, April 13, 2020

Palm Beach Outlets to Serve as

Feeding South Florida Distribution Center


Drive Through Available Every Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Starts Monday, April 13, 2020


WEST PALM BEACH, FL (April 2020) - Palm Beach Outlets ( is partnering with Feeding South Florida to be a Drive-Up Food Distribution Center beginning Monday, April 13, 2020 and every Monday thereafter through May, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The program welcomes anyone who needs food on a first come, first served basis. Each donation will consist of an approximate one-week supply of a protein, fresh produce, eggs, milk, and other essential goods. The Palm Beach Outlets distribution center anticipates providing donations to 700 to 800 families each week.


Feeding South Florida, a local 501c3 non-profit, is the state’s largest food bank, supporting 25 percent of the state’s food insecure population. The organization’s staff, volunteers and local officers will be on-site at the Palm Beach Outlets’ Congress Avenue parking lot to facilitate the weekly distribution. All Feeding South Florida organizers will follow health guidelines by wearing gloves, masks, and practicing social distancing.


“During this challenging time many families are struggling to put food on their tables,” says Trina Holmsted, Marketing Director of Palm Beach Outlets. “Palm Beach Outlets is proud to host this much-needed food and supply distribution effort,” she adds.

Town of Palm Beach, West Palm Beach strongly encouraging public to wear facial coverings

On Saturday, the Town of Palm Beach issued Emergency Order 2020-02 which strongly encourages residents, employees and visitors to wear facial coverings to help slow the

spread of COVID-19.


West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James and the City of West Palm Beach Emergency

Management team also announced they encourage the use of face coverings in public

settings where social distancing measures are difficulty to maintain.


Facial masks can take any form as long as the mouth and nose are covered. Homemade

masks have been made using scarfs, bandanas, handkerchiefs and other cloth coverings.

The Town of Palm Beach states the use of N95 rated masks should be avoided as they are

a necessity for healthcare workers

Second Coronavirus Drive-Through Testing Site

The second Palm Beach County Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing site, located at South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road in Delray Beach, is open. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, call (561) 804-0250. Pre-approval and appointments required. 


For more information about the Coronavirus testing sites in Palm Beach County, click here. 

URGENT: Covid-19 Has Effected Fundraising For American Cancer Society

As the coronavirus spreads, cancer patients and survivors are facing mounting uncertainty and risk.


That’s because right when these patients need us most, we’ve had to postpone or cancel thousands of fundraising events critical to protecting the people we serve. Overnight, our single greatest source of revenue vanished.


But cancer hasn’t stopped. Cancer patients still need us. And they still need you.


Please make an EMERGENCY gift right now to support cancer patients. We’ve never needed you more. Help us raise $1,000,000 online by April 8.


While much remains unknown about coronavirus, experts agree that cancer patients are at much greater risk. Chemo and radiation often leave a patient’s immune system severely compromised. People with cancer often have a higher risk of getting an infection, and these infections can be more serious than in people who do not have cancer.


This year alone, 1.8 million people will be newly diagnosed with cancer. For those newly diagnosed, for cancer survivors, for caregivers, we cannot stop.


Our 24/7 helpline can’t stop. Since the outbreak, 80% of our calls are related to COVID-19. Cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers need vital information, and we need to be there to provide it. In addition to our helpline, we’re providing digital one-on-one support every day. We’re updating our website in real time, with the latest news and medical reports, for one of our most vulnerable populations. And during this time, our lifesaving research to find new prevention methods and treatments has not stopped.


But we truly can’t do this without you.


This is an emergency: Please donate now to the American Cancer Society and help us continue providing crucial, lifesaving programs to cancer patients.


There’s only one way we’re going to get through this: Together, with your support.

6.5 magnitude Earthquake rocks several states

The 6.5 magnitude earthquake ratted Idaho with shaking felt across the region including Washington State, Utah, Nevada, and Canada. The epicenter was located 78 miles northeast of Boise.


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