August 13: City Notes

Bus driver returns NIS 40,000 to rightful owner.

A man casts his fishing line in the Mediterranean Sea on Zikim beach, near Ashkelon (photo credit: REUTERS)
A man casts his fishing line in the Mediterranean Sea on Zikim beach, near Ashkelon
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Bus driver Abed Abu Rashid discovered that a passenger had left a bag containing NIS 40,000 and a gold chain in his vehicle on Sunday in Petah Tikva. “I finished work at about 4:30 p.m. and I did a security scan of the bus and found a black bag on a chair,” he told Army Radio. “Of course, I checked to see what was inside and I was shocked to find bundles of cash in the bag.” He added that there were also keys and a few other items in the bag, but there was no identification, which he looked for to try to make contact with the bag’s owner. “The first thing that went through my mind was how to find the person and return the bag to him,” he said. He added that he is used to finding small things on the bus such as handbags, cellphones and wallets. Rashid went to the bus company’s branch and left the money at the lost-and-found department. The man who came to claim the lost fortune was the son of an elderly couple that rode the bus that day and apparently forgot the bag when they got off the bus after a few stops. “They are over 80 years old; at their age, it could have ended differently,” Army Radio quoted Rashid as saying. It brought him joy to return the money to its owners, he said.
100 young entrepreneurs participate in 30-hour TA hackathon
The WeWork company hosted a 30-hour-hackathon for young developers, designers and entrepreneurs last weekend in Tel Aviv. The hackathon, sponsored by WIX, THM and RapidAPI, was open to all of Israel’s young generation and attracted 100 young entrepreneurs from all over the country, most of them middle school students. The students spent 30 hours building their creations, applying their coding, design and entrepreneurial skills.After the hackathon, the young entrepreneurs were invited to pitch their creative ideas to a judges’ panel of Israeli and international entrepreneurs. The first-round panel included Tal Beja, algorithm developer at Colu; Eliran Zach, head of software development at Colu; Iddo Gino, CEO of RapidAPI; and Mickey Haslavsky, lead organizer at Hacking Generation Y. The judges from the first round selected the top five teams, which were passed on to the “Shark Tank round,” presented in front of another panel of judges. The event was made possible by Iddan Aharonson, a 15-year-old high school student, graphic designer and Front End developer, and Jonathan Ohayon, a 13-year-old middle school student specializing in computer science, who contacted Hacking Generation Y, which organizes youth hackathons all over the world. Lone soldier Michael Lellouch nabbed the winning spot with his “Hot Flat creation” – a heat map based on apartment prices in Tel Aviv. By zooming into certain areas, the user looking to rent or buy an apartment can easily find out which areas are the most expensive ones, and in which areas the rent prices are cheaper.
Artist dedicates Herzliya exhibition to son killed in car crash
War-disabled artist Yigal Azulay is for the first time displaying his work from the past 10 years at an exhibition at Herzliya’s Seven Stars Mall. The exhibition began this week and will run until August 28. The exhibition will display sculptures made from spare iron parts of vehicles, as well as paintings consisting of hundreds of pieces of colorful glass and clay statues. Azulay, who was wounded in the Yom Kippur War, is dedicating the exhibition to the memory of his son Yonatan, who was killed in a car accident four years ago.
Givat Haviva brings Arab, Jewish women together in kitchen
Arab and Jewish women put their cooking skills into practice last week at an event put on by Givat Haviva, as part of a project to bring together women from both communities. The meeting took place at the village of Zalafa near the Salem checkpoint. “Between making stuffed rolls for roasting, they open their hearts and realize that women and mothers are the key for social change,” project organizers stated. “This week, even when everything around them boiled up, they are again going into the hot kitchen for a final meeting and meal,” they said, referring to recent tensions over violent attacks between Arabs and Jews, since a firebomb attack in Duma, perpetrated by a suspected Jewish terrorist, killed a Palestinian baby and his father. Givat Haviva is a nonprofit that aims to build an inclusive, socially cohesive society by engaging divided communities toward the advancement of a sustainable, thriving Israeli democracy based on mutual responsibility, civic equality and a shared vision of the future.
2 beaches found dangerous to public
At the height of the beach season, inspectors from the Lachish District carried out audits of the Zikim and Nitzanim beaches, police announced last week. This is the sixth consecutive year these beaches are being operated by a private concessionaire, the Banana Beach company, which operates eight beaches around Israel. Police said the findings of their audit were alarming and unambiguous and that while the beaches were being used by thousands of people, they posed clear threats to the security and safety of beachgoers. Among other things, police found problems in makeshift buildings, including exposed electric wires and dangerous gas tanks. They said the most dangerous threat was an artificial lake at Zikim Beach which was not fenced off and in which many people swam without any supervision or appropriate lifesaving services. Moreover, police said that on both beaches there were no routine or emergency traffic arrangements, and businesses operated without licenses from the local authorities. In view of these findings, which were presented to Southern District commander Yoram Halevi, the latter decided to immediately use the available legal tools to close the beaches until the defects are fixed.
Beersheba drug raid nets 15
Fifteen people were arrested in Beersheba on Sunday on suspicion of involvement in a drug ring. Arrests were made after a three-month undercover investigation by district police, who seized large quantities of crystal meth, cocaine and marijuana in the raid.