Posted on 21 February 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Feb. 6: An 80-year-old man opened his door to a woman he knows. The woman then hit the man in the face and stole his wallet with $1,600 and his social security card. The incident was reported at 465 NW 2 Terr.

Feb. 6: A man reported that someone entered his home at 4551 NE 1 Terr. and stole his firearm, watches, play stations, laptop and other items.

Feb. 7: A man was involved in a domestic dispute with a woman at 1261 SW 7 Ave. The man battered the woman and robbed her of $500.

Feb. 8: A man reported that a man he was spending time with stole his iPhone and left. The incident was reported at 3774 NE 3 Ave.

Feb. 9: A man was observed stealing four bottles of Remy Martin from Walgreens at 1325 S. Military Tr. The loss was about $160.

Lighthouse Point

Feb. 4: Police responded to an audible alarm at 2541 NE 32 Ct. The homeowner returned home and found the front door open and the residence was cleared.

Feb. 4: A resident said a large white dog ran into their open home at 3516 NE 31 Ave. and police were called out. The dog was picked up by its owner prior to police responding.

Feb. 6: Police responded to a report of a barking puppy near 2316 Vintage Cir. Police were unable to find a dog in the area.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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Pioneer Days Info

Posted on 15 February 2019 by LeslieM

Click here to view this year’s Pioneer Days special section.

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Posted on 14 February 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 29: A man reported that someone stole his Viper bass boat and trailer from in front of his residence at 107 SE 10 Ct.

Jan. 29: A man reported he was robbed by sudden snatching in the lobby of the LaQuinta Inn by a man who fled on a bicycle. The man was robbed of a gold necklace valued at $300 and a gold pendant valued at $400.

Jan. 29: It was reported that a parked vehicle at 401 S. Powerline Rd. was entered and a laptop and purse were stolen from inside the vehicle.

Jan. 29: A man was arrested and charged with two counts of retail theft after he walked out of Target at 120 S. Federal Hwy. with an Air Fryer XL valued at $99.99. He had stolen a similar item on Jan. 26. The man was issued a notice to appear.

Jan. 29: A woman reported that someone took $7,840 from her home over a period of time. The incident was reported at 3930 Crystal Lake Dr.

Jan. 29: A man and woman entered a Family Dollar store at 3930 Crystal Lake Dr. and stole three packages of diapers. They fled in a vehicle.

Lighthouse Point

Jan. 29: Police responded to a report of a tow truck on fire in the middle of a roadway at 3600 NE 21 Ave. The fire department also responded. 

Jan. 31: A resident found a German Shepherd at 4241 NE 23 Ave. and was turned over to police. The dog was known to get loose and was returned to its owner.

Feb. 2: Police responded to a report of a lost wallet at 3580 N. Federal Hwy. The wallet contained debit cards, credit cards, a driver’s license and $100 in cash. The victim said she placed the wallet in the restroom and left, returning a short time later to discover it was missing. The total loss was $195.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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Posted on 07 February 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 22: A woman reported her vehicle parked at 4757 NW 7 St. and several pair of sunglasses were stolen.

Jan. 22:  A woman reported a vehicle burglary at VOLT Power Company. Tools and a battery charger were stolen. The incident was reported at 790 NE 48 St.

Jan. 22: A woman reported her vehicle stolen from her apartment parking lot at 772 Tivoli Cir.

Jan. 22: A woman reported that someone entered her home at 1535 SE 14 St. and stole six pieces of jewelry. The loss was estimated at $19,500.

Jan. 24: A man reported his bicycle stolen from outside of the post office at 212 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

Jan. 16: The victim returned home to 2160 NE 36 St. following a trip and found his 2014 Hyundai Sonata missing from in front of his apartment. It was later determined that the car was towed because it didn’t have a license plate. The victim said it had a temporary tag but is unknown if it fell off at some point.

Jan. 17: A resident found a cell phone at 4521 NE 22 Ave. and handed it over to police.

Jan. 17: A resident found sunglasses in a gym and brought them to the Police Department at 3701 NE 22 Ave. They placed them in a property locker.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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Delray Beach Fashion Week

Posted on 31 January 2019 by JLusk

All Photos & Story By Rachel Galvin

Delray Beach kicked off its Fashion Week on Wednesday, Jan. 23 with “Fashion Royale,” showcasing evening wear and designer fashion on Atlantic Avenue in front of the Colony Hotel. The theme this year is “Fashion Never Dies,” inspired by James Bond, and a James Bond lookalike, complete with sexy women counterparts posed on the runway as the events began. Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Chair Peter Arts and City of Delray Mayor Shelly Petrolia did some introductions before the opening act began — a performance by a five man a capella all vocal band called Edge Effect, who came down from Orlando to entertain everyone with their smooth moves and amazing vocal harmonies (and also did an encore performance at the end). There was also a dance performance by Elegant Emeralds.

Then, the runway came alive with multiple designers — all from downtown Delray Beach — with emcees Heather McMechan, Dana Peller of Local Mom Scoop, Pellerini and SoFlo Moms on the Go, and Amanda Perna of House of Perna and Neon Bohemians. VIP guests sat along the runway and each received a stylized swag handbag by House of Perna, complete with tassel.

Designers included Antica Sartoria, Beverly Hills Boutique, Biba Boutique, Blings & Things, C. Orrico, a Lily Pulitzer Shop, Coco & Co., Debilzan Gallery, Elektrik Boutique, Glavidia by Glavidia Alexis, House of Zen Dali, LF Delray Beach, Morley, Patchington, Periwinkle, Quiet Storm Surf Shop, Ramona LaRue, Sara Campbell, Sunday State Style, The House of Perna & Neon Bohemians, Unique Boutique and Vixity.

But this was just the first event of the week. There were also additional fashion shows, in-store shopping events and trunk shows, culminating with the License to Swim: Surf Fashion Show. This event was supposed to be held outside but, due to the rain, it was moved into a parking garage. It certainly seems like an odd place to have a fashion show, but it actually ended up looking like it was meant to be there — very urban chic.

Before the fashion began, singer Mylon Shamble, who was on American Idol, performed “Skyfall,” which fit into the James Bond theme of the fashion week. This was followed by a dance performance by Clifton Sepulveda & Mar Martinez, owners of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Next, the fashion show began with over 40 models showing off a wide variety of looks (some of which are pictured here).

Proceeds from the Delray Beach Fashion Week benefit the Achievement Centers for Children & Families. ( The event is hosted by the Downtown Development Authority.

For more information, visit




More photos available upon request… Also see the printed Observer Newspaper for additional photos.


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Posted on 31 January 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 15: A man was arrested and charged with carjacking. He pointed a gun at a woman who had just been shopping at Dollar Tree. The man took the woman’s bag and then stole her Mercedes SUV. She was able to remove her husband from the vehicle before it was stolen. Mercedes navigation tracked the vehicle and police units stopped it. The man was apprehended. The incident was reported at 1361 S. Military Tr.

Jan. 16: A man stole boxes of hair from Ali Beauty Supply at 5353 N. Dixie Hwy.

Jan. 16: A woman reported that a former president of the Newport Q Condominium Association embezzled money from the association’s bankaccount. The incident was reported at 3080 Newport Q.

Jan. 16: A woman reported that another woman stole her purse from her cart while she was shopping at Dollar Tree at 4008 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Jan. 16: Two men reported their scooters stolen from 3801 Crystal Lake Dr.

Jan. 16: A man parked his bicycle on the side of a building at 300 N. Ocean Dr. The bicycle was unlocked. When the man returned, he found that the bicycle had been stolen.

Lighthouse Point

Jan. 13: A resident said he found a Samsung phone on the street in front of a residence at 2041 NE 36 St. Police placed the phone into the property locker.

Jan. 13: A caller found a small dog on the loose at 3873 NE 22 Way. When the resident approached, the dog ran into a nearby garage. Police arrived and could not locate the dog.

Jan. 14: A key was discovered outside a residence at 4730 NE 21 Terr.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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JA World Uncorked

Posted on 26 January 2019 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

Within the JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion in Coconut Creek, something was stirring Saturday night, Jan. 19. It was JA World Uncorked, presented by Breakthru Beverage, and the place was abuzz with people sampling tasty tidbits and spirits to their hearts’ content.

Joe Lorusso, who was busy pouring Barritt’s Ginger Beer and Angostura Lemon Lime & Bitters, said, “I have been here five years. I like supporting the event and letting people sample our brands. We [North American Beverage Company] have ‘wow brands.’ People taste them and say ‘wow.’ I was at a food and wine festival in Key Largo this morning and am here now.”

Dayne Moore, a Sous Chef for Delaware North, which does, among other things, food service and catering, cooked up a Mediterranean Octopus Salad, Tamarind Glazed Chicken Tenders and Beef Carpaccio Balsalmico.

“This is my second year here. It is a good cause, and amazing night out with great food,” he said.

For Temptations Catering, this is their first year. Their executive chef, Ari Bellan, served up shrimp ceviche, but also made a s‘more with an eatable chocolate spoon topped with a cooked-just- right marshmallow. Yum!

“I am excited to be a part of it,” said Catering & Events Manager Lauri Dworkin.

Speaking of chocolate, Hoffman’s Chocolates were there, as always, serving up chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate caramels and a popular coconut cashew crunch. Sam Strouse and Kira Humbert had fun manning the table.

Deerfield Beach’s Oceans 234 was there this year with jerked sea scallops and short rib tacos.

“I absolutely love it. The mission that is Junior Achievement is amazing,” said Shanine Dorta, Director of Marketing.

She added that Oceans 234 has a big Valentine’s Day event coming up.

She explained, “It is a four-course picnic dinner on the sand. You get a blanket, lantern, [tote bag] — two appetizers, two salads, two entrees, two desserts and a bottle of wine. We bring the food to you. Tickets are $195/couple. It is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Pre-order by Feb. 10. Visit website at or call 954-428-2539.

Where NYY Steak was carving racks of lamb, Tim Hogans, executive board member for Junior Achievement, could be found.

He said of the event, “It is a fabulous event that gets better every year.”

He noted that the champagne lounge, sponsored by Bluegreen Vacations, was a little different this year. It had oysters on the half shell, as well as a three piece band.

In addition, there was an outdoor component this year complete with food trucks and more beverages, as well as cornhole and Jenga, to enjoy in the lounge beneath the moon. The weather was ideal.

Of course, as always, they had plenty of silent auction items to bid on and people could put on props and get their photos taken by Fotoboyz. They also had a virtual reality experience this year, sponsored by JM Lexus, where people could put on the headset and it looked like they were walking a plank miles up over a city landscape. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino sponsored the live entertainment in the main room.

JA World Uncorked is the Circle of Wise Women’s signature culinary event. To find out more about this annual event and all the wonderful programs it supports, visit

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Posted on 23 January 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 8: A man was arrested and charged with retail shoplifting. He stole a skateboard valued at $169 from Island Water Sports at 1985 SE 2 St. An employee of the store observed the theft and followed him from the store until the arrest could be made.

Jan. 9: Two men used counterfeit bills to purchase items from Hobby Lobby at 3555 W. Hillsboro Blvd. The U.S. Secret Service was notified.

Jan. 9: A man reported that someone stole $400 from his wallet at 375 Tilford Rd.

Jan. 9: A man who owns Goval Auto Sales at 3991 N. Dixie Hwy. reported that someone entered four vehicles on the property and stole a battery from one of the vehicles.

Jan. 9: It was reported that a man stole $104 worth of shampoo from Walgreens at 1325 S. Military Tr.

Jan. 9: A woman was arrested and charged with shoplifting $435 worth of merchandise from Home Depot at 60 SW 12 Ave.

Lighthouse Point

Jan. 6: Someone smashed the rear glass window of the victim’s 2000 Honda Acord that was parked at 1911 NE 28 St. Police found a cement brick inside the vehicle. The damage was estimated at $300.

Jan. 6: The victim who lives at 3300 NE 30 Ave. said he lost a firearm and that no crime had occurred.

Jan. 7: A subject attempted to cash a check for $5,300 at a bank at 4820 N. Federal Hwy. The banker became suspicious of the check coming from Key West and the subject living in Miami as to why it was being cashed in Lighthouse Point. The bank called the victim who said he did not make out a check to the subject. The subject was then taken into custody without incident.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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Posted on 17 January 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 1: A man was arrested and charged with domestic battery by strangulation at 5291 NE 10 Ave. The man put his wife in a choke hold.

Jan. 1: A man was arrested and charged with domestic battery at 360 NE 19 Ave. The man struck a woman and pushed her into a bathtub.

Jan. 1: A man was robbed at a bus stop at 300 W. Hillsboro Blvd. He reported that three men stole $400 and a wallet from him.

Jan. 2: A woman reported that her Kia Spectra was stolen from the Firewater Bar at 179 NE 2 Ave.

Jan. 2: A woman reported that her Chevrolet Malibu was stolen from her home at 4030 NE 2 Ave.

Jan. 4: A vehicle parked at 900 SW 10 St. was broken into and two duffle bags with gym clothing and wallets were stolen.

Lighthouse Point

Dec. 25: Someone stole patio chairs from in front of an apartment at 3050 NE 21 Ave. The loss was $45.

Dec. 22: A resident found two pairs of sunglasses, a sunglass case, and a Honda key in front of his residence at 2500 NE 31 Ct. A neighbor said his vehicle had been broken into and burglarized and those items belonged to him.

Dec. 21: Police responded to a suspicious person wearing a hoodie and causing a disturbance at 4900 NE 24 Ave. The male was found walking nearby on a walkway.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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Brightline Celebrates First Birthday Rail Service

Posted on 12 January 2019 by JLusk

Recaps its First Year of Service

MIAMI, Fla. (January 11, 2019) – Happy birthday Brightline! On January 13, Brightline is turning 1, and in honor of the big day, Brightline will be offering $10 fares on short segments for SMART service throughout the entire day. Birthday cupcakes and celebratory surprises will be offered to Brightline’s guests throughout the day. Since opening a year ago, Brightline has helped nearly 600,000 guests travel in a more convenient, efficient and productive way. By connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Brightline has enabled locals and visitors to explore more culture, dining, arts and sporting events across South Florida. Brightline’s convenient, comfortable and reliable service has also served to connect friends and family throughout the region. “We’re beyond excited to celebrate Brightline’s birthday with our teammates and guests who have been part of this special journey,” said Patrick Goddard, Brightline’s president. “Our first year of operations was trail-blazing, and the future only gets brighter from here. Thank you to our friends, family and guests for helping us to transform transportation in the United States.” In just 365 days, Brightline has:

• Carried enough passengers to fill up 9 Super Bowl stadiums

• Traveled as many miles as 195 cross-country trips between Los Angeles and Miami

• Departed more than 8,000 trains

• Hosted 1,540 loving pets

• Had 16,984 excited children on board, and this doesn’t include our trips to the North Pole onboard the Polar Express

• Distributed more than 16,000 train pins

• Shared more than 150,000 pieces of safety literature

• Reduced greenhouse emissions

• Saved countless hours of precious time by transporting guests reliably and conveniently Brightline guests have come from far and wide, including 41 states and 34 different countries (including Japan and Australia) and six continents.

Guests are invited to help celebrate Brightline’s birthday on Sunday. $10 fare tickets can be purchase at

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