Chazz Palminteri at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Feb. 26

Posted on 19 February 2015 by JimLusk

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By Rachel Galvin

Actor/ playwright Chazz Palminteri will be bringing stories from his own life to the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Pavilion stage in his one man show “A Bronx Tale” on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. You may have seen the 1993 movie directed by Robert De Niro telling a tale of a father who becomes worried when a local gangster, Sonny, befriends his son Cologero in the Bronx in the 1960s. Palminteri, born Cologero, who plays Sonny in the movie, plays all 18 characters without props or a costume change in the show.

Palminteri wanted to be an actor since he was 10 or 11 years old and has found huge success, being seen in TV shows, as well as films like “Bullets Over Broadway,” “The Usual Suspects” and “A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints,” which he lists as some of his favorites, among others. But since 2007, he has also been touring with his show.

“In Broadway, there was a line of people waiting to see it again,” said Palminteri, who says it is a huge hit everywhere it goes.

He added, “My show is a great show. The characters are all archetypes. Alfred Hitchcock once said, ‘…a movie can make you laugh, make you cry, scare you … if you do two out of three, you are doing really good. [With the show], I do all three. If you loved the movie, you will love the show even more.”

Asked what he hopes people will walk away with after seeing the show, he said, “I hope they go home and hug their kids [and learn] don’t waste your life. Seize the day. My father said the saddest thing in life is wasted talent.”

He added, “A lot of times, [the media] talks about the mafia. This is not about the mafia. This is about the butcher, the baker, about the working man, people like my dad, who was a bus driver, the fabric of the Italian American community.”

Palminteri was offered $1 million to step away from his script and he refused. He knew he had to be the one to do it.

“A lot of people talk about success,” he said. “You just have to do it.”

To find out more about his performance at the Seminole Casino, visit www.seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com/entertainment.

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JA World Uncorked V

Posted on 05 February 2015 by JimLusk

TOP- Destiny Farron, modeling dress by AI student Nathan Carter, with event chair Renee Korbel Quinn.

Destiny Farron, modeling dress by AI student Nathan Carter, with event chair Renee Korbel Quinn.

By Rachel Galvin JA World Uncorked V brought in a plethora of guests to sip wines from around the world and savor a plentitude of delicious tidbits all to benefit Junior Achievement Jan 24. Broward College’s Huizenga Center was not only the location of the event, but also of the Junior Achievement Biz Town, where all 5th and 8th graders throughout Broward County take field trips to learn about how the business world works by practicing hands-on. This year, Premier Beverage Company returned as presenting sponsor. Renee Korbel Quinn, Chair, said there were over 150 selections of wine, in addition to the gourmet treats available at the “Fork to Cork Affair.” Besides the wide assortment of culinary samples and spirits available, there was also entertainment with a burlesque show by Angeliki Piliouras from Stache and music by Chloe Dolandis and her band. Lynn Spinella Pagans said, “This is a phenomenal event that supports a wonderful organization. They are teaching financial literacy to children from all walks of life. This is also a great opportunity to try different foods and beverages.” Her husband, Greg, added that it is also a great opportunity to recognize sponsors.

3-Chefs serve succulent selections.

Chefs serve up succulent samples.

Proceeds from this annual event have raised more than $2 million since 2010. For more information, visit www.jaworlduncorked.com.

2-Angeliki Piliouras performs burlesque dance.

Angeliki Piliouras performs burlesque dance.

4-Chloe Dolandis sings her heart out.

Chloe Dolandis sings her heart out.

 

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“Song of Solomon” at Wick Theatre

Posted on 22 January 2015 by JimLusk

By Rachel Galvin
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Tony-nominated Robert Cuccioli portrays Solomon. Photo by Amy Pasquantonio.

Who knew a Biblical love story could be so compelling, so heartfelt, so moving, so filled with romance, betrayal and compassion? Wick Theatre knew. Only on their second season, they are already gutsy enough to expand their repertoire and take a chance on something brand new. In a one-night-only presentation, “The Song of Solomon” delighted a sold-out house on Jan. 19. The show was originally at a festival in New York and then turned into a concert there, before coming here.

Written by Andrew Beall and Neil Van Leeuwen, this concert was a staged reading of what will soon be a full play headed eventually to Broadway. It covers the love story between Solomon and Almah, his building of the temple and the betrayal by those around him. The principal cast came from New York, including Tony-nominated actor Robert Cuccioli, who played subtlety with his emotion as Solomon; Ann McCormack who played an emotional Almah; Casey Manning, who caught everyone’s attention with his powerful Broadway belt; and the masterful Richard Abanes, whose heart-wrenching realization drew compassion from the crowd.

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Celebs. at Gimme A Burger

Posted on 06 March 2014 by JimLusk

On March 4, actress Elisabetta Fantone, Gretchen Rossi (of “Real Housewives of Orange County) came to Gimme A Burger in Deerfield Beach to bust up a burger before Fantone’s bachelorette party in Miami. They were accompanied by Rossi’s hubby Slade Smile and Fantone’s hubby-to-be Patrick Cohen. Long Film Company filmed a quick video and the girls gave away an entry to their VIP party. More pics coming soon.

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Gretchen Rossi and Elisabetta Fantone

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Patrick Dawson films Andrew Kiaroscuro talking to GM Jonathan Wolf.

 

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J&J Farms welcomes the season

Posted on 07 November 2013 by L.Moore

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Oct. 26 marked the opening of J&J Farms for the season.

In the business of bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to consumers straight from the farm for 27 years, this locale always is bustling with customers.

Looking to maintain a country family feel while constantly upgrading the ambience, J&J Farms is known for their ripe tomatoes, potted herbs, hanging flowers, fresh bread and local honey. They are cutting down on costs and going green by asking customers to bring their own bags. Some employees here have been with the company for almost 20 years.

**J&J Farms is located at 2777 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442. For more information, call 954-421-8650.**

 

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Beach Boys – LHP Tribute Band

Posted on 07 November 2013 by L.Moore

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About 500 area residents grooved to tunes like “Let’s Go Surfin’ Now,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” 409,” “Be True To Your School,” Saturday night, Nov. 2 in Lighthouse Point’s Frank McDonough Park – played LIVE by a Beach Boys Tribute Band.

Marlies, who came with neighbors Axel and Pauline, grabbed a tasty plate of food from one of the many food trucks.

Jeff Brand and Faith, 5, enjoyed a father/daughter night out at the event sponsored by LHP Cultural Committee.

 

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Butler House holiday events start SATURDAY!

Posted on 07 November 2013 by L.Moore

butler110713Volunteers will be decorating the Butler House for the holidays this Saturday, Nov. 9 around 10 a.m. The Woman’s Club is helping and the effort is being lead by Sally Potter and Amie Kay Tanner.

 

Deerfield Beach Historical Society is also about to trim the Butler Tree in the backyard, which is believe to be one of the oldest trees in Broward County.

 

Breakfast With Santa is coming up on Dec. 7 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. with food, pictures with Santa, entertainment by the Banyan and face painting.

 

A Holiday Party at the Butler is also being planned with wine and cheese on Thursday, Dec 5 for a $10 donation to Breakfast With Santa.

 

We are decking the halls!

 

For more information, call 954-461-1152.

 

 

 

 

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City Kicks off: Tire Recycling Program

Posted on 07 November 2013 by L.Moore

Waste tires present a problem if not properly managed.  If left out in the weather, they can breed mosquitoes and seem to attract other unwanted tires.  Local affordable options to properly manage waste tires now exist in the City of Deerfield Beach thanks to a new program undertaken by the Dept. of Recycling and Solid Waste Management.

Thanks to a city-funded contract with the county, every person in the city can recycle up to four tires for no cost at the Broward County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Site at 2780 N. Powerline Rd., open every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Proof of City of Deerfield Beach residence is required. More information can be found on www.Broward.org.

If a resident needs to recycle more tires, the city will provide a regular opportunity to recycle them for a small fee as well.  Each month, on the second Saturday, between 8a.m. and noon, we will accept waste tires at the Central City Campus, 401 SW 4 St.  No more than 25 tires per load will be accepted.  In order to help recover expenses, fees will be charged of $2 per passenger and light truck tires, and $5 for semi tires or any tire on the rim. So, join in efforts every second Saturday of the month to keep Deerfield Beach green!

We certainly hope residents will make good use of this new option and not allow tires to become a problem on their property,” said Debra Shaw, the city’s Recycling Specialist.

**For more information, call 954-480-4391.**

 

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Affordable Care TOWN HALL Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed

Posted on 31 October 2013 by L.Moore

clarkereed103113By Diane Emeott 

Today, with the website working, we were able to complete a few applications online…

[In fact,] we’ve processed about 350 applications in person, over the phone and online from Oct. 1 until last week. We’ve probably done 30 since then,” — Jerson Dulis countered national media reports on MSNBC and CNN about recent glitches with the U.S. government’s website that have kept people from applying for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act known as “Obamacare.” 

Dulis, Community Outreach Manager for Broward Community & Family Health Centers, Inc., was one of three panelists who informed about 50 area residents and answered their questions at an Affordable Care Act Town Hall at Westside Park Recreation Center in Deerfield Beach, Tuesday night, Oct. 29. 

Notables attending included: a representative from U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings office, Broward Democratic State Committeewoman Maggie Davidson and local Pastors Anthony Davis and Nathaniel Knowles.  

Said State Representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, District 92, “We’re very pleased to get all the people out tonight. As we hear all the negatives on the news, we’re going on. We’re moving on. This is the law of the land and we’re going to abide by it. 

In 2010 this law [the Affordable Care Act] was passed. Since 2010, folks have had the opportunity to learn what’s going to happen.” 

Clarke-Reed said the issue of whether the insurance marketplace would come through the State of Florida or the feds was one of the things she and others were fighting the Republican Party for during the last Legislative session in Tallahassee this past March through May.

Whether to accept $52 billion so that 1.3 million Floridians could be insured? The House of Representatives refused. The Senate was willing to take the money. This marketplace now is through the federal government,” she said of the 9 approved insurance companies that offer the plans.  

They are: **Cigna, Coventry Health, Sunshine State, Aetna, Preferred Medical Plan, Molina Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Health Options.** 

Reasons for individuals to explore the new healthcare options are: no discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, subsidies and tax credits “make insurance more affordable,” essential health benefits increase coverage.

Contrastingly, CBS news reported that same morning that Obamacare is making everything **more expensive,** not just premiums. As [some] insurance companies have chosen to cancel policies and offer more expensive replacements, allegedly 2 million are losing their policies, the report stated.

BACKGROUND

**Currently:**

[  ] ½ of Americans have insurance through their jobs.

[  ] 1/3 have insurance through the government, either Medicare — or Medicaid, which will be expanding. 

[  ] 1/10 buy insurance themselves. 

[  ] Another 30 million Americans have no insurance at all. 

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more employees will be required to supply health insurance or pay a penalty. 

Smaller employers will have incentives to offer health insurance to their employees. 

IMPORTANT TO KNOW

Open enrollment goes from Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. 

It is vital. If people don’t apply by Dec. 15, 2013 your coverage may not come into play by Jan. 1,” explained Dulis. 

It’s pay-as-you-go. If you don’t pay for a month, you aren’t covered for that month,” said panelist Vince Johnson from Broward Health. 

In addition to online applications, people can do phone applications, or pick up, fill out and send by certified mail written applications.  

Certified application counselors and navigators are available to assist you for FREE in filling out an application, said panelist Mayte Canino from Planned Parenthood Public Affairs.  

In order to compare your current insurance with possible savings in the new Health Insurance Marketplace, steps are to: 1) Make an application 2) Receive correspondence with spreadsheet options regarding your personal situation — they’ll shop it for you with the different insurance agencies. 

If you decide to go forward with Affordable Care, 3) Enroll.

If you have insurance with an employer, etc. it doesn’t preclude you from going through the Exchange and Open Enrollment,” explained Clarke-Reed. Then, **you** decide whether you’re going to accept and enroll.” 

She added that after serving on the State Board of Military & Veterans Benefits, “If I was a veteran, I would not move one step.”

PLAN TYPES

The Health Insurance Marketplace has been described as being ‘like an insurance mega mall, with cheaper plans to platinum plans.’ 

**There are four types of plan:** 

Platinum — 90 percent of costs paid by Health Plan/10 percent by Individual.

Gold — 80 percent of costs paid by Health Plan/20 percent by Individual. 

Silver – 70 percent of costs paid by Health Plan/30 percent by Individual. 

Bronze – 60 percent of costs paid by Health Plan/40 percent by Individual. 

There are no specific plans for those with cancer, diabetes, or other serious health conditions. While **all** the plans will cover such a person, platinum and gold are more geared to those needed extended health services, while silver and bronze are geared to basically healthy, young people.  

CHECKLIST

To make the best use of your time, and not have to reschedule an appointment with an application counselor or navigator, make sure to bring appropriate documentation to answer these questions on a 2-to-3-page individual application: Income, Family size, Zip code, Smoker or Nonsmoker.

 

For the 7-page family application, you will be asked to provide: Social Security number, Driver’s License, Proof of Income for taxes.

Things that can delay the process are having different names on different forms of ID, or two last names when comparing Driver’s License, Social Security Card, and Green Card, if applicable. 

CONTACT INFO 

[  ] To register for the Health Insurance Marketplace, visit www.healthcare.gov or call the hotline at 1-800-318-2596.

[  ] Broward Health North has a local enrollment site at 201 E. Sample Rd., Deerfield Beach, 33064. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 954-786-6589 for an appointment. 

[  ] For assistance in filling out an application through Broward Community & Family Health Centers, Inc., contact Outreach & Enrollment Specialists Dontraey R. Oliver-Johnson in Pompano at 954-970-8805 or Lynore Patrice Dyer in Hollywood at 954-967-0028. For more information, go to www.bcfhc.org.

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15-year-old local Country artist gets big nod from Nashville

Posted on 31 October 2013 by L.Moore

lizzie103113By Joe Malmuth, Photo by D. Sider

Recently named one of the Country Music Association (CMA’s) 2013 New Artists to Watch, 15-year-old Lizzie Sider has accomplished a lot, including: garnering the attention of some big names in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles.

Lizzie, a Florida native who lives in Boca Raton, recently performed her song “Butterfly,” on the nationally-syndicated Queen Latifah Show.

Lizzie will perform at 80 schools throughout California during her campaign to bring awareness to the anti-bullying movement.

Lizzie’s song “Butterfly,” was written about her own experiences being bullied and how she overcame the teasing and learned a life lesson within the words of her father.

“My goal is to spread a good message and hopefully inspire these kids. I always wanted to inspire and help people. It’s something I have always been passionate about,” she said.

A victim of bullying at a young age, Lizzie shared the idea of hitting the road to promote an anti-bullying agenda with her parents, and after reaching out to California schools, the 80-stop tour was born.

“Every time after these assemblies, the kids come up to me afterwards and I get to talk to them and really make friends. I can’t describe the feeling I get when these kids tell me that I have inspired them. It really makes my heart smile.”

Lizzie performs to an average crowd of about 500 children — ranging in age from kindergarten through 8th grade.

Butterfly,” which she co-wrote with Jamie O’Neal about her experiences being bullied in school, recently ranked in the Top 40 in the Music Row Charts in Nashville.

“My dad told me, ‘Nobody has the power to ruin your day,'” which is the theme of the tour.

“Butterfly has become my anthem and I want it to inspire others and for it to give them courage to spread the message that nobody has the power to ruin your day.”

The 80 School Bully Prevention Assembly Tour in California is Lizzie’s idea and is endorsed by Pacer.org, the United States National Bully Prevention Organization.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

Lizzie is working on a new album for release sometime in 2014 and recently participated in her first CMA Fest with her own booth and a LIVE performance at the famed country music venue, The Wildhorse.

She will be touring Florida schools in January and February 2014.


**For more information, go to:

www.lizziesider.com**

@lizziesider

 

 

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