“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.


Gretchen Rossi and Elisabetta Fantone


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

jandj110713Photo by Rachel Galvin

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.



[  ] 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. 


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.”


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.  


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. 


[  ] 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.



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:





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Day Time Radness

Posted on 17 October 2013 by L.Moore

Friday, Oct. 18, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Island Water Sports 1985 NE 2 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Skateboarders extravaganza! Biggest sale of the year. Benefitting Calvary Chapel Benevolence Care and Carolyne Koos.


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BSO Deputy Rivera’s funeral Friday at Calvary Chapel

Posted on 24 September 2013 by JimLusk

deputydanielriverabrowardsheriffsofficerThe men and women of the Broward Sheriff Office are mourning the loss of a dedicated colleague, Deputy Daniel Rivera, who died Saturday night of injuries he sustained in a car crash. He leaves behind a 14-year-old son, Damian Luis Barrio, and many other grieving relatives, friends and coworkers.

Visitation for Rivera will be held Thursday, Sept. 26 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach, 138 NE 1 STreet, Pompano. The funeral is 11 a.m., Friday, September 27 at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, 2401 W. Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale. Interment is at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, 1400 State Road 7, North Lauderdale.

Deputy Rivera, 32, started with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 2003. He served in the agency’s Department of Detention until May 2012 when he transferred to the Department of Law Enforcement. He was a road patrol deputy in BSO’s Pompano Beach district. He was driving on Interstate 95 just before sunrise on Sept. 11 when his car left the roadway and hit a tree.

“Our entire agency is feeling the loss of this young, brave deputy who was taken too soon from his family, friends and coworkers,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “I am praying for Deputy Rivera’s family to find comfort and strength during this time.”

Deputy Rivera was a confident, hard-working deputy who loved fitness, dancing to Latin music, rooting for the New York Mets and being with his friends, family and his girlfriend. He was born in Brooklyn and attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan and Florida Atlantic University. Deputy Rivera was an auxiliary police officer with the New York Police Department before moving to Florida at age 19. He attended Church by the Glades in Coral Springs.

Other survivors include his mother, Miriam Cuin, a captain with the New York City Department of Corrections; father, Antonio Cuin, a warden with the New York City Department of Corrections; sister, Jessica Ducos; brother, Carlos Ducos; grandparents, Moises and Maria Hernandez and girlfriend, Andrea Mendez.

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