Putting on the Ritz

Posted on 26 March 2015 by JimLusk

Look for more pictures and story on the Deerfield Beach Chamber gala coming soon!

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Farm Heritage Days

Posted on 12 March 2015 by JimLusk


Antique tractors on display.

Farm Heritage

By Rachel Galvin

The historic Sample McDougald House in Pompano Beach was the perfect setting for a Farm Heritage event March 7 & 8 since the house was originally on a pineapple farm. Antique tractors from the ‘40s to ‘60s were on display. Cock-A-Doodle-Doo provided pony rides and a petting zoo. Inside was a thorough display showcasing Pompano’s rich farming roots, as well as old quilts, from as early as a century past. The Old Time Jammers also served up music “Hee Haw” style. Artist Pat Anderson was on-hand to demo her artwork. Guests could sit down with some BBQ or shaved ice.

Executive Director Dan Hobby said, “We started talking to some of the farm families and it turned into celebrating agriculture with exhibits showing farming history. Local produce brokers donated vegetables so we could sell them and raise money for the house. [This event] has a nice feel. Kids are out. It is starting out as a manageable event and we will allow it to grow.”

Fred Segal, of the Broward County Farm Bureau, continued, “Sample McDougald farm is an ideal location. I am hoping in future years it will continue.”

Wes Baker brought a tractor that belonged to his father, which was used to farm an orange grove.

He said, “It is amazing how few people really know farming in the area.”

“I think this is a great event. It’s nice to know about history of Pompano. We put several months into planning, borrowed pictures from the historical society, etc. It took about 12 hours to put it together,” said docent Laura Salerno about the indoor displays.

Board member Shirley Farris, whose father, R.V. Jones, was one of the farming pioneers pictured and written about on the display, said the quilts on display were donated. One was from as early as 1850. Many quilts were made from flour sacks.

“This is the first time we are doing this event,” she said. “This is a great start.”

Cherryl Cook, once a McDougald who grew up in the house, said, “I hope they make this an annual event so young people can celebrate farm life. So many families are going back to healthy eating, going to healthy stores, like Whole Foods. Farming has come full circle.”


Rob Whitsett holds up a tiny pair of overalls that he wore as a child. They have been passed through his farming family through the years.


Cherryl Cook and Laura Salerno.


Petting zoo.


Old quilts on display.


Old Time Jammers play.


Pony rides.


Fresh vegetables for sale.


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Chazz Palminteri at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Feb. 26

Posted on 19 February 2015 by JimLusk


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.


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

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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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