Heroes Memorial unveiled in Lighthouse Point

Posted on 22 February 2018 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

It is three years in the making — the Heroes Memorial Shrine now sitting in Frank McDonough Park in Lighthouse Point (LHP). It has benches for each branch of the military and an American flag in the middle with an Eagle flying north on top, and a city and state flag. This site features all the cardinal directions in a “compass rose” and has bricks that were purchased with names of veterans and first responders.

The inspiration for the memorial is to recognize United States Marine Dale Sloan Wilkinson, the only LHP resident ever to have been killed in combat, but it honors all who have made the ultimate sacrifice and those who continue to serve today.

This beautiful site is the brainchild of Ryan Kolb, brought about as his Eagle Scout project for Troop 238. His original sketch was taken and turned into a reality with help from William Gallo, of Gallo Herbert Architects, Chuck McLaughlin, the Exchange Club of Pompano Beach, the City of LHP and others. Even the Archdiocese of Miami was involved since the land it is on belongs to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and is leased by the city.

I started with the original hand sketches by Ryan. I invited Ryan to come in and participate with my design team. Chuck [McLaughlin] and I tried for 15 years [to get a memorial for vets]. We couldn’t get a location. I started doing a master plan for St. Paul’s,” said Gallo, who, like McLaughlin, has also been a “Keeper” of the City.

He said this location in the park was picked purposely.

He explained, “I used to go to a boot camp here in the morning at 6 a.m. When the sun rises, the whole place glows. We will always have the sun rise on the monument.”

He added, “I came up with the circular idea [for the area]. The different benches give people an opportunity to meditate. This is Frank Lloyd Wright style.”

He also installed seven Italian Cypress trees, which when grown, he said, will “kind of float on air.”

He said the site is not complete yet. They will be acid washing it and putting gunnite (sprayed concrete) on it, a spray that NASA uses, which will seal it for 10 years.

The site was made possible by the purchase of bricks and private donations. The budget was over $100,000. The back of the sign for the park nearby will be modified to thank contributors. Bricks are still available. 8 x 8 bricks are $200 and 4 x 8 bricks are $100. For more information, visit www.LHPHeroesMemorial.com. Money that comes in will also go toward maintenance.

I have a brick honoring my father, who was in Korea and my father-in-law, also in Korea. I have one for my grandfather, who lived in Lighthouse Point from 1963 until he died. He was in World War I and World War II in the Navy.

It’s very impressive site to see at night,” said LHP Mayor Troast, “The light [washes] the area in a soft light. The flag is illuminated at night. It has LED lights, low voltage and as green as possible. They come on at dusk. It is not just a dedication to those who came before us but to everyone who serves us now.”

The timing was right,” said McLaughlin about the site, as he walked around and pointed to bricks, knowing every veteran that was shown, many of whom, like he, served in Vietnam. He served from 1967 to 1968 in the Marine Corps and received a Meritorious Mast for his service during the Tet Offensive.

He pointed to the middle of the circle, saying, “This is the circle of protection… vets living and dead. On the outside are the first responders. The Eagle flies north, a great sign for America. There are five branches of the military [on the benches]. It goes around and ends with the first responders. It’s time to honor our own.”

Kolb was certainly thrilled with the result.

I think it came out amazing. I started it years ago. I met with Mr. Chuck and Mayor Troast. I didn’t know what it was going to look like, but we knew we wanted a monument for the heroes and first responders. It came out amazing. It’s incredible to see how much the project means to so many people,” said Kolb.

Only 32 or 33 badges are required to reach Eagle Scout, said Kolb, an 11th grader at Deerfield Beach High, but he has 36 and is working on four more. He has inspired his younger brother Mason, who is almost 13, to start working early on his Eagle Scout project.

His parents Angela and Chris proudly stood at the special soft opening of the site during Keeper Days activities in the park Saturday, Feb. 10.

We are proud of him. It is quite a learning experience. I am happy to see it finally came to fruition. He will be able to come here, to bring his kids and grandkids. It’s nice that he created something with a lasting impression in the city.”

Kolb said the event included the Pompano High School ROTC presenting colors, the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance and a speech by Mayor Troast and more. Many vets, DAV members and other community leaders came out for the occasion. There will be a more formal ceremony probably on Memorial Day.

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Boca Bacchanal Sip & Roll

Posted on 22 February 2018 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

Gearing up for the 16th Annual Boca Bacchanal beginning April 6, Mugsy PR gave media an outstanding sneak peek with a unique event. Media met up at Saks 5th Avenue in the Town Center at Boca Raton, received a branded wine glass, and then waited for our cars and drivers from Excell Auto Group to arrive, including Lamborghini, Ferrari and a Rolls Royce, as well as the Sprinter, a custom cargo van. We jumped in our individual cars and headed out to visit three of the Boca Raton restaurants who will be a part of the Boca Bacchanal. [I was in the Sprinter and we had champagne ready for us in the back!]

First stop was Louie Bossi, which opened last May in a prime location on Federal Hwy. in Boca Raton (100 E. Palmetto Park Rd.) We had a selection of cheese and meat selections and wine. After visiting there briefly, we switched up cars and headed to Seasons 52 (2300 NW Executive Center Dr.) where we were offered tender chicken skewers and pineapple with red pepper, a delicious flatbread and scrumptious scallops, and more wine. The last stop was Maggiano’s Little Italy (21090 St Andrews Blvd.) for more wine and a delicious meatball and pasta offering. We went back to Saks and received a collection of perfume samples as a parting gift.

This event was a perfect collaboration between the Boca Raton Historical Society, who puts on and benefits from the Boca Bacchanal; Saks 5th Avenue and Excell Auto Group.

This was just the first in a series of events leading up to the main event. Coming up are the following events (rates are per person):

Bacchus Beckons: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6-8 p.m., at Saks Fifth Avenue. The chef and vintner pairings will be announced as well as the vintner dinner hosts. $50.

Bubbles & Brunch: Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m. to noon, at the brand new Robb & Stucky showroom in Boca Raton. Guests will enjoy live music while strolling the showroom sipping champagne that will be featured at Boca Bacchanal this year. Upstairs will be a designer work-shop by Robb & Stucky creative director on new trends and inspirations from the Highpoint Market. $30.

Boca Bacchanal

Vintner Dinners: Friday, April 6, 7 p.m. Guests go to different private residences (grand estates and historical sites, including The Boca Raton Resort & Club) to experience an intimate, dining experience. Each features a vintner and chef pairing their wine and cuisine together to create a magnificent five-course meal. Each dinner will also have a unique Saks Fifth Avenue silent auction item. $325 per person.

Bacchanalia 2018: Saturday, April 7, 7 to 11 p.m. Mizner Park Amphitheater. This is a more casual event, as guests experience incredible food from over 30 local restaurants with world-class vintners showcasing their wineries’ best – all for attendees to sample. DJ and electric violinist Timothy Lovelock will keep the party going until 11p.m. High-tech auction too. $100.

For more information and tickets, visit www.bocabacchanal.com.

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Posted on 22 February 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Feb. 6: It was reported that a Ford F350 was stolen from 100 Fairway Dr.

Feb. 6: A woman reported her bicycle stolen from 745 SE 19 Ave.

Feb. 6: A man reported that someone broke into his vehicle parked at 660 W. Hillsboro Blvd. and stole three bracelets and two sweaters for a total loss of $600.

Feb. 6: A person working as a bookkeeper at Cell Science System at 852 N. Military Tr. was reported for embezzling $3,537.

Feb. 10: A man reported that his vehicle was stolen while he was sleeping at 4080 NW 1 Pl.

(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 Special Edition

Posted on 15 February 2018 by LeslieM

The Observer’s Pioneer Days Special Souvenir Edition is available in print and online! Read it here or pick one up at the festivities!

Image by Leslie Moore

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Posted on 15 February 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 30: A woman said that her vehicle parked at 37 NE 5 St. was entered while she slept and several bags containing clothing, jewelry and tools were stolen. The total loss was $12,400.

Jan. 30: Someone broke into a vehicle parked at 194 SE 2 St. and stole a computer, medications and a $1,300 money order.

Jan. 30: A man said that an individual with whom he had an argument slashed the tires on his car parked at 4300 N. Powerline Rd.

Jan. 30: A woman reported that her home at 4047 Newport North broke into her home and stole $250 and medications.

Feb. 1: A trailer at 381 SW 14 St. was broken into and a pressure cleaner was stolen.

Lighthouse Point

Jan. 18: The victim said someone spray-painted graffiti on a stop sign at 2450 N. Federal Hwy. The damage was $250.

Jan. 18: Someone stole a tag off a 2006 Lincoln vehicle parked in a driveway at 4041 NE 31 Ave.

Jan. 25: While reviewing surveillance video of the night before, the store employee saw a male subject taking clothing and running out of the store at 3722 N. Federal Hwy. without paying for them. The loss was estimated at $119.94.

(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 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 23: Someone stole a Ford F350 single cab pickup truck from a driveway at 298 SE 8 Ave.

Jan. 23: Someone entered a vehicle parked at 1233 SE 12 Ave. and stole a wallet with $250 and credit cards.

Jan. 23: A man reported that someone broke into his vehicle and stole 15 silver bars, a laptop and a briefcase.

Jan. 23: A woman reported her Toyota stolen from 610 NE 37 St.

Jan. 25: It was reported that a red tricycle was stolen from 3973 NW 9 Ave.

Lighthouse Point

Jan. 13: A homeowner used his 9mm Beretta to kill an opossum in his backyard at 1900 NE 28 Ct. Police determined it was killed humanely.

(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 01 February 2018 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin
(More pics coming soon)
Now, this event was worth the drive! Glitz and glamour took over downtown Delray Jan. 24 to 28 for the Delray Beach Fashion Week. There were fashion shows, a hair show, a Stiletto Race, shopping event and more. Proceeds for the event benefited the Achievement Centers for Children and Families and the Arts Garage’s educational programming for children. The week showcased 40 retailers, 11 hair salons and 80 models in this 5th annual event. The last day was the time to shop for all the fashions featured during the week, but the real culminating event was the Swim & Surf Runway Show. Emcees Suzanne Boyd, anchor from CBS 12, and Jule Guaglardi, owner
of Roxy Lulu, talked about the fashions while the models strutted their stuff in front of media, VIPs, fashion fans and the rest of the public who happened by after enjoying everything downtown Delray has to offer. The event overall really showcased all of the fashions that can be
found in downtown. There also was a great promotional video by VUP media shown before the show began.
Participants included retailers Amanda Johnson Studio, Antica Sartoria, Aqua Swimwear,
Beverly Hills Boutique, Blings & Things, C.Orrico, Charleston Shoe Co., Coco & Co., DeBilzan
Gallery, Elektrik Boutique, Gallery at Studio 5, Glavidia:  by Glavidia Alexis, Greenlines,
Haystacks, House of Zen Dali, Hy Pa – Hy Ma, Kismet Village, LoveRich Boutique, LF Delray
Beach, Morley, Nina Raynor, Oh My Bod, Patchington, Periwinkle, Petite Connection, Private
Jewelers, Ramona La Rue, ROXYLULU, Sara Campbell, Sequin/Biba, South Ocean Beach
Shop, Spice, Sunday State Style, Swatches & Rags, The Drop In Surf Shop, The House of Perna,
The Sandy Shoppe, Tommy Bahama, Vince Canning Shoes, Who’s Karen Boutique and hair
salons B. Calvin Smart, Glavidia Hair Studios, In the Grove Hair Studio, Odeon Salon,
PURSTRANDS, Salon EscapeE, The Sandy Shoppe, ShearLuck Salon, Tammy Benz, Tipsy
Salon Bar, Upper Cutz Barber Shop & Salon.
The event was sponsored by Platinum Sponsors Karma Palm Beach, which had its Karma Reveros on
display, and Ormonde Productions; Gold Sponsors In the Grove Hair Studio, Victoria DeSilvio
Group, VUP Media, Grimes Events & Party Tents; Silver Sponsors 236 Fifth Avenue Delray
Beach, Comcast Spotlight, Glavidia Hair Studios, Purstrands, Ramen Lab Eatery, The Sandy
Shoppe, Shearluck Salon, Tipsy Salonbar, LivingFLA.com, Parisi Events; Bronze Sponsors
Delray Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, Park View Realty, The Colony Hotel & Cabana Club,
Che!, Mellow Mushroom, Old School Square Fieldhouse, Cockspur Rum, Iceberg Vodka and
Deluxe Properties.
For more information on Delray Beach Fashion Week, visit www.DelrayFashionWeek.com.

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Posted on 31 January 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 19: A man reported his bicycle stolen from 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Jan. 19: A man reported his wallet containing $8 and credit cards stolen from 3720 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Jan. 19: A man reported that a male caller has called him on a number of occasions and made threats. The report was made at 1258 S. Military Tr.

Jan. 19: A man reported his vehicle parked at 4032 W. Hillsboro Blvd. entered and stole a backpack with a wallet, credit cards and an iPad. Later, the person who stole the credit cards used one of them at a Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd. to make $682 in purchases.

Jan. 22: A man reported his bicycle stolen from 875 NE 48 St.

Lighthouse Point

Jan. 13: A male subject was arguing with employees in a store at 5300 N. Federal Hwy. after he was observed stealing and breaking items. He was taken into custody.

Jan. 13: A homeowner used his 9mm Beretta to kill an opossum in his backyard in the 1900 block of NE 28 Court. Police determined it was killed humanely.

Jan. 13: Police responded to a report of a loose dog at 2360 NE 48 Ct. The owner of the dog did not know how the dog got loose and the dog was picked up at the police department.

(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 30 January 2018 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

This year’s, JA World Uncorked event at the Huizenga Center on Broward College’s North Campus on Saturday, Jan. 20, went above and beyond. Besides a long line of tables filled with delectable tidbits from restaurants, and plenty of spirit distributors ready to pour, there was a champagne room and a beer garden. Out front, there was a Plinko game. People paid $20 to play and everyone was a winner of a bag filled with items like wine and wallets. People could also get their photo taken with the fotoboyz and take it home to capture the event. Of course, there was a long line of silent auction items and a raffle. There were so many sponsors involved in making this event a reality, including Presenting Sponsor Breakthru Beverage.

We doubled the amount of food vendors, probably 40 percent more,” said Tim Hogans, who has been on the board for three years and is chair on the governance committee. He also works with Florida Power & Light, which he said has supported Junior Achievement for 25 years.

This Circle of Wise Women Signature Event is a fundraiser for Junior Achievement of South Florida’s educational programs like JA Biz Town, which teaches kids about the work world interactively, instructing them about everything from finances to career opportunities. (https://jasouthflorida.org).

At JA World Uncorked, the entertainment always gets a lot of attention. This year’s was more ambitious than ever. Sponsored by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood (www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com), the event included a whole stage set up with lights, singers interacting with the crowd, a band and models dancing, and even twirling while suspended above, put together by Event Services Group (http://esgfla.com), said emcee and singer Eliot Valentin, who added that the performers were called Pulse Vibe. The “Pulse” part is the band and the DJ is Vibe, so when they come together, they combine their names. He said they recently performed at an industry holiday party and got asked to do this event by the Hard Rock.

Also, in an alcove nearby, was the very intimate and dimly lit bar by Kuro, which is located inside the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood.

It seemed like around every corner there was something new to see at the event.

This was the first year for Seasons 52.

They reached out to me to see if we wanted to participate,” said Tonya Prueter, sales manager, who was serving up pecan pie with a vanilla mousse on the bottom and also a red velvet dessert. (www.seasons52.com).

Nearby, Liquid Xcream served up ice cream with liquid nitrogen, made on-the-spot. For ice cream flavors, they had the ultra rich tequila strawberry cheesecake and honey cinnamon whiskey ice cream. They have over 70 flavors available, in addition to 20 popcorn flavors. They do not have a brick and mortar store, but just go to events like these. (www.liquidxcream.com).

The Temple Street Eatery (www.TempleStreetEatery.com) has been to the event before. This year, they served up Asian style roast pork sliders, with homemade pickled vegetables, and chocolate mousse with a chocolate cookie crumble.

We try to do a lot of events,” said the manager, B.J. Lee. “This is an amazing cause… to be able to present different career options to kids. Young kids don’t think about culinary as a career. It is nice when kids come into our restaurant and [they can experience flavors they may never have experienced]. They get excited about it.”

The General Manager of the 4 Rivers Smokehouse (www.4RSmokehouse.com), Will Davis, and his crew were very excited to be a part of the event. They opened up in Coral Springs a year and ½ ago.

This event is excellent. I love it!” exclaimed one of the carvers for the meat station they had set up. “I had a lot of fun… with the music playing, it is perfect,” added the caterer.

For more information on this event, visit www.jaworlduncorked.com.

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Posted on 25 January 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 9: Someone stole a bumper, grill and headlights from a vehicle parked at 851 Crystal Lake Dr..

Jan. 9: Someone entered a car parked at 25 Deer Creek Rd. and stole a purse.

Jan. 9: Two men were seen stealing two cellular devices from Target at 1200 S. Federal Hwy. They concealed the devices in clothing.

Jan. 10: A man said that he left his wallet on a counter at Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd. When he returned, it was missing. Video surveillance showed a man stealing the wallet.

Jan. 11: A man had four tires installed on his vehicle at Tire Kingdom at 2525 W. Sample Rd. He left the store without paying for the tires.

Lighthouse Point

Jan. 13: A male victim said someone entered his unlocked 2003 Chevrolet 510 pickup truck that was parked at 2060 NW 27 St. and rummaged through the glove compartment. A 9mm Glock pistol was stolen. The loss was $600.

Jan. 13: A male subject was arrested for petit theft, criminal mischief and resisting an officer. He was also trespassed from the store located at 5360 N. Federal Hwy.

Jan. 13: A male subject was arguing with employees in a store at the 5360 block of N. Federal Highway after he was observed stealing and breaking items. He was taken into custody.

(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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