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Sun Fest is almost here!

Posted on 18 April 2014 by JimLusk

SUNFEST4By Rachel Galvin

Are you ready? Sun Fest is almost here. The music event of the year, Sun Fest, is slated to open April 30 and run through May 4.  If you love music, this is the place to be. The musical genres represented run the gamut from Kid Rock to Robin Thicke. Get into the groove with bands like Goo Goo Dolls, Doobie Brothers, The Bangles, Blues Traveler, Austin Mahone, Dropkick Murphys, Daughtry and many more. Besides music, there also is an art show featuring more than 140 national artists. Runners may want to participate in the 5k race and after-party on May 2. Don’t forget the fireworks on the closing night! This fun family event has something for everyone. To get the full schedule and details, visit www.sunfest.com.

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Blood Moon

Posted on 17 April 2014 by JimLusk


By Rachel Galvin

For weeks, the news has been all about the blood moon and its possible significance, with talk by some that it could mark the end of times. This rare occurrence, which took place in the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday night is one of four that will occur, each on a significant Jewish holiday. (Passover began Monday, April 14, at sunset). The next will be on Sukkot (Oct. 8), then Passover next year (April 15) and Sukkot again on Sept. 28, 2015. According to NASA, seeing a tetrad (four blood moons) is rare in history, but more frequent beginning in the 21st century. The most unique aspect is that the moon was visible throughout the U.S. The moon turns coppery red as it picks up hints of light when it passes through the Earth’s shadow. Photo by www.geminifilmsproductions.com.

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Sailsmen win Final Sail! Doing it All/Hardway wins the Jacket!

Posted on 15 April 2014 by JimLusk


April 12th concluded the last leg in the near 2 Million dollar Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. In pursuit of the esteemed burgundy jacket, teams have been competing since December to claim the title of world’s best. With a total of 92 points, Doing it All/Team Hardway landed that honor at the awards ceremony for the Final Sail championship tournament. They fish out of a 35 foot ST Contender as opposed to their competitors with much larger sport fishing type of boats. Triple 300 mercury out boards, custom Blue Water folding tower.


They fished four seasons, averaging 8 tournaments per season. They placed in the top 10 % with each tournament.


Daryl Deka – Owns a Landscaping Company (Palm Beach Broward Landscaping)


Mark Lamb – Owns a Roofing Company (Storm Roofing Inc)


Rick Burton – Owns a Roofing Company (Native Roofng Inc)


Jimmy Dalrymple – Tarpon Guide Islamorada


Billy Vanderhorn – Sign Company


Alex Burgess – Fishing Charters


Boat Team photo


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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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Zion Lutheran celebrates 50th Anniversary

Posted on 12 February 2014 by JimLusk

Zion Lutheran celebrates 50th anniversary

By Rachel Galvin

It was 1964 and all eyes were on a new Christian school being built in Deerfield Beach. The school was Zion Lutheran and it still stands today, but during those 50 years it has changed everything from the diversity of the population it serves to the curriculum it teaches, but its sense of tradition has never faltered. Teachers who have taught here for over 20 years serve as witnesses to the many changes in the Zion community and the foundation that has kept them coming back year after year.

Chief Operating Officer Beth Loren started here in 1992, but has been a church member since 1988. Her two daughters attended here.

“I have seen a lot of changes with the curriculum. We have gone to Common Core. But we still go to weekly chapel, still have P.E., art, music – things a lot of public schools have had to curtail. We have a bell choir. Students are getting smarter younger. What they are learning in first grade I think we learned in third. It has changed the face of the classroom and what teachers are teaching. It used to be that you would learn things like how to tie your shoes in Kindergarten. Now, you can’t get into Kindergarten unless you know how to tie your shoes. The students have a lot more demands on them then we ever did,” said Loren, adding, “Our student body is very supportive of one another. If a student is struggling, the other students gather around and want to help them to succeed. I think that is very unique and makes us stand out. Our population now is reflective of the Deerfield community, more diverse. We have had different pastors come through, principals, headmasters – new ideas. As much as has changed, even more has stayed the same.”

Students here no longer are working with chalkboards, but have Expo boards, Promethean boards and laptop and iPad carts. The high schoolers have their own iPads.

“This year,” continued Loren. “We have online enrollment. If a parent tries to hand me their check, I say they have to go online, and add … have your child show you how to do it. They know more than we do!”

The age of children the school takes has grown. They now take six weeks up through 12th grade. Kathy Lamb, who began teaching here in 1989, was the one who started the infant program.

“It began with the 3-year-olds then toddlers then infants. My room is 6 weeks to 1 year.

We roll a ball, read to them, sing lullabies, take them on a buggy ride or swing on swings on the outside [porch area]. Most childcare centers do not have place to take them outside.”

Lamb added, “All three of my children went here. When my second son was here, they started the football team. This has always been a very special place to us. I always felt safe here. I knew what was going on. If the children, when they got older, went to parties, we knew the parents. The teachers and staff work together. It is a team effort. I notice the dads are more helpful with the children now. Moms and dads work together, which is wonderful.”

Debbie Post, who has taught 1st grade for the last three years and Kindergarten and Pre-K before that, says the staff is one of the reasons she has stayed here for 20 years.

“The curriculum is more advanced now. It is tied to the Promethean board and is interactive and cross curriculum. We have a small classroom size. I have 16 children and an aide to help out,” she said, adding, “We have Jesus time in the classroom (besides going to Chapel) two to three days during the week. We read lessons and sing songs from a children’s Bible, give worksheets, word search. At Christmas time, we do manger scenes and make ornaments for the Christmas tree.”

Gail Schmidt, who has been a principal and a teacher here, has graced the Zion’s halls for 26 years.

She added, “I love my job, love working. My son went here through eighth grade and now he teaches here. I came in 1988. I started as a sub and got a job a couple months later. I have been a church member for 30 years. A lot of our success has to do with having a Christian environment.”

Schmidt is excited to be celebrating the 50th anniversary and looks forward to seeing alumni, many with children of their own. The anniversary officially is on Sept. 12, but the festivities have already begun. Cummings said the goal is to remind people of what Zion has to offer, to get the community together and help Zion grow.

50th Anniversary Calendar of Events

January 18, 2014 – Lutheran Pastors’ Luncheon

January 26, 2014 –  National Lutheran Schools Week opening at 10am worship service and School Open House 11:30 – 1pm

January 26 thru February 2, 2014 – National Lutheran Schools Week

Friday, February 21, 2014 – Alumni & Friends of Zion Social

Friday, March 14, 2014 – St. Patrick’s Day  Social

Thursday, March 20, 2014—Spaghetti Dinner

Friday, April 11, 2014 – Family Bingo & Dinner

Saturday, May 10, 2014 – Family Fun Day with Alumni & Friends Activities

June / July 2014 – Pastor’s Masters

Wednesday, August 8, 2014 – Teacher & Staff Back to School Social

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – 50th Anniversary Kick off Party at Meet the Teacher Night

Thursday, August 21, 2014 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friday, Sept 12, 2014 – School’s Official 50th Anniversary Birthday Celebration

Sunday, October 12, 2014 – Homecoming begins

Friday, October 17th Homecoming Football Game  & Alumni Event

Saturday, October 18th Homecoming Dance with Alumni & Friends of Zion Event

Wednesday, December 3, 2014Tree Lighting

Friday, December 5, 2014Christmas  Social

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 9 & 10, 2014 – Christmas Musicals K -12 and Preschool

January 25, 2015 thru February 1, 2015National Lutheran Schools Week Activities

Thursday, March 26, 2015Academic Fair,  Zion Historical Exhibit & Spaghetti Dinner

Sunday, May 31, 2015Commencement  &  Gala




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Gov. Scott visits LHP’s Sheehan Buick to announce tax cut

Posted on 10 February 2014 by JimLusk

Gov ScottGovernor Rick Scott today visited Sheehan Buick GMC today, Feb. 10, to highlight his commitment to undo the 54 percent tax increase Florida families saw in 2009 to annually register motor vehicles in the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget.”

Governor Scott said, “We are going to undo the 54 percent tax increase Floridians saw in 2009 to annually register their motor vehicles. Florida families deserve to keep more of the money they earn because it has never been government’s money- it’s your money. We are building an opportunity economy in Florida and our commitment to roll back these taxes and fees will let families keep more of the money they make so they can invest in their future.”

Tom Sheehan, President, Sheehan Buick GMC said,  “We are thrilled that Governor Scott came to Sheehan Buick GMC to make his tax cut announcement.  We applaud Governor Scott for his commitment to making sure Floridians keep more of the money they earn.”

On average, families will see the annual registration costs drop from about $71 today to $46 next September. That is an average decrease in costs of about $25 for Florida families. Annually, this reduction will result in $400 million of savings for Florida families.

Click to here read the Governor’s “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget.”

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Water is safe; Boil water order rescinded, Deerfield Beach

Posted on 20 December 2013 by JimLusk



The  “Precautionary Boil Water Notice” is hereby rescinded. All bacterial test results showed no contamination of our drinking water. Therefore, be advised that your water is safe to drink and use for all household purposes.

If you have any questions, please call the City of Deerfield Beach at 954-480-4370




Broward County Well Tested Positive for Fecal Indicator

The North Broward Regional well field, from which the City of Deerfield Beach gets a portion of its groundwater supply, detected fecal indicators (E. coli) in one of its wells. The City of Deerfield Beach is not responsible for maintenance of the North Broward Regional well field. However as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are further doing to correct this situation. One process control sample in The North Broward Regional well field tested positive for Total Coliform and E. coli. This well is now being treated and repaired and it is no longer feeding raw groundwater water to our water treatment plant. The City of Deerfield Beach in an abundance of caution is collecting additional bacteriological samples throughout our distribution system to rule out any contamination. This sampling began on December 19th and will continue for two days or until deemed necessary to ensure the safety of the drinking water supplied to our residents. As a precaution you will be asked to take a few actions until the boil water notice is rescinded. The areas within the City of Deerfield Beach that are affected by this notice are zip codes 33441, 33442 and only North of SW 15th Street within the zip code 33064.

What should I do?
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using it. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. You may also use bottled water. Use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, preparing food, and washing dishes until further notice.

Also, if you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice about drinking water from your health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791. If you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor. We are also providing regular updates on this situation via postings.

What does this mean?
Inadequately treated or inadequately protected water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, cramps, and associated headaches. Fecal indicators are microbes whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term health effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. These symptoms are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

What is being done?
We will keep you informed of the steps we are taking to protect your drinking water and will provide information on any steps you should be taking, until this problem is corrected.

For more information, please contact:

The City of Deerfield Beach Water Plant at 954-480-4370

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by the City of Deerfield Beach Environmental Services Division.
State Water System ID# 4060254 Date Sent: December 19th, 2013

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7th Annual Sweet Dreams

Posted on 19 December 2013 by JimLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Within the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino Pavilion, a winter wonderland emerged Dec. 13 and 14. Besides a wintery landscape, 24 vendors provided samples of some of their sweet treats.

Carolers strolled and a band played. Celebrity Chef Keegan Gerhard used humor and skill to demonstrate how to make a Swiss Meringue on Friday. On Saturday, Chef Gale Gand, a James Beard Foundation award-winner, made holiday treats.

The event, with its wealth of desserts and frosty façade, benefits a different charity annually.

This year, it is the Make- A-Wish Foundation. The casino made wishes come true for two families.


Celebrity Chef Keegan Gerhard demonstrated how to make a Swiss Meringue at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on Dec. 13. The event lasted 2 days.

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Give The Gift Of Fitness!

Posted on 05 December 2013 by JimLusk


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Family-friendly travel to NYC

Posted on 21 September 2013 by JimLusk


By Rachel Galvin

Thinking about traveling with your family to the Big Apple? Wondering what to do? While this seems to be more of a great place for adults, there are places great for families, although waiting until children are a little older is probably preferred. Here are a few options.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org). From Egyptian temples to modern art, this is a great place to teach children about the art world. Ask about their family programs and free days. Exploreother museums nearby.
  • American Natural History Museum (www.amnh.org). Look at fossils of dinosaurs; learn about whales or other creatures, see a film in IMAX or visit the planetarium. (While in the area, check out the Dakota Building (1 W. 72 St.). This 19th century landmark has been home to countless celebrities, including John Lennon, who died here. Nearby in Central Park, you will find “Strawberry Fields.”)
  • Central Park Zoo (www.centralparknyc.org/visit/things-to-see/south-end/central-park-zoo.html). In the southeast corner of the park, birds fly free in the aviary while reptiles slither nearby safely behind glass. Monkeys preen on rocks in a serene man-made lake. Also look for a polar bear, snow leopard and other animals.
  • Empire State Building (www.esbnyc.com). The 86th floor offers a great view. Bring quarters for a closer look.
  • NBC Studio Tour (www.nbcstudiotour.com). See a behind the scenes look of some of the shows filmed here and be part of the action. Wear a jacket. It is very cold in here! Right next door is Radio City Music Hall (www.radiocity.com).
  • Times Square. Experience the excitement of the Great White Way. Visit M&M World (1600 Broadway) and the Hershey’s store across the street.
  • New York City Library (www.nypl.org). Visit the free exhibit “Why Children’s Book’s Matter,” about the history of children’s literature. On Fridays, from 1 to 2 p.m., in nearby Bryant Park, there are free fencing lessons. Call 212-382-2255 for info. Nearby are Grand Central Station and the Chrysler building.
  • United Nations (http://visit.un.org) is currently closed from Sept. 21 to Oct. 7. They have a special tour for kids. Email unitg@un.orgwith questions. Mail your postcards here; they have a post office near the gift shop.
  • FAO Schwarz (www.fao.com). This is a must-see for kids of all ages! You can build your own doll, or a whole doll house. You can even play beautiful music with your feet on the full size piano, just like the movie “Big.” Look for the Zoltar.
  • For a better view of the islands, check out the Circle Line Cruises (www.circleline42.com/new-york-cruises/home.aspx). Another great view is from the Brooklyn Bridge. See the nearby “Freedom Tower.”

Lodging is the most expensive part of a NYC trip. You can find food, gifts and even clothes that are very inexpensive. Do your homework, buy a book about the city that includes a good subway map. Look for discounts online. Bring your walking shoes and a camera. Take

the Big Apple by storm! See more at www.observernewspaperonline.com.

NYC Photos:

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Metropolitan Museum of Art





Empire State Building













Freedom Tower (Ground Zero)







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