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Boca Burger Battle

Posted on 18 July 2014 by JimLusk

Marilyn Wilson is one of the volunteers serving judges

By Rachel Galvin

Sanborn Square was packed with people for the Boca Burger Battle on July 12. Nineteen contenders showed off their grilling prowess for the judges. But the victor was Salt 7, located in Delray, with its Motley Burger. Classic Rock Therapy entertained with rock rhythms. Meanwhile, others strutted to their own sounds doing Zumba. Guests strolled through vendor booths and left satisfied after indulging in plenty of burger varieties and gourmet sides. Besides wine, there were also plenty of craft beers, rumored to be a taste of a new event to come, from the BocaRaton.com crew.

Find out more about Boca Burger Battle at www.bocaburgerbattle.com.

Craft beer was prominent this year–a taste of a new event to come…

Potions in Motion created a tasty combo –

Salt7 wins!

Judges ate until they could eat no more…


BocaRaton.com’s Russell Spadaccini, who put on Boca Burger Battle, with Tom Leeman, one of the principals of BirthdayComp.com.


Classic Rock Therapy rocked it out.


They even had a food truck giving out French fries!


Potions in Motion preps.

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For Sale

Posted on 26 June 2014 by L.Moore


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Katz V. Katz

Posted on 13 June 2014 by JimLusk



Katz Deli in NYC


Katz Deli in Deerfield Beach










The famous Katz Deli in New York City filed a cease-and-desist letter on April 29 to stop Deerfield Beach Katz Deli in The Cove from using their name. The NYC deli, founded in 1888, accused the local deli of infringing on its federal trademark rights. The Cove Katz Deli opened less than a year ago. Both restaurants sell New York style and Kosher deli food. The NYC deli has been featured in movies like “When Harry Met Sally.”

 The case is listed under Katz’s Delicatessen of Houston Street Inc v Pump-a-Nickel Corp d/b/a Katz’s Deli of Deerfield Beach et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 14-04245.

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Christian Filmers make movie in Deerfield

Posted on 06 June 2014 by JimLusk

By Rachel Galvin

For director Gaetano Fasulo, as well as about 60 cast and crew, their movie, “Bonk,” a romantic Christian comedy, was a labor of love. Created for the Gideon Film Festival, to be held July 11-16 in Orlando, the film was filmed in locations all over the Deerfield Beach area, including the Eller Building (home of the Observer). The film, the first of many by the group, premiered May 30 at Centro Cristiano church in Deerfield Beach. Boca Live, who usually performs at Church of All Nations in Boca Raton, led the large crowd in worship through their powerful music. For more information, visit http://christianfilmers.com.2-Boca Live TOP-Director Gaetano Fasulo and Director of Photography Gabriel Kipling Tyner at Bonk premier

(On left): Boca Live performed.

(On right): Director Gaetano Fasulo with Director of Photography Gabriel Kipling Tyner.

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Capellini trial–judge grants directed verdict of “NOT GUILTY”

Posted on 24 May 2014 by JimLusk


Capellini trial

 Notes from the Courtroom

Friday, May 23

2:28p.m. –After hearing arguments from Assistant State Attorney Catherine Maus and Defense Attorney David Bogenschutz, Broward Circuit Judge Marc Gold ruled that the copy of the agenda, which was not previously provided to defendant Al Capellini upon his request, will be admitted into evidence and the trial will proceed this afternoon.

Bogenschutz argued further that the introduction of this document now, after the defendant testified, is highly prejudicial and, on that basis, he just moved for a mistrial.

Motion for mistrial has been denied.

2:48 p.m. –Now arguing about instruction to be given to jury after introduction of document.

Judge will instruct the jury that the document was provided to the defendant at 5:21p.m. on May 21 after he testified. He deleted the proposed language that it was provided 6 years after being charged and 11 years after the meeting in question.

2:50 p.m. –Jury brought in.Instruction was given.

Peggy Noland took the stand to resume testimony.

Maus showed her the agenda and bottom of pg 1. #2 under quasi-judicial hearing. That was Capellini’s project. Whether it was later added to the consent agenda she could not say.

Bogenschutz resumed his questions. He showed her a waived quasi judicial hearing for Deerfield Park development.

5/3/03 shows it went to Consent Agenda and applicant waived quasi judicial hearing.

Noland testified that the agenda shown to her by Maus did not depict the way the agenda looked in 2003, since at that time, it was printed on both sides.

Bogenschutz showed her the format of his agenda exhibit and she said that, in the 12 years she was there, it was always back and front.

Noland spoke glowingly about Al as mayor. He had the city headed in a positive direction and he had a good reputation.

Maus then came back and explained she had shown Noland the wrong document.

She agreed that the back/front format on this document was the same as the one shown to her by Bogenschutz.

Noland said that often when they started meetings there were changes to the agenda.

Bogenschutz came back and asked about Maus’ document and asked her if Maus had made a mistake and Noland said “yes” and left the witness stand.

3:10 p.m. –10 minute recess.

3:33 p.m. – Jury came back in.

Defense set up video monitor to show video of part of June ’03 meeting to jury where the vote took place.

Capellini recalled to stand.

Capellini questioned about agenda and his recollections about it. Said they were printed on back to back pages all the time.

He said he has no recollection of seeing this doc until Wed at 5:21pm. Video played.

Video showed items 1-6 quasi-judicial hearing. He is holding agenda in his hand in video. He says it looks similar to agenda in evidence.

As video roles, Capellini is seen looking at 3rd page of agenda, past the agenda item for his project. He had agenda open 1-2 seconds.

Comments are then being made about agenda item #6. No one showed up for the Foot and Ankle Center. A woman came up to talk about a different item and she was told to sit down.

Approved 1-3 per Jerry Ferguson, P&Z Director. Capellini  said he did not focus on what 1-3 were about since they were on Consent Agenda. When on Consent Agenda, titles are not read.

Motion to close and approve (by former City Commissioner Gwyndolen Clarke Reed, whose district includes Natura).

Unanimous. Going on to item #4.

Capellini identified himself in 12-year-old photo. Photo shown to jury.

3:52 p.m. – Maus resumed questions and asked for video again.

Video questions by Maus:

One woman tried to speak out of turn. Capellini denied looking at item #2, his plat. He denied knowing that he was voting on his plat. He said if he had been aware of it, he would not have voted.

She rested.

4:08 p.m. – Bogenschutz resumed … Testimony about traffic problem there that Capellini reported to county and city and said traffic people in city do not do anything about it. The city cannot control county and county even removed signs city put up trying to slow people down.

Bogenschutz rested and Maus asked if item 2 could have been pulled by anyone. Capellini  said Robert’s Rules prevent him from making a motion and Maus rested.

Capellini off the stand.

4:13 p.m. – Bogenschutz rested defense case.

4:18 p.m. –Maus calling deputy clerk from Deerfield Beach. Bogenschutz objected and jury brought back. Samantha Gillyard called by Maus. She will be final witness in trial. Employed since 2006, she was asked if records kept in the course of the city’s business and Maus moved exhibit into evidence.

Bogenschutz asked whether this is the way it’s kept today. She agreed that the agenda are copied on both sides. She said she gave the state a pdf version of the agenda, which is one sided.

Document admitted and Maus rested.

4:19 p.m. – Jury excused for 30 minutes for final motions.

4:35 p.m. –Court resumed.  Bogenschutz made second motion for a directed verdict. Judge trying to ascertain what Capellini’s “corrupt intent” was. Bogenschutz pointed out that 19 years before the hearing the city had ceded all traffic matters to the county and Capellini’s reference of that was not an attempt to evade involvement in that project. He argued that the state had failed to prove their case and that there was neither direct or circumstantial evidence presented by the state to prove their case.

Extended legal arguments were made on both sides. Bogenschutz argued there was no direct evidence of guilt and the circumstantial evidence was open to different interpretations.

Judge asked Maus what evidence they have of corrupt intent?  Bogenschutz asked rhetorically “what’s illegal?”

5:14 p.m. – Bogenschutz rested his argument.

5:15 p.m. – Maus commenced her argument against the motion for a directed verdict, cited cases to support her argument. She claims there is an issue for the case to go to the jury.

Maus argues that Capellini’s cutting off of Mrs. Heimowitz’s complaints about traffic are evidence of his corrupt intent. Capellini said he cut her off because traffic issues are for the County not the City.

Judge still struggling with where is the corrupt intent.

5:35 p.m. – Bogenschutz resumed briefly, argued the court is duty bound to order directed verdict.

Judge granted motion for directed verdict. Judge ruled there is absolutely no evidence of corrupt intent. As for keeping lady quiet perfectly consistent with what he said about traffic matters belonging to county, no evidence of deal between him and other parties to contract. They acknowledged they got no benefits and in fact were hurt by it.

It was an ethical violation, not a crime, saying, ‘that’s my ruling and that’s the end of it.’



-Al Capellini is a former Deerfield Beach mayor.

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Capellini trial begins

Posted on 16 May 2014 by JimLusk


After 5 ½ years, the trial of former Deerfield Beach Mayor Al Capellini began Tuesday, May 13 in front of Broward Circuit Judge Marc Gold, a day after it was originally intended to begin.

Capellini is being represented by defense attorney David Bogenschutz. Assistant Broward State Attorney Catherine Maus  is arguing for the prosecution.

Capellini, who began as mayor of Deerfield Beach in 1993, was suspended by then-governor Charlie Crist on Dec. 15, 2008 due to accusations which he is now contesting. Cappelini was charged with unlawful compensation, a third-degree felony, stemming from his alleged involvement in the development at Natura.

Capellini is slated to go on the stand in his own stand the afternoon of Monday, May 19. The verdict is predicted to be ready late Tuesday or first thing Wednesday. When the verdict comes in, we will report it here.

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What’s New at Disney?

Posted on 09 May 2014 by JimLusk

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarf Mine Train ride opens May 28.

Walt Disney World steps into the future

By Rachel Galvin

Since 1955, Walt Disney World has continually evolved, adding more attractions and events to improve their customer experience. Last weekend, they had a media day to announce their newest technology, the My Magic + system, and some of their new attractions. The Observer was there.

On Friday, they dedicated a brand new ride in their newest area, New Fantasyland, which was launched last fall. The new ride, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride, is touted as a kids ride, but those who have ridden it know it is not exactly like “Small World.” It is definitely a roller coaster, albeit a moderate one, but the twists and turns can really be felt through their special technology that allows the carts to tip and rock so every bit of g-force can be experienced as the ride rounds every fast twist and turn. The ride opens to the public May 28.

Perhaps more impressive is the My Magic + system. Pass holders and those staying at Disney Resorts receive a My Magic Band, which is worn around the wrist and uses RF technology. It acts like a key to gain entry to everything from the hotel room to the parks themselves. Instead of the long cues and turnstiles at the entrance, guests zoom through just tapping their band and using their fingerprint to gain access. My Magic Bands come in several colors and can be accessorized with fun accessories. Bands can also be purchased for $12.95.

MyMagic+ Takes the Guest Experience to a New Level with MagicBands

Magic + provides easy and quick access to the park.

My Magic Bands are perfect for those who have Fast Pass +, which is definitely the best way to go. Guests can sign up for three fast passes from home and then add more, one by one, as many as they want, once they are in the park. Fast passes allow guests to bypass long lines.

Guests can keep track of their fast passes, see where characters are located, wait times for rides, maps and more with My Disney Experience, available on their computer or on their smart phone as an app.

To make the experience more interactive, Disney has increased character interaction with Storytime with Belle and now a special meet and greet with Mickey himself, who not only poses for a picture, but greets guests in his dressing room engaging in conversation, making a truly intimate and interactive experience.

Guests can get access to all their pictures taken by staff at the park using Memory Maker, which allows them to see their photos, and purchase and even modify them, like adding Mickey’s signature or the Walt Disney logo. Pictures are tracked through the My Magic Band to be later accessed via the app.

There have been updates to some of the attractions, like the Dumbo ride, where instead of waiting in lines, kids can play in a circus-themed indoor playground area while parents sit and wait for their pager they are given to go off, signaling it is time to ride.

At Be Our Guest restaurant, guests can order ahead of time and, when they reach the restaurant, can sit immediately and their food is served. (Try the pastries and desserts here!)

In addition, they are redoing Downtown Disney, expanding it and renaming it Disney Springs, adding an Avatar based land to Animal Kingdom and adding a theatrical performance called  Harambe Nights. They are expanding their Star Wars weekends (May 16-June 15) at Hollywood Studios and adding Symphony in the Stars fireworks spectacular. (There is a rumor that Mark Hamill will be there June 6-8). For the third year, they will be open for 24 hours on Memorial Day. These are just a few new developments. For more, see the video on www.observernewspaperonline.com/observertv or visit www.mydisneyexperience.com.



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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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