| January, 2020

Habitat for Humanity dedicates the Bob and Sherry Taylor Park

Posted on 26 January 2020 by JLusk

Bob and Sherry with son Robert Taylor, Jr.

Photos by Barbara Witte

Habitat for Humanity of Broward dedicated the Bob and Sherry Taylor Park which houses the JM Family KaBOOM! Playground and Mary N. Porter Reading Garden on Saturday, Jan. 11 at “A Rick Case Habitat Community” in Pompano Beach.

Pompano Mayor Rex Hardin & Nancy Robin, CEO & Exec. Director of Habitat for Humanity.

Dignitaries at the event included Patricia Williams, State of Florida Representative; Lamar Fisher, Broward County Commissioner; Rex Hardin, Mayor of the City of Pompano Beach (COPB) and Beverly Perkins, City of Pompano Beach Commissioner.

Taylor family with Nancy Robin of Habitat for Humanity.

“When we envisioned this new community, we knew a small park had to be part of the plan. The Taylors, Burdette Beckmann, Inc. (BBi), JM Family Enterprises, the City of Pompano Beach and our families had a vision for this space,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat Broward. “The Bob and Sherry Taylor Park we dedicated is the result of that vision and our amazing community partners.”

Robert Taylor, Jr. explained how his parents, Bob and Sherry, for whom he named the park, instilled in the family that life was about more than just giving back. “We were taught to ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’ (Matthew 22:39), and that is what Habitat is all about.” Taylor also acknowledged the hard work and support of his team at BBi.

JM Family was also acknowledged for its sponsorship of the KaBOOM! playground, which their associates helped to construct in a single day. The Deerfield Beach-based automotive company began its partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Broward in 2002 and, since that time, has been a part of building and dedicating 35 homes. In fact, prior to the park dedication, JM Family associates were hard at work on four houses they are currently sponsoring in the community, which will bring their total Habitat homes to 39. Representing JM Family were Brent Burns, president and CEO; and Colin Brown, chairman of the board.

Rex Hardin and the City of Pompano Beach were thanked for helping Habitat create the park, children’s playground and reading garden, which are accessible to residents of the community and the surrounding area.

Linda Carter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward was thanked for its $1 million grant from the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund. Carter shared that Miss Porter’s family stood for building community and serving others. The Mary N. Porter Reading Garden recognizes Ms. Porter’s gift…as does the park’s bronze statue of Miss Porter as a child, sculpted by Robert St. Croix.

Entertainment included a butterfly stilt-walker and balloon artist, courtesy of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and an ice cream truck that provided complimentary scoops by Hoffman’s Chocolates.

Special guest Roy Rogers helped the children release butterflies in the new garden. Rogers has installed more than 100 butterfly gardens throughout Broward schools, parks and houses of worship.

Additionally, youth from Cypress Bay and Cardinal Gibbons High Schools assisted with the day’s activities.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call 954-396-3030 or visit our website at www.habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.

 

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Cruising with DB Chamber & Econ. Council

Posted on 25 January 2020 by JLusk

Mark & Dolly Dreyer with Commissioner Michael Hudak & his wife Paula leaving the Gallant Lady following the cruise.

By Rachel Galvin

On Jan. 7, the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce and Economic Council had a special night cruise up and down the intracoastal in Moran family’s Gallant Lady, which was docked at Bahia Mar. Besides cool breezes and a beautiful night sky, guests enjoyed hot hors d’ oeuvres, sushi, macarons and more, as well as wine and spirits. This intimate soiree was hosted by Rick Jorden and Lisa Davis of JM Family.

Digby & Glen enjoy the event.

Mariola Barton, Kathy Hurt, Chamber president Denise Jordan & Michael Goldstein.

Sitting back enjoying the event!

All of the movers and shakers came out for the soiree…

Dave Mirantz addresses the crowd.

Chamber President Denise Jordan says a few words.

Rick Jorden talks.

Bob Birdsong is among those who talked to the crowd briefly during the cruise.

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FDOT District 4 will Suspend Lane Closures on Several Major Roadways in Broward, Palm Beach for Super Bowl LIV

Posted on 25 January 2020 by JLusk

To ease congestion and improve safety during Super Bowl LIV weekend, lanes that are currently or periodically closed due to ongoing construction projects will be kept open on several major roadways throughout Broward and Palm Beach County, starting Friday morning, Jan 31 to Monday evening, February 3.

  • Lanes will be kept open on I-95 in Broward County
  • Lanes will be kept open on I-95 in Palm Beach County
  • Lanes will be kept open on I-595 in Broward County
  • Lanes will be kept open on I-75 in Broward County
  • Lanes will be kept open on S.R. 7 from the Miami-Dade County line to Commercial Boulevard.
  • Lanes will be kept open on S.R. A1A in the vicinity of Dania Beach Boulevard.
  • All lanes will be kept open on S.R. A1A in Hollywood from Monday, Jan. 27 to February 3.

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Sewage Spill in Pompano fixed

Posted on 25 January 2020 by JLusk

The minor active sewage pipe that occurred at 960 S. Powerline Road in Pompano Beach which had spilled into the Cypress Bend Lakes and C14 Canal has been permanently fixed.

The City of Pompano Beach is asking people not to swim, fish or irrigate from the canals until tests have been completed.

The City drinking water, however, is safe to drink, bathe and cook.

If residents have any questions they should call customer service at 954-786-4637.
 

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All Northbound lanes of I-95 to close Sunday, Jan. 26 night

Posted on 25 January 2020 by JLusk

I-95 northbound lanes at Hillsboro Boulevard will be closed to traffic overnight Sunday night, January 26 for roadway
construction and a traffic shift, according to FDOT. The first lane will close at 9:30 p.m., the second lane will close at 10:30 p.m., the third
lane will close at 11:30 p.m., and all lanes will be closed by 11:59 p.m., reopening at 5:30 a.m. Traffic will be detoured via the
I-95 northbound exit ramp to Hillsboro Boulevard west, Military Trail and Palmetto Park Road. FHP will be on site to assist
motorists.
 
This project will extend the High Occupancy Toll lanes from south of SW 10th Street to south of Glades Road in Broward and Palm Beach counties, to include two Managed Lanes in each direction. Scope of work includes widening and converting the existing I-95 HOV Lanes to Managed Lanes, reconstruction of the Hillsboro Canal Bridge, bridge widenings at Palmetto
Park Road and Camino Real, construction of a northbound and southbound auxiliary lane between Hillsboro Boulevard and Palmetto Park Road, construction of a northbound auxiliary lane between the SW 10th Street entrance ramp and Hillsboro Boulevard exit ramp, guardrail, barrier wall, drainage, landscape relocation, and ITS installation.
 
 

 

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Deerfield MLK event –State Senator Thurston speaks on ‘Unified persistence’

Posted on 24 January 2020 by JLusk

State Senator Gary Farmer (L) says a few words before Keynote Speaker State Senator Perry Thurston (R) speaks.

By Diane Emeott
 
State Senator Perry E. Thurston, Jr. recalled when he was a freshman
from Pompano Beach entering the revered Morehouse College in Atlanta
on a football scholarship.
 
It is a school known for producing strong, young African American
leaders such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., former first
black mayor of Atlanta, Maynard Jackson, director/actor/writer Spike
Lee and actor Samuel L. Jackson.
 
“As a 17-year-old, I was a little bit in awe of their oratory style.[They were very well spoken]. A lot of graduates go on to be scholars,
ministers, etc.
 
“I asked this guy, ‘How’d you get to speak so well?’ And he promised
he’d give me some helpful tips — for the fee of a two-piece chicken
dinner. As he was finishing devouring his second piece of chicken, I
asked him the question again.
 
“ ‘Just remember the [3] B’s: ‘Be Brief, Brother!’” he advised.
 
Thurston’s story drew laughter from the afternoon crowd gathered by
the outdoor stage on Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (OMRC)
fields at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20.
 
He also brought up to the stage fellow State Senator Gary Farmer, who
represents Deerfield Beach. [Patricia Hawkins-Williams represents
Deerfield as State Representative, continuing on in the same District
92 where Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed served for many years.]
 
Thurston affirmed Deerfield’s theme of “Unity” for MLK festivities
this year, speaking of the continued need for “unified persistence” –
one of the themes of MLK.
 
“In Deerfield Beach, we had the Old Colored Cemetery. A travesty. We
all came together, state and local leaders like Clarke-Reed, and look
what has resulted from it: Branhilda Richardson Knowles Memorial Park
& Cemetery.”
 
[Newly opened on Aug. 24, 2019 in Deerfield Beach, Branhilda Park was
the result of combined efforts by former District 2 Commissioner
Gloria Battle and community members; as well as Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed
in the House and Maria Sachs in the Senate, and most recently Patricia
Hawkins-Williams in the House and Perry Thurston in the Senate,
working to receive a Historical Designation and funding from the
State.]
 
At the MLK Day Ceremony, Thurston referenced Martin Luther King’s
famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.
 
“What Dr. King essentially was saying is, ‘These are the things I want you to work toward…,’ Thurston said.
 
Remaining issues to be addressed in the current day are the following, he said:
 
1)    Poverty and food Insecurity, putting an end to poverty.
 
       “How can people not know where their next meal is coming from?” Thurston asked.
2)    Homelessness
3)    Affordable healthcare for all, including Mental Health.
4)    Public Education.
 
       “[On Oct. 7, 2019] the Governor [Ron DeSantis] proposed $47,500 as a minimum salary for new teachers. We want to pay ALL the teachers! And Security personnel too. They also have an important job,” he added.
 
AWARDS
Parade Winners were announced Monday afternoon before Senator Thurston spoke.
 
Best Civic Group – City of Deerfield Beach Management
Best Marching Band – DBHS Bucks
Best Church Entry – Church of the Living God (Pastor Dennis Fullmore)
Best Overall Float – Cathedral Church of God (Bishop Patrick Kelly)
Best Youth Group – Delray Divas
Best School, Elementary – Deerfield Park Elementary
 
Talented saxophonist Markus Howell was back home in Deerfield to play
the “National Anthem” on Martin Luther King’s Birthday.
 
Deerfield’s 2020 MLK Celebration featured a longer parade route and
time: Departing St. Ambrose Church & School on Federal Highway at 10
a.m. and traveling to OMRC by 12:30 p.m; followed by a Battle of the
Bands from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and the chance for families to purchase
a “picnic lunch” from food trucks lining the fields at OMRC. More entertainment from 2:45 to 6 p.m. followed Thurston’s speech. R &
B/soul singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Lyfe Jennings headlined the
city’s MLK Parade and Picnic.
 
New this year, a MLK Committee of residents assisted Parks & Recreation in planning the event and handing out awards. On the committee were Annette Mitchell, Sandra Jackson, Diane Chisholm, Janice Fulmore Tigner and Lawanda Strowbridge.
 
PRAISE & WORSHIP
The annual Choir Competition, held for years the Sunday night before
MLK Day in Dr. Leo J. Robb Gymnasium, was renamed “Praise & Worship
Competition” for 2020.
 
Three gifted adult musical groups vied for the title, lifting strong voices and expertly played instruments in one palpable Spiritual song after another, to praise God for all He has done and is still doing. The music was so moving, the audience was clapping and dancing along.
 
Florida All-Star gospel singers, a professional group of men from Pompano Beach, who have reportedly recorded an album, were among the
three groups of adult performers.
 
Two Deerfield groups – past winner Cathedral Church of God (Bishop
Patrick Kelly) and Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Ensemble (Rev.
Demetric Ford) – tied. So they split the winnings – with each of the two churches receiving checks for $750.
 
Young singers from Church of the Living God (Pastor Dennis Fullmore/Janice Fullmore Musical Director) won $300 for their efforts.
 
Judges for the Praise & Worship Competition were: Percy Jackson, Katy
Freitag, Carolyn Cason and Flora Philpart.
 

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Pompano hosts Gospel Fest

Posted on 22 January 2020 by JLusk

The City of Pompano Beach hosts Gospel Fest, featuring John P. Kee, at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE 6 St. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at  5 p.m.
 

The City of Pompano Beach is hosting an extraordinary evening of inspiring music called Gospel Fest. The concert will feature headliner John P. Kee with special guests Marvin Sapp, Sensere and Brother’s Keeper. 
 

Gospel Fest is part of the City of Pompano Beach’s celebration of Black History Month and is presented in collaboration with The Tiger Trail Festival. The concert takes place on Saturday, February 22nd at 5:00 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater located at 1806 NE 6th Street. Tickets are on sale now for $29 – $49 plus fees and may be purchased through www.ticketmaster.com.  
 
John P. Kee has earned accolades as one the most popular contemporary gospel artists of his generation, regularly peaking near the top of the Billboard gospel charts and more than a dozen Stellar Awards, 20 GMWA Excellence Awards, a Soul Train Award and two Billboard Music Awards. 
 
The Grammy Award-winning Marvin Sapp has enjoyed a decorated music career receiving 22 Stellar Awards, two Soul Train Music Awards, two BET Awards, two Dove Awards, and eight BMI songwriter’s awards. 
 
Sensere is an urban inspirational soul band from Miami, Florida. Combining elements of Funk and Soul with their exquisite harmonies and full-bodied sound, they have had several Billboard charting songs and the MTV mainstay “Got Jesus.” 
 
Brother’s Keeper is a Gospel R & B group formed by two brothers, Adrian and Corey Drummond of Ft. Lauderdale.

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Toll Brothers’ Sandpiper Pointe at Deerfield Beach to open Spring 2020

Posted on 22 January 2020 by JLusk

 Toll Brothers, the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes, will open Sandpiper Pointe at Deerfield Beach, a new gated, townhome community, in spring 2020. Construction has begun on the Sandpiper Pointe model homes and sales center. 

Located just south of Hillsboro Boulevard on Military Trail, Sandpiper Pointe will include 201 luxury townhomes, along with a community swimming pool and cabana, a fitness center, a playground, and more.

Sandpiper Pointe home buyers will be able to select from four all-new, three-bedroom, two and one-half bath home designs featuring coastal-themed exteriors. Each home includes spacious living areas, well-appointed kitchens, and private master bedrooms, as well as a garage. Several homes offer two-car garages.

The home designs include the 1,831 square-foot Seabreeze, 1,833 sf Coquina, 1,903 sf Las Isla, and 1,930 sf Westwind.

“We’re very excited about the upcoming Sandpiper Pointe opening,” said Fred Pfister, Toll Brothers’ Southeast Florida Division president. “The community will offer low-maintenance living in a convenient location, enabling residents to enjoy all the nearby amenities the area offers.” 

Sandpiper Pointe is minutes from the beach and Boca Raton’s shopping, dining, country clubs, golf courses and cultural options.

Toll Brothers’ Southeast Florida communities also include Reserve at the Ranches and Magnolia Estates in Southwest Ranches and Royal Palm Polo in Boca Raton. Windgate at Avenir and Watermark at Avenir, two new single-family home communities in Palm Beach Gardens, are set to open early 2020 and Regency at Avenir, a 55+ active-adult community, will debut spring 2020.

For more information, visit TollBrothers.com/FLE.

 

 

 

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Save the Date: Get Shipwrecked at the Hillsboro Lighthouse

Posted on 22 January 2020 by JLusk

Aaarrgghh … Calling all Pirates and Lady Pirates !!!

You are invited to attend the Shipwreck at the Lighthouse 113th Anniversary Fundraising Gala at the Hillsboro Lighthouse on Friday, March 13, 2020 from Sunset (7 pm) to Moonrise (11 pm).

Last year, the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society (HLPS) sold out their 2019 event in less than two weeks. Each year, this evening gets better and better. This is the fourth year that the non-profit has invited the community to celebrate and help preserve its historic aid to navigation.

For $170.00 per person, or $1,313.00 for a Captain’s Table of Eight, guests will dine on waiter- served hors d’oeuvres, plated signature salad, assorted fresh rolls, plated duet entrée with Maine lobster tail and filet mignon served with whipped Yukon gold potatoes, grilled asparagus spears, baby French carrots, and a dessert bar … especially prepared and served by Hugh’s Catering of Oakland Park.

Plus, there will be an open bar with liquor, beer and wine. The Promise Band will provide live music of the 60s, soul and Motown.

This will be the only night of the year when guests can climb the 175 stairs to the top of the Lighthouse to enter the Lens Room, where you will see the brightest and only working second-order bivalve Fresnel lens in the world!

The view, from that height at night, is more spectacular than the daytime as the water reflects all the glowing lights from shore. It is something awesome to behold. Women are reminded to please bring non-heel, closed-toe shoes in order to climb the stairs. Sneakers work best.

Last year, the line to get up to the Lighthouse was a bit of a wait,  as only 15 people are allowed on top, at a time, to prevent overcrowding. This year, the HLPS is offering the first 20 guests who pay $50 each the opportunity to “Jump to the Head of the Line” with Private Historic Tour of the Lens Room plus have their photo taken sitting next to the Diamond Lens.

And the evening is just getting started. There will be three special activities going on during the evening: There will be a Silent Auction filled with remarkable items; there will be a Live Auction for a ride on the Goodyear Blimp.

This year, getting to the Gala is even easier and more fun. Leave your car at Alsdorf Park, located at 2901 NE 14th Street, Pompano Beach, and take the ferry at the dock to the Hillsboro Lighthouse. At the end of the evening, you will return via ferry to your car. This is the only way to get onto the private Lighthouse Property.

The first of two ferry transports will leave the dock at 6:15 pm, followed by the second one in 15 minute intervals. The waiter-served hors d’oeuvres will begin promptly at 7:15 pm and continue for the next hour. If you don’t want to miss these mouth-watering morsels, please consider leaving early, parking early, and taking the earliest ferries possible.

Another entertainment innovation, for the 2020 Gala, is that guests have the option of dressing in classy Pirate garb … in keeping with the Shipwrecked theme. If costumes aren’t your thing, the Chic Elegance of Black & White (to match the colors of the Lighthouse) attire is totally acceptable.

Corporations, businesses, and organizations that are interested in sponsorship opportunities will benefit from prominent graphic signage on all marketing materials, and receive a swag bag of souvenir items, plus a yearly Business Membership to the HLPS.

This Fundraising Gala was the creative concept of Divich & Doone. Every dollar raised goes directly into the HLPS Fund, which subsidizes annual maintenance, repair and restoration of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse.

If you are a fan of lighthouses, in general, and are passionate about supporting the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, in particular, then please consider attending this event, donating a Silent Auction item, or being a business sponsor.

Tickets will be sold online through Eventbrite … https://hillsborolighthousegala.eventbrite.com. If you have any further questions, wish to be a corporate/business sponsor, or want to donate an item to the Silent Auction, please contact Debbie Divich via e-mail media@hillsborolighthouse.org or phone (786) 251-0811.

 

 

 

 

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District 4 Office Hours — Feb. 1, 2020

Posted on 21 January 2020 by JLusk

District 4 Commissioner Todd Drosky is happy to host Saturday office hours, Feb. 1, 2020, at City Hall located at 150 NE 2 Ave., Deerfield Beach. Vice Mayor Drosky will be available to meet with constituents on an appointment basis, between the hours of 10 a.m. to noon.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 954-480-4263.

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