| January, 2022

JA World Uncorked is back–this weekend!

Posted on 26 January 2022 by JLusk

Neiman Marcus serves up something special at 2020 event.

Photos by Rachel Galvin

JA World Uncorked is back! This is the place to be to experience tantalizing bites, indulgent desserts and sweet sips from the area’s top restaurants, and local breweries/ wine distributors… all while enjoying rockin’ live entertainment.

This event is hosted by Junior Achievement of South Florida’s (JA) Circle of Wise Women. It is presented by Breakthru Beverage Florida and amplified by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at JA World Huizenga Center at the Lilian S. Wells Pavilion (1130 Coconut Creek Blvd, Coconut Creek, FL 33066).

“JA World Uncorked is the complete experience for wine and food lovers. We anticipate more than 600 people to attend this event that brings music, gourmet food, assorted spirits, wine and craft brews together in one amazing venue for a great cause. There’s something for every attendee to enjoy,” said Laurie Sallarulo, Junior Achievement of South Florida president & CEO.

Tickets are  $185 per person and can be purchased at www.JASouthFlorida.org/JAWorldUncorked. Attendees will enjoy unlimited food and beverages, live music, dancing and raffle prizes.

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery Food Hall at 2020 event.

Special thanks to this year’s three Co-Chairs, Circle of Wise Women Lisa Duke, Alyssa Lovitt and Susan Renneisen. “We have some incredible Co-Chairs and Culinary Chairs on board for this highly anticipated event. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is proud to support the Circle of Wise Women and Junior Achievement’s mission. It’s going to be an exciting evening you don’t want to miss,” said Susan Renneisen of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Also, Executive Chef Marc Gruverman, of The Capital Grille; Chef Jose Gonzalez, of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood; Chef Paul Niedermann, of SALT 7 and Chef Anibal Suarez, of Cuba Libre, are the event’s Culinary Chairs.

JA World Uncorked is sponsored by Breakthru Beverage Florida (Presenting Sponsor), Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, ESG Safe, Florescue Family Foundation, CITY Furniture, Exotech, Bob & Sandra Moss, Bluegreen Vacations, Comcast, Rick Case Automotive Group, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Office Depot, MST Foundation, Dickinson Wright LLP, Gray Robinson, Fran and Peter Woolf, Austin & Christine Forman, John Buyers, Greenberg Traurig, OK Generators, Susan Rindley Sotheby’s International Realty, Centennial Bank, Centuric, and NextEra Energy (FPL). Special thanks to this year’s Host Sponsors: Connie Chaney, Milin Espino, Jill Ginsberg, Alyssa Greenspan – Community Capital Management, Jennifer Homan, Blaire Lapides, Johanna Maytin, Diana Metcalf, Jan Nouss. Thanks also go out to this year’s Partners: Argyle Coffee Roasters, Brandstar, Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, Funky Buddha Brewery, Lifestyle Media Group, Print Basics, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and WPLG Local 10.

Now in its 11th year, this culinary event raises funds to benefit Junior Achievement’s educational programs. Each year, these programs help educate 50,000 kindergarten-12th grade students in Broward and south Palm Beach counties about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. Since it was founded in 2010, the JA Circle of Wise Women have raised more than $4.5 million through JA World Uncorked and other initiatives.

The event is held at JA World, which is the largest JA facility in the world at 60,000 sq. ft.  JA World houses JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. In JA BizTown, more than 21,000 5th graders each year operate a hands-on mini city as citizens, consumers, employees and business owners. JA Finance Park welcomes 20,000 8th graders each year to learn how financial decisions will impact their lives – including budgeting for family health care, real estate, home improvements, automobiles, insurance, entertainment, education, purchasing goods and services and more.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Diana Metcalf at Diana@JASouthFlorida.org or 954-979-7120.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Private Stock Band performed at 2020 event.

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Broward Opens New Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Treatment Site

Posted on 21 January 2022 by JLusk



To facilitate the distribution of lifesaving therapeutics, the state has opened a new monoclonal antibody therapy treatment site in Broward County starting Tuesday, January 18, 2022. The site will be at Markham Park, 16001 W. State Rd. 84 in Sunrise, and will operate from Monday through Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

On January 3, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis called on the federal government to increase the supply of monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 to Florida to at least 30,000 doses per week. On January 7, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced 15,000 doses of Regeneron had been secured for the people of Florida and would be immediately utilized to support new monoclonal antibody sites. 

The State of Florida has successfully deployed and expanded state-run, lifesaving monoclonal antibody therapy treatment sites statewide throughout the pandemic. A full list of state-supported or previously state-supported operational monoclonal antibody therapy sites can be found by visiting this LINK. 

Benefits of Treatment: 

Monoclonal antibodies help the immune system recognize and respond effectively to the COVID-19 virus. 

Monoclonal antibody therapy treatment is for individuals who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19. Monoclonal antibody therapy treatment can prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death in high-risk patients who have contracted COVID-19. Specifically, it: 

• Reduces the risk of death/hospitalization by 70%-85%. 

• Reduces the risk of developing symptomatic disease by over 80%.

For more information contact the Florida Department of Health at 866-779-6121 or 954-412-7300 in Broward.

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Suspect Wanted for Attempted Murder–Pompano

Posted on 21 January 2022 by JLusk


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Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are releasing a photo of a suspect wanted for attempted murder in an effort to locate him.
Investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for Otis Washington, 27 (dob 1/19/95), for a shooting that occurred shortly before 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2021, near the 1400 block of Northwest 31st Avenue in Pompano Beach. Deputies responded to the area after receiving a ShotSpotter alert and found an adult male victim. He was transported to an area hospital and survived his injuries.
Homicide detectives said Washington should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact detectives John Curcio or Samantha Cottam in the BSO Homicide Unit at (954) 321-4210 or the BSO non-emergency number 954-764-4357 (HELP). 
If you know where Washington is and wish to remain anonymous, please contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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New COVID Testing Walk-Up Site Now Open

Posted on 19 January 2022 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach, in coordination with the Broward Department of Health, will open a COVID-19 walk-up testing site on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Oveta McKeithen Recreation Complex (OMRC), 445 SW 2 St.
The site hours are as follows:
Tuesday – Saturday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This testing site is open to everyone. There is no residency requirement.
For more information, call Community Events at 954-480-4429.

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MLK Ceremonies & Parade CANCELED

Posted on 14 January 2022 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach and the African American Heritage Committee said it is saddened and disappointed to announce that the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration is canceled due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant currently spreading in our communities and across the nation. They said, “This is an incredibly difficult decision, but the safety of our community is our utmost concern, and we will continue to monitor data as we move forward with future event planning and programming.”

For more info. visit https://www.deerfield-beach.com/1088/Dr-Martin-Luther-King-Jr-Celebration

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