| March, 2022

Mayor of LHP passes away, interim Mayor selected

Posted on 31 March 2022 by JLusk

Mayor Troast at RECORD TV grand opening in 2019. Photos by Rachel Galvin.

By Rachel Galvin

We were very sad to hear of the passing of Lighthouse Point Mayor Glenn Troast on March 23 after a long illness.

During a March 31 meeting, Commission president Kyle Van Buskirk was chosen as mayor-elect. According to a source at the meeting, he says he wants to be sworn in after Keepers’ Day, which is this weekend. 

William Gallo, Chip La Marca, Chuck McLaughlin, Glenn Troast & Ryan Kolb at Honors Memorial Shrine during it being unveiled in 2018.

Kyle VanBuskirk, commission president, now mayor-elect, with his wife Christine… taken back in 2016.

Mayor Troast and his wife Marjorie at 150 Drawdown event in 2018.

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Sip & Stroll

Posted on 28 March 2022 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Friends of the Deerfield Beach Arboretum, will be hosting the annual Sip & Stroll on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Constitution Park and Arboretum, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd., from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Join them under the lit canopy of the Arboretum. Guests will enjoy a sampling of wine, beer, and cuisine from local restaurants while taking a stroll through the Arboretum, listening to live music. Tickets on sale now at dfb.city/registration!
Please note: This is a 21 and over event. Tickets are $40/per person with a limited amount of tickets. Additional event parking, with a free shuttle service, will be located at the east parking lot in the Target Plaza, 3313 W Hillsboro Blvd, from 6:45 through 10:30 p.m. 
For more information, please call 954-480-4429.

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Boca Helping Hands

Posted on 16 March 2022 by JLusk

Volunteer Award Winners with BHH Staff Members (L to R): Greg Hazle (BHH Executive Director), Rusty Cobb, Lourdes Harman (BHH Food Center Manager), Charles Crowley, Denise Crowley, Sal Perla (BHH Distribution Coordinator), John Wyman, Richard Weinstein, June Freedman, Jason Cascio (BHH Distribution Coordinator), Joan Novellino, Bill Harper (BHH Director of Food & Warehouse Operations), Larry Cellon, Terry Blackman, Tom Groendyke, Jerry Schwartz, Gary Hildebrand, Tara Currier (BHH Volunteer Manager), Maria Puente (BHH Content Specialist). Submitted photos.













Boca Helping Hands celebrated their committed and hardworking volunteers with a dinner and awards ceremony at The Addison of Boca Raton on Wednesday, March 9. Boca Helping Hands staff members recognized superstar volunteers for their relentless dedication to the organization and its mission to give a hand up to those who need it most in the community.

Boca Helping Hands is a community-based nonprofit that provides food, medical and financial assistance to meet basic human needs, as well as education, job training and guidance to create self-sufficiency.

For more information, visit www.bocahelpinghands.org.




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Spring Forward: Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday

Posted on 11 March 2022 by JLusk

Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. That means you should turn your clocks forward an hour!

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Shake, Rattle & Roll at  The Wick Theatre

Posted on 11 March 2022 by JLusk


Photos by Amy Pasquantonio

Get launched into Doo-Wop heaven with the nifty and nostalgic Sh-Boom! Life Could Be a Dream at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton.  Featuring over 25 of your favorite 1950s songs, Sh-Boom! will have you longing for the days of American Bandstand, the Twist and perfect 4-part harmonies.  The show runs through April 3, 2022, with matinees at 2 p.m. and evening performances at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75-$95, available at www.thewick.org or by calling the box office at 561-995-2333.

“Sh-boom is the jukebox musical we need right now!” said Marilynn A. Wick, Managing Executive Producer. “Expect pristine harmonies, peppy dance steps, and of course our signature period-perfect costumes and sets that will transport you directly to this beloved era.  We dare you not to grin and sing along to classic hits including ‘Unchained Melody,’ ‘Runaround Sue,’ ‘Duke of Earl,’ and more!”

The frothy plot centers on Denny and the Dreamers, an amateur doo-wop group preparing to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest. They hope a win will lead to their big break, but complications ensue when former classmate Lois steps in to provide some much-needed polish.

Sh-Boom! Life Could be a Dream was written by Roger Bean who scored a huge hit with The Marvelous Wonderettes, which ran for over 1,200 performances Off-Broadway, and lead to three sequels for the franchise including Wonderettes: Caps & GownsWinter WonderettesWonderettes: Dream On, as well as the new large-cast Wonderettes: Glee Club Edition.

The Wick’s production is being directed and choreographed by Wick favorite Jonathan Van Dyke, who previously helmed critically acclaimed shows including Hot Shoe Shuffle and BeeHivethe 60s Musical. The cast includes Jeffrey Keller as “Denny,” Dorian Quinn as “Duke,” Julia Rifino as “Lois,” Willy Beaton II as “Wally,” and Ricky Cona as “Eugene,” along with a stellar ensemble.

Reservations for dinner at Tavern at The Wick are also available by calling the box office.

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Delray Fashion Week gives back to children’s charity while sporting local retailers

Posted on 03 March 2022 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin
More than 70 models graced the runway on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Old School Square for this year’s kickoff to the Delray Beach Fashion Show. They showcased the styles of more than 30 local retailers. The event is put on yearly by the Downtown Development Authority and benefits the Achievement Center for Children and Families.
The children from the center started off the festivities with a stepping performance, in addition to a band playing before the fashion show even began. Amanda Perna, Jamael Stewart and Jule Zelman emceed.
This tropical themed event also included pop-up vendor tents, including a selfie station to capture the moment. There was also a VIP section with lite bites and libations available. The VIPs also received an Amanda Perna bag filled with plenty of swag, including discounts for some of the local retailers on Atlantic Avenue whose styles were seen on the runway.
This was just the beginning of the fun. The festivities continued with Thursday’s Colors of the Tropics Fashion Show and Luncheon at Meso Beach House. On Friday was the Sunsational Shop and Sip Event with guests checking in at the Rosewater Rooftop at The Ray Hotel where they received a drink, lite bites and a goodie bag of shopping specials befpre shopping downtown. Each received a passport that when all punched and turned in put them into a raffle for a special package. Saturday was a Sand & Sea Fashion Event at The Ray Plaza, featuring swimwear on the runway. There were also trunk shows weeklong at various venues.
For more information, visit https://downtowndelraybeach.com.
Look for more pics on Observer Facebook soon.


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2022 Pompano Beach Arts Music Series

Posted on 03 March 2022 by JLusk

The Motowners

Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is proud to announce the return of the Pompano Beach Arts Music Series featuring virtuoso performances by award-winning, globally acclaimed vocal artists and musicians. For three months, starting in April, the Pompano Beach Cultural Center will be a wellspring of world-class talent with different styles of popular music including jazz, R&B, soul, disco and pop. The concerts featuring Carole J. Bufford, Evelyn “Champagne” King, and The Motowners will all begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45. For more information, please visit www.pompanobeacharts.org

“This year, we are delighted that our audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy these phenomenal concerts live in person,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Department. “While each concert showcases a different musical era, all the performers share the same passion for providing high-energy and extremely entertaining shows for their fans.”

Saturday, April 9, 2022| 8-9:30pm | $45

Carole J. Bufford

Honoring International Jazz Day is New York-style cabaret singer Carole J. Bufford performing ROAR! Music of the Jazz Age, featuring classics from the Jazz Age songbook made famous by the likes of Sophie Tucker, Louis Armstrong, Al Jolson, Fats Waller, and many more.  A recipient of the Nightlife, Bistro and Broadway World Awards for Outstanding Vocalist, Carole has become one of the most sought-after young performers on the American jazz and cabaret scene. Swing with Carole as she travels back to a time where flappers, vamps and sheiks were shimmying in gin joints as great social and political change whirled around them.

Saturday, May 21, 2022 | 8 – 9:30 pm | $45

Evelyn “Champagne” King 

This American singer, songwriter, and record producer is best known for her hit disco single Shame,” which was released in 1977 during the height of disco’s popularity. Evelyn “Champagne” King went on to place fourteen additional singles in the R&B Top 20 list. Some of her other hits include “I’m in Love,” “Love Come Down” and “Your Personal Touch.” King is a spirited soul-R&B-disco artist who continues to delight audiences with her funk, musicality and prodigious voice. Join us for a night of hits that will have you dancing in the aisles!

Saturday, June 11, 2022 | 8 – 9:30 pm | $45

The Motowners

Celebrate African American Music Appreciation Month and relive the glory years of the Detroit sound with an incredible concert by The Motowners. The songs of that era will never lose their appeal, and this group faithfully recreates the smash hits of The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and many more.

This unique and family-friendly show has been an audience favorite since their founding in 2005, with a classic group sound and approach that remain evergreen crowd-pleasers.

Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach.  For more info., visit https://www.pompanobeacharts.org.

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Deerfield Beach man arrested for murder

Posted on 01 March 2022 by JLusk

Detectives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office have arrested Javier Bourego for stabbing a man to death in Deerfield Beach on Friday, Feb. 25.
Just before 3 p.m. that afternoon, Broward Regional Communications received a stabbing call near the 100 block of Ventnor East in Deerfield Beach. BSO deputies responded and located an adult male suffering from multiple stab wounds. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue also responded and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment. 
According to detectives, several witnesses identified Bourego as the assailant who stabbed the victim. Investigators immediately located Bourego at his apartment and took him into custody without incident.  
Later that evening, detectives were informed that the victim had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 5:39 p.m. 
Bourego faces one count of premeditated murder. 
The investigation continues.

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