| May, 2022

Choose Tow to Go

Posted on 26 May 2022 by JLusk

Don’t drink & drive. 

Tow to Go!

Call 1-855-2-Tow-2-Go 

AAA will be working to keep impaired drivers off the road for Memorial Day weekend. The Auto Club Group is reactivating its Tow to Go program for the holiday period, providing safe transportation for impaired drivers and their vehicles.

  • Tow to Go is active from 6 p.m. Friday, May 27th – 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 31st
  • It’s available in selects states/locations (see below)
  • Should be treated as a last resort

AAA Tow to Go has removed more than 25,000 impaired drivers from the road. When called, a tow truck transports the would-be impaired driver and their vehicle to a safe location within a 10 mile radius. The service is free, yet AAA asks that it be treated as a backup plan.

Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes every day – that’s one person every 52 minutes.

“Driving impaired is not worth the risk. It endangers you and the lives of everyone else on the roadway,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “AAA urges people to identify a safe ride home before they party, but know that Tow to Go is available as a last resort.”


  • Free and available to AAA members and non-members.
  • Confidential local ride for one person and their vehicle to a safe location within a 10 mile radius.
  • AAA service vehicles are limiting passengers to one (1) per vehicle, in accordance with established COVID-19 safety protocols.  Additional passengers need to make other arrangements.
  • Appointments cannot be scheduled in advance to use Tow to Go. It is designed as a safety net for those that did not plan ahead. Always choose a designated driver before celebrating.
  • In some situations, AAA may need to make other arrangements to get an impaired individual a safe ride home.
  • Tow to Go may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions.


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Memorial Day Ceremony — Deerfield

Posted on 26 May 2022 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach and the American Legion will host a Memorial Day Ceremony at the International Fishing Pier, 200 NE 21 Ave, on Monday, May 30 at 9 a.m.. The ceremony will occur at the “T” of the fishing pier. The ceremony will honor and salute the brave men and women of the United States armed forces, particularly those who gave their lives in service to preserve our freedom. Those attending the ceremony are asked to park in the Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21 Ave. There will be reserved seating for veterans. City Hall and other city facilities will be closed in honor of the holiday.
For more information, please call Community Events at 954-480-4429.

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BSO DUI Enforcement over Memorial Day weekend

Posted on 26 May 2022 by JLusk

To keep Broward County’s roads safe this Memorial Day holiday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office D.U.I. Task Force will conduct a high visibility saturation and enforcement operation over the long weekend. 
The operation will occur daily from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday, May 27, to Monday, May 30. It will take place throughout Broward County. 
The goal of the operation is to deter impaired drivers who pose an immediate danger to the public as well as to cite traffic violators. BSO urges everyone to enjoy the holiday weekend responsibly.

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Sales Tax Holiday

Posted on 25 May 2022 by JLusk

Doing Hurricane Prep? Be aware there is a Sales Tax Holiday on certain items starting May 28 through June 10. It includes items like batteries, reusable ice, leashes for pets,  pet food, portable radios, generators and much more. Get all the details at https://floridarevenue.com/DisasterPrep.

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Funding Arts Broward awards $282,000 in grants to cultural arts organizations

Posted on 23 May 2022 by JLusk

Funding Arts Broward (FAB) is pleased to announce that it has raised and awarded $282,000 in grants to sustain and cultivate arts programming in the region. The non-profit volunteer-based organization awarded 27 grants of $249,300 (ranging from $3,000 – $15,000) for 2023 for performances and programs to nonprofit organizations. FAB awarded an additional $32,700 in Education Grants to seven organizations to foster art appreciation and skill acquisition for grades K-12. With this grant cycle, FAB’s total monetary distribution to the local arts community exceeds $4.2 million.

“As an avid supporter of the arts, we’re committed to cultivating the growing creative momentum in Broward County,” said Ed Hashek, president of FAB. “As our diverse cultural grantees are getting back to the business of programming in-person events, we’re looking forward to uniting the community to help make 2023 performances and educational initiatives even more meaningful. We’re thankful for our members and corporate patrons who fully support our mission.”

This year’s FAB’s 2023 grantees and award amounts were:


Art and Culture Center of Hollywood


Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida




Brazilian Voices


Broward Center for the Performing Arts


Chopin Foundation of The United States


Dance NOW! Miami


Embrace Music Foundation


Fantasy Theatre Factory


Florida Children’s Theatre


Florida Grand Opera


Florida Youth Orchestra


Florida’s Singing Sons


Fort Lauderdale Children’s Ballet Theatre


Fushu Daiko (Japan Arts)


Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida


Gold Coast Jazz Society


Island City Stage


Master Chorale of South Florida


Miami City Ballet


New City Players


Old Dillard Foundation


Seraphic Fire


Slow Burn Theatre Company


South Florida Chamber Ensemble


South Florida Symphony Orchestra


The Girl Choir of South Florida


Each grant allocation was awarded for a unique upcoming program. Upcoming funded programs include Gold Coast Jazz Society’s 2023 Jazz Project which will feature four concerts of internationally recognized jazz artists and one free community jazz performance, Island City Stage’s theatrical production of “Tracy Jones” by Stephen Kaplan, Old Dillard Foundation’s “Influencers” exhibit that capture the rich history and contributions of African Americans who have made an indelible impact on our county, South Florida Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks V concert featuring Svetlana Smolina and Miami City Ballet’s Masters of Modern Ballet program.

For the second year, FAB also awarded Education Grants dedicated to art appreciation and skill acquisition for grades K-12. Recipient organizations and amounts were:

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood


Ashanti Cultural Arts


Broward Center for the Performing Arts


Fantasy Theatre Factory


Florida Singing Sons


Gold Coast Jazz Society


Old Dillard Foundation


FAB is supported by membership whose dues go toward grants that preserve and cultivate the arts in Broward County. FAB is also supported by its corporate partners BBX Capital, New River Fine Arts, Northern Trust, Atlass Insurance, PNC Bank, Weston Jewelers, Pallant Insurance Agency, Casa D’Angelo, Tim Singer Realty and Twig, Trade & Tribunal.

To learn more about FAB including how to become a member or support the arts, visit www.fundingartsbroward.org or email fundingartsbroward@gmail.com.

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BaCA gets “Black & White and Gray All Over”

Posted on 18 May 2022 by JLusk

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) is pleased to present a free visual art exhibit featuring original works by local ArtsUnited members. Artists are challenged to create relevant art using only shades of black, white and grey. Two-and three-dimensional works include photography, painting, pencil, sculpture, metal works and mixed media. The opening reception takes place during Old Town Untapped, Friday, June 3, from 6-10 p.m., and the exhibition runs through August 17. 

“This exhibition is a fascinating and beautiful look inside the visionary minds of artists when they are required to create only in black and white, and gray,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs director. “The experiments and explorations of this challenge lead to glorious results!”

About ArtsUnited

ArtsUnited is Florida’s premiere Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) and friends visual and performing arts organization. It is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1999 in response to a growing need of local LGBTQ artists for an interactive and supportive working environment. The organization focuses on showcasing the art of the LGBTQ community in all genres of the arts, including visual art, music, theatre, film and fashion. The organization implements its mission by producing programs and events that present their member artists and promote the development of culturally diverse arts. It collaborates with other organizations in South Florida to maximize the cultural offerings for members and patrons. Over the organization’s more than 20-year history, it has become one of the most renowned LGBTQ arts organizations in Florida. 

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center is located at 41 NE 1st St., Pompano Beach. Their hours are Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays: 10 a.m – 4:00 p.m. Sundays & Mondays are closed. For more information, visit www.pompanobeacharts.org

Transformation by Gerard Pastor.

Untitled by Paul McDermott

Donnatoni by Linsi Taylor


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The Pap Corps Donates $3.5 Million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Posted on 18 May 2022 by JLusk

Pap Corps board & Sylvester team. Photo provided.

Rebounding from COVID-19, The Pap Corps Champions for Cancer Research, located in Deerfield Beach, came back full swing with their fundraising for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. At their May meeting, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit donated $3.5 million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, also located in Deerfield.  Almost 300 Pap Corps members, along with leaders from Sylvester, enjoyed a beautiful breakfast at Boca West, where the check was presented to Jayne Sylvester Malfitano on behalf of the center.

“I am so proud of our amazing members,” declared Sally Berenzweig, CEO of The Pap Corps. “Your dedication and passion, especially during these past few years, has been such an inspiration.”

Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, whose parents endowed the center, spoke eloquently about the special partnership between The Pap Corps and Sylvester, and shared several of the numerous scientific advancements that have occurred thanks to research, including the rise of precision medicine, which is an approach to cancer treatment that is targeted at genetic markers in each person’s unique cancer.

Sylvester is the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in South Florida, and The Pap Corps has donated over $110 million during the past 70 years to support cancer research. To celebrate these seven decades of giving, Robert Weinroth, Mayor of Palm Beach County presented a proclamation honoring the nonprofit’s service.

Other event highlights included recognizing top donors in multiple categories, honoring retiring chapter presidents and welcoming new chapter presidents.

“It is with such joy that we gather today to celebrate our members and honor the unique role our organization plays in advancing lifesaving cancer treatments,” said Susan Dinter, Pap Corps Chair of the Board. “We look forward to creating a world without cancer, but until we achieve that goal, The Pap Corps will be here!”

For more information on the Pap Corps, visit www.thepapcorps.org.

For more information on the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, visit https://umiamihealth.org/en/locations/sylvester-comprehensive-cancer-center-deerfield-beach.



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The Grand Tasting at Boca Bacchanal

Posted on 12 May 2022 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

On Saturday night, May 7, the bon vivants of Boca Raton and beyond flocked to The Boca Raton to indulge in everything the Boca Bacchanal Grand Tasting had to offer. This event, benefitting the Boca Raton Historical Society and The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum, offered food and wine, as well as a silent auction. Forty-two prized vintners and wineries with wines from all over the world were ready to pour. People could strike a pose to remember the moment at the Alina Residences’ “photo booth.”

Guests could also sample food by the bite from many local eateries, including The Boca Raton, The Capital Grille, Eat District Healthy Asian Bowl, KakaoZon Chocolate, Kapow Noodle Bar, New York Grilled Cheese, The Poké Company, Prezzo, Proper Ice Cream, Ramen Lab Eatery, Rebel House / Alley Cat, Sicilian Oven, Brulé Bistro / Rose’s Daughter, Ganzo Sushi, Meso Beach House and Seagate Hotel. 

Sponsors for the event included The Boca Raton, Republic National Distributing Company, Boca Magazine, Crown Wine & Spirits, Alina Residences, Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC), JM Lexus, Privaira, PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS CHARITIES, the Addison, Marta and Jim Batmasian, Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Diamonds Direct, Atlas Rentals, LivingFLA.com, the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, Discover the Palm Beaches, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and The City of Boca Raton.

This event was held the day after the Vintner Dinners, which were held at five private homes and other premier locations and included chefs and vintners presenting great food and wine pairings to enjoy.

If you missed out on this year’s festivities, there is always next year. For more information, visit www.bocabacchanal.com.


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Pier Clean-Up seeks help

Posted on 04 May 2022 by JLusk

Want to clean up our waters? The Pier Clean-Up is an excellent way to get involved, so dive right in! It will be held on Saturday, June 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. Dixie Divers is looking for divers to help.

To find out more, click here.


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