| August, 2022

Get Ready to Shred!

Posted on 17 August 2022 by JLusk

Free Shredding Event for Deerfield Beach Residents

The City of Deerfield Beach will be hosting a free shredding event on August 20 from 8 a.m. to noon. This shred event will take place at Fire Station 66, located at 590 S Powerline Rd. in Deerfield Beach. Residents may bring old files and confidential paperwork for shredding.

It is the customer’s responsibility to remove all large metal and plastic clips, spines, and plastic notebook covers. File folders, paperclips, and staples are acceptable.

Free shredding is open to Deerfield Beach residents only. Residents should bring a driver’s license or utility bill to show proof of residency. Each resident can bring a maximum of two boxes of materials to shred.

For additional information on shredding in Deerfield Beach, call 954-480-4391 or visit www.DFB.city/cityshred.

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Luxury Chamber Holds Fundraising Event

Posted on 13 August 2022 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

On July 19. the Luxury Chamber of Commerce had an enjoyable event on the Pier 6 Rooftop in Pompano, bringing in well-known dignitaries, millionaires and more. The event was titled the South Florida Caviar Fest and they had plenty of caviar on hand.

There was live music and gambling, and plenty of networking. Dr. Khalilah Ali signed autographs and sang. Andrea Garofalo also belted out some operatic melodies. Founder Jay Parnassa Shapiro doled out some “$100 bills” to those in attendance in a unique way to add to the fun. Some stayed til the wee hours of the morning … those who just could not get enough.

The event benefited The Mystic Force Foundation, which was founded by Dr. Steven & Silvia Vanni in honor of their son, Salvatore, who at the age of 4 was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma Cancer.

Their main objective is to raise awareness of Childhood Cancer and desperately needed funds for research to bring less toxic, more effective treatments for these children. They also strive to enhance the lives of children battling Childhood Cancer through in-patient hospital parties and granting ‘Wishes’ whenever possible. Their ultimate goal is to find a cure for all the children afflicted with this very painful and aggressive disease.

The Chamber is having another event on Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. at the historic Maxwell Room in Ft. Lauderdale,  at 10 S New River Dr.

INFO: https://luxurychamber.com/


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Beach & Pier Reopened After Bomb Threat

Posted on 11 August 2022 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

On Thursday, Aug. 11, Deerfield Beach was closed and people were evacuated today by the Broward Sheriff’s Office following a bomb threat. Once the threat was deemed unfounded, the beach and pier were reopened.

The City of Deerfield Beach posted an update on Twitter at 4:13 p.m., saying: “The #DeerfieldBeach International Fishing Pier and the beach have reopened. The Broward Sheriff’s Office received a call that there was a bomb at the pier. BSO swept the pier and determined the threat was unfounded. BSO will continue this investigation #DFB #Alert #Clear

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Deerfield Budget Workshop

Posted on 05 August 2022 by JLusk

A Budget Workshop will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at 7 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers located at the City Hall Complex, 150 NE 2 Ave., in Deerfield Beach. A quorum of the City Commission will be physically present at the workshop, and the City will be utilizing communications media technology with some City staff participating through video conferencing.
The public is invited to attend and observe the workshop in person or via Zoom. A copy of the agenda will be available at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1554/Meetings-Agendas. The agenda will include a link to the Zoom virtual meeting as well as instructions on how to access it by telephone and computer.
For additional information, please contact the Office of Budget & Performance at dfbbudget@deerfield-beach.com or phone at 954-571-4550.

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Sips & Sounds

Posted on 03 August 2022 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

A crowd assembled within The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum on July 20 for the 2nd Summer Sips & Sounds event. People could first peruse the museum, which was completely renovated last fall. Next, they could mingle and enjoy hors d’ oeuvres and wine provided by The Seagate Hotel, before sitting down to enjoy the concert. The music theme was the ’70s this time and guests were delighted to hear some old tunes they had not heard for some time. Joanne Marie Kaye, who also is the executive director for the Festival of the Arts BOCA, took on the role of singer for the event, with Rick Krive also singing and playing the keyboard, and Scot Klarman playing the saxophone. They sang songs from The Carpenters, Carole King, Elton John, the Eagles, Manhattan Transfer and others.

The 1970s was an exciting decade in Boca Raton as the town was experiencing exponential growth and change: the Historical Society was founded, I-95 was completed through Boca, Arvida was building gated communities, and IBM had arrived bringing an influx of new families,” says Museum Executive Director Mary Csar.

There will be one more Sips & Sounds on September 21. That one will focus on music from World War II. It will again be held at the Historic Town Hall, 71 North Federal Hwy., in downtown Boca Raton. Tickets for the concert are $30 for Boca Raton Historical Society members and $40 for non-members. For more information, visit www.bocahistory.org.


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Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex Selected for the 2022 Niagara Perk Your Park Contest

Posted on 03 August 2022 by JLusk

The Perk, Your Park Contest, is part of the Niagara Perk Your Park Project, an initiative that focuses on park and community space revitalization across the country. To encourage public engagement with these new spaces, improvements will include a large corporate-sized pavilion that would serve large family gatherings, reunions, and educational and community events at Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex. After funding two projects in 2021, Niagara is giving communities a chance to cast their votes for which projects will receive funding next.
Voting starts August 1 at NiagaraPerkYourPark.com. Vote for Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex! You can vote once per day until the polls close on September 12, 2022. Three winners will be chosen to receive the $75,000 upgrade.
Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex provides a variety of activities to the community, and the park enhancement will redevelop this aging facility and infuse life and recreation into the area for people of all ages to enjoy.
For more information, call 954-480-4433.

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New Tuition-Free Pre-School to Open in Deerfield Beach

Posted on 03 August 2022 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach announced a 10-year lease agreement with Bezos Academy to open a tuition-free, Montessori-inspired preschool in 2024, pending completion of construction.  The Bezos Academy preschool will be located in the Center for Active Aging’s newly built childcare center.

“I am incredibly excited about this partnership and what it will mean to our community in the coming years. As a parent, I understand firsthand how education costs can impact the choices we make for our children. This partnership is a game changer for Deerfield Beach families who will now be able to give their little ones an early educational start without the financial burden,” said Mayor Bill Ganz.  “Our City Commission made a commitment to the redevelopment of the Center for Active Aging because we know this special place serves our community in many critical ways. I am thrilled that the Bezos Academy also recognizes the possibilities of what can be accomplished.” 

“We are thrilled to partner with the City of Deerfield Beach to offer an early learning solution at no cost to families in the community,” said Mike George, president of Bezos Academy. “Their Center for Active Aging shares our commitment to service and will foster the added benefits of intergenerational learning.” 

The school, Bezos Academy – Deerfield Beach, will be located at 227 NW 2 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. The school will feature two classrooms, follow a full-day, year-round schedule and is slated to open in 2024 after construction is complete. Updates to the opening date will be shared on the city’s website.

Families earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level with children aged 3-4 are eligible to apply. Once the school opening date is set, more information and an application for the lottery-based selection process will be posted at www.bezosacademy.org.

Rendering of the soon-to-come Center for Active Aging. The childcare facility is located to the left. Plans for that facility will be expanded to accommodate more children. Courtesy of the City of Deerfield Beach,

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