Fall Festival

Posted on 21 October 2021 by JLusk

On October 16, Pioneer Park was filled with people for this year’s Fall Festival. Not only was there live entertainment, but also a bouncy maze for kids, cotton candy and other snacks, a pumpkin patch, a storyteller, games, arts and crafts, and more. 

(See more photos on Observer Facebook page).



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Kiwanis Club Golf Tournament

Posted on 20 October 2021 by JLusk

The Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach held their annual golf tournament on Saturday, October 16 at Galuppi’s in Pompano. They had 112 golfers. Golfer

s also enjoyed lunch and could bid on the silent auction, and participate in the raffle or the 50/50. There also were prizes for Closest to the Pin, Hole in One and Longest Drive. The funds went toward their dictionary and thesarus project (they give them to students), high school scholarships and more.

(See photos on the Observer Facebook page)

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Groundbreaking: Center for Active Aging to get a new look

Posted on 07 October 2021 by JLusk

The Center for Active Aging in Deerfield (at 227 NW Eller St.) has been in talks with the city about obtaining a major renovation for quite some time. They finally broke ground on the project on October 6. Stay tuned for updates as the construction gets underway. Find out more about the center at www.deerfield-beach.com/1506/Center-for-Active-Aging.
Photo provided by Jane Rudorfer Shafrann



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Posted on 05 October 2021 by JLusk

BSO Sheriff Gregory Tony has some tips for parents whose children will be trick o’ treating this year:

Treats, ghouls and spine-chilling fun are just a few reasons why Halloween is one of the most anticipated times of year for kids. Unfortunately, Halloween can also be the most dangerous time of year for children. Nearly 4,000 Halloween-related injuries occur every year, including falling accidents, poisoning, burns and motor accidents. Although the festivities can be fun, we want to remind you of these important safety tips to help prevent real horrors from occurring.
Costume Safety:
•  Your child’s costume should allow them to walk easily. If the costume involves a mask, ensure they take it off when crossing the street so the mask does not obstruct their vision.
• Have something reflective, such as a glow stick or reflective tape, attached to their costume.
• Use a flashlight if you’re out during evening hours.
When Children Are Trick-Or-Treating:
• Accompany your children or make sure a trusted adult goes with them.
• Instruct older kids to go in one group.
• Trick-or-treat in your neighborhood.
• Always look both ways when crossing the street.
• Utilize the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
• Be alert to parked cars. Double-check the vehicle is not about to be in motion.
• Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people.
• Wash hands and inspect all treats before allowing your children to consume them. Throw away any open treats.
If Giving Out Treats:
• Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
• Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
• Set up a station with individual bagged treats for kids to take.
Motor Safety:
• Enter and exit driveways carefully.
• Turn on your headlights immediately when you get into the car.
•  Avoid any distractions while driving.
•  Slow down, especially in residential areas.
•  Discourage new or inexperienced drivers from driving during Halloween.
•  Watch for children crossing the street, on medians, at intersections and on curbs.
Follow these cautionary steps to avoid a setback, and enjoy the fun of Halloween. If you are looking for a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating, attend an outdoor Halloween event in a controlled environment with your kids. As a reminder, don’t hesitate to report any suspicious activity. If you see something, say something.
Have a safe, enjoyable and happy Halloween!
Service Equals Reward
Sheriff Gregory Tony


Skyrocketing Statue Lands in Boca Raton

Posted on 01 October 2021 by JLusk

Artist Hubert Phipps at the unveiling of his “Rocket” sculpture at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC) on September 20.

By Rachel Galvin

A seeming conduit to the divine, a 30-foot stainless steel towering form juts toward the heavens, with its feet firmly planted on terra firma, among the green grass at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC). What began as abstract art took form as a rocket and that is its name – “Rocket.” It is the creation of artist Hubert Phipps, who arrived for its “unveiling” on September 20.

The project began four years ago and only as a sketch, said Philpps, whose process is not one of building something in the normal way, nor eliminating everything that is not what he is trying to create, but of sensory deprivation. He is known to put himself into darkness, limiting outside sound and sight and letting his hand as he sketches reveal what lies beneath. His 2-D work is revelatory. His paint pigment on paper shows movement, life, light among the darkness. His sculptures are just as organic, as he creates natural forms that look like they will animate and slink away any moment. His “Rocket” has the same dynamism. Although it looks firmly planted, it appears as if it could blast off at any time, careening into the atmosphere to explore regions beyond, to see what cannot be seen.

Exploration is really all about curiosity and wondering, “What if?” Speculation such as this has led to some of the greatest breakthroughs in our history, including the computer. It is apropos that a sculpture that symbolizes, in part, that quest for knowledge be planted at BriC, where the IBM personal computer was first invented.

What is perhaps more interesting is that when the art was first created, first by a sketch back in 2018 and then in 3D as smaller sculptures, Phipps had no idea that one day a larger version would be placed here. Its placement came about after he met Irvin Lippman, the executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, who saw Phipps’ show including maquettes of the “Rocket” at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. At that time, he told Phipps about a new Art in Public Places initiative, part of a cultural partnership between the Boca Raton Museum of Art and CP group, who owns BRiC and is a premier developer and operator of commercial real estate. This was the beginning of Rocket coming to this space. What is amazing is that the statue’s form almost perfectly mimics the building behind it, which was created by architect Marcel Breuer in the 1960s. They both employ the Brutalist style. Lippman said, “The museum is happy to be a matchmaker here,” as he explained how he first met Phipps and told him about the program. “It is a match made in heaven.”

Creating the 9.8-ton sculpture composed of 2,200 square feet of stainless steel was not so simple. It was made in three pieces over in China and then shipped to the U.S. What baffles Phipps is that it was not sent directly to Florida, but actually went to multiple locations on ship and then by truck before finally arriving here. Then, he said, engineering came into play to put it all together.

Phipps did not begin his journey into art in the abstract realm. His father was a publisher and Phipps fell in love with illustrating political cartoons, the exquisite detail of it. So he has seen what it is to create more realistic forms and what it is to delve into abstract art, and he can say that both are equally challenging. With realism, he said, there is an endpoint, a goal, you know what it will become. With abstract, in contrast, the artwork leads you and knowing when to stop is not always so easy.

Sometimes, he says he often does not see a piece of artwork’s importance until later. “I don’t give it any credence or appreciation until later,” he said. “I don’t have a pre-conceived notion [of art I create.] I didn’t sit down to create a rocket.”

At the event celebrating Rocket, he thanked those who helped make it possible, saying, he was honored his sculpture was part of the Art in Public Places initiative,” adding, “Art has been hugely important in my life. I applaud everybody who worked together to bring this to Boca Raton.”

He also talked about his love for aerospace and remembered an experience when he was only 10 years old living with his uncle near Indiantown here in Florida. One night, he heard a rumbling sound outside, a roar, and asked his uncle the next day what it was. His uncle joked that maybe it was cattle stampeding (as the area was filled with mostly cattle and orange groves back then, said Phipps). But, it turned out it was nearby Pratt & Whitney testing rocket engines. He also recalled seeing Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. That was 1969, the same year the building behind where Rocket now is placed was built.

“I love the forms of rockets, things to do with aerospace,” he said, “I have a lifelong passion with aviation. I’m a pilot. I’m fortunate enough to have been flying for almost 50 years. I still fly.” His family was comprised of early Palm Beach pioneers with a history in aviation. One of his ancestors, Amy Phipps Guest, was one of the first women aviators. She had hopes of being the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, but her family was too protective and asked that Amelia Earhart be chosen instead, and Earhart did make that first flight in 1928. Guest continued to be a champion for Earhart and aviation. Her love of flight seems to have been passed on to Phipps.

He added, in reference to his Rocket, “I created this … The inspiration comes from all the amazing things we do as a human race as far as pushing the envelope, as far as reaching the stars, if you will. How timely now with all this going on in the aerospace world today, so this could not have worked out better. Of course, all the synergies that have been mentioned about this form and how it works with the architecture…”

Ribbon Cutting on “Rocket:” Councilman & CRA Vice Chair Andy Thomson, Vice Mayor Andrea Levine O’Rourke, Boca Raton Museum of Art Board Chair Jody Harrison Grass, Boca Raton Museum of Art Executive Director Irvin Lippman, artist Hubert Phipps, President & CEO of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Troy M. McLellan, Marketing Director for CP Group Giana Pacinelli, councilwomen Monica Mayotte & Yvette Drucker.

Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Andrea Levine O’Rourke, who was in attendance with other councilmembers, said, “This could not be a better representation of art in public places. You can see yourself in it … It can reflect the past or be a symbol of where we came from and where we are going”

Phipps, who currently lives in Virginia, is planning on being in Palm Beach for a solo exhibition at the TW Fine Art Gallery. The show, which will feature maquettes of his Rocket, opens November 27 and runs for six weeks.

Besides creating art and flying, he also was a professional race car driver, so he has had varied experience, and some of it in what some might consider high-risk situations. But he does not see it that way. He is not a daredevil. To him, being able to make those turns at high speed, fly up in the sky and give birth to a beautiful piece of art that will inspire others is more calculating. It appears to require intense focus, dedication and passion. With everything he does, it seems he really is reaching for the stars … to infinity and beyond.

To find out more about Hubert Phipps, visit www.hubertphipps.com. “Rocket” is located at BRiC, at 5000 T-Rex Ave, Boca Raton.

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Brightline celebrates World Car Free Day with Habitat For Humanity

Posted on 22 September 2021 by JLusk


Brightline, the only provider of modern, eco-friendly, high-speed rail in America, is celebrating World Car-Free Day by joining forces with one of the nation’s most recognizable non-profits, Habitat for Humanity. For the first time, Brightline and Habitat for Humanity affiliates in South Florida are inviting drivers to donate their vehicles to become eligible for a year of free rail travel on Brightline. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Broward, Greater Miami, Palm Beach County, and South Palm Beach County, Brightline will offer a free 2022 annual pass to any individual who donates a vehicle to Habitat’s Cars for Homes program between September 22 and December 31, 2021. Those who want to participate in the Brightline-Habitat World Car Free Day free travel pass promotion can learn more here

Every year on September 22nd, cities across the globe celebrate World Car-Free Day, encouraging motorists to give up their cars for a day. The event highlights the numerous benefits of going car-free to citizens—including reduced air pollution and the health benefits of walking and cycling in a safer environment. Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program takes this even further. All year long, Habitat accepts donations of vehicles from across the U.S. and dedicates the proceeds from their sale to help Habitat homeowners build strength, stability and self-reliance for their families.

At its core, Brightline is about building a sustainable community,” said Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline. “We want to lead the change in modern rail travel while advocating for strong and self-reliant communities. Our partnership with the affiliates of Habitat for Humanity in South Florida to promote car donations symbolizes this endeavour and we are excited to be working together to achieve the greater purpose of helping those in need. We can’t wait to welcome riders back this November, including some who will be riding for free with this offer.”

Through Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program, individuals can donate a car, truck or other motor vehicle and proceeds from its sale will be distributed to one of the four participating local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, benefitting the donor’s community.  For donors, gifting a vehicle to Cars for Homes is fast, easy and free of charge. For local Habitat affiliates, the monthly receipt of funding can be used to help build new construction or to fund critical repairs, including after natural disasters.

“Cars for Homes provides a great opportunity to turn unwanted vehicles into affordable housing for our community,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and executive director of Habitat Broward. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Brightline, which is investing in our community in both a socially and environmentally responsible way.”

“We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with Brightline through this wonderful program,” said Mario Artecona, chief executive officer at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. “A thriving community relies on affordable homeownership and strong transportation options. This relationship highlights both. We are most grateful to Brightline for focusing on Habitat’s mission of providing affordable home-ownership opportunities to South Florida’s working families.” 

On August 10, Brightline announced plans to resume service in the first half of November between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Brightline also announced multiple service enhancements and investments, including the introduction of its new mobility as a service platform that will address guests’ first and last-mile connections.

 For more information, visit www.gobrightline.com.

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Jr. Angler’s Day

Posted on 22 September 2021 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

It was a beautiful day in Deerfield Beach for Jr. Angler’s Day on Saturday, Sept. 18. Kids and their parents lined the International Fishing Pier in hopes to catch the big one… and then throw it back; and, boy, were the fish being caught everywhere you looked! This event is always a treasured moment as kids reel in their line and pull their catch out of the water with big smiles on their faces. It makes a perfect photo opp (See photos on The Observer Facebook). Kids could get bait a fishing pole and more swag. There were also other booths, including arts & crafts and ice cream. There also was a coastal cleanup.


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Community Health & Wellness Fair

Posted on 11 September 2021 by JLusk

The Key Club was one of the many groups in attendance.

By Rachel Galvin

On September 11, Zion Lutheran was the site of a Community Health & Wellness Fair. Tents took over the parking lot filled with plenty of health information and other information on everything from children’s services to Hospice care. The Kiwanis Club and their Key Club was there as well. Mayor Bill Ganz and Commissioner Drosky were among those in attendance at the opening ceremony as the event began. 

The event was held in memory of Alexis J. Marion, who took her life in February 2020. Her parents, Mari and Michael were at the fair. Mari said that when Alexis was struggling, the city and Broward Sheriff’s Office were there for them, something for which she is very thankful, but she found that certain other mental health organizations and services were not. That is something that they continue to bring up — the need for there to be services available when needed. “When kids need help, show up,” she said. “All kids just want to be heard.” She said they wanted to make sure this never happens to another family. 

That is a reason they support Deerfield Beach Community Cares. Executive Director of the group, Joel Smith, said his goal to be at events like this one is to listen to the community and determine what the people’s needs are and how he can match providers with those who need the services. He had people fill out a survey asking what types of programs they would like to see and how they handle situations like stress in their life.

See photos on the Observer Newspaper Online Facebook page.





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Tickets on sale for FT. Lauderdale Concours, presenting sponsor announced

Posted on 01 September 2021 by JLusk

 The Fort Lauderdale Concours (FTLC) is pleased to announce Lotus Cars USA, the innovative sports and racing car manufacturer, as the presenting sponsor of its 1st annual event.

Showcasing an elegant display of classic cars, lifestyle curations, fine art and live music, the FTLC will be held on Friday, October 29, from 5-10 p.m. on the rooftop event space of the Las Olas Parking Garage at the Intracoastal Waterway (200 Las Olas Circle, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316). Tickets are now on sale. 

“We are thrilled to partner with Lotus, a daring company that has been mavericks in the automotive industry,” states Maria Jannace, founder and CEO of FTLC & The New York City Concours (TNYCC), which had its immensely successful premiere in September 2019. “Lotus values the history and heritage of the automobile while continually pushing to innovate and that forward thinking vision mirrors our own mission to honor the concours d’elegance universe through reinvention.”

“The FTLC is creating a bold, electric event that speaks directly to our audience of passionate car enthusiasts and we just had to be a part of it,” explains Geoff Dowding, executive director, Sales and Aftersales of Group Lotus. “Maria’s rooftop concours series is at the forefront of reimaging a new standard for classic car exhibitions for future generations.” 

Ticketing for the limited capacity FTLC is comparable with concours events, while offering added entertainment experiences. From now until September 30, Advanced VIP tickets are $125 and $150 starting October 1st. Additionally, in collaboration with the renowned Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS, running  October 27-31), a discounted combination ticket can be purchased for the FTLC and FLIBS Windward VIP Experience (Friday only) for $420 — offering a unique confluence of the automotive and recreational marine enthusiast in an ambiance of grandeur not previously presented. 

Admission to the FTLC’s reinvented “classic car show” includes:

  • Classic Automobiles: 35+ rarely-seen, iconic cars including the Lotus Emira
  • Cocktails and Canapes: Denison Yachting Sunset Rooftop Lounge, including specialty spirits and wine tastings
  • Sneaker Curation: Mixed media artist Matt Senna will curate a high-end collectable sneaker display that will match select cars on display
    Sweepstakes: Premiere online watch magazine HODINKEE will host a sweepstakes for a $5k watch, attendees can opt in at time of ticket purchase
  • Fine Art: Acclaimed automotive custom artist Ray Drea will be creating a stylized art piece of the Lotus Emira painted live during the event and will feature a gallery of his completed works plus other fine and pop artists
  • Live Music and DJ: Valerie Tyson Band, an eight piece electrifying band specializing in top 40 popular music, Jazz, Classic Rock, R&B and Reggae, and international DJ Anna de Ferran aka ADF
  • Fashion: Zaddy fashion component
  • Stunning Venue: Rooftop with 360º view of the city’s picturesque beach, Intracoastal waterway, marina and downtown skyline  

Charitable partners are the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) and the RPM Foundation, which will have a presence at the event. Go to https://www.ftlconcours.com/tickets to purchase.

For further details on the FTLC, including exhibits, sign up for updates at ftlconcours.com


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Deerfield Beach Gets New Police Captain

Posted on 26 August 2021 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach is happy to announce that former Broward Sheriff’s Office Executive Officer for the Deerfield Beach District, Adam Hofstein, has been selected as the City’s new police Captain. 
Captain Adam Hofstein began his career with BSO in 1991, at the age of 20, as a Deputy Sheriff in the Department of Corrections. In 1996, he was selected for the Department of Law Enforcement as a law enforcement deputy with subsequent assignments in Dania Beach and Lauderdale Lakes districts. In addition to crime prevention and patrol assignments, he was also selected for special assignments as a street crimes detective and property crimes detective. In 1999, he was chosen as a person crimes detective for the Criminal Investigations Division, where he specialized in investigating child abuse, elderly abuse/exploitation, animal abuse and domestic violence.
In 2002, he was promoted to sergeant and supervised patrol units in the City of Lauderdale Lakes. Shortly after that, he was asked to return to Criminal Investigations to manage Special Victims and Violent Crimes Units. From 2011, he supervised patrol units for the City of Deerfield Beach until 2015, when he was selected as the Executive Officer/Administrative Sergeant for the BSO Department of Administration. In 2017, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the agency’s Information Technology Division. Capt. Hofstein returned to Deerfield Beach in 2019, as he was tasked to serve as the Executive Officer until being selected as the Chief in August 2021. 
In addition to graduating from both the Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Public Leadership Program and the FAU Executive Leadership Program, Capt. Hofstein has extensive training in law enforcement practices, criminal investigations, and information technology and has served as a professional trainer in these fields throughout his career. Capt. Hofstein is a strong proponent of community and intelligence-led policing and leveraging technology and community partnerships to enhance community safety and standards.
“I am very grateful for this opportunity, and I am honored to serve this community as your next Chief of Police. We have built such a strong foundation of trust, partnership, and safety, and I am proud of what this City represents. We truly embody the meaning of diversity, inclusivity, and respect for one another. I love serving the people who live and work in this City, and we will continue to bring residents the highest standards of public safety and community policing,” said Chief Hofstein. 
Deerfield Beach Mayor Bill Ganz expressed his good wishes and added, “Adam is the right leader for the job. He is a highly respected professional, but beyond that, we have watched him help lead this district with dignity, respect, and integrity. Our community is fortunate to have him. I am looking forward to continuing our work together.”
Please join the city in congratulating Captain Hofstein, and let’s wish him safety, wisdom and much success in his new role. 

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