School to start Aug. 18, tax holiday starts July 31

Posted on 26 July 2021 by JLusk

It is hard to believe but school is about to start again — no more staying home; kids will be in their seats at school. The school year begins on August 18 and the last day of school is June 9. For more info. on important dates, visit

As usual, there will be a sales tax holiday for those preparing their kids for their first day, buying appropriate supplies and new clothes. This year’s Tax Holiday will occur from July 31 to August 9. There are stipulations for what qualifies to be untaxed. See for more info.


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Police Chief Rodney Brimlow to Retire

Posted on 23 July 2021 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach would like to express its thanks and appreciation to BSO Police Captain for the Deerfield Beach District, Rodney Brimlow, who announced he will retire in late August 2021.
Captain Brimlow has become an integral part of the DFB family and has committed to establishing a relationship with the community based on respect and kindness. Captain Brimlow, who also happens to be a Catholic Deacon with Harvard University credentials, has accomplished great things in Deerfield Beach.
During the height of the pandemic, his team worked closely with the City Legislative Affairs team in organizing the bi-weekly food giveaways. He also helped to inform and educate the faith community about important crime trends and crime prevention during his participation in the Mayor’s Quarterly Faith Breakfast. He also implemented the Operational and Tactical Intelligence Center (OTIC) for Deerfield Beach, a model for the County that has been replicated in many other jurisdictions. The list of achievements for Captain Brimlow go on and his skill for organization and mentorship are unmatched.
“I cannot underscore just how much of an asset Captain Brimlow has been for this city. His favorite verse of the Bible is Micah 6:8, “He has told you what is good and what it is the LORD requires of you: to act with justice, to love with mercy, and to walk with humility before God.” This verse perfectly describes Captain Brimlow and how he leads. He is honestly one of the most compassionate and caring leaders I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. This is a huge loss for us, but I wish him incredible success and happiness in his retirement,” said Mayor Bill Ganz.
City Manager David Santucci said, “His contributions go well beyond that of a law enforcement professional. During his time with the City, both as an Executive Officer and District Captain, he has been a beacon for dignity, respect, and inclusiveness for this community. Although it is sad to see him go, he deserves this next chapter in his life and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Captain Brimlow could not say enough about ending his law enforcement career in Deerfield Beach.
“My time with Deerfield Beach has been one of the most rewarding of my 26 years with the Broward Sheriff’s Office. I love the community, and the city workers that I served alongside are genuinely some of the finest professionals I’ve worked with in my career. I could not be more proud of the men and women in law enforcement whom I have had the privilege to serve alongside. They are good people who love this community – I will definitely miss my team. I am so proud of them, and I genuinely believe in the good that law enforcement can do to transform and aid cities. But after so many years in law enforcement, it is time for me to chase different dreams and goals for myself and my family. I am looking forward to civilian life. Thank you, DFB!”
Captain Brimlow will be dearly missed by his colleagues and the Deerfield Beach community. But this City is better because of him, and we are grateful for his service. Please join the City of Deerfield Beach in wishing the Captain great health, peace, happiness, and much success in his retirement!

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The Salvation Army’s Kettle Krush at Quiet Waters Park-7/24

Posted on 08 July 2021 by JLusk

Put on your favorite Christmas attire and run, walk or roll to “krush” poverty and homelessness at The Salvation Army of Broward County’s Kettle Krush 5K presented by PwC. WPLG Local 10 SoFlo Health’s Hunter Franqui will serve as the special guest host for the fourth annual event. An option for those (both in the region and beyond) who wish to participate virtually at home is also available. This all-ages event is designed to raise awareness and funds for families in need. Registration is open, now, at

The Salvation Army serves over 50,000 Broward County residents, every year, and more than 70% of its funding comes directly from the community – individuals, groups and businesses.

The race is named after The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettles which are staffed during the holidays to collect funds for families in need. Last year, The Salvation Army raised $320,215, more than a 33% increase over the same period last year, in less than five weeks in November and December. The Salvation Army of Broward County also distributed 7,566 gifts to 1,114 families with 2,483 children at 2020’s drive-through Holiday Toy Shop.

The racecourse at Quiet Waters Park is sanctioned by the USATF, and the race will be timed by AccuChipUSA, Inc. Awards will be given to runners in  “Top 3” categories and age groups.


WHEN:             Saturday, July 24 at 7 a.m.


WHERE:          Quiet Waters Park

                          401 Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

                         Those who cannot be at the physical race site are encouraged to participate virtually at home!

COST:              Register at


                         $10 for kids (ages 2 – 8)

                         $25 per participant (18 and under)

                         $30 for registrants (19 and over).

                         Team registration is $20 per person for teams of five or more.

                         A FREE commemorative race t-shirt will be given to all registrants.

                         Quiet Waters Park entry fee will be waived for all Kettle Krush 5K participants. Parking will also be FREE and available directly across from the Runner’s Pavilion area.

WHO:              The Salvation Army of Broward County’s Kettle Krush 5K presented by PwC is sponsored by Broward Health, Edd Helms AC & Electric, FPL, Costco Wholesale, Pronto Urgent Care, Trader Joe’s, Fast Printz, Profile by Sanford, ACME Barricades, Bimbo Bakeries, Dom and Sharon Pino, Pete and Jenny Sudler and Gerry and Isolde Cahill.

                     The Salvation Army is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to “meeting human needs without discrimination.” Since 1926, The Salvation Army has been active in Broward County serving thousands of our most needy community members. Today, it offers a number of vital programs including its Economic Stability Program, the Open Door Project emergency shelter, a food pantry, transitional family housing, New Beginnings for pregnant homeless women and disaster services.

INFO:              For more information or to pledge additional monetary and/or sponsorship support, please contact Robert Beasley at 954-712-2480 or email  Follow us on Facebook at, on Instagram @salvationarmybroward and on Twitter @SalArmyBroward.


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Stuffed animals given to children in need

Posted on 06 July 2021 by JLusk

More than 500 stuffed animals were donated to the Broward Sheriff’s Office Pompano Beach District for children who have experienced a traumatic incident.
On Saturday, June 26, the Widows Sons International Masonic Riders Association generously delivered the plush toys to the district office. The toys, teddy bears and stuffed animals will be distributed to deputies to assist in their interaction with children who have gone through a difficult time or experienced emotional or physical crisis. 
The hope is that sharing these toys with children will bring them some comfort in a time of need.

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Deerfield–Monitoring Elsa

Posted on 02 July 2021 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach is actively monitoring Hurricane Elsa. Although the path is not yet clear, weather experts are predicting, at the very least, heavy wind and rain.

Depending on how this storm takes shape over the following 24-hours, fireworks scheduled for 4th of July festivities at Quiet Waters Park could be canceled.

Safety regulations prohibit the City from launching fireworks during sustained winds of 15-20 mph and based on the current track we could see those wind speeds by Sunday evening. Please be sure to check the City’s website and social media regularly for updates.

Regular solid waste and bulk collections will continue as per normal collection schedules but will be suspended should we encounter sustained winds of 40 MPH or other conditions that may result in unsafe collections.

Please adhere to the bulk collection guidelines and do not place excessive materials for pickup. As per guidelines, materials that exceed seven cubic yards or do not comply with the City’s guidelines will not be collected and may become projectiles in the occurrence of a storm.

Residents should not use this time to complete landscaping work or other projects that will result in heavy bulk trash.

For more information on the City’s Bulk Collection Guidelines, visit The City is urging residents to monitor Hurricane ELSA and review their hurricane preparedness plans. To get your local DFB storm updates, check out the City’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter Platforms. The links are listed below.


Facebook: @CityOfDeerfieldBeachFloridaMunicipalGovernment

Twitter: DFB_City

Instagram: @CityofDeerfieldBeach

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Boca Raton Museum of Art unveils Sculpture Garden, opens new exhibit

Posted on 23 June 2021 by JLusk

Artist Vickie Pierre & Boca Raton Museum of Art Executive Director Irvin Lippman.

About 500 people attended the event…

About 500 people filled the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the courtyard on June 12 for the special event for members. The occasion was the opening of the newly renovated Ohnell Sculpture Garden in the Mary Ann and Harold E. Perper Courtyard, as well as the opening of the new Vickie Pierre “Be My Herald of What’s To Come” exhibition upstairs. Pierre also had painted murals on the exterior of the museum. 

The reception included light bites and wine.

Pierre’s exhibition runs until Sept. 5. 

Odita’s Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, a 144-foot long mural that wraps around three exterior sides of the Museum’s North Gallery and within the Sculpture Garden, added a perfect photo op backdrop.

The Sculpture Garden renovation was funded by Pat and Nick Ohnell and were created by the Glavovic Studio and Architectural Alliance Landscape.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is located at 501 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. For more information, visit




The architect Margi Glavonic Northard and her husband, Kim.

Artist Jeff Whyman, who also has had an exhibit at the museum with Grace Gdaniec, the manager of the Arts Warehouse in Delray, were in attendance.

Artist Mira Lehr arrived with her family, and posed in front of one of her pieces.

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DB Historical’s 1st Annual Pioneer Grove event

Posted on 16 June 2021 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

The Deerfield Beach Historical Society started doing something new– Pioneer Grove Fest, which was held June 11-13 at their history museum and cultural center, located across from the Butler House, at 84 SE 4th Avenue in Deerfield. 

The event kicked off with an International Film Night. They showed the film “The Hidden Face.” The weekend continued on Saturday with food and drinks, with local singer Stephen Minotti with special guests “The Beachnicks.” Also, at that event was technically a meeting and the voting of board members. But also they gave long-time president Emily Lilly a plaque for all her “Happy Days” and great service through the years, as she passed the torch on to T.J. Eagen. Angelica Rosa from the Community Foundation, was in attendance, along with her husband, members of the historical society and members of the community. Leola Brooks led some festive dancing and everyone enjoyed a box lunch, and drinks. On Sunday, they were slated to have a Jazz picnic with music by 5th Street Jazz, featuring Tom Monte (and food and drinks again). They also had a Sandra Canning photo exhibit all weekend long.

Below are photos from Saturday’s gathering.

Emily Lilly receives plaque.

Poppi talks to the crowd.


TJ Eagen & Stephen Minotti perform.

Stephen, Jeff & Amie Kay enjoy the event.

Emily’s well-deserved plaque.

Leola Brooks gets everyone to dance.

The Beachniks perform.

Angelica from the Community Foundation, Poppi Mercier & Emily Lilly.

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Kiwanis gave out student scholarships

Posted on 15 June 2021 by JLusk

Photo by  Aditi Sarkar

The Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach gave out 14 scholarships to local students on May 13th at the Historic Butler House. The amount totaled  $10,000.

Bob Fass, the President of the Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach, opened the ceremony with an invocation led by Kiwanian, Carina Baurley and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Past-President, Joe Santiago. Fass said a few encouraging words to the scholarship winners and then introduced the emcee, Past-President and current Lieutenant Governor Designate, Kerri Gordon who used a metaphor in her presentation, comparing the Covid Vaccine to the “Kiwanis Vaccine”, made of 1 part Kindness, 1 part Caring, 1 part Motivation, and 1 part Determination. Gordon is also the Scholarship Coordinator and has been the Kiwanis Advisor to the DBHS Key Club since 2014. The closing remarks were given by Tim Sullivan, who will become the club’s President on Oct 1st. The scholarship presenters were: Gordon Vatch, Janice Muenzenmaier, Carina Baurley, Dave Gravelle, Bob Parton, Irwin Rozen, Ed Dietrich, Deborah Eller, Darin Eller and his 4 children, Jesse, Jake, Nova and Evangeline Eller.

The recipients, their families, and a few special guests including District 1 Commissioner, Michael Hudak and Deerfield Beach High School Administrators, Miderland Delance and Gwen Smith were also treated to a delicious dinner during the awards presentation. 

Kiwanis is a group of volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of children, one community and one child at a time. If you have an upcoming graduate, be sure to have them be on the lookout for a scholarship application by February 2022. The best ways to be in the know are to either join Key Club in high school or have a parent join Kiwanis. 

For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach please visit their website





Kiwanis Community Scholarship

Nyla Staple



Kiwanis Community Scholarship

Stacy Pierre-Seide



Yvonne Safranski Memorial Scholarship

A’Niya Randall



Frederick Heidgerd Military Scholarship

Samuel Anglen



Linda Rozen Key Club Scholarship

Silvia Chowdhury



Linda Rozen Key Club Scholarship

Leanjy Ducatel



Edward P. Dietrich Key Club Scholarship

Arielle Forbes



Edward P. Dietrich Key Club Scholarship

Abigail Humes



Edward P. Dietrich Key Club Scholarship

Lauren Mechtly



Edward P. Dietrich Key Club Scholarship

Alicha Nordelus



Edward P. Dietrich Key Club Scholarship

Suha Vallyani



Edward P. Dietrich Key Club Scholarship

Maria Luiza Zanatta



David Eller Memorial Scholarship

Khrista Nicholas



David Eller Memorial Scholarship

Madison Trowbridge

Highlands Christian


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Pioneer Grove Fest–June 11-13

Posted on 03 June 2021 by JLusk

The Deerfield Beach Historical Society is doing something new– Pioneer Grove Fest, which will be held June 11-13 at their history museum and cultural center, located across from the Butler House, at 84 SE 4th Avenue in Deerfield. 

The event kicks off with an International Film Night. They will be showing “The Hidden Face” at 6:30 p.m.The weekend continues from 1 to 4 p.m.  with food and drinks, with local singer Steven Minotti with special guests “The Beachnicks.” And on Sunday, there is a Jazz picnic with music by 5th Street Jazz, featuring Tom Monte (and food and drinks again). They also will have a Sandra Canning photo exhibit all weekend long.

Admission is $10 per day. For more information, call Judi Stanich at 954-461-1152.

FYI: The annual meeting for the historical society will be at 2 p.m. on June 12th. To be a member, it is only $25 per year dues.

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JM Family Enterprises receives   WELL Health-Safety Rating 

Posted on 26 May 2021 by JLusk









JM Family Enterprises has earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating for seven buildings at its headquarters in Deerfield Beach through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing buildings and space types focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement and emergency plans to address a post-COVID-19 environment now and into the future. 

 “The health, safety and well-being of our associates has always been of utmost importance at JM Family, and that focus has only been elevated during the last year,” said Brent Burns, president and CEO, JM Family.

While the distinction currently applies to buildings at the company’s main campus in Deerfield Beach, the policies and procedures leveraged for this certification — sick leave policies, health benefits, cleaning and sanitization procedures, and emergency preparedness programs — are already in existence and can be found across aloperating locations. In the coming months, the company will be working toward achieving the WELL Health-Safety Rating for its other JM Familyowned facilities. 

The WELL Health-Safety Rating provides a centralized source and governing body to validate efforts made by owners and operators. It leverages insights drawn from the IWBI Task Force on COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), global disease control and prevention centers and emergency management agencies, as well as recognized standard-making associations such as ASTM International and ASHRAE, and leading academic and research institutions.  

 “We hope the WELL rating and the seal on our doors serves as a visible indication of confidence and trust, communicating to all associates and visitors that their safety is our highest priority,” said Burns. 

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