Habitat for Humanity dedicates the Bob and Sherry Taylor Park

Posted on 26 January 2020 by JLusk

Bob and Sherry with son Robert Taylor, Jr.

Photos by Barbara Witte

Habitat for Humanity of Broward dedicated the Bob and Sherry Taylor Park which houses the JM Family KaBOOM! Playground and Mary N. Porter Reading Garden on Saturday, Jan. 11 at “A Rick Case Habitat Community” in Pompano Beach.

Pompano Mayor Rex Hardin & Nancy Robin, CEO & Exec. Director of Habitat for Humanity.

Dignitaries at the event included Patricia Williams, State of Florida Representative; Lamar Fisher, Broward County Commissioner; Rex Hardin, Mayor of the City of Pompano Beach (COPB) and Beverly Perkins, City of Pompano Beach Commissioner.

Taylor family with Nancy Robin of Habitat for Humanity.

“When we envisioned this new community, we knew a small park had to be part of the plan. The Taylors, Burdette Beckmann, Inc. (BBi), JM Family Enterprises, the City of Pompano Beach and our families had a vision for this space,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat Broward. “The Bob and Sherry Taylor Park we dedicated is the result of that vision and our amazing community partners.”

Robert Taylor, Jr. explained how his parents, Bob and Sherry, for whom he named the park, instilled in the family that life was about more than just giving back. “We were taught to ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’ (Matthew 22:39), and that is what Habitat is all about.” Taylor also acknowledged the hard work and support of his team at BBi.

JM Family was also acknowledged for its sponsorship of the KaBOOM! playground, which their associates helped to construct in a single day. The Deerfield Beach-based automotive company began its partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Broward in 2002 and, since that time, has been a part of building and dedicating 35 homes. In fact, prior to the park dedication, JM Family associates were hard at work on four houses they are currently sponsoring in the community, which will bring their total Habitat homes to 39. Representing JM Family were Brent Burns, president and CEO; and Colin Brown, chairman of the board.

Rex Hardin and the City of Pompano Beach were thanked for helping Habitat create the park, children’s playground and reading garden, which are accessible to residents of the community and the surrounding area.

Linda Carter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward was thanked for its $1 million grant from the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund. Carter shared that Miss Porter’s family stood for building community and serving others. The Mary N. Porter Reading Garden recognizes Ms. Porter’s gift…as does the park’s bronze statue of Miss Porter as a child, sculpted by Robert St. Croix.

Entertainment included a butterfly stilt-walker and balloon artist, courtesy of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and an ice cream truck that provided complimentary scoops by Hoffman’s Chocolates.

Special guest Roy Rogers helped the children release butterflies in the new garden. Rogers has installed more than 100 butterfly gardens throughout Broward schools, parks and houses of worship.

Additionally, youth from Cypress Bay and Cardinal Gibbons High Schools assisted with the day’s activities.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call 954-396-3030 or visit our website at www.habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.


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Cruising with DB Chamber & Econ. Council

Posted on 25 January 2020 by JLusk

Mark & Dolly Dreyer with Commissioner Michael Hudak & his wife Paula leaving the Gallant Lady following the cruise.

By Rachel Galvin

On Jan. 7, the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce and Economic Council had a special night cruise up and down the intracoastal in Moran family’s Gallant Lady, which was docked at Bahia Mar. Besides cool breezes and a beautiful night sky, guests enjoyed hot hors d’ oeuvres, sushi, macarons and more, as well as wine and spirits. This intimate soiree was hosted by Rick Jorden and Lisa Davis of JM Family.

Digby & Glen enjoy the event.

Mariola Barton, Kathy Hurt, Chamber president Denise Jordan & Michael Goldstein.

Sitting back enjoying the event!

All of the movers and shakers came out for the soiree…

Dave Mirantz addresses the crowd.

Chamber President Denise Jordan says a few words.

Rick Jorden talks.

Bob Birdsong is among those who talked to the crowd briefly during the cruise.

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All Northbound lanes of I-95 to close Sunday, Jan. 26 night

Posted on 25 January 2020 by JLusk

I-95 northbound lanes at Hillsboro Boulevard will be closed to traffic overnight Sunday night, January 26 for roadway
construction and a traffic shift, according to FDOT. The first lane will close at 9:30 p.m., the second lane will close at 10:30 p.m., the third
lane will close at 11:30 p.m., and all lanes will be closed by 11:59 p.m., reopening at 5:30 a.m. Traffic will be detoured via the
I-95 northbound exit ramp to Hillsboro Boulevard west, Military Trail and Palmetto Park Road. FHP will be on site to assist
This project will extend the High Occupancy Toll lanes from south of SW 10th Street to south of Glades Road in Broward and Palm Beach counties, to include two Managed Lanes in each direction. Scope of work includes widening and converting the existing I-95 HOV Lanes to Managed Lanes, reconstruction of the Hillsboro Canal Bridge, bridge widenings at Palmetto
Park Road and Camino Real, construction of a northbound and southbound auxiliary lane between Hillsboro Boulevard and Palmetto Park Road, construction of a northbound auxiliary lane between the SW 10th Street entrance ramp and Hillsboro Boulevard exit ramp, guardrail, barrier wall, drainage, landscape relocation, and ITS installation.


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Deerfield MLK event –State Senator Thurston speaks on ‘Unified persistence’

Posted on 24 January 2020 by JLusk

State Senator Gary Farmer (L) says a few words before Keynote Speaker State Senator Perry Thurston (R) speaks.

By Diane Emeott
State Senator Perry E. Thurston, Jr. recalled when he was a freshman
from Pompano Beach entering the revered Morehouse College in Atlanta
on a football scholarship.
It is a school known for producing strong, young African American
leaders such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., former first
black mayor of Atlanta, Maynard Jackson, director/actor/writer Spike
Lee and actor Samuel L. Jackson.
“As a 17-year-old, I was a little bit in awe of their oratory style.[They were very well spoken]. A lot of graduates go on to be scholars,
ministers, etc.
“I asked this guy, ‘How’d you get to speak so well?’ And he promised
he’d give me some helpful tips — for the fee of a two-piece chicken
dinner. As he was finishing devouring his second piece of chicken, I
asked him the question again.
“ ‘Just remember the [3] B’s: ‘Be Brief, Brother!’” he advised.
Thurston’s story drew laughter from the afternoon crowd gathered by
the outdoor stage on Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (OMRC)
fields at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20.
He also brought up to the stage fellow State Senator Gary Farmer, who
represents Deerfield Beach. [Patricia Hawkins-Williams represents
Deerfield as State Representative, continuing on in the same District
92 where Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed served for many years.]
Thurston affirmed Deerfield’s theme of “Unity” for MLK festivities
this year, speaking of the continued need for “unified persistence” –
one of the themes of MLK.
“In Deerfield Beach, we had the Old Colored Cemetery. A travesty. We
all came together, state and local leaders like Clarke-Reed, and look
what has resulted from it: Branhilda Richardson Knowles Memorial Park
& Cemetery.”
[Newly opened on Aug. 24, 2019 in Deerfield Beach, Branhilda Park was
the result of combined efforts by former District 2 Commissioner
Gloria Battle and community members; as well as Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed
in the House and Maria Sachs in the Senate, and most recently Patricia
Hawkins-Williams in the House and Perry Thurston in the Senate,
working to receive a Historical Designation and funding from the
At the MLK Day Ceremony, Thurston referenced Martin Luther King’s
famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.
“What Dr. King essentially was saying is, ‘These are the things I want you to work toward…,’ Thurston said.
Remaining issues to be addressed in the current day are the following, he said:
1)    Poverty and food Insecurity, putting an end to poverty.
       “How can people not know where their next meal is coming from?” Thurston asked.
2)    Homelessness
3)    Affordable healthcare for all, including Mental Health.
4)    Public Education.
       “[On Oct. 7, 2019] the Governor [Ron DeSantis] proposed $47,500 as a minimum salary for new teachers. We want to pay ALL the teachers! And Security personnel too. They also have an important job,” he added.
Parade Winners were announced Monday afternoon before Senator Thurston spoke.
Best Civic Group – City of Deerfield Beach Management
Best Marching Band – DBHS Bucks
Best Church Entry – Church of the Living God (Pastor Dennis Fullmore)
Best Overall Float – Cathedral Church of God (Bishop Patrick Kelly)
Best Youth Group – Delray Divas
Best School, Elementary – Deerfield Park Elementary
Talented saxophonist Markus Howell was back home in Deerfield to play
the “National Anthem” on Martin Luther King’s Birthday.
Deerfield’s 2020 MLK Celebration featured a longer parade route and
time: Departing St. Ambrose Church & School on Federal Highway at 10
a.m. and traveling to OMRC by 12:30 p.m; followed by a Battle of the
Bands from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and the chance for families to purchase
a “picnic lunch” from food trucks lining the fields at OMRC. More entertainment from 2:45 to 6 p.m. followed Thurston’s speech. R &
B/soul singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Lyfe Jennings headlined the
city’s MLK Parade and Picnic.
New this year, a MLK Committee of residents assisted Parks & Recreation in planning the event and handing out awards. On the committee were Annette Mitchell, Sandra Jackson, Diane Chisholm, Janice Fulmore Tigner and Lawanda Strowbridge.
The annual Choir Competition, held for years the Sunday night before
MLK Day in Dr. Leo J. Robb Gymnasium, was renamed “Praise & Worship
Competition” for 2020.
Three gifted adult musical groups vied for the title, lifting strong voices and expertly played instruments in one palpable Spiritual song after another, to praise God for all He has done and is still doing. The music was so moving, the audience was clapping and dancing along.
Florida All-Star gospel singers, a professional group of men from Pompano Beach, who have reportedly recorded an album, were among the
three groups of adult performers.
Two Deerfield groups – past winner Cathedral Church of God (Bishop
Patrick Kelly) and Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Ensemble (Rev.
Demetric Ford) – tied. So they split the winnings – with each of the two churches receiving checks for $750.
Young singers from Church of the Living God (Pastor Dennis Fullmore/Janice Fullmore Musical Director) won $300 for their efforts.
Judges for the Praise & Worship Competition were: Percy Jackson, Katy
Freitag, Carolyn Cason and Flora Philpart.

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BSO releases sketch of attempted kidnapper–Deerfield

Posted on 19 January 2020 by JLusk


10-2001-002366.pngBroward Sheriff’s Office violent crimes detectives are releasing a composite sketch of an attempted kidnapping suspect who tried to kidnap a female at the Highland Village Gardens Park in Deerfield Beach.

At about 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 14, in the 4900 block of NE 2 Avenue, a white male suspect, 40 to 50 years old, approximately 5 ft. 8 in. tall and roughly 180 1bs. with gray/white hair approached the victim while she was walking her dog. 
The male suspect, who appeared to be homeless, was last seen wearing black shorts and no shirt. 
Anyone with information about the identity or location of the suspect is asked to call Violent Crimes Detective Tiberio Barbosa at 954-321-4278. Reports can also be made anonymously to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000. 

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“Observer” recognized for 57 years; DB approves Athletic Field policy

Posted on 17 January 2020 by JLusk

The “Observer” was honored for their commitment to the community by publishing for 57 years. Receiving certificates were publisher Dana Eller (L to R), Lead Reporter and former Editor Diane Emeott, Vice President Jim Lusk and Editor Rachel Galvin. Pictured with (L to R) Vice Mayor Todd Drosky, Mayor Bill Ganz, Commissioner Michael Hudak, Commissioner Bernie Parness and Commissioner Ben Preston.

By Diane Emeott

The local Observer newspaper received a Certificate of Appreciation for publishing for 57 years at the first Deerfield Commission meeting of a new decade on Jan. 14, 2020.

Mayor Bill Ganz sponsored the proclamation presented to Observer Publisher Dana Eller and staff, including Eller, Vice President Jim Lusk, Editor Rachel Galvin and Lead Reporter/Former Editor Diane Emeott.

Also seated in the front row at the meeting was previous Observer owner/managing editor Judy Wilson, who now works as a reporter for the Pompano Beach Pelican.

Said Ganz, “It’s a sad day in Deerfield that the Deerfield Beach Observer is not being delivered anymore — since Dec. 26, 2019, its last printed issue.

“The newspaper has educated, informed, and entertained residents and visitors in our community since 1962. It has impacted us all. [Since 1980] under Eller family leadership.

“You’ve been part of our life – part of my life since I’ve been here in the city for 12 years now,” Ganz concluded.

Said Eller, “It’s been a labor of love for my family, since my father, former publisher David Eller, bought the newspaper. Both my father and grandfather grew up here. We love the sense of community. Journalism

is a labor of love. Journalists sometimes get a bad rap. The journalists I know put in way more hours than they get paid for. The journalists out there are so important to our community.”

(Continue to see Observer news posts at www.observernewspaperonline.com).

See more from the eight presentations of the night below.


Parks & Recreation Director Preston Pooser presented a new Sports Policy regarding Athletic Facilities in Deerfield, and Assistant Director Cassi Waren presented requirements for organizations that want to use city fields.

Highlights include: All coaches and officials must have proper certification and proof of insurance; if a child wishes to participate, they must have ability to play; all fields and teams must have 50 percent Deerfield residents and must show two proofs of residency.

“I think we’ve crafted a policy to outline guidelines and procedures. This applies to residents and non-residents who want to use any of our facilities,” said Pooser.

City Manager David Santucci called item No. 12, an ordinance that passed on second reading “a clean-up item to go with item No. 13,” a resolution to adopt the City’s Athletic Facility Use and Sports Policy.

“It’s an effort to ensure staff has documentation as it relates to use of our fields,” he said.

“We all know why this came out,” said Ganz, referring to the 2019 issue of Barwis’ alleged use of city fields with only an affidavit, not a formal contract. Renewal of Level 2 background checks [which Ganz instituted for the City of Deerfield Beach] had also reportedly fallen through the cracks under the old policy.

“When [a policy] is too wide open, we saw it was abused,” said Ganz.

Resident Katy Freitag said, “A lot of organizations have been waiting for this. [It gives] accountability,” she said, adding that if the city leaves lights on in the gym or a field, people are going to come in and use it. “If not in use, turn the lights off so there is no illegal activity.”

Resident Lamar McThee added, “I’ve been in Deerfield all my life. We have 40 to 50 kids we’ve worked with real hard who are now at Louisiana State University (LSU), Princeton, Yale. We help kids off the street — from anywhere.”

Addressing Mr. McThee’s concern that kids not be left out just because they don’t meet a ‘50 percent Deerfield residents’ stipulation, Ganz answered, “If it’s not 50 percent, I would encourage them to come before the commission. If it’s 48 percent, for example, I want to make sure we’re not so regimented we can’t allow them [to play].”


Deerfield Commission approved, 4-0, with Mayor Ganz abstaining from the vote, a $1000 reimbursement of attorney’s fees and expenses incurred by Ganz to retain legal counsel who successfully defended him against ethics and elections allegations.

According to background information, two complaints were filed with the Florida Elections Commission and one complaint was filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics against Mayor Bill Ganz.

The three complaints were related to the alleged misuse of a public position, alleged breach of confidentiality, and alleged election violations related to the Mayor’s Comments at City Commission meetings and the mayor’s participation in a holiday celebration sponsored by the city.

Florida Commission on Ethics found the Ethics Complaint to be legally insufficient and dismissed the Ethics Complaint against Mayor Ganz.

Florida Elections Commission found the Elections Complaints to be legally insufficient, and closed out the last of the Elections Complaints via a correspondence dated Dec. 16, 2019.

(This agenda item No. 28 was the last business item at a meeting that concluded at 11:36 p.m).


Commissioner Michael Hudak, a Human Resources professional, included an evaluation form and proposed criteria for the City Commission to consider regarding the city manager’s yearly performance review. The item was put on the agenda for discussion only. No vote was taken. The city’s contract with the city manager requires the commission to evaluate the manager’s performance annually.


Superintendent Robert Runcie addresses the mayor and commissioners about safety and construction improvements in the Broward Schools.

During Presentations, Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie updated the commission on a variety of topics including School Resource Officers (SROs) and SMART construction at Deerfield schools.

Several people were honored:

  • The owner of the Food Bazaar, Frank Espinal Sr., was recognized for his commitment and contributions to the community.
  • James Jackson was honored for 20 years of exceptional service to the city in Street Maintenance.
  • Danielle LoBono (who didn’t attend) was appreciated for her service since May 2018 on the Planning & Zoning Board.
  • BSFR District Fire Chief Matt Pellitteri recognized Art Kamm with a probationary fire hat for donating a clean environment to firefighters for drills in pulling lines, forcible entry and more.
  • BSO District Captain Rodney Brimlow honored 27-year-old Detective Jessica Hamel for employing tactfulness, tactics and compassion in holding onto a young woman dangling from the bridge for 3 ½ minutes while backup arrived, and finally convincing her not to jump off the bridge, saving a life.
  • Elizabeth Ricci (daughter of former Mayor/Commissioner Peggy Noland) was appreciated for her 12 years of service to the city.

      “She’s a homegrown talent; not only did she work for Parks &      Recreation, she participated in the programs growing up. In 2007 she was Part-Time Lifeguard, moving up through the ranks to become Full-Time Lifeguard, Aquatic Center Supervisor, Superintendent of Recreation,” said Ganz.

  • In a surprise presentation, Commissioner Ben Preston received a yellow sports coat from the commission in honor of he and his son being inducted into the Cardinal Gibbons Hall of Fame on Jan. 11. Preston, a retired Deerfield Beach firefighter, and owner of his own personal trainer company has worked with students for 25 years.

     “It’s not how you start, but how you finish,” he quipped.












Due do the unavailability of one commissioner, the regular Tuesday, March 3, 2020 commission meeting was proposed to be rescheduled to a Wednesday night, March 4. The commission unanimously approved the change in date.

*The next Deerfield Beach City Commission meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.


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Worth the Drive: Delray Beach Fashion Show

Posted on 15 January 2020 by Rachel Galvin

From the 2019 License to Swim: Swim & Surf Fashion Show; fashion by Blings & Things. Photo By Rachel Galvin

Fashion Lovers & Football Lovers combine in this year’s Delray Beach Fashion Show, which will be held Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 throughout downtown Delray. Since the “Big Game” is on our home turf this year, the fashion fest is celebrating Super Bowl style. Although there are events that are themed around football, the fashion, of course, is not just about the game.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6 to 9 p.m.: Fashion Bowl “54”–Kickoff Runway Show & Studio 54 Dance

The festivities begin Jan. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. with the Fashion Bowl “54” — a kickoff runway show and Studio 54 dance party along Atlantic Avenue. The event will be centered outside The Colony Hotel (at 525 E. Atlantic Ave.) Tickets are $35 for runway seating and include a special gift bag and chance to receive a Fashion Week prize. You can stand to watch the show for free. Over 30 retailers will showcase their best. There will be other opportunities, such as light bites for SUPER Fashion Pass holders, music spun by DJ Parisi Events and plenty of specialty boutiques to peruse. Attire: Studio 54 (Be ready to dance!)

Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 to 9 p.m.: Art & Couture All-Stars – Designer Fashion Show & Art Experience

There will be an exclusive designer runway show outside in front of the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, followed by “Art Couture: The Intersection of Art and Fashion” exhibition and reception inside. Enjoy a meet-and-greet with local Delray Beach designers after the show. Tickets are $50 for runway seating and reception. Free to stand and watch runway show. Only ticketed persons are allowed entry to museum. Proceeds benefit Old School Square. Attire is Evening Casual.

Friday, Jan. 31, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Half-time & High Heels Presented by Vince Canning Shoes – Resort Wear Luncheon Show

Come on out to CHE!!! Restaurant, at 900 E Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Enjoy lunch, entertainment, a RTW fashion show, silent auction and more.  Tickets are $50 per person, including lunch, a signature cocktail and the fashion show, as well as a ticket for a chance to win the Fashion Week Grand Prize. Event benefits the Achievement Centers for Children and Families. Attire: Resort Casual.

Friday, Jan. 31, 6 to 10:30 p.m.: Old School Square Super Pep Rally – Swim & Active Wear Show with Free Concert & Tailgate Games

Now, this event is a bit different and goes along with the football theme. At 

Old School Square Park and Pavilion, 51 N. Swinton Ave., there will be a special family-friendly event, including high school marching bands, cheerleaders, the National Anthem, meet-and-greet with NFL Alumni and local football legends. This is a tailgate party like no other! There will not only be food and beverage vendors on-site, but games like cornhole, football toss, ting toss, bocce ball and more. Visit the Delray Beach Fashion Week Experience booth to meet the models, get your Fashion Week bag and get the opportunity to shop the runway. At 8:30 p.m., the Swim & Active Wear Show begins. Attire: Game Day.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Downtown Shop the Runway Blitz – Boutique Shopping Event

Shop the Runway is back by popular demand! You can hop on a shopping shuttle and buy some of the hot looks you saw on the runway! For every purchase made, you receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of several awesome prizes. The event, which begins at Rose’s Daughter (169 NE 2 Ave.) includes a continental breakfast, coffee and a mimosa.  Enjoy a post-event reception at L’Acqua Ristorante Italiano. Attendees will receive a Fashion Week SWAG bag with coupons to participating retailers. Visit www.DelrayFashionWeek.com for a list of the participating retailers. The event will take place throughout Delray Beach. Tickets are $25 and include a welcome reception, SWAG bag, shuttle transportation and the post-event reception. Proceeds benefit Achievement Centers for Children & Families. Event happens rain or shine.  Attire: Casual (wear comfy shoes for walking!) 

Sunday, Feb. 2, 4 to 10 p.m.: Celebrate the Big Game 2020 – Brunching, Shopping & Community Watch Party

Come to the Old School Square Park, at 51 N Swinton Ave., for the Community Watch Party to watch the Big Game on the lawn after shopping and brunching daylong. There is free parking at all downtown garages. The screen is 13 x 27 ft! The game starts at 6 p.m. It is free to attend (donations to Old School Square accepted).

SUPER Fashion Pass: Want to do Delray Fashion Week in style? Become a real VIP with the SUPER Fashion Pass! This limited pass is $175.00 and includes a reserved VIP seat to all runway shows, admission to the Half-Time & High Heels Luncheon and Downtown Shop The Runway Shopping Blitz. A VIP Lanyard & tag, VIP Receptions at the Opening Show, a “fast track” line at the Old School Pep Rally NFL Alumni meet-and-greet, and a special edition of the 2020 Fashion Week VIP SWAG bag by designer Amanda Perna. Runway show reserved seat tickets and other event tickets range from $25-$50. All proceeds benefit the Achievement Centers for Children & Families and Old School Square.

The SUPER Fashion Pass and runway show reserved seat tickets are available at www.DelrayFashionWeek.com,









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Don’t miss the Festival of the Arts–Jan. 25-26

Posted on 15 January 2020 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach and Deerfield Beach Cultural Committee is excited to present the 40th Annual Festival of the Arts. The event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. south of the International Fishing Pier, 200 NE 21 Ave., providing a scenic background.

The Festival of the Arts is a deep-rooted, multi–day art festival that features over 130 juried artists from all over the United States along with continuous live music, a student art exhibit, a variety of food vendors, refreshments and a wine garden.

 All event related details are available online at www.dfb.city/FOA.

 For more information, call the Community Events and Outreach Division at 954-480-4429 or visit www.dfb.city/foa

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Deerfield announces Grand Marshal for MLK Jr. Parade

Posted on 10 January 2020 by JLusk

Deerfield’s Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates winning Super Bowl, 2012. Submitted photo

Deerfield Beach native and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul has been named Grand Marshal for the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. Bring the family out on Monday, Jan.20, at 10 a.m. to give our hometown hero a warm welcome. The parade will begin at St. Ambrose Church (380 Federal Hwy), finishing at the Oveta Mckeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd St).

Pierre-Paul, nicknamed “JPP,” is an American football outside linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). But before his NFL career, JPP rose to fame as a Deerfield Beach High School (DBHS) Buck.  After graduation from DBHS, he went on to play college football at the University of South Florida and was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. With the Giants, Pierre-Paul made two Pro Bowls and won Super Bowl XLVI.

All are welcome to follow the parade to the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex baseball fields to enjoy free cotton candy, bounce houses, great local food, and entertainment until 6 p.m.


10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

MLK Parade

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Battle of the Bands Competition

  1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Awards Ceremony

  2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Keynote Speaker Senator Perry E. Thurston Jr.

  2:45 PM – 6:00 PM


The above times are subject to change without advance notice.

For additional information or if you would like to participate in the parade, please visit www.dfb.city/mlk or call the Community Events and Outreach Division at 954-480-4429.



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Habitat for Humanity dedicates 6 new homes

Posted on 06 January 2020 by JLusk

Habitat for Humanity of Broward recently dedicated six new homes at its historic 77-home community in Pompano Beach.

Darran Blake of RDLTrust welcomes Blowe family.jpg

On Thursday, Dec. 5 the first of 20 homes sponsored by The Frederick A. Deluca Foundation was dedicated for new Habitat homeowner Linda Georges. Georges, a single mother of three, is a supervisor at Walmart and the first of her six brothers and sisters to own a home.

“This opportunity is a blessing and I’m grateful for the financial security and stability that homeownership will provide my family,” said Georges.

Miguel Palacios of Amerant Bank with Atkins family.

McCoy family with Phil Purcell of MIASF.

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, the McCoy family’s home was dedicated, thanks to the sponsorship by the Marine Industry Association of South Florida (MIASF) and its member sponsors Boat Owners Warehouse, High Seas Yacht Service, Frank and Jimmie’s Propeller; Neptune Boat Lifts, Ward’s Marine Electric, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises and Centennial Bank.

Shundria and Keith McCoy both work at Memorial Regional Hospital, where Shundria McCoy teaches at the childcare center and Keith McCoy is a Paramedic in the emergency room. They believe in giving back to their community. Shundria McCoy is an active member of Church by the Glades’ Women’s Bible Study, and Keith mentors young men to become leaders in the Kappa League.

The McCoy’s are the parents of three children, the eldest being Keith McCoy Jr. who followed in his parents’ footsteps of giving back by enlisting in the U.S. Army.

Hanshell-Hayes family.

Additionally, on Saturday, Dec. 21, four new habitat homes were dedicated, and Father Christmas dropped in, courtesy of the City of Pompano Beach Fire Rescue. The proud new homeowners are the Atkins, Blowe, Hanchell/Hayes and Johnson families.

The Atkins family home was sponsored by Amerant Bank. The family of six, includes Attiyya and Rudshun Atkins with their four young children.

Attiyya Atkins is a Public Communications Specialist for Broward County Parks and Recreation while Rudshun Atkins recently earned his AutoCAD certification which allows him to work as a drafter creating 3D models for architects and engineers.

Anthony and Latina Blowe’s home was sponsored by the Rosemary Duffy Larson Trust with volunteer labor provided by Fort Lauderdale’s Church by the Sea. With six children, the Blowes are an instant team ready for a pickup games and other activities in the neighborhood. Anthony Blowe coaches his children’s youth football and basketball sports leagues in the city.

“Homeownership is a way to unite my blended family while allowing us to reside in a safe environment,” said Anthony Blowe.

Thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Broward the Blowe family is now the first in their family to own a home.

Deseri Hanchell and Tony Hayes’ new home was sponsored by Burdette Beckmann, Inc. Hanchell is a preschool teacher and Hayes is a plumber and together they have three children. For Hanchell and Hayes being the first in their families to own a house is a dream come true.

Wadsworth family with Krystle and her daughter.

Krystle Johnson’s home was sponsored by the Wadsworth Family Foundation, in honor of Bill and Sandra Wadsworth’s sons-in law and daughter in-law. Johnson is the single mother of a beautiful daughter and works full-time for the U.S postal service.

These homes were also made possible thanks to the continued support of the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward and the City of Pompano Beach.

Gift-in-kind sponsors included City Furniture, DOW, Hunter Douglas, Schneider Electric, Valspar, Whirlpool Corporation, WSVN-TV Channel 7 and Yale.

Wade Collum, Urban Forester with the City of Pompano Beach, attended the dedication on Dec. 21 as  Father Christmas.

This new community, A Rick Case Habitat Community, will feature 77 affordable homes consisting of 42 one story and 35 two story units with sizes ranging from 1,200 to 1,300 sq. ft. All homes feature sustainable, energy-efficient materials, including impact windows, to minimize environmental impact, improve indoor air quality, and reduce utility and maintenance costs. Additional features include a park and children’s playground that is accessible to residents of the community and the surrounding area.

The total project is estimated to cost over $18 million in funds that will be raised and leveraged through partnerships with corporations, foundations, government agencies, the faith community and generous individuals.







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