The Museum Club at the Wick unveiled

Posted on 29 September 2022 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Simple and elegant with old-world charm, the newly renovated Museum Club at The Wick, located within The Wick Theatre building at 7901 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton, is reminiscent of an old-school supper club complete with two-level seating and a small stage. Although the club tips its hat to yesteryear, it also fully embraces the future with state-of-the-art immersive technology with its 360-degree projections. When Kimberly and Marilyn Wick visited the Van Gogh experience down in Miami, they were inspired to employ something similar in this space. The projections can be changed to transform the space to anything and anywhere, from a starry night to a sunny beachside, from Italy to Paris. It makes for a unique space perfect for intimate events.

But, they took it a step further and created a documentary to display here, called “Ascot!” It is filled with imagery, videos and narration unveiling the story of “My Fair Lady,” including how it was made from the original tale of 1913 George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion,” turned into the Lerner and Loewe Broadway play in 1956 and turned into a movie in 1964.

Audrey Hepburn was in the leading role in that film, but the part was also played by Julie Andrews and many others in the various renditions of the play. Hepburn did not sing the famous songs like “I Could Have Danced All Night” herself, but rather used a voice-over actress, Marni Nixon, to dub over. Details such as this are revealed in the film, as well as how the costumes were made and all the ins and outs of the process of creating the classic.

During the presentation of “Ascot!” the spotlight moves about to point out mannequins placed around the room, each one wearing one of the carefully preserved dresses from “My Fair Lady.” Marilyn Wick has costumes from countless Broadway plays within her costume museum (Costume World), the largest collection in the world. This is a new way to showcase the costumes, by implementing them into a show like this. “I always try to go the next step, and leave the other theaters to catch up,” said Wick.

The ingenuity behind the experience that is the Museum Club was on display at an opening gala event on Sept. 23 for media and others. Besides the film and a few statements from Kimberly and Marilyn Wick, there were a few songs sung piano-side by local singers clad in more “My Fair Lady” costumes. Once witnessing the show, guests could have a drink in the attached bar, which also exuded an old-world sensibility. 

For those who want to experience the space for themselves, they can rent it for their next event. The price range from $45 to $85. For details, visit https://thewick.org/museum-club.

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Barry Bostwick to appear in Pompano for “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

Posted on 27 September 2022 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Ready to do the Time Warp again? Lovers of Rocky Horror Picture Show, you are in for a treat! The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is featuring The Rocky Horror Picture Show 47th Anniversary Spectacular Tour on October 1. Barry Bostwick, who played Brad Majors in the movie, will be there, and a shadow cast, called Creatures of the Night, will perform in conjunction with the film, as is tradition. If you know the movie at all, you know the craziness that will ensue. There is no need to bring props. They will be offered to you at $5 (You are not allowed to bring your own). For those who have never been to the film experience, prepare yourself for a whole lot of fun. It is all about audience participation and people are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character. There will be a costume contest, a display of memorabilia, including photos, documents and wardrobe items from the film, and more. Tickets are $50 and if you want to meet Bostwick, it is an additional $100. The Meet & Greet is at 7 pm and the event begins at 8 pm.

When asked what he thinks of the longevity that the film has had, Bostwick said, “People will say, ‘This movie changed my life.’ And I’ll say, I don’t know if that was our intention. Our intention was to entertain you. But, it’s been a joy and an honor to have that be a byproduct of the Rocky Horror experience.”

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 W Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach. For more information and to get tickets, visit www.pompanobeacharts.org.

For those who don’t know the film, here is a synopsis:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show began as a stage production and was adapted for film in 1975. The plot is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror “B” movies of the 1930s through the early 1960s. The musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught with a flat tire in a storm and seeking assistance at the eerie mansion of a mad transvestite scientist, Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter. While at the home, the scientist unveils his newest creation, a Frankenstein-style monster in the form of a physically perfect muscle man named Rocky, complete “with blond hair and a tan.” As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet are introduced to a houseful of wild characters, who lead the audience in the iconic dance, The Time Warp!

The film is not for the conservative sort. Feel free to let loose and get wild with this cult classic! 

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Hurricane Ian to produce rain, possible tornadoes here

Posted on 27 September 2022 by JLusk

Hurricane Ian is coming to our West but will still have some effects in our area, even though it is not hitting us directly. Keep an eye to the city of Deerfield Beach and other city websites for updates and also the Observer Facebook page. There is a tornado watch until 5 p.m. tonight and you can expect plenty of rain all day! Tomorrow is also likely to be nasty weather.

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Habitat for Humanity of Broward Appoints New Philanthropic Leader

Posted on 23 September 2022 by JLusk

Habitat for Humanity of Broward has named Glenn Jenkins as its new Major Gifts Officer.

Jenkins brings to Habitat Broward a long history of nonprofit leadership and relationship building focused on matching the passion and intent of donors with the charitable expression of their values.

“We are entering an exciting new era of growth and I am delighted to welcome Glenn to a team dedicated to helping families achieve the ‘American Dream’ of homeownership,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “Glenn has a proven track record of forging long-term partnerships with donors that change lives thanks to his integrity and entrepreneurial spirit.”

Prior to Habitat Broward, Jenkins sat on the Board of Directors of Embrace Kids Foundation from 1997 to 2001. In August 2001 he transitioned from a volunteer role to that of the Acting Executive Director. He was appointed the Executive Director of the charity in August 2003 and held that position through December 2021. Throughout his tenure, Embrace Kids Foundation’s program funding increased five-fold and annual income increased by 10 percent (on average) every year from 2001 to 2017. He was the driving force behind the Embrace Kids Endowed Chair at Rutgers Cancer Institute, which became a permanent endowment in 2018.

Additionally, Jenkins held an important leadership and fundraising role in the formation of the Pediatric Palliative Care (PACCT) Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, which provide quality end-of-life care to children in their family homes.

Jenkins graduated from Rutgers University in 1995 with a degree in economics and minor in accounting. He then received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami. He participated in a nationally recognized Leadership & Development Program at the University of Miami and received his graduate degree in 1997. In 2011, he completed a master’s degree in global management from Thunderbird, School of Global Management.

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and achieve the economic empowerment of homeownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call 954-396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org.

 

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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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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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YATC Class of 2022

Posted on 20 July 2022 by JLusk

The Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC), a unique nine-month automotive training program that provides intensive instruction and hands-on training in automotive theory and practical skills, recently hosted a virtual commencement ceremony to recognize the Class of 2022. The hybrid celebration, which was livestreamed by family and friends, honored the dedication and accomplishments of the graduates.

The 19 graduates in this year’s class remained committed to the program, enhancing their automotive and academic skills, despite many obstacles they faced during the pandemic. They studied technical automotive principles along with foundational academic and life skills classes. This year’s class size was reduced to accommodate the need to space students for safety.

“The YATC Commencement Ceremony is always a special occasion,” said Terry Routley, executive director of YATC. “Our students know what it feels like to face adversity and significant challenges. But today, they also know the feeling of hope and new opportunity. They are armed with the skills and knowledge they need to take the next steps toward a better future for themselves and their families. We are proud to have helped them on their journey.”

YATC was established by automotive legend and founder of JM Family Enterprises Jim Moran in 1984 with a mission to train and educate at-risk youth in basic automotive repair skills, academic remediation, job readiness and life management skills. The goal of this program is to prepare at-risk young adults to become self-sufficient, productive, law-abiding citizens. Equally valuable to life skills, academic education and automotive training, the school provides emotional support from the caring staff — three of whom are YATC graduates – with an aim of helping students re-route their paths.

“YATC taught me to be persistent and be on top of any task to get the best results in anything I do in life,” said Christian Gaviria, YATC Class of 2022 graduate.

Guided by YATC’s dedicated educators, 11 of this year’s graduates earned their high school diplomas and one graduate is continuing to pursue his diploma following graduation. During the commencement ceremony, 12 graduates were awarded scholarships for continuing education, five of whom received special recognition for notable achievements.

Akeem Edwards, 21, received the Bruce Rossmeyer Memorial Kick Start Scholarship Award. Established in 2009 by Jan Moran in memory of Bruce Rossmeyer, this recognition includes a full-tuition scholarship to attend a technical/vocational school. Rossmeyer, founder of Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson and Daytona Toyota, was a devoted friend and generous supporter of YATC. Edwards also was awarded a Volunteer Service Award, given in remembrance of longtime YATC volunteer Luz E (Lucy) Torrance.

Other 2022 special awards include:

  • Dylan Correll, 20, was presented with the Jump Start Award for excellence in automotive knowledge and repairs. He also received an Outstanding Attendance Award and a Volunteer Service Award.
  • Rolando Suero, 22, was honored with the Turnabout Award for making significant changes in all areas of his life and received an Outstanding Attendance Award.
  • Kristopher Smith, 18, received an Outstanding Attendance Award.
  • Caron Sanders, 19, was selected for a Volunteer Service Award.
  • Vidal Villca-Turcios, 20, was acknowledged with an Outstanding Attendance Award.

YATC also awarded Clark Ballard the annual Jim Moran Award. Ballard received this prestigious award in recognition of more than 30 years of extraordinary dedication to the school and its students.

“I learned early in my career at JM Family how important YATC was to Mr. Moran, and I’m honored to receive this award,” Ballard said. “It’s been great seeing young people’s lives impacted by their time at the school. Any small part I’ve been able to play in helping accomplish that is something I’m very proud of.”

Applicants to the program are referred to YATC through multiple avenues, including the departments of Juvenile Justice and Children and Families, as well as by other YATC graduates, local clergy and word of mouth. Many of these young people have experienced poverty, crime, abuse and addiction even before reaching their teen years. There is no cost to attend as the program is sustained solely by generous donors and the school’s annual fundraiser. Graduates remain part of the “YATC family” and continue to receive assistance as they pursue their dreams.

YATC is proud to host its annual fundraiser and community gathering on November 12, 2022. More information on the YATC Classis is available at www.yatc.com/events.

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