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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2021 Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration Banquet

Posted on 26 May 2021 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks & Recreation Department has announced the Inaugural Juneteenth Banquet will be held at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex in the Dr. Leo J. Robb, Jr. Memorial Gymnasium, 435 SW 2 St., on Sunday, June 20 starting at 2 p.m. (doors open at 11:30 a.m.).
The Inaugural Juneteenth Banquet will offer an afternoon to remember with an educational Juneteenth theatre performance from Drama on the Reel, delicious food and live entertainment! 
Tickets may be purchased at or visit 401A SW 4 St. on Mondays from 8:30 – 11 a.m. & 1–4 p.m.. Tickets are on sale now for $10, however space is limited so get yours today! It is recommended that guests wear African attire; however, it is not required.
For additional information or if you would like to participate please visit, email or call the Community Events and Outreach Division at 954-480-4429.




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Local businessman & philanthropist JR Dunn passes away

Posted on 24 May 2021 by JLusk


JR Dunn at Dunn’s Run (Photo by David Volz)










The Observer is sorry to report the passing of local business man and philanthropist Jim (better known as JR) Dunn. Dunn was instrumental in the community. His Dunn’s Run, a 5 K walk/run, 5 mile run, brought out huge crowds to the beach yearly to participate and watch, all benefitting the local Boys & Girls Club. He also founded JR Dunn Jewelers. He was a staple in the community who always loved giving back. He will be missed.


James R. Dunn, Co-Founder of J.R. Dunn Jewelers and philanthropist in the South Florida community passed away on May 21, 2021 at the age of 78.

Jim Dunn, Massachusetts native, founded J.R. Dunn Jewelers in 1969 with his loving wife, Ann Marie Dunn—and continued the family business together alongside their son, Sean Dunn, growing it into one of the most successful omni-channel family-owned jewelers in the county.

Those who knew Jim knew him as one of the kindest most genuine souls, most dedicated workers, and most of all someone who would do anything for anyone. “My Dad was the type of guy whose life experience helped so many people, no matter what they needed. Whether they had a little car trouble in the parking lot, needed help paying their rent, or just a shoulder to lean on he was there. You could always count on Jim Dunn”, said Sean Dunn. 

Jim could also make you laugh like no other, always sharing a great joke to make sure you enjoy the deepest laugh. His passion for life, family, and his business were infectious and always inspired one to do better. He was an invaluable leader to anyone who had the opportunity to work with him, with wisdom that only his years and life experience could bring. Many will say because of Jim, they are a better person, and it is true.

Jim came from the humblest of beginnings, which had a lasting influence on the way he later lived his life and cared for his community. He lost his Dad when he was just seven years old, leaving him and his brothers in the care of his hard-working mother. She often had to work double shifts as a visiting nurse just to put food on the table and care for their family. This is where Jim’s incredible work ethic originated from, as well as his desire to give back to those who need it most.

His entrepreneurial beginning started when he was young running a paper route, where he learned to deliver the product to customers for the first time. After graduating from the University of Bridgeport in 1966, he began working for IBM as a salesman where he found much success and soon met his wife and future business partner, Ann Marie Dunn.

What the couple once began as the House of Gems in a quaint older home in Hanover, Massachusetts, J.R. Dunn Jewelers has now become an over 8,000 square foot luxury jewelry and timepiece destination in Lighthouse Point, Florida with a team of over 40 dedicated people and successful e-commerce business on 

Jim was so incredibly proud of the business he and I built together. It showed in his passion for moving the business forward each and every day from the most important strategic initiatives right down to the simplest of tasks, like stocking the water bottles or making the shipping boxes. No job was too big or too small for Jim Dunn and I look forward to continuing on his legacy”, said Ann Marie Dunn. 

During his career, Jim had achieved many accolades including the Sun Sentinel’s Excalibur Award in 2002 for Small Business Leader as well as being inducted into the NSU Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. The company was also honored with Luxury Jeweler of the Year in 2015, celebrating its milestones and forward-thinking endeavors.

Giving back to the community was something incredibly near and dear to Jim’s heart, with his and Ann Marie’s many initiatives for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, the Humane Society of Broward County, and many other different philanthropic causes supporting our military, veterans, and first responders.

In 1996, Jim founded the iconic Dunn’s Run, a 5k walk/run and 5-mile run benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, which has raised over $3 million dollars in its duration. This year marks the 25th Annual Dunn’s Run, a momentous milestone that he was so proud of, and will be dedicated to celebrating his honor. Jim’s favorite moment of Dunn’s Run was always seeing a huge American flag raised above Deerfield Beach from the fire truck. He loved that it was an event built around family for people of all ages, from the young future of our community to its experienced elders.

Jim (on right) with wife Marie and son Sean. (Submitted photo)

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Ann Marie Dunn; son and daughter in-law, Sean and Viviana Dunn; beloved grandchildren, Nico and Briana Dunn; and many other family members who will carry on the legacy Jim built.

A celebration of life will be held in his honor at a date to be announced.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity near and dear to your heart or one close to his; the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. 

To see more photos & video, visit the Observer Facebook page by clicking here.

For more info., visit

You can donate to his favorite cause, the Boys & Girls Club, using this special site they have set up:

Jim Dunn at MS Gala. (Photo by Rachel Galvin)


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