DB Kiwanis provides $12,000 in scholarships

Posted on 01 June 2022 by JLusk

Kiwanis gives scholarships to deserving kids. Photo provided.

On May 25, the Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach had its Scholarship Awards Dinner at the Woman’s Club to present $12,000 worth of scholarships to local kids, in addition to three smaller scholarships also presented by Deerfield Kiwanis West.

Congrats, students!

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Choose Tow to Go

Posted on 26 May 2022 by JLusk

Don’t drink & drive. 

Tow to Go!

Call 1-855-2-Tow-2-Go 

AAA will be working to keep impaired drivers off the road for Memorial Day weekend. The Auto Club Group is reactivating its Tow to Go program for the holiday period, providing safe transportation for impaired drivers and their vehicles.

  • Tow to Go is active from 6 p.m. Friday, May 27th – 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 31st
  • It’s available in selects states/locations (see below)
  • Should be treated as a last resort

AAA Tow to Go has removed more than 25,000 impaired drivers from the road. When called, a tow truck transports the would-be impaired driver and their vehicle to a safe location within a 10 mile radius. The service is free, yet AAA asks that it be treated as a backup plan.

Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes every day – that’s one person every 52 minutes.

“Driving impaired is not worth the risk. It endangers you and the lives of everyone else on the roadway,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “AAA urges people to identify a safe ride home before they party, but know that Tow to Go is available as a last resort.”


  • Free and available to AAA members and non-members.
  • Confidential local ride for one person and their vehicle to a safe location within a 10 mile radius.
  • AAA service vehicles are limiting passengers to one (1) per vehicle, in accordance with established COVID-19 safety protocols.  Additional passengers need to make other arrangements.
  • Appointments cannot be scheduled in advance to use Tow to Go. It is designed as a safety net for those that did not plan ahead. Always choose a designated driver before celebrating.
  • In some situations, AAA may need to make other arrangements to get an impaired individual a safe ride home.
  • Tow to Go may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions.


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Funding Arts Broward awards $282,000 in grants to cultural arts organizations

Posted on 23 May 2022 by JLusk

Funding Arts Broward (FAB) is pleased to announce that it has raised and awarded $282,000 in grants to sustain and cultivate arts programming in the region. The non-profit volunteer-based organization awarded 27 grants of $249,300 (ranging from $3,000 – $15,000) for 2023 for performances and programs to nonprofit organizations. FAB awarded an additional $32,700 in Education Grants to seven organizations to foster art appreciation and skill acquisition for grades K-12. With this grant cycle, FAB’s total monetary distribution to the local arts community exceeds $4.2 million.

“As an avid supporter of the arts, we’re committed to cultivating the growing creative momentum in Broward County,” said Ed Hashek, president of FAB. “As our diverse cultural grantees are getting back to the business of programming in-person events, we’re looking forward to uniting the community to help make 2023 performances and educational initiatives even more meaningful. We’re thankful for our members and corporate patrons who fully support our mission.”

This year’s FAB’s 2023 grantees and award amounts were:


Art and Culture Center of Hollywood


Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida




Brazilian Voices


Broward Center for the Performing Arts


Chopin Foundation of The United States


Dance NOW! Miami


Embrace Music Foundation


Fantasy Theatre Factory


Florida Children’s Theatre


Florida Grand Opera


Florida Youth Orchestra


Florida’s Singing Sons


Fort Lauderdale Children’s Ballet Theatre


Fushu Daiko (Japan Arts)


Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida


Gold Coast Jazz Society


Island City Stage


Master Chorale of South Florida


Miami City Ballet


New City Players


Old Dillard Foundation


Seraphic Fire


Slow Burn Theatre Company


South Florida Chamber Ensemble


South Florida Symphony Orchestra


The Girl Choir of South Florida


Each grant allocation was awarded for a unique upcoming program. Upcoming funded programs include Gold Coast Jazz Society’s 2023 Jazz Project which will feature four concerts of internationally recognized jazz artists and one free community jazz performance, Island City Stage’s theatrical production of “Tracy Jones” by Stephen Kaplan, Old Dillard Foundation’s “Influencers” exhibit that capture the rich history and contributions of African Americans who have made an indelible impact on our county, South Florida Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks V concert featuring Svetlana Smolina and Miami City Ballet’s Masters of Modern Ballet program.

For the second year, FAB also awarded Education Grants dedicated to art appreciation and skill acquisition for grades K-12. Recipient organizations and amounts were:

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood


Ashanti Cultural Arts


Broward Center for the Performing Arts


Fantasy Theatre Factory


Florida Singing Sons


Gold Coast Jazz Society


Old Dillard Foundation


FAB is supported by membership whose dues go toward grants that preserve and cultivate the arts in Broward County. FAB is also supported by its corporate partners BBX Capital, New River Fine Arts, Northern Trust, Atlass Insurance, PNC Bank, Weston Jewelers, Pallant Insurance Agency, Casa D’Angelo, Tim Singer Realty and Twig, Trade & Tribunal.

To learn more about FAB including how to become a member or support the arts, visit www.fundingartsbroward.org or email fundingartsbroward@gmail.com.

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BaCA gets “Black & White and Gray All Over”

Posted on 18 May 2022 by JLusk

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) is pleased to present a free visual art exhibit featuring original works by local ArtsUnited members. Artists are challenged to create relevant art using only shades of black, white and grey. Two-and three-dimensional works include photography, painting, pencil, sculpture, metal works and mixed media. The opening reception takes place during Old Town Untapped, Friday, June 3, from 6-10 p.m., and the exhibition runs through August 17. 

“This exhibition is a fascinating and beautiful look inside the visionary minds of artists when they are required to create only in black and white, and gray,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs director. “The experiments and explorations of this challenge lead to glorious results!”

About ArtsUnited

ArtsUnited is Florida’s premiere Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) and friends visual and performing arts organization. It is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1999 in response to a growing need of local LGBTQ artists for an interactive and supportive working environment. The organization focuses on showcasing the art of the LGBTQ community in all genres of the arts, including visual art, music, theatre, film and fashion. The organization implements its mission by producing programs and events that present their member artists and promote the development of culturally diverse arts. It collaborates with other organizations in South Florida to maximize the cultural offerings for members and patrons. Over the organization’s more than 20-year history, it has become one of the most renowned LGBTQ arts organizations in Florida. 

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center is located at 41 NE 1st St., Pompano Beach. Their hours are Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays: 10 a.m – 4:00 p.m. Sundays & Mondays are closed. For more information, visit www.pompanobeacharts.org

Transformation by Gerard Pastor.

Untitled by Paul McDermott

Donnatoni by Linsi Taylor


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The Pap Corps Donates $3.5 Million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Posted on 18 May 2022 by JLusk

Pap Corps board & Sylvester team. Photo provided.

Rebounding from COVID-19, The Pap Corps Champions for Cancer Research, located in Deerfield Beach, came back full swing with their fundraising for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. At their May meeting, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit donated $3.5 million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, also located in Deerfield.  Almost 300 Pap Corps members, along with leaders from Sylvester, enjoyed a beautiful breakfast at Boca West, where the check was presented to Jayne Sylvester Malfitano on behalf of the center.

“I am so proud of our amazing members,” declared Sally Berenzweig, CEO of The Pap Corps. “Your dedication and passion, especially during these past few years, has been such an inspiration.”

Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, whose parents endowed the center, spoke eloquently about the special partnership between The Pap Corps and Sylvester, and shared several of the numerous scientific advancements that have occurred thanks to research, including the rise of precision medicine, which is an approach to cancer treatment that is targeted at genetic markers in each person’s unique cancer.

Sylvester is the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in South Florida, and The Pap Corps has donated over $110 million during the past 70 years to support cancer research. To celebrate these seven decades of giving, Robert Weinroth, Mayor of Palm Beach County presented a proclamation honoring the nonprofit’s service.

Other event highlights included recognizing top donors in multiple categories, honoring retiring chapter presidents and welcoming new chapter presidents.

“It is with such joy that we gather today to celebrate our members and honor the unique role our organization plays in advancing lifesaving cancer treatments,” said Susan Dinter, Pap Corps Chair of the Board. “We look forward to creating a world without cancer, but until we achieve that goal, The Pap Corps will be here!”

For more information on the Pap Corps, visit www.thepapcorps.org.

For more information on the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, visit https://umiamihealth.org/en/locations/sylvester-comprehensive-cancer-center-deerfield-beach.



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The Grand Tasting at Boca Bacchanal

Posted on 12 May 2022 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

On Saturday night, May 7, the bon vivants of Boca Raton and beyond flocked to The Boca Raton to indulge in everything the Boca Bacchanal Grand Tasting had to offer. This event, benefitting the Boca Raton Historical Society and The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum, offered food and wine, as well as a silent auction. Forty-two prized vintners and wineries with wines from all over the world were ready to pour. People could strike a pose to remember the moment at the Alina Residences’ “photo booth.”

Guests could also sample food by the bite from many local eateries, including The Boca Raton, The Capital Grille, Eat District Healthy Asian Bowl, KakaoZon Chocolate, Kapow Noodle Bar, New York Grilled Cheese, The Poké Company, Prezzo, Proper Ice Cream, Ramen Lab Eatery, Rebel House / Alley Cat, Sicilian Oven, Brulé Bistro / Rose’s Daughter, Ganzo Sushi, Meso Beach House and Seagate Hotel. 

Sponsors for the event included The Boca Raton, Republic National Distributing Company, Boca Magazine, Crown Wine & Spirits, Alina Residences, Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC), JM Lexus, Privaira, PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS CHARITIES, the Addison, Marta and Jim Batmasian, Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Diamonds Direct, Atlas Rentals, LivingFLA.com, the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, Discover the Palm Beaches, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and The City of Boca Raton.

This event was held the day after the Vintner Dinners, which were held at five private homes and other premier locations and included chefs and vintners presenting great food and wine pairings to enjoy.

If you missed out on this year’s festivities, there is always next year. For more information, visit www.bocabacchanal.com.


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Boca Bacchanal is Back

Posted on 26 April 2022 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Last reminder… One of the best events of the year is coming up. Have you gotten your tickets? The event is BOCA BACCHANAL and this year it takes place May 6-7. There are two experiences available for the foodie in you: The Vintner Dinners and the Grand Tasting. These events bring out the Who’s Who of the area, especially those in the culinary world and those who just like to be in-the-know. If you love a great glass of wine and delicious culinary delights, BOCA BACCHANAL is for you. Besides including amazing events, BOCA BACCHANAL also gives back to The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum and the Boca Raton Historical Society. 

Vintner Dinners

On May 6, from 7 to 10 p.m., there are the Vintner Dinners. Held at private homes and other premier locations, the dinners are an intimate experience of food and wine pairings. This year’s hosts include the following:

  • Joyce & Thom DeVita, Joni & Al Goldberg host with Château La Nerthe as the winery and Christophe Bristiel as the vitner. The chef will be Jeff Tunks of the Corvina Seafood Grill in Boca Raton and Chris Clime from PassionFish in Reston VA
  • Marie & Rick Wackenhut will host with DAOU Vineyards as the winery and Chris Baker as vitner, as well as chefs Brian & Shanna O’Hea of Maine Lobster Pot Pie
  • LeAnn and Russell Berman, Holly and David Meehan will host with Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars  as the winery and Tim Duncan as the vitner, as well as Eric Baker from Rebel House in Boca Raton as chef
  • Arina & Francis Feeney will host with St. Francis Winery & Vineyards and Katie Madigan as vitner, as well as Chef Roger Brock from Boca West Country Club
  • Maria & Todd Roberti will host with Masi Agricola as winery and Tony Apostolakos as vitner, and Chef Salvatore Spina from Casareccio Trattoria in Pompano Beach

Tickets are $350.

The Grand Tasting

The big event that brings in the crowds is The Grand Tasting, on May 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. which will take place at The Boca Raton, at 501 E. Camino Real Rd. This is the place-to-be for foodies and wine connoisseurs. Attendees can sample some of the best culinary delights from the area from top chefs, as well as top wines and more. There also will a silent auction. Tickets are $200.

“BOCA BACCHANAL is a festive weekend that celebrates and enhances the appreciation of wine and food, while bringing together world-class chefs and vintners, offering their finest specialties, while providing the entire community with a delightful opportunity to support the heritage education programs of The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum and the Boca Raton Historical Society,” says Mary Csar, Executive Director.

Sponsors for BOCA BACCHANAL 2022 include The Boca Raton,

Republic National Distributing Company, “Boca Magazine,” Crown Wine & Spirits, Alina Residences, Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC), JM Lexus, the Addison, Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Diamonds Direct, Privaira, PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS CHARITIES, Marta and Jim Batmasian, Atlas Rentals, LivingFLA.com, the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council, Discover the Palm Beaches, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, and The City of Boca Raton.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.BocaHistory.org.


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What ever happened to The Automat? New documentary uncovers this lost gem

Posted on 22 April 2022 by JLusk

The Automat appealed to everyone, even stars like Audrey Hepburn, pictured here.

What ever happened to The Automat?

New documentary uncovers this lost gem

By Rachel Galvin

Affordable, futuristic, fascinating, convenient… these are just some of the adjectives that describe a culinary idea that was brought from Europe to Philadelphia in 1902. It’s name was The Automat and its concept was a gastronomical revolution. It was more than just a restaurant owned by Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart. The concept was that people could go inside and up to these glass doors framed with brass to see what tasty treat was behind the glass, insert a nickel and be able to reach in and take the item out. This vending machine of sorts supplied everything from roast beef sandwiches to apple pie prepared by unseen cooks in the back. People could even push down an Italian-inspired dolphin-headed spout and get their own coffee with a perfectly measured splash of cream for five cents.

This idea started long before the concept of fast food we have today. It was more than just delivering a hot meal in a unique way. The price was right for everyone. The staff really cared. And everyone was welcome; no one was turned away – creating an atmosphere that included everyone from the homeless to the high class, all races and creeds, the everyman and the socialite. Even well-known stars came for a meal there. This was a haven from the ordinary and that made the Automat really special. The restaurant started in Philadelphia and went on to New York City. It would become the largest restaurant chain in America. 

This phenomenon has become the subject of a documentary called “The Automat” by director Lisa Hurwitz. She asks and answers the all-important question – what happened to The Automat? Within the film, she has many sources giving their own version of the history of the restaurant chain, including what led to their success and their ultimate closure. Included among these experts are people who worked at Horn & Hardart and their descendants, as well as historians and lovers of the Automat. Actor Elliot Gould is one such fan, as well as actors/ filmmakers Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. They share their favorite memories of the locale, from their favorite food to interactions with the staff. Brooks, especially, shares a bit about his childhood, including photos. The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Secretary of State Colin Powell also chimed in. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz even talked about how the concept inspired him to create Starbucks.

Actor Mel Brooks not only shares his memories of The Automat in the movie, but also wrote a song about it and performs it.

The timing of the growth of the Automat could not have been better. People had moved into the city as the industrial revolution got underway and needed a quick place to eat lunch. As the Automat began to grow, so did the number of women in the workforce. The number of stenographers grew from 5,000 to 300,000 from the 1880s to the 1920s, they noted, so women also became a key demographic for the new concept, providing a quick and affordable lunch in a safe environment. Those same factors were reasons they saw for the eventual demise of the Automat. As World War II ended, women got out of the workforce and became stay-at-home moms and people moved out of the city and into the new suburbs, taking away much of the target audience needed for these restaurants to stay busy. With less volume, it became harder to maintain the same pricing. A nickel only goes so far. These were just a few reasons for the change, along with the eventual introduction of fast food restaurants. Finally, the spotless Art Deco Automats were torn down and places like those fast food faves replaced them.

But to those who remember the Automat, good memories remain. And this charming film stirs up all that nostalgia. For those who never knew about these gems, it is quite a lesson in a forgotten piece of history. This cultural icon of bygone days was really a bellwether as to how culture was shaping around them.

“The Automat” is opening in South Florida theaters starting on Friday, April 29 (in Miami at AMC Aventura and in Palm Beach County at Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth. Additional theaters TBA).

Join Director Lisa Hurwitz for Q&As at Movies of Delray on Saturday, April 30 for the 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. shows and on Sunday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  For additional showtimes and advance tickets, visit www.moviesofdelray.com   Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

For more information about The Automat, visit www.automatmovie.com.

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Junior League of Boca Raton Raises the Bar

Posted on 20 April 2022 by JLusk

Honorary Chairs Dr. Jacqui Moroco Maloney & Jack Maloney.

The Junior League of Boca Raton’s annual fundraiser, Raise the Bar, will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Rocco’s Tacos, 5250 Town Center Circle. The event will celebrate the 16th anniversary of the Junior League of Boca Raton Endowment Fund, Inc.

Honorary Chairs are Dr. Jacqui Moroco Maloney and Mr. Jack Maloney.

Local celebrity bartenders will include Doug Fash and Forrest Heathcott, Tim Snow and Jerry Fedele, Kimberley Trombly-Burmeister and Barbara James, Jamie Sauer and Reilly Glasser, Kelly Fleming and Melissa Bonaros and Eric Applewhite and Howard Guggenheim.

“We hope everyone will come out to support our celebrity bartenders,” said Jamie Sauer, President of the Junior League of Boca Raton, said.  “There’s always a lot of competition between the bartenders to see who raises the most money through tickets and tips.”

Funds raised will benefit the Endowment Fund of the Junior League of Boca Raton which supports the Vegso Community Resource Center (VCRC). This vital community resource offers free trainings for our nonprofit community, free access to the grant library and a place for the community to gather and hold meetings without incurring overhead costs.

 Tickets include two drinks, chips and salsa and guacamole.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and are available at jlbr.org/raising-the-bar. 

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Easter Sunrise Service

Posted on 14 April 2022 by JLusk

The Ministerial Association of #DeerfieldBeach welcomes residents and visitors to the 2022 #DFB Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 17, 6:30 AM at the Main Beach Parking Lot 149 SE 21 Ave. Keynote speaker: Rev. Nathaniel Knowles of Emmanuel Christian Center #DFB #LoveDFB #Sunrise

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