Sheriff Tony sworn in

Posted on 06 January 2021 by JLusk

Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony took the Oath of Office on Jan. 5.

He was elected in the most recent election but was originally appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2019 after he suspended former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.

In a recent statement, Sheriff Tony said, “On Jan. 5, I will take the oath of office to continue serving as your sheriff. My swearing-in ceremony will be a much less extravagant affair than those of sheriffs’ past due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Perhaps an intimate setting is more appropriate, regardless. The oath of office is a sacred trust. It is a promise I make to myself and my fellow first responders. It is also a promise I make to you.

“I recently removed the placard with my name on it from the front of my office door. I replaced it with a more suitable designation: “The People’s Office.” The sheriff and all the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office work for you and our mission every day, to provide this county with the best public safety services in the country.

“When I assumed command of BSO nearly two years ago, I did so with the promise of putting public safety before all else. In just a short time, we’ve made significant progress in achieving our goals. Better training, better equipment and the introduction of new technologies mean Broward County is safer today.  

“I have also worked with command staff and community leaders to create a more transparent and accountable sheriff’s office while providing public safety all residents can trust.

“I’ve appointed new members to the BSO Professional Standards Committee, including members from the community, to review internal disciplinary matters. I have established a Use of Force Review Board, the first ever in BSO’s history. I’ve made it clear time and again, I will never tolerate egregious use of force under my leadership. 

“Our Social Justice Task Force recently met for the first time. The group, comprised of BSO employees, community stakeholders, organizers and leaders, will build relationships, gain trust and bridge the gap with the communities we serve. The task force will meet every other month to listen, learn and cooperate toward the shared goal of a safer, collaborative community.

“While we have achieved success, we can and will continue to do better. I will spend my next four years in office the same as my first two, working in the best interest of the people I serve.

“This year, I am establishing the BSO Office of Inspector General (OIG). The department will ensure BSO runs in the most efficient, economical and responsible way possible. The OIG will ensure misconduct allegations made against employees are thoroughly investigated, identify ways BSO can be more cost-efficient in all areas of operation and conduct independent reviews of every department within BSO to ensure we exceed public safety standards. This is just one more way BSO will be accountable and transparent.

“As we enter a new year, I want to say thank you. Thank you for entrusting me with the responsibility to lead BSO into the future. Thank you because this is your office as much as it is mine. Together, we will continue our great work and focus on taking the necessary steps toward keeping public safety a priority.”

 

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Broward Health start sign-ups for vaccinations & quickly reaches capacity

Posted on 30 December 2020 by JLusk

ICU Nurse Roseitta Da Silva, RN, administers the first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Broward Health North to her nursing manager, James McCrae, RN on Dec. 21.

By Rachel Galvin

The excitement for the vaccine is clear on the faces of Broward Health caregivers faces in a photo they took recently as back on Dec. 21 frontline caregivers would be among the first to receive the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19.

 Then, on Dec. 29, they announced that they would begin vaccinating certain other members of the general public (who needed to pre-register): people ages 65 and over, office staff of Broward Health’s credentialed physicians, EMS and non-credentialed community healthcare providers who do not have access to the vaccine, as well as their office staff. In addition, they said that vaccines were available for all Broward Health employees, and credentialed medical staff at Broward Health’s hospitals. 

But, now, they have already reached capacity through February. On Dec. 30, they released the following statement: “Due to overwhelming community demand, Broward Health has reached capacity through February 2020 [assuming they mean 2021] for COVID-19 vaccinations. At this time, we are no longer scheduling new appointments. The public is encouraged to follow communications from their local Departments of Health as additional state-run vaccination sites are expected to become available in January. We are proud of the community for recognizing the importance of the vaccine and are continuing to research ways to expand capacity so we can resume scheduling in the coming weeks.”

For more information on the hospital, visit www.browardhealth.org.

Nurses and healthcare workers at Broward Health North show their excitement for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

 

 

 

       

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Track Santa tonight & Merry Christmas!

Posted on 24 December 2020 by JLusk

Don’t forget to track Santa tonight (Christmas Eve) with NORAD Santa Tracker. Want to know where in the world he is? Check out this site: https://www.noradsanta.org/. You can also play games and more!

Have a Merry Christmas!

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Women’s Club & Kiwanis give back

Posted on 21 December 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

On Saturday, Dec. 20, members of the Deerfield Kiwanis Club and Woman’s Club got together to give back to the community. Academic advisors from local schools gave a list of names of families who came to pick up food, laundry detergent, toys and more. Each child got a gift. 

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Chabad of North Broward Beaches celebrates Chanukah

Posted on 20 December 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

As in every year, the Chabad of North Broward Beaches held several Chanukah events. This year, however, was a little different. There was no big house party and the other events included everyone wearing masks and included food items that could be safely packaged, like doughnuts and Chanukah gelt. There was still the usual menorah lighting and activities for the kids. They kicked off the holiday with an event in front of their temple in Lighthouse Point and ended with a usual beach celebration in Deerfield Beach. Chanukah began Dec. 10 and ended Dec. 18. To find out more about Chabad of North Broward Beaches, visit http://www.jewishlhp.com.

Last Night of Chanukah– Near Wyndham Resort

Photos by Rachel Galvin

Photos of First Night — by synagogue

Photos by Carol Porter

 

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DB residents unleash their inner Pollock at art event

Posted on 18 December 2020 by JLusk

Photos by Judi Stanich

Deerfield residents expressed themselves artistically on Dec. 5 in a special class held at The Butler Cultural Center (across the street from Butler House). The class was instructed by local artist Gabriela Gamperl and was held outdoors and socially distanced. Participants created works in the mode of famous artist Jackson Pollock, who was an artists known for his abstract expressionism.

To find out what other events are happening at The Butler Cultural Center or the Butler House, keep an eye on the Deerfield Beach Historical Society website (www.deerfieldhistoricalsociety.org) or on their Facebook page.

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DB Council Chamber Recognizes Broward Health North Front line Caregivers with a Holiday Healthcare Salute

Posted on 17 December 2020 by JLusk

 

Listening to Denise Jordan, who leads the DB Council.

During their virtual Holiday Breakfast Reunion on Dec 15, the Deerfield Beach Council Chamber recognized and thanked Broward Health North healthcare heroes for their hard work and dedication on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis and for keeping communities safe and our patients healthy.

Deerfield Beach Mayor, Bill Ganz, along with other city officials, business and community leaders saluted Emergency Room and COVID-19 unit caregivers. Dr. Cesar Carralero, DO, ​Broward Health North Medical Director of Emergency Services also shared some healthy tips for staying safe during the holidays with council members. 

Broward Health North front line caregivers– true heroes!

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Ice Cream Social brings holiday cheer

Posted on 17 December 2020 by JLusk

Photos & Story by Rachel Galvin

On Saturday night, Dec. 12, a long line of hundreds of cars drove one after another through Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex for the “Ice Cream Social,” a holiday event put on by the City of Deerfield Beach… with Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Kiwanis Club and the Historical Society among those participating. Each car received ice cream, candy, coloring books and other age appropriate books and toys for the kids. The “Grinch” and a “Robo Cop” looking character greeted kids too. RT5 performed “boy band” style on the stage. It even snowed! Commissioners Hudak, Drosky & Preston all were in attendance too… as well as a couple of Santa Clauses.

Key Clubbers volunteered to hand out ice cream.

RT5 performed on stage.

BSO & friends greet guests.

     

Santa Claire…

Commissioner Hudak, his wife and Santa?

Commissioner Hudak, his wife and Kiwanis Club, including Kiwanis West.

Who are those masked men? City Manager David Santucci & Commissioner Todd Drosky.

Commissioner Preston speaks.

Miss Hillsboro Beach hands out gifts.

Commissioners Hudak & Preston.

“Armed Deputy” & Grinch.

That’s a lot of candy, Mr. Sullivan!

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YATC shifts gears–holding first virtual fundraiser

Posted on 16 December 2020 by JLusk

Several sports celebrities who are longtime friends of YATC joined the Shifting Gears Virtually event, explaining why YATC is meaningful to them. From top left are Emmy Award and Edward R. Murrow Award winner Doug Dunbar, television news anchor and reporter for KTVT-TV (CBS 11) in Dallas/Fort Worth; golf pro and PGA Tour winner Mark Pfeil and YATC Executive Director Terry Routley. Second row, from left are World Golf Hall of Famer Chi Chi Rodriguez; NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana; and Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. Third row from left are Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt; YATC Board President Larry McGinnes; and NFL kicker and former Miami Dolphin Olindo Mare.

 
More than 150 friends and sponsors of the Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC) from all across the nation gathered online on Nov. 14 as part of the school’s first virtual donor appreciation and fundraising effort. The 2020 Shifting Gears Virtually event grew from YATC’s desire to celebrate its community and show appreciation to long-standing partners of the program, while keeping everyone safe amid COVID-19 concerns. YATC friends rallied and the virtual event generated the necessary funds for the program for a full year.

The webinar-style event was focused on expressing a deep gratitude that YATC Founder Jim Moran displayed for every individual who supports the school and its mission to help troubled youth change their lives. It was also the opportunity to commemorate the “YATC Family” of students, graduates, donors, volunteers and everyone who contributes to the organization’s success. 

Guests learned more about the program from emcee, Emmy Award and Edward R. Murrow Award winner Doug Dunbar, television news anchor and reporter for KTVT-TV (CBS 11) in Dallas/Fort Worth; YATC Executive Director Terry Routley and Board of Directors President Larry McGinnes. The real-life impact of YATC was explained by current student, Ryan Lucas, and Quincy Thompson, 27, of Labelle and a graduate of the YATC Class of 2012.  

“I consider myself extremely lucky that I was accepted into YATC,” said Lucas,18, of Lauderhill and a member of YATC’s Class of 2021. “I am grateful that there are people who are willing to put so much time and money into a cause just to give people like me another shot. I know I did some bad things when I fell on tough times and I take responsibility for all my actions. But now I see my past doesn’t have to be my future.”

Several longtime celebrity friends of YATC joined the streamed event. NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, World Golf Hall of Famer Chi Chi Rodriguez and golf pro and PGA Tour winner Mark Pfeil, Baseball Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Andre Dawson and NFL kicker and former Miami Dolphin Olindo Mare, all of whom have been involved with the program for many years, joined the fun, sharing updates on their lives in 2020 and why YATC is meaningful to them. 

“Planning an online event was totally new to us and we weren’t sure how people would respond. We were blown away with the generosity, interest and enthusiasm from our loyal friends,” said McGinnes. “We strive every day to honor our Founder’s vision by continuing to provide young men and women with the support, skills and knowledge they need to build productive, successful lives. We couldn’t do it without the YATC community.”

Since its inception in 1984 by automotive legend Jim Moran, 777 graduates have completed the nine-month, multi-faceted YATC curriculum, 202 of whom have received their high school diplomas. YATC serves a culturally diverse population, with 70% of graduates self-identifying as non-white. More than 90% of graduates are gainfully employed, furthering their education or serving in the Armed Forces. Fifty-nine graduates on scholarship through YATC have earned an associate’s degree and six have obtained a bachelor’s degree. Alumni of the model program, along with their families, continue to receive assistance from YATC after graduation to keep them on the right track for success.

Shifting Gears Virtually major donors included Founding Sponsor: Sid & Deanna Wolk, Agero and The Cross Country Group; Super Big Heart Sponsors: Auto Carrier Express and Wanda and Jim Moran; Big Heart Sponsors: 22squared, Centurion Auto Transport, Maus Nissan/David Maus/Gib Dannehower, O’Brien Automotive Team, and Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson and Daytona Toyota.

“YATC is grateful to all the sponsors who continue to support YATC during this difficult year,” said Executive Director Terry Routley. “We know there are many wonderful nonprofits doing incredible work in our community. That makes us even more grateful that so many individuals and companies believe in our mission and the impact we make on the lives of the young adults in our program.”
 
About the Youth Automotive Training Center

Established by Jim Moran in 1984, the mission of the Youth Automotive Training Center is 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 young adults who are at a disadvantage in their lives to become self-sufficient, productive, law-abiding citizens. Students are referred to YATC in a variety of ways, including through the Departments of Juvenile Justice and Children and Families, as well as YATC graduates, local clergy and word of mouth. For more information about the Youth Automotive Training Center visit www.yatc.org or call 954-428-0909. YATC is located at 399 S.W. Third Ave., Deerfield Beach, Fla.

 
 

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Mira Lehr’s Planetary Visions

Posted on 16 December 2020 by JLusk

“What this Earth Does Not Remember I and II”

By Rachel Galvin

As fragile as ice, ready to burn, touched by the elements, tethered together … the forms and lines intrinsic in artist Mira Lehr’s most recent collection is both deeply rooted in the natural world and inspired by transcendence. Entitled “Planetary Visions from Spaceship Earth,” her new exhibition now on display at Rosenbaum Contemporary, a fine art gallery in Boca Raton, until Jan. 16 captures a sense of urgency, of Earth’s vulnerability and symbiosis. Her considerable pieces take over the once blank walls filling them with a wash of color and shapes, as well as lines burned into the canvas and paper scorched at the edges.

“Perfect Flight”

Her What this Earth Does Not Remember I and II” shows off a map, perhaps reminiscent of the Dymaxion map created by architect and futurist Buckminster Fuller, who she once worked with (more on that later). In the piece, the map shows burnt lines spiraling throughout topped with words, a poem talking about nature. To create the lines, fuses are affixed and lit. Also used is Japanese burnt paper, which is layered on the canvas. Both media are utilized in a lot of her pieces. The ever-present theme seems to bring about the idea of the world being on fire, so slowly burning, we don’t know we are being consumed… and, from afar, the interconnectedness of us all is obvious, as well as our ephemeral nature; the ticking time bomb keeps ticking and the need for change is all the more urgent. Her “Mystic Silence That Cannot Engage” uses deep reds and oranges, the quality looks a bit like a forest fire. Other pieces of hers have a cooler color palette reminiscent of the arctic, perhaps a reminder of the polar ice caps melting slowly…

“A Mystic Silence That Cannot Engage”

This reporter had a chance to talk with Lehr about her process and the unique media she employs. The concept of using gunpowder, she said, was inspired by an artist she saw at the Guggenheim using it once. It was her studio assistant who brought the idea of fuses to her attention. She works on canvas or a piece of board, in addition to making mobiles and other three-dimensional pieces. She says she utilizes Japanese paper ‘because it is strong but transparent. It doesn’t break apart. It is strong as steel but beautiful and fragile as paper.” She cuts some of the paper into pre-cut shapes in different colors and keeps them like a “vocabulary of collage shapes,” so when she needs them, she can reach in and pull them out to add to any new work. Then, she uses a torch or cigarette lighter to burn them. She also uses acrylic and other media in her works. She adds words using ink or charcoal.

“Dance”

I create every day,” she said. “My whole house is a studio. When I am not in the studio, I am conceptualizing, getting ideas. I draw ideas. When I make [the art], ideas are spinning in my head. I never pre-draw [the actual work]. Sometimes, what I end up with is different from what I started with. It is intuitive. It is a growing entity that makes you listen and watch, and be a partner with it.”

She said some pieces she can get finished within a week. With others, she struggles, ends up exhausted, puts them away and takes them out later and, in a flash, the answer will come to her and she will know what to do with it. Sometimes, the answer never comes and is never resolved.

A lot of her pieces in the new exhibition were done during the pandemic. Because it is a global crisis, her pieces are more about what is happening than where. She found that her pieces now are less analytical and more intuitive, and spiritual, as if inspired from another place.

After seeing her pieces, Lehr says she hopes that people will “walk away with a feeling of peacefulness, calm, poetry, seeing something in a new way … reaching their soul.” She adds, “My obvious wish is that they love the environment and care about it and hope to make it right again.”

She said she wants people to know, “I work sincerely. I am never influenced by what is hot. I work from spirit and what is honest.”

Mira Lehr Photo by Michael E. Fryd

More about the artist

Mira Lehr was born in New York, moved to Chicago and then moved to Miami at age 10, only to return to New York to go to boarding school and later attend Vassar college in Poughkeepsie, NY. She comes from a family with an artistic bent. Her father was a musician and her mother’s brother and cousin were fine artists.

“I always drew,” she said, “portraits of my friends… They would buy them for $1.”

Lehr added, “My parents didn’t encourage me. No art lessons. I did it on my own. I went to college. They did not have major in studio arts then. Studio art was not scholarly enough. I studied art history.” She pointed out that Linda Nochlin was one of her teachers, a feminist art historian who has had books written about her.

She continued, “When I got married, New York was the center of art abstract Expressionist movement. I was right there. I had to move back [to Florida] because of family matters. She was apprehensive about the move. From what she could see, there was no art scene down here. She explained, “Women artists were not recognized. They were thought of as dilettantes in the art world. Nobody paid attention.” She decided to work to change that and set up a co-op that would last 30 years and bring in women artists, classes, etc. This year marks the 60th anniversary of its founding.

Many ask her about her work with futurist, theorist, architect and more, Buckminster Fuller. When he did his “World Game” in 1960s, she applied to participate and was one of two artists who were among those who joined him in working on solutions to the world’s problems. She said, “I saw the ad in the Saturday Review. I had always admired him. He took me and I think 25 others. He did not want specialists. He wanted artists, philosophers, scientists… no one vested in one thing. We worked together one summer surrounded by his [Dymaxion] world map, his inventions and geometry. He inundated us with his talk and brilliance. It changed me. I came out having so much more respect for human beings and what they are capable of. I realized that with more effort, we could do more with less… and not relying on politics to make it happen.” She added, “It is a profound feeling. Man is meant to be a success on the planet.”

What solution did they find? “One of the big no-nos is the use of fossil fuels, polluting the air. It is going to be our downfall,” she said. “We searched for other sources of energy–tidal, solar, laser, etc.”She finds it interesting how now people are starting to utilize alternatives for energy now.

Mira’s pieces are large enough to cover the walls at the gallery. Her 3D mobile is also pictured.

I anticipate if we get through the pandemic and local things that are happening, we will be much more efficient on the planet. There is an enormous amount of waste that goes on. I don’t think we will be back to where we could have been. But I do think we can stop [climate change] from progressing,” said Lehr.

When not creating, the artist spends time in her home in Miami Beach. She enjoys reading and is a science-buff. She is a widow and has four children, and seven grandchildren. “When I was 18, and during my marriage years, I spent time with my husband and children. I managed to have it all,” she said. Now, that her children are gone out of the house, Lehr said she can focus on herself again. “I feel like I am 18 again.” She also mentioned she has a new book coming out called “Arc of Nature, 2nd edition.”

Her new exhibition is at Rosenbaum Contemporary art gallery, located at 150 Yamato Road in Boca Raton until Jan. 16. Her collection is only one of the many pieces on display, which are constantly changing. They are open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also tour the exhibition virtually by going to their website at www.rosenbaumcontemporary.com.

In the same building is RFA Decor, which has plenty of pieces to choose from for interior decorators and those seeking originals, prints and more. Many pieces can even be modified as needed to best fit a space (such as changing a color…or even adding something else to the painting). In addition, they sell mirrors and do framing. Find out more at www.rfadecor.com

 Find out more about Mira Lehr at  www.miralehr.com.

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