The Cove Billfish Tournament has another successful year

Posted on 10 February 2022 by JLusk

Boats pulled up to The Cove Waterfront Restaurant and Tiki Bar with their catch in hand to the weigh-in over the weekend. They were all happy to participate in this year’s Billfish Tournament. It was held Feb. 3-5 and, after the weigh-in, there was an awards ceremony. Every year, participants enjoy dinner at the restaurant and participate in a silent auction. 
1st Place: Native Son 
2nd Place: Florida Man 
3rd Place: Reel Synergy 
Top Female Angler: Rita Patten – Won Buy Land
Top Jr. Angler: James DeMarco Native Son
1st Place Angler: Chris Kriskern, Native Son
2nd Place Angler: Jim DeMarco, Native Son
3rd Place Angler: Timmy Maddock, Florida Man
Largest Wahoo: Patrick Thies 15.8lbs. High Life
Largest Kingfish: Robert Weisberg 22.8lbs. Kingfish Cartel
Largest Tuna: Jonah Bennett 14.2lbs. SkipJac
Sponsors this year included: Connected by Water, JM Family, Tito’s Vodka, Hypower, Pelagic, JR Dunn Jewelers, Chappel Group, Turbo Tint, Tigress and Hard Rock.

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JA World Uncorked Raises $300,000 for Junior Achievement

Posted on 05 February 2022 by JLusk

Dressed in Disco style, promoting Eve on the Water, a new Ft. Lauderdale restaurant.

By Rachel Galvin

The JA World Uncorked event this year seemed packed with lively guests, all excited to be back in the public eye. As usual, there were plenty of pours and delectable samples from wine and drink purveyors and local chefs. There was even live entertainment and people got up on the stage to get into the groove. People could also participate in the silent auction, raffles and more. A roaming photographer and a 360 photo booth captured the fun. 

The event, which brought in about 500 guests, raised more than $300,000 for Junior Achievement programs. The presenting sponsor was Breakthru Beverage Florida. The event was amplified by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. These were just a few of the many people and organizations involved in making this annual event shine.

If you missed it this year, make sure to look out for it next year when it is sure to be bigger and even better.

For more information, visit

Delicious pasta and meatballs from Cafe Vico in Ft. Lauderdale.

Funky Buddha offers candied bacon and craft beer.

Showing off Onda pineapple tequila seltzer.

silent auction.

Yot’s famous smoked fish dip.

The dance floor in Disco style.

Serving up Blue Ice Vodka.

Cuba Libre had several selections available.

Cafe Rumba mixed with root beer tastes like a root beer float!

The band rocked!

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JA World Uncorked is back–this weekend!

Posted on 26 January 2022 by JLusk

Neiman Marcus serves up something special at 2020 event.

Photos by Rachel Galvin

JA World Uncorked is back! This is the place to be to experience tantalizing bites, indulgent desserts and sweet sips from the area’s top restaurants, and local breweries/ wine distributors… all while enjoying rockin’ live entertainment.

This event is hosted by Junior Achievement of South Florida’s (JA) Circle of Wise Women. It is presented by Breakthru Beverage Florida and amplified by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at JA World Huizenga Center at the Lilian S. Wells Pavilion (1130 Coconut Creek Blvd, Coconut Creek, FL 33066).

“JA World Uncorked is the complete experience for wine and food lovers. We anticipate more than 600 people to attend this event that brings music, gourmet food, assorted spirits, wine and craft brews together in one amazing venue for a great cause. There’s something for every attendee to enjoy,” said Laurie Sallarulo, Junior Achievement of South Florida president & CEO.

Tickets are  $185 per person and can be purchased at Attendees will enjoy unlimited food and beverages, live music, dancing and raffle prizes.

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery Food Hall at 2020 event.

Special thanks to this year’s three Co-Chairs, Circle of Wise Women Lisa Duke, Alyssa Lovitt and Susan Renneisen. “We have some incredible Co-Chairs and Culinary Chairs on board for this highly anticipated event. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is proud to support the Circle of Wise Women and Junior Achievement’s mission. It’s going to be an exciting evening you don’t want to miss,” said Susan Renneisen of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Also, Executive Chef Marc Gruverman, of The Capital Grille; Chef Jose Gonzalez, of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood; Chef Paul Niedermann, of SALT 7 and Chef Anibal Suarez, of Cuba Libre, are the event’s Culinary Chairs.

JA World Uncorked is sponsored by Breakthru Beverage Florida (Presenting Sponsor), Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, ESG Safe, Florescue Family Foundation, CITY Furniture, Exotech, Bob & Sandra Moss, Bluegreen Vacations, Comcast, Rick Case Automotive Group, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Office Depot, MST Foundation, Dickinson Wright LLP, Gray Robinson, Fran and Peter Woolf, Austin & Christine Forman, John Buyers, Greenberg Traurig, OK Generators, Susan Rindley Sotheby’s International Realty, Centennial Bank, Centuric, and NextEra Energy (FPL). Special thanks to this year’s Host Sponsors: Connie Chaney, Milin Espino, Jill Ginsberg, Alyssa Greenspan – Community Capital Management, Jennifer Homan, Blaire Lapides, Johanna Maytin, Diana Metcalf, Jan Nouss. Thanks also go out to this year’s Partners: Argyle Coffee Roasters, Brandstar, Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, Funky Buddha Brewery, Lifestyle Media Group, Print Basics, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and WPLG Local 10.

Now in its 11th year, this culinary event raises funds to benefit Junior Achievement’s educational programs. Each year, these programs help educate 50,000 kindergarten-12th grade students in Broward and south Palm Beach counties about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. Since it was founded in 2010, the JA Circle of Wise Women have raised more than $4.5 million through JA World Uncorked and other initiatives.

The event is held at JA World, which is the largest JA facility in the world at 60,000 sq. ft.  JA World houses JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. In JA BizTown, more than 21,000 5th graders each year operate a hands-on mini city as citizens, consumers, employees and business owners. JA Finance Park welcomes 20,000 8th graders each year to learn how financial decisions will impact their lives – including budgeting for family health care, real estate, home improvements, automobiles, insurance, entertainment, education, purchasing goods and services and more.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Diana Metcalf at or 954-979-7120.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Private Stock Band performed at 2020 event.

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Broward Opens New Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Treatment Site

Posted on 21 January 2022 by JLusk



To facilitate the distribution of lifesaving therapeutics, the state has opened a new monoclonal antibody therapy treatment site in Broward County starting Tuesday, January 18, 2022. The site will be at Markham Park, 16001 W. State Rd. 84 in Sunrise, and will operate from Monday through Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

On January 3, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis called on the federal government to increase the supply of monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 to Florida to at least 30,000 doses per week. On January 7, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced 15,000 doses of Regeneron had been secured for the people of Florida and would be immediately utilized to support new monoclonal antibody sites. 

The State of Florida has successfully deployed and expanded state-run, lifesaving monoclonal antibody therapy treatment sites statewide throughout the pandemic. A full list of state-supported or previously state-supported operational monoclonal antibody therapy sites can be found by visiting this LINK. 

Benefits of Treatment: 

Monoclonal antibodies help the immune system recognize and respond effectively to the COVID-19 virus. 

Monoclonal antibody therapy treatment is for individuals who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19. Monoclonal antibody therapy treatment can prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death in high-risk patients who have contracted COVID-19. Specifically, it: 

• Reduces the risk of death/hospitalization by 70%-85%. 

• Reduces the risk of developing symptomatic disease by over 80%.

For more information contact the Florida Department of Health at 866-779-6121 or 954-412-7300 in Broward.

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Suspect Wanted for Attempted Murder–Pompano

Posted on 21 January 2022 by JLusk


Otis Washington.jpg

Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are releasing a photo of a suspect wanted for attempted murder in an effort to locate him.
Investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for Otis Washington, 27 (dob 1/19/95), for a shooting that occurred shortly before 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2021, near the 1400 block of Northwest 31st Avenue in Pompano Beach. Deputies responded to the area after receiving a ShotSpotter alert and found an adult male victim. He was transported to an area hospital and survived his injuries.
Homicide detectives said Washington should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact detectives John Curcio or Samantha Cottam in the BSO Homicide Unit at (954) 321-4210 or the BSO non-emergency number 954-764-4357 (HELP). 
If you know where Washington is and wish to remain anonymous, please contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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MLK Ceremonies & Parade CANCELED

Posted on 14 January 2022 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach and the African American Heritage Committee said it is saddened and disappointed to announce that the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration is canceled due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant currently spreading in our communities and across the nation. They said, “This is an incredibly difficult decision, but the safety of our community is our utmost concern, and we will continue to monitor data as we move forward with future event planning and programming.”

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Actor Malcolm Jamal Warner waxes poetic At Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival

Posted on 30 December 2021 by JLusk

Malcolm Jamal Warner

Pompano Beach welcomed poets from around the country Dec. 9 to 11 for the 4th annual Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival. The three-day event was held at several locations – Ali Cultural Arts Center, Blanche Ely House Museum and Pompano Beach Cultural Center. After showing their stuff, a winner was decided.

The overall winner was Black Chakra, who received $2500. Second place was Lady Brion, who won $1500. Third place was Blacqwildflowr, who won $1000. 

We had 14 poets,” said Eccentrich Richardson, the event’s founder, saying normally there are 15 people but one dropped out. They put out a call and people responded from all over. “We had people come from as far west as Los Angeles, as far east as Baltimore and everything in between– Detroit, Tampa…” she said.

Poets included Ali, Jonkel, Wayne Henry. Native Child, Mori Taiye, Black Chakra, Lady Brion, Ephraim Nehemiah, Charles Hines, Masaki Takahashi, Jahman Hill, Sun Luu, Genius Jones and Blacqwildflowr.

The participants, said Richardson, always participate in community outreach while they are here, selecting which event to participate in. They led workshops this year for young people up to seniors at places like Moreland Academy, Hopewell Preschool Academy, Palm Beach Middle School and E. Pat Larkins Community Center.

Last year was done virtually, so she said it was nice to do it in person.

This year, the focus is on being together again,” she said.

She added, “There are typically five judges each night. They give scores for each poet. We drop the high and low and average the three in the middle.”

What was exciting about this year’s competition is that they had actor Malcolm Jamal Warner as one of the judges. Warner is best known as playing Theo in “The Cosby Show.” 

On Friday, December 10 at Pompano Cultural Center, Warner gave a talk about his life and even did some poetry. Warner, who started working as an actor a young boy, is now working on the TV show “The Resident,” which shoots in Atlanta, says he misses life in Los Angeles. 

Warner was unsure where to begin with his talk. “One of the most nerve-wracking things for an actor is to get up in front of people and talk,” he explained (since actors are normally given lines). So, he started with reciting his own poetry but then managed to deliver an interesting and heartfelt discussion about his career.

My father named me after Malcolm X and  (Jazz pianist) Ahmad Jamal. My dad went to Lincoln University because Langston Hughes went. Poetry has always been a huge part of my life since I was a baby. I am not an actor who likes to do poetry. I am a poet. I have been doing it half my life. I started out in the early ’90s before slams. When slams came along, I noticed how they started changing how they were writing. They were writing for the judges. There was a certain honesty that got shifted because they were writing for competition,” he said, adding, “When it comes to judging, if it doesn’t appeal to me, it doesn’t mean it’s not good … I look for honesty in the writing.”

As poets, [we] have a wonderful access to words,” he said. “I see creating as this river that flows underneath all of us [but] not all of us have the tools to access it. I take it as a blessing and honor to be able to tap into that creativity.”

He continued, “As I look at my life and things that have been ‘put out into the universe,’ [the good and the bad, I say,] ‘I created that because of what I put into the universe.’”

He added, “A lot of times, we can be really hard on ourselves [and say things to ourselves] that we wouldn’t take from another human being.” He basically said that in order to not do that, it comes down to a “sense of constant mindfulness.”

I’ve always written poetry, even at the height of Cosby. It has always been an avenue of expression for me. It was most important to me when doing ‘Malcolm and Eddie.’ I had done eight years with Cosby. I came from a show where black people could be funny without being stereotypical. I watched how Cosby struggled. Cosby said it wasn’t [about a black upper middle class family but about ] an upper middle class family who happens to be black. He had to fight to keep the integrity of the show. UPN was the antithesis of where I came from. I was literally fighting every day because UPN had its own audience and programming. As far as they were concerned, it wasn’t broken and did not have to fix it. It became almost miserable for me,” said Warner, adding, “My experience probably was a little skewed.”

There are three main things you are going to see on black sitcoms,” said Warner, “– some version of ‘you so ugly,’ ‘I’m going to kick your butt’ or someone slapped in the back of the head. That’s what we except as the norm. But, there is another kind of way black people can also be funny.”

He said he used to watch sitcoms like “The Jeffersons” and “Sanford and Son,” but his favorite was “Benson” because he was “always the smartest person in the room,” speculating that maybe he should redo the sitcom.

The ‘Malcolm and Eddie’ show was so stressful,” he said, saying he was the only person who cared it seemed. It was then when he started playing bass, thinking he needed a hobby that would not turn into a career, but it did. He now has a Jazz funk spoken word band — combining his love of words with his love of music. It is called “Miles Long.”

I found a home in poetry … and music. It allowed me to express myself as an actor and director. So many people direct and act. I found an outlet. I could be as passionate and honest as I wanted to be … The level of expression and freedom to be creative is what’s priceless for me,” he said.

What has been his biggest accomplishment? “I look at having been a teenager on the No. 1 show in the world. South Africa was neck deep in apartheid and it was the No. 1 show [there too]. Then, being able to navigate everything that comes with the territory (being a child star). I was 14 when it first aired.”

Out of the gate,” he added, “No one was going to watch the show. They pronounced it dead. It was third against ‘Magnum PI,’ which was No.1. But, out-of-the-box, [it went] crazy [popular]. My mom sat me down and said [although it is a wonderful phenomenon], it could stop next year.”

With her help, he realized if he did not want to go back to bagging groceries, he had to come up with a plan for how his life would be after Cosby. “We lived each year as if it was the last show. She impressed upon me longevity.” Sometimes, an actor can be hot, sometimes not. If what’s you want have to figure out, he said – what to do when not making money so you can avoid desperate career choices. “That is why I directed early on, directed episodes of “Cosby,” “Fresh Prince,” did music videos…” 

He also said that “The Cosby Show” being shot in Brooklyn, New York, not in LA studios, helped him remain more grounded. Instead of eating in the commissary, they had to go out in the neighborhood and get lunch. “The experience gave us a real perspective, not the bubble of LA,” he said.

The show was successful,” he said, “It doesn’t mean I’m successful. It doens’t mean anything unless I’m working at 30, only when I am working consistently at 50, 60… At 51, I can embrace that I have had a successful career. I now can look in the mirror and like myself. I am at peace in my life. I have a wonderful wife, daughter. [My greatest accomplishment] is that I have gone through all that and have created such a beautiful life for myself.”

He had to make some tough choices along the way, but stuck with keeping his integrity. “I felt I would be working so much more If had not said no [so much]. I never wanted to look back and be embarrassed by [a project.]” He did not want to be in something that perpetuated b stereotypes. “I used to be judgmental of others who would take that kind of work,” but he later realized he had the privilege to be able to say no because of his position, they did not. They needed the income, etc.

Cosby used to say, ‘Remember this is a marathon. In the journey there’s going to be obstacles,’” he said, explaining how he not only is working full-time but working on staying present as a husband and father. In addition, he said that being a public figure is a 24 hour, seven day a week job that comes with the territory. He does not take that responsibility lightly either, saying when he meets people, “He wants to create an experience.”

He certainly did create an experience at Exit 36, one that the people in attendance surely will never forget.

For more information on upcoming artistic events in Pompano, visit


Black Chakra

Lady Brion


Ephraim Nehemiah

Mori Taiye


Sun Luu

Jahman Hill

Charles Hines

Wayne Henry

Native Child

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Track Santa!

Posted on 24 December 2021 by JLusk

Did you know you can track Santa Claus? Find out where he is with the NORAD Santa Tracker:

There also are some fun games and more!

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Cool Wheels Car Show Has Been Postponed

Posted on 23 December 2021 by JLusk


The 10th annual Cool Wheels Car Show, which was set to take place January 16, has been postponed due to Omicron.


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Learn more about Pompano history at Progressive Dinner

Posted on 22 December 2021 by JLusk

On January 19, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., enjoy a fun evening with friends exploring local history. This event takes you by bus from one place to another. And there is food and drinks at each spot! Start for appetizers at the Sample-McDougald House. Board a bus for dinner under the stars at the Pompano Beach Historical Society. This is followed by music and dessert at the Ali Cultural Arts Center.

The cost is $45 per person (Transportation included). Call to reserve your spot! 954-691-5686

The Sample McDougald House is located at 450 NE 10 St. in Pompano Beach, FL 33060.

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