Pier Clean-Up seeks help

Posted on 04 May 2022 by JLusk

Want to clean up our waters? The Pier Clean-Up is an excellent way to get involved, so dive right in! It will be held on Saturday, June 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. Dixie Divers is looking for divers to help.

To find out more, click here.


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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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Funding Arts Broward’s Black & White: A Night at the Museum– April 25

Posted on 13 April 2022 by JLusk

At the last Funding Arts Broward event in 2020, Bonnie Clearwater, museum curator, gave a tour of the exhibit. This piece was by Takashi Murikami. Photo by Rachel Galvin.

By Rachel Galvin

A FAB event is coming our way! If you are in Broward County and are a lover of the arts, you won’t want to miss this gem of an event. Yearly, Funding Arts Broward holds a special event filled with art and fellowship, music and culinary treats, and more.  This year is sure to be just as special.

To be held Monday, April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the NSU Art Museum Ft. Lauderdale, the event is slated to include a performance by the Dillard High School Center for the Arts students. This elegant black and white themed cocktail party will also include light bites and a decadent dessert table. The best part about their event is seeing the art on display at the museum. This year, the exhibit is called “Lux et Veritas” and the private tour will be led by Bonnie Clearwater, the director and chief curator at the museum. Make sure to wear your black and white for this elegant affair.


Kehinde Wiley, Karl Spindler, 2017, Courtesy of S. Donald Sussman. © Kehinde Wiley

More about the exhibit:

According to the museum, “Lux et Veritas”  focuses on a generation of artists of color who attended Yale School of Art for graduate studies between 2000 and 2010. The exhibition’s title alludes to Yale University’s motto, “Lux et Veritas,” which translates from Latin to “Light and Truth.” In the context of this exhibition, the title references how these artists thought with critical complexity about their work and their movement through institutional structures. Featured artists include Mike Cloud, William Cordova, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Abigail DeVille, Torkwase Dyson, John Espinosa, Luis Gispert, Rashawn Griffin, Leslie Hewitt, Loren Holland, Titus Kaphar, Jamerry Kim, Eric N. Mack, Wardell Milan, Wangechi Mutu, Mamiko Otsubo, Ronny Qevedo,  Mickalene Thomas, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Shoshanna Weinberger and Kehinde Wiley.

As with similar programs, Yale School of Art, in New Haven, Connecticut, had not been historically diverse, which spurred these art students to form affiliations across the departments of painting, graphic design, sculpture, photography and art history. They filled gaps in the school’s curriculum and counteracted the lack of diversity among the faculty by inviting artists, curators and writers of color as advisors and guest speakers, developing an interdisciplinary forum, publishing art journals, organizing exhibitions and documenting their experiences in video and photography. The relationships they formed at school evolved into communities that networked and provided essential support and feedback for one another, often passing on these efforts beyond graduate study. Their reevaluation of the Western art canon, and commitment to the method and practice of teaching has contributed to a greater recognition of artists of color, challenged stereotypes and enriched the overall shared spaces of learning and thinking about art and the art praxis.

“Lux et Veritas” provides a public forum in which to address the directions these artists took based on the explorations that began in graduate school and were instilled thereafter in their practice. The exhibition is curated by Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator, NSU Art Museum. Mike Cloud (Yale, MFA 2003), William Cordova (Yale, MFA 2004), Leslie Hewitt (Yale, MFA 2004) and Irene V. Small, associate professor, Contemporary Art & Criticism, Princeton University (Yale, Ph.D. 2008) are advisors on the exhibition. Oral histories with the artists who attended the School of Art provided significant insight into their experiences, relationships, and work.

The exhibit is currently on display until October 23. It is presented by S. Donald Sussman and sponsored by Funding Arts Broward.

This event is for FAB members, friends and public supporters of the arts. Tickets for “Black & White: A Night At The Museum” are $75 per person and are available at fundingartsbroward.org. For more information, please call 954-353-7673 or email fundingartsbroward@gmail.com.


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Boca Helping Hands

Posted on 16 March 2022 by JLusk

Volunteer Award Winners with BHH Staff Members (L to R): Greg Hazle (BHH Executive Director), Rusty Cobb, Lourdes Harman (BHH Food Center Manager), Charles Crowley, Denise Crowley, Sal Perla (BHH Distribution Coordinator), John Wyman, Richard Weinstein, June Freedman, Jason Cascio (BHH Distribution Coordinator), Joan Novellino, Bill Harper (BHH Director of Food & Warehouse Operations), Larry Cellon, Terry Blackman, Tom Groendyke, Jerry Schwartz, Gary Hildebrand, Tara Currier (BHH Volunteer Manager), Maria Puente (BHH Content Specialist). Submitted photos.













Boca Helping Hands celebrated their committed and hardworking volunteers with a dinner and awards ceremony at The Addison of Boca Raton on Wednesday, March 9. Boca Helping Hands staff members recognized superstar volunteers for their relentless dedication to the organization and its mission to give a hand up to those who need it most in the community.

Boca Helping Hands is a community-based nonprofit that provides food, medical and financial assistance to meet basic human needs, as well as education, job training and guidance to create self-sufficiency.

For more information, visit www.bocahelpinghands.org.




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Spring Forward: Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday

Posted on 11 March 2022 by JLusk

Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. That means you should turn your clocks forward an hour!

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Deerfield Beach man arrested for murder

Posted on 01 March 2022 by JLusk

Detectives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office have arrested Javier Bourego for stabbing a man to death in Deerfield Beach on Friday, Feb. 25.
Just before 3 p.m. that afternoon, Broward Regional Communications received a stabbing call near the 100 block of Ventnor East in Deerfield Beach. BSO deputies responded and located an adult male suffering from multiple stab wounds. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue also responded and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment. 
According to detectives, several witnesses identified Bourego as the assailant who stabbed the victim. Investigators immediately located Bourego at his apartment and took him into custody without incident.  
Later that evening, detectives were informed that the victim had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 5:39 p.m. 
Bourego faces one count of premeditated murder. 
The investigation continues.

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Delray Fashion Week begins

Posted on 22 February 2022 by JLusk

Photos from a previous year, taken by Rachel Galvin

By Rachel Galvin
Fashion lovers, are you ready?
The Delray Fashion Week begins Wednesday, Feb. 23 with a showcase of spring and summer styles on the runway at Old School Square. Bring your camera and wear something tropical to fit the decor if you would like.
There will be live entertainment, pop up retail, food tents, a cash bar and more. But that is just the beginning of the festivities. The tropical flair continues on Thursday with the Colors of the Tropics Fashion Show and Luncheon (which is now sold out). Friday brings the Sunsational Shop and Sip event so you can shop til you drop and uy the fashions you saw on the runway. Saturday is the time to wear white for a Sand and Sea event, complete with more runway action.
These are just a few of the fun activities happening this week. See below for details. Proceeds benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families.

Delray Beach Fashion Week 2022 Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 | 6 – 10 PM
Opening Night: “Living in Paradise” Fashion Show Experience
“Living in Paradise” opening night runway show will feature over 30 retailers highlighting the “best of the best” that their stores have to offer.  Styles from upcoming spring and summer season will be showcased by over 70 models with hair and makeup done by local salons. Enjoy tropical décor, live musical entertainment, step and repeat photos, downtown merchant pop up retail and food tents, a cash bar offering wine, beer, champagne, and a lounge.
Location: Park at Old School Square, 44 NE 2nd Avenue, downtown Delray Beach
Ticket Price: $50 per person for opening reception, a seat for the show, 1 complimentary drink and a swag bag. All proceeds benefit the Achievement Centers for Children & Families.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 | 11:30AM – 3:00PM 
“Colors of the Tropics” Fashion Show and Luncheon – SOLD OUT
Celebrate the Colors of the Tropics with a themed runway fashion show featuring more than 40 Spring and Summer resort looks from over 20 downtown Delray Beach shops and local designers.   The luncheon includes an opening reception, three-course lunch, silent auction, and entertainment at Meso Beach House. Each guest will also receive a welcome cocktail, swag bag and entry into a raffle package worth over $500.
Location: Meso Beach House
Ticket Price: $125 per person includes reserved seat luncheon, welcome cocktail, swag bag, silent auction, fashion show with over 40 looks, entertainment. All proceeds benefit Achievement Centers for Children & Families.
Parking: Complimentary valet parking will be available.
Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 | 10AM – 3PM  (CHECK-IN 10- 11:30AM)
Sunsational Shop and Sip Event
Join us for a Sunsational Shop & event throughout downtown Delray Beach. Check-in at Rosewater Rooftop at The Ray Hotel and receive a complimentary beverage, light brunch bites, and a goodie bag of shopping specials, then stroll downtown to shop the many retailers seen in Fashion Week. Passport provided to each attendee to be checked at every participating location, with all completed passports will be entered into a raffle for a Downtown package. Turn in the passports at the post-event reception at Johnnie Brown’s. Enjoy complimentary parking along Atlantic Avenue.
Location: throughout Downtown Delray Beach 
Ticket Price:  $25 per person available online in advance and on-site. Continental breakfast at check-in, Fashion Week Swag Bag (with coupons to shoppable stores), free parking certificate, access to Ride Freebee, & raffle prize opportunities at the post-event reception. All proceeds benefit Achievement Centers for Children and Families.
Saturday, Feb. 26th, 2022 | 3pm                
Sand & Sea Fashion Event @ The Ray Plaza
Beach balls and surf boards are the theme! Join us for a runway event featuring swimwear from our Downtown Delray Beach retailers & designers. Swim show includes ticketed seats and complimentary cocktail & passed hors d’oeuvres concluding the event. White attire is encouraged. Limited seating available.
Tickets $40 (ticket price included in VIP Pass), includes fashion show, entertainment and luxury lounge.)
Sat. & Sun., Feb. 26-27, 2022 | 10AM – 5PM
Downtown Delray Beach Craft Show
Howard Alan Events and the DDA present this juried art show
Stroll NE 4th Ave and visit over 100 artists and vendors along with the new beachside businesses and hidden gems.
Sunday, Feb. 27th, 2022
Fashion and trunk shows at local retailers
Fashion trunk shows, in-store events, and shopping throughout downtown Delray Beach.
LocationThroughout downtown Delray Beach; Parking free downtown until noon and available at Old School Square Garage—95 NE 1st St (FREE until 4 PM; $5 Flat Rate after).


Available through www.DelrayFashionWeek.com  All proceeds benefit local Delray Beach non-profit the Achievement Centers for Children & Families ( www.achievementcentersfl.org ). VIP Pass: $200 and includes: VIP access to all events, reserved front area seating, Amanda Perna bag (valued at $140). Individual tickets:  Opening Night- “Living in Paradise” Fashion Show Experience – $50, Colors of the Tropics Fashion Show and Luncheon – $125, Sunsational Shop and Sip – $25. For questions regarding tickets please call 561-266-0003


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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 www.jasouthflorida.org.

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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