Posted on 07 February 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 22: A woman reported her vehicle parked at 4757 NW 7 St. and several pair of sunglasses were stolen.

Jan. 22:  A woman reported a vehicle burglary at VOLT Power Company. Tools and a battery charger were stolen. The incident was reported at 790 NE 48 St.

Jan. 22: A woman reported her vehicle stolen from her apartment parking lot at 772 Tivoli Cir.

Jan. 22: A woman reported that someone entered her home at 1535 SE 14 St. and stole six pieces of jewelry. The loss was estimated at $19,500.

Jan. 24: A man reported his bicycle stolen from outside of the post office at 212 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

Jan. 16: The victim returned home to 2160 NE 36 St. following a trip and found his 2014 Hyundai Sonata missing from in front of his apartment. It was later determined that the car was towed because it didn’t have a license plate. The victim said it had a temporary tag but is unknown if it fell off at some point.

Jan. 17: A resident found a cell phone at 4521 NE 22 Ave. and handed it over to police.

Jan. 17: A resident found sunglasses in a gym and brought them to the Police Department at 3701 NE 22 Ave. They placed them in a property locker.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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Delray Beach Fashion Week

Posted on 31 January 2019 by JLusk

All Photos & Story By Rachel Galvin

Delray Beach kicked off its Fashion Week on Wednesday, Jan. 23 with “Fashion Royale,” showcasing evening wear and designer fashion on Atlantic Avenue in front of the Colony Hotel. The theme this year is “Fashion Never Dies,” inspired by James Bond, and a James Bond lookalike, complete with sexy women counterparts posed on the runway as the events began. Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Chair Peter Arts and City of Delray Mayor Shelly Petrolia did some introductions before the opening act began — a performance by a five man a capella all vocal band called Edge Effect, who came down from Orlando to entertain everyone with their smooth moves and amazing vocal harmonies (and also did an encore performance at the end). There was also a dance performance by Elegant Emeralds.

Then, the runway came alive with multiple designers — all from downtown Delray Beach — with emcees Heather McMechan, Dana Peller of Local Mom Scoop, Pellerini and SoFlo Moms on the Go, and Amanda Perna of House of Perna and Neon Bohemians. VIP guests sat along the runway and each received a stylized swag handbag by House of Perna, complete with tassel.

Designers included Antica Sartoria, Beverly Hills Boutique, Biba Boutique, Blings & Things, C. Orrico, a Lily Pulitzer Shop, Coco & Co., Debilzan Gallery, Elektrik Boutique, Glavidia by Glavidia Alexis, House of Zen Dali, LF Delray Beach, Morley, Patchington, Periwinkle, Quiet Storm Surf Shop, Ramona LaRue, Sara Campbell, Sunday State Style, The House of Perna & Neon Bohemians, Unique Boutique and Vixity.

But this was just the first event of the week. There were also additional fashion shows, in-store shopping events and trunk shows, culminating with the License to Swim: Surf Fashion Show. This event was supposed to be held outside but, due to the rain, it was moved into a parking garage. It certainly seems like an odd place to have a fashion show, but it actually ended up looking like it was meant to be there — very urban chic.

Before the fashion began, singer Mylon Shamble, who was on American Idol, performed “Skyfall,” which fit into the James Bond theme of the fashion week. This was followed by a dance performance by Clifton Sepulveda & Mar Martinez, owners of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Next, the fashion show began with over 40 models showing off a wide variety of looks (some of which are pictured here).

Proceeds from the Delray Beach Fashion Week benefit the Achievement Centers for Children & Families. ( The event is hosted by the Downtown Development Authority.

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More photos available upon request… Also see the printed Observer Newspaper for additional photos.


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Posted on 31 January 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 15: A man was arrested and charged with carjacking. He pointed a gun at a woman who had just been shopping at Dollar Tree. The man took the woman’s bag and then stole her Mercedes SUV. She was able to remove her husband from the vehicle before it was stolen. Mercedes navigation tracked the vehicle and police units stopped it. The man was apprehended. The incident was reported at 1361 S. Military Tr.

Jan. 16: A man stole boxes of hair from Ali Beauty Supply at 5353 N. Dixie Hwy.

Jan. 16: A woman reported that a former president of the Newport Q Condominium Association embezzled money from the association’s bankaccount. The incident was reported at 3080 Newport Q.

Jan. 16: A woman reported that another woman stole her purse from her cart while she was shopping at Dollar Tree at 4008 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Jan. 16: Two men reported their scooters stolen from 3801 Crystal Lake Dr.

Jan. 16: A man parked his bicycle on the side of a building at 300 N. Ocean Dr. The bicycle was unlocked. When the man returned, he found that the bicycle had been stolen.

Lighthouse Point

Jan. 13: A resident said he found a Samsung phone on the street in front of a residence at 2041 NE 36 St. Police placed the phone into the property locker.

Jan. 13: A caller found a small dog on the loose at 3873 NE 22 Way. When the resident approached, the dog ran into a nearby garage. Police arrived and could not locate the dog.

Jan. 14: A key was discovered outside a residence at 4730 NE 21 Terr.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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JA World Uncorked

Posted on 26 January 2019 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

Within the JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion in Coconut Creek, something was stirring Saturday night, Jan. 19. It was JA World Uncorked, presented by Breakthru Beverage, and the place was abuzz with people sampling tasty tidbits and spirits to their hearts’ content.

Joe Lorusso, who was busy pouring Barritt’s Ginger Beer and Angostura Lemon Lime & Bitters, said, “I have been here five years. I like supporting the event and letting people sample our brands. We [North American Beverage Company] have ‘wow brands.’ People taste them and say ‘wow.’ I was at a food and wine festival in Key Largo this morning and am here now.”

Dayne Moore, a Sous Chef for Delaware North, which does, among other things, food service and catering, cooked up a Mediterranean Octopus Salad, Tamarind Glazed Chicken Tenders and Beef Carpaccio Balsalmico.

“This is my second year here. It is a good cause, and amazing night out with great food,” he said.

For Temptations Catering, this is their first year. Their executive chef, Ari Bellan, served up shrimp ceviche, but also made a s‘more with an eatable chocolate spoon topped with a cooked-just- right marshmallow. Yum!

“I am excited to be a part of it,” said Catering & Events Manager Lauri Dworkin.

Speaking of chocolate, Hoffman’s Chocolates were there, as always, serving up chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate caramels and a popular coconut cashew crunch. Sam Strouse and Kira Humbert had fun manning the table.

Deerfield Beach’s Oceans 234 was there this year with jerked sea scallops and short rib tacos.

“I absolutely love it. The mission that is Junior Achievement is amazing,” said Shanine Dorta, Director of Marketing.

She added that Oceans 234 has a big Valentine’s Day event coming up.

She explained, “It is a four-course picnic dinner on the sand. You get a blanket, lantern, [tote bag] — two appetizers, two salads, two entrees, two desserts and a bottle of wine. We bring the food to you. Tickets are $195/couple. It is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Pre-order by Feb. 10. Visit website at or call 954-428-2539.

Where NYY Steak was carving racks of lamb, Tim Hogans, executive board member for Junior Achievement, could be found.

He said of the event, “It is a fabulous event that gets better every year.”

He noted that the champagne lounge, sponsored by Bluegreen Vacations, was a little different this year. It had oysters on the half shell, as well as a three piece band.

In addition, there was an outdoor component this year complete with food trucks and more beverages, as well as cornhole and Jenga, to enjoy in the lounge beneath the moon. The weather was ideal.

Of course, as always, they had plenty of silent auction items to bid on and people could put on props and get their photos taken by Fotoboyz. They also had a virtual reality experience this year, sponsored by JM Lexus, where people could put on the headset and it looked like they were walking a plank miles up over a city landscape. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino sponsored the live entertainment in the main room.

JA World Uncorked is the Circle of Wise Women’s signature culinary event. To find out more about this annual event and all the wonderful programs it supports, visit

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Posted on 23 January 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 8: A man was arrested and charged with retail shoplifting. He stole a skateboard valued at $169 from Island Water Sports at 1985 SE 2 St. An employee of the store observed the theft and followed him from the store until the arrest could be made.

Jan. 9: Two men used counterfeit bills to purchase items from Hobby Lobby at 3555 W. Hillsboro Blvd. The U.S. Secret Service was notified.

Jan. 9: A man reported that someone stole $400 from his wallet at 375 Tilford Rd.

Jan. 9: A man who owns Goval Auto Sales at 3991 N. Dixie Hwy. reported that someone entered four vehicles on the property and stole a battery from one of the vehicles.

Jan. 9: It was reported that a man stole $104 worth of shampoo from Walgreens at 1325 S. Military Tr.

Jan. 9: A woman was arrested and charged with shoplifting $435 worth of merchandise from Home Depot at 60 SW 12 Ave.

Lighthouse Point

Jan. 6: Someone smashed the rear glass window of the victim’s 2000 Honda Acord that was parked at 1911 NE 28 St. Police found a cement brick inside the vehicle. The damage was estimated at $300.

Jan. 6: The victim who lives at 3300 NE 30 Ave. said he lost a firearm and that no crime had occurred.

Jan. 7: A subject attempted to cash a check for $5,300 at a bank at 4820 N. Federal Hwy. The banker became suspicious of the check coming from Key West and the subject living in Miami as to why it was being cashed in Lighthouse Point. The bank called the victim who said he did not make out a check to the subject. The subject was then taken into custody without incident.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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Posted on 17 January 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 1: A man was arrested and charged with domestic battery by strangulation at 5291 NE 10 Ave. The man put his wife in a choke hold.

Jan. 1: A man was arrested and charged with domestic battery at 360 NE 19 Ave. The man struck a woman and pushed her into a bathtub.

Jan. 1: A man was robbed at a bus stop at 300 W. Hillsboro Blvd. He reported that three men stole $400 and a wallet from him.

Jan. 2: A woman reported that her Kia Spectra was stolen from the Firewater Bar at 179 NE 2 Ave.

Jan. 2: A woman reported that her Chevrolet Malibu was stolen from her home at 4030 NE 2 Ave.

Jan. 4: A vehicle parked at 900 SW 10 St. was broken into and two duffle bags with gym clothing and wallets were stolen.

Lighthouse Point

Dec. 25: Someone stole patio chairs from in front of an apartment at 3050 NE 21 Ave. The loss was $45.

Dec. 22: A resident found two pairs of sunglasses, a sunglass case, and a Honda key in front of his residence at 2500 NE 31 Ct. A neighbor said his vehicle had been broken into and burglarized and those items belonged to him.

Dec. 21: Police responded to a suspicious person wearing a hoodie and causing a disturbance at 4900 NE 24 Ave. The male was found walking nearby on a walkway.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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Brightline Celebrates First Birthday Rail Service

Posted on 12 January 2019 by JLusk

Recaps its First Year of Service

MIAMI, Fla. (January 11, 2019) – Happy birthday Brightline! On January 13, Brightline is turning 1, and in honor of the big day, Brightline will be offering $10 fares on short segments for SMART service throughout the entire day. Birthday cupcakes and celebratory surprises will be offered to Brightline’s guests throughout the day. Since opening a year ago, Brightline has helped nearly 600,000 guests travel in a more convenient, efficient and productive way. By connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Brightline has enabled locals and visitors to explore more culture, dining, arts and sporting events across South Florida. Brightline’s convenient, comfortable and reliable service has also served to connect friends and family throughout the region. “We’re beyond excited to celebrate Brightline’s birthday with our teammates and guests who have been part of this special journey,” said Patrick Goddard, Brightline’s president. “Our first year of operations was trail-blazing, and the future only gets brighter from here. Thank you to our friends, family and guests for helping us to transform transportation in the United States.” In just 365 days, Brightline has:

• Carried enough passengers to fill up 9 Super Bowl stadiums

• Traveled as many miles as 195 cross-country trips between Los Angeles and Miami

• Departed more than 8,000 trains

• Hosted 1,540 loving pets

• Had 16,984 excited children on board, and this doesn’t include our trips to the North Pole onboard the Polar Express

• Distributed more than 16,000 train pins

• Shared more than 150,000 pieces of safety literature

• Reduced greenhouse emissions

• Saved countless hours of precious time by transporting guests reliably and conveniently Brightline guests have come from far and wide, including 41 states and 34 different countries (including Japan and Australia) and six continents.

Guests are invited to help celebrate Brightline’s birthday on Sunday. $10 fare tickets can be purchase at

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Posted on 10 January 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Dec. 26: It was reported that 103 cell phones were electronically purchased by Duckfish Electronics, Inc. from Reagan Wireless at 720 S. Powerline Rd. When the checks were presented at the victim’s bank, all three were returned as having insufficient funds to cover the purchases.

Dec. 26: A woman who is a resident of Century Village reported a stolen fraudulent check in the amount of $5,500. The incident was reported at 1030 Lyndhurst J.

Dec. 26: It was reported that a woman stole various items from Bath & Body Works at 3688 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Dec. 27: A man reported a bicycle stolen from in front of a mobile home at 875 NE 48 St.

Dec. 27: A woman reported that a customer’s boat being stored at A1 Storage at 1615 SW 45 Way was broken into and a GPS valued at $1,000 was stolen.

Lighthouse Point

Dec. 21: Police responded to an alarm sounding at a rear laundry room of a residence at 2411 NE 45 St. Police responded, but were unable to gain access because the side gate was locked.

Dec. 21: Police responded to an audible alarm going off at 4420 NE 23 Ave. Police found the residence was secure.

Dec. 21: A small dog was discovered behind a residence at 2743 NE 28 Ct. A resident who lives two doors down said it was his.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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Art Basel

Posted on 09 January 2019 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

About 83,000 people descended upon Miami Beach for Art Basel Dec. 5-8. The exhibitions found within the Miami Beach Convention Center came from all around the world. It featured over 200 international museums and cultural institutions and 268 premier galleries from 35 countries. In addition to being able to browse through the artworks of various media, people could sit in on one of the talks including everyone from art historians and curators to museum directors and art critics. All of Miami is taken over by this phenomenon yearly and alternative fairs and exhibitions pop up all over, including in Wynwood. If you have never gone down to check out this artistic event, it’s worth checking into next year. Just be aware that traffic and parking can be very difficult. This reporter paid $10 an hour for parking when all the nearby lots were full. The convention center artwork includes high end pieces available for sale for collectors, and includes well-known artists like Picasso and Andy Warhol, with gallery owners available to discuss them, whereas other fairs include more lesser known artists and, sometimes, the artists are there to show off their art personally. Find out more about Art Basel at

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Posted on 03 January 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Dec. 18: A man was arrested and charged with possession of illegal narcotics at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd. in the parking lot of Target. He had MDMA and heroin in his possession.

Dec. 18: A man reported that his van that was parked at 750 Lock Rd. was broken into and a wet tile saw valued at $900 and other miscellaneous tools were stolen.

Dec. 18: A man was arrested and charged with grand theft at Home Depot at 60 SW 12 Ave. The man stole $781 worth of electrical wire from there.

Dec. 18: It was reported that two wheels were stolen from a vehicle parked at Owen Business Systems at 409 Goolsby Blvd.

Dec. 18: A woman was sitting in the driver’s seat of her car parked at 1060 SW 5 Terr. She reported that a man snatched $1,000 from her hand and ran off.

Dec. 24: A man reported his vehicle stolen from 601 NW 42 Ct.

Lighthouse Point

Dec. 14: A resident called police and said there was a loose dog on the second floor of an apartment complex at 4200 NE 22 Ave. Police arrived but they were unable to locate the dog and residents walking outside the complex said they did not see anything.

Dec. 20: The manager said a male subject entered the restaurant at 3784 N. Federal Hwy. and caused a disturbance. Police arrived and were told the subject left and he was found at another nearby store. He was told he was being trespassed from the restaurant.

Dec. 21: Police responded to 4200 NE 22 Ave. in reference to a call of a reckless driver in the area. The driver was reportedly driving fast and peeling out. Police circulated the area and was unable to locate the vehicle.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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