Mayor Claire Schubert pronounced at a town commission meeting Tuesday morning that the town’s first holiday celebration November 21 was a success. With more than 50 of the town's 2,200 residents attending, it was an event to remember -- and repeat.
“The jelly donuts were humongous,” said the Jewish Mayor.
“The potato pancakes were great,” said Catholic Commissioner Richard Maggiore of the Latkes. The commission made a commitment to have an annual celebration Tuesday by investing in a tree and, Shubert said, next year, “when appropriate, we need to purchase a menorah.”
Advised by the town attorney that the purchase required commission consensus, the group agreed to spend less than $1,500, guaranteeing symbols of both religions at next year's celebration.POSTED IN:
If swimming is your passion, stay away from the Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center on Saturday -- unless swimming is your passion.
That’s because the pool at 501 S.E. Sixth Avenue will be closed for the South Florida Recreational Swim League Winter Championship. During the 26 years since it was organized, the non-profit , a swim meet that over 26 years has offered as many as 800 swimmers from an 8-and-under division to high school a recreational league in which to compete. In August, the league drew 800 swimmers to Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.
The Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center will reopen for regular hours on Sunday. For information, call (954) 420-2262.
No sooner have the turkey leftovers been cleared from the fridge than it is Christmas time in north Broward County.
On Wednesday, Lighthouse Point turnsFrank McDonough Park, 3500 NE 27 Ave. into a winter wonderland. There, for the 12th year in a row, the city celebrates Lighthouse A’Glow, decorating a facsimile of the city’s namesake with enough Christmas lights to turn night into day at the park. Featuring games and holiday food, Christmas carols, and the giant lighthouse, the event begins at 6:30 and wraps up two hours later.
Deerfield Beach on Saturday ushers in the season with what is being billed as a Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting at the Cove. The party begins at 5 p.m. and, for four hours, kids and adults can like up for free photos with Santa, or to pet a miniature pony, play in snow flurries, watch a holiday magician. The cheer comes courtesy of the city’s special taxing district, the Community Redevelopment Agency which, by law, must spend revenue raised by taxing the increased value of property in that geographical area to improve that geographical area.
Festivities may be confined to the east side of town, but the invitation to come to the Cove is city wide . There, in the shadow of the newly sherbet-colored structures and across the street from the still evolving Sullivan Park, the at the Cove shopping center will erupt in kids’ activities, Athena the Snow Queen and live entertainment.
Festivities run until 9 p.m. Since the east side’s largest parking area will be filled entirely with the trappings of Christmas, organizers have arranged for a free shuttle service running between the Main Beach Parking Lot (149 S.e. 21st Ave.) and the Cove Shopping Center at 1550 Hillsboro Blvd. (at the base of the Hillsboro Boulevard bridge).
But the largesse isn’t confined to the Cove area. This year, the city will capitalize on the crowd drawn to the tree lighting to collect new, unwrapped gifts. Those gifts will be donated to a local charity and distributed to children who are less fortunate, insuring that this year, Christmas is a citywide celebration.
New and unwrapped toy donations are being received 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the city’s public information office, 150 N.E. Second Ave. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at The Butler House, 280 E. Hillsboro Blvd.
For information in Lighthouse Point, For information, call 954-480-4429.
Keren Bolter’s county-wide petition for help with her doctoral thesis hasn’t yet gone viral, but it’s attracting a following.
First Coconut Creek and the City of Deerfield Beach agreed to post the request for help with a survey on city web sites.
Now, Deerfield Beach has invited Bolter to talk about sea level rise at the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier. Part of the city’s environmental workshop series, Bolter’s talk will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on December 14—and it comes with breakfast, part of the city’s environmental workshop series.
“What are the unique vulnerabilities that we have in South Florida and what can we do?,” asked organizer Vernell Higgs-Williams, pier supervisor for the city. “Find the answer to these questions … (along with) detailed maps to show Broward’s risk to impacts such as property loss, flooding and storm surge.”
Bolter, a Ph.D. candidate at Florida Atlantic University, first came to attention when she asked 30 cities in Broward County to help with a survey of how resident knowledge of sea level rise compares to the reality. Only Deerfield Beach and Coconut Creek posted the survey, but the topic is so timely that Bolter has been featured on a TED talk,on National Public Radio and, soon, on the Deerfield Beach’s fishing pier.
The entire series of environmental seminars as struck a chord with at least one resident. “Breakfast on the beach along with learning something new – all for free,” said Barbara Sinclair, in a letter to the city. “It is a wonderful gift to he community. Thank you for making it happen.”
Whereas past seminars have focused on issues like sea turtle safety and recycling and water conservation, this one will look at how people perceive the threat of rising sea levels and compare it with the actual impact of sea level rise.
Bolter will talk about risk awareness of sea level rise, specifically examining the unique vulnerabilities South Floridians experience, living near the sea. Specifically, she plans to compare how concern about sea level compares to the reality.
Higgs-Williams urges participants to take Bolter’s research survey prior to the Environmental Workshop,at www.kbolter.com.
By the way, a free breakfast of pastries and water will be served. For information, Contact Vernnell Higgs, pier supervisor, at 954-480-4407.