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Friday, Feb. 17

• Carnival • Jimmy Stowe & The Stowaways • Simply Tina

Saturday, Feb. 18 • Parade/Bed Race • Aeromyth • Fireworks

Sunday, Feb. 19 • Orange Sunshine • Jesse Lopez • The Inner Court




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Educating the “Pioneers of the Future”

The old school house was completed in 1920.

Deerfield Elementary opened in 1927.

By Rachel Galvin This year’s Pioneer Days theme is “Education Fuels Tomorrow’s Pioneers.” We spend a lot of time looking back at those who first came to Florida and created Deerfield Beach, making it what it is today. But what will the future bring? Who will take the ideas generated today and bring them to fruition tomorrow? Who will come up with the next big plan to transform our city into something new? We are not fortune tellers. All we can do is the best we can to nurture those young minds in our care today and hope they do us proud in the days to come. But the times they are a changin’ and keeping up with those changes can be challenging. It used to be “Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.” But it’s not so much anymore. The three “Rs” is not what school is all about. As our society has shifted into the 21st Century, the need

then leaping their logic to the next level, coming up with their own conclusions about what it means. Not far from The Observer, sits the Old School House, 323 NE 2 St., once called Deerfield School, a look back at our educational past. Built in the 1920s, the school, designed by A.E. Lewis and built by Edgar S. Tubbs, had only two classrooms. Back then, students suffered through the South Florida heat since there were no air conditioners. Mother Nature provided the breeze through the school’s large windows.

for STEM has taken hold – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Instead of reading from a McGuffey reader, kids these days are overloaded with textbooks and many of them are simply individual pages in a 3-ring binder or online. Today, chalk is more of a child’s toy than an instrument of learning. The old days of clapping erasers and the screeching of chalk on chalkboards are far behind us. Today, it is all expo boards, smart boards, power points and laptops. When Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey showed a schoolroom filled with laptops back in 1989, it was hard to imagine, or at least seemed far into the future. But that future is here. Today’s kids are following the Core curriculum in an effort to get a head start on what they will focus on in universities. Instead of searching for information or memorizing long passages, they are reading details and

If the temperatures dropped too low in the winter, school was cancelled. When the hand bell rang, it was time for school to begin and students sat ready to use their paper, pencils, inkwells and pens. A blackboard was mounted on the wall. Due to segregation, black children attended Braithwaite School down the street, named after black poet William Stanley Braithwaite. Today, the school house is still used in part for meetings on occasion, like History at High Noon by the Deerfield Beach Historical Society.

Students at Braithwaite School.

The other part of the school is set up like it would have been back in the 20s. Nearby is Deerfield Beach Elementary School, which was built in 1926 by Thomas McLaughlin. The school, which is still operational, is the second oldest operating public school in Broward County. Today, classrooms are being designed differently. They are already starting to get out of the rut of chairs lined up in a row in some places and, instead, creating workspaces so that each student feels more ready to be part of the discussion, rather than a passive learner. In this fast-paced world, it takes more to keep students paying attention and interested in the task at hand. After all, kids are used to looking down and texting, playing video games, talking on the cell phone, watching television, typing on the computer, and tweeting on their social media. Students’ minds and brains are constantly bombarded with so much information so fast that they have to try to interpret at lightning speed. Sitting in a classroom and listening to a lecture is so foreign that it is simple for them to tune out. So the key is to mix it up, introduce high tech solutions and interaction, do whatever it takes to get the kids engaged because

there is so much in the world that fights for their attention. As things are shifting, it makes you wonder what is next. As tomorrow’s generation brings computers and technology more everpresent in their lives, will teachers really be able to continue to teach them effectively. Perhaps it will be robots. In Japan, they already have robots working in some classrooms, restaurants, hospitals and elsewhere. Kids are already attending virtual schools, letting kids work at their own pace online. Software developers are creating more advanced programs and computer developers are building new products that make it easy to interact in a new way. Programs like Skype or even Face Time allow for easy long distance learning, so are classrooms even necessary? Well, for now, when the bell rings, kids still go to school. Teachers spend every day doing their best to teach the Pioneers of Tomorrow. Students, give your teachers a break. They are only human. If you are having difficulty, talk with them; let them know what is going on. Make friends with the administrators. It is your education and your future. Take responsibility for your life. Pay attention, follow directions, turn things in on time and do your best. Your future depends on it!

CAPONE ISLAND (Now Deerfield Island Park)

The island was formed in the early 1900s by dredging of the Hillsboro Canal and the Intracoastal Waterway and became an island in 1961. One of the only remaining natural habitats for wildlife in the area, visitors can see a glimpse of how Florida looked 100 years ago. Accessible only by boat, tours are free and available every Saturday & Sunday. Call 954-360-1320 for tour information. Park hours are Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For program information call the park office. At one time the famous gangster Al Capone intended to build a mansion on the island as a retreat for his later years. Unfortunately for Mr. Capone, tax evasion laws caught up with him, and he spent those years in jail. This Historical Site Sponsored By:


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Future Technologies for the Classroom

Let’s take a look at some of the technologies that could possibly, shape the future. Already kids are working with Smartboards and Promethean boards, but what is next? 1. 3-D Printing. 3-D printing is already being used, although minimally. There is a printer in the Main Library in Ft. Lauderdale, for example, ready to try out, to make mini figurines. But 3-D Technology can be utilized to make anything from clothing and buildings to human tissue. The possibilities are endless. 2. Augmented Reality. Remember the Pokemon Go craze? That was just a hint of this new technology. People were walking, in groups, for long distances, just to see characters pop up in front of them in real time. Well, now there are products like HoloLens

transforming the way we see and interact with the world. The Computer Electronics Show this year showcased the promise of this new technology. Imagine taking a virtual field trip without ever leaving your home. 3. Digital Library. Already, kids can access the world at their fingertips. Now, people can access the news not only in print, but also via their computers, cell phones and other handheld devices. Unlike any other time period, we have access to a plethora of information at the click of a button. Children no longer need to memorize long passages or facts. They can easily and quickly look them up. Now, they just need to be able to process the information and understand what it means. It also means that kids don’t have to go to the library and look in a card catalog and check out

a book as much anymore. They may be watching a video on the topic, a YouTube video perhaps, or just Googling it. They can also take courses online. 4. Social Networking. This type of interaction is not going away. Being able to talk to peers easily via social media means instant communication. Even the new president utilizes Twitter to get his message to the masses instantly. News is streamed at a quick pace, disseminated via Facebook posts and elsewhere. This can be bad and good. Because information is presented so quickly, it is often not fact checked, leading to false information being passed on; but it also means that we can all know what is happening instantly, and respond more quickly to any given situation. For kids, it also means having a new type of connection and way of expressing themselves to the world, and also being able to talk to teachers about

things like homework. Many teachers give out their emails to students. 5. New paper. It used to be that having a clean sheet of paper in front of you and a pencil was all that was needed. These days, kids often have laptops in the classroom or are taking notes on tablets, especially in college. Schools even have


their own laptops to loan to students. What about in the future? People are already reading on Nooks and Kindles. They are able to write on tablets. But, if you have seen movies like Minority Report, you have seen newspapers that have videos on them. Is that possible? It seems like it is inevitable. OLED-based displays are extremely thin and some say that eventually they can be used like paper to


be folded up. Several companies are already working on interactive prototypes. It seems Sci-Fi is becoming reality.

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Samantha Russell

With a mix of Modern Country and a splash of Pop, national recording artist Samantha Russell will be gracing the stage with her band on Friday. This singer started local, working her way up the ranks in West Palm Beach, performing in favorite festivals like Sun

Fest, and others before hitting the national stage. Local residents probably saw her at the Country Music Festival. After she signed a record deal with Heat Music in Miami, her songs went across the country. Her single “You Should Go” hit the No. 37 on the Adult Contemporary Top

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40 charts. She has performed with such acts as BlackHawk, Travis Tritt, Sammy Kershaw, Marshall Tucker Band, Daryle Singletary, Perfect Stranger, Jeff Carson, and has opened for Parmalee, Drake White, Gloriana, Jake Owen, Big and Rich, Ashton Shepherd, Colt Ford, Sara Evans, Dierks Bentley, Ghostriders, Jerrod Niemann and Chicago! She has been influenced by everyone from Patsy Cline to Shania Twain, but adds her own sense of style to her songs. She is currently working on some new originals. For more information, visit Check out her band on the Main Stage on Friday, Feb. 17 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Complimentary Shuttle Information

Parking on the barrier island will be limited during the parade and Pioneer Days festivities. Attendees can make the short walk across the bridge to the event or take the complimentary shuttle service. Complimentary parking will be available in the Cove

Shopping Center, located at 1500 E. Hillsboro Blvd, and St. Ambrose Catholic Church, located at 363 SE 12 Ave., on the east side of the complex. Shuttle Hours: • Friday, Feb. 17 4:30– 11 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 18

12– 11 p.m. • Sunday, Feb. 19 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Please note: The bridge will close at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 18 to vehicular traffic due to the parade and reopen following conclusion of the parade.

Grand Marshal

Miami Dolphins Running Back, Jay Ajayi

The Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce Jay Ajayi as this year’s Pioneer Days Parade Grand Marshal. Jay Ajayi currently plays

for the Miami Dolphins, who drafted him in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL draft out of Boise State. He had a very successful 2016 with the Dolphins becoming the

fourth player in NFL history to rush over 200 yards in three games in a single season. Recently, he was named to the 2016 AFC Pro Bowl team and he continues to make his name known around the league and around south Florida. Make sure to come out on Saturday, Feb. 18 for the Pioneer Days Parade at 10 a.m. to give Jay Ajayi a warm Deerfield Beach welcome! For additional information about the parade, contact the Community Events & Outreach Division at 954-429-1847.

Carnival all weekend!

Bring the whole family out to enjoy the carnival again this year, held in the Main Parking Lot near Deerfield Beach (149 SE 21 Ave.) • Friday, Feb. 17, 5- 10 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 – 10 p.m. • Sunday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. All tickets will be available for sale during carnival hours of operation. $1 per ticket or $20 for 24 tickets. Wristbands will be sold for $20 on Sunday.

Pioneer Days Bed Race

presented by Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce Saturday, Feb. 18 10 a.m. start time Before the annual parade begins on Feb. 18 for Pioneer Days, there will be a bed

race again from the Deerfield Chamber of Commerce heading down to the beach. It is always quite a sight to see. Teams get together and

create a bed to carry down the street for this unique competition. Besides the fun, there are trophies for the best decorated bed.


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Letter from the Mayor It seems impossible that this year we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of Pioneer Days. This timehonored event has been in existence longer than many cities in South Florida. I have always had a strong connection to Pioneer Days. I still remember when it was an event sponsored by the Lions Club and the parade actually began at the beach and made its way westward to

Pioneer Park. Today the parade ends at the beach where we continue the festivities with food and music just a few feet from the sand. The night always ends with some exciting fireworks from our landmark pier – the show is so popular it attracts tens of thousands of visitors to our beach each year. Pioneer Days is tradition in the Robb household and we look forward to it every

year. It is a time of year that embodies the spirit of Deerfield Beach and that is history, pride and community. I love living in a place where neighbors still come together to celebrate our wonderful, not-so-littleanymore, hometown. Here’s to another 70 years! Deerfield Mayor Jean Robb

Military jeeps and other equipment from WWII will be in the Pioneer Days parade courtesy of the Military Research Foundation. To find out more information, visit

Friday, February 17 • From 6 a.m., Ocean Way from Hillsboro Blvd. to SE 4 St. will close, reopening 6 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20. Saturday, February 18 (during parade) – 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • US1 will be closed at SE 10 St. and NE 2 St. • Hillsboro Blvd. E. will be closed at NE 2 Ave. • A1A will be closed at NE 7 St. and SE 3 St. The detour route will be as follows: • SR 810 (Hillsboro Blvd.) traffic west of SE 5 St. will be rerouted to Dixie Hwy. • Northbound Federal Hwy. traffic will be rerouted to Dixie Hwy. • Southbound Federal Hwy. traffic will be rerouted to Dixie Hwy. • Northbound A1A traffic will be rerouted to Camino Real in Boca Raton. • Southbound A1A traffic will be rerouted to SW 14 St. in Pompano Beach. * *Trolley Service* * Free parking and trolley pick-ups available at: • The Cove Shopping Center (1500 E. Hillsboro Blvd.) • St. Ambrose Catholic Church (363 SE 12 Ave., on east side) Admission to festival and parade is FREE! For more information, visit

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Pioneer Days Parade Participants

• BSO Motors • Deerfield Beach MCJROTC • Grand Marshal — Jay Ajayi • Vice Mayor — Richard Rosenzweig • Commissioner — Joe Miller • Commissioner — Gloria J. Battle • Commissioner — Bill Ganz • Star Wars characters by the 501st Legion Everglades Squad • City of Deerfield BeachManagement Team • Broward County

Commissioner — Chip LaMarca • Broward Sheriff’s Office vehicles • Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue vehicles • Deerfield Beach High School • Deerfield Beach Middle School IB Magnet Program • Army Jeeps courtesy of the Military research Foundation • Park Ridge Elementary • NE Focal Point • Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach • Kiwanis Club of

Deerfield Beach • Rotary Club of Deerfield Beach • Deerfield Beach Little League • Spot Pond Tree Service, Inc. • Cricket Wireless • Broward Health Imperial Point • Deerfield Beach Elementary PTA • Pompano Beach High School Drumline • Beach Rides USA LLC • Hitman Termite Pest Control • City of Deerfield BeachSustainable Management

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• Boy Scouts Troop 119 • Florida Fun Train • Flanigan’s • Two Men & a Truck • New York Police Department car • Quiet Waters Elementary • Gold Coast Region M.A.R.C. • Campbell & Rosemurgy Real Estate • Gold Coast Derby Girls • Stranahan High School Marching Band • Ken Wayne for Mayor Winning float, 1977. • Office of Marty Kiar, Broward County • Todd Drosky Campaign Property Appraiser • Campaign of Bernie

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ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE Main Stage • Ocean Way • Third Street

Friday, Feb. 17 Jimmy Stowe & the Stowaways — 5 to 6 p.m. Carnival — 5 to 10 p.m. Samantha Russell Band — 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Simply Tina — 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 18 Parade/ bed race (before) — 10 a.m. Carnival — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Walt Rooney — 1 to 6 p.m. Steve Minotti — 1 to 6 p.m. SOULjunk — 1 to 2 p.m. Nostaljah Band — 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Regs — 4 to 5:30 p.m. Diedra & the Ruff Pro Band — 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Aeromyth — 8:30 to 10 p.m. Fireworks — 9:05 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 19 Carnival — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Walt Rooney — Noon to 5 p.m. Steve Minotti — Noon to 5 p.m. Orange Sunshine Band — Noon to 2 p.m. Jesse Lopez w/ HASHTAG — 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Inner Court — 4 to 5:30 p.m.

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One look at this tribute band will have you doing a double take. Wait, isn’t that Steven Tyler? No, it is Chris Vandahl, who has performed all over the country with Legends in Concert. He has sung for Cherry Street,Boneyard, Kenny Olsen of Kid Rock, LA Guns on their “American Hardcore” CD and more. He is joined by FrankieWilsey as Joe Perry, Tony Cavaso as Tom Hamilton, Bob Duda as Joey Kramer and Neal Shelton as Brad Whitford, each with an extensive resume. This band is so popular they were brought in from California to join the bands playing at Pioneer Days.

This group has been featured on everything from Regis & Kelly to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They have been seen worldwide, including LasVegas, Palm Springs Honduras, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico and elsewhere. Aeromyth will perform all of Aerosmith’s greatest hits, from classic songs such as “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion,” and “Toys in theAttic,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Jaded” and “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing.” For more information, visit Catch Aeromyth on the Main Stage on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Walt Rooney & Friends

You may have seen Rooney perform at Pioneer Day before or perhaps at Holloway’s Pub, Briny Pub or the Tin Fish. He has performed everywhere from the Palm Beaches to the Keys. He plays piano, guitar

and harmonica while doing lead vocals. He looks forward to entertaining guests with his friends at these Pioneer Days festivities. Last time, he brought Bahama Bob, Hollywood Mike, David Stype, Newell Bate and Pine Island Express. Who will he bring along this year? You must visit his stage to find out! For more information, visit Walt Rooney & Friends will be performing on the Ocean stage on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1 to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 12

Steve Minotti

This singer/ songwriter has been performing since he was a teenager and has become a staple at most local events. He has co-hosted radio shows, worked with organizations like Surfers for Autism, Relay for Life and more. He has performed outside of the area too, in areas like New York City, Nashville and even Brazil. Minotti even has created his own original music and created his own CDs. He draws his influence

from the sounds of the ’60 and ‘70s and singers like Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Cat Stevens. He likes to invite friends to perform with him, so keep an eye on his “stage” to see who shows up next. For more information, visit Check out Steve on the 3rd St. Stage on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Inner Court

Jazz gets eclectic and electric with this four-piece band. Inner Court, founded in 1999, blends together rock, funk, Brazilian and Caribbean with ease. Of course, being that they are based in South Florida, they add Latin styles as well to their smooth grooves. What makes this Jazz Fusion group most unique is that their instruments are electric. They

have covered such people and groups as Chick Corea, Weather Report and the Yellow Jackets. Chances are you have heard this group before. They have performed on The Walk and in other events in Coral Springs, as well as in Parkland recently, and elsewhere. Making up this foursome is Tony Alford (pictured) on bass, Ken Massalone on guitar, Paul Banman on the keyboards and Giuseppe Pucci on drums. For more information on this group, find them on Facebook. Check out the band on the Main Stage on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Orange Sunshine If you love ‘60s music, then you will absolutely love this band that pays tribute to some of the sweet sounds of that decade, from “California Dreamin’” to “Im a Believer,” and so much more. The group includes founder and musical director Stephen B, a bassist, keyboardist and occasional guitarist; Rob Alter, lead guitarist and vocalist; Tony Viscardi, who handles guitar and does lead and backup vocals; Ron Burruano, who delivers sweet melodies everything from his horns to his piano and synthesizers while doing vocals as well.Last, but not least, Daryl Leoce plays the drums. The band’s three lead singers strive to deliver the exact sound of the original 45s. Their instrumentation

recreates the sounds of Hammond & surf organs, 6 & 12 string guitars, sitars, orchestral overtures and more. The five musicians deliver concert quality copies of the British Invasion, Motown, American Pop, Folk Rock, Psychedelia and ballads that will touch your heart.This band is sure to transport you back in time with their groovy tunes. For more information on Orange Sunshine, visit www. Orange Sunshine performs on the Main Stage on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

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Nostaljah Band

Reggae lovers will look forward to seeing this band. But that is not all they play. Besides Roots Reggae, they also perform Dancehall, R&B, Neo Soul and Jazz. Formed in 2015 in Cape Coral, FL, the band consists of Kardo, on bass and vocals, and vocalist Drea. Kardo hails from Jamaica and has worked with international artists like Morgan Heritage, Shaggy and Fantan Mojah, as well as Kem and James Ingram.He has been influenced by Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke when it comes to his instrument and vocally by the likes of Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo and Christopher Martin.

Drea, who was born right here in Florida, has also traveled all over the nation and has incorporated a wide range of musical styles into her repertoire. Drea’s style reflects that of Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Beyonce, India Arie, Adele, Corinne Bailey, Anita Baker, Jennifer Hudson and more. They have performed on Reggae Festivals with international Reggae artists such as Kymani Marley, Etana and Ky-Enie. For more information, visit www.nostaljahmusic. com. The band will perform on the Main Stage on Feb. 18 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. .

Simply Tina

If you are watching Simply Tina, then get ready for some classic Tina Turner hits like “Simply The Best,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” and “Proud Mary.” Let them knock your socks off with their glitz, glamour, music, dancing and more. They even add special effects like Laser LED lighting, fog effects and audience participation. This group is all about fun offering up music that pleases people of all ages. Karena Korokous does the dynamic vocals. This singer is inspired by early R&B, soul and rock of the ‘50s to ‘70s. She has been performing since she was 6 years old. Besides Tina, she has also been influenced by Janis Joplin, Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Stevie Nicks, Sade, Ann Wilson and Diana

Ross, to name a few. Her first R&B album, which she also wrote, is “No Other Way to Say This.” Joining her in the band is John Michael Bennett on drums, percussion and vocals; Mike Silverman, the band manager, on bass and vocals; Juan Aguirrechu on lead guitar and vocals; Paola Gonzalez GarciaHerrera as band choreographer and dancer; Jeff Ankeney on synthesizer and vocals; Ron Fattorusso on Saxophone; Ashley Harris as dancer and vocals, and Gary Lapenski on keyboards and vocals. For more information, visit www. simplytinatributeband. com. Check out the band on the Main Stage on Feb. 17 from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

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Jesse Lopez

For over a decade, Jesse Lopez has been entertaining crowds. This West Palm Beach singer-songwriter has a lot of promise. He has already performed at events like American Idol, Vans Warped Tour, Sunfest, Light Up Ocala and even a televised music festival in Zhangjiajie, China. Through his past bands (Making Faces and The Light Within), he has shared the stage with groups like Vanilla Ice, Barenaked Ladies, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, Soul Asylum, The Original Wailers, Chunk! No Captain Chunk, City Lights and more. At Pioneer Days, he will be performing with the band HA$HTAG, which consists


of Chip Tilghman on bass/ vocals and Gary Morocco on drums. As a solo artist, he has already released his debut EP album, produced three music videos for his singles, completed two self booked/managed national tours, and is currently working on a full album set to be released later 2017. For more information, visit www.jesselopezmusic. com. Check him and his band out on the Main Stage on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (and with Steve Minotti on the 3rd Street Stage from 4 to 5 p.m.)

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DieDra & the Ruff Pro Band

DieDra has been performing the Blues for eight years. Her husband and lead guitar player, Keithen Ruff, who is the former lead guitar player for three time Grammy-nominated Bobby Rush, has been in the business

much longer. In 2008, DieDra released her first CD, “Overcoming Hurdles.” The CD had a song called “Hip Swing’in Blues” that topped the Beach Music charts for nine months. The song exploded and created


For over 15 years, THE REGS band has been performing in local clubs and bars. Many South Florida music festivals from Key West to Palm Beach have showcased their killer rock sounds. They play Southern Rock, Country and Alternative, as well as Thrash, Glam and Grunge Metal. Whether its heavy or

classic rock, they rock it out with passion. This group includes frontman Little John on vocals, Scotty Migone on guitar, Kenny Wendland, on drums/ vocals, and Miquel Gonzales on bass guitar/ vocals. The band has BMI Credit for two albums: “PHILTH” and “THE REGS.” Although

a national line dance. DieDra received her first Blues award for that song. The CD was produced by her husband, Keithen. Now, some eight years later, DieDra has 15 Blues awards and nominations under her belt. She did three European tours in 13 months. In March 2016, the Blues Society named her “The Alabama Blues Queen.” With her husband on lead guitar, Daveo Lee on the drums, and the “cutest bass player” you will ever see, Amanda Miller, this band works non-stop. For more information, find the band on Facebook. Catch this band on the Main Stage on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.

Star Wars characters to march 501st Legion-Everglades Squad returns

People are still in a buzz over the newest Star Wars movies so they are sure to be excited when Storm Troopers and other characters march down Hillsboro Boulevard for the parade. These 501 LegionEverglades Squad came out last year, too, to participate. The 501st Legion is a world-

they do covers for groups like 3 Doors Down, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Billy Joel, Santana, STP, ZZ Top, Van Halen and so many more. They also do originals. Find their music on iTunes, CD Baby and Reverbnation. Find out more information You may have seen this at Check out the band on the band around town. They Main Stage on Saturday, Feb. have performed all over South Florida, including 18 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

wide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. The all-volunteer organization was formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to pro-

mote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.

based band likes to mix it up, playing a variety of genres — Blues, Swing , Funk and Reggae. They work on both covers and originals, but are known to Improv jams too. The group includes Billy Vazquez on lead guitar and vocals, Michael Vazquez on bass and Julius Pastorius on drums. Find out where else this trio will perform next by checking out their Facebook page. SOULjunk will be on the Alligator Alley, Porterhouse Main Stage on Saturday, Bar & Grille, Original Fat Feb. 18 from to 2 p.m. Cats, Poorhouse and elsewhere. This Ft. Lauderdale-



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Deerfield Beach Elementary gets new principal: Drew Gerlach

By Rachel Galvin He isn’t new to the school. Drew Gerlach is just taking a new position. He has been the Assistant Principal for five years and, now that the principal has left, he is moving up into that new position. Don’t expect to see him sitting at his desk too long. This principal is always on-the-move. He’d much rather be in the halls and interacting with students than mulling over paperwork. He officially began in his new position on Feb. 10. Since the year has already started, he

has decided to concentrate on getting students ready for their assessment tests, just staying the course until the end of this school year. But, he plans on brainstorming with others on what direction they will take in the new year. “I have such amazing teachers and a phenomenal staff. I am focused on getting them the necessary materials and taking time to assist them in meeting students’ needs. In [this month] or March, we will brainstorm a course of action. I have ideas, but I would rather hear

from’stakeholders;’ otherwise, they don’t buy in,” said Gerlach, who added, “I care about the community and students, their success and developing them into great citizens.” When asked about assessment tests, he explained that kids are working on a combination of Common Core and Florida Standards. “It is an increased rigor,” he said. “The [answers] are not right there in front of you. It is not just [main idea and facts] it’s more about interpreting the character’s lesson or theme. They might start Compare and Contrast maybe with two things, and then it becomes more rigorous, comparing multiple characters or two different stories. It is about getting them prepared for college.” Gerlach went to college at the University of Florida to obtain his Education degree and receive his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He attended Florida State University for his Leadership Masters. Before coming to Deerfield Elementary, he worked at Challenger Elementary and Broadview Elementary. Save the date: Deerfield Beach Elementary will have it’s Kindergarten Round Up on March 8 at 7 p.m. for prospective parents. Call 754-322-6100 for more information.

Field Day

at Deerfield Elementary

By Rachel Galvin Ms. Bertucci signaled with a loud horn that it was time for the kids to move to the next station and little ones scrambled to get there on Feb. 10, the last day of Field Day. “They get excited and look forward to this all year,” said Bertucci, who added

that this was her 28th year of teaching. Each class picked a different color to wear, which made it more of a team and also made it easier for the teachers to identify their kids. Kathy Kelly brought her students from Atlantic Technical high school again. They ran each of the stations,


giving the high schoolers a fun and meaningful leadership role. There were 14 stations and kids could rotate through all of them over the course of 2 ½ hours playing soccer, pillo polo, bowling, basketball … throwing, kicking, running... it seemed to encompass all motor skills in a fun way. Each of the kids came away with a ribbon for participation … and a big smile on their face.

HISTORIC KESTER BUILDING The Kester Building was used as a commerical hub in the center of town. It was later damaged in a hurricane and then rebuilt. It is now occupied by A Summer Place Consignments and has undergone a 3 year renovation from the damage incurred by Hurricane Wilma. The building is now more visible than ever as a Deerfield landmark. During the late 1920s and early 1930s, William L. Kester built bungalows on the beach and along Hillsboro Blvd., which provided jobs and low-income housing for people. An example of a Kester Cottage is now located next to the Butler House.

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Quiet Waters Elementary in 1991 when it first opened.

Quiet Waters today.

By Rachel Galvin On Feb. 11, Quiet Waters Elementary celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special event in their fields. A long line of bounce houses and carnival games entertained kids. Max the Manatee danced to music provided by the DJ. Vendors showed off their wares. Guests could en-

joy pizza, hot dogs, slushees and cotton candy. Chick-filA was also there. Renee Bachrach, the PTA president, was at the school when it first opened with original principal Lois Giuffreda. “It opened in 1991,” she said. “It took two years to build. Mayor Robb, who

was also mayor then, was involved. Some of the original staff is still here.” Debra Rosenzweig, who teaches kindergarten, was one of those original teachers. When asked if the kids have changed through the years, she said, “The kids are awesome no matter what.” She marveled at the growth

the school has undergone since the beginning. The school began, according to sources, with 750 students and now has over 1400. They have built quite a community at the school and have events all year long, including a Halloween celebration, book fair and various fundraisers.

matter what culinary selection you delight in, listening to Jimmy Stowe & the Stowaways is sure to make

the experience that much better. This Jimmy Buffet tribute band will play all the classics you know and love. This Trop Rock band also includes Classic Rock, Motown, Reggae, Surf selections, Jazz and more in their repertoire. This band can expand to seven performers, but at Pioneer Days, the following musicians will be ready to rock: Jimmy Stowe, on Guitar/ Vocals, Larry Agovino, on Keyboards, Bob

Lyons, on Steel Drums, and Wiley Lulfs, on Drums & Percussion. This band is so good that Jimmy himself has even played with them. They have been seen at countless special events, corporate parties and elsewhere in the U.S. and Caribbean. For more information, visit Check out this band on 1962 parade — (Seated) Cracker Day Queen Stephanie Gutherie the Main Stage on Feb. 17 with Brenda Raines, Judy Johnson (daughter of pioneers Edna from 5 to 6 p.m. and Merele Johnson) and (behind the flag) Amie Kay Tanner.

Quiet Waters Elementary turns 25

Jimmy Stowe & the Stowaways

Yes, you can have a ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise.’ A walk down Deerfield beach is certainly heavenly and no

Head Custodian Hector Foster, PTA pres. Renee Bachrach, teacher Debra Rosenzweig and Assistant Principal Ramona Reliford. They have raised funds to flying in to take part in the buy Promethean boards for festivities. almost every classroom, as Quiet Waters Elemenwell as laptop cars, and even tary is located at 4150 W. a golf cart for their Head Hillsboro Blvd. in Deerfield Custodian, Hector Foster. Beach. For more informaTheir celebration of 25 tion on the school, call 754years in Deerfield Beach will 322-8100 or visit www.quicontinue with a special event etwaters.browardschools. on Friday, Feb. 24 from 6-9 com. p.m in the cafeteria. Many old staff members will be

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started in 1947, created by the Lions Club, as a BBQ, pictured. Historian Amie Kay Tanner remembers when it began. “When I was young, it was called Cracker Day because there were a lot of Southerners here,” she said. “They used to call the man who drove the wagon a Cracker By Rachel Galvin Deerfield Beach was called because he cracked the whip. Before it was Pioneer Day, Founders’ Days, and, before It was an endearing term [not our hometown event here in that, it was Cracker Day. It a derogatory one]. It was a

big day here. It was a very small town. It was held in April when growing season was over. All the kids looked forward to it. There were rides, the tilt a whirl, Ferris wheel, not like there are today. There was a cement slab where they played basketball. They had cake walks, square dancing. It was really special. All the politicians would come through. They came out in their starched white long-sleeved shirts and handed out cards. It was fun

to see how many we could get, and, by midday, they had their sleeves rolled up. The food was cooked in an old cookhouse at park by the Lions Club men. They also made baked beans. The Lions Auxiliary baked cakes and pies and sold them. I have some of the treasury reports from auxiliary. It’s funny to look at it now – 40 cents for paper plates, 53 cents for wooden forks. It was a real hometown celebration.” There have been many

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changes through the years, including moving the activities to the beach, but the community spirit has never faltered. For more information on all of Deerfield Beach’s history, make sure to check out the Deerfield Beach Historical website at Some of the historical photos used in this issue were from their 52 Moments collection or from their archives. They are a precious resource.

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