‘Making The World A Better Place’ Is The Mission Of Jerry And Lucy Spielman

By Dale King


An old adage states: “Charity begins at home.”

That’s true, of course. But Jerry and Lucy Spielman, president/publisher and editor-in-chief, respectively, of Boca’s Best Magazine and the two City News Group publications that serve Coral Springs/Parkland and Coconut Creek/Margate, believe charity, caring and friendship unfolds when you reach out to people and organizations, determine their needs and help supply them.

Each Spielman periodical offers its own individual, hyperlocal slice of news and specialty features such as a pet section, legal advice, health tips, a dining guide, columns by local officials, fitness suggestions, financial guidance and tax assistance.
Since acquiring the City News Group in November 2015, the Spielmans – who brought with them lots of business savvy, but little experience in the field of publishing — have taken the magazines to a new level of sophistication and reader appreciation by applying personal rules and tenets of their own.

To truly serve each community, the Spielmans felt they must be part of the goings-on. For that reason, they began sponsoring events that serve local groups. They have also taken part in a number of civic and community activities, putting their own names and sponsorship support behind fundraisers.

City News Coral Springs/Parkland, City News Coconut Creek/Margate and Boca’s Best Magazine are mailed out to more than 66,000 homes and businesses within the aforementioned region, said Jerry. “Thousands more are distributed around the area at select locations, fairs and city events. These monthly community magazines are filled with local news, activity schedules, a dining guide, an emphasis on ‘charitable causes’ and a roster of local ‘heroes,’ along with many more items of interest to the locals.”

With a degree in marketing from Syracuse University and a Masters BA from Barrington University, Jerry has taken that talent on the road again, meeting with business execs, talking the talk with members and leaders of civic organizations and rubbing elbows with influential residents at Chamber breakfasts, Rotary lunches and fundraising dinners.

When he’s not out and around in the community, Jerry is in charge of sales. “He’s an amazing sales and marketing guy,” noted Lucy.  “Charity is a very important part of our magazine group,” said Lucy, who works in the real estate field while also providing the creative oomph to their local-oriented media. Her roster of tasks is lengthy, including putting the magazine together, handling payroll, payments and reconciliations and dealing with all financial aspects of the company.

Originally from Peru, she studied banking and finance at an upscale private university in her native country. While her husband enjoys getting out and mingling, Lucy said she prefers “to say in the office running the magazine.”

“We are devoted to trying to make the world a better place, community by community,” she said. “In addition to distributing thousands of print copies of the magazines, we use the Internet and the technological advances of the new digital age to offer a responsive website with the ability to reach so many more people all over the world.”

“We are trying to do our part to help make the world a little better place,” Lucy noted. “For example, our love of animal rescue organizations that operate all over our community has enabled us to give a free quarter-page ad, each and every month, in all three of our magazines, to both Tri-County Animal Rescue in Boca Raton and the Florida Humane Society in Broward, to help raise awareness of these two very important and popular rescue efforts. We do whatever we can do — and then we do even more.”

“In another effort to reach out to the community, Jerry and I have joined the Boca Raton Rotary Club. For those of you who do not know what the Rotary Club stands for, its motto is ‘Service above self.’ For more than 110 years, the Rotary’s guiding principles have been the foundation of their values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.”

“Also, we are active in more than six local Chambers of Commerce and we participate in as many local charitable causes and events as we can. The only limit on our ability to serve others is a time and money restraint. What events we showcase, causes we profile and the good we do, is only a small part of what we all can do overall to help others. We will strive to do more and more with each and every magazine we publish. Comments, ideas, stories, events, causes are all welcome on our site.

“Donations are appreciated and acknowledged,” Lucy added. “We are looking for sponsors to help us expand our charity section by helping to pay some of our production costs so we can free up more pages for good deeds. Many of our local events are open to all who wish to participate or just contribute.”

Jerry explained the purpose and design of the Spielmans’ three monthlies. “Instead of providing one big magazine, we offer three local publications geared to the individual community. We do not overwhelm readers with pages and pages of ads for the same industry, like real estate or legal.”

The Spielmans single out residents who have gone above and beyond to help others. They recently published an article about PROPEL — People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership. It was founded in 2004 by real estate investors and philanthropists Jim and Marta Batmasian, a Boca couple that has donated millions of their dollars to philanthropic causes. To Jerry and Lucy, the Batmasians are models for charitable community leaders.

So is Gregory Fried, owner of a Delray Beach jewelry store and leader in some 60-plus charities. He was recently featured in a Boca’s Best story entitled, “The Charity Man.”
“Hats off to Rosemary and Ben Krieger, who sponsored us in the Rotary of Boca Raton. They personify what it means ‘to give,’” the Spielmans noted in a recent edition.
The Spielmans themselves are no slouches, distributing over 330 free Disney on Ice tickets to needy kids in 2017 and over $10,000 in new clothing to kids and charities.
As you thumb through copies of Boca’s Best and City News, you’ll find the Spielman touch. They sponsor ads urging residents to adopt puppies, kittens, dogs and cats at rescue shelters. They urge readers to support Unicorn Village Academy in West Boca, a school for children with neurodiversities, age 13-22, unable to succeed in regular school setting.

Earlier, in June, City News sponsored and featured the Lisa Boccard Broward Health Walk for Breast Cancer in their City News Magazines.

On Aug. 19, they sponsored a “Brunch, Bubbles & Blooms” fundraiser to benefit the HabCenter. They are sponsoring a City of Coral Springs “Golfing for the King” classic Oct. 20 at Carolina Country Club in Margate to benefit the Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund for financially needy children. Later, on Nov. 11, they have organized a NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek to benefit that group. There are too many others to list them all.

Lucy and Jerry don’t just help the community, they are part of it. They live in West Boca with their three teenage sons and two dogs.


Broward Health Coral Springs Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Events for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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The Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund was founded in 2003 by Vincent and Terry Boccard in support of Vincent’s sister Lisa and her fight with breast cancer. The mission of the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund is to provide funding for care that may otherwise be unattainable, for the women in our community to obtain screening mammograms and breast treatments if necessary.

Broward Health Coral Springs Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Events for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month       

Coral Springs, FL – In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Broward Health Coral Springs will host several events including the following with proceeds to benefit the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund, a fund that helps women in need obtain free mammograms and breast treatments.

Glam Doll Strut-(October 14 from 11am-3pm)- For more information log on to www.glam-a-thon.com/glamdollstrut


Mad Hatter’s Tea – (October 17 -6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) – Come party in PINK wearing a creatively decorated “PINK” hat for contest judging and fun! This community event will include a new “pampered lounge” to indulge yourself. Kick back and enjoy chair massages, refreshments, educational booths, music, raffles, prizes, tata trivia and more. Also, meet & greet with Lisa Boccard herself. EW Members: $5.00 /Guests of EW Members: $10.00/Non-members: $15. Tables fill up quickly and you can reserve a table for an additional fee of $10(group of 4) or $20 (group of 8).  Event will be held at the Broward Health Coral Springs Museum of the Art at 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065. Call to reserve your seat at (954) 759-7400 or visit www.browardhealth.org/events.

Brighton Collectibles Power of Pink Campaign – (October 1-31) Brighton Collectibles will hold its annual “Power for Pink” campaign. For more information, call (954) 968-2383.

Pink Flamingo Flock-(Sept 29-Oct 31)— For more information or to make your purchase, call 954-344-3329.

Mammogram Screenings (all year)- Get you mammogram with the latest 3D Mammography exam offered at the Women’s Diagnostic and Wellness Center at Broward Health Coral Springs. Images are much greater in accuracy with 40% fewer unnecessary callbacks leaving patients with more peace of mind.   It is comparable in breast compression and exam time to a conventional mammogram. It is covered by Medicare and many private insurers. Call your insurance provider to find out. To schedule your 3D mammogram at Broward Health Coral Springs, call our scheduling center a 954-759-7500.


Broward Health, providing service for more than 70 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class healthcare services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.

Salvation Army Relief Effort After Storms

Your Support Helps The Salvation Army Stay on the Front Lines of Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief Efforts

It takes an army to fight a battle on two fronts. That’s why we’re on the ground in Houston and ready with more forces in Florida. Our food trucks are mobilized to feed thousands of victims and first responders. Our disaster relief team is setting up shelters for survivors to rest and recover. And we’re always there to lend a hand to help, a shoulder to cry on – to give a hug or words of hope – to pray with you and for everyone you love. And we won’t stop when the flooding stops. We’ll remain until the healing is complete, until all this devastation is but a memory.

In a battle between disaster and hope, hope always wins. And having an army doesn’t hurt.

Get updates on our relief efforts at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyEDS, or on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.


The Salvation Army
PO BOX 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301  

Please designate
Hurricane 2017
on all checks.


call 1-800-SAL-ARMY


Golden years or golden fears: But I don’t wanna get old!

If you are around people who are getting sick, do you take preventative measures to reduce the risk of catching an illness?

Whether you take a vitamin, Airborne, or even keep distance from those who are sick, your natural instinct is to protect yourself.  Why would you not do the same for your body and health as you age? Wouldn’t you want to prevent risk of increased bone loss, muscle loss, metabolism decrease, gaining of stomach fat and worst of all, chronic illness and cancer.  Beginning at the age of 30, we lose 3 to 5 % of muscle mass naturally each year.  The loss of muscle results in weight gain and loss of function.  Women tend to gain up to 15 pounds in their 40’s, especially in their mid section and men begin to notice loss of endurance and strength.  If you know that you can prevent these changes in your body and decide how you will live the rest of life, why wouldn’t you?  Weight resistance training is the prevention tool to maintain bone density, speed up metabolism, gain strength and muscle and improve mood.

As lifestyles change through decades, decide if you want to prevent it, or wait until your quality of living diminishes. If you constantly ask yourself how you can prevent weight gain, the answer is simple and scientific; build muscle by weight training.  If you feel fatigue or notice a loss of endurance from golfing, playing tennis, or even just waking up, reverse it and workout to release endorphins for mood enhancement.  If you feel joint pain, knee pain, or back pain, gain strength and mobility by exercising.  If you just want to stay young and feel good, weight train.  Weight training doesn’t mean heavy weight and building mass, it means you can use light weight and safely tone up.  Generally, ageing is not symptomless, so it is important to take preventative measures sooner than later.  If you are not active, you can gain almost 8-12 pounds a year and increase your chances of injury.  Don’t waste your time testing Spanx, pills, diets, unsafe medical procedures, or even doing nothing in the hopes it won’t happen to you: IT WILL!

As you notice changes in your body and mind through the ageing process and ponder quick fixes, just remember that you cannot outsmart nature.  Your quick fix will enhance the negative aspects of these changes. Do you want to lose belly fat?  Do you need more power in your golf swing, or more endurance in playing all 18 holes?  Do you want more stamina or a better mood?  Do you want to minimize joint pain and move freely whenever and wherever you want?  Do you want to live longer?  Then do it!  Look for a facility that tailors to these needs.  It can be motivating and become something you love, especially when you notice changes and feel better than you did even when you were younger. Preserve your quality of life for tomorrow by beginning your journey today!

American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy

Rootz of Music to Stage 3rd Annual Fundraiser at The Pompano Beach Cultural Center


On Sunday August 27 at 7pm, Rootz of Music Inc., will present its 3rd Annual fundraiser musical extravaganza “American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy” at the newly opened Pompano Beach Cultural Center in Pompano Beach where they are one of the Resident Companies. The show chronicles the development of popular songs that were the foundation in both Jamaica and the Americas starting from the mid 1940’s to present time.

Led by world class Jamaican born guitarist, composer, arranger, music instructor Eugene Grey, the show will also feature renowned percussionist Larry McDonald as well as singers Lady Tasha, Yishka, Gershi, Endel I, Shymane along with the Radiance Major dancers performing the music of the popular artists of each era such as Louis Jordan, Harry Belafonte, Byron Lee and the Dragoneers. This innovative and entertaining musical presentation is staged to demonstrate the interconnectivity of American and Jamaican music, how two separate elements of two genres merged and became what is now known as Reggae and Hip Hop.

There will be a special awards presentation to Jamaican music legends Ernest Ranglin, Larry Marshall, Eric Monty Morris, Evrel Grey, Dennis Sindrey, Charles Cameron and Horace Forbes.  There will be a VIP reception starting 90 minutes prior to the performance for the awardees and VIPS to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Tickets are $40 for the American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy and are available at http://ccpompano.org/event/rootz-of-music/  and www.rootzofmusic.net  or by phone at 954-839-9578.  The event is sponsored in part by Broward County Florida Cultural Division, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, SOS Children’s Villages and First Green Bank along with support from the City of Pompano Beach. Accommodations provided by Sea Steps Suites, 717 S. Ocean Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL, 954-635-5572.

About Rootz of Music Inc. – Florida-based Rootz of Music, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2011 by Jazz guitarist, arranger, composer, and music educator Eugene Grey and his wife Felicia K. Grey. The organization’s mission is to provide music education and Cultural Enrichment performances to youth in under-served communities. In 2013 Rootz of Music partnered with SOS Children’s Villages, a foster care community to provide music lessons to the children every Thursday evening.




Broward Health North Favorite New ER Pick


201 E. Sample Road, Deerfield Beach, FL 33064
(954) 941-8300

Broward Health North is honored to win this year’s Reader’s Choice award of Best Emergency Room. Opened in December of 2016, Broward Health North’s Emergency Department provides the latest in healthcare technology while keeping patient experience in mind. The 36,000 square foot facility features 53 universal treatment rooms combined with three dedicated trauma bays and a dedicated pediatrics area. Each treatment room is built with a sliding glass door that can be closed for patients seeking privacy. The trauma bays are strategically located next to the EMS entrance in the Level II Trauma Center, as are two dedicated medical resuscitation rooms. An elevator only used to transport patients from the ER to Broward Health North’s six new state of the art operating suites stands just feet away from the trauma bays. The enhanced ER provides more support to the comprehensive stroke center, the cutting edge cardiovascular center and decontamination room.

The driving force behind the construction of the new Emergency Department was patient comfort seeking to provide a better patient experience. Patient comfort is evident throughout the Emergency Department. Each private room features a built-in bench where family members can sit right at the bedside and engage in the patient’s plan of care. There is also a television in each room for families and patients to be entertained while tests are taking place. Soothing photographs and murals in the room brings a calming effect to the hospital setting. Broward’s newest Emergency Room is open and ready to assist you for all of your medical needs.

Kiddie Academy of Coral Springs Hosts Storytime LIVE!

WHAT: Educational childcare provider Kiddie Academy of Coral Springs invites children and their parents to Storytime LIVE! where Curious George jumps off the page and visits the classroom in person! Attendees will enjoy a story highlighted by a visit from the story’s lead character, Curious George. Storytime LIVE! is open to everyone – current students, new friends who would like to learn more about us, or anyone who would simply like to share a special experience with their child. Light refreshments and educational activities for children and families will be provided.

WHERE:  Kiddie Academy of Coral Springs: 5876 Wiles Road Coral Springs, FL 33067

Register online at http://www.kastorytime.com/.

WHEN: July 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHY: Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development, as it builds word-sound awareness in children. Research shows that reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills, but it also builds motivation, curiosity and memory. Storytime LIVE! will prepare children for a successful transition into a school setting through the combination of learning and fun, which are key ingredients to Kiddie Academy’s Life Essentials® curriculum.

About Kiddie Academy®

Since 1981, Kiddie Academy has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, kindergarten, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs.  Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for school and for life. Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in childcare. For more information, visit http://www.kiddieacademy.com.