Phipps Park Spring Baseball- The Countdown to Opening Day Begins


Get ready for peanuts and Cracker Jacks- Phipps Park’s Opening Day is only a month away. The Spring season begins on Saturday, February 28.

But before the first pitch, there are plenty of of activities for little sluggers. Pull out your calendar and mark down these important dates.

T-Ball Clinic: Tuesday, Jan 27th
All registered T-Ball players are invited to a baseball clinic this Tuesday Jan 27th @ 6:15pm. The clinic will run until 7:30pm. (It is recommended that you arrive at 6:00 to get started on time)

Registrations: Jan 27 & Jan 31st
T-Ball players not registered, but interested in taking part on Tuesday’s baseball clinic, can register between 5:00-6:00, prior to the start of the event. Please report to Field #1.

All players other than T-Ball may register while the booth is open this Tuesday from 5:00-6:00.

Seniors availability is very limited with very few spots open. Any players wishing to sign up, may be placed on a waiting list. If so, parents will be contacted on a first-come first-served basis upon availability.

Evaluation Day: Jan 31st
All pre-registered players (other than Blast-Ball players) should come to the evaluation area between 9:30 to 11:30am. If you want to sign up your child that day, come early at 8:00am so they may still report to the evaluation.

Team Selections
After the evaluation day, each division will conduct their team selections, between Feb 4-6. The coaches will then be contacting the parents regarding the start of practices.

The players will attend their practices leading to Opening Day February 28th.

Blast-Ball parents will be contacted in mid-February for their pre-season meeting prior to Opening Day.

For more information or questions, visit or email Lloyd Walker at



Norcross Patio’s Swing into Spring Event

Looking for an excuse to check out the fun items we posted earlier this week in “SoSo’s Norcross Patio is Feeling Blue”?


Norcross Patio
5023 S Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 547-4769

New Year’s Resolution: Become Informed On Important Issues (Thanks Palm Beach Zoo)

ManateePhoto courtesy of the University of Louisville

Time to check another item off your New Year’s Resolution List. Join the Palm Beach Zoo (thanks to presenting sponsor Bank of America) for Part 1 of their Conservation Leadership Lecture Series with “Mermaids & Manatees: 40 Years of Manatee Research” on January 29th from 6-8 PM. James “Buddy” Powell, Ph.D., Executive Director of Sea to Shore Alliance, will be the featured speaker.

Dr. Buddy Powell

For more than 40 years, Dr. Powell has worked to conserve manatees and other endangered species around the world, and his efforts have resulted in coastal protected areas in Florida, West Africa, Central America, and now Cuba. His approach integrates science and education to unlock solutions to conservation issues.

sea to shore

In 2008, Dr. Powell founded Sea to Shore Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to protect and conserve our world’s fragile coastal ecosystems and the endangered species that call them home. Dr. Powell received his B.Sc. from the University of Florida, his M.M.A. from the University of Washington, and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in England. He was the recipient of the prestigious Pew Award in Marine Conservation in 2000, has been featured on “Champions of the Wild” and National Geographic’s “Wild Chronicles” documentaries, and has been honored with multiple awards and certificates. Dr. Powell has authored two books – “Manatees: Natural History & Conservation” published by Voyageur Press, and the “National Audubon Society’s Guide to Marine Mammals of the World,” as well as numerous scientific publications and popular articles.

The event will take place in the Zoo’s Tropics Café, with guests invited to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and Zoo animal encounters from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. before the lecture presentation.

Seating for the Conservation Leadership Lecture Series is limited. Tickets are $20.00 per person per event, or a series package can be purchased for $55 per person online at If you have any questions about the event, please call the Zoo at (561) 547-WILD ext. 285.


1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405-3035
(561) 547-9453

SoSo’s Norcross Patio is Feeling Blue

Let blue, the eternally stylish shade of coastal chicness, capture your 2015 design imagination. SoSo’s Norcross Patio, whose inspired window displays have been known to cause more than a few incidents of South Dixie rubbernecking, currently has a fun selection of blue home decor and entertaining accessories in stock including:


A funky and functional Neptune Crème Pouf from Jax and Bones ($95).
Made using occasional outdoor fabric, this swank seat can go wherever the party is.


Seahorse embossed place cards from Caspari ($8.50)
Manage the tricky politics of seating arrangements and turn a simple dinner into a soiree with these cards and the flick of a pen.


Two’s Company Indigo Paper Placemats ($25)
Forget the kiddie table, these paper placemats have earned a spot with the grown-ups thanks to their stylish ways.

Visit Norcross Patio when you’re ready to start singing the blues.

Norcross Patio
5023 S Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 547-4769

Southend Spotlight: Aioli’s Michael Hackman

1763_Chef-Mike-HackmanPhoto courtesy of Kali’s View Photography

Fresh from the swankiest kitchens in Palm Beach (The Breakers, Café L’Europe and the Four Seasons to name a few), Chef Michael Hackman brings his culinary prowess to West Palm Beach’s Southend.

Hackman, a Lake Worth native and dedicated family man, opted to leave the crazy restaurant work hours behind and spend more time with his children. He transitioned into a successful role as private “chef-trepreneur” and restaurant consultant, amassing an impressive client roster.

Then, in September of last year, Hackman fulfilled another dream when he opened Aioli, an “industrial-chic eatery” and juice bar in the Southend. SoSo foodies have delighted in the restaurant’s casual, locavore offerings and flavorful gourmet to-go options. The innovative menu has an ever-changing daily specials addendum with varying soups, salads, quiches, sandwiches and even a lemonade of the day. Patrons can experience a new culinary experience each visit or remain true to their established favorites.

To get the inside scoop on his new venture, we asked Chef Hackman some tough questions.

SosSoNews: Describe Aioli in 50 words or less.

Chef Hackman: “Aioli is a neighborhood restaurant.  We try to provide good, simple food with a twist.  We pay attention to quality and detail and listen to our clientele. Food is personal and we hope to give everyone who walks in the best possible experience.”

SSN: What’s one thing you brought from your culinary “upbringing” in Palm Beach’s poshest eateries when creating Aioli?

CH: “I brought the knowledge of making things from scratch and the drive to always push yourself and try new things.  I feel like I have been able to take something as simple as a sandwich to the next level and make it a little bit more.”

SSN: What menu item has created the most addicted patrons?

CH: “The Turkey & Brie Sandwich, the Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies & the Lemonades that we make in house daily.  Some flavors, like the watermelon lemonade, the pineapple basil or the cucumber mint keep people coming back day after day.”

SSN: If you were stranded on an island and could only bring one of your sandwiches, which sandwich would it be?

CH: “The Bacon Egg and Cheese on a Buttermilk Biscuit or the Long Stem Artichoke & Pesto.”

SSN: What’s a quote you live by?  

CH: “You can’t find the right roads when all of the streets are paved.”  -Robert Neston Marley

SSN: What was a “must have” in your new restaurant?  

CH: “An open kitchen.  I like being able to see what is going on in the restaurant  and it enables me to build relationships with my clientele.”

SSN: Why the name “Aioli”?

CH: “We wanted a one word name.  The first thing that you do when planning a restaurant is to write the menu.  We had aiolis on most of our sandwiches, so it seemed fitting.”

Make a New Year’s resolution to toss those tired take-out menus. Stop in this SoSo hot spot to sample Chef Hackman’s amazing creations and become one of his growing legion of fans.



aioli log


Aioli is located at 7434 S. Dixie Highway on the south east corner of S. Dixie Highway and Summa Street, 1 block south of Forest Hill Blvd. Keep an eye out for the black & white aioli sign above all the rest.


Kitchen Open Monday – Saturday … 7am – 4pm
After 4pm, stop in and pick up Dinner To-Go until 5:30pm

(561) 366-7741