| February, 2013

Letters to the Editor

Posted on 21 February 2013 by LeslieM

RE: Beach parking stickers

Dear Editor:

I have owned property in Deerfield Beach for over 15 years and have enjoyed the city and the area.

I live in Florida 5 to 6 months of the year and participate in the community by becoming involved, volunteering and participating in community projects.

My automobile is registered in Florida. I pay property taxes. I have residential utility bills and hope to soon have a Florida driver’s license.

For years, I have purchased a beach parking sticker and enjoyed the beautiful beach.

This season, when I attempted to purchase the parking sticker for 2013, I was denied the ability to purchase the sticker because I did not have a Florida driver’s license. I had all the documentation that, in the past years, allowed the purchase of the [now] $100 parking sticker.

Why has this rule been changed so that we, who own property and contribute to the community, are prevented from having a parking sticker this year?

L. Roth-Moyo, M.D.

Deerfield Beach

 

Code enforcement questions

Dear Editor:

Although our family has lived in Little Harbor in Deerfield Beach since the early ‘70s, I’ve recently noticed a substantial change and I have a few questions and comments.

I’ve always heard “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”

This is not the case here. Some neighbors were recently cited for having their hedges over 4 ft. from street to house and sent letters to cut them back within days or be fined. This IS a code violation. Yet others are to the street and well over 10 ft.

Is this a case of who’s who? I understand rules but they are meant for all, NOT a select few.

Also, a tree was requested for permit to be removed. It is damaging two vehicles and not promoting grass to grow, has termites (city states termites only in part of the tree)… Did I mention it is a Black Olive? Yet, the tree still stands. How can one better their property, better their neighborhood and make their property value and their neighbors’ go up?

With elections coming up, I would assume someone will gladly answer. I mean, I need to know before our family casts our vote. Fair is fair for all, NOT just a select few!!

D. Wade

Deerfield Beach

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 21 February 2013 by LeslieM

LHP Garden Club Luncheon /Auction

Thursday, Feb. 21 – 11 a.m.

St. Paul’s Educational Hall

2700 NE 36 St. (E. Sample Rd.), LHP, FL 33064

$10 includes lunch, dessert, coffee. Program: “Waterwise Gardening” with Janine Griffiths of Green Thumb, Inc. Raffles, silent auction, plants for sale. 954-942-9310.

2nd Annual You Can Succeed

Friday, Feb. 22 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lakeside Terrace

7880 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33434

Keynote speaker: Kellie Kuecha speaks with three other keynote speakers, a mentor with the Millionaire’s Panel and over 20 MastHERmind™ table leaders. Topic: branding, sales, marketing and operations, and more. Information/ tickets: www.youcansucceedevent.com.

Praise in the Park

Saturday, Feb. 23 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pioneer Park

217 NE 5 Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Hosted by First Baptist church of Deerfield Beach. Bounce house, volleyball, kickball, Frisbee toss, horseshoes, hot dogs, DJ and LIVE music. 954-427-1216.

Fashion Show & Luncheon

Saturday, Feb. 23 – 11:30 a.m.

Lighthouse Point Yacht Club

2701 NE 42 St., Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Sponsored by St. Gabriel Council of Cathollic Women. Donation: $35. Fashions by The Fancy Flamingo, Boynton. RSVP: 954-786-0667.

4th Annual Tea in the Garden

Saturday, Feb 23 – 4 to 6 p.m.

100 NE 44 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33064

English tea & pastries. Stroll Tiki-lit pathways while listening to LIVE music. Tours: 4 p.m., tea & program: 5 p.m. Seating limited. Tickets: www.teainthegarden.eventbrite.com.

Mardi Gras celebration

Sunday, Feb. 24 – 1-4 p.m.

Henry’s Hideaway 1500 S. Andrews Ave. Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Presented by the Hot Jazz & Alligator Gumbo Society. $10. Info: 954-563-5390.

North Broward Democratic Club Meets

Wednesday, Feb. 27 – 7:30 p.m.

Emma Lou Olson Civic Center 1801 NE 6 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Topic: Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment on Nov. 2014 ballot. Speaker: Terry LaPlante, Legacy Campaign S.F. Field Organizer. Refreshments served. 954-783-8232.

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CLERGY CORNER: What’s your name?

Posted on 21 February 2013 by LeslieM

I was talking to a prospective bride and groom the other day. The bride happens to be a doctor. And she let me know that she has opted to keep her own name.

She told me that she does not want to have to go through “the burden” of all the red tape it would take to change the name of her medical practice, her medical degrees and all the other certifications she has.

The future groom wanted to know if I had ever heard of such a thing and I told him about a verse in the Torah where we read, “I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.”(Exodus 6.6)

What were the burdens that we faced under the Egyptians? Sure, we know we were slaves, but what specific burdens did we have? Back breaking work, no days off, meager food to eat — those are givens. But how many of you remember the miniseries Roots? In the process of taking away a slaves freedom, what was one of the first things that the masters did?

They took away their given names, their African names and forced them to accept a new one at the master’s whim. Our people who were herded into the Concentration Camps … they weren’t even entitled to a name; they were given a number.

In the Torah, we read about two midwives, but according to many, Shiphrah and Puah had those names forced upon them. Their real names were Jewish names. And, when the Egyptians were not around, they made sure to use their Jewish names.

During our lifetimes, we will each be known by many different names … in our younger years, perhaps a nickname. Our parents probably had special names for us and some of us have titles that have become like names to us.

Being able to create a new name for ourselves by the way we live our life is a great freedom that we have been blessed with. In fact, the Torah even uses several names for the Holy One and, according to Biblical Scholars, each name of G-d can denote a particular period or a particular attribute of Gd. The same can be said for the names we are known by.

Rabbi Marci Bellows reminded me of a poem printed in Mishkah T’filah that teaches us a lesson about names with these words:

“We each have a name given by G-d and given by our father and mother.

We each have a name given by our stature and smile and given by our attire….

We each have a name given by the stars and given by our friends.

We each have a name given by our sins and given by our yearnings.

We each have a name given by celebrations and given by our work …

We each have a name given by the sea and given by our death.”

Let us have the wisdom to behave in such a way that we create a good name for ourselves and for others. There is an ancient Japanese proverb. My Japanese is more than a wee bit rusty, but let me try to translate it. It says, “Tigers die and leave their skins: People die and leave their names.”

Let us have the wisdom to behave in such a way that we create a good name for ourselves as a lasting legacy to our children, to our children’s children and to the world.

Shalom my friends,

Rabbi Craig H. Ezring

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FLICKS: Silver Linings Playbook, Beasts of the Southern Wild & Blues Fest

Posted on 14 February 2013 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

Of the nine Best Picture Nominations, “Silver Linings Playbook” is the most domestic motion picture. It has a leading man (Bradley Cooper) who was once People Magazine’s sexiest man of the year, the hottest young actress in the movies today (Jennifer Lawrence), a master thespian (Robert DeNiro) and Jacki Weaver, an actress who has become an overnight sensation after four decades of film work in Australia. Throw in Director David O. Russell and the Weinstein brothers’ marketing blitz and Silver Linings Playbook has the potential to garner a few Oscars.

This film is a comedy drama about a Philadelphia family. Pat Jr. (Cooper) is released from a mental institution and moves in with his parents, Pat Sr.(DeNiro) and Dolores (Weaver). As part of his therapy, he takes therapeutic dance classes with Tiffany (Lawrence), a woman with her own self-esteem issues.

Silver Linings Playbook is a lively film with genuine moments. As the bipolar Pat Jr., Bradley Cooper invites the audience to ride the emotional roller coaster from sorrow to joy.

Benh Zeitlin spent almost two years writing his script for Beasts of the Southern Wild. With practically no money, Zeitlin cast New Orleans locals and directed his movie in approximately 36 days. After a successful screening at the Sundance Film Festival, his film became an overnight sensation when the print was purchased by Fox Searchlight.

While the trailer leaves one wondering if they are watching a poor man’s Godzilla featuring giant Pot-Bellied pigs and a haunted child, “Beasts of Southern Wild” is a simple coming-of-age film shot documentary style.

Quvenzhané Wallis portrays Hushpuppy, a feral 6- year-old little girl who lives in the swamps with her angry, but dying father (Dwight Henry). As she copes with the reality of floods, fires and hurricanes, Hushpuppy finds more terror in her nightmares involving rampaging Beasts.

Last, but not least, The 2nd Annual Blues Film Festival will commence Feb. 16-17 during the Riverwalk Blues Festival in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale. F o r d e t a i l s and showt i m e s , v i s i t www.riverwalkbluesfestival.com and www.bluesfilmfest.com

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Highlands sweeps elementary schools titles

Posted on 14 February 2013 by LeslieM

Pages 09-16By Gary Curreri

Highlands Christian Academy’s boys and girls’ elementary school teams swept through the South Atlantic Coast Conference (SACC) and captured the championships in their respective divisions. Sydney Blackburn scored eight points for the Knights, who defeated Zion Lutheran in the championship game, 22- 14, and finished the year with a record of 4-3.

Jason Thomforhde scored 15, while Ben Middlebrooks added 13 for Highlands Christian Academy, which defeated Coral Springs Christian in the championship game, 45-35. The Knights defeated Zion Lutheran in the semifinal, 33- 16, to advance to the final. Highlands Christian finished the season at 11-2.

The South Atlantic Coast Conference is composed of six teams – including Highlands Christian, Zion Lutheran, Coral Springs Christian, Sheridan Hills Christian, Hollywood Christian and Westminster Academy. Not all these teams had elementary programs, but may have junior high or junior varsity divisions.

Highlands Christian Academy offers several elementary sports for the fourth and fifth graders.

In the fall, there is an elementary volleyball team and elementary soccer team. Highlands Christian also won the volleyball and soccer championships back in October.

“In the winter, we have elementary basketball for the girls and then also the boys,” said Jim Good, who is the Highlands Christian Academy Athletic Director and Boys Varsity Basketball coach. “I’m so glad to be a part of a school that supports us having an elementary athletic program. It gives the kids the opportunity to compete against other schools and enjoy all the benefits that team sports have to offer.”

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Everything’s Coming Up Rosen: Amour

Posted on 14 February 2013 by LeslieM

By Emily Rosen

ERosen424@aol.com

www.emilyrosen424.com

Every time I flip January off my calendar, I get the urge to write about LOVE.

I sit down at my computer and realize that actually, in one way or another, I’ve “done” Valentine’s Day dozens of times. Is there anything, I ask myself, that I can say about love in all its forms that I haven’t said before – any angle that I haven’t covered?

So I throw my hands up in the air, get out of my chair and go to the movies. And what better to see under the circumstances than “Amour?”

I tell you folks that IMO (in my opinion) this is the most extraordinary piece of artwork I’ve experienced in longer than I can remember. Admittedly, the subject is not for everyone, but to get beyond the content and into the production, direction, acting and overall palette is to witness something rare. It is not giving anything away to state that the film is about the relationship of an old married couple and what happens when one of them becomes helpless. It is in French, by the way, with English captions. If it were merely that, I would not blame anyone for skipping the rest of this column with a capricious “Not For Me,” despite the fact that in some sense, each of us can relate to such a situation, be it personal, possible, or actual with some close family or friends.

What makes this film extraordinary is the way it treats ordinariness, the way it shines as a brilliant display of all that is good in life and is accepting of that which is not good and cannot be changed. There are several tiny bits of what Hollywood would call “shtick,” small examples of life routines, the boring stuff that we barely even notice – washing dishes, drinking coffee, having a most mundane conversation about nothing important, that suction the viewer into the world of the screen in a magical way that defies analysis.

A pigeon flies into an open window and Georges, the

husband finds a way to help it fly back out of the window – until the time, days later, when it flies back into the house. And true to its title, this film is a depiction of what love – without the concomitant joys and compensations of sex – is really all about.

This is no Pollyanna approach to the hardships that Georges experiences in his care for his longtime wife, Anne. Nor does it whitewash the resentments, anguish and inner turmoil that erupt, even as he is able to suppress them. His loving care is merely a reflection of what comes naturally to him, and he doesn’t even entertain the possibility of any kind of alternate response.

Aside from the slim but riveting storyline, which basically depicts Anne’s slow and agonizing descent toward the inevitable, the film glows with its subtle exploration of a variety of feelings in addition to “love” – an incandescent quality that is rare in cinema. Despair, frustration, nostalgia, loss, pride, defeat, doubt, empathy, acceptance – all are portrayed from the gut and depth of two French stars whose performances “blow you away.”

I was once asked for my definition of “love” and quickly changed the subject because I couldn’t come up with the exact response I wanted. This movie says it all.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 14 February 2013 by LeslieM

DEERFIELD BEACH

Feb. 8 A man was arrested and charged with felony narcotics at 4791 N. Dixie Hwy. He was found in possession of crack cocaine.

Feb. 8 It was reported that a male employee of Century Motors of South Florida at 4701 N. Dixie Hwy. took a work vehicle and never returned.

Feb. 9 It was reported that a business at 3996 W. Hillsboro Blvd. was broken into through the roof and a small safe with black signed business checks was stolen.

Feb. 9 A man was arrested and charged with stealing a bicycle from Publix at 150 S. Federal Hwy. A woman had left her unlocked bicycle in front of the store.

Feb.10 A woman reported her car stolen from a parking lot at 3840 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Feb. 10 A woman reported that a man approached her while she walked along 300 W. Hillsboro Blvd., and snatched her iPhone and duffel bag.

Feb. 10 Someone entered the B’nai B’rith building at 351 SW 3 Ave. and broke into a vending machine causing $500 in damage and stealing $100 in currency.

Feb. 10 Someone stole 4 rims from a vehicle parked at 67 NE 11 Way. The rims were valued at $6,000.

DEERFIELD – District 4

Jan. 30 Conveyance burglary was reported in the strip mall at 2201 W. Sample Rd. at 3:17 a.m. An unknown person smashed out the left rear door window of the victim’s 2011 white Toyota Corolla and stole her black-and-white cloth overnight bag containing clothes, make-up and a flat iron off of the rear seat. Total loss was estimated at $150.

Feb. 2 Auto theft was reported in the Pine Tree Apartments at 500 Lock Rd. at 2:42 p.m. Complainant reported that between 11 p.m. on Feb. 1 and 9 a.m. Feb. 2, unknown person(s) had stolen his 2012 Shen Scooter that was parked at this location. The area was canvassed and the vehicle was entered into FCIC/NCIC.

Remember, if you see anything suspicious, call 911 immediately.

LIGHTHOUSE POINT

Feb. 2 A man was arrested and charged with breaking into a building with a car — felony criminal mischief — and wearing a mask on the property of others. The man used a car to smash into Custom Rod and Reel at 1835 NE 25 St. The man stole between 12 and 14 reels. All the reels except two were later recovered.

Feb. 3 A woman reported that a home she owns but no longer lives in at 2830 NE 48 St. was entered and beer and a computer were stolen.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted on 14 February 2013 by LeslieM

Dear Editor:

In response to your Jan. 31 Letters To The Editor, regarding Handicapped Parking Permits, John Daniels states that Boca Raton charges people with handicapped decals to park in their cities. This is untrue. I was in Mizner Park in Boca Raton and based on what he said, I saw a meter maid and asked if I was allowed to park for no charge with my handicapped permit. She said I could for 4 hours.

Daniels, instead, refers to a handicapped decal. I have a permit that I hang on my rear view mirror.

Please update this so that handicapped persons reading this will be informed.

John Flanagan

Deerfield Beach

Dear Editor:

In response to John Daniels’ letter on Jan. 31 about handicapped permit holders parking for free at meters, the reason people with a disablity get to park for free is that they may not be able to reach the meter.

It’s not based on their income. The state law says that someone with a permit can park for free up to 4 hours at a meter…

Brian Moberg

Deerfield Beach

 

FREE tax assistance for Elderly

Dear Editor:

I’m contacting you on behalf of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.

(VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE), an IRS sponsored program that works this tax season with community organizations such as E. Pat Larkins Community Center of Pompano Beach and Minority Development & Empowerment, to provide FREE-of-charge, high quality Tax Preparation for low-to-moderate income tax filers.

E.Pat Larkins Community Center (520 NW 3 St./Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33060) is working Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until April 11, 3 to 7 p.m.

In order that the community is informed of this service, we ask you the ability to post the information in your newspaper. Thanks a lot.

Efren Rivas

Coral Springs

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 14 February 2013 by LeslieM

DB Arboretum Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 14 – 7 p.m.

Arboretum in Constitution Park 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

FREE and open to public. Speaker, Allen Sistrunk, director of Mounts Botonical Gardens. FREE plant raffle and refreshments. 561-391-3735.

About Boating Safely”

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

West Marine 850 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Hosted by Coast Guard Auxiliary, Pompano. $50- (includes materials/lunch). Questions or to RSVP, 954-942-8108.

Florida Renaissance Festival

Weekends, through Mar. 17 – 10 a.m. to sunset

Quiet Waters Park 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

 

Voice lessons starting

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Source 230 Lock Rd., Deerfield Beach, Fl. 33442

Hosted by Gene Townsel. For more information, call 561-436-0868.

LHP/Pompano Bch. Doll Club Doll Show & Sale

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church 2700 NE Sample Rd., Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Admission-$3/ages 10 and under-free. Doll Doctor, Appraisals, door prizes, antique collectible dolls & bears. 954 783-2158 or mphp1@bellsouth.net.

 

Stand Up Paddle series

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Deerfield Fishing Pier 200 NE 21 Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Brought to you by Island Water Sports and City of Deerfield Beach. Features beginner to intermediate races and free demos of the boards to the public. 954-427-4929.

A Patriotic Spectacular

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 2 p.m., Pre-concert, 1 p.m.

Pompano Beach High School 600 NE 13 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Presented by New Presbyterian Church. No Tickets needed, offering will be taken. Info: 954-448-5083 or www.newpres.org.

Meet the Candidates

Monday, Feb. 18 – 1 to 3 p.m.

Century Village Main Clubhouse 3501 W. Dr., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Meet all candidates. Refreshments served. 561-312-8804.

Be “A Healthier You”

Tuesday, Feb. 19 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

NE Focal Point Senior Center 227 NW 2 Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

411 on Aging (10-11 a.m.) with Patrick Cavanaugh; Seniors, Dating & Sex (12-1 p.m.) with Dr. Truth a.k.a. Kate GeMeiner. For info., call 954-480-4446.

Arthall

Wednesday, Feb. 20 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Historic Downtown Pompano Beach 50 NE 1 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

FREE event sponsored by City of Pompano Beach. 954-586-1111.

History at High Noon

Wednesday, Feb. 20 – noon

Old Schoolhouse 232 NE 2 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Speaker: Judy Wilson. Info: 954-429-0378. RE: Handicapped Parking Permits

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CLERGY CORNER: Submit-resist-flee

Posted on 14 February 2013 by LeslieM

JAMES 4:7-10 Humility Cures Worldliness

7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you doubleminded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. NKJV

• SUBMIT

Submit: to give over or yield to the power or authority of another like clay to the potter.

Submit: to relinquish or concede; to cease opposition; give up complete possession of and claim to.

When we truly submit to God and the Godly things in our lives, we get blessed in all areas of our lives. Want your wife and family to be more submissive? Then you had better make sure that you are submissive in all areas of your own personal life. You can’t just decide to be submissive when you need God to move in your life; it must be a condition of the heart. The same Biblical principle applies to reaping and sowing. You just can’t sow when you want to reap something. You must continually sow in order to continually reap. Don’t stop sowing when you begin to reap.

GENESIS 26:4-5

4 And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; (Why, God, are you going to do this?)

5 because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” NKJV

HEBREWS 12:9

9 Since we respect our earthly fathers who disciplined us, should we not all the more cheerfully submit to the discipline of our heavenly Father and live forever? NLT

• RESIST

EPHESIANS 6:11-13

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. NKJV

1 PETER 5:8-9

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. NKJV

MATTHEW 4:3-10

When Jesus fasted for 40 days, the devil came to tempt him. Jesus quoted scripture and he resisted the devil. It’s easy to resist when you submit your life to God

• FLEE

MATTHEW 4:11

11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. NKJV

LUKE 4:13

13 When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came. NLT

Pastor Tony Guadagnino ministers at Christian Love Fellowship Church

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