| June, 2014

FLICKS: Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow & Ida

Posted on 19 June 2014 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


When Pan’s Labyrinth was released seven years ago, fairy tales were allowed to explore the dark side of metaphor if the film was successful. Some of Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales presented gruesome descriptions of a wicked step-sister who sliced off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s slipper.

Maleficent is Walt Disney’s attempt to interpret the dark side of Sleeping Beauty. Maleficent tells the story of a flying fairy. When she confronts the heart of darkness, she is betrayed by “true love’s first kiss.” Proving that hell hath no fury like a fairy scorned, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) plots revenge upon her lost love, King Stephan (Sharlto Copley), who marries a Queen and has a daughter. When Princess Aurora is born, Maleficent places a curse upon the child.

From this point forward, the film creates a dead pan comedy showcase for Angelina Jolie. With excellent cinematography and artistic design, Jolie takes the underwritten material and creates a memorable character. Maleficent is not a great movie, but it’s a fun summer movie at a matinee price.

In the past nine years, it seems as if Tom Cruise, science fiction and summer are synonymous with the release of War of the Worlds, Oblivion and now Edge of Tomorrow. While Edge of Tomorrow has proven to be a box office disappointment, it will likely be remembered fondly as a DVD/Blu-ray release.

Tom Cruise plays a propaganda officer who is drafted to the front lines to combat an alien evil. He is killed in the field of battle. He comes back to life to fight again … and again … and again.

Things go slightly differently each time and the film takes on a similar tone to a Warner Bros. Road Runner cartoon, with Tom Cruise as Wile E. Coyote. Then Edge of Tomorrow tries to get serious again for a climactic moment, but one wonders if the climax is merely an illusion created from a well-intentioned dream.

For those seeking more grounded entertainment, Ida opens tomorrow. This Polish fi lm with English subtitles features a novice nun who learns that her family was a victim of Nazi war crimes. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, Ida is a search for truth and identity.

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Posted on 19 June 2014 by LeslieM


June 1 A woman reported that she believes her daughter’s boyfriend stole $1,500 in cash from her home at 4371 NW 1 Terr.

June 2 A woman reported her live-in boyfriend punched her and caused injury. The incident was reported at 5350 NE 5 Terr.

June 2 A man reported that he saw a man leave his business with two hedge trimmers at 998 S. Military Trail. The man dropped the two trimmers and escaped in a car.

June 2 An attempt to break into a home was reported at 631 SW 15 St. A window in the rear of the home was broken.

June 4 A woman living in an assisted living facility reported that her wedding ring was stolen from her dresser. The incident was reported at 2403 W. Hillsboro Blvd.


May 26 Someone used an unknown object and put a hole in the wall of the building at a park located at 4521 NE 22 Ave.

May 28 Someone stole a purse containing a wallet, three prescriptions, $30 in cash, and a debit card that the victim placed on a bench at 3500 NE 27 Ave. The victim realized it was gone when she went to use her cell phone.

May 28 Someone broke into a 2001 Mercedes Benz and stole $1,000 in cash, credit cards, a wallet and a make-up bag from the center console of a vehicle parked at 3901 NE 27 Ave. The loss was $1,800.

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Posted on 19 June 2014 by LeslieM

Different approach to keeping streets clean

Dear Editor:

I’ve lived in Deerfield and Hillsboro Beach for 40 years. I built the Pickle Barrel and Lock, Stock & Barrel years ago, but I’m still here!

I read that article on cigarette butts [June 5 Observer newspaper] and yes, they really annoy me also. Every time I get out of my car, I step on a filter. I don’t care where I am — Publix, the doctor’s office, all over town.

We go to Michigan in the summer for a vacation and when you buy Coke, beer, water, all those bottles have a 10-cent deposit on them. Bring them back and get your 10 cents back!

You don’t see any litter on the streets or parking lots because they get their money back. And if someone is in need of money, they go around looking for deposit bottles and cans. They keep the streets free of containers.

So why don’t we put a 10- cent deposit on filters? Bring them back and get your $2 back. You won’t see any on the ground, plus people having to come up with an extra $2, maybe they will stop smoking and save their lives. One pack a day at $10 a pack, $300 a month, you can get a great iron lung or a leased caddy.

It really burned me up to see all the filters on my golf course, Deerfield Country Club. Now, I have to find another club because it was sold.

Hey, look at ALDI supermarket over on Federal [a second location is at W. Hillsboro Boulevard]. You put a quarter in to get a shopping cart, and when you bring it back, you get your quarter back. You don’t see any carts in the parking lot either!

The people who smoke are in DENIAL big time — and they will defend smoking till they die, and they will. It’s not a pleasant way to go. I watched my mother gasping for air and I was still smoking, but then I quit. That was in 1999 and I’m glad I did.

I love The Observer. Did you know the Publisher was one of my first customers at the Pickle Barrel and I’ve known him ever since of course, good man. And I miss his writing also.

Well enough out of me … Keep up the good work. Deerfield Beach is a great place!

John Morrell

Hillsboro Beach

RE: Katz’s Deli New York

To The staff of the Observer,

I wasn’t sure who to address this to, but I wanted the press to be aware of the situation and to hear about it from us first. The circumstances are regrettable, to say the least, and you hold a large influence over the public opinion.

I wanted to make it clear that the Katz’s operating in Deerfield Beach is in no way associated with Katz’s Delicatessen of New York City. We’re a family business that has been around for 126 years. That’s over 12 decades of hard work building a reputation based on the quality of our product and service. The Katz’s of Deerfield has come in and tried to catch a free ride on our good name.

We have tried to resolve the situation amicably; but unfortunately, it’s looking as though a peaceful resolution is not going to be possible.

Jake Dell

Katz’s Delicatessen




Posted on 19 June 2014 by LeslieM

Extreme Kayak/ Paddleboard fishing tournament

Kickoff party: Thursday, June 19, 6 to 9 p.m.

Bru’s Room 235 S. Federal Hwy. Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Tournament itself is on Saturday on Pompano beach. Races, live music, bounce houses, sand sculptures, board demos, vendor booths. Free drinks and food with entry. $35 Rec and Elite, $50 on day, free kids races.

Beauty Bash

Friday, June 20, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hecker Dermatology Group. PA 3500 NE 5 Ave. Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Save 20 percent on all products, Allergan (Botox, Latisse, Juvederm Voluma, SkinMedica). Must be injected that day only. Must RSVP and schedule an appointment. 954-783-2323.

Water Safety Awareness Day

Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Aquatic Center, 501 SE 6 Ave. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Watch water safety and rescue demonstrations by the aquatic staff and attend presentations by American Red Cross and Swim Central of Broward County. FREE, includes complimentary food and drinks. 954- 420-2262.

About Boating Safely

Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spanish River Park HQ Bldg. 3939 N. Ocean Blvd Boca Raton, FL 33431

Everyone who completes the class is given a certificate and will be sent a Florida Boating ID card, which is required for boaters under 26 years. Many insurance companies give annual discounts for completing this course. Topics include boating terminology, boat handling, navigation rules, aids to navigation, federal and Florida regulations, safety equipment and other boating techniques. $35. Bring lunch. For questions or RSVP, call 561-391-3600 and leave a message.

Dive In Movie: Teen Beach Movie

Saturday, June 21, 8 p.m.

Pompano Beach Aquatics Center 820 NE 18 Ave. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Presented by City of Pompano Beach Parks and Recreation Department. FREE. Don’t forget to wear your swimsuit! 954-786-4111 or www.pompanobeachfl.gov.

Celebrate St. John’s Day

Sunday, June 22, 3 p.m.

Bibleway Temple Ministries 877 SW 2 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Fellowship dinner after service at Westside Park, 445 SW 2 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. Union Grand Lodge Prince Hall Affiliated, Districts 32, 33, 34 M.W.U.G.L.

Dixieland/ Hot Jazz session

Sunday, June 22, 1 to 4 p.m.

Pompano Beach Elks Lodge 700 NE 10 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Presented by the Hot Jazz & Alligator Gumbo Society. $10. 954-563-5390 or 561-809-6410.

Card party

Tuesday, June 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pompano Beach Elks Lodge 700 NE 10 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Held by Benevolent Patriotic Order of DOES, Drove 142. Open to the public. Bring your table of friends or group and have a great afternoon of fun. $4 includes dessert and coffee. 561-479-2002 .

Sheriff Israel speaks

Wednesday, June 25, 7:30 p.m.

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

Sheriff Israel will report on the success to-date of three of his initiatives: VIPER (Violent Intervention Proactive Enforcement Response) Unit, BAT (Burglary Apprehension Team) and the Civil Citation Program for Juveniles. FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 954-783-8232.

Save the date: Sundays at the Butler House

Sunday, June 29, 2 to 5 p.m.

Butler House 380 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Theme: “Jammin in June.” FREE. Concert by It Takes Two. Also Starlite Express Twirlers and New Young Patriots will be there. Picnic style food available for purchase. 954-429-0378 or visit www.deerfieldhistory.org.

British Soccer Camps 2014

The British Soccer Camp will be hosting a summer camp in the City of Lighthouse Point between July 28 and August 1 at Frank McDonough Park (3498 NE 27 Ave, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064).

Camp Age Time Fee

First Kicks 3-4 years 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. $80

Mini Soccer 4-5 years 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. $105

Half Day 6-9 years 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. $125

Half Day 10-14 years 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. $125

For more information, visit www.challengersports.com.

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Posted on 19 June 2014 by LeslieM

I was at one particular health center recently where the lift was broken. For those of you who may be unaware, a lift is another name for an elevator. There happened to be a group of students in the building getting a little real life experience as they hoped to work in healthcare in the future, and they, like everyone else, had to wait for the lift to come.

After what seemed like forever, it finally arrived and, after those who were coming down got off, several of the students started to get on the lift. The only problem was that there were four people in wheelchairs who were residents of the facility who were also waiting to get on and go up to their various floors, and not only did the students not help them get on, but the students filed into the elevator so quickly that there was no room for the patients in the wheelchairs. I had to say something and I did as I called out, “My dear students, our job here is not to lift ourselves up. Our job is to lift others.”

We hear so much about those who pull others down that I thought it would be uplifting to hear a true story of brothers who literally and figuratively lift each other up. Hunter Gandee is only 14 years of age. He is not a huge lad, but he is a big brother. And I think maybe he is the kind of big brother that all of us would like to have or to be.

You see, Hunter has a 7-year-old kid brother named Braden and Braden has a G-d awful time lifting himself up. In fact, he has trouble controlling even the simplest of movements as he suffers from Cerebral Palsy. So how does this little one get around? Well, his favorite mode of transportation is his brother’s back as, since he was a toddler, his big brother Hunter would lift him piggy back style and take him wherever he wanted to go.

Hunter happens to be on his school’s wrestling team. In fact, he is the captain of the team and he is also the president of his junior high’s student council. While he wants to have the ref at each of his matches lift his arm up in victory, he also wants to make sure to lift his brother up and make him victorious.

And while Hunter is busy lifting up his little brother, don’t think that it is a one -way street. Hunter will be the first to tell you that when he is in the midst of one of his wrestling matches, his kid brother Bradon is always in the front row, and just knowing that he is there, rooting him on, lifts him up and gives him that extra boost. So there you are two brothers who lift each other up as one wrestles on the mat and the other wrestles with Cerebral Palsy.

We all wrestle with something. May we have the good sense to learn from these two most loving of brothers; may we lift each other up and, as we do, may we realize that in so doing, we also are lifted ever higher.

Shalom my friends,

Rabbi Craig H. Ezring

Rabbi Ezring is a member of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and of the Association of Professional Chaplains, He works professionally in this capacity with a number of healthcare facilities in the area, and with hospice. He is the Spiritual Leader of Temple Beth Israel of Deerfield Beach.

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Sexy & Self-Made Women’s International Business Conference July 11-13 in Palm Beach County

Posted on 15 June 2014 by JLusk

Sexy-Self-Made-Success-ClubThe Sexy Self-Made Women’s Business Conference will have 20 speakers from all over the country gathering in West Palm Beach to share their knowledge with you. This is an extremely informative business conference specifically designed for the quality Women Entrepreneur who is ready to take her business to the next level.

We will have workshops on grant writing, becoming a certified women-owned business. Prospecting, Selling, Social Media, SEO trainings and so much more!! Most of the speakers are geared to the business.

However, because this is the Sexy & Self –Made Women’s Conference we will also have “lifestyle” speakers. The “Passion Professor” speaking about confidence and how it effects every part of our lives from the boardroom to the bedroom. We have a certified dating and relationship coach speaking about the joy of loving and being loved. Every morning there will be optional sunrise yoga.

Speakers include: Mara Glazer, Cut the Crap Business Coach; April Iannazzone, Master Sales Strategist for Women Entrepreneurs; Dagmar Gatell, Seo for the Confused Woman; Patricia Mooneyham, The Passion Professor; Connie Gorrell; Caryl Mix; Shelley Mitchell; Abigail Tiefenthaler – Marketing Mastery Magic; J.B. Gossinger, Morning Coach; and Rose Walker.

WHERE: West Palm Beach Marriott Hotel, 1001 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

WHEN: July 11 – July 13, 2014

TICKETS: www.SexySelfMadeSuccess.com

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Katz V. Katz

Posted on 13 June 2014 by JLusk



Katz Deli in NYC


Katz Deli in Deerfield Beach










The famous Katz Deli in New York City filed a cease-and-desist letter on April 29 to stop Deerfield Beach Katz Deli in The Cove from using their name. The NYC deli, founded in 1888, accused the local deli of infringing on its federal trademark rights. The Cove Katz Deli opened less than a year ago. Both restaurants sell New York style and Kosher deli food. The NYC deli has been featured in movies like “When Harry Met Sally.”

 The case is listed under Katz’s Delicatessen of Houston Street Inc v Pump-a-Nickel Corp d/b/a Katz’s Deli of Deerfield Beach et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 14-04245.

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BSO impersonator targets young and elderly drivers

Posted on 13 June 2014 by JLusk

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Vehicle used and ID flashed by BSO impersonator at unsuspecting drivers.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Public Corruption Unit detectives arrested a man performing traffic stops last Friday in Broward and Palm Beach counties while posing as a BSO employee. Although the suspect says he only did this that day, detectives are looking for additional victims of this BSO impersonator.


Tiago Monteiro




On June 6, Tiago Monteiro driving a dark Volvo pulled over a car with a teen driver and two teen passengers near 400 N. Federal Hwy. Monteiro felt the teenage girl had cut him off. He stopped his car in front of hers, walked up to her car and ordered her to roll down her window. Monteiro acted with authority and quickly flashed an ID in a lanyard. He told the victim that he worked for BSO and asked to see her license and registration. After reviewing her documents, Monteiro told her he would let her go with a warning.

Hours later the impersonator pulled over a second victim. This time it was an adult man (William “Bill” Bucknam) in Boca Raton. He told Bucknam that he was a BSO detention technician and flashed a work ID from a telemarketing job. Again Monteiro asked to see his license and registration and again he told him he could go with a warning. Bucknam was suspicious and used his mobile phone to take photos of Monteiro, the Volvo and the tag. His actions were crucial in giving the BSO the information they find and apprehend Monteiro.

Public Corruption Unit detectives arrested Tiago Monteiro at his home in Coral Springs. He admitted to performing the fake traffic stops and stated he was targeting drivers whom he felt should not be behind the wheel. Monteiro had no police lights in his car, no weapon and no BSO identification. He is facing charges of impersonating an officer and false imprisonment.

Monteiro has never been employed by BSO but has applied 14 times; most recently on March 30, 2012. Monteiro has a history of mental health issues.

Detectives are asking for anyone who’s been a victim of Monteiro or anyone with additional information to contact BSO Detective Joshua Webb at 954-321-1100 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

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Photo of impersonator and his car captured in the act.

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FLICKS: The Fault in Our Stars & Words and Pictures

Posted on 12 June 2014 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


The modestly budgeted The Fault in Our Stars provided a wide return of investment compared to the much hyped, big budgeted Tom Cruise vehicle Edge of Tomorrow. Given the manic energy and huge production costs of Summer blockbusters like Godzilla, X-Me: Days of Future Past and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Hollywood is examining “little” dramas like The Fault in Our Stars.

Words and Pictures opens tomorrow and this film qualifies as a “little” drama. The pace is deliberate, but not slow. The story features two strong protagonists who suffer from illness, but features some gorgeous cinematography. As a writer, I could not but feel that the “Words” people were given short shhrift compared to the “Picture” people. After all, the “Words” leader is personified by Professor Jack Marcus (Clive Owen – who looks like he is revisiting “Ernie” from his award-winning movie Hemingway & Gellhorn), while “Pictures” is represented by Professor Dina Delsanto (the lovely Juliette Binoche).

Professor Marcus is a scoundrel, but a charming one. Professor Delsanto is the Ice Queen with a warm heart. The two bicker and defend what is more important, “Words” or “Pictures?” A philosophical war is declared, with the outcome being decided by the student body of an Ivy League prep school.

The head games between Binoche and Owen are a delight to watch and listen to too. Being adults, the two strike each other like a fire poker, but know when to cool off in a moment of serious crisis. One sees both professors’ professionalism rise to the occasion when two students are involved with harassment charges.

Near the end, Words and Pictures suffers from a scene of over-the-top melodrama. However, the conclusion works and that is all that matters.

The best thing about this film is watching two artists overcome their own handicaps. While Clive Owen presents an easy vice – vodka and lime – Juliette Binoche’s character suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. Words and Pictures is a worthy alternative to over produced and over hyped Summer Blockbuster

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Posted on 12 June 2014 by LeslieM


May 28 A woman reported that her wallet was stolen while she did laundry at 560 NE 44 St.

May 28 A burglary was reported at a residence at 1440 NW 45 St. The rear sliding door was smashed and electronics were stolen.

May 29 A home burglary was reported at 442 NW 47 St. The home was entered, but nothing was stolen.

May 29 A man reported that the door to his offi ce was kicked in. The incident was reported at 733 SE 1 Way.

May 30 A residential burglary was reported at 610 SE 2 Ave.

May 30 A vacant building at 70 SW 1 Court was broken into and 20 copper pipes were stolen.

DEERFIELD – District 4

June 4 Theft was reported in Deer Creek at 2403 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Victim stated that she laid her wedding ring on her dresser when she went to bed. When she woke, the ring was gone. The victim is in an assisted living facility,

June 5 Theft – Retail/ Shoplifting took place at Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Two female suspects entered Target at 9:11 a.m. on June 4. They grabbed a shopping cart and fi lled it with 3 breast pumps, a baby swing and miscellaneous baby clothing and left the store without paying for the items. Total amount stolen was approximately worth $1,000.Video surveillance was placed into evidence.


May 19 Victim said her keys were either lost or stolen while she was shopping at a store located at 3700 N. Federal Hwy.

May 19 Someone ripped two holes in a motorcycle cover that was parked at 2150 NE 42 Court. The damage was $200.

May 19 Someone stole an Enduro bike and cable while the victim was at work at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. Loss was $1,240.

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