| September, 2014

Flegel competes in worlds

Posted on 26 September 2014 by LeslieM

sports092514By Gary Curreri

Noah Flegel’s goal for next year on the pro wakeboard circuit is a Top-10 finish.

My goal for next year is to break into the Top 5,” said Flegel, of Lighthouse Point, who recently turned 17.

Right now, I am No. 11. Next year, I am hoping to get in the Top 5. The top guys make around $500,000 a year.”

The North Broward Prep School junior fell twice during his semifinal run of the Pro Men’s Division to finish second in his heat with a score of 75.67. Only the winners of each heat advanced to the finals of the recent Rockstar WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra Boats, at Mills Pond Park in Ft. Lauderdale.

The invitation-only event attracted 200 competitors from 15 countries during a four-day span. An estimated 4,100 spectators turned out for the event.

It was a good season for Flegel, who made two finals and got fourth place in two Nautique events – Nationals in Waco, Texas and the Wake Open – during the year. He entered the Pro Men’s ranks just a few months ago.

I think it is great to be able to do what I do and make a living at it,” Flegel said. “I would also like to start my own company, something within the sport. I have some invention ideas I am trying to pursue so we’ll see.”

Flegel has also won two consecutive National and World Titles in the Junior Pro ranks, as well as winning the overall Junior Pro Series in 2013. He’s also won a World WakeSurf championship.

Flegel said he didn’t really think about a future in the sport when he first started.

When I was young, I didn’t think of the future that much,” Flegel said. “I was just thinking of having fun and going with the fl ow. Not much has changed. I just turned pro. I still live a pretty normal life.”

His brother Keenan recently moved up to Orlando and is a student at UCF. He is on the WakeSurf team. His older brother has won every Wake Surf and Skim Style competition he has entered.

Competing in the Worlds was a huge accomplishment for Flegel, including the fact that he was competing in his hometown.

It is really putting all of your best tricks together, ” Flegel said. “If you miss one trick you won’t be at the podium. You get two tries and eight tricks — all the toughest tricks. It is insane to watch because everybody is throwing their top tricks.”

Flegel is happy to be where he is at right now.

It’s awesome to see what I have been doing,” Flegel said. “To see how it has built up to me being a professional athlete. Now I am in the very beginning stages of being a pro and I am trying to work my way up.”

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FLICKS: A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Skeleton Twins & FLIFF

Posted on 26 September 2014 by LeslieM

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By Dave Montalbano

http://cinemadave.livejournal.Com

For over 30 years, Liam Neeson has been a consistent character actor in support of actors like Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, and the Batman.

In his recent film releases, such as Taken, The Grey and Non Stop, Neeson has taken on the role as the iconic leading man in American movies. With A Walk Among the Tombstones, Neeson gives a simple performance, but with nuanced moments of vulnerability and nobility.

Former New York cop turned private investigator Matthew Scudder (Neeson) is hired by a shabby character that he meets at an AA meeting.

The shabby character reveals that his brother is a drug kingpin who needs a private investigator. It turns out that the wife of the drug kingpin has been murdered and the crime lord wants revenge.

However, revenge is not easy because the motives seem convoluted. Could the killers be from a rival gang? Could this be a conspiracy grown from the incompetency of the DEA?

Scudder unravels this mystery while confronting a personal demon of his own, alcoholism.

The best part about this film is the relationship between Scudder and TJ (Brian “Astro” Bradley), a homeless boy with sickle cell anemia. The relationship grows out of respect for great detective literature from Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, with life lessons about the importance of maintaining good pistol maintenance.

The biggest flaw in this film is the climatic ending. As Scudder takes matters into his own hands, we heard a narration expressing the 12 Steps of alcohol recovery. While the intention may have been noble, the juxtaposition between audio and the visual is jarring.

On a lighter note, The Skeleton Twins starring Saturday Night Live alumnus Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig opens this weekend. It is a story about estranged twins who decide to come to grips with maturity.

The 2014 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival has announced their celebrity line-up for the season, featuring veterans Jason Alexander and George Hamilton. The daughters of David Mamet and Robert Carradine, Clara Mamet and Ever Carradine, respectively, will be in attendance to promote their independent projects.

For more information about dates, times and ticket sales, call 954-252- FILM (3456) or visit www.fliff.com.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 26 September 2014 by LeslieM

DEERFIELD BEACH Sept. 8. Three men were recorded on video surveillance stealing rims and tires off a car parked at 724 SE 17 Terr.

Sept. 8. A man reported that a UPS package was stolen from his apartment at 960 Crystal Lake Dr.

Sept. 9. A man was observed shoplifting at the Super Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Sept. 9. A woman reported that two women punched her and fl ed at 445 SW 2 St.

Sept. 11. A car parked at 3001 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd. was broken into, and a purse was stolen.

DEERFIELD – District 4

Sept. 2. Residential burglary occurred in Deer Creek, at 2385 Woodlands Way. The victim’s door was forced open. $22,550 in jewelry was reported stolen.

Sept . 2. Residential burglary was reported in Riverglen, at 4180 NW 3 Ave. Suspects were arrested for burglary and grand theft.

Sept. 3. Retail theft took place at Deerfield Beach Mall, 3904 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Suspect stole items valued at $99.99 from Sally Beauty Supply.

LIGHTHOUSE POINT

Sept. 1. Someone stole a cactus, vine and bush from a residence at 2240 NE 34 St. that is in the process of being sold. The plants were on the back patio. Loss was $350.

Sept. 5. Someone vandalized the victim’s vehicle by spray painting the tailgate and back window while it was parked outside the residence at 2140 NE 42 St. Damage was $200.

Sept. 5. A subject pulled into a teller at a bank located at 3800 N. Federal Hwy. and attempted to cash a fraudulent check in the amount of $675. The subject drove away when the teller refused. The victim said her checkbook was stolen when someone had broken into her vehicle.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted on 26 September 2014 by LeslieM

CERT graduates NEW class

Dear Editor:

Deerfield Beach CERT Class 41 completed their graduation drill on August 28.

We had an amazing class with 24 graduates! 24/7 our team stands ready — prepared to serve the residents of the City of Deerfield Beach, as well as the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO).

Each month, we meet as a team for additional training.

Our monthly meeting was yesterday, Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. [last Wednesday of the month] at Fire Station 102 in the 3rd floor training room – the same room as the CERT Basic Training Class. (Leadership team meets at 5:30 p.m.)

This month’s training was on our CERT bags.

When a new class graduates, they are given a CERT bag with basic supplies. As they become more involved with CERT, they will continually be adding items to their bag. We asked our members to bring their CERT bags to this meeting so we could make sure that everyone had the basic supplies. We also asked members to share the items they’ve added to their bags that might come in handy during an activation. CERT team members will want to make sure their CERT bag is up to par, as we will have a drill in October.

Time, and, weather permitting, we planned to go down to our CERT truck and go over the items on the truck.

SPECIAL EVENT

BSO Fire Rescue District Chief Sievers asked CERT to assist with water and tents for a special event on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Knowing this was a work day for most, their assistance was greatly appreciated, those who were able to help out.

Event was a grand finale carnival for “Buckle up Quiet Waters Elementary – Buckle Up – Every Ride, Every Time.”

WEATHER SPOTTER TRAINING

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Skywarn Weather Spotter Training will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It is being hosted by the City of Ft. Lauderdale.

Carol Sjursen

CERT Coordinator

Deerfield Beach

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 26 September 2014 by LeslieM

2nd Annual Festi-Fall Arts & Craft Show

Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

$2. Arts & crafts, food items and gift baskets and stage entertainment. Benefits Women in Distress and Zonta initiatives. Sponsored by Zonta Club of Greater Deerfield Beach.

Sundays at the Butler House

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2-5 p.m.

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

Free entrance. Classic car display by Russ G. Events. Music of the ‘60s and ‘70s, with DJ Talani. Entertainment, food, exhibits, tours, special displays and more.

CRA Business Resource Center Job Fair

Monday, Sept. 29, 3 to 7 p.m.

E. Pat Larkins Community Center 520 Hammondville Rd./MLK Jr. Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL

The Pompano Beach CRA Business Resource Center will be hosting a job fair with a mix of companies from a variety of industries. For more information, call 954-586-1132.

Toastmasters Open House – Deerfield

Monday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.

Old Schoolhouse 323 NE 2 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

FREE. Presentation: How to improve your listening skills.

10th Annual Museum Day Live

Saturday Sept. 27

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

The Butler House Museum will open its doors free of charge with a Museum Day Live ticket, which can be downloaded at Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. 954-429-0378, www.Deerfield-History.org.

Dunn’s Run Registration Packet Pick-Up & Party

Saturday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Two Georges at the Cove 1754 SE 3 Ct. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Register for the popular 5K Walk & Run/ 5 Mile Run, which will be held Oct. 5. It benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Also, registration on Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p..m. at Oceans 234, 234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach 33441. For more information, call 954-537-1010 or email dcox@bgcbc.org , or visit www.DunnsRun.com.

Dixieland/Swing With Dancing

Sunday, Sept. 28, 1 to 4 p.m.

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

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

NE Focal Point Senior Center Open House

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

NE Focal Point 227 NW 2 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Experience first-hand all of our classes, programs and services. Dr. Mohsin Jaffer and Dr. Noel Mora will speak. Tours, entertainment, interactive activities, exhibits, light refreshments, raffle. Also volunteer opportunities for Senior Center, Preschool, Multi-Cultural Adult Day Care, Alzheimer’s Day Care Center and Thrift Shop. 954-480-4447 or email tsutton@deerfield-beach.com .

Toastmasters – Boca Raton

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Train Depot Countess de Hoernle Pavilion 747 S. Dixie Highway Boca Raton, FL 33432

Free. Improve public speaking and leadership abilities. Ongoing every Tuesday. 561-251-4164.

ZUMBA Fitness Class

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks & Recreation Department will be starting ZUMBA Fitness Classes at Westside Park, 445 SW 2 St., on Sept. 30. This class is low impact for beginners and takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Registration is $7 per class for walk-ins or you may purchase a package of 10 classes for $60. Bring a friend and get a free class!

For more information, contact Westside Park at 954- 480-4481.

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CLERGY CORNER: Is Your Spirit Healthy?

Posted on 26 September 2014 by LeslieM

The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit? Proverbs 18:14

Life’s challenges can be successfully overcome when one’s spirit, inner being, is strong and healthy.

The power of one’s inner drive is undeniable in attempting and accomplishing great feats.

Mental fortitude, control of one’s thoughts, disciplined reactions, and an optimistic outlook are traits of a healthy spirit.

Solomon’s observations about life revealed that even physical sickness cannot break down a person whose spirit is healthy. The will to live and survive often sustains the one facing an infirmity.

The importance of the spirit to our management of life however, is shown in the reality that when it is broken, life is unbearable. If a healthy spirit enables us to face unhealthy situations in life, how are we to go on when our spirit is unhealthy and broken? When the thing that you rely on for support becomes unstable, what do you do?

We live in a world where many things threaten to break our spirits. Stress from work, financial, family and personal issues are taking a toll on far too many. The pressures of life have driven some over the edge and left others teetering close to the brink.

Solomon does not offer a solution so much as make the observation, but perhaps he wanted us to consider the need to maintain a healthy spirit. Our bodies are kept in health by a proper diet and exercise. What are we feeding and ingesting in our inner being? What are we listening to that may be affecting us for good or for bad? What kind of thoughts are constantly streaming through our minds informing our attitude and disposition? What do we possess internally that will help us to address the external issues that we face daily?

It has been discovered that a common trait among successful people is that they meditate at least once a day.

The ability to sit silently, close out the world, and concentrate on one’s inner self has been proven to be therapeutic and advantageous to a person’s wellbeing. Meditating upon God’s mercies, His love, and His plans for us help believers to maintain a healthy spirit.

Solomon’s father, David, remarked in one of his Psalms, “I would have fainted had I not believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13). Thinking about and anticipating God’s favor upon his life sustained David in some harrowing experiences (facing a lion, a bear, a giant, and a jealous king).

If your spirit is unhealthy or broken, you can regain vitality by feeding it with the instruction and promises of Scripture.

Connect or re-connect with God in a relationship that recognizes His sovereignty and your dependence upon Him. Meditate upon His truth and strengthen your inner man through obedience and faith. Allow your thoughts to be directed by what is good, pure, right, just, honest and lovely. Let your attitude inform you how to respond to adversity, rather than be emotionally driven by the circumstances of your life.

Live selflessly and learn to love your neighbor as yourself.

Be thankful for the good things you have experienced, for lessons learned in adversity, and for the people who bring out the best in you.

Practice kindness and hospitality daily. Laugh often and smile consistently. These are the types of activities that promote a healthy spirit.

Strengthen your spirit and transform your outlook. Transform your outlook and watch how it will affect your life.

Bishop Patrick L. Kelly is the Pastor of Cathedral Church of God, 365 S. Dixie Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441, 954-427-0302. The Church just celebrated its 90th Anniversary over Labor Day weekend — 1924-2014.

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Coach Schnellenberger FAU Ceremony

Posted on 19 September 2014 by LeslieM

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Bucks battle back to down Ely, 14-12

Posted on 18 September 2014 by LeslieM

sports091814By Gary Curreri

Cortez Grace started the season as a linebacker and third string quarterback for the Deerfield Beach High School football team; however, he finished Friday night’s game as a hero.

As the song title states, Grace was simply “amazing” in the closing minutes as he overcame two earlier interceptions and capped a 90-yard drive in the final three minutes with a 1-yard TD plunge to lift host Deerfield Beach to a 14-12 victory in the inaugural McDougle Bowl at Deerfield Beach High School.

I just wanted to win the game,” said Grace, who grew up across the street from Blanche Ely High School, and was 5 for 6 on the winning drive for 68 yards on the 13-play, 90-yard drive with 3:01 remaining in the game. “It felt good. I just came through for my team.”

Grace connected on a 30- yard pass to Antonio Cartagena and then hit Simeon Brown for 19 and 11 yards to march the Bucks down the field. With just 24 seconds left, Grace hit Randerick Gervin to the Tigers’ 1 before taking it in himself from a yard out.

I don’t like to lose,” added Grace, who filled in for starting quarterback Jeff Joseph, who was sidelined with an injury. “I was just ready. I wasn’t thinking about nothing. I just put the (interceptions) in my past. I got my mind right. I played against those kids in youth football. This is big for me. It was special. It tugged at my heart. It was meant to happen.”

Blanche Ely’s Robert Williams ran for two first half touchdowns as the Tigers (0-2) rallied from an early deficit to take a 12-7 lead on the 40th anniversary of the series between the two schools. Williams finished the game with 10 carries for 89 yards. Deerfield (2-1) had taken a 7-0 lead on a Kobe Farrish 6-yard scoring run early in the contest.

The kids hung in there,” said Deerfield Beach coach Allen Jackson. “We just had to believe. That’s what the kids did on the sideline. They started believing in themselves and the passes that Cortez threw were huge for us. Oh, my goodness. You couldn’t ask anything more from him. He stepped in and did an awesome job.”

The game was sponsored by brothers Jerome Mc- Dougle (1997 Ely grad) and Stockar McDougle (1996 Deerfield Beach grad), who both went on to play in the NFL.

The brothers, who served as honorary captains for their respective teams, presented the game’s trophy, in addition to awarding scholarships to the game MVPs – Blanche Ely’s Demeterice Bellamy and Deerfield Beach’s Jimmy Harper.

This is awesome,” said Jerome, who played with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants from 2003-2008. “It is great for me and my brother to come back to one of the greatest rivalries in Broward County and we were a part of it. It is just a great atmosphere for football. Both teams have had players go and play in the National Football League so it is good for us to come back.”

This is very cool to give me and my brother a chance to come back here to this game that we actually played in when we were in high school, and to tie it around our foundation,” said Stockar, who has also helped purchase equipment for his alma mater.

The rivalry never dies. Out of the whole household, I am the only one that didn’t go to Blanche Ely. I hear it all the time, no matter how old you get.”

Stockar said the game always represents “bragging rights?”

Yes, it is winner take all,” Stockar added. “But it is all about pouring more resources into the community and getting the two booster clubs involved. We have a lot of athletes who have come out of these two programs and who have gone on and done great things. It was definitely time.”

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FLICKS: Dolphin Tale 2 & My Old Lady

Posted on 18 September 2014 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano

http://cinemadave.livejournal. Com

It was with a sense of melancholia that I went to go see Dolphin Tale 2. When the box office results were announced, that sense of melancholia returned. In between bouts of melancholia, I kept thinking about what a life-affirming movie Dolphin Tale 2 is. I had to visit the website www.seewinter.com because I wanted to learn more about the main characters.

It is based on a true story set on the Florida West Coast. In terms of story and character development, this film is an improvement over the original Dolphin Tale. It is far less gimmicky. Writer/ Director Charlie Martin Smith has crafted an entertaining story with truthful emotional transitions from grief to personal triumph for dolphin, bird, sea turtle and humans seeking salvation.

It is business as usual at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Boss Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.) retains the mission statement of “Rescue, Rehab, Release.” With Winter (the amputee dolphin heroine from the first movie) being utilized as a major tourist attraction, Dr. Clay employs his daughter, Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) and Sawyer (Nathan Gamble) as capable research assistants.

Being a social creature, Winter suffers from grief when her “roommate” dies. Marine Biologists agree that Winter needs the social interaction to survive. When college recruiters witness Sawyer’s attention to Winter’s medical needs, they award the Marine Biologist prodigy a full scholarship. As these two dramas play themselves out, one realizes that Dolphin Tale 2 is a universal drama about an individual’s rite of passage. Parents – this is a GOOD family film. It is better than what current box office totals have revealed.

My Old Lady opens tomorrow. With a title like that, one expects a follow-up joke from the old television sitcom Married with Children. Yet with Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith, there is a level of sophistication with nuanced humor.

Mathias Gold (Kline) returns to Paris to settle the estate of his late father. Upon arrival, Mathias learns that Mathilde (Smith) and her daughter Chloe (Thomas Scott) have retained a form of French squatter’s rights on the property. As boundary lines form between the man and the women, Mathias uncovers an inconsistent behavior pattern of his dearly departed Dad.

Based on his play, writer/ director Israel Horovitz does not landlock the camera and keeps the action moving on the big screen. When dramatically appropriate, Horovitz uses static shots to enhance the drama. With pros like Kline, Scott Thomas and Smith, My Old Lady becomes a special motion picture.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 17 September 2014 by LeslieM

DEERFIELD BEACH

August 3 A man was arrested and charged with battery on a woman at 6 NE 45 Street.

August 3 A man stole a hand basket of body wash and 12 rolls of toilet paper from Walgreens at 20 SW 12 Ave. Total value of the stolen items was $110.

August 4 A man reported his car stolen from 1240 SW 8 Ave.

August 4. A man was observed trying to break into storage units at 4699 N. Dixie Hwy. He was unable to cut through all the locks and fl ed before he could enter the units.

August 4 A man was arrested and charged with loitering and prowling after he tried to break into a trailer at 400 N. Ocean Dr.

Sept. 15 On Tuesday, at 1:40 p.m., BSO was investigating an incident near the 4200 block of NW 7 Place involving a male suspect, slim build and older model black Nissan 4-door suspect vehicle. Victim was outside her residence by the roadway cleaning her sidewalk. Vehicle stopped on the roadway, suspect jumped out and ran up to the victim. He snatched two gold necklaces from her neck before reentering the vehicle, which fl ed the area south on NW 41 Way. The victim had only minor abrasions on her neck. Investigation ultimately revealed that the vehicle was observed by witnesses driving back and forth in the area prior to the incident. The witnesses additionally observed a Silver or Gray Nissan 4-door following the Black Vehicle. The silver vehicle was observed backing into at least one driveway

If anyone has information, contact BSO at 954-480-4301 or you can submit information directly to police by logging onto CrimeMapping.com.

LIGHTHOUSE POINT

August 27 Victim said he performed work on a customer’s vehicle at his shop at 4250 block of N. Federal Hwy. and was given a check that was returned for insufficient funds. Amount was $1,905.52.

August 28 Victim was working at a bar at 4460 N. Federal Hwy. and believed that a subject stole his cell phone. A hostess at the same establishment also told police that a patron had taken her cell phone. Police questioned two subjects that were believed to be involved, with negative results.

August 28 Someone stole a Rolex wristwatch from a workbench at 3170 N. Federal Hwy. Loss was $300.

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