| October, 2015

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted on 22 October 2015 by LeslieM

Open letters to Century Village Management

Master Management

All week, the week of Oct. 12, we were advised that the water throughout the village would be [turned] off on Friday, Oct. 16, from 7:30 a.m. to about 6 p.m. The City of Deerfield Beach was involved [in] this having something to do with the water valves. So, we made sure that we had water in our apartments for drinking and large pots of water to use to flush our toilets. Everything in the village was closed — the clubhouse, the pools and the restaurant. Well, along came Friday morning, Oct. 16, and the water was not turned off. I called the city water department about 10 a.m. and was told that Master Management had cancelled the work the day before.

The same way you notified us about the water being turned off, you could have advised us of the cancellation by email. It is a means of instant communication and could have been done it at the same time that you notified the city that the work had been cancelled—not at 11:30 a.m. on Friday when we had already had our days ruined but knew that the work had to be done. Who do you think you are, your own private Caliphate? How dare you treat us as if we are nothing more than your serfs? It is really time that each and every one of you was replaced.

Bay Management

You are a million dollar business that operates like a 1930s candy store.

The elevator in the [Century Village] clubhouse was not operative on Saturday or Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18. I know that the service contract is 24/7, but since no one from Bay Management was in the clubhouse over the weekend, and the people in the staff office know nothing, nothing was done.

It would have been nice to go to the dance on Saturday night or the show on Sunday, but since there was no elevator, those of us who could not manage the stairs were out of luck.

I am darn sure that if this had happened during the season, the people in the staff office would have known what to do immediately. I ask what kind of candy store are you running? You can make all the excuses you want to as far as why nothing was done. Makes no difference. You were wrong.

Roberta Shapiro

Deerfield Beach

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Halloween HAPPENINGS

Posted on 22 October 2015 by LeslieM

Note: Dates and times are subject to change. Call venue to confirm.

Carn Evil Haunted Mansion

Friday and Saturday nights, 7 to 11 p.m.

Oct. 23 & 24, Oct 30 & 31

Sample McDougald House

450 NE 10 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33061

$10 per child under 18, $20 adults. Presented by the Rotary Club of Pompano Beach. Proceeds benefit local charities and scholarships. Free parking at the Elks Club next door. No high heels or spikes permitted. Visit www.pompanobeachrotary.com.

Haunted House

Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24

Sugar Sand Park

300 S. Military Tr. Boca Raton, FL 33486

Ages 7 to 12. Lite nite on Oct. 22 offers less intense experience for ages 5-12. $6 per person in advance. $8 per person after Oct 4. Tickets at 561-347-3948 or www.sugarsandpark.org/shriek-week.

Boo Bash

Friday, Oct. 23, 6 to 9 p.m.

Pompano Community Park

850 NE 18 Ave. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Join us for a spooktacular time at this year’s Boo Bash! Carnival games, un-boo-lievable stage performers, DJ music and dancing, haunted bus and more! Costume contest! Call 954-786-4111.

7th Annual Halloween Fair & Horse Show

Saturday Oct. 24, noon to 2:30 p.m.

Sand & Spurs Equestrian Park

1600 NE 5 Ave. Pompano Beach FL 33060

12:30 p.m. – Horse & Rider Costume Contest on Horseback/

1:30 p.m. – Public Costume Parade. $3 pony rides, $1-$2 games, $1 bounce house, $3 face painting, $2 pumpkin patch, food for purchase, pet communicator/whisperer (bring your leashed pet or a picture), hay rides. Some proceeds benefit U Can Ride Therapeutic Sessions. Visit www.ucanride.org or call 954-786-4133.

Howl-o-Ween Pet Party

Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pet Supermarket

55 S. Federal Hwy. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Free treat giveaways. Pet costume contest, register from 1:30 to 1:55 p.m., contest starts at 2 p.m. Win a $25 gift card. Drawings for a one-year supply of free pet food. Call 954-427-1290.

Magic Show by Magician Mike Winters

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m.

Percy White Library

837 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Free. Celebrate Halloween with a bit of magic! Magician Mike Winters presents fun illusions for the whole family. Call 954-357-7680

Family Halloween Hoe-Down

Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 to 9 p.m.

Villages of Hillsboro Park

4111 NW 6th Street Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Halloween games and fun, including pumpkin carving, costume contest, horse-drawn hayride, petting zoo, pumpkin patch and more.

Halloween event

Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8 p.m.

Dan Witt Park

3035 NE 31 Ave. Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Ages 12 and under. Costume contest, bounce house, rides & more.

Halloween Party

Friday, Oct. 30, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

NE Focal Point

227 NW 2 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Guest DJ “KJ” spinning spooky hits. Light refreshments, costume contest, best dressed walker. Call Tamara Sutton, 954-480-4447.

Fall Festival

Friday, Oct. 30, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

First Baptist Church

701 NE 2 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Hayride, Despicable Me bounce house, petting zoo, face painting, dunk tank, rock wall, bungee bounce, arts & crafts, candy bags, cake walk, hot dogs, chili contest and more. Visit www.deerfieldfirst.com.

Trunk or Treat

Friday, Oct. 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

St. Ambrose Catholic Church

380 S. Federal Hwy. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Decorate your car for Halloween. All trunks must be in school parking lot by 6 p.m. Sign up at www.signupgenius.com, or call 954-427-2225. Remember, they also have a pumpkin patch (while supplies last)!

Not-so-Spooky Halloween Bash

Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 to 8 p.m.

Pompano City Centre

1955 N. Federal Hwy. Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Witch Anna and the Wizard show! Entertainment, games, prizes, trick or treat, and more. Call 954-943-4683 or visit www.pompanocitycentre.com.

Halloween festivities

Saturday, Oct. 31, 1 to 3 p.m.

Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex

445 SW 2 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Halloween carnival complete with prizes, treats, games and costume contest.

Fall Festival

Saturday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tradewinds Park and Stables

3600 W. Sample Rd. Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Fees vary by activity. Entrance fee in effect. Fall games and crafts, hayrides, food trucks, model steam train rides, farm tours and demos, barn tours and bounce houses. Proceeds benefit the Retirement Pasture, providing a home for horses. Call 954-357-8870.

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 22 October 2015 by LeslieM

Women’s Health Expo

Thursday, Oct. 22, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Broward Health North Conference Center

201 E. Sample Rd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33064

Free. Food, shopping, networking, exhibits, raffles. Call 954-759-7400.

Zion Lutheran All Years Reunion

Thursday, Oct. 22 to Sunday Oct. 25

Times and locations for events vary

Zion Lutheran Christian School

959 SE 6 Ave. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Family dinner, golf tournament, dance, networking event, barbeque, breakfast, bell concert, homecoming game, tailgating and other events. Visit #zionpalooza2015 on Facebook or call 954-695-2353.

50th Anniversary Party for Lighthouse Point Library

Friday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m.

Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club

2701 NE 42 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33064

$75 per person. Cash bar. Dinner and auction. Tickets available at www.lighthousepointlibrary.com. Call 954-785-0042 or email doreengauthier@bellsouth.net.

Family Hayride and Campfire

Friday, Oct. 23, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

$3.50 per person. Enjoy hayride, make S’mores at bonfire. Advance tickets required; call 954-357-5100. Gate fee may apply.

Youth Ministry Yard Sale

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 23 & 24, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

First Christian Church

1960 NE 34 St. Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Furniture, household items and more. Benefits Youth Ministry.

Making Strides Walk for Breast Cancer

Saturday, Oct. 24 6:30 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. walk

Mizner Park Amphitheater

590 Plaza Real Boca Raton, FL 33432

Rain or shine. Walk benefits American Cancer Society. For information, call 561-650-0119.

15th Annual Health & Wellness Expo

Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

NE Focal Point

227 NW 2 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Health screenings (blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol, skin cancer, etc.), flu shots by Walgreen’s. BSO prescription take-back. Broward Man Van offers men’s health screenings. Door prizes, entertainment and food. Flu Shot and Man Van pre-registration are required. Call 954-480-4449.

Save the Tatas Beach Tennis Tournament

Sunday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. check-in, first match at 9:30 a.m.

Pompano Beach Tennis Training Center

222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Mens and womens singles, doubles and mixed doubles. First category $25, second $15, third $10. Food trucks, raffles, giveaways. Pre-register at www.beachtennis.us.

The Jazz Ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band Concert

Tuesday Oct. 27, 7 p.m.

Pompano Beach Amp

1806 NE 6 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

FREE. Patriotic concert features diverse repertoire, ranging from big band and swing to bebop, Latin, contemporary Jazz, Dixieland and more. For more information, call 954-519-5500 or visit www.pompanobeachartsorg.

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CLERGY CORNER: You reap what you sow

Posted on 22 October 2015 by LeslieM

The fall season is a time of cooler temperatures, brightly colored leaves, and anticipated fruit and vegetable harvests. Northern states tend to see and feel the season more than we do here in South Florida, where 80 to 90 degree temperatures still taunt us. The many harvest festivals, pumpkins, apples and store displays serve to remind us that it is here nonetheless.

Fall, also known as autumn, is so named because of what happens to leaves as the weather grows colder in most parts of the country – they eventually fall from the trees. The season was originally identified as harvest due to its status as the last opportunity to reap a crop for the year.

We live in a time when you can buy just about any fruit or vegetable year ‘round regardless of the season. Importing from various countries with different climates from ours translates into mangoes, watermelon, and coconuts in winter. Our tropical climate means we get to enjoy these things practically year ‘round. The more that is locally grown, the better for us and local farmers. The farmers can only sell what they grow, however. And they can only grow what they intentionally plant.

This principle extends beyond agriculture into our lives and experiences as well. You reap what you sow. Sowing happens when we invest, put in, or contribute to something. If you invest in learning, you will reap an education. If you put effort into your exercise regimen, you will reap better health. If you contribute to the productivity of your employer by possessing a good work ethic, you will reap a salary and perhaps a bonus or raise.

This idea of sowing and reaping affects our relationships as well. What we get out of our interactions with each other is directly related to what we put in.

In fact, Jesus’ command in Matthew 7:12, also known as the Golden Rule, directs us to sow with good intentions. “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” So, if I expect my neighbor to treat me fairly, I need to be fair with him. If I want patience and mercy from others because of my inabilities and frailties, then I must be patient and merciful with them when I am subject to theirs.

This is an inescapable fact of life and human experience. You reap what you sow. It is far easier for us to respond to people in kind. Try being friendly and gracious with your server at the restaurant on your next visit and see if you don’t get better service than when you were irritated and demanding. Galatians 6:7 makes it plain, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” You cannot sow strife and expect to reap peace. You cannot sow hate and expect to reap love. You cannot sow discord and expect to reap unity.

What kind of harvest would you like this season? If you have sown good seeds of compassion, kindness, and patience with others, then you can look for an abundant return of the same in your life. If you have sown negative words, attitudes, and behavior then don’t be surprised when those same things return in multiplied measure. It’s never too late, however, to change the course of our lives by adjusting our outlook to realize that we can have some effect upon what happens to us. In this season, let us intentionally sow good seeds so that we may reap a good harvest.

Bishop Patrick L. Kelly is the pastor of Cathedral Church of God, 365 S. Dixie Hwy., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. 954-427-0302.

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Softball association gives back

Posted on 22 October 2015 by LeslieM

sports102215By Gary Curreri

The South Florida Senior Softball Association recently presented an $800 check to Mission United to commemorate Patriot’s Day. Mission United is a division of the United Way of Broward County. Michael Ellis, of Mission United, accepted the check and said the money would be used to provide dental care for Veterans.

Ellis, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, said there are 32 dentists in Broward County that provide pro bono dental work for veterans in need, but there are lab tests and other incidentals that have to be paid for out of pocket. This donation will help defray those costs.

The South Florida Senior Softball Association is based at the Four Fields Complex in Pompano Beach. Throughout the year, it provides recreational softball to players 50 years of age or older. The club meets on Mondays and Fridays year-round and adds Wednesdays during the winter season when the snowbird members arrive.

The club membership usually encompasses approximately 100 members.

While recreational softball is the attraction that brings the players together, the club is not one dimensional,” said SFSSA board member Jeff Schrier, who is the corresponding secretary. “We involve ourselves in many activities to benefit the Pompano area, its residents and those in need. We host tournaments where the proceeds are given to worthy causes.”

On Saturday, Dec. 5, the club will split up into four teams and play games for the needy youngsters in the area. The entry fee for each player will be one unwrapped toy that will be forwarded to children who otherwise might not receive a gift for the holidays.

Schrier said 48 players have signed up for the event already.

There should be a lot of smiles on Christmas morning,” he said. “We invite all to come down to watch and bring a toy as well. All donations will be accepted and forwarded.”

Pierre switches commitment

Deerfield Beach safety James Pierre is not planning on going to the University of Miami after all.

The 6-foot-2, 165 senior, who also holds offers from 11 schools, including Cincinnati, Kentucky and Wisconsin, had originally committed to the University of Miami last May. He also had an offer from the University of North Carolina, which he said, via Twitter, he will now attend.

Pierre helped the Bucks pull out a 44-21 District 11-8A win over host Douglas last week. He and sophomore linebacker Rosendo Louis each had a team-high six tackles for Deerfield Beach, while senior defensive backs Simeon Brown and Kimar Martin had two interceptions.

Bucks senior quarterback Teddrick Moffett accounted for 277 total yards and five scores. He passed for 232 yards and three TDs, and rushed for 45 yards and two scores. Senior wide receiver Cavin Ridley added 137 total yards, as he had 85 yards receiving and another 52 yards on the ground.

Deerfield Beach (6-1, 3-0) will host undefeated Piper (7-0, 3-0) for the District title on Oct. 30. The lone Bucks loss was a non-district, 33-15, loss to Jacksonville Bolles on Sept. 25.

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“Back to the Future” –the day has arrived

Posted on 21 October 2015 by JLusk

A mock Doc and Marty pose with a pooch Founders Day, on Feb. 14.

A mock Doc and Marty pose with a pooch (“Dante”) Founders Day, on Feb. 14, 2015.

By Rachel Galvin

In Back to the Future Part II, the second of the trilogy, Marty McFly travels from 1985 into the future with Doc Brown to save his unborn children. The year shown is Oct. 21, 2015, a date in real life that just came to pass yesterday. This momentous occasion has become news-worthy as people are abuzz about what the movie got right and wrong in its predictions.

There are no flying cars as shown in the film, but there are some hover boards being experimented with currently. There is no self-adjusting or self-drying clothing, but the Cubs are in the World Series (but are not going to  win, although they were predicted to in between promos of Jaws 19, a feat that, in reality, has not happened in over 100 years). In the film, it said they would be battling a Miami team; Miami did not have a team when the film was released in 1989, but it does now. [The Cubs are currently battling the Mets.] Marty’s children watched multiple channels on their TV screens and communicated through live videos. They answered the phone and were entertained through their glasses. Today, we have Google Glass and Virtual Reality glasses, including Oculus Rift, Avegent Glyph and Sony PlayStation VR, among others. Although not everything in the film was prophetic, it seems that Robert Zemeckis’s creation didn’t do too badly in predicting what would happen in 2015.

Christopher_LloydBack to the Future fans will get a chance to meet the real Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) at the upcoming Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival when he is present at the screening of his new film “The Boat Builder” on Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso in Ft. Lauderdale (subject to change). He also will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. His co-star, Lea Thompson, who played Marty’s mom, Mrs. McFly in that film, was at FLiFF 2013 and received a Career Achievement Award. For more information, visit www.fliff.com.

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DB Commission meeting, Oct. 20

Posted on 21 October 2015 by JLusk

Karen Leikert and Mary Riedel of Women in Distress.

Special Commission Mtg. called

Blue Water issue postponed to Nov. 9

By Diane Emeott

Within the first couple minutes of the start of the Oct. 20 Deerfield Beach City Commission meeting, the two agenda items on Blue Water hotel that several members of the public had come out for were deferred until a future commission meeting – at the request of the applicant.

  • Agenda item No. 1 – Second and final reading (plus public hearing) of an ordinance to vacate and abandon a portion of The Cove Shopping Center
  • Agenda item No. 2 – Quasi-judicial public hearing of a site plan to construct a 134-room hotel with a four-level parking garage

On Monday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. a Special Commission meeting on Blue Water VIII, LLC will now be held in commission chambers following the already scheduled Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) meeting that same night and place at 6:30 p.m.

“I think the hotel and its requirements are going to require a very long session when we don’t have other commission business. Let’s schedule this for a Special Meeting. It needs its own meeting,” said Mayor Jean Robb.

Blue Water is seeking nine variances from the Deerfield Beach Land Development Code to allow the height of the hotel to be 101.3 ft. – instead of the allowed 55 ft.

The property is a 1.91-acre parcel described as Lots 1 through 9 at 1755 SE 3 Court.

A 12,575 sq. ft. restaurant with outdoor seating, dock, pavilion and pedestrian boardwalk has already been approved for Blue Water.

Fire Station land-use change

An ordinance to change the land-use designation for the 2.19-acre parcel at the southwest corner of Hillsboro Boulevard and Federal Highway where Fire Station No. 4 [still labeled as No. 1 on building] sits passed unanimously 4-0 on first reading. (Commissioner Rosenzweig was not in attendance.) The land-use designation is currently “Community Facilities.” Change to a “Commercial” designation is being sought to potentially sell the property for an appraised $2.9 million.

BSO District Fire Chief Richard “Rusty” Sievers said the building is very old. It is the fourth oldest fire station in Broward County. The idea is to relocate and build a new fire station on the property behind the BSO law enforcement substation on NE 2 Street/Eller Street.

“This will improve response time. The majority of calls we get are actually west on Hillsboro Boulevard,” he said, adding that traffic often gets congested at Hillsboro and Federal, making it difficult for public safety vehicles to get out.

Sievers added that there would be a requirement to build the new fire station first, before relocating the firehouse and demolishing the old building on the property.

According to Planning & Development Services Director Amanda Martinez, the land-use plan amendment next goes before both Broward County Planning Council and Broward County Commission for two readings before coming back to Deerfield city commission for second reading and adoption. “The soonest would be April [2016],” she said.

Women in Distress proclamation

President and CEO Mary Riedel and Karen Leikert of Women in Distress

(WID) received a proclamation from Mayor Robb recognizing the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Last year, with the help of funds provided by the City of Deerfield Beach, WID provided 436 residents with $145,273 in services, including emergency shelter, advocacy, counseling and transitional assistance.

WID, which expanded and doubled its capacity at its Deerfield facility in 2011, thanked the commission for their support.

Mayor Robb read a second proclamation, Tuesday night, also declaring October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

 

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Surfer attacked by shark in Deerfield

Posted on 19 October 2015 by JLusk

On Monday, 21-year-old surfer Peter Kirn was bitten in the foot by a 5 ft. Spinner shark on Deerfield beach near the pier, according to BSFR PIO Mike Jachles. He was transported to Broward Health North. Luckily, his injuries were not life-threatening.

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7th Annual Halloween Fair & Horse Show–Oct. 24

Posted on 16 October 2015 by JLusk

Halloween Horse Show7th Annual Halloween Fair & Horse Show

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

Location:  Sand & Spurs Equestrian Park, 1600 NE 5 Ave., Pompano Beach FL 33060

(North side of Goodyear Blimp base/South of Copans Rd/East of Dixie Hwy/North of Atlantic Blvd)

Time:  10 a.m to 2:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – Horse & Rider Costume Contest on Horseback

1:30 p.m. – Public Costume Parade (all ages, no registration)

Public Welcome to enjoy $3 Pony Rides, $1-$2 Games, $1 Bounce House, $3 Face Painting, $2 Pumpkin Patch, Pet Communicator/Whisperer; bring your pet (all pets must be on a leash) or a picture, Hay Rides, Food Sales by U Can Ride Therapeutic Sessions.

Some proceeds benefit U Can Ride Therapeutic Sessions (www.ucanride.org)

Event Information:  954-786-4133

(Please note correction: Event listed in paper as Tuesday, Oct. 20 is actually being held Saturday, Oct. 24!)

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Pumpkin Patch is open

Posted on 16 October 2015 by JLusk

Kyleigh and Matthew Kelly pose for their yearly shoot.

By Rachel Galvin

St. Ambrose Catholic Church, at 380 S. Federal Hwy. in Deerfield Beach, has their pumpkins out, under the tent, just waiting to be purchased for the holiday. Whether you want to care a Jack-O-Lantern or simply bake a pumpkin pie, they have plenty of orange and white orbs to choose from.

This year, they had to go to a different place since the last farmer retired. This year’s crop came from Sexton Farms in North Carolina. Something else new this year is Heirloom Pumpkins. They still have the mini pumpkins along with the huge ones too. Pumpkins run 80 cents per pound. The white ones are $7.

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St. Ambrose Pre-K and VPK students sittin’ in the pumpkin patch

The fun thing about their options is they not only have pumpkins, but also great items to decorate for any party, such as corn stalks (for $10) and haystacks ($8 or $20, depending on size). Prices on all items could vary.

“I am thankful for all the volunteers and all the time they give to the school,” said Principal Lisa Dodge.

Get your pumpkins soon because they go fast! It is great for the kids to come out and stroll through the variety available and it makes a perfect holiday photo opp. The tent is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, call 954-427-2225.

 

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