| December, 2015

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted on 24 December 2015 by LeslieM

City must show the MPO a united front

Dear Editor:

Last week, I attended the SW 10 Street overpass committee of the MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) board meeting. There were pictures of possible solutions to the traffic problems along SW 10 Street. The public was invited to give its input to help solve the traffic problems. I spoke of possibly adding two lanes on the south side of 10 Street with one lane in each direction as a speed lane with timed traffic lights. This would cause the least disruption for the residents of Deerfield if any solution had to be found.

The MPO board feels there is a traffic problem from the Sawgrass Expressway to I-95. Be assured something will be eventually done. The overpass was not received well by the committee. I expected Deerfield Residents and committee appointees would defend our views. A resident of our city got up and spoke of a [type of] superhighway, 15 or 18 feet down and 12 or 13 lanes wide, called a depressed roadway. It would mean bridges would have to be built to cross Powerline and Military Trail. Fences would have to be built to protect the vehicles below from teens showering windshields below with rocks. These would make 10 Street look like a prison. He even suggested super express bus lanes and a rail line. I asked myself from where and to where would this rail line go?

The pollution from 12 or 13 lanes of trucks and other vehicles, I believe, would be dangerous to the health of our residents on both sides of this monstrosity. Pollution is a serious problem. We must protect the environment.

This is an issue we, as a city, must unite on. When invited, the public must show up in force to let the MPO know how we feel and what we will accept and not accept.

There is no politics here, just a concerned resident of Deerfield Beach.

Bernie Parness

Deerfield Beach, FL

[Editor’s Note: MPO meetings are open to the public and are held at the Broward MPO offices (unless otherwise stated), located in the Trade Centre South Building, 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Ste. 850, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. For more information on all meetings, visit www.browardmpo.org/calendar.]

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 24 December 2015 by LeslieM

Holiday Buffet

Friday, Dec. 25, Noon to 5 p.m.

Deer Creek Grille

2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Start with chowder or salad and continue with options from the carving station and entrees served from silver chafing dishes. $24.95 adults; $11.95 children, plus 20 percent gratuity. See menu and more details in ad on Pg. 14. Reservations required: 954-421-5553.

Boxing Day Bash

Saturday, Dec. 26, 5:45 to 7:45 p.m.

Kingshead Pub

900 E. Atlantic Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The British American Chamber of Commerce holds their annual Boxing Day Bash, including appetizers and one complimentary drink. Members free; non-members $10. For more information, call 954-942-7330.

Backyard Garage Sale

Sunday, Dec. 27, 1 to 4 p.m.

Historical Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Deerfield Beach Historical Society’s “Christmas cleanup” garage sale! Gift basket drawing, food and beverages for sale, entertainment by It Takes Two. Gently-used household items, collectibles, toys and more. Vendor spaces cost $20; bring your own table. For more information, call 561-299-8684.

Horse Camp and Jr. Farmers Camp

Monday Dec. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 30

Tradewinds Park & Stables

3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Horse camp for ages 9 to 16. $75 per day, includes instruction, riding and horse related activities from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Junior farmers camp, for ages 5 to 8, ($40 per session) includes introduction to basic farming techniques and barnyard animals. Two sessions daily 8:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Call 954-357-8870.

21st Holiday Fantasy of Lights

Nightly through Jan. 2, 6 to 10 p.m.

Tradewinds Park

3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073A favorite South Florida tradition! $15 per car; $40 per bus. A portion of proceeds benefits the Alzheimer’s Family Center. This year, plenty of old favorites mingle with exciting new light creations.

Save the Date: 3rd Annual Brandon’s 5K Run for Autism

Saturday, Jan. 9, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Entry $25 in advance; $35 at door. 5K event. Top three in each division receive medals. Event benefits the International Society for Autism, which funds research, scholarships and job training for those affected by Autism. For more information, call 305-305-0540.

Cool Wheels Car Show

Sunday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park, Shelter #10

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

$20 advance, $25 at gate. Benefitting the Youth Automotive Training Center. Best in show wins $1,000. Gift bags to first 300 cars. Music, food trucks, raffle, prizes and more. Kustom Kulture artist Ben Mitchell. Visit www.yatc.com.

NEW YEARS

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Pre-New Year’s Eve Party

City Pub

956 N. Federal Hwy.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Joe Kennedy Band at 8 p.m. Free champagne. Sliders. Giveaways. Call 954-427-8913.

Thursday, Dec. 31

First Night 2016

City of Delray Beach

(Activities located in downtown district)

5 p.m. to midnight

Offers fun and games, music, food and entertainment for the whole family from toddlers to teens. Wristbands are $10 in advance at the Delray Beach City Hall and Public Library, $15 on Dec. 31. Children under 3 free. Visit www.visitdelraybeach.org/firstnight for details.

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Two Georges at The Cove

1645 SE 3 Court

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Two Georges is offering a special New Year’s Eve menu, which includes Stuffed Lobster Tails, Prime Rib of Beef, Lobster Risotto, Grilled Sea Bass and Chicken Chesapeake Béarnaise. Call 954-421-9272.

CEIZS Church

2205 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

9 p.m. Celebration worship service, special music and a dinner party.

Have more New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day events, let us know and we will add next week.

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CLERGY CORNER: The original blockbuster story

Posted on 24 December 2015 by LeslieM

Liquid Church in Morristown, NJ has come up with an innovative way to generate interest this Christmas season by pairing celebrations with the latest Star Wars movie release. Seeking to be culturally relevant, the church anticipates 7,000 to attend their Christmas Eve services that will feature a live Star Wars nativity scene, with Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca and R2D2. Children will get to share their wishes with Darth Santa and take photos with his Stormtrooper “elves.”

Pastor Tim Lucas defends the unorthodox approach as a way to “draw on the excitement surrounding Star Wars in order to reach new people and teach them about the birth of Jesus Christ in a way they’ve never heard before.” He further adds, “It’s okay to laugh and celebrate together while talking about Christmas. If that means having Star Wars characters in costume and dancing Stormtroopers, I’m all for it.” Apparently his church’s methods are successful at attracting people and attention. Liquid Church is reputed to be one of New Jersey’s fastest-growing churches.

I’m all for unique and innovative methods to spread the Gospel, but I wonder if we don’t sometimes run the risk of communicating the wrong message?

Star Wars is a great story of good vs. evil and the struggle between light and darkness. I’m a fan of the movie franchise and even have a boxed set of the original trilogy. I am also convinced that the pure narrative of the Christmas story, as told in Matthew and Luke, is enough to satisfy any modern moviegoer or book reader. It does not need to be interpreted through any element of modern pop culture, in my opinion.

You want romance? Consider the love story of Mary and Joseph, a young couple about to be wed. You want plot twists? Think how Joseph must have felt when Mary told him that she was pregnant, and the baby wasn’t his. Can you say scandal? How is Joseph going to handle this situation? You want intrigue? How about the numerous visions, dreams and angelic visitations that surround Jesus’s birth? You need adventure? Magi from the East make a long and treacherous journey looking for the Christ child while bearing precious and costly gifts, and guided only by a star.

Evil shows up in King Herod’s scheme to kill the newborn baby. He had a history of eliminating rivals to the throne. When the Magi foil his plans to discover the babe’s whereabouts, Herod orders the slaughter of innocent children, forcing Joseph and Mary to flee to Egypt for safety. Kings are supposed to be born in palaces, not stables; but that’s where Jesus was born. It sounds like the making of a great movie to me (and it has been put on film numerous times), full of all the things that make for blockbusters.

The story of Christ’s birth is no mere movie script or screenplay, however. Unlike Star Wars, it is no work of fiction and man’s imagination. It is the Biblical and historical record of Jesus’s birth, and the unfolding of God’s plan of redemption for mankind. Many millions of believers for over two millennia have treasured, celebrated and commemorated God’s great gift of redemption.

Christmas is our time to worship and to proclaim the message of His love for mankind. I’ll get around to seeing the latest Star Wars installment; but, for now, I’ll celebrate the purity and significance of the Savior’s birth just the way the gospel writers presented it. It’s beautiful and attractive just the way it is.

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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Deerfield hires top law firm to tackle SAND issues

Posted on 17 December 2015 by LeslieM

Seagull strolls Hillsboro Beach shoreline.

Seagull strolls Hillsboro Beach shoreline.

By Diane Emeott

The Town of Hillsboro Beach wants the City of Deerfield Beach to either remove all the “revetment groins” placed there some 50 years ago in the 1960s – or  — renourish their beach.

In fact, at the next Hillsboro commission meeting on Jan. 5, 2016, Hillsboro Beach is going to take a vote on authorizing a Chapter 164 action (from Florida Statutes), which Hillsboro Beach Town Manager Robert Kellogg, on Tuesday, called “an attempt to mediate a settlement to resolve issues with Deerfield Beach regarding the groin situation.”

Kellogg declined to comment on what the expected outcome of the meeting would be, other than to say, “I’m not sure what the [Town] commission will decide to do.” 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers defines “Groins” as the oldest and most common shore-connected beach stabilization structure. “Revetments” are described as a cover or facing of erosion-resistant material placed directly on an existing slope, embankment or dike to protect the area from waves and strong currents.

Other structural methods of coastal shore protection include: sea walls, bulkheads, dikes and levees, break waters, sills/perched beaches, jetties and piers.

 

PAST PARTNERSHIPS

Deerfield Beach has already partnered with Hillsboro Beach on several beach renourishment projects in 2015, 2011, 1998 and 1972, according to Deerfield Beach Director of Sustainable Management Chad Grecsek. (For general public access, the only way to get onto Hillsboro’s private beach is through Deerfield’s public beach.)

Deerfield Beach expended money for renourishment of its own beach in a project that was completed in March.  Deerfield contributed $700,000 toward completion of the project. The State of Florida contributed $700,000. And Hillsboro Beach paid another $700,000 for sand and hauling — plus $250,000 in engineering costs, to equal $950,000 of the total $2.1 million beach renourishment.

The City of Boca Raton did not participate in this project.

Hillsboro Beach also did a beach renourishment in Spring 2014, according to Kellogg.

Regarding reports of Hillsboro Beach stopping placement of sand at a certain point in 2015, Grecsek said, “I do believe the Town [of Hillsboro Beach] ceased placing sand on their beaches because they had accreted sand and additional sand would have them exceeding authorized permitted thresholds.”

According to a story that ran in the March 26, 2015 Observer newspaper, reporting on aMarch 20 Hillsboro Beach Special meeting on beach renourishment, Hillsboro Beach Vice Mayor Deb Tarrant said at the time, “We were handed a golden opportunity. Mother Nature did us a huge favor. She sent a large accretion of sand to the north end of town.”

With that large accretion, Tarrant noted, [Hillsboro] commission could save taxpayers money by being able to send less sand to that area of town.

On Dec. 11, when asked about the current sand situation along Hillsboro beach, Grecsek responded, “We are very much aware that the beach has sustained a significant amount of erosion due to sustained strong northeasterly winds over the last several weeks — which is typical for this time of year.”

 

DEERFIELD HIRES LAW FIRM

In light of Hillsboro Beach preparing to do a Chapter 164 (predicate to a lawsuit), Deerfield Beach City Attorney Andy Maurodis recommended to Deerfield Beach city commission on Dec. 7 that the city  retain the legal services of the firm Conrad Scherer.

Maurodis added that a number of months ago, Deerfield had received notice from Hillsboro Beach “giving us 60 days notice before enforcement of a permanent condition.”

William Scherer was hired by Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign in July 2014 in his bid for re-election; was lead counsel, representing the banks defrauded by Scott Rothstein, and recovered much of the money lost by investors in the million-dollar scheme; and was a leader in the legal effort of George W. Bush to resolve the dispute [with Al Gore] over who won the election in Florida in 2000.

Costs associated with the firm are: $300 to $550 per hour for all the partners assisting and $850 per hour for Mr. Scherer’s fees.

Maurodis offered an alternative; “We [also] have excellent attorneys, who can do it for less.”

What is more important to us than our beach? Our beach is our most important asset!” said Mayor Jean Robb.

Deerfield Beach City Manager Burgess Hanson explained that the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) “is not even sure our groins are impacting this, or they would see a much larger area of erosion. [Hillsboro Beach] has changed their consultant twice. They want not only our city, but the City of Boca Raton [to be involved] as well!”

We do want to protect this. We need to take them on full force,” Hanson continued.

Maurodis added that The City of Deerfield Beach has attempted to negotiate with the Town of Hillsboro Beach – and still wants to do so.

This is a shot to the groin. They have a novice elected official over there,” said Vice Mayor Bill Ganz, saying he hoped this would be as painful as possible for them.

They overlook the fact that since they have a private beach, they are not entitled to the same dollars that we are,” Ganz added.

Deerfield Beach city commission unanimously approved the hire of Conrad Scherer firm – Maurodis’ add-on agenda item — following a separate discussion that same evening on increasing compensation for the City Manager.

 

View from Deerfield Beach.

View from Deerfield Beach.

HILLSBORO’S SIDE OF THE STORY

The Hillsboro Beach portion of the nourishment was begun in March of this year and completed in April, according to Hillsboro Beach Vice Mayor Deb Tarrant on Dec. 15.

The permit included approximately an equal number of linear feet in both Hillsboro Beach and Deerfield Beach.

Tarrant said that for whatever reason, the engineering costs associated with both the Hillsboro Beach coastline as well as the Deerfield Beach coastline were added to the Hillsboro Beach tab.

These engineering fees include pre-construction costs as well as post-monitoring fees, as required by DEP.  

Every project has regulations and conditions that must be met as per the permits and guidelines issued by DEP.  

The reason “post-monitoring” studies are required is to be sure that as the “placed” sand migrates (which it always does), it does not damage the “hard bottom” (living reef) in the process.  

There are very stringent rules in place for protecting the hard bottom. Too much loose sand is a dangerous thing for a living reef.  If the reef gets buried by the sand that was added to the system unnaturally through a nourishment, the reef will die.  

The mitigation for correcting this kind of damage is extremely expensive and often ineffective.  

This is one reason a nourishment permit is done for a specific amount of sand within a specific template with limits set on both the north and south ends, she explained.

In January of this year, the sea water was lapping at the seawalls of condominiums in the north end of Hillsboro Beach, and residents were desperate for a nourishment.  

In late February, a major accretion event took place.  (When Mother Nature brings sand to a beach, it’s called accretion.  When man brings sand to a beach, it’s a nourishment.)  

The beach that was none-existent in January was partially restored by Mother Nature in February.  

As a result, the engineering consultants for Hillsboro Beach advised the Town that the original amount of sand scheduled for the nourishment within the permitted area would be too much and would very likely cause damage to the hard bottom as a result of ‘over filling’ the area.  

Therefore, the Town acted quickly to reduce the amount of sand being brought in,” Tarrant explained the rationale for Hillsboro stopping placement of the sand during renourishment.

Asked how much money the Town of Hillsboro Beach was able to save, Tarrant said

$178,613.

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Moffett stars in All-Star Classic

Posted on 17 December 2015 by LeslieM

sports12-17-15By Gary Curreri

Deerfield Beach High senior quarterback Teddrick Moffett ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more to lift the North team to an easy 46-6 victory over the South team in the 19th annual BCAA All-Star Classic last Thursday night at Nova High School.

Moffett, who was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, scored on touchdown runs of 85 and 10 yards in the first half, and added fourth-quarter TD passes to Blanche Ely’s Thomas Geddis and Boyd Anderson’s Basil Spencer in the fourth quarter for the North squad.

Locals fare well

in winter

championships

Several local swimmers turned in solid performances in the recent 25th annual Speedo Winter Championships expecting the best, and at the end of the four-day meet at the Plantation Aquatic Center Central Park.

Tyler Zuyus, 15, who was the high point winner for the 15-16 Boys Division and Victoria Miyamoto, 15, who finished second in the high point race for the 15-16 Girls Division, paced the Pompano Beach Piranhas.

Others from the Piranhas who finished in the top 10 in the meet included Sloan Sizemore, 15, who was fourth in the 15-16 Girls Division; Emilio Barrantes, 12, who tied for fifth in the 12 Boys Division; Mattheus Santos, 14, who was sixth in the 13-14 Boys Division; and Summer Schulte, 12, who was 10th in the 12 Girls Division.

The Piranhas finished sixth in the Boys Division with 316.50 points and ninth in the Girls Division with 285 points and took 8th in the combined totals as it scored 601.50 points.

Meet director and Plantation Swim Team head coach Jimmy Parmenter said the meet first attracted about 480 swimmers and 35 teams a quarter of a century ago. Parmenter said the event has been held in Plantation every year except once when it was held in Miami due to a problem with the Central Park pool.

I cut it this year to 1,100 swimmers and 51 teams to keep the timeline tight,” Parmenter said.

Simply Soccer

Simply Soccer Holiday Camp, which has boys and girls, ages 5-14 of all skill levels, and has attracted children from throughout Broward County, will host its Holiday Camp at Mullins Park in Coral Springs. The camp will be held from Dec. 28-Jan. 1.

There are three sessions ranging from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a Tiny Tot program from 9 a.m. to noon. Players will be taught a variety of soccer skills from dribbling to shooting.

It is the longest running soccer camp offered by the city. Campers must bring a soccer ball, swimsuit, shin guards, water bottle and lunch. For information call 954-345-2200.

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FLICKS: In the Heart of Sea

Posted on 17 December 2015 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

Published in the 19th century, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, created a public perception about “killer whales” that lasted over a century, until the Jacques Cousteau television specials of the 1970s, which launched the ocean conservation movement and changed our perceptions of undersea life.

The new movie, In the Heart of the Sea tries to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality. The film opens in Massachusetts, circa 1850. Writer Herman Melville (Ben Wishaw) schedules an interview with a reluctant Tom Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson), a solitary husband who is haunted by teenaged memories. With the encouragement of his wife, Nickerson confesses his memory of surviving the sinking of the whaling ship Essex, a victim of the mythical White Whale.

The film flashes back 30 years and we meet young Nickerson (Tom Holland), who is boarding the Essex as a first time sailor. The teenager comes under the wing of Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth), the Essex’s first mate and an expert harpooner. Chase had been denied a captaincy and is forced to babysit the neophyte Captain George Pollard (Benjamin Walker), who received the commission due to family connections. This relationship causes conflict between the captain and the first mate.

The objective of whale hunting in the 19th Century was to provide oil for heating and lamps. We witness a successful whale hunt and Owen Chase lives up to his legendary status. Due to over fishing in a Pacific whaling area, the Essex is forced to venture further on into uncharted waters. When making port in South American, Captain Pollard and his crew are met by a crew of amputees who are warned about “the white whale.”

From this point, it is easy to deduce the rest of the plot. One is shocked by the gruesome elements not revealed in the television trailers. Let’s just say that the title In the Heart of the Sea has double meaning.

This film has many good things going for it: a good story, some interesting characters and some dynamic set pieces. Unfortunately, the many fine details do not come together to satisfy the whole viewing experience. It has been proclaimed a box office bomb that is likely to disappear from the big screen before the year is out. After all, Star Wars:The Force Awakens Friday, Dec. 18.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 17 December 2015 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Nov. 30: A woman stole $137.27 worth of products from Publix at 1337 S. Military Tr. She was stopped by Publix loss prevention.

Nov. 30: A man stole cigarettes from the Speedway gas station at 2515 W. Sample Rd.

Dec. 1: A man was observed stealing patio furniture from a home at 4360 NW 12 Dr.

Dec. 1: A man said that two men stole his tablet, phone and book bag at 321 NW 46 St. The man fought back and was beaten by the two men.

Dec. 10: Suspect entered an unlocked car parked in the residence driveway at 1360 SW 24 Terr. A wallet was stolen from the glove box.

Dec. 10: Suspect entered an unlocked car parked in the residence driveway at 2404 SW 12 Ct. A Garmin GPS was stolen from the center console.

Dec. 10: Suspect entered an unlocked car parked in the residence driveway at 1094 SW 24 Terr. A backpack containing school supplies was stolen.

Dec. 10: Video surveillance cameras recorded a suspect entering an unlocked vehicle in residence driveway at 1368 SW 24 Terr. The suspect opened the front driver’s side door and removed an unknown object from the glove box. Surveillance video recorded the suspect walking away with another suspect.

Dec. 10: Suspect stole tools from a vehicle parked in residential driveway at 1177 SW 24 Terr.

Dec. 11: Credit card fraud reported at Target, 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Dec 12: Victim returned from vacation to find front door forced open at 4379 SW 10 Pl. Nothing appeared to be missing.

Lighthouse Point

Nov. 24: The victim discovered that his boat was half tied up under the dock across from his home at 3900 NE 26 Ave. Six ropes that held the boat were cut, and the boat was vandalized with wires cut and an antenna twisted.

Nov. 24: The victim parked his rented car in a guest spot at the apartment complex at 2401 NE 36 St. and when he went out the next day it was gone. The victim later returned to the police department and said he realized he parked it in the parking lot of a nearby realty office. While processing the vehicle, three 30 mg Oxycodone pills were found in a small plastic baggy. The vehicle was removed from the stolen list.

[Always empty your car of belongings and lock it at night, even in your own driveway!]

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 17 December 2015 by LeslieM

Note: Dates and times may change. Contact venues to confirm.

LHP Garden Club Holiday Luncheon

Thursday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.

Lighthouse Point Yacht and Racquet Club

2701 NE 42 St., Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Table Designs for the Holidays” presented by Inger Jones, NGC Accredited Flower Show Judge and Cindy Rieger, NGC Accredited Master Flower Show Judge. Bake sale and raffles. $30 per person. RSVP: 954-942-4957.

Winter Wonderland

Thursday, Dec. 17, 3 to 5 p.m.

Villages of Hillsboro Park

4111 NW 6 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

An afternoon of wintery fun with two giant snow hills! Horse-drawn hayride, refreshments, holiday treats and a visit from Santa.

Celebrate the holidays with Harpist Lisa

Thursday, Dec.17, 5 p.m.

Percy White Library

837 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The Deerfield Beach Library offers holiday music performed by Harpist Lisa. Includes pop, Broadway, Top 10 hits and movie themes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Deerfield Beach Percy White Library.

Revival!

Thursday, Dec. 18 and Friday Dec. 19, 7 p.m.

First Zion Missionary Baptist Church

125 SW 1 Ct., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Reverend Toby Philpart, pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, will join us for revival and worship. Don’t miss this great man of God! Call 954-428-1550.

Mardi Gras Casino Night

Friday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m. bus departs

St. Ambrose Catholic Church Men’s Club

380 S. Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Bus will leave St. Ambrose parking lot at 10 a.m. sharp. You must bring a Mardi Gras Casino Player’s Card, or your Drivers License or Passport. $15 per person. $5 free play. $3 food coupon. Call Jerry Mann, 954-856-6062, for info.

Community Christmas Dinner

Saturday, Dec. 19, noon

Masonic Delta Lodge #519

159 SW 1 Terr., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Open to the public. Free.

Snow Day

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2 to 9 p.m.

Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex

445 SW 2 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Free. Activities and rides for all ages. Arts and crafts, raffles, live entertainment, special visit from Santa – small fee for Santa photos.

Boca Raton Boat Parade

Saturday, Dec. 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Intracoastal Waterway

From C-15 canal (Delray/Boca line) to the Hillsboro Bridge.

Includes fireworks display with viewing areas at Red Reef Park and Silver Palm Park. Bridges at Spanish River Blvd., Palmetto Park Blvd. and Camino Real will each be open for 30 minutes as the boats pass.

Boca Raton Bowl

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m.

FAU Stadium, FAU Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33431

This year, Temple University meets the University of Toledo. Boca singer/songwriter Kendra Erika will perform the National Anthem. Kickoff at 7 p.m. Game broadcast by ESPN. Tickets are available at www.espnevents.com/boca-raton-bowl/tickets/.

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CLERGY CORNER: Plenty and famine

Posted on 17 December 2015 by LeslieM

Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, has two dreams. In the first, Pharaoh sees himself standing over the Nile River, “And, behold, there came up out of the River seven cows, handsome and fat of flesh and they fed in the reed grass. And, behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the River, ugly and lean of flesh and stood by the other cows upon the bank of the River. And the ugly and lean cows ate up the seven handsome and fat cows.” [Genesis 41: 18-20]

In the second dream, Pharaoh sees seven thin, shriveled ears of grain swallow seven fat ears of grain.

None of the wise men of Egypt can offer Pharaoh a satisfactory interpretation of his dreams. Then, the “young Hebrew slave,” Joseph, is summoned from his dungeon to the palace. Joseph interprets the dreams to mean that seven years of plenty, symbolized by the fat cows and fat grain, will be followed by seven years of hunger, reflected by the lean cows and the shriveled ears. The seven years of famine will be so powerful that they will “swallow up” and obliterate any trace of the years of plenty.

Joseph then advises Pharaoh on how to deal with the forthcoming crisis: “Now Pharaoh must seek out a man with insight and wisdom and place him in charge of Egypt. A rationing system will have to be set up over Egypt during the seven years of surplus,” Joseph explains, “in which grain will be stored for the upcoming years of famine.” [Genesis 41: 33-36]

Pharaoh is blown away by Joseph’s vision.

In Pharaoh’s first dream, he saw how the seven ugly and lean cows that came up after the seven handsome cows “stood near the other [fat] cows upon the bank of the River.” In other words, there was a moment during which both sets of cows coexisted simultaneously, and only afterward did the lean cows proceed to swallow the fat cows.

It was this detail of the dream that caused the wise men of Egypt to reject the interpretation that Joseph would later offer to Pharaoh and compelled them to present all types of farfetched explanations.

For how is it possible that plenty and famine should coexist? Either you have fat cows alone or you have lean cows alone, but you can’t have them both together! The seven years of famine cannot be present during the seven years of surplus. Either you have lots of food, or you have no food. But you can’t be both satiated and hungry at the same time.

All of us experience cycles of plenty and cycles of famine in our lives. There are times when things are going very well: We are healthy, successful and comfortable. Often, during such times, we fail to invest time and energy to cultivate genuine emotional intimacy with our spouse, to develop real relationships with friends and to create a sincere bond with G-d. We feel self-sufficient and don’t need anybody in our lives.

Yet, when a time of famine arrives, when a serious crisis erupts in our lives, we suddenly feel the need to reach out beyond ourselves and connect with our loved ones and with G-d.But we don’t know how.

Because when we do not nurture our relationships and our spirituality during our years of plenty, when the years of famine confront us, we lack the tools we so desperately need to survive the crisis.

This is the essence of Joseph’s wisdom: You must never detach the years of plenty from the years of famine. When you experience plenty, do not let it blind your vision and desensitize you from what is truly important in life.

The priorities you cultivate during your “good times” should be of the kind that will sustain you during your challenging times as well. If you are investing your time and energy in things that will prove futile when the climate of your life changes and will not hold you up when challenges come, you might want to re-examine your present choices. Why wait for the day you will have to say, “If I would have only realized…”

Rabbi Tzvi Dechter is the Director of Chabad of North Broward Beaches located at 4081 N. Federal Hwy., #100A, Pompano Beach, FL 33064. For all upcoming events please visit www.JewishLHP.com.

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Celebrate the holidays with Harpist Lisa

Posted on 14 December 2015 by JLusk

Thursday, Dec.17, Harpist Lisa 15 p.m.

Percy White Library

837 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The Deerfield Beach Library offers holiday music performed by Harpist Lisa. Includes pop, Broadway, Top 10 hits and movie themes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Deerfield Beach Percy White Library.

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