| June, 2016

4th of July HAPPENINGS

Posted on 23 June 2016 by LeslieM

Each year, the Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency sponsors the City of Deerfield Beach’s 4th of July Celebration.

This year, look forward to plenty of music and vendors providing a variety of arts & crafts, local foods and ice cold beverages. Don’t forget to stay for the famous Deerfield Beach fireworks show!

Festivities will take place at the Main Beach Parking Lot, at 149 SE 21 Ave.

Parking on the barrier island will be limited during the event. Complimentary parking will be available at The Cove Shopping Center and St. Ambrose Catholic Church. Attendees can make the short walk across the bridge to the event or take the complimentary shuttle service between The Cove Shopping Center and the beach or St. Ambrose Catholic Church and the beach. The shuttle will run from 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., then the shuttle service will be suspended when Hillsboro Boulevard and the Hillsboro Boulevard bridge is closed to vehicular traffic, and will resume from 11 p.m. to midnight.

Entertainment Schedule

Whisky Six: 12 – 1 p.m.

Army Gideon: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Caribbean Chillers: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

The Regs: 5:15 – 6:45 p.m.

Eaglemania (Eagles Tribute Band): 7:30 – 9:05 p.m.

Road Closures

International Fishing Pier will be closed at 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 and will reopen at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5

Ocean Way from Hillsboro Boulevard to SE 4 Street, the Main Beach Parking Lot, the lot behind Ocean Rescue Headquarters and the Pier Parking Lot will be closed a 12 a.m. on Monday, July 4 and will reopen on the morning of July 5

SE 2 Street and SE 1 Street at A1A will be closed at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 4 and will reopen on the morning of July 5

On July 4, from 6 to 11 p.m., the Hillsboro Boulevard bridge, A1A from Hillsboro Boulevard to SE 3 Street, and Ocean Way at NE 21 Avenue, will be closed to traffic

On July 4, from 7 to 11 p.m., the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge will remain in the locked down position from 7 to 11 p.m. for pedestrian traffic.

For any questions regarding the event, visit www.deerfield-beach.com/4thofjuly or contact the Community Events and Outreach Division at 954-480-4429.

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 23 June 2016 by LeslieM

Basketball Camp

Kenny Boynton’s Train Like A Pro Weekend

Friday, June 24 through Saturday, June 25

Highlands Christian Academy

501 NE 48 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Think, train, perform like a pro. K-12th grade. Limited space.Also Elite Training Clinic: Sunday, June 26, Coral SpringsRec. Ctr. Register at www.arcitecbasketball.com.

Dive-in Movies: Woodlawn

Friday, June 24, 8 p.m.

Houston Sworn Pool

901 NW 10 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Snacks/refreshments available. For more information, call 954-786-4116 or visit www.pompanobeachfl.gov.

Superhero Splash Bash

Friday, June 24, 6 to 10 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Games, splash water park playtime, movie, bounce house, prizes and more. All ages. $6, children 1 yr. and under free. Pre-registration required, call 954-357-5100.

Ham Radio Field Day

Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26

During daylight hours

Quiet Waters Park

Pavilion 10

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Free hot dog/beverage available to anyone from the public who makes their first radio contact using the “Get-On-The-Air Station.” Park admission $1.50 (gate fee). For more information, visit www.broward.org/parks/quietwaterspark or www.w4bug.org.

Beach Yoga

Saturday, June 25, 8 a.m.

South of the International Fishing Pier

Lifeguard Tower 2

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Presented by Sand Angel Yoga. Classes every Saturday until July 23. $12 per session, 5 classes-$50, 8 classes-$75. All levels welcome. No experience is necessary. Register at any City of Deerfield Beach rec. facilities or visit: www.deerfield-beach.com/registration. For more information, call 954-480-4361.

Grand Opening Celebration PetSmart & Banfield Pet Hospital

Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pompano CitiCentre (next to Macy’s)

1955 N. Federal Hwy.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Free popcorn, refreshments, giveaways. First 25 pets receive free bath or grooming service. First 100 customers receive coupons worth $30. Meet the Banfield veterinary team and tour new in-store hospital. First 25 pets to visit hospital will receive a free microchip (1 per household).

Visit www.pompanociticentre.com/sales-events for more information.

Holy Communion and Luncheon

Sunday, June 26, 10 a.m.

1416 S E 2 Terr.

Deerfield Beach, Fl. 33441

St. Peter”s Anglican Church honors our Patron Saint.Call Fr. Tracy at 954-695-0336 for more details.

Dixieland/Swing Jazz Session

Sunday, June 26, 1 to 4 p.m.

Pompano Beach Elks Club

700 NE 10 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Presented by the Hot Jazz & Alligator Gumbo Society. Call 954-563-5390 or visit www.hagsjazz.com

Sundays at the Butler House: Bees, Butterflies & Books

Sunday, June 26, 1 to 4 p.m.

Historic Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Free entrance. Free book for students “Seedfolks.” Free Butler House tours. Optional purchases for plants, books, honey, assorted food products. Donations accepted. Call 954-429-0378 or visit www.deerfield-history.org.

 

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CLERGY CORNER: Challenges, comebacks and championships

Posted on 23 June 2016 by LeslieM

The 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers had quite the battle in winning the series last Sunday against the Golden State Warriors. Despite being down 3-1 by the time game five rolled around, LeBron James and his teammates found the will to defeat the defending champion Warriors for three straight games, and made history in the process. The odds-makers were sure that Golden State would repeat since no team had ever overcome a 3-1 deficit. A further hurdle was the fact that Cleveland had not had a major sports championship team since 1964, and had never won the coveted NBA title. The 2016 Champions proved that odds can be overcome and challenges can be conquered.

In the emotional post-game interviews with reporters, LeBron James acknowledged the great struggle he and his teammates had to overcome. It was a deeply fulfilling night for the Cavaliers’ star player who had made it his goal to bring the championship home to Cleveland ever since his return from a four-year stint with the Miami Heat.

Fans in Cleveland had voiced their displeasure with LeBron when he left Cleveland in 2010 to play in Miami. They had felt betrayed and abandoned, and their team suffered its worst seasons without James’ skills and leadership. But, on last Sunday night, all was forgiven as delirious fans celebrated the win in the streets of Cleveland, and hailed their hero, Lebron James.

In 1 Samuel 30, David and his men returned to their campsite in Ziklag to find it a smoldering ash heap, the result of a sneak attack by the Amalekites. Further compounding their distress was the fact that their wives and children had been taken captive by the enemy. The emotional trauma of the moment overwhelmed the tough fighting men who cried until they had no more power to weep. Frustration soon gave way to anger as they then contemplated stoning their leader, David, who had become the object of their blame. David somehow found the strength to encourage himself and inspired his men to pursue the enemy in the process.

There are powerful life lessons in both the Biblical account of David and his men, and in the championship quest of LeBron James and his teammates:

1) Never make a permanent decision in a temporary situation. Down 3-1 in the finals, LeBron could have concluded that the odds were too great and the championship run was over. David could have given in to his despair and considered suicide when his men turned against him.

2) There are times when the help you need lies deep inside of you. When you are playing on your opponent’s home court and thousands of fans are screaming and booing to distract you, it takes incredible focus and internal fortitude to stay true to your game. David was able to retreat from the unnerving sounds of mutiny around him and seek solace and encouragement in spiritual communion with God.

3) Acknowledge God’s presence and power at work in your life. LeBron opined that God (the man upstairs) must have intended for the Cavaliers to take the hard road to the championship. David looked to God for direction concerning a mission of recovery and was inspired to pursue.

4) Setbacks can turn into comebacks. The Cavaliers’ heroic effort paid off, winning them the championship and great respect in the world of sports. David eventually caught up with the Amalekites, recovered the kidnapped families and returned with the spoils of war.

May you and I find the courage to face our obstacles, confident that we can overcome them, and may God enable us to do, with His aid, what we cannot do on our own.

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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Taste of old Italy: Mozzarita — your neighborhood cheesemaker

Posted on 18 June 2016 by LeslieM

olditaly061616By Rachel Galvin

In today’s world of high tech, big equipment and high paced processing; it is nice to know that some people still do things the old-fashioned way. Vito Volpe is one of those people. He works with his employees to make mozzarella from scratch all handmade with 100 percent cow’s milk, no preservatives.

The art of cheesemaking began far before recorded history and seemed to become a more sophisticated endeavor during the times of Ancient Greece and Rome. For Vito, his days of making cheese began as a child in a farm near Bari, Italy. He learned how to make it from his mother.

From little kids, we learned from our mother how to make cheese. We made our own pasta, bread … We had a sheep we would milk and ride. We were not rich,” said Vito.

He moved to New York on Feb. 26, 1972 and opened up an Italian deli. He moved to South Florida in 2006.

Nobody was doing this here,” he said. “Others try and think they know what they are doing and close.”

Today, he creates cheese daily with his workers, which number six and up to about 11 in the busy months (September through May), including his wife Lucrezia. He gets up at the crack of dawn and the process begins. His hands are sore from being in boiling water daylong. Mozzarella (which is derived from the Italian verb mozzare, which means “to cut”) starts with pasteurized hormone-free milk, which he gets delivered from a place in Tampa in 5 gal. bags. Curd is created by adding enzymes and citric acid. The large mass of curd is added to hot whey (liquids from the drained curds) and stirred until the curds melt and begin to form a smooth, shiny mass.

Some of the cheeses he offers are Mozzarella Fior di Latte, Fior di Latte (smoked), Ovolini, handmade Trecce Braid, handmade Nodini Knots, Scamorza, fresh Ricotta, Ciliegine Cherry, Sfoglia di Mozzarella, Bocconcini, Burrata and Mozzarella di Bufala.

His high quality cheeses have been sought out by fine dining establishments, at places like The Breakers and Fountainbleu, The Polo Club, as well as Boca Raton’s Saquella Cafe, Trattoria Romana and Villagio. It is even at certain Whole Foods and elsewhere.

Now, he has been asked to distribute at Publix in 200 stores in South Florida. For that, which will be a much bigger order, he has purchased a new machine to aid in the processing. It will speed up the process. It normally takes a few hours to separate the curds and whey and then as little as 15 minutes to take it and shape it into the proper shape and set it in a cold water bath to be placed into a container to be shipped.

Vito also sells other products like pasta, butter and olive oil.

People can come in and buy products directly from him, but usually they will see him out at events and green markets. Sometimes he sends other people to sell, but he always likes to attend the one in Parkland himself.

It is a nice day off,” he said. “One day to relax.”

What makes his mozzarella different is not only that it is made by hand, but that it is preservative free.

We do handmade with 100 percent milk, not powdered milk, no chemicals. The mozzarella may last only three weeks. Other [companies] say three months, because they put in preservatives. You get pizza with [cheap cheese] and it is like plastic you can crack in half. You feel sick. I don’t like to trick people. If you look for a bargain, don’t call me. If you look for quality, call me,” he said.

He added that olive oil bought from others is usually not pure, but mixed with another kind of oil.

My father used to be able to spoon out olive oil like butter when it was cold. When you look at [another company’s] olive oil, you may see a small ball formed at the bottom. That is the percentage that is actually olive oil,” he explained.

Vito also just opened up Mozzarita Bar (at 9704 Clintmore Rd., #A-105 in Boca Raton), six months ago. He hopes to turn it into a franchise.

There is wine, beer, food with mozzarella, like eggplant parmesan, burrata with salmon and prosciutto, cheesecake with ricotta, ciabatta bread with mozzarella and tomato [and more],” said Vito.

Mozzarita is located at 5392 NE 13 Way, Pompano Beach FL 33064. For more information, visit www.mozzarita.com.

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Pat Anderson Paints in plein air

Posted on 18 June 2016 by LeslieM

anderson061616-1By Rachel Galvin

Pavilion One, just south of Pompano pier, has a perfect view of sea grapes, Palm trees, sunny skies and crystal blue waters, and it serves as the perfect inspiration for art. This is the latest location for artist Pat Anderson’s Plein Air painting class. Here, her students set up their leaf bars (easels that wrap around a column or a tree) and await instruction.

On this day, June 13 (session two of a four-week class), she has them prepare their palette with the right colors. Next, she does an outline of a shape of their choosing – either a palm tree, conch shell or turtle — with liquid rubber, which will dry and create interesting white lines in the finished product. Next, she has students “warm up” with the No. 20 brush, showing them how to move their arm while keeping their hand perfectly still as they practice their thin and thick brush strokes. Today, they will be making puffy clouds with blues and grays, softening the edges with a Q-tip. She showed them how they could paint blades of grass in quick upward strokes.

In order to save paint, which can be expensive, they do “speed painting,” working on two paintings at once. One painting is an abstract using the pigments of their paper palette

and the other one is the landscape they are creating.

Lynn Radtke came with her 13-year-old daughter Olivia.

I usually order Pat’s ornaments [which she creates every year for Christmas] and I got to an e-mail about the class and signed up. I was looking for something my daughter and I could do together. She likes art but prefers acrylics. I thought this would get her out of her comfort zone. If she wants to stick with art, it’s a perfect thing to do,” said Lynn, who has worked in fashion design for awhile.

Ramona Myrick also has a fashion background and went to school for fashion merchandise.

I thought it would be fun to do. I haven’t done it for awhile,” said Myrick, who has worked with mixed media in the past.

She added, “In the first class, last week, we had homework to paint the alphabet and we did a picture of a leaf”.

This month is on Pompano Beach, next month’s classes (July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1) will be in Harbor’s Edge Park (1240 NE 28 Ave.). She tries to change up the location. She also has classes using acrylics as well.

I want to get more use of our parks. These posts [columns on pavilion] are not used. We are making use of them. I introduced this art program for parks, to paint in plein air, outdoors. The students are learning the different elements of the painting. I give them a rough sketch of where the sea grapes are, where the trees are, etc. In the end, they will paint a picture of the park they are in and will get a T-shirt with the picture and a certificate for participation.”

Interested in joining her classes? Each two-hour class includes some supplies and access to a leaf bar easel. Cost is $200 for four weeks. Thirty percent of proceeds benefit the Parks & Recreation Dept. You must register in advance at Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6 St. in Pompano. For more information, call 954-786-4111, visit www.PatAndersonArtist.com.

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Drayton wins state figure skating title

Posted on 16 June 2016 by LeslieM

SPORTS061616By Gary Curreri

With more than 350 figure skaters from around Florida participating in the Sunshine State Games Figure Skating competition at the Florida Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs, one local girl stood tall.

Pompano Beach’s Katya Drayton, 12, won the Pre Juvenile Free Skating Division recently and punched her ticket to the national games later this year.

When you see that your hard work has paid off, it is just so rewarding,” said Drayton, 12, who just completed her 7th-grade year at Somerset Pines Academy. “It’s just the best. I want to at least get to sectionals this year and then maybe nationals.”

Drayton got her start in the sport when she went to her sister’s friend’s birthday party. She took third at last year’s Sunshine State Games and trains at Glacier Ice and Snow Arena in Pompano Beach.

I just really liked it and I asked my mom if I could have lessons and that’s just how it began,” Drayton said. “The feeling on the ice compares to happiness. The memories … you will never forget that moment that you are out there on the ice.”

I wouldn’t say you are flying unless you are doing a flying camel or a jump,” she added. “I think it is more like you are gliding. Everything is loose. You can do whatever you want.”

Drayton said there is pressure when you take the ice for your program.

It depends on what competition it is,” she said. “If it is a smaller one, there are nerves, but if it is a big one where you are competing against so many people from the state, you will have some nerves because you don’t know how good some people are.”

Drayton, who practices six days a week – usually skating 2-1/2 hours every day, will train before and after school to prepare. She likes what the sport brings.

There is actually a lot of freedom,” she said. “You get to choose your music, unless you have a really strict coach. You get to do your program and, if you feel like some things are not right, you could change it to something that you are better at.”

Drayton is more confident in her jumps and always is looking to make a good impression with the judges.

I tried to smile as much as I can because I do love it, but you are focused in that moment, so if you are hooked in the moment, you don’t really smile,” Drayton said. “I love it, so I tried to smile and show how much I loved it. I am really happy with what I did.”

The Sunshine State Games is Florida’s Olympic-style Sports Festival that has provided amateur sports opportunities for residents of the state for 37 years. The Figure Skating competition was in its 30th year and was held on two rinks over three days at the IceDen. A total of 127 gold medals were awarded during the competition.

Betty Stark, who has served as the Figure Skating Director for all 30 years in the Games, was recognized for her service to the Sunshine State Games and amateur sports in the State of Florida. The competition drew more than 350 skaters from around the state

This is our largest number,” Stark said. “This is a big event especially because this is the start of the seasonal year for the skaters and they get to put their programs out, get it tested and get feedback back from the technical panel at the different levels. It is very encouraging because the little ones look up to the big ones who skate.”

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FLICKS: Wedding Doll, Genius & The Conjuring 2

Posted on 16 June 2016 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

Spoken in Hebrew with English subtitles, Wedding Doll opens tomorrow in local cinema. It is a quirky drama about growth that is both tragic and humorous. Hagit is a young woman with learning disabilities who works in a toilet paper factory. She is courted by the boss’s son, much to Hagit’s mother’s disapproval. Filmed in Israel with cinematography echoes of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, Wedding Doll is a dry movie with a lively performance from Moran Rosenblatt as Hagit.

Genius opens tomorrow with Colin Firth headlining an all star cast as Max Perkins, the famed book editor of Scribner’s Publishers. Jude Law portrays Thomas Wolfe, a frail genius in the mode of Max Perkins’ previous clients: Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce).

To the shock of many box office experts, the relatively low budgeted The Conjuring 2 was extremely successful last weekend. A worthy follow up to the original film, this sequel presents the further adventures of Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga), a paraprofessional married couple in league with the Roman Catholic Church.

After wrapping up their investigation of the Amityville Horror in Long Island, Lorraine has a vision about her husband’s death. Feeling apprehensive, Lorraine wants to avoid getting involved with any future exorcisms. However, when the Hodgson family in London encounter an old man poltergeist, the Roman Catholic Church recruit the reluctant Warren family to investigate.

Due to their father’s departure, the Hodgson family recently moved into this London flat. Daughter Janet (Madison Wolfe) is taking it the hardest. She sleepwalks, is frequently ill and has nightmares. At first, Mother Hodgson (Frances O’Connor) dismisses Janet’s problems, until she witnesses paranormal activity in her other children.

Director James Wan knows how to tell a story. With a minuscule budget, Wan helped create the Saw and Insidious series of movies, terror tales that feature a dose of human compassion. Including The Conjuring series, Wan’s movies rely on tried and true suspense techniques. Each film builds to successful payoff, one that does not rely on blood explosions induced by computerized special effects.

With a confident hand, Wan directs a scene with Patrick Wilson that could have become maudlin. Learning that the family used to enjoy listening to Elvis Presley albums, the Warrens purchase the Blue Hawaii soundtrack. Given the poltergeist’s tampering with the electronics, Ed Warren picks up an acoustic guitar and entertains the family. Between the previous scares and future shocks, this musical scene creates an intimate moment between the family and the human audience.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 16 June 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

May 31:A woman reported that a package mailed to her at 432 SE 11 St. was stolen.

May 31: It was reported that an articulated hedge clipper valued at $450 was stolen from the Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department at 222 N. Dixie Hwy.

May 31: A 2016 white Jaguar was reported stolen from the Tropicante Bar at 4251 N. Dixie Hwy. The vehicle had been rented.

June 1: A motorcycle was reported stolen from 4758 N. Powerline Rd.

Lighthouse Point

May 15: The store manager said someone stole a 32G iPad Pro display model from the store located at 3742 N. Federal Hwy. The loss was $599.99.

May 18: Someone entered a residence at 2160 NE 36 St. and stole $58 from a drawer. The victim believes it may have been a nurse working from a health care agency.

May 18: The victim said a female subject who he met in South Beach where she was working as a hostess arrived at his residence at 2421 NE 47 St. to have dinner and a few drinks. They went to an upstairs bedroom where the victim recalled removing his clothes and nothing after that. He awoke the next morning to find that the subject was gone and noticed a Rolex watch, Apple iPhone, jewelry and other items were missing totaling $73,500. The victim believes he was drugged.

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 16 June 2016 by LeslieM

Food Truck Invasion

Thursday, June 16, 5 to 10 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Bring the whole family to the park and dine under the open sky. Food trucks with a wide variety of selections. For information, call 954-357-5100 or visit www.foodtruckinvasion.com.

Movies on the Lawn: The Lego Movie

Friday, June 17, 8 p.m.

Great Lawn

90 N. Pompano Beach Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics.

NE Focal Point Annual Senior Prom

Friday, June 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

NE Focal Point Senior Center

227 NW 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Appearing live — Shane LeMar and The Ink Spots. Everyone encouraged to dress to impress. For information, call 954-480-4447 or e-mail tsutton@deerfield-beach.com.

Scoops with BSO’s Troops

Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

McDonald’s Restaurant

3901 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Free event hosted by Sheriff Scott Israel. Enjoy free ice cream cones; speak with BSO personnel in a laid-back atmosphere. Also DJ, Ronald McDonald, K-9s and more.

Guided Tour of Butler House

Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Historic Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Find out more about our community and the Butler House. New Alice B Gift Shop, filled with historical pictures, T-shirts and other gifts, is open.

Downtown Drive Car Show

Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mizner Park

327 Plaza Real

Boca Raton, FL 33442

Great Father’s Day outing! Showcase of antique, classic, European sport & exotic cars. Free admission. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more information, visit www.miznerpark.com.

Writing Workshop Program

Monday, June 20, 1 to 3 p.m.

Century Village Clubhouse

2400 Century Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Must be Century Village resident. Twice a week – Monday and Friday. Six sessions for $50. Bring paper and pen or pencil; be prepared to write. In each session, you will find out what you should write and bring to the following class. During class, you will have the chance to read whatever you write aloud and receive feedback from the group. For more information, call Kimberly Dove at Bay Management, 954-428-6892, ext. 4 .

Tuesday Night Beach Dance

Tuesday, June 21, 7 to 9 p.m.

Main Beach Parking Lot

149 SE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Total Recall will be playing for your entertainment and dancing pleasure. Wear your dancing shoes and bring your beach chair for a fun evening under the stars. Free. Call 954-480-4429 for information.

Zonta Membership Reception

Tuesday, June 21, 5:30 to 7 pm.

DoubleTree Hilton

100 Fairway Dr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Prospective members and guests can learn about organization and service projects.Visit www.zontadeerfieldbeach.org or contact Sandy Manning at 561-392-2223 or bosanboc@bellsouth.net.

Butterfly Gardening event

Saturday, June 18, 8 a.m. to noon

Recycling Drop Off Center

401 SW 4 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

City of Deerfield Beach needs help expanding its butterfly garden. All ages and abilities welcome. Receive a free plant, T-shirt and light lunch. R.S.V.P. to hmarshall@deerfield-beach.com or call 954-480-1420.

Basketball Camp: Kenny Boynton’s Train Like A Pro Weekend

Friday, June 24 through Saturday, June 25

Highlands Christian Academy

501 NE 48 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Think, train, perform like a pro. K-12th grade. Limited space. Also includes Elite Training Clinic: Sunday, June 26, Coral Springs Rec. Ctr. Register now at: arcitecbasketball.com

Worth the Drive: Repticon

Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Universal Palms Hotel & Conference Center

4900 Powerline Rd.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309

Hundreds of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals to see. Top breeders and vendors offering animals, merchandise, cages, supplies, and expert advice about animals, their habitats, feeding and care. $10 adults, $5 children 5 to12; children under 5 free. VIP tickets available online at www.reptiday.com/ftlauderdale.html.

Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer SLAM, Part One

Saturday, June 18

Just south of the Pompano Beach Pier

Bring your family for a fun day, including The Sunshine Sup Series paddle board races, Free SUP and kayak demos on the beach, lots of free goodies from the 50+ vendors! The Copper Tones will be performing live on stage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Weigh in at 2:30 p.m. Also join the kick-off party June 16, 6 to 9 p.m., Bru’s Room, 235 S. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, FL 33062. For more information, visit www.extremekayakfishingtournament.org.

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CLERGY CORNER: “Love your fellow as yourself”

Posted on 16 June 2016 by LeslieM

This week, we celebrated the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot. On Shavuos, G-d gave the Jewish people his Torah.

A gentile once came before Shammai and said: “Convert me to Judaism, on the stipulation that you teach me the entire Torah as I stand on one leg.” Shammai drove him off with the builder’s measuring stick in his hand. [The Talmudic sage Shammai was a builder by profession.]

He then came before Hillel, who converted him. Said Hillel to him: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. This is the entire Torah. The rest is commentary — go and learn.”

Hillel and Shammai were two leading rabbis of the early 1st century BCE. They lived in Jerusalem during the time of King Herod and the Roman Emperor Augustus, in the turbulent and bloody century before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. It is in this conversation that Hillel sums up all of Torah — to treat another person like you would like to be treated. Imagine, if each of us would live that way!

One century later, Rabbi Akiva would comment on the verse “Love your fellow as yourself.” This is a cardinal principle in the Torah. As we once again receive the Torah on Shavuos 2016, this remains the summary of all of Torah: Treat the other like you wish to be treated.

Judaism is a religion of words. G-d created the natural world with words. We create, and sometimes destroy, the social world with words. That is one reason why Judaism has so strong an ethic of speech. The other reason, surely, is its concern to protect human dignity.

Psychological injury may be no less harmful and sometimes is even more harmful than physical injury. Hence the rule: never humiliate, never put to shame, never take refuge in the excuse that they were only words, that no physical harm was done.

In 2008, world renowned composer Benjamin Zander gave a TED Talk called “The Transformative Power of Classical Music.” This is how he ended his talk: What we say really makes a difference. The words that come out of our mouth really do matter. I learned this from a woman who survived Auschwitz, one of the rare survivors. She went to Auschwitz when she was 15 years old. And her brother was eight, and the parents were lost. And she told me this.

She said, “We were in the train going to Auschwitz, and I looked down and saw my brother’s shoes were missing. I said, ‘Why are you so stupid? Can’t you keep your things together for goodness’ sake?’ the way an elder sister might speak to a younger brother.”

Unfortunately, it was the last thing she ever said to him, because she never saw him again. He did not survive. And, so, when she came out of Auschwitz, she made a vow.

She said, “I walked out of Auschwitz into life and I made a vow. And the vow was, ‘I will never say anything that couldn’t stand as the last thing I ever say.’”

Now, can we do that? No. But it is a possibility to live into. Never ever embarrass someone — not a child, not even an adult, not your spouse, not your child, nor a stranger.

Rabbi Tzvi Dechter is the Director of Chabad of North Broward Beaches. New location soon! For all upcoming events, please visit www.JewishLHP.com.

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