| April, 2017

HAPPENINGS

Posted on 19 April 2017 by LeslieM

Friends of the DB Arboretum meeting

Thursday, Apr. 20, 7 p.m.

Deerfield Beach Arboretum

Constitution Park

2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach FL, 33442

Speaker: Hyla Levine, owner/operator of Green Barn Orchard Supplies. She is also an Orchid grower and an expert on cultivation. Light refreshments will be served and usual plant giveaway. Free meeting, open to the public. For information, call 954-480-4495 or visit www.treezoo.com.

Wine & Cheese FUNdraiser

Thursday, Apr. 20, 6 to 9 p.m.

Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Support the Kiwanis Kare Bears Relay For Life Team. Please join in Fight Against Cancer.

10th Annual Surfers for Autism

Beach Festival

Friday, Apr. 21 & Saturday, Apr. 22

149 SE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Besides being beneficial for Autistic kids and their parents, this event is fun for everyone. Expect live music, surfing, food trucks, beer garden, vendors and more at the beach. Visit www.surfersforautism.org or their Facebook page for schedules, entertainment lineup and more.

Concert & Food Trucks in The Park

Saturday, Apr. 22, 6 to 10 p.m.

Frank McDonough Park

3500 NE 27 Ave.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Performance by The Petty Hearts, Tom Petty Tribute Show. Opening act, Shaw Davis and the Black Ties. For more information, call 954-943-6500.

10th Annual PigOut n’ Deerfield Beach

Saturday, Apr. 22, 10 a.m.to 6 p.m.

QuietWaters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd., Pavilion 10

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

See more, pg. 1. If you have any questions, please call the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce at 954-427-1050. Tickets available online at www.deerfieldchamber.com.

Quilt Show & Sale

Saturday, Apr. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Butler House

380 E. Butler House

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Also guided Historical Butler House Tours. Fee: donation. For more information, call 954-429-0378 or visit www.deerfield-history.org.

Survivor Island

Saturday, Apr. 22, 9 a.m. to noon

Deerfield Island Park

1720 Deerfield Island Park

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Learn basic survivor skills with naturalists at Deerfield Island Park, accessible only by boat. Compete in fun challenges. Closed-toe shoes required. Ages 8 & up; Cost-$8 per person. Free boat shuttle departs 9 a.m. from Pioneer Park, 217 NE 5 Ave., Deerfield Beach. For information, call 954-357-5100.

Yard Sale

Saturday, Apr. 22 & Saturday, Apr. 29, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saint Peter’s Anglican Church

1416 SE 2 Terr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Inside, air-conditioned, rain or shine. All kinds of wonderful items, priced to sell!

Eagle Scouts Ceremony

Sunday, Apr. 23, 3:30 p.m.

St. Ambrose Catholic Church

380 S. Federal Hwy.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

An Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be held to formally recognize the achievements of seven Deerfield Beach Boy Scout Troop 119 Eagle Scouts. Please come out and show your support.

Church Anniversary

Sunday, Apr. 23, 4 p.m.

First Zion Missionary Baptist Church

125 SW 1 Ct.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Celebrate 119th year anniversary. Guest speaker, Pastor, Rev. Ernest Gonder, Love Fellowship Worship Ctr. For more information, call 954-428-1550.

Tuesday Night Beach Dance

Tuesday, Apr. 25, 7 to 9 p.m.

Main Beach Parking Lot

149 SE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Johnny Vincent” will be playing. Wear dancing shoes and bring beach chair. Free. For more information, call 954-480-4429.

Save the Date:

17th Annual Cuisine of the Region

Wednesday, Apr. 26, 5:30 p.m

Hillsboro Club

901 Hillsboro Mile (A1A),

Hillsboro Beach, FL 33062

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Community.” Features food from S. Florida’s finest restaurants, gourmet desserts and wines from around the world. Also live and silent auction, and door prizes. Tickets-$60 at NE Focal Point, 227 NW 2 St., Deerfield Beach, or $75 at the door. All proceeds benefit NE Focal Point CASA (Children’s, Alzheimer’s, Seniors and Adults), Inc. For additional information, call 954-480-4460.

Pompano Beach Seafood Festival

Friday Apr. 28 through Sunday, Apr. 30

Three days on the beach of fun, seafood, live music, arts and crafts, and more. For music schedule, ticket prices, parking information and more visit: www.pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com.

Kiwanis West to honor Deerfield teachers

Friday May 12, 6:30 p.m.

Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach  

910 E. Hillsboro Blvd

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Dinner, entertainment and awards ceremony. Tickets: $30. Call 954-428-1537 to buy tickets, also available at the door.

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CLERGY CORNER: Disciple defined

Posted on 19 April 2017 by LeslieM

In his book Habitudes for Communicators: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, author Dr. Tim Elmore cites three reasons people change: They know enough that they’re able to; care enough that they want to; hurt enough that they have to. Unfortunately, the latter of the three inspired my change while attending junior high.

For no other reason than I was simply being cruel for cheap laughs, I continually taunted a fellow swimmer who I’ll refer to as Heather. One evening as Heather exited the pool (and I’m still mortified by my words), I looked right at her, crinkled my nose while making a sniffing sound, and asked, “What’s that smell? Smells like a wet dog.”

Simultaneously, there was both hurt and anger in her eyes. She clinched her fist and barreled toward me. I froze. I was both a jerk and a moron, for I had poked the proverbial hornets’ nest by picking on someone who chose to workout in the mornings and swim for two hours every day after school. With full vigor she wielded her fists — still tightly clinched — like a wrecking ball against my body. Probably due to blunt-force-trauma, I can’t remember exactly what she said, but I do remember the moment her strength weakened from the anger-induced adrenaline.

Heather’s arms fell to her side, now almost too exhausted to wipe away the tears as she slunk away, leaving me standing alone wrestling with my thoughts; I was bruised internally as much as externally. And because I literally hurt, I wanted to change, so I immediately prayed, “Lord, I don’t want to be funny if it means hurting others.”

Last week, I wrote about God’s command to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19). This week, it seems fitting to clarify what it means to be a disciple.

Jim Putman, in his book Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples, defines a disciple as someone who is following Christ and being changed by Him, saying,“[We] must recognize and accept who Jesus is, and we must place ourselves under His authority,”caring about what He cares about … people, like Heather. As Matt Walsh expresses, we cannot claim to have faith in a Lord if we aren’t willing to follow Him in a way that changes us. “You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:14).

Having the knowledge that I hurt Heather was only a fragment of the solution. It wasn’t enough to tell her that I would change, rather restoration of the relationship required actual changed behavior — as in discipleship — by allowing “God [to] transform [me] into a new person by changing the way [I] think [and behave]…” (Romans 12:2). See Matthew 7:17-20 where Jesus taught that we would know a tree by its fruit.

How do we either know enough, care enough or hurt enough to change? Three components must be present in our life. First, we must recognize our brokenness — enough to want to change. Though Western culture tends to idolize self-sufficiency, it’s only in our brokenness that our need for a savior becomes visible and we see the depth of His grace that draws us to Him. Secondly, we must be available. If we are too busy — even with good things like family and work — this hurried life will prevent us from being rooted in a foundational understanding of God’s nature and character, diluting the recognition that He is worthy to be our King. Third, we must be teachable. We must be willing to fight for a faith that is deep like river versus shallow like a flood. Think Acts 2:42-47: devoted.

As I mentioned last week, start small like I did with a simple, yet powerful prayer that forever changed the trajectory of my life. You can borrow this one from my playbook: “Lord, help me want to love You, to know You, and to serve You.” A caveat: Get ready because if you’re truly accepting and repentant, the Spirit will begin to fill you with the knowledge of the Father and change you into a fully devoted follower of Christ — a disciple.

C.J. Wetzler is the NextGen pastor at First Baptist Church of Deerfield Beach. Before transitioning into full-time ministry, CJ was a commercial airline captain and high school leadership and science teacher. For questions or comments he can be reached at cj@deerfieldfirst.com.

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FLICKS: Religion in the Movies and The Case for Christ

Posted on 13 April 2017 by LeslieM

By Cinema Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

This Sunday evening at 7 p.m. the ABC Broadcast Network will televise The Ten Commandments, a rare movie tradition that has aired most Passover/Easter Sundays since 1973. The exception was 1999 in which television executives decreed that if people wanted to watch this movie, they could pick it up on VHS. Apparently, the telephone switchboard lit up, upset that a family tradition was torn asunder.

Released on the big screen in 1956, The Ten Commandments marked Director Cecil B. DeMille’s last motion picture and was the box office champion for the year. While the dialogue and acting styles has dated through the years, there is much visual splendor to hold one’s interest. Based on the first five books of the Old Testament, The Ten Commandments does have a pretty good story to tell, which might explain the film’s enduring holiday appeal.

It has been 13 years since Mel Gibson released The Passion of the Christ, which still holds multiple box office records. Despite the controversy, this film revealed a faith-based audience willing to purchase movie tickets. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Rocky Balboa included the faith-based audience in their marketing mix and were rewarded by good box office.

In recent years, the Christian consumer has supported contemporary faith-based movies like Miracles from Heaven, 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is for Real. Of the three films mentioned, Heaven is for Real holds up best as a family drama with international intrigue that bookends this fine motion picture written and directed by Randall Wallace, who earned a best screenplay Oscar for Braveheart, which was directed by Mel Gibson.

Based on a true story, The Case for Christ is this year’s faith-based motion picture. Set in Chicago circa 1980, atheist journalist Lee Strobel (Mike Vogel) has dinner with his pregnant wife, Leslie (Erika Christensen) and their daughter, Alison. When Alison chokes on a giant gumball, the Strobels panic, but a kindly nurse, Alfie Davis (L. Scott Caldwell) performs a routine Heimlich Maneuver and saves the girl.

When Alfie praises Jesus, Leslie is impressed, but Lee is annoyed. While raising Alison and birthing another child, Leslie comes to accept the tenets of Christian faith. While performing earning a living as a crime reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Lee wants to write an article revealing Christianity as a con job worthy of P.T. Barnum.

Compared to the recent contemporary Christian movies of recent years, The Case for Christ is much more of a dry and somber movie. The film does explore the shifting values of the Baby Boomer Generation with that of traditional faith. When The Case for Christ concludes, one is left with many open-ended questions to draw one’s own personal conclusions.

Happy Passover and Happy Easter weekend!

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 13 April 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

March 27: Someone smashed a car window, ransacked the vehicle and stole a jacket. The incident was reported at 472 NW 2 Terr.

March 27: A man reported that a man stole the mail in his mailbox at 1280 SW 1 Ave. and fled in a vehicle.

March 27: Two men who were staying in a hotel room at 100 SW 12 Ave. reported that someone entered the room, rummaged through their belongings and damaged a pair of headphones.

March 27: It was reported that a Honda motorcycle was stolen from 4300 NW 9 Ave.

March 28: A man reported that an HP Z Book valued at $1,500 was stolen from his vehicle at 1523 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

March 17: The victim said her cell was either lost or stolen while she was shopping at a store at 3700 N. Federal Hwy.

March 22: A suspicious vehicle was stopped behind a business at 4500 N. Federal Hwy. The subject told police he was picking up his girlfriend.

March 24: A bicycle was stolen from in front of a residence at 2330 NE 48 Ct.

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EASTER HAPPENINGS

Posted on 13 April 2017 by LeslieM

City of Deerfield Beach Easter Events

The Egg Hunts have thousands of prize and candy filled eggs for participants to discover. Find the “special eggs” and receive an exciting prize or Easter basket. Enjoy refreshments, outdoor activities with friends, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt

Thursday, Apr. 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Constitution Park

2841 Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Free event, items available for purchase. Must register for event (hunt wristband required.) Call 954-480-4494.

Egg-Stravaganza

Friday, April 14, 6 to 8 p.m.

Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex

445 SW 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Free event. Call 954-480-4451.

Easter Egg Run

Saturday, Apr. 15, Fun zone activities 8 a.m. to noon

Egg Hunts, 10 a.m. sharp

Deerfield Beach Athletic Complex

501 SE 6 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Free event. Call 954-480-4426.

Free Photos with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, Apr. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pompano Citi Centre

1955 N Federal Hwy.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Take your own free photos with the Easter Bunny, arts-n-crafts, face painting and scavenger hunt. For more information, visit www.pompanociticentre.com.

Easter Services

Zion Lutheran Church

959 SE 6 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Thursday, Apr. 13, 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, Apr. 14, 7 p.m. Good Friday Service

Saturday, Apr. 15, 8 p.m. Easter Vigil Evening Service

Sunday, Apr. 16, 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service

Sunday, Apr. 16, 10 a.m. Easter Worship Service

Also, Children’s Easter Egg Hunt 8:30-9:30 a.m. (Bring your basket.) For more information, visit www.zion-lutheran.org.

St. Peter’s Anglican Church

1416 SE 2 Terr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Thursday, Apr. 13, 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday

Friday, Apr. 14, 7 p.m. Good Friday

Saturday, Apr. 15, 7 p.m. Holy Saturday

Sunday, Apr. 16, 10 a.m. Easter Sunday

For information, call 954-695-0336.

Sunrise Service on Deerfield Beach

Sunday, Apr. 16, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.

Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier

The Deerfield Beach Ministerial Association is hosting annual sunrise service.

Community Presbyterian Church

Sunday, April 16, 10 a.m.

1920 SE 4 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The community is invited to attend Easter Service Reverend Dr. Randall Gill will preside; Sabrina George leads the Chancel Choir. All are welcome. For information, call 954-427-0222.

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 13 April 2017 by LeslieM

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Fish Fry

Friday, Apr. 14, 6 to 8 p.m.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church

3331 NE 10 Terr.

Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Enjoy wild harvested cod, linguini with clam sauce, country fries, coleslaw, roll, soft-serve ice cream, coffee/tea. Adults-$9/children-$5. Beer & wine available for minimal charge. For more information, call 954-941-8117.

Music under the Stars

Friday, Apr. 14, 7 p.m.

Pompano Beach Great Lawn

3501 E. Atlantic Blvd

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Featured band, Sean Chambers (Blues band.) For more information, visit www.pompanobeachfl.gov or call 954-786-4111.

Volunteers needed for EcoAction Day

Saturday, Apr. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Volunteers are asked to have their own gloves, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water. Closed-toe shoes required, and long pants and long sleeves are suggested. Must fill out a volunteer registration form prior to participating. Volunteers ages 13 to 17 must have parent or guardian signature on the registration form. Volunteers under age 13 may participate with parent or guardian. High school students can get community service hours. For group information and preregistration, call 954-357-5100/email: QuietWatersPark@broward.org.

Breakfast

Sunday, Apr. 16, 9 a.m. to noon

American Legion Post #162

820 SE 8 Ave.

Palm Plaza Shopping Center

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Eggs, omelets, pancakes, waffles, breakfast meats and more available. For information, call 954-421-6097. Held every Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon

History at High Noon

Wednesday, Apr. 19, noon to 1 p.m.

DFB Commission Chambers

150 NE 2 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Presenter, historian Sally Ling. Fee: donation. For more information, call 954-429-0378 or visit www.deerfield-history.org.

BINGO

Wednesday, Apr. 19, 6:30 p.m.

American Legion Post #162

820 SE 8 Ave.

Palm Plaza Shopping Center

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Everyone welcome. Progressive Jackpot. Non-smoking. Food available. For information, call 954-421-6097. Held every Wednesday 6:30 p.m.

Friends of the DB Arboretum meeting

Thursday, Apr. 20, 7p.m.

Deerfield Beach Arboretum

Constitution Park

2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach FL, 33442

Speaker, Hyla Levine, owner/operator of Green Barn Orchard Supplies. She is also an Orchid grower and an expert on cultivation. Light refreshments will be served and usual plant giveaway. Free meeting, open to the public. For information, call 954 480 4495 or visit www.treezoo.com.

Save the Date: 10th Annual PigOut n’ Deerfield Beach

Saturday, Apr. 22, 10 a.m.to 6 p.m.

QuietWaters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Pavilion 10

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

If you have any questions, please call the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce at 954-427-1050. Tickets available online, at www.deerfieldchamber.com/events

Deerfield Beach High School Class of 1977

40th Class Reunion

Friday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m.

Bru’s Room

5460 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Informal gathering of the 70’s classmates.

Saturday, Sept.16, 6:30 p.m.

Wyndham Deerfield Beach

2096 NE 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Cocktail Party, Buffet Dinner and entertainment to follow.

Cost for weekend events:

$65 per person –

Early bird payment received by April 15.

$75 per person

Ready to party – payment received by June 15.

$80 per person

Last minute – payment received by cutoff date of August 15.Send a check payable to Candice Soeder or provide credit/debit card information. If making payment by credit/debit card, please call – 954-415-7472 or email Candice, casx3@comcast.net with payment information. Please note there will be a $3 surcharge for using a credit / debit card. We are also working to find as many of our classmates as possible. If you have any contact information on our classmates, please contact Rudy Mendez at Rmenpark@bellsouth.net with their information to update our database.

Broward County Mummers seeking members

Every Thursday Practice, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Moose Lodge

6191 Rock Island Rd.

Tamarac, FL 33319

Need of voluntary senior musicians. Please contact, Jan Daisy-Little at 954-784-9904 for details.

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CLERGY CORNER: What’s your biggest fear

Posted on 13 April 2017 by LeslieM

I love the locker room scene in Moneyball when Scott Hatteberg, played by Chris Pratt, is asked by a teammate about his biggest fear after having transitioned from playing catcher to first base. Hatteberg nervously smiles and shares, “The baseball being hit in my general direction,” (insert chuckle).

His teammate, bewildered, takes a moment to eat a spoonful of cereal before asking again, “Seriously. What is it?”

No. Seriously. That is,” confirms Hatteberg.

Whether or not my career playing catcher in Little League qualifies me to have an opinion, I have to admit, Scott’s response resonates with me. Undoubtedly, it would be a tough transition for any catcher.

I see a similar parallel when it comes to Christianity. Whether you grew up in church or came to know Christ later in life, both lifestyles can tempt one to remain in their comfort zone. Neither camp is immune to the perplexities and difficulties of life. But we’re “catchers,” which is to say we’re human and resilient by nature, we’re okay with dropping down in the dirt from time to time to corral a wild pitch or two. We feel at home, secure in our padded gear, and even should a ball slip past, there’s always the backstop.

But something changes when we genuinely surrender to God’s will. It’s like He’s asked us to leave behind what we know, maybe tradition or ignorance, and take up a new position on His field. It’s a paradigm shift. It’s the same field yet a completely different — and scary —experience.

He’s asked us to play first base — kinda.

Look what happens when Jonah is asked to change positions: “The Lord gave this message to Jonah: ‘Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.’ But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord” — Jonah 1:1-3 NLT.

Did you catch that? Jonah “got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord.”

Jonah grabbed his catcher’s mitt and headed not for first, but for the locker room!

For many of us, that’s exactly how we respond when God commands that we “[Go] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” — Matthew 28:19.

If we’re honest, that’s the proverbial ball being hit, not in our general, but specific direction.

For some, there is a fear of being labeled intolerant, or bigoted. Maybe there is worry of losing a promotion or status. For others, it could be an anxiety of not being good enough. How could God possibly use me? Does He know what I’ve done (?)! And there are those that panic at the idea of a lifestyle or career change.

Whatever it is, whatever God is asking of you specifically, playing first base requires us to focus and lean in to this incredible calling of making disciples.

And if that scares you, that’s okay. It can be a seemingly overwhelming position to play, but here’s what you do: Start small. Speaker and Author Bob Goff, referencing Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed, communicates how beautiful it is that from something so small blossoms a place of refuge for the birds (Matthew 13:31-32).

Sometimes a simple remark such as “nice belt!” becomes the seed that blossoms into a relationship where both parties find refuge and begin to understand who they are in Christ and how to lead others to become fully devoted follower of Christ themselves.

The reality is that we weren’t all created to play first base. There are many positions, but what’s important to remember is don’t get caught up trying to play someone else’s position. Focus where God has you and lean in. Get your glove ready because a line-drive has just been hit in your direction. Have no fear but fear in the Lord. Go, and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. No, seriously, that’s it.

C.J. Wetzler is the NextGen pastor at First Baptist Church of Deerfield Beach. Before transitioning into full-time ministry, CJ was a commercial airline captain and high school leadership and science teacher. For questions or comments he can be reached at cj@deerfieldfirst.com.

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Bucks hoping for playoffs

Posted on 05 April 2017 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Entering the 2017 season, Deerfield Beach High girls flag football coach Cam Thomas had high hopes and expectations for his squad.

The Bucks were coming off an 8-5 season and first round District 11-2A playoff defeat to Coral Springs. The team graduated 12 players from that team, including five key starters.

We have gone through a little bit of a rebuilding year,” said Thomas, whose team is 2-5 this year and has two difficult match-ups coming up – this week against Coral Glades and the Douglas after spring break next week. “We can still make the (District) playoffs as the fourth seed if we win those two games.”

Thomas, who had taken his team to Orlando to play the likes of Dr. Phillips and Port Orange Spruce Creek in two of the past three years, said a lack of funds prevented him from making the trip this year. He said every matchup this season was one they looked forward to.

We didn’t want to overlook anybody,” Thomas said.

Thomas said the team has received solid play from returners Taylor Brown (Sr., RB/rusher/CB), Lyndaziah Roberts (Jr., athlete), Eryuan Nesbitt (Sr., LB/TE) and promising newcomers such as Shavon Andrews (Sr., QB/LB), Jasna Mason (Sr., WR/CB), Kim Lawson (Soph., CB/RB), Rebecca Nakad (Soph., athlete) and Camellia Robinson (Soph., rusher).

Lyndaziah has had a great season,” Thomas said. “She has eight interceptions this year and has 300 yards receiving and one touchdown. She’s been a varsity player since her freshman year.”

The Bucks have been slowed by inconsistent quarterback play, according to Thomas. He said that Nakad has stepped in and done well since making a change recently with their signal callers.

It wasn’t what we thought it was going to be this year, especially on the varsity level,” Thomas said. “Rebecca has done well at quarterback since she stepped in. It is a learning experience for her since she is a soccer player. She is trying to take control of the quarterback situation right now.”

If we are going to beat Coral Glades and Douglas, Rebecca is going to have to play mistake-free football,” Thomas said. “She doesn’t have to play a great game. She just has to eliminate the minor mistakes. The top four of seven make it to the playoffs.”

Thomas said the biggest obstacle to overcome was the graduation of the 12 seniors from a year ago.

That was a huge hit because five or six were from our basketball team from last year,” Thomas said. “Just having those types of athletes, it is hard to replace them.

That is the success that South Broward is having right now because of their athletes came from their girls basketball team. There is a lot of learning that is going on with us this year. I think this is a rebuilding year for us; and next year, with the JV and the girls we have returning, we will have a good season.”

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FLICKS: Ghost in the Shell

Posted on 05 April 2017 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

Last Sunday afternoon, I caught Pollock, Ed Harris’s award-winning film about tortured artist Jackson Pollock, a motion picture that I reviewed for The Observer 16 years ago. Although I may never be a patron of abstract art, I was absorbed in Jackson Pollock’s craft with paint and canvas. It still holds up as a fine motion picture with an interesting story, intriguing characters and artistic details that supports a strong artist vision.

The strong visuals of Ghost in the Shell have been part of the Japanese/Anime culture for nearly 30 years. Besides being a graphic novel, there was an animated motion picture titled The Ghost in the Shell that was released in 1995 and spawned a total of four films. Ten years ago, Steven Spielberg acquired the rights to produce a live-action version. Last weekend, Ghost in the Shell opened to a lackluster box office that may cost some Paramount Studio executives their jobs.

First off, it is not a bad movie. The film opens with Major Mira Killian (Scarlett Johansson) being assembled on a laboratory table. Mira’s body is a victim of a terrorist attack, but her brain is left intact and inserted into an android shell.

Much like Blade Runner, this Ghost in the Shell features a series of investigations and action sequences as Mira seeks to uncover bad guys. The pursuit involves multiple betrayals with Mira questioning her own identification as a cyborg.

The major flaw with the film is the lack of original story. Besides the previous mentioned Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell lifts plot ideas from Avatar, Virtuosity and Innerspace. It feels more like an outline than letting a fresh story unfold.

The film does shine with visual effects. Director Rupert Sanders lets his camera linger on giant hologram figures in the big city. The figures are eclectic and their brief appearances are more interesting than some of the cardboard characters that are used to move the plot forward. While Johansson does shine, we’ve seen her in enough movies of this ilk: Lucy, Her and the Marvel movies.

So Ghost in the Shell is no Pollock or The Last Word, or Kong: Skull Island, for that matter. I wish that The Zookeeper’s Wife or The Case for Christ opened a week sooner.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 05 April 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

March 21: An elderly woman reported that someone tried to enter her home at 1560 SW 22 Terr. The person became afraid and left.

March 21: A woman reported that her Chevrolet Captiva was stolen from her driveway at 5241 West Lakes Dr.

March 21: A woman reported her car and patio entered, a checkbook stolen, and three rings stolen at 1004 E. Lakes Dr.

March 21: A motor scooter was stolen from a home at 574 NE 47 St.

March 23: A man reported that his roommate stole his television and video games at 284 NE 39 Ct.

Lighthouse Point

March 19: Someone stole a 2016 Mercedes S550 from a garage at 2350 NE 22 St. The loss was $96,600.

March 21: Someone entered a pool house at 2800 NE 30 Ave. and stole documents and financial records belonging to the association.

March 22: A vehicle was repossessed and a 12-gauge shotgun was discovered inside. The gun was brought to the police department at 3701 NE 22 Ave. for destruction.

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