| June, 2017

Pompano Beach Middle Tracksters complete season

Posted on 22 June 2017 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

The Pompano Beach Middle School boys and girls track teams closed out the school year with some outstanding performances in the season-ending county championships at Coral Springs High School.

Ja’leah Williams had one goal at the Broward County Middle School track and field championship meet, and that was to defeat someone from Lauderdale Lakes. So, in her final middle school meet, she did just that and more in defeating everyone from the county to win the 800-meter run with a time of 2:23.21, she successfully defended her title.

This is very big because it was my last year and I finally beat someone from Lauderdale Lakes in an individual event,” said Williams, 14, of Pompano Beach. “That was my goal.”

This is her third year in the sport and she took also third in the 400-meter dash last year.

I was very tired and I didn’t have any water, Gatorade or anything,” Williams added. “I just had to breathe in and breathe out. My friends want me to play flag football at Blanche Ely, so I might not do track next year.”

Williams was also a member of the 4×100 and the 4×400 relay teams. The 4×100 relay was third (51.89); the 4×200 relay was fourth (1:51.28), while the 4×400 team won the county title with a clocking of 4:08.34.

We came in second in the 4×100,” Williams said, “so I really wanted to win the 4×400 and we did.”

Pompano Beach’s De’Wante Deas clocked a 14.64 to finish second in the 100-meter hurdles. The 15-year-old Pompano Beach Middle School eighth grader also was third in the 400-meter dash (52.32).

I didn’t run the hurdles last year, just the 400,” said Deas, who was fourth in the 400 a year ago. It was his first year on a track team. “I ran them this year because my school needed it. I like to run. I am pretty fast and I like the competition.”

Two other Pompano Bengals competed in the finals. Kaleese Smith was fourth in the girls long jump with a 14-04.00, while Elijah Mohorne threw 35-05.00 to place seven in the boys shot put.

Deerfield Beach Middle School also had a couple of strong performances from Nate Metellus, who clocked a time of 11.99 to finish fourth in the 100-meter dash. The boys 4×400 relay finished fifth with a time of 4:00.51.

The Pompano girls team finished fourth with 36 points. Lauderdale Lakes was the runaway winner with 83 points. The Pompano Middle School boys team finished 11th with 18 points, while the Deerfield boys scored 9 and finished in a tie for 17th with Pioneer Middle School.

Simply Soccer camps offered

The Simply Soccer camp has entered their 29th year of camps in nearby Coral Springs. The camp is for boys and girls, ages 5-15, of all skill levels, who are taught a variety of soccer skills from dribbling to shooting.

There are three sessions each day ranging from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended hours camp from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a Tiny Tot program for kids ages 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. Full day campers must bring a soccer ball, swimsuit, shin guards, water bottle and lunch. You do not have to be a city resident to attend.

The camp just concluded its second week and there are seven sessions left this summer including June 26-30; July 10-14; July 17-21; July 24-28; July 31-Aug. 4; Aug. 7-11 and Aug. 14-18.

Register daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs. For information, call 954-345-2200.

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FLICKS: The Hero, Cars 3 & Lou

Posted on 22 June 2017 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

Receiving much praise since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, The Hero opens locally in neighborhood theaters. As the ironically-named title character, Sam Elliot has earned his best notices in years as an iconic actor whose career peaked many decades ago. A man out of time, Lee Hayden (Elliot) makes a living doing voice-over for barbecue sauce and spends his free time getting stoned with an old actor friend, Jeremy (Nick Offerman).

Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, Hayden attempts to make amends with his estranged daughter Lucy (Krysten Ritter) and his ex wife, Valarie (Katharine Ross -Sam Elliot’s real life wife). Having burned emotional bridges many years ago, the reconciliations are cold. While toking with Jeremy, Lee makes the acquaintance with Charlotte (Laura Prepon), a stand-up comedian. Through Charlotte, Lee is given one last dose of living fully. While attending an awards banquet, he is given career redemption and, through moments of generosity, the actor becomes a social media sensation again. But, through Charlotte, Lee is given a brutal reminder about his vulnerability and fatality.

The Hero sets false expectations for a Sam Elliot film in which he wears a 10 gallon hat. The title is meant to be ironic. Elliot takes full advantage of his public persona, while revealing painful truths about aging. His voice is as strong as ever, but as the film progresses, the tough-looking cowboy fades into a pot smoking has been. The Hero is hard to watch, but is a truthful statement about a generation of actors whose time has passed them by.

Having not seen the previous Cars movies, I was drawn to Cars 3 on Father’s Day when mainstream critics questioned if this film was meant for children. It does provide enough slapstick to hold a child’s attention, but this new Disney Pixar animated movie has themes and emotional content that relates to middle-aged adults. It is a reminder of Pixar’s award-winning films like Monsters Inc., Wall-E, Up and Toy Story 3.

After many successful years on the racing circuit, Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is defeated by a younger rival who is faster, stronger and more scientifically aerodynamic. Taking advice from his dearly-departed mentor, Doc Hudson (the late Paul Newman), McQueen trains “old school,” but is forced to work with young Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), a perky trainer with unrealized dreams. Cars 3 has an adult appeal for people who like The Karate Kid, Cinderella Man and Rocky Balboa.

Being a Pixar/Disney release, Cars 3 includes a brilliant short subject film titled Lou. Set in a playground, Lou feels like an Aesop Fable with a subject about bullies and loss. Both Cars 3 and Lou create a life-affirming afternoon at the movies.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 22 June 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

June 6: Two men were arrested and charged with stealing three watches valued at $379.90 from Target at 1200 S. Federal Hwy. Each man was on felony probation for grand theft.

June 6: Following a verbal altercation, a man was arrested and charged with battery after hitting his girlfriend in the face three times. The incident was reported at 274 SE 9 Ave.

June 6: A man reported four tires and rim stolen from his Honda Accord at 473 NW 36 Ave.

June 9: A woman reported her boyfriend hit her with a leather belt. The man was arrested and charged with battery. The incident was reported at 4161 NW 9 Ave.

June 11: A woman reported her car parked at 3390 W. Hillsboro Blvd. was broken into and a purse stolen.

Lighthouse Point

May 18: Someone smashed the passenger side window of a vehicle and stole a purse that was in the front seat while it was parked at 4754 N. Federal Hwy. The purse contained a wallet, $100 cash, a driver’s license and credit cards. The loss was $876.

May 19: The victim said her purse was stolen while she was at a bus stop at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. The purse contained a work permit, ID card, debit and bankcard and a driver’s license.

May 20: Someone entered the victim’s Nissan Pathfinder through an unlocked door while it was parked at 3060 NE 23 Ave. A large bird feeder that did not belong to the victim was thrown against the door inside and spilled out.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 22 June 2017 by LeslieM

Hot Summer Solstice White Party

Friday, June 23, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

City Pub

956 S. Federal Hwy.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Don’t miss this sensational event! Dance to the amazing music of “It Takes Two” band. There will be a prize for the hottest male & female white attire. There will be high energy people, music & fun! Also come in for dinner and enjoy a rib dinner for only $9.99 before 8 p.m. Full menu all night. Enjoy a slice of white cake as well. There is a $5 entertainment fee. For more information and to R.S.V.P., call 954-427-8213 or visit www.deerfieldcitypub.com.

SamBones Rocking Summer Show

Friday, June 23, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

American Rock Bar and Grill

1600 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Only $5 at the door, 2 for 1 drinks all night. Load in starts at 6:30 p.m. There will be some parking behind the bar. Static Momentum will play 8 to 8:45 p.m., Vinyl Answer will play 9 to 9:45 p.m. and Castafella will play 10 to 10:45 p.m.

High Tea Hat Parade

Saturday, June 24, 2 to 5 p.m.

Hillsboro Community Center

50 Hillsboro Technology Dr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church invites you to a High Tea Hat Parade to celebrate St. Mary’s 100th Anniversary. The church was started by the Bahamians who came here, according to former State Representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed. $20 donation. Contact 954-480-9340 for more information.

The Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association

Amateur Radio Field Day

Saturday, June 24 through Sunday, June 25

During daylight hours

Quiet Waters Park

Bald Eagle Pavilion

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Members of the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Broward County. For more information about Field Day, call Michael Wolf at 954-993-1256 or email k2hxc@comcast.net

Free Dive Fridays all Summer Long!

Friday, June 30, 7 to 9 p.m.

Papa’s Raw Bar

4610 N. Federal Hwy.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

June is National Scuba Month! Free Dive IPA will be $5 on tap every Friday all summer long! Bring your scuba license for an additional $1 off and wear your mask between 7 & 9 p.m. for a FREE Pint of Freedive! Tell a friend & Celebrate with Coppertail Brewing Co. & Papa’s Raw Bar!

Percy White Library Events

837 E. Hillsboro Blvd. (in the Meeting Room)

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Summer Break Spot Program

Thursday, June 22, 1 to 2 p.m.

Lunch Program for children under the age of 18. This will

also be held on the 26, 27 and 28 of June from 1 to 2 p.m.

Building a Better Future with The Dennis Project. Engineering Innovators! – Light it Up! (Teen)

Thursday, June 22, 2 to 3 p.m.

Ever wonder what makes a radio come alive? Learn how electricity flows in their everyday electronic world with a variety of circuit projects using Snap-Circuit kits. Then create circuits that will play music on electronic devices. (Limit 30 -Teens – Pre-Registration is made at Reference Service Desk).

BCL Fun Day

Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. to noon

Create a new craft or do a new activity each day. For ages 7-13! Snap Circuit Laboratory.

Classical Music Appreciation Afternoon with Mozart

Saturday, June 24, 2 to 3 p.m.

This is a new program hosted by Walter Ladden. This program features a sample of Mozart’s music as well as anecdotes about the composer and performers.

Mother Goose Time – Color Fun Storytime and Craft

Monday, June 26, 10 to 10:45 a.m.

Mother Goose Time – Children up to 36 months and their caregivers.

• “Every Hero has a Song” with Matthew Sabatella

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

As the United States of America begins to celebrate its 241st birthday, Matthew Sabatella returns to Deerfield Beach Percy White Library with this new program.

Magnificent, Mysterious Buildings around the World with Safari Sue

Wednesday, June 28, 11 a.m. to Noon

Safari Sue the Adventurer will share her storytelling magic show about mysterious buildings around the world, from Egypt to the Andes! For more information, contact Panna Mody at PMody@Broward.org or call 954-357-7699.

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CLERGY CORNER: Do you know what you need?

Posted on 22 June 2017 by LeslieM

The story is told of King Midas who was granted one wish of his choosing. Being fond of treasure, he asked that whatever he touched would be turned into gold. With his wish granted, he began to touch everything that was common and watch it transform before his eyes. Cups, spoons, chairs and metal coins all now glittered and sparkled with golden brilliance. His delight with his new ability was soon turned to frustration and sorrow as he began to realize that he could not control this gift, for when he embraced his only daughter she turned into a lifeless statue of gold.

We have all imagined what we would do, should we be given the opportunity to have one wish granted. Some would ask for great sums of money; others would request houses or land; and maybe others would ask for fame and notoriety. Maturity teaches, however, that granted wishes are the object of childhood fantasies, and are the fodder for fairy tales and the imagination. It is mainly through hard work and diligent labor that we can attain the things that we desire.

There is something to be said though, of seeking God for favor and asking Him for specific blessings. The Bible indicates that God delights in, and longs for, our petitions and prayers. Unfortunately, some may have been led to believe that they will not receive the things that they request from God. His word assures us, however, that appropriate asking nets appropriate responses.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).

To those who may argue that prayers are useless, James 4:2 cautions “You do not have what you want because you do not ask God for it. And when you ask, you do not receive it, because your motives are bad; you ask for things to use for your own pleasures.”

There is a need then, for the petitioner to make the kinds of requests that please God and secure His ready answer. Purely selfish motives will not be rewarded. When the intent is for the benefit of others and the glory of God, there is an opportunity for success.

In 1 Kings chapter three, Solomon was the newly established king of Israel. In succeeding his father, David, he differentiated himself from his brothers, Absalom and Adonijah. Rather than presumption and arrogance, he displays reverence and humility. He worships God and prays for wisdom to lead the nation.

In a dream one night (verse 5), God appeared to him and urged him, “Ask, what shall I give you?”

Solomon’s answer exposed his sincerity.

Therefore, give to your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours?” (verse 9).

It is recorded that God was pleased with Solomon’s request and granted him superior wisdom along with wealth and honor.

Our encouragement comes from knowing that, despite our inabilities and inadequacies, God stands ready to give us divine support to manage whatever tasks lay before us. In our weakness, He is able to provide strength, and cause us to succeed where others may expect us to fail. But we must ask Him, and believe that He will give us what we need. It is time to align our desires with His design, and to pursue His purposes in our living. Then we can be free to make our requests with the confidence that He will answer affirmatively. Like the mothers of the church in our faith, tradition would say, “tell Him what you need!”

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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Tornadoes fall in state semifinal

Posted on 15 June 2017 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Pompano Beach baseball coach Joe Giummule said pitching and defense was his team’s strong suit as they advanced to the Class 5A state semifinals for the first time in school history.

Golden Tornadoes’ junior pitcher Trevor Kniskern took the mound against defending state champion Jacksonville Bolles and allowed the first two batters to score before settling down and pitched a gem.

Unfortunately for Kniskern and his teammates, Bolles went on to secure a 2-1 victory over Pompano Beach and then dispatched Bishop Moore, 7-2 in the title game the following day at Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers to capture their second straight state championship. It was also Kniskern’s first setback in 12 decisions.

They gave us a good right jab in the first inning,” Giummule said. “We weathered the storm, and I guess we just ran out of gas.”

Kniskern gave up all three of his hits to the first five batters he faced – good for two Bolles runs – but retired 14 consecutive batters from the end of the first to the sixth inning.

Bolles’ Max Ferguson and Austin Knight, both Tennessee commits, reached on a single and double, respectively. Ferguson scored on an RBI groundout by Brendon O’Neil, and a ground rule double by University of Virginia commit Hunter Barco double drove in Knight.

I felt a little awkward [in the first inning],” said Kniskern, a Pepperdine commit. “Their whole lineup is pretty decent. I just had to work through the count, start off strong – changeup, fastball – work ahead. That first inning was a little bumpy, and after that I was settling in.”

The Tornadoes (24-4) got a run back in the second when senior left fielder Austin Carney doubled down the left field line to score junior shortstop Chase Costello.

Giummule said his team practiced coming from behind and winning a state championship since the first day of practice, so when the Tornadoes came up in the bottom of the seventh, he was confident.

The Tornadoes threatened in the bottom of the seventh as pinch hitter Alex Skirvin walked and senior catcher Jeremy Davis singled down the left field line and advanced to second on the throw to third base putting the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position.

Pompano junior center fielder Mike Schuler, who earlier in the game made a diving catch in center field to keep the game close, hit a slow chopper up the middle that Ferguson handled and threw to first to get him by a step and end the game.

The second baseman made a helluva play and he was out by half a step,” Giummule said. “Sometimes baseball isn’t fair. We deserved to win the game. We made tremendous play after tremendous play, as did they. We were just on the short end of the stick today.”

The Tornadoes reached states for the first time by knocking off powerhouse Miami Pace 9-0 in a regional final before other regional wins over Cardinal Gibbons and LaBelle. Pompano Beach is only three years removed from a stretch of four consecutive losing seasons.

Giummule believes his team can reach the state championship game next year.

If things go as they have in the past, we should be right back in this spot next year,” he said. “From that starting line-up, we lose two starters, our catcher and our left fielder and we return our juniors and a lot of our pitching staff. You got to have some breaks and you got to stay healthy and there is no doubt in my mind that we will be back in this position. We just have to stay healthy.”

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FLICKS: The Mummy, Meagan Leavey & Past Life

Posted on 15 June 2017 by LeslieM

By Cinema Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

The Mummy’s Tomb starring Lon Chaney Jr. was featured on Svengoolie last Saturday night. Despite being filmed over 75 years ago, there is a creepy charm to this flick that features likeable victims and nightmarish visualization. Much like Disney’s Marvel and Star Wars franchises, Universal Pictures has mined their classic monster domain and has created their own dark universe franchise. The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe is the first film of a projected series, much like Marvel’s Avengers franchise.

The 2017 The Mummy starts off with good intentions. This new mummy is a female (Sofia Boutella) who has a sibling jealousy with her baby brother. She is buried alive. Five thousand years later, a soldier of fortune named Nick (Tom Cruise) stumbles across the tomb and the evil she-mummy is unleashed in Iraq. The mummy goes to London and Nick meets Henry (Russell Crowe), a curator for all things monsters.

If a monster maven like Guillermo Del Toro had been involved, The Mummy would have been a memorable movie. The best action scenes occur early in the story and the last third of the film drags with repetitive action in the dark. A fight scene between Cruise and Crowe is marred by two other action sequences that occur at the same time. I love my classic monsters, but The Mummy does not jump start Universal Picture’s new universe.

Fortunately, Megan Leavey has finally arrived on the big screen. Based on a true story, New Yorker Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) has an attitude problem. She joins the United States Marines and becomes a Corporal. Having been a K-9 handler for the military police, Megan develops a special relationship with Rex, a dog who also has an attitude problem. The dog and the soldier develop a special relationship.

Rex and Megan go on two tours in Iraq before President George Bush ordered “the surge.” During the second tour, Megan and Rex are injured by an explosive device. Megan is sent home to recover, but Rex continues to serve in the war on terror. Despite having the comforts of home, Megan suffers from PTSD and longs to be reunited with Rex.

Megan Leavey is an emotional roller coaster ride from laughter to tears. Megan is Rex’s master, despite the fact that little Kate Mara could ride Rex like a pony. As the title character, she captures the authenticity of being a soldier. She is a stoic character with strength, but with real vulnerability. Given the audience reaction, Megan Leavey is easily the best movie on the big screen today.

Past Life opens Friday, June 16. Set in 1977, Past Life is directed by Avi Nesher and is based on the story of Israeli composer Ella Milch-Sheriff. It follows the life of her character and that of her sister, a journalist. The siblings uncover secrets about their father during World War II. There may be a Skype Q&A with Milch-Sheriff on Sunday, June 18 at the Living Room Theater, at Florida Atlantic University at 777 Glades Rd. For more information about theater, www.fau.livingroomtheaters.com.

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The Therapy Room: Risks and rewards of online gaming

Posted on 15 June 2017 by LeslieM

Are you a “Gamer?” Someone who consistently spends time playing online video games on a personal computer (PC), console or a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet at least three to four times a week. Today, there are 2.2 billion gamers worldwide generating over $108.9 billion in revenue.

Playing online games over the Internet has become second nature. Millions of users enjoy playing with their family, friends and strangers competitively, and just for fun. The current on-board hardware of gaming consoles, PCs and other mobile devices can only offer certain levels of performance. The capabilities of cloud computing has the attention of gaming developers and gaming will see non-time sensitive processes, such as artificial intelligence taken on by cloud servers.

Many of my Psychotherapy patients, ranging in ages from 10 to 90 years, are gamers. Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience positive interaction with peers and develop social skills playing a game called Minecraft. A CEO plays online games that involve strategy and skill while traveling on business. A freelance writer has joyfully confessed that she was a Pac-Man fanatic in the 1980s and continues playing Pac-Man online today. She told me she learned a life lesson playing Pac-Man, that you don’t always have to keep going or playing fast to meet goals, you can actually achieve great thing by stopping or being still. An accountant believes that if the time and energy put into gaming were applied to something worthwhile, positive results would be endless. There are numerous opinions, as well as risks and rewards, when it comes to online gaming. Let’s highlight a few:

Rewards:

Gaming allows you to interact online with other people and be social.

No need to disclose your identity (unless you want to); you can use a fictitious name.

Gamers have fun and experience good feelings about self and others while playing various online games.

Risks:

Absenteeism from work, school and other commitments can be high due to competing in and playing online games.

Relationships may suffer due to a partner’s invested time playing online games and interactions that develop with other gamers.

All ages play online games; a child might represent them self as an adult and an adult may present as a child.

There are dangerous “games” (For example, those introducing swallowing cinnamon, huffing and more).

Parents be aware of a game’s child safety measures and guidelines. Understand what single player and realms are and monitor your child’s online playtime.

Online gaming is here to stay! Rather than dismiss it, be curious and ask your children, and others, about their online gaming knowledge and experiences. Gaining new insight to others’ interests allows you to realize that within you … change is possible.

Dr. Julia Breur is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private clinical psychotherapy practice in Boca Raton. For more information, visit www.drjuliabreur.com.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 15 June 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

May 30: A man reported his front grill and tailgate and a camera stolen from his F350 vehicle parked in his driveway at 1311 SE 12 St. Other items stolen included a watch, wedding ring, generator and three chain saws for a total loss of $13,050.

May 30: A woman reported her credit card, BJ’s customer card, a debit card and $60 stolen from her workplace at 786 S. Military Tr.

May 30: A woman reported her wallet stolen while she was at a house party at 4373 SW 10 Pl.

May 30: Two men stole three bottles of Patron from a Walgreens at 1325 S. Military Tr. They escaped in a car.

June 3: A woman reported her wallet with $40 stolen from her purse while she was shopping at 3825 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

May 17: Someone entered a 2009 Infiniti that was parked in a driveway at 2180 NE 44 Ct. The victim said the vehicle was rummaged through; however, nothing appeared to be taken.

May 17: Someone entered a 2017 Nissan Titan and a 2014 Ford F-150 in front of a residence at 4431 NE 24 Ave. Nothing appeared to be taken.

May 17: Someone entered a 2016 Kia Optima that was parked in a driveway at 4000 NE 22 Ave. The victim said the vehicle was ransacked; however, nothing appeared to be taken.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 15 June 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Fishing Pier Night Dive

Friday, June 16, 7 to 10 p.m.

Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier

200 NE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33073

Hosted by Dixie Divers. Pull up and drop off your gear at the pier and find parking along S. Ocean Way or the parking lot across from the fire station. You will need to pay for parking (cash and credit/debit cards accepted). There will be a support team to help with gear and to check divers in and out of the water. No charge for the dive, but divers must provide their own gear including lights and tank beacons. The City of Deerfield has arranged to close the pier so divers may enjoy it safely. For more information, call 954-420-0009.

The Writer, The Actor & The Director”

Friday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.

Ali Cultural Arts

353 MLK Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The Pompano Beach CRA, The Historic Ali Cultural Arts Center and Ashanti Cultural Arts are proud to present “The Writer, The Actor & The Director – The Big Screen Panel Discussion” featuring Jaden Piner from the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight; Jacqueline McKinley-Lee, a television writer of eight different sitcoms and two dramas; and Jeffrey Battie, rising director. The panel discussion will be moderated by nationally ranked poet Eccentrich Richardson. Tickets are $10 for general admission, with Meet-n-Greet Reception at 7 p.m., $20. For more information, visit www.aliarts.org or call 954-786-7876.

Juneteenth Festival

Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Northwest Library

1580 NW 3 Ave.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

This all age event includes face painting, a toddler train, BBQ food, a historical antique display, historic quilts, a Civil War reenactment display provided by the Key West Society, live music, poetry readings and more! Children under the age of 18 will be treated to free pizza. There will also be a “Harlem Renaissance” presentation and a performance by violinist Biana Pinchuck.

Mizner Park Downtown Drive Car Show

Sunday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mizner Park

327 Plaza Real.

Boca Raton, FL 33432

Celebrate Father’s Day at Mizner Park with a showcase of antique, classic and European sport & exotic cars. Also, free Father’s Day Concert starting at 7 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. There is free admission and garage parking.

Tuesday Night Beach Dance

Tuesday, June 20, 7 to 9 p.m.

Main Beach Parking Lot

149 SE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Performer: Johnny Vincent. Wear your dancing shoes and bring your beach chair for a fun evening under the stars. Free. For more information, call 954-480-4429.

Save The Date: Hot Summer Solstice White Party

Friday, June 23, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

City Pub

956 S. Federal Hwy.

Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441

Don’t miss this sensational event! Dance to the amazing music of the It Takes Two band. There will be a prize for the hottest male & female white attire. There will be high energy people, music & fun! Also come in for dinner.Enjoy a rib dinner for only $9.99 before 8 p.m. Full menu all night. Enjoy a slice of white cake as well. There is a $5 entertainment fee. For more information and to R.S.V.P., call 954-427-8213 or visit www.deerfieldcitypub.com.

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